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At least 10 hikers are killed with more missing as 'avalanche of water' sweeps down gorge in Italy after heavy rain

Rescuers work at the Raganello Gorge in Civita, Italy today: TV images show rescuers scaling down the side of a steep rock face to bring hikers to safety

Rescuers work at the Raganello Gorge in Civita, Italy today: TV images show rescuers scaling down the side of a steep rock face to bring hikers to safety
At least 10 people were killed in southern Italy on Monday when they were hurled over rocks by a raging white-water creek in a deep mountain gorge that swelled suddenly after heavy rainfall upstream, officials said.

At least another five are missing, including one believed to be a local guide.

Another 23 people were rescued from the flash flood in the Raganello Gorge, five of whom were hospitalised, including a 10-year-old boy who was being treated for hypothermia.

Powerful lights were being used to help rescuers work under cover of darkness, regional civil protection chief Carlo Tansi said.

A Dutch hiker, quoted in local media, said: 'A real avalanche of water came unexpectedly. We did not have time to do anything. I was lucky, it was an incredible thing.'


Attention

Ice Age Farmer Report: 'Seismic' geopolitical changes as Ring of Fire explodes in activity

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Powerful seismic activity around the Ring of Fire, as Russia offers 2.5mil acres to China for growing soybeans. What a nice gesture..? Meanwhile, New Zealand is trying to keep China (and others) OUT of their farmland. Temps have dropped but the drought in East Australia persists - it's big news, and has kids emptying their piggy banks to feed cattle. Christian breaks it down.


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Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Earliest ever recorded August snow in Japan

An area near the peak of Mount Kurodake in central Hokkaido is covered with the first snow of the season in the early morning of Aug. 17, the earliest snowfall recorded since 1974.
© Rinyu Kanko Co.
An area near the peak of Mount Kurodake in central Hokkaido is covered with the first snow of the season in the early morning of Aug. 17, the earliest snowfall recorded since 1974.
Earliest ever recorded snow in August in Japan. Old record was Aug 21, 1974. Also 125 locations recorded all time record low and frost during the same days. Tokyo Times silent. Barrow Alaska barely above freezing forecast for the next week. Cold comes early to the Northern Hemisphere.


Comment: Global cooling: Record-setting early snowfall covers the top of Hokkaido mountain in Japan


Snowflake Cold

Mt Buller receives most snow at the resort in 14 years with 30cm recorded overnight as icy cold snap hits Melbourne and Canberra

Mount Buller snow
© Rhylla Morgan
The resort's communications consultant, Rhylla Morgan confirmed the blankets of snow seen were unprecedented, even for the resort.
Parts of Victoria have woken up to snow on Sunday morning after shivering through a brutal cold snap.

Mt Buller recieved 30cm of snow overnight, recorded as the most the resort has seen in more than 14 years.

The resort's communications consultant, Rhylla Morgan confirmed the blankets of snow seen were unprecedented, even for the resort.

It has been snowing steadily in the region, with expectations of hail, strong winds and a thunderstorm throughout the night.

Other areas of Victoria have also been hit with extreme weather conditions.

There have been reports of snow in the Macedon Ranges in central Victoria, while motorists travelling near Warragul, south-east of Melbourne, were warned about ice and snow on the road.

Snowflake Cold

Rare snow falls in Uruguay; Graupel covers parts of Argentina

rare snow in Uruguay
© Met Uy Estacion bcp @Estacion_bcp
Rare snowfall was seen across parts of Uruguay on Sunday while graupel resulted in an icy coating across parts of eastern Argentina.

Below are several different videos and photos from twitter showing the incredible snowfall in Uruguay.


Fire

Smoke from British Columbia's raging wildfires turns day into night

wildfires prince george BC Aug 2018
© Richard Zussman (Global News)
Freaky orange skies have been the norm as a result of BC's raging wildfires, the smoke became so thick on Friday that it turned the morning sky inky black well after sunrise.
Just when you think this wildfire season can't get worse, something new comes along to remind you this year is truly one of rare horrors.

Residents of Prince George, British Columbia-a small city 325 miles north of Vancouver-awoke to a sky seemingly devoid of sunlight. The city sits just to the east of British Columbia's raging wildfires, which have sent smoke all the way across the Atlantic. To get there, the smoke has to pass over Prince George. Freaky orange skies have been the norm as a result, but the smoke became so thick on Friday that it turned the morning sky inky black well after sunrise.

Residents turned their headlights on for the morning commute as the halogen glow of streetlights continued to illuminate the road. Even for a town that has been blanketed in smoke for more than a week, the scene was a first of its kind. In my years of covering climate change and the wildfires that accompany it, I can't recall seeing anything quite like it myself.

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Tornado filmed in New Plymouth, New Zealand

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A tornado has torn through a Taranaki road, lifting roofs off houses and downing powerlines this evening.

The incident occurred on Belt Road, in New Plymouth, at 5.30pm today, police have confirmed.

Police say a number of properties have been reported damaged, however it is too early at this stage to confirm exactly how many.

Shaun Hill, from New Plymouth, told 1 NEWS he was on his way home from work when "there was a big rumble and everything went black".

"It got a bit scary as it got closer but at first thought I might as well get a video," Mr Hill said.


Comment: Large water spout filmed in Bay of Plenty, New Zealand


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Large water spout filmed in Bay of Plenty, New Zealand

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An eyewitness says he watched a water spout "sucking water up" as it travelled along the Bay of Plenty coast this evening.

Once the water spout hit land it turned into a tornado which struck Ohope, in Whakatane, just after 5.30pm, tearing roofs off homes and downing powerlines.

A Ohope resident told 1 NEWS his main concern was keeping his child safe as he watched the water spout move for five minutes before "picking up speed" as it approached the sand dunes, taking roofs off the houses in its path.


Cloud Precipitation

Thousands await rescue from flooding as monsoon downpour continues in Kerala, India

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© Associated Press
A truck carries people through floodwaters in Thrissur, Kerala.
Indian PM vows more aid and compensation for those hit by worst monsoon in 100 years

More than 350 people have died in the southern Indian state of Kerala in the worst flooding in nearly a century, with heavy rain predicted to continue for at least the next two days.

"Since 29 May, when the monsoon starts in Kerala, a total of 357 people have lost their lives until now," a statement from the state's information officer said on Sunday.

More than 220 people have died after rains intensified in the past 11 days and flooded almost every district in the state.

Authorities said damage to infrastructure was expected to come to $3bn. Roads and 134 bridges have suffered damage, isolating remote areas in the hilly districts of the state which are worst affected.

Comment: Expect more such disasters as weather patterns become increasingly erratic due to the downturn in solar activity.



Cloud Precipitation

Late season hailstorm wipes out some crops in central Nebraska

Hail damage in Howard County
© Troy Ingram / Nebraska Extension
Hail damage in Howard County
Many Nebraska farmers may see a bin - busting harvest, while others have seen crops wiped out in minutes.

For those hit with hail in August, there are few options. The best many can hope for is to collect an insurance check.

Farmers say they'd rather deliver a crop to the elevator, but unfortunately it looks like that won't happen for a narrow band in Merrick, Hamilton, York, and Seward county.