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Two dead, 100 evacuated following landslides in northern Italian town

File photo of Courmayeur
© Jeff Pachoud/AFP
File photo of Courmayeur
Two landslides close to the northern resort town of Courmayeur have killed one tourist and caused panic among many others, with over 100 people evacuated.

A couple from Milan was reported to have died after the landslides, caused by storms in the Val Ferret area close to the Swiss border at the foot of Mont Blanc.

Their car was one of several swept away by mud after one of the landslides flooded a small side valley close to the town of Planpincieux.

The body of the man, 71, was recovered on Monday evening and firefighters were on Tuesday working to recover his wife's body, which they had identified as trapped under the vehicle, Corriere della Sera reported.

Cloud Grey

Saharan dust causes orange haze above Southwest Florida

saharan dust florida August 2018
Do you notice anything unusual about our sky today? If you look closely, you'll see a slight orange haze above Southwest Florida over the next few days.

This haze was very evident around sunrise Wednesday morning looking east. The image below was taken around 7 a.m. from downtown Fort Myers.

The source of this orange haze is a layer of dry dusty air originating from the Sahara Desert that's traveled over 6 thousand miles from Africa to South Florida!

Comment: As if our planet needed more punch adding to the strength of its storms:


North America's first EF-4 tornado of the year strikes Manitoba, Canada

Manitoba EF-4 tornado
North America's first EF4 tornado of 2018 has been confirmed, but it wasn't in the United States. Environment Canada said an EF4 tornado touched down last Friday in Manitoba, Canada.

The U.S. averages the most tornadoes in a given year, with 1,253 twisters occurring in the country annually, according to NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI).

Canada is a distant second, averaging about 100 tornadoes per year, NCEI also noted. Parts of southern Canada - particularly from the prairie provinces to southern Ontario and southern Québec - are most prone to tornadoes.

The strongest tornado to ever touch down in Canada was an F5 twister in Elie, Manitoba, on June 22, 2007.

Last Friday's EF4 tornado killed a 77-year-old man as it tore through the Alonsa, Silver Ridge and Margaret Bruce Beach areas of western Manitoba during the evening hours.


Firefighters battle rare firenado at UK plastics factory

firenado leicestershire

A firenado is generated in a similar way to a tornado, but full of fire
Firefighters in Derbyshire have captured on video a rare fire tornado, or firenado, towering 50ft above them while they tackled an industrial blaze near the town of Swadlincote.

The film shows a dazzling column of red-hot fire reaching high into the sky as black smoke billows up from a pool of flames at a plastic pallet factory, where the blaze broke out at about 1.20am on Tuesday morning.

As the camera tilts back to show the full height of the phenomenon, the whirling string of light appears to pulsate and bend as it is whipped by winds.

Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service, which helped the Derbyshire and Staffordshire services tackle the blaze, shared the video on Facebook, saying: "Whilst we were firefighting at Occupation Lane we witnessed a firenado or a fire whirl.

"It's created as cool air enters the top of the hot air causing a swirl similar to how a tornado is formed."

Comment: The articles states that firenadoes are due to a temperature differential, but is that really the case? Or are we seeing a rise in a variety of phenomena around the world because of the electrical nature of this activity and the changing nature of our planet? Because, as noted in: Rare tornado touches down in Carinthia, Austria
The accumulation of cometary dust in the Earth's atmosphere plays an important role in the increase of tornadoes, cyclones, hurricanes and their associated rainfalls, snowfalls and lightning. To understand this mechanism we must first take into account the electric nature of hurricanes, tornadoes and cyclones, which are actually manifestations of the same electric phenomenon at different scales or levels of power.
So when we take into account the rise in not just firenadoes, but snownadoes, deadly lightning and hail, and other strange sky phenomena, clearly other factors are at play than just temperature:

Firenadoes: Snownadoes: Strange skies, deadly lightning and hail: Also check out SOTT radio's: Behind the Headlines: Earth changes in an electric universe: Is climate change really man-made?

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"World weather issues" see rise in grain prices with lowest global yield in five years

hail barley damage

Barley damaged in hail storm south of High River, Calgary, on Monday, July 30.
Feed wheat prices rose by almost £4/t in just two days, with the spot ex-farm value averaging £181.23/t towards midday on Friday (3 August).

November futures touched £200/t during the week and stood at £192.25/t at lunchtime on Friday.

On the same day, the AHDB estimated wheat yields at 5-8% below the five-year average of 8.2t/ha. This would give a harvest of 13.3-13.7m tonnes, the lowest for five years.

With the GB winter wheat harvest estimated at about 25% complete, there is caution around the figures.

Comment: Farmers are facing an endless torrent of weather related disasters, from brutal cold and record breaking rainfall that delay planting, devastating drought that lead to lower yield, or destructive hail and early frost that completely decimate the crop: Also check out SOTT's monthly documentary: SOTT Earth Changes Summary - June 2018: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs


Massive hail injures multiple people, kills zoo animals and damages 400 vehicles in Colorado Springs

colorado hail August zoo
Colorado Springs Police and the Fire Department rushed to Cheyenne Mountain Zoo to help people with serious injuries at the facility from a major hail storm around 3 p.m. The fire department says five people were taken to the hospital by ambulance while 11 others were treated on scene and released.

The zoo is currently closed and will remain closed for a damage assessment Tuesday. Unfortunately, a 4-year-old muscovy duck named Daisy and a 13-year-old cape vulture Motswari were killed by the hailstones.

People at the zoo were told to stay in place as emergency personnel made arrangements for evacuations to Cheyenne Mountain High School for reunification efforts for families and large groups.

Comment: Hail is increasingly becoming a threat to life both in the form of a direct hit and its ability to decimate crops. Its sudden appearance all over the planet and at any time of the year provides more evidence that our atmosphere and climate patterns are changing, with a trend toward serious cooling:

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Rainfall records tumble as wild weather lashes Adelaide, Australia

Parts of South Australia received up to 81mm of rain
Parts of South Australia received up to 81mm of rain.
A wild storm front has caused flooding as record rain and hail fell across Adelaide and the Adelaide Hills.

The rough weather saw a number of homes come under threat from rising waters and also made for dangerous conditions on the roads.

Residents across the state woke to the sound of hail as much of Adelaide was covered in an icy white blanket.

From 9am yesterday to 5.30pm today Lenswood in the Adelaide Hills had received 81mm, setting a new August rainfall record for the town.

Seventy-three mm fell at Lobethal, and 63mm at Bridgewater.

In the city, 23mm fell, while at Belair the rainfall total was close to 50mm.

"We've been dry all winter and now the rain has come," Collinswood resident Andrea Shipard said.


Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Wind & atmospheric compression events across our planet

Exceptional waterspout off Isola di Pantelleria, Italy, August 4 2018
© Stefano Cerio / Italia Live Meteo
Exceptional waterspout off Isola di Pantelleria, Italy on August 4, 2018.
At the Inter-tropical Convergence Zone (ICTZ) shifts due to the intensifying Eddy Grand Solar Minimum we are beginning to see more atmospheric anomalies. Here are such events from the first week of August. Incredible to think all this is happening at the same time in a single week.

Comment: Related articles include:


Two waterspouts filmed off Taiwan

Two waterspouts were spotted off the coast of Taitung on the afternoon of Aug. 5.

A waterspout is a swirling column of air and water mist, similar to a tornado in appearance, that forms over bodies of water.

Shortly after 4 p.m. the sky began to darken off Green Island and two waterspouts formed over the Pacific.

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Lightning claimed 35,384 lives from 2000 to 2015 across India

Lightning illuminates the night sky in Chennai
© Ashwin Prasath
Lightning illuminates the night sky in Chennai
With increasing number of deaths due to thunderstorm and lightning, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), for the first time, has issued guidelines to State governments to prepare an action plan, which will help develop measures for assessment, forecast, preparedness and mitigation through coordinated efforts with multi-agencies and undertake reconstruction as an opportunity to build disaster-resilient structures and habitat.

The NDMA document says that on an average, over 2,500 people die annually. In Tamil Nadu, about 500 people died in lightning strikes between 2011 to 2015.The draft guidelines were issued on Friday and various stakeholders have been asked to send comments/suggestions within 15 days. As per official statistics, India reports the highest number of deaths due to lightning strikes. Lightning claimed 35,384 lives in the country from 2000 to 2015.