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    Somewhere there’s a storm……..


    Today - Tropical Cyclone Nuri in South China Sea

    A low-pressure system that developed in the Philippine Sea and tracked over the central Philippines has moved into the South China Sea and become a depression. NASA's Terra satellite provided an image of the newly formed storm.

    Tropical Depression Nuri (also known as 02W) formed by 5 a.m. EDT (0900 UTC) after passing over Luzon, Philippines and moved into the South China Sea. On June 12, 2020, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer or MODIS instrument that flies aboard NASA's Terra satellite provided a visible image of the newly developed Nuri. The image showed a cluster of thunderstorms surrounding the center of circulation and located between the Philippines and Hainan Island, China.

    The Joint Typhoon Warning Center noted, "Animated enhanced infrared satellite imagery depicts discrete clusters of deep convection flaring around the periphery of a broad low-level circulation center. A microwave image indicates a broad weakly defined low level center with formative shallow banding [of thunderstorms] wrapping into the center."

    By 11 a.m. EDT (1500 UTC), it was located approximately 329 nautical miles south-southeast of Hong Kong, China, near latitude 17.9 degrees north and longitude 116.8 degrees east. Maximum sustained winds were 30 knots (34.5 mph/55.5 kph) and strengthening is forecast. Nuri has tracked west northwestward at 13 knots (15 mph/24 kph).

    The storm is forecast to make landfall to the southwest of Hong Kong, China on June 14.: https://phys.org/news/2020-06-nasa-t...uri-south.html - https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/...ignal-tropical

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    Thailand
    • Phayao village lashed by storm

    About 50 houses at a village in Muang district of this northern province were damaged and power poles brought down by a summer storm, causing a four-hour blackout on Saturday afternoon, local media reported.

    Prapan Thianwiharn, mayor of the Tambon Mae Ka Municipality, said the violent storm hit tambon Mae Ka at about 4pm.

    Hardest-hit was Mo Kaeng Tong village, where about 50 houses were damaged. Many trees crashed down over roads, blocking traffic. A highway police kiosk was crushed and damaged by one of the falling trees.

    A succession of power poles stretching more than 10km were brought down by the storm between tambon Mae Ka to a part of Ngao district of nearby Lampang province, leaving the area without electricity for about four hours.

    Tambon Mae Ka Municipality workers later removed fallen trees from the roads, allowing traffic to resume.

    Mr Prapan said the damage was being assessed. Since most of the damage was made to the roofs of the houses, he believed about 3,000 roof tiles and metal roofing sheets would be needed forrepairs.: https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand...ashed-by-storm

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    • #3
      Nuri news

      Hong Kong Observatory drops typhoon warning for Tropical Cyclone Nuri as rough weather fears subside


      Fears of rough weather in Hong Kong subsided on Sunday as the city’s Observatory downgraded typhoon signal No 3 before dropping the warnings altogether.

      The No 1 signal was taken down at 1.20pm after it was issued at 10.40am on Sunday, replacing the No 3 alert which was in force from 3.40pm on Saturday.

      As of 11am on Sunday, Tropical Cyclone Nuri was about 260km west-southwest of the city and the weather forecaster said that it was expected to move northwest when it would gradually weaken.

      “Local winds continue to moderate. We will cancel all tropical cyclone warning signals when Nuri no longer poses a threat to Hong Kong,” the Observatory said on Sunday morning.: https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/...ng-observatory

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      • #4
        Nuri: China's first tropical cyclone of the year is a wet mess

        Nuri made landfall in southern China on Sunday morning as an ill-defined tropical cyclone.

        Twelve hours ago it was a tropical storm over water, with winds circulating around its centre at 75km/h (46.6 mph), strengthening slowly but not expected to reach typhoon strength.

        China.org.cn, quoting the Chinese Meteorological Administration, said Nuri landed on Hailing Island in Yangjiang City at about 8:50am (00:50 GMT) on Sunday, becoming the first tropical cyclone to make landfall in China this year.

        South China's Guangdong Province's meteorological service said Nuri landed as a tropical storm, packing winds of 82.8km/h (51.4 mph) near its centre.

        Guangdong had launched the Level IV emergency response - the lowest one - on Friday evening as Nuri developed in the South China Sea.

        On Sunday, Guangdong authorities raised the local emergency response to Level III.

        The risk to western Guangdong and Guangxi, as Nuri disintegrates further, is that of rains causing floods.

        Recent heavy seasonal rains make the ground there especially prone to flooding at the moment.: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/...070548024.html



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        • #5
          • Lightning kills 107 as monsoon storms batter India

          Some 83 people killed in the state of Bihar after being struck by lightning, and another 24 died in Uttar Pradesh state.

          At least 107 people died from lightning strikes in northern and eastern India, officials said, during the early stages of the annual monsoon season.

          Some 83 people were killed in the impoverished eastern state of Bihar after being struck by lightning, and another 24 died in northern Uttar Pradesh state on Thursday. Dozens more were injured, officials said.

          Lightning strikes during the June-September annual monsoon are fairly common in India.

          But Bihar's Disaster Management Minister Lakshmeshwar Rai told the AFP news agency that this was one of the highest daily tolls from lightning the state had recorded in recent years.

          More than half of the deaths were from the flood-prone northern and eastern districts of Bihar, he added.

          Rai warned the death toll could rise further as his government was still waiting on casualty reports from the interior parts of the state.

          Heavy rain is forecast to hit Bihar on Friday and Saturday, according to the local India Meteorological Department office.

          In neighbouring Uttar Pradesh, most of the deaths were reported in Deoria district close to the Nepal border, and the holy city of Prayagraj, authorities said.

          Prime Minister Narendra Modi late on Thursday tweeted his condolences to the victims' families, adding that both state governments were carrying out urgent relief work.

          More than 2,300 people were killed by lightning in India in 2018 according to the National Crime Records Bureau, the most recent figures available.

          The monsoon is crucial to replenishing water supplies in South Asia, but also causes widespread death and destruction across the region each year.: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/...105333400.html
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          • #6
            • Saharan dust turns the Caribbean brown

            This is the worst outbreak of Saharan dust pollution in many decades

            Over a couple of days, the skies have been turning brown over the Caribbean. Dust that was raised from the Sahara Desert in North Africa has made steady progress, as a deep homogenous layer in the atmosphere, westwards across the Atlantic.

            The normally deep blue skies are now brown. The sun a mere dull orange ball. Air quality has dropped at ground level too. The measurement of PM10 dust particles in Fort-de-France on Martinique was 192. This made Martinique the 8th most polluted country on Tuesday out of the 105 monitored by the World Air Quality Index project.

            In Puerto Rico, the figure is similar, maybe slightly worse, and according to Dr Olga Mayol from the University of Puerto Rico this is the most dramatic Saharan sand event in more than 50 years. PM10, or Particle Matter of diameter 10 micrometres, is an irritant in the human respiratory tract.

            The source of all this woe really is the great Saharan Desert, more than 5,000 kilometres (3,107 miles) to the east. This Saharan Air Layer (SAL), is a dry dust plume and is commonly repeated during the summer. Wind and convective currents lift this fine dust high into the atmosphere and the general wind flow carries it west.

            While taking away the blue sky and warm sunshine, this dust layer will have the effect of reducing or even preventing rain showers and thunderstorms. It is likely to last for a few more days yet, fluctuating in intensity. On Tuesday, it reached Panama and before the weekend it may well be seen over the skies of Texas.: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/...135752873.html
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            • #7
              • Giant Saharan Dust Cloud Reaches U.S., 2020 ‘Godzilla’ Version Bigger Than Before

              As Covid-19 coronavirus cases continue to surge in Florida, Texas, and other Southern States, what would be a terrific thing to have right now? How about a “Godzilla” dust cloud?

              Yep, 2020 is bringing to the Southeastern U.S. a massive dust cloud. This isn’t just the type of dust cloud that puffs up when you reach under your bed or open your copy of the book The Secret. It’s an unusually large cloud, nicknamed Godzilla because it’s potentially the largest such cloud in 50 years.

              What’s unusually large? How about around 3,500 miles or 5,600 km long? That’s longer than a trip from Miami to Seattle, which is about 3,300 miles and a lot of vacuum cleaner bags placed end-to-end. Consider that the next time that you claim that something is unusually large.

              Godzilla is not the cloud’s official name. It’s technically called the Saharan Air Layer because it’s a traveling layer of air with stuff originating from the Saharan Desert. Winds whipped up particulate matter from the Desert in North Africa, depositing it into the cloud, so to speak. This dust in the wind is a relatively regular (often yearly) occurrence. However, as indicated earlier, this time it’s hella big. This tweet from the International Space Station may give you a better idea of the size:


              The cloud has now traveled about 5,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean, already reaching the Caribbean and Mexico as this ABC 7 report showed:

              Saharan dust: Why the Tri-State area could see red sunsets this weekend

              https://www.forbes.com/sites/brucele.../#3139847c2c8d - https://twitter.com/Space_Station/st...28460358897664
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              • #8
                At least seven killed in Ivory Coast flash floods

                Country in the middle of its April to October rainy season which sometimes causes deadly floods and landslides.

                At least seven people died on Thursday in flash floods during torrential rains which pummelled Ivory Coast's Abidjan for two days.

                This comes less than two weeks after 13 people were killed by a landslide nearby.

                On Friday, the country's meteorological services warned more rain was expected through the weekend.

                The administrative head of the Abidjan area, Vincent Toh Bi Irie, said on Facebook that "in some places, the rainfall could reach 300 millimetres (12 inches) today, or six times the threshold for a critical alert".

                He urged residents not to go to regions where there is a risk of flooding and told people in areas prone to landslides to leave.

                The West African nation is in the middle of its April to end of October rainy season which sometimes causes deadly floods and landslides.

                On Thursday, Abidjan's weak drainage system was quickly overwhelmed.

                Major thoroughfares were flooded and cars and debris were swept away. Residents in low-lying homes were forced to seek safety.

                Amankou Gabin, the head of the civil protection unit, said the situation was made worse by poor construction over the years.

                He said homes were built in storm basins where the rainwater was supposed to pass through to reach Abidjan's lagoon.: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/...082422610.html



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                • #9
                  Originally posted by S Landreth View Post
                  At least seven killed in Ivory Coast flash floods

                  Country in the middle of its April to October rainy season which sometimes causes deadly floods and landslides.

                  At least seven people died on Thursday in flash floods during torrential rains which pummelled Ivory Coast's Abidjan for two days.

                  This comes less than two weeks after 13 people were killed by a landslide nearby.

                  On Friday, the country's meteorological services warned more rain was expected through the weekend.

                  The administrative head of the Abidjan area, Vincent Toh Bi Irie, said on Facebook that "in some places, the rainfall could reach 300 millimetres (12 inches) today, or six times the threshold for a critical alert".

                  He urged residents not to go to regions where there is a risk of flooding and told people in areas prone to landslides to leave.

                  The West African nation is in the middle of its April to end of October rainy season which sometimes causes deadly floods and landslides.

                  On Thursday, Abidjan's weak drainage system was quickly overwhelmed.

                  Major thoroughfares were flooded and cars and debris were swept away. Residents in low-lying homes were forced to seek safety.

                  Amankou Gabin, the head of the civil protection unit, said the situation was made worse by poor construction over the years.

                  He said homes were built in storm basins where the rainwater was supposed to pass through to reach Abidjan's lagoon.: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/...082422610.html


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                  • #10
                    Saharan dust cloud cloaks U.S. Gulf Coast in choking haze

                    What's been called the most significant dust cloud in 50 years has now shrouded the U.S. Gulf Coast in a thick, dusty haze. The dust layer, which originated in the Sahara desert and drifted across the Atlantic, is forecast to continue moving north and east through the weekend, impacting areas from Texas and Florida all the way up to as far north as the Canadian border.

                    For most people, the dust will merely be a nuisance, but for many who have breathing issues the extra particulates in the atmosphere can cause complications. The timing couldn't be much worse, considering that a recent Harvard study shows that long-term exposure to fine particles of pollution in the air, much like dust, may be linked to higher rates of hospitalization and death due to COVID-19.

                    Currently the dust is thickest from Texas to Florida.

                    The dust is responsible for the dense haze shrouding Houston's skyline in the photo below.


                    Most of the dust layer exists far above the surface — mostly between a few thousand feet above the surface to about 15,000 to 20,000 feet up. However, vertical mixing of the atmosphere and rainfall can bring that dust to the ground, and that's when it can become harmful to people with respiratory issues.: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/saharan...-choking-haze/

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                    • #11
                      ^It's why the Amazon region is so fertile.
                      I visited TC a few times as a guest but had to stop. It is a sickening place. - Aging One

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                      • #12
                        ^Learned something today…..

                        I had to look it up. I thought it was all because of decomposition, but no the dust does feed the amazon plants.

                        https://wwf.panda.org/knowledge_hub/...ow%20on%20them. – https://www.nasa.gov/content/goddard...mazon-s-plants


                        NASA | Satellite Tracks Saharan Dust to Amazon in 3-D


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                        • #13
                          In Pictures: Desperate searches as dozens die in Japan floods


                          Thousands of rescue workers search through the wreckage of houses to look for survivors as nearly 40 are feared dead.

                          Tens of thousands of rescue workers in Japan have been searching through the wreckage of houses shattered by deadly floods and landslides in a desperate search for survivors amid a rising death toll and looming torrential rain.

                          Nearly 40 people are feared dead after record rains lashed areas of southwestern Japan in the early hours of Saturday, causing rivers to break banks and flooding low-lying regions.

                          Although the rain has subsided from its peak levels, the floods washed away roads and bridges, leaving many in isolated communities cut off.


                          Emergency services, aided by people in rafts, managed to rescue about 50 staff and residents from a nursing home facility, bringing them to safety by boat.

                          The Japan Meteorological Agency issued a non-compulsory evacuation order for hundreds of thousands of residents in Kumamoto and neighbouring Kagoshima prefectures.


                          Up to 250mm of rain is expected in the 24-hour period through Tuesday morning in the southern part of Kyushu Island, which includes areas hit hard by the flooding, the agency said.

                          Japan is currently in the middle of its annual rainy season which frequently delivers deadly floods and landslides.: https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/in...054509287.html

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                          • #14
                            'Grim': China battles record flooding after torrential downpours


                            As many as 33 rivers in China have risen to their highest levels in history after days of torrential rain, a senior water ministry official has said, with more rain forecast.

                            Ye Jianchun, vice minister of water resources, told a briefing on Monday that 433 rivers - as well as major lakes like the Dongting, the Poyang and the Tai - had all risen beyond their warning levels since the flood season began in June.

                            "Going into the key flood-prevention period of late July to early August, the current trends remain grim on the Yangtze and the Lake Tai basins," he said, adding that the belts of heavy rain that have lashed central China would eventually head north.

                            Average rainfall has been at its highest since records began in 1961.

                            State news agency, Xinhua, reported on Tuesday that the country's largest river, the Yangtze, has started to recede from the previous peak of 28.77m to 28.74m (94.38ft to 94.29ft).

                            The emergency ministry said last Friday that 141 people were dead or missing, and economic losses are estimated at 60 billion yuan ($8.57bn).

                            Flood-control authorities throughout the Yangtze basin have already issued "red alerts" for major population centres such as Xianning, Jiujiang and Nanchang.

                            A red alert has also been declared at Poyang Lake, where water levels are more than 3 metres (9.84ft) higher than normal, another record high.

                            Warning levels breached

                            In some flood-stricken regions, soldiers filled sandbags to shore up riverbanks and prevent more damage. Town streets were inundated, rescue workers wading through hip-deep water with inflatable boats to reach people trapped in homes turned into islands.

                            Chinese paramilitary policemen form a line to move sandbags to reinforce a dyke along the banks of Poyang Lake in China's Jiangxi Province on Sunday [Cao Xianxun/Xinhua via AP Photo]
                            According to water ministry data, warning levels were breached at more than 70 flood-monitoring stations on Monday.

                            Water levels at the Three Gorges reservoir, which cut its discharge volumes for a fifth time on Saturday to ease downstream water levels, have now risen to 153.2 metres (502.62ft), 6.7 metres (21.98ft) higher than the warning level.

                            China's weather bureau said although some regions in the southwest would see a temporary respite from the heavy rain on Monday, central and eastern China would continue to bear the brunt of the storms.

                            Authorities, however, dismissed fears of a possible repeat of the devastating flooding that hit the country in 1998, according to the state-owned Global Times.

                            Analysts also said that while the situation was likely to be difficult in the coming week or weeks, China had made significant investments in water conservation initiatives, especially the Three Gorges Project, and improved its emergency response in recent years.: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/...023827427.html

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                            • #15
                              At least 14 dead in China after heavy rains cause landslide, dam overflow



                              At least 14 fatalities were reported in southern China Saturday following torrential flooding that caused massive landslides and a dam overflow, the Associated Press reported.

                              Soldiers and workers constructed makeshift barriers using sandbags and rocks along the Yangtze River, as floodgates of the Three Gorges Dam were opened due to floodwaters rising over 50 feet, according to the official Xinhua News Agency.

                              The dam was holding back nearly 45 percent of the water, the report added.

                              China National Emergency Broadcasting announced that over 20,000 people were evacuated, and 1,031 homes were destroyed from the floods.

                              Upstream in Chongqing, 11 people were killed Saturday morning.

                              The heavy rains on Friday resulted in landslides in Dunhao, a mountainous town in Chongquing, killing six.

                              Three more were killed in the nearby Hubei province, according to the emergency management department in a social media post.

                              The aftermath of the floods was broadcasted by CCTV, showing residents in the city of Enshi cleaning up muddy streets and shops after the floods on Friday.

                              Rescue workers used inflatable rafts to save over 1,900 who were trapped in their homes and buildings in the way of the floodwaters.
                              According to Xinhua, the overflowing waters were said to peak on Saturday behind the Three Gorges Dam, although more rain is forecasted to hit the area Tuesday.

                              The seasonal rains, which are reportedly unusually high this year, were estimated to incur direct losses of more than 49 billion yuan ($7 billion), the Ministry of Emergency Management said.: https://thehill.com/policy/internati...-landslide-dam

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