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At least 30 dead, 2.2 million affected as heavy rains hit southern China

Massive hailstorms hit Slovenia, other parts of Europe, causing major damage

Strong eruption at Agung volcano, ash to 9.1 km (30 000 feet), Indonesia

Brutal hailstorms hit Germany, severe damage reported, several people injured

Hundreds of evacuated and closed roads due to torrents in northern Italy

The situation is further complicated by the active snowmaking in the Alps

Hundreds of evacuated and very closed roads due to torrential rains in northern Italy. The floods caused floods and landslides.


Part of the province of Leko in Lombardy was under water and streets turned into mud rivers.

In the southern and central parts of Italy, summer is already coming, and meteorologists warn of the first heat, with temperatures of 36 to 42 ° C.

Lake Como homes evacuated amid flash floods in northern Italy

Houses were evacuated and roads closed around Lake Como on Wednesday after heavy rain caused floods and landslides.

Homes, farms and a campsite had to be evacuated after severe storms overnight left rivers dangerously swollen.

Train services were disrupted and several roads were impassable, including the route around part of Lake Como.

The downpours combined with melting snow in the mountains sent more than a thousand cubic meters of water per second flooding into the lake at one point this afternoon. Parts of the road was under more than a meter of water.

High water and fallen trees were also reported in the provinces of Como, Brescia, and Sondrio.

Several parts of the region saw hailstorms overnight, with people in Bergamo province left shovelling ice from the roads.

Some residents shared pictures of huge hailstones that looked to be the size of eggs.

Meanwhile sudden strong winds yesterday in Bolzano, in the region of Trentino-Alto Adigo, toppled a tree onto a walkway, badly injuring a German tourist and her young son.

Conditions are set to change abruptly in the coming days, with temperatures forecast to climb above their seasonal average all over the country.


UK Proposal: 75% Wage Cut to Combat Climate Change

Michael Bloomberg recently announced that he’s spending $500m to help the United States end its dependency on coal.

The Guardian on Climate Activist Billionaires: “None of them should have as much money as they do.”

White House Climate Review Could Damage Careers, Scientists Warn

White House Climate Review Could Damage Careers, Scientists Warn

Concerns mount over reports that federal researchers could be compelled to participate in the controversial exercise

The North American Great Lakes contain about one-fifth of the world’s surface fresh water. In May, new high water level records were set on Lakes Erie and Superior, and there has been widespread flooding across Lake Ontario for the second time in three years. These events coincide with persistent precipitation and severe flooding across much of central North America.


Solar Activity Forecast for Next Decade Favorable for Exploration

The ability to forecast these kinds of events is increasingly important as NASA prepares to send the first woman and the next man to the Moon under the Artemis program. Research now underway may have found a reliable new method to predict this solar activity. The Sun’s activity rises and falls in an 11-year cycle. The forecast for the next solar cycle says it will be the weakest of the last 200 years.  The maximum of this next cycle – measured in terms of sunspot number, a standard measure of solar activity level – could be 30 to 50% lower than the most recent one. The results show that the next cycle will start in 2020 and reach its maximum in 2025.

The Dalton Minimum  (200 Years Ago)

The Dalton Minimum was a period of low solar activity, named after the English meteorologist John Dalton, lasting from about 1790 to 1830. Like the Maunder Minimum and Spörer Minimum, the Dalton Minimum coincided with a period of lower-than-average global temperatures. The Oberlach Station in Germany, for example, experienced a 2.0°C decline over 20 years. The Year Without a Summer, in 1816, also occurred during the Dalton Minimum. Solar cycles 5 and 6, as shown below, were greatly reduced in amplitude.

 Further reading about Dalton Minimum – In 2010 Anthony Watts wrote an article: A Dalton Minimum Repeat is Shaping Up: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2010/12/20/a-dalton-minimum-repeat-is-shaping-up/ 

Latest predictions for the coming solar cycle


Heavy Rain Threat Returns to Flood-Weary Arkansas and Mississippi River Valleys Father’s Day Weekend

Locally heavy rain is expected to return to the Arkansas and Mississippi River valleys by Father’s Day weekend, bringing another risk of flash flooding to rain-fatigued parts of Arkansas, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma that could last well into next week.

Water levels in the Arkansas River continue to fall after hitting record highs in six different locations from northern Oklahoma to southeastern Arkansas.

  • More locally heavy rain is expected by this weekend in the Arkansas and Mississippi River valleys.
  • This is likely to lead to more flash flooding in some spots saturated from weeks of heavy rain.
  • It may also slow the fall of mainstem rivers such as the Arkansas and Mississippi rivers.
  • Some locations along these rivers recently experienced their highest crests in decades.


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