Wednesday, July 31, 2013

MONUMENTAL EARTH CHANGES: China Issues Heat Alert As "Hottest July" Hits Shanghai - 10 Dead From Heatstroke; Hottest July In 140 Years; Journalists Successfully FRIES PORK CHOP ON ROAD PAVEMENT IN JUST 10 MINUTES!

July 31, 2013 - CHINA - Temperatures in parts of China have hit record highs, prompting an emergency level-two nationwide heat alert for the first time.

In Shanghai, at least 10 people have died from heatstroke, as the city experiences its hottest July in 140 years, reports say.

Parts of China are experiencing a heat wave, with record-high temperatures prompting a
national heat alert covering nine provinces.

The scorching heat has affected northern and eastern parts since 1 July, including the capital, Beijing.

Local journalists have demonstrated the heat by frying meat on the pavement.

The national heat alert covers nine provinces, including Anhui, Jiangsu, Hunan, Hubei, Shanghai and Chongqing.

According to figures from the Shanghai Meteorological bureau, Shanghai has seen 24 days with temperatures at or above 35C in July.

"It should be a new record since Shanghai had its own weather recording," said chief service officer Wu Rui.

"Also, in July of this year Shanghai reached 40.6 degrees Celsius, its highest ever temperature. So the highest temperature in July also broke a record."

In Shanghai both humans and animals, like the gorilla shown here - in an air-conditioned enclosure,
are trying to seek relief from the heat.

The Shanghai Meteorological bureau said the city has seen 24 days with temperatures at
or above 35C (95F) this month.

Residents are taking advantage of whatever cooling-off opportunities come their way,
like this little girl in People's Square.

More than 10 people in Shanghai have died after suffering from heatstroke, state-run news agency Xinhua said, citing health officials.

In a TV report, journalists from Shanghai TV said they successfully fried a pork chop on a marble slab outdoors in just 10 minutes.

The practice appears to have become popular, with photos of slices of bacon and fish being barbecued outdoors by the heat appearing online. 'Impossible'

In other parts of China, water parks are attracting huge crowds, like this one in Wuhan, Hubei province.

To beat the heat, some are getting creative, like this man sitting in a chair submerged in the
Hanjiang river in Hubei province while eating his meal.

The China Meteorological Administration issued the level two emergency heat alert on Tuesday.

"Anhui, Jiangsu, Hunan, Hubei, Zhejiang, Jiangxi, Fujian, Chongqing and Shanghai meteorological bureaus should enter into emergency response on the basis of actual weather conditions," it said on its website.

It added that weather forecasts suggested that some areas south of the Yangtze river, including Chongqing, could experience temperatures of over 35C until 8 August.

WATCH: China issues heat alert as hottest July hits Shanghai.

It urged members of the public to avoid outdoor activities and to take protective measures against the heat.

"It's impossible for people to live without an air-conditioner," a resident was quoted by Reuters news agency as saying.

"Just going outside in this kind of temperate can roast people." - BBC.

GEOLOGICAL UPHEAVAL: More Sinkholes Keep Popping Up Across The United States - Massive Sinkhole Formed At 10 Feet In Missouri, Devours More Earth, Expanding To 50 Feet; Sinkhole Swallows Car In Philadelphia's Hunting Park; Huge Sinkhole Swallows Entire Intersection In Philadelphia; And Another Philadelphia Sinkhole Exposes Green Fluorescent Water Under City!

July 31, 2013 - UNITED STATES - Here are a couple of the latest incidents of sinkholes and land subsidence in the United States.

Massive Sinkhole Formed At 10 Feet In Missouri ,Devours More Earth, Expanding To 50 Feet.
© Jess Heugel / News-Leader.
The sinkhole formed at about 10 feet. It's now an estimated to be about 50 feet wide and 50 feet deep.

A big sinkhole in Christian County is getting even bigger.

It's in a field in the bent-water subdivision on the north side of Nixa.

The sinkhole formed at about 10 feet. It's now an estimated to be about 50 feet wide and 50 feet deep.

Since it's on private property, it's up to the developer to decide what to do about it.

The person who lives close to the sinkhole is bringing someone in to determine its potential impact. - KY3.

Sinkhole Swallows Car In Philadelphia's Hunting Park.

A sinkhole swallowed up the front end of a car on a street in Philadelphia's Hunting Park section early Tuesday morning.

The nose of the Pontiac Bonneville was sinking down below the street - its rear raised in the air. That was the sight neighbors were met with early this morning on the 3600 block of Marvine Street in Hunting Park.

Car owner Fran Leftenant woke up to an officer knocking on her door.

"I thought I had two missing tires, but it wasn't the case. My car was sinking," said Leftenant. "Right now I'm just sick."

She and other residents watched as the hole got deeper, and the lean on the car greater. A tow truck was called.

WATCH: Sinkhole partially swallows car in Hunting Park.

Leftenant tells us, "It's getting worse now. I have to get another tow truck to get it out because the first truck, he couldn't do it."

PGW crews were on scene for hours with jackhammers and shovels. Neighbors watched the progression around the car that remained tilted on its two front wheels.

Action News spoke with a representative from the Water Department, who explained that a water main break caused the sinkhole, and that the car that was parked above just fell right in as the street collapsed.

When the car fell, it landed on a PGW service main. PGW says there is no gas leak and no evacuations are necessary.

However, as a precaution, gas service was temporarily turned off to four nearby homes and crews will also replace the gas main after the car is safely removed. - ABC News.

Massive Sinkhole Swallows Entire Intersection In Philadelphia.
Image: NBC.

Four families have not been able to return to their homes due to a giant sink hole caused by a water main break in South Philadelphia. It's at the middle of the intersection at 21st and Bainbridge. Crews say the sink hole is 15-feet deep.

"It's enormous," said flooding victim Marisa Block. "I heard sink hole and I was thinking something like three or four feet, nothing that big. It's the entire intersection!"

The 96-year-old, 48-inch transmission main broke at 9 p.m Sunday, according to a spokeswoman for the Philadelphia Water Department.

Crews worked through the night, where water flowed up to three feet high in some spots, as you can see in this NBC10 viewer photo.

On Monday, there was a gas leak at the same location, but authorities say it was quickly fixed.

The Water Department says water should be restored and if you live in the neighborhood and don't have water, you should give them a call.

Road closures as of Monday include Bainbridge between 20th and 22nd and 21st Street from South to Fitzwater. Crews with the water department are asking people to avoid that area while the repair work is being done, which could take days.

hirty-eight residents were forced from their homes, but most are back home Monday.

"It was coming in through the drain pipe in my basement. There's a crack in the pipe so it was coming out the pipe onto the floor," said Jillian Thorton.

"When I opened up the doors and I saw the mud I already knew it was bad news," said flood victim Olade Olayinka. "My main concern is the hot water heaters and the furnace."

Crews were finally able to shut off the main around 1 a.m.

WATCH: Massive sinkhole swallows entire intersection in Philadelphia.

"Four hours from about 9 p.m. to about 1 a.m.," said flood victim Henry Bennett. "At 1 a.m. it started to slow down and they were able to open up the drains and get the water going down there."

"I was a little surprised that it took the water folks a little while to get down here," said flood victim Shaun O'Brien. "But more importantly I'm just happy we had running water this morning."

"Overall probably several million gallons of water were spilled into the streets," said John Digiulio of the Water Department. "Our inlays handled them. The sewer system worked well. The inlay system was able to take all of the water from it."

The Water Department tells NBC10 12 to 14 homes had at least two feet of water and needed to have it pumped out.

The Red Cross is assisting two families with housing.

Water Department crews say it should take a few weeks before they finish making repairs and determine a cause for the break.

Crews have been trying to keep people away from the sink hole for their own safety. Police arrested two people who they say got two close to the hole. They advise residents in the area to use "caution" and "common sense."  - NBC Philadelphia.

Another Philadelphia Sinkhole Exposes Green Fluorescent Water Under City.

You probably don't think about what's under the street much, but you might start to now. A sinkhole opened up in the middle of a Philadelphia street, and it was apparently full of this green ... stuff. What does this mean? Are secret tunnels below the streets pumping radioactive goo across the country for some nefarious purpose? No. As the Redditor who took this photo learned, this is actually a fluorescent dye. Cities add it to water in sinkholes to see where they go, and hopefully fix the problem that causes it. Still, nearby pizza restaurants should be on the lookout for a pack of giant talking turtles. Just in case. - MSN.

INFRASTRUCTURE & SOCIETAL COLLAPSE: Huge Brazil Water Main Explosion - Triggers Mini-Tsunami And Floods, Killing 1 Child!

July 31, 2013 - BRAZIL - A toddler died and at least 16 people were injured when a water main exploded over a Rio de Janeiro neighborhood, flooding the area and destroying cars and property.

A huge torrent of water was blasted up to 65 feet into the air over the Campo Grande area, towards the west of the city, after the pipeline ruptured at around 6 a.m. local time (5 a.m. ET) Tuesday, The Associated Press reported.

Homes and cars were destroyed by the force of the blast and then houses were quickly swamped with up to six-feet of water as the liquid continued to spew out at a rapid rate .

Three-year-old, Isabela Severo dos Santos, was taken to hospital but did not survive after swallowing large amounts of water.

Brazilian media reported she died of cardiac arrest.

The girl’s devastated father, Fernando dos Santos told the Globo newspaper that he saw what happened on television.

“When my brother and I went to see, we knew she had been trapped,” he said.

“The firefighters tried to revive her, but she could not stand….She was a wonderful child.”

Many residents were sleeping at the time of the blast.

"I woke up to hear a very strong noise on the roof,” Agilson Serpa da Silva told the O Povo newspaper.

He added that the walls of his home were destroyed and he was swept to the other side of the street by the force of the water.

Others could be seen climbing onto roofs in a desperate bid to get away from the rapidly rising swells and firefighters used boats to rescue those trapped by the flooding. 

The burst pipeline, operated by State Company for Water and Wastewater (Cedae), has now been shut down but large volumes of water are still leaking and continue to flood the neighborhood.

The cause of the accident is still unknown. - NBC News.

 WATCH: Water main explodes in Brazil killing 1 child.

FIRE IN THE SKY: Fireballs Seen Over The Caribbean Region - Massive Fireball Ignites Night Skies Over Puerto Rico, And Comet Seen From Honduras To Cayman Islands To Jamaica Fragments Into Stream Of "Intense" Exploding Fireballs!

July 31, 2013 - CARIBBEAN - On the 21st of July, a massive fireball ignited the night skies over Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rico fireball. YouTube.

WATCH: Fireball over Puerto Rico.

On Monday night, the 29th of July, a meteorite passed over Cayman's skies, causing a little alarm and a lot of excitement.

Chris Cook, president of the Astronomical Society, explained that sighting the object, that moved slowly across the sky in a shower of light around 10pm, was unusual, but nothing to be alarmed about.

"It was a very small asteroid, a fireball travelling from Honduras, across Cayman to Jamaica, a meteor that broke up. It's not unusual for these things to happen, although it is more unusual actually to see it," Mr. Cook said.

Image: Google Earth/Lunar Meteorite Hunters.

While regular meteor showers are commonplace, he said, this event was "absolutely unpredictable", recalling that people started "waking up" to "near-Earth objects" only a couple of years ago when the massive comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 smashed into Jupiter, the scars of which, apparently, remain visible.

"The odd fireball does come in," he said, "I have seen three or four of these things in my lifetime, the last time probably in March this year. I was lecturing at the university [UCCI] and we all went outside to look at it."

For Albert Forbes Elbert, the asteroid appeared to be charging down Bodden Town's main street, an intense ball of light that grew brighter and bigger, trailing 300 feet of fire as it passed over his house.

He said he watched the fireball passing above Mostyn's gas station and explode into hundreds of brilliantly coloured shards.

"It was as low as the mosquito research plane," Mr. Elbert said. "I got frightened, I have to tell you. I called 911 and the police. I was afraid it was going to land on the house behind me."

Apparently, the police didn't take him seriously, disconnecting the call as he sat on the second-floor porch above his Bodden Town Art Shop Monday night.

"When I first saw it, I thought it was the helicopter, and thought 'Oh, that nuisance again'. The strange thing was that it never made any kind of sonic boom."
Monday's event elicited excited responses on a meteorite watchers blog, drawing comments from half-a-dozen observers in both Jamaica and Cayman. One witness uploaded a video of the meteorite streaking over the George Town waterfront onto YouTube.

WATCH: Comet over Cayman Islands and Jamaica.

"Tom from Grand Cayman", writing at 10.30pm Monday on the blog, said, "Ten seconds passing over us, but could see it in the distance for longer. E-W green and red as bright as plane lights. At first, thought it was a plane, four or five of them all travelling in line silent. 4 or 5 meteors all travelling slowly across the sky."

Mr. Cook said he was equally excited: "No one is really sure how many asteroids are out there. This is a pretty rare thing, and provides an opportunity for us to gather information: how long it lasted, what direction it was heading, coming from Honduras and moving northeast."  - Compass Cayman.

DELUGE: Rainstorms Affect 2.8 Million in Eastern China - Over 395,000 Hectares Of Crops Destroyed; 3,695 Houses Toppled; 2.3 Billion Yuan In Damages!

July 31, 2013 - CHINA - Heavy rain affected nearly 2.83 million people in east China’s Shandong Province last week, local authorities said.

The rain, which lasted from Thursday to Sunday, destroyed 395,200 hectares of crops and toppled 3,695 houses, the provincial bureau of civil affairs said in a statement, according to China’s news agency (Xinhua).

The rain inflicted direct economic losses of 2.3 billion yuan (375.7 million U.S. dollars), it said.

Average precipitation across the province was 35.6 mm, with 11 counties, cities and districts recording rainfall greater than 100 mm, it added.

Long periods of rainy weather that occurred prior to the latest rain saturated the soil, leading to severe flooding and greater losses during the new round of rain.

Provincial authorities have sent out work groups to help evacuate residents and pump water. - China Daily.

SOLAR WATCH: "Black Hole Sun" - Chunk Of Sun Headed Toward Earth At 2 Million Miles An Hour!

July 31, 2013 - SUN - Scientists at NASA have released some incredible images revealing an enormous dark hole over our sun.

Corey Powell, Editor of Discover Magazine, joined Bill Hemmer on America’s Newsroom this morning to explain the giant black hole, and what it means for us here on Earth.

The European Space Agency/NASA Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, or SOHO,
captured this image of a giant hole on the Sun.

“The reason it’s dark is that whole chunk of the sun basically ripped off, blew out and is coming our way at about two million miles an hour,” said Powell.

Well, that doesn’t sound good. Powell explained that this phenomenon happens frequently, but we don’t often see something this large.

WATCH: Chunk Of Sun Headed Toward Earth At 2 Million Miles An Hour.

He said that when the chunk of the sun hits Earth, it would cause auroras, and would wiggle the magnetic field. The major concern would be potential disruptions to GPS signals and interference with communication satellites and power lines. - FOX News Insider.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

WEATHER ANOMALIES: Is Summer Come To An End - The Back-And-Forth Extremes Continue As 1,295 Record Cold Temperatures Have Been Set In The United States In JUST ONE WEEK, Nearly A Month Before The Official End Of Summer?!

July 30, 2013 - UNITED STATES - A recent push of autumnlike air from the Midwest to the East and part of the South has some folks wondering if the sun has yielded its last stretch of summer heat.

Regardless of how temperatures behave, summer does not officially end until Sept. 22. Meteorological summer comes to a close in early September, and solar summer winds down in early August.

Meteorological summer is statistically the hottest quarter of the year. Solar summer is the quarter of the year where the sun's energy is the greatest and daylight is the longest.

However, what does the weather in August have in store based on seasonal changes, meshed with the month's unique forecast weather patterns? Will the back-and-forth extremes continue in the Midwest and Northeast? Will the heat and drought continue in the West?

Our long-range forecasting experts, headed by Meteorologist Paul Pastelok, "summarize" below:

"Cool weather will continue in the Northeast into the first week of August," Pastelok said, "But, hot and humid weather is likely to return during weeks two and three."

That will mean plenty of good days at the beach and in the mountains through the end of the month.

A lower sun angle and lengthening nights may take the edge off the heat somewhat, so that it may not feel quite as extreme as the mid-July heat wave. RealFeel® temperatures peaked well above 100 degrees in many areas for multiple days.

In some cases, it felt hotter than 110 degrees. For cool weather lovers and those in poor health, the nights were unbearable without air conditioning.

The re-building warmth toward mid-August will likely bring another surge in energy demands.

According to Chris Olert with New York City's main energy supplier, ConEdison went from record usage of 13,332 megawatts during the peak of the heat wave on Friday, July 19, 2013, to much more typical usage of 10,000 to 11,000 megawatts during the cooler, less humid weather Tuesday and Wednesday of last week.

In New York City, energy demand was generally higher at night during the mid-July heat wave than when it was most days last week. While longer nights during August may counteract some of the energy demand later this month, a return of high humidity may still make the nights warmer than average.

"The northern and central Plains to the Midwest have a chance at significant, persistent cool weather during August," Pastelok said, "Position and magnitude of a southward dip in steering winds will determine how extensive that cool pocket is for the Midwest and if it could continue to reach part of the Northeast or back off."

The recent cool weather made a big difference in energy demands at Chicago's ComEd. While no record usage was set during the mid-July heat wave, demand peaked at 22,269 megawatts on Thursday, July 18, 2013. This, compared to much lower peak usage of 15,900 megawatts during the first four days last week.

The Southeast can expect an extension of the mild June and and July conditions into August.

"Much of the Southeast will remain generally wet with temperatures averaging near to slightly cooler than normal, but there may not be as many days with rain from the Gulf Coast to New England, compared to earlier in the summer," Pastelok stated.

According to Long-Range Meteorologist Mark Paquette, "Dorian is one possible system to watch for rainfall impact in the Southeast, but with high pressure set up the way we think it will be during August, the door is open for a Gulf of Mexico tropical system impact during the month."

In much of the West, heat will fire up toward the middle of the month causing demands for energy to rise.

Look for showers and thunderstorms affecting the Southwest to expand northward toward the northern Rockies and Snake River Basin during August.

According to Western Weather Expert Ken Clark, "The monsoon showers and thunderstorms will continue to make some small dents in the drought, but only at a very local level and not for a long-term perspective."

"Later in the month, we expect the isolated downpours to begin to diminish in the Southwest," Pastelok added, "But central and coastal Texas may begin to receive showers and storms more often."

Much of California will be dry, except for spotty storms mainly over the Sierra Nevada.

As a result of the diminishing showers and thunderstorms in the Southwest, as well as drying vegetation, the threat of wildfires will continue.

"In the Northwest, the dry weather may wind down a little earlier earlier than average with the chance of some coastal rainfall later in the month," according to Pastelok.

So, is summer over?

Even in parts of the Midwest, where cool air may be a frequent visitor, there will still be some warm days. In the South, temperature departures will be so slight that there will be plenty of sufficiently warm days to call it summer. The Northeast will experience a return of heat and humidity. Plenty of hot weather is in store for the West with the cool spots being the high country and the immediate Pacific coast.

Balancing out the extent of temperature extremes, the heavily populated Northeast and its thirst for keeping cool may drive energy demands through much of August.

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, in 2012, about 68 percent of the electricity generated in the nation was from fossil fuels (coal, natural gas and petroleum). - AccuWeather.

1,295 Record Cold Temperatures In The United States In JUST ONE WEEK.

According to HAMweather, there have been, 1,295 record cold temperatures across the United States In JUST ONE WEEK.

Click HERE for an interactive map of the record events data and HERE for a complete list of each record.

FIRE IN THE SKY: Did A Meteor Hit Orange County, Los Angeles - Residents Report Huge Explosion?!

July 30, 2013 - UNITED STATES - Unlike trees, when a meteor falls in the wilderness, everyone can hear it.

And some Orange County residents think that's exactly what they heard when a thunderous boom rattled windows, scared pets and startled homeowners from their sleep early Tuesday morning.

A meteor pierces the night sky in Joshua Tree during a Perseid meteor shower. Residents in Lake
Forest's Foothill Ranch community say a loud explosion and a flash of light Tuesday
morning were the result of a meteor falling.
(Wally Pacholka /

About 12:15 a.m., the Orange County Sheriff's Department received three or four calls from residents in Lake Forest's Foothill Ranch community about a loud explosion and a flash of light. Several South Orange County residents also tweeted about the incident, asking about the source of the blast.

Entire neighborhoods emptied into the streets in the middle of the night, residents said, with some pointing to what looked like a cloudy path overhead as the telltale sign of some galactic visitor.

Seven sheriff's deputies and a helicopter swarmed the area to investigate within half an hour of the reports, but found nothing.

Lt. Jeff Hallock said deputies chatting over the radio speculated that it was a meteor striking the canyon. The deputy's guess was based on the numerous reports of an explosion and flash of light, Hallock said.

As dispatchers guessed about the blast's origin, Foothill Ranch resident Korosh Torkzadeh heard them chatting about a meteor over law enforcement scanners.

"Am I hearing this right?" the 29-year-old recalled thinking. "At that point, it was just kind of amazement."

Southern California Edison said there were no explosions in that area Tuesday morning. The Orange County Fire Authority didn't respond to any explosions and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena didn't spot any asteroids, officials said.

So what was it? It appears to be anyone's best guess at this point.

"It was very strange," Foothill Ranch resident Patrick Driscoll said. "We heard this sound; it was like a big explosion. My wife and daughter both felt like it was right next to the house." - LA Times.

MONUMENTAL EARTH CHANGES: America's First Climate Change Refugees - Hundreds Forced To Flee Their Alaskan Village Before It Disappears Underwater Within A Decade!

July 30, 2013 - ALASKA - It is a small Alaskan village whose inhabitants have relied on the sea for countless generations.

But within a decade, it is expected that the ocean which the village of Kivalina has so relied on will completely destroy it - creating America's first climate change refugees.

Worrying: It is predicted that within a decade the Alaskan village of Kivalina will be completely underwater -
creating America's first climate change refugees.

Temperatures in the Arctic region of Alaska are warming twice as fast as the rest of the U.S, causing ice to retreat, sea levels to rise and coastal erosion to increase.

The 400 indigenous Inuit inhabitants of Kivalina, who live in single-storey cabins, have always been protected from the ferocious autumn and winter storms by a think layer of ice.

But, as reported by the BBC, during the last two decades there has been a huge retreat of Arctic ice, leaving the village vulnerable to coastal erosion.

The U.S government has attempted to help, but its solutions have never been long-term.

A defensive wall was built along the beach in 2008. However, it could not prevent an emergency evacuation two years ago following an enormous storm.

 Now, engineers predict the 7.5 mile-long barrier island will be uninhabitable by 2025, completely submerged by the surrounding Chukchi Sea.

Extreme: Kivalina is located on a barrier island off the coast of northwest Alaska. Many of the Inupiat Eskimo
villagers rely on wild animals to survive.

At risk: A dramatic retreat of Arctic ice has left the village vulnerable to coastal erosion.

The U.S government estimates that it would cost up to $400, (£265m) to relocate the residents to higher ground.

But, with there being no sign that the money will come from public funds, the indigenous residents of the village are furious.

Speaking to the BBC, Kivalina council leader, Colleen Swanm, said: 'If we're still here in 10 years time we either wait for the flood and die, or just walk away and go someplace else.

'The US government imposed this Western lifestyle on us, gave us their burdens and now they expect us to pick everything up and move it ourselves. What kind of government does that?'

A census taken in 2000 shows there were 377 people on Kivalina in 78 households with a total of 64 families residing in the village.

It revealed the racial makeup of the village was 3.45 per cent white with 96.55 per cent Native American.

Perhaps most worryingly for its future, of the 78 households,  61.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them.

Protection: The inhabitants of the village have always been protected from ferocious storms by a
think layer of ice. Instead, they now rely on these sandbags.

  Icy: This aerial image of Kivalina taken in 2008 shows the partly ice covered sea to the left.

When President Obama promised to take measures to combat climate change it provoked strong opposition.

But those campaigning to highlight the issues of global warming will show the cynics how, through Kivalina, it is happening in their own country.

 The problems in Kivalina are also experienced in the most northerly tip of US territory in the town of Barrow.

The residents of the town have been fraught with problems this year thanks to climate change.

In March, the sea ice began to melt and break up.

After eventually refreezing, it was so unstable that the townsfolk were unable to hunt for whales and seals, completely wrecking their hunting season.

Experienced whale hunters say for the first time in decades, they caught not a single bowhead whale. Residents now face a long, bleak winter.

Climate change is a divisive issue in the U.S among politicians.

New Jersey Democratic Rush Holt released a 90-second YouTube campaign ad last Monday  in which he calls for a carbon tax.

Reduction: However, this image taken this year shows how much the ice surrounding Kivalina has melted.

Remote: This map shows the isolated location of Kivalina within the Alaskan wilderness.

Concerns: Built on this long, narrow stretch of land, Kivalina is now extremely vulnerable to the sea.

Desperate: Residents are now using every means possible to save their homes.

Without it, he warns, 'millions will die.'

On his campaign website the eight-term congressman, one of two physicists in the House of Representatives, blames global warming on 'the assault that corporate interests are waging on our planet.'

'We can no longer allow Republicans to deny obvious truths,' Holt says in the longer version of his campaign video.

'Our climate is changing, the consequences are lethal, humans are responsible, and America must act.' - Daily Mail.

DELUGE OF WEATHER ANOMALIES: Floods Strike Yorkshire Town In England, Ripping Up Roads & Sweeping A Man Down Road - BUT, Heat Wave Is Set To Return By End Of The Week?! [STUNNING PICTURES + VIDEO]

July 30, 2013 - ENGLAND - A Yorkshire town was hit by flash-flooding last night as the country was battered by wind and rain - but the heatwave will be back within days.

Temperatures could soar as high as 32C in the south and 27C in the north on Thursday as a 'Spanish Plume' of hot air arrives and brings back the sizzling summer weather for the start of August.

Flash floods: Water rushes down the road in Walsden near Todmorden, West Yorkshire,
last night after the area was hit by heavy rain.

The village of Walsden, near Todmorden, West Yorkshire, were left under one and a half feet of water yesterday after a heavy downpour caused flash flooding.

Neil Thompson was swept around 50ft downhill by the fast-flowing water and ended up on the railway tracks at the end of his street.

Emergency services worked late into last night to try to clear the water and deal with hazards such as partially collapsed roads.

Mr Thomspon, 51, said he was caught out after the street was flooded by 18 inches of water. The quality supervisor and grandfather-of-one, who is married to Lorraine, 49, was today busy cleaning up his home.

He said: 'I was so shocked at how strong the water was. I had opened the gate to the house to let some of the water out. The water had got as high as the bottom of the windows and I was worried it was going to start flooding the house.

'Our garden is completely walled so I thought I needed to open the gate and let some of it out.

Waters rose again as a storm passes near Todmorden. Last year, the town and nearby
Hebden Bridge were also badly affected by flooding.

Clear up: Engineers examine the damage left by flash floods in Walsden, near Todmorden, West Yorkshire,
after a sudden downpour last night.

Wreckage: The road is destroyed in Walsden, near Todmorden, West Yorkshire, after the area
was hit by flash floods following heavy rain.

Crater: A car rests above a huge hole in the road in Walsden as a clean-up operation gets underway
after flash floods caused a foot and a half of water to sweep down the road.

'As the water was draining out onto the road, I could tell the water was flowing quite fast but out of nowhere it just took my feet from under me and I was swept away down the road.

'I was carried about 50 yards down the road, it all happened so quickly, a matter of minutes. I was terrified, I couldn't stop what was happening. I was trying to grab onto anything - fences, lampposts - to hold onto and stop me from being dragged by the water but I couldn't catch hold.

 'Eventually I got to a fence at the bottom of the road which blocks off the railway line. Just as I thought about getting up to hold onto the fence, the water swept me under the fence and onto the railway line.

'Because there was a lot more space for the water to go here, it just disappeared and just left me sitting on the railway line.

'I looked over and there was a train sitting at the station nearby, luckily not able to move at the moment because of everything that was going on, but he tooted his horn at me as he'd obviously seen what had happened.

'I couldn't believe what had happened. I walked home and when I got back, despite the fact I was drenched and shaken, my wife said to me "where are your glasses?"

'They had been pulled off my face when the water had hold of me and I've no idea where they are.'

But despite the downpours, July is likely to be one of the hottest since records began in 1659 after the country enjoyed a record-breaking unbroken spell of warm summer weather.

The Met Office have issued a level two heatwave warning for the south-east and east of England on Thursday and Friday - which means there is a 60 per cent chance of temperatures hitting 31C.

However, it is expected to cool again on Saturday with a pleasant 22C expected in London. But before the hot weather returns, the country is being hit by torrential rain.

Last night West Yorkshire Police asked people to avoid areas in Todmorden that were badly affected and said that waves from driving through the water can damage houses.

They have also issued a warning for people not to cross a bridge in the town they believe may have been damaged.

Last year, the town experienced severe flooding and was visited by Prime Minister David Cameron where he met some of the people affected.

Damage: Engineers damage the road after floodwater swept down the hillside in
Walsden last night after heavy rain.

Torn up: The damaged road in Todmorden which was lifted up by the force of the water pouring down.

Wreckage: A clear-up operation gets underway in Walsden, near Todmorden, West Yorkshire,
after the road was damaged by the sheer weight of water.

Making a splash: A car drives through flood water in Walsden, West Yorkshire after flash flooding yesterday.
But despite the downpours the warm weather will soon be back.

The flooding in Todmorden followed a day of severe rain across the UK with heavy, slow moving and thundery showers crossing the country.

Last night residents of Kershaw Road in Walsden, which was ripped up by the floods, banded together to build makeshift dams and barricade front doors as waist-height water gushed off the hills behind.

Richard Mountain, whose house is still letting in water today, said: 'I looked out of the house... and just saw this torrent of water coming down the hill.

'I came to get some sandbags to put at the front door and I couldn't even see the bottom of the front door. It just started coming in.

'The water would be over my knees, I would say a good metre. We built a dam opposite number 1 with sandbags to direct the water away. The adrenaline kicks in and you just try to protect your property. It's just a brilliant community around here.

'They always say the English get together when there's a disaster - and we don't fight for anything when there isn't.'

WATCH: Disastrous flooding in West Yorks tears up roads and closes rails.

 Mr Mountain said he was relieved that no people or pets were injured. He also said more needed to be done by the authorities to prevent similar incidents in the future.

'This shouldn't be happening,' he added.

Police said today it is 'very unlikely' that a 16-year-old boy swept away as he crossed a river on Sunday is still alive, police have said.

A search is under way to recover the teenager's body after what seems to have been 'a very tragic accident'. Mateusz Wilamowski got into difficulty in the River Tay, Perth with two friends at around 7.20pm on Sunday.

Today's search is significantly smaller than that which took place yesterday, with only three kayaks and one river raft on the water. Aquascopes will be used to search the riverbed.

The team's focus is a three mile stretch of water from Scone Palace to the city's Friarton Bridge. Sites known to wash up 'finds' will also be searched.

 In Cheetham Hill, Manchester, two shopping centres were forced to close their doors after a downpour lasting just 15 minutes caused flash flooding yesterday.

In total, 16 shops were shut after rainwater swept under the doors from the car park and through ceilings.

Shopper Patrick Nolan, 72, said: 'I was trying to get in Asda and Card Factory but they have had to close. I'm not annoyed, these things just happen in life. You can't predict flash floods like this. It's never been this bad in the precinct.'

Flash floods: Torrential rain sent water flowing down a street in Walsden, West Yorkshire,
after the severe downpour.

Double rainbow: The sky above Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, last night after a heavy summer shower.

Fellow shopper Wendy Jones added: 'I've never known these shops to close in the middle of the day, it is very strange weather.'

Matt Dobson, a senior forecaster with MeteoGroup, said the warm weather would be back later in the week.

'Today there could be scattered heavy showers and a few thunder storms to the northern half of the UK,' he said.

 'Across the South there will be a band of rain moving eastwards across southern England this morning, leaving sunny spells and scattered showers in the afternoon.

Mr Dobson said: 'Some areas will see heavy rain today, with temperatures a shade below what you would expect, but they will begin to rise on Wednesday, when it may reach 23C (73.4F) to 24C (75.2F) in the South East.

'We can expect Thursday to be very warm or hot, with temperatures up to 30C (86F) in the South East, 28C (82.4F) to 29C (84.2F) across the Midlands, and 25C (77F) to 27C (80.6F) in the North.

'There will be a growing risk of showers and thunderstorms from Friday night into the weekend.' - Daily Mail.

DELUGE: Storm System Of Heavy Rain Heads To Kentucky, Tennessee After Flooding Kansas - Causing The Closure Of Many Roadways As Travel Becomes Extremely Dangerous!

July 30, 2013 - UNITED STATES - The storm system responsible for Monday's flooding rain in Kansas will continue to shift eastward across Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee into Tuesday night.

Heavy Rain Heads To Kentucky, Tennessee After Flooding Kansas.

As much as 5 inches of rain fell in a short period of time on Monday evening across southeastern Kansas, leading to the closure of many roadways and making travel extremely dangerous for much of the night.

The rain was so heavy that the Kansas Turnpike had to be shut down from El Dorado to Emporia. Authorities reported that water was ponding over large sections of the roadway, and in some places, it was deep enough to make it impassible for vehicles.

The turnpike was reopened after the rainfall ended and the water subsided.

According to Senior Vice President of AccuWeather Enterprise Solutions Mike Smith, "The rainfall can lead to flooding along the Cottonwood, Little Arkansas and other rivers in the region."

Low-lying areas including some croplands along area streams and rivers could be impacted by rising waters as rain runs off and works downstream.

Later Tuesday into Tuesday night, cities from Jackson, Tenn., to Louisville, Ky., will be at risk for torrential rain and flash flooding.

Those traveling on Interstates 24, 40, 64, and 65, to name a few, will need to pay particular attention to rainfall. At the very least, blinding downpours can cause dangerous restrictions in visibility. Couple this with a high risk for hydroplaning, and it is easy to see how heavy rain can lead to accidents.

Never drive your vehicle around barricades or into flooded roadways. The water can be much deeper than you think, and it only takes 18 inches of rushing water to sweep a vehicle away.

A few thunderstorms will be embedded across the region, and a few places may have gusty winds to 50 mph and frequent lightning strikes. - AccuWeather.

Flood Waters From Vegas To Philly.
Severely soggy weather soaked the East Coast to the West over the weekend, stranding travelers, washing out roads and claiming two lives.

Life-threatening flash floods and mud slides are forecast as the storm threatens to dump up to 15 inches of rain, the National Hurricane Center said.

On the mainland

In North Carolina, flood waters washed away two people in the state's Piedmont region

The drownings happened Saturday after 4 inches of rain fell over five hours, prompting officials to declare a state of emergency in Catawba County.

Delilah Lovett, 10, of Charlotte and Juan Alberdi, 48, of Huntersville -- members of different families who were visiting the area together -- were both swimming in what is known as the "bathtub" on Wilson's Creek in Caldwell County around 6:15 p.m., the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office said.

Rain, which had already stopped, raised Wilson Creek 2 feet above normal levels and created "very swift currents" and carried them away, according to a statement from the sheriff's department.

Kayakers found Delilah's body nearly an hour after she disappeared, it said.

Search and rescue crews found Alberdi on Sunday, about a quarter mile north of where they were first told he went into the water, according to LouAnne Kincaid, a spokeswoman for Caldwell County.

WATCH: N.C. towns under water after heavy rain.

In Lincoln County, a swiftwater rescue team saved two people found hanging Sunday onto a tree after their canoe tipped over in Lincolnton, North Carolina, according to emergency mangement spokesman Dion Burleson.

Catawba County officials reported 10 swiftwater rescues.

Record-setting hit Philadelphia International Airport, dumping nearly 8 inches of rain in just 6 hours. The storm knocked out power to parts of the airport, leaving some folks in the dark.

At least 33 roads in Catawba and Lincoln counties will remain closed on a long-term basis due to storm damage, officials said.

Out West

The heavy rains inundated area interstates, leaving cars stranded and traffic backed up for miles.

It was more of the same out West as heavy rain mixed with hail pounded the Las Vegas area.

The system also triggered a flash flood near the Grand Canyon, flipping a tour bus on its side and sweeping it 300 yards downstream. All 33 passengers crawled out a window to safety.  - CNN.