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Wed Jul 21, 2021, 06:26 AM

Underground train fills with water as part of China suffers 'heaviest rain in 1,000 years'

Source: Sky News

Parts of China have been hit by "the heaviest rain in 1,000 years" - with footage showing underground train carriages filling with water.

More than 20cm of rain fell on the city of Zhengzhou, Henan province, in a single hour on Tuesday. In the recent European floods, the worst-hit areas of Germany saw 18.2cm over three days.

At least 25 people died and seven went missing in the floods, local authorities said, as 100,000 were forced to flee their homes, according to China's state news agency Xinhua.
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More than 30 reservoirs in Henan have exceeded their warning levels and overnight the rainfall caused a 20-metre breach in the Yihetan dam in the city of Luoyang west of Zhengzhou.

Read more: https://news.sky.com/story/underground-train-fills-with-water-as-part-of-china-suffers-heaviest-rain-in-1-000-years-12359980



Up to shoulder level in a closed train:




(20 cm = 8 inches)

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Reply Underground train fills with water as part of China suffers 'heaviest rain in 1,000 years' (Original post)
muriel_volestrangler Jul 21 OP
riversedge Jul 21 #1
progressoid Jul 21 #2
BumRushDaShow Jul 21 #3
Chin music Jul 21 #18
BumRushDaShow Jul 21 #21
Chin music Jul 21 #22
Delphinus Jul 21 #4
LittleGirl Jul 21 #5
muriel_volestrangler Jul 21 #7
LittleGirl Jul 21 #10
Dustlawyer Jul 21 #12
muriel_volestrangler Jul 21 #15
Dustlawyer Jul 21 #16
roamer65 Jul 21 #6
mahatmakanejeeves Jul 21 #20
YoshidaYui Jul 21 #8
IronLionZion Jul 21 #9
The Mouth Jul 21 #14
Initech Jul 21 #11
The Mouth Jul 21 #13
yaesu Jul 21 #17
Devil Child Jul 21 #19
muriel_volestrangler Jul 21 #23
SpankMe Jul 21 #24

Response to muriel_volestrangler (Original post)

Wed Jul 21, 2021, 06:53 AM

1. 7.87402 INCHES WHOW

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Original post)

Wed Jul 21, 2021, 07:47 AM

2. we recently had 2 inches in an hour.

That was heavy rain. But EIGHT?

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Original post)

Wed Jul 21, 2021, 07:55 AM

3. Seems like the jetstream is definitely disrupted

Systems are stalling out and training over the same spots. We had it happen here (the Monday before this past one when the German floods were occurring) in the PA county northeast to Philly, along with the adjacent NJ county on the other side of the river from there. Locations were reporting 10" of rain in a couple hours and they are gathering all the damage costs to attempt to qualify for a federal disaster declaration. A few of those same places got another whammy this past Saturday with more inches tacked on.

In those situations where the impacted areas have nearby rivers and creeks that include dams/levees, any breaches in those dams or levees (like apparently what happened in China and Germany) will literally take a bad situation, and make it absolutely catastrophic.

Meanwhile with the stalling if the flow, there were other parts of the world (including in the NW and north central U.S.) getting extreme and unrelenting heat (without any rain), and in popular meteorology parlance - "dry begets dry".

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Response to Chin music (Reply #18)

Wed Jul 21, 2021, 01:01 PM

21. Yup

that is the prevailing theory.

The melting has impacted the PV (Polar Vortex) that spins around up at the poles and displaces lobes of it at times in what is called a "sudden stratospheric warming" event, and that in turn causes dips in the flow of the (northern) jetstream, in some cases, significantly. When that happens, it results in a ripple that causes the formation of a "ridge" over other areas, that allows warmer than normal air to flow over them, while the colder than normal air flows into the dips.

There have been a few recent periods where the arctic ice was able to regenerate but overall this year has been pretty bad.

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Original post)

Wed Jul 21, 2021, 08:12 AM

4. OMG!!

I hope the folks trapped in the waist high water were able to be rescued! That looks so frightening!

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Original post)

Wed Jul 21, 2021, 08:38 AM

5. According to the BBC measurements

Germany last week got 46 inches of rain the 9 hours last week.

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Response to LittleGirl (Reply #5)

Wed Jul 21, 2021, 08:47 AM

7. I don't think so. A link would definitely be needed for that.

Here's one, for 7.2 inches in 72 hours:

More than 182mm (7.2ins) fell in 72 hours in some areas between 12 and 15 July, according to Deutscher Wetterdienst - the German meteorological service.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-57862894

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Reply #7)

Wed Jul 21, 2021, 10:07 AM

10. I stand corrected. Thanks nt

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Reply #7)

Wed Jul 21, 2021, 11:22 AM

12. In my county we set the 3 day record of 67 inches during Harvey.

I felt like Noah but with just two dogs.

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Reply #15)

Wed Jul 21, 2021, 12:17 PM

16. I guess our weather people wanted us to have something after what we went through.

I cannot imagine how bad that must have been considering what happened here.

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Original post)

Wed Jul 21, 2021, 08:43 AM

6. Let's see if Three Gorges Dam holds up.

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Response to roamer65 (Reply #6)

Wed Jul 21, 2021, 12:49 PM

20. They're on different rivers.

https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Zhengzhou,+Henan,+China/Three+Gorges+Dam,+Zigui+County,+Yichang,+Hubei,+China/@30.4616177,111.5527999,10.85z/data=!4m13!4m12!1m5!1m1!1s0x35d76594f09b6a9d:0x7932ee19f4cced2c!2m2!1d113.625328!2d34.746611!1m5!1m1!1s0x368477f7d8d04299:0x2b6b0ad5fddb4a68!2m2!1d111.0037277!2d30.8233072

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Original post)

Wed Jul 21, 2021, 09:25 AM

8. At least they believe in science

Unlike those Republican bastards across the aisle.

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Original post)

Wed Jul 21, 2021, 09:37 AM

9. Not a good place to be around electric rails and wires

yikes!

Mother nature is going to kill us for destroying the planet.

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Response to IronLionZion (Reply #9)

Wed Jul 21, 2021, 11:54 AM

14. She's in the process of doing so

At least in this case the karma seems appropriate.

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Original post)

Wed Jul 21, 2021, 10:53 AM

11. Can we have some of that rain here in Cali please?

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Original post)

Wed Jul 21, 2021, 11:53 AM

13. Remind me again- how many coal plants China has built recently and is building now?

Never mind, found it...

China's new coal power plant capacity in 2020 more than three times rest of world's: study

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China put 38.4 gigawatts (GW) of new coal-fired power capacity into operation in 2020, according to new international research, more than three times the amount built elsewhere around the world and potentially undermining its short-term climate goals.

Something about 'chickens coming home to roost' comes to mind.

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Original post)

Wed Jul 21, 2021, 12:28 PM

17. pretty cool that someone was recording rainfall in China 1000 years ago. nt

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Response to yaesu (Reply #17)

Wed Jul 21, 2021, 12:31 PM

19. Huh?

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Original post)

Wed Jul 21, 2021, 01:26 PM

23. Two dams in China's Inner Mongolia collapse after torrential rain

This was before the subway flooding, different area.

SHANGHAI, July 19 (Reuters) - Two dams in China's northwestern region of Inner Mongolia have collapsed after torrential rain, the water ministry said on Monday, highlighting the safety risks posed by ageing infrastructure during the summer flood season.

The dams, in the Inner Mongolian city of Hulunbuir, collapsed on Sunday afternoon. They had formed reservoirs with a combined water storage capacity of 46 million cubic metres, the Ministry of Water Resources said.
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Hulunbuir's city government said on its WeChat account that 16,660 people have been affected, with 326,622 mu (53,807 acres) of farmland submerged. Bridges and other transport infrastructure had also been destroyed.

Footage posted on Chinese social media showed one of the dams being completely swept away by the water, inundating nearby fields.

https://www.reuters.com/world/china/two-dams-chinas-inner-mongolia-collapse-after-torrential-rain-2021-07-19/

I think this is footage of that:


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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Original post)

Wed Jul 21, 2021, 02:00 PM

24. Heaviest rain in 1000 years

China would know this since they are a very long-lived culture. They have history records on this in one form or another.

If "heaviest rain in 1000 years" doesn't raise eyebrows and get certain people thinking about climate change, then I don't know what will.

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