Better than the southern part of the USA being hit by Hurricane Ida. New Orleans and Baton Rouge seem to be in the centre of its arrival onshore with winds of 240kph, a storm surge of uptown 4.8m. Whist the wind speed is falling over land it is still in excess of 140kph. All credit to FEMA and evacuations which have limited death toll to one.

Cyclonic formations in the Atlantic seem to be heading north rather than onshore. In the Eastern Pacific Tropical Depression Nora has made landfall in Mexico.

And lastly – ‘salt flower’s have appeared in Death Valley. After a shower dissolved salt near the surface, the high temperatures caused evaporation and movement towards the surface which in turned the landscape white like snow in 40C temperatures!

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