Earth Changes


Over forty percent of month's rainfall hits Moscow in one day; storm unleashes freak lightning on city

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Heavy rains with thunder and lightning have descended upon the Russian capital. Though experts warned of the dangers of using cell phones during the storm, many people braved the weather to capture frightening images and share them on social media.

Over 40 percent of a typical month's rainfall hit Moscow in a single day on Monday, the city weather bureau reported.

Though dozens of streets were flooded and around twenty flights cancelled at Moscow airports, it was the lightning that caused most of the stir among Muscovites on Monday.


Volcanic ash from Nevado del Ruiz forces two airport closures in Colombia

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The Nevado del Ruiz volcano, pictured on January 3, 2015, erupted in an ash cloud on Sunday, prompting authorities to temporarily close two airports in the area
Colombia's Nevado del Ruiz volcano erupted in an ash cloud on Sunday, prompting authorities to temporarily close two airports in the area.

The civil aeronautics agency said it closed airports at Manizales and Pereira as a precaution after the 8:30 am (1330 GMT) eruption.

This resulted in the cancellation of at least 16 flights on Sunday.

A major eruption of the Nevado del Ruiz in 1985 melted the volcano's snowcap, unleashing mudslides that wiped out the town of Armero, killing an estimated 23,000 people.

The volcano, which has been active for an estimated 150,000 years, is 220 kilometers (137 miles) west of Bogota.

Source: AFP


North Charleston woman in ICU after husband's dog rips off her arm

A North Charleston man's pit bull attacked his wife Sunday and tore her arm off.

Katherine Rizk, 48, of Ayscough Road, is "not doing well" after her arm was amputated from the elbow down, according to her husband Mahmoud Rizk. She remains in the intensive care unit at Medical University Hospital.

"It's been awful," the 30-year-old said. "She's devastated, very upset and she's in shock."

The dog, named Tiger, was euthanized Monday by the Charleston Animal Society after Rizk voluntarily surrendered him, according to a police report. The organization declined to comment about the incident.

Rizk said he had Tiger for three years, since he was a puppy, and that the pet had never been aggressive before. He said Tiger had been on a golf course earlier Sunday and was cut, and speculated the dog snapped after his wife pressed on the wound while petting him.


Woman survives black bear attack near Timmins, Canada

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A black bear is pictured in a May 27, 2012 file photo.
A 60-year-old woman from Guelph was released from hospital following a bear attack on Friday at Watabeag Lake near Timmins, ON.

Ontario Provincial Police say two women were walking in an area where there were cottages when they ran into the bear.

Police say the bear attacked one of the women and she was treated at a hospital in the Matheson-area but was later released.

The OPP say officers located the bear and killed the animal because it displayed aggressive tendencies toward them.

Black Cat

Only 100 tigers remain in Bangladesh's famed Sundarbans forest

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A rescued tiger leaps into a river after being released from a cage in the Sunderbans on the border of India and Bangladesh.
Only around 100 tigers remain in Bangladesh's famed Sundarbans forest, far fewer of the endangered animals than previously thought, according to a census.

Some 440 tigers were recorded during the previous census in 2004 in the Sundarbans, the world's largest mangrove forest and one of the last remaining habitats for the big cats.

But experts said better methodology was the reason for the huge drop in the numbers, saying hidden cameras used this time around, rather than pugmarks, gave a much more accurate figure.

Tapan Kumar Dey, the government's wildlife conservator, said analysis of camera footage from the year-long survey that ended in April found numbers ranged between 83 and 130, giving an average of 106.

"So plus or minus we have around 106 tigers in our parts of the Sundarbans. It's a more accurate figure," Dey told Agence France-Presse about the survey, which has not yet been publicly released.

Cloud Precipitation

Waterspout seen off St. Augustine, Florida coast

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One WBRC viewer got quite a surprise when he visited the Pier in St. Augustine, Florida on Sunday.

Josh Hughes was observing a developing storm offshore and noticed a thin rope-like vortex extending from the cloud base. In the video clip you can see a thin waterspout developing.

During this time of the year it is quite common to see fair weather waterspouts like the one seen here. These fair weather waterspouts develop along flat bases of a line of developing cumulus clouds.

They are often weaker than tornadoes but can produce damage. In fact, if they move onshore the National Weather Service will issue a tornado warning.

If you're ever navigating over open water you are advised to move at a 90 degree angle with respect to the waterspout's apparent movement.

Sometimes a severe thunderstorm can produce a tornado over water, which is known as a tornadic waterspout. This type is accompanied by frequent cloud to ground lightning and large hail.

If you ever capture a great weather picture or clip, we would appreciate you sharing it with us! An easy way to share weather video or weather pics is through our WBRC Weather App. You can download our free Weather App by searching WBRC in your app store.


Webcam shows summer snow on Lone Peak, Montana

Big Sky resort's web camera near the top of Lone Peak shows a winter-like scene in July.

First Alert Chief Meteorologist Mark Heyka says snow can be expected above 8,000 feet Monday in western and southwestern Montana.

The Interactive Tram Cam faces down from the top of the Lone Peak Tram at 11,166 feet and faces the Mountain Village.


Rare July snowfall for the Northern Rockies

A freak July cold front brought snow to the Northern Rockies on Monday in a rare weather event that set record-low daytime temperatures across Idaho and could see overnight readings at or near freezing in parts of the region, meteorologists said.

The combination of moisture and cold air from Alaska and Canada was expected to settle over Idaho, Montana and Wyoming through Tuesday in a pattern rarely seen in those states before late August or September, forecasters with the National Weather Service said.

More than an inch of snow was reported on Monday at the renowned ski resort of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and in the mountains of western Montana and central Idaho near Salmon, where local farmers scrambled to cover crops and potentially run sprinklers to prevent frost damage.

Cloud Precipitation

Death toll rises to 11 in northern Vietnam floods; greatest rainfall for 40 years

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Rainfall flooded many roads in Quang Ninh Province's Ha Long City. The province's People's Committee yesterday held an online meeting with local authorities to co-ordinate on repairing damage caused by heavy rain over the last two days.
The death toll rose to 11 in record floods in northern Vietnam, with at least six people still missing, authorities said Tuesday.

The latest victims include a mother and son whose house collapsed and buried them, according to Quang Ninh provincial department of agriculture.

"The possibility to find the six alive is very small," said Nguyen Duc Long, chairman of the province.

Floods triggered by heavy rains have damaged nearly 3,000 houses, and thousands of people have fled to safety, authorities said.


Flood in Cua Ong, Quang Ninh province

Cloud Precipitation

Floods in Pakistan kill 69; nearly 300,000 affected


Floodwater in Pakistan
At least 69 people have been killed and nearly three lakh others displaced across Pakistan in the devastating floods triggered by torrental rains, officials said today.

At least 34 people were killed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, 15 in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, eight in Punjab, seven in Balochistan and five in Gilgit-Baltistian, bringing the overall toll to 69, said Ahmad Kamal, an official with National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).

About 36 people sustained injuries in the rain and flood related accidents. At least 294,844 people were affected by the floods. About 1,855 houses have been destroyed and crops on 2,05,366 acres of land have been damaged.

NDMA along with army and civil authorities have taken measures to help the people displaced by the deluge.