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Freak "The Day After Tomorrow" hail storm hits Siberian beach in mid-summer - extraordinary pictures and video

'If we die, I love you,' says one bather struck by bullet-like giant hail stones.
© Ruslan Sokolov
Swimmers waded out of the water covering their heads.
Swimmers on the popular river beach say there was no warning on a sunny day before the downpour of hailstones, some the size of golf balls and hen eggs.

Temperatures on Saturday 12 July were as hot as 37C - or 99F - in Siberia's largest city, Novosibirsk, the day the hail cloudburst struck.

Suddenly in late afternoon heavy winds hit the sandy beach between two bridges across the Ob River, the fifth longest in the world.
© Ruslan Sokolov
Swimmers waded out of the water covering their heads. They shielded themselves under parasols and blow-up sun beds to stay clear of the giant hailstones.

Some children were in tears, sheltering under trees, as the hail bombardment struck the beach vicinity.

'It was like being hit by raining bullets from the sky,' said one sunbather.

'My husband was protecting my young daughter but his back was exposed to the hailstones and he has bruising all over it,' said one woman.

Comment: Take a look at some of the big storm reports from the beginning of this month:



Fish

70 dead sharks wash up on Gower shoreline, Wales

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Dead sharks on a beach in the Gower
A marine biologist believes the deaths may be the result of indiscriminate seabed trawling

A marine expert has spoken of her horror after more than 70 sharks washed up dead on the Gower shoreline .

Marine biologist Judith Oakley believes the grim marine catastrophe is the work of indiscriminate bottom trawling.

The industrial scale fishing process uses a large net with heavy weights to drag the seafloor and scoop up everything in its path.

She raced to the peninsula's Pwll Du beach on Saturday after shocked friends raised the alarm via text message.

"It was horrific. There are always grim reminders of why I am so passionate about marine wildlife and protecting it," she said.

"I wandered around the beach in total disbelief. There were dead small sharks, smoothhounds and catsharks, strewn across the sand and amongst the rocks.

© Judith Oakley
Judith says the animals were all in good condition before they died.
Fireball

SOTT EXCLUSIVE: Sinkhole, meteor crater, or something else? Giant hole spotted in remote Yamal Peninsula, northern Siberia

According to Russian news reports this giant 'hole' in the ground - possibly a sinkhole - was recently discovered in the Yamal Peninsula, northern Russia, during a helicopter flyover.

The exact date of discovery is unknown. It is claimed that the hole is so big that two helicopters could fly around inside it. Eyewitnesses say a powerful water flow is present at the bottom of the hole. Its depth is also unknown.

Russian media have speculated that the sinkhole could have been caused by a meteor impact. Note the apparently raised rim of earthen material around the hole, suggesting it was scattered around there after being ejected from below.

The material seems to have appeared recently, though not very recently. Vegetation has not yet grown on it, but it appears to have been weathered from exposure to air. Also, rainfall has made gulleys in the side of the 'crater', again suggesting that some time has passed since this feature appeared.

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Sinkhole swallows backyard in Fountain Hill, Pennsylvania

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Two Fountain Hill homes were evacuated Monday, July 14, 2014, after a sinkhole opened up at North Clewell and Long streets.
A set of twin homes in Fountain Hill were evacuated Monday after a sinkhole opened up in the 600 block of North Clewell Street.

Following heavy rainfall, the sinkhole swallowed a section of one home's backyard and extended beneath the porches and along the foundations of both residences near North Clewell's intersection with Long Street, not far from borough hall.

Assistant Chief David Boehrer, of the Fountain Hill Fire Department, said the sinkhole was spotted at about 6:25 p.m. and firefighters were called soon afterward to 605 and 607 N. Clewell St.

No one was hurt and both homes, which remain uninhabitable, were safely evacuated, he said today. The residents -- an elderly couple and a single man -- are staying with relatives who live in the area, he said.
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Huge sinkhole appears in Madison, Florida

David Williams left his home at 1:45 p.m. to visit family last Monday. He says by the time 2:20 p.m. hit, it happened that quickly.

He received a call that a sinkhole had opened up across the street from his home. He figured it would be pretty minor, but came home to see his entire road was blocked off and the sinkhole was quite large.

"I never thought that I'd be worried about a sinkhole. Lo and behold, I come home and I was like, 'Whoa.'"

The sinkhole is located on Celosia Way off of Country Kitchen Road in Madison, Florida. Madison is a small town about an hour east of Tallahassee.

Geologists are now studying the hole as it continues to grow bigger. Celosia Way around Williams' home is shut down, but he's able to get in and out.

Even though the large hole is directly across the street, he says he has no plans on leaving his home, unless the cracks get closer.


Comment: The earth is opening up! See chart below.



Attention

Cold weather records for July in Saskatchewan, Canada

Single digit lows recorded throughout the province

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Five cold weather records were set in Saskatchewan Monday morning.
Saskatchewan evenings have definitely been on the cool side lately, with at least five low temperature records falling Monday morning.

Assiniboia, La Ronge, Weyburn and Wynyard all broke July 14 records with single digit overnight lows.

Elbow, meanwhile, was colder this morning than it has been on this date since 1973.

Here are the communities, their Monday low temperatures in Celsius degrees and previous lows:

* Assiniboia 6.9 (7.0, 2013)

* Elbow 6.7 (7.2, 1973)

* La Ronge 4.9 (5.6, 2003)

* Weyburn 6.1 (9.0, 2013)

* Wynyard 7.3 (8.4, 1994)

According to CBC weather specialist Farah Singh, it's all thanks to cool air sweeping down from the north, combined with clear skies that let the heat escape at night.

Sunday was cool in the evening and early morning, too, with cold weather records for July 13 set in Elbow (7.0), Meadow Lake (4.0), Moose Jaw (7.5), Rosetown (6.3), Spiritwood (5.9), Uranium City (4.8) and Weyburn (6.1)
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Switzerland hit by landslides following heavy rainfall

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Damage from a landslide in eastern Switzerland in 2012.
An 82-year-old woman was found dead in a Swiss stream on Sunday, police said, as heavy rain and landslides halted train and road traffic near the city of Bern, the capital.

Police said that the woman died in Thörishaus, a village southwest of Bern, as parts of the country were hit by a deluge.

In the nearby town of Köniz, 200 firefighters worked throughout the night to deal with flooded streams and landslides, evacuating several homes.

Landslides blocked the railway between Bern and the western city of Fribourg and between Montreux and Zweisimmen, while flooding cut the line between the capital and the town of Thun, Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) said.

Buses were pressed into service to provide alternative transport between Bern and Fribourg.
Bizarro Earth

Large crater appears in Siberian peninsula

Mysterious 'gigantic' hole in remote region spotted by helicopters over gas-rich Yamal peninsula.
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© Konstantin Nikolaev
The crater is large enough for several Mi-8 helicopters to fly into it.
The striking puncture in the earth is believed to be up to 80 metres wide but its depth is not estimated yet. A scientific team has been sent to investigate the hole and is due to arrive at the scene on Wednesday.

The cause of its sudden appearance in Yamal - its name means the 'end of the world' in the far north of Siberia - is not yet known, though one scientific claim is that global warming may be to blame.

There is additionally speculation it could be caused by a space object - perhaps a meteorite - striking earth or that it is a sinkhole caused by collapsing rock beneath the hole caused by as yet unknown factors.

The giant hole appeared close to a forest some 30 kilometres from Yamal's biggest gas field Bovanenkovo. Experts are confident that a scientific explanation will be found for it and that it is not - as one web claim suggested - evidence 'of the arrival of a UFO craft' to the planet.
Cloud Grey

Unseasonal cool weather to set record low temps in US Midwest and Plains states this week

abnormal cool july 2014
A summertime version of the polar vortex will continue to set record low temperatures in the Plains and Midwest this week. Cool air will also reach into the South and Appalachians.

The air will feel refreshing to some people but downright chilly and autumnlike to others.

According to AccuWeather Meteorologist Steve Travis, "Many residents and visitors will be toting jackets and long sleeves."

Rather than days of hazy sunshine and high humidity, typical of mid-July, many areas will experience a deep blue sky, at times, low humidity and a cool breeze.

Temperatures failed to climb past the 60s F from the eastern part of the Dakotas, through Minnesota, northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan on Monday.

Minneapolis, home of the 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, set a record low maximum temperature of 65 on Monday, breaking the old record of 68 set in 1884.

Nearly a dozen cities across the Plains set or tied record lows Tuesday morning including Omaha, Nebraska; Kansas City, Missouri; Rapid City, South Dakota; and Dodge City, Kansas.
Cloud Precipitation

Thousands evacuated as Typhoon Rammasun pounds Philippines

Typhoon Rammasun
© AFP Photo/Charism Sayat
Residents ride on a truck as they are evacuated by authorities from approaching Typhoon Rammasun in Legazpi City, southeast of Manila on July 15, 2014

Tens of thousands of people in the Philippines hunkered down in evacuation centres while three people were reported missing Tuesday as a typhoon pounded its eastern coast amid warnings of giant storm surges and heavy floods.

The eye of Typhoon Rammasun struck Legazpi city in the eastern Bicol region in the early evening, with Manila and other heavily populated regions expecting to be hit on Wednesday afternoon, the state weather service said.

"Roofing sheets are flying off the tops of houses here... the wind is whistling," Joey Salceda, the governor of Albay province in Bicol said over ABS-CBN television.

He said there had been no reports of deaths while damage to the region -- an impoverished farming and fishing region of 5.4 million people -- was expected to be "moderate".

However, Bicol police said three local men were listed as missing off the island of Catanduanes on Tuesday, a day after they pushed out to sea to fish and failed to return.

The Philippines is hit by about 20 major storms a year, many of them deadly. The Southeast Asian archipelago is often the first major landmass to be struck after storm build above the warm Pacific Ocean waters.

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