Storms


Bizarro Earth

Tornado strikes natural gas drilling rig in Texas panhandle

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The Canadian, Texas tornado just before it struck an oil rig in Texas.
At least three people were injured on Wednesday when a tornado hit a natural gas drilling rig in northern Texas, the Hemphill County sheriff and a hospital official said.

One victim sustained minor injuries, the second had non-life-threatening injuries to the face, and the third suffered "an impalement to the abdomen," Hemphill County Sheriff James Pearson said in a statement.

Two of the more seriously injured were transported to a hospital in Amarillo and one was treated at Hemphill County Hospital in Canadian, Hemphill Hospital Chief Executive Christy Francis said.

The patient who remained at Hemphill County Hospital was in stable condition, Francis said.

The drilling rig is near Canadian, a town of nearly 3,000 residents that is about 100 miles (160 km) northeast of Amarillo in the Texas panhandle.

Pearson said highways were closed due to debris from downed trees and flooding.

There was no word on the rig's operations but Pearson said there was "extensive damage to the doghouses," the general-purpose rooms adjacent to the rig floor.

Cloud Precipitation

Record rainfall for Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Nebraska

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Rain in Fort Smith, Arkansas
Several cities have already seen one of their wettest moths on record. And the month isn't over. And there's more rain in the forecast

Fort Smith, Arkansas - With 18.33 inches of rain through 2:00 a.m. Tuesday, Fort Smith broke the previous record of 15.02 inches in June 1945, making it the wettest month on record

Oklahoma City - On Saturday, the city broke its June 1989 record of 14.66 inches to become the wettest month in Oklahoma City history.

Wichita Falls, Texas - May 2015 became the wettest month on record early Friday afternoon when the city's month-to-date total reached 13.33 inches. That broke the record for May - and for any month on the calendar - both set in May 1982 with 13.22 inches.

Corpus Christi, Texas - Rainfall in May 2015 was 13.41 inches through 3:00 a.m. May 26, well beyond the previous May record of 10.44 inches set in 1941.

According to weather.com senior meteorologist Nick Wiltgen, May 2015 now exceeds Corpus's total rainfall for the entire drought-parched year of 2011, which was only 12.06 inches.

Windsock

Waterspout in Florida lifts bounce house 50 ft. up into air, injuring kids inside (VIDEO)


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A Memorial Day attraction at Fort Lauderdale Beach Park in Florida went terribly wrong when a sudden waterspout uprooted and overturned an inflatable bounce house, injuring children inside, before lifting it some 50 feet (15 meters) up in the air.

The video of the accident posted on YouTube shows the inflatable house flying above palm trees, across a parking lot and over four lanes of traffic.


Bizarro Earth

Tornado rips through northern Mexico border town killing 13 and damaging hundred of homes


Many residents have lost their homes in the tornado
At least 13 people have been killed by a tornado that hit the northern Mexico border city of Ciudad Acuna.

Hundreds of homes have been damaged or destroyed in the city, in Coahuila state, which is just across the border from Del Rio, Texas.

Images from the scene showed cars upended and leaning against buildings.

Dozens of people have been injured and officials warned that the death toll could rise.

Coahuila Governor Ruben Moreira, on a visit to the stricken area, said 10 adults and three children had died and a baby was missing. Another 150 people had been taken to hospital, he said.

Snowflake

New Zealand hit by the 'biggest storm on Earth'


Snow surrounding the Shotover River in Queenstown.
A storm blasting Antarctic weather over New Zealand is currently the biggest storm on earth according to WeatherWatch.

The low stretches from just south of Fiji to Antarctica's ice shelf, but only 20 per cent of the storm is affecting New Zealand.

WeatherWatch.co.nz said the forecast air pressure at its centre over the next 24 hours would be greater than that of Hurricane Katrina when it made landfall in 2005.

Weather expert Philip Duncan said, "It's fairly normal to get a cold snap in late May. We're less than a week away from winter, it's not surprising to get a blast like this."

But he said the low's strength was surprising.

"The depth of this storm south of New Zealand is up there with some of the biggest hurricanes we've seen. It's a really big storm."

However, WeatherWatch.co.nz said only the storm's edges were affecting New Zealand - its centre lay around 1000 to 1500kms to our south east.

Southland, Otago and Banks Peninsula woke this morning to the heaviest dumping of snow so far this year.

Overnight, areas of Central Otago and Southland saw up to 30 cm of snow, according to Metservice.

The North Island didn't escape the cold weather with light snow falls reported in Napier and heavier falls on the Napier-Taupo Rd.

Queenstown Airport was temporarily closed, with heavy snow right down to the township, and snow flurries blanketed Invercargill.

Dunedin was battered by an onslaught of nasty weather, said MetService, hit by snow, showers and offshore thunderstorms.

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Arrowtown blanketed in snow.

Cloud Precipitation

Hailstorm causes major damage to apples, peaches and cherries in Greece

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Hailstones
Major damage was caused to apples and peaches in Kastoria and Kozani as a result of hailstorms last Tuesday. As reported to Agrotypos by the head of the branch of EL.GA Kozani, Mr George Vrontzou, "on Tuesday we had hail in the regions of Kastoria and Kozani and even in the area of Platanorema, Servia and Velventos."

He adds: "the most affected are mainly apples in Kastoria and peaches, apples and cherries in Kozani. As of yet, there are no accurate estimates of the destruction. EL.GA announced compensations would be granted and producers have been given fifteen days to report the extent of the damage."

Cloud Lightning

Apocalyptic rainstorm brings floods to streets of Moscow, lightning blasts gas station

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Flooded road in Moscow
A heavy rainstorm washed over the Russian capital on Friday, prompting an extreme weather warning, sending torrents of water rushing down the city's streets, and blowing up a gas station with lightning.


After a warm muggy Friday afternoon, the sky above Moscow suddenly darkened, sending the city into twilight. Soon after, the clouds erupted in a powerful thunderstorm.

The thunderstorm was accompanied by winds of up to 38 miles per hour (17 meters per second), fresh breeze to fresh gale by international standards. Forecasts say the rainy weather will continue through the night and into Saturday.

Umbrella

Memorial day storms threatens more than half the U.S.

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Showers and thunderstorms threaten to interfere with Memorial Day festivities across more than half of the United States.

That does not mean that half of the picnics, parades and other outdoor events throughout the nation will not be able to go on as scheduled.

Monday will not be a complete washout in most communities being threatened by showers and thunderstorms. There will still be stretches of dry weather.

Residents should monitor their local forecast pages to determine the best time to schedule outdoor plans. On the actual holiday, a close eye will have to be kept on the sky and AccuWeather MinuteCast® to know when to move indoors.

Widespread severe weather is not a concern on Monday, but lightning is.

"While only a small number of storms become strong enough to produce damaging winds, large hail and tornadoes, every thunderstorm produces lightning," stated AccuWeather.com Brian Lada.

"Lightning is one of nature's deadliest phenomena, claiming roughly 55 to 60 lives every year across the United States and injuring hundreds more," added Lada.

The most active parts of the nation in terms of thunderstorms will lie from Texas and the northern Gulf Coast states to the Midwest and St. Lawrence Valley and across the northern Plains and Intermountain West.

Comment: Dangerous Flood Threat to Persist in Texas, Southern Plains


Cloud Lightning

Huge apocalyptic thunderstorm cloud engulfs San Luis Potosi, Mexico

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Thunderstorm cloud over San Luis Potosi
This apocalyptic thunderstorm cloud suddenly appeared in the sky of San Luis Potosi surpising its residents!

That's really a giant cumulonimbus!

This type of giant and angry clouds are more than common in arid or desert areas. But not in San Luis Potosi!


Snowflake

Snow covers Arxan City in north China

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Snowfall in Arxan, China
A heavy snowfall falling with northern cold front on Monday brought winter back to the Arxan City of north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region while much of China bracing bright summer days.

The snow started to fall early Monday morning and stopped at around 11:00 am. Streets in downtown Arxan were covered by 10 centimeter thick snow and residents going outdoors were seen dressing in layers to keep themselves warm after a sharp drop in temperatures.

Number of cars hit on road apparently decreased due to the snowy weather. Those who hit on road slowed down their speed and drove cautiously.

Local border police division dispatched soldiers to help pull the cars stranded in snow to safety.

Municipal authorities have organized personnel to clear the tough heavy snow from streets since morning. Flights at the local airport were not affected as the snowfall continued only a short time.