Storms


Cloud Lightning

Lightning strikes kill 13 in Uganda

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Lightning struck at a football match at Kere Primary School grounds in Kween District last Tuesday evening, killing seven people while six others were injured and are admitted.

Police confirmed that six people of Kere and Kwosir villages in Kwosir Sub-county in Kween District were admitted with serious injuries, and arrangements had been made to transport some of them to Mbale regional hospital by last night.

One of the survivors, Mr Nathan Cherukut, said the incident happened at about 4.50pm at the climax of a football game where people had braved the rains to watch the match between Kwosir and Kere villages.

Mr Yasin Siwa, a witness told Daily Monitor that the deceased were watching the match when the lightning struck.

Comment: See also: Sott Exclusive: Shocking weather! Lightning fatalities across the planet on the increase


Cloud Lightning

Lightning kills 10 as heavy rain destroys over 50 houses in Rwanda

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At least ten people have been confirmed dead and over 30 others injured after they were struck by lightning in Western and Northern provinces this evening.

Eight people including five students were killed in Karongi District, one died in Rutsiro District while another victim was reported in Musanze, according to police.

Police said that all that were injured were immediately rushed to hospital.

Inspector of Police Theobald Kanamugire, the western regional police spokesperson, confirmed the deaths of eight people in his jurisdiction but could not give their identities.

Comment: See also: Sott Exclusive: Shocking weather! Lightning fatalities across the planet on the increase


Umbrella

2 massive waterspouts filmed spinning off the Sussex coast in the UK

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Stunning scene: This dramatic picture shows beautiful waterspouts forming in the skies
They don't pack the punch of their close relation the tornado, but these meteorological events are still stunning to watch

The skies over Shoreham have been in the news recently for tragic reasons.

But this dramatic video shows beautiful waterspouts forming in the skies above the English Channel of the coast of the West Sussex town.

Two of the funnels formed and remained in the cloudy sky for some time, showing the cloud reaching down towards the earth.


Windsock

2 tornadoes strike Ibiza, Spain; sending boats crashing into rocks, uprooting trees and damaging houses

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This amazing shot was captured on the coast of Ibiza, showing the tornado stirring up the waters
This shocking video shows the moment a tornado struck the holiday resort of Ibiza as torrential storms swept the island.

Footage, that appears to be shot at a safe distance, shows the swirl of a tornado exiting from a grey sky.

Local news sources reported that there were two tornadoes in Ibiza on Tuesday, one at sea and one inland that hit San Antonio. They appeared during a storm that uprooted trees and damaged power lines and houses.

Harry Russell, who films club nights and weddings in Ibiza during the summer months, was also on hand to capture the phenomenon.

Russell, from Northampton, told MailOnline Travel: 'I was excited when I saw it. My girlfriend and I had a filming job to cover a private villa party then the sunny day turned into a storm in such a short space.

'The weather hasn't been too bad but roughly two weeks ago Ibiza had a massive storm that flooded the town areas.'


Cloud Lightning

South Carolina man claims to have been hit by lightning ELEVEN times

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Mr Roberts has medical records showing injuries which doctors say are consistent with lightning strikes – including multiple exit wounds and trouble with memory and speech
A man who claims to have been struck by lightning 11 times in his life insists he is telling the truth, despite skepticism from experts and the Guinness World Records.

Melvin Roberts, 62, from Seneca in South Carolina, claims to have been struck in the sunshine, while driving a bulldozer, and twice while mowing the lawn.

'It's like being stalked,' Mr Roberts told Sunday Night reporter Denham Hitchcock.

'It cooks you from the inside out,' he said.

Mr Roberts has the medical records showing injuries which doctors say are consistent with lightning strikes - including multiple exit wounds and trouble with memory and speech.

'You can't taste anything for days and days,' Mr Roberts explained.



Cloud Lightning

Sott Exclusive: Shocking weather! Lightning fatalities across the planet on the increase

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Lightning bolt near people in Germany
As planetary chaos continues to unfold with an increase in floods, earthquakes, extreme temperatures, fireballs, volcanic eruptions, sinkholes wildfires and storms there seems to a concomitant rise in the number of lightning strikes reported and in particular of fatalities due to same.

A search of the Sott archives reveal the following statistics. Last year 10 reports of death by lightning strikes were noted and 38 others found on a google search for 2014 - a total of 48 reports. This year however 79 reports have been added to the Sott database with another 27 others (involving single fatalities) found on another google search. Which brings the total to 106 so far and it should be noted that there's still another third of this year left to unfold. So it would appear that this year has already shown a dramatic increase in the number of reports when compared to last year.

The Sott archived reports can be accessed here.

Cloud Precipitation

300 flamingoes killed by hailstones in Albacete, Spain

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Dead flamingoes
Dozens more birds were injured at the lagoon of Pétrola

There have been various stories in the news during the early part of this week concerning the rash of fierce hailstorms which has affected numerous areas of the country, and some of the most violent storms have hit the province of Albacete in the region of Castilla La Mancha.

One of these occurred at the saltwater lagoon of Pétrola in the east of the province on Monday, where around 300 flamingoes are reported to have died although an official total has not yet been finalized. The regional firefighting services were called in to help environmental officials remove the dead birds from the water, and dozens of injured flamingoes were also rescued from the lagoon by staff on board small zodiac boats which were brought from Almansa and Hellín as they worked all morning to clear the shallow water.

Cloud Precipitation

Tropical Storm Erika kills at least 12 in Dominica

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Tropical Storm Erika killed at least 12 people as it swept over the small island of Dominica, its prime minister said Friday, noting his country had been "badly beaten."

Local media, meanwhile, put the death toll at 35 as rescuers made their way to the village of Petite Savanne deemed the hardest hit by the powerful weather system.

"I can confirm 12 but the number may be higher," Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit tweeted on his way to the hamlet.

According to The Dominican.net, 27 people were reported dead in Petite Savanne when a "massive mudslide" demolished several houses there.

"The country has been badly beaten," Skerrit said in an audio message.

"I am asking residents to come out to help clean the streets, clear ravines and public buildings today," he tweeted.

Word of the death and destruction put the Dominican Republic on edge as it braced for a direct blast from Erika Friday afternoon.

Cloud Precipitation

At least 4 die in horrendous hailstorm, Mexico; 2 inches of precipitation in 50 minutes

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Authorities in Mexico state said Monday that at least four victims were killed when an unusually strong hailstorm hit the capital suburb.

A 45-day baby and two homeless people were amongst the victims of Sunday night's storm, state government said in a press release.

Gov. Eruviel Avila said the baby died in a car accident but the parents and another five-year child survived.

The most affected towns in the region received 53 millimeters (2 inches) of precipitation in 50 minutes - an amount three times more than the municipalities' ability to drain.



Bizarro Earth

New research looks at grey swan events, 36-foot surges, and mega-storms

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A NASA computer model simulates the astonishing track and forceful winds of Hurricane Sandy. On Saffir-Simpson scale, this wasn't a "major" storm at landfall.
Excellent Science Word of the Day: "Paleotempestology."

It's the study of prehistoric storms. The word pops up near the end of the new paper in Nature describing "Grey swan tropical cyclones" (Nature, as always, favors the British spelling of "gray"). My colleague Chris Mooney describes this new research on the E&E blog.

The paper has some jaw-dropping calculations, most notably that it is not inconceivable that in the hotter climate at the end of this century, a mega-storm could ride up along the shallow waters of Florida's Gulf Coast, take a sharp turn into Tampa Bay and (boosted by something called "Kelvin Waves"*) produce as much as a 36-foot storm surge at the head of the bay.

That would be, to say the least, a sub-optimal situation. Put it in 72-point type: Megastorm Threatens Bern's Steak House.

Of course, such a Tampa-blasting mega-storm isn't likely to happen. Nor is it likely that a monster storm will careen into the Persian Gulf and clobber Dubai -- another scenario entertained by the authors of the new paper. They are using computer models and the historical record to try to get an estimate of how frequently three vulnerable cities (the third is Cairns, Australia) could be hit by anomalously huge storms in the coming decades. These are places where the geography and bathymetry (lots of shallow water in particular) could amplify the devastation. In the case of Tampa, the authors can envision a low-probability, high-consequence event in which the bay essentially dumps its contents on the city and surrounding areas like a tipping bathtub.

Comment: The uncertainties aren't as uncertain as we might think (or hope) them to be. While modern record keeping of meteorological events only go so far, our history is rich with examples of megastorms that when read with a discerning eye indicate that we may very well see these types of events again during this time loop.

See also: Future forecast? Hurricanes 'unlike anything you've seen in history'