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Glowing noctilucent clouds filmed over Cookstown, Northern Ireland

NLCs over Northern Ireland
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A UK videographer captured a remarkable display of noctilucent clouds in Northern Ireland in the early hours of this morning (June 18).

Footage shows the shiny clouds moving across the skies in Cookstown.

Noctilucent clouds or night-shining clouds, are cloud-like phenomena that form in the upper atmosphere of Earth.


Angler revives exotic oarfish in rare encounter off Baja California Sur, Mexico

A fisherman who had always dreamed of holding an oarfish—an exotic sea creature from the deep—became one of the few people to see and hold an oarfish that was still living, and he possibly even saved its life.

The extremely rare encounter occurred last week on a Mexican beach in Baja's East Cape as Noah Thompson, 24, and Jacob Thompson, 17, were just getting started for a day of fly-fishing.

The brothers from Austin, Tex., were working their way down the beach on quads just north of Rancho Leonero Resort when Jacob spotted something silvery that had just washed ashore.

Noah told USA Today/For The Win Outdoors that his brother "knew exactly what it was and he was thrilled."

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Heavy rainfall causes flooding in the streets of Belgrade, Serbia

Heavy rainfall caused the Serbian capital of Belgrade to rapidly flood on June 19, leaving roads inoperable and some residents without transportation.

Jelena Mladenovic and her boyfriend were standing outside and filmed a bus as it drove through a street surrounded by flooded vehicles, showcasing the high water level.

Credit: Jelena Mladenovic via Storyful

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Evacuations after floods in Lublin, Poland

A heavy downpour caused severe flooding in parts of eastern Poland on 19 June, 2019, leaving communities cut off.

Flooding affected areas of Janów Lubelski County, Lublin Voivodeship (province), in particular the neighbouring villages of Wierzchowiska Pierwsze and Wierzchowiska Drugie, both in the district of Modliborzyce. Local media said the area was cut off by flood water for some time on 19 June and the villages were left isolated. Both villages are situated along the Sanna River, a tributary of the Vistula.

The governor of Lublin, Przemysław Czarnek, visited the area. In a statement he said that 18 people have been evacuated and were staying in temporary accommodation at the local fire station, or with neighbours.

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Hungary hit by a month's worth of rain in an afternoon

On Wednesday afternoon, heavy thunderstorms hit parts of the country approximately totaling a month's worth of rain. The sudden and excessive rainfall caused flash floods and disruptions in traffic in several places around the country. For example, in Szolnok, an underpass was filled with so much water that cars became submerged. In other cities and villages, streets and houses were flooded.

Heves Online received a video from its readers of the scene in Nagyvisnyó:


Then & now photos reveal wild amount of snowpack left in Colorado

Base of Panorama-June 11, 2019,
© Monarch Mountain
Base of Panorama-June 11, 2019,
Then-and-now photographs tell the story of just how much snow is still sitting around in Colorado's mountains.

Check out the photos below. You'll see some ski slopes that look drastically different this time this year compared to this time last year in Colorado. Then-and-now photographs from Monarch Mountain and Arapahoe Basin compare the slopes through a notably dry 2017-2018 ski season to huge snowfall totals in the 2018-2019 ski season.

This first photo, taken on June 9, 2018, shows barely any snow in sight on the slopes at Arapahoe Basin. The second photo, taken on June 8, 2019, of the same location reveals what an incredible ski season looks like - extending into the spring and even summer months.

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Timelapse captures 'microburst' storm over Calgary, Canada

© National Weather Service
According to the National Weather Service , microbursts happen when a thunderstorm begins to suspend water droplets and hail in its updraft. They can sometimes lead to extreme damage
A fascinating video captures a mushroom-cloud like storm that dumped localized hail and rain across a swath of Calgary.

In a timelapse video, the storm cell, called a 'microburst,' is shown rolling across the sky, with its cylindrical plume of precipitation rising up and connecting with the clouds to form what some might have confused for a tornado.

According to the National Weather Service, microbursts happen when a thunderstorm begins to suspend water droplets and hail in its updraft.

Sometimes, if the updraft is strong enough, large amounts of precipitation get caught in the upper portion of the storm.

As the draft dissipates and the storm shifts, however, the droplets and hail are released, unleashing a deluge of rain and ice particles onto the ground.

In some cases, these types of storms can lead to extreme damage on the areas in which they fall.

On top of powerful precipitation, the storms can also unleash winds up to 100 mph which is why the National Weather Service says the storm should be taken as seriously as tornado warnings.


Indian heatwave kills 92 as temperatures soar to 50C

Indian boys bath at a drinking water tap on a hot day in Prayagraj, India
© Rajesh Kumar Singh/AP
Indian boys bath at a drinking water tap on a hot day in Prayagraj, India.

At least 92 people have died in India's Bihar as the state remains in the midst of a punishing heatwave that's affecting much of the country, bringing with it droughts and hundreds of cases of heatstroke.

The country is experiencing its lowest rainfall before monsoon season in over six decades and is in its third week of a heatwave, set to become one of the longest on record.

The majority of the recorded deaths in Bihar since June 15 have occurred in Aurangabad, Gaya, and Nawada, where temperatures have been around 45 degrees Celsius. At least 562 patients have been admitted to government hospitals with heatstroke, and officials fear the death toll will continue to rise.

Indeed, the true toll may never be fully known as some heat-related deaths could not be officially confirmed "as the families took the deceased's body before post-mortem," an official of the state emergency operation center told the Hindustan Times.

Comment: Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Hottest temperatures on the planet but forget the record snow & cold please


Rare clockwise-rotating tornado touched down in South Dakota

rare tornado
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A tornado that touched down northeast of Estelline, South Dakota, Saturday evening was rare because it was rotating clockwise, the opposite of most twisters in the Northern Hemisphere.

Radar imagery indicated the tornado was spinning anticyclonically, which is a meteorological term for clockwise. In the Northern Hemisphere, high-pressure systems spin anticyclonically, while low-pressure systems rotate cyclonically, or counterclockwise.

The majority of tornadoes spin counterclockwise in the Northern Hemisphere, similar to larger-scale low-pressure systems, which produce clouds and precipitation.

In fact, estimates indicate that about 1% of tornadoes in the Northern Hemisphere rotate clockwise, like the one near Estelline on Saturday evening, according to the National Weather Service in Aberdeen, South Dakota.

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2019 shaping up to be record-breaking noctilucent cloud season in the US

Noctilucent clouds
© Space Weather

If you've never seen a cloud of frosted meteor smoke, now is the time to look. 2019 is shaping up to be the best year for noctilucent clouds (NLCs) ... maybe ever.

Normally confined to near-Arctic latitudes, NLCs have been seen this month in most US states. On Friday morning, June 14th, Don Davis saw them, astonishingly, from the city of Joshua Tree not far from Los Angeles CA:
NLCs over Joshua Tree, CA
"They were dim but distinct," says Davis. "I photographed them easily using a 4 second exposure at ISO 400."

Davis's sighting at +34.1 degrees sets the record for low-latitude observations of NLCs, breaking the previous record set only five days earlier by Brian Guyer at the National Weather Service in Albuquerque, New Mexico (+35.1 degrees).

"I'm shocked to report that I saw the noctilucent clouds while venturing outdoors for a weather observation shortly after sunset," says Guyer, who is a senior meteorologist. "When I noticed the faint blue wavy tendrils far off to the north, I asked myself, 'am I really seeing noctilucent clouds from here?' I'm happy to see that other folks are also seeing these beautiful spectacles of nature at lower latitudes."