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'Juneuary' hits Northern Rockies as nearly 6 inches of snow falls at Utah Ski Area

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June snow in the Rockies
The calendar may say it's the end of June, but summer snow is making for some wintry scenes in parts of the northern Rockies.

Several inches of snow piled up in some of the higher elevations of Utah, Idaho, Montana, Colorado and the Cascades early this week, leading some in social media to use the term "Juneuary" because of the weather more becoming of January in June.

But even though it may seem strange, snow can fall in June and even early July in the higher elevations of the West.

This most recent round of snowy and cold conditions is due to an omega block pattern that developed early this week.

The jet stream plunged southward over the West, allowing colder than average temperatures and wet weather to return to parts of the region.

Cloud Precipitation

Rain, hailstorm damage crops, orchards in Swat, Pakistan - 2nd time in 4 months

hailstorm damaged standing maize crop

Hailstorm damaged maize crop in Matta, Swat.
Heavy rain coupled with hailstorm and strong winds damaged crops, orchards and uprooted trees in several districts on Sunday.

A severe hailstorm damaged standing maize crop, vegetables and fruit orchards in different parts of Swat district.

The farmers and orchard owners said it was for the second time in four months that the heavy hailstorm and rains had destroyed their standing crops and orchards, inflicting huge losses on them.

"Torrential rains and hailstorm in April and May had destroyed fruit orchards, including peach, plum, apricot, persimmon and apple, and standing wheat crop, inflicting heavy losses on the farmers," Fazal Maula, an agriculture expert, said, adding the Sunday's hailstorm was more severe than the first one, which has battered orchards and standing crops. The worst-hit areas were Matta, Khwazakhela and Bahrain.


Cloud Lightning

Lightning strikes kill 7 in Gujarat and 11 in Bihar, India

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At least seven people lost their lives in the Saurashtra region of Gujarat, while 11 people died in Bihar on Tuesday (June 30) due to lighting and thunderstorms.

In the Saurashtra region, Rajkot, Jamnagar, Gir Somnath, Junagadh, and Bhavnagar districts were the most affected places, whereas, in Bihar, heavy rains lashed most parts of Saran, Patna, Nawada, Lakhisarai and Jamui.

"A 35-year-old woman and her 12-year-old son were struck by lightning at their farm in Rakka village at Lalpur in Jamnagar district, while two women were killed at Viramdad village in Devbhoomi Dwarka district," PTI quoted an official.

Cloud Lightning

Officials ordered 3,100 homes evacuated in Utah after lightning sparks fire near Utah Lake

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In this still frame of video shot by KSL NewsRadio's John Wojcik, flames from the Knolls fire are visible in the distance as homeowners prepare to evacuate.
Officials ordered 3,100 homes evacuated in Saratoga Springs after a fire broke out just west of Utah Lake — caused by a lightning strike in the area. This amounts to roughly 13,000 residents, the city tweeted Sunday evening.

As of 7:15 p.m., there was no timeline on when residents can return to their homes — with the city encouraging evacuees to stay with friends or family until further notice.

Residents are currently being relocated at Westlake High School as the current evacuation spot, with nearly a dozen or so cars in the parking lot.

Arrow Down

Parked car falls into massive sinkhole in East Village, New York

A parked car fell into a sinkhole on 2nd Street.
© Christopher Sadowski
A parked car fell into a sinkhole on 2nd Street.
A parked SUV was swallowed by a massive sinkhole in the East Village early Sunday when the road caved in beneath it, police said.

The silver Toyota SUV was on East Second Street near Avenue A around 2:30 a.m. Sunday when its front half fell into the newly-formed pit, cops said.

Photos showed the empty, four-door vehicle straddling the edge of the crater — with FDNY on the scene.

Con Edison was notified about the incident, police said.


Snowflake

Summer snowfall 6 inches deep blankets portions of Wood River Valley, Idaho

Galena Summit saw more than 6 inches of snow on Monday, an uncommon occurrence at the end of June in Idaho.
© Eric Brill/KMVT
Galena Summit saw more than 6 inches of snow on Monday, an uncommon occurrence at the end of June in Idaho.
Portions of the Wood River Valley woke up to more than 6 inches of snow on Monday morning, as the end of June looked more like a mid-winter morning.

The mountain towns within the Central and Sawtooth Mountains were a little bit too warm too see any of the white stuff fly, but once you were able to get above approximately 6,700 feet, snow started to cover the ground.

At Galena Summit, which is approximately midway between Ketchum and Stanley, saw more than 6 inches of snow. This is at approximately 8,700 feet above sea level, and of course, the higher you are above sea level within this part of the Central and Sawtooth Mountains, the more snow you will see. Luckily, with temperatures last week as well as Saturday in the 70s for highs, the snow wasn't able to accumulate very much on Highway 75. With that noted, the threat of snow is expected to linger around until Tuesday. Another 2-4 inches of snow will be possible, with the majority of the accumulation happening on grassy surfaces, as well as the majestic trees of the Sawtooth National Forest.


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Man dead following pit bull attack in Kamloops, British Columbia

PIT BULL ATTACK
The BC Coroners Service is investigating a man's death following reports of a dog attack in Kamloops.

Kamloops RCMP say they were called around 11:45 a.m. Monday to a home in the 900-block of Singh Street.

People in the house told RCMP that a pit bull owned by a resident attacked a man who was visiting.

The man subsequently died of his injuries.

Police say the dog is currently secured on the deck of the home.


Cloud Precipitation

Deadly flash floods in western Wisconsin - up to 9 inches of rainfall in 24 hours

floods in St. Croix County Wisconsin, USA, June 2020.
© St. Croix County Sheriffs Office
Floods in St. Croix County Wisconsin, USA, June 2020.
Officials in St. Croix County in western Wisconsin declared a state of emergency on 29 June after major flash flooding.

In a statement, county officials said: "On June 28 and 29, parts of St. Croix County received over seven inches of rain causing flooding and washed out roads across the county. The areas experiencing significant flooding are the Municipalities of Kinnickinnic, Pleasant Valley, Rush River, Eau Galle, Warren, Hammond, Baldwin, Springfield, Erin Prairie, Emerald, Glenwood, Cylon, and Forest."

At one point over 50 roads were closed in the area due to flooding. St. Croix County Sheriff's Office reported that a man died after after his vehicle entered a flooded area in the town of Baldwin. The vehicle entered a ditch and became submerged in water.


Windsock

Monster sandstorm engulfs a Chinese city in minutes

Sandstorm in Hotan, China
© Dragon Fruit Media
A local resident who witnessed the freak weather described the monster sandstorm as 'the worst one in years.' The picture shows the city of Hotan being devoured by the sandstorm
Residents have captured the terrifying moment a freak sandstorm engulfs a Chinese city in minutes.

Apocalyptic footage shows the city of Hotan in western China being devoured by the sweeping sandstorm, turning skies orange and blocking out the sun with thick dust.

Another video filmed by a motorist shows his view from the windscreen being completely covered by the sand, with nothing visible in sight.

The terrifying scene was captured on camera by onlookers in Hotan, Xinjiang Autonomous Region of western China.

The sandstorm is said to have entered the city at 4:50pm yesterday with high swirls of winds over 46mph and a visibility of less than 50 metres (164 feet), according to Chinese media.

One video filmed by a driver shows the vehicles flashing with hazard lights carefully passing on a road as the sky is darkened by the thick sand.


Attention

Iceland earthquake swarm hits 9,000 quakes in 10 days

Image showing the earthquake swarm to the north of Iceland
© IMO
Image showing the earthquake swarm to the north of Iceland.
An ongoing earthquake swarm in Iceland has now reached around 9,000 quakes, officials have said. The swarm, in the north of the country, began on June 19. Experts with the Iceland Meteorological Office (IMO) said activity is ongoing and more earthquakes can be expected.

In an updated statement on the IMO website, officials said there were two events above magnitude 3 on June 28. Both these earthquakes were felt in Siglufjordur and Ólafsfjordur — towns near to where they hit.

The IMO said that of the 9,000 earthquakes, three have been above magnitude 5. This includes a magnitude 5.8 earthquake on June 28. It said there is a chance of more earthquakes of this magnitude in the area.

What is causing the earthquake swarm is not known. Kristín Jónsdóttir, Earthquakes Hazards Officer for the IMO, told the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service RÚV: "We're trying to figure out what's going on."

She said the earthquakes are shallow and it could be that they are related to geothermal production in the region, as they are located near a geothermal power plant.

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