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Waterspout seen near Sanibel Island, Florida on June 22

© Bryce McKinnon
While out fishing Saturday afternoon, WINK News Viewer Bryce McKinnon and his father, Donald McKinnon, captured a waterspout about 15 miles offshore of Sanibel Island.

Bryce mentioned that the waterspout "seemed to appear out of nowhere" and was seen at 12:08 p.m.

The Weather Authority Meteorologist Lauren Kreidler says, "Waterspouts are essentially tornadoes that develop over water." The one Bryce sent in was small but well-defined. Waterspouts are typically weaker than tornadoes, though they can produce damaging winds.

Saturday's afternoon storms produced some offshore activity, leading to heavy downpours capable of producing waterspouts, such as the one caught on camera.


Two-year-old girl mauled to death by stray dogs in Madhya Pradesh, India

dog attack
A two-year-old girl was mauled to death by stray dogs while she was playing at a construction site in Madhya Pradesh's Khargone district, police said on Tuesday.

The incident took place on Monday night on Mangrul Road, Kotwali police station in-charge BL Mandloi said.

The girl's father, Sanjay, a resident of Updi village in the district, worked as a watchman at the construction site and was staying there with his family, he said.

The man was cooking food and his wife was taking a bath when their daughter ventured on the road while playing. Some stray dogs attacked the girl and dragged her for 100-150 metres, injuring her severely, the official said.

Later, the couple took the child to the district hospital where doctors declared her dead, he said.

District Hospital's civil surgeon Amar Sigh Chouhan said there were serious injuries on the girl's chest and waist due to dog bite, which resulted in her death. The post-mortem will be conducted on Tuesday, he said.


Cloud Precipitation

Cloudburst triggers landslides and severe flooding in Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh, India

A cloudburst on Sunday morning (June 23) caused multiple landslides and severe flooding in Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh.

Secretary Dani Salu from the Disaster Management Department reports on the situation, and local residents share their experiences.

The district administration advises against approaching rivers or landslide-prone areas.


Shark attack kills famous surfer in Hawaii

Great white shark
Tamayo Perry, a professional surfer and actor who appeared in the Pirates of the Caribbean series, has been killed in a shark attack in Hawaii.

The 49-year-old, who also worked as a lifeguard for Honolulu Ocean Safety, was attacked Sunday near Goat Island off the North Shore of Oahu, according to officials. Perry, who appeared in episodes of Hawaii Five-O and the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean film, was brought to shore via a jet ski, but had sustained multiple bites and could not be saved.

It remains unclear which breed of shark was responsible for the attack, which was said to have occurred as Perry was surfing during a break from his lifeguard duties at around 1.00 p.m. Surfing website Stab Mag, which described the surfer as an "icon" of the sport and a noted pipeline specialist, said Perry was discovered with an arm and a leg missing after the shark chewed off two of his limbs. This is thought to be the first time a professional surfer has been mauled to death by a shark.

Comment: See also: 18 fatal shark encounters in 2023 highest for 20 years


Magnitude-6.3 earthquake strikes off northern Vanuatu, no tsunami warning issued

A magnitude-6.3 earthquake struck off the northern coast of Vanuatu at approximately 19:03 local time on Monday.

According to reports, the epicenter of the earthquake was located approximately 52 km (32 miles) north-northeast of Port-Orly.

The quake occurred at a depth of about 156 km (97 miles), resulting in moderate-to-light shaking felt across northern and central Vanuatu. Fortunately, there have been no immediate reports of damage or casualties attributed to the earthquake. Experts suggest that significant damage is unlikely due to the considerable depth of the tremor.

Authorities have confirmed that the earthquake did not trigger any tsunami advisories. The situation is being closely monitored for any further developments.

The earthquake serves as a reminder of the region's seismic activity, with Vanuatu located in the Pacific Ring of Fire, known for its frequent tectonic activity and earthquakes.


Northwest Iowa residents evacuated because of flooding - Gov. Kim Reynolds declares disaster

Days of heavy rainfall have pushed rivers to record levels across northwest Iowa, shutting down utilities in several cities and forcing evacuations.

Gov. Kim Reynolds issued a disaster declaration Saturday for 21 counties in the region, and the Iowa State Patrol and Iowa 511 warned against travel there because of flooded roads.

The most dramatic situation may have been in Rock Valley, where as much as 15 inches of upstream rain over the previous 72 hours sent the Rock River surging to a record depth of more than 27 feet. That was 5 feet over the previous record and 8 feet above major flood stage, 19 feet, according to the National Water Prediction Service.

A levee failed and the city sounded warning sirens early Saturday, telling residents north of Highway 18 to evacuate. State troopers blocked roads into the city to all but local residents, and the city said on its Facebook page that people were being brought out by boat because "the water current and height" had rendered the use of vehicles impossible.


Enormous hailstorm slams Lake Powell, Utah

Friday ended up bringing severe weather to the Beehive State, which included hail, heavy rain, high winds, and thunderstorms.

Over at Lake Powell, golf-sized hail balls slammed people in the waters. The videos, which were shared with KUTV by Jessica Hughes and Brad & Kandra Mills, show people screaming as huge hail balls crashed down into the reservoir. One person reported some bruises, but it sounds like no major injuries occurred.

The main lesson is to be mindful of the weather when you go outside because you never know what you might experience.


Taal volcano in the Philippines belches 2,400-meter plume on June 22

Taal Volcano had a degassing activity at its main crater early morning on Saturday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.

Based on Phivolcs' visual monitor of the Agoncillo Observation Station, the degassing activity happened from 1:30 a.m. to 7:55 a.m. and produced thick plumes that rose 2,400 meters high before drifting northwestward.

Philvolcs noted that Taal has been degassing "significant volumes" of volcanic gas since March 2021.

Saturday's advisory likewise indicated that the volcano released 4,641 tons (4, 210 metric tons) of sulfur dioxide last Thursday, June 20.

Phivolcs added that Alert Level 1 remains in effect over the volcano.

The state seismologist repeated its reminder that entering its island, especially the Main Crater and Daang Kastila fissures, as well as occupancy and boating on Taal Lake, and flying any aircraft close to the volcano are still prohibited.


Magnitude 6.0 earthquake near the coast of Venezuela

A very strong magnitude 6.0 earthquake occurred in the Caribbean Sea near the coast of Venezuela late in the evening of Saturday, Jun 22, 2024 at 11.58 pm local time (America/Caracas GMT -4).

The quake had a moderate depth of 87 km (54 mi) and was felt over a large region.

No significant damage or impact is expected from this quake and no particular alert was issued.


Three top atmospheric scientists say Net Zero will prevent almost zero warming

William Happer atmosperic scientist
© Gage Skidmore/flickrWilliam Happer is a Princeton atmospheric scientist who is doubtful of the dangers of climate change
Recent calculations by the distinguished atmospheric scientists Richard Lindzen, William Happer and William van Wijngaarden suggest that if the entire world eliminated net carbon dioxide emissions by 2050 it would avert warming of an almost unmeasurable 0.07°C. Even assuming the climate modelled feedbacks and temperature opinions of the politicised Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the rise would be only 0.28°C. Year Zero would have been achieved along with the destruction of economic and social life for eight billion people on Planet Earth. "It would be hard to find a better example of a policy of all pain and no gain," note the scientists.

In the U.K., the current General Election is almost certain to be won by a party that is committed to outright warfare on hydrocarbons. The Labour party will attempt to 'decarbonise' the electricity grid by the end of the decade without any realistic instant backup for unreliable wind and solar except oil and gas. Britain is sitting on huge reserves of hydrocarbons but new exploration is to be banned. It is hard to think of a more ruinous energy policy, but the Conservative governing party is little better. Led by the hapless May, a woman over-promoted since her time running the education committee on Merton Council, through to Buffo Boris and Washed-Out Rishi, its leaders have drunk the eco Kool-Aid fed to them by the likes of Roger Hallam, Extinction Rebellion and the Swedish Doom Goblin. Adding to the mix in the new Parliament will be a likely 200 new 'Labour' recruits with university degrees in buggerallology and CVs full of parasitical non-jobs in the public sector.