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Lightning strike kills 3 in Uganda

Representative image of a lighting strike.
© Petr Hykš
Representative image of a lighting strike.
Three people died on spot after they were struck by lightning at Kamuserwa cell, Nyarurambi ward in Rubanda Town Council, Rubanda District.

The incident happened on Friday at around 5.30PM during a heavy downpour.

The Kigezi regional police spokesman, Mr Elly Maate, identified deceased as; Stanley Sunday Owoyesiga, 63, the headteacher of Golden High School in Rubanda Town Council, Ben Kwikiriza, 16, and Bright Orikiriza, 35, a resident of Karambo village, Muko Sub County in Rubanda District.According to the LCIII chairperson Rubanda town council, Mr Noman Tushabe, all the victims were taking shelter in one place as they planned to visit the home of their friend that had lost a relative.

"We are really worried because these incidents have become common in the Kigezi sub-region. Imagine on Tuesday lightning struck two people dead and injured four others in Kanungu, and before the week ends, it has struck three people and six sheep dead and injured one in Rubanda District. Everyone is now scared," he said.

Cloud Lightning

Gigantic Jet plasma with fireballs near the Virgin Islands

jet plasma
Lightning on Earth is getting weirder and weirder. On the evening of Sept. 20th, Puerto Rican photographer Frankie Lucena pointed his Sony A7s camera at an offshore electrical storm. This is what he saw:

"This Gigantic Jet plasma event occurred over a very powerful thunderstorm near the Virgin Islands just ahead of Tropical Storm Peter," says Lucena. "I can't believe I was able to capture such amazing details."

Indeed, this is one of the best-ever photos of a Gigantic Jet. Sometimes called "Earth's tallest lightning," because they reach the ionosphere more than 50 miles high, the towering forms were discovered near Taiwan and Puerto Rico in 2001-2002. Since then, only dozens of Gigantic Jets have been photographed. They seem to love storms over water and are famous for surprising passengers onboard commercial aircraft.

Cloud Precipitation

Major floods in Ontario washes over roads

As predicted, heavy rainfall pounded the province this week, but some parts of Ontario seemed to get the heaviest blasts, flooding roads and threatening homes.

A special weather statement issued on Tuesday from Environment Canada called for as much as 75 millimetres of rain for parts of Toronto. The city did see its fair share of rain.

A ramp for the westbound Hwy 401 at Hwy 410 was flooded Thursday morning.

And the City of Vaughan announced the Palladini Community Centre would be closed due to extensive flooding.

Cloud Precipitation

Floods in Toledo, Spain after severe hailstorm with half a meter of hail

When not a month has passed since the intense DANA that hit the city of Toledo and surrounding municipalities such as Cobisa, Argés or Guadamur, and for which the Council of Ministers declared Castilla-La Mancha as an area seriously affected by civil protection emergencies (ZAEPC), a strong hail storm caused water reservoirs in different neighborhoods of the regional capital this Wednesday afternoon.

This is the third torrential rain so far in September and which again caused floods through the streets of the Old Town, Palomarejos -at the entrance to the Emergency Service of the Virgen de la Salud Hospital-, Azucaica or the stretch of the TO- 23 that joins the Polígono and Santa Bárbara, where the Don Eugenio and de la Rosa walks returned to relive floods.

As the State Meteorological Agency (AEMET) points out, 14.4 millimeters (equivalent to liters per square meter) were recorded in just 10 minutes with the hail storm. This Thursday the AEMET maintains the alert for heavy rains and storms at a yellow level for Toledo.


Mount Erciyes in Turkey turns white after early snowfall

Mount Erciyes turned white after the falling snow

Mount Erciyes turned white after the falling snow
Erciyes Mountain, which is the symbol of Kayseri with its 3 thousand 917 meters high peak that pierces the clouds, turned white after the falling snow.

While the operators are waiting excitedly to open the ski season in Erciyes, Kayseri Erciyes A.Ş., which was founded by Kayseri Metropolitan Municipality, announced that she was wearing the white wedding dress of Erciyes Mountain with the falling snow, and in the last post made on its official social media account, "Are our ski teams ready? " it was said.


Strong magnitude 6.1 earthquake in Bering Sea, Aleutians West, Alaska

Strong magnitude 6.1 earthquake at 40 km depth

Date & time: Sep 24, 2021 11:52:31 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: Friday, Sep 24, 2021 2:52 am (GMT -9)
Magnitude: 6.1
Depth: 39.6 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 51.1957°N / 179.0286°W↗ (Bering Sea, Alaska, United States)
Antipode: 51.196°S / 0.971°E↗
Nearest volcano: Gareloi (83 km / 52 mi)


5 climbers killed in early snowstorm on highest mountain in Russia and Europe, 14 others rescued

Photo of the heavy rescue operation

Photo of the heavy rescue operation on Mount Elbrus
During a heavy snow storm on Mount Elbrus, which is 5,642 meters tall, the highest mountain in Russia and Europe, five climbers were killed during the night from Thursday to Friday. Fourteen others could be saved. This was announced by the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Russia.

The group of nineteen climbers were at an altitude of about 5,000 meters when a heavy snowstorm surprised them. Media reports said most of them are not professional climbers.


Russia forest fire damage worst since records began, says Greenpeace

A firefighter trying to extinguish wildfire in the republic of Yakutia, Russia, in August 2021.
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A firefighter trying to extinguish wildfire in the republic of Yakutia, Russia, in August 2021.
Analysis shows over 18.16m hectares were destroyed in 2021, an absolute record since satellite monitoring began

Russia has endured its worst forest fire season in the country's modern history, according to recent data from the Russian Forestry Agency analysed by Greenpeace.

Fires have destroyed more than 18.16m hectares of Russian forest in 2021, setting an absolute record since the country began monitoring forest fires using satellites in 2001. The previous record was set in 2012, when fires covered 18.11m hectares of forest.

The record was surpassed late last week after a long fire season that has also produced unprecedented levels of global wildfire emissions and upturned daily life for hundreds of thousands of people living in Siberia and elsewhere in central Russia.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike kills 4 from same family in Tanzania

Representative image of a lighting strike.
© Petr Hykš
Representative image of a lighting strike.
Four people from the same family were killed by lightning Thursday night on Lake Victoria's Bumbile Island in Tanzania's northwestern district of Muleba in Kagera Region, an official said on Friday.

"The victims were a couple and their two children," Muleba district commissioner Thoba Nguvilla told a news conference, adding that they were hit by the lightning while they were asleep.

The official said the deceased family was engaged in farming and fishing on the island.

Robert Musiibha, chairman of Bulyo village in the area, said the house of the victims, which was roofed by iron sheets, was razed to the ground in the lightning strike.

Source: Xinhua

Cloud Precipitation

Heavy rain and flooding causes disruption in Vila Real de Santo António, Portugal - 1.6 inches of rain in an hour

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The heavy rain that fell in the Algarve this morning has caused disruption in Vila Real de Santo António, where several streets were flooded.

The water level rose so high that it flowed over side pavements in many streets, making them impossible to drive on.

Water even entered homes and businesses in some parts of the town, reports Lusa news agency, which adds that the worst of the floods were reported at Rua de Angola, Avenida dos Bombeiros and a considerable section of the town's historical centre.

The floods were caused by a heavy bout of rain between 6am and 8.30am. CDOS Faro, the regional command of rescue operations, told Lusa that the Portuguese Institute of the Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA) registered 42.1 millimetres of rain in the town in just one hour.

Comment: On the same day over a nearby region of the Iberian Peninsular: Spain floods: Shopping centre in Huelva fills with water as dozens of cars swept away - 4.4 inches of rain in an HOUR