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Snow falls in the middle of June in Iceland

Fáskrúðsfjörður, yesterday
© Mbl.is/Albert Kemp
Fáskrúðsfjörður, yesterday.
It may be the middle of June, but nonetheless it snowed in the East Fjords of Iceland yesterday, mbl.is reports. The weather forecast calls for the cold weather to continue for the coming days.

Yesterday morning, the residents of Mývatnssveit, Northeast Iceland, woke up to a snow-covered ground, and in Fáskrúðsfjörður, the East Fjords, it still snowed yesterday.

Óli Þór Árnason, meteorologist at the Icelandic Met Office, states that although the snowfall wasn't heavy in low-lying areas, numerous areas from Eyjafjörður fjord in the north and all the way to the East Fjords saw either sleet or snow yesterday.

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Car sinks in Mumbai parking lot sinkhole after heavy rains

In a startling incident, a car was swallowed up by a sinkhole at a parking lot in Mumbai. The entire incident was caught on camera by witnesses. The car gets fully submerged within seconds. Police reportedly said that there had been a well at the spot which was covered with concrete and used as a parking space by people. Due to heavy rain, land subsidence occurred, and the concrete caved in. Watch the full video for more.

Cloud Precipitation

Tropical Storm Koguma floods 20,000 hectares of farmland in Vietnam - up to a foot of rain in 24 hours

Storm Koguma

Storm Koguma
Tropical Storm Koguma made landfall in Thai Binh Province in northern Vietnam early on 13 June 2021. According to disaster authorities in Vietnam, the storm weakened into a tropical depression as it move inland.

Two fishermen were reported missing at sea off the coast of Thai Binh Province. Two ships from the Border Guard are assisting in the search and rescue.

Vietnam Disaster Management Authority (VDMA) reported over 130 homes damaged, mostly as a result of strong winds, including 21 houses in Ha Nam province and 104 in Nam Dinh province.

Cloud Precipitation

New Zealand: Some of Canterbury's May floods labelled a 'one-in-200-year event'

Flooding near the Selwyn Huts in rural Canterbury
Flooding near the Selwyn Huts in rural Canterbury.
Some parts of the Canterbury floods were so extreme it was only expected to happen once every 200 years, scientists says.

During the floods, at the end of May, an Environment Canterbury rain gauge in Mt Somers recorded its largest 48-hour rainfall ever, with 526mm. Another rain gauge about 10km away recorded 310mm in the same period.

National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (Niwa) climate scientist Dr Trevor Carey-Smith said the long duration of the rainfall, not the short-term intensity of it, was exceptional.

"Most extreme rainfall only occurred in a relatively thin strip along the Canterbury foothills," Carey-Smith said.

The rainfall recorded at Mt Somers, Geraldine and Snowdon was on average only expected once every 200 years. Those rain gauges span an inland 100km stretch of the South Island.

Comment: New Zealand - Emergency declared after floods in Canterbury - up to 11 inches of rain in 21 hours

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike kills 3 in Kohlu, Pakistan

A woman and two children were killed after lightning struck them during a thunderstorm in Balochistan's Kohlu Sunday.

The province received its first spell of monsoon rains on Saturday night.

Two others were injured and they are being treated at a hospital.

During the heavy showers, the wall of Kohlu assistant commissioner's house collapsed and roof collapses were reported in different parts of the district.

Many crops have been damaged too.

Comment: Three other people were also killed by separate lightning strikes a day earlier in Pakistan.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike kills teen swimming off Tybee Island, Georgia officials say

A swimmer has died after she was hit by lightning in Georgia on Saturday, officials say.

The 15-year-old Alabama girl was in the water near 17th Street on Tybee Island around 2:45 p.m. when she was struck, according to a news release from the City of Tybee Island.

The Tybee Island Fire Department and Police Department responded and performed CPR on the swimmer before she was taken to a hospital by ambulance, the city says.

The city said Sunday that the teen, who has not been identified, died.

"The City of Tybee Island is deeply saddened by the loss of this young woman," the city wrote. "Our hearts remain with her family and friends."


Waterspouts spotted moving across British Columbia waters

A sizeable waterspout was spotted off the southern coast of Vancouver Island this week as a vibrant rainbow arched overhead on June 9, 2021.
© Julie Leon / Facebook
A sizeable waterspout was spotted off the southern coast of Vancouver Island this week as a vibrant rainbow arched overhead on June 9, 2021.
A sizeable waterspout was spotted off the southern coast of Vancouver Island this week as a vibrant rainbow arched overhead.

Locals took to social media to share images of the waterspout as it moved through the Strait of Georgia on Wednesday (June 9) morning. Some people said that there were more than one of the whirling columns of air and water mist moving across the region, too.

In a Facebook post on the Powell River Message Board, Julie Leon wrote that there were "lots of water spouts out there this morning." She also shared three images of waterspouts and one of them features a vibrant rainbow.


Floods in Shaoxing, China on June 10


Heavy rain fills the streets with water in Shaoxing, Zhejiang, China. June 10th 2021.

Cloud Precipitation

Severe storm slams the city of Berga, Spain

A big storm of cold and rain hit the city of Berga, Spain

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60 mm of rain in an hour floods Mumbai - 94% of its June rain so far

Vehicles make their way through a waterlogged road during heavy rain, at Kings Circle, in Mumbai.
Vehicles make their way through a waterlogged road during heavy rain, at Kings Circle, in Mumbai.
Mumbai received about 60 millimetres of rainfall in an hour on Wednesday, leading to waterlogging in several places including Hindmata, Milan Subway and Sion. The flooding of the railway tracks led to brief suspension of suburban rail services.

Mayor of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) Kishori Pednekar blamed the railways for the flooding of the tracks and the adjoining areas. Pednekar said the Central Railway did not cooperate with the BMC, and therefore, the BMC could not conduct cleaning works in the nullahs and the adjoining areas that fall under the railways' jurisdiction.

However, the Central Railway refuted her claim. Its spokesperson Shivaji Sutar said they have been in touch with the BMC officials to deliver the best possible services to the passengers. Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray visited the BMC's disaster management room to take stock of the situation. BMC chief Iqbal Singh Chahal and Pednekar visited Hindmata.

Comment: Another video report for June 10 states:
The wet spell that began with the onset of monsoons on Wednesday has given Mumbai 94% of its June rain so far. The showers continued, albeit way more moderately, on Thursday in the city even as the southwest monsoon covered the entire state.

The IMD has forecast heavy rain (orange alert) at isolated places in the city for the weekend. An alert for extremely heavy rain has been issued for Monday.