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Heavy June snowfall in Vatnajökull National Park, Iceland

© Vatnajökulsþjóðgarður
The northern viewing area at Dettifoss waterfall has been closed due to heavy snow accumulation on the trails leading to the falls.

This was announced in a Facebook post by Vatnajökull National Park. The area has experienced significant snowfall over the past few days and the post warns that conditions are extremely challenging, cautioning that hiking to the waterfall is not advisable for just anyone at this time.

After a cold spell in the northern and northeastern regions, caused by a low-pressure front, Iceland's weather appears to be taking a turn for the better, with temperatures in the south expected to reach as high as 15°C this week.

Comment: See also: Winter returns to Iceland - Snowstorm in June

Cloud Precipitation

Hailstorm causes major damage to nose, cockpit windows of Austrian Airlines plane

Damage is seen on an Austrian Airlines airplane in Vienna
Damage is seen on an Austrian Airlines airplane in Vienna
An Austrian Airlines flight suffered significant damage from hail, which took off part of the airplane's nose on Sunday, the airline said.

Flight OS434 was flying from Palma de Mallorca, Spain, to Vienna, Austria, when it hit a "thunderstorm cell," Austrian Airlines said in a statement to ABC News. The hail caused damage to the cockpit windows, some coverings and the nose, which photos showed appeared to have broken off.

"I think we were about 20 minutes from landing when we got into a cloud of hail and thunderstorm, and the turbulence started," Emmeley Oakley, a passenger on the flight, told ABC News via text message.

Oakley said that inside the cabin, they could hear the hail as it hit their aircraft.

"We could definitely feel the hail coming down on the plane and it was quite loud and ofc super rocky for a minute," Oakley wrote.


Iceland: Lava flow engulfs road as it advances towards coastal town after volcano eruption

The lava flow from an active volcano in Iceland again engulfed a road leading to the coastal town of Grindavik and the popular Blue Lagoon geothermal spa on Saturday 8 June, with officials closely monitoring its path.

Drone footage captured on the Reykjanes Peninsula shows the steadily advancing flow.

The volcano had stabilised since a 29 May eruption, the fifth and most powerful since the volcanic system reawakened in December after 800 years.

Authorities monitoring the lava flow said it was advancing significantly slower than during the previous two eruptions.

The same section of road, several kilometres (miles) from the town, was previously engulfed in February and March this year.

Cloud Precipitation

Major flood due to heavy rainfall in Maharashtra, India

The city of Pune is facing heavy rainfall that has caused waterlogging in several areas, prompting alerts for the next three hours. The weather department has predicted rainfall in different regions of Maharashtra, and the India Meteorological Department has issued red and orange alerts for various districts in the Konkan and Ghats regions due to expected heavy rainfall.

Shivajinagar has seen the highest rainfall with 67.4 mm, followed by Pashan with 56.8 mm. The heavy downpour has resulted in floods and traffic congestion in some parts of the city. This is only the pre-monsoon period, and rainfall in urban areas is expected to continue, along with suggested actions to minimize risks.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike kills 2, injures 12 students in Uganda

A lightning strike killed two pupils of Akorikeya primary school and injured 12 others in Abiliyep sub-county, Amudat district in northern Uganda.

The pupils aged between 13 and 15 were struck on Friday while playing in the school compound during the heavy downpour at around 5:30 pm according to George Owanyi, Amudat resident district commissioner (RDC).

Owanyi said that the injured pupils are currently admitted and are responding to treatment. This incident comes nearly two months after lightning struck a nurse and a cleaner at Kaabong hospital in Kaabong district.

Comment: A day earlier: Lightning strike kills 3 siblings in Uganda


Six-year-old boy dies in dog attack in Telangana, India

A six-year-old boy, Gugulot Sivaram, lost his life in a dog attack in Nunavut Tanda of Chilpur Mandal in Jangaon district.

Sivaram, the son of Gugulot Madhu and Sarita, was alone at home while his parents were working in the field. Upon returning, they found their son missing. Following the sound of barking dogs, the parents discovered Sivaram's lifeless body in the bushes.

The grieving parents and family members were inconsolable as they mourned the loss of their young son.


Shallow 6.2 earthquake on the Pacific-Antarctic Ridge

A very strong magnitude 6.2 earthquake occurred in the South Pacific Ocean near the coast of n/a in the early morning of Sunday, Jun 9, 2024 at 12.55 am local time (GMT -9). The quake had a very shallow depth of 10 km (6 mi) and was not felt (or at least not reported so).


Date & time Jun 9, 2024 09:55:49 UTC
Local time at epicenter Sunday, Jun 9, 2024, at 12:55 am (GMT -9)
Status Confirmed
Magnitude 6.2
Depth 10 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude 53.8577°S / 133.9892°WInternational Territory (not near any country)
Seismic antipode 53.8577°N / 46.0108°E Russia
Shaking intensity VII Very strong shaking near epicenter
Felt 0 reports
Primary data source USGS (United States Geological Survey)


2 Florida shark attacks in 90 minutes critically injure woman, teen girl; 3rd in stable condition

Great white shark
Two shark attacks on swimmers in the Florida Panhandle -- both in Walton County -- on Friday left a woman and teenage girl in critical condition and a third teen injured.

The two attacks were about four miles apart in a span of about 90 minutes. It was not clear what type of shark attacked the three victims.

The first, according to the Walton County Sheriff's Office, involved a woman near Watersound, a private beach. Officials were notified of the attack just after 1:20 p.m.

South Walton Fire District Fire Chief Ryan Crawford said a 45-year-old woman was swimming with her husband when she lost her left hand in the attack and suffered "significant trauma" to her midsection and pelvis. She is in critical condition.

The sheriff's office said deputies and firefighters responded to the scene and the woman was transported to an area hospital by the fire department.

Comment: On the same day a woman was seriously injured in another shark attack off Hawaii.

Cloud Precipitation

Heavy downpours flood streets in provinces of Hai Phong and Quang Ninh, Vietnam - rainfall intensity of almost 10 inches per hour

In Le Chan District, segments of To Hieu Street were under nearly one meter of water.
In Le Chan District, segments of To Hieu Street were under nearly one meter of water.
Many areas in Hai Phong City and Quang Ninh Province were under 0.5-1 meter of water on Sunday following prolonged downpours lasting from early morning until noon.

Da Nang Street in northern Hai Phong City became inundated after rainfall persisted from 3 a.m. to 12 p.m., significantly impeding commuting.

The port city had seen a rainfall intensity of 250 mm per hour that morning, according to the Hai Phong Sewerage & Drainage Company.

Hai Phong, Quang Ninh, and many northern provinces have been experiencing heavy rainfall in the last several days due to the influence of a low-pressure trough passing through the region.

Weather forecasters predict that the downpour will persist until Monday with rainfall of 30-80 mm on average and over 150 mm in some areas.

Cloud Precipitation

Heavy downpours lash south China's Guangxi, flooding roads, triggering landslides, trapping residents

Heavy downpours have lashed several areas in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region over the past few days, flooding roads, triggering landslides and trapping residents there.

The mountainous Napo County in Baise City experienced multiple landslides triggered by heavy rainfall on Saturday morning which damaged roads and disrupted traffic. The local road maintenance center immediately organized repair work. As of 17:00, two sections of the damaged roads reopened to traffic with a limited traffic flow.