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Severe hailstorm and heavy rain hits Adelaide, Australia

Hail at Cleland Wildlife Park near Mount Lofty in the Adelaide Hills.
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Hail at Cleland Wildlife Park near Mount Lofty in the Adelaide Hills.
Hail and heavy rain has hit the outskirts of Adelaide, closing the main road to the Adelaide Hills and whitening backyards across the city.

The State Emergency Service (SES) has had more than 60 call-outs, mostly in the Adelaide Hills, including to a baby and mother stuck in a car in rising floodwaters at Oakbank.

Fortunately, the water had receded by the time crews arrived and the pair had been removed without incident.

Jon Carr from the SES said the largest number of calls were around the Onkaparinga Valley Road in Balhannah, Verdun and Oakbank.

Several roads are flooded in the area and at Hahndorf.


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Scotland's weather sees early snow as temperatures plunge to -7C

2cm of snow was spotted on Lochnagar in the north of Scotland.

2cm of snow was spotted on Lochnagar in the north of Scotland.
The first snow of the season has hit Scotland just weeks after summer officially ended.

Scots woke up to frost this morning and will need to dig out their warm winter gear as snow arrived a bit earlier than usual this autumn.

The Met Office says temperatures plunged as low as -0.5C this morning in Kinbrace in the Scottish Highlands with the mercury below average as we near October.

Ben Nevis saw around 2cm of the white stuff, with reports of 5-7cm of snow landing on the Cairngorm plateau on Monday.

Comment: Related: Unusually early and severe snowstorm hits Iceland


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Unusually early and severe snowstorm hits Iceland

Rescue team at work yesterday.
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Rescue team at work yesterday.
Rescue workers were called out more than 100 times yesterday in the northern and western parts of Iceland, Morgunblaðið reports. A severe storm with heavy precipitation hit those areas with wind gusts in excess of 45 m/sec. Most of the calls involved drivers whose vehicles were stuck in snow.

"We would have liked to see people heed the repeated warnings yesterday, stressing that no travel was advised," states Davíð Már Bjarnason, media representative for ICE-SAR, the Icelandic Association for Search and Rescue. "In the afternoon, there were reports of drivers in the most surprising of places," he adds. There was, for instance, one vehicle stuck on Kjalvegur road in the central highlands. "We didn't expect people to be traveling in the highlands in this kind of weather," he explains.


Cloud Precipitation

Another hailstorm hit 17,200 hectares of crops in Spanish region of Valencia

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Last weekend, the agricultural sector in the Spanish Region of Valencia was affected by another hailstorm that hit approximately 17,200 hectares of crops throughout the province of Valencia, according to initial estimates of the Valencian Association of Agricultural Producers (Ava-Asaja).

The hardest hit were the areas of Casinos, Llíria, Domeño and part of Pedralba, with around 8,000 hectares of damaged persimmons, citrus, and almond trees and vegetables that were ready for the harvest. Hailstones of considerable size hit the crops hard, causing the fall of fruits, defoliation and damage to the wood. As for the degree of affectation, Ava-Asaja estimates that the extent of the damages is highly variable, with some fields having lost practically the entire harvest.


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6.1 magnitude earthquake strikes off Japan, no tsunami warning issued

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A 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck off Japan's northwestern coast on Wednesday but no tsunami warning was issued, Japanese and US authorities said.

The quake produced shaking across a large swath of the northeastern coast and was also felt in Tokyo, but there were no immediate reports of damage.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) said the quake hit at a depth of 368 kilometres (228 miles) in the Sea of Japan, known as the East Sea in Korea.

Japan's meteorological agency said there was no tsunami risk following the jolt.

Japan sits on the Pacific "Ring of Fire", an arc of intense seismic activity that stretches through Southeast Asia and across the Pacific basin.

Source: Agence France-Presse

Attention

Russian passenger plane plunges hundreds of feet then is struck by lightning, pilot manages emergency landing at nearest airport

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Passengers clung to their seats and tray tables for stability as the plane dropped hundreds of feet in turbulent air
A video has captured the terror of passengers on a tourist plane from hell which plunged hundreds of feet in a storm before being struck by lightning on Saturday.

The Russian Azur Air Boeing 737-800 with 175 on board 'went into free-fall' as it approached Black Sea resort of Sochi in southwestern Russia.

The plane had left Ekaterinburg earlier that day but was forced to abort its flight plan and make an emergency landing in Krasnodar, some 180 miles north of Sochi, after suffering severe turbulence and the lightning strike.

'It was a wild horror,' said one passenger, while another said they were saying goodbye to life convinced they would crash.

Comment: Considering our changing atmosphere and the surge in strange sky phenomena, it's notable that there have been a number of plane crashes recently, in Russia in particular, which leads one to wonder whether at least some of those incidents could also have had some weather-related cause. As documented in a 2015 SOTT report The sky's the limit? Aircraft crashes and accidents for June, this trend does appear to have been around for at least a decade: Also check out SOTT radio's:


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Early snow falling on mountains in Idaho

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Rain and snow are falling across Idaho Tuesday morning. The snow-cams at local ski resorts are showing anywhere from a half-inch to roughly three inches of snow this morning. Snow levels have been hovering around 6,000 feet and additional light snow showers are expected into the afternoon.


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Severe hailstorm strikes Tuscany, Italy with hailstones up to 8 cm (over 3 inches) in diameter

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In Tuscany, strong thunderstorms also affected Arezzo and the province with particular violence on Bibbiena, hit by a whirlwind that caused some roofs to be covered. A damage assessment is currently underway by the carabinieri, the fire service and the municipal administration.


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10 dead after heavy rain, floods in Maharashtra, India

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Ten people died in heavy rains and floods in Marathwada region of Maharashtra over the last 48 hours, officials said on Tuesday.

Besides, more than 200 cattle were washed away and number of houses were also damaged in the rain fury in the region, which comprises eight districts - Aurangabad, Latur, Osmanabad, Parbhani, Nanded, Beed, Jalna and Hingoli.

Excessive rainfall (over 65 mm) was recorded in over 180 circles falling under these eight districts, a release issued by the divisional commissioner's office said.

The heavy showers forced authorities to open the gates of various dams for water discharge, which led to flooding in villages located on the banks of the Manjara river in Beed and Latur districts.


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Two trekkers die of cold at Khemenger glacier during unseasonal snow in Himachal Pradesh, India

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Two mountaineers from Kolkata reportedly died while descending the Khemenger glacier in Spiti valley after crossing Parahio summit, officials said on Monday.

A six-member team from Arete mountaineering club, Kolkata, was on a trekking expedition to the glacier which is the main source of Rongtong stream. The glacier is 5,884 metres above the sea level. One of the trekkers, Abhijit Banik, along with a porter reached Kaza in the morning after trekking for two days and informed that two persons have died.

The duo said that it would take three days to reach the other members of the group, who are stuck in snow.