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Greece struck with 5,000 lightning bolts

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© meteo.gr
An estimated 5000 lightning strikes were recorded all over Greece on Sunday according to the National Observatory of Athens.

The data was recorded by its electric discharge detection system aptly named "Zeus" whilst also noting that significant amounts of rainfall were recorded by the network of automatic meteorological stations.

The map below shows the records of electrical discharges and contains a table with the 8 highest rainfall heights.

The data supplied was till 7pm Sunday 18 July.

Source: meteo.gr

Cloud Precipitation

At least 33 killed in Mumbai landslides and floods - up to 10 inches of rain falls in 24 hours (UPDATE)

Rescuers in Mumbai after landslide and rain caused houses to collapse.
© Maharashtra NDRF
Rescuers in Mumbai after landslide and rain caused houses to collapse.
Heavy Monsoon rainfall in western India has caused widespread damage and triggered flash floods and several landslides in part of the country's largest city, Mumbai.

Mumbai International Airport recorded 235 mm of rain in 24 hours to 18 July, 2021, while the weather station at Mumbai-Colaba recorded 197 mm. Surrounding areas of Maharashtra state have also seen heavy rainfall, including Ratnagiri which saw 256 mm of rain during the same period.

Officials reported several home were destroyed in the Mumbai suburbs of Chembur and Vikhroli as a result of the heavy rain and rain-triggered landslides on 18 July.

Rescuers were working frantically to find survivors. According to the latest assessments, at least 14 bodies have been retrieved from the collapsed buildings in Chembur, while 6 people have lost their lives in Vikhroli. Dozens of people were reportedly injured. Rescue teams fear more victims are likely trapped inside.


Comment: View also: Heavy rainfall in parts of Mumbai, local trains hit, flooded roads, big jams - up to 5.5 inches of rain in 5 hours

Update: The Business Standard reports on July 19:
As Mumbai slept, rain fury killed 33 people, hit road, rail, air traffic

At least 33 people were killed in different incidents as rain fury rocked Mumbai and the Mumbai Metropolitan Region since midnight, hitting road, rail and air traffic for several hours, the BMC Disaster Control said here on Sunday.

As Mumbai snoozed peacefully, the skies suddenly opened up with thunder, lightning and heavy cloudburst-like rains measuring between 197 mm to over 235 mm in some areas, as per the IMD Mumbai.

The incessant downpour lasting 4-5 hours resulted in heavy waterlogging in many lowlying areas of Mumbai and MMR, besides crippling road, rail and air traffic for hours.

Waterlogged streets at Parel after heavy rains in Mumbai
© PTI
Waterlogged streets at Parel after heavy rains in Mumbai
In the worst tragedy, a retaining wall of the BARC Complex here collapsed at Vashi Naka, New Bharat Nagar in the Chembur area around 1 a.m., crushing several homes and burying many people under the soil and rubble.

Till evening, at least 19 persons were reported dead and some more still missing with sniffer dogs deployed to trace them by the rescue teams.

In another incident, at least 10 people perished when a few hutments caved in the Suryanagar slums in Vikhroli east.


A 16-year-old boy Soham M. Thorat was killed when the wall of his home collapsed early on Sunday, while a 26-year-old youth Salim M. Patel was electrocuted in his sweetmeat shop in Andheri west, while one man drowned in a ditch in Thane.

Around another 12 persons, injured in all these incidents, have been rushed to various hospitals and are undergoing treatment, with their condition described as stable.

Maharashtra Minorities Affairs Minister Nawab Malik, Tourism Minister Aditya Thackeray and Leader of Opposition Pravin Darekar, senior civil and police officials rushed to these spots to supervise the rescue and relief operations.

President Ram Nath Kovind expressed grief over the tragedies while Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray mourned the loss of lives and announced compensation of Rs 2 lakh and Rs 5 lakh, respectively.

Speaking to the media, Malik said that a retaining wall of the BARC complex here collapsed due to heavy rains triggering the landslide on the small hillock which buried around a dozen hutments below, resulting in the massive tragedy.

Thackeray said that the government would extend all possible help to the victims and the injured, adding no politics should be played on the disasters.

Darekar accused the BMC of lapses and not being concerned about people's safety, while the Aam Aadmi Party spokesperson Preeti Sharma-Menon slammed the civic body for making false claims of monsoon preparedness.

Stunned locals pointed out how rescue efforts were hampered owing to heavy flooding, muck, a narrow approach road which prevented fire brigade, police and medical vans from reaching the affected spots. This forced the rescue teams to work in groups manually shifting the mound of rubble to locate the victims.

Till this evening, the BMC's gauges recorded rainfall of 177 mm in South Mumbai, 205 mm in Eastern Suburbs and 195 mm in Western Suburbs, and the IMD has forecast heavy rains with strong winds over the next five days.

CM Thackeray ordered officials to pay special attention to hilly areas, low-lying parts prone to landslides or floods and take appropriate measure to prevent tragedies, while the BMC will work round-the-clock to monitor developments.

In many areas, people reported waist-deep water with the flood waters entering the ground floor homes or shops in the vulnerable or low-lying areas.

The downpour, which started around midnight, continued virtually non-stop with waterlogging or flooding in most parts of Mumbai, besides the coastal Konkan districts of Raigad, Thane, Palghar, parts of Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg.

Owing to inclement weather, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport operations were suspended for nearly four hours from 12.42 am to 5.24 am, resulting in 9 flights being diverted to other locations, according to a spokesperson.

The rains hit suburban train services with WR lines flooding at Nalla Sopara and Virar, and the CR tracks getting submerged at Dadar, Sion, Kurla, Parel, Chunabhatti and Tilaknagar.

By 7 a.m. as the water levels receded from the railway tracks, the WR resumed services between Churchgate and Borivali and the CR started services on the mainline and Harbour Line.

The BMC said there were 11 incidents of house/wall crashes, waterlogging or flooding was reported in at least 31 localities across Mumbai, including the regular hotspots and the east-west subways in the western suburbs.

However, being a Sunday, the rain's repercussions were not felt much for the commuters with most people remaining indoors but nature enthusiasts like Nitin Sunderji Shah cautiously ventured to the ravaged Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) for his morning jog.

After muddy flood waters entered the Bhandup Water Treatment Plant, the BMC announced water shortages in some parts of the city till repairs are completed and urged people to use water sparingly.

The IMD Mumbai has warned of more rains during the next couple of days, including a few very heavy spells for which the BMC, NDRF, Police, Fire Brigade and other agencies are on high alert in Mumbai and the entire coastal Konkan region.



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Rare EF2 tornado in Ontario leaves 'catastrophic' damage

Barrie tornado
© Twitter/@BVieira91
Photos of the aftermath of the tornado reveal cars that were destroyed and even flipped upside down, shattered windows to homes and debris scattered across yards and driveways.
Several injuries were confirmed by police after an unusual tornado tore through the city of Barrie on Thursday afternoon, leaving a trail of damage in its path.

Barrie, located about 71 miles (115 km) north of Toronto, is a city in Ontario, Canada. According to the police, the tornado left several individuals injured and seriously damaged some homes.

The twister has been given a preliminary rating of an EF2 with winds of 130 mph (209 km/h), according to Northern Tornadoes Project. It was on the ground for around 3 miles (4.8 km) and was over 300 feet (91 meters) wide. Additional damage surveys are planned for Friday, so the rating could change before it is finalized.

"The damage is catastrophic. It is significant. It is major," Barrie police spokesperson Peter Leon said, according to CBC News.


Comment: Well, the model of cyclonic activity based solely on heat and moisture is outdated, and the likely explanation relates to our quieting sun, increased meteor dust, and the changing behaviour of electro-magnetism on our planet.

In the book Earth Changes and the Human-Cosmic Connection Pierre Lescaudron and Laura Knight-Jadcyzk explain this in greater detail:
The accumulation of cometary dust in the Earth's atmosphere plays an important role in the increase of tornadoes, cyclones, hurricanes and their associated rainfalls, snowfalls and lightning. To understand this mechanism we must first take into account the electric nature of hurricanes, tornadoes and cyclones, which are actually manifestations of the same electric phenomenon at different scales or levels of power. Because of this similarity, we will refer to these three phenomena collectively as 'air spirals' in the following discussion.

McCanney describes the electric nature of hurricanes in these terms:

A simple model showed that these [tropical] storms formed when electrical currents connected between the ionosphere and the top of the clouds. [...] the reason hurricanes lost power when they approached land was that the powering electrical current from the ionosphere to the cloud tops and to the Earth's surface had no connection (anode) while over the ocean [...] so it drew up vast surface areas of ionized air from the ocean surface and sucked them up a central column (the spinning vortex was caused by the moist air rising 'up the drain') [...] whereas the land provided a 'ground' for the current and therefore it shunted out the storm's power source. [...] I also calculated that the warm water theory for hurricane development lacked sufficient energy to account for the energy in these massive storms. We later witnessed hurricanes on Mars where there is no water at all. Clearly, the warm water concept did not work [...]1

waterspout tornado
© Fred K. Smith, National Geographic.
A waterspout parallels a lightning strike over Lake Okeechobee in Florida.
From this perspective, air spirals are simply the manifestation of electric discharges between the ionosphere and the Earth's surface. The image above shows a waterspout and a lightning bolt occurring in the same place at the same time, suggesting that indeed electric potential difference between the clouds at the top of the picture and the ground at the bottom is what powers both the lightning and the tornado.
Once a rare phenomenon, waterspouts are increasingly common these days in some areas. At the same time, vortexes of water, fire and dust are appearing in very unusual places. There is pretty clear-cut evidence that cyclonic winds are all essentially electrical in nature. Heat exchange plays a role, but more as a side-effect to the distribution of electric charge potential between mediums - ground-to-air, water-to-air, fire-to-air, whatever. See also:


Cloud Precipitation

Vehicles submerged on Lagos Island, Nigeria amid heavy rainfall

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Several vehicles were submerged underwater in parks at the popular Marina axis of Lagos Island on Friday as heavy rainfall persisted for hours.

Videos shared widely on social media showed some persons struggling to get to their parked vehicles amid the heavy flooding.

"I don't know whether this car will ever be able to move again," an unidentified person said in one of the videos as he inspected his flooded car. "Everywhere is flooded."


Cloud Precipitation

Weather warnings issued as thunderstorms and flooding hit Saudi Arabia

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Weather warnings have been issued for several regions across Saudi Arabia lasting until Monday, the Kingdom's civil defense said on Thursday.

The authority warned of thunderstorms with moderate to heavy rain and brisk winds in Jazan, Asir and Najran. It also warned in some areas the heavy rain may lead to torrential flows and flooding.

The civil defense also warned of thunderstorms with moderate rain in the capital Riyadh, the Eastern Province, Al-Baha, and Makkah, while the holy sites (Mina, Muzdalifah, Arafat) will be affected by light to moderate rain on Sunday and Monday.


Cloud Precipitation

Flood hits 10 provinces in Iran, leaving 6 dead, 2 missing

Torrential rain has triggered flooding in 10

Torrential rain has triggered flooding in 10 provinces across the country, leaving six dead and two missing so far, Mehdi Valipour, head of Relief and Rescue Organization affiliated to the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS), has stated.
Some 30 cities in 10 provinces of East Azerbaijan, West Azerbaijan, Alborz, Kerman, Fars, Sistan and Baluchestan, Semnan, Mazandaran, Hormozgan and Kurdistan were affected by floods and inundations in the last four days.

"Relief and rescue forces worked tirelessly to help 737 flood victims, in addition to providing emergency accommodation to 194 flood victims, and relocated 43 to safe areas," he stated.


Cloud Precipitation

Strong rainstorms cause local floods across Austria

Kothbach floods Hallein's old town

River Kothbach floods Hallein's old town
Strong rainstorms caused local floods in settlements across Austria, Austrian natural disaster prevention service said Saturday.

No victims or destroyed structures have been reported yet.

A flood warning is in effect for many regions of Austria. Rainstorms have been going on for the entire day.


Cloud Precipitation

Flash floods after 204mm (8 inches) of rain in 48 hours leave 4 dead, dozens rescued in Oman

Royal Oman Police (ROP) air reconnaissance over flooded areas of Oman, 18 July 2021.

Royal Oman Police (ROP) air reconnaissance over flooded areas of Oman, 18 July 2021.
At least 4 people have died, 3 are missing and dozens have been rescued by emergency services after flash floods in Oman following days of heavy rainfall.

Authorities issued warnings for heavy rain and potential flash floods on 14 July 2021. Oman's Civil Defence and Ambulance Authority (CDAA) urged people to take caution and not to risk crossing overflowing valleys (wadis).

In 48 hours to 17 July, the city port of Sur in Ash Sharqiyah South Governorate recorded 204.4 mm of rain. At least 30 families were evacuated from flooded homes in Sur on 17 July where power supply has been interrupted.

Heavy rain and floods also affected other areas of the country. Evacuations were also carried out in Falaj Al Qabail in North Al Batinah Governorate after homes were flooded.


Comment: Other videos available: Extreme weather conditions in Sur, Oman - floods destroy homes and cars


Seismograph

Shallow M6.2 earthquake strikes south of Panama - EMSC

earthquake graph
© Phil McCarten / Reuters
An earthquake of magnitude 6.2 struck south of Panama on Saturday, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) said.

The quake was at a depth of 10 kms, according to EMSC.

Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru

Cloud Lightning

Scientists stunned by rare Arctic lightning storms north of Alaska

arctic lightning rare
© NOAA Handout via REUTERS
Satellite imagery shows lightning strikes occuring above the Arctic regions of Alaska, United States, July 12, 2021.
Meteorologists were stunned this week when three successive thunderstorms swept across the icy Arctic from Siberia to north of Alaska, unleashing lightning bolts in an unusual phenomenon that scientists say will become less rare with global warming.

"Forecasters hadn't seen anything like that before," said Ed Plumb, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Fairbanks, speaking about the storms that started on Saturday.

Typically, the air over the Arctic Ocean, especially when the water is covered with ice, lacks the convective heat needed to generate lightning storms.

Comment: Instead of running to the canard of "global warming", perhaps scientists should be asking why the atmosphere is becoming more conductive to lower strength lightning bolts? And not only on Earth, but on other planets, too.