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16 killed in lightning strikes in 6 districts of Bangladesh

Sixteen people were killed and five others injured in separate incidents of lightning in Pabna, Habiganj, Mymensingh, Bogura, Kushtia and Tangail districts on Friday.

In Pabna, four people were killed and a minor boy was injured as they were struck by thunderbolt in different parts of the district.

The deceased were identified as Hashem, 37, son of Laba of Atgharia upazila; Jalil Ali Sardar, 50, son of Rawshan Ali of Sujanagar upazila; Shariful Isalm, 25, son of Yunus Ali of Chatmohar upazila; and Maniruzzaman Moni, 19, of Ataikula upazila.

Of them, three were killed while returning home from croplands while another died while flying kite in the field.

Comment: In the same country 24 hours earlier lightning strikes killed a total of at least 25 in a single day.


Why Cristobal is a rare 'crossover' storm

A satellite image showing Cristobal moving over southern Mexico
A satellite image showing Cristobal moving over southern Mexico on Thursday, June 4, 2020.
Tropical Storm Cristobal already has claimed its fame as the earliest third named tropical storm system on record in the Atlantic basin. It also did something else that had AccuWeather Lead Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski saying, "This does not happen very often."

Cristobal developed from the leftovers of Tropical Storm Amanda, the first named storm of the Pacific hurricane season. Amanda pummeled areas of Central America during the final weekend of May, causing at least 26 deaths and forcing at least 8,000 people to be evacuated in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala.

Amanda appeared to wrap up off the coast of Guatemala, but then it moved inland over the country, which is "rare to see ... let alone during late May," Kottlowski said.

"Once Amanda moved inland, the lower-level part of the storm fell apart, but the upper-level part survived and moved to the western Yucatan," Kottlowski said. "Cristobal's development was associated with a large counter-clockwise wind pattern referred to as a gyre. The Central American Gyre (CAG) is more common during the late summer and fall season."

In this instance, the gyre's circulation forced what was left of Amanda to move back over very warm water in the southern Bay of Campeche "and a low-level circulation quickly formed under that upper-level feature," Kottlowski said. "It did not take time - given the 29- to 30-degree-Celsius [mid-80s F] water - to help create thunderstorms, lowering pressure and a coherent low-level circulation which has become Cristobal."

Comment: Tropical Storm Cristobal makes landfall in Mexico and could loop back toward the US Gulf Coast this weekend


A quarter of Venice is submerged by unusually high spring tide

Venice flooded
© AP
Iconic St Mark's Square was left underwater on Thursday night, with a handful of visitors splashing across its paved interior
A quarter of Venice has been submerged by a near-record high tide for June, a time of year when such flooding is rare.

The water level in Italy's lagoon city reached 116cm late on Thursday (local time), the third-highest mark for June. That level indicates around 25 per cent of Venice has been flooded.

Venice's sea monitoring agency blamed the unusually high late spring tide on a storm in the Atlantic which brought heavy winds and rain to northern Italy. Another unseasonably high tide is expected on Friday night.


Waterspout filmed in southwest France

A waterspout was spotted near Guethary, France, on June 4 amid a day of heavy rain and thunderstorms.

Mathieu Lapios filmed the spinning column of water from Guethary — a coastal town situated on the shore of the Bay of Biscay.

Authorities issued a yellow weather alert until June 5, urging people in coastal regions to be vigilant of severe weather.

Credit: Mathieu Lapios via Storyful


Severe flooding strikes Prochladny, Russia

Severe flood, storm hits Prochladny, Kabardino Republic - Russia


Eyewitnesses film large tornado in Kherson region of Ukraine

Eyewitnesses have filmed a tornado in the village of Khorly in Ukraine's Kherson region.

A meteorologist of the Kharkiv Regional Center for Hydrometeorology, Ihor Kybalchych, commented on his Facebook page on the photos and video of the vortex.

"A large tornado, probably a waterspout, was spotted by Dmytro Ryzhko in the village of Khorly, Kherson region, on June 3. You can see in the photo that a whirlwind began to form over the water surface and then came out directly on the coast of the Hirkyi Kut peninsula," Kybalchych wrote.


Severe flooding hits Managua, Nicaragua

Severe flooding caused by Tropical Storm Cristobal in Managua NICARAGUA - June 3, 2020.

Cloud Precipitation

Severe hailstorm hits Tàrrega, Spain

Hail Storm hits Tàrrega, Catalonia - Spain June 3, 2020.

Ice Cube

Greenland Ice Sheet growing at record levels

ice ice
Had you heard about this in the mainstream media? No? Has something been diverting your attention?

Vast regions of southwestern Greenland are currently gaining record levels - record levels! - of snow & ice. Never before in June has the Greenland ice sheet grown by more than 4 Gigatons in a single day, until now that is - according to Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI) data going back to 1981.

Here are the latest measurements (as of today, June 4, 2020). Notice how much blue (ice growth) you see on the map. And how little red.

Cloud Lightning

Symbolism: Lightning strikes the Washington Monument

A Washington, D.C. news station's sky camera captured an incredible video of lightning striking the Washington Monument during a thunderstorm in the city Thursday night.

"INSANE video from our @wusa9 SkyCam WOOOOOW," WUSA-TV tweeted during the storm.