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Strong June storms trigger flooding in Austria

Apart from southern Germany, elements of Austria are additionally presently being hit by storms. In some cities the middle can solely be reached by boat.

Heavy rain prompted flooding in lots of elements of Austria on Saturday night. Images on social media present, for instance, how within the city of Deutschfeistritz, north of Graz, many vehicles are piled on high of one another or thrown in opposition to the partitions of homes as a consequence of flooding.

The nationwide warning middle is alleged to have beforehand issued a extreme climate warning, ORF reported.

Comment: Related: Austria closes river Danube for shipping as deadly floods spread across central Europe

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike kills 2 Azerbaijani servicemen

On June 9, a lightning strike killed two servicemen of the Azerbaijan State Border Service (SBS), Trend reports.

"Major Bakhishli Bakhish and soldier Nagiyev Ali died as a result of being struck by lightning while performing their duties for the protection of the state border in the service territory of the "Lankaran" border detachment of the State Border Service.

An investigation is being conducted. The SBS expresses deep condolences to the families and relatives of our deceased servicemen," the Azerbaijan State Border Service said.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike kills 3 siblings in Uganda

Three children who are members of the same family in Kangai Sub County, Dokolo District were this afternoon struck dead by lightning.

The deceased are; Adongo Robina 14, daughter to Okello Jonathan, Amen Jadox 7, son to Oketi Jasper and Acen Marion 5, daughter to Apio Jenifer, who are all residents of Ocikikot B, Angwenya parish, Kangia Sub County, Dokolo District.

Adongo Robina and Amen Jadox were pupils of Angwenya primary school.

Rev Gorge Omia the Parish Priest Agoronyut Church of Uganda, who visited the deceased home said the children were struck by lightning at around 3pm as they took shelter at their grandfather, Amen Moses' house.

Omia said the children were rushed to Kwera Health III but they did not make it

Moses Amen who survived the lightning said the bodies of the children have been returned back home, awaiting burial.


Flash flooding leads to emergency rescues, evacuations in Sydney, Australia - 2nd major flood event in a week

Australia’s largest city experienced flash flooding due to heavy rain on Saturday, leading to evacuation directives for multiple low-lying areas.
Australia’s largest city experienced flash flooding due to heavy rain on Saturday, leading to evacuation directives for multiple low-lying areas.
Australia's largest city, Sydney, experienced flash flooding due to heavy rain on Saturday, leading to rescues and evacuation directives for multiple low-lying areas.

Emergency services reported conducting 13 rescues and receiving 297 assistance requests from Sydney residents, the capital of New South Wales, within the 24 hours leading up to 5 a.m. local time, due to flooding caused by the intense rainfall.

The New South Wales State Emergency Service (SES), announced on Saturday morning that ten emergency evacuation orders were issued for suburbs in the city's northwest.

The country's weather service warned that severe flooding could happen later on Saturday in the northwest part of Sydney, a city with around 5 million residents.

Comment: Just a week prior: More than a month's worth of rain (6.7 inches) pummels Sydney, Australia in less than 24 hours

Snowflake Cold

Fresh snowfall in higher reaches of Kashmir Valley, India brings February chill in June

Higher reaches of Kashmir on Friday experienced fresh snowfall while the plains received rains, bringing down the mercury in the Valley. Met predicted light wet spell till Saturday.

Kashmir mountains today turned white after the higher reaches of the valley including Afferwat area of Gulmarg, Razdan Top, Zojilla, Sadhna Top and Sinthan Top experienced fresh snowfall, which resulted dip in mercury. As per reports, few inches of fresh snow has been recorded in upper reaches of Kashmir valley while plains had rainfall on third continues day.

The mercury dipped below normal in Kashmir valley giving a feel of February in June month.

Pertinently, the Monsoon season commenced in Kashmir on June 01 while under its influence the rainfall continued to occur intermittently across the Valley in the last couple of days.


Woman dead in California was victim of state's first known fatal black bear attack

A 71-year-old woman found dead in her small mountain community in the Sierra Nevada was the victim of California's first-ever known fatal black bear attack, wildlife officials said this week.

When Patrice Miller was found dead in Downieville in November, the Sierra County Sheriff's Office said it believed a bear went into the woman's home after she died. But an autopsy recently confirmed the bear killed her, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife said.

"This incident is the first known, documented fatal attack by a black bear in California history," the department said in a statement.

Miller was found Nov. 8 in Downieville, which has a population of around 290 and is about 50 miles northwest of Lake Tahoe, after sheriff's deputies conducted a welfare check.

A preliminary investigation indicated she died before the bear went to the home, the sheriff's office said at the time.


Best of the Web: Winter returns to Iceland - Snowstorm in June

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Winter has returned to Iceland!

Officially, summer should have already started in Iceland in late April - at least according to the old Icelandic calendar. But since the beginning of the week, a low-pressure front has brought back the Arctic winter in full force - in June.

Yesterday, Art and Alina travelled to Akureyri to witness an unusual summer storm that unexpectedly hit the North and East of Iceland, blanketing the landscapes with snow and ice just as they were eagerly awaiting summer.

Comment: See also: Snow in June on Scotland's mountains as Arctic air sweeps in

Cloud Precipitation

Heavy downpours with hail flooded parts of Moscow

Floods after heavy rains at the Dmitrovsky Park
Floods after heavy rains at the Dmitrovsky Park
Heavy downpours with hail have flooded parts of Moscow.


Killer heatwaves are ravaging India - and things are about to get worse

India, heat wave, child, fountain
© Sunil Ghosh/Hindustan Times via Getty ImagesChild cools down in water fountain in scorching heat at sector 34 on May 29, 2024 in Noida, India. Maximum temperature reaching as high as 47.3C, highest recorded this season.

Comment: The attribution of the heatwave to human carbon emissions is both wrong and wrong-headed. Despite this, the temperatures and the numbers of people affected by the heatwaves are still noteworthy.

Even in a country so accustomed to spells of searing heat, India has been grappling with temperatures that have seen the mercury rise to increasingly unbearable heights - and with fatal consequences.

Delhi recorded close to 50C (122F) in May, while the heatwave sweeping across other states in northern India has taken a substantial toll on the nation's election workers. According to experts, rising summer temperatures are here to stay.

As many as 61 people have died due to the current heatwave, including 33 on election duty and a voter in Uttar Pradesh (UP), India's most populous state, as well as eight on election duty in neighboring Bihar. The Health Ministry confirmed 56 heat-related deaths in the country by May 30, 46 of which had happened in that month alone.

The Indian Meteorological Department issued an orange alert (cautioning people to "be prepared") on June 1, the final day of voting, and the 'loo' - the hot summer wind - depressed the turnout by 61.63%, 3.5% lower than in 2019.

What is worrying is that the latest World Weather Attribution Report released last month predicts that such heatwaves will be 45 times more likely (compared to pre-industrial times) in the years to come, attributing the cause to human-induced climate change.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike kills 2 in Telangana, India

Two persons lost their lives after being struck by lightning in Medak on Wednesday night. The victims were identified as Siddaiah, 33, and Nandu, 22, both residents of Shamnapur village in Haveli Ghanpur, who worked as daily labourers.

On Wednesday night, while the duo were traveling home on a two-wheeler during heavy rain accompanied by lightning and thunder, they sought shelter near a hillock on the outskirts of the village.

But lightning struck, resulting in their death. Locals informed the police officials, who initiated an investigation.