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Acute hailstorm hits Klerksdorp, South Africa

A hailstorm is one thing, but a severe one during November is something else.

Residents in Klerksdorp were puzzled as much as the rest of us.

Klerksdorp had an acute hailstorm on Thursday. You only have to see it to believe it. Plenty of evidence has been made available, thanks to social media.

Cloud Precipitation

Central Queensland residents in Australia flee rising floodwaters for the 2nd time in 8 months - up to 10.6 inches of rain in 48 hours

This is the second time since March Clive Nesbitt's home has been inundated.
© Peter Earl
This is the second time since March Clive Nesbitt's home has been inundated.
For the second time in eight months, Clive Nesbitt has lost everything.

Several emergency alerts for flash flooding were issued at The Gemfields in Queensland's Central Highlands between 8pm and midnight last night.

In the past 48 hours, an average of 150 millimetres fell throughout the catchment, but falls of up to 270mm were recorded near Theresa Creek.

Some residents in Rubyvale and Sapphire evacuated before alerts were issued, but Mr Nesbitt only managed to flee his place as it was inundated.

Cloud Precipitation

Cars carried away by floodwaters as month's worth of rain in a day pelts Malta

The scene in an Msida street on Thursday morning.
© Chris Sant Fournier
The scene in an Msida street on Thursday morning.
Flash floods carried away cars, collapsed walls and trapped motorists in their submerged vehicles after a month's worth of rain fell in a matter of hours on Thursday.

Police and army units were deployed as roads turned into rivers, leading to multiple water rescues and road closures throughout the day.

An overwhelmed Civil Protection Department appealed for people to avoid valleys and areas close to the sea. There were no reports of fatalities.

But two of their own officers had to be rescued by an Armed Forces of Malta helicopter as they got into difficulty rescuing an elderly man trapped in his car in Burmarrad. All three were airlifted to safety.


6.2 magnitude earthquake strikes Myanmar (Burma)

6.2 magnitude earthquake 20 km from Hakha, Chin, Myanmar

UTC time: Thursday, November 25, 2021 23:45 PM
Your time: Thursday, November 25, 2021, 11:45 PM GMT
Magnitude Type: mww
USGS page: M 6.2 - 19 km SW of Falam, Myanmar
USGS status: Reviewed by a seismologist
Reports from the public: 268 people


6.0-magnitude earthquake hits 75 km E of Lata, Solomon Islands - USGS

An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.0 jolted 75 km E of Lata, Solomon Islands at 12:04:10 GMT on Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 39.91 km, was initially determined to be at 10.7464 degrees south latitude and 166.4849 degrees east longitude.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning kills 4 members of same family in Malawi

Four members of the same family have died while two others have been injured after being struck by lightning in Dedza.

The incident happened on the night of Wednesday, November 24, 2021 at Mkokoko Village in Traditional Authority Tambala in the district.

Dedza Police Deputy Publicist Sergeant Cassim Manda has identified the four who have died as Kalisto Maseche, 44, Emily Natani, 38, Ayankha Kalisito, 14 and Shadreck Kalisito, 8.

They all hailed from Mkokoko Village in Traditional Authority Tambala in Dedza.

Two other members who have been injured are identified as Andisen Kalisto, 12 and Mainasi Kalisto, 20. They have been referred to Nkhoma Mission Hospital for treatment.

Cloud Precipitation

Floods in north of Spain prompt evacuations and helicopter rescues - 6 inches of rain in 24 hours

Floods in Piloña, Asturias, Spain, November 2021.
Floods in Piloña, Asturias, Spain, November 2021.
Heavy rain fall of over 150 mm in 24 hours caused severe flooding in parts of northern Spain, prompting evacuations and dramatic rescues by helicopter.

Emergency Services in Asturias used a helicopter to rescue a family trapped in a home surrounded by flood water in Piloña on 24 November 2021. Emergency teams in boats rescued 1 person in Las Rozas and another in La Noceda, Arriondas.

Furthermore around 40 patients were evacuated from a hospital in Arriondas in Parres municipality due to the flooding. As a precaution, around 600 students and teachers from 2 schools in Arriondas were also evacuated.

Arriondas is located where the Piloña and Sella rivers converge. Both rivers were swollen after the heavy rain. According to figures from Spain's State Meteorological Agency AEMET, in around a 24 hour period on 24 November, the village of Piloña recorded 87.2 mm of rain; Panizales 159.6 mm; Carreña 139.0 mm and Felechosa 94.4 mm.


Average monthly snowfall blanketed capital Nur-Sultan in Kazakhstan overnight - 11 inches of snow

The Kazakh capital, Nur-Sultan, was coated with 28 centimeters of snow overnight, Kazinform cites the National Met Office Kazhydromet.

Nur-Sultan city faced 25mm of snow on November 24-25, with average monthly snowfall being 28mm in the Kazakh capital for the entire month of November.

According to the forecast, snow will end at 4:00pm. In the period from November 1 to 25, the Kazakh capital saw 45.1mm of snow fall which is two-times more than the monthly average, Kazhydromet said in a statement.


Six-year-old boy killed after attack by dogs in Las Cruces, New Mexico

dog attack
The Doña Ana County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of a boy they say died after he was attacked by at least one dog Monday.

The victim, a 6-year-old boy, was flown to an El Paso hospital on Nov. 22 after he was attacked by a pack of dogs in a fenced-in area at his grandparents' home in a Mesilla Park neighborhood, according to DASO Sherriff Kim Stewart.

Sheriff, police report shed light on the death

Stewart said it's not clear how the boy got into the caged area that contained around half a dozen dogs.

According to a police report, the boy and his grandfather were playing outside when the grandfather stepped away for no more than 10 minutes. The grandfather told police that he was called inside by a group of men working on his house.

Better Earth

"Really rare" moon double halo with arcs photographed during lunar eclipse in Arizona

moon triple halo
© Eliot Herman/ Flickr
Eliot Herman took this image of a rare moon halo and associated phenomena during the partial lunar eclipse of November 19, 2021. In this photo you can see a circumscribed halo, a paraselenic circle (the lunar equivalent of a parhelic circle) and Parry arc. Eliot Herman wrote on Flickr: "This is another version of this photo resulting from stacking 11 images together to create a more vivid version of the above single image. This is a total of 3 min 40 sec of imaging." Thank you, Eliot!
Eliot Herman in Tucson, Arizona - a veteran sky photographer and EarthSky community member - captured this extraordinary photo during the partial lunar eclipse on November 19, 2021. The photo of the moon shows an all-sky overhead view with one bright ring centered around the moon, a second ring that runs through the moon, and a set of arcs that connect the two. It's incredibly rare to have all three phenomena appear together in one photo in this configuration.

Comment: It's notable that the above is thought to be due to ice crystals forming in the atmosphere, because a variety of other related phenomena are on the rise and seem to further confirm that, as we enter a "grand" solar minimum, conditions on our planet are significantly cooling : And check out SOTT radio's: