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Massive hailstorm smashes hundreds of windows in Middelburg, South Africa

hailstorm middelburg
The hailstorm that hit Middleburg in Mpumalanga has been described as a "disaster within a disaster".

The storm couldn't have come at a worse time - at the start of South Africa's 21-day coronavirus lockdown.

Evidence of the storm's intensity could be seen by the broken windows of houses and schools, reports Middelburg Observer.

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Homes destroyed after floods and mudslides hit Huánuco, Peru

Floods and mudslides have destroyed homes and a bridge in Huánuco Department, central Peru.

According to Peru's National Institute of Civil Defense (Indeci), 30 homes, a church and a bridge were destroyed and a further 80 homes were damaged in Huacrachuco district, in the province of Marañón, Huánuco region. Drinking water and power supply have been interrupted.

Affected families were evacuated to safe areas and relief items distributed, according to Indeci.

Floods and mudslides struck on 28 March after heavy rain in the area caused local streams to overflow.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning bolt kills 6 farm workers in Maharashtra, India

Six farm workers, including two women, from Kalamb tehsil died on Sunday night after lightning struck the cow shed where they were busy preparing dung cakes. A cow was also killed in the incident.

Resident deputy collector Lalitkumar Warhade of Yavatmal said the six farm workers died at Barad village of Ralegaon tehsil. The incident came to fore when a villager spotted their bodies.

The deceased have been identified as Abhiman Vishvanath Ambadare (60), his wife Mandatai (50), Laxman Bapurao Koyare (50), Subhash Raju Nehare (20), all from village Neemgawhan of Kalamb tehsil, Sahebrao Gulabrao Devnale (45) and his wife Pisabai Devnale (40), both residents of Khodpakhindi village in Kalamb tehsil.

Bizarro Earth

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Twilight Zone city exodus nobody welcome

Please go home sign
© YouTube/Adapt 2030 (screen capture)
Something out of the Twilight Zone series, cities empty after a disaster only to be met by angry locals in remote towns and cities and told to keep moving and do not come to this place. We are seeing the same from Europe to the UK to the USA, small towns closing access to part time residents or AirBNB renters escaping. With few airlines flying skies will be clearer to look for incredibly southern Noctilucent Clouds and comet C/2019 Y4 ATLAS as it brightens between the Big and Little Dippers.

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Cloud Precipitation

Severe storms spawn '100-year flood' in Cleveland, Ohio

Ohio Flood
Authorities say severe weather in Ohio has spawned what forecasters are calling a "100-year flood" in Cleveland and led to a number of water rescues.

Cleveland firefighters say a man was rescued from the basement of an apartment building on the city's East Side. WOIO-TV reports that the man called 911 saying the water was up to his chest. Fire Chief Angelo Calvillo told the station that firefighters broke a window and bent steel bars on the windows to get him out. One firefighter had a minor injury and 10 people were displaced.

Cleveland police say emergency medical personnel took an officer and sergeant to a hospital Saturday night for treatment of exposure after they entered frigid water to aid civilians.

The National Weather Service says the Cuyahoga River in downtown Cleveland is currently at the seventh-highest level recorded. Forecasters say it's considered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to be a 1-percent flood "commonly known as a 100-year flood."

The National Park Service said the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail in Cuyahoga Valley National Park has been closed due to flooding. People were being urged to stay off all park trails pending damage assessments.


Breathtaking circumhorizontal arc rainbow captured above Lake Sammamish, Washington

circumhorizontal rainbow
© Cessna Kutz
As if 2020 couldn't turn more upside-down, we now have nature playing tricks on us as well.

An image shared by amateur photographer Cessna Kutz shows the quick moment a "horizontal rainbow" appeared to almost cover the whole span of Lake Sammamish in Washington State.

"I've seen lots of rainbows over Lake Sammamish, but never a flat one," Kutz told IFLScience in an interview.

The first, wider image shows the rainbow from her window around 2 pm local time and lasted for less than five minutes. A second zoomed-in photograph was taken using her Canon Rebel t5 camera at 300mm, ISO 100 /f11 1/250sec. None of the three images had a filter applied to them, though Kutz says that she did "just a tad bit of adjusting with the contrast."

Comment: As noted above, circumhorizontal arcs appear to be a rarity at Lake Sammamish but it is quite the spot for rainbows - the below is from Sept 2019:

And it's evident that rare, strange and stunning sights in the sky are on the increase everywhere: Also check out SOTT radio's: As well as SOTT's monthly Earth Changes Summary - February 2020: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs:


Winter returns to Germany as snow falls across the country

Heavy snowfall in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria.

Heavy snowfall in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria.
As if 2020 wasn't weird enough, winter came back with a bang to Germany on Monday as parts of the country were hit with snow, hailstones and freezing temperatures.

With the growing coronavirus pandemic and strict social distancing measures, the year has not got off to a great start.

So just to top it all off, we've had flurries of snow and hailstones at the beginning of spring. Perhaps this was an early April Fool's?

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7 killed by floods in northern Syria

The emergency medical teams, affiliated to the
© Raqqa Civil Council
The emergency medical teams, affiliated to the Kurdish Autonomous Administration trying to rescue civilians in the southern countryside of Raqqa, who were washed away by the torrential floods triggered by the heavy rains - 27 March 2020
Heavy rain last week caused damaging flash floods and mudslides in the Governorate of Raqqa in northern Syria.

According to the Civil Council of Raqqa, 7 people died and several were rescued during flooding and heavy rain between 25 and 28 March, 2020. Images shared on Social Media showed flood-damaged roads and bridges.

The city of Raqqa is located on the northeast bank of the Euphrates River, about 160 km east of Aleppo.


About 100 starlings found dead on road in Switzerland

At the end of February over 100 starlings in the Thurgau village of Triboltingen are suddenly on the main road. The Tagblatt media reports the birds injuries.

"A third was moving its wings, the rest of the birds were dead," said an eyewitness, according to a report in the newspaper media. On a relatively small area on the street and the adjacent Meadow around 120 starlings were found. The hunting and fishing management in Frauenfeld, the news Agency Keystone-SDA confirmed on inquiry of the incident.

An examination of several of the starlings at the centre for fish and wildlife medicine at the University of Bern, showed lung injuries, and skull trauma . "Such violations indicate a collision back," said Livio Rey, spokesman of the Swiss ornithological Institute in Sempach LU, opposite Keystone-SDA. The injury came about during the impact after the crash of the birds, he said this was unlikely. "It looks more likely that they are colliding in flight with something."


At least 17 reported tornadoes hit Central US during severe weather outbreak

storm damage
There have been at least 190 reports of severe weather in the last 24 hours.

A major storm moving through the central U.S. brought at least 17 reported tornadoes to parts of the central U.S., eight in Iowa, three in Arkansas, one in Missouri, four in Illinois and one in Wisconsin.

In Jonesboro, Arkansas, a violent tornado did damage in the town with six reported injuries. In total there have been at least 190 reports of severe weather in the last 24 hours from the Midwest to the South to the Ohio Valley. The same powerful storm system was responsible for a 90 mph wind gust in Henderson County, Kentucky.

The storm also brought very heavy rain with widespread rainfall totals of 1 to just over 2 inches of rain from Iowa to Pennsylvania.