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Parts of South Africa and Lesotho covered in blanket of snow up to 8 inches deep

Snow at Semonkong Lodge in Lesotho.

Snow at Semonkong Lodge in Lesotho.
Over the weekend parts of South Africa and Lesotho were transformed into a wintery wonderland as snow blanketed the ground.

The South African Weather Service issued a warning before the weekend that the snowfall might be "disruptive" in some parts of the country.

Some areas like the Afriski Mountain Resort in Lesotho received more snowfall than expected, causing road blockages and power outages.

According to Peter Peyper, managing director at the resort, they expected 5-10cm of snow, but instead received over 20cm of snowfall.


Galaxy

Rare blue lightning captured over Mexico, Perseid meteor smoke photographed, giant solar prominence seen for 4th day

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FILE PHOTO: This photograph shows a red sprite appearing over a lightning strike at night, from space. This picture was taken in early 2015 from astronauts aboard the International Space Station during Expedition 44, and includes a multi-tendriled red sprite: an example of a transient lightning event.
Aug. 15, 2021

Rain. Clouds. Thunder. The stratosphere has none of those things. Weather up there is pretty dull. Except when the lightning starts....

Researchers call them "blue jets." The elusive discharges leap into the stratosphere from thunderstorms far below. They are rarely seen, but storm chaser Rob Neep was able to capture some over Sonora, Mexico, on August 3rd:

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Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike kills a 17-year-old soccer player in Yucatán, Mexico

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Young man from Espita municipality, died this Sunday afternoon, August 15th, around 4:30 pm when he was struck by lightning while he was on a soccer field prior to a game.

The tragedy happened in field 22 located at the exit to Nacuché Espita, the teammates of the now-deceased commented that, although the sky was clear, the weather began to change, so the thunder began to be heard and in the blink of an eye. The 17-year-old soccer player was hit, one of the young people who was next to him at the time of being hit by the lightning was injured and is in the Tizimín hospital.

Municipal police and paramedics from the municipality of Tizimín and SEMEFO arrived on-site and cordoned off the area to carry out the rigorous procedures. The family and friends of the young man asked those present to respect the body of their loved one, so many observed from away without comment.

According to data from the authorities, it was an instantaneous death, but it will be determined in the autopsy that will be carried out after the analysis of the experts.

Comment: A day earlier lightning killed one man and injured 3 others in the Philippines while 2 farmers were fatally struck in Bangladesh.


Cloud Lightning

Incredible moment lightning strikes the tip of the Washington Monument - leading to its closure for repairs

After being struck by lightning over the weekend, officials announced the Washington Monument will remain closed to visitors as workers repair damages

After being struck by lightning over the weekend, officials announced the Washington Monument will remain closed to visitors as workers repair damages
After being struck by lightning over the weekend, the Washington Monument will remain closed to visitors as workers repair damages, officials announced.

The National Park Service shared incredible video to Twitter capturing the exact moment the bolt of lightning struck the tip of the monument on Sunday.

The 12-second video reveals the capital encased in a yellowish hue, as it suddenly turns blue when lightning flashes on the National Mall.

Posted at 1 am, individuals in the video are overheard gasping the very moment the bolt of lightning strikes.


Snowflake

Unseasonal August snow in upper reaches of Kashmir

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Upper reaches in Kashmir on Sunday received snowfall resulting in considerable dip in mercury, officials of MeT centre Srinagar said here.

An official said that the unseasonal snowfall was witnessed at Amarnath cave and higher reaches of Sonamarg.

He said that the unseasonal snowfall in the upper reaches has caused a dip in the day temperature.

He, however, said that the weather may start improving from tonight in the valley, but there are chances of late night showers in the Jammu region.

"There are also reports of snowfall in the mountainous ranges of Drass in the Union Territory of Ladakh," he added.


Attention

Haiti death toll hits 1,300 as drone reveals horror devastation

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Drone footage has shown the devastation caused by a magnitude 7.2 earthquake in Haiti, which has so far caused the deaths of 1,297 people, and injured 5,700

The quake, which occurred roughly 125 km (78 miles) west of Port-au-Prince on Saturday, triggered landslides and the total collapse of two communities. Several aftershocks have also been felt.

Around 7,000 homes were destroyed and nearly 5,000 damaged, including hospitals, schools, offices and churches in what is the poorest country in the western hemisphere.

Footage taken from above on Sunday showed structures turned to rubble, and swathes of towns such as Les Caynes, on the Haitian coast, almost turned to dust.


Cloud Precipitation

3 fatalities after floods and landslides in 7 departments of Colombia

Floods destroyed over 20 homes in Briceño, Antioquia Department, Colombia, Late July.
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Floods destroyed over 20 homes in Briceño, Antioquia Department, Colombia, Late July.
Three people have died in recent floods in Meta Department, Colombia, while Civil Defence reported flooding and landslides in 7 departments across the country over the last 2 weeks.

Flooding has affected the municipalities of El Dorado, Mapiripán, Villavicencio and Acacías in Meta Department from 10 August 2021. Civil Defence said 3 people lost their lives in floods in Acacías, while around 80 people were affected in Mapiripán.

The last 2 weeks has seen flooding or landslides in 7 departments across the country, affecting around 5,000 people.


Seismograph

Major magnitude 6.9 earthquake - South Atlantic Ocean, South Sandwich Islands

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Major magnitude 6.9 earthquake at 10 km depth

Date & time: 16 Aug 2021 11:10:36 UTC
Local time at epicenter: Monday, 16 Aug 2021 9:10 am (GMT -2)
Magnitude: 6.9
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 58.45°S / 23.42°W (South Atlantic Ocean, South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands)

Fire

1,000 evacuated from their homes as wildfire in Ávila ,Spain affects 10,000 hectares

FIRE
The fire in Navalcruz is reported to be the worst in Spain so far this year

The record high temperatures in Spain over the weekend of August 14 and 15 have been accompanied by a series of wildfires affecting various parts of the country, the worst of them affecting over 10,000 hectares of land in and around Navalacruz in the province of Ávila (Castlila y León).

Serious fires have also been keeping emergency services busy in Madrid, Castellón and numerous other provinces, but the one which broke out on Saturday morning alongside the N-502 in Navalacruz is by some distance the most extensive and is threatening forest land and livestock as well as villages and towns. Over 1,000 people have been evacuated from their homes in the municipalities of Riofrío, Sotalbo, Solosancho, Sobledillo and Villaviciosa and are being housed temporarily in public buildings and pavilions made available by the Town Hall of Ávila.


Fire

Greece wildfires: New blazes burning outside of Athens

Local residents stand on a hill as flames approaching at Gouves village on the island of Evia, about 185 kilometers (115 miles) north of Athens, Greece, Aug. 8
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Local residents stand on a hill as flames approaching at Gouves village on the island of Evia, about 185 kilometers (115 miles) north of Athens, Greece, Aug. 8
Yet more wildfires broke out in Greece Monday, with two blazes triggering evacuation alerts for settlements to the southeast and northwest of the Greek capital.

Fanned by strong winds, the first blaze, which broke out Monday morning in the Keratea region southeast of Athens quickly burned through shrubland and was headed toward a national park in the Sounion area.

Three settlements in the area were ordered evacuated, while the fire department sent dozens of firefighters, as well as six water-dropping planes and four helicopters. Local officials appealed to people not to approach the area.

On the other side of the capital to the northwest, another blaze broke out in the Vilia area just after noon, triggering an evacuation alert of another three settlements. Strong winds were predicted to last until at least the evening, potentially hampering the firefighting effort.