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Family mourns death of boy struck by lightning bolt in Kenya

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A resident of Gongoni in Kilifi County displays the clothes Musa Kenga Karisa was wearing when he was struck and killed by lightning on March 18, 2017.
A family in Magarini in Kilifi County is in agony after lightning struck and killed a 12-year boy during a heavy down pour this morning.

Musa Kenga Karisa, a Standard Six pupil at Mapimo Primary School, was struck at around 9am while he was walking from his home in Gongoni Township to Kokotoni, with a friend.

He was taken to Mjanaheri dispensary where he was pronounced dead. But his friend survived.

Karisa's elder brother Sammy Kenga is the one who rushed him to the facility.

"He was lying by the road near a pool of water groaning with pain," Kenga said at the Malindi Sub County hospital mortuary.

Malindi police boss Matawa Muchangi confirmed the incident.


Lake Tahoe expected to fill up with biggest physical rise in recorded history

Lake Tahoe March 2017
Winter's unrelenting storms built up a substantial Sierra snowpack and are expected to fill the lake for the first time in 11 years.

Many low-lying areas that were exposed when the lake level was declining during the drought will be inundated with water. The docks will be bobbing in crystal blue waters once again.

Straddling the California - Nevada border, Tahoe is the sixth largest lake in the United States, an outdoor playground for people around the world, and the main water source for the Reno-Sparks, Nevada, area. The renowned ecological wonder is fed by 63 tributaries that drain 505 square miles known as the Lake Tahoe Watershed. With a vast surface area of 191 square miles, Tahoe requires an immense amount of water to fill, especially because roughly 100 billion gallons of water evaporates annually.

Snowflake Cold

Chicago, Illinois an example of emerging Mini Ice Age climates

This years weather in Chicago, Illinois, USA is what we can expect for the beginning of an intensifying mini ice age climate. Out of place seasonal weather events as our jet stream shifts due to a weakening magnetic field on the Sun and a weakening magnetosphere here on Earth.



Dead whale found in Cape Hatteras, North Carolina

A dead whale washed ashore Friday afternoon in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

Dave Hallac, the superintendent with the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, confirmed that the whale washed ashore near ramp 38, between the towns of Avon and Buxton.

The whale measured approximately 29′ ft. long. Hallac also said it is not uncommon for dead whales and dolphins wash up on seashore beaches.

The cause of the whale's death is not known at this time.


US farm credit implodes & South Korea food prices soar

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Korean government has lost control of food prices in the country as massive bird flu culls of birds raising the prices of chicken and eggs by minimum of 30%, seafood 25% and vegetables up to 75%. The farm credit crunch will result in less acreage planted in 2017 and now department store sales are at record low, is this an indication people are spending more of food in the US and buying less non-essential items?


Humpback whale washes up dead in Baja California, Mexico

Dead humpback whale
A dead humpback whale washed up on the shore of an isolated tourist area south of San Felipe in Baja California, according to Mexico's environmental protection agency, PROFEPA, on March 18.

The agency said the whale was already in an advanced stage of decomposition, but said no evidence was found that its death was caused by fishing equipment.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning not commonly seen in India during March kills 6

Lightning strikes on March 15 over Marathwada followed by similar incident over Vidarbha, claimed lives of at least six people and damaged standing crops over this region.
The instances of lightning and thunderstorm activity, reported over parts of Marathwada and Vidarbha earlier this week, is not a common occurring event in March, said officials at India Meteorological Department (IMD), Pune, on Friday. Lightning strikes along with hailstorm reported on March 15 over Marathwada followed by similar incident over Vidarbha, claimed lives of at least six people and damaged standing crops over this region. Though weather experts hesitated from terming it as an unusual event, experts, however, said that records of past instances show that such activity rarely occurred in March, which is when there is seasonal transition.

Cloud Precipitation

Deadly floods hit Burundi after a month's worth of rain in just a couple of hours

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Heavy rain in Burundi leaves at least six people dead - Thursday, March 16, 2017.
Heavy rain has caused widespread damage in Burundi overnight Thursday, March 16, 2017, claiming lives of at least six people. Local media is reporting a month's worth of rain in just a couple of hours.

"Torrential rains and strong winds struck several provinces last night," the country's vice president, Gaston Sindimwo, said Friday. "In the northwestern town of Mabayi, a landslide smothered several houses, and rescuers found five victims."

In the capital Bujumbura, rains quickly flooded roads killing a soldier. Sindimwo described the event as a real disaster and added that several other people were injured. "We have so far counted 162 destroyed homes," he said.

Dozens of people died across Burundi since September, Sindimwo concluded.


Pack of coyotes attack German Shepherd (Alsatian) in Weddington, North Carolina

Neighbors in the Weddington area of Union County say coyote sightings have recently spiked. They say the wild animals are coming within feet of their homes and are becoming aggressive.

"People told me they would never go after something big like that and he's 92-pounds, so people were wrong," says Debbie Rucker, who says Gabriel, her 92 pound German Shepherd was attacked by a pack coyotes last month.

Rucker says it was around 7:30 in the evening when she let Gabriel out for a bathroom break and then heard an eerie crackling noise and her dog begin to yelp.

"I heard it and started running because I saw that he wasn't right by me. They had ripped open both sides of his back and they had chewed up one of his legs," says Rucker.

Rucker says she and her husband rushed Gabriel to the animal hospital where at first, the veterinarian said there is no way coyotes would attack a dog so large, "But within 30 seconds of looking at his wounds, he looked up and said there must have been a bunch of them," said Rucker.

Comment: See also these similar reports in recent years: Coyote attacks kill 2 dogs, neighbors 'panicking' in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin

Coyote carries off dog in Randolph, New Jersey

Coyote fights 2 large dogs in back yard in Pinellas, Florida

Coyote attacks dog in Ansonia, Connecticut

Coyote conflicts with pets, police and people increase in Westchester, NY

More 'rare' urban coyote attacks on Indiana dogs

Black Cat

Man killed by panther in Rajasthan, India

A person was today mauled to death by a panther near Sariska area in the district of Rajasthan, officials said, adding that the animal was later killed by villagers in retaliation.

"Rampratap Gurjar was killed in the panther attack in Madhavgarh near Sariska. After attacking the man, the panther hid in a cave-like place. The villagers set that place afire, leaving the panther charred," R S Shekhawat, Sariska field director, told PTI.

He said the body of the man has been handed over to family members, adding that a compensation was also provided to the aggrieved kin.