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Large hailstones pound Altai, Russia; breaking car windows, damaging roofs and ruining harvests


Freak weather in Altai region of Siberia
Strong hail storms hit in several settlements in Altai region, breaking car windows, damaging roofs of buildings and destroying greenhouses.

In some areas it wiped out future harvests.

Subscribers of Barnaul22, a public group on Vkontakte, say a thunderstorm with hail hit Polkovnikovo village in Kosikhinsky district and ruined all crops there.

Similar carnage was in Nalobikha village and along the Buysk highway.

Snowflake

Summer snow falls in Russia as anomalous heat hits Siberia

© YouTube/Камчатка (screen capture)
Summer snow in Murmansk, Russia on 20th June 2017.
According to newsru.com summer snow has fallen across Russia in Sochi, Kazan and Murmansk while anomalous heat has been experienced in Siberia. Earlier this month snow fell in Moscow, just as Donald Trump pulled out of the Paris climate deal.

This video was recorded in Murmansk on 20th June 2017.


Sun

'Rare' sun halo seen over the Issyk-Kul region of Kyrgyzstan

© Turmush
Residents of Issyk-Kul region were able to see the spectacular sight of the halo sun, Turmush reports.

The photos were taken on June 21 at 2:30 pm local time in Cholpon-Ata and Balykchy towns.

Halo is a circle of white or colored light around the sun, moon, or other luminous body caused by refraction through ice crystals in the atmosphere.

According to specialists, a particular weather pattern typical for North and South Pole is needed for the halo effect.

Camera

Red jellyfish sprites with halo of light captured over Austria

On June 20th, a thunderstorm in Austria unleashed a spectacular display of lightning. Observers on the ground witnessed blinding flashes of crackling light. The most amazing aspect of the outburst, however, was to be found high above the clouds. 80 km high, to be exact, in the realm of the sprites:
© Martin Popek
Martin Popek photographed the display from his private observatory in Nýdek, Czechia, more than 500 km away from the storm. Such distances are ideal for seeing above the tops of towering thunderclouds:
© Space Weather
"Jellyfish sprite events like these are produced by very impulsive cloud-to-ground lightning flashes draining positive charge from the stratiform rain region in large thunderstorms," explains lightning scientist Oscar van der Velde of the Technical University of Catalonia, Spain. Somehow, in a process that researchers only partially understand, the resulting electric fields draw jellyfish forms out of the cloudtops.

Camera

22-degree sun halo spotted in Huntsville, Alabama

© Kristen Nesmith Harris
Did you see a halo around the sun on Tuesday?

If you did, you spotted an atmospheric optical phenomenon known as a 22-degree halo.

Earthsky.org explains it very simply:
Halos are a sign of high thin cirrus clouds drifting 20,000 feet or more above our heads.

These clouds contain millions of tiny ice crystals. The halos you see are caused by both refraction, or splitting of light, and also by reflection, or glints of light from these ice crystals.
It is called a 22-degree halo because the ring has a radius of approximately 22 degrees around the sun or moon.

Cloud Lightning

Man dies following lightning strike in Martin County, Florida

The National Weather Service is reporting that a Fort Pierce man who was struck by lightning May 17 has died.

It was the second death this year caused by lightning. The first occurred in Colorado on May 7.

According to an incident report, construction worker Guadalupe Salinas was working on a pool and clubhouse in northern Martin County when he was struck.

He was taken to Martin Memorial Hospital in Stuart and transferred to St. Mary's Medical Center.

Wolf

Woman loses fingers due to attack by hyena in Kenya


Hyena
An 80-year-old woman was admitted to hospital in Nyahururu after she was attacked by a hyena.

Dorothy Wangecii, a resident of Karaba village, Muhotetu division, in Laikipia West lost part of her left hand and three fingers in her right hand in the Wednesday attack.

She was also injured in the face and neck.


Ms Wangecii said the beast attacked her when she was driving away a neighbour's cow that had strayed on her farm.

"I was returning to my house when the hyena attacked me," she said.

She told journalists from her hospital bed that had it not been for her neighbours, who responded to her screams, the hyena would have killed her.

Attention

Boy and woman attacked by angry beaver in Schaffhausen, Switzerland

© Per Harald Olsen
A European Beaver
A terrified father has told of how his eight-year-old son was attacked by a vicious 'beast' while swimming in a river.

The boy was left with several nasty marks after being bitten on the shoulder and backside while swimming in the Rhine, in Switzerland, his father said.

And the culprit? A particularly aggressive beaver, the father told local news.

Speaking to 20 Minutes, he said: 'My son swam with his sister between the shore and some wooden boats shortly after 7pm when they began to scream like crazy.

'The beast bit twice - once into the shoulder and once into the buttocks.

'He was tall, about 80 centimeters long, and I could well see his distinctly broad tail.'

Attention

Woman still recovering after vicious black bear attack in Graham County, Arizona


Black bear
A Roanoke native now living in Tucson, Arizona, is recovering after a horrific bear attack.

It happened while Dawn Martin and her husband were camping. The couple dozed off in their chairs around a camp fire, and that's when the attack happened.

"Just as fast as he could he was coming at me. He came up behind my chair and slammed me down, and pinned me down the ground. I felt his head rip my scalp. His claws were in my arms," Martin explained.


It was a more than 300 pound black bear that stood more than 6 feet tall.

"By the time my brother-in-law got up, he was on my sister," explained Dawns sister Deborah who lives in Franklin County.


Comment: See also: Second fatal mauling by black bear in just 2 days for Alaska


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Tornado rips through Hamburg after extreme heat wave

© Axel Heimken / DPA / AFP
A rare tornado ripped through Hamburg on Thursday, causing travel chaos as many regional and long-distance train services were canceled.

German rail operator Deutsche Bahn had to shut down several lines in the north of the country, including its well-traveled lines from Hamburg to Berlin and Hannover, after strong winds blew trees and branches onto the tracks.

Regional train provider Metronom also said several of its services were facing similar disruptions while they worked to clear the tracks of trees and other debris.