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Damage as tornado hits Foshan, Guangdong, China

A tornado hit Foshan, Guangdong, China on June 18th 2022.

The tornado lasted for around 1 minute, causing damage in Nanhai District.

Electrical cables were pulled down, causing power outages.

The tornado caused fires, with emergency services working to contain blazes.

Bizarro Earth

Yellowstone closed by floods: Images and video

Yellowstone flooding

The North Entrance Road into Yellowstone National Park washed out in multiple places as the Gardner River overflowed its banks during heavy flooding on Monday, June 13, 2022. The historic Yellowstone flooding has closed the park for the first time in 34 years. Image via National Park Service.
Update: As of Friday, June 17, 2022, Yellowstone National Park remains closed. The National Park Service said that it's possible that the West, South and East entrances could be opened next week. They also said that the:

Northern portion of Yellowstone National Park likely to remain closed for a substantial length of time due to severely damaged, impacted infrastructure.

The park service asks visitors who have plans to visit the park to stay informed about any changes, including road and weather conditions.


Baby swifts 'being cooked' alive as they leave nests in 100F heat wave in Spain

Hundreds of baby birds have been found scattered around streets in southern Spain after falling from their nests in a desperate attempt to escape an extreme summer heat wave.

The birds, swifts specifically, often make their nests in buildings where construction materials such as concrete or sheet metal are used. These conditions, combined with an ongoing Spanish heat wave that has seen temperatures soar to over 104 degrees Fahrenheit in recent days, can turn their nests into ovens.

"They're literally being cooked," said Elena Moreno Portillo, an animal activist at the Seville-based conservation group Ecourbe told The Guardian newspaper.

The group's Facebook page shows how people have been collecting boxes full of the baby birds. In Seville and Cordoba, where there are large urban colonies of swifts, as many as 100 have been collected in a single day.

Comment: Spain in grip of second earliest heatwave on record

Cloud Precipitation

Deadly floods, landslides in 3 states of India - 32 inches of rain in 24 hours

Flood damage on NH6 in Meghalaya, India
© East Jaintia Hills Police
Flood damage on NH6 in Meghalaya, India, June 2022.
At least 17 people have lost their lives in the last few days after heavy rain caused flooding and landslides in the states of Meghalaya, Assam and Sikkim in northeast India.

Parts of Meghalaya recorded more than 800 mm of rain in 24 hours. Overflowing rivers have affected over 1 million people in Assam for the second time in the space of a few weeks. Rivers are also high in the state of Bihar.


Six-metre long whale found dead on a beach in Panama

A six meter long whale has been found dead on a small beach next to Panama city historic center. The tail part of the whale has been found missing.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strikes kill 9 in Bangladesh

At least 9 people were killed and four others injured after lightning struck in Mymensingh and Sirajganj today (June 17, 2022).

In Mymensingh, six persons were killed in separate lightning incidents in Mymensingh's Nandail and Sadar upazilas, reports our local correspondent quoting Mizanur Rahman Akanda, officer-in-charge of Nandail Police Station.

The deceased were Sawon Mia (8), Swadhin Mia (10), and Abu Sayeed (12), Abu Bakkar (40), Jahangir Hossain (30) and Abu Sayeed (30). Of them, three were madrasa students and three farmers.

The three madrasa students were killed when they were hit by lightning while playing football at a field at Pongkarhati village in Nandail around 1:10 pm, said OC Mizanur.


Explosions as tornado hits Guangzhou, China

A strong tornado hit Guangzhou in Guangdong, China on June 16th 2022.

Trees were pulled down, blocking roads and damaging vehicles. Buildings were damaged as strong winds hit.

Thousands of homes were left without power as the tornado damaged electricity cables, causing explosions.

The tornado follows a period of heatwaves and record rainfall in the region which has caused widespread flooding, displacing a number of citizens.


Rainbow ski field in New Zealand to open early after 6 days of 'extraordinary' snow - 2 meters deep, drifts of 3 meters

The Rainbow Ski Area team has been working “non-stop” to get the mountain ready for the season, with plans to open two weeks early.

The Rainbow Ski Area team has been working “non-stop” to get the mountain ready for the season, with plans to open two weeks early.
The team at Rainbow was gearing up to start making snow this week. Instead, they've been digging through 3-metre snow drifts to get to the groomer.

Rainbow Ski Area mountain manager Thomas Harry said the snow over the past week could set them up for the season.

"It's extraordinary for this time of year ... We are stoked."

The team was now aiming to open next Friday for the Matariki public holiday - two weeks earlier than expected.

Cloud Precipitation

Roads flooded as heavy rainfall continues in southern China

Affected by continuous heavy rainfall, flooding occurred in many places in southern China on Thursday. The National Meteorological Center continued to issue a blue warning for heavy rain in southern and eastern parts of China on Friday. From Saturday to next Monday, a new round of heavy rainfall is still expected in southern China, according to the National Meteorological Center.

Cloud Precipitation

Czech village hit by severe summer hailstorm - looking like winter after leaving thick layer of hail

Powerful storms in Olešnice in the Blansko region have left the town looking like winter. The streets were covered with hail, making many of the streets unnavigable.

Firefighters worked until late at night dealing with the aftermath of the storm, which according to meteorologists was possibly a dangerous supercell. Other regions are also dealing with the aftermath of the storm.

This is not the first time that a freak storm has wrought havoc in Olešnice. Twenty years ago, another severe storm brought heavy rainfall and flash floods, leaving two dead.