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Cloud Precipitation

Floods in Switzerland, Italy and Germany following 2 inches of rain in an hour

Flooded road in Landshut, Bavaria, Germany, 12 June 2018.
© Freiwillige Feuerwehr Stadt Landshut
Flooded road in Landshut, Bavaria, Germany, 12 June 2018.
More storms have hit parts of Europe, causing flooding in parts of Switzerland, northern Italy and Germany, where one man has died.

Meanwhile, storm damage in Austria has left 14,000 households without electricity in Styria. One person died after strong winds downed trees in the city of Graz.

Comment: Severe storm and floods wreak havoc in Switzerland


A 13th whale found washed up on beach in South Taranaki, New Zealand

A young sperm whale was found washed up on a remote beach near Hāwera on Friday.

A young sperm whale was found washed up on a remote beach near Hāwera on Friday.
A 13th sperm whale found dead on a South Taranaki beach in less than two weeks will be honoured with unique traditional processes.

The 11 metre-long male sperm whale was found on Friday at a remote and often inaccessible section of Ngati Ruanui beach along the Waihi-Tangahoe coastline.

It is believed to be from the same pod as 12 other whales that have found themselves stranded further down the coast at Kaupokonui since May 24.

"This is the 13th whale, one of an unprecedented amount of young male sperm whales stranding along our coast in South Taranaki," ​Ngati Ruanui rangatira Rukutai Watene said.

Comment: Whale death toll increases to 12 at South Taranaki, New Zealand

Cloud Precipitation

El Paso County in Colorado sees worst overnight hailstorm in more than 20 years

© Kelly Neumann‎
Several homeowners in southern Colorado woke up Wednesday to extensive hail damage. Based on statistics from the National Weather Service (NWS), it was the strongest overnight hail storm in El Paso County in more than 20 years.

The strong storm tore through the county, with much of the impact in Fountain. Hail in the area was reported as large as 3 inches. According to NWS, El Paso County has not seen hail more than 2 inches during the overnight hours since 1995.

11 News first warned of the severe storm. After it ended, several viewers shared photos and videos of broken glass from their homes and shattered car windows. One woman showed the hail that broke through her windows in her new home, sending hail throughout her living room.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strikes kill at least 10 in West Bengal, India

At least 10 people were killed and several others injured after lightning struck them at different places in India's eastern state of West Bengal, officials said Wednesday.

The lightning struck Bankura, Hooghly, West Midnapore, Birbhum and North 24 Parganas districts on Tuesday.

"Yesterday lightning killed 10 people and injured several others in the state," a disaster management official said.

"Four people were killed in Bankura district, three in Hooghly, and one each in West Midnapore, Birbhum and North 24 Parganas."

Comment: On the same day a single bolt killed 3 and injured 7 on a boat in Bangladesh.


High alert: Galeras volcano earthquakes kill 2 and damage infrastructure in Colombia

Galeras Volcano

The last official eruption of the Galeras Volcano in Colombia was reported in 2010.
The Galeras Volcano in southern Colombia registered two moderate earthquakes on Tuesday that left two people dead, several homes and roadways damaged, said local authorities.

The back-to-back volcanic earthquakes have placed local authorities in the nearby city of Pasto, capital of Narino Province, on high alert.

"We have activated all of the protocols ...to attend to the emergency," Narino Governor Camilo Romero said on Twitter.

The two people died when their house was crushed by falling rocks.

Comment: Scientists predicted increased activity this year and it would appear from looking at the list below, which details just some of those currently active, that this does seem to be the case: Also check out SOTT's monthly documentary: SOTT Earth Changes Summary - May 2018: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs

Cloud Precipitation

Severe storm and floods wreak havoc in Switzerland

river Jurrassienes
The river Jurrassienes was heavily swollen by overnight rain while another waterway burst its banks in canton Jura.
Torrential rain continued to hit Switzerland for a second night running, this time focusing on the north-western canton of Jura. Villages in the area were flooded as the river Schuelte burst its banks and several roads were closed.

The heavy rainfall also affected parts of eastern Switzerland. It was responsible for an avalanche and landslide that cut of the St Bernhard Pass in canton Valais overnight. No fatalities or injuries have been reported.

Jura took the brunt of the downpour where more than 100 firefighters spent the night pumping out flooded cellars. Some 76 millimetres of rain fell on Movelier overnight, according to the authorities. The villages of Courroux and Vicques were left practically unreachable by road on Wednesday morning.

MeteoSwiss, the national weather service, expected rain to move into Alpine regions and continue throughout the morning before abating later this afternoon.

Tuesday marked the second straight night of heavy rain and stormy weather in Switzerland.

On Monday night, storms caused severe disruption to the cities of Geneva and Lausanne, flooding streets and houses and cutting some rail lines.

Ice Cube

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Rare winter weather warning in Hawaii after ice nucleation event on Big Island

Mysterious weather events have struck Hawaii's Big Island
Mysterious weather events have struck Hawaii's Big Island
A freeze warning was put out on the Big Island of Hawaii that was above 12,000 ft. Rare is what the meteorologists said. This is termed ice nucleation, the other famous volcanoes were Pinatubo and Iceland that grounded air traffic across Europe. So we need to ask ourselves, how big is this eruption now? Snow across Idaho and Montana and some Rocky mountain states, freezing low temperature for N.E US.


Hurricane watch: Another wave of storms stirring in the Caribbean

hurricane forecast
© National Hurricane Center
Hurricane forecasters are watching another blob of showers and thunderstorms in what's turning out to be a messy start to the Atlantic hurricane season.

On Monday afternoon, forecasters said a system churning off the South American coast has a 20 percent chance of forming over the next five days. It's not expected to become any better organized as it remains close to the Central American coast and the Yucatan Peninsula through the week.

But as it moves into the Gulf of Mexico toward the end of the week, conditions could become more favorable. A track forecast so far points the storm toward Mexico, away from Florida.

The system comes less than three weeks after Alberto made a rare preseason arrival as a lopsided subtropical storm when it formed the last week of May. Having another potential storm develop so soon is not unusual, hurricane center spokesman Dennis Feltgen said, even if it seems stormier than usual in Florida. Last month, the state broke a century-old record for rainfall.

Comment: Meanwhile, on the other side of Mexico:

Major Hurricane Bud threatens western Mexico with rainfall on areas already flooded


Major Hurricane Bud threatens western Mexico with rainfall on areas already flooded

hurricane Bud
© AccuWeather
Major Hurricane Bud continues to strengthen and will threaten western Mexico with flooding rainfall this week.

Bud became the second major hurricane of the season in the East Pacific basin on Monday morning, less than a week since former Hurricane Aletta passed over similar areas.

Bud will track toward the north-northwest the next several days, keeping the powerful tropical system off the coast of Mexico. However, it will track close enough to bring heavy rainfall to parts of the country.

Comment: This is no good news for western Mexico. The state of Jalisco, in particular, which will be affected by Bud, has just been hit by flash floods. See here for some dramatic pictures and footage.


Kilauea lava flow evaporated island's largest freshwater lake in a few hours

Green lake

Green lake
Lava from the Kilauea eruption has boiled away Hawaii's largest freshwater lake in just a matter of hours.

In a statement released on June 2, the U.S. Geological Survey explained that lava from the eruption's fissure 8 entered Green Lake and boiled its water away, sending a white plume high into the sky.

USGS tweeted the following day that lava entered Green Lake at 10 AM local time. By 3PM, Hawaii County Fire Department confirmed that the lake had filled and that its water had evaporated.

Located about 25 miles from Kilauea, Green Lake, known locally as Ka Wai a Pele, is the largest of only two freshwater lakes on the Big Island, according to the Only in Hawaii website. Prior to becoming the latest victim of the eruption, the 400-year-old lake was an idyllic spot.

Comment: With volcanic activity seemingly on the rise around the world, it's a stark reminder of the many dangers our planet may be facing: