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Tornadoes strike rural areas in NE China's Liaoning Province

Tornadoes swept across rural areas in northeast China's Liaoning Province on Thursday, injuring a dozen of people and damaging croplands, residential buildings and facilities.

Local authorities mobilized firefighting, electric power, housing and public security forces to carry out disaster relief work.


Tornado filmed in Samara Oblast, Russia

On Friday, June 2, in the Samara region, local residents witnessed a terrible natural phenomenon. They filmed a tornado near the village of Barinovka in the Neftegorsk region.

"The tornado is heading towards Samara," eyewitnesses reported.

Residents of the Kinelsky district also report a tornado. According to them, at 16:30 it covered the village of Domashka.

Similar phenomena happen infrequently in the Samara region. The last time the region was warned about an impending tornado was 2 years ago. So far, the Ministry of Emergency Situations has announced only a storm warning.

(Translated by Google)

Better Earth

California lake flooded for first time in 110 years after atmospheric river

Owens Lake
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A file photo of Owens Lake appearing as a mostly dry lake bed. California's intense weather at the start of 2023 has led to a number of changes in the state's climate.
California's intense weather at the start of 2023 has led to a number of changes in the state's climate, notably filling up usually dry lakes with the plentiful rainwater that fell over recent months.

Owens Lake in Inyo County, 220 miles north of Los Angeles, is one such lake, with images taken by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Terra satellite showing the significant increase in water levels between March 2022 and March 2023.

Owens Lake was naturally full of water until the Los Angeles Aqueduct was constructed in 1913, which took so much water from the Owens River that the lake began to dry out. It remained mostly dry until this March, when the heavy rainfall in California caused the lake to fill back up. This also marks the first time that the Los Angeles Aqueduct was breached by extreme weather, the Los Angeles Times reported.


Chanshal Pass receives late heavy snowfall in Himachal Pradesh, India - 17.7 inches of snow

The Chanshal Pass near Rohru in Shimla district covered by a white blanket of snow on Thursday.

The Chanshal Pass near Rohru in Shimla district covered by a white blanket of snow on Thursday.
The Chanshal area near Rohru in Shimla district has received snowfall in the latest spell of precipitation, leaving the local people surprised. Many claim that it's probably the first time the place has received snowfall this late in summer.

"I don't remember having seen snowfall at Chanshal in late May. We can see 3-4 inches fresh snow in Chanshal area. This is something unprecedented," said Sanjeev Thakur, an orchardist from Rohru.

Meanwhile, the weather department said having snow at Chanshal at this time of the year was surprising and rare.. At Chanshal Pass, the department has recorded 45 cm snowfall. "Due to the heavy and continuous rains over the last few days, the temperatures have gone down significantly. The snowfall is the result of such low temperatures," said Surender Paul, Director, Meteorological Centre, Shimla.

Cloud Precipitation

Flood water blocks road in north-east Spain amid rain alert

Flood water blocked a road in north-eastern Spain on Wednesday as several provinces remain under a heavy rain alert.

A powerful current flowed down to a main road in the Catalan town of Sant Pere de Ribes, forcing cars to turn around.

At least 20 provinces across Spain were given a rain warning on Thursday, with the central Castile and León region the most threatened during the day, the Spanish meteorology agency said.

Source: Reuters

Cloud Precipitation

Flooding leads to road closures in Texas Panhandle

Flash floods inundate Texas highway

Flash floods inundate Texas highway
Rain has led to multiple roads in the Texas panhandle being flooded making them difficult to cross.

In Amarillo, Coulter Street was shut down between 45th and Hillside due to high water.

Additionally, Loop 335 westbound at Coulter was closed by the Texas Department of Transportation.

In Canyon, Country Club just north of the golf course clubhouse near Griffin, Paul Lindsey Park, and the Hunsley Hills crossing are all closed. The 11th St underpass is draining well but there is a lot of falling water and some standing water.

Cloud Precipitation

Flood hits low-lying regions, prompts evacuations in southern China

The southern part of China entered its main flood season on Thursday, with multiple regions encountering weather-related emergencies in recent days.

Heavy rain in southwest China's Yunnan Province Thursday morning caused flash flooding in a hillside county, claiming the lives of three, with one person still missing.

The flooding in the county also caused significant housing damage in low-lying areas and authorities immediately organized an evacuation.

At a local middle school where the track field was already swamped by floodwaters, rescuers evacuated some 600 students and faculty staff.


Man killed in wild boar attack in Kerala, India

A 61-year-old man died when he was attacked by a wild boar in the front yard of his house here on Saturday, police said.

Rajeevan, a resident of Varavoor, was attacked by the animal around 4:30 pm while he was busy doing household chores, they said.

"He was immediately shifted to the hospital but could not be saved," a police official told PTI.

The incident comes days after three people were killed in separate gaur attacks in Kottayam and Kollam districts.

Source: PTI

Comment: Three persons killed in two separate gaur (bison) attacks in Kerala, India


Donnie Creek wildfire now larger than all fires in British Columbia last year combined

The Donnie Creek wildfire.
The Donnie Creek wildfire.
The Donnie Creek fire has grown in size yet again.

According to the B.C. Wildfire, the fire is bigger than all of the fires that burned in B.C. last summer combined. It is 168,395 hectares, an increase from yesterday's size of 157,500 hectares.

The weather is contributing to fire activity. The clouds are decreasing the fire activity since yesterday compared to the erratic activity from the weekend. However, the fire is pushing southeast due to winds from the west.

"We are looking at warmer temperatures tomorrow and full sun. No precipitation coming either. And, the relative humidity is dropping and that just means the air is getting drier around the fires," explains B.C. Wildfire's Information Officer Bryan Zandberg.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strikes, kills young fisherman in Aklan, Philippines


A lightning strike. (File)
Tragedy struck in Aklan as a young man lost his life to a lightning strike while his group ventured out to sea.

The incident occurred just moments before the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) issued an order on Wednesday, May 30, suspending fishing, water sports activities, and select trips to and from Aklan due to strong winds.

The police identified the fatality as 17-year-old Aklan John Rey Almoquera of Barangay Libertad, Nabas, Aklan.

Almoquera was with a group who went fishing, unaware that the PCG warned fishermen against venturing out to sea because of the risks.