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The UK saw 'below average' temperatures in June, Met Office says - despite the late heatwave

Beachgoers in Brighton
Beachgoers in Brighton, June 26, 2024
June 2024 was a dry, cool and sunny month compared to the UK's long-term average, according to provisional Met Office figures.

The average mean temperature for June was 12.9°C (55°F) - around 0.4°C below the long-term meteorological average.

June was a 'month of contrasts' for many, with a cool first half of the month offset by warmth later in the month, with rainfall also in relatively short supply, especially in the south.

June was drier than average, with the UK recording 29 per cent less rainfall than the long-term meteorological average. In all, the UK saw 2.1 inches (55.1mm) of rain recorded across the month.

Arrow Down

People scream, run for life as massive landslide blocks Badrinath Highway in Uttarakhand, India

Images of landslide at Badrinath Highway in Joshimath.
Images of landslide at Badrinath Highway in Joshimath.
The Badrinath National Highway was blocked after huge rocks fell on the road amid a massive landslide in the Chamoli district of the Indian state of Uttarakhand and disrupted vehicular movement.

The commuters present on the spot recorded a scary 30-second video in which a huge portion of the hill was seen crumbling and falling on the road. The falling of the massive rocks led to the blocking of the route towards Chungi Dhar in Joshimath.

In the video, the people are panicking and screaming as they run for their safety. However, some of the fearless ones were seen capturing the natural calamity on their phones.

After the landslide, hundreds of vehicles and people were stuck on the two sides of the road.

After the Badrinath highway was blocked, the authorities were seen clearing the debris. The administrative officials and the police reached the site to clear the debris.

Cloud Precipitation

Another flash flood causes gas leaks in Ruidoso, New Mexico - evacuation order again in place

Village officials posted on social media stating that the flooding has caused multiple gas leaks.

"Please stay away from gas smells and report the issue to Zia Natural Gas," the village added.

Officials with the Village of Ruidoso are ordering residents of Cedar Creek, Upper Canyon, Brady Canyon, Paradise Canyon, Hull, and areas near Rio Ruidoso to evacuate due to flash flood warnings.

"Please do not try to protect your property or gather your belongings," the village stated on social media. "Get out and move to higher ground IMMEDIATELY!"

The area is under a flash flood emergency until 4 PM.

Comment: At the end of the month prior: Ruidoso in New Mexico issues evacuation order for flooding


Signs and Portents: Snakes (or eels) break free from aircraft at Vancouver Airport

Vancouver Airport's creepy snake incident

While details of this incident are fairly limited, we do know that it took place on Monday, July 8, 2024, at Vancouver International Airport (YVR). In a video shared on social media, you can see cargo either being loaded onto or off an aircraft (it's not entirely clear in which direction it's headed).

However, the operation stops, as some of the "live cargo" escapes from a box. Specifically, a huge number of snakes are suddenly seen on the apron, with more escaping from the box. It's unknown how exactly the snakes got loose from the box. For that matter, one wonders if the ground handlers knew what the cargo even was, or if it was a surprise (I would assume the latter, since I can't imagine snakes can be transported in such a box).

Snowflake Cold

Heavy snowfall for South Africa

Kagga Kamma Nature Reserve in the Western Cape.
© Dale GallowayKagga Kamma Nature Reserve in the Western Cape.
Disruptive snow has fallen over large parts of the Namaqualand, including Sutherland in the Northern Cape. It has turned the Karoo into a winter wonderland, but it also brought hardship to residents in the area.

Cloud Precipitation

Local laments damage as huge hail pounds French village

Golf ball sized hail battered central France yesterday, July 9.

The violent hailstorm lasted for about 15 minutes, according to Yanik Martin who posted the video.

Second tier warnings have been placed on the storms which are expected to continue tomorrow, July 11. Credit: Yanik Martin via Storyful


Dogs maul boy to death in Pakistan

dog attack
In a tragic incident in Tando Allahyar, a pack of pet dogs attacked and killed a 13-year-old boy named Zahid Ali.

The attack took place at a poultry farm owned by Jado Leghari village, where Zahid and his father were cutting firewood.

Despite efforts, Zahid succumbed to multiple dog bites on the spot.

The news of his death spread through the village, causing an atmosphere of mourning among its residents who are now demanding action against the owner of the pet dogs.


Powerful waterspout strikes Boracay Island, Philippines

On July 2, 2024, visitors to Boracay Island, Philippines, were taken aback as a long, powerful waterspout appeared over the water, lingering for nearly 10 minutes.

Arvie Jay Quives, who captured the phenomenon on video, described the experience as both scary and shocking. "We were having a good time when we heard someone shouting, and then we saw it," Quives recounted.


'Dragon absorbing water' waterspout spotted in southern China

A huge waterspout appeared on the sea's surface near Weizhou Island in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

The water column connected the sea to the clouds, attracting many tourists and residents to watch.

Commonly referred to as a 'dragon absorbing water' in China, but also known as a waterspout, the phenomenon is a type of tornado.


Woman swallowed whole by a python in Indonesia, second such killing in a month

A reticulated python (Malayopython reticulatus) wriggles over a tree trunk at Hagenbeck Zoo in December 2021.
© Axel HeimkenA reticulated python (Malayopython reticulatus) wriggles over a tree trunk at Hagenbeck Zoo in December 2021.
A woman was found dead inside the belly of a snake after it swallowed her whole in central Indonesia last week, police said, the second python killing in the province in a month.

Siriati, 36, had gone missing after she left her house Tuesday morning to buy medicine for her sick child, police said Wednesday, prompting relatives to launch a search.

Her husband Adiansa, 30, found her slippers and pants on the ground about 500 meters from their house in Siteba village, South Sulawesi province.

"Shortly after that, he spotted a snake, about 10 meters from the path. The snake was still alive," local police chief Idul, who like many Indonesians has one name, told AFP.