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Late spring snowfall on the Matroosberg, South Africa - up to 8 inches deep

snow tent
The chill has set in on the high peaks of the Matroosberg, with up to 20cm of snow having fallen near Ceres!

SnowReportSA predicted that snowfalls would occur in the Western Cape from Thursday.

Although the snowfalls were confined to the higher peaks, some intrepid snow-followers still managed to find some significant snow-covered areas.

According to SnowReportSA, there won't be any further snowfalls over the weekend, but the current snowfall could last up to two days on the ground if the temperatures remain low.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning bolt kills 8 youths in Jharkhand, India

A lightning strike killed eight people in Jharkhand on Thursday. The incident happened in Jharkhand's Garwha. The eight youths, hailing from Pasi Tola under Mjhiyon police station, were playing out in the open when the lightning strike killed six out of them on the spot.

The other two were rushed to a hospital but to no avail.
They breathed their last in Sadar Hospital, Garwha on Thursday.

Garwha SDO Pradip Kumar said that it was raining and the youths tried to hide themselves under a tree. The trees are a good conductor of electricity. When the lightning hit it the tree the current was discharged upon the youths hiding under it.

Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das said, "My heart goes out to the families who lost their loved ones." Raghubar Das also announced a compensation of Rs 4 lakh each to the families of the deceased.


Six earthquakes in five days reported near Cherokee, North Carolina

Earthquakes in Cherokee, NC
One area of the North Carolina mountains has had six small earthquakes in five days, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The quakes have all been within a couple miles of each other near Cherokee, North Carolina, in the Great Smoky Mountains, the USGS earthquake monitoring system shows. None of the earthquakes caused damage or injuries, USGS said.

The biggest quake was a 2.5 magnitude temblor around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday about 2.5 miles southwest of Cherokee, according to the USGS.
  • Sept. 7, 8:14 p.m.: 1.9 magnitude, 5 miles south of Cherokee
  • Sept. 9, 4:21 a.m.: 1.4 magnitude, 3.1 miles south-southwest of Cherokee
  • Sept. 9, 3:08 p.m.: 2.0 magnitude, 3.1 miles south-southwest of Cherokee
  • Sept. 11, 8:13 p.m.: 2.3 magnitude, 3.7 miles south of Cherokee
  • Sept. 11, 11:03 p.m.: 2.5 magnitude, 2.5 miles southwest of Cherokee
  • Sept. 11, 11:14 p.m.: 2.1 magnitude, 3.7 miles south-southwest of Cherokee

Cloud Lightning

Lightning bolt kills 23 cows near Annona, Texas

Disturbing footage shows the aftermath of a lightning storm on a farm in Texas

Disturbing footage shows the aftermath of a lightning storm on a farm in Texas
A lightning bolt has killed 23 cows after it hit one and then traveled along a metal fence the others were standing next to.

Disturbing footage shows the animals, which have scorch marks on their stomachs, lying in a row on a farm in Texas after a thunderstorm.

Rancher Bobby Woody III said it was one of the 'wildest and craziest' things he had ever witnessed.

'When the lightning hit, it had such strong voltage, it basically jolted one cow in the middle of the field,' Woody wrote on Facebook.


Orange alert as Villarrica volcano rumbles in southern Chile

Villarrica in Chile

Villarrica in Chile
Rumbling at Villarrica, one of South America's most active volcanoes, has been worrying residents and prompted authorities to declare an orange alert this week.

Authorities in the south of Chile are rehearsing evacuation plans amid concern that the volcano could potentially erupt within "days or weeks."

Villarrica, near the popular tourist resort of Pucon around 750km south of the capital Santiago, was upgraded to an orange alert after it began rumbling and hurling lava into the air late on Tuesday.

The orange alert by the National Geology and Mining Service (SERNAGEOMIN) implies a "significant" increase in activity.

Arrow Down

Huge sinkhole swallows two cars after opening up in Shanxi, China

A huge sinkhole opened up on a road in northern China's Lvliang, swallowing two cars. In the video, filmed on September 11, two cars can be seen upside-down inside a 50-metre-long and 10-metre-wide sinkhole as water poured in from the road. According to the witness, people in the two cars have been evacuated and no one was injured. The case is being investigated, reports said.

Comment: Another similar recent incident in the same country: Huge sinkhole swallows taxi after opening up on Chinese road


Hippo kills fisherman in Lake Naivasha, Kenya - 11th such death for the locality this year

A colleague managed to escape while the casualty had his body cut in half.

A fisherman was yesterday killed by a hippo in Lake Naivasha, bringing to 11, the number of those killed in similar manner this year.

Fishermen and stakeholders near the lake have expressed concerns over the rising number hippos, noting it was time their population was reduced.

In the latest case, the fisherman was in the company of a colleague in the lake when the lone animal attacked them.

During the incident near Karagita beach, the colleague managed to escape while the casualty had his body cut in half.

Road Cone

Torrential rain inundates Valencia region of Spain for second month in a row - Two dead as storm washes away hundreds of cars, spawns tornadoes

flooding valencia spain
Torrential rain that has been falling in Spain's Mediterranean area left two people dead today in Caudete, a municipality in Albacete, in the Valencia region. Although they were originally reported to be a married couple, the latest reports by government officials describe them as a brother and sister aged 61 and 51. The victims' car was dragged along by flooding, according to a tweet from the 112 emergency services.

The extreme weather has caused flooding in other parts of Valencia, as well as in Murcia and Castile-La Mancha. The Clariano river in Ontinyent, a village in Valencia, has also burst its banks, requiring 40 people to be rescued and 150 evacuated from their homes.

A small tornado formed at around three in the morning on Dénia's Raset beach, in Alicante province, damaging the municipal sports center and ripping up trees, traffic signs and roofs. Winds of 104 kilometers per hour were recorded.

Comment: Here's one of the tornadoes, which touched down outside the city of Alicante this morning:

The same front produced an equally spectacular storm over the Balearic Islands yesterday:

This happened in the same region a month ago:

Flash-floods in Valencia Region, Spain after 40mm of rain in less than 1 hour

This happened in the same region in April this year:

The worst April storm in 73 years hits Costa Blanca, Spain - Cities of Valencia and Alicante flooded


Early snowfall in Norilsk, Russia

There were videos on the network filmed by the residents of Norilsk on September 11.

Snow-covered streets are visible on frames - this is a common occurrence for a northern city in the middle of the first autumn month. However, due to the strong wind that accompanies the cooling, a storm warning was announced in Norilsk.

According to experts, the season of snowstorms here usually begins in late October.


First snow of the season falls on Colorado's highest peaks

First snow of 2019 at Loveland Ski Area
© Loveland Ski Area
First snow of 2019 at Loveland Ski Area
While Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer, it's not actually fall yet — but in Colorado, the mountains appear to have jumped straight into winter.

A late-summer cold front Wednesday night was expected to bring thunderstorms and a light dusting of snow to mountains areas above 10,000 feet, CBS Denver reported. And sure enough, on Thursday, some Coloradans did wake up to snow, but only ones who were up high enough. Snow was spotted at Arapaho Basin, which shared photos of the delicate dusting.