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Shocking traffic: Lightning strikes car twice in Novosibirsk, Russia

Lightning strikes car
© VK / Galina Ershova
A car crawling through traffic in Russia was blasted by lightning -twice- in an incredible double-strike that was filmed by the dashcam of a nearby vehicle. The flashes were so powerful they temporarily blinded another driver.

Galina Ershova was driving along the Berdskoye Highway in Novosibirsk, Siberia, when her dashcam recorded the unlikeliest of drivetime distractions - a double lightning strike mere feet away from her own car.

"I was blinded for a split second, I grabbed the steering wheel with a death grip," Ershova said. "It happened so quickly."

Snowflake Cold

Record cold in Siberia, Russia

Intensive cooling in a number of settlements in the region.

In the village of Novy Port in the Yamal-Nenets District, the thermometer fell to -3, a new record low for September 13. The previous record, -2.9 degrees, was observed 17 years ago.

In Aleksandrovsky (Tomsk Oblast) it was -3.2. The previous record of September 13 -3 lasted 18 years.

Cloud Precipitation

Heavy rains, floods leave over 200 dead in central India

Over 200 people have died and thousands rendered homeless in ravaging floods due to heavy rains in India's central state of Madhya Pradesh over the past several days, a state government official confirmed to Xinhua.

According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), the state received 34 percent excess rains compared to the previous year, leading to devastating floods.

State Chief Minister Kamal Nath on Sunday tweeted that incessant rains continued in several parts, including Mandsaur, Neemach, Ratlam, Aagar, Shajapur, Ujjain, Gwalior, Khandwa, Bhopal, and Indore districts.

Cloud Lightning

Child dies from lightning strike in Bath County, Virginia

The Bath County Sheriff's Office 911 center received a 911 call Saturday night about a child being struck by lightning.

According to the Bath County Sheriff's Office, the dispatch center was notified by a Hot Springs Rescue Member that there was a 12 year old boy without a pulse and not breathing.

Hot Springs Rescue Squad requested Air Medical but, due to weather conditions, none was available and the patient was transported to Bath Community Hospital.

The boy was revived by ER staff and transported to Roanoke Carilion Hospital by ambulance but died from sustained injuries at 11:23 am on September 15.

According to the Bath County Sheriff's Office, the victim was visiting family in the Hot Springs area of Bath County. To protect the privacy of the mourning family, no other details will be released.


Large fire tornado forms over farm in Brazil

A fire tornado over a farm in west Brazil
© FocusOn News
A fire tornado over a farm in west Brazil
A tornado of flames emerged from a fire and swirled several meters into the air on a farm in Brazil, on Tuesday.

The spectacular images show the whirlwind spreading on the banks of the GO-210 motorway near Santa Helena de Goiás, central west Brazil.

It relentlessly flashes its luminous orange flames as local workers step back to watch the spectacle, before the camera turns to the barren and dried land surrounding the blaze.

Otherwise known as a 'fire devil', the bright flame arcs towards the sky with explosions at the base and a rising vortex towards its core.

It is the result of a clash between intense heat and turbulent wind conditions - and can reach a staggering 1,090 degrees.

Farm workers were clearing the land when the rare spectacle occurred.

At the time, the climate in the region was very dry and those at the scene reported the open country area was hit by strong winds.

Stock Down

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Cooler global temperatures affecting corporations

Lenox corporation
© YouTube/Adapt 2030 (screen capture)
Lennox Air Conditioner company earnings fall 9% due to cooler than normal conditions in the USA and higher precipitation. That goes against the claims of hottest year ever. Greenland temperature monitoring equipment maintained by the DMI malfunctioned giving erroneous heat spike over the ice cap, media ran with the story but never followed up when the difference as corrected showing dropping temperatures.


World's worst scientist?

climate cartoon
Michael Mann has done some spectacularly awful science during his time, and he put it on full display on Twitter today.


Horseshoe fire: 200-acre brush fire forces mandatory evacuations near San Jacinto, California

brush fire juniper flats san jacinto ca sep 2019
A 200-acre brush fire that erupted Saturday in the Juniper Flats area between Perris and San Jacinto forced mandatory evacuations of more than 200 people and is 10% contained as of Sunday morning, authorities said.

It was reported at 5:52 p.m. in the 21000 block of Horseshoe Trail, Riverside County Fire Department spokesman Rob Roseen said.

The blaze was first reported at 10 acres but jumped to 75 acres by 6:40 p.m., Roseen said. Officials said the fire had grown to 100 acres by 8:40 p.m. There was no containment.

"The first arriving engine reported the fire burning in heavy fuels with a moderate rate of spread," he said.

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Cloud Lightning

210,000 lightning strikes recorded in Sweden this year, a six-fold increase on 2017

Lightning strikes the Öresund Bridge on June 15 this year.
© Jonas Ericsson/TT
Lightning strikes the Öresund Bridge on June 15 this year.
If you thought this summer in Sweden was stormy, you weren't wrong. More than 210,000 lightning strikes have been registered in the country so far this year, a six-fold increase on two years ago.

Erik Engström, a meteorologist at state weather forecaster SMHI told broadcaster TV4 that the high frequency of thunder and lightning came down to warm weather.

"This summer we had a lot of warm, wet air coming in over the country and that's one of the main pre-conditions for storms," he said.

Arrow Down

Six family members killed by landslide triggered by heavy rainfall in Nepal

Six members of a family were buried to death in a landslide at Thawang Rural Municipality, Rolpa, last night.

The landslide triggered by a heavy rain had struck the house at Chherlowang of Thawang Rural Municiplaity-2, at midnight.

Bodies of Thir Kumari Jhankri Budha, 28, and her son Ashal Budha, 4, were recovered this morning.

According to Ward Chairperson Basant Rokka, bodies of Jaya Budha, 38, his wife Muljyoti Budha, 36 and their daughters Devasti, 9, and Karishna, 2, were dug out of the rubble this afternoon.