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Rare tornado kills three people and injures hundreds more in the Czech Republic

A tornado touches down in Czechia
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A tornado touches down in Czechia, June 24, 2021; aftermath in the village of Lužice
At least three people have died and hundreds more injured after a rare tornado tore through a region in the southeastern Czech Republic.

The tornado was formed late on Thursday during a series of strong thunderstorms that hit the entire country. Seven towns and villages have been badly damaged, with entire buildings turned into ruins and cars overturned. Over 120,000 households were without electricity.

Some 360 extra police officers were sent to the area together with the military. The rescuers from many parts of the country who came to help were joined by their counterparts from nearby Austria and Slovakia.

They were using drones and helicopters to search the rubble. One person died of injuries in the hospital in the town of Hodonin.

The regional rescue service said more people likely died.


Comment: One Czech TV station said the tornado may have been a F3 or F4 on the Fujita scale, rated at "significant" to "severe" damage. Meteorologist Michal Žák said it was "probably the strongest tornado in recent [Czech]history" and very uncommon in Europe reports RT.

This major and rare tornado in Europe comes only days after powerful storms ripped through Belgium, including a tornado that obliterates almost 100 homes in country's south.

To understand why this uptick in tornadic activity may be occurring now see comment here: More intense and frequent thunderstorms linked to global climate variability


Snowflake Cold

Record-cold start to summer for Saskatchewan, Canada

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It's been a historically cold start to summer for central and eastern Canada, with the Saskatchewan towns of Lucky Lake, Rosetown, and Leader among the locales logging record low temperatures this week.

The village of Lucky Lake saw the mercury plunge to 1C (33.8F) on Monday, June 21, which smashed its previous record for the date of 3.5C (38.3F) set last year, in 2020 (further signs of our cooling climate).

The Leader area observed a low of 2C (35.6F) on Monday, which was cold enough to comfortably usurp the old benchmark of 3.3C (37.9F) from 1951.

While Rosetown suffered the lowest temperature in all of the west central region. It dipped below freezing with a low of -0.8C (30.5F), which busted the town's all time record of 1.1C set way back in 1917 (during the Centennial Minimum).

Attention

Dead whale washes ashore on Asilomar beach in California

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A dead whale washed onto the beach at Asilomar Tuesday, according to the Hopkins Marine Station.

The station said it was a fin whale, the second-largest type of whale on the planet.

They said it appears that the whale had not reached adulthood yet and was about 40 to 45 feet long. Its cause of death has not been released.


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Multiple waterspouts start Michigan's summer with a swirling fall staple and graupel

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The start of summer in Michigan brought a typical fall weather character- a waterspout. In fact, after the waterspout, an even more winter-like precipitation form fell, called graupel.

To kick off astronomical summer this week, Michigan had some very cold air for this time of year. High temperatures were only in the 60s. When I looked at the upper-air temperatures, which are vitally important for waterspouts and graupel, the temperature over Leelanau County was 33 degrees at 5,000 feet and 19 degrees at 9,000 feet.

That's fall-like upper-air temperatures to start astronomical summer. The cold air flowing over the relatively warm water of Lake Michigan set off five waterspouts. The temperature difference between the air just over the water surface and the air aloft causes the waterspouts to form.

John Piombo, executive chef at The Homestead on Lake Michigan at the Sleeping Bear Dunes, caught the multiple waterspouts in the video below. The video was shot from the deck of Cafe Manitou, overlooking Lake Michigan.


Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike kills 2 in Kandal, Cambodia

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Two Khmer Muslims were killed by a lightning strike while they were hunting by a lake. The incident happened at 2 p.m. on June 22 at the Sangke Som Dam in Po Tapang village, Svay Proteal commune, Saang district, Kandal province.

The Saang district police released the identity of the two victims. One of them is Mat Nansa, male, 28-years-old and the other is Sen Mael, male, 16-years-old. The two men are fishermen and are from Baren Krom village, Svay Proteal commune, Saang district, Kandal province.

On June 22, at 1 p.m. the father-in-law and father of the deceased, 53-year-old Man Sen, accompanied the two men to check traps that were laid out near the lake. Then it started to rain hard causing the three to seek shelter under two separate trees. Suddenly, lightning struck the tree that the two victims were under and the two men, killing them. Sen, the older man, was fortunately not harmed due to him being quite a distance away from the scene.

After examinations by the authorities, the bodies were returned to the family for funerary rites.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike kills 2 in Mandaue City, Philippines

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TWO men were killed after they were struck by lightning while foraging shellfish in Sitio Pajara, Barangay Umapad in Mandaue City on Tuesday afternoon, June 22, 2021.

Police identified the victims as Rey Cuyam, 28, a resident of Barangay Umapad; and Erwin Hirasol, 33, a resident of Barangay Mantuyong, Mandaue City.

Glendo Demape, who works for Umapad's barangay hall, said they and local police responded in the area after they received reports of casualties from a lightning strike that occurred there.

When they got there, barangay personnel and local police found Cuyam and Hirasol already lying just a few meters from the shoreline and had numerous burns on their bodies.

Attention

Mouse plague ravages rural Australia, the worst in decades

Australia mouse plague
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Australians at the centre of the worst mouse plague in decades say the rodents are nibbling on their hair and nails while they sleep. But as Sarah Morice reports, farmers are worried a government plan to use a highly toxic poison on the mice will also kill native animals.


Fire

Italy's Mount Etna sends lava and ash into air as eruption continues

Mount Etna eruption
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Footage shows Mount Etna continuing to erupt in Sicily on Monday, as volcanic activity continues. The volcano was seen spewing huge amounts of lava, with clouds of ash billowing in the air. The Sicilian peak which is 3,329 metres (10,922 feet) high, is considered to be one of the world's most active volcanoes.


Question

Birds dying by hundreds in at least 6 states across America

Birds are going blind in the Washington region

Birds are going blind in the Washington region
Hundreds of birds are dying without explanation in parts of the South and Midwest.

Wildlife experts in at least six states and Washington, D.C., have reported an increase in sick or dying birds in the past month. The most commonly afflicted birds are blue jays, common grackles and European starlings.

"We're experiencing an unusual amount of bird mortality this year," said Kate Slankard, an avian biologist with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. "We have yet to figure out what the problem is. The condition seems to be pretty deadly."

Symptoms include crusty or puffy eyes, neurological signs of seizures and an inability to stay balanced.

Experts said the birds have been behaving as if they are blind and exhibit other abnormalities, such as not flying away when people get close.


Cloud Precipitation

Heavy rains hit the Valley of Mexico - floods in Atizapán, Ecatepec and Tlalnepantla

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The heavy rains in the Valley of Mexico have affected, mainly in the State of Mexico, where there are floods in at least three municipalities: Atizapán, Ecatepec and Tlalnepantla.

Mexican Civil Protection authorities called for extreme precautions in the face of road damage, after citizens published videos showing several cars under water.

Citizens who were trapped in cars or workplaces assured that the water level reached up to 50 centimeters.