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Lightning ignites at least 15 wildfires across Alaska

Map of the more than 1,800 lightning strikes throughout Alaska on May 30, 2020.

Map of the more than 1,800 lightning strikes throughout Alaska on May 30, 2020.
Firefighters and aircraft were are busy Sunday working on two lightning-caused fires burning within 25 miles of Unlakleet with more firefighters slated to joint the effort after lightning became a big factor in new fire starts in Alaska this weekend. Lightning is suspected of causing more than 15 new fires in Alaska this weekend.

There were approximately 1,858 recorded lightning strikes throughout the state Saturday with Sunday's tally at more than 2,900 by 8 p.m. On Saturday, the lightning was scattered throughout a ribbon starting in the Yukon-Kukoskwim Delta north of Bethel stretching across through Central Interior with a cluster appearing north of the Mat-Su Valley. On Sunday, that area was expanded to the Canadian border as rain storms moved through the Fairbanks area in the afternoon.

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Almost 87,000 lightning strikes in Washington on Saturday - nearly 2/3 annual average!

© Eva Seydl
A barrage of lightning strikes numbering in the tens of thousands pummeled Washington state as multiple waves of thunderstorms moved through on Saturday.

In Western Washington, sensors with the National Lightning Detection Network calculated 15,755 lightning strikes -- 4,119 that struck the ground (the rest were within the clouds), according to Chris Vagasky with Vaisala.

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Recently discovered electrical phenomenon 'Green Ghost' captured over West Texas

Green ghost

Above: From the archives of Thomas Ashcraft, a Green Ghost photographed in 2014. “At the time I did not realize what I had captured,” he says.
Want to discover something new? Keep an eye on the tops of thunderstorms. Sprites, trolls, elves and pixies: These are just a handful of the exotic phenomena that have surprised researchers monitoring cloudtops since the 1980s. In fact, a new one has just been discovered. Introducing, the Green Ghost.

Thomas Ashcraft caught one over New Mexico on May 25th. Play his movie, and look for the green afterglow following the flash of this magnificent jellyfish sprite:

Comment: One wonders if we will soon observe what the ancients recorded at times of global upheaval/climate shift. See: Symbols of Transition: Shifting sands unveil 'stick man' petroglyphs on Hawaii beach

petroglyphs plasma

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Tropical Storm Amanda kills 10 people in El Salvador

tropical storm amanda
Tropical Storm Amanda, the first named storm of the season in the Pacific, killed 10 people as it lashed El Salvador and Guatemala on Sunday amid flooding and power outages.

El Salvador's President Nayib Bukele declared a state of emergency for 15 days to cope with the effects of the storm, which lost strength later in the day as it moved into Guatemala.

The fatalities were all recorded in El Salvador, senior cabinet official Carolina Recinos said, adding that one person is reported missing.

In the capital, San Salvador, 50 homes were damaged by rain and powerful winds, while 23 vehicles were swallowed by a sinkhole, Mayor Ernesto Muyshondt said.

"We are experiencing an unprecedented situation: one top-level emergency on top of another serious one," he said, referring to the COVID-19 pandemic in place before the rain hit.

In some flooded areas, soldiers worked alongside emergency personnel to rescue people.


At least 5 waterspouts seen at Laguna de Bay, Philippines

Over five waterspouts were seen over Laguna de Bay on Saturday afternoon, the Muntinlupa City government said Saturday.

A video from Muntinlupa Councilor Arlene Hilapo, which was shared by the Muntinlupa government's official Facebook page, show some waterspouts over the lake before vanishing.


Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Survival instinct kicks in across the planet - Is it a 1200 B.C repeat?

Mousa Broch
© Arterra / Universal Images Group via Getty Images
A tourist visits Mousa Broch, the tallest known Iron Age broch and one of Europe's best-preserved prehistoric buildings
With no attempt to revive the global economy, we need to look at longer cycles that affected society, and Scotland's Brochs are a good place to start, thousands of stone fortifications suddenly erected at the decline of the Iron Age. Mimics the 51% decline in USA GDP Q2, Hertz 25th largest bankruptcy in history and it seems escape paths are being blocked at every turn. Retirees buying escape RV's, sixth sense kicking in.


Comment: See also: Brochs: Scotland's enigmatic Iron Age circular stone structures

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2 hour downpour triggers flash floods in Phuket, Thailand

The Khraeng intersection on Sakdidet Road is flooded after two hours of heavy rain in Muang district of Phuket on Saturday morning.
© Achadtaya Chuenniran
Tha Khraeng intersection on Sakdidet Road is flooded after two hours of heavy rain in Muang district of Phuket on Saturday morning.
Heavy rain triggered flooding in several areas in downtown Muang district of this southern island province on Saturday morning.

Several roads in the municipal area were impassable to small vehicles after heavy downpours pounded the island from 9.30am to 11.40am, said Sophon Thongsai, chief of the provincial disaster prevention and mitigation office.


Man hospitalized after lone-wolf attack in Port Edwards, British Columbia

A grey wolf seen in a file photo.
© AP/Dawn Villella
A grey wolf seen in a file photo.
A B.C. man is recovering in hospital following an attack by a lone wolf in Port Edwards, just south of Prince Rupert.

The B.C. Conservation Officer Service (COS) says the attack happened just after 11 p.m., while the man was walking home.

The COS says the man's injuries aren't life threatening.

Officers have been deployed in the area to search for the wolf.


6.0-magnitude earthquake strikes Peru

An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.0 jolted 32 km WNW of Lampa, Peru at 05:09:35 GMT on Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 153.41 km, was initially determined to be at 15.2747 degrees south latitude and 70.663 degrees west longitude.

Source: NAN/Xinhua

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Farmer, 2 daughters killed by lightning bolt in Andhra Pradesh, India

A farmer and his two daughters were killed on the spot when lightning struck them in the fields at Tippireddipalle village of Peddapanjani mandal under Gangavaram police circle limits on Saturday night.

According to the Gangavaram police, Ramakrishna (50) was in the fields close to the the village late in the evening to milch the cows. Around 7.30 p.m., his two daughters Rama Devi (24) and Meena (22) reached the spot to assist their father. All of a sudden, gales and rain started, forcing the trio to take shelter under a tree in the field, when lightning struck them, killing all the three on the spot. On hearing the tragic news, the farmer's spouse fell unconscious. The Gangavaram police rushed to the spot. A case has been registered.