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Storm brings cricket ball-sized hail to parts of south-east Queensland, blackouts and fallen trees

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Cricket ball-sized hail fell at the Glass House Mountains.
Hailstones the size of cricket balls have fallen in the Sunshine Coast hinterland as parts of Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast were hit by storms on Sunday afternoon.

Lauren Murphy from the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said there had been severe thunderstorm activity on Queensland's east coast, south of Rockhampton, as well as "several significant cells delivering large to giant hail around the Sunshine Coast hinterland".

Comment: Posted on Facebook by Lisa Thomas in Palmview, Queensland.




Arrow Down

Avalanche engulfs the Italian town of Martell

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Large snowdrifts and debris partially engulfed the Italian town of Martell on November 17.

Christian Gurschler, a resident of the town, recorded this video and told Storyful: "We got evacuated because its possible that there will arrive some more. All the streets in our valley are closed now."

A South Tyrol-based meteorologist, Dieter Peterlin, warned on Twitter, of a high risk of avalanches in the area. Martell is located in South Tyrol.


Music

'It's like gigantic wind-chimes': Strange sky sounds heard in Norwood, Ohio

Strange sounds (stock)
On October 30, 2019, YouTuber 'Jeff Stockman' shared footage of strange sounds he heard in the skies of Norwood, Ohio. He attributes the sound to a 'natural phenomenon', but something on the 'creepy side':

Snowflake

Heavy snowfall hits Morocco earlier than usual

Mount Pueblan
© MohamMed HamMouki
Mount Pueblan
With an alpine style architecture and Middle Atlas Mountains, Ifrane is celebrating its first snow drops during this year's winter season.

The inhabitants of the city woke up on Saturday, November 16 to find their city covered with snow.

Morocco's weather office had issued a statement earlier this week announcing a cold wave with snowfall in several cities, including Ifrane.

Drop in temperatures led to the first snowfall in the Moroccan town, covering its roads and poplar trees.


Snowflake

A foot of snow blankets Tehran, Iran in rare event for time of year locally

People walk under heavy snow in the Iranian capital Tehran on November 16, 2019.
© Atta Kenare/AFP
People walk under heavy snow in the Iranian capital Tehran on November 16, 2019.
Heavy snowfall has caught residents of the Iranian capital Tehran off guard, bringing the city to a standstill and closing schools in the northern districts of the metropolis.

It all began with tiny hailstones hitting northern part of Tehran during Saturday morning rush hour but it soon grew into a full force snowfall and blanketed the streets.

The snow resulted in heavy traffic in many streets as it covered the city with a blanket of 30 centimeters.

Hamid Mousavi, mayor of Tehran's first district, told the Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA) that the backed-up traffic prevented the use of snowploughs and forced the municipal workers to clear roads and pavements by hand.

Snowing is a rare occurrence in Tehran during the fall. It came following days of windless weather that pushed air pollution dangerously high.


Cloud Lightning

Lightning bolt kills 4 family members in Zambia

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Four members of the same family have died after lightning struck their home around 17:00 hours on November 16 in Kawambwa.

In a statement, Sunday, Police spokesperson Esther Mwaata Katongo stated that the deceased were all of Musundu Village.

"On 16th November, 2019 around 19:00 hrs, Police in Kawambwa received a report of Sudden and Unnatural Death in which four family members were struck by Lightning whilst inside the house during a heavy rain.

Ice Cube

Cricket ball-sized hail hits Sunshine Coast as other areas of Queensland evacuated from fires

Cricket ball-sized hail in Queensland
© Edwin Mens
Cricket ball-sized hail fell at the Glass House Mountains.

Hail the size of a cricket ball has been reported north of Brisbane as dangerous thunderstorms move across south-east Queensland, but the storms are unlikely to bring much rain or relief for bushfire-ravaged parts of the state, the Bureau of Meteorologist forecaster Rosa Hoff says.

It comes as an emergency warning was issued for a large out of control bushfire north of Toowoomba with residents told to evacuate.

A severe warning for giant hailstones and destructive winds was issued from Gympie to south of Brisbane. The most dangerous storm was on the Sunshine Coast, where the cricket ball-sized hail was observed.

Hoff said no storms were expected in the Darling Downs area or the Scenic Rim, where concerning bushfires were continuing to burn.

But strong winds had been detected with gusts of 57km/h recorded at Dalby and 50km/h at Stanthorpe.




Comment: 'Uncharted territory': Out-of-control bushfires rage across Australia's eastern regions


Snowflake Cold

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Unsettling 150 year cold in the 'warmest year ever'

Record cold and snow in US
© REUTERS
With the Arctic blast of early November 2019 being officially put into record, lets look back at the thousand or so all time cold records smashing and eclipsing the oldest records we have in the US and Canada. Even the Washington Post calling the event unprecedented coldest earliest ever recorded for this early in the year, which says a lot about how intense this event was. The UK and Nordic countries also setting dozens of all time cold records with record snow accumulations as well. Question, how do you think this will affect food pricing in the future?


Comment: Officials are using the word 'disaster' to describe the widespread crop failures happening all over America


Cloud Lightning

Lightning kills 26 people in separate incidents in Sindh, Pakistan (UPDATE)

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Rising incidents of lightning strikes in Sindh have prompted fear amongst citizens as at least 12 people have been killed in Sindh, according to police and hospital sources.

Seven people lost their lives in Thar's Chhachhro area, another four people were killed and two children sustained critical burns in Sanghar, a city in Sanghar district, and a youth in Kandhkot was also pronounced dead.

Authorities have urged motorists, commuters and citizens to take caution when driving or travelling during rainy weather.

Comment: Update: Wion reports on November 15:
As many as 26 people, including women and children, were killed in Pakistan's Sindh province due to lightning following heavy rains.

The lightning incidents took place in the areas of Mithi, Chhachhi and Ram Singh Sodho village in Tharparkar district after widespread rains began battering the desert region late Wednesday night and continued into Thursday, reports Dawn news.

Moreover, dozens of animals have been killed in the region during the last 24 hours.

The incidents of thunder strike took place at Islamkot, Nagarparkar, Mithi, Chhachhro and other areas of Tharparkar.

An incident of a thunderbolt in Kotdiji in Khairpur district set a tree on fire.

According to rescue officials, several injured have been shifted to different hospitals, including the district Civil Hospital Mithi.

Adding that over 16 injured were shifted to health facilities since Wednesday late evening, officials confirmed that at least ten bodies were brought to different hospitals in the region.

On Thursday, the district administration issued a notification of emergency across the district, cancelling leaves of employees of all departments.

As per the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), a westerly wave is affecting lower parts of the country.



Bug

'Unnoticed Apocalypse': Dying insects put humankind's existence at risk

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The analysis conducted by Professor David Goulson, one of Britain's leading ecologists says that 50 percent of insects have perished since 1970 as a result of habitat loss and the heavy use of pesticides. Goulson notes that this number could be even higher.

A new scientific report warns that if we don't stop extinction and decline in the population of insects it would pose catastrophic consequences to all forms of life on Earth. Three quarters of crop types grown by humans are pollinated by insects, we wouldn't be able to feed ourselves if they disappear.

The research for the Wildlife Trusts, which has a particular focus on the United Kingdom, says 41 percent of insect species are threatened with extinction. Twenty-three bee and wasp species have died out in the United Kingdom since 1850, the report said, while the number of butterflies that specialise in particular habitats have declined by 77 percent. The research сites another scientific review conducted by an Australian entomologist, who stressed humans are witnessing the largest extinction event since the late Permian.