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'Knock you out of your seat': Loud booming noises heard in northeast Ohio communities

Ohio State Patrol
© Fox8
Residents and business owners in normally-quiet North Royalton reported hearing a series of loud noises.

"If you're in the building at the time, it'll actually knock you out of your seat, it's such a large boom," said Steve Schwarz, owner of The Jump Yard, a family amusement center on York Road.

He said the source of at least some of the loud noise complaints is a utility pole on York. It's blown fuses a dozen times in the past year, each time knocking out power to his business, Schwarz said.

"It's not a bomb or anything, that some people are fearing when they hear those type noises. But it's definitely having a dramatic effect on our business," he said.


June snowfall of 3 inches dropped on Bogus Basin, Idaho

More wet weather to kick off your Wednesday. We've had valley rain and mountain snow across the region Wednesday morning. Snow levels have been hovering around 6,000 feet with several inches reported at the higher elevations. Check out this photo from Bogus Basin, three inches of fresh snow reported there.

Black Cat

4-year-old recovering after mountain lion attack in Poway, California

A 4-year-old child is recovering from minor injuries following an attack by a mountain lion at the Blue Sky Ecological Reserve in Poway.

The attack happened around 2:40 p.m., Friday at the Blue Sky Ecological Reserve, CDFW spokesman Tim Daly said.

The child was with a family of five who split off into two groups on the trail when the attack happened, he said.

California Department of Fish and Wildlife officers located a mountain lion matching the description given by family member. Testing later confirmed it was the same lion.

Cloud Precipitation

Hungary and Czech Republic - 1 dead, dozens evacuated after summer storms trigger flash floods

Floods in Pardubice, Czech Republic, 13 to 14 June 2020.
Floods in Pardubice, Czech Republic, 13 to 14 June 2020.
Severe weather including heavy rain caused wind damage and flooding in parts of Hungary and Czech Republic from 13 to 15 June.


A massive storm swept across Hungary on 14 June, causing flooding and wind damage in several locations, including the capital Budapest.

Hungary's Directorate General for Disaster Management (BM Országos Katasztrófavédelmi Főigazgatóság ) said teams carried out more than 400 operations in response to the storm.

A woman died in flash flooding in Tótvázsony, Veszprém County after being swept away by flood waters near her home. Several homes were flooded in the area. On 14 June, Szentkirályszabadja, situated about 20km east of Tótvázsony, recorded 61mm of rain in 12 hours.

Cloud Precipitation

Deadly floods hit Abidjan and south Côte d'Ivoire

Torrential rain over the last few days has caused flooding in parts of southern Côte d'Ivoire, including the capital city Abidjan.

Local media report that at least one person has died in the floods in Abidjan, with several others injured. Flooding also caused material damages in the city, including buildings. Roads have also been blocked and transport disrupted. Abidjan recorded over 260mm of rain in 48 hours to 15 June.

Among the worst hit areas are the districts of André Château d´Eau, Abobo-Belleville and Riviera Palmeraie. Landslides have also been reported in some affected areas.


Increased seismic activity near Kick 'em Jenny underwater volcano

Kick'em Jenny volcano
Grenada's National Disaster Management Agency (NaDMA) has noted an increase in seismic activity near the Kick 'em Jenny underwater volcano.

In an update shared June 14, 2020 via social media, NaDMA said it received technical advice from the monitoring team at the University of the West Indies Seismic Research Centre St Augustine Campus Trinidad and Tobago (UWI SRC), showing increased seismic activity at the Kick 'em' Jenny Volcano.

The latest activity was observed over a seven-day period in the month of June.

"Though the Alert level remains at YELLOW, which is a 1.5 km exclusion zone around the summit of the volcano. However, with the increased activity, the Agency encourages marine operators to be vigilant when traversing the area, as increased seismic activity also results in the emission of gases, which can reduce the density of the water around the summit."

Cloud Grey

Widespread outbreak of noctilucent clouds over Europe

Noctilucent clouds over Bergen, Norway on June 17, 2020
© Arnim Berhorst
Noctilucent clouds over Bergen, Norway on June 17, 2020
Night is supposed to be dark. But not last night. Across northern and central Europe on June 16-17, the sky lit up with electric-blue ripples from noctilucent (night-shining) clouds. "It was a very bright display," reports Arnim Berhorst, who sends this picture from Bergen, Norway.

"The noctilucent clouds (NLCs) were so widespread, I had to assemble 12 images to capture the complete panorama," says Berhorst. Similar displays were recorded as far south as Germany, Poland, and Switzerland.

NLCs are Earth's highest clouds. Seeded by meteoroids, they float at the edge of space 83 km above the ground. The clouds form when summertime wisps of water vapor rise up to the mesosphere, allowing water to crystallize around specks of meteor smoke.

Last summer, NLCs spread as far south as Los Angeles and Las Vegas, setting records for low-latitude sightings. 2020 is shaping up to be just as good. Record-cold temperatures in the mesosphere are boosting the production of NLCs, pushing them farther south with each passing night. Stay tuned!

Comment: Are noctilucent clouds increasing because of the cooling climate, and the rise of fireball and volcanic activity?

Cloud Precipitation

Hailstorms cause heavy losses to peach, apricot and plum crops in Swat, Pakistan - 50% of orchards damaged

Peach growers and traders in the Swat District -a district in the Malakand Division of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in Pakistan- say they have suffered heavy losses caused by the recent hail and windstorms.

According to the Swat Agriculture Research Centre, about 70,000 tons of peach of various varieties is produced in Swat where the harvest begins in May and continues till September. The valley produces about 70 per cent of the total produce in the country.

The farmers claim that this year, hailstorms and rain damaged more than 50 per cent of the orchards; mainly those of peaches, apricot and plums.

Cloud Precipitation

Spain: Massive hailstorm could have huge impact on European stone fruit season

hail damage
A massive hail storm on Tuesday evening in Lleida and Huesca hit the stone fruit growing areas of Torres de Segre, Soses, Alcarras, Aitona, Binaced, Binefar, Ximenelles, Alcolea de Cinca, Bellver de Cinca and Fraga. This occurred just right before the harvest was due to take place.

According to the grower and exporter Frances Pena, director of Olimpfruit (Seròs, Lleida) these affected areas represent around half of the production of Lleida. There are approximately 7500 hectares severely affected, between 60 and 100% in the areas of Alcarràs, Soses and Torres de Segre, the most affected. In the other areas the damages could be between 20 to 30%.

Cloud Precipitation

Extreme hailstorm hits northern Greece in middle of June - leaves layer of hail up to 15 inches deep

blanket of hail
An unseasonable hailstorm hit the region of Drama in northern Greece on Tuesday night, causing major disruption to the roadways there.

The hailstorm in the city of Drama was particularly severe. Such a dense layer of ice pellets accumulated there that in some places it was 30-40 (11-15 inches) cm thick, according to a report by AMNA.

Earth-moving excavators from the municipal authorities were used to clear the city's roads from the dense, thick blanket of hail.