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Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike kills more than 50 sheep in Odisha, India

As many as 50 sheep have been killed after being struck by a huge lightning strike in Bhānjanagar area of Ganjam district.

According to reports, the incident has been reported from Antarapada village under Buguda police station limits.

The sheep had taken shelter under a tree due to heavy rains when the lightning struck and as many as 50 of them died.

Snowflake Cold

Ice Age coming: Freak cold to blast US, record-breaking lows expected

jet stream cold snap october 2022
© AccuWeather
On Tuesday, October 18, 2022, a cold front will dive farther southward and cooler weather will arrive along much of the Gulf coast from the Florida Panhandle to far eastern Texas.
A massive wave of cold weather will hit the eastern United States in the coming days, with freezing temperatures forecast for the South and a touch of snow for the Northeast and Midwest.

The extent of the frigid forecast is estimated by Fox Weather to impact 180 million people who will see temperatures of at least 10 degrees below average on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Temperatures will start dropping Monday, then the hammer falls.

"By the time we get to Tuesday and Wednesday, there will be reinforcing shots of cold taking the temperatures 15 to 20 degrees below the average," meteorologist Amy Freeze said.


Cloud Precipitation

2 dead, 1 missing in Bali, Indonesia flash floods

Flash floods destroyed a bridge in Mendoyo on Oct. 16, 2022.

Flash floods destroyed a bridge in Mendoyo on Oct. 16, 2022.
A young girl and her brother are confirmed dead, while a young student has been declared missing following flash floods that occurred over the weekend and into this morning, officials said.

Eleven-year-old I Gusti Ayu Agung Pradnya Aprilianti was found dead by a search and rescue team in Karangasem this morning. The lifeless body of her young brother, nine-year-old I Gusti Ngurah Wedana Putra, was found four hours later.

Authorities said that extreme rainfall triggered flash floods at around 4am today and hit Selat Village, where the siblings reside.

Comment: About 8 days earlier on the same island: 5 fatalities after floods and landslides in Bali, Indonesia

Cloud Precipitation

Sri Lanka - 3, dead, 5,000 evacuated after heavy rain and floods - 5 inches of rainfall in 8 hours

Floods in Colombo District Sri Lanka
© Sri Lanka Red Cross
Floods in Colombo District Sri Lanka October 2022.
Disaster authorities in Sri Lanka report that severe weather including heavy rain, strong winds and lightning strikes since 12 October 2022 has prompted evacuations and caused 3 fatalities. Sri Lanka's Department of Meteorology reported more than 125 mm of rain in 8 hours.

As of 16 October there were 5,383 people from 1,660 households who had moved to 36 safe locations set up by the government. Five houses have been completely destroyed while 207 have been damaged.

Most of those displaced were in the province of Colombo district in Western Province, in particular in Kolonnawa division where floods on 14 October forced 3,666 people from their homes; and in Seethawaka division where 487 were displaced. Other areas of Western Province were also affected, and around 900 people were evacuated in Gampaha district. In total 54,440 people in the districts of Kalutara, Gampaha, and Colombo in Western Province have been affected by the severe weather including strong winds, floods, landslides, heavy rain and lightning strikes.

Cloud Precipitation

Taiwan reports 268 hazards caused by Typhoon Nesat

As Typhoon Nesat combined with a northeast monsoon to bring torrential rain to many parts of the country over the weekend, the Central Emergency Operation Center (CEOC) announced that by Sunday evening (Oct. 16) there had been 268 hazards across the country, including landslides that stranded 88 motorists in 254 vehicles.

The Central Weather Bureau lifted the sea warning for Typhoon Nesat at 8:30 p.m. on Sunday. However, due to the impact of the northeast monsoon and the periphery of Nesat on Monday (Oct. 17), the weather is becoming cooler across the country, while a torrential rain advisory has been issued for Taipei City, an extremely heavy rain advisory has been issued for Keelung City and New Taipei City, and heavy rain advisory has been issued for Pingtung County, Hualien County, and Taitung County.

The National Fire Agency (NFA) said the CEOC at 7 p.m. on Sunday upgraded the situation to a Class 1 disaster. By that evening, there had been 268 hazards reported across the country, mainly consisting of floods and fallen trees on roads, with Taipei City seeing the most at 208 cases, 101 of which were instances of flooding.

Cloud Precipitation

Severe hailstorms strike across Arkansas

A band of storms dropped hail on parts of Arkansas on Saturday, October 15, the National Weather Service (NWS) reported.

The NWS said it received more than 30 hail reports from across the region, with several measuring hailstones larger than 2 inches across, and one report of a 3-inch hailstone.

Cloud Precipitation

Vietnam - Thousands displaced by further floods after Storm Sonca dumps 549mm (21 inches) of rain in 24 hours

Floods damaged hundreds of homes in Quang Binh Province, Vietnam, 15 October 2022.
Floods damaged hundreds of homes in Quang Binh Province, Vietnam, 15 October 2022.
Further flooding has affected central provinces of Vietnam after heavy rainfall brought by Tropical Storm Sonca. Around 25,000 homes have been flooded and over 14,000 people displaced.

Tropical Storm Sonca made landfall in Quang Ngai Province, Vietnam, early 15 October and then tracked westward across the country as the storm dumped heavy rainfall.

According to figures from Vietnam's National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting (NCHMF), in a 24 hour period to 15 October Khe Tre in Thua Thien Hue Province recorded 549 mm; Ta Long in Quang Tri Province 397 mm; A Bung in Quang Tri Province 340 mm; Suoi Da in Da Nang Province 301 mm; and Lam Thuy Quang Binh Province 286 mm.

Comment: Details about the earlier deluge reported 4 days prior: Up to 34 inches of rain in 24 hours triggers deadly floods and landslides in Vietnam

Cloud Precipitation

Mexico - 1 dead, hundreds evacuated after Tropical Storm Karl dumps 387mm (15 inches) of rain in 24 hours

Flood damage in Pichucalco, Chiapas, Mexico after heavy rain from Tropical Storm Karl, October 2022.
© Civil Protection Chiapas
Flood damage in Pichucalco, Chiapas, Mexico after heavy rain from Tropical Storm Karl, October 2022.
At least one person has died in Mexico after heavy rainfall brought by the remnants of Tropical Storm Karl.

Tropical Storm Karl weakened into a tropical depression late 14 October 2022 as it moved towards Tabasco state in the Gulf of Mexico and into the neighbouring state of Chiapas.

The heaviest of the rain fell in Tabasco and Chiapas states. According to provisional figures from Mexico's meteorological agency Servicio Meteorológico Nacional (SMN) Río de Janeiro in the municipality of Pichucalco in Chiapas recorded 342.4 mm of rain in 24 hours to 15 October. Camoapa in Tabasco recorded 387.9 mm of rain during the same period. Areas of Oaxaca (Cosolapa 84.7 mm) and Veracruz (Chicomapa 77.1 m) also saw some heavy rain during this period.

Ice Cube

Scientists discover massive recent slowdown in melting of Antarctica 'Doomsday' glacier

Thwaites Glacier, Antarctica
Forget coral reefs and polar bears - they are so yesterday's climate scare stories. The real big one, the tipping point du jour, is the collapse of the West Antarctica ice shelf and the prospect of global flooding on a biblical scale last reported in the times of Noah. It's in rapid retreat says every scaremonger from Sir David Attenborough to the BBC's resident green activist Justin Rowlatt. It is in retreat - a natural process as the Earth slowly moves out of an ice age. But now, new scientific work has found the process at the huge Thwaites Glacier in Antarctica - nicknamed the 'Doomsday Glacier' for the supposed approaching catastrophe of its swift demise - is much slower than in the recent past.

The Thwaites Glacier has long been of interest. It is the second largest ice stream in West Antarctica and occupies an area the size of Florida. A group of oceanographers, led by Dr. Alastair Graham of the University of South Florida, has mapped part of the floor once occupied by the glacier, and discovered it was retreating at twice the rate in the past than that now indicated by the satellite measurements made between 2011-2019. The earlier rate of retreat was said to be "exceptionally fast". Work is in progress to establish when that fast retreat occurred, but it is almost certain it pre-dates the 1950s, could be about 180 years old, and possibly dates back several centuries. What is completely clear, however, given the timing, is that human-caused climate change was not a factor in the faster retreat.

The results were obtained by using autonomous submersibles to map an area of the sea floor where markings were discovered representing the retreating glacier. Mapping 13 square kilometres, the researchers found a series of ridges caused by the moving glacier hitting the sea floor as it rose and fell with the tides. It was found that during the daily tidal cycle, the glacier retreated around 6-7 metres a day, although sometimes reaching 10m. Over about five months of data, the glacier retreated 2.1 kms a year, twice the current rate measured by the satellites.


Shallow magnitude 6.3 earthquake in the North Pacific Ocean

Very strong magnitude 6.3 earthquake at 10 km depth

Earthquake details

Date & time Oct 16, 2022 12:48:21 UTC
Local time at epicenter Sunday, Oct 16, 2022 at 6:48 am (GMT -6)
Status Confirmed
Magnitude 6.3
Depth 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude 4.3766°N / 87.5145°W