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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.

Tornado2

Impressive waterspout touches down on Chios Island, Greece

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A sea tornado, or waterspout, was spotted in the early hours of Friday morning off the coast of Chios Island in Greece.

The spectacular scene captured the attention of many people on the island, who tried to record it in a number of photographs and videos.

The impressive meteorological phenomenon took place just a few meters off the coastline near the town of Vrontado, which is well-known for its "Rocket War" during Easter.


Tornado2

Another tornado hits South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal, second in two days

Tornado in KZN, South Africa
© Storm Report SA
Another tornado hit KwaZulu-Natal on Thursday as officials warned residents to take precautions as a mega storm rolled into the province.

Storm Report SA received several pictures and video from residents in Bergville in the KZN Midlands of another tornado that formed in the area on Thursday. It was unclear if anyone was injured.

The tornado formed two days after another one ripped through a farming community of in New Hanover in the KZN Midlands on Tuesday, killing two people and leaving a trail of destruction in its wake.


The SA Weather service said that tornadoes are not uncommon in South Africa, and normally occur in the spring and summer period, an SA Weather Service forecaster said.

Tokelo Chiloane said tornadoes occurred during severe thunderstorms which included strong winds.

The lifespan of a tornado was between three to five minutes, said Chiloane, adding that South African tornadoes differed from tornadoes that occurred in countries like the US, where they could last for hours.


Snowflake Cold

'Harvest from hell': 2.7 million acres of canola left buried under snow in the Canadian prairies

Canada canola crop 2019
© THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Farmer David Reid checks on his Canola crop that is buried under snow near Cremona, Alta., Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019.
Heavy snow and rain during harvest on the Canadian Prairies have left several million acres of canola buried until spring, the latest blow in a miserable year that may compound farmer problems into 2020.

Canola is renowned as Canada's most profitable crop, exported to China, Japan and Mexico to make vegetable oil and animal feed.

But in March, Beijing revoked the licences of Canadian exporters Richardson International and Glencore Plc's agriculture unit, Viterra Inc., slowing China's overall purchases amid a broader diplomatic dispute.

Canola futures are down three per cent year over year in the world's biggest canola-growing country despite severe harvest problems that normally would lift prices, adding further pressure to declining farm incomes.

This year will be remembered as the "harvest from hell," said farmer John Guelly, chairman of the Alberta Canola industry group.

Canola's problems may even frustrate some from sowing it next year, he said.

"I think there will be a pullback in acres for sure."

Comment: Meanwhile in the United States officials are using the word 'disaster' to describe the widespread crop failures happening there.


Snowflake

Still more massive November snowfalls in the Alps - up to 3 feet in 24 hours

Monterosa

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There have been more huge snowfalls in the Alps overnight with one resort reporting 90cm (three feet) of snow in the past 24 hours and a total of 2.4 metres (eight feet) in the last week as heavy snow storm after heavy snow storm has moved in across the Alps.

Cervinia in Italy (pictured below) reported the heaviest snow but many other resorts are reporting big accumulations too. Zermatt, over the border from Cervinia, says it has had 70cm of snow in the past 24 hours - both areas are already open from the 19-20 ski season.



Snowflake Cold

Heavy snow in southeastern France downs trees, kills 1, knocks out power to 200,000 households

snow france
© Infos Françaises
Large snowfall in southeastern France led to a disruption of electricity supply to about 200,000 households, media reported early on Friday.

The power cuts were registered in the departments of Drome, Ardeche, Isere and Rhone, the BFMTV broadcaster reported, citing electricity supplier Enedis.

Enedis said that the power cuts had been caused by ruptured transmission lines due to trees falling on them.

Comment: And winter has yet to begin: