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Lightning kills father, daughter in Zimbabwe

VILLAGERS in the Ndimimbili area under Chief Mabhikwa in Lupane, Matabeleland North province were left shocked after a bolt of lightning fatally struck a man and his daughter leaving his wife with serious burns.

The incident happened on 13 November while the now deceased Evans Moyo (22), his wife Nomatter Moyo (23) and their three-year-old daughter were in the kitchen having supper.

A source said Moyo's daughter was sitting next to him when a bolt of lightning struck him.

His daughter died a few moments after the attack.


West Texas hit with rare 5.3 magnitude earthquake

earthquake texas november 2022

5.3m earthquake hits west Texas November 16, 2022
A rare magnitude 5.3 earthquake struck west Texas near Mentone on Wednesday around 3:30 pm central. This is the third strongest quake to ever strike Texas.

According to the US Geological Survey, the epicenter of the Texas quake was about 30 miles west of Toyah. Shaking was felt as far as Alpine, NewsWest9 reported.

The quake was followed by a few aftershocks. No reports of damage or injuries so far.

Cloud Lightning

Huge thunderbolt 'six times more powerful than normal' in London echoes across south east

The huge bolt was recorded as being six times

The huge bolt was recorded as being six times stronger than usual in Mitcham. (Picture: Lightningstrik.es )
If your evening was disturbed by a massive clap of thunder last night, it's because an of an epic lightning bolt.

The energy created by the 'positive strike' was around six times more powerful than a normal clap of thunder.

It echoed across most of South London and into Surrey yesterday evening at around 9.30pm.

Huge downpours rained down with parts of London left flooded by the bad weather.

Drivers even abandoned their cars as some roads were submerged due to the heavy rain.

At around 9pm people in both north and south London said they heard the massive crack, with it reported to have been around 90 kiloamps (kA).

The usual voltage of lightning strikes is said to be around 15kA.

Cloud Precipitation

Flood-affected New South Wales farmers are facing significant losses in Australia

A survey of the state's flood-affected farmers has found significant losses across many regions, leading to massive costs as most of the damage is uninsurable.

More than two-thirds of respondents to the NSW Farmers Flood Impacts survey were experiencing flooding for their second year in a row, with more than three-quarters saying they had planted less than half of their usual winter crop this season in response to the wet weather.

NSW Farmers President Xavier Martin said the financial impact was set to be enormous, with harvesting efforts delayed by several weeks as floodwater continued to wreak havoc on roads and paddocks.

"Farmers are saying they're a bit over it, frankly, and it's not hard to see why," Mr Martin said.

Comment: Hundreds rescued, towns isolated after more floods in New South Wales, Australia


2 feet of snow falls near Silver Bay, Minnesota

David Stieler (left) and Charlie Pavlisich pose for a photo after shoveling snow at Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center in Finland, Minn. on Wednesday.
© Pete Harris
David Stieler (left) and Charlie Pavlisich pose for a photo after shoveling snow at Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center in Finland, Minn. on Wednesday.
Snow continued to fall across parts of the Northland on Wednesday morning as a three-day snow event continued to add up, with two feet already fallen in parts of the Arrowhead region.

The heaviest snow totals came from the higher hills above Lake Superior's North Shore, including a report of 24 inches of snow since Monday at Lax Lake a few miles outside Silver Bay, 21 inches in Finland, 20 inches on the Gunflint Trail and 19.7 inches near Grand Marais.

The National Weather Service in Duluth posted a winter storm warning for Lake County's portion of the North Shore, where up to 8 additional inches were possible Wednesday, and a winter weather advisory for the Cook County's portion of the North Shore for another 1-3 inches of additional snow.

Light snow could continue into Thursday for much of the Northland before skies begin to clear and temperatures drop for the weekend.


Double waterspouts form near cruise ship in the Bahamas

Passengers aboard a cruise ship spotted a pair of waterspouts off the Berry Islands in the Bahamas on Monday, November 14.

Chris Hornick, who was on board for a travel agency conference, recorded this footage of the striking sight.

"There's something you don't see every day," he said. Credit: Christopher Hornick via Storyful.


Ahyi undersea volcano likely erupting beneath Pacific Ocean

3D model of Ahyi volcano
There are strong indications that an undersea volcano in the Northern Marianas could be in eruption.

For several weeks, scientists of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) have been detecting acoustic underwater signals that bear signatures of underwater explosions and were now able to pinpoint their source to the Ahyi seamount, located in the Pacific about 6,100 km (3,800 miles) west of Honolulu.

If the suspicion is true, the volcano's eruption likely started in mid October when the signals appeared. Ships in the area are advised to avoid the area and be cautions in case the eruption or its products including steam, floating pumice rocks, gasses etc reach the surface.

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North Shore snowfall tops 18 inches in Minnesota

Snowfall reports.
© National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Snowfall reports.
Heavy "fire hose" effect snowfall on the North Shore

Crank up the lake-effect fire hose.

A concentrated plume of heavy lake-effect snow dumped 18.5 inches of snow so far this week near Hovland, east of Grand Marais along Minnesota's North Shore.

Snowfall reports are still coming in and snow is still falling in some areas, but several locations along the North Shore have already received between 6 and 14 inches of snow.


Wrong place, wrong time: Costa's Hummingbird from the far southwest turns up in Saskatchewan

Costa’s Hummingbird
© Krista Trinder
Costa’s Hummingbird
An unexpected visitor to Saskatchewan is making waves in the birding and wildlife rescue communities.

Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation posted on their Facebook group that they have received a significant number of birds in recent days and one of them was a hummingbird. But not just any hummingbird. It is a first for Saskatchewan - a "Costa's Hummingbird" which is from the southwest portion of North America.

They are trying to find a way to get him back to the southwest as soon as possible.

The bird was caught in a garage where it had been sheltering from the elements for over a week.


Cloud Lightning

Lightning kills 12 sheep on farm in New Zealand

Three ewes and nine lambs were discovered dead after being struck by lightning beneath a totara tree on an Ōhingaiti farm last week.
Three ewes and nine lambs were discovered dead after being struck by lightning beneath a totara tree on an Ōhingaiti farm last week.
After a weekend away, Ōhingaiti farmers Margaret and Bruce Goodwin made a shocking discovery while checking their paddocks last Monday.

Twelve sheep carcases lay beneath a totara tree, consisting of three ewes and nine lambs.

All lay spread out around the tree, and it was believed they were struck by lightning after taking shelter during a large thunderstorm.

Margaret Goodwin said she had consulted her local vet and fellow farmers around their community but the incident was a first for them.