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5,000 racing pigeons mysteriously vanish en route in UK, breeders speculate "atmospheric conditions" may be to blame

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FILE PHOTO: Over 5,000 homing pigeons mysteriously disappeared during a race across the UK.
They flew the coop — and vanished into thin air.

Bird handlers are devastated after a mind-boggling 5,000 homing pigeons seemingly disappeared during a race across the UK.

"We've seen one of the very worst ever racing days in our history," pigeon hobbyist Richard Sayers wrote in a Facebook post chronicling the feathery fiasco, which occurred Saturday after 9,000 racing birds took off from Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, on a journey to the northeast. And while the 170-mile round-trip flight should've only taken three hours, over half the avian competitors were still unaccounted for as of last night.

They were reportedly part of 250,000 pigeons released in approximately 50 racing events across the country — with just 10% returning on time and another tens of thousands reported missing, the Sun reported.

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Ice Cube

Texas hailstone, over 6 inches in diameter, confirmed as new state record

A massive hailstone, compared to the size of a quarter (left), recovered in Hondo, Texas
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A massive hailstone, compared to the size of a quarter (left), recovered in Hondo, Texas, on April 28, 2021.
A Texas hailstone collected in April has now been confirmed by meteorologists as the largest on record in state history, according to a report released Thursday.

The hailstone was captured, photographed and shared on social media on April 28, in Hondo, Texas, about 40 miles west of downtown San Antonio. It was then put in a freezer.

Hail experts from the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety coordinated with the National Weather Service office in San Antonio to examine and perform a three-dimensional scan of the hailstone on May 6.

They found the mammoth hailstone was 6.4 inches in diameter, the largest stone the IBHS has scanned, or roughly the size of a honeydew melon.

The hailstone weighed about 1.26 pounds, according to the IBHS, a national nonprofit initiative of the insurance industry to reduce deaths, injury, property damage, economic losses and human suffering caused by natural disasters, including hailstorms.

Comment: Cosmic rays increases hail size and duration - Lightning inception by large ice particles, GSM much?


Attention

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Against all odds

A tornado touches down in Czechia
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A tornado touches down in Czechia, June 24, 2021; aftermath in the village of Lužice
Agricultural prices continue upward with no signs of slowing, even periphery crops like sunflower are nearing double pricing. More volcanic eruptions adding more particulates into the atmosphere and the strongest tornado ever recorded in the Czech Republic. To feed our world moving forward will be against all odds.


Comment: Tornado kills at least 5 people, injures hundreds more, and destroys THOUSANDS of homes in Czechia


Cloud Lightning

Severe weather events sweep through Poland

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The last days are extremely difficult for Poles when it comes to weather conditions. A wave of unbearable heat has just swept across the country, and it has already been attacked by storms, downpours, whirlwinds and hail the size of chicken eggs.

Grzegorz Świszcz from the Government Security Center informed that the State Fire Service recorded 3,148 interventions. Most of them in: voiv. Mazowieckie - 780, Śląskie - 640, Małopolskie - 484 and Lublin - 421. 860 roofs were damaged (630 on residential buildings, 230 on farm buildings). Losses are currently being estimated.

The expert summed up the balance sheet after the recent storms. He said that over 28,000 customers still have no electricity, 860 roofs (630 on residential buildings, 230 on farm buildings) have been damaged. The inhabitants of Libratna and Koniuszowa near Nowy Sącz, where a whirlwind passed through, were the most severely affected . The Voivode of Małopolska, Łukasz Kmita, said that he was after talks with Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, who declared that the injured residents would receive immediate aid from the government.


Cloud Precipitation

Severe storm and flood in Lviv, Ukraine

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Storm and flood in Lviv, Ukraine.

Natural disaster on June 25, 2021.


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'Tornado' damages homes and triggers flash floods in east London

Barking tornado damage
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One resident filmed the trail of destruction in Barking from their bedroom window
Homes have been damaged and flash floods reported after an apparent tornado in Barking, east London — but authorities say there are no reports of casualties.

Footage shared on social media showed collapsed garden walls, bricks strewn across driveways and fallen tree branches scattered across the road.

Police said they were called at about 7.20pm to reports of damage to roofs, electrical equipment and vehicles in the area of Hulse Avenue.

However, torrential rain and hail from the storm caused flooding over a much wider area of east London.


Comment: Two days ago a tornado caused massive damage in Czechia, killing at least 5 people, injuring hundreds more and destroying THOUSANDS of homes.


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Waterspout filmed off the coast of South Sulawesi, Indonesia

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Natural phenomena such as tornadoes were caught on camera by residents above Tamanroya Market, Tamalatea District, Jeneponto Regency. A black cloud was seen, then a white cloud snaked out on Friday, June 25, 2021.

This event can be called a water spout (a phenomenon that is almost the same as a tornado, the only difference being where it occurs is in the waters).


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Cloud Precipitation

2 people killed in floods in Kumasi, Ghana

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A 53-year-old mother of three has been confirmed dead after she was swept away by floodwaters at Anloga-Susuakyi in the Oforikrom Municipality of the Ashanti region.

The body of Akosua Dufie, a second-hand clothing dealer, was retrieved on Friday morning by a search party about 500 meters from the scene in the Susuan stream.

She was returning home from the market on Thursday evening when the flood swept her and others away from following the collapse of a five-meter wooden footbridge they were using.

The incident occurred at about 5 pm when the deceased was a few minutes away from home whilst returning from the market.

Madam Dufie is the second person to die in the Kumasi floods this week after a two-year-old boy, Mohammed Awal, was swept away similarly at Sawaba.


Nebula

Danger and demons: Yemen's mysterious 'Well of Hell'

Well of Hell - Yemen
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An aerial picture shows the Well of Barhout -- known as the "Well of Hell" -- in the desert of Yemen's Al-Mahra province
Surrounded in mystery and tales of demons, the Well of Barhout in Yemen's east -- known as the "Well of Hell" -- is a little-understood natural wonder.

Closer to the border with Oman than to the capital Sanaa 1,300 kilometres (800 miles) away, the giant hole in the desert of Al-Mahra province is 30 metres wide and thought to be anywhere between 100 and 250 metres deep.

Local folklore says it was created as a prison for the demons -- a reputation bolstered by the foul odours rising from its depths.

Telescope

Noctilucent Clouds observed from Granada, southern Spain, for first time

How low can they go? Noctilucent clouds (NLCs) are usually confined inside the Arctic Circle, but this year they have been sighted at mid-latitudes and below. The 2021 record-holder, so far, is this photo from the Observatorio de Sierra Nevada in Granada, Spain, at latitude +37N:
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© Observatorio de Sierra Nevada (IAA-CSIC)
Taken on June 20, 2021, at Loma de Dilar, Granada, Spain