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Cloud Precipitation

Houston, TX hit with 4-6 inches of rain in 12 hours, more flooding possible

The Houston region might see new flooding as more heavy downpours move in Wednesday afternoon, just hours after strong thunderstorms pounded the area for hours throughout the morning, leaving thousands of motorists stranded on flooded roadways.

Some storms will sweep the area into the evening rush hour, according to the National Weather Service, which extended the flood warning until 4:15 p.m. for western Harris County, northern Fort Bend County and northeastern Wharton County.
© Melissa Phillip
A man walks from his flooded SVU after getting stranded along Stancliff near 59 and West Bellfort Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2017.
Forecasters said about 1 and 3 inches of rain could fall in afternoon storms, though some spots may record greater amounts as the storm system marches eastward across the region. The new round of rain could prompt new flooding, especially in areas already hit hard in morning cloudbursts that left up to 6 inches of rain in some areas.

Cloud Precipitation

Update: More rain to come for Thailand as floods leave 43 dead, 1.6 million affected, 500,000 homes damaged

Thailand’s DDPM carry out flood rescue and relief operations in Chumphon, 10 January 2017.
The number of victims of the flood disaster in southern Thailand continues to rise as the flood situation continues in 6 provinces. However, the Thai Meteorological Department are warning of more heavy rain for the next 6 days.

Death toll rises

Thailand's Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) reported earlier today that 43 people have now died in the flood disaster that has affected 12 provinces in southern Thailand since 01 January 2017.

The Ministry of Interior says that more than 1.6 million people have so far been affected by the floods and that more than 530,000 homes have been damaged by flood water.

Cloud Precipitation

4 dead, 15 thousand displaced as floods hit Misamis Oriental, Philippines

Floods in Cagayan De Oro City, 16 to 17 January, 2017
Heavy rain was a result of the tail-end of a cold front and low pressure area has caused deadly floods have in Eastern Visayas and Northern Mindanao, Philippines. Over 13,000 people have been displaced from their homes.

Philippines News Agency (PNA) reports that at least 4 people have died in the floods in Cagayan De Oro City, Misamis Oriental, one of the worst hit areas. Local media say that the death toll is higher, with flood related fatalities reported in other areas of the province.

The city council declared Cagayan de Oro under a state of calamity in the early hours of Tuesday, 17 January. Schools have been suspended in the area.

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) reports that, as of late 17 January (local time) flooding had affected 15,283 people from 3,499 families in 78 barangays in the regions of Eastern Visayas and Northern Mindanao.

DSWD reports that there are currently 13,559 people displaced and staying in 71 evacuation centres. As many as 4,672 people have been disaplced in Cagayan De Oro and 2,844 in Gingoog, also in Misamis Oriental, Northern Mindanao.

Snowflake Cold

More heavy snowfall across Mediterranean countries

Snow covered car in Corte, Corsica
Much of southern Europe is experiencing its second round of snow in just under two weeks. Many in parts of southern Europe may be feeling that winter has targeted them in giving them the brunt of heavy snow and winds caused by the second winter storm to affect the area in just 10 days.

The excursion boat MS AquaMarin is locked in by snow and ice on the Okerstausee reservoir, Germany
While similar to the previous storm that brought heavy snow and extremely cold air across much of the region, this storm will also stay locked in place over the Mediterranean. The weather pattern continues to keep a "blocking" pattern in place across much of central Europe and the steering winds stay well to the north.

While we may see a few breaks in the weather, the forecast into late January keeps many of these storms bringing snow, winds and rain to the countries around the Mediterranean Sea.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning bolt kills 4 at new church in South Africa

Lightning struck a church in Tsomo, killing four congregants and injuring four others including the head reverend, shortly after Sunday's sermon.

Among those killed were the church society steward and three women. The injured included the church minister, his daughter, and an evangelist.

The lightning struck the United Methodist Church of Southern Africa's Luzuko Society Church hall at KuNgceza village near Tsomo on Sund ay, killing church steward Justice Dlabane, 76, and congregants Nozuko Ntozini, 52, Noright Qhesa, 60, and Nophelo Mvikweni, 56.

The church's circuit secretary, Nomgcobo Ncoko, said: "It was a disaster and a miracle. I thought it was judgment day. I saw a strong and fearsome bolt of blue lightning and a ball of fire striking where the society church steward was sitting.

In series of bizarre firsts:

Cloud Lightning

Lightning bolt kills six at Zimbabwe funeral

According to a report, the six took shelter beneath a tree that was then struck by lightning.

Six people attending a funeral in northern Zimbabwe have been killed by a bolt of lightning.

They were among a group of people who took shelter beneath a tree during a rain storm.

Heavy rains have been falling countrywide since the weekend, filling dams but also bringing hardship, and in this case tragedy, to communities.

The six were attending the funeral in a village in the remote northern Binga district.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning bolt kills mother, son in Malawi

Lightning has killed a 38 year-old woman and her three year-old son in Mulanje district.

Wednesday started as a normal day for Edina Matola and her son Andiwelo Muliya. Lightning

According to Mulanje Police spokesperson Gresham Ngwira, Matola with her son on the back left home and went to a maize mill.

"While on their way back, heavy rains accompanied by lightning started and just as the two were at their doorstep, lightning struck them," said Ngwira.


Landspout touches down as storms sweep south-east Queensland, Australia

© Scott Durston via Higgins Storm Chasing
Landspout hits ground at in Queensland.
Severe storms have swept across south-east Queensland, dumping more than 60mm of rain in some parts in just half an hour.

There are reports of flash flooding in parts of Brisbane as the storm cell moves north, with video emerging of flash flooding in a south Brisbane car park.

Carindale received more than 68mm of rain in just 30 minutes.

Some 1400 residents across the state are without power, with Aspley the worst affected.

Earlier, video surfaced of a landspout, similar to a tornado, landing near Caloundra racecourse, on the Sunshine Coast.

A landspout is formed when clouds converge with wind, and are not associated with the mesocyclone of a thunderstorm.

Snowflake Cold

Global Warming? Too Much Snow Closes Ski Resorts, Amazing Light Pillars & California Drought Erased in One Storm

© YouTube/Adapt 2030 (screen capture)
With over 10 feet of snow falling in the last weeks in California and Colorado, ski resorts closed from too much snow, highways completely cut off and with one storm, California filled all of its reservoirs again. So much for the doom and gloom of the IPCC telling us the drought would intensify due to CO2 warming and Gore told us our children would never know what snow is again.

Comment: As the global warming hoax spirals out of control, evidence suggests that the world is on the brink of a new ice age. See also:

Ice Cube

Deadly ice storm threatens 44 million people as US Midwest freezes

© NBC News
In Oklahoma, a truck driver was killed in a crash on an ice-covered highway just before a 3.30am Saturday. The stretch of road was the scene of nearly a dozen other crashes.
A third wave of sleet and drizzle could hit parts of the central U.S. on the eve of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, with temperatures threatening to stay near or below freezing and add to the treacherous mix.

Ice buildups of one-quarter to slightly less than a half inch were expected from southeastern Kansas to central Missouri.

Becky Allmeroth, a state maintenance engineer for the Missouri Department of Transportation, said ice is 'the most difficult storm to fight'.

'We are keeping up with the changing conditions, but it is a continual battle,' she said of the department's around-the-clock scrambling to treat the glazed roads. 'The precipitation is coming in waves, and we have to apply more salt.'

Icy roads created dangerous conditions and travel headaches for many people who avoided authorities' pleas to stay indoors except for necessary outings.