Another tornado record's in sight for U.S. as thunderstorms set to rip across the Great Plains and South
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:39 UTC
Severe storms will drench a swath of the country from Texas to Mississippi over the next five days, according to the U.S. Storm Prediction Center. Through Thursday, 369 tornadoes have been reported across the country, the most in five years and more than double the normal number of sightings.
An active jet stream and unusually balmy weather are to blame for the burst of deadly tornado activity, the storm prediction center said. Strong winds have dragged storms into the warm, humid air that's blanketed the eastern half of the nation, creating conditions ripe for a weather phenomenon that leads to at least $400 million in damage a year in the U.S.
"We have a severe threat starting today and continuing for each of the next five days through at least Monday," said Patrick Marsh, warning coordination meteorologist at the storm prediction center in Norman, Oklahoma. "Through mid-March, we are on a record or near-record pace."
The atmospheric moisture across the southern U.S. in January was more typical of April, Marsh said. A confirmed tornado touched down in central Massachusetts in February, a first, while there was still snow on the ground.
Comment: A tornado outbreak in January this year was the deadliest since 1969 and exceeded the entire 2016 death toll in two days.
Mon, 20 Mar 2017 13:08 UTC
Comment: According to the Canadian Press, after three weeks of blizzards, the first food arrived in Churchill, Manitoba on Tuesday.
Another winter blizzard is hitting the remote northern Manitoba community of Churchill, where people are already desperate for groceries that have been delayed since the last blizzard two weeks ago.
But there could be relief as soon as Monday afternoon, if the train can get all the way through to the town of about 900 residents.
OmniTrax, the Denver-based company that owns the rail line that brings supplies into Churchill, cleared the tracks and is trying to get supplies delivered as soon as possible. A train with supplies departed from the northern Manitoba town of Gillam, about 270 kilometres southeast of Churchill, at around noon Monday.
"A lot of families are suffering because they have young children and they need milk," said local resident Lana Bilenduke. No bread or vegetables are for sale at the local store and meat is scarce, she said. "Everyone's in a crisis until we get our groceries in."
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:37 UTC
The snowfall from March 14 into March 15 at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport beat the old record of 21.4 inches on March 13-14, 1993, during the Blizzard of 1993.
The total included 22.1 inches of snow on March 14, the most for any calendar day since record-keeping began locally in 1901. The previous record was 18.7 inches on the first day of the 1993 blizzard.
This month now stands as the third snowiest March on record with 30.6 inches, which also makes its the sixth snowiest month ever, the weather service said. The record for March is 38 inches in 1916. The snowiest month on record is January 1994 with 42.3 inches.
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 20:29 UTC
Hail up to the size of golf balls was reported near UNC-Charlotte. However, the hail was even larger in South Carolina. Locations near Greenville, South Carolina reported baseball sized hail that shattered car windows in some neighborhoods.
@NWSGSP Brother sent me this picture of hail from Travelers Rest around 6pm. More hail on Wade Hampton moments ago #scwx #severewx #hail pic.twitter.com/U6ml8uqk7z
— Melissa Griffin (@mlgriffinWX1) March 21, 2017
This video shows the waterspouts from a distance. The uploader told Storyful that the waterspouts "only lasted for a couple of minutes."
Source: Storyful News
Mon, 20 Mar 2017 20:21 UTC
Thoy Sok, 34, was struck at about 2:30pm during an unseasonal dry-season storm, the National Police website said yesterday.
"She died in her rice field instantly," it said.
On Friday, two separate lightning strikes killed a woman and injured three, one critically, in Battambang province.
In West Garo Hills, Rajabala constituency is the worst-affected with early reports indicating 14 villages being affected by the storm.
A village elder from Nikikona Jhalupara village in Selsella block, identified as Gobindo Seal, was killed when lightning struck him while attempting to herd his cattle to the cowshed.
Local MLA and parliamentary secretary for water resources Ashahel D. Shira visited the area. He asked district officials to visit the affected parts, assess the damages and ensure compensation.
Comment: See also: Lightning not commonly seen in India during March kills 6
Sat, 18 Mar 2017 15:01 UTC
Musa Kenga Karisa, a Standard Six pupil at Mapimo Primary School, was struck at around 9am while he was walking from his home in Gongoni Township to Kokotoni, with a friend.
He was taken to Mjanaheri dispensary where he was pronounced dead. But his friend survived.
Karisa's elder brother Sammy Kenga is the one who rushed him to the facility.
"He was lying by the road near a pool of water groaning with pain," Kenga said at the Malindi Sub County hospital mortuary.
Malindi police boss Matawa Muchangi confirmed the incident.
The Indian Express
Sat, 18 Mar 2017 20:27 UTC
Fri, 17 Mar 2017 06:02 UTC