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Lightning strike kills teenager in Uganda

A primary seven candidate at Okuture primary school in Pabbo Sub County, Amuru district was on Sunday evening struck dead by lightning.

Richard Okeny, 17, was struck by lightning at around 6:00pm while digging at their garden in Pogo-ceri village.

The deceased was among 75 pupils of Okuture school preparing to sit for the Primary Leaving Examinations-PLE early next month.

The LCIII Chairperson Pabbo Sub County, Christopher Odongokara, regretted the incident and tasked parents to always be on the lookout for their children when rains threaten.

"I met up with the grieving family and we are yet to have another meeting to discuss when the burial will take place," Mr Odongokara said.

In 2014, lightning struck in Pabbo Sub County and killed a couple both aged 25.

Ice Cube

Unusual hailstorm blankets Central Mexican city with up to 50 centimeters of ice

An unusual hailstorm in Central Mexico blanketed the city of Zacetecas on Sunday, October 23. Timelapse video footage of the storm hammering the city, recorded by a bystander, shows ice accumulating on the ground. According to local newspaper Excelsior, 15 buildings and several cars were damaged in floods caused by the storm.

The uploader told Storyful that "Nobody remembers in Zacatecas in the past something like that." Credit: Nicola Rustichelli

Comment: According to local newspaper Excelsior, "In 15 minutes, Zacatecas was blanketed by heavy hailstorm Sunday night, a hailstorm caused the ice reached nearly 50 centimeters" (translated by google).

Other severe hailstorms from around the world this month include: It is likely that atmospheric dust loading from increased comet and volcanic activity is contributing to these 'unusual' or 'freak' hailstorms, the cooling effect of which causes ice crystals to form.

Ice Cube

Freak hailstorm rips through town in New South Wales, Australia

© John Sarkissian
Hailstones the size of golf balls fell in Parkes.
A LARGE storm ripped through Parkes, in the state's central west overnight, bringing down dozens of trees and damaging buildings. Strong winds and hailstones, some as big as golf balls, caused major damage.

The wild weather swept through the town from about 7pm last night, with the majority of residents without power for several hours.

SES crews are today working to clean up the damage, with many residents still yet to have their power restored today.

Locals reported hailstones the size of golf balls and ferocious winds lasting for less than 10 minutes, but causing significant damage across the township.

The SES received more than 90 call-outs, including trees down, damaged roofs and other hail damage to property.

Comment: Freak hailstorm hits drought stricken Bloemfontein, South Africa

Bizarro Earth

Hundreds of thousands evacuated as Typhoon Haima strikes southern China

© Bobby Yip / Reuters
People run away from a big wave on a waterfront as Typhoon Haima approaches in Hong Kong, China, October 21, 2016 .
Hundreds of thousands of people have been evacuated as Typhoon Haima slammed into southern China after killing at least 13 people in the Philippines.

The storm struck the city of Shanwei in eastern Guangdong on Friday afternoon, forcing more than 700,000 evacuations from the region, according to CCTV News.

The tropical cyclone reached wind speeds of up to 166 kilometers (103 miles) per hour before weakening to a tropical storm.

Comment: Update: Typhoon Haima kills at least 8 in the Philippines; tens of thousands of homes destroyed

Ice Cube

Freak hailstorm hits drought stricken Bloemfontein, South Africa

© Arrive Alive official Facebook page.
Hail storm in Bloemfontein on 20 October, 2016 around Langenhovenpark.

A heavy storm passed through Bloemfontein last night with hail wreaking havoc in the drought stricken area.

The hail storm caused damaged to some cars.

The thick layer of hail, which could almost be mistaken for snow, covered the streets of Bloemfontein.

People on Twitter, though, have reacted with relief and have expressed how happy they are to receiving the rain:


Update: Typhoon Haima kills at least 8 in the Philippines; tens of thousands of homes destroyed

© REUTERS/Erik De Castro
A woman stands outside her house which was damaged by a fallen tree during Typhoon Haima, in Bangui, Ilocos Norte in northern Philippines, October 20, 2016.
One of the most powerful typhoons to ever hit the Philippines killed at least eight people on Thursday as ferocious gales and landslides destroyed tens of thousands of homes.

Super Typhoon Haima struck late on Wednesday night with winds similar to those of catastrophic Haiyan in 2013, which was then the strongest storm to strike the disaster-prone Southeast Asian archipelago and claimed more than 7,350 lives.

Haima then roared across mountain and farming communities of the northern regions of the main island of Luzon overnight, causing widespread destruction and killing at least eight people, authorities said.

"We were frightened because of the strong winds. There was no power, no help coming," Jovy Dalupan, 20, told AFP as she sheltered at nightfall on the side of a highway in San Pablo, a badly damaged town of 20,000 people in Isabela province.

Dalupan, her two young daughters and husband, were forced to flee to the highway along with their neighbours during the height of the storm when their shanty homes, made of plywood, were ripped apart.

Comment: Haima is now approaching Hong Kong and is the third severe typhoon to hit the city in October - the last time that happened in that month was in 1989.


Jupiter spacecraft captures images of towering polar storms

Storms larger than half the size of Earth at Jupiter's north pole.
A spacecraft taking pictures of Jupiter with a camera that a Tucson-based scientist manages has sent back pictures of a storm that would dwarf any earthbound hurricane.

NASA's Juno spacecraft made a first pass by Jupiter in August, and its instruments were turned on just to test them. The camera pictured a storm more than half the size of Earth.

Candice Hansen of the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson says what her camera captured amazed everyone.

"We always thought we would do some science with JunoCam," she said.

Hansen says the camera's main purpose is to connect the public to the space mission by asking for online voting on what will be photographed.


Typhoon Haima strikes the Philippines; second powerful storm in a week

Infrared satellite image of Typhoon Haima making landfall in Luzon, Philippines on Oct. 19, 2016.
Typhoon Haima, which on Tuesday became the planet's seventh Category 5 storm of the year, is slamming northern Luzon in the Philippines with damaging winds, storm surge flooding and heavy rains.

Fortunately, Haima lost some of its punch shortly before striking land, coming ashore at about 10:30 p.m. local time, or 10:30 a.m. EDT, packing maximum sustained winds of 140 miles per hour, according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC). The storm is known locally in the Philippines as Typhoon Lawin.

The weakening trend can be primarily traced to a phenomenon known as an eyewall replacement cycle, known to meteorologists by the acronym "ERC."

During such cycles, which typically occur in the most intense tropical cyclones, the storm's inner eyewall — where the worst winds and some of the heaviest rains tend to be concentrated — collapses, while an outer eyewall forms and gradually contracts inward toward the storm's center. During such a process, the storm's maximum sustained winds tend to diminish slightly, while the area of strong winds expands overall.

Eventually the outer eyewall replaces the inner eyewall, and the storm's maximum wind speed increases once again.

As Typhoon Haima showed, such cycles are unpredictable, and can take 12 hours or more to complete. The storm had been forecast to make landfall as a Category 5 storm.

The replacement cycle that occurred within Super Typhoon Haima was fortuitous, since it spared areas of northern Luzon from a truly catastrophic blow.

Comment: Typhoon Sarika leaves two dead, thousands stranded in Philippines


Tornado causes damage in Ontario, Canada; 11th so far this year

Car crushed by roof in storms on Monday, October 17, 2016
Environment Canada has confirmed it was a tornado that touched down near Stayner just west of Barrie Monday afternoon.

It was relatively small, an E-F 1.

Damage in Collingwood where trees and hydro poles were knocked over is still being assessed.

A down-burst is believed to have hit the area which blew the roof off a Mr. Transmission Shop.

This is the 11th tornado so far this year in Ontario. Normally we get 12 tornadoes a year.


Global warmists attempting to change the definition of a hurricane so we'll have more of them!

Hurricane Joaquin as a category 4 storm in October 2015
This op-ed from IBD points out what we have been saying for years, that even though there is no trend in hurricane frequency of intensity, alarmists like Mashable's Andrew Freedman are trying to get the definition of a hurricane redefined, so that the trend will become a positive one. Recall that hateful science blogger Greg Laden asked Should There be a Category 6 for Hurricanes? after super typhoon Haiyan hit in 2013, something that ABC news opined had "already happened" without one shred of evidence to back up that opinion for a Category 6 storm. They also note:
Only three Category 5s have come ashore in the United States in the past century — the 1935 Labor Day Hurricane, Camille in 1969 and Andrew in 1992.

But because of man-made global warming, most hurricane scientists say now we will probably be getting Category 4 and 5 hurricanes more frequently in the coming decades.