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Cloud Lightning

Storm brings cricket ball-sized hail to parts of south-east Queensland, blackouts and fallen trees

hailstones australia brisbane
© Edwin Mens
Cricket ball-sized hail fell at the Glass House Mountains.
Hailstones the size of cricket balls have fallen in the Sunshine Coast hinterland as parts of Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast were hit by storms on Sunday afternoon.

Lauren Murphy from the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said there had been severe thunderstorm activity on Queensland's east coast, south of Rockhampton, as well as "several significant cells delivering large to giant hail around the Sunshine Coast hinterland".

Comment: Posted on Facebook by Lisa Thomas in Palmview, Queensland.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning bolt kills 4 family members in Zambia

Four members of the same family have died after lightning struck their home around 17:00 hours on November 16 in Kawambwa.

In a statement, Sunday, Police spokesperson Esther Mwaata Katongo stated that the deceased were all of Musundu Village.

"On 16th November, 2019 around 19:00 hrs, Police in Kawambwa received a report of Sudden and Unnatural Death in which four family members were struck by Lightning whilst inside the house during a heavy rain.

Ice Cube

Cricket ball-sized hail hits Sunshine Coast as other areas of Queensland evacuated from fires

Cricket ball-sized hail in Queensland
© Edwin Mens
Cricket ball-sized hail fell at the Glass House Mountains.

Hail the size of a cricket ball has been reported north of Brisbane as dangerous thunderstorms move across south-east Queensland, but the storms are unlikely to bring much rain or relief for bushfire-ravaged parts of the state, the Bureau of Meteorologist forecaster Rosa Hoff says.

It comes as an emergency warning was issued for a large out of control bushfire north of Toowoomba with residents told to evacuate.

A severe warning for giant hailstones and destructive winds was issued from Gympie to south of Brisbane. The most dangerous storm was on the Sunshine Coast, where the cricket ball-sized hail was observed.

Hoff said no storms were expected in the Darling Downs area or the Scenic Rim, where concerning bushfires were continuing to burn.

But strong winds had been detected with gusts of 57km/h recorded at Dalby and 50km/h at Stanthorpe.

Comment: 'Uncharted territory': Out-of-control bushfires rage across Australia's eastern regions

Cloud Lightning

Lightning kills 26 people in separate incidents in Sindh, Pakistan (UPDATE)

Rising incidents of lightning strikes in Sindh have prompted fear amongst citizens as at least 12 people have been killed in Sindh, according to police and hospital sources.

Seven people lost their lives in Thar's Chhachhro area, another four people were killed and two children sustained critical burns in Sanghar, a city in Sanghar district, and a youth in Kandhkot was also pronounced dead.

Authorities have urged motorists, commuters and citizens to take caution when driving or travelling during rainy weather.

Comment: Update: Wion reports on November 15:
As many as 26 people, including women and children, were killed in Pakistan's Sindh province due to lightning following heavy rains.

The lightning incidents took place in the areas of Mithi, Chhachhi and Ram Singh Sodho village in Tharparkar district after widespread rains began battering the desert region late Wednesday night and continued into Thursday, reports Dawn news.

Moreover, dozens of animals have been killed in the region during the last 24 hours.

The incidents of thunder strike took place at Islamkot, Nagarparkar, Mithi, Chhachhro and other areas of Tharparkar.

An incident of a thunderbolt in Kotdiji in Khairpur district set a tree on fire.

According to rescue officials, several injured have been shifted to different hospitals, including the district Civil Hospital Mithi.

Adding that over 16 injured were shifted to health facilities since Wednesday late evening, officials confirmed that at least ten bodies were brought to different hospitals in the region.

On Thursday, the district administration issued a notification of emergency across the district, cancelling leaves of employees of all departments.

As per the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), a westerly wave is affecting lower parts of the country.


Impressive waterspout touches down on Chios Island, Greece

A sea tornado, or waterspout, was spotted in the early hours of Friday morning off the coast of Chios Island in Greece.

The spectacular scene captured the attention of many people on the island, who tried to record it in a number of photographs and videos.

The impressive meteorological phenomenon took place just a few meters off the coastline near the town of Vrontado, which is well-known for its "Rocket War" during Easter.


Another tornado hits South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal, second in two days

Tornado in KZN, South Africa
© Storm Report SA
Another tornado hit KwaZulu-Natal on Thursday as officials warned residents to take precautions as a mega storm rolled into the province.

Storm Report SA received several pictures and video from residents in Bergville in the KZN Midlands of another tornado that formed in the area on Thursday. It was unclear if anyone was injured.

The tornado formed two days after another one ripped through a farming community of in New Hanover in the KZN Midlands on Tuesday, killing two people and leaving a trail of destruction in its wake.

The SA Weather service said that tornadoes are not uncommon in South Africa, and normally occur in the spring and summer period, an SA Weather Service forecaster said.

Tokelo Chiloane said tornadoes occurred during severe thunderstorms which included strong winds.

The lifespan of a tornado was between three to five minutes, said Chiloane, adding that South African tornadoes differed from tornadoes that occurred in countries like the US, where they could last for hours.


Impressive waterspout filmed off Cyprus

Parts of the island are experiencing thunderstorms, strong winds and heavy rain today due to a low-pressure weather system.

On Friday morning, a video of a waterspout that formed off the coast off Episkopi was caught on camera and posted on the Facebook pages of Kitas Weather and Weather Enthusiasts of Cyprus ( Kairofili).

Source: Philnews


Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: This cycle is going to be different

US arctic blast
© YouTube/Adapt 2030 (screen capture)
With heavier more powerful cycles at our door step we as a society need to have conversations on global food security. We as a species have even forgotten major celestial events as recently as 200 years with the meteor shower of 1833 in SE USA and the Carrington event that aurora were seen in South America. Now this year unprecedented blizzards, Arctic freezes cover the N. Hemisphere and the coldest temperature ever recorded in October in the N. Hemisphere in Utah. Changes have begun.

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Snowflake Cold

Winter Already? Snow, deep freeze from Rockies to East Coast


Snow on Buffalo
An arctic air mass that brought snow and ice to an area stretching from the Rocky Mountains to northern New England on Monday was poised to give way to record-breaking cold temperatures.

In mid-Michigan, three people were killed in a two-vehicle crash that the Eaton County sheriff's department attributed to heavy snowfall. And in Kansas, the highway patrol reported that a truck lost control on an icy highway and slammed head-on into another truck, killing an 8-year-old girl in the other vehicle.

In Chicago, where as much as 6 inches of snow fell, an Envoy Air flight from Greensboro, North Carolina, slid off an icy runway at O'Hare International Airport as it tried to land at about 7:45 a.m.

None of the 38 passengers and three crew members were injured, according to the city's aviation department.

Cloud Precipitation

Flash floods and snowstorm slam north Algeria

Flash floods in Bouzeguene, Algeria 12 November 2019.
© Civil Protection Algeria
Flash floods in Bouzeguene, Algeria 12 November 2019.
At least 1 person has died and 3 were rescued after flash floods in Algeria on 12 November.

Severe weather affected wide areas of the country from 11 November, brought by a storm system informally named 'Medicane Trudy'.

Strong winds with gusts of 90 km/h, storm surge and high waves were reported along the Algerian coast. An orange alert was issued by for several provinces including M'Sila, Batna, Khenchela, Biskra, Bejaia, Jijel, Skikda, Annaba and El Tarf.

A snowstorm was reported in Sidi Bel Abbès province on 11 November. Military personnel were deployed to assist the local community, Algeria Press Service reported.