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Cloud Precipitation

Severe hailstorm leaves behind injuries and havoc in Lesotho (PHOTOS)

The southern African country of Lesotho experiences a devastating hailstorm earlier this week, which incident left in its wake death and destruction of public and private properties.

The event which took place in the southern Quthing district left the windows of cars, homes and other facilities smashed. People caught in the storm were also bruised by the impact as the hailstones left them with cuts on their heads and other parts of the body.

Local media reported that emergency personnel treated a number of school children who were caught out in the open during the storm.


Blue penguins washing up sick and injured on beaches in Auckland and Northland, New Zealand

Birds NZ have found 64 little blue penguins dead on the east coast of the upper North Island, from Mangawhai to Kauri Mountain, in January.
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Birds NZ have found 64 little blue penguins dead on the east coast of the upper North Island, from Mangawhai to Kauri Mountain, in January.
This year's unusually hot and stormy summer has taken a toll on Auckland and Northland's seabirds with thousands of dead and ill birds found on the regions' beaches.

Little blue penguins have been particularly hard hit, with hundreds of them washing up dead or exhausted.

Seabird experts said a combination of bad weather, a lack of food, heat and a change in the prevailing maritime wind directions had coincided with when the little blues like to come ashore to moult - putting them under great stress.

Karen Saunders, director of the National Bird Rescue on Waiheke Island - an established penguin breeding ground - said she'll remember this summer as the summer of seabird starvation.

Comment: See also this report from the beginning of the year: Thousands of dead penguins wash up on beaches in Northland, New Zealand

Cloud Lightning

A bolt out of the blue? Lightning strike kills pupil, injures five others in Uganda


The Kisoro District Education Officer, Mr Frank Munyarubanza, said that it was not even raining but lightning from nowhere struck and killed a pupil leaving others she was playing with injured.
A 16-year old primary six pupil at Kahumure Primary School in Bukimbiri Sub-County, Kisoro District was on Wednesday afternoon struck dead by lightning while her five other colleagues were left injured.

The injured pupils were rushed to Mutorere hospital for treatment while the body of the deceased was taken to Kisoro hospital for postmortem

The Kigezi regional police spokesman, Mr Elly Maate, identified the deceased as Pricila Night, a daughter to Mr Evalist Kafuku, resident of Kyogo Village Bukimbiri Sub-County.

He named the injured as; Angela Kyarisima, Anathianta Nuwamanya, Aluminanta Kyarisima, Mathias Turinawe all in primary seven and Florida Ninsiima in primary four.

Comment: Other recent fatalities due to lightning strikes include that of a teenager and a soldier in Pakistan in 2 separate incidents.


Ohio: 50 cars pile-up on interstate during snowstorm

car pileup
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Up to 50 vehicles, including semi-trailers, were involved in a massive pile-up on an interstate in Ohio amid a powerful snowstorm.

It is believed the storm caused vehicles to slide off the road and crash into one another on Interstate 71 near Morrow County on Tuesday, local media reported. The State Highway Patrol said some people had sustained minor injuries, yet the total number of those hurt is unknown.

The traffic was backed up for hours as a result of the incident. It last until Wednesday morning, when the Ohio Department of Transportation finally reported that all lanes of the interstate were reopened. It warned though, that commuters should expect delays as traffic recovers following the closure.


Thousands without power as blizzard brings heavy snow to north-east US (VIDEOS)

High winds and blowing snow led meteorologists to categorise the storm as a blizzard in parts of New England.

A fierce storm has lashed the north-east in the US, with widespread power outages amid the hurricane-force winds and heavy snow.

With spring tantalisingly in their grasp, many residents were left shaking their heads — and wielding shovels they had hoped would not be needed again — after the third major storm in two weeks buried some towns beneath two feet of snow on Tuesday.

"The groundhog was right. Six more weeks of winter, and probably then some," said Paul Knight, of Portland, Maine.

Comment: See related article: At least 2 feet of snow dumped on parts of Maine and New Hampshire


Powerful tornado hits Caserta, southern Italy (VIDEOS)

Tornado in Caserta, Italy
Caserta tornado: Chaos as powerful storm strikes Italy injuring several people
A tornado has left eight people injured, one seriously, in southern Italy close to the city of Caserta, north of Naples.

The whirlwind on Monday night also caused severe damage across several nearby towns, uprooting trees and knocking over business and road signs and lamp posts.

The tornado swept across the Caserta area for around half an hour from 7 pm, with wind speeds reaching 220 km/h.

A lorry parked at a service station was upturned by the strong winds, while six parked caravans were also thrown through the air, obstructing part of the nearby A1 motorway. Authorities closed off the affected part of the road to traffic for several hours.

The worst hit areas were San Nicola la Strada, where all eight injuries were reported, as well as San Marco Evangelista, Marcianise, and San Tammaro, the Ansa newswire reported.

Comment: Some other tornado events so far this year include: Other rare or unseasonal tornadoes have formed around the planet in recent times including countries such as South Africa, Turkey, Netherlands, Mexico, United States, Russia and China.

Study: Tornado outbreaks are increasing - but scientists don't understand why. A coauthor of this paper states "What's pushing this rise in extreme outbreaks is far from obvious in the present state of climate science."

Recently other climate scientists were saying hurricane Harvey "should serve as a warning", as they continue to push the man-made climate change/global warming lie. They are not considering the importance of atmospheric dust loading and the winning Electric Universe model in their research. Such information and much more, are explained in the book Earth Changes and the Human Cosmic Connection by Pierre Lescaudron and Laura Knight-Jadczyk.
The accumulation of cometary dust in the Earth's atmosphere plays an important role in the increase of tornadoes, cyclones, hurricanes and their associated rainfalls, snowfalls and lightning. To understand this mechanism we must first take into account the electric nature of hurricanes, tornadoes and cyclones, which are actually manifestations of the same electric phenomenon at different scales or levels of power.
Increasing cometary and volcanic dust loading of the atmosphere (one indicator is the intensification of noctilucent clouds we are witnessing) is accentuating electric charge build-up, whereby we can expect to observe more extreme weather and planetary upheaval as well as awesome light shows and other related mysterious phenomena.


Late winter storm dumps 10 inches of snow overnight in Lexington, Kentucky

Trees weighted down by heavy snow fell on vehicles on Hartland Pkw.
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Trees weighted down by heavy snow fell on vehicles on Hartland Pkw. In a Lexington. Reports of up to 10 inches of snow in parts of Central Kentucky.
A winter storm that dumped up to 8 to 10 inches of snow in Lexington overnight clogged secondary roads and weighed down or broke limbs and power lines Monday.

Lexington police responded to three injury collisions and 41 non-injury collisions from 4:45 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Officers also responded to 73 motorist assists in that time frame and 65 traffic hazards, such as trees down, low hanging wires and particularly poor road conditions. Some of those included vehicles that ran off the roads.

Susan Straub, a spokeswoman for the city of Lexington, said since around 4:45 a.m. the vast majority of those 65 traffic hazards -- about 50 -- were for downed trees. City crews were working to remove the road hazards, Straub said.

Cloud Precipitation

Hailstorms, unseasonal rains damaged 476,000 hectares of crops in February across India

Maharashtra has been the worst hit so far
© Javier Candeira
Maharashtra has been the worst hit so far.
Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, informed the parliament today that hailstorms and unseasonal rains have caused huge damage, especially to northern states in India. Hailstorms and unseasonal rain caused damage to 4.76 lakh hectares of crop in February in Punjab, Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Telangana and Karnataka.

While responding to an unstarred question regarding damage to crops due to unseasonal rains and hailstorms, he said Maharashtra has been the worst hit so far, with the state having the highest share of crop areas affected. Maharashtra is followed by Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh (see Table). Around 300,000 hectares of crops like jowar, gram, wheat and horticulture crops like orange, grapes, bananas, and vegetables were damaged.

Cloud Precipitation

Rare hailstorm kills girl and scores of animals in Ghana

Four communities in the Krachi East Municipality have suffered from a rare hailstorm accompanied by strong winds that ravaged property, killing a girl and scores of domestic and wild animals.

The affected communities are Ayiramu, Katanga, Yabrae and Kparekpare, where Abena Manu, a six year old girl, was trapped by a falling wall, which killed her instantly with two others being injured in the millieu with broken bones..

The injured are recuperating at the Worawora Hospital in the Biakoye District.

The large ice pellets also killed ducks, fowls, goats, lambs as well as bush rabbits, grass-cutter and partridges.

Cloud Lightning

Woman dies after lightning strike in Nepal

A woman from Letang municipality-9 in the district died while two others got injurywhen the lightning occurred last night.

The lightning coupled with rainfall struck 32 year old Gita Ghimire, who later succumbed to injury during the treatment at a local Pathari Hospital.

Two others injured in the incident are- Gita's sister-in-law, Menuka Ghimire, and neighbour Dhan Bahadur Rai.

Police Inspector at Area Police Office, Letang, Khagendra Khadka informed that the injured ones were undergoing treatment at BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences.