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Lightning strikes kill another 11 people in Bangladesh

In Habiganj, a farmer and a school girl were killed when a thunderbolt hit them at separate places in Baniachong upazila

At least 11 people were killed and nine others injured by lightning strikes in eight districts across the country on Thursday.

In Habiganj, a farmer and a school girl were killed when a thunderbolt hit them at separate places in Baniachong upazila.

The deceased were identified as Tarin, 15, a sixth grader of Sujatpur High School, and Mizanur Rahman, a farmer. Both were residents of Sotomukha village in Sujatpur union.

Comment: A day earlier came this report: 29 killed in lightning strikes in 24 hours across Bangladesh - 112 such deaths in May so far

In Cambodia two people were also killed by lightning recently.

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16 dead, 12 injured as thunderstorm wreaks havoc across Uttar Pradesh, India

Thunderstorm in Uttar Pradesh
At least 16 were killed and over 25 injured in yet another thunder and hailstorm that wreaked havoc in over a dozen districts in Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday night. Earlier, 73 people were killed when a high-velocity storm hit different parts of the state about a week ago.

Reports reaching the state headquarters claimed that four persons in Etawah and Agra, three in Mathura, two in and Ferozabad, one each Aligarh, Hathras and Kanpur Dehat were killed in separate incidents of house collapse/tree and electric pole felling and lightning.

Reports claimed that Western parts of Uttar Pradesh, particularly the Agra division, was worst-affected again when yet another 68 Km/hour high-velocity winds hit the state, third in less than two months. The met department had warned about the storm in advance.

Comment: For details of the earlier storm, see: Powerful 'freak' dust storms kill over 125 people in north India, highest death toll in decades - UPDATES

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Severe hailstorm hits Thessaloniki, Greece

Fire service crews are searching for a person who was swept away by flash flooding in Thessaloniki, northern Greece following a hailstorm on Thursday.

The incident happened at the Sykies neighborhood of the Greek city.

Local sites report that the storm that struck on Thursday lunchtime and created huge problems.


Extremely rare southeast Pacific Ocean subtropical cyclone forms off Chile

Tropical/subtropical cyclone tracks in the Pacific Ocean
© Levi Cowan/TropicalTidbits.com
Tropical/subtropical cyclone tracks in the Pacific Ocean, according to the IBTrACS database.
An exceptionally rare subtropical storm appears to have formed off the central coast of Chile in the southeast Pacific Ocean, typically one of the world's most tropical cyclone devoid ocean basins.

The subtropical cyclone formed late last weekend several hundred miles west of the South American coast.

The advanced scatterometer aboard the EUMETSAT satellite found the system had a well-defined surface low, with winds of 40-45 mph and shallow thunderstorm activity surrounding but not in its center Tuesday.

These ingredients define the system as a subtropical storm, a system with characteristics of both a conventional tropical cyclone and a colder, non-tropical low-pressure system you may see over land or water in the middle latitudes.

This system formed in water temperatures between 64 and 68 degrees, which is usually not supportive of sufficient thunderstorm activity that would help build a subtropical or tropical cyclone.

In this case, as with many subtropical cyclones of this nature, it had some atmospheric support. This cyclone is in the midst of an upper-level trough, or cold pool, of low pressure, adding the instability needed for thunderstorms.

This system is spinning clockwise, typical of any storm in the Southern Hemisphere, as both high-pressure and low-pressure systems spin in the opposite direction as they do in the Northern Hemisphere.

Interestingly, if there was a cyclone season in that part of the world, this system would have nearly fallen outside of it. A cyclone in the southern Pacific occurring in May is like a tropical storm occurring in November in the Atlantic. If there was a peak month for activity surrounding South America, it would be in February or March, so this system is quite late.

How Rare Is This?

It may be one of a kind. No other recognized subtropical or tropical storm has been documented in that part of the world.

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29 killed in lightning strikes in 24 hours across Bangladesh - 112 such deaths in May so far

Dozens of Bangladeshis were killed in lightning strikes as pre-monsoon thunderstorms wreaked havoc across the South Asian country, an official said Thursday.

Farmers harvesting rice in open fields made up the majority of victims, Iftekharul Islam, a director at Bangladesh's disaster management department, told AFP.

"In the last 24 hours, 29 people have died from lightning in 12 districts. Almost all of them are farmers," he said.

Scores of people die every year after being struck by lightning during Bangladesh's wet season, which runs from April to October, but officials say the numbers are exceptionally high this year.

Islam said that more than 112 people had been killed in strikes in the first 10 days of May.

Comment: In nearby India on the same day a single bolt killed 4 in West Bengal while a woman was fatally hit in Madurai on Tuesday.


Higher reaches of Himachal Pradesh, India receive heavy snowfall

Upper reaches of Thanamandi Tehsil of Rajouri district received heavy snowfall. A hail storm killed about 60 sheep in the area.

Pirpanjal Mountain received fresh snowfall on Mughal Road. Himachal Pradesh's Keylong also received massive snowfalls.

Roads were covered with a thick sheet of snow.

Snowflake Cold

Whiteout in Churchill: Winter storm in spring hits Manitoba community

A winter storm hit Churchilll
© Pail Madziak
A winter storm hit Churchilll
Residents in Churchill woke up to a whiteout Wednesday.

The community was hit with significant snow over night and another five to 10 cm is expected throughout the day.

Environment Canada said winds could hit between 60 and 90 km/hr Tuesday night and Wednesday morning with visibility reduced to less than one kilometer.

Temperatures are expected to fall to -10 C in the afternoon with light snow and blowing snow continuing into Wednesday night.


Huge sandstorm hits Khajuwala City, India

A massive sandstorm hit Khajuwala city of Bikaner district in Rajasthan, a news agency ANI reported on Monday. Earlier in the day, the Meteorological department had predicted that in the next 48 hours another dust storm will hit in parts of Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.

However, there were no reports of damage or loss of lives till the report is filed. The department also issued a warning that fresh thunderstorms might strike several parts of India between 5 and 7 May, reported ANI. The home ministry also issued a fresh warning on Friday for possible thunderstorms in West Bengal, Odisha, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.

The IMD stated that light rain to thundershowers might occur at isolated places during next 48-72 hours in Punjab. It also said that Rain/ thundershower activity is likely to increase in intensity and spread between 7-8 May.

Comment: Last week powerful 'freak' dust storms killed over 125 people in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, the highest death toll in decades.

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Heavy hailstorm and spring snowfall hits Himachal Pradesh, India

Heavy hailstorm in Shimla on Tuesday.
© Amit Sharma
Heavy hailstorm in Shimla on Tuesday.
Shimla was on Tuesday hit by a heavy hailstorm, while the weather office has warned thunderstorms, squalls and gusty winds in Delhi, Haryana and Chandigarh, till Friday.

High mountains of Himachal Pradesh received fresh snowfall early Tuesday morning.

In a weather warning bulletin, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said thunderstorms and squalls are "very, very likely at isolated places in Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi".

It also warned of duststorm in Rajasthan while heavy rain is expected in six northeast states.

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Baseball-sized hail: How severe hailstorms have caused devastation and killed people

The largest hailstone on record, reaching 20 cm across, fell in Vivian, South Dakota, in July 2010.
© NWS Aberdeen.
The largest hailstone on record, reaching 20 cm across, fell in Vivian, South Dakota, in July 2010.
To people in Vivian, South Dakota, it must have seemed like a divine rebuke when, in July 2010, a storm pummelled their community with massive hailstones, with the largest specimen reaching 20 cm across, or about 8 inches -- the largest on record.

That's about as long as eight loonies side-by-side. Take a moment to just picture that in your head.

There can be a tendency to underestimate the destructive power of a hailstorm because, for many people, hailstones get no larger than marbles -- a nuisance if you're caught out in them, but not likely to do much of a number on your home or vehicle.

But though underrated compared to more famous thunderstorm impacts such as tornadoes and lightning, people who live in places prone to the strongest thunderstorms know that, if the conditions are right, hail can be large enough to cause catastrophic damage -- and even kill.