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Foot of hail on Highway 22 near Longview, Alberta makes it look like December instead of July

hail cover
© Donna Lyn Ratledge
HIGHWAY 22 SOUTHERN ALBERTA — Travel along Highway 22 south of Longview was impacted by a freak hail storm Tuesday afternoon.

Pictures posted on the Crowsnest Pass/Highway 3 Facebook page show a long line of traffic stopped along the road, with a foot of hail making the scene look more like December than the last day of July.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strikes ignite 132 more wildfires in British Columbia - Total of 305 across the province

A map released by the BC Wildfire Service on Wednesday shows where lightning struck on July 31, contributing to 132 new wildfires.

A map released by the BC Wildfire Service on Wednesday shows where lightning struck on July 31, contributing to 132 new wildfires.
The BC Wildfire Service says lightning strikes in the province's Interior have sparked more fires, with 132 flaring up on July 31. The service is currently responding to a total of 305 fires.

Emergency BC issued evacuation alerts Wednesday for several rural properties on the south side of Quesnel Lake near Williams Lake. An evacuation alert remains in effect for Cawston and Keremeos in B.C.'s Similkameen region.

Evacuation alerts are issued to give residents time to prepare for a possible evacuation order.

The B.C. government has issued a smoky skies bulletin for the province, and Metro Vancouver Regional District has warned of poor air quality in the eastern part of the region and the Fraser Valley. For Metro Vancouver, air quality is expected to improve as the weather cools down this week.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning bolt kills 4 children, injures 3 others in Yunnan province, China

Four children were killed and 3 injured by thunderstorm at a village in Qiubei county, Yunnan province, on Wednesday, Yunnan.cn reported on Thursday.

The children were collecting mushroom when the thunderstorm struck. They took shelter under a tree, but the tree was hit by lightning, killing four of them on the spot.

The injured were rushed to hospital.


Video of monsoon storm snapping palm tree in Arizona goes viral

Litchfield Park storm damage
© Bernadette Villanueva
The aftermath from when a palm tree snapped in half and crashed through the ceiling of a Litchfield Park home July 30. 2018.
People all over the Phoenix area captured Mother Nature's fury on video during Monday night's monsoon storm, but one clip in particular is going viral - powerful wind snapping a palm tree like a toothpick.

"It was shocking, scary," said Bernadette Villanueva, the young Litchfield Park woman who recorded the video on her cell phone and sent it to Arizona's Family. "It was like, 'Whoa!'"

Villanueva's video shows the tree bending in the furious wind - bending to the breaking point. And then past it.

The top half of the broken palm tree land on top of the home of Villanueva's grandparents. It hit the roof right above the bed where her grandfather, Michael Fanelli, had been resting moments earlier.

"It fell right here in my bedroom," Fanelli told Arizona's Family reporter Mike Watkiss. "If you take a look up there, you can see half the palm tree right there."

Villanueva said the storm seemed to come "from out of nowhere."

Bizarro Earth

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Strangeness on our planet during first half of 2018

An aerial view of the flooded Asakura City, Japan
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An aerial view of the flooded Asakura City, Fukuoka prefecture. Huge floods swept away houses in southern Japan.
These are some of the strange, unusual and unexplained events that occurred on our planet during the first half of 2018.

Comment: Related articles include: To understand how and why these extreme weather events are occurring read Earth Changes and the Human Cosmic Connection by Pierre Lescaudron and Laura Knight-Jadczyk.


Two waterspouts filmed over Lake Erie

Visitors to a state park in Pennsylvania captured video of dueling waterspouts forming in Lake Erie.

The videos, filmed Sunday, show the two waterspouts forming in the great lake while witnesses watch from Presque Isle State Park.

Astonished onlookers can be heard marveling at the scene as the two waterspouts pull lake water into the sky.

It was unclear whether either of the waterspouts came near land.


Waterspout filmed off Virginia Beach

© Sharon Barnhart
A waterspout formed Monday afternoon right off the Oceanfront in Virginia Beach.

Several WAVY viewers sent 10 On Your Side photos of the waterspout, which in one shot appears in the same frame as a tour boat.

Viewer Sara Cho says her Uncle Tom, visiting from Colorado, took a photo of the spout from the Hampton Inn at Laskin Road and Atlantic. Deborah Karnes Talley and Sharon Barnhart also sent in videos of the spout. The waterspout formed around 4-4:30 p.m., according to reports.

Barnhart, in town from California, captured the waterspout from her view at the Oceanfront Sheraton.

"Ever since I watched the "Wizard of Oz" as a child, I have an irrational fear of tornados," she joked. "We don't even really have them in California, but I'm still terrified."


Dust storm causes more than 1,000 road accidents in Dubai

Dusty weather engulfs the UAE
© Antonie Robertson / The National
Dusty weather engulfs the UAE, causing more than 1,000 traffic accidents in Dubai.

Poor visibility caused by this week's dust storm has led to a spate of traffic accidents

More than 1,000 road accidents have been recorded in Dubai since the start of the week as the UAE has been engulfed in a heavy dust storm.

Dubai police's control room received up to 16,000 emergency calls, with poor visibility bringing dangerous driving conditions.

On Sunday, there were 631 accidents, including 12 major crashes, and a further 413 on Monday, largely during the early morning hours.

Traffic patrols have been stepped up on highways and internal roads, police said.

Drivers have been warned to be extra careful on the roads and follow safety measures in adverse weather.

Forecasters expect the dust and haze to have cleared by Tuesday.


Diaries from 17th Century Japan provide clues to solar cycle and lightning


Researchers in Japan turned to detailed logs kept by farm families and government officials hundreds of years ago, looking for mentions of thunder and lightning events. Original copy of the Diary of Hirosaki Clan Government Office, held at the Hirosaki City Library, is shown
Diary entries dating back to the 1700s could help scientists understand the link between lightning activity on Earth, and the rotational cycle of the sun.

Researchers in Japan have turned to detailed logs kept by farm families and government officials hundreds of years ago, looking for mentions of thunder and lightning events.

The study shows this activity lined up with the time it takes sunspots to make a complete rotation, suggesting the cycle plays a 'very important role,' in daily weather.

Comment: Historical and archaeological records show a strong correlation with predictable solar cycles and the changes to our planets climate. And as we enter what is proving to be one of the weakest solar cycles for at least 200 years we're seeing record breaking cooling, a surge in extreme weather and a variety of other unexpected and ominous phenomena: For more on the changes occurring on our planet, check out SOTT radio's: Behind the Headlines: Earth changes in an electric universe: Is climate change really man-made?

Cloud Lightning

Man killed by lightning in Bulgaria

A man died after being struck by a lightning on Mount Orelyak in Pirin.

The Mountain Rescue Service in Bansko confirmed to the Bulgarian National Radio that the man had died on the spot. A report of an incident in the mountain over Gotse Delchev was received at the rescue service on duty in Bansko about 14 hours.

The weather in Pirin is not suitable for long trekking in the mountains, warns the mountain rescue service.

Comment: Also in the last few days a total of 9 people have been killed by lightning strikes across India.