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Lightning strikes kills 9 across West Bengal, India

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Nine persons were killed and others injured in lightning strikes and thunderstorms across the state.

Three persons were killed and some others injured after they were struck by lightning in separate incidents in Murshidabad, while one person died in the same district after a wall fell on him during a thunderstorm on Wednesday morning.

Three more were killed in Nadia. Two were killed in North 24-Parganas, while one was killed in North Dinajpore.

A thunderstorm, coupled with rain, lashed the district on Wednesday morning. According to an administrative official from the district, there was heavy shower in various parts of Murshidabad for more than three hours, when the accidents took place. The regional meteorological centre at Alipore has predicted thunderstorm in the city and its adjoining districts on late Wednesday night.

Comment: A few days ago in the same state at least 13 people were killed and 25 injured by lightning strikes .


Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: The news is a whirlwind: Before the thaw started

Looking back less than two weeks ago, these were the conditions in the US and Canada. Now contrasts to what you are seeing of all beach images and warm. Two weeks, thats it, between what you see now on the news and your reality a week ago. Record cold, record snow for a season,record ice, cold weather crop losses and blizzards. Did you forget so quickly with the media throwing news at you faster than ever and more bizarre than ever?


Cloud Lightning

At least 14 people killed as 41,025 bolts of lightning strike in 16 hours across Andhra Pradesh, India

At least 14 persons were killed and two others injured on Tuesday as over 40,000 bolts of lightning and thunderstorms struck Andhra Pradesh. The Andhra Pradesh State Disaster Management Authority (APSDMA) confirmed that 41,025 cloud-to-ground lightning strikes took place across 11 districts on Tuesday from 07.30am to 11.40pm as per the data available with Earth Networks.

The APSDMA, which predicted severe lightning activity in Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, Visakhapatnam and East Godavari districts, issued thunderstorm alerts from early hours of Tuesday and later lightning continued in West Godavari, Krishna, Guntur, Nellore, Prakasam, and Kadapa.


Storms pelt Las Vegas Valley, Mount Charleston receives snow in May

Mount Charleston sees rare May snowfall

Mount Charleston sees rare May snowfall
May came in like a lion Tuesday, as lightning flashed and thunderstorms pelted parts of the Las Vegas Valley, and snow covered higher-elevation areas on Mount Charleston.

Lightning was seen throughout the western valley, and flashes also were reported with storms over the central and south valley, the National Weather Service said.

"So it's basically everywhere," meteorologist Chelsea Kryston said.

McCarran International Airport received about 0.24 inches of rain in a 24-hour span, Kryston said. Rain fell harder in other parts of the valley, however, as Summerlin saw about 0.27 inches, Centennial Hills recorded about 0.31 inches and southeast Henderson received 0.42 inches.

The weather service issued a flood advisory late Tuesday that was set to end at 10:15 p.m.


Man dragged into water dies as high winds, huge waves and heavy rain batters UK's South East

A man has died in Ramsgate.
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Conditions 'atrocious' in Ramsgate as wave washes three into water, says RNLI
A man has died in "atrocious" weather after he was washed into a harbour amid strong winds and heavy rain across parts of Britain.

More than a month's worth of rain fell within 24 hours in some areas, according to the Met Office, while fallen trees blocked roads and train tracks in Kent, East Anglia and parts of London.

Emergency workers were called to reports that three people had been swept into the harbour by a large wave in Ramsgate, Kent, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said.

A spokeswoman for Kent Police said officers were called to Royal Harbour at about 11.30am to help the coastguard and lifeboat teams.

She said: "Three men were recovered from the water, but one was later pronounced dead at the scene. The other two were taken to hospital for treatment.

Comment: What happened to 'April showers'?? Since winter began weather events have proven to be so out of the ordinary that it's taking people by surprise, resulting in many deaths, and this is even before we factor in the very real issue of delayed planting, crop failures, and the resulting food shortages: For more, check out SOTT radio's: Behind the Headlines: Earth changes in an electric universe: Is climate change really man-made?


France: While snow falls in Normandy, a tornado strikes in the Marne and destroys three villages

tornade Marne, Aude
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tornado, France
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The tornado was immortalized in the Marne (screenshot).
The phenomenon caused significant material damage in three villages in the department.

From a distance, the phenomenon is fascinating. Up close, it' s scary. On Sunday, a tornado formed in the Marne and caused severe damage in three villages in the department, describes L'Union. Identical phenomena were reported in the Aube and in the Ardennes, then placed on orange alert. But how can such a characteristic "tuba", immortalized by a storm chaser, appear?

How does it form?

Comment: Crazy weather!

Here's another report, from franceinfo.fr:

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strikes kill a total of 70 people in March, April across Bangladesh

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Disaster Management and Relief Minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya today said 70 people were killed in lightning strikes in different parts of the country in March and April.

The minister came up with the information while briefing reporters at the secretariat over the government steps during the current weather situation.

Fifty-eight people, including 29 people in two days-April 29, 30, were killed by lightning in April while 12 people were killed in March, said Maya.

"We want to assure the country's people that the government is intensely monitoring the current weather condition including lightning strikes and storms," he said.

The minister urged all to observe the weather condition before going out of home.

Cloud Lightning

At least 13 people killed and 25 injured by lightning strikes in West Bengal, India

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At least 13 people were killed and over 25 injured after lightning struck them during a nor'wester that hit different parts of West Bengal last night, a senior official of the state disaster management said on Monday. Of the 13, three each died in Nadia, Murshidabad and North 24 Parganas districts, and two each in Dakshin Dinajpur and Malda.Kalbaisakhi, West Bengal, Nadia, Murshidabad and North 24 Parganas

"Most of them were outside their house and working in their fields while lightning struck them," he said. Among the four persons injured due to lightning strike in Purulia district, two of them were reported to be critical, the official said.

Alerts were issued across all the blocks in the districts and necessary precautionary measures were taken, in view of the warnings issued by the weather department, he said.

Snowflake Cold

Up to 7 feared dead in Swiss Alps after unexpected snowstorm - UPDATE

Swiss Alps
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Five survivors in 14-member group in a critical condition; others have mild hypothermia

Four skiers have been killed and five others are in a critical condition after an unexpected snowstorm in the Swiss Alps forced them to spend the night outdoors.

Bad weather near the Pigne d'Arolla mountain caught the group of 14 skiers by surprise on Sunday, police in Valais canton said.

The manager of a rest-stop in the remote mountain region called for help on Monday morning, triggering a relief operation that involved seven helicopters.

Police said one of those killed was likely to have died after a fall and was found dead at the scene; three others died in hospital.

Some of those not identified as being in critical condition have mild hypothermia. The skiers were Italian, French and German nationals.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strikes kill 6 cattle, unseasonal hailstorm destroys mango crop in parts of Telangana, India

Farmer Balaiah with his dead cattle.

Farmer Balaiah with his dead cattle.
Heavy unseasonal rains accompanied by thunder and lightning storms hit parts of Mahabubnagar, Midjil and Balanagar mandals in the district on Monday destroying mango plantations and causing heavy losses to cattle such as cows, buffalos and bulls which perished in the district.

During the past two days, four buffaloes and two bullocks were killed and large-scale mango plantations destroyed. In Midjil Mandal, the thunder storm and lightning struck two bulls killing them on the spot. As a result, the owner P Raju of Tamdakunta Tanda of Midjil mandal in the district suffered losses worth Rs. 1 lakh.