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Rare funnel cloud forms over New York harbor as thunderstorms hit the NE

A funnel cloud (seen right from New Jersey) formed over New York Harbor on Tuesday afternoon, but did not touch down

A funnel cloud (seen right from New Jersey) formed over New York Harbor on Tuesday afternoon, but did not touch down
A funnel cloud has formed over New York Harbor, as a line of summer thunderstorms caused flooding and travel chaos across the Northeast.

The ragged funnel cloud was spotted from both Brooklyn and New Jersey circulating over the water on Tuesday afternoon.

The National Weather Service said in a statement that 'there was no apparent sign of the circulation touching the water'. There were no reports of damage.

The rains stopped on Tuesday evening for much of the region as the storm moved off to sea, but not before delivering misery for air travelers and commuters and threatening to delay the start of the MLB All-Star game.


'It looks like it will catch us': Russian fishermen video stunning waterspout over the Black Sea

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They got their viral video, but maybe these Russian fishermen should have moved away a bit faster.

"A whirlwind. A Twister. 500 meters from us. Very beautiful. It's huge," said Pavel Chernyavsky, as he narrates his Instagram video, geolocated off the coast of Gelendzhik in the Black Sea.

"Maybe it will catch up with us," he joked in the next sentence, though the slightest note of genuine concern could be heard in his voice. He then points to a second twister, noting that the other column of wind-spun water is black, not white like the first one.


Two waterspouts in two days seen off Alabama coast

Waterspouts most common off the Alabama coast in June, July and August.
© NOAA file photo
Waterspouts most common off the Alabama coast in June, July and August.
Waterspouts are nothing new along the Gulf Coast, but two have been sighted in the past two days near Fort Morgan.

Here's the one from Tuesday:

Cloud Precipitation

Incessant rain floods parts of Metro Manila, Philippines

Children play on a flooded street in Quezon City on Tuesday morning, as many communities in Metro Manila awoke to water-logged streets from rains brought by Typhoon Henry, aggravating the southwest monsoon.

Children play on a flooded street in Quezon City on Tuesday morning, as many communities in Metro Manila awoke to water-logged streets from rains brought by Typhoon Henry, aggravating the southwest monsoon.
Incessant rains spawned by the prevailing southwest monsoon triggered flooding in most parts of Metro Manila and its adjacent municipalities on Tuesday, forcing the cancellation of classes and even suspension of work in some government offices.

The flooding, which caught passengers and motorists alike on the road and forced the government to preposition military trucks for public ferry services, occurred as state weather forecasters warned the bad weather may prevail until the weekend due to an incoming low pressure area.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council reiterated its advisories for residents to stay away from areas prone to landslides and flooding, and for local government officials to implement forced evacuation if it is necessary.

The monsoon rains, which also affected provinces in Central and Southern Luzon and even Western Visayas, drenched Metro Manila, with police officials reporting flooding in some parts of Malabon, Caloocan, Navotas and Quezon City.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning killed man as he mowed his lawn in Fayette County, Tennessee

A Mid-South man died after being struck by lightning during weekend storms, according to Fayette County Sheriff's Department.

The sheriff said Darrell Hoskins was on his lawn mower when a lightning bolt struck a nearby tree, arched, and hit him.

Hoskins family said he died instantly.

Darrell's young daughter was the one who found her father's body.

His cause of death is statistically unlikely, but one everyone needs to be aware of.

"He had just a little bit of grass left, and it started sprinkling," said cousin Stephanie Skelton.

Better Earth

Meteotsunami with 5-foot wave inundates Menorca, Spain

meteo Tsunami strikes Spanish resorts in Majorca and Menorca

Beaches, bars and terraces in Majorca and Menorca were swallowed by the five-foot tsunami
A five-foot tsunami has hit tourist beaches in parts of Majorca and Menorca.

A wave measuring almost five feet hit Ciutadella on the west coast of Menorca in the early hours of Monday morning.

Nearby beaches were also flooded by the meteotsunami, called a rissaga in Catalan Spanish.

These are large, tsunami-like waves are triggered by disturbances in air pressure caused by fast-moving weather events, like thunderstorms.

Meteotsunami have been recorded reaching heights of 6ft (1.8m) or more.

Comment: While events like this have occurred before, all around the world we're seeing them increase in frequency and intensity, along with a variety of related phenomena:


Hail damage to croplands in South Dakota so immense it can be imaged from space

south dakota hall damage space
July 7, 2018
The long lines of damage visible in these satellite images of South Dakota may look like a product of tornadoes. However, the width of the damage swath -well over 10 kilometers (6 miles) in many areas - is a clue that it was hail that pummeled these croplands. According to Jordan Bell, a research meteorologist with NASA's Short-term Prediction Research and Transition Center (SPoRT), tornado tracks rarely appear wider than a few kilometers.

The storms that produced these hail swaths came in a one-two punch, according to a summary from the National Weather Service. The first arrived on June 27, 2018, charting a southeasterly path of destruction as it moved across Sully and Stanley counties, narrowly missing the city of Pierre, South Dakota. A second storm left an even longer swath, stretching from the Wyoming-South Dakota border for hundreds of miles before ending east of the Missouri River. Some areas reported hail larger than 4 inches (10 centimeters) in diameter, about the size of a grapefruit. The large hail-in conjunction with strong winds-stripped corn stalks bare and pummeled soybean leaves.

Comment: And this isn't the first devastating hail storm the area has experienced in recent years:

Cloud Lightning

Lightning bolt kills 2 in Odisha, India

Two persons were killed after lightning struck a field they were working on at Dhben Surda village in Kalahandi district, police said today.

Lightning accompanied by rain struck when the two were working in a paddy field on the outskirt of their village located under M Rampur block yesterday.

The deceased were identified as Srikara Majhi and Biswakarma Majhi.

Source: PTI

Comment: On the same lightning strikes killed 4 and injured 5 across the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

Cloud Precipitation

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Earth's global dust storm expanding & atmospheric compression events in Japan

People wait to be rescued on the roof of a house in Kurashiki, Okayama prefecture.

People wait to be rescued on the roof of a house in Kurashiki, Okayama prefecture.
With galactic cosmic rays now influencing our atmosphere, it seems cloud cells on Earth and well as global wind patterns have shifted and are becoming more unstable. As examples the dust storm from Africa, now encircles 3/4 of our planet at the equator, atmospheric compression events in Japan dumping half a years worth of rain in ten days leaving part of the country under water. Arizona dust storms, lines of water spouts off of Italy, something surely has changed.

Comment: See also:

Cloud Precipitation

Torrential rain causes flooding in Bhaktapur, Nepal - Death toll across the country reaches 53 (Update)

Flood Bhaktapur
Normal life has been thrown out of gear in Bhaktapur after many areas including Madhyapur Thimi have been inundated due to the flooding caused by swollen Hanumante River following torrential rains on Wednesday night.

Settlements including the temporary camp sheltering the earthquake victims at local Jagati and Barahisthan have been inundated. Similarly, settlements at Radhe Radhe and the Kamerotar land pooling project in Madhyapur Thimi have also become waterlogged. Local residents have not been able to come out of their houses as hundreds of houses have been inundated since midnight on Wednesday.

Comment: Update: The Sydney Morning Herald on July 13th reported:
Residents have had to be rushed to safety as water levels continue to surge near Kathmandu, with the death toll from landslides and floods brought on by monsoons this week rising to 53 across Nepal.

Three members of a family became the latest fatalities after they were buried alive on Thursday when a landslide struck their makeshift home in a village of Bhaktapur district, officials said.

"Hundreds of security personnel have been deployed in the sites," said chief district officer Narayan Prasad Bhatta.

"A large part of the district was inundated after floodwaters from the Hanumante River entered the settlements."

The Home Ministry earlier put the death toll at 50.

Nepalese women look at a flood area in Bhaktapur.
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Nepalese women look at a flood area in Bhaktapur.
"In some areas, water levels had risen up to 1.2 metres from the ground. Hundreds of people have been stranded," Bhatta said adding that schools and businesses were shut.

The extreme weather has affected 36 of Nepal's 77 districts, with 20 people injured and nine missing.

The Department of Hydrology and Meteorology say further heavy rains were expected in next few days in the country's central, western and eastern regions.