Model for predicting coastal storm damage in the North Sea (8/7/2016)
A system for predicting storm damage by waves in northern areas of the North Sea has been developed by mathematicians at the University of Strathclyde.
Fiery exoplanet may see a trillion lightning flashes in an hour (5/7/2016)
It’s the first interplanetary lightning forecast. Using observations of storms in the solar system, a team of astronomers led by Gabriella Hodosán at the University of St Andrews, UK, has extrapolated to predict lightning on several exoplanets.
Volcanic exoplanets probably have highly electric atmospheres, with the dust from eruptions leading to lightning bursts, says Hodosán. To model what’s happening on the ultra-hot Kepler-10b, which is not much larger than Earth and could have a surface made up entirely of volcanoes, the team used data from lightning during two eruptions on Earth – Mount Redoubt, Alaska, in 2009 and Eyjafjallajökull, Iceland, in 2010.
The results suggest that if its surface is mostly volcanic, Kepler-10b should experience between 100 million and 2 trillion lightning flashes in the two hours it takes to travel across its star – when it is easiest for astronomers to study exoplanets.
Researchers with Sandia Labs study lightning's effects (4/7/2016)
Researchers at one of the nation's federal laboratories are creating simulated lightning as part of an effort to determine how everything from nuclear weapon components to entire buildings will hold up to Mother Nature.
3 Days of Heavy Rain in China Leave 50 Dead, 12 Missing (2/7/2016)
Three days of heavy rain in southern China have left 50 people dead and another 12 missing and destroyed thousands of homes, authorities said Sunday, as areas along the Yangtze River braced for more floods.
Lightning strikes claim 14 lives across Madhya Pradesh, India (2/7/2016)
Lightning struck various parts of Madhya Pradesh on Friday, killing 14 people, including a six-year-old child.
A 6-year-old child died while three others were injured when lightning struck them at village Imaliya under Raneh police station in Damoh district. The children were playing under a Mango tree. When rains started, they took shelter under the tree on which lighting struck. Six-year-old Mahendra died on spot while nine-year-old Sapna, 14-year-old Sakshi and 6-year-old Narendra were injured. They were rushed to Damoh district hospital.
Six killed by lightning in Sonbhadra, India (27/6/2016)
Lightning claimed six lives including four children of a family in Sonbhadra district on Sunday, 26/6/2016.
According to reports, Golu (7), Pushpa (5), Durgavati (7), Gudia (13), Nandu (7) and Gita (8) of a family of Tolabadi area of Kanahar, were playing under a tree in morning, when massive lightning struck them. Golu, Durgavati, Pushpa and Gudia died on the spot while Nandu and Gita suffered serious injuries.
On getting information, SDM Sadar Kailash Singh reached the incident site and asked policemen to rush the injured children to NTPC hospital. He assured the family that government will provide compensation to them.
Meanwhile, in Sagobandh area of Babhani one more child Renu (7) was killed in lightening while Raju and Kamlesh suffered burns. One Nirmala Devi (26) of Bairkhand area of Windomganj was also killed in lightening. Their bodies were sent for postmortem.
Over 60.000 flashes recorded in 24 hours over Europe (25/6/2016)
The VLF lightning detection system ZEUS recorded over 60.000 Cloud-to-Ground flashes on Saturday, June 26, 2016. Significant amounts of rain and hail was also recorded in the affected regions. The electric activity was focused mainly on parts of central Europe and the Adriatic and Ionian Seas.
UK weather: Storms light up the skies as rain and floods cause travel chaos on the day of EU Referendum vote (23/6/2016)
Heavy rain is expected to hit parts of the UK today (Thursday, 23/6/2016), causing floods, traffic disruption and soaking people queuing up to cast their votes in the EU Referendum.
Thundery showers are expected in London and the South East all day, and there will also be showers in Scotland.
Flooding has swamped parts of England, and the fire brigade has already taken more than 300 emergency calls.
Lightning strikes kill 67 in India (22/6/2016)
Storm in eastern state of Bihar kills at least 47, while 20 die in neighbouring Uttar Pradesh as monsoon rains sweep country.
Lightning has killed at least 67 people in India over the past two days, according to disaster management officials, as the annual monsoon rains sweep the country.
2 killed, 4 injured by lightning in Hetaunda, Nepal (20/6/2016)
HETAUNDA: Two persons died and four others were injured after being struck by a lightning at Sersere in Basamadi of Hetaunda Sub-Metropolitan City-27, Makwanpur on Saturday (18/6/2016) evening.
According to the District Police Office, Makwanpur, the deceased have been identified as Tara Rumba (46) and Kumar Bal (25) of Sersere, Basamadi.
Lightning bolt killed 3 elephants in India (15/6/2016)
Scotching reports that three elephants in Deogarh's Damdami Hill in Prabhasuni Reserve Forest died due to anthrax, investigation by a veterinary team has attributed the cause to lightning.
Prof Niranjan Sahu, who headed the team, said dehydration and putrefaction levels of the three elephants were the same. The level of dehydration five days after the death is a symptom of lightning, he said. Lightning as a cause is considered very unusual.
Slippers save man's life after being struck by lightning (15/6/2016)
Brian Phillips, 65, of Bedfordshire, England, was thrown a metre and a half across his kitchen when a bolt of lightning struck his home Sunday.
Phillips was cleaning up after dinner when the storm started, and he managed to escape the ordeal without injury thanks to the rubber-soled slippers he was wearing.
Heavy thunderstorms over the Balkans (13/6/2016)
Heavy thunderstorms battering Albania and Greece during the 13th of June 2016. The phenomena are expected to continue over the Greek mainland during the whole day.
A lot of lightning over north Italy (12/6/2016)
Northern Italy experiences significant lightning activity in the morning hours of Sunday, June 12, 2016. The activity is expected to continue throughout the day. Central Europe and the Balkans are also experiencing some activity that is also expected to increase during the day.
UK weather: Flash floods cause chaos as month's rain falls in an hour and father and son critically ill after lightning strike (8/6/2016)
Flash floods and lightning strikes caused chaos across the UK on Tuesday (7/6/2016) as a month’s worth of rain fell in just an hour.
A man and his five-year-old son were left fighting for their lives and his young girl was seriously injured after the trio were struck by lightning during a school sports day in Northern Ireland.
In south London, flash floods submerged cars and drivers had to be rescued from their vehicles after what the Met Office described as “exceptionally intense” rainfall.
Man and two children hospitalised after being hit by lightning in Northern Ireland (8/6/2016)
The man and the youngster, five, are both a critical condition after being hit by lightning on Tuesday afternoon (7/6/2016).
Another child, both thought to be his own, was also hit by the bolt in Lisburn, Northern Ireland.
Witnesses claim the man was picking up his children from Killowen Primary School when weather phenomenon struck them.
Floods, storms and lightning cause havoc all over the world (6/6/2016)
Torrential rains in Texas which caused flooding that killed 16 people last week has spread to southern Louisiana, leaving parts of that state and Mississippi under a flash flood watch, according to the National Weather Service.
Torrential rain and damaging winds continue to pummel the New South Wales coast, with rising flood waters forcing evacuations in northern Sydney and on the state's north coast.
A major annual rock festival in western Germany resumed after storms and lightning injured dozens of people and disrupted the event for nearly 24 hours.
Lightning stops German rock festival after 80 injured (5/6/2016)
More than 70 people have been injured after lightning struck a German music festival yesterday (4/6/2016).
The third and final day of a German rock music festival attended by more than 90,000 fans has been cancelled after lightning strikes injured 80 people.
Festival organisers said more bad weather was forecast for Sunday before cancelling the sell-out Rock am Ring festival, now in its 31st year and featuring the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Black Sabbath.
The event took place at the airport in Mendig, near the Nuerburgring motor racing track.
Festival organisers had halted performances for several hours on Saturday during another thunderstorm, temporarily sending some 92,500 fans to their cars and tents for safety, but vowing to resume the open-air event.
Several people injured by lightning strikes in France, Germany (29/5/2016)
Yesterday's (28/5/216) lightning strikes in northern France and southwest Germany left nine people seriously hurt, authorities said.
Eleven people were injured by a bolt of lightning in a park in Paris, six of them badly, the French interior ministry said.
Eight of those hurt were children, the ministry said in a statement. The incident occurred in the Monceau park in the northwest of the French capital.
Meanwhile, a lightning strike at a children's football match in Hoppstaedten in the German region of Rheinland-Pfalz left the referee and two other adults seriously injured.
Twenty-nine children were taken to hospital as a precaution.
11 injured in lightning strike in Paris park (28/5/2016)
Lightning struck a group of children and adults on Saturday 28th of May 2016, in a Paris park, leaving four people -- three of them children -- with life-threatening injuries, two others in critical condition and five in serious condition, authorities there said.
The group had gathered for a birthday party in Parc Monceau, a few blocks north of the Champs-Élysées, when a storm broke out, CNN affiliate BFMTV reported. They sought shelter under a tree.