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Large chunk of ice falls from the sky in Tully, New York

A chunk of ice larger than a soccer ball fell from a sky above Tully, New York at around 11:45 EDT (15:45 UTC) on Friday, June 21, 2019. According to local media reports, the object hit the ground very close to where resident Rita Williams was walking by at the...

June 23, 2019

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How rare is giant hail in Europe

2019 storm season brought unusually strong thunderstorms, out-of-season windstorms and very large/violent/destructive hailstorms to much of Europe. Very rare giant hail was reported on several occasions, inflicting heavy damage. On June 11, multiple severe storms...

June 19, 2019

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Very rare 'anticyclonic' tornado hits Deuel County, South Dakota

A rare anticyclonic tornado touched down about 3.4 km (5.5 miles) northeast of Estelline, South Dakota during the evening hours of June 15, 2019. The EF-0 tornado lasted less than a minute and knocked down 7 trees at a farmstead. It was moving in an easterly...

June 19, 2019

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2 months' worth of rain in 48 hours triggers floods, disrupts travel, UK

Parts of central United Kingdom recorded double the amount of rain that typically falls during the entire month of June in two days. In the 48 hours ending on the morning of June 12, 2019, a total of 107.2 mm (4.22 inches) flooded Holbeach in Lincolnshire. The town...

June 14, 2019

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Rare waterspout forms near Sentosa, Singapore

A large waterspout formed near Port of Singapore, Sentosa, southern Singapore on May 11, 2019. There are no reports of damage or casualties. Such large waterspouts are not usual for the region. The spout formed around 08:48 LT and moved slowly between the iconic...

May 13, 2019

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Lightning bolt strikes Acropolis of Athens, injuring 4 people, Greece

A lightning bolt struck Athen's famous Acropolis on April 17, 2019, injuring two tourists and two guards. A statement released by the country's Culture Ministry said the lightning hit citadel's lightning conductor, shattering glass windows in two nearby...

April 18, 2019

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Major storm produces thundersnow over Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Major storm affecting much of the United States since Wednesday, April 10, 2019, produced a relatively rare weather phenomenon over central South Dakota known as thundersnow. "It's essentially a thunderstorm, but it's cold enough for snow," said...

April 11, 2019

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Powerful dust devil rips roof off building in Fairfield, California

A powerful dust devil formed in the city of Fairfield, Solano County, California on April 9, 2019 and was captured on video. The twister was strong enough to rip off part of the roof of one building and send debris flying everywhere. Dust devils are small but...

April 11, 2019

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Rare waterspout makes landfall in Penang, damaging at least 50 buildings, Malaysia

A very large waterspout formed near the coast of Tanjung Tokong, Penang, Malaysia on April 1, 2019, and made landfall after about 5 minutes, severely damaging at least 50 buildings. The twister touched down around 13:36 LT, ripping off roofs and downing trees but...

April 02, 2019

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Strong dust devil hits playground in China's Henan, 2 children dead, 20 injured

2 children were killed and 20 injured after a strong dust devil hit a playground and blew away a trampoline in Yucheng County, China's central Henan Province. The twister touched ground around 15:00 LD, March 31, 2019. All injured have been rushed to a hospital....

March 31, 2019

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Large gustnado damaged two buildings in Solola, Guatemala

A large gustnado formed in Solola, Guatemala on February 13, 2019. Due to its large size and brownish color, the phenomenon was mistaken for tornado and quickly spread through social networks and media. According to Tiempo, the whirlpool quickly gained strength and...

February 16, 2019

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Ice quakes reported from Minnesota and Illinois to Pennsylvania

Loud outdoor booms, cracks and bangs are being reported from Minnesota to Illinois and Pennsylvania as ice quakes, also known as frost quakes or technically - cryoseisms, started popping up amid extremely cold temperatures. "Basically, it’s so cold...

January 31, 2019

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Severe storms produce tornadoes, straight-line winds and a meteotsunami, Florida

Several rounds of severe storms hit Florida on Thursday, December 20, 2018, producing heavy rain, several tornadoes, straight-line winds and a meteotsunami. According to Paso County Emergency Management, up to 80 mobile homes were damaged by straight-line winds in...

December 22, 2018

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Cold snap, dust storm blanket parts of NW China in rare yellow snow

A rare yellow snowfall covered Urumqi City of northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region on December 1, 2018. A combination of heavy winds and freezing temperatures led to a rare 'yellow snow' phenomenon in China's Xinjiang region over the...

December 03, 2018

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Mystery surrounds Arctic Siberia as day turns to complete darkness for 3 hours, Russia

Even though they should have 24 hour light at this time of year, the remote Eveno-Bytantaisky, Zhigansky, and Verkhozansky districts in Siberia, Russia saw their day turn into a 'complete darkness' for almost three hours on Friday, July 20, 2018. The region...

July 24, 2018

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Meteotsunami floods islands of Mallorca and Menorca, Spain

A meteotsunami formed in the Mediterranean Sea near the coast of Spain early July 16, 2018, and flooded the coasts of Mallorca and Menorca, Spain’s Balearic islands in the Mediterranean Sea. According to local media, a wave as high as 1.5 meters (5 feet) hit...

July 17, 2018

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Mohave Fire: Amazing video of firenado becoming a waterspout, Arizona

A rare phenomenon of a firenado turning into a waterspout was recorded in Arizona on July 14, 2018. The cause of Mohave Fire, which started on the same day the video was recorded, is still under investigation. This amazing video was recorded in Blythe, on the...

July 16, 2018