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Cloud burst in Monument Valley - The Navajo name for the valley isTsé Bii’ Ndzisgaii (Valley of the Rocks). Photo by Wolfgang Staudt
 

Cloud burst in Monument Valley - The Navajo name for the valley isTsé Bii’ Ndzisgaii (Valley of the Rocks). Photo by Wolfgang Staudt

 

Snow Doughnuts
These rare shapes are formed—under perfect temperature conditions only—when a mass of snow either falls or is blown by the wind. If it manages to catch on to some other snow, and gravity or the wind is in its favor, then the new snowball will roll itself in the exact same way we all used to. In this case, though, the middles tend to collapse to create a donut shape, which can end up as tall as 26 inches (66 cm).
Source: NPR

Snow Doughnuts

These rare shapes are formed—under perfect temperature conditions only—when a mass of snow either falls or is blown by the wind. If it manages to catch on to some other snow, and gravity or the wind is in its favor, then the new snowball will roll itself in the exact same way we all used to. In this case, though, the middles tend to collapse to create a donut shape, which can end up as tall as 26 inches (66 cm).

Source: NPR

waterspout

waterspout

Lightning strikes the right hand of the statue Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on January 16, 2014.Photo: EPA
Lightning has broken a finger off the right hand of Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro.
Father Omar, rector of the shrine that holds the statue, told the Globo radio station that lightning frequently strikes the nearly 100-foot tall statue, a symbol of Rio that overlooks the Brazilian city from the peak of the Corcovado mountain.
Its right hand had been damaged sometime ago, but the finger finally broke off in a storm late Thursday.
“They say lightning does not strike the same spot twice. But with the Christ it does,” the priest said on Friday.
A lightning rod and other equipment are in place “to protect the image,” but they do not always do the trick, he said.
Father Omar noted that people who work at the site are usually warned in advance by city officials about electrical storms so they can ensure the safety of the thousands of visitors at the site on top of Corcovado mountain.
“I have already endured the situation of being at the Christ at a time of rain and a lot of lightning, and it is scary. But we have a plan to quickly take all visitors away from there,” the priest said.
The statue is set to be refurbished next month, so this and other damage are set to be fixed.
This article originally appeared on News.com.au.

Lightning strikes the right hand of the statue Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on January 16, 2014.Photo: EPA

Lightning has broken a finger off the right hand of Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro.

Father Omar, rector of the shrine that holds the statue, told the Globo radio station that lightning frequently strikes the nearly 100-foot tall statue, a symbol of Rio that overlooks the Brazilian city from the peak of the Corcovado mountain.

Its right hand had been damaged sometime ago, but the finger finally broke off in a storm late Thursday.

“They say lightning does not strike the same spot twice. But with the Christ it does,” the priest said on Friday.

A lightning rod and other equipment are in place “to protect the image,” but they do not always do the trick, he said.

Father Omar noted that people who work at the site are usually warned in advance by city officials about electrical storms so they can ensure the safety of the thousands of visitors at the site on top of Corcovado mountain.

“I have already endured the situation of being at the Christ at a time of rain and a lot of lightning, and it is scary. But we have a plan to quickly take all visitors away from there,” the priest said.

The statue is set to be refurbished next month, so this and other damage are set to be fixed.

This article originally appeared on News.com.au.

FROZEN FALLS: Niagara Falls, one of the world’s most famous natural landmarks, has been turned to ice by the polar vortex [REUTERS]

2nd photo:  The U.S. side of the Niagara Falls on January 8, 2014. (REUTERS -Aaron Harris)

National Geographic -  Phoenix, Arizona Sand Storm - Haboob

National Geographic -  Phoenix, Arizona Sand Storm - Haboob


High-speed video captures elusive lightning enigmas



The existence of ‘sprites’ and ‘elves’ in storm clouds had been documented in the 1980s and 90s, but no conclusive recordings of them existed until now.

http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/climate-weather/stories/high-speed-video-captures-elusive-lightning-enigmas
High-speed video captures elusive lightning enigmas
The existence of ‘sprites’ and ‘elves’ in storm clouds had been documented in the 1980s and 90s, but no conclusive recordings of them existed until now.
Clouds - Channel 4 - Photo by Ken Prior

Clouds - Channel 4 - Photo by Ken Prior

Giant Clouds over Beijing

Giant Clouds over Beijing

Under Snow

Dateline:  Phoenix, AZ -

Weather forecast is 107 degrees this weekend.  I thought these photos might make me feel better about our heat beginning.

Fork Lightning In New Mexico

Fork Lightning In New Mexico

HH:  When you see a sky like that, you think surely GOD is coming.

HH:  When you see a sky like that, you think surely GOD is coming.

Lightning Sequence

Lightning Sequence

red cloud tornado forming

red cloud tornado forming