July 2016 was a crazy month in more ways than one. A global spike in terror attacks and people going postal was apparently mirrored by Mother Nature.
Among the extreme weather events and trends in environmental upheaval last month, we observed: A destructive tornado outbreak in South Africa (where it’s winter-time) Hail the size of golfballs falling in, of all places, Colombia and Brazil and a China Southern Airlines plane’s pilots had to prove their mettle when a massive hail storm hit as they descended towards Chengdu, and they were left to land the plane virtually ‘blind’. This meant the pilots had to navigate using their instruments rather than by sight.
According to the Aviation Herald, the Airbus A320 Flight CZ3483 was travelling from Guangzhou to Chengdu on 9 July, “when the aircraft encountered hail causing both windshields to become basically opaque”. The hail stones also stripped off the paint from the…
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Northern Europe has continued to be lashed by torrential rain, bringing extensive flooding to Belgium, Germany and France.
Paris has never experienced so much rain in May since records began in 1873.
The scenes of flooding along the River Seine have been known in winter – though the fact it has been happening in June has caused surprise.
The A10 near Orleans resembled less a motorway on Wednesday than a river or a canal.
Hundreds of motorists became stranded. The army intervened to take them to emergency centres in nearby towns. Some cars later became totally immersed in water.
In northern France, fire crews have been called out hundreds of times, having no other option but to travel by boat to rescue people from their homes.
In this part of the country, as much rain fell in 24 hours as normally falls in the whole of May.
“In December 1999 the level of the River Lawe reached reached 3 metres 31, and now we’ve beaten the record: 3 metres 42, so 11 centimetres higher,” said one man surveying the damage to his house.
Tourists come to Prague from around the world to stroll across the medieval Charles Bridge – on Tuesday afternoon they were forced to run for cover.
The Czech capital was one of several European cities hit by heavy thunderstorms.
In the southwestern German town of Braunsbach, whole parts of the centre were simply washed away at the weekend, the water carrying with it anything in its path.
Three people were suspected to have died in the floods.
In some streets the damage looked more like the aftermath of an earthquake. The floodwaters having subsided, residents have been trying to clear the rubble and mud – and survey the destruction inside their homes.
H/t Mark Vogan