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Parts of New Jersey were pummeled by a massive hail storm on Monday afternoon, leaving it looking as if a June blizzard blew through with inches of dime-sized pellets piling up. Washington Township residents were seen on their driveways breaking out the snow shovels and officials sent out bulldozers to act as snow plows to clear the streets after severe thunderstorms pounded the region. Children were seen forming hailballs.
China correspondent Stephen McDonell and ABC cameraman Rob Hill saw day turn into night as a freak storm swept across the capital Beijing today.
"It was pitch black outside and you could see people looking out from the office towers across the road from us," McDonell said.
"In a couple of the photos you can see a clock in the distance showing it was around 11:30 am local time."
The storms were expected to affect western and northern Xinjiang, most part of Inner Mongolia, north-east China and north China.
Today's extreme weather follows yesterday's hail storms across eastern China's Anhui province, which killed 14 people and injured more than 180, AFP reports.
Anhui's Civil Affairs Bureau said that more than 10,000 people were evacuated and nearly 9,700 houses collapsed in yesterday's severe storm.
Anhui was struck by hail and winds of up to 104 kilometres per hour, causing $82 million worth of damage.
A similar hail storm struck the region in the first week of June, killing 23 people and injuring more than 200.
Officials have warned residents that more dangerous weather could follow.
UNITED NATIONS, June 16 (Reuters) - A global trend towards increasing weather-related disasters was confirmed in 2008, the second deadliest year in the past decade for natural catastrophes, an annual Red Cross report said on Tuesday.
The number of people reported killed by natural disasters last year -- a total of 235,736 -- was surpassed only in 2004, the year of the Indian Ocean tsunami, said the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).
The 2008 toll was accounted for mainly by two events in Asia -- Cyclone Nargis, which left over 138,000 people dead or missing in Myanmar, and the Sichuan earthquake, which killed more than 87,000 people in China.
Damage from natural disasters cost more than $181 billion last year, according to the report.
More than three quarters of the disasters struck developing countries, which suffered 99 percent of the deaths, Maarten van Aalst, an author of the report, told a news conference.
"In the 1990s, we saw an average of about 200 natural weather-related disasters per year. In the past decade that's been on average about 350. Last year we had 297, which is ... still well above what we've been used to in the past."
Some experts have blamed the perceived rise in freak weather events on climate change caused by pollution. It is a controversial subject ahead of a conference in Copenhagen in December that is meant to impose tougher targets for greenhouse gas emissions.
"It is now highly likely that that extreme-weather events -- floods, droughts and storms -- will become more frequent and more severe. And we cannot say we have not been warned," IFRC Secretary General Bekele Geleta said in a commentary.
"The disasters which climate change will trigger potentially threaten more lives and livelihoods than any before," Geleta said, adding that the world's response to the warning had so far been "piecemeal."
Originally posted by DaddyBare
What was strange is it was hot rain... warmer then the air temp... kind of like very warm bath water... now I'm and old guy who's been around a lot of years visited many different places in the world and I don't ever remember hot rain before...
Even as the sun went down it just got hotter... Now I know this is a little thing to be sure... but it just had a wrongness to it....
I'm afraid that most of the phenomena you refer to have little or no relation to the solar wind or the Sun..