A security camera in Alberta, Canada captured this…wait for it…shocking footage of a Chevrolet pickup truck being struck by lighting while driving down the highway.
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Al and Betty Perry, the couple in the truck, told CTV Edmonton News that following the strike the airbags deployed and cabin began filling with smoke. The couple tried to escape but with the truck's electric system fried, the doors and windows wouldn’t open from the locked position. Luckily, a passing police officer witnessed the scene and was able to smash out the window using his baton.
Earlier this week we reported on a pop science article alleging that hurricanes with female names are more deadly than those with male names - using a flawed theory.
Colbert suggests that this year we rename all storms to make them sound as masculine and scary as possible in order to keep people safe.
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You may have seen a pop science news article floating around the past few days outlining how hurricanes with female names are more deadly. The higher average death count is thought to be not because the storms themselves coincidentally happen to be more dangerous, but rather subtle social conditioning towards gender roles mean that people view the "feminine" storms as weaker and thus take fewer safety precautions.
It's an interesting theory that gets completely dismantled when Slate points out a major flaw in the study's methodology:
But [National Center for Atmospheric Research social scientist Jeff] Lazo thinks that neither the archival analysis nor the psychological experiments support the team’s conclusions. For a start, they analysed hurricane data from 1950, but hurricanes all had female names at first. They only started getting male names on alternate years in 1979. This matters because hurricanes have also, on average, been getting less deadly over time. “It could be that more people die in female-named hurricanes, simply because more people died in hurricanes on average before they started getting male names,” says Lazo.
30 years of female-only names and higher overall fatalities are going to pretty heavily skew the data. To prove this point, the Slate author uses the research's own data from '79 through the present, removes the dramatic outlier of Hurricane Sandy, and shows that the deaths are actually slightly higher for the male-named hurricanes, but not to any notable degree.
Dan Yorgason of Watford, North Dakota had an incredibly close call with a tornado on Monday and lived to post a YouTube video of it.
Writes Yorgason: "Warning - STRONG LANGUAGE! We were afraid for our lives, so, yes, we swore. A lot. You have been warned!"
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Earlier this week, storm chasing team Basehunters recorded the formation of an impressive supercell, or rotating thunderstorm, in Wyoming.
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Supercells, according to the National Weather Service, are responsible "for nearly all of the significant tornadoes produced in the U.S. and for most of the hailstones larger than golf ball size."
Coincidentally, they also serve as great marketing tools to tease Halle Berry's role as Storm in next week's release of X-Men: Days of Future Past.