Source: The Guardian
At midday in Beijing today the sky turned black as midnight, as one of the most spectacular storms in recent memory struck the Chinese capital.
Thunder clouds blocked the sun from 11am, forcing the authorities to turn on streetlamps, offices to blaze with fluorescent lights and cars to drive with their headlights on.
During the darkest period, around 11.20am, office cooler, classroom, Twitter and Facebook gossip turned apocalyptic with many half-jokingly prophesying the end of the world and new weather weapons, while others wondered publicly about a secret solar eclipse or the death of the sun.
For a small handful, the portents of doom came true. Local media reported seven people were fatally struck by lightning as the storms swept across north-east China. Weather forecasters said it was extremely rare for such ferocious weather to hit the country at this time of year.
The storm passed within an hour with little apparent damage. But for a small handful, the portents of doom came true. Local media reported seven people were fatally struck by lightning as the storms swept across north-east China.
Speculation inevitably centred on the government's weather modification programme, which has been ramped up in recent years to offset droughts by seeding clouds.
Eh...shrug.... it's just a storm. Haven't the Chinese ever seen dark clouds roll in
I used to work on the 28th floor in downtown Calgary and in the summer sometimes a sunny day would be interrupted by DARK clouds and a tremendous thunderstorm. The building would even shake a little. All part living in the foothills and witnessing the famous chinook :)