Nature

Lightning
Jun 19 '19 11:09

A lightning strike left 14 military students injured at the army base in Ossendrecht on Wednesday morning. One student sustained serious injuries and was taken to hospital by trauma helicopter. The other 13 were taken to hospital for examination, the Koninklijke Marechaussee said on Twitter.

The students involved are studying the Safety & Craftsmanship course at ROC, according to RTL Nieuws. According to the Marechaussee, the lightning strike happened on a military training ground. 

Exactly what happened, is not yet clear. 

Storm clouds over the Dordrecht inner harbor
Jun 19 '19 08:14

Wednesday will be dry and hot in most of the Netherlands, until the afternoon at least. During the afternoon and evening, thunderstorms with hail and strong winds will move happen the country. The southwest of the Netherlands may already see thunderstorms in the morning. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning.

This morning storms entered the southwest of the country from Belgium, bringing with them a chance of hail and wind gusts up to 60 kilometers per hour. The showers will lighten and stop during the course of the morning, according to the KNMI.

Sunny Amsterdam
Jun 14 '19 10:20

The past weeks of rain and storms seem to finally be giving way to more summery weather, according to Weeronline. From Father's Day on Sunday, the weather will turn increasingly sunny and warm, the weather service expects.

Friday will be warm but mostly cloudy, with maximums ranging between 20 and 26 degrees. There is a chance of some sunshine in the afternoon, but cloud cover will increase again by evening, bringing with them showers and maybe even a thunderstorm. 

Noctilucent clouds
Jun 13 '19 08:22

This is a good time of year to look up at the sky after sunset and before sunrise. Around the start of the astronomical summer on June 21st, there is a good chance that you will encounter the weather phenomenon noctilucent clouds. The shiny clouds could be seen all over the Netherlands on Wednesday night and Thursday morning. 

Fox with head stuck in chips bag, 11 June 2019
Jun 12 '19 19:00

Animal rescuers in Velsen want the public to a better job of safely disposing of their trash. An animal ambulance unit in the Noord-Holland town expressed this on Facebook after they responded to a report of a with its head stuck in an empty bag of Bugles corn chips.

“Our colleague removed the bag from the fox’s head, after which he looked surprised,” the non-profit organization Dierenambulance Velsen said in the post. Reports of animals tied up in trash are relatively common, the group said.

Wind turbines in Amsterdam
Jun 12 '19 14:40

The city of Amsterdam received the go-ahead to substantially increase the amount of wind energy generated in the municipality. The Dutch capital announced plans on Wednesday to add windmills generating an additional 50 megawatts of power by 2026.

Solar panels on the water
Jun 12 '19 13:50

On Thursday the national consortium "Zon op Water" will present plans to build hundreds of thousands of solar panels on open waters in the coming years. According to the consortium of companies, Rijkswaterstaat, 35 municipalities and knowledge institutions, these floating solar panels are necessary for the Netherlands to achieve its climate goals, Trouw reports.

Storm damage trees firefighters
Jun 10 '19 13:29

The Netherlands will face more thunderstorms during the course of Monday afternoon and evening. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning for the entire country, warning that the storms may be accompanied by strong winds and hail.

Dutch cruise ship Zuiderdam
Jun 10 '19 08:10

Around 50 climate activists from the group Smash Cruiseshit blocked the departure of Dutch cruise ship Zuiderdam from the German city of Kiel on Sunday afternoon, the action group said in a press release. The activists occupied a construction crane, positioned rowboats in front of the ship, and blocked access to the bollards to which the ship was moored. 

Earthquake seismic seismograph
Jun 9 '19 10:27

Residents in the Groningen province received a scary start to Sunday morning when an earthquake measuring 2.5 on the Richter Scale shook the ground and rattled windows. The earthquake took place at 7 a.m. with an epicenter located below the small village of Garrelsweer.

"It was a huge bang. For a moment I thought there was a truck on its side," Garrelsweer resident Sibrand Bakker told the Telegraaf.

Fallen tree branches in Amsterdam Oost after a thunderstorm, 6 June 2019
Jun 8 '19 11:00

High winds were expected all day throughout the Netherlands, prompting the fourth straight day of inclement weather warnings from the national meteorological agency KNMI. Operations at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam showed only a handful of cancellations but dozens of delays.

KNMI issued a code yellow weather alert for Noord-Holland and the Wadden Sea islands, Friesland, Zuid-Holland, Zeeland, and Limburg. Gusts of wind out of the southwest were expected to be between 75 km/h and 90 km/h, the agency said.

Blue fin tuna
Jun 7 '19 17:50

An investigation into the use of sustainable fish at high-end restaurants in the Netherlands determined that most served at least one fish item that could have long-lasting negative impact on the ecosystem. The study, carried out by non-profit organization Good Fish Foundation (GFF), found that 89 percent of restaurants use a fish species that is red-flagged on the organization’s sustainability index VISwijzer.

Fin whale carcass in the Vlissingen port, 7 June 2019
Jun 7 '19 17:00

The massive carcass of a whale was found in the Vlissingen port on Friday morning, according to non profit group SOS Dolfijn. When pulled from the water, the whale was measured at 15 meters in length, reported Omroep Zeeland.

The fin whale was believed to be a young male, which are capable of growing to a length of 24 meters, according to the WWF. It was found along the bulbous bow of a ship, though it is not clear what caused the whale’s death.

Storm clouds gather over a tulip field
Jun 7 '19 11:50

Meteorological institute KNMI escalated its warning for thunderstorms set to hit the Netherlands this afternoon to code orange. "As the storm front crosses the country, it increases in intensity. That is why a code orange applies", the meteorological institute said.

Traffic in the rain
Jun 7 '19 08:54

Road users must take an extra busy evening rush hour into account on Friday afternoon, according to travelers' association ANWB. In addition to stormy weather set to hit the Netherlands in the afternoon, many people are also expected to hit the road to spend the Pentecost long weekend elsewhere.

Storm clouds over the Dordrecht inner harbor
Jun 7 '19 07:26

More thunderstorms are approaching the Netherlands, expected to first hit the southwest of the country during the second half of the afternoon. Meteorological institute issued a code yellow warning for the entire country, warning of downpours, hail and strong winds.

The storms will move from southwest to northeast across the country. Gusts of up to 100 kilometers per hour are expected. "Traffic and outside activities can be hindered. Avoid open water and open areas, do not shelter under trees. Follow weather reports and warnings", the KNMI said.

Fallen tree branches in Amsterdam Oost after a thunderstorm, 6 June 2019
Jun 6 '19 15:10

Severe thunderstorms that hit the Netherlands on Tuesday and Wednesday nights caused a lot of damage throughout the country.

Bedbug
Jun 6 '19 12:50

Pests like rats and mice are increasing rapidly in the Netherlands. There are also more and more infestations of bedbugs, which almost disappeared from the country in the last century. Animal scientist Bastiaan Meerburg blames this largely on the emergence of house sharing platforms like Airbnb, NOS reports.

A cloudy day in Amsterdam
Jun 6 '19 11:10

The coming holiday weekend will see very changeable weather in the Netherlands, according to Weeronline. Starting with a hot and stormy Friday, the weather will shift to cooler temperatures and a mix of sunshine and rain on Saturday and Sunday, and then back to thunderstorms on Monday, the weather service expects.

Lightning
Jun 6 '19 10:20

Some 72,500 lightning flashes were counted in Dutch skies while thunderstorms moved across the country on Wednesday night and during the early hours of Thursday morning, according to Weeronline. The storms also brought with them heavy downpours and strong winds.

The showers started on Wednesday evening above the northern parts of France and then melted together into a large storm complex, according to the weather service. The storms reached the south of the Netherlands late in the evening and then moved across the country in a north to northwesterly direction. 

Firefighters working to clear fallen trees and branches from the N522 in Noord-Holland, 6 June 2019
Jun 6 '19 07:40

A second night of thunderstorms resulted in reports of damages and flooding throughout the Netherlands. Five people were injured in Amsterdam during the storm. One of them was hit by a falling tree. None of the injuries are very serious, NOS reports. 

Amsterdam Centrum
Jun 5 '19 17:15

A category F1 tornado hit the Gelderland town of Rheden on Tuesday, meteorologist of the weather institute in Wageningen concluded after going to investigate the a path of destruction of what was initially called a whirlwind, which was between four and five kilometers in length. More and more storm damage reports are coming in from across the country. Insurer Interpolis alone already received 230 damage reports, six times more than usual after a storm, a spokesperson said to AD.

Storm damage trees firefighters
Jun 5 '19 16:30

After severe thunderstorms left a trail of damage across the Netherlands on Tuesday night, another area of thunderstorms is approaching the country. The first thunderstorms will hit the southernmost part of the Netherlands at around 11:00 p.m., and move across the country during the early hours of Thursday morning, according to Weeronline.

A tree fell onto the overhead line between Eindhoven and Helmond, 4 June 2019
Jun 5 '19 07:39

The thunderstorms that crossed the Netherlands on Tuesday night caused damage throughout the country. Dozens of reports were received, most regarding fallen trees or roofs being blown from houses. One person was hospitalized after a tree fell on a moving car, NOS reports.

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