Nature

Fire department helps deal with flooding in Mellisant, Zuid-Holland, 12 Jul 2017
Jul 12 '17 13:25

Heavy rainfall across the Netherlands caused problems in many places on Wednesday morning. On Tuesday Weerplaza expected up to 50 millimeters of rain to fall in some places on Wednesday. Around 10:00 a.m. the most rain had fallen in Zuid-Holland and Zeeland, about 34 millimeters, according to the weather service.

Jul 11 '17 14:30

Bad news for sun lovers - the Netherlands will be cloudy and wet in the coming days. According to Weerplaza, up to 50 millimeters of rain can fall between Tuesday night and Wednesday afternoon - about the amount usual for two weeks in July.

"That's five large buckets of water per square meter, over 2 thousand baths in one football field or 70 garden swimming pools in one football field", meteorologist Wilfred Janssen put it in perspective for newspaper AD. 

Flamingo
Jul 7 '17 13:40

Customs officers intercepted 60 red flamingos at Schiphol airport. One was dead and three were in a bad state, ANP reports.

The flamingos were being transported from Cuba to China.

All of the birds were seized and taken to an animal hospital for care, a spokesperson for the Dutch food and consumer product authority NVWA said on Friday. The animals were injured in the poor transport conditions.

The inside of the cases weren't sealed properly, resulting in some of the flamingos getting their feet stuck in vent holes. 

Fires caused by lightning strikes burnt down three homes on Naardermeer in Naarden, 7 Jul 2017
Jul 7 '17 12:20

Fires caused by lightning strikes burnt down three homes on the Naardermeer in Naarden during the early hours of Friday morning. "Three of our neighbors are now homeless", a stunned local resident said to RTL Nieuws.

The first fire broke out around 3:00 a.m. at a farm with two homes on it. The fire department responded en masse, but could not prevent both homes from going up in smoke. "A 400 year-old farmhouse. There were two homes in the building", the neighbor explained. Both were destroyed.

Lighting strikes in Rotterdam, 6 Jul 2017
Jul 7 '17 08:01

Thunderstorms that pulled across the Netherlands on Thursday night caused a number of problems. Lighting strikes resulted in fires in several places, as well as some disruptions to train traffic. Rock band Bløf's concert had to be paused for around 20 minutes due to the weather, NOS reports.

Fires in Tilburg, Zwijndrecht, Weesp, Wijk bij Duurstede and Naarden are all believed to be caused by lightning strikes. Lightning is also believed to be behind a big fire in a pig company in Heeswijk-Dinther, according to Omroep Brabant. Two barns burnt down, killing around 4 thousand sows.

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Jul 6 '17 13:40

Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow weather warning due to thunderstorms expected to hit the Netherlands later this afternoon. The storms may be accompanied by lighting strikes, hail and strong winds, the KNMI warns.

The weather warning covers all provinces except Friesland, Groningen and Drenthe. The thunder storms will hit the southern provinces first and then move northwards across the country. The code yellow warning is effective from 3:00 p.m. until early Friday morning. 

Lion cubs born at Beekse Bergen on 12 June 2017
Jul 4 '17 17:20

Three lion cubs, were examined and dewormed on Monday. Caretakers also determined that all thee cubs are female, so the park was finally able to name them. The cubs were given African names - Rhaya, Nala and Sarabi, Beekse Bergen announced on Facebook.

Amsterdam police help recapture an escaped red ruffed lemur and return it to Artis Zoo, 4 Jul 2017
Jul 4 '17 11:30

A red ruffed lemur was spotted wandering the streets of Amsterdam on Tuesday morning. The primate from Madascar escaped from Artis zoo early on Tuesday morning and was loose on the street for about 45 minutes before being recaptured at 7:00 a.m., a spokesperson for the zoo said to AD. 

Several people called the police to report seeing the animal in a car park on Waterlooplein. The lemur was recaptured there by zoo employees and police officers and returned to its home. 

Jul 4 '17 09:44

The number of diesel cars from before 2001 on Dutch roads decreased again last year, Statistics Netherlands said on Tuesday. Nationwide the number of old passenger and commercial cars dropped by 18 percent compared to 2015 and by a massive 73 percent compared to 2010. The decline was greatest in the Dutch cities that took specific measures to get these polluting cars off the street.

Holiday
Jul 3 '17 14:10

After a rainy weekend, Netherlands residents can look forward to some more summery weather this week, according to Weerplaza. Hot air currently causing very high temps in Spain, will move towards the Netherlands during the course of the week, bringing afternoon temperatures of up to 28 degrees with it. 

The Dutch Windwheel
Jun 30 '17 17:25

In the Rotterdam World Trade Center on Thursday politicians, companies, architects and inventors signed a 'green deal' for the eventual construction of the Dutch Windhweel - a massive, sustainable building in the shape of a wheel that will, hopefully, generate more energy than it uses. This very ambitious project is still in its planning phase, but if it becomes a reality, it is set to be an icon for green electricity, Trouw reports.

Pink locust spotted in Oisterwijk, 27 Jun 2017
Jun 29 '17 12:30

Forester Wim Hoogstraaten from Oisterwijk almost couldn't believe his eyes when he spotted a bright pink grasshopper at the visitors' center of Natuurmonumenten in Oisterwijk on Tuesday. Luckily  he got over his shock quickly enough to snap a picture.

Forester Frans Kapteijns describes the pink grasshopper as a "very special species", and very rare in the province of Noord-Brabant. "You mostly see them in limestone areas", he said to Omroep Brabant. 

Lion cubs born at Beekse Bergen on 12 June 2017
Jun 27 '17 15:45

Safari park Beekse Bergen released the first footage of its newest residents - triplets born to mother lion Mariska on June 12th. Mother and cubs are doing well, but as lion cubs are very vulnerable in their first months, they will stay behind the scene for the time being, according to the park.

Caretakers haven't yet been able to determine the gender of the new lion cubs, but did manage to snap some adorable pictures of them.

Wallaby
Jun 27 '17 14:35

An escaped wallaby caused quite a commotion in the Dutch town of Staphorst on Saturday. A train driver spotted the animal next to the train tracks between Zwolle and Meppel, and train traffic had to be brought to a halt before it was caught. The wallaby is still stressed, but medically fine, Edwin Budel of Animal Protection Noord-Overijssel said to De Stentor.

Sixth meteorite found in Netherlands; crashed through shed roof in Broek in Waterland on 11 Jan 2017
Jun 26 '17 10:19

An object that crashed through a shed roof in the Noord-Holland town of Broek in Waterland in January, was identified as a meteorite, according to scientists at the Naturalis museum in Leiden. This is the 6th meteorite ever to be found in the Netherlands, NU.nl reports.

The meteorite crashed through the roof of a shed at the speed of a high speed train around 5:00 p.m. on January 11th, shortly after several dashcams recorded a fireball in the air. 

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Jun 23 '17 08:05

Dutch firefighters had their hands full battling forest fires in the Noord-Brabant nature area Mariapeel and on Terschelling during the early hours of Friday morning. The fires in both areas are now under control, with occasional flare-ups. Firefighters and the Forestry Commission are monitoring the areas, keeping the edges around the fires wet so it can't spread, Omroep Brabant and NOS report.

The_sun1
Jun 22 '17 16:40

At 11:20 a.m. thermometers in Arcen, Limburg read 32.2 degrees Celsius, thereby making today the hottest June 22nd ever measured in the Netherlands. This is the 9th heat record broken in the country so far this year and the third one this month, according to Weeronline.

February 15th, March 30th and 31st, May 27th and 29th and June 15th and 21st also broke heat records. 

Today is exceptionally hot in the Netherlands, especially in the southeast with maximums ranging between 33 and 35 degrees. Some places may even hit 36 degrees Celsius.

A buzzard in flight
Jun 22 '17 14:05

The municipality of Meierijstad is warning joggers and cyclists to watch out for birds of prey. Another runner was recently attacked by an angry bird near Het Melven in Veghel, Omroep Brabant reports.

The municipality thinks that they are dealing with angry buzzards. "They don't usually attack people, but are known to do mock attacks in the breeding season to protect their nest and young." The birds have sharp claws and can easily injure an unwary jogger or cyclist. 

Camel in Morocco
Jun 21 '17 13:50

The municipality of Amsterdam sent letters to all businesses renting camels in the city, informing them that making the animals walk through the busy city is contrary to animal welfare, alderman Laurens Ivens said, AD reports.

Firefighters
Jun 21 '17 09:51

The fire department issued a code red warning for forest fires in Noord-Brabant and Zeeland due to the hot and dry weather conditions expected in the provinces on Wednesday and Thursday. Meteorological institute KNMI also issued a code yellow heat warning for most of the Netherlands.

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Jun 19 '17 15:35

expected in the Netherlands this week triggered national health institute RIVM to issue a heat warning for most of the Netherlands. The heat warning is in effect for the seven provinces in central and southern Netherlands between Monday and Thursday, NU.nl reports.

Firefighters' gear
Jun 19 '17 14:15

Portugal can count on the Netherlands for help in dealing with the aftermath of massive forest fires that killed 62 people in the country over the weekend, Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs said to his Portuguese counterpart Augusto Santos Silva. Both he and Prime Minister Mark Rutte expressed their condolences and support for the victims and their families, they said on Twitter.

People enjoying the summer weather at Amsterdam's inner city beach bar Roest, 18 Jun 2017
Jun 19 '17 10:05

Hot weather is in store for the Netherlands this weak, with a heat wave expected for the southern parts of the country, according to weather services Weerplaza and Weeronline. 

Many inland areas of the Netherlands will see temperatures around 30 degrees today. The extreme south may even see their thermometers climb to 33 degrees. Along the coast will be slightly cooler with temperatures around 27 degrees, according to meteorological institute KNMI. If temperatures climb to 30 degrees in De Bilt, today will be the second tropical day of this year. The first was on May 27th.

Gavel (Source: Wikimedia/Brian Turner)
Jun 16 '17 16:15

Dutch food and product safety authority NVWA raided a very expensive Amsterdam fashion boutique this week and seized 105 items of clothing made of leather from endangered species - including shoes, coats, belts, skirts and other accessories made of crocodile, python and anaconda leather, the Volkskrant reports based on a court ruling.

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