Six hikers are dead after attempting to climb Mount Blanc in France, the Associated Press reported. Jean-Marc Peillex, mayor of Saint-Gervais, a town at the base of the mountain said that five bodies have been recovered Wednesday morning. A sixth body was later found in a crevasse.
According to AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Robert Richards, "An impressive disturbance that has caused locally heavy rainfall with numerous lightning strikes" may have affected the hikers or interfered with rescue efforts.
August is the peak of hiking season in the Alps and climbing Europe's highest mountain (over 4,500 meters, 15,000 feet) is a popular goal for adventurers worldwide. Up to 400 people a day start their journey up the mountain.
Thunderstorms can develop on a daily basis in the summer months, but this weather setup was more organized with a strong area of low pressure passing by north of the region.
These unfortunate hikers are not the only ones to lose their lives this year attempting to scale the peak. In July, six other hikers perished and earlier this month two others also lost their lives.
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After a brief cooldown in the eastern U.S. early this week, temperatures will again surge to springtime levels.
California’s stormy winter continued early this week as another potent storm swept through Northern California with heavy rain and gusty winds.
Less than 48 hours after record-challenging warmth, a storm will threaten parts of the Plains and Upper Midwest with blizzard conditions prior to the end of the week.
Blustery showers and strong wind gusts will lead to difficult travel at times this week as Storm Doris passes through.
With bathing suit season on the horizon, many are desperate to lose the excess weight they’ve put on during the dark, dreary days of winter.
Beneficial rain will help ease the brush fire danger across Florida at midweek and bring an end to a prolonged stretch of dry weather.
In line with Punxsutawney Phil’s 2017 prognostication, forecasters are predicting winter weather will linger into spring across much of the United States.
A storm will continue to unleash heavy rain, gusty winds and mountain snow across Northern California into Tuesday.