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ICYMI: Five must-read stories of the week- August 8


Andrea Bagley
Digital Reporter

Friday, August 8, 2014, 11:37 AM - Another week has buzzed by and now it's time to dive deep and bring your attention to the most popular (and bizarre) stories that made headlines this week.


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5. #ONSTORM IN PICTURES: Roads turned rivers

"Training" storms (repeated areas of rain, typically associated with thunderstorms, moving over the same region in a relatively short period of time) over parts of southern Ontario lead to localized flooding and traffic chaos along parts of the QEW and 407 near Burlington earlier this week.

Nearly two months worth of rain -- at least 125 mm -- fell in one day in parts of the city.

See an incredible photo collection of the storm here.

4. Farmer attracts attentive bovine audience with trombone

YouTube's latest viral hit has attracted over four million hits in less than a week.

The video features Kansas farmer Derek Klingenberg playing the song "Royals" by New Zealand singer Lorde on his trombone.

As he plays, more and more cattle cows show up to watch and "moo" along to the notes.

If you missed this unbelievable video, check it out now.

3. Girl Power! LEGO tackles sci-tech gender gap

A new LEGO set is hitting the shelves right now that, while it's just a toy, may actually have a positive effect on the number of girls we see going into the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) - four areas of the workforce where women are traditionally underrepresented.

Read more about how LEGO jumps into the science and technology gender-gap with a new fan-supported set.

2. Fierce lightning strikes too close to home

Heavy downpours, large hail and intense lightning strikes were reported across parts of the Prairies this week as severe storms rumbled through the region.

In one viewer submitted video, you can see as a fierce lightning strike literally knocks the camera out of an Albertan's hand.


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Despite being indoors, the storm hit a little too close to home.

Learn more lightning safety tips here.

1. Showdown in the Sky: Perseid meteor shower vs the August Supermoon

On the night of Sunday, August 10, the full moon that rises will be the biggest and brightest of the year. This Perigee Full Moon, which some call a Supermoon, will be quite the sight to see, but it comes with a down-side.

Want to know more?

Read digital meteorologist Scott Sutherland's detailed analysis on the showdown in the sky here.

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