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ICYMI: Five must-read stories of the week- July 25

Andrea Bagley
Digital Reporter

Friday, July 25, 2014, 9:45 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. El Niño update: less 'super', more 'modoki'

As predicted earlier in the year, any chance for a 'super El Niño' to develop this winter has faded over time, and the latest word is that the pattern seems to be settling onto a course towards a weak El Niño by year's end.

However, what's developing in the equatorial Pacific Ocean now is not exactly what forecasters typically see in this kind of situation, and it could result in some very interesting and unexpected weather in the coming seasons.

Want to learn more? Check out this detailed analysis from digital meteorologist Scott Sutherland.

4. Flash floods swamp B.C. Interior

An intense band of thunderstorms moved across the southern regions of B.C. Wednesday, bringing flooding rains, frequent lightning and power outages in some places.

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B.C. Hydro says about 20,000 customers were affected at the peak of the storm.

The storms resulted in sudden heavy downpours and flashing flooding in Kamloops, forcing some drivers to abandon their vehicles.

See more photos and videos from this storm here.

3. Thousands of Lego pieces washing up on shore

On February 13, 1997, a shipping container holding nearly five million pieces of Lego fell into the sea after being hit by a wave.

Since then, countless pieces of the plastic toys have showed up along the shores of Perren Sands, UK, providing scientists with new insight into how ocean tides function.

See more from the Lego discoveries here.

File photo courtesy: Wikipedia

File photo courtesy: Wikipedia

2. Couple fined for conserving water

This year's drought season has sparked some peculiar behaviour in California.

One couple was fined for trying to save water, while others are publicly shaming their neighbours for wasting it.

How much was this couple fined? More details here.

File photo courtesy: Wikipedia

File photo courtesy: Wikipedia

1. Fallen soldier leaves rare tornado video

On July 18, 2008, Corporal James "Jim" Arnal of Kelvington, Sask., was out on foot patrol when he was killed by an explosive device, becoming the 88th Canadian soldier to die during the Afghanistan mission. He was 25.

Each year since the tragedy, Wendy Hayward takes time to remember her son. But this year, as Hayward took the day to go through the memories, his effects turned up something very unexpected: Video footage of Arnal and his friends driving their car past a massive tornado.

Read more of this touching story.

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