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Sinkhole opens up to swallow Ecuador's tallest waterfall

August 4, 2014 - March 13, 2020

August 4, 2014 - March 13, 2020
Surrounded by lush vegetation and rare butterflies, the San Rafael Waterfall was one of the most captivating landscapes in Ecuador. With water dropping 150 meters (490 feet), the river and falls cut through a thick patch of cloud forest at the intersection of the Andes Mountains and the Amazon Basin. As the country's tallest waterfall, it attracted tens of thousands of visitors per year.

But now, the cascade has disappeared. It stopped flowing on February 2, 2020. The images above show the falls and the surrounding river basin while water still flowed on August 4, 2014 (left) and after it stopped on March 15, 2020 (right). These images were acquired by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8. The image below shows a photograph of the falls on November 28, 2012.


Sandstorms in Saudi Arabia and Qatar

Storms of dust hit Al Qaisumah in Saudi Arabia and Qatar in the Middle East.


Comment: Kuwait was similarly hit:
A heavy sandstorm hit Kuwait on Saturday.
© Asad/Xinhua
Photo taken on March 28, 2020 shows the buildings shrouded in heavy dust in Kuwait City, Kuwait. A heavy sandstorm hit Kuwait on Saturday.


Up to 2 feet of fresh snow blankets high regions of Himachal Pradesh, India

Snow Blankets High Himachal

Snow blankets high Himachal
Snow on Friday blanketed high regions in Himachal Pradeshincluding many parts of China bordering Lahaul-Spiti and Kinnaur, said Manmohan Singh IMD Shimla here today.

Kaza in Spiti is one and an half foot deep in snow, Chitkul has one foot, followed by Kalpa with four inches in Kinnaur district.

Keylong, the administrative headquarter of Lahaul-Spiti, is covered by six inches of snow and the tourist place Koksar has accumulated two feet of snow today.

Many high altitude places in Chamba, Shimla, Sirmour, Mandi, Kangra and Kullu have experienced heavy to mild snow, sending temperature plummeting across the state.


17 inches of new snow in spring hits Yosemite National Park

Gate closed at Tioga Pass on March 20, 2020.

Gate closed at Tioga Pass
New snow: 17 inches

Total settled snow depth: 35 inches (at 8,600 feet)

High temperature: 37°F (March 19)

Low temperature: -5°F (March 19)

Ski Conditions and Weather


Fresh snowfall damages crops in North Kashmir

snow damage
The fresh snowfall on Saturday has caused damage to almonds ,apricots and other vegetables in north Kashmir parts Including Gulmarg Tangmarg and other parts on Saturday.

According to KNS Correspondent in hilly areas of north Kashmir received about 5 inches of fresh snow and plains of northern Kashmir have received one to two inches snow. Baramulla, Bandipora and Kapawara districts of Kashmir, have recorded two inches of snow.

Cloud Precipitation

Large hailstones pound parts of Oklahoma

Baseball-sized hail hits Oklahoma

Baseball-sized hail hits Oklahoma
Tennis balls made of ice!

That was the reality for some folks in northeastern Oklahoma as a series of severe storms dropped significant hail Friday afternoon.

The storms initially fired up around Oklahoma City and then trekked northeast along Interstate 44, dropping hail all along the way.

Cloud Precipitation

Hailstones as big as baseballs shatter vehicle windows in Mid-Missouri

Baseball-sized hail
© Lindsay Eads-Holliday
Baseball-sized hail
Strong thunderstorms moved through parts of Mid-Missouri Friday evening, bring gusty winds and large hail to several areas.

Some people reported seeing hails as big as baseballs.

KRCG also received reports of damage to homes and cars. Some even reported the hail causing their vehicle windows to shatter.


Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Garden centre hoarding begins - Spring on hold across Europe

Garden centre hoarding
© YouTube/Adapt 2030 (screen capture)
We have seen the stores stripped bare of daily essentials and long term food storage, but this has moved to garden centres and items to plant or be able to grow your own food. Winter returns to Europe with 2+ feet of snow and an Arctic blast on the way through the end of the month. Airline traffic declines from 175,000 flights per day to 75,000.

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Bizarro Earth

Rare ozone hole opens over Arctic

A vast ozone hole — likely the biggest on record in the north — has opened in the skies above the Arctic. It rivals the better-known Antarctic ozone hole that forms in the southern hemisphere each year.

Record-low ozone levels currently stretch across much of the central Arctic, covering an area about three times the size of Greenland (see 'Arctic opening'). The hole doesn't threaten people's health, and will probably break apart in the coming weeks. But it is an extraordinary atmospheric phenomenon that will go down in the record books.

"From my point of view, this is the first time you can speak about a real ozone hole in the Arctic," says Martin Dameris, an atmospheric scientist at the German Aerospace Center in Oberpfaffenhofen.
Ozone Hole Over Arctic
© NASA Ozone Watch

Book 2

Swarms of bats dropping dead in Israel

Bat at night
© CC0
Some studies earlier suggested that the new coronavirus had been caused by bats, and although this theory has not been confirmed, Israeli media has suggested that that the recent mysterious deaths of the nocturnal creatures could have come as a punishment for the onset of global disease or as a sign of something even more dreadful.

Swarms of dead bats with no physical signs of trauma were spotted across Israel, raising questions and fears about the end-of-days omen.

The photos of the dead creatures lying in Gan Leumi Park in the Israeli city of Ramat Gan were first shared by Adi Moskowitz on Facebook, who asked for an explanation to the mysterious phenomenon. Similar photos and videos were published by some other users in neighbouring cities, according to Breaking Israel News, which was suspicious of the death plague among bats and even linked it to a biblical prophecy about the end of humanity as it is.
"I will sweep away man and beast; I will sweep away the birds of the sky And the fish of the sea. I will make the wicked stumble, And I will destroy mankind From the face of the earth — declares Hashem", says Zephaniah 1:3, which was used by Breaking Israel News website to explain the mysterious development.
Several social media users and experts have suggested that the reason for the happening could have either been unusually cold weekends, or recently installed 5G technologies nearby, but these theories have remained unconfirmed.

Comment: And in other recent bat-news: