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Rare noctilucent clouds photographed over South Pacific

Noctilucent clouds (NLCs) have appeared over the South Pacific
© Ashleigh Wilson
You don't see this everyday-or even in 30 years. "Noctilucent clouds (NLCs) have appeared over the South Pacific," reports meteorologist Ashleigh Wilson of the Australian Antarctic Division. "I photographed them from Macquarie Island on Jan. 4th."

Wilson is just wrapping up a year-long stint on the remote island where the Australian government maintains a research station to study climate change and wildlife. "According to John French of the Australian Antarctic Division Atmospheric Science Program, the only other photographic recording of NLCs from Macquarie Island was in the mid-1990s," she says.

NLCs are Earth's highest clouds. Seeded by meteoroids, they float at the edge of space more than 80 km above the planet's surface. NLCs form when summertime wisps of water vapor rise up to the edge of space and crystalize around specks of 'meteor smoke.' Prime time for sightings is June-July in the north, December-January in the south.

"It was a breathtaking moment when I first realized what I was seeing," recalls Wilson. "I spent two hours down by the ocean with a camera and tripod, adjusting ISO and lenses, trying to capture the extraordinary event. The clouds were so bright, I could see their reflection in the water."

Wilson's sighting caps a remarkable year for noctilucent clouds. Once confined to Earth's polar regions, NLCs have recently spread to lower and lower latitudes. In June 2019, the clouds appeared over Rome, Italy; Las Vegas, Nevada; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Paris, France; and outside Los Angeles, California. Many of the sightings smashed old records for low-latitude visibility.


Comment: Are noctilucent clouds increasing because of the cooling climate, and the rise of fireball and volcanic activity?


Boat

Heavy rains cause floods across Pernambuco and Alagoas states, Brazil

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Flooding caused by heavy rains across the States of Pernambuco and Alagoas, Brazil. March 25-26 2020.


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Snowflake

Spring storm dumps up to foot of snow on the Wasatch Range, Utah

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© Utah Avalanche Forecast Center
The new snow arrived with grapple and then a heavy dense snow followed. Trent Meisenheimer with the Utah Avalanche Forecast Center says it should stabilize quickly but for now, suggests people avoid the back country. On Tuesday, they received reports of avalanches releasing from the grapple layer. He says, with this current storm, there are two issues that impact the avalanche danger.

"One is going to be new snow and that's going to be across all elevations and aspects but probably more dangerous above 8500 feet. Now our second issue is up in the wind zone."

The Wasatch range has received 10 to 12 inches so far and winds are 35 to 45 miles per hour with higher gusts, which results in wind-loaded slopes.

"Some areas like the Park City ridgeline or kind of Brighton, the backside of Heber/Snake Creek area could have received more snow out of this as they typically do pretty well with these southwest flow type storms."


Cloud Precipitation

Floods in Murcia, lots of rain in Alicante and snow on Canary Islands adversely impacting Spanish cultivation

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It is not the first time Spanish cultivation areas have been pummelled by lousy weather. This bad weather is moving over parts of Spain. There is rain in some places, and rivers flooding in others. Streets in, for example, Murcia, are flooded.

In the southern part of the Alicante province, they have to deal with the impact of a new Dana or Gota Fria, making their way across the country. And it has snowed on the highest parts of the Canary Islands. This is according to reports in Spanje Vandaag.

Some places in Murcia have received more than 100 liters/m2. This has been more than 50 liters/m2 in the province of Alicante. This rainfall was recorded in that province's regions of Marina Alta and Vega Baja. There has been a lot of rain in the Valencia province and Almería too. The rivers there have, however, not yet burst their banks.

Snowflake Cold

Frost in northern Italy heavily damages orchards

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Frost on 24/03/2020 caused serious damage. In some areas of the Bologna and Ravenna provinces and in the central plains in Emilia, temperatures almost reached -6°C.

Emilia-Romagna

Apo Conerpo president Davide Vernocchi reports "considerable damage to stone fruit: almost the entire apricot production is compromised and peach, nectarine, plum and golden kiwi productions have been heavily damaged. We still have to assess the damage on top fruit and especially pears."

"There is nothing left. I do not know how long it lasted, but enough to damage every single fruit. I believe it will be difficult for producers to honor payments this year, as we will have no income," explains Massimo Franchini, a peach and apricot producer from Casal Fiumanese (BO).

Technician Alessandro Passerini confirms that "apricots have been heavily damaged, so much so that the entire production has been lost in some cases. As for peaches, it will take a few days to assess the situation."

Seismograph

Shallow 5.0 magnitude earthquake rattles West Texas: 'Like the vibration of a train, but bigger'

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A 5.0 magnitude earthquake rattled West Texas on Thursday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The quake epicenter was about 27 miles west of Mentone, Texas, and was located 3 miles below the surface. It hit at 10:16 a.m CDT.

Residents of El Paso, about 175 miles west of the reported epicenter, felt the quake, which was originally rated at 4.7 magnitude.

The El Paso region isn't accustomed to being rattled by earthquakes, and incredulous residents wondered aloud on social media about what they had just felt.

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6.0-magnitude earthquake hits southern Philippines

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A magnitude 6.1 earthquake rocked Sarangani province Thursday night, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs).

Phivolcs said the quake had a depth of 49 kilometers in the town of Maasim when it jolted the area at 11:38 p.m.

Intensity VI was recorded in General Santos City, while Intensity V was recorded in Malungon and Alabel in Sarangani.

Koronadal City in South Cotabato and Gingoog City in Misamis Oriental recorded Instensity IV and I, respectively.

Phivolcs warned of possible damages and aftershocks.

Attention

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: As global agriculture locks up do we starve?

Global crop declines map
© YouTube/Adapt 2030 (screen capture)
Over the last two months as China locked up, so did its agriculture and fertilizer industries. This means delayed or no planting for China with fertilizer shortages in their country as well massive shortfalls for N. American and E.U growers. The climate system is in disarray from Earth's electromagnetic coupling with the four gas giants moving into 2023-2024. Plantations are ceasing operations across the globe for the next month and global shipping continues to decline. How will the world feed itself this year? Limit One is the new global mantra for 2020.


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Severe flooding hits Aden, Yemen killing 2

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Severe flooding caused by heavy rains in Yemen's Aden killed two with predictions of continued rainfall on Thursday as the city begins testing for coronavirus infections.

Medical sources told local daily Aden Al-Ghad on Wednesday that a man and a woman were caught by the floods. They were pulled from the water and transported to hospital, but died before receiving treatment.

Aden had also encountered a power outage after the rainfall.
Officials in the electricity corporation said the stations had stopped operating.


Snowflake

Storm system brings up to 10 inches of spring snow to Newfoundland, Canada

About 17 centimetres of snow fell on St. John's Tuesday night.
© Ryan Cooke/CBC
About 17 centimetres of snow fell on St. John's Tuesday night.
St. John's didn't get the full brunt of a storm system that swept across the island on Tuesday night, but high winds are still expected to make a mess of it Wednesday.

About 17 centimetres fell in the capital city and surrounding area. A further five centimetres is forecast to fall throughout the morning on Wednesday, as winds gust up to 90 km/h.

"We probably shouldn't let our guard down because as the day goes on, the wind is going to pick up,"said Environment Canada meteorologist Rodney Barney.

The system was initially expected to bring as much as 30 centimetres to the northeast Avalon, but Barney said the system tracked a little further west.

The brunt of it hit Clarenville and Terra Nova, where roughly 27 centimetres of snow fell.