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Russian capital breaks 140-year-old record during surge of summerlike warmth

A girl runs through a watering fountain cooling herself during a warm day near the Kremlin Wall in Moscow, Russia
© AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko
A girl runs through a watering fountain cooling herself during a warm day near the Kremlin Wall in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, April 13, 2021. Warm weather led to a temperature record in the Russian capital.
Temperatures in Moscow on Tuesday surged to levels not seen on that day for at least 140 years. The record warmth sent people flocking outdoors to enjoy the unusually warm conditions amid several days of summerlike temperatures.

On Tuesday, the high temperature in Moscow, Russia's capital and largest city, surged to 22.6 C (73 F), making it the highest temperature on April 13 in at least 140 years of observations, Reuters reported.

On Wednesday, another record was set as the temperature rose to 22 C (72 F). This broke the previous record of 20.8 (69.4 F) last reached in 1962, according to Russia's Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring.

High temperatures in Moscow in the lower 20s C (lower 70s F) typically occur during the beginning of June.

The records were broken amid a stretch of warmth that took hold of a large portion of western Russia.

"Temperatures across a large portion of western and central Russia have been running above normal since about April 11," said AccuWeather Meteorologist Rob Richards.

The warmth on the region peaked from April 12 to April 14, with high temperatures 6-13 degrees C (10-20 degrees F) above normal.

Comment: Last month northern European Russia experienced record cold.

Meanwhile earlier this month a record low temperature of -20°C was reported in Slovenia - just 6 days after record heat!


'Ridiculously Heavy': Spring snow breaks branches, causes power outages in Denver, Colorado

As the snow tapers off around Colorado Friday

As the snow tapers off around Colorado Friday morning, it leaves behind some roads that are proving treacherous or difficult for drivers.
The heavy spring snow broke branches and downed power lines, leaving thousands without power Friday morning.

At 6 a.m., Xcel Energy reported about 6,400 customers without power across Colorado.

About 3,400 of those are in the Denver metro area.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strikes kill 4 in 24 hours across Nepal

Four people have succumbed to death while four others got injured in the lightning and thunder that started Thursday evening.

According to National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Authority (NDRRMA) sources, the lightning killed four people one each in Bhojpur, Tehrathum, Syangja and Baglung districts in past 24 hours.

The NDRRMA informed that Man Maya Rai, 60, of Shadananda-8, Nigure, Bhojpur, Rohita Magar, 9, of Chhathar-6, Asine, Tehrathum, Ishwari Lamichhane of Fedikhola Municipality, Syangja, and Khim Lal Kandel, 45, of Tarakhola-2, Selekhola, Baglung.

According to the Authority, two girls aged 16 and 13 were injured in Tehrathum, a 50-year-old woman in Taplejung and a 45-year-old woman in Baglung.

The injured are undergoing treatment at the local hospitals, the Authority informed.

Cloud Precipitation

Thousands hit by flash floods in Bolivar, Colombia

Flash floods have caused severe damage in the municipality of El Carmen de Bolivar in the department of Bolivar in northern Colombia. Local authorities have declared a state of disaster.

Flooding struck on 12 April after hours of heavy rain. Local media said the downpour caused the overflow of the Alférez stream which runs through the municipality. As many as 30 neighbourhoods were affected. Estimates suggest around 70% of the municipality was under water.

Colombia Civil Defence reports that around 900 homes were damaged, affecting 3,274 people, with damage assessments ongoing. Local media reported the numbers affected as much higher, with as many as 4,000 families thought to have been severely affected.


Brrrrr! - Storks in Europe nesting in the snow

After their long journey from tropical Africa, these poor fellows arrived at the wrong time.

The stork is a symbol of Central Europe. Their population numbers several thousand individuals. Each spring, these majestic large birds make a long journey from tropical Africa. But sometimes they arrive at the wrong time ...

During these April days, Germany, the Czech Republic and Poland were covered with snow. The height of freshly fallen snow reaches 10-15 cm (4 to 6 inches).


Owner attacked by pit bull dies of injuries in Thailand

The owner, attacked by his pet pit bull in the Pattaya suburb of Bang Lamung yesterday, has died of the injuries sustained in the attack. The horrific incident which occurred in the early hours of yesterday morning had shocked the family, who had raised the now 2 year old dog Giant since he was only 3 months old.

Wisit Sanguan, the 56 year old victim had been sleeping with Giant when the pit bull suddenly woke and viciously attacked the sleeping man. Wisit was brought to the hospital with severe bleeding from bites on his neck and body, and today doctors at the local hospital in Pattaya pronounced him dead. The cause of death was listed as loss of blood due to severe wounds from the attack, his wife confirmed in a statement this morning.


Tahoe ski resorts receive up to a foot of April snowfall

Skiers and riders have one more chance this season to play in some fresh snow.

One Lake Tahoe ski resort is reporting up to a foot of new snow Wednesday morning while it was hit and miss at others that are still open.

Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe received anywhere from 10-12 inches of fresh snow, Northstar California received 8 inches as the North Shore received the heaviest precipitation.


Spectacular cloud formation observed over Mansalay, Philippines

Spectacular cloud formation observed over Mindoro, Philippines
The mysterious cloud formation spotted in Oriental Mindoro garnered various speculations from the online community.

The Facebook page "Youth for Mindoro" has shared the amazing photos of a strange cloud formation in Mansalay, Oriental Mindoro. The phenomenon happened last Wednesday afternoon (April 14, 2021).

According to the witnesses, the mysterious light has been formed above the clouds. The weird light looks like a crown roaring above the cloudy, which garnered various reactions from the social media users.

Comment: It is likely that atmospheric dust loading from increased comet and volcanic activity is contributing to the 'strange skies' we are witnessing, the cooling effect of which causes ice crystals to form. See also:


Biggest rockfall in 60 years at UK's Jurassic Coast, more falls expected

Jurassic landslide

Huge Dorset Jurassic Coast rockfall revealed in drone footage
A huge section of a cliff on the Jurassic Coast in Dorset has collapsed on to a beach below and into the sea in the biggest UK rockfall in 60 years.

The rockfall happened just west of the south coast seaside town of Weymouth and Dorset council said more cliff was expected to be lost, with people being urged to stay away from the area. Parts of the coastal path were cordoned off.

A spokesperson for the council said: "Further movement is expected with fresh cracks affecting the fence line but not the coast path. We will monitor over the next few weeks to ensure that any further movement does not affect access.

"Now the ground is drying out, there is the possibility of more slips and falls and they can happen very quickly. For your safety, keep clear of tops and bases of cliffs when out and about."

Comment: It's likely that the rockfall is related to the rise in various and unusual sinkholes and landslides being reported all over the world:
See also: For insight into what's happening, check out SOTTs documentary Sinkholes: The groundbreaking truth

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Winter strikes back with more April snow in Hungary

© Zoltán Máthé/MTI
Snowy bicycle in Tés on April 14, 2021.
We were too hopeful last week in regard to a good weather forecast, as another snowy front arrived in the country. Seemingly, the weather does not care what month it is, as there was a real winter atmosphere in several regions of Hungary including Bakony, Kékestető, Pécs, Komárom-Esztergom county, and Normafa.

The snowfall that started on Tuesday continued overnight as the cold front and the stormy wind brought together 30 cm of snow in some settlements of Bakony.

Observers measured a snow thickness of 29 centimeters in Zirc and 24 cm in Tés. The unexpected weather has caused traffic disruptions in many parts of the country.