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Late snowfall hits the island of Mallorca, Spain

Today is first day of spring, but it's cold, wet and very windy in Mallorca with hail and snow forecast in some parts of the island. But there is some good news. The Palma Met Office (Aemet) is forecasting almost record temperatures for next weekend so that should put a spring in your step. As you can see in the graph below temperatures will be on the rise.

Comment: Related: Snow falls on coldest day in Fallas, Spain since 1939 - temperature drops OVER 20ºC in 24 hours


Volcano erupts near Iceland's capital after weeks of seismic activity

Lava has spilled down two sides of the volcano and its glow can be seen from the outskirts of Reykjavík, about 20 miles away.

A long-dormant volcano in southwestern Iceland has come back to life, following thousands of small earthquakes in recent weeks.

The Fagradals Mountain volcano is on the Reykjanes Peninsula, where none of the volcanoes had erupted for almost 800 years.

A fissure of between 500m and 750m opened at the site on Friday evening, with lava fountains of up to 100m high.


6.1-magnitude quake hits west of Macquarie Island

© Associated Press
An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 jolted west of Macquarie Island at 05:19:31 GMT on Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 10.0 km, was initially determined to be at 59.6207 degrees south latitude and 150.3136 degrees east longitude.


Magnitude 7.2 earthquake rocks northeastern Japan

A strong magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck off the coast of northeastern Japan at a depth of 60 km on Saturday evening at 6:09 p.m.

In Miyagi Prefecture, where at least one person was injured, the quake measured up to a strong 5 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale to 7.

Tsunami waves of up to 1 meter may have reached the Miyagi Prefecture coast shortly after 6:30 p.m., according to NHK. All tsunami warnings were lifted by 7:30 p.m.

Due to the tsunami advisory, the town of Watari in the prefecture issued an evacuation order covering 2,527 homes and 6,911 residents.

Two hundred homes in Kurihara, Miyagi Prefecture were without power, NHK said. The quake caused the Tohoku Shinkansen to suspend services. Services were expected to resume around 10 p.m.

Cloud Precipitation

Wild weather slams New South Wales, Australia: Flash-floods, towns evacuated, dams on the brink

A rain bomb is slowly pushing down the NSW coastline, leaving a trail of flash floods and destruction in its wake.

Multiple warnings and evacuation orders are still in place for the NSW mid-north coast amid fears of record flood levels and overflowing levees, with authorities warning the situation could be life-threatening.

Sydney is next in line with some areas predicted to cop more than 150 millimetres of rain on Saturday.

Sydney's waterways are set to become danger zones, with up to four times as much rain from today predicted to fall in the next 24 hours.

Warragamba dam is expected to overflow at the weekend, as the deluge of rain expands from the worst-hit NSW Mid North Coast, to further south including the Hunter Region, Sydney and Illawarra.

Snowflake Cold

Snowstorm hits Murmansk, Russia

Snow piles buried cars and streets! Snow storm hits Murmansk, Russia.


Snow falls on coldest day in Fallas, Spain since 1939 - temperature drops OVER 20ºC in 24 hours

Snowfall was recorded yesterday in the region in what forecasters have recorded as the coldest day in a Fallas week since 1939.

Temperatures inland fell over 20ºC in 24 hours, resulting in snowfall in parts of Alicante region. Alcoi recorded temperatures just above freezing.

l'Alcoià and El Comtat reported snowfall, with a dusting of the white stuff across the area as well as in the regions mountains.

In an update issued by meteorological agency Aemet, they went on to say that the last time temperatures fell so fast was back in 1939.

Cloud Precipitation

Severe flash floods in Luanda, Angola kill at least 4 people and 3 missing

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Severe flash floods triggered by heavy rain affected areas of Luanda Province, Angola from 16 March 2021.

National Civil Protection and Fire Service quoted by local media said at least 4 people died and 3 people were missing.

Flood waters swept through central parts of the city causing widespread traffic disruption. As many as 554 homes were damaged in districts surrounding the city, including Viana, Cacuaco, Talatona and Belas. Authorities said 1,770 residents have been affected.

Blue Planet

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Global deserts green as Africa's new crop grow zone emerges

Greening Sahara desert
© YouTube/Adapt 2030 (screen capture)
New report from NASA shows the Sahara Desert has shrunk by 8% in the last 30 years turning greener, right in the exact areas that will be the worlds new agricultural growing zone. Now the conflict for control over the dams and electricity to power East Africa and the cryptocurrency stable coins that go along with that to build out the new agriculture areas.

Comment: As the Sahara Desert shrinks by a whopping 8%, since 2015 Europe is suffering the worst droughts in two thousand years.


Snow accumulates as blizzard conditions hit Texas Panhandle in mid-March

Blizzard conditions arrived in the Texas Panhandle on Wednesday, March 17, bringing wind gusts up to 60 mph and greatly reduced visibility.

Footage shared by Amarillo-based meteorologist Corbin A Voges shows the snowy conditions on Wednesday morning.

"Crazy weather! We made it to 76° yesterday afternoon and we are accumulating snow just 15 hours later!" Voges wrote in a tweet.

The NWS reported downed power lines and stranded cars on highways as near-whiteout conditions struck some areas.