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Super-cold thunderstorm sets temperature record, scientists note increase in last 20 years

Cumulonimbus incus: The anvil shape forms when the rising cloud reaches the tropopause
We've all seen those majestic anvil storm clouds that form on a hot summer's day, but what do you think is the temperature right at the very top?

It's very cold, obviously; at high altitude it is well below freezing.

But would you be surprised to learn it is sometimes below even -100C?

Indeed, scientists have just published research showing the top of one tropical storm cloud system in 2018 reached -111C. This is very likely a record low temperature.

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Newnan tornado was only 10th rare EF4 twister in seven decades for Georgia

Georgia tornadoes map
© The Weather Channel
Friday morning's EF4 tornado in Coweta County, Georgia, was the strongest tornado to hit the state in almost a decade and only the 10th EF4 or F4 tornado to tear through the state since 1950.

Prior to Friday's tornado, the most recent EF4 tornado occurred in the 2011 Super Outbreak, which brought hundreds of tornadoes to the Deep South.

Less than 0.5% of tornadoes in Georgia reach "violent" strength, those of EF4 or EF5 magnitude. EF4 tornadoes hit Georgia roughly once in a decade. Most violent tornadoes have occurred early in the year and in the northern portion of the state.

In all, the state has seen more than 2,000 tornadoes since 1950.

Friday's tornado struck the west-central Georgia community of Newnan, a town of more than 40,000.

Comment: At least 5 dead after tornadoes rip through Alabama, bring destruction to Georgia


Guatemala's Pacaya volcano continues erupting after 50 days

Falling ash from the Pacaya volcano, Guatemala

Falling ash from the Pacaya volcano forced the closure of Guatemala's only international airport for almost 24 hours
The Pacaya volcano close to Guatemala's capital is maintaining "high levels" of activity with strong eruptions, ash clouds and rivers of lava spewing out, officials said on Friday.

The 2,500-meter (8,200-foot) volcano that lies 25 kilometers to the south of Guatemala City has been erupting for 50 days, damaging plantations in the path of the lava.

Pacaya is expelling ash up to 500 meters from its crater, located 2.5 kilometers southwest of the cone, the vulcanology institute said in a statement.

Falling ash was registered in the El Rodeo and El Patrocinio communities, the institute said, adding that "the volcanic activity is considered at high levels."

The activity has produced a lava flow 2.2 kilometers long on the west flank of the volcano.


Indonesia's Merapi volcano spews ash, debris in new eruption

Lava flows down from the crater of Mount Merapi, March 27
© Agung Supriyanto/AFP/Getty Images
Lava flows down from the crater of Mount Merapi, March 27.
Indonesia's most volatile volcano was erupting again Saturday, releasing plumes of ash high into the air and sending streams of lava and debris down its slopes. No casualties were reported.

An avalanche of rocks spilled down Mount Merapi's slopes before dawn and clouds of hot ash shot 200 meters (656 feet) into the air as the mountain groaned and rumbled, said Hanik Humaida, the head of Yogyakarta's Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Center.

The volcano unleashed hot clouds of ash at least eight times since the morning as well as a series of pyroclastic flows — a mixture of rock, debris, lava and gasses — that had reached nearly 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) down its slopes, Humaida said.

The 2,968-meter (9,737-foot) high volcano is on densely populated Java island near the ancient city of Yogyakarta. It is the most active of dozens of Indonesian volcanoes and has repeatedly erupted recently.

Snowflake Cold

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Unprecedented global snows continue with the economic reset catalyst

Unprecedented Global Snow events from Taiwan to Cyprus and now the emergence of the excuse for a global financial lock up as oil drips to a halt by way of export from the Middle East Suez Canal Route.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning kills couple inside house in Malawi

A 52-year-old man identified as Austin Bosco and his wife Anes Banda aged 32 have died after being struck by lightning in Kasungu.

The incident happened on March 26, 2021, at around 18:40 hours at Chiteyeye location, Traditional Authority Kaomba in the district.

The assistant public relations officer for Kasungu police station sergeant Miracle Mikozi said that on the material day, Bosco and his family were inside the house while rain was falling outside.

"Unfortunately, the lightning hit them right inside their home as the main door of the house was left wide open while the couple was resting at the sitting room.

"They were taken by well-wishers to Kasungu District Hospital whereby death was confirmed upon arrival," said Mikozi.

Bosco hailed from Gala village, Traditional Authority Mwase while Anes Banda hailed from Chiteyeye village, Traditional Authority Kaomba in Kasungu District.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike kills 19 cattle near Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Five families on the outskirts of Victoria Falls under Chief Mvuthu were left counting their losses after 19 cattle were killed by lightning during a heavy storm in the early hours of Saturday.

The cattle are part of a community project, which was established in 2016 by ten villagers who are into farming who are being assisted by Wild is Life Trust, an organisation that is into wild animal conservation.

The project had 72 cattle before tragedy struck.

The farmers take intervals to keep the cattle and they are meant to assist with manure for their communal farms.

The incident, according to Joseph Ncube who lost four of his cattle is suspected to have happened around 2 AM.


Remote areas remain cut off due to snow up to 3 feet deep in north Kashmir for 4th day

Dozens of far flung and remote villages, including those near the Line of Control (LoC) in north Kashmir districts of Kupwara and Bandipora remained cut off for the fourth day on Thursday due to fresh snowfall, avalanches and landslides.

Border towns of Keran, Karnah, Machil and Tanghdar remained cut off with their district headquarter Kupwara, a Police Control Room (PCR) official told UNI over phone today.

Meanwhile, traffic to the border town of Gurez remained suspended since January 1 due to the accumulation of snow at Razdan pass and adjoining areas.

He said traffic continued to remain suspended to dozens of far-flung and remote villages, including those near the LoC, due to slippery road conditions following intermittent moderate to heavy snowfall on Monday and Tuesday.

However, yesterday weather was dry and sky clear, he said adding there was no snowfall during the night.


Mount Etna's sixteenth eruption in five weeks

Located on the east coast of Sicily, Mount Etna is the highest and most active volcano in Europe. Its last major eruption was back in July 2001, but it sees fairly regular Strombolian activity most years.

Recently, the volcano has been more active than average, with 16 eruptions over the past five weeks.

The latest explosion, which occurred overnight between 23 and 24 March, lasted twice as long as usual and happened on the back of a brief four-day hiatus.


At least 5 dead after tornadoes rip through Alabama, bring destruction to Georgia

tornadoes rip through Alabama

Tornadoes ripped through Alabama
Several powerful tornadoes tore through northern Alabama on Thursday, killing at least five people, injuring dozens of others and destroying entire neighborhoods.

Tornados also swept into neighbouring Georgia overnight into early Friday, causing widespread damage southwest of Atlanta. No fatalities have been reported yet in that state.

The five confirmed fatalities were in Ohatchee, Ala., a town of about 1,200 people in the northwestern corner of the state where a twister ripped apart homes and downed trees and power lines, according to the Calhoun County Emergency Management Agency.

Calhoun County coroner Pat Brown confirmed to the Gadsden Times newspaper that three of those killed were family members in a house that was hit. In addition, an adult male died in his mobile home, and a female adult died in another mobile home.