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Severe flooding, torrential rains hit Samarinda, Indonesia

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INDONESIA - Severe flooding, torrential rains hit Samarinda, Kalimantan province, island of Borneo, May 16


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Cities across Turkey see highest May temperatures ever, breaking 75-year-old records

Turkey heatwave
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A woman cools off with some water from a fountain amid all-time high May temperatures, during a six-hour break from the coronavirus curfew, Muğla, Turkey, May 17, 2020.
Sunday saw all-time high temperatures in provinces throughout western Turkey, including in southern Antalya, southwestern Muğla, Burdur and Isparta, and northwestern Bursa.

The director of the 4th Regional Directorate of Meteorology, Latif Gültekin, said the temperatures Saturday and Sunday set all-time record highs for May in Antalya, Muğla, Burdur and Isparta. The previous record highs for Antalya and Muğla were set in 1945 and 1932, respectively, while Burdur and Isparta last set all-time highs on May 29, 2019.

Thermometers in Antalya on Sunday hit 43.0 degrees Celsius (109.4 degrees Fahrenheit), breaking the previous record of 38.7 C set on May 26, 1945.

In Muğla, the temperature hit 39.3 C, breaking the May 30, 1932 record of 36.0 C.

The 4th Regional Directorate of Meteorology said the air temperature in Muğla was 9 to 15 degrees above the seasonal norms, stating that the average temperature for Muğla in May is 24.7 C.

In northwestern Turkey, Bursa also set an all-time high of 38 C on Sunday, breaking the 75-year-old record high of 37 C on May 26, 1945, according to the 3rd Regional Directorate of Meteorology.

Comment: Earlier this month some residents in Turkey were surprised by 'very rare' snowfalls.


Arrow Up

High-impact eruption to 14 km (46 000 feet) a.s.l. at Semeru volcano, Indonesia

Satellite image of Semeru volcano on 16 May 2020
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Satellite image of Semeru volcano on 16 May 2020
Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Darwin warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 46000 ft (14000 m) altitude or flight level 460 .
The full report is as follows:

Solar Flares

Astronomer predicts freezing weather, famine and earthquakes as sun enters solar minimum

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The sun has entered a 'lockdown' period, which could cause freezing weather, famine

Our sun has gone into lockdown, which could cause freezing weather, earthquakes and famine, scientists say.

The sun is currently in a period of "solar minimum," meaning activity on its surface has fallen dramatically.

Experts believe we are about to enter the deepest period of sunshine "recession" ever recorded as sunspots have virtually disappeared.

Astronomer Dr. Tony Phillips said: "Solar Minimum is underway and it's a deep one."

Comment: It would appear that a "super grand" solar minimum is one factor in a confluence of cycles that are upon us: Also check out SOTT radio's:


Boat

Severe floods hit Santa Lucía, El Salvador

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Heavy rain caused severe floods in Santa Lucía, Ilopango, El Salvador


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Extreme hailstorm slams Piornal, Spain on May 15

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Piornal is a municipality located in the province of Cáceres, Extremadura, Spain. According to the 2005 census (INE), the municipality has a population of 1532.


Cloud Precipitation

Heavy rainfall floods homes, streets in Louisiana and Texas - nearly 16 inches of rain recorded

Heavy rains in St. Charles, St. Tammany

Heavy rains in St. Charles, St. Tammany
Parts of southern Louisiana and Texas were inundated with rain Thursday and Friday, flooding homes and roadways and prompting high water rescues.

An observer near Covington in St. Tammany Parish reported 15.63 inches of rain late Thursday night, with more still coming down.

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office rescued residents from flooded homes and vehicles. Some roads in the area were still closed Friday afternoon, and first responders were standing by as the waters continued to rise.


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Rare wake lows, heat bursts observed during Oklahoma storms

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This picture was taken of a severe storm near Sayre on May 13 which was part of a cluster of storms that passed through Oklahoma.
Storms rolled through Western Oklahoma Wednesday, May 13, evening leaving behind some wind damage and large hail.

While some strong winds came in with the storms even stronger winds came with a wake low behind the storms.

You might be wondering how some areas saw wind gusts of 60 to 70 mph without storms. That is where a wake low comes in.

A wake low is a rare weather phenomenon that typically prompts the National Weather Service to issue high wind warnings as they did around 4 am Thursday morning.


Seismograph

Magnitude 6.5 earthquake rattles Nevada - UPDATE: Largest in 66 years

Screenshot of earthquake near Toponah, Nevada.
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Screenshot of earthquake near Toponah, Nevada.
An earthquake with an initial magnitude of 6.4 hit Nevada on Friday morning, about 225 miles northwest of Las Vegas near the California border, the US Geological Survey says.

The quake occurred at 4:03 a.m. local time, the USGS says. It was 4.7 miles deep. At least four aftershocks were reported.It was about 35 miles west of the town of Tonopah, east of the Sierra Nevada range.

The earthquake was "widely felt," USGS spokesman Paul Laustsen told CNN."There have been almost 8,000 'Did you feel it' reports, with people logging into USGS to report it," Laustsen said.

Esmeralda County Sheriff's Deputy Jacob Stritenberger felt the main earthquake and it was the biggest one he's ever experienced, he said.Deputies are checking out reported damage on US 95."North- and southbound is undriveable around mile marker 89," Stritenberger said. "According to people who called it in, it's buckled really bad."

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Update:
On 16 May CNN reports:
An earthquake with a revised magnitude of 6.5 hit a remote area of Nevada on Friday morning, about 225 miles northwest of Las Vegas and near the California border, the US Geological Survey says.

The quake, which was 4.7 miles deep, occurred at 4:03 a.m. local time, the USGS says.The revised ranking makes the quake the first large one since 1954, said Graham Kent, director of the Nevada Seismological Laboratory.

"As the third most seismic state in the nation, we kind of had a streak of not having big earthquakes for 66 years," Kent said.

"This was a magnitude 6.5, and it was certainly felt in the Reno-Tahoe area, and also throughout the San Joaquin and Sacramento valleys in California," Kent said.

The USGS said in its aftershock forecast that there will be between 63 and 260 aftershocks with a magnitude of 3.0 or greater over the next seven days.



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Typhoon Ambo (Vongfong) leaves trail of destruction in central Philippines

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Floodwaters caused by typhoon Vongfong inundate a village as it passed by Sorsogon province, eastern Philippines on Friday May 15, 2020.
Typhoon Ambo (Vongfong) has left a trail of destruction in the central Philippines as it continues to hit other parts of the country, adding to the woes of hundreds of thousands of Filipinos who had to be evacuated amid the coronavirus lockdown.

In Eastern Samar, where it made its first landfall on Thursday, the storm caused "unimaginable" damage to infrastructure, Governor Ben Evardone said on Friday.

Among the damaged facilities were schools that have been converted into COVID-19 quarantine centers.

Pictures shared by netizens showed roofless buildings, uprooted trees and toppled electric poles. Several major roads were blocked by floodwater and debris.

In a radio interview, Evardone said that many areas in the province were left without power and communication lines were down.

"As of now, the storm has subsided but electricity and communications lines are down in some of the towns. Even the radio facility of the province was destroyed," he said.