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Floods in Illinois and Michigan after days of heavy rainfall - Chicago wettest May ever

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Days of heavy rain across the Midwest has caused rivers to rise and flash flooding in parts of Illinois and Michigan.

National Weather Service (NWS) said Chicago has recorded 8.30 inches / 210.82mm of rain so far this month, breaking previous records for the month of May of 8.25″ set just last year. NWS Chicago said, "this also marks three straight years of setting new May precipitation records."

Flash flooding, some significant, was observed across numerous locations in the Chicago Metropolitan Area during the night of 17 May, especially near the Chicago River. Several people were rescued by fire crews.

NWS said 3.11 inches / 79mm of rain fell in 24 hours in the city on 17 May, making it the fifth wettest May calendar day ever in Chicago. Just days earlier Chicago had seen its wettest ever May calendar day after recording 3.53 inches / 89.66 mm of rain

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Floods after heavy rain in Côte d'Ivoire - At least 2 people dead

Floods in Duekoue, Cote d’Ivoire, 17 May 2020.
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Floods in Duekoue, Cote d’Ivoire, 17 May 2020.
Parts of Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) have been flooded after heavy rain from 17 to 18 May. The country's Civil Protection has issued warnings and advice on staying safe during flooding.

Civil Protection reported flooding in the western Duékoué Department. Around 125 homes were damaged by floods from the overflowing Guemon river.

As of 17 May, the flooding had caused "a lot of material damage but no loss of life" according to Civil Protection. However updates from local media say that at least 2 people died after they were swept away by flood waters on 18 May.

Heavy rain was also seen in central and eastern areas of the country. News agency AIP (Agence Ivoirienne de Presse) reported flooding in Prikro, Prikro Department in Iffou Region, which caused severe damage to school buildings.


Worldwide volcanic uptick: Multiple eruptions to 45,000+ ft (13.7+ km) - Direct cooling effect

Volcanic uptick

These past few days have seen a violent worldwide volcanic uptick, sending us all further signs that the next Grand Solar Minimum is dawning.

HIMAWARI-8 (a Japanese weather satellite) recorded two HIGH-LEVEL eruptions on May 16, both occurring in Indonesia.

The first took place at Ibu -a relatively new volcano with only 3 notable eruptions; in 1911, 1998, and 2008- and was confirmed by the Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Darwin which warned of an ash plume rising to an estimated 45,000 ft (13.7 km).

The second high-level eruption took place just a few hours later at Semeru -a very active volcano with an eruptive history peppered with VEI 2s and 3s; the first coming in 1818, the most recent in 2014- and as with Ibu's, Semeru's eruption was picked up by both HIMAWARI-8 and the VAAC Darwin, with the latter confirming the generation of "a dark ash plume which reached an altitude of 46,000 ft (14 km)."

In addition, and as recently reported by VolcanoDiscovery.com, active lava flows remain active on the Semeru's southeast flank, currently about 4,921 ft (1.5 km) long (as of the morning of May 18).

Comment: It is likely that atmospheric dust loading from increased volcanic and comet activity is contributing to recent extreme hailstorms, the cooling effect of which causes ice crystals to form. See also:


Hailstones the size of MELONS pound San Luis de Potosí, Mexico

It all started with an intense storm, but that was just the beginning. Then hail came. The city of the valleys,It all started with an intense storm, but that was just the beginning. Then hail came. The city of the valleys, Huasteca de San Luis de Potosí, Mexico, is used to such storms, but yesterday afternoon nobody expected it.

Suddenly, hail started, but what fell were giant ice balls, some the size of a melon.


Waterspout caught on camera off Cancun, Mexico

Playa del Carmen is a coastal resort town in Mexico, along the Yucatán Peninsula's Riviera Maya strip of Caribbean shoreline. In the state of Quintana Roo, it's known for its palm-lined beaches and coral reefs. Its Quinta Avenida pedestrian thoroughfare runs parallel to the beach, with blocks of shops, restaurants and nightspots ranging from laid-back bars to dance clubs.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning bolt kills 85 sheep, goats in Himachal Pradesh, India

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As many as 85 sheep and goats were killed by lightening at Saraji Chhajpur forest in Gram Panchayat Kuthdu under Jubbal sub-division of this district in the state, police said on Thursday.

Superintendent of Police, Shimla Om Pati Jamwal said that lightning struck on the flock of sheep and goat, while it was taken to graze in forest on Wednesday evening.

The livestock belonged to Lakashman Singh of Saraji village, Jagjiwan Chauhan of same village and Sunni Chhajta of Salana village.

The eyewitnesses said the cattle had assembled under a huge tree, when it rained heavily. A lightning struck over them, killing them instantly.

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Torrential rain causes damaging floods Algeria

Heavy rain from 16 to 17 May caused flooding in northwest Algeria damaging homes and leaving at least 1 person dead.

Tafraoui in Oran Province recorded 32mm of rain in 24 hours to 17 May, while in the city of Relizane (also known as Ghilizan) in Relizane Province recorded 65mm during the same period.

According to Algeria's Civil Protection, flooding caused widespread damage to houses and roads in Oran Province. Civil Protection were called on to rescue people from flooded dwellings. One person died and another was injured when part of a house collapsed in the commune of Mers El Kébir, near the city of Oran.

Civil Protection also reported flooding in neighbouring Mostaganem Province where around 40 homes were damaged.


Mid-May winter storm brings fresh snow to Lake Tahoe

Snow in Lake Tahoe in May? ABC7 News Meteorologist Drew Tuma is tracking fresh snow falling in the Sierra Monday.

"Flakes are flying," said Tuma. "While it's weird that we are talking about snow this late in May, it's not unusual to get these light storms moving through the Sierra as we end our snow season."

There's a Winter Storm Warning in effect until midnight Monday with snow levels dropping to about 6,000 feet.

"We are talking about 3 to 6 inches of snow. Some areas in our highest peaks could see up to a foot of snow," said Tuma. "We are still talking about snow falling in the Sierra, that's good news. We still want to add to our snow pack, which is below normal for this time of the year."

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Deadly floods in Ecuador kill at least 2 people

Heavy rain and floods have left at least 2 people dead and 15 homes damaged in Morona Santiago Province, Ecuador.

Flooding affected the cantons of Limón Indanza, Tiwintza and Logroño from 16 May when heavy rain caused several rivers to overflow, including the Kiim, Yaupi and Morona rivers.

Ecuador's National Risk Management Service SNGRE said two young people were swept away by flood water from the rapidly rising Yaupi River in Twintza.


Category 5 Cyclone Amphan to push massive storm surge toward eastern India and Bangladesh

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GeoColor image of Cyclone Amphan at 0640Z (2:40 am EDT) Monday, May 18, 2020.
After a spectacular bout of rapid intensification on Sunday, Tropical Cyclone Amphan poses a grave storm-surge threat to the highly vulnerable coastline of the upper Bay of Bengal. The Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) upgraded Amphan to the equivalent of Category 5 strength at 2 am EDT Monday, with top 1-minute sustained winds estimated at 140 knots (160 mph).

On the scale used by the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), Amphan was upgraded at 3 am EDT Monday to the highest possible level: super cyclonic storm. Only a handful of storms — about one per decade — achieve this level, which corresponds to a three-minute-averaged wind speed of 120 knots (140 mph). Hurricane ratings by the National Hurricane Center and JTWC are based on one-minute averaging, which will yield higher wind speeds for a given storm.

Amphan took advantage of very favorable conditions in the southern Bay of Bengal to strengthen incredibly quickly over the weekend. Drawing on very warm sea surface temperatures of 31°C (88°F), high oceanic heat content, and light wind shear, Amphan bolted from minimal tropical storm strength (35 knots or 40 mph) to Category 5 equivalent strength (140 knots or 160 mph) in just 48 hours — and from minimal hurricane strength (65 knots or 75 mph) to Cat 5 equivalent strength in just 24 hours.

Comment: RT had more news on the ground in India and Bangladesh:
More than 1.1 million people in eastern India and Bangladesh are being hurriedly evacuated as the 'extremely severe' cyclonic storm 'Amphan' threatens to make landfall within days.

The Indian state of Odisha alone is planning to evacuate 1.1 million people from low-lying areas which are expected to be flattened, having already been ravaged by multiple cyclones in the last few years, including Cyclone Fani in 2019.

Authorities are predicting widespread destruction, including the loss of key power and communications infrastructure, as well as disruption to rail and road links, and extensive damage to crops and plantations. Port authorities have shut down operations, and fishermen have been advised to suspend their work in Bengal and Odisha until May 20.

"A total of 37 teams have been deployed by NDRF in West Bengal and Odisha, out of which 20 teams are actively deployed and 17 are on standby in the two states," said NDRF Director General S N Pradhan.