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Typhoon Vongfong rapidly intensifies as it nears the Philippines

Typhoon Vongfong
Typhoon Vongfong is rapidly intensifying -- and the Philippines is in its path.

With typhoons or hurricanes, rapid intensification is an increase in maximum sustained winds of 35 mph (55 kph) in 24 hours.

From Tuesday afternoon to Wednesday afternoon, Vongfong easily met that definition, strengthening from a modest tropical storm with winds of 60 mph (95 kph) to the equivalent of a major hurricane. Maximum sustained winds are now up to 120 mph (195 kph) and the storm is still strengthening.

This area of the world is no stranger to rapid intensification. Many storms undergo rapid intensification each year due to the extremely warm sea surface temperatures.

But this is the first named storm of the season in the West Pacific.It didn't exist until Tuesday, and now it will hammer the Philippines as the equivalent of a category 3 or 4 storm on the Saffir-Simpson scale.


Rainbow-esque cloud spotted near Ozark, Missouri

Circumhorizontal arc in MO
© Jennifer Madura
A viewer near Ozark, Missouri captured an uncommon sight in the sky Saturday afternoon.

Jennifer Madura submitted several photos of a rainbow-esque cloud spotted over U.S. Route 65 around 1:30 p.m. The optical phenomenon is scientifically known as a circumhorizontal arc.

The circumhorizontal arc is formed when the sunlight is refracted in plate-shaped ice crystals. Essentially, ice crystals split the sunlight into the color spectrum.

Snowflake Cold

May snow hits the UK, just as Met Office (and others) forecast 1,500 mile 'cool blob' lasting all summer

May snow in UK 2020

Parts of Scotland woke to May snowfall this morning (Monday, May 11) as a mass of brutal Arctic air rides anomalously-far south on the back of a meridional (wavy) jet stream flow.

Looking at the forecasts, the Highlands can expect even heavier flurries through Tuesday and Wednesday with temperatures dipping below 0C (32F). While southern England will see lows of around 2C (35.6F) overnight Monday, with the windchill making it feel 0C (32F) — protect those young shoots.

Monday's polar blast has arrived with the news that six global organisations, including king warm-mongers themselves the Met Office, have combined to create a weather model for June through August, 2020 (well they've gotta spend all that funding on something, right, and the world is just screaming-out for MORE MODELS).

Comment: Winter makes a comeback as parts of Scotland are blanketed in snow


Snow in May in Southern Ontario, Canada

Snow in May in Toronto Suburban area Southern Ontario Canada - May 11, 2020.

The calendar may say May, but that didn't stop Mother Nature from blasting some wintry weather in Toronto area and Southern Ontario on May 11.

Cloud Precipitation

Flash flooding kills 2 sisters, ages 7 and 3, in Utah canyon

Search teams work in the area where heavy rains
© Meghan Thackery/Deseret News
Search teams work in the area where heavy rains flooded a slot canyon near Goblin Valley State Park in an area called Little Wildhorse Canyon on Monday, May 11, 2020, that killed a 7-year-old and her 3-year old sister while they were hiking with their family.
Two sisters aged 7 and 3 died in flash flooding that sent torrents of water roaring into a narrow canyon in the Utah desert, authorities said Tuesday.

At least 21 others escaped the flooding Monday afternoon in Little Wildhorse Canyon, where the curving sandstone walls are so narrow at points that hikers must turn sideways to walk through.

The girls were hiking with their father and mother when the storm hit. The father found his 7-year-old daughter's body before authorities were called to the scene, according to Emery County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Janalee Luke. Their names were not immediately released.

The family from the Salt Lake City suburb of West Jordan was camping in the area for Mother's Day, the Deseret News reported.

The 3-year-old sister was found Tuesday, after dozens of searchers combed the area for hours with the help of helicopters about 200 miles (320 kilometers) south of Salt Lake City. A piece of her clothing was found in a wash miles away.

Arrow Down

3 dead after heavy rain causes landslides and floods in Guatemala

Three people have died after days of heavy rainfall in Guatemala triggered flooding, landslides and caused buildings to collapse.

The country's National Coordination for Disaster Reduction (CONRED) said one person died on 09 May after rain triggered a landslide on a highway in the municipality of Tajumulco, San Marcos Department.

Two people died when heavy rain caused a wall to collapse in Zacapa in the department of the same name on 11 May.

Local media said these were the first casualties of the rainy season in Guatemala, which usually begins in May and lasts until November but has been present in the south of the country since late April.

Cloud Precipitation

29 killed in hailstorm, rains in 15 districts of Uttar Pradesh, India

At least 38 districts of Uttar Pradesh have been
© Parveen Kumar/ HT file photo. Representative image
At least 38 districts of Uttar Pradesh have been affected by the rains and hailstorm.
At least 29 people were killed across 15 districts of Uttar Pradesh after rains and hailstorm lashed several parts of the state on Sunday, officials said.

Four people were killed in Kasganj, three each in Sitapur, Bulandshahr and Badaun, two each in Barabanki, Chitrakoot, Ballia, Pilibhit, Kannauj and Hardoi and one each in Lucknow, Fatehpur, Amethi and Aligarh.

At least 38 districts of the state have been affected by the rains and hailstorm.

Chief minister Yogi Adityanath condoled the deaths and directed district magistrates to give financial assistance of Rs 4 lakh each to their families.


6.6-magnitude quake hits 169 km SE of Lata, Solomon Islands

An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.6 jolted 169 km southeast of Lata, Solomon Islands at 22:41:15 GMT on Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 125.0 km, was initially determined to be at 12.1 degrees south latitude and 166.5 degrees east longitude.


May snowfall in Latvia

Snow near Rezekne 12. May 2020.


May snowfall in Lithuania

Snow in mid-May. Walk around the homestead.

This is very rare in Lithuania. It snows during flowering in the gardens.