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Winter arrives early in New Zealand with up to 20 inches of snowfall

QLDC Roundshot Webcam

QLDC Roundshot Webcam
Heavy snow falls reached the south island of New Zealand, with snow falling to around 400m (1312ft) on Wednesday, May 10, 2023. State Highway 94 was closed on Wednesday evening at Mount Hamilton, between The Key and Centre Hill, but reopened again at 10:15 p.m. It is still recommended to carry snow chains in the area.

Ski resorts near Queenstown received between 20-50cm (8-20 inches) of snow. New Zealand's south island is home to many spectacular ski resorts, such as The Remarkables, Coronet Peak and Cadrona


Rare funnel cloud hovers over Montana mountains

Funnel cloud in Montana.
© @isleyreust
Funnel cloud in Montana.
Video captures views of a funnel cloud forming over Mission Valley in western Montana early Tuesday evening.

Recorded by Isley Reust, the footage shows a dark gray cloud hanging over the black, snow-laced mountains in the distance. From that cloud, a funnel extends below, appearing to kick up snow into the air.

Tornadoes rarely form over mountains, as conditions would not be optimal, according to the National Weather Service. They noted, however, that tornadoes have crossed the Appalachian Mountains and a 10,000-foot-tall mountain in Yellowstone National Park.

About 300 miles northwest of Yellowstone, the town of St. Ignatius was able to see such a unique sight forming over their own mountains.

"I'm happy I got to witness it," Reust said in a tweet.

Cloud Precipitation

Sierra Leone - 7 fatalities after floods hit Freetown

Floods in Freetown, Sierra Leone, May 2023.
© Government of Freetown
Floods in Freetown, Sierra Leone, May 2023.
At least 7 people have lost their lives after storms and heavy rain caused flooding and mudslides in parts of Freetown, capital of Sierra Leone in West Africa.

Stormy weather hit the city from 09 to 10 May 2023. Flash flooding swept through city streets, washing away cars and damaging buildings. Six people died and 2 were injured when a wall collapsed due to flooding in Cline Town. Another fatality was reported after a mudslide in the Moyeiba area of the city. The National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) also reported flood damage to the Leone Oil Facility in Kissy.

Sierra Leone Red Cross Society were providing support to affected communities Cline Town, including first aid services and psychosocial support for affected families.


Record-breaking heat wave blasts Southeast Asia

Visitors cool off at an amusement park in Hoi An, Vietnam.
© SeongJoon Cho
Visitors cool off at an amusement park in Hoi An, Vietnam.
Record-breaking heat has blasted Southeast Asia over the past several weeks, causing deaths and hospitalizations, schools to close and farmers and business-owners to suffer economic losses.

In Vietnam, the temperature hit a record 44.2 degrees Celsius (111.5 F) on Sunday. In Myanmar's central Magway region, it soared to 46 C (114.8 F).

Thailand's capital of Bangkok had its hottest day on record on Sunday, when the heat reached 41 C (105.8 F), while in Laos, the temperature broke last month's national record to hit 43.5 C in Luang Prabang.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike kills 3 in Magura, Bangladesh

Three people were killed in a lightning strike at Sreepur upazila in Magura on Wednesday afternoon, reports BSS.

The deceased were identified as Nizam Sheikh, 60, Mohammad Ali Biswas, 50, and Shahadat Ali, 60. Nizam Sheikh and Shahadat Ali were the residents at Char Chaugacha village in Sreepur Upazila while Mohammad Ali Biswas was a resident in Rajbari district.

Local people said Nizam Sheikh, Mohammad Ali and Shahadat Ali were struck by a thunderbolt at around 3:30pm during rain in a crop's field in Char Chaugacha village area. They were brought at Sreepur Upazila Health Complex where the duty doctor declared them dead.

Sreepur Upazila Nirbahi Officer Shyamananda Kundu said they would give Taka 25,000 each of the victim's family.


Magnitude 7.6 earthquake hits near Tonga, no tsunami warning is issued

An earthquake of magnitude 7.4 struck off Tonga on Thursday, United States Geological Survey said.

The quake was at a depth of 212 km (132 miles) and the epicenter was at a distance of 73km northwest of Hihifo, Tonga, the USGS reported.

Hihifo is the main village on the island of Niuatoputapu, north of Tonga's main group of islands.

The U.S. Tsunami Warning System said there was no tsunami warning.

Angie Pula Letuligasenoa was in her home in Iliili, near Pago Pago International Airport, when the 'rolling' earthquake struck.

Cloud Precipitation

Heavy floods, landslides in Yemen kill at least 24

Torrential rain and flooding has killed at least 24 people in Yemen since the beginning of May.
© AFP/File
Torrential rain and flooding has killed at least 24 people in Yemen since the beginning of May.
Torrential rain and flooding has killed at least 24 people in Yemen since the beginning of May, with the country's National Meteorological Center on Tuesday issuing a new warning to Yemenis against traversing watercourses.

The meteorological center in Sanaa forecast rainfall across the country's central and northern highlands in Saada, Hajjah, Dhamar and other regions, advising residents to avoid traveling through and staying in flood courses. The same center issued a similar warning about excessive rainfall, inundation and landslides in mountainous regions of the country.

The warnings come as local media and villagers claim that heavy rains triggered severe floods that killed at least 24 people and washed away farms, residences and vehicles. Other local media reports place the death toll from flooding since the beginning of the month at more than 40.

Cloud Precipitation

Flash flooding in Houston as cars submerged

Houston is experiencing flash flooding as heavy rain drenches parts of the state on Tuesday leading to cars submerged in water and water rescues.

Cloud Precipitation

Somerset in the UK hit by flash floods and mudslides as major incident declared

Car submerged in floodwater at the A359 in Queen Camel
© Kerry Romans
Car submerged in floodwater at the A359 in Queen Camel.
A major incident has been declared in Somerset after heavy thunderstorms caused severe flash floods and mudslides across the county.

Entire villages have been cut off with people ordered to leave their homes on Tuesday as water levels reached 4ft-high in the worst affected areas.

Parents of children at two primary schools in the county were told they should not go to the school because of flooded roads, it was reported on social media.

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Moment of massive avalanche in British Columbia captured on drone camera

The footage captures an avalanche in British Columbia, Canada.
A Victoria photographer says it was 'pure, dumb luck' that he was able to shoot some rare drone video of a British Columbia avalanche.