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Hailstorm blankets Saudi Arabia's Ha'il in white

Saudi Arabia's Hail covered in a white blanket after a hail thunderstorm affected the region.
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Saudi Arabia's Hail covered in a white blanket after a hail thunderstorm affected the region.
Saudi Arabia's Ha'il was blanketed in white on Saturday after it was hit with a hailstorm with bouts of heavy rain and thunderstorms.

Videos circulating on social media showed thick dark clouds enveloping the sky and blocks of hail on the ground.

Omar Dajani, meteorologist at Jordan-based ArabiaWeather network, said that the hailstorm hit southwestern Ha'il in Saudi Arabia in the afternoon.

"This is hail, not snow, and the temperature was high, around 28 degrees Celsius, when the storm hit," he added.

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Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Signs of volcanic cooling

La Soufrière eruption
More volcanoes continue to erupt across the planet this week and some direct results are being seen in real time. Australis snow begins two months early, Hawaii Island peaks covered n snow again, global surface temperatures are below the 30 year average, even after recalibrating to 1991-2020 averages through the warmest years. One thing that is not true is the refreezing of the SonhHua river in N. China, its just melting ice flow.

Comment: Ash from volcanic eruptions, together with particulates from meteor 'smoke' and wildfire smoke, all jointly contribute to the increased dust load in the atmosphere. This changes its electric charge rebalancing mechanisms, producing more intense storms and precipitation in the form of record rainfall, hail, lightning strikes, planetary cooling, atmospheric 'anomalies' etc.

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Taiwan struck by M6.2 and M5.8 earthquakes three minutes apart

Taiwan earthquakes

Taiwan map showing M6.2 earthquake
East Taiwan was struck by magnitude 6.2 and 5.8 earthquakes three minutes apart on Sunday evening (April 18), according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

The first earthquake, a magnitude 5.8, struck at 10:11 p.m. and was 19.2 kilometers southwest of Hualien County Hall, at a shallow focal depth of 15 kilometers. Taiwan uses an intensity scale of one to seven that gauges the degree to which a quake is felt at a specific location.

The quake's intensity registered as a five in Hualien County, a four in Nantou County, Yilan County, and Changhua County, and a three in Taichung County, Yunlin County, Chiayi County, Miaoli County, and New Taipei City, An intensity level of two was recorded in Taoyuan County, Hsinchu County, Kaohsiung City, Hsinchu City, Chiayi City, Taipei City, Tainan City, and Pingtung County, while a lesser intensity of one was felt in Keelung City and Penghu County.

Cloud Precipitation

Flash floods in Mauritius after 15.7 inches of rainfall in 24 hours

Local media reported heavy rainfall and flash flooding in south-eastern parts of Mauritius 15 to 16 April 2021.

Nine people were rescued and evacuated from flooded areas of Bambous Virieux. A bus carrying schoolchildren trapped by the rising waters in Bambous Virieux had to be helped to safety by the police.

Local observers, Météo et Cyclone Maurice, reported 408mm of rain fell at Plaisance in southern Mauritius on 16 April 2021. This amount corresponds to twice the average monthly rainfall for April at this location. Around 200mm of the total fell in just a few hours (around 04:00 to 10:00) early on 16 April.

Cloud Precipitation

Flash floods in Singapore after 6 inches of rain in 3 hours - 91% of average April rainfall

Flash Floods in Singapore, 17 April 2021.
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Flash Floods in Singapore, 17 April 2021.
PUB, Singapore's National Water Agency, reported flash flooding in areas of the city after heavy rainfall on 17 April 2021.

As much as 161.4mm was recorded in western Singapore from 12.25pm to 3.25pm, PUB said. This amount corresponds to 91% of Singapore's average monthly rainfall in April and is among the highest amounts recorded in 40 years.

PUB's Quick Response Teams were immediately deployed to the locations above to render assistance to drivers and pedestrians.

Water levels exceeded 90% capacity in several drains and canals. PUB issued flood risk warnings for over 20 locations, including Sime Darby Centre, Bukit Timah Canal (Leng Kwang Baptist Church), Ulu Pandan Canal and Sungei Pandan Kechil (NUS and AYE). Fallen trees also caused damage.

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Flash floods kill two in northern mountain province of Vietnam

Soil and rock cover a 200 meters stretch of National Highway 279 following flash floods in Lao Cai Province, April 17, 2021.

Soil and rock cover a 200 meters stretch of National Highway 279 following flash floods in Lao Cai Province, April 17, 2021.
Flash floods triggered by heavy rains swept through a village in Lao Cai Province early Saturday, killing two people and leaving another missing.

The sudden flood at 2 a.m. brought down with it a large volume of rocks and soil as it hit the village in Minh Luong Commune, Van Ban District, damaging 25 houses and five hectares (12.35 acres) of crops.

"The entire scene is a mess with soil and rocks entering people's houses, and we are still looking for the missing person," Quang Van Viet, deputy head of the Command for Natural Disaster Prevention and Search and Rescue of Lao Cai Province, said.

Lao Cai is home to the resort town of Sa Pa.


Australia dingo attack: toddler airlifted to hospital after being mauled on Fraser Island

A dingo on the beach a Fraser Island.
© Lachie Millard
A dingo on the beach a Fraser Island.
Boy, 2, suffers bites to leg, arm, neck and shoulder and lacerations on back of head

A two-year-old boy was airlifted to hospital after being mauled by a dingo on Fraser Island when he wandered away from a house while his family was asleep on Saturday.

The boy suffered wounds to his leg, arm, the base of his neck, his shoulder and also had a laceration at the base of his head, a Fraser Island paramedic said.

He was flown to the Bundaberg hospital with his mother.

"The child has managed somehow to get out of the house that the family was staying at while other members of the family were ... asleep," said the paramedic, who did not want to be named.


Super Typhoon Surigae brings intense wind, rain battering eastern Philippines - winds peak at 190mph

Heavy rain and huge waves battered Catbalogan, an eastern Philippine city on Sunday as Super Typhoon Surigae brushed past the country's eastern shores.

Video obtained by Reuters showed huge waves battering a seawall in the city, as people huddled under shelter surrounded by floodwater, waiting for the storm to pass in a local market.

Super Typhoon Surigae — locally known as Bising — is expected to bring winds of up to 120 kmh (74.5 mph) to parts of the eastern Philippines, but the center of the storm is expected to remain at sea.

Winds of up to 215 kmh (133.5 mph) were forecast at the center of the storm, but the typhoon is not expected to make landfall, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

Snowflake Cold

France declares emergency as freak cold snap wipes out one-third of wine crop

france wine crops
An estimated €2 billion-worth of production has been lost after an early warm spell that encouraged grape vines and fruit trees to blossom was followed by a cold snap that killed them off. That came after the industry lost €1 billion in exports last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

France has declared a national emergency after one-third wine production has been lost to rare spring frosts.

French Agriculture Minister Julien Denormandie hyperbolically described the crisis as "probably the greatest agricultural catastrophe of the beginning of the 21st century" this week, and the government declared an "agricultural emergency".

An early bout of warm weather encouraged vines and fruit trees to blossom early, only for a sudden cold snap to nip them in the bud. The Champagne, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Rhône and Loire Valleys and Provence have all been affected.

The damage has been estimated at €2 billion (£1.7 billion) in projected lost sales this year — on top of €1 billion in exports lost last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Comment: See also: French winemakers count cost of 'worst frost in decades'

Snowflake Cold

Outsiders Weather and Ice Age Watch: Record freezing temperatures felt across the globe

Record cold in Slovenia
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Sky News host Rowan Dean has assessed some of the freezing and record low temperatures currently being experienced across parts of the globe.

Comment: Sky News Australia has some real journalists!

That's the good news. The bad news is, we're entering an ice age. Its effects will likely be felt within the coming year, and its devastating consequences over the next 3-5 years.

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