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Sun's strongest solar flare since 2017, noctilucent clouds reach "rare" intensity over Sweden, cosmic rays up 18% since 2015

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© NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory
The solar flare can be seen at the top left
For the first time in more than two years, the sun is really flaring. Today, May 29th, Earth-orbiting satellites detected an M1-class solar flare (0724 UT) followed by a C9-class flare (1046 UT). Both came from a likely sunspot hiding just behind the sun's northeastern limb. This image from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows material thrown up by one of the blasts.

These are the strongest solar flares since Oct. 20, 2017--the last time the sun produced an M-class eruption. In fact, they might be even stronger they they seem. The explosions were partially eclipsed by the edge of the sun, reducing their apparent intensity.

So far the flares have not much affected Earth. The underlying sunspot is facing away from our planet. However, that could soon change. Solar rotation will bring the 'spot over the limb within the next 24 to 48 hours. Future flares could be geoeffective.

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Cloud Precipitation

Severe flood hits Cintalapa, Mexico

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Severe flood hits after heavy rain in Cintalapa, Chiapas - Mexico May 28, 2020.


Boat

Heavy rainfall and flooding hits Oman

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© Abdulrahim Subait
Salalah and its adjoining areas are witnessing heavy rains on Friday even as the latest weather charts and the analysis of the National Multi Hazards Early Warning Center indicated that the Tropical depression located south of coastal areas of Dhofar governorate at longitude 54.5°E and latitude 16.5°N with estimated surface wind speed around the center between 17 and 25 knots (30 to 45 Km/hr).

The Tropical depression is about 50 km away from Salalah and it is expected to move toward the coast of Dhofar governorate and it is likely to intensify and crossing the coast during the coming hours.

The continuous of heavy rain (100-200 mm) during the next 24 hours associated with fresh to strong winds and wadis with a reduction in horizontal visibility and sea conditions will be rough along with governorates of Dhofar (4-5 meters) and AlWusta (3 meters).


Snowflake

Norway suffers snowiest winter since 1958 - "Still absurd amounts of snow in the mountains right now"

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Recently released data from the Norwegian government has revealed this past winter was Norway's snowiest for over 60 years. And now, news website latestfromeurope.com reports that preparations are being put in place to deal with the "huge flooding this summer as the snow melts" — an event climate alarmists will no doubt cite as further evidence of their imagined heat-induced Apocalypse, so look forward to that...

According to official government data, you have to go all the way back to 1958 to find a winter with more snow than 2020.

In addition, the month of May is continuing that snowy trend, seeing "more than three times as much snow as usual in many places," said Heidi Bakke Stranden, spokeswoman for the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate. "Where it's usually one meter, it's three meters today. Compared to last year it is like night and day," she added.

Cloud Precipitation

Floods and landslides in north east India leave at least 5 dead, 16,000 displaced - almost 5 feet of rain in 6 days

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At least 5 people have died and 16,000 are displaced by flooding and heavy rain in north eastern India over the last few days.

Assam

In Assam, heavy rain in the wake of Cyclone Amphan caused rivers to rise last week. As of 24 May, around 10,000 people were affected in Lakhimpur, Sontipur, Darrang and Goalpara districts.

Since then rivers levels have continued to rise following further heavy rain. India's Central Water Commission reported 2 rivers were at Severe Flood Situation, as of 28 May. The Kopili river at Kampur in Nagaon District stood at 61.74 metres. Danger level is 60.5m and record high is 61.79m set in 2004.

The Brahmaputra river at Neamatighat in Jorhat stood at 85.41m as of 28 May. Danger level is 85.04m and record high is 87.37m set in 1991.


Doberman

Arkansas boy killed in dog attack while checking mail

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A 9-year-old boy who disappeared Thursday while checking the mail at his Arkansas home was later found dead from an apparent dog attack, authorities said.

The boy's body was found in a field near the family's home in the small town of Mount Vernon, north of Little Rock, the Faulkner County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

The boy's mother went to look for him when he didn't return after a few minutes on Thursday morning, the statement said. She called 911, and responding investigators found his body.


Cloud Precipitation

Hailstones the size of baseballs damage homes, vehicles in Georgetown, Texas

DAMAGE
Car windows, like one sedan on Rosedale Boulevard in Georgetown, were shattered by hailstones the size of baseballs. A few blocks away, the entire back window of another car was smashed in. The impact covered a child seat with shards of glass.

The hail didn't make it through the windshield of an SUV owned by a young man by the name of Hunter, but the icy projectiles left behind several cracks. Hunter said he initially had the SUV at a covered parking lot.

"And then part of the storm came by and thought it was all over, so I went and got it, then pulled it back and the next thing you know it's taken this kind of damage, so it's very unfortunate," said Hunter.


Arrow Down

Heavy rain triggers deadly landslide in south Ethiopia - at least 10 killed

File photo

File photo
At least 10 people died in a landslide caused by heavy rainfall in southern Ethiopia.

The landslide occurred early on 28 May in the Gamo Zone of the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples' Region (SNNPR).

The landslide buried a two-story house killing at least 10 people, Ethiopian television channel Fana reported.

Several other homes were also damaged or destroyed in the area and it is feared the death toll may increase. Search and rescue operations are being hampered by rain and difficult conditions.

Earlier this month 12 people died in a landslide triggered by heavy rain in Ale Special Woreda, also in Southern Nations Nationalities and Peoples Region.

Sun

Temperature extremes: India wilts under heatwave as temperature hits 50 degrees Celsius

Some Delhi men escaped the heat of the day by resting in the shade of trees
© AFP/Money SHARMA
Some Delhi men escaped the heat of the day by resting in the shade of trees
India is wilting under a heatwave, with the temperature in places reaching 50 degrees Celsius and the capital enduring its hottest May day in nearly two decades.

The hot spell is projected to scorch northern India for several more days, the Meteorological Department said late Tuesday (May 26), "with severe heat wave conditions in isolated pockets".

As global temperatures rise, heatwaves are a regular menace in the country - particularly in May and June. Last year dozens of people died.

Met officials said Churu in the northern state of Rajasthan was the hottest place on record on Tuesday, at 50 Celsius, while parts of Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh sweltered in the high 40s.


Arrow Down

Mother, child rescued after sinkhole swallows their car in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico

Outdated infrastructure was blamed for this sinkhole in Nuevo Laredo.

Outdated infrastructure was blamed for this sinkhole in Nuevo Laredo.
A mother and daughter were rescued unharmed after their car was swallowed by a sinkhole caused by intense rains in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, early Tuesday morning.

The sinkhole opened up beneath their 2010 Volkswagen Jetta at around 5:30 a.m., but despite the spectacular nature of the incident, the car remained right-side-up and the mother and her young daughter were not injured.

Firefighters and Civil Protection rescuers arrived on the scene to find the two on top of their car, which was surrounded by water and mud at the bottom of the hole, which was more than five meters below street level.