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Fresh snowfall in higher reaches of Kashmir Valley, India brings February chill in June

Higher reaches of Kashmir on Friday experienced fresh snowfall while the plains received rains, bringing down the mercury in the Valley. Met predicted light wet spell till Saturday.

Kashmir mountains today turned white after the higher reaches of the valley including Afferwat area of Gulmarg, Razdan Top, Zojilla, Sadhna Top and Sinthan Top experienced fresh snowfall, which resulted dip in mercury. As per reports, few inches of fresh snow has been recorded in upper reaches of Kashmir valley while plains had rainfall on third continues day.

The mercury dipped below normal in Kashmir valley giving a feel of February in June month.

Pertinently, the Monsoon season commenced in Kashmir on June 01 while under its influence the rainfall continued to occur intermittently across the Valley in the last couple of days.


Woman dead in California was victim of state's first known fatal black bear attack

A 71-year-old woman found dead in her small mountain community in the Sierra Nevada was the victim of California's first-ever known fatal black bear attack, wildlife officials said this week.

When Patrice Miller was found dead in Downieville in November, the Sierra County Sheriff's Office said it believed a bear went into the woman's home after she died. But an autopsy recently confirmed the bear killed her, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife said.

"This incident is the first known, documented fatal attack by a black bear in California history," the department said in a statement.

Miller was found Nov. 8 in Downieville, which has a population of around 290 and is about 50 miles northwest of Lake Tahoe, after sheriff's deputies conducted a welfare check.

A preliminary investigation indicated she died before the bear went to the home, the sheriff's office said at the time.


Best of the Web: Winter returns to Iceland - Snowstorm in June

© mbl.isHoltavörðuheiði.
Winter has returned to Iceland!

Officially, summer should have already started in Iceland in late April - at least according to the old Icelandic calendar. But since the beginning of the week, a low-pressure front has brought back the Arctic winter in full force - in June.

Yesterday, Art and Alina travelled to Akureyri to witness an unusual summer storm that unexpectedly hit the North and East of Iceland, blanketing the landscapes with snow and ice just as they were eagerly awaiting summer.

Comment: See also: Snow in June on Scotland's mountains as Arctic air sweeps in

Cloud Precipitation

Heavy downpours with hail flooded parts of Moscow

Floods after heavy rains at the Dmitrovsky Park
Floods after heavy rains at the Dmitrovsky Park
Heavy downpours with hail have flooded parts of Moscow.


Killer heatwaves are ravaging India - and things are about to get worse

India, heat wave, child, fountain
© Sunil Ghosh/Hindustan Times via Getty ImagesChild cools down in water fountain in scorching heat at sector 34 on May 29, 2024 in Noida, India. Maximum temperature reaching as high as 47.3C, highest recorded this season.

Comment: The attribution of the heatwave to human carbon emissions is both wrong and wrong-headed. Despite this, the temperatures and the numbers of people affected by the heatwaves are still noteworthy.

Even in a country so accustomed to spells of searing heat, India has been grappling with temperatures that have seen the mercury rise to increasingly unbearable heights - and with fatal consequences.

Delhi recorded close to 50C (122F) in May, while the heatwave sweeping across other states in northern India has taken a substantial toll on the nation's election workers. According to experts, rising summer temperatures are here to stay.

As many as 61 people have died due to the current heatwave, including 33 on election duty and a voter in Uttar Pradesh (UP), India's most populous state, as well as eight on election duty in neighboring Bihar. The Health Ministry confirmed 56 heat-related deaths in the country by May 30, 46 of which had happened in that month alone.

The Indian Meteorological Department issued an orange alert (cautioning people to "be prepared") on June 1, the final day of voting, and the 'loo' - the hot summer wind - depressed the turnout by 61.63%, 3.5% lower than in 2019.

What is worrying is that the latest World Weather Attribution Report released last month predicts that such heatwaves will be 45 times more likely (compared to pre-industrial times) in the years to come, attributing the cause to human-induced climate change.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike kills 2 in Telangana, India

Two persons lost their lives after being struck by lightning in Medak on Wednesday night. The victims were identified as Siddaiah, 33, and Nandu, 22, both residents of Shamnapur village in Haveli Ghanpur, who worked as daily labourers.

On Wednesday night, while the duo were traveling home on a two-wheeler during heavy rain accompanied by lightning and thunder, they sought shelter near a hillock on the outskirts of the village.

But lightning struck, resulting in their death. Locals informed the police officials, who initiated an investigation.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike kills 40 goats in Maharashtra, India

Lightning Strike Kills 40 Goats in Satara District: Shepherd Narrowly Escapes
Lightning Strike Kills 40 Goats in Satara District: Shepherd Narrowly Escapes
Lightning strike has killed 40 goats in Satara district on Wednesday. However, the shepherd, Jagannath Shripati Kolekar, narrowly escaped the death.

The incident took place in the Phaltan tehsil of Satara district.

Upon receiving information about the incident, the staff of the Wai Tehsil official arrived at the scene and conducted a Panchnama.

In the past two days, Wai, Phaltan and Kahtav tehsils has experienced sudden pre-monsoon rains, resulting in water entering nearby shops due to flooding at Bavdhan Naka.

The onset of rain at 4pm on Wednesday proved fatal for the goats in Pasrani, with strong winds and lightning. However, the shepherd, who was fortunate to be standing at a distance, remained unharmed.

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SOTT Focus: SOTT Earth Changes Summary - May 2024: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs

Solar activity continued to intensify throughout May, triggering the most powerful geomagnetic storm over two decades, disrupting power grids, telecommunications, air travel, and GPS services. But these effects were overshadowed by stunning auroras seen far to the south, dazzling millions of witnesses around the globe. It was the most intense display in 500 years!

While some countries in the northern hemisphere, such as Mexico and India, experienced extreme heat, parts of the southern hemisphere were hit by early heavy snow and the northern hemisphere by unseasonably cold temperatures for May.


One dead, multiple injured after another tornado outbreak in the US

A tornado near cars in Montgomery County, Maryland.
© Fire & Rescue Service spokesperson Pete PiringerA tornado near cars in Montgomery County, Maryland.
The latest tornado outbreak in the U.S. has damaged parts of Michigan and Maryland.

One tornado just outside Detroit killed a 2-year-old boy after it toppled a tree onto his house.


500,000 stranded in Bangladesh after rain-triggered flooding

More than half a million people have been marooned after vast swathes of land were inundated in north-eastern Bangladesh.

Officials said that a district of Sylhet was hit by sudden flooding triggered by heavy rain upstream on Friday.

According to the local administration, the government opened nearly 550 temporary shelters as the flooding affected some 533,202 residents in remote villages and townships in the district.

"We are trying to move the flood-affected people to safety," said Sheikh Rasel Hasan, chief administrator of the district.