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Mountain passes in Colorado covered with May snow

Spring Snow Blankets Colorado's San Juan Mountains

Spring snow blankets Colorado's San Juan Mountains
A wet spring storm brought rain to lower elevations and snow to the high country Friday across much of Southwest Colorado.

Snow was so heavy and unexpected in the higher elevations that it closed two mountain passes on U.S. Highway 550 and prompted a winter weather advisory for parts of the San Juan Mountains.

Both lanes of U.S. Highway 550 reopened Friday afternoon after a temporary closure over Coal Bank and Molas passes, south of Silverton, because of adverse, snowy weather conditions.

The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for areas of the southwestern and eastern San Juan Mountains above 10,000 feet in elevation. The advisory, which advises drivers to use caution on the roads, is in effect until midnight Friday.

Comment: Prairies kick off 'unofficial start to summer' with heavy snow and ice


Thousands evacuated after floods in Sabah and Sarawak, Malaysia

Over 5,000 people have been forced from their homes after days of flooding in East Malaysia.

Malaysia's National Disaster Management Agency (NADMA) reported flooding in parts of Sabah State from 17 May 2021. Areas in the neighbouring state of Sarawak were flooded from 20 May.

In Sabah, 4,221 people were displaced in Tenom district and 574 people in Beaufort district as of 22 May, 2021. NADMA said 42 evacuation centres have been set up to house those displaced.


Greek villages evacuated as wildfire rages

Fire burns among houses during a wildfire in the village of Schinos, near Corinth, Greece, late Wednesday, May 19, 2021
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Fire burns among houses during a wildfire in the village of Schinos, near Corinth, Greece, late Wednesday, May 19, 2021
At least six Greek villages and two monasteries were evacuated on Wednesday night due to a major forest fire on the coast of the Gulf of Corinth, about 90 km west of Athens, fire officials said.

"The fire is raging on a wide front near the village of Skinos, a fire brigade spokesman told AFP. According to Greek media, several homes were damaged but no casualties were reported immediately.

Some 180 firefighters, supported by 17 planes and three helicopters, are involved in the extinguishing operations, the Greek fire brigade tweeted.

"This is the first major fire of 2021 (...) villages have been evacuated as a precaution," fire service spokesman Vassilis Vathrakogiannis told Skai TV.

Black smoke from the fire was visible from the capital.

Snowflake Cold

Prairies kick off 'unofficial start to summer' with heavy snow and ice

Snow in Waterton, Alberta on May 21

Snow in Waterton, Alberta on May 21
Though deemed the "unofficial kickoff to summer," things are looking and feeling a lot more wintry across parts of the Prairies to start the May long weekend.

After beginning the week with some of the first 30-degree weather of the year, the mid-summer like heat quickly gave way to tumbling temperatures, setting the scene for a much more wintry end to the week. Snowfall and freezing rain warnings spanned Alberta and Saskatchewan through Friday morning, with difficult travel being reported on some major highway routes.

As much as 10-20+ cm of snow was forecast through the hardest hit areas, as temperatures hovered close to the freezing mark -- a 30-degree drop for most places from Monday. Persistent freezing rain has also taken a toll across parts of southern Saskatchewan, snapping tree branches and resulting in local power outages.

The good news is, conditions will gradually improve through Saturday, as temperatures attempt to rebound to more seasonal values. Some of the warmest weather will actually be felt across northern Alberta, with daytime highs reaching the lower 20s by Sunday.


Snow hits Mongolia's capital as summer nears

Heavy snowfall hit Mongolia's capital early Saturday morning, despite summertime approaching.

The air temperature in Ulan Bator, which was around 20 degrees Celsius midday Friday, has dropped to 1 degree Celsius by Saturday noon.

In Mongolia, March, April and May are spring months, with weather conditions changing widely day-to-day or hour-to-hour.

Source: Xinhua

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strikes kill four in Odisha, India

Representational photo.
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Representational photo.
At least four persons, including three from a family were killed on Friday afternoon in separate incidents of lightning strike in Odisha.

Three persons, including a woman and her three-year-old daughter, died as lightning struck them at Kundurugoda village under Ghatagaon police limits in Keonjhar district.

In another lightning mishap, a 38-year-old farmer from MV-64 village under Kalimela block in Malkangiri district died after being struck by lightning. The victim identified as Balai Bairagi was cultivating cropland when the mishap took place, police said.


Thousands affected by floods and landslides in Colombia

Floods in La Virginia municipality
© Government of Risaralda
Floods in La Virginia municipality of Risaralda Department, Colombia.
Officials in Colombia report that over 30,000 people have been affected by floods and landslides across the country over the past 2 weeks. Three people have died and 5 were injured. Around 8 houses were destroyed and at least 2,500 damaged.

The worst of the flooding was in La Virginia municipality of Risaralda Department. On 18 May 2021, Civil Defence reported 800 homes were damaged and 4,000 people affected after the Risaralda and Cauca rivers broke their banks. As of 18 May the Cauca at La Virginia stood at 5.34 metres, which is above orange (2nd of 3) alert level. Areas of Santuario, Dosquebradas and Balboa municipalities also suffered flooding during this time. The government of Risaralda declared an emergency on 19 May and in a statement said that around 20,000 people from 5,000 families were affected and 510 people were staying in shelters in La Virginia.

In Meta Department almost 5,400 people have been affected and 1,100 homes damaged by flooding in various municipalities. On 10 May 2,500 people were affected by floods in Puerto Lleras. During the following days flooding struck in Cabuyaro and Puerto López. The Meta river at Puerto Lopez was above Red (highest) alert levels at 8.73 metres. On 18 May flooding affected 1,000 residents of El Castillo and 150 in Fuente De Oro.


Heavy storm paralyzes life in Turkey's coastal cities - cruise and fishing boats sunk

One of the most beautiful seaside towns of Turkey, Ayvalık in the Aegean province of Balıkesir, woke up Friday to a severe storm that paralyzed life both at sea and on land.

The severe storm that started around 6 a.m. in Ayvalık, Balıkesir, caused serious material damage in the district, Cunda Island, Sarımsaklı and Altınova.

The force of the wind exceeded 80 kph (50 mph), large cruise boats and fishing boats collapsed and sank, while the roofs of some buildings in the district were blown away and windows of many homes were broken.

A fisherman fell into the sea from a boat about to sink during the storm, but his health is in a good condition. Some 20 boats reportedly sank during the bad weather.

Municipal workers were working to clear debris, and damage assessment was underway in the district.

Black Cat

3 women killed by tigers in one day in Maharashtra, India

Three women were killed in separate incidents of tiger attack in Bhadravati, Sindewahi and Saoli ranges on Wednesday.

All of them had gone out in the forest to collect tendu leaves and fodder for cattle.

One Sita Chouke (63) from Kokewada village had gone to survey no. 34 in revenue forest in Navegaon round of Sindewahi range with other women in the morning.

While she was busy collecting tendu leaves, a tiger attacked and killed her.

In the second incident, a woman was killed in area under Ordnance Factory Chanda, falling under Chaprala beat of Bhadravati range.


Major shallow magnitude 6.5 earthquake - Fiji: 266 Km SSE of Alo, Wallis And Futuna

© Associated Press
Date & time: 21 May 2021 22:13:18 UTC -

Local time at epicenter: 22 May 11:13 am (GMT +13)

Magnitude: 6.5

Depth: 10.0 km

Epicenter latitude / longitude: 16.6001°S / 177.3522°W (South Pacific Ocean, Fiji)