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CME sparks strong geomagnetic storm

Aurora Borealis
© John David McKinnon
Aurora Borealis taken on May 12, 2021 @ The Sandhill Crane Marsh, Alberta, Canada.
A coronal mass ejection (CME) hit Earth's magnetic field during the early hours of May 12th, sparking the strongest geomagnetic storm of young Solar Cycle 25. "Very bright and active waves of aurora danced with morning twilight," reports John David McKinnon of Alberta, Canada, who photographed the display from Sandhill Crane Marsh.

The G3-class disturbance lasted 6 full hours. Only one thing stopped sky watchers in Europe and many US states from seeing the auroras: The sun came up. Daylight blotted out an otherwise memorable display.

The storm is subsiding now. Minor G1-class storms are possible on May 13th as Earth exits the CME's wake.


From September to May, it keeps snowing in Denver, Colorado

Conditions near Larkspur as published by the National Weather Servic
© National Weather Service
Snow near Larkspur
Snow has fallen in the Mile High City over nine straight months, spanning 245 days

A seemingly endless snow season has gripped the Mile High City, where flakes first flew in early September and fell again late Monday into Tuesday. A coating to a few inches of snow covered much of the Denver region Tuesday morning.

The snow accumulated mostly on grassy areas and caused few problems, but it extended one of Denver's longest snow seasons on record, spanning 245 days.

The first flakes of the season fell in the city on Sept. 8, when an inch fell just one day after high temperatures in the 90s. It was the first measurable September snow since 1994.

While small amounts of snow fell in October (four inches), November (five inches), December (seven inches) and January (3.1 inches), it wasn't until February that Denver really started to get dumped on.

"Seems like in February things seemed to turn around," said Jim Kalina, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Boulder, Colo. "February [with 13.5 inches of snow], March [34 inches] and April [12.6 inches] were all above normal."

Cloud Precipitation

14 killed in flash floods and mudflows in Tajikistan and Afghanistan

At least 14 people have lost their lives after heavy rain triggered flash flooding and mudslides in Tajikistan and northern areas of neighbouring Afghanistan. This is the second severe flood event to strike in Afghanistan in the past week.


Tajikistan Committee of Emergency Situations (CoES) reported severe flooding in Districts under Central Government Jurisdiction (RSS) and Khatlon regions from 11 May 2021, causing fatalities and damage to roads, bridges, homes and livestock.

As of 12 May 2021, at least 8 people had lost their lives, including 7 in Khatlon Region. According to CoES, three people were killed when a mudslide buried a car in Shamsiddin Shohin district of the region, while 3 fatalities were reported in the city of Kulob and 1 in Kushoniyon district, where 4 people were rescued.

Flooding destroyed a bridge in Danghara District and damaged around 26 homes in Shamsiddin Shohin district. Flood damage was also reported in Yovon District.

Flooding also struck parts of Central Government Jurisdiction (RSS) region. One person was swept away by flood waters in Gissar while attending to livestock. Around 14 homes were damaged by a mudflow in Rasht district. Flood damage was also reported in other districts of RSS, including Sangvor and Varzob, among others.


Major shallow magnitude 6.6 earthquake - Mauritius/Reunion Region

Major magnitude 6.6 earthquake at 10 km depth

Date & time: 12 May 2021 14:05:16 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: 12 May 6:05 pm (GMT +4)
Magnitude: 6.6
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 17.31°S / 66.45°E


Worker dies after neighbour's pit bull bites his neck in Karnataka, India

A 38-year-old daily-wage worker was killed after a neighbour's pet dog attacked him and bit his neck in Attur Layout, Yelahanka New Town, on Tuesday afternoon.

Narasimha was from Raichur and lived with his wife in a makeshift shed on a construction site in Attur Layout. He was attacked by the neighbour's pit bull when he tried to stop the dog, which had come out of its parent's home and was running amok.

Police have booked the pit bull's parent, identified as Christi, under IPC section 304A for causing death due to negligence. Christi is a student from Tamil Nadu who lives in a rented accommodation next to the construction site. The dog is currently with her. "Since she also sustained injuries and is undergoing treatment, we have summoned on Wednesday or Thursday," an investigating officer said.

The incident occurred around 1pm when Narasimha was resting after lunch. As the government has allowed labourers living on construction sites to work during the lockdown, he and his wife Anita were working in the half-constructed residential building, police said.


Dog attack leaves one person dead, another injured in Big Spring, Texas

A Big Spring man died after being attacked by a dog on Tuesday morning.

The victim has been identified as John Henry, 46.

According to the Big Spring Police Department, officers were called to the 1100 block of East 13th Street at 6 a.m. for a disturbance.

When police arrived, they found a dog attacking a man, identified as Henry.


Rarely seen deep sea fish washes up on California beach

A Pacific Football Fish, which is a type of Angler Fish that resides at depths of over 1,000 feet in the ocean, washed up on the shores of Crystal Cove State Park in California on May 7, 2021.

A Pacific Football Fish, which is a type of Angler Fish that resides at depths of over 1,000 feet in the ocean, washed up on the shores of Crystal Cove State Park in California on May 7, 2021.
A rarely-seen fish that lives thousands of feet deep in the ocean somehow managed to wash up on the shore of a California Beach on Friday, CNN reports.

Representatives with Crystal Cove State Park Pacific say a type of Angler Fish called a Pacific Football Fish washed up on the shores of Newport Beach, about 60 miles south of Santa Monica.

Unique in appearance, the Pacific Football Fish was quickly spotted by a beachgoer who reported it to officials.

State Park representatives said it's pretty rare to find an angler fish intact, and they aren't quite sure how the fish washed ashore.


Two fin whales found dead under hull of Australian ship at Naval Base San Diego, California

The whale carcass dislodged from underneath HMAS Sydney.
© Source:News Corp Australia
The whale carcass dislodged from underneath HMAS Sydney.
Two dead fin whales became dislodged from the hull of an Australian Navy ship as it pulled into Naval Base San Diego on Saturday.

Video shows the HMAS Sydney, an Australian destroyer, making its way into San Diego Bay on Saturday morning. The ship has been in the area conducting joint exercises with the U.S. Navy since early April.

Around 9:45 a.m., as the ship was pulling into a pier at Naval Base San Diego, a sobering sight emerged.

According to U.S. Navy spokesperson, the carcasses of two fin whales became dislodged from the hull and surfaced.

One was 65 feet long. The other was about 25 feet.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning kills boy on football field in Blackpool, UK

Police were called to the Blackpool grounds after reports a child was injured
© Mirrorpix
Police were called to the Blackpool grounds after reports a child was injured
A nine-year-old boy has been killed after being struck by lightning on a football field.

Police were called to the scene in Blackpool, Lancashire, just after 5pm on Tuesday night to reports a child had been injured.

Emergency services attended and the boy was taken to hospital but died a short time later.

A Lancashire Police spokesman said: "Although enquiries are still ongoing, at this time we believe the boy had been struck by lightning."

The boy's family have been informed and are being supported by officers, the spokesman said.

Snowflake Cold

Heavy snow hits Australian ski resorts a month early

Thredbo ski resort

A blizzard has lashed Australia's ski resorts more than a month early in welcome signs for the nation's skiers and snowboarders (pictured, Thredbo resort on Wednesday morning)
A 'blizzard' has lashed Australia's ski resorts more than a month early in welcome signs for the nation's skiers and snowboarders.

Temperatures fell to nearly 0C on Tuesday night, seeing a heavy downpour of snow to fall throughout the night through New South Wales snowy mountains.

Both Thredbo and Perisher ski resorts received a 10cm dump of snow at their village level alone, with much deeper powder at the top of the runs.

Mid-May snow dumps are rare in the region but offer a welcome sign for people hoping to get their skis on when the snow season gets going in June.

Perisher recorded 74.7mm of rain overnight Tuesday, resulting in large snowfall across the region.