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2 dead after heavy rainfall and floods in Sri Lanka - 8 inches of rain in 24 hours

At least 2 people have died in severe weather in Sri Lanka over the last few days

According to the country's Disaster Management Center (DMC), one person died and one is still missing after flooding in Galigamuwa in Kegalle District on 15 May. On the same day heavy rain caused an earth embankment to collapse in Kegalle Division, burying a home. DMC said one person died in the incident.

A total of 1,868 people have been affected by heavy rain and floods in Kegalle District since 14 May. Nine houses have been destroyed and 391 damaged.

Sri Lanka's Department of Meteorology said Galigamuwa recorded 214 mm of rain in 24 hours to 16 May. Sirikandura near Baddegama in Galle District recorded 182.5mm of rain to 15 May.

Snowflake Cold

Rare late night frost in the Netherlands

For the second night in a row, it has frozen in De Bilt in the night from Thursday to Friday.

In the Utrecht city, where the national main measuring station is located, it cooled down to -1.2 degrees C. The night before it was -1.0 degrees C.

Such late night frost in De Bilt is special, according to weather agency Weeronline.

Only in 1909, 1941, 1946 and 1973, just like this year, were there two or more frost nights after May 10 in De Bilt.

Thanks to Harry Zandvliet for this link.


Sakurajima volcano erupts in Japan

At 18:55 JST an explosion was registered. Clouds/heavy dew obscured.

Cloud Precipitation

Severe flooding, torrential rains hit Samarinda, Indonesia

INDONESIA - Severe flooding, torrential rains hit Samarinda, Kalimantan province, island of Borneo, May 16


Cities across Turkey see highest May temperatures ever, breaking 75-year-old records

Turkey heatwave
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A woman cools off with some water from a fountain amid all-time high May temperatures, during a six-hour break from the coronavirus curfew, Muğla, Turkey, May 17, 2020.
Sunday saw all-time high temperatures in provinces throughout western Turkey, including in southern Antalya, southwestern Muğla, Burdur and Isparta, and northwestern Bursa.

The director of the 4th Regional Directorate of Meteorology, Latif Gültekin, said the temperatures Saturday and Sunday set all-time record highs for May in Antalya, Muğla, Burdur and Isparta. The previous record highs for Antalya and Muğla were set in 1945 and 1932, respectively, while Burdur and Isparta last set all-time highs on May 29, 2019.

Thermometers in Antalya on Sunday hit 43.0 degrees Celsius (109.4 degrees Fahrenheit), breaking the previous record of 38.7 C set on May 26, 1945.

In Muğla, the temperature hit 39.3 C, breaking the May 30, 1932 record of 36.0 C.

The 4th Regional Directorate of Meteorology said the air temperature in Muğla was 9 to 15 degrees above the seasonal norms, stating that the average temperature for Muğla in May is 24.7 C.

In northwestern Turkey, Bursa also set an all-time high of 38 C on Sunday, breaking the 75-year-old record high of 37 C on May 26, 1945, according to the 3rd Regional Directorate of Meteorology.

Comment: Earlier this month some residents in Turkey were surprised by 'very rare' snowfalls.

Arrow Up

High-impact eruption to 14 km (46 000 feet) a.s.l. at Semeru volcano, Indonesia

Satellite image of Semeru volcano on 16 May 2020
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Satellite image of Semeru volcano on 16 May 2020
Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Darwin warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 46000 ft (14000 m) altitude or flight level 460 .
The full report is as follows:

Solar Flares

Astronomer predicts freezing weather, famine and earthquakes as sun enters solar minimum

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The sun has entered a 'lockdown' period, which could cause freezing weather, famine

Our sun has gone into lockdown, which could cause freezing weather, earthquakes and famine, scientists say.

The sun is currently in a period of "solar minimum," meaning activity on its surface has fallen dramatically.

Experts believe we are about to enter the deepest period of sunshine "recession" ever recorded as sunspots have virtually disappeared.

Astronomer Dr. Tony Phillips said: "Solar Minimum is underway and it's a deep one."

Comment: It would appear that a "super grand" solar minimum is one factor in a confluence of cycles that are upon us: Also check out SOTT radio's:


Severe floods hit Santa Lucía, El Salvador

Heavy rain caused severe floods in Santa Lucía, Ilopango, El Salvador

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Extreme hailstorm slams Piornal, Spain on May 15

Piornal is a municipality located in the province of Cáceres, Extremadura, Spain. According to the 2005 census (INE), the municipality has a population of 1532.

Cloud Precipitation

Heavy rainfall floods homes, streets in Louisiana and Texas - nearly 16 inches of rain recorded

Heavy rains in St. Charles, St. Tammany

Heavy rains in St. Charles, St. Tammany
Parts of southern Louisiana and Texas were inundated with rain Thursday and Friday, flooding homes and roadways and prompting high water rescues.

An observer near Covington in St. Tammany Parish reported 15.63 inches of rain late Thursday night, with more still coming down.

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office rescued residents from flooded homes and vehicles. Some roads in the area were still closed Friday afternoon, and first responders were standing by as the waters continued to rise.