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Night sky turns blood red in Chinese city

red sky

The sky turned blood red at night in a city in eastern Zhejiang province. An expert explained it was caused by a refraction of the lights from a fishing boat because of the cloudy and foggy weather.


Second sperm whale found dead in Florida Keys

A 47-foot male sperm whale died off Mud Key in the Florida Keys on Tuesday.
© Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
A 47-foot male sperm whale died off Mud Key in the Florida Keys on Tuesday.
A sperm whale was found dead in the waters just east of Key West on Tuesday, the second to die within a week in the Florida Keys, state and federal officials said.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers said that an adult male beached itself on Tuesday north of Mud Key, located about 15 miles northeast of Key West, the Miami Herald reported.

On May 4, a juvenile sperm whale that was separated from its mother died after reaching shore near Key Largo, according to the Key West Citizen. The young whale had an injury to its head and its swimming was "labored," Art Cooper, who oversees the Key Largo-based Dolphins Plus Marine Mammal Responder, told the newspaper.

Cloud Precipitation

Queensland in Australia battling second flood emergency in three months - 9 inches of rain in 24 hours

South East Queensland is enduring its second major rain event in three months.

There's a moderate flood warning for the Brisbane River and emergency alerts for isolated towns as the system that struck the north first, settles in here.

Floodwaters trapped two men, but they were saved in separate rescues.

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Australia - More Floods in Queensland After Widespread Heavy Rainfall

At least one person has died and emergency services have rescued serval others from flood waters across the state of Queensland, Australia, after days of heavy rainfall from 09 April.

According to figures from Australia's Bureau of Meteorology (BoM), Sunshine Coast Airport recorded 133.4 mm of rain in 24 hours on 09 April. BoM Queensland said many areas received over 100 mm in 24 hours 10 to 11 May. The state's highest was 244 mm at Mourilyan on the Cassowary Coast.

24 hours rainfall totals in Queensland, Australia, 10 to 11 May 2022.
© BoM
24 hours rainfall totals in Queensland, Australia, 10 to 11 May 2022.
State Emergency Services (SES) in Queensland have been call on to carry out several rescues, mostly occupants of vehicles trapped in flood waters. Queensland Police reported one person died and 2 survived after a vehicle was swept away by flood waters in Mount Ossa, north of Mackay on 11 May 2022.

On 12 May Queensland Police reported one person was missing in floods in Imbil, south of Gympie, but was later found safe and well. Local media reported several people were rescued from vehicles caught in floods in Caboolture, north of Brisbane. One man escaped flood waters in Bundaberg by clinging to a tree overnight.

BoM issued a Major Flood Warning for Warrill Creek and Bremer River on 12 May, with possible flooding affecting areas including Rosewood, Five Mile Bridge, Walloon, Ipswich, Kalbar and Harrisville in the south east of the state.

SES said, "There is LOTS of water on the roads across the south-east corner, with more rises expected. Please, if you can avoid travelling on the roads this afternoon and tonight, stay home. Our crews are always ready to assist when needed, but we need you to take every precaution to stay safe."

Reservoir levels are high and authorities have started releasing water from several dams including the Wivenhoe Dam, west of Brisbane. BoM warned minor flooding is likely along the Brisbane River. On 12 May an Emergency Alert was issued for Cressbrook Creek by Somerset Regional Council, which said the Cressbrook Dam is 1.2 metres above the spillway. Another Emergency Alert is in place for Cooby Creek near Toowoomba, where the Toowoomba Regional Council advises the Cooby Dam is spilling.

As of 12 May, Emergency Alerts for heavy rain or flooding were in place for Mount Tarampa and Prenzlau, Lockyer Valley, Sunshine Coast, Noosa, Gympie, North Burnett and Killarney.

The Bureau of Meteorology said further heavy rainfall is expected for parts of the Capricornia, Wide Bay and Burnett and South-East Coast forecast areas. SES said, "With six-hourly rainfall totals between 100mm to 160mm possible, flash flooding could occur during the early hours of Friday 13 May 2022."

Cloud Lightning

Lightning kills 20 hogs, scores more injured in Fangyuan, Taiwan

A lightning strike yesterday killed 20 hogs and injured 140 at a pig farm in Changhua County's Fangyuan Township (芳苑) after an alleged failure to ground a lightning rod.

Most of the wounded pigs were not expected to recover and were to be euthanized, farm owner Lin Chia-chih (林家至) said, adding that he estimated the loss to be between NT$5 million and NT$6 million (US$168,322 and US$201,986).

The lightning bolt struck during an early-morning thunderstorm, hitting a spot that had been struck six months before, he said.


Canadian beekeepers suffer higher than usual winterkill numbers

The Chair of the Canadian Honey Council says it was a great summer for bees last year, but it was also great for growing Varroa mites.

Jake Berg says Varroa mites are a major biosecurity threat that has led to a major decline in the bee population over the winter.

"Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario are all talking about kind of 45 per cent losses as an average. Quebec is probably the hardest hit with about 60 per cent loss on average, and Saskatchewan is sitting at about 30 per cent, I believe at the moment. Typically, we expect 20 to 25 per cent as a high number."

He notes for some producers that were hit hard it's going to take multiple years to rebuild their colonies.

Arrow Down

Terrifying footage of a massive landslide in China's Guizhou

Local captures terrifying footage of deadly landslide in southwest China

Local captures terrifying footage of deadly landslide in southwest China
The landslide reportedly occurred in the afternoon of Sunday, May, 8, in Bijie, Guizhou, China.

Videos of the landslide in China's Guizhou were posted on Twitter with one user posting:
"Terrifying images of a massive landslide in #China 🇨🇳 this May 8, 2022.
The unfortunate event occurred in #Bijie prefecture #Guizhou province where sadly 2 people lost their lives. #landslideVia @havamedyaa," alongside a video showing footage of the moment the landslide in China's Guizhou occurred.


6.8-magnitude earthquake hits Argentina: USGS

An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.8 jolted 78 km NNW of San Antonio de los Cobres, Argentina at 23:06:29 GMT on Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 193.81 km, was initially determined to be at 23.6141 degrees south latitude and 66.7236 degrees west longitude.


18 INCHES of May snow in just 12 HOURS hits Bogus Basin, Idaho

Bogus Basin snow.
© National Weather Service
Bogus Basin snow.
Who knew Monday, May 9 would be a perfect day to go skiing.

The National Weather Service on Monday afternoon said Bogus Basin has received a whopping 18 inches of snow in just 12 hours.

This cool May storm even brought some snow showers and some accumulation on grassy areas down to the Treasure Valley.

Cloud Lightning

Incredible moment huge bolt of lightning hits backyard in Sebring, Florida

Rod Murphy, of Sebring, experienced the scare of his life when a bolt of lighting set his neighbor's backyard ablaze

Rod Murphy, of Sebring, experienced the scare of his life when a bolt of lighting set his neighbor's backyard ablaze
This is the incredible moment a Florida man experiences the scare of his life when a huge bolt of lighting sets his neighbor's house ablaze.

Rod Murphy, of Sebring, was aware of the rain forecast and had decided to turn off the sprinklers so his plants would not be overwatered.

But the timing of the chore proved fateful as he witnessed how the stunning flash as the lightning struck his neighbor's backyard, with flaming earth erupting from the ground.

A shocked Rod placed his right hand on his chest and let out a scared cry fleeing inside his home, perhaps not quite processing what had just happened.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning kills two women in Kenya

Two women have died and a third one left fighting for her life after they were struck by lightning in Gitiri village in Kinangop, Nyandarua.

The three were in a group of women who were tilling a farm near Aberdare forest when the accident occurred. Other farmers nearby were forced to flee.

Village elder Salton Mbugua said this was the first time such an incident occurred in the area.

He said the three were planning to leave the farm before the rains when they were struck around midday.

A senior police officer who declined to be named said the bodies had been taken to the local mortuary.