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Late May snowfall in Eastern Turkey - nearly 4 inches

The Limni Lake Natural Park, located in Turkey's Eastern Black Sea region, was covered with 10 centimeters (3.9 inches) of snow this week, giving visitors the unique opportunity to enjoy the beautiful winter scenery one last time as the summer months approach.

Surrounded by pine and spruce trees, the park offers a pleasant view of the snow-covered mountain.

Located 45 kilometers (27.9 miles) from Gümüşhane's city center, Lake Limni is situated on the foothills of Mount Zigana.


Record late May snowfall hits Idaho Falls - up to 4 inches

Several inches of snow fell in Idaho Falls, Idaho, on Saturday, May 23, with preliminary totals indicating a record for springtime snowfall in the area, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

The NWS said preliminary totals showed two to four inches of snow accumulated in the city, which would it the most snow recorded "this late in spring" since the area's weather records began in 1948.

This video shows snow falling in Idaho Falls around 11.30 am on Saturday.

Credit: @taylordevin1 via Storyful


Evacuations ongoing due to 'significant' brush fire in Nova Scotia

fire in Porters Lake, N.S.
© Jesse Thomas/Global News
The smoke from the fire in Porters Lake, N.S., could be seen from kilometres away
More than 1,000 residents in the area of Porters Lake, N.S. are being asked to leave their homes Saturday as crews work to contain a large fire in the area.

At least 10 trucks from Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency (HRFE) have responded to the scene of the brush fire which was first reported at approximately 12:30 p.m. AT.

HRFE assistant chief Nadya-Lyse Paré said that a resident on their quad was the first to spot the fire and report it to officials.


Cosmic rays increases hail size and duration - Lightning inception by large ice particles, GSM much?

Southern storms drop egg-sized hail.

3″+ hail reported with Thursday night storms.

Baseball-sized hail, tornadoes hit plains.

8-year-old finds hail larger than a softball in Burkburnett.

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Prediction of lightning inception by large ice particles and extensive air showers.

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8-year-old finds hailstone with a circumference of 14.5 inches in Burkburnett, Texas

large hail
Eight-year-old Will Moody says he found it in a field.

It's amazing what Mother Nature can produce in the sky.

Friday night, large hail stones fell in Burkburnett -- just northwest of Wichita Falls.

Eight-year-old Will Moody found one in a field at a friend's house after the storm passed -- and it was larger than a softball.

Comment: Cosmic rays increases hail size and duration - Lightning inception by large ice particles, GSM much?


Millions of cicadas are expected to emerge in US after 17 years underground

Millions of cicadas will return to swarm parts of the US this summer
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Millions of cicadas will return to swarm parts of the US this summer.
As if we didn't have enough to worry about with giant murder hornets invading the US and a global pandemic, millions of 17-year cicadas will emerge from the ground this year.

As many as 1.5 million cicadas per acre may emerge, and people living in Southwest Virginia, parts of North Carolina and West Virginia could witness this unique phenomenon, Virginia Tech says in a news release.

Luckily, cicadas are harmless to humans. At most, the noise they make could become a nuisance.

"Communities and farms with large numbers of cicadas emerging at once may have a substantial noise issue," said Eric Day, Virginia Cooperative Extension entomologist in Virginia Tech's Department of Entomology.

"Hopefully, any annoyance at the disturbance is tempered by just how infrequent -- and amazing -- this event is."


Sakurajima volcano erupts again in Japan

Sakurajima Volcano

Sakurajima Volcano
Eruption Sakurajima Volcano, Japan May 23, 2020


Late May snowfall of 13 inches hits mountains near Sochi, Russia

Sochi snow
In Sochi in the mountains, the snow, the thickness of the cover at the top of rose Peak is 13 inches. Precipitation become possible due to the cooling to minus one degree, which is rare for spring, according to the mountain resort "Rosa Khutor".

As of mid-day Saturday in the lowlands, it was observed 70 mm of snow precipitation that exceeds the norm.

At a height of 2.3 thousand meters above sea level thickness of snow cover exceeds 10 cm.

Snow went to the level of 1.23% of the country, say forecasters. Experts said the reason for the sharp decline of the ambient temperature is the invasion of Northern temperate air masses moving cold atmospheric front passed through the region the night before. In the third decade of May such sharp temperature fluctuations occur very rarely. The increased precipitation occurred on the evening of May 22.


Late May snowfall in mountains of Wyoming

Teton Pass early on Sat, May 23
Teton Pass early on Sat, May 23
The National Weather Service in Riverton has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for Western and Central Wyoming for Saturday, May 23.

"Snow will occur in the western Wyoming mountains today into this evening. The most snow will occur at elevations above 8500 feet," said the outlook advisory. "Isolated thunderstorms will be possible late this morning through early evening. Some storms will produce small hail."

Casper has a 30% chance of thunderstorms and showers, possibly producing small hail, mainly between 3:00 and 4:00 pm Saturday.

Black Cat 2

Signs and Portents: Oregon family surprised by birth of two-faced kitten

An Oregon family was surprised when they discovered their cat’s litter included a special kitten with two heads.
© BJ King
An Oregon family was surprised when they discovered their cat’s litter included a special kitten with two heads.
While checking on her pregnant cat, an Oregon woman was surprised to find she'd already given birth, and one of the kittens had two faces.

On Wednesday morning, Kyla King was checking on her expectant cat on her farm east of Albany when she noticed four kittens had already been born. One hiding behind its mom, Portland station KOIN-TV reports, had two heads.

"I came back out and looked again," she told the Albany Democrat-Herald, "and I was like, 'Ah!'"