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Spring blizzard slams Iceland - almost 5 FEET of snow in a day buries cars, residents dig themselves out of houses

Selfoss, Southwest Iceland, yesterday.
© Sigmundur Sigurgeirsson
Selfoss, Southwest Iceland, yesterday.
Severe weather hit every part of the country over the weekend, with the exception of the capital area, Morgunblaðið reports.

In the West Fjords, the Icelandic Coast Guard ship Þór was on stand-by in Ísafjarðardjúp fjord, where the wind speed reached 50-60 knots, and visibility was next to none.

"We are ready, should we be needed," Captain Halldór B. Nellett told Morgunblaðið yesterday. "For the past few days, roads have been impassable, and all flights have been canceled to this area. The only passable route is by ship. "

On Saturday, Þór sailed to Ísafjörður to pick up coronavirus samples, which it transported to Arngerðareyri - at the innermost part of Ísafjarðardjúp fjord. There, the ship sailed as close to the shore as possible, where some crew members went by boat the last stretch to shore. On the dock, rescue workers awaited them and received the samples, which were subsequently transported to Reykjavík for analysis.


Biohazard

Extreme weather & disease: The fight to save Europe's olive trees

Xyella
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The discovery of Xyella fastidiosa in European olive trees in 2013 caught European researchers off-guard.
A plant disease spread by sap-sucking insects has been devastating olive and fruit orchards across southern Europe, but scientists are inching closer to halting its spread with the help of insect repelling clays, vegetative barriers and genetic analysis.

In the late summer harvest of 2013, olive farmers in the Puglia region of southern Italy noticed that the leaves on several of their trees were turning brown and their shoots withering. The problem spread from one orchard to another, as more olive farmers found their trees were drying out and beginning to die.

Genetic testing confirmed them to be infected with Xyella fastidiosa, a bacteria originally found in America. Soon outbreaks appeared throughout the Mediterranean, even briefly as far north as Germany in 2016.

Comment: Erratic seasons and extreme weather are devastating crops all over the planet, and at the same time we're seeing outbreaks of all kinds.

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Snowflake

Spring storm dumps 3 FEET of snow on the Sierra

SNOW STORM
A pair of Spring storm fronts swept through the Sierra over the weekend and on Monday morning, forcing travelers to use chains on mountain passes on I-80 and Highway 50 and blanketing the region with as much as 3 feet of new snow at the higher elevations.

What would have been a late season boost to the Tahoe area ski industry has been transformed into a "what if" moment as resorts from Squaw Valley to Heavenly Valley have been shuttered for the season since late March because of the current coronavirus outbreak and social distancing requirements.

A winter weather advisory expires at noon Monday for Tahoe where 13 inches of snow fell at Incline Village. Mammoth Mountain ski resort reported 35 inches.



Attention

Massive sandstorm hits Baicheng, China

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Massive sandstorm hits Baicheng China, April 2020.


Cloud Precipitation

Hailstorms and flash floods in Saudi Arabia

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Dawadmi or Ad Dawadimi (Arabic: الدوادمي‎) is a town in Riyadh Province, Saudi Arabia. As of the 2004 census it had a population of 53,071 people.


Snowflake

Blanket of snow continues to cover large parts of mainland Greece - foot of snowfall in just a few hours

Snow in Agios Pavlos (Saint Paul) village in Naoussa, Central Macedonia.

Snow in Agios Pavlos (Saint Paul) village in Naoussa, Central Macedonia.
Many parts of northern and central Greece remain covered by a thick white blanket of snow, a highly unusual occurrence in April.

This rare spring snow that arrived in Greece several days ago, continues to surprise those living in the northern parts of the mainland of the country.

Instead of flowers and bees, millions of Greeks continue to see snow-covered mountains reminiscent of Christmas.

On Saturday, the more mountainous parts of Evrytania and Phthiotis in Western Greece, as well as areas in Thessaly, received heavy snowfall.


Arrow Down

Landslide following heavy downpour kills 2 in West Sumatra, Indonesia

Policemen and personnel of the Tanah Datar Disaster Mitigation Agency
© Tanah Datar Regency
Policemen and personnel of the Tanah Datar Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) recover the bodies of an elderly woman and her adult son who perished on Sunday in a landslide in Guguak Malalo, Tanah Datar regency, West Sumatra.
A heavy downpour caused a landslide on Sunday in Guguak Malalo, a collection of villages in Tanah Datar regency, West Sumatra, claiming two lives and destroying homes.

The fatal victims have been identified as a 75-year-old woman, Bainar, and her 45-year-old son. Ijun, said emergency head Dodi Susilo of the Tanah Datar Disaster Mitigation Agency.

The mother and son were found buried in mud near the ruins of their house at around 1:30 p.m., nine hours after the landslide hit the area at 4:30 a.m.

Attention

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Global food shortages are almost assured - Behavioural changes over food

Food futures down
© YouTube/Adapt 2030 (screen capture)
Across the business landscape its story after story of global disruption to supply chains, but in the last week, that focus has moved to how the flow of goods, labour and facilities themselves cant keep the food moving. Ports and trucks across the planet are idle, planting and harvesting have ceased and what is picked cant make it to market. This now becomes re-training on how most of the planet will access food from this point forward. Start growing a garden now.


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Tornado1

A *monster* Category 5 Tropical Cyclone Harold will graze Vanuatu islands over the next 24 hours

Cyclone harold vanatu islande
Destructive 120-130 knots winds and flooding expected

Tropical Cyclone #Harold has done an unprecedented intensification into a powerful monster tropical system. It is packing 120 knots (140 mph / 225 km/h) maximum sustained winds and 936 mbar (914 mbar per Vanuatu Met. office) central pressure. This officially puts Harold into a Category 5 system, based on the Australian/Fiji classification. That is a Category 4 equivalent tropical system based on the Saffir-Simpson scale. Harold is already affecting the westernmost islands Espiritu Santo and Malakula, and continue due east at slow speed. This will be destructive for the archipelago over the next 24-36 hours as Harold's very slow movement across the islands will result in significant wind damage and flooding.

The satellite imagery is beyond exceptional. Soon after Harold completed the EWRC (Eyewall replacement cycle), a very large eye appeared with a fully closed eyewall and almost symmetrical CDO (Central dense overcast) cloud signature. A truly remarkable monster system. This is the worst-case scenario for the Vanuatu islands, as there is basically no return now. The full force of a violent system will blast across the country. Also, a very interesting thing happened a few hours ago - it seems that Harold's eye began to clear soon after the outflow 'shockwave' pushed to the N and NW. This shockwave can be seen on 3rd animation below:

Bizarro Earth

Big one coming for Yellowstone? Utah rocked by more than 700 earthquakes in weeks since 5.7 magnitude tremor

utah earthquake
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Bricks and debris lay at the base of a building damaged by an earthquake on March 18 in Magna, Utah
The state of Utah has been rocked by 728 earthquakes in the weeks since a 5.7-magnitude tremor rattled residents of Salt Lake City and beyond last month.

That figure includes three quakes with a magnitude of at least four and another 30 with a magnitude of at least three, according to the University of Utah Seismograph Stations. Experts additionally determined there were no foreshocks ahead of the initial earthquake, which shook swaths of Northern Utah awake on March 18 around 7 a.m.

The biggest of the aftershocks, a 4.7-magnitude tremor, occurred an hour later and a second quake of the same size rocked region again around 1 p.m.