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Landslide due to heavy rainfall filmed in rural Rwanda

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A video of a large chunk of land shifting ground has been going viral on social media. In the background, you could hear people speaking Kinyarwanda and in shock saying this is a sign of the end of the world. Others took to Twitter to make fun of footage that was taken the weekend of March 13 2020.


Ice Cube

Arctic sea ice extent highest in recent years

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Sea-ice extent is at highest levels in recent years, and temperatures at the Pole have crashed to the lowest levels of the winter.

So much for global warming.

When a zonal pattern traps cold air at the Pole, Alarmists shift their attention further south and write about spring being early in certain places, calling it "unprecedented". However when these winter patterns fall apart they sometimes hurl blobs of very cold air south, and mild winters can end with wild storms, as was the case on March 11-15, 1888.

Thanks to Caleb Shaw these links.

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6.1-magnitude earthquake hits off coast of Vanuatu - USGS

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© Phil McCarten / Reuters
A 6.1-magnitude earthquake has hit off the coast of the island state of Vanuatu in the South Pacific, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).

The earthquake was registered at 03:13 UTC. The epicentre was located 97 kilometres (60 miles) northwest of the village of Sola. The earthquake occurred at a depth of 178.8 kilometres (111 miles).

There have been no reports about possible casualties or destruction.

Snowflake

Indian Army rescues 560+ stranded civilians amid heavy, record breaking snowfall

Record snow in India
Over the past week, the Indian Army has airlifted some 600 stranded civilians from Sela Pass and Gurez following months of intense snowfall and sub-zero temperatures.

The entire Gurez Valley has been cut off from Kashmir since early November, 2019 due to exceptionally heavy snowfall, with snow-clearing efforts along the key Razdan Pass -which connects Bandipora to Kanzalwan- not expected to be completed until the end of April.

On March 14, the Dawar Battalion of Snow Leopard Brigade received a request from the civil administration to evacuate 160+ civilians stranded in the "cut-off" Gurez and Bandipora regions.

The operation lasted hours amid record-breaking snowfall, reports republicworld.com — and key to its success was the immediate medical support given to critically-ill patients suffering from the cold.

Saturday's evacuation of 160+ people came just days after March 8th's efforts to save 390+ stranded at Sela Pass in Tawang district, again due to record-breaking snowfall.

"The rescue operation was carried out at an altitude of 14,000 feet on the nights of March 7 and 8," Tezpur based Defence Spokesman Lt Col Harsh Wardhan Pande said. Those rescued were again provided with "immediate medical support" as well as "hot snacks".

India's record snowfall has contributed to the staggering accumulations across the Northern Hemisphere this season — levels are currently some 500+ gigatons above the 1982-2012 average:

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Attention

Devastating swarms of locusts now headed for the Middle East - UN forecaster

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© REUTERS / Njeri Mwangi
A swarm of desert locusts flying over a grazing land in Kenya.
Swarms of desert locusts have been wreaking havoc in large parts of East Africa, Iran and Pakistan, as desperate farmers struggle to fend off the marauding insects.

The most devastating plague of locusts in over 30 years is about to hit Africa and the Middle East, according to Rome-based Senior Locust Forecasting Officer Keith Cressman.

The officer, who is employed by Locust Watch, a division of the United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organization, on Monday cited the organization's most recent report forecasting that new "extremely alarming" swarms of the insects were forming in the Horn of Africa.

Comment: The unprecedented plague of locusts is just one of a number of effects likely related to our planet's increasingly erratic seasons and extreme weather patterns. We've already seen the damage early frosts, summer droughts and golf ball sized hail - to name but a few - can do to our food supply, but there are other equally disastrous knock on effects that may not be immediately apparent. And for an idea of just how some of these changes are affecting wildlife, a recent article Spring arriving earlier across the US throwing wildlife into disarray notes:
Warmer spring temperatures have also led beetles, moths and butterflies to emerge earlier than in recent years. Similarly, hibernating species like frogs and bears emerge from hibernation earlier in warm springs.All species don't respond to warming the same way. When species that depend on one another — such as pollinating insects and plants seeking pollination - don't respond similarly to changing conditions, populations suffer.

In Japan, the spring-flowering ephemeral Corydalis ambigua produces fewer seeds than in previous decades because it now flowers earlier than when bumblebees, its primary pollinators, are active.

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Heavy rainfall causes massive floods in Maranhão, Brazil

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Widespread floods caused by heavy rains in Imperatriz, Maranhão, Brazil.


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Blizzard in Iceland results in houses being evacuated due to avalanche danger

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© Ívar Kristjánsson
The weather in Iceland remains turbulent this week and the Westfjords region is worst affected. There is an orange weather warning in effect and the north-easterly storm with heavy snow will continue into tomorrow. The orange warning remains in effect until 20.00 this evening.

The Coastguard vessel Týr is arriving in Flateyri as a precaution, as the village is on avalanche alert; as is Patreksfjörður. Some residential properties in both communities have been evacuated as a precaution, and some industrial buidlings in Ísafjörður have been evacuated for the same reason.

According to the Icelandic Met Office, there has also been a strong easterly wind affecting the north and east, with significant precipitation in East Iceland. South Iceland has gentler southerly winds with scattered sleet and rain showers but plenty of sunshine in between.


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Tropical Cyclone Herold causes severe flooding in north east Madagascar - at least 4 dead

Tropical Cyclone Herold
© NASA Worldview
On March 16, the MODIS instrument that flies aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite took this image of Tropical Cyclone Herold and showed a well-developed hurricane with a visible eye.
Tropical Cyclone Herold swept over Madagascar, bringing winds of more than 140 km/h and heavy rain from 13 March, 2020. Severe flooding was reported in north-eastern areas of the country, where 4 people have reportedly died.

Herold formed on 13 March 2020 as Tropical Cyclone 22S and was later renamed Herold once it had intensified into a tropical storm.

Heavy rain from the storm caused flooding in Sava and Analanjirofo Regions in Madagascar. At least 4 people are thought to have died.

Disaster authorities said initial assessments showed that over 3,000 people have been affected in the district of Maroantsetra in Analanjirofo Region and Sambava and Antalaha districts in Sava Region. Flood water reportedly reached up to 2 metres in some areas, damaging around 500 homes.

Attention

Meteotsunami hits beach in Rio Grande, Brazil

Meteo-tsunami
On March 14, a rare occurrence was taken aback by vacationers on Praia do Cassino beach, the southernmost in the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul and the longest (212 km) in the world. Meteo-tsunami hit one of its sections.

Suddenly arrived water washes away cars parked on a sandy strip. In addition, at this time, people swam in the ocean.

The site of Kazhydromet explains the nature of meteorological tsunamis. A decrease in atmospheric pressure of 1 mm entails an increase in sea level of 13 mm.


Cloud Precipitation

Flash flood triggered by incessant heavy rainfall swamps 2 villages in East Java, Indonesia

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Floods submerged 316 homes located in two villages in Mount Ijen area, Bondowoso District, East Java Province, on Saturday, according to the Bondowoso Disaster Mitigation Office (BPBD).

"The floods affected 316 homes, but we are still verifying the damages," Triyatmoko, head of the Bondowoso BPBD, said on Sunday.

The current floods were worse than the floods that had hit the area on January 29, 2020, he noted.