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Snowflake Cold

The month of May brings record (sometimes historic) cold to both hemispheres

record cold may temps

A meridional (wavy) jet stream flow -associated with low solar activity- is in full swing, dragging brutal polar air anomalously-far south/north.

Record (sometimes historic) COLD is currently buffeting vast regions of the globe, from North America to Australia, Europe to Southern Africa. You really do have to hand it to the global warming cabal — even in the face of such extreme odds -and logic- they're doggedly pursuing their absurd "world on fire" rhetoric:

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Iranians spill into the streets after 5.1 earthquake centering on sleeping volcano hits Tehran

Mount Damavand, Iran
© Global Look Press / imago stock
Mount Damavand, Iran
A 5.1 magnitude earthquake has jolted an area in northern Iran, home to a sleeping volcano, forcing panicked residents in and around Tehran to rush onto the streets despite the Covid-19 lockdown.

The quake sent ripples across Iran's north shortly after midnight local time on Friday, striking at a shallow depth of just 7 km, less than 10 km (6.2 mi) north of the city of Damavand. The city is located close to Mount Damavand, the second-highest volcano in Asia.

The dormant volcano sits some 70 km (43 mi) north-east of the Iranian capital Tehran, where locals reported moderate to severe shaking from the Friday morning tremor.

Photos and videos have emerged on social media showing residents flooding the streets in the aftermath of the quake.

Iranian emergency services said that at least two people died and 13 were injured in the ensuing chaos.

Cloud Lightning

Thunderstorm causes flooding in Bisha, Saudi Arabia

Thunderstorms and torrential rain brings floods to Bisha, Saudi Arabia. May 7 2020.

Cloud Lightning

828 lightning strikes: Israel battered by unseasonal thunderstorms, hail, floods

People cross the road in rainy Tel Aviv
© Motti Kimchi
People cross the road in rainy Tel Aviv
Thunderstorms drenched Israel on Tuesday in a rare springtime downpour, with hail and flooding recorded in the south.

The storms raged from northern Israel to the Negev Desert in the south, and were expected to further raise the levels of the Sea of Galilee, which has already enjoyed a particularly rainy winter.

The rains were expected to continue Wednesday, but gradually peter off by evening.

The Israel Electric Corporation recorded 828 lightning strikes on Tuesday morning and afternoon, an unprecedented number for May, and up dramatically — by 2,748% — from May's monthly average of 30.

The Israel Water Authority on Tuesday said the last time the country saw two such rainy winters consecutively was over three decades ago, in late 1986- early 1988.

Comment: A severe hailstorm also hit parts of neighbouring Saudi Arabia on May 5.


6.1-magnitude earthquake hits east of Papua New Guinea

earthquake graph
© Phil McCarten / Reuters
An earthquake of 6.1 magnitude jolted 186 km east of Taron, Papua New Guinea at 11:21:19 GMT on Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 466.17 km, was initially determined to be at 4.4543 degrees south latitude and 154.7127 degrees east longitude.


Wildfires rage in Florida Panhandle, forcing evacuations

© Walton County Emergency Management

Wildfires burning in the Florida Panhandle's swampland this week have destroyed more than a dozen homes and forced least 500 people to evacuate in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.

Officials say the three blazes in northwest Florida have been exacerbated by winds and dry weather conditions, according to a report from the Tampa Bay Times.

One fire in Santa Rosa County, which tore through 2,000 acres and shut down nine miles of Interstate 10, was just 20 percent contained when officials gave a 9 p.m. press conference Wednesday night.

Nicknamed the Five Mile Swamp fire, the blaze began as a prescribed burn on private property Monday but it quickly went out of control.


Signs and Portents: Rare wolf snake with two fully formed heads discovered in Odisha, India

Rare Two-Headed Wolf Snake Discovered In Indian Forest

Rare two-headed wolf snake discovered in Indian forest
A rare wolf snake with two fully formed heads has been discovered in the Dehnkikote Forrest range of Keonjhar wildlife sanctuary in Odisha.

The rare reptile was found by photographer and wildlife enthusiast Rakesh Mohalick, according to reports.

The snake is non-venomous and measures 14 centimeters in length. It has two fully-formed heads, four eyes, and two flickering tongues. Unfortunately, snake experts believe such rare creatures do not survive for very long in the wild.

While snakes with unique features can be frightening to certain people, they are welcomed and even seen as a blessing in many cultures around the world. But in the case of two-headed serpents, they are not always received warmly by humans.

Cloud Precipitation

Torrential rain causes severe flooding in Swat, Pakistan

Flood water entered houses and inundated roads in different areas of Swat, causing multiple issues to the local people.

The torrential rain started on Saturday afternoon caused flood followed by mud and debris flow, blocking roads in Amankot, Rahimabad, Qambar, Haji Baba, Gumbat Maira, Saidu Sharif, Faizabad and several other areas. The flood blocked all kinds of traffic.

"We did not break fast till late evening as the flood water entered our house and we were trying to remove our household items. The water not only damaged our valuable stuff, boxes and furniture but also damaged walls of our house," said Gohar Shah, a resident of Sethi Mills Mohallah in Amankot.

The flood water entered all the houses in Miangano Cham, causing inconvenience to the people. "The flood water brought huge amount of debris and mud. We managed to clean our house till midnight," said Irshad Ali, a resident of Miagano Cham.

Cloud Precipitation

107,000 displaced by floods in Ethiopia since late April, says UN

Flooding has affected over 200,000 people in Ethiopia since late April, according to the United Nations.

In a report of 06 May, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that flooding had affected 219,000 people in areas of Somali, Afar, Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples Region (SNNP), Dire Dawa and Harari in Ethiopia.

As many as 107,000 people have been displaced, mostly in Somali region after flash floods on 25 April affected 34,507 households and displaced 15,195 households in Erer, Sitti, Nogob and Korahe zones.

On 24 April, flash floods in Dire Dawa killed four people and damaged 53 houses (fully) and 212 houses (partially).


Floods prompt evacuations after heavy rain in French Guiana

Floods in French Guiana 03 May 2020.
© Prefet de la region Guyane
Floods in French Guiana 03 May 2020.
Torrential rain from 02 May caused flooding in French Guiana, prompting 139 people to evacuate their homes in Saint-Laurent du Maroni, according to the region's government. Around 100 people were temporarily accommodated in a local sports stadium.

Saint Laurent du Maroni recorded 127mm of rain in 48 hours to 04 May, causing the Saint-Laurent creek to break its banks.

Elsewhere in the country, roads were blocked by flood waters in Kourou District, causing major traffic problems.

Media reported severe flooding from the overflowing Oyapock river in the remote Camopi commune, home to around 1,800 people.