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Two pygmy sperm whales die after washing up on Mahia Beach, New Zealand

A pygmy sperm whale about four metres in length beached itself at Mahia beach on April 10.
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A pygmy sperm whale about four metres in length beached itself at Mahia beach on April 10.
A pygmy sperm whale was euthanised and another, which appeared injured, died after washing up on Mahia beach

The Department of Conservation (DOC) received a report that two pygmy sperm whales were stranded on Mahia Beach in the morning on April 9.

One measured two metres in length and the other four metres, which suggested they may have been an adult and a calf. Both were back out at sea before DOC arrived onsite.

But DOC east coast operations manager Chris Visser​ said the smaller whale beached itself again a few hours later.

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La Soufrière update: Volcanic ash reaches 44,000 feet (13.4 km)

La Soufrière eruption


After days of stratospheric venting, explosive volcanic activity is continuing on the Caribbean island of St. Vincent, with the Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warning of a volcanic ash plume rising to an estimated 44,000 ft (13,400 m) and COOLING the planet (take note Bill Gates, Earth doesn't need your risky egomaniacal intervention).


Particulates ejected above approx. 10km -and so into the stratosphere- shade sunlight and reduce terrestrial temperatures — smaller particulates can linger in the upper atmosphere for years or even decades+ at a time.

As an example of how far a volcanoes influence can reach, SO2 emissions from La Soufrière have now been detected in Africa:

Comment: Ash from volcanic eruptions, together with particulates from meteor 'smoke' and wildfire smoke, all jointly contribute to the increased dust-load in the atmosphere. This changes its electric charge rebalancing mechanisms, producing more intense storms and precipitation in the form of record rainfall, hail, lightning strikes, planetary cooling, atmospheric 'anomalies' etc.

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Cloud Lightning

Lightning bolt kills 68 goats in Arcos de Valdevez, Portugal

68 goats were killed by a lightning in Portugal on April 9, 2021

68 goats were killed by a lightning in Portugal on April 9, 2021
A lightning strike killed 68 goats in Arcos de Valdevez yesterday.

Shepherd Dário Lima has described how he was 'less than 100 metres away' sheltering by a rock (and talking on his mobile phone) when there were two massively loud thunder-claps.

When he rounded the rock, he was met with the horrific sight of 68 dead animals all in a line.

The strike caused a fire 500 metres further away, but as Mr Lima explained, the goats weren't burnt. He thinks they 'exploded inside'. "I have worked in these hills for over 40 years; this is my profession; I live from this and never have I seen anything like it", he told reporters, badly shaken.
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Snowflake

Winter returns to Saskatchewan Monday morning

Much of Saskatchewan has been hit with heavy wet April snow, including Regina, where about ten centimeters has already fallen.
© Mitchell Blair
Much of Saskatchewan has been hit with heavy wet April snow, including Regina, where about ten centimeters has already fallen.
Put the lawn mower away and bring out the snow shovel one more time.

Much of Saskatchewan is waking up to a blanket of wet heavy snow Monday morning.

Most areas have seen five to ten centimeters, with the heaviest accumulation so far in the Wynyard region, where close to 20 cm's has come down.

The winter weather is expected to continue until later in the day Tuesday, before tapering off after that.


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Spring snowstorm hits Manitoba

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Winnipeggers traded their t-shirts for parkas Monday, as the city got hit by an April snow storm. Stefanie Lasuik reports on what to expect weather-wise for the rest of the week.


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Fresh snow in spring covers Hawaiʻi Island summits

This USGS Hawiian Volcano Observatory image, taken Monday morning from a temporary research camera positioned on the summit of Mauna Loa, captures a look at the snow covering the Mokuʻāweoweo caldera.

This USGS Hawiian Volcano Observatory image, taken Monday morning from a temporary research camera positioned on the summit of Mauna Loa, captures a look at the snow covering the Mokuʻāweoweo caldera.
A Winter Weather Advisory was issued for the summits of Maunakea and Mauna Loa on Sunday.

A fresh coat of snow covered the Hawaiʻi island summits of Maunakea and Mauna Loa volcanoes on Monday morning.

On Sunday, the National Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Big Island summits, as well as Haleakala on Maui. Only an inch of accumulation was expected. The advisory is no longer in effect.

As of Sunday evening, the access road to the summit of Maunakea was closed to the public above the Visitor Information Station at the 9,200 foot elevation "due to fog, flurries and below freezing temperatures." The Maunakea Rangers said they will be monitoring the summit and will provide updates as conditions change.


Snowflake Cold

Spring snowstorm hits Yakutsk, Russia

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Russia's Spring ❄ Terrible snow storm hits Yakutsk! Snow buries homes, cars and streets!


Hardhat

Baseball-sized hail pummels Orange Beach, Alabama during overnight storms

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As severe storms moved across Alabama early Saturday morning, huge hail fell in at least one coastal city.

People in Orange Beach have posted social media photos of hail that appears as large as your fist -- or a baseball -- along with images of shattered windshields and vehicles damaged by hail.

Multiple severe thunderstorm warnings were issued overnight by the National Weather Service for parts of south Alabama as a strong line of storms moved across the area. The weather service in Mobile got numerous reports of golf ball to baseball size hail in Baldwin County between 3 and 4 a.m.


Ice Cube

Songhua river freezes in April in China

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Incredible event! Songhua river freezes in China - April 10, 2021.

The Songhua River generally freezes in November each year, but this time it freezes in April!!!!


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Three dead whales found on one of Ireland's most scenic beaches

One of the beached whales in Tra Mór in Dunfanaghy, Co Donegal.

One of the beached whales in Tra Mór in Dunfanaghy, Co Donegal.
Locals have been left shocked after three whales were washed up on one of the country's most scenic beaches.

Tra Mór in Dunfanaghy, Co Donegal was named in the top ten Irish beaches by the Lonely Planet guide this week.

However, walkers were left stunned at the weekend when they came across the whales washed up on the beach.

The three large carcasses are believed to be that of two adult and one juvenile Cuvier's beaked whales The three whales measure around 6ft, 10ft and 10ft, and two of them have scarring around their bodies.