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Fin whale stranded off Bridlington, UK dies

The whale was sighted on Tuesday afternoon off Bridlington's South Beach
The whale was sighted on Tuesday afternoon off Bridlington's South Beach
A whale has died after becoming stranded off the East Yorkshire coast.

The 55ft (17m) long creature was confirmed dead off Bridlington's South Beach at around 18:00 BST on Tuesday, British Divers Marine Life Rescue told the BBC.

It was believed to be a male fin whale, the world's second-largest animal after the blue whale.

Bridlington's mayor Mike Heslop-Mullens had earlier urged people to keep away while efforts were made to save it.


It's May and snowing in high-altitude areas of Himachal Pradesh, India - up to a foot deep

It's May and the high-altitude areas of Himachal Pradesh are still receiving snowfall, making the hill destinations more picturesque.

The unseasonal precipitation in the state has pushed down the mercury by several notches, weather experts said on Wednesday.

Tourist spots near Shimla like Kufri and Narkanda have experienced moderate to heavy rains. However, nearby destinations of Manali and Kalpa, 250 km from the capital, witnessed mild spells of snow.

According to HP Traffic, Tourists and Railways Police, heavy snowfall in the Chanshil area blocked roads with one feet snow. "Two JCBs deployed to clear snow and 30 vehicles stranded. Efforts are underway to clear the snow from the road surface," it said.


26 inches of record snow wallops Michiganders in May: 'Feels like the never-ending winter' (UPDATE)

Vehicles buried in more than foot of snow in Ishpeming, Michigan on May 1, 2023.
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Vehicles buried in more than foot of snow in Ishpeming, Michigan on May 1, 2023.
Winter just won't go away in parts of Michigan as some people are getting walloped on May 1st, more than a month after spring officially arrived. We're talking a foot and a half of snow in the Upper Peninsula with even more on the way.

Long-time Yooper, Mandy Carlson Moebius, says she can't believe the amount of snow they've gotten in her Marquette County home of Ishpeming. She says the snow started falling around midnight and it was still coming down as of 7:00 p.m. with no end in sight.

"This feels like the never-ending winter," Moebius frustratingly told MLive. "The snow was almost gone only to come back with a vengeance. We are so ready for spring to arrive."

Comment: Update May 3

FOX 2 reports:
Michigan Upper Peninsula winter storm smashing snowfall records

National Weather Service station in Marquette.

National Weather Service station in Marquette.
Snow in May is rare. The state of Michigan took that as a challenge, apparently.

The National Weather Service post in state's upper peninsula recorded an "historic snowstorm" this week after more than 26 inches fell on May 1 and 2.

"This historic snowstorm is finally coming to an end after setting impressive daily and monthly snowfall records at the Marquette National Weather Service Office where records date back to 1959," read a tweet from the NWS Marquette post.

Among the records broken include:

Snowfall totals for May 1 - 19.8 inches

Snowfall totals over a two-day period in May - 26.2 inches

Snowiest May on record - 26.2 inches

Greatest May snow depth - 20 inches as of 8 a.m. on May 2

A climatologist that was following along the snowstorm said that weather station in Herman, which is in the west side of the U.P., recorded 27 inches of snow. It's the greatest single-day May snowfall to happen in the eastern half of the continental U.S.

Some of the hardest hit parts of the peninsula include inland portions just west of Marquette and south of the Keweenaw peninsula. Ontonagon County also experienced heavy snowfall.

With the snow came some brutally cold wind gusts reaching 45 mph and power outage conditions.

The massive pile of snow that got dumped on the U.P. has to go somewhere, which means a grand snowmelt may be upon northern Michigan residents this week. Temperatures are expected to rise into the 40s and 50s, along with rain chances.

The heavy accumulation could mean flooding concerns are next on the weather service's radar. Much of the U.P. will be under a Flood Watch this week.


Boy mauled to death by stray dogs in Uttar Pradesh, India

A 12-year-old boy was mauled to death by a pack of stray dogs in CB Ganj area in Uttar Pradesh's Bareilly. A child was also injured in the attack.

The incident occurred on Tuesday when the canines attacked the victim, Ayaan, who was playing with his friends in Khana Gauntiya village.

The boy ran for his life as the stray dogs went after him. However, he fell down on the ground, following which the dogs pounced on him and attacked him.

Passers-by saw the boy being attacked by dogs and rescued him. He was rushed to a hospital but succumbed to his injuries.


7 dead, 37 hospitalized after blinding dust storm causes pileups on Illinois highway

Strong winds whipped up newly plowed fields off I-55 in Illinois, according to the National Weather Service, causing a massive vehicle pileup.

Strong winds whipped up newly plowed fields off I-55 in Illinois, according to the National Weather Service, causing a massive vehicle pileup.
The death from Monday's pileups in rural Illinois rose to seven, Illinois State Police said in a statement.

"The severity of the crash masked the remains and what was previously believed to be the remains of one individual was two," the agency said.

Officials said vehicles were so mangled, with some in flames immediately after the pileups, that criminal investigative techniques have been deployed to identify some of the victims.

"Due to the severity of the crash and the fire, we have activated our crime scene services and traffic crash reconstruction units," state police said by email Tuesday.

Thirty-seven other people, ages 2 to 80, were hospitalized with injuries from minor to life-threatening, Illinois State Police said earlier.


Two small earthquakes hit the Netherlands

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On Sunday evening April 16th, an earthquake measuring 2.5 on the Richter scale was felt by residents of the Dutch province of Limburg. Residents in the vicinity of the Dutch cities of Venlo and Roermond in particular felt the earthquake. The epicenter of the earthquake was located in the German city of Brüggen, which lies very close to the border with the Netherlands. It occurred at a depth of 19 kilometers (12 miles).

Several Dutch residents of Venlo tweeted about the event:

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Rwanda - Dozens dead after floods and landslides in Western and Northern Provinces

Floods in Western Province, Rwanda, May 2023.
© Rwanda Broadcasting Agency (RBA)
Floods in Western Province, Rwanda, May 2023.
Dozens of people have lost their lives after heavy rain, floods and landslides in the Western and Northern provinces of Rwanda over the last few days.

According to the state broadcaster, Rwanda Broadcasting Agency (RBA), as of 03 May 2023, 95 people have died in Western Province and 14 in Northern Province.

Heavy rain triggered flash flooding and landslides from 02 to 03 May 2023. François Habitegeko, governor of the Western Province, told Reuters that the hardest-hit districts were Ngororero, Rubavu, Nyabihu, Rutsiro and Karongi. According to the governor, 14 people have died in Karongi, 26 in Rutsiro, 18 in Rubavu, 19 in Nyabihu and 18 in Ngororero.


A massive seaweed bloom has been observed in the Atlantic Ocean

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A record seaweed bloom has been recorded in the Atlantic ocean in 2023
Nearly every spring and summer since 2011, a giant bloom of seaweed has developed in the central Atlantic Ocean. Patches of floating brown seaweed — known as Sargassum — have stretched from the west coast of Africa to the Gulf of Mexico in what is known as the "Great Atlantic Sargassum Belt." In March 2023, scientists found that the amount of Sargassum floating in the belt was the largest of any March on record.

The map above shows Sargassum density in the central Atlantic Ocean (including the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico) for March 2023. Red and orange areas show where Sargassum densities were the highest, in terms of the percent of the pixel covered with the seaweed. The data for the map were developed by scientists at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Marine Science using data from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instruments on NASA's Terra and Aqua satellites.

USF researchers estimate that the Sargassum belt in March totaled about 13 million tons, a record amount for this time of year. "So far this year, record high Sargassum abundance is mostly in the central East Atlantic," said Brian Barnes, a marine scientist at the Optical Oceanography Laboratory at USF. "But in other parts of the Atlantic and Caribbean, its abundance is still high — in the 75th percentile of measurements made between 2011 and 2022."

Comment: More on the extraordinary seaweed bloom:


Swarms of earthquakes rock central southern California over 24 hours in northward progression

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The series of earthquakes hit California's Salton Sea region on April 29, 2023
A slew of earthquakes shook up the Salton Sea region of Southern California within 24 hours over the weekend, with the seismic activity reaching up to 4.5 in magnitude.

The first swarm began at 12:08 p.m. Saturday in the US-Mexico border town of Herber, with nearly 50 tremors shaking the area until 5:12 a.m. Sunday, the US Geological Survey reported. The Herber quakes reached up to 3.7 in magnitude and were felt by about 60 people.

The second swarm struck nearly 40 miles north, by the town of Niland, where more than 25 tremors then shook the southeast shore of the Salton Sea starting at 12.09 a.m. Sunday.

Those earthquakes lasted until 5:28 a.m. and reached a higher magnitude of 4.5, which was felt by about 30 people, UGS said.

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Canada - Two missing after floods in Quebec

Two firefighters are missing and around 1,000 people are stranded after floods in the Charlevoix region of Quebec Province, Canada.

Intense rainfall caused the Rivière du Gouffre to break its banks, flooding roads and damaging bridges. Around 1,000 residents in areas of the Baie Saint-Paul community have been left isolated as a result. Some have been forced to evacuate their homes. Videos on social media showed motorhomes from a nearby campsite being dragged away by the raging river and crashing into a bridge near the town.

The Mayor of Baie Saint-Paul, Michaël Pilote, declared a state of emergency and asked residents to stay home. Accommodation centres have been opened to house those displaced. Schools have been closed in the area.