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More than 150 wild birds in Iraq killed by lightning strike

More than 150 wild birds die in lightning strike
A large number of birds died in a lightning strike in the Kurdistan Region's Halgurd-Sakran National Park on Friday, officials have confirmed.

"At this time of the year, these [birds] migrate from the hot to cold places. While flying towards the Caspian sea in Iran, a lightning strike hit them," Mohammed Abdulla, an employee at the Halgurd-Sakran National Park, told Rudaw English. "We have so far managed to discover around 150 of them."

"There are many others that we have not yet been able to discover as their bodies have dispersed across the mountain," he added.

Sulaiman Tameer, head of the Kurdistan Organization for Animal Rights Protection categorized the birds as common cranes, a medium-sized species most commonly found in Europe.

Snowflake Cold

Power outages as spring storm brings heavy snow, freezing rain to Manitoba, Canada

Gusty winds and freezing rain led to numerous power outages in southern Manitoba Thursday

A potent low triggered a series of snowfall warnings, special weather statements, and freezing rain warnings across the eastern Prairies and northwestern Ontario Thursday, many of which still remain Friday morning.

There were reports of several early-morning highway closures, along with roughly 3,000 power outages by Thursday morning. By the evening, Manitoba Hydro tweeted that they were "finishing up" restoring power to the last of their affected customers.

As the storm tracks east, heavy snow will still continue behind it for parts of northern Manitoba, meanwhile, freezing rain and the risk of ice pellets remain for northern Ontario.


Record snow and ice falls in Upper Midwest, new storm to hit California this weekend

Seven states from Minnesota to Kansas are under ice and snow alerts Friday morning.
© ABC News
Seven states from Minnesota to Kansas are under ice and snow alerts Friday morning.
Seven states from Minnesota to Kansas are under ice and snow alerts Friday.

There was record snowfall in the Upper Midwest Thursday. In Grand Forks, North Dakota, almost 10 inches fell and Fargo, North Dakota, received almost 5 inches of snow.

Wyoming saw the largest amount of snowfall, with 21 inches.

Seven states from Minnesota to Kansas are under ice and snow alerts Friday morning.

Comment: More details: Winterlike storm dumps up to 23 inches of fresh snow in Montana and Wyoming


Mountain passes hit by nearly 10 inches of spring snow in Kyrgyzstan

After snowfalls on April 2 and 3, the snow cover on the mountian passes reached 20-25 cm in height, the Ministry of Transport and Roads reported.

The Too-Ashuu, Chyirchyk, Taldyk, Tonmurun mountain passes were cleared from snow.

Inert materials were applied to improve traction.

All roads are open.

The Ministry of Transport asked drivers to have winter tyres, tyre chains and a shovel if they plan to drive through mountain passes.


Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: No physical gold and rare Tokyo snow

Rare Tokyo snow
© YouTube/Adapt 2030 (screen capture)
Rare snows blanket downtown Tokyo and Nagoya during the blossom festival as pink flowers blend with white. Physical gold and silver almost gone across the planet. Toilet Paper Coin record gains.

Comment: Out-of-season snow falls in Tokyo, Japan

Cloud Precipitation

Flash floods hit Castellón, Spain after highest rainfall in 30 years - nearly 8 inches in 24 hours

Flood rescue in Castellon, Spain, April 2020.
© Diputació de Castellón
Flood rescue in Castellon, Spain, April 2020.
Torrential rain caused flash flooding in coastal areas of Province of Castellón in the Valencia Region of Spain on 01 April 2020.

Agencia Estatal de Meteorología (AEMET) said some areas recorded their highest daily rainfall totals in more than 30 years. La Pobla Tornesa recorded 197.6mm of rain in 24 hours to 01 April. On the same day, 48 mm of rain fell in 4 hours in Vilafamés.

The worst affected areas were the towns of Almassora, Borriana, Oropesa and Vilafamés. The provincial government also reported some flooding in Benicàssim, Villarreal, Vinaròs, Traiguera, Benicarló and Peñíscola.

Ice Cube

Earth's temperature plunged in March - Global cooling from here on out

Global lower atmosphere chart
The Global Lower Atmosphere plunged 0.28C in March to 0.48C, from its (expected early-year) high of 0.76C in February. Looking at the Sun, the cycles, the past, and the graphs, it is reasonable to assume there's only one trend from here on out, and that's down...

Take the previous anomalous "warming spikes" on the UAH Satellite-Based Temperature of the Global Lower Atmosphere chart (below) — they generally occur at the beginning of a year, and then are quickly followed by a sharp downward plunge:

UAH global temperatures
© www.drroyspencer.com/
A continuation of March's sharp downward plunge (with the odd bump on the way) is highly probable over the months ahead, and we can now consider a reading below baseline by the end of the year "likely".

The Grand Solar Minimum is intensifying.

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Winterlike storm dumps up to 23 inches of fresh snow in Montana and Wyoming

snow reports
The proverb 'April showers bring May flowers' might not apply to the north-central United States this year as the start of the new month brought a far-reaching snowstorm to the region.

The largest snowfall accumulations were reported in the higher elevations, with a general 10 to 20 inches of snow falling over the mountains of Wyoming and Montana. One mountain just north of Cooke City, Montana, was buried under 23 inches of fresh snow, the highest snow total reported across the region.

By daybreak on Thursday, most of the snow had shifted over the Dakotas as the storm tracked eastward, covering the Black Hills with nearly a foot of snow.

Rapid City, South Dakota, measured 6.5 inches on Wednesday, making it the snowiest start to April on record, according to the National Weather Service office in Rapid City. The previous snowfall record for April 1 was 3 inches set back in 1927. A few more inches of accumulation are in the forecast before the snow tapers off by the weekend.

Cloud Lightning

Volcanoes, earthquakes, storms, floods and wildfires in March 2020


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Snaith, Yorkshire, England
Republic of Ireland
Esquel, Argentina
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Charleston, South Carolina


Heavy April snowfall closes roads on Mount Hortiatis in Greece - foot of snow overnight

snow greece
Eleven snow ploughs were dispatched by municipal authorities in northern Greece to clear roads on and around Mount Hortiatis, which received more than 30 centimeters of snowfall overnight and on Thursday morning.

Heavy snowfall in the highlands and strong downpours at lower altitudes continued to cause problems on the roads between the village of Hortiatis and Agios Vasilios, Oraiokastro and Melissohori, and also between Langada and Iraklio, the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA-MPA) reported.