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Blistering heatwave sweeps South Asia as mercury in Pakistan soars to 50C

An excavator tries to contain the fire as smoke billows from burning garbage on a hot summer day, at the Bhalswa landfill site in New Delhi, India, April 29, 2022.
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An excavator tries to contain the fire as smoke billows from burning garbage on a hot summer day, at the Bhalswa landfill site in New Delhi, India, April 29, 2022.
South Asia was in the grip of an extreme heatwave on Friday, with parts of Pakistan reaching a temperature of 50 degrees Celsius as officials warned of acute water shortages and a health threat.

Swathes of Pakistan and neighbouring India have been smothered by high temperatures since April in extreme weather that the World Meteorological Organization has warned is consistent with climate change. On Friday, the city of Jacobabad in Sindh province hit 50C (122 degrees Fahrenheit), the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) said, with temperatures forecast to remain high until Sunday.

"It's like fire burning all around," said labourer Shafi Mohammad, who is from a village on the outskirts of Jacobabad where residents struggle to find reliable access to drinking water. Nationwide, the PMD alerted temperatures were between 6C and 9C above normal, with the capital Islamabad -- as well as provincial hubs Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar - recording temperatures around 40C on Friday.


Attention

Woman attacked by a black bear while going to check her mail in Lafayette, New Jersey

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A woman was injured Wednesday afternoon in Sussex County after she was attacked by a black bear while she was walking down a road to check her mail, officials said.

The incident happened around 4:30 p.m. in Lafayette on Gorney Road, according to a statement from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. The 34-year-old woman saw two to three bears and was "involved in a physical encounter with one of them."

The New Jersey State Police said the bear charged after the woman, but the DEP said they could not confirm that as of 5 p.m. as the attack remained under investigation.


Attention

US army identifies 'inspirational' soldier killed in Alaska bear attack

Another soldier sustained minor injuries in the attack by the bear (not pictured). Alaska officials said a den with two brown cubs was found nearby.
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Another soldier sustained minor injuries in the attack by the bear (not pictured). Alaska officials said a den with two brown cubs was found nearby.
The US army as identified a soldier who died earlier this week of injuries sustained during a bear attack in a military training area in Alaska.

The army said Staff Sgt Seth Plant, 30, was pronounced dead at a hospital on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage following the mauling, which happened on Tuesday. Another soldier received minor injuries in the attack in a training area west of Anchorage.

Plant was from Saint Augustine, Florida, and was an infantryman from the 3rd Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment.

The Alaska department of fish and game said a den with two brown bear cubs was found nearby.


Snowflake Cold

Frost sweeps through North Coast vineyards in California during bloom period

Frost protection measures
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Frost protection measures are put in to place on young vines, Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022 at Balletto Vineyards near Sebastopol, Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022. Several mornings of below freezing temperatures have forced some growers to protect swelling buds, kicked off by prior weeks of warm, dry weather.
Pockets of vineyards across the North Coast have suffered from frost damage over the past week, which is likely to contribute to an expected lower yield when the wine grape harvest kicks off later this summer, according to analysts.

Inman Family Wines reported Tuesday that it went through two frost nights in a row, as well as a hailstorm last week just as buds on its estate vineyard were starting to bloom, according to an Instagram post. Some vines will experience shatter, the term used for when the grapevine's fragile flowers do not pollinate and develop into grapes. "Add this to the frost damage and it looks like lower yields for 2022," the post read.


Bizarro Earth

Rare haboob rips through US northern plains

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Haboob sandstorm in northern US plains area, May 2002
Parts of the Northern Plains experienced a rare weather phenomenon on Thursday evening called a "haboob."

A haboob is a dust storm commonly seen in deserts, though one was spotted sweeping across parts of Iowa, South Dakota, and Minnesota.

While the Northern Plains doesn't have deserts, there's been plenty of dust following a megadrought that has consumed parts of the Central US.
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The National Weather Service tweeted footage of a fast-moving haboob traversing Sioux Falls, South Dakota, transforming the day instantly into the night.

Cloud Precipitation

Wheat crops across the planet under threat from extreme weather, world output set to drop for first time

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A farmer harvests wheat at Zhari on the outskirts of Kandahar, Afghanistan, May 10, 2022
As Russia's invasion chokes off Ukrainian wheat exports, pushing up bread and noodle prices, the global harvest faces an added test: extreme weather.


Comment: Even Western politicians and the legacy media are admitting that what's happening in Ukraine is essentially a US-proxy war to 'weaken' Russia, rather than simply, as claimed above, a 'Russian invasion', and so any responsibility for the loss of Ukraine's wheat lies with the West.


Droughts, flooding and heatwaves threaten output from the U.S. to France and India, compounding shrinking production in Ukraine. Just about every major producing region is facing one threat or another. The one notable exception is Russia, which is shaping up for a bumper crop and stands to benefit from the rising prices and limited supply elsewhere.


Comment: Note that not only is the West continuing to consume Russian gas and oil, but it's also benefiting from buying and trading Russian wheat, and, despite relentless attacks from the West, Russia continues to choose to sell to them, with Western customers and traders benefiting; as we've seen, if the West were in a similar position it would sabotage its own economy to gain even temporary leverage over Russia.


Wheat is hardy and its vast geographical spread typically means shortages in one place can be filled from elsewhere. But the litany of challenges is testing that resilience. Analysts expect world output to drop for the first time in four seasons, according to a Bloomberg survey before a U.S. Department of Agriculture report Thursday. That's likely to keep the price of many food staples high as hunger and cost-of-living crises deepen from Africa to Europe.

Comment: It's rather symbolic that Russia is one of the few countries that is set to reap (yet another) near-record harvest.

Food shortages have been accumulating for many years now due to the increasingly erratic seasons and extreme weather phenomena, this is compounded by decades of government corruption and mismanagement, nearly two years of rolling lockdowns, and now the West's proxy-war against Russia; the situation has become so serious that even German officials are warning that the entire planet - not just the 'poor, third world' countries - is facing famine: Also check out SOTT radio's:


Boat

Canada - Thousands evacuate floods in Alberta and Northwest Territories

Floods in Hay River, Northwest Territories, Canada, May 2022
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Floods in Hay River, Northwest Territories, Canada, May 2022
Ice jams, rain and melting snow have caused rivers to overflow in northern parts of Canada. Whole communities have been ordered to evacuate in Northwest Territories and hundreds have been displaced in northwestern Alberta Province.

Northwest Territories

An ice jam caused flooding of the Hay River in Northwest Territories, Canada, from 07 May 2022. Around 250 residents pre-emptively evacuated their homes in the town of Hay River and surrounding areas.

The government of Northwest Territories said levels of the river remained high but steady for the following days as ice held in the river channel due to cool temperatures.

However levels jumped 1.7 metres as "ice began to shift on 11 May with an ice jam from upstream moving into the downstream ice jam near town. This shift in ice caused water levels to increase rapidly through the Town of Hay River and K'atl'odeeche First Nation," the government said.


Cloud Lightning

Lightning kills 4 in 3 districts of Bangladesh

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Four people died and another person sustained injuries after being struck by lightning in Magura, Joypurhat and Nagaon districts, police said on Friday.

In Magura, 35-year-old Md Jannu Mollah, a farmer from Satyabanpur village in Sadar upazila, was killed on Thursday afternoon. A thunderbolt struck him while he was cutting paddy on a field near his house.

Officer-in-charge Nasir Uddin of Magura Sadar Police Station said that an unnatural death case was registered over the incident.

In Joypurhat's Kalai upazila, 13-year-old Hridoy, son of Rabiul Islam of Shreepur village was killed by lightning.

Snowflake

Another spring storm rolls through the Sierra bringing 17 inches of snow to Palisades Tahoe, California

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© Kate Abraham / Palisades Tahoe
Over the past week, the upper mountain of Palisades Tahoe received 17 inches of fresh snow. This storm brought in cold temperatures that helped preserve the existing snow and provide better coverage on the open runs at the resort.

The resort will continue operations Friday-Sunday through the end of May, plus Memorial Day. This weekend, Palisades Tahoe will be open for skiing and riding on the upper mountain only, with terrain for every ability level.


Cloud Precipitation

Minnesota storms leave tens of thousands without power

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Tens of thousands of Minnesota residents lost power on Wednesday evening after storms and severe weather brought strong winds, hail and flooding.

On Thursday morning, 47,595 customers were in the dark, according to tracker PowerOutage.US.

That number is just over half of the nearly 83,000 customers who were initially left without electricity, according to Fox Weather.

The thunderstorms felled trees and downed power lines, forcing fans to seek shelter at Target Field.

The Astros-Twins game was suspended.