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SOTT Earth Changes Summary - April 2022 - Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs

Hundreds of food processing and food distribution facilities around the world were forced to halt activities since the lockdowns started, some of them suffered cyberattacks, and hundreds of others have exploded or burned down, a trend that increased considerably this year with up to 28 facilities burned down in mysterious ways just in the US.

Other related events worth mentioning: Further, The Guardian in the U.K. came up with a brilliant study that concluded that Northern Ireland must get rid of 1.2 million sheep and cattle, along with 5 million chickens, to meet zero carbon emissions and a 50% reduction in methane emissions... all this while global food prices are at their highest points in the 32-year history.

Well, does this sounds like a manufactured crisis? You bet. Yet, nature has its own plans, and the consequences are becoming the most significant factor.

We wanted to highlight that the most relevant events this month are related to unseasonable temperature drops and snow around the world, up to the end of April.

Winter-like temperatures have been gaining ground throughout the years damaging crops and crippling livestock farms, meanwhile planting and harvesting seasons keep getting displaced.

Sudden drops in temperatures are also worth mentioning, as in the Cascades, Washington that triggered a heavy snowfall that caused dozens of road accidents. In Europe, France registered the coldest April night since 1947.

There were a couple of extreme heat events during this month in some parts of the US, Europe and Asia, but they pale in comparison with the overarching frigid temperatures.

Unusually heavy rain and floods have also been contributing to damaged crops and farms.

Brazil continued to struggle with heavy rain, floods, and landslides this month, with a record of 31 inches of rainfall in 48 hours in Rio de Janeiro. In Antioquia, Colombia unusually heavy rain triggered destructive landslides causing the deaths of 12 people.

Thailand and the Philippines are having trouble recovering from the damage caused by continuous floods and landslides since last year. The trend continues as tropical storm Megi poured 10 inches of rainfall in 24 hours killing at least 224 and displacing thousands. While in south Thailand a foot of rain in 48 hours triggered the evacuation of 20,000 families.

The deadliest storm in record pummelled KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa destroying homes, bridges and roads. Floods and landslides caused the deaths of at least 450 and displaced thousands. The storm forced sub-Saharan Africa's most important port to halt operations.

In Uzbekistan at least 4 people died as a result of floods and mudslides after a month's worth of rain fell in less than 2 hours. Floods and mudflows also damaged crops, homes, schools and other buildings. At least 260 farms and buildings suffered damage, and 100 people were displaced. It was the worst storm in 80 years.

All this and more in our SOTT Earth Changes Summary for April 2022:


Nebraska Panhandle slammed with up to 15 inches of May snow, while rain soaks rest of state

The Nebraska Department of Transportation works to try and reopen Interstate 80 on Monday, after heavy snowfall totals hit the Nebraska Panhandle.
© Nebraska DoT
The Nebraska Department of Transportation works to try and reopen Interstate 80 on Monday, after heavy snowfall totals hit the Nebraska Panhandle.
While Lincoln and the rest of eastern Nebraska were getting soaked with a steady rain Monday, parts of the Panhandle were seeing epic snowfall.

There was a report of 15 inches of snow near Kimball and 11 inches near Potter, according to the National Weather Service.

The heavy snow caused an hours-long closure of Interstate 80 on Monday from Big Springs to the Wyoming border. The Nebraska State Patrol said on Twitter that the weather conditions led to multiple crashes, causing the road to be shut down in both directions.

The heavy, wet snow also downed trees and power lines. Parts of Kimball were without power briefly Monday morning because of downed power lines, the Scottsbluff Star-Herald reported.


Big sandstorm hits Kandahar, Afghanistan

Commuters travel in a vehicle during a dust storm in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
Commuters travel in a vehicle during a dust storm in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
A big sandstorm hit Kandahar, Afghanistan today, on May 3rd 2022.

High winds and dry weather combined to cause widespread storms of sand and dust, which hit the city of Kandahar, as well as the surrounding region and Helmland Province.

Residents were forced inside as air quality deteriorated. Buildings were damaged by the strong winds and flying debris.

Traffic was stopped as visibility reduced, causing delays throughout the city. Businesses were forced to close as winds strengthened.

The winds are expected to impact surrounding countries, including Pakistan, in the coming days. The situation is being monitored as it develops.

Cloud Precipitation

Floods in Valencia, Spain after 260mm (10 inches) of rain in 24 hours

Flooded tunnel in Valencia, 03 May 2022.
© Policía Local Valencia
Flooded tunnel in Valencia, 03 May 2022.
Firefighters and police rescued people from vehicles trapped in floods after a slow-moving storm brought very heavy rainfall to the Valencia Region in southeastern Spain on 03 May 2022.

AVAMET (Associació Valenciana de Meteorologia) said several locations in the city of Valencia recorded more than 200 mm of rain in 24 hours to 03 May 2022. The weather station at Camins al Grau in the city recorded 260.9 mm. Further heavy rainfall fell early on 04 May. Emergency Services 112 Valencia reported Algemesí municipality saw 70.4 m of rain in 4 hours early on 04 May.

Comment: 65 litres/m² and 1,400 lightning discharges in 4 hours for Valencian Community in Spain

Snowflake Cold

Snowy conditions in May atop Mauna Kea, Hawaii force closure of road, visitor station

Mauna Kea summit's current conditions show high humidity with freezing temperatures and thunderstorms.
Mauna Kea summit's current conditions show high humidity with freezing temperatures and thunderstorms.
Heavy fog and icy conditions have closed the Mauna Kea Summit Access Road to the public along with the Visitor Information Station.

Located at an elevation of 9,200 feet, the station is reporting downright wintry conditions with ice and snow on the road, freezing temperatures and thunderstorms.

A time lapse video from the summit over the last 24-48 hours shows a healthy dusting of snow falling on the mountain. Monday afternoon, temperatures dropped to 30 degrees, but factoring in wind chill, it felt like 21 degrees, officials said.

Rangers will continue monitoring road and weather conditions and will reopen the road to the public when the conditions are safe.


Floods leave 5 dead, thousands displaced in south of Tanzania

A period of heavy rain from late April 2022 has caused severe flooding in the Mbeya and Songwe regions of southern Tanzania, where at least 5 people have died, 5 are missing and thousands have been displaced.

According to the Tanzania Red Cross, flooding has caused extensive damage in the districts of Rungwe and Kyela in Mbeya Region and Ileje in Songwe Region. Damages include 10,000 hectares of crops, water infrastructure such as drinking water wells, several roads and at least 4 bridges. Over 400 homes have been damaged and 318 completely destroyed. Other buildings including schools and religious buildings have also been damaged.

Communities in Kyela district have been particularly badly affected. Kyela local government authority reported 5 people had died, 21 were injured and 5 more are missing. More than 630 households (around 3,150 people) have been displaced and are staying in different evacuation sites including schools and public buildings.

Cloud Lightning

65 litres/m² and 1,400 lightning discharges in 4 hours for Valencian Community in Spain

Valencian Community registers 65 litres/m² and 1,400 lightning discharges in 4 hours this Monday, May 2

The month of May in the Valencian Community has seen the region battered by heavy rain, storms, and even hailstones. In a four hour period between 4pm and 8pm this Monday, May 2, an orange warning was issued by AEMET, the State Meteorological Agency, in the southern interior of Valencia, and the north of Alicante.

AEMET's weather forecast was not wrong, and hailstorms spread in just over half an hour in municipalities such as La Font de la Figuera, in the Costera region, where the awful conditions raised fears for the almond and vineyard crops.

Bocairent, Vall d'Albaida, and the Sierra de Mariola areas were all inundated with hailstones, as were the Alicante municipalities of Banyeres de Mariola, Muro, and Alcoi. In the mountainous parts of these municipalities, the hail turned into ice, producing an image like a blanket of snow covering the ground.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike kills 3 in Tangail, Bangladesh

Three people have been killed and one injured in a lightning strike at Kalihati in Tangail.

The incident took place at Hatia Gudara Ghat in Dashkia Union of the upazila on Tuesday morning.

The deceased were identified as Ariful, 16, Faisal, 16 and Mostofa, 25. The injured is Rakib, 21.

Dashkia UP Chairman MA Malek Bhuiyan said Ariful, Faisal, Rakib and Rakib's brother-in-law Mostafa went to bathe in Hatia New Dhaleshwari river in preparation for Eid prayers. At that time lightning struck them at Hatia Gudara Ghat.

Later, Rakib managed to inform his family about the incident. Rakib and others were rushed to Tangail General Hospital where the duty doctor declared Ariful, Faisal and Mostafa dead.


Rare weather event: Taiwan's highest mountain gets snow in May

© Central Weather Bureau
A rare May snowfall hit Taiwan's highest mountain Monday afternoon, caused by strong and very moist easterly winds sweeping through the island, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

It was only the fifth time since 1990 that snow had fallen in May on Yushan, also known as Mt. Jade, following snowfalls there in 1995, 1997, 2000, and 2011. The latest snow has ever been recorded on Yushan in May was on May 31, 1955, the CWB said.

The snow began to fall on the mountain at 1:30 p.m. and lasted until 2:10 p.m. Monday when it turned into rain, the CWB said, but it forecast more snow to come later in the day.


Iraq engulfed by yet another dust storm, leaving dozens hospitalised and flights grounded

Dust settled across streets and vehicles and seeped into homes in Iraq's capital Baghdad as the storm hit on Sunday
© Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP
Dust settled across streets and vehicles and seeped into homes in Iraq's capital Baghdad as the storm hit on Sunday
Iraq was yet again covered in a thick sheet of orange on Sunday as it suffered the latest in a series of dust storms that have become increasingly common.

Dozens were hospitalised with respiratory problems in the centre and the west of the country.

A thick layer of orange dust settled across streets and vehicles, seeping into people's homes in the capital Baghdad.

Flights were grounded because of poor visibility at airports serving Baghdad and the Shiite holy city of Najaf, with the phenomenon expected to continue into Monday, according to the weather service.

"Flights have been interrupted at the airports of Baghdad and Najaf due to the dust storm," the spokesperson for the civil aviation authority, Jihad al-Diwan, said.