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Spain's Costa Blanca gets massive hail storms

As the Costa del Britain enjoyed some sizzling spring heatwave weather over the first part of the weekend, Spain's Costa Blanca got a real taste of winter with some massive hail storms.

The UK hot spell did not last, with a big change this Sunday (May 10), but photos from the resort of Torrevieja certainly got people wondering whether the two countries had done a deal to swap their regular weather!

The local weather group, Proyecto Mastral, posted some photos taken of the effects of the hailstorm pummelling parts of the Costa Blanca city early this morning.

Comment: A day earlier the municipality of Pozohondo in the central region of Castile-La Mancha experienced unusual flooding:

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12 killed in landslide triggered by heavy rain in Ethiopia

As many as 12 people are thought to have died in a landslide triggered by heavy rain in Ethiopia.

Local media said the landslide struck in Ale Special Woreda in Southern Nations Nationalities and Peoples Region (SNNP). Six houses were completely destroyed and several families displaced. Seven bodies have been found, with 5 still missing. Search operations were continuing but has been hindered by unstable terrain.

Heavy rain, floods and landslides have affected SNNP since mid-April. Eight people died in Gamo zone in a period 11 to 18 April. Flooding in Jinka town on 25 April damaged infrastructure and livestock.

Comment: 107,000 displaced by floods in Ethiopia since late April, says UN

Black Cat

Leopard drags 3-year-old out of home in Karnataka, India - child's half-eaten body found

A male leopard
© Reuters/Yves Herman
A male leopard
In a horrific incident, a leopard stole a three-year-old boy from his house in the southern Indian state of Karnataka. The child's half-eaten body was later recovered from the bushes nearby.

According to local reports, the incident took place in a village in Magadi Taluk in Ramanagara. Residents were asleep when the leopard stealthily sneaked into a house and picked up the boy. The door of the house was kept open because of the summer heat and the lack of electricity, local residents said.

When the family members found the boy was missing they started a search. During the early hours, people found the half-eaten body of the boy.

The forest department launched an investigation and set up a trap to capture the animal.

This is not the first time an incident related to a leopard took place in the state.


Strong eruptions in past few last days at Sakurajima volcano, Japan

Strong explosion from Sakurajima volcano on 8 May
© @chematierra/twitter
Strong explosion from Sakurajima volcano on 8 May
The activity of the volcano continues at high levels associated with strong eruptions during the past days.

On 8 May at 07:04 local time a powerful explosion occurred from its crater. A dense dark ash plume rose 6,561 ft (2,000 m) above the summit.

On 9 May at 05:32 local time another vigorous eruption occurred when ash plumes reached 13,779 ft (4,200 m) altitude.


Earth's mean temperature falling and possible explanation of the 11-year cycle

Dropping Temperatures
© NASA Earth Observatory. Public Domain
The global mean temperature in April 2020 was again significantly lower than in February and March, at 0.38°C above the average from 1981 to 2010. The average temperature increase on the globe from 1981 to February 2020 was 0.14°C per decade. The further development promises to be interesting, especially since a number of research institutes expect a higher probability of a cooling La Nina in the Pacific towards the end of the year. March's solar activity was very low with a sunspot number of 1.5. Activity in April rose slightly to 5.4. The first sunspots of the new cycle are showing.

What causes the sun to have an 11-year cycle?

Since the Dessau pharmacist Heinrich Samuel Schwabe discovered in 1843 that the sunspots of the sun increase and decrease in an 11-year cycle, science has been puzzling over the reason why this cycle lasts 11 years and why the solar magnetic field also changes its polarity in this rhythm: the north pole becomes the south pole and vice versa.

In July last year, scientists at the Helmholtz Centre in Dresden Rossendorf made a little-noticed but exciting discovery. Every 11.07 years, the planets Venus, Earth and Jupiter are aligned quite precisely. At this point in time, their gravitational force acts jointly in one direction on the Sun.

"The agreement is amazingly accurate: we see a complete parallelism with the planets over 90 cycles," explains Frank Stefani, one of the authors of the publication published in Solar Physics. Just as the gravitational pull of the Moon causes the tides on Earth, planets could move the hot plasma on the surface of the Sun. But the effect of a simple gravitational force is too weak to significantly disturb the flow in the Sun's interior, so the temporal coincidence has long been ignored.

Snowflake Cold

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Will record May cold in Europe and N. America wipe out crops?

Record cold records broken by the thousands between N. America, Australia and Europe over the first weeks and a half on May 2020.

Wheat planting is 22% compared to 49% the average in USA. So the question to be asked with the warm spring and now epic May freeze in multiple continents, how do you think this will affect agriculture in 2020?



Surfer escapes with minor injuries in shark attack off Bells Beach, Victoria, Australia

Photo shows moment shark breaches water

Photo shows moment shark breaches water near the surfers
A French surfer has survived a shark attack in Australia with only minor leg injuries by punching it twice.

Dylan Nacass, 23, was surfing at Bells Beach, about 1.5 hours from Melbourne, when the shark attacked on Friday, Nine News said.

Video footage shows a shark swimming up behind two men as they paddle desperately to get away.

Nacass told Nine the shark latched onto his leg until he punched it twice and he was released from its jaws.

"I punched him one time, he stays in my legs. Two times, after, he go," he said.

Local man Matt Sedunary rushed to the Frenchman's aid after realising he was in distress.

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Heavy rain triggers landslides killing at least 3 in West Sulawesi Province, Indonesia

landslide in Polewali Mandar Regency, West Sulawesi, Indonesia, 05 May 2020.
© BPBD Polewali Mandar
Landslide in Polewali Mandar Regency, West Sulawesi, Indonesia, 05 May 2020.
Heavy rain has continued to fall in parts of Indonesia, where disaster authorities report at least 3 people died landslides in West Sulawesi Province.

Local disaster agency said 2 landslides struck in close succession on 05 May in Kelapa Dua Village, Anreapi District, Polewali Mandar Regency severely damaging a house and burying several vehicles. Four other people were injured in the incident.

Based on a report by the Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD) of Polewali Mandar Regency, the disaster was triggered by high intensity rainfall and unstable soil structure.


"Abnormally dry conditions" fuel Florida wildfires, thousands forced to evacuate, satellite captures billowing smoke plumes


Hundreds evacuated as wildfires rage in NW Florida
Firefighters battled a fire in Santa Rosa County near Milton, Florida, on May 6 that has scorched more than 250 acres.

Numerous wildfires in the Florida Panhandle have turned an already frightening time into a nightmare for thousands of Sunshine State residents. Between two separate blazes, over 1,000 homes have been evacuated, and dozens of structures have been destroyed.

The blazes have since forced over 1,500 residents to evacuate into unfamiliar areas and contend with all new social distancing requirements. Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried said the blazes have destroyed 33 total structures thus far.

To further complicate matters, thick smoke forced a portion of Interstate 10 to close due to the blazes. That same thick smoke could be seen by satellites spreading over the Gulf Coast.

Comment: Meanwhile in other parts of the US: 'Sure doesn't look like May': Lake-effect snow blows across Lake Superior coastline


Polar vortex brings snowfall, wintry conditions to New England - up to 9 inches of snow recorded in Vermont

A polar vortex brought rare winter weather conditions to the Northeast of the US on May 9, with freezing temperatures and snow reported across parts of New England, including Vermont.

Up to 9 inches of snow was recorded in parts of Vermont with freeze or frost advisories reported in 20 states across the Midwest and Northeast.

Video filmed by Mitch @VermonsterWx shows several inches of "light and fluffy" snow accumulation near Readsboro, Vermont.

Credit: Mitch @VermonsterWx via Storyful