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Extremely bright 'jellyfish' sprites easily visible with naked-eye over Colorado

Jellyfish Sprites over Bethune, Colorado
© Michael Gavan
Jellyfish Sprites on May 23, 2020 @ Bethune, Colorado
Have you ever seen a sprite? Some say it's impossible. The strange and fleeting forms of red lightning materialize above thunderheads, usually disappearing again in less time than it takes to blink. Yet storm chaser Michael Gavan had no trouble seeing these on May 23rd.

"Extremely bright 'jellyfish' sprites were easily visible naked-eye through evening twilight!"says Gavin. "This is a framegrab of the brightest one I managed to capture with my astrophotography-modified Canon T3i."

Gavin saw the display from northwestern Kansas. "Clear skies to the northwest afforded fantastic views of an MCS (Mesoscale convective system) moving through the Nebraska panhandle," he says. Over the weekend, a low pressure system got stuck in the area, producing ferocious electrical storms with abundant lightning and sprites.

Comment: Less than two weeks ago giant red sprites flashed so brightly over Texas they also could be observed without special equipment.

With the surge in sightings of red sprites in recent years (which are still considered 'rare' by some) it seems the electrical nature of our weather and changing atmosphere is becoming more apparent: For more, check out SOTT radio's: Behind the Headlines: Earth changes in an electric universe: Is climate change really man-made?


Windsock

Western Australia hit by worst storm in a decade

Western Australia storm
© JMA/Himawari-8, RAMMB/CIRA
Western Australia was hit by its worst storm in a decade on Sunday, leaving about 50,000 homes and businesses without power as the weather bureau recorded wind of up to 130kph.

Up to 100 millimetres of rain is expected to fall along the west coast, while tides are predicted to swell before reaching a peak of 8 metres on Monday.

The storm was caused by the remnants of a tropical cyclone meeting a cold front, and emergency services have warned of flooding and dangerous seas.

Officials said conditions were expected to worsen overnight as the severe storm progressed.


Snowflake

A week before summer: It starts snowing in Carpathian Mountains, Ukraine

Snow late in spring
© facebook.com/chornogora.rescue
Snow late in spring
A downpour across the entire Ukrainian territory may last for almost the entire week.

It started snowing in the Carpathian Mountains on Sunday, May 24.

As of 13:15 on May 24, the air temperature on Mount Pip Ivan of Chornohora was +2 °C, the southwest wind was 7 meters per second; it was snowing," the Chornohirsky mountain search and rescue post said on Facebook on May 24.

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Late May snowfall in Eastern Turkey - nearly 4 inches

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© DHA
The Limni Lake Natural Park, located in Turkey's Eastern Black Sea region, was covered with 10 centimeters (3.9 inches) of snow this week, giving visitors the unique opportunity to enjoy the beautiful winter scenery one last time as the summer months approach.

Surrounded by pine and spruce trees, the park offers a pleasant view of the snow-covered mountain.

Located 45 kilometers (27.9 miles) from Gümüşhane's city center, Lake Limni is situated on the foothills of Mount Zigana.

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Record late May snowfall hits Idaho Falls - up to 4 inches

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Several inches of snow fell in Idaho Falls, Idaho, on Saturday, May 23, with preliminary totals indicating a record for springtime snowfall in the area, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

The NWS said preliminary totals showed two to four inches of snow accumulated in the city, which would it the most snow recorded "this late in spring" since the area's weather records began in 1948.

This video shows snow falling in Idaho Falls around 11.30 am on Saturday.

Credit: @taylordevin1 via Storyful



Fire

Evacuations ongoing due to 'significant' brush fire in Nova Scotia

fire in Porters Lake, N.S.
© Jesse Thomas/Global News
The smoke from the fire in Porters Lake, N.S., could be seen from kilometres away
More than 1,000 residents in the area of Porters Lake, N.S. are being asked to leave their homes Saturday as crews work to contain a large fire in the area.

At least 10 trucks from Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency (HRFE) have responded to the scene of the brush fire which was first reported at approximately 12:30 p.m. AT.

HRFE assistant chief Nadya-Lyse Paré said that a resident on their quad was the first to spot the fire and report it to officials.

Hardhat

Cosmic rays increases hail size and duration - Lightning inception by large ice particles, GSM much?

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Southern storms drop egg-sized hail.

3″+ hail reported with Thursday night storms.

Baseball-sized hail, tornadoes hit plains.

8-year-old finds hail larger than a softball in Burkburnett.

Circumference Calculator.

Prediction of lightning inception by large ice particles and extensive air showers.


Comment: See also:


Cloud Precipitation

8-year-old finds hailstone with a circumference of 14.5 inches in Burkburnett, Texas

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Eight-year-old Will Moody says he found it in a field.

It's amazing what Mother Nature can produce in the sky.

Friday night, large hail stones fell in Burkburnett -- just northwest of Wichita Falls.

Eight-year-old Will Moody found one in a field at a friend's house after the storm passed -- and it was larger than a softball.

Comment: Cosmic rays increases hail size and duration - Lightning inception by large ice particles, GSM much?


Bug

Millions of cicadas are expected to emerge in US after 17 years underground

Millions of cicadas will return to swarm parts of the US this summer
© Getty
Millions of cicadas will return to swarm parts of the US this summer.
As if we didn't have enough to worry about with giant murder hornets invading the US and a global pandemic, millions of 17-year cicadas will emerge from the ground this year.

As many as 1.5 million cicadas per acre may emerge, and people living in Southwest Virginia, parts of North Carolina and West Virginia could witness this unique phenomenon, Virginia Tech says in a news release.

Luckily, cicadas are harmless to humans. At most, the noise they make could become a nuisance.

"Communities and farms with large numbers of cicadas emerging at once may have a substantial noise issue," said Eric Day, Virginia Cooperative Extension entomologist in Virginia Tech's Department of Entomology.

"Hopefully, any annoyance at the disturbance is tempered by just how infrequent -- and amazing -- this event is."

Attention

Sakurajima volcano erupts again in Japan

Sakurajima Volcano

Sakurajima Volcano
Eruption Sakurajima Volcano, Japan May 23, 2020