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Coldest April in 35 years in the Netherlands

A sign in snow in Amsterdam. 6 Apr 2020
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A sign in snow in Amsterdam. 6 Apr 2020
With an average temperature of 6.7 degrees Celsius, last month was the coldest April since 1986. The average temperature lay 3.2 degrees below the norm of 9.9 degrees in April, Weer.nl reported.

The drop in temperatures was particularly evident in Drenthe. Eelde in Drenthe recorded a total of 18 frost days in April, the highest number throughout the country. The village also measured the lowest temperatures nationwide last month. On April 26, temperatures fell to minus 4.5 degrees Celsius.

Temperatures had even been higher in February this year compared to April 2021. On February 24, temperatures crept up to 18.7 degrees, higher than the warmest temperature in April at 17.8 degrees in certain areas.

Snowflake Cold

Met Office says UK has seen coldest April since 1922

Met Office confirms it has been the coldest April
© Justin Minns
Met Office confirms it has been the coldest April for almost 100 years .
THIS month was the coldest April for almost a century, UK weather experts have said.

The Met Office says frost and clear conditions combined for a chilly month, despite long spells of sunshine.

Provisional figures from the Met Office's National Climate Information Centre show April had the third lowest average temperature since records began back in 1884.

In fact, the average temperature in April was the lowest seen in Britain since 1922.

Doberman

Young child dies after dog attack in Fort Worth, Texas

dog attack
A young child died Friday night after being attacked by a dog at a home in Fort Worth.

Police were called to the 1400 block of Oak Grove Road just after 5 p.m.

Officers found a child under the age of five that had been attacked by the family dog in the backyard. They were taken to a nearby hospital, but later died.


Seismograph

Magnitude 6.8 earthquake jolts northern Japan

quake
A 6.8 magnitude earthquake that also measured a strong 5 on the shindo (intensity) scale struck off Japan's northeastern coast on Saturday but no tsunami warning was issued, Japanese and U.S. authorities said, with no immediate reports of damage.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) said the midmorning quake hit at a depth of 47 kilometers (29 miles) in the Pacific, off Ishinomaki, Miyagi prefecture, near the epicenter of the huge March 2011 quake that triggered a towering tsunami, killing more than 18,000 people.

The USGS and Meteorological Agency said there was no tsunami risk following the jolt, which produced strong shaking along parts of the eastern coast and was also felt in Tokyo.

Snowflake

Lesotho covered in early snow overnight, and flurries are now on their way to South Africa

SNOW
Our neighbours are rejoicing on Friday, after snow blanketed vast patches of land in Lesotho: These scenes bode well for snow-chasers in South Africa, too.

Let it snow, let it snow, Lesotho! The Mountain Kingdom has experienced something of a blizzard overnight, with large parts of the country now completely draped in the white stuff. What's more, this weather is now heading to South Africa.


Fish

'Smelly, terrible sight': Thousands of dead fish found on Eastern Auckland coastline in New Zealand

Thousands of fish have been found dead along Auckland's Beachlands coastline, leaving a strong stench and worrying locals.

Thousands of fish have been found dead along Auckland's Beachlands coastline, leaving a strong stench and worrying locals.
Thousands of fish have been found dead along Auckland's Beachlands coastline, worrying locals as a strong stench lingers.

Mandy Reeves was going for a walk on Monday when she noticed a smell near the Pine Harbour marina.

But it wasn't until around 1pm on Tuesday when she discovered a sea of dead fish.

Reeves told the Herald there were thousands of the same type of fish dead in the water and on the rocks.

"There are thousands of them. On Monday there was a smell but no sign of fish. Tuesday I was down near the marina and I thought oh gosh what is that stuff?

"And the coastline was covered in white. There were thousands of them.

"They were white-silvery long fish. It's very smelly, it really stinks down there. But the water looks relatively clear."

Attention

In Florida, a worrying uptick in manatee deaths in 2021 with 674 recorded from January to mid-April

Baby manatee Lativa is recovering from severe exposure to brevetoxins, which affect the nervous system -- she is one of the lucky animals to survive a crisis affecting the gentle marine mammals in Florida
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Baby manatee Lativa is recovering from severe exposure to brevetoxins, which affect the nervous system -- she is one of the lucky animals to survive a crisis affecting the gentle marine mammals in Florida
Baby manatee Lativa was so sick that her caregivers had to put a flotation device on her to allow her to come to the surface to breathe.

Others have not been so lucky: the gentle marine mammals are dying at an unprecedented rate in Florida, and there are not enough animal hospital "beds" to handle the crisis.

When two-year-old Lativa was rescued earlier this month, she was suffering from severe exposure to brevetoxins, potent neurotoxins produced by red tides or algae blooms that have contaminated some bodies of water in the US state.

"She was found beached and they never beach themselves... she was completely unresponsive," recounts Molly Lippincott, animal care manager for ZooTampa at Lowry Park.


Snowflake

Unseasonal snowfall covers mountains in Gangwon Province, South Korea

Mount Seorak in the northeastern province of Gangwon is covered with snow on April 30, 2021, in this photo provided by Seoraksan National Park Office.

Mount Seorak in the northeastern province of Gangwon is covered with snow on April 30, 2021, in this photo provided by Seoraksan National Park Office.
Unseasonal snowfall blanketed mountainous areas of Gangwon Province, east of Seoul, on Friday, the last day of April usually known in South Korea as a season of early summer-like warm weather.

Late-night rain turned into snow in the Gangwon mountains 1,300 meters above sea level early Friday morning, with 15 centimeters of snow recorded on and around the peak of Mount Seorak, about 200 kilometers east of Seoul, as of 9 a.m., according to national park officials there.

Similar amounts of snow also piled up on other renowned Gangwon mountains, such as Mount Balwang and Mount Odae, offering unseasonal winter scenery, they said.


Cloud Precipitation

St Vincent and the Grenadines - Heavy rainfall triggers mudflows and flash floods - up to 5 inches of rain in 6 hours

Lahar / mudflows in the Red Zone on the Windward side of St.Vincent and the Grenadines, from Georgetown to Owia, April 2021.
© Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA)
Lahar / mudflows in the Red Zone on the Windward side of St.Vincent and the Grenadines, from Georgetown to Owia, April 2021.
Heavy rain has caused floods, landslides and lahars (volcanic mudflows) in several areas the Caribbean island country of St Vincent and the Grenadines according to the country's National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO).

As of 30 April the worst affected areas were in parts of the main island of St Vincent. NEMO reported rainfall accumulations ranging from 75 to 125 mm during a 6 hour period on 29 April 2021.

Flooding brought traffic to a standstill after roads were swamped in areas around the capital Kingstown. Landslides blocked roads on the city's outskirts. At least 2 houses collapsed and several others were damaged in areas around the capital.

The country is still struggling with the effects of ongoing eruptions of the La Soufriere volcano that began 09 April 2021. Following the heavy rain the government issued warnings to residents and drivers, saying "persistent rain and ash build-up on the roads and in drains have created conditions for flooding."


Fire

Iceland's Fagradalsfjall Volcano continues spectacular eruption after being dormant for 6,000 years

Fagradalsfjall volcano eruption
© YouTube/Ruptly (screen capture)
Iceland's Fagradalsfjall volcano has been putting on a spectacular display of new eruptions, over a month since it first erupted, as onlookers continue to gather to watch fiery fountains and rivers of lava.

The lava flows erupting from Fagradalsfjall volcano near Geldingadalir on the Reykjanes Peninsula were captured in day and nighttime footage from RT's Ruptly video agency. A new fissure opened at the site on Thursday.

Eruptions in the region of southwestern Iceland began on March 19, following heavy seismic activity in the area. The Reykjanes Peninsula has not seen a volcanic eruption in nearly 900 years - and Mount Fagradalsfjall itself is believed to have been dormant for hundreds of years.

The latest continuous eruptions have already modified the local landscape, with flowing lava filling up mountain valleys. Some onlookers seen in the footage have been lucky enough to witness the process. Authorities say the burning rivers are not flowing fast enough to pose an immediate danger, so visitors have been permitted to visit the site.


Comment: See also: 34,000 quakes in two weeks near Fagradalsfjall volcano, Iceland - 900% increase in activity compared with whole of 2020