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22 inches of snow falls in 24 hours on Red Lodge resort in Montana

Twenty-two new inches of snow fell in Red Lodge in the last 24 hours, and the fresh snow made for some unexpected and amazing spring skiing by locals.

Rick McGarvey, a resident of Red Lodge, told MTN News Tuesday that he planned to go skiing on Wednesday when he got word the snow would hit.

He shared a string of photos from some spring skiing at the mountain.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning claimed 147 lives in 4 years in the district of Mayurbhanj, India

Lightning is posing a serious threat to human lives in Mayurbhanj district as it has claimed 147 lives here in the last four years, a report said.

According to reports available from the district emergency office, lightning has claimed 147 lives between April, 2015 and April, 2019. A glance at the report tells us that lightning is most severe in July.

Five persons died and four persons were rendered critical by lightning in Betanoti, Baisinga, Badasahi and Khunta areas of the district, July 20, 2018.

Four persons were killed and two were injured after lightning struck them July 7, 2017. The report says that the death toll has remained high in July in the past several years.

Cloud Lightning

Storms, floods kill at least 24 people in 2 weeks across Iran - 20 by lightning strikes

Emergency aid delivered to 83 cities, villages across flood-hit Iran, officials say

At least 24 people have been killed in a wave of torrential rainfall and flooding that has pounded Iran for the past two weeks, local officials say.

According to Mojtaba Khaledi, a spokesman for Iran's emergency services, four people were killed by flooding while another 20 lost their lives after having been struck by lightning.

Fifty-five others, Khaledi said, had been injured by severe flooding.


Birth of an underwater volcano: "This thing was built from zero in 6 months!", and other science-hype

mayotte island
© National Geographic
Mayotte Island off the east coast of Africa
... Which is a lot less than 12 years

Guest geological observation by David Middleton

From the American Association for the Advancement of SCIENCE! of America...
Ship spies largest underwater eruption ever
By Roland Pease
May. 21, 2019 , 1:20 PM

Last week, Marc Chaussidon, director of the Institute of Geophysics in Paris (IPGP), looked at seafloor maps from a recently concluded mission and saw a new mountain. Rising from the Indian Ocean floor between Africa and Madagascar was a giant edifice 800 meters high and 5 kilometers across. In previous maps, there had been nothing. "This thing was built from zero in 6 months!" Chaussidon says.

His team, along with scientists from the French national research agency CNRS and other institutes, had witnessed the birth of a mysterious submarine volcano, the largest such underwater event ever witnessed. "We have never seen anything like this," says IPGP's Nathalie Feuillet, leader of an expedition to the site by the research vessel Marion Dufresne, which released its initial results last week.

The quarter-million people living on the French island of Mayotte in the Comoros archipelago knew for months that something was happening. From the middle of last year they felt small earthquakes almost daily, says Laure Fallou, a sociologist with the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre in Bruyères-le-Châtel, France. People "needed information," she says. "They were getting very stressed, and were losing sleep."


Science! As in "She blinded me with..."
Did I read this correctly?

Comment: The internet is a rich source of information about nearly any subject under the sun. But as Middleton points out, the information needs to be examined carefully. While his nit-picking may be amusing, it shows the larger problem of sloppy writing and potentially, sloppy thinking.

That being said, Mayotte has been the center of some interesting geological and astronomical phenomena.

Cloud Precipitation

7000 ha of crops damaged by hail, storms in Bulgaria


Verenitsa, Bulgaria
About 7000 hectares of agricultural land in Bulgaria have been damaged by recent torrential rains and hailstorms, Agriculture Minister Dessislava Taneva said on May 21.

To compensate farmers for the damage, the state has provided assistance of four million leva (about two million euro), which would be sufficient, Taneva said.

The damage will be assessed, after which farmers will be compensated, but only those who produce has been 100 per cent destroyed, she said.


Stunning sun halo seen over Grand Cayman Island

Sun halo over Grand Cayman Island
© cnslocallife.com
Sun halo seen from Grand Cayman on Saturday, 18 May.
Nature provided some excellent picture shows in the sky Saturday after a beautiful sun halo emerged at lunchtime followed by a stunning full flower (blue) moon rising in the evening. A sun halo is caused by very high, thin clouds made from ice crystals.

The properties of the ice crystals reflect and refract light in such a way as to cause a ring around the sun. The rings typically proceed unsettled weather; it is said a halo around the sun or moon means rain or snow is on the way. Let's hope it's snow.


Shallow 6.1 magnitude earthquake hits off Amatignak Island, Alaska

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 6.1

Local Time (conversion only below land) : Unknown

GMT/UTC Time : 2019-05-23 08:45:19

Depth (Hypocenter) : 27.79 km

Apple Red

California cherry crop devastated by storms

California Cherries Hammered by Unseasonable Storms

California cherries hammered by unseasonable storms
Cherry growers in California are counting the cost as storms over the past week destroyed a significant amount of the current cherry crop. While official estimates are still several days or even weeks away, the general feeling is that a few million boxes worth of cherries have been lost, with the worst affected being early season varieties and also a large portion of the Bing crop. There is some hope that some of the later season cherries can still be salvaged.

"The cherry crop has been devastated, especially the early season varieties," said Tom Valenzuela of Sunriver Sales. "There is a chance some of the later season cherries can be salvaged, but we won't see those until mid-June at the earliest. Tree fruit in general was hit hard, not just from the heavy rain, but also the hail. This was on the back of an already wet winter and spring which could also have an impact on future crops such as grapes."

Cloud Precipitation

Ice Age Farmer Report: It's official - Catastrophic season for US / Australia starts importing wheat

USDA data confirms a record poor planting of corn, as Australia imports wheat for the first time in 12 years, Italy declares natural disasters due to flooding, and Switzerland encounters frosts later than in 70 years. As crop losses intensify, food prices are rising, and you must start growing your own food!



Parts of South Dakota receive up to 22 inches of snow...in late May

People throughout the Black Hills had to dig out their snow shovels for another day of digging.
© LainieD
People throughout the Black Hills had to dig out their snow shovels for another day of digging.
It's the latest that Rapid City has seen a foot or more of snow

A powerful storm system that brought severe weather to Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, and Arkansas has brought an insane amount of snow to parts of South Dakota (and Colorado prior to that).

Since 1948, Rapid City, South Dakota has seen measurable snow only twice after May 21. The latest measurable snow on record for the city came on June 13, 1969. The latest foot of snow on record was April 30, 1967.

Rapid City, along with Mt. Rushmore, have picked up a foot of snow (as of 10:30 a.m. Wednesday). Other towns outside of Rapid City, like Hisega and Rockerville, have picked up anywhere from a foot and a half to two feet of snow from this storm.