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Storm in Oman brings hail, lightning and floods

© Metar Oman
The weather experts are expecting around 30 to 60 millimeters of rain and hail during the night in most of the regions.

The temperatures are also expected to go down.

The trough of low pressure Al Rahma continues to have direct impact on the Sultanate said Jaifer al Busaidy, the Weather forecaster at the National Multi-Hazard Early Warning Centre. According to him the varied intensity of rainfall, occasional thundershowers associated with fresh wind and hail will continue over the governorates of Musandam, Al Buraimi, Al Dhahira, North Al Batinah, South Al Batinah, Al Dakhiliya, Muscat, North Al Sharqiya, South Al Sharqiya and parts of Al Wusta and Dhofar.

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10 bodies recovered from landslide due to heavy rainfall in Papua New Guinea

At least 12 people are feared dead after a landslip in the Tambul-Nebilyer district in Papua New Guinea's Western Highlands Province.
© Peter Solo Kinjap
At least 12 people are feared dead after a landslip in the Tambul-Nebilyer district in Papua New Guinea's Western Highlands Province.
Ten bodies have been recovered from a landslide which buried 12 people in Papua New Guinea's Western Highlands.

The weekend landslide in Tendepo ward of Tambul-Nebilyer district came amid a bout of heavy rain

District administrator Phillip Talpa said an excavator was quickly sent to the area with help from police and the local community.

"They were able to dig out 10 bodies. Two are still believed to be buried under ground. The excavator is already on site, digging a few sites that they believe the bodies are hidden under."

Mr Talpa said that with ongoing rain, there was a high risk of more landslides occurring in the area's hilly surrounds in coming days.


6.1-magnitude earthquake hits Central East Pacific Rise

earthquake graph
© Phil McCarten / Reuters
An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 jolted Central East Pacific Rise at 22:38:05 GMT on Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 10.0 km, was initially determined to be at 4.6851 degrees south latitude and 105.0546 degrees west longitude.

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UAE weather: Dubai hit by spectacular lightning, rain storm, hail and flooding

Motorists try to get through flooding on a
© Chris Whiteoak / The National
Motorists try to get through flooding on a roundabout near Studio city in Dubai.
Dubai was hit by a spectacular lightning and rain storm on Saturday night, causing flash flooding within minutes.

The sky flashed continuously for almost an hour from 8pm, punctuated by cracks of thunder.

Hail followed and streets quickly filled up with water, in a repeat of the heavy flooding in late January.

Another deluge followed over night.

The storm followed torrential rain and thunderstorms earlier on Saturday that caused roads to flood.
The Dubai Marina end of the city appeared to be worst hit.


Snow at the Grand Canyon on the first day of spring

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Snowed here at the Grand Canyon on the first day of spring.

Comment: See in addition: Storm continues to drop heavy snow on northern Arizona on first day of spring - 25 inches in 5 days

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Croatia's capital Zagreb rocked by 5.3M earthquake: Many buildings damaged - Strongest to hit city in 140 years

zagreb earthquake church
© Antonio Bronic/Reuters
A man looks at damages at the Basilica of the Heart of Jesus, following an earthquake in Zagreb
The Croatian capital was awoken this Sunday morning by a huge earthquake measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale.

At 6.23 this morning Zagreb was rocked as the earthquake, with an epicentre seven kilometres north of the city and at a depth of ten kilometres caused havoc. Parts of the capital were left without electricity and the facades of buildings fell onto the fortunately empty streets. There is no news of any injuries or fatalities, however material damage has been reported.

Comment: Among the older buildings that were badly damaged were churches, including Zagreb's cathedral, the tallest building in Croatia - and which is dedicated to the Assumption of Mary, like Notre Dame in Paris. Part of one of its two towers broke off during the quake:

Croatia's PM Andrej Plenkovic has since described this as "the strongest quake to hit Zagreb in 140 years."

RT reports that local authorities are urging citizens to get out of their homes and check on the elderly... while maintaining social distancing:
Strong quakes have struck Croatia's capital Zagreb, damaging buildings downtown, including the city's main historic cathedral. Officials urged people to leave home but keep social distancing amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Zagreb's head of emergency services, Pavle Kalinic, urged people to leave their homes. "Get out of the houses and help your older neighbors," he said.

The Interior Ministry asked people who had fled their homes to maintain a "necessary distance" to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 disease, and to wear face masks if possible.
Welcome to full-blown Idiocracy.

We're anticipating many more earthquakes in the months ahead. When you mess with the human population's normal routines, all that energy they normally express while going about their lives has to go somewhere, so it largely goes 'into the ground'.

Now we're going to see how humans really affect the environment; not by 'polluting it with CO2', but by the impact of their collective psychic energy. And, right now, the species is in a state of worry/terror/confusion...

In line with that, Salt Lake City, Utah, received its first-ever direct-hit earthquake a few days ago:

5.7M earthquake strikes Salt Lake City - First ever to directly hit Utah's capital - Angel statue atop Mormon HQ loses its trumpet


'Pulsing' of Yellowstone volcano is increasing due to trapped magma below


These finding have also led researches to clues about Steamboat Geyser's (pictured) increase in activity over the past two years. It 47 times this year – compared to the 32 times in 2018
The Norris Geyser Basin, the oldest, hottest and most dynamic thermal area in the park, was observed to rise 5.9 inches each year from 2013 to 2015 - an unusual event that left researchers baffled.

Now, using satellite radar and GPS data, experts have determined the ground deformation was caused by magma intrusions trapped below the basin's surface.

As magma made its way to the surface, the pressure pushed rocks above it up and created an erratic pulsating effect, according to National Geographic.

This is the first time the scientific community has been able to track an entire episode of magma intrusion, which they say is a common occurrence throughout Yellowstone.

Comment: So despite the assurances from scientists it would appear that activity at Yellowstone is increasing and, when taken together with events elsewhere on our planet, it should give us cause for concern: Land begins to rise again near volcano Thorbjorn, Iceland

Also check out SOTT radio's: As well as SOTT's monthly documentary Earth Changes Summary - January 2020: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs:

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Heavy rains flood parts of Ohio, stranding residents

Floodwaters in Galloway, Ohio, on Friday.Credit...
© The Columbus Dispatch
Floodwaters in Galloway, Ohio, on Friday.Credit...
In central and southern Ohio, hundreds of people have been evacuated from homes and vehicles after a period of intense rain.

Heavy rains swamped communities in central and southern Ohio, leading to road closures and rescues of residents by boats and at least one military vehicle, officials said on Friday.

At least three inches of rain fell in the region overnight and early on Friday, flooding roadways and overwhelming waterways when the ground — already saturated from previous rains — could not hold it all, according to Kathleen Fuller, a spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Transportation.

Around 5:45 a.m. on Friday, a man escaped from his S.U.V. before it washed into an inundated culvert under State Route 79 and became lodged there, said Morgan Overbey, a Transportation Department spokeswoman in Licking County. The collapse of a portion of the route, near the city of Heath, created a chasm up to 17 feet deep of roaring water, she said.

A shiny tire, all that was visible of the vehicle, jutted out of the churning waters.


Colorado, Nebraska smacked by blizzard as spring began

A shopper loads groceries into her sports-utility
© AP/David Zalubowski
A shopper loads groceries into her sports-utility vehicle as a spring storm envelopes Colorado while residents struggle with the spread of coronavirus Thursday, March 19, 2020, in Denver.
Spring officially began on Thursday, in the earliest start to the season in 124 years for the United States, but for Americans living in parts of the Central states, it felt more like the first day of winter as a blizzard swept across the region.

Wind-whipped snow caused major disruptions from the Colorado Rockies through Nebraska with as much as 23 inches of snow accumulating near Nederland, Colorado.

The worst of the snow hit Denver between 12 p.m. and 7 p.m. MDT when heavy, blowing snow caused travel to shut down across the city. By the time the storm ended, many areas across Denver had picked up between 5 and 10 inches of snow.


Luxembourg sees late snowfall

After a few days of temperatures of up to 17 °C, residents of the north of Luxembourg woke up to snow on Saturday morning

Meteolux did warn us of a cold front, and they weren't wrong - it even brought a few snowflakes with it! On Saturday morning, residents of the north of the country woke up with snow on their doorstep.

There's even a chance that the snow will stick around for a while, at least for some, as the lower temperatures are set to stick with us for a few days. Indeed, it seems below-zero temperatures are returning to Luxembourg.

So yes, it will be cold - but the good news is that the sun should not leave us in the coming days. While waiting for milder temperatures, take advantage of confinement to stay warm.