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Australians shiver through the coldest May EVER as temperatures plunge across the country

Widespread frost was reported in parts of Queensland, Northern Territory, New South Wales and Western Australia on Sunday morning   TRENDING

Widespread frost was reported in parts of Queensland, Northern Territory, New South Wales and Western Australia on Sunday morning
Australians have woken up to freezing temperatures, with some towns recording their coldest May morning on record.

Widespread frost was reported in parts of Queensland, Northern Territory, New South Wales and Western Australia on Sunday morning.

The Bureau of Meteorology recorded minimum temperatures as low as to -2.7 degrees at Injune Post Office in Queensland.

Records were broken in Hughenden, Queensland, where residents woke up to -1.4 degrees, while Bankstown and Penrith each had their coldest May temperature ever, hitting 0.7 degrees and 0.6 degrees respectively.

Tamworth also recorded its coldest May morning with -4.8 degrees.

Cloud Precipitation

12 dead, several injured as heavy rain batters Rajasthan, India

A waterlogged area due to rain during
A waterlogged area due to rain during the scorching heat.
At least a dozen people died and several were injured in separate incidents due to heavy rain and thunderstorm in Rajasthan's Tonk district, officials said on Friday.

Accompanied by gusty winds, heavy rain battered several places in the district on Thursday night, leading to the loss of human lives and damage to houses. A thunder squall with a maximum speed of 96 kmph was reported at the Jaipur International Airport.

Meanwhile, the MeT issued an orange alert at several places in the state on Friday, forecasting heavy rain and strong thunderstorms reaching a speed of 50-60 kmph. Some places could also witness a hailstorm.

Tonk District Collector Chinmayee Gopal said the 12 deaths were reported from across the Tonk district -- three in Tonk city, three in Niwai block, two each in Malpura and Devli and one each in Toda Rai Singh and Uniara. The injured persons have been admitted to different hospitals in the district, Gopal said.

Cloud Precipitation

Storms lead to major flash flooding, water rescues in Hereford, Texas

High water due to significant flash flooding in Hereford and Deaf Smith is causing a dangerous situation.

A line of storms developed over Deaf Smith County on Friday night and stayed in the same areas for more than an hour, according to Storm Search 7 Chief Meteorologist Joe Puma.

This caused significant flash flooding around the city of Hereford.

Cloud Lightning

12 killed in lightning strikes over two days in Jharkhand, India

At least 12 people were killed due to lightning strikes in different parts of Jharkhand over the past two days, an official said on Saturday.

Lightning strikes killed a woman and her daughter at Barwadda area of Dhanbad district, while two people died at Bahragora in Jamdhespur and Chirodih in Gumla district on Friday, the official said.

Another death was reported from Lohardagga. On Thursday seven people were killed. One death each was reported from Chatra, Hazaribag, Ranchi, Bokaro and Khunti districts and two at Hussainabad in Palamu.

Cloud Precipitation

Heavy rain leads to flooding across parts of southwest Nebraska - 10 inches of rainfall in 24 hours

A full size pickup could be seen underwater in Dundy County.

A full size pickup could be seen underwater in Dundy County.
While eastern Nebraska is begging for rain, parts of southwest Nebraska have seen way too much of it over the last 24 hours.

The National Weather Service has issued several Flash Flood Warnings for portions of Hitchcock, Hayes, and Red Willow Counties. Other Flood Warnings are in effect for parts of Dundy, Chase, Hayes, Hitchcock, Red Willow, and Frontier Counties in Southwest Nebraska.

Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms have already produced as much as 5 to 10 inches of rain in the warned areas. Some of those areas may continue to receive additional heavy rainfall.

Captain Tyler Schmidt with NSP Troop D said the weather conditions are starting to improve allowing for the water to start to recede.

Arrow Down

Snow avalanche kills 9 nomads in northern Pakistan

File Photo

File Photo
At least nine people were killed when a snow avalanche struck Astrore's district in northern Pakistan.

Reports in the media suggest that at least nine nomads were killed on Saturday and several went missing when a snow avalanche hit them near Shunter Pass of the Astore district of Gilgit Baltistan.

Gilgit Baltistan Chief Minister Khalid Khurshid Khan mourned the deaths and directed the local authorities to start the rescue operation.

He called on the secretary interior, Director General of GBDMA, and other officials to rush to the spot.

Reports also suggest that GB Chief Minister will also visit the location.


Strong dust, snow storms lash Mongolia - 2 killed and at least 290,000 livestock (UPDATED)

Strong winds, and heavy dust and snow storms are sweeping large parts of Mongolia, and causing poor visibility on roads, the country's weather monitoring agency said on Friday.

The strong winds and dust storms are hitting the eastern provinces of Sukhbaatar and Dornod as well as the provinces of Dundgovi, Dornogovi, Govisumber and Umnugovi, with a wind speed up to 26 meters per second, Xinhua news agency reported.

In addition, the central part of the country, including the national capital Ulan Bator, and the eastern province of Khentii are now experiencing strong winds, snow storms and a sudden air temperature drop.

Strong winds, and dust and snow storms started on Thursday in northern parts of the country.

Comment: Update May 20

Xinhua reports:
2 killed in eastern Mongolia due to dust, snow storms

This photo taken on May 20, 2023 shows livestock enduring snow storms in the eastern province of Sukhbaatar, Mongolia.

This photo taken on May 20, 2023 shows livestock enduring snow storms in the eastern province of Sukhbaatar, Mongolia.
Heavy blizzards and strong dust storms in eastern Mongolia have killed two people, the country's National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said Saturday.

"A total of 127 people, mostly nomadic herders, went missing in the dust and snow storms that started in the eastern provinces of Sukhbaatar and Khentii on Friday morning, 125 of them have been found alive. Unfortunately, two people have lost their lives in the storms," NEMA said in a statement.

The disastrous weather conditions have caused severe damage to public and private buildings as well as infrastructure facilities such as roads and power lines, and killed a large number of livestock, according to the emergency agency.

The unstable weather conditions are expected to continue through the weekend across large parts of the country, especially eastern and southern provinces, the country's weather monitoring agency said, warning the public, especially nomadic herders and drivers, to take extra precautions against possible disasters.

Mongolia has a harsh continental climate as strong winds and dust storms are common.
Update May 26

NewsKannada.com reports:
Dust, snow storms in Mongolia kill 290,000 livestock

More than 290,000 livestock have been killed in the Mongolian provinces of Sukhbaatar and Khentii due to the recent dust and snow storms, local media reported on Thursday.

The overall number of fatalities is however, expected to increase since many livestock still remain still unaccounted for, Xinhua news agency quoted authorities as saying.

Heavy blizzards and intense dust storms swept through Sukhbaatar and Khentii provinces late last week, causing severe damage.

A total of 127 people, primarily nomadic herders, went missing in the provinces due to the storms.

Among them, 125 were found alive, while two were killed.

Mongolia has a harsh continental climate as strong winds, dust and snow storms are common.


Residents shelter indoors as storm bends trees, reduces visibility to near-zero in Oman

Oman is facing a period of turbulent weather, as heavy rain and strong winds wreak havoc in the Gulf country.

Videos circulating on social media show the impact of the storm. The fronds of palm trees sway dangerously as an entire trash can lays on its side in the middle of a road in a residential area, blown over by the wind.

It is hard to make out what is happening in some videos, as visibility has dropped to a near-zero level.

Residents have taken shelter inside buildings as the conditions outside become increasingly hostile. In the video below, a man holds doors to a store shut as cardboard boxes and other objects tear down the street in the storm.


Waterspout spotted off Florida Keys amid storm warnings

A waterspout was spotted swirling along the coast of southern Florida on Friday, May 26, as the National Weather Service (NWS) warned of thunderstorms developing in the region.

This footage was captured by Twitter user @Hubery07 who said it was filmed from Anne's Beach in Islamorada on Friday.

"It stayed offshore and disappeared about 15 minutes later," they told Storyful, adding that no boats were nearby.

The NWS forecasted storms could bring up to 5 inches of rain to the area through Friday afternoon. Credit: @Hubery07 via Storyful


Lightning strike kills two in Cambodia


A lightning strike. (File)
Two youths died instantly at the scene when they were struck by lightning at 21:00 on May 26, at Bangkong village, Ampil commune, Prasat Bakong district, Siem Reap province.

The victims was identified as Ji Phally, 24, male, and Chheav Chhean, 28, male, residents of Bangkong village, Ampil commune, Prasat Bakong district.

Sources from Prasat Bakong district authorities and the victim's family said that the victims were killed by lightning while they were walking to catch frogs.

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