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Iridescent clouds seen in Ho Chi Minh City sky

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© Dinh Thuong / Tuoi TreThe clouds over Ho Chi Min City, Vietnam on May 12, 2024, look like a glistening rainbow.
Iridescent clouds appeared in the sky of Ho Chi Minh City on Sunday afternoon, prompting many to share images of the phenomenon online, playfully dubbing it 'Aurora borealis in Saigon.'

Saigon is the old name of the city but it is still in popular use.

The magnificent clouds emerged between 3:30 pm and 4:20 pm.

The phenomenon is called cloud iridescence or irisation, a colorful optical phenomenon that occurs in clouds and appears in the general proximity of the sun or moon.

This occurs when water droplets or ice crystals in the cloud diffract the light around the outside of the droplet, as opposed to bending the light through it.

Cloud Precipitation

Sri Lanka monsoon floods kill 22 (UPDATE)

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Flash floods, mudslides and falling trees have killed at least 14 people in Sri Lanka as the island nation is battered by monsoon storms, the country's disaster centre said Sunday.

Some drowned, including three members of the same family swept away near the capital Colombo on Sunday.

Others were buried alive in mudslides, including an 11-year-old girl and a 20-year-old man, the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said.

Nine other people were crushed and killed when trees fell on them in seven districts since the monsoon intensified on May 21, the DMC said.

AFP


Comment: Update June 5

PTI reports:
At least 30 people have died due to extreme rains and floods that have devastated Sri Lanka since May 15, State Minister of Defence Premitha Bandara Tennakoon told Parliament on Wednesday.

Heavy monsoonal showers have destroyed 71 houses while another 9,300 suffered partial damage. Some 825 small and medium-scale industries have suffered damages alongside 63 infrastructure system setups, Tannakoon said.

The deaths have been reported from 10 districts, including the capital Colombo, where torrential rains exceeding 300 mm caused flash floods, fallen trees, high winds, lightning, and earth slips.

The Disaster Management Centre has issued flood warnings for the basins of several rivers from different districts as more rains and high winds are expected.

Earth slip red notices have been issued in respect of four districts by the National Building Research Centre.

Earlier on Monday, Sri Lanka closed schools as heavy rain triggered floods and mudslides in many parts of the island nation.

By Monday, over 5,000 people were moved to evacuation centres.

Navy and army troops have been deployed for rescue work and also to provide food and other essential items to the affected areas.

More than 19,000 persons from over 5,000 families were marooned over the weekend as severe monsoonal downpours inflicted widespread devastation in 20 of the 25 administrative districts that have been severely affected, authorities said on Sunday.



Cloud Precipitation

At least 22 dead in flooding on South Africa's eastern coast (UPDATE)

Severe flash floods hit the Eastern Cape over the weekend.
Severe flash floods hit the Eastern Cape over the weekend.
Twelve people have died in flooding caused by torrential rain on South Africa's eastern coast, local authorities said on Monday.

In Eastern Cape province, "the death toll is currently sitting at seven," a spokesperson from Nelson Mandela Bay municipality, at the heart of the floods, told AFP.

More than 2,000 people have been evacuated from Nelson Mandela Bay, notably from makeshift homes in the municipality's slums.

Local authorities launched an appeal for donations of clothing, food and blankets.

Near the port city of Durban in neighbouring KwaZulu-Natal province, "five people have sadly lost their lives in the eThekwini Metro, which has been hardest hit, and dozens of people are being treated for injuries in health care facilities", the provincial government said in a statement.


Comment: Update June 5

AFP reports:
Flooding caused by torrential rain and fierce winds on South Africa's eastern coast have killed at least 22 people, local authorities said on Tuesday.

Flooding hit several locations in two eastern provinces, two rare tornados were spotted, temperatures plunged and snow fell in some central regions.

At least 11 people died in Eastern Cape, a spokesperson from Nelson Mandela Bay municipality, at the heart of the floods, told AFP.

More than 2,000 people have been evacuated from Nelson Mandela Bay, notably from makeshift homes in the municipality's slums.



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Austria closes river Danube for shipping as deadly floods spread across central Europe

River traffic on the Rhine has been badly affected
© ALEX KRAUS/BLOOMBERGRiver traffic on the Rhine has been badly affected
Flooding caused by torrential rain that killed five people in Germany over the weekend has spread across Austria and Hungary overnight Tuesday.

The entire Danube in Austria has been closed after its banks burst in Linz, the country's third-largest city.

The river, which flows over 350 kilometres of Austria, was shut down for shipping after heavy rainfall caused floods in both Austria and Germany.

The decision to close comes after flooding turned deadly in southern Germany on the weekend, where five people were killed.


Comment: See also: Flooding hits Germany (5 killed) and Italy following torrential rain


Snowflake Cold

Snow in June on Scotland's mountains as Arctic air sweeps in

A dusting of snow at Cairngorm Mountain snowsports centre near Aviemore on Tuesday
© Peter JollyA dusting of snow at Cairngorm Mountain snowsports centre near Aviemore on Tuesday
Snow has been falling over some of Scotland's highest mountains with temperatures forecast to drop below -10C in the most exposed areas.

The Cairngorms were among upland areas to see a dusting on Tuesday.

Mountain Weather Information Service (MWIS) said Arctic air was affecting the hills, especially in the Highlands, and there had been significant wind chill.

BBC Weather said snow on mountain tops in June was not that unusual, and usually happened every three to five years on average.


Volcano

Indonesian volcano of Mount Ibu spews lava and ash in month-long series of eruptions

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© AP VIDEO / JUNE 4Indonesia’s Mount Ibu erupted again and spewed thick, black ash and dark clouds 5,000 meters into the air, officials said.
Mount Ibu erupted Tuesday morning and blew ash clouds more than three miles into the sky, according to the Indonesian Center for Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation. The volcano has erupted multiple times since early May.

Several other Indonesian volcanoes have erupted in recent months, including the Marapi Volcano and Mount Ruang.

How have officials responded to the eruptions? The volcanology agency on May 16 raised the eruption alert level for Mount Ibu to the highest possible level and urged residents to stay at least 4.4 miles away from the volcano. The alert has remained in place. Officials evacuated seven nearby villages on May 19.


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2 tornadoes filmed in South Africa

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When large and intense weather systems affect the country, tornadoes can occur.

That was according to the South African Weather Service (Saws) after severe thunderstorms affected parts of KwaZulu-Natal resulting in at least two tornado sightings on Monday afternoon.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, Saws said a large weather system, namely a cut-off low, affected large parts of the country since the weekend and was responsible for the heavy rainfall and significant flooding over parts of the Eastern Cape.

Saws said that on Monday, the system moved over the western and central interior of the country and resulted in cold air that invaded the central and western interior. The eastern parts of the country, particularly KZN, experienced warm and moist conditions.


Comment: Related: At least 22 dead in flooding on South Africa's eastern coast


Attention

Young dead whale found in exclusive Argentine beach resort

The causes of death are yet to be determined. In the meantime, people were advised not to get close to stranded animals given the risk of catching contagious illnesses
The causes of death are yet to be determined. In the meantime, people were advised not to get close to stranded animals given the risk of catching contagious illnesses
A dead humpback whale was found by a group of bypassers on the beach shores of the exclusive Argentine resort of Pinamar The causes of the death of the young mammal weighing approximately 15 tons are yet to be determined by experts in the Province of Buenos Aires, it was reported.

Pinamar Ecological Foundation Vice President Cecilia Prieto told local media that the specimen was first spotted on Wednesday night. "We were notified that the whale was in the area of La Pérgola; the whale was dead" already, explained the licensed biologist.

The finding triggered a joint deployment with the San Clemente-based Mundo Marino Foundation with which the Pinamar organization has a standing cooperation agreement to rescue and study marine animals. A team from the Marine Mammals Department of the University of Mar del Plata also went to Pinamar to participate in the investigation.


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Woman killed in dog attack in County Limerick, Ireland

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A woman has died after being attacked by a dog at a house in County Limerick.

The attack happened at about 23:40 on Tuesday in Ballyneety.

The woman, who was 23, was pronounced dead at the scene, gardaí (Irish police) said.

They said one dog had been destroyed and a number of others had been seized.

The woman's body was taken to University Hospital Limerick where a post-mortem examination will be carried out.

Better Earth

'Bizarre' gravity wave cloud phenomenon photographed over Australia

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Sydneysiders have been treated with a bizarre weather display after dozens of photos began circulating online of strange tubular clouds.

The eerie weather phenomenon was photographed and filmed over the city on Tuesday afternoon, with many querying what the reason was for the strange formations.

"Is it aliens?" one man asked. "I feel that as a society we all have the right to really know what is going on. Should we be concerned?"

Comment: Chemtrails, and geoengineering, are indeed real, however, whilst these rather nefarious practices have gained significant traction in the public consciousness in just the last year or so, they seem to be distracting from another the significant changes occurring in our atmosphere - which is also evident in a variety of other strange sky phenomena, including Transient Luminous Events, iridescent clouds, low lattitude and multicoloured aurora, to name a few - and which, unlike those man-made problems, cannot be stopped, and foreshadow greater Earth Changes up ahead: The turbulence comment is notable because in recent weeks there have been a few notable 'extreme' turbulence incidents: Another severe turbulence incident strikes passenger plane, follows death of passenger in similar incident 1 week earlier

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