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Hailstorms and flash floods in Saudi Arabia

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Dawadmi or Ad Dawadimi (Arabic: الدوادمي‎) is a town in Riyadh Province, Saudi Arabia. As of the 2004 census it had a population of 53,071 people.


Snowflake

Blanket of snow continues to cover large parts of mainland Greece - foot of snowfall in just a few hours

Snow in Agios Pavlos (Saint Paul) village in Naoussa, Central Macedonia.

Snow in Agios Pavlos (Saint Paul) village in Naoussa, Central Macedonia.
Many parts of northern and central Greece remain covered by a thick white blanket of snow, a highly unusual occurrence in April.

This rare spring snow that arrived in Greece several days ago, continues to surprise those living in the northern parts of the mainland of the country.

Instead of flowers and bees, millions of Greeks continue to see snow-covered mountains reminiscent of Christmas.

On Saturday, the more mountainous parts of Evrytania and Phthiotis in Western Greece, as well as areas in Thessaly, received heavy snowfall.


Arrow Down

Landslide following heavy downpour kills 2 in West Sumatra, Indonesia

Policemen and personnel of the Tanah Datar Disaster Mitigation Agency
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Policemen and personnel of the Tanah Datar Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) recover the bodies of an elderly woman and her adult son who perished on Sunday in a landslide in Guguak Malalo, Tanah Datar regency, West Sumatra.
A heavy downpour caused a landslide on Sunday in Guguak Malalo, a collection of villages in Tanah Datar regency, West Sumatra, claiming two lives and destroying homes.

The fatal victims have been identified as a 75-year-old woman, Bainar, and her 45-year-old son. Ijun, said emergency head Dodi Susilo of the Tanah Datar Disaster Mitigation Agency.

The mother and son were found buried in mud near the ruins of their house at around 1:30 p.m., nine hours after the landslide hit the area at 4:30 a.m.

Attention

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Global food shortages are almost assured - Behavioural changes over food

Food futures down
© YouTube/Adapt 2030 (screen capture)
Across the business landscape its story after story of global disruption to supply chains, but in the last week, that focus has moved to how the flow of goods, labour and facilities themselves cant keep the food moving. Ports and trucks across the planet are idle, planting and harvesting have ceased and what is picked cant make it to market. This now becomes re-training on how most of the planet will access food from this point forward. Start growing a garden now.


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A *monster* Category 5 Tropical Cyclone Harold will graze Vanuatu islands over the next 24 hours

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Destructive 120-130 knots winds and flooding expected

Tropical Cyclone #Harold has done an unprecedented intensification into a powerful monster tropical system. It is packing 120 knots (140 mph / 225 km/h) maximum sustained winds and 936 mbar (914 mbar per Vanuatu Met. office) central pressure. This officially puts Harold into a Category 5 system, based on the Australian/Fiji classification. That is a Category 4 equivalent tropical system based on the Saffir-Simpson scale. Harold is already affecting the westernmost islands Espiritu Santo and Malakula, and continue due east at slow speed. This will be destructive for the archipelago over the next 24-36 hours as Harold's very slow movement across the islands will result in significant wind damage and flooding.

The satellite imagery is beyond exceptional. Soon after Harold completed the EWRC (Eyewall replacement cycle), a very large eye appeared with a fully closed eyewall and almost symmetrical CDO (Central dense overcast) cloud signature. A truly remarkable monster system. This is the worst-case scenario for the Vanuatu islands, as there is basically no return now. The full force of a violent system will blast across the country. Also, a very interesting thing happened a few hours ago - it seems that Harold's eye began to clear soon after the outflow 'shockwave' pushed to the N and NW. This shockwave can be seen on 3rd animation below:

Bizarro Earth

Big one coming for Yellowstone? Utah rocked by more than 700 earthquakes in weeks since 5.7 magnitude tremor

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Bricks and debris lay at the base of a building damaged by an earthquake on March 18 in Magna, Utah
The state of Utah has been rocked by 728 earthquakes in the weeks since a 5.7-magnitude tremor rattled residents of Salt Lake City and beyond last month.

That figure includes three quakes with a magnitude of at least four and another 30 with a magnitude of at least three, according to the University of Utah Seismograph Stations. Experts additionally determined there were no foreshocks ahead of the initial earthquake, which shook swaths of Northern Utah awake on March 18 around 7 a.m.

The biggest of the aftershocks, a 4.7-magnitude tremor, occurred an hour later and a second quake of the same size rocked region again around 1 p.m.

Snowflake

Early snowfall for 3 states in Australia

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Australia in huge Snow April 2020!


Cloud Precipitation

Four die as flash floods, landslides hit South Sulawesi, Indonesia after heavy rainfall

Residents inspect the site of a landslide in Tana Toraja regency, South Sulawesi, on Sunday.
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Residents inspect the site of a landslide in Tana Toraja regency, South Sulawesi, on Sunday.
Heavy rain has caused flash floods and landslides in two districts of Tana Toraja regency in South Sulawesi, leaving at least four people dead.

Tana Toraja Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) head Alfian Andi Lolo reported that three of the deceased were members of the same family in Randanbatu village, South Makale district, identified as Bottong, 80, Rita, 40, and Yen, 12. Meanwhile, one fatality is Rantetayo district has yet to be identified.

Snowflake Cold

Apricots have been destroyed, cold already affects peaches and cherries in Bulgaria

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Apricots are for more than 95 percent, if not all completely dead, in the Danube Plain region. Some places have survived here and there, but if it freezes after the snow, they will also die," Nikolay Kolev of the Union of Danube Fruit Growers from Agrozona. Some varieties of peaches and nectarines in the north-east of the country are currently blooming or have already finished flowering, he also reports. Freezing temperatures are also critical to them. Cherries and plums are next in line. They are in the bud phase, they should not be damaged, but it depends on how much the temperatures will drop. The snow itself is not dangerous, but it is the negative temperatures that come after that is," says the fruit grower.

Apricots cover about 8-9 thousand decares of a total of more than 28 thousand decares plantings within the Union of Danube Fruit Growers. Then comes about 3-4 thousand decares peaches, of which if the forecasts come true and temperatures drop, much of this fruit will die as well. "Unfortunately it will be a zero yield year for some fruits," says Nikolay Kolev.


Boat

28 swept overboard, feared dead after Solomons ferry ignores Cyclone Harold warning

Cyclone Harold

Cyclone Harold
At least 28 ferry passengers were swept overboard in a powerful storm off the Solomon Islands, reports said on Saturday (April 4), with the captain unaware he had lost anyone until the boat docked.

The passengers were heading from the capital Honiara to West Are'are, more than 120km away, under a government programme to evacuate people to their home villages during the global coronavirus epidemic.

The MV Taimareho set sail on Thursday night as tropical cyclone Harold bore down on the Solomons, and with weather forecasters warning against any unnecessary voyages.