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Heavy snow blankets Khalkhal, northwestern Iran, during spring

In a rare incident, heavy snow blanketed the Almas Road in the northwestern Iranian town of Khalkhal nearly one month into the spring.

Reports say the snow is 50 centimeters high and local authorities tried to open the routes after the heavy snowfall.

As a result of the snowfall, temperatures fell in northwestern Iran and even in distant areas.

The region is considered one of the agricultural hubs of the country and the sudden cold snap has caused concern among local farmers during the spring season.

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Hawaii's Kauai Island swamped by flash flooding after a foot of rain in 12 hours

Flooding rains batter Kauai, triggering rescues and closing all the island’s public schools
Flooding rains batter Kauai, triggering rescues and closing all the island’s public schools
Torrential storms dumped nearly a foot of rain on the Hawaiian island of Kauai late Thursday into Friday morning, leading to widespread flash flooding that shut down roads and closed schools.

A deep area of low pressure has draped a stationary front across Kauai, leading to stubborn rounds of heavy rain through much of Friday.

The National Weather Service reported rain falling at 2-3 inches per hour along Kauai, prompting Flash Flood Warnings lasting into Friday morning. In addition, a rare Severe Thunderstorm Watch was in effect until 10 a.m. Friday for thunderstorms with possible quarter-sized hail and/or wind gusts of 58 mph or stronger. It's the islands' first Severe Thunderstorm Watch in nearly 500 days, and it's the first for Lihue since December 2022.

The Hawaii Department of Education canceled all classes across the island Friday due to flooded roads and unsafe conditions. All bus service on the island was suspended as well until conditions improved.

Officials have reported multiple rescues from cars and houses due to flooding, the Kauai Emergency Management Agency said.


5 phreatic eruptions at Taal volcano in the Philippines

One of the four discrete phreatic or steam-driven eruption events, observed between 9:45 a.m. and 3:22 p.m. through the Taal Volcano Network (TVN) at the VTMC (Main Crater) observation station on April 12, 2024.
© PhivolcsOne of the four discrete phreatic or steam-driven eruption events, observed between 9:45 a.m. and 3:22 p.m. through the Taal Volcano Network (TVN) at the VTMC (Main Crater) observation station on April 12, 2024.
Taal Volcano in Batangas exhibited increased volcanic activity with five phreatic eruptions occurring within a 24-hour period, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs).

In its latest bulletin, Phivolcs reported that between 12 a.m. Friday and 12 a.m. Saturday, Taal experienced five phreatic eruptions, with one event lasting for 13 minutes.

A phreatic eruption, according to Phivolcs, is a steam-driven explosion that occurs when water, either below the ground or on the surface, is heated by magma, lava, hot rocks, or fresh volcanic deposits.

During the same monitoring period, a total of fifteen volcanic earthquakes, including six volcanic tremors, with durations ranging from two to four minutes each, were recorded.

Plumes reaching heights of up to 2,400 meters were observed drifting southwest and northwest.


Woman mauled to death by pit bulls in Portsmouth, Virginia

A woman is dead after being mauled by pit bulls, Portsmouth police say.

The woman was found badly injured in the 1800 block of Atlanta Ave. around 1:30 a.m. Friday according to police say.

Officers say she was attacked by three pit bulls.

The woman, who had not been identified as of Friday evening, was taken to the hospital but did not survive, police say.

"I woke up about 4 o' clock, saw the lights flashing," said Lawrence Davis.

Davis lives on the street.

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Lightning strikes claim 18 lives in Pakistan

Mari Allah due to lightning. Tragedy struck across southern Punjab, Sindh, and Balochistan as a series of lightning strikes claimed the lives of at least 18 individuals over the last two days.

In Rahim Yar Khan, six people fell victim to lightning strikes at various locations. Among them, a husband and wife lost their lives instantly while harvesting wheat in Basti Khokhran. They were identified as Hafeez, 45, and Kulsoon, 40.

Another tragedy befell a family in Basti Kalhora, where two minor siblings, aged nine and seven, died by the sudden bolt of lightning. Additionally, a man was killed in Thal Hassan, according to rescue officials, while labourer Muhammad Hassan Mohana, harvesting wheat in his fields in Chak 131-NP of Janpur, also died.

Similar incidents occurred in Bahawalpur, where lightning struck multiple locations, resulting in the death of a woman in Ahmedpur East and injuries to two others. Shaheena Bibi, 22, died, while 25-year-old Iqra Bibi and 70-year-old Karim Bakhsh were reportedly injured.

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SOTT Focus: SOTT Earth Changes Summary - March 2024: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs

An X-class flare that split into two simultaneous explosions - known as a sympathetic solar flare, triggered a coronal mass ejection that slammed into Earth, causing the biggest disruption to our planet's magnetic field in more than six years. The last time the Earth experienced such a strong geomagnetic disturbance was in September 2017.

The resulting geomagnetic storm reached severe (G4) status, causing communications disruptions around the world and increasing the potential for major earthquakes.

It's worth noting that this peak in the solar cycle has come earlier than originally predicted, and as solar activity decreases, so do temperatures on Earth.

As we have mentioned many times before, the climate and Earth changes are strongly influenced by solar activity and the electrical interaction between our star and the Earth. And it's interesting to observe that even when the sun is at its peak, we see record snow and low temperatures around the world:

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Perth in Western Australia hit by severe storm causing flooding and chaos

Unprecedented rain has caused havoc in Perth’s northern suburbs with flash flooding leaving people trapped in their cars, homes damaged, and hundreds without power.
© PerthNowUnprecedented rain has caused havoc in Perth’s northern suburbs with flash flooding leaving people trapped in their cars, homes damaged, and hundreds without power.
Perth faced chaos as a severe thunderstorm brought heavy rain and hail, submerging cars and prompting dramatic rescues of drivers trapped in their vehicles.

The storm struck areas like Kingsley, Two Rocks, and Wangara before moving to Pinjar and Yanchep, with more regions expected to be affected by flash flooding.


Dead 30-foot humpback whale found on Long Beach Island in Ocean County, New Jersey

© Marine Mammal Stranding CenterWildlife rescuers on New Jersey's Long Beach Island say a humpback whale was found dead in the surf on Thursday.
Beachgoers were saddened Thursday morning when the body of a 30-foot humpback whale washed ashore. It was found on Long Beach Island in Ocean County.

Brandon Goldner reports the process to determine what happened to this whale.

The Marine Mammal Stranding Center said it received a call around 6:45 a.m. Thursday for a dead humpback whale in the surf along 51st Street in Long Beach Township.

By Thursday afternoon, the MMSC moved the whale from the beach to perform a necropsy. It could take several weeks or months before results are returned.

The situation attracted several curious beachgoers to the area.

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Deadly severe weather outbreak slams New Orleans with flash flooding, tornadoes across South - 10 inches of rain in just 7 hours

In Mississippi, one person was killed in Scott County and at least one other was injured in Grenada County in storm-related incidents across the state, emergency managers reported Wednesday afternoon.

A Flash Flood Emergency was issued for the city of New Orleans as part of a deadly severe weather outbreak that caused numerous thunderstorms and even tornadoes across the lower Mississippi Valley and Gulf Coast.

Life-threatening flooding occurred Wednesday afternoon in the New Orleans metro area as several inches of rain drenched the city in just hours, sometimes falling at a rate of 1-3 inches per hour.

Emergency management reported numerous roads and underpasses in and around New Orleans were underwater and impassible from the late morning into the afternoon.

Dramatic videos showed first responders working to block off flooded roads to prevent vehicles from driving on them and getting submerged.


Russia, Kazakhstan evacuate 110,000 people as record floods set to worsen

More than 110,000 people have been forced to evacuate in Russia and Kazakhstan after fast-melting snow swelled the Ural River, Europe's third-longest, causing it to burst its banks and flood cities and towns along its path.

More than 97,000 people were evacuated in Kazakhstan alone, the emergencies ministry said on Wednesday, while at least 12,000 people have been moved to safety in Russia, mainly from the worst-hit Orenburg region.

A spokesperson in the Kazakh ministry said they were monitoring the situation in the Russian city of Orsk and water levels in the Ural River, which flows through Orsk and Kazakhstan, then into the Caspian Sea.

Both countries have been battling the rising waters for more than five days and declared a state of emergency. The Kremlin said the worst of the flooding was still to come in some parts of the Ural and Siberian regions.