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4 FEET of spring snow smothers Mammoth Mountain in California

Heavy snow buries empty ski resort

Heavy snow buries empty ski resort
The resort is closed, but the heavy snowfall is good news for the snowpack. Suzanne Marques reports.

Snowflake Cold

Spring snowstorm hammers Kazakhstan

Last night, snow fell in several areas of Kazakhstan, including Aktobe region and some districts of West Kazakhstan region. Meanwhile, a powerful snowstorm hit Kostanai region.

According to the press service of KazAutoZhol national company, the movement on six road sections with a length of 942 kilometers in the region were restricted due to the bad weather conditions. Residents were recommended to stay home.

People post videos of snow and snowdrifts on social media. Meantime, small snow starts falling in Nur-Sultan.


Norway breaks snowfall records: "I have never experienced so much snow in one day," says Tromsø meteorologist

Northern Norway record snow

Northern Norway was practically buried by heavy snow over the weekend, and it's been that way all season, according to state meteorologist Eirik Samuelsen.

While fine (but cold) weather was enjoyed in the south this past weekend, the north suffered a rather different story — official snow measurements in the northern municipality of Tromsø saw 30 cm (12 inches) settling on Sunday alone.

But there were large local differences, points out Samuelsen: "Here where I live, on Kvaløya, it came in more than that. And in Breivikeidet, Tromsø it came to 47 inches [almost 4 feet] of new snow from Sunday to Monday.

"I have never experienced so much snow in one day," says Samuelsen.

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60,000 affected by floods in Papua New Guinea

More flooding has been reported in Papua New Guinea, this time in Gulf Province.

Governor of Gulf Province, Chris Haiveta, quoted by local media, said that as many as 60,000 people have been affected by flooding in 9 Local Level Government (LLG) areas, including the provincial capital, Kerema. Local observers, via Social Media, said that flooding had been affecting some areas of the province since late March after rivers broke their banks. Provincial disaster authorities will complete damage assessments after the flood recedes, the governor said.


Spring snow hits parts of Armenia

Roads in Armenia are mostly open to traffic as of 9am Tuesday, April 7, the Ministry of Emergency Situations reported.

The roadways leading to Amberd Fortress and Lake Kari of Aragatsotn Province are closed for an indefinite period of time.

Snowfalls are reported in Syunik Province, the towns of Gavar, Martuni, Chambarak (Gegharkunik Province), Tashir (Lori Province), Jermuk (Vayots Dzor Province) as well as in Dilijan serpentine and Saravan-Zanger section.


More than 20 dead seals wash up in Englishtown, Nova Scotia

Some of the more than 20 dead seals discovered
© Jans Ellefsen
Some of the more than 20 dead seals discovered along the shoreline near the Englishtown ferry, Saturday. Jans Ellefsen, originally of Glace Bay and now of Halifax, found the seals all confined to about a 500 to 1,000-foot area along the shoreline while out for a walk.
What was supposed to be a nice walk along a shore ended up being a tragic count of dead seals.

Jans Ellefsen, originally of Glace Bay and now of Halifax, was walking by the Fisherman's Wharf near the Englishtown ferry on April 4 when he noticed a couple of dead seals on the beach. As Ellefsen continued to walk, he continued to find more.

"It was shocking at first," he said. "I wondered how much further long this beach am I going to continue to see these seals? I just continued to follow the beach line and found 20 plus along there."

The seals ended up appearing to be confined along about a 500 to 1,000-foot stretch and in different stages of decay.

"Their bodies looked perfectly fine, there didn't seem to be any signs of trauma," he said.

"There were a couple carcasses that didn't have any decay at all."


Japan's Sakurajima volcano erupts sending ash plume sky high

Sakurajima volcano erupts

Sakurajima volcano erupts
Japan's Mount Sakurajima erupted on April 6, sending ash spiraling into the sky above Kagoshima.

Footage shared by Iso Beach resident Hiroaki Kamimura on Instagram captured the plume gushing from one of the volcano's three peaks.

The Japan Meteorological Agency upgraded Sakurajima from a level-2 warning to level 3 in February 2016, banning people from approaching the volcano.

Credit: Hiroaki Kamimura via Storyful

Cloud Precipitation

Powerful storm brings record rainfall in just hours to Los Angeles region

A car on the northbound Harbor Freeway (I-110)
© John Antczak
A car on the northbound Harbor Freeway (I-110) in downtown Los Angeles plows through deep water during a torrential downpour on Monday, April 6, 2020. Snow and rain fell Monday on California as spring delivered the kind of stormy weather that was missing most of the winter. Numerous spinouts were reported on Los Angeles-area freeways, and there were scattered reports of roadway flooding and canyon road rockfalls.
A powerful storm moved into the Los Angeles region Sunday night, setting a new rainfall record in just hours. On Monday, the heavy-rainfall had officials onguard for the chance of flooding, mudslides over slopes denuded by wildfires as well and dangerous driving conditions in the mountains.

The "powerful late-season winter- like storm" was expected to drop as much as five inches of rain in the San Gabriel Mountains, snow along the Grapevine and up to two inches of rain along the coast. After the driest February on record, and a March characterized by small storms, this April storm is one of the biggest to hit the region in months. A record rainfall rate for an April 5 was recorded Sunday at Sandberg in the L.A. County portion of the San Gabriels. The 0.51 inch recorded bested the 0.5 set in 1969.


Vanuatu is smashed by 235km/h winds as category five Tropical Cyclone Harold reduces entire villages to ruins

Cyclone Harold

A satellite image shows Harold slamming Vanuatu on Monday

In Vanuatu, homes have been destroyed and livelihoods ruined by Tropical Cyclone Harold, which passed through the country's northern islands as a category-five system, wreaking devastation.

The total scale of the destruction is not yet clear as main communication lines to the hardest hit islands of the archipelago nation have been severed.

But pictures from Espiritu Santo and Malo Islands show villages reduced to ruins by the storm, which reportedly carried 235km/h winds, overnight.

Save The Children, which has staff in Santo and the capital Port Vila, believe the eye of the monster system travelled directly over Luganville, the country's second biggest settlement, with 17,000 people.

Comment: Severe Weather Europe reports that Tropical Cyclone HAROLD became the 2nd strongest cyclone to hit Vanuatu on record with peaks at 165 knots (912 mbar)!


Spring blizzard slams Iceland - almost 5 FEET of snow in a day buries cars, residents dig themselves out of houses

Selfoss, Southwest Iceland, yesterday.
© Sigmundur Sigurgeirsson
Selfoss, Southwest Iceland, yesterday.
Severe weather hit every part of the country over the weekend, with the exception of the capital area, Morgunblaðið reports.

In the West Fjords, the Icelandic Coast Guard ship Þór was on stand-by in Ísafjarðardjúp fjord, where the wind speed reached 50-60 knots, and visibility was next to none.

"We are ready, should we be needed," Captain Halldór B. Nellett told Morgunblaðið yesterday. "For the past few days, roads have been impassable, and all flights have been canceled to this area. The only passable route is by ship. "

On Saturday, Þór sailed to Ísafjörður to pick up coronavirus samples, which it transported to Arngerðareyri - at the innermost part of Ísafjarðardjúp fjord. There, the ship sailed as close to the shore as possible, where some crew members went by boat the last stretch to shore. On the dock, rescue workers awaited them and received the samples, which were subsequently transported to Reykjavík for analysis.