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Cold snap brings snow to Bolivia

Snow, rain, fog and low temperatures prevail in Cochabamba, Oruro, La Paz and Potosí
© Bolivian Police
Snow, rain, fog and low temperatures prevail in Cochabamba, Oruro, La Paz and Potosí
Parts of Bolivia were covered in snow on Monday, May 8, after a fierce cold snap hit the political capital La Paz and its neighboring city El Alto.

Colder weather was expected, but few expected such a downpour of snow and hail. It created havoc on the streets of La Paz and El Alto.

Comment: At the same time in neighboring Peru: Hundreds of passengers stranded after heavy snowfall in Cusco


Rare tornado-like clouds spotted above storm-hit UK

The funnel cloud pictured above south Lincolnshire
© @loki_weather
The funnel cloud pictured above south Lincolnshire
A rare weather phenomenon that looks like a tornado was spotted across the UK as storms battered the country.

The funnel clouds were seen above parts of northern England and the Midlands yesterday.

The Met Office describes them as 'extended, spinning fingers of cloud'.

Also known as 'tuba', they extend from the base of a cloud towards the ground but never reach the surface.


US winter of 2022-2023 'historic' as 'all western states see record snowfall'

US has had an historic winter.
The western US has had an historic winter. From record-breaking cold spells to unprecedented amounts of snow, this has been a memorable cold season - and one that runs counter to the prophecies of the AGW party.

Starting with the cold - and according to data from the warmth-addicted NOAA - the US has set 7 all-time low temperature records so far this year (through April 24) compared to just one heat record, while 321 monthly lows have fallen in April alone (also through April 24) compared to 66 heat records.

Highest April 1st snow cover recorded this year

Regrading snow, in the official books going back to 2001, the largest area ever covered with snow/ice in the western US at the beginning of April so far was 2019's 1,030,820 sq km, but this year that figure was far exceeded, with satellite imagery showing that more than 1,149-960 sq km of the West was covered with snow and ice on 1 April.

By comparison, the average snowpack in the western US at the end of March is 242,000 square miles.


Hundreds of muttonbirds fall from the sky in storm in New Zealand

Freezing gale force winds are believed to be behind the downing of hundreds of tītī (muttonbirds) in Central Otago, northern Southland and the Lakes District last night.

It is believed the birds were migrating south to the Tītī/Muttonbird Islands for breeding season, but were blown off course and exhausted by the wintry blast.

Garston business owner Robert Durling said he was alerted to the plight of the birds when he heard a thump on his roof, about 9pm last night.

"We just thought it was a possum or a big clump of snow.

"Then we heard another one, so I went out to have a look, but I couldn't see anything.

"Then all of a sudden, I saw this odd-looking bird on the lawn, and then I saw two or three of them, and then another one crashed into the tree beside us, and they kept hitting the roof for ages."


Winter arrives early in New Zealand with up to 20 inches of snowfall

QLDC Roundshot Webcam

QLDC Roundshot Webcam
Heavy snow falls reached the south island of New Zealand, with snow falling to around 400m (1312ft) on Wednesday, May 10, 2023. State Highway 94 was closed on Wednesday evening at Mount Hamilton, between The Key and Centre Hill, but reopened again at 10:15 p.m. It is still recommended to carry snow chains in the area.

Ski resorts near Queenstown received between 20-50cm (8-20 inches) of snow. New Zealand's south island is home to many spectacular ski resorts, such as The Remarkables, Coronet Peak and Cadrona


Rare funnel cloud hovers over Montana mountains

Funnel cloud in Montana.
© @isleyreust
Funnel cloud in Montana.
Video captures views of a funnel cloud forming over Mission Valley in western Montana early Tuesday evening.

Recorded by Isley Reust, the footage shows a dark gray cloud hanging over the black, snow-laced mountains in the distance. From that cloud, a funnel extends below, appearing to kick up snow into the air.

Tornadoes rarely form over mountains, as conditions would not be optimal, according to the National Weather Service. They noted, however, that tornadoes have crossed the Appalachian Mountains and a 10,000-foot-tall mountain in Yellowstone National Park.

About 300 miles northwest of Yellowstone, the town of St. Ignatius was able to see such a unique sight forming over their own mountains.

"I'm happy I got to witness it," Reust said in a tweet.

Cloud Precipitation

Sierra Leone - 7 fatalities after floods hit Freetown

Floods in Freetown, Sierra Leone, May 2023.
© Government of Freetown
Floods in Freetown, Sierra Leone, May 2023.
At least 7 people have lost their lives after storms and heavy rain caused flooding and mudslides in parts of Freetown, capital of Sierra Leone in West Africa.

Stormy weather hit the city from 09 to 10 May 2023. Flash flooding swept through city streets, washing away cars and damaging buildings. Six people died and 2 were injured when a wall collapsed due to flooding in Cline Town. Another fatality was reported after a mudslide in the Moyeiba area of the city. The National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) also reported flood damage to the Leone Oil Facility in Kissy.

Sierra Leone Red Cross Society were providing support to affected communities Cline Town, including first aid services and psychosocial support for affected families.


Record-breaking heat wave blasts Southeast Asia

Visitors cool off at an amusement park in Hoi An, Vietnam.
© SeongJoon Cho
Visitors cool off at an amusement park in Hoi An, Vietnam.
Record-breaking heat has blasted Southeast Asia over the past several weeks, causing deaths and hospitalizations, schools to close and farmers and business-owners to suffer economic losses.

In Vietnam, the temperature hit a record 44.2 degrees Celsius (111.5 F) on Sunday. In Myanmar's central Magway region, it soared to 46 C (114.8 F).

Thailand's capital of Bangkok had its hottest day on record on Sunday, when the heat reached 41 C (105.8 F), while in Laos, the temperature broke last month's national record to hit 43.5 C in Luang Prabang.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike kills 3 in Magura, Bangladesh

Three people were killed in a lightning strike at Sreepur upazila in Magura on Wednesday afternoon, reports BSS.

The deceased were identified as Nizam Sheikh, 60, Mohammad Ali Biswas, 50, and Shahadat Ali, 60. Nizam Sheikh and Shahadat Ali were the residents at Char Chaugacha village in Sreepur Upazila while Mohammad Ali Biswas was a resident in Rajbari district.

Local people said Nizam Sheikh, Mohammad Ali and Shahadat Ali were struck by a thunderbolt at around 3:30pm during rain in a crop's field in Char Chaugacha village area. They were brought at Sreepur Upazila Health Complex where the duty doctor declared them dead.

Sreepur Upazila Nirbahi Officer Shyamananda Kundu said they would give Taka 25,000 each of the victim's family.


Magnitude 7.6 earthquake hits near Tonga, no tsunami warning is issued

An earthquake of magnitude 7.4 struck off Tonga on Thursday, United States Geological Survey said.

The quake was at a depth of 212 km (132 miles) and the epicenter was at a distance of 73km northwest of Hihifo, Tonga, the USGS reported.

Hihifo is the main village on the island of Niuatoputapu, north of Tonga's main group of islands.

The U.S. Tsunami Warning System said there was no tsunami warning.

Angie Pula Letuligasenoa was in her home in Iliili, near Pago Pago International Airport, when the 'rolling' earthquake struck.