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Denali's historic, lingering snow season is affecting the park's wildlife in Alaska - snowiest in 99 years of record keeping

Heavy snow cover is lingering late into May
© Sharon Stiteler/National Park Service
Heavy snow cover is lingering late into May along the road into Denali National Park.
Denali National Park is still melting out from its snowiest winter season in 99 years of record keeping. The unusually heavy, lingering snow is affecting park wildlife.

Summer operations resumed on May 20, but park public affairs officer Sharon Stiteler says conditions along the Park Road are lagging behind the calendar.

"It definitely looks like winter when you're out at about mile 10 and you're looking into the tundra. I mean, it's still very snow-covered," she said.

The Park Service headquarters got 176 inches of snow this winter, besting the 1970-71 record of nearly 174 inches. As of May 15, there were still 33 inches of snow on the ground at Park headquarters — by far the most on record so late in the season.


Snow returns to the Pyrenees in late May

It snowed in the Pyrenees on Tuesday. And Météo-France predicts new falls - mixed with rain - this Wednesday morning in Béarn.

This Wednesday morning, the 0 degree isotherm is around 2000 m.

This did not escape our friends from Météo Pyrénées : the snow made a remarkable comeback this Tuesday in our Pyrenees, especially near our home in Bigorre at Tourmalet or Pic du Midi. Hence the tweets, one of which notes that "after the summer, and the exceptionally hot weather, here is the snow again this afternoon -2 around 2,800 m".


Colorado hit with more heavy late May snowfall - over 6 inches reported

CBS4 viewer Sheila Skaggs measured 6″ of snow in South Park at 7am Tuesday
© Sheila Skaggs
CBS4 viewer Sheila Skaggs measured 6″ of snow in South Park at 7am Tuesday
For the fifth consecutive day, Denver and most of Colorado will stay colder than normal on Tuesday. It will also stay cloudy with more mountain snow and more rain possible in the metro area.

More than 6 inches of snow had fallen in some mountain areas by early Tuesday morning including in Fairplay. The Arapahoe Basin ski area reported 5 inches.

There is a Winter Weather Advisory until 6 p.m. Tuesday for the I-70 corridor between Summit County and Georgetown, US 40 between Winter Park and Empire, and Highway 285 between Kenosha Pass and Chaffee County. Most of these areas will see a total of 5-10 inches of snow from Monday night to Tuesday night. Advisories for snow are not uncommon in late May but it's rare to see so much snow day after day in the high country this late in the season.


Spring snow falling in Red River, New Mexico

While most of Texas is dealing with extreme heat, part of the ABC 7 viewing area is getting Spring snow.

The Storm Search 7 Sky Cam in Red River, New Mexico is showing moderate to heavy snow falling in the Sangre De Cristo Mountain range

Storm Search 7 Meteorologist Corbin Voges said this will likely be the last time we see snow falling on any of our Sky Cams until the fall or winter.


Man killed in dog attack in Wrexham, Wales

Cookie the dog was euthanised by a vet at

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A 62-year-old man from Chester has died after being bitten by a dog owned by his daughter-in-law. The victim, named locally as Keven Jones, suffered a cardiac arrest after he was bitten at a house in Wrexham.

Chanel Nicole Fong was with her father in law when he died at her home on Holt Road, which she described as the 'worst day of her life'. Police confirmed that the dog was euthanised.

In a public Facebook post, Chanel said that she had asked her father-in-law to look after her dogs as she would be out for parts of the day. Ms Fong said that Mr Jones was the only person who could handle her dogs apart from herself and her husband Josh, who was in London at the time of the incident, reports North Wales Live.

Cloud Precipitation

Flash floods hit Recife in Brazil, streets turn to rivers

Floods hit Recife in Pernambuco, Brazil on May 23rd 2022.

Heavy rain caused flash floods in the area of Recife, with residents in low lying areas advised to seek shelter.

Homes were flooded, with roofs, walls and possessions destroyed. Businesses and schools closed as buildings were damaged.

Cloud Lightning

China photographers capture spectacular red elf lightning in Himalayas

Chinese photographers recently captured orange-red tendril-like lightning in the Himalayas.

The red elf lightning is a simple division of "elven lightning" in astronomy, a very rare atmospheric luminescence phenomenon.

This kind of lightning occurs only for a few seconds, making it extremely difficult to capture.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike kills 250 sheep in Kashmir, India - a day after similar event in region

At least 250 sheep were killed after lightning struck a pasture at Hoksar area of Kokernag in south Kashmir during the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday, officials informed on Wednesday.

According to Kashmir Weather, an independent observatory more than 250 sheep perished when lightning struck at a pasture of Hoksar during the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday.

"Out of a total stock of 350, we have lost a herd of over 250 sheep causing loss of crores", one of the owner said and added " It is a very tough time for us we are passing through"

Comment: Details of earlier event: Lightning bolt kills 50 sheep in Kashmir, India


Fresh snow in late May for Himachal Pradesh, India

Snow-covered Dhauladhars after fresh snowfall in Shimla on Monday
Snow-covered Dhauladhars after fresh snowfall in Shimla on Monday
Traffic movement was halted on Tuesday morning on the Manali-Leh highway in Lahaul-Spiti district following fresh snow at Baralacha Pass and its vicinity.

The district witnessed heavy rain and fresh snow in the higher reaches on Monday, forcing the administration to stop traffic movement on a few routes that pass through the high-mountain passes.

According to police, traffic was restored from Manali to Darcha but stopped beyond Darcha towards Leh.


Super tornado strikes Texas as weather officials urge caution: 'absolute monster'

A super tornado has touched down in North Texas and is crawling across the state as weather officials are urging residents to exercise caution by remaining in their homes and adhering to other tornado protocols.

"TAKE COVER NOW! Move to a basement or an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building," a warning from the National Weather Service, after photos and videos of a gigantic tornado near Morton circulated online. The storm has wind gusts up to 70 mph, NWS officials in Lubbock said.

A storm chaser in Texas captured the tornado on video and described it as an "absolute monster."