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Two skiers, 23 and 32, killed in Utah avalanche, third survives after digging out of snow

2 skiers dead in Utah avalanche, another rescued, police say
2 skiers dead in Utah avalanche, another rescued, police say
Two skiers were killed in an avalanche in Utah on Thursday morning, local authorities said.

Rescue crews responded to Lone Peak Canyon after a report that three skiers were "caught, carried, and buried in an avalanche" around 10:30 a.m., the Unified Police Department of Salt Lake said in a statement.

Several other agencies were contacted to assist due to the remote location and rough terrain.

About two hours later, one skier was located and airlifted to an area hospital. He had been able to dig himself out of the snow and was found in fair condition, officials told KUTV.

The two other skiers, both males ages 23 and 32, were later located by rescue teams.

Neither survived the avalanche, officials said. Their names have not been released.


Russia: May snow blankets several Moscow districts

Russia held its customary military parade on Thursday to honor the Soviet Union's 1945 victory over Hitler's Germany. This was the third such march since the start of the conflict in Ukraine. On a cold morning with light snowfall, Russian President Vladimir Putin was present at Red Square in Moscow.

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74 killed by lightning across Bangladesh in 38 days

At least 74 people, including 35 farmers, were killed by lightning strikes in the past 38 days across the country, according to a report by a voluntary organisation.

The research cell of the Save the Society and Thunderstorm Awareness Forum published the report on Thursday, according to a press release.

The report said that at least 31 people were killed by lightning strikes in April, of whom 20 were male and 11 were female.

It also said that at least 43 people were killed by lightning from May 1 to May 8. Of them, 34 were male and nine were female.


Tornadoes, severe storms leave 3 dead in Tennessee, North Carolina as damage trail stretches 900 miles

The nation's deadly severe weather outbreak continued Wednesday with severe storms from the Carolinas to the Midwest, with fatalities in two states.

Severe storms caused over 900 miles of damage from Kansas to eastern North Carolina, resulting in 13 reports of tornadoes. The storms appeared to impact the country in clusters, with Tennessee, southern Illinois and northern Alabama being the hardest hit by tornadoes. There were also hundreds of hail and damaging wind reports in other nearby states.

Two Tornado Emergencies - the most dire warnings from the National Weather Service - were issued in Maury, Marshall, Rutherford and Williamson counties in Tennessee and Dekalb County in Alabama. This came after two other Tornado Emergencies were issued earlier this week in Oklahoma and Michigan, marking the most Tornado Emergencies in a three-day period since March 31, 2023.

Additionally, 136 Tornado Warnings and 563 Severe Thunderstorm Warnings were issued on Wednesday.


Video shows dead whale on the bow of a cruise ship docking at New York City

A cruise ship pulled into a New York City harbor with a dead whale on its bow. The cruise line said it notified the authorities, who started an investigation.

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

As we reach an early peak in the current solar cycle, anomalous extreme weather and geological phenomena are intensifying alongside social and geopolitical unrest.

A rare quadruple solar flare exploded almost simultaneously on 23 April, followed by an X-class solar flare on 30 April, causing widespread radio blackouts across the Pacific region.

This activity could be responsible for some energetic events in the last part of April:
  • USA: Unusual tornado outbreak in at least 5 states.
  • Guangzhou, China: Unusually strong tornado kills 5, injures 33.
  • Saudi Arabia: Heavy rainfall and widespread flooding.
An unexpected drop in temperatures in some parts of the northern hemisphere led to unusually heavy snowfall in mid to late April. Unseasonably cold weather is expected to continue into May.

However, el Niño caused extreme heat, and dry conditions in parts of North, Central, and South America, affecting crops and leading to water rationing in some countries, such as Mexico and Colombia.

An earthquake measuring 7.4 on the Richter scale struck Taiwan's east coast on 3 April. More than 100 aftershocks, including one with a preliminary magnitude of 6.5, rattled the island. At least nine people were killed and more than 1,000 injured in the strongest earthquake to hit Taiwan in 25 years.

It is worth adding that Ventusky and other weather mapping systems picked up two large wave anomalies between Antarctica and southern Africa on the 10th and 25th of April. Ventusky tried to sweep the first one under the rug, but there was silence after the second. These events have led to much speculation, but the patterns and measurements most likely indicate massive outgassing.
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All this and more in our SOTT Earth Changes Summary for April 2024:

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Footage shows landslide at wind farm in Shetland, Scotland

landslide near windfarm site
Landslide near windfarm site
Work has stopped on a section of the Viking Wind Farm site in Shetland after a landslide.

SSE said the peat slip happened in an area of hillside at Upper Kergord in the centre of the islands on Tuesday afternoon.

As a safety precaution the energy company said all work had been stood down and an investigation was under way to assess the extent of damage to the hillside.

Nobody was injured in the incident.


May snowstorm dumps 3 feet of snow at Snowbird ski resort in Utah

Thirty six inches of snow have fallen at Snowbird over the past several days.

This morning, Snowbird announced that it had surpassed 600 inches of seasonal snowfall and—weather and conditions permitting—will remain open through at least Memorial Day.

Like several other ski resorts throughout the West, Snowbird has benefitted from a late-season snowstorm cycle.

"We got 3 more inches overnight, bringing our storm total up to 36 inches," the resort's daily snow report reads. "This refresh should set us up really well to keep skiing some great snow through the remainder of our spring season."

Snowbird averages 500-plus inches of snow during the winter.

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Kajang in Malaysia hit by flash flood

The sudden rain in Klang Valley has caused flash floods and traffic congestion in Kajang.

Videos and images shared on social media showed parts of Kajang inundated by waters almost at knee length, with vehicles caught in the flood waters.

The flash floods also caused several main roads in Kajang to be closed, with social media users informing others to use alternative roads and to be careful.


Bariloche, Argentina buried by 4-8 feet of early-season snowfall

The snow storm caused roads and schools in the area to close.
The snow storm caused roads and schools in the area to close.
Patagonia is experiencing a "historical" Fall.

Spring showers are bringing May flowers north of the equator, but our friends to the south are bundling up as Fall settles in.

Bariloche, Argentina, on the other hand, has skipped Fall entirely and has jumped straight into Winter with four to eight feet of snow falling in the first week of May of 2024.

Ski resorts aren't expected to open for over a month, but as you can imagine, that's not stopping skiers from getting after it.