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South Dakota is battered by hailstones the size of baseballs as severe thunderstorms bring winds of up to 72mph

According to the National Weather Service (NWS), the storm system brought large hail to portions of the Black Hills, western South Dakota (pictured) plains and northeastern Wyoming on Sunday

According to the National Weather Service (NWS), the storm system brought large hail to portions of the Black Hills, western South Dakota (pictured) plains and northeastern Wyoming on Sunday
Severe thunderstorms swept through the Plains and parts of the South bringing hailstones the size of baseballs and damaging winds up to 72mph from the Dakotas to Tennessee as forecasters warn the Northeast to brace for some mid-May snow.

According to the National Weather Service (NWS), the storm system brought large hail to portions of the Black Hills, western South Dakota plains and northeastern Wyoming on Sunday.

'The largest hail reported occurred in Jackson County between Potato Creek and Wanblee, where tennis ball- to baseball-sized hail was reported,' the NWS said.

Hail larger than 1 inch in diameter and wind gusts of up to 58mph were reported in multiple locations.

But the largest hail fell near Potato Creek, where it measured 2.75 inches in diameter.



Cloud Lightning

Lightning kills over 100 animals belonging to nomads in Kashmir

dead animals
A few nomadic families of Bakerwal community, en route seasonal migration towards hilly areas, suffered a major loss on Tuesday after more than a hundred sheep and goats were killed in the lightning and thunderstorms in a village of Rajouri.

Officials told that three nomadic families from Kalakote Tehsil were on their seasonal move; they were spending the night under an open sky in Potha village of Rajouri when the lightning and thunderstorms struck about 2 AM in the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday.

"More than one hundred goat and sheep were killed in the incident triggering loss of lakhs for the poor families." they said.

Police have registered a case in Kalakote police station.


Cloud Precipitation

Softball-sized hail pounds parts of Northwest Arkansas shattering windshields

hail
Softball-sized hail pounded parts of Northwest Arkansas on Monday morning, shattering windshields and denting cars, said Pete Sydner, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Tulsa.

Thunderstorms moved quickly through the area in the morning, and by 3 p.m. Monday, a line of thunderstorms was moving across eastern Oklahoma heading east toward Arkansas. A second round was expected, with the potential to spawn tornadoes, but those chances dwindled by Monday night.

Travis Shelton, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in North Little Rock, said around 9 p.m. Monday that there was a chance for severe weather over the northwestern quarter of Arkansas, but a forecast showed the storms diminishing by the time they reached Perryville and Conway in the central part of the state.


Cloud Lightning

Lightning bolt kills 3 children in Jharkhand, India

light
Three children died when they were struck by lightning at Khura Khurd village in Palamu district on Monday afternoon.

Chainpur OC Sunit Kumar said Akash Oraon (11), Mohit Kumar (9) and Vikas Thakur (12) were playing in an abandoned shed when the incident occurred.

The bodies have been sent to Palamu Medical College and Hospital for autopsy.

While the state weather department had issued an alert for lightning in the region, most poor families do not have access to such alerts, he said.

Snowflake

Communities surrounding Edmonton, Alberta hit by May snowstorm

A shot of snowfall near Mackay, Alta., taken Monday, May 4, 2020.
© Kerry Thompson
A shot of snowfall near Mackay, Alta., taken Monday, May 4, 2020.
Some communities surrounding Edmonton were hit with a dump of May snow Monday morning.

Environment Canada issued snowfall warnings on Monday for several communities including Devon, Calmar, Spruce Grove, Wetaskiwin, Whitecourt, Drayton Valley, Morinville and Edson.

"There is a pocket of cold air over western parts of the province, which allowed the rain to change to snow quickly as of Sunday evening and overnight," Global Edmonton weather specialist Phil Darlington said.

While the warnings mainly encompassed areas west of Edmonton, areas east of the city also reported snow.


Windsock

A deadly derecho slammed Nashville with 70 mph winds, snapping trees and knocking out power

A powerful line of thunderstorms snapped trees and brought down power lines across Middle Tennessee
© Spring Hill Police Department
A powerful line of thunderstorms snapped trees and brought down power lines across Middle Tennessee on Sunday.
Residents in the Tennessee Valley are cleaning up after a long-lived line of thunderstorms, known as a derecho, brought severe wind gusts on Sunday. The intense storms caused straight-line wind damage along a path that stretched for more than 600 miles, and in Nashville, the winds were clocked at up to 71 mph.

"The word 'widespread' doesn't even begin to cover the amount of damage we had," said Scott Unger, meteorologist-in-charge at the National Weather Service in Nashville. The storms knocked out power to more than 100,000 customers, and the local power company is warning residents they could be without electricity for up to two weeks due to the extent of the damage.

An off-duty firefighter was killed by a falling tree limb in Spring Hill, south of Nashville. Two others in the Nashville area were injured. The same complex of thunderstorms pummeled parts of southwest Missouri with hail the size of baseballs.


Attention

Oslo Fjord ailing as birds die, fish gone

Eiders down

Eiders down
Something is seriously wrong with the Oslo Fjord and no one seems to fully understand why. Both fish and mussels have been disappearing, while the fjord's characteristic seabirds known as ærfugl (common eider) have been found dead from Agder in the south to Østfold farther north.

Newspaper Dagsavisen has reported that the dead birds are believed to have simply starved to death. Experts conclude that only one thing is certain: the Oslo Fjord's ecosystem has come under severe pressure despite massive efforts to clean up sewage and industrial pollution for decades.

Around 240 dead birds had been found as of mid-April. On Sunday, Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported that around 400 have now been found lifeless along the shoreline. Per Espen Fjeld of the conservation agency Statens naturoppsyn (SNO) told Dagsavisen a month ago that he fears the real number is several thousand.

They've lost major sources of their food, he noted, not least the mussels called blåskjell in Norwegian that once flourished along the fjord and are also widely viewed as a delicacy for human consumption. Fjeld noted that cod, while plentiful in waters off Northern Norway, has also disappeared along with other popular white fish like sei, lyr and hvitting (all similar to pollack).

Fire

Wildfires in Siberia are so large you can see them from space

siberia fire
© Getty Images
A fire in a narrow strip of forest in Yurga District, Kemerovo Region, south Siberia

A raging blaze so big it can be seen from space has engulfed vast swathes of Russia.

Wildfires in the Siberian countryside began late last month and have now burned 5million acres of fields and forests, sparking what Russian officials have called a "critical situation."

The infernos were caused by a mix of unusually hot weather triggered by climate change and Russian citizens flouting lockdown rules, according to Sergei Anoprienko, head of the federal forest agency Rosleskhoz.

"People self-isolated outdoors and forgot about fire safety rules," Anoprienko said.

Snowflake

A once-in-a-decade dump of 80cm+ of snow in early May at Hotham, Australia - drifts over a metre deep (PHOTOS)

SNOW
Let it snow!

02/05/2020

It's continued snowing lightly all day and we now have over 80cm+ from this remarkable Autumn snowstorm.

Some of the windrifts are over a metre deep! The table-o-metre has nearly disappeared and checkout the breathtaking images in our gallery.

Let's take it all in from our lounge rooms as we remind you that 'stay at home' restrictions remain in place in Victoria until 11 May 2020.

Comment: Parts of Australia have coldest start to May EVER as icy front from Antarctica hits - bringing blizzards, heavy snow - up to 40 inches recorded


Water

High microplastic concentration found on ocean floor

A lot of the fibres will come from clothing and other textiles

A lot of the fibres will come from clothing and other textiles
Scientists have identified the highest levels of microplastics ever recorded on the seafloor.

The contamination was found in sediments pulled from the bottom of the Mediterranean, near Italy.

The analysis, led by the University of Manchester, found up to 1.9 million plastic pieces per square metre.

These items likely included fibres from clothing and other synthetic textiles, and tiny fragments from larger objects that had broken down over time.

The researchers' investigations lead them to believe that microplastics (smaller than 1mm) are being concentrated in specific locations on the ocean floor by powerful bottom currents.