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Black auroras captured over Scotland

Aurora Borealis on April 18, 2021 @ Hopeman, Moray, Scotland
© Alan C Tough
Aurora Borealis on April 18, 2021 @ Hopeman, Moray, Scotland
Red. Green. Purple. These are the colors we usually see during any display of auroras. On April 18th, Alan C. Tough of Hopeman, Moray, Scotland saw something else. "Black," he says. In the photo below, "note the dark vertical strip above the green band, which is devoid of any normal auroral colour."

Black auroras have been seen before. They are dark rings or black blobs that sometimes appear in an otherwise ordinary expanse of auroral light. Some researchers call them "anti-auroras." The black auroras in Tough's photo are circled here.

Ordinary auroras are caused by electrons raining down from space, hitting Earth's upper atmosphere and making the air glow. Black auroras are the opposite. Instead of electrons raining down, electrons are propelled upward, back into space. This diagram shows what happens:

Cloud Precipitation

Severe flash flood carries people away in Manaus, Brazil

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Flash flood in Manaus, Brazil - May 3, 2021.


Attention

Fisherman dies following shark attack off Jamaica

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A fisherman has died following a shark attack at sea on Saturday in Westmoreland.

He has been identified as 53-year-old Donovan Haywood, otherwise called 'Doggie', who lived at Darling Street in Savanna-la-mar in the parish.

It is reported that shortly after 8:00 a.m., Haywood and a group of other fishermen set out from the community of Russia in Savanna-la-mar to go spear fishing off the shores of Little Bay in Little London.

While under water, Haywood was attacked by a large shark which ripped off his left arm and inflicted several bite wounds to his upper body.

Cloud Precipitation

Flash floods in Afghanistan leave 16 dead, 10 missing

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Widespread flash flooding in Afghanistan has caused fatalities and destroyed dozens of homes over recent days.

The Afghanistan National Disaster Management Authority (ANDMA) reported on 04 May 2021 that heavy rain and flash flooding affected several provinces from 02 May 2021.

The affected provinces include Herat, Ghor, Maidan Wardak, Baghlan, Samangan, Khost, Bamyan, Daikundi and Badakhshan. Damage assessments are ongoing but as of 04 May, ANDMA reported 16 people had died, 10 were missing, 44 homes destroyed and 197 damaged. Media reported 14 people died in Adraskan district in Herat Province.

Afghanistan Meteorological Department first warned of the possibility of heavy rain and floods from 30 April 2021.

Warnings for heavy rain, thunderstorm and flash floods remain in place until 05 May 2021, particularly for northern and central provinces.


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South Iran hit by flash floods and heavy rain

South Iran hit by flash floods and heavy rain 3.5.2021 [EXTREME FLOODING]


Snowflake

Snowstorm hits Newfoundland in May

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Snow flurries swept across north and west Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, on May 3.

Andre Arani recorded this footage of the heavy snowfall seen south of Gros Morne National Park.

The footage shows a squirrel having a meal, seemingly unbothered by the large snowflakes accumulating on its fur, and other adorable critters. Arani told Storyful this video was recorded after a "long stretch of mild conditions."

NTV news meteorologist Eddie Sheerr reported that the area will see "periods of light snow and flurries," and said there should be some sunny breaks.


Credit: @earthspace101 via Storyful

Arrow Down

Five killed in two snow avalanches in the French Alps

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Three men and two women died this Monday in two fatal accidents due to snow avalanches that occurred in different areas of the French Alps, according to local media.

Three skiers died in the mountainous massif of Ecrins (Hautes Alpes), when fell from a height of 400 meters due to an avalanche produced at 3,765 meters of altitude, detailed the French newspaper Le Dauphiné Libéré.

After the warning of two climbers, a platoon of the Briancon Gendarmerie went to the scene, where they discovered the partially lifeless bodies of the three climbers. buried by snow.

On the same morning, a group of four climbers were victims of another accident due to a snowfall in the valley of L'Oisans, also located in the Alps and about 70 kilometers from the accident in Ecrins.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike kills 12 cows in Nigeria

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Herdsmen on Sunday evening of May 2, ran away from Urhodo-Ovu community in Ethiope-East Local Government Area of Delta State as thunder strike killed 12 of their cows.

The herdsmen and the cows were in their settlement when the incident occurred minutes after the heavy downpour, DAILY POST gathered.

Indigenes and residents of the community especially farmers were, however, happy over the incident.

At the time of filing this report, the 12 dead cows were still lying fallow on the ground.

The incident caused serious tension amongst the herdsmen as they quickly moved their belongings and ran away from the community for fear of being struck dead by the same thunder.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strikes kill 10 people and 19 cattle in Maharashtra, India

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A bike-borne man and his nephew are among 10 people killed due to lightning-related incidents in different parts of Marathwada in the 24-hour period ending on Monday morning.

As per the official data, Parbhani district reported three such deaths, followed by two deaths each in Aurangabad and Osmanabad districts, and one each in Hingoli, Jalna and Beed districts.

Moreover,19 heads of cattle were also killed in lightning strikes at various places in the past few days.

Sunil Shinde (39) and his nephew Sunil Trigote (38), both residents of Chikalthana, were struck by lightning while they were travelling on a two-wheeler in the Jaipur-Shivar area of Aurangabad district.

Comment: On the same day a bolt of lightning killed 2 farmers in Bangladesh.


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Storm drops half foot of May snow on Colorado Rockies

A few inches of wet, sloppy snow fell early Monday in the foothills west of Denver.
© Chris Spears
A few inches of wet, sloppy snow fell early Monday in the foothills west of Denver.
You've heard the old saying that April showers bring May flowers, right? That is true to an extent but May also brings plenty of snow to Colorado, especially in the higher elevations outside of Denver.

Snow started falling late Sunday in the mountains west of Denver and became more widespread overnight as colder air filtered into the region. That lowered the snow level to just above 6,000 feet.

The snow was heavy and wet due to air temperatures hanging around the freezing mark. Thankfully most roads were just wet or a little slushy in the foothills, but in elevations above 9,000 feet snowpacked roads have been reported.