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Sandstorm causes disruption on Spain's Canary Islands

A satellite image shows the sandstorm blasting the Canary Islands from the east
A satellite image shows the sandstorm blasting the Canary Islands from the east.
Airports on Spain's Canary Islands reopened on Monday although service was disrupted after a sandstorm hit the archipelago, airport authorities said.

All eight airports on Spain's Canary Islands reopened on Monday a day after a sandstorm shrouded the archipelago, forcing their closure, the transport ministry said.

"The overnight improvement in the weather has allowed the resumption of air traffic in all airports in the Canary Islands," the ministry tweeted.

ENAIRE, the public body that manages Spanish airspace, said flights had resumed after "an improvement in the haze".

Air travel was first disrupted on the archipelago on Saturday after strong winds carrying red sand from the Sahara shrouded the tourist hotspot, forcing flights to and from the islands of Gran Canaria and Tenerife to be cancelled or diverted.

The airports were reopened on Monday morning Spanish airport operator AENA said, but warned that they were operating with "reduced capacity". Travellers were advised to check the status of the flight with the airline.

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Residents stranded after Cyclone Wasi floods rivers in Samoa

This is road near Faleolo Airport at Satapuala
© Samoa Land Transport Authority
This is road near Faleolo Airport at Satapuala
Some residents on the Samoan island of Savai'i are stranded due to rivers flooded by the weekend's Cyclone Wasi.

Although there were no casualties or major building damage reported due to the cyclone, some rivers and roads remained flooded.

The Samoa Observer reported two rivers on Savai'i, Mali'oli'o River and Sasina Fiord rose to dangerously high levels and have cut off road access.

Residents from Letui and Aopo - who attended a church gathering at Faletagaloa Safune on Sunday - were stranded and unable to travel home because the water at Sasina Fiord was so high after the heavy rain.

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River flood forces evacuation in Tipuipaya, Bolivia

The Bolivian town of Tipuipaya in the central region of Cochabamba was evacuated after intense precipitations led the Taquina River to overflow.

Several residents trapped by the floods had to be flown out by helicopters.

The area was affected two years ago by a similar disaster which was attributed to deforestation work carried out to clear out land to build housing.

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Flood warning: Swedish towns on high alert after rivers burst their banks

Knäred in southern Sweden.
© Johan Nilsson/TT
The River Lagan has burst its banks at Knäred in southern Sweden.
Halmstad in south-western Sweden has called for national aid as flood warnings rise to the highest level possible.

A total of 15,000 sand bags and 1,500 metres of barriers were being sent to the Halland region by Sweden's Civil Contingencies Agency on Monday, as the region braced itself for rising water levels.

"More rain is expected on Tuesday and we want to be prepared," Johan Wallin of the Halmstad fire and rescue services told local newspaper Hallandsposten.

The rain, water levels and wind have also had consequences for trains in southern parts of Sweden. Several trains were cancelled on Sunday, but all trains are said to be running again on Monday.

Snowflake Cold

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Australia lowest harvest ever recorded - Middle East ice & snow storms

Australia record low wheat harvest
© YouTube/Adapt 2030 (screen capture)
Australia to lose 66%+ crop yield this year taking it below 1980 levels, and importers who rely in Australia wheat will need to look elsewhere. UK warning citizens to brace for cut offs in food as EU exporters need to set up new trade deals. Record cold and ice storms sweep the Middle East with huge increases in precipitation across the Fertile Crescent.

Comment: Global crop failures continue: In Australia this is going to be the WORST HARVEST ever recorded


Signs and Portents: Rare two-headed calf born in Tyup, Kyrgyzstan

two headed calf
A rare two-headed calf was born in the Kurmontu village of Tyup district in the Isssyk-Kul region, Turmush reports.

The veterinarian Kudaibergen uulu Nurgazy said that the calf born with the help of caesarean section.

"The owner of the calf and I performed the operation and removed the calf. One of the calf's head did not move and we realized that he would die anyway, so we killed him. On Feb 23, we examined the cow," he said.


Popocatepetl volcano eruption sends ash shooting a mile into sky

Mexico's Popocatépetl volcano erupted on February 23, sending ash spiralling into the sky above the nearby town of Tlamacas.

Footage shared by Webcams de México shows the moment lava burst from the active volcano, engulfing the northern slopes of the peak.

According to Mexican officials, the ensuing ash plume reached 1500 metres — or nearly a mile into the air.

Mexico's CENAPRED disaster agency recorded "130 exhalations" and has issued a warning urging civilians to keep their distance from the volcano.


Iraq - Iran border town buried by heavy snowfall

Haji Omaran, a town on the mountainous Iraq-Iran border, has experienced exceptionally heavy snowfall in recent days.

The usually bustling border town has been left eerily quiet. Schools and other official institutions have shut their doors, and shops are markets are closed.

Snow has piled up so high that it has jammed doors and windows, leaving some residents unable to leave their homes. Some have had to tunnel their way out.

"If someone gets sick there is no aid here," said Sleman Baboli, chieftain of a nearby village. There were no shovels to clean the roads. If someone gets sick, how can we take him to the doctor?"

Comment: Also recently in the same region: 70 villages in southeastern Turkey buried by up to 6 meters (20 feet) of snow


Newfoundland got over 335 cm (11 feet) of snow this winter & it's not even over yet

City of St Johns
© Twitter
City of St Johns
Canadian winters can be nasty pretty much everywhere in the country. However, some places have felt the brunt of this season more than others. Newfoundland snow totals are more than 335 centimetres this winter and an active storm track is to blame for the wicked weather.

If you don't live in eastern-most province, count yourself lucky that you didn't have to deal with this brutal season.

The snowfall totals for most parts of the province were above average in December and January while February is on track to be near normal.

St. John's has already gotten more than 335 centimetres of snow dumped on it this winter which is almost 100 centimetres more than the average for the year.


Summer snow for Mt Taranaki, New Zealand

Mount Taranaki was cloaked in cloud and wearing a fresh dusting of snow on Sunday morning.
Mount Taranaki was cloaked in cloud and wearing a fresh dusting of snow on Sunday morning.
Mt Taranaki wore a dusting of snow and a kākahu (cloak) of cloud on Sunday morning following a weekend of occasionally heavy rain.

Friday night brought a downpour that hit both the Americarna cruise through New Plymouth and the concert by Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals at the TSB Bowl of Brooklands.

Saturday began with more rain, and although it brightened up during the day, the rain returned in the evening.

Some places were hit harder than others. At New Plymouth's Brooklands Zoo, 2.8 millimetres of rain was recorded in the 24 hours leading up to 3pm on Sunday, according to the Taranaki Regional Council's figures.