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Rare subtropical storm takes shape in Atlantic Ocean

Subtropical Storm Potira
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Subtropical Storm Potira off the coast of southeastern Brazil on Tuesday, April 20, 2021.
The start of the North Atlantic hurricane season is still more than a month away, but a new and unusual tropical system has developed in a part of the Atlantic Ocean where tropical systems rarely occur.

Subtropical Storm Potira took shape on Tuesday morning with sustained winds of 40 mph outside of the traditional Atlantic Basin. Instead of spinning up in the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean Sea or the northern Atlantic Ocean, it developed south of the equator off the coast of Brazil.

Potira can be traced back to a non-tropical disturbance that moved off the coast of Brazil over the weekend before stalling over the ocean just off the coast. As it sat over the water, it gradually started to organize and take on some characteristics of a tropical storm, eventually being declared a subtropical storm by Brazil's Navy.

Only a handful of tropical systems have ever been recorded over the Atlantic Ocean south of the equator, although the frequency of this phenomenon has been trending upward in recent years.

Before Potira developed, there had only been 14 named tropical systems in the southern Atlantic Ocean, a majority of which were subtropical storms. This means that they have meteorological characteristics of both a tropical storm and a non-tropical storm.

Comment: Meanwhile when Typhoon Surigae reached Category 5 strength on April 17, "it marked the earliest date in the year that any storm in the Northern Hemisphere had reached such intensity in modern record-keeping" reports AccuWeather.

Snowflake Cold

"Record-Shattering Cold" across Central US

Unseasonably cold air has been recorded from the Canadian - US border south into Texas, even into Mexico. For many states in the Central US, temperatures plummeted to more than 20 degrees below average.

'An unusually cold front moved into the Central US early this week, spilling Arctic air throughout the Plains, Midwest, and Tennessee Valley,' writes Tyler Durden. 'By Wednesday morning, "record-shattering cold" temperatures have been reported.'


Typhoon Surigae toll hits 7 in the Philippines as missing shipmates found dead

Four crew members of a cargo ship that ran aground amid a typhoon in the Philippines were found dead on Wednesday, bringing the death toll from the cyclone to seven, officials said.

Nine members of the ill-fated cargo ship Cebu Great Ocean were still missing, while seven had been rescued, according to coastguard spokesperson Armand Balilo.

Search and rescue operations will not stop until all crew members are accounted for, Balilo said.

The vessel, which was carrying nickel ore, ran around on Monday in the southern province of Surigao del Norte, amid rough seas caused by Typhoon Surigae.


Up to 30 inches of April snow wreaks havoc on upper Himachal Pradesh, India - roads cut off

The unexpected heavy snowfall in upper Himachal has wreaked havoc on fruits and vegetable crops while it has blocked many roads here. A large number of avalanches have been reported from Lahaul while hailstorms are likely to cause damage to crops in parts of Kullu district.

Upper Shimla, Kinnaur, Lahaul-Spiti, upper parts of Kullu, Chamba and Kangra are receiving snow since Tuesday. Mid and low hillsreceived rain on Wednesday while some parts were lashed with hail. The snowfall has blocked many roads.

Many avalanches have hit the Lahaul valley, which has received 15 to 45cm of snow.

Snowflake Cold

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Atmospheric oddities across the continents

Record typhoon
© YouTube/Adapt 2030 (screen capture)
Signs of magnetic shifts continue across the planet from 90F hail storms blanketing parts of Saudi Arabia, agricultural catastrophe in France from absurd cold with Majorca's red blizzard alert. In Asia the fastest wind speeds ever recorded in April for a tropical system near the Philippines and Beijing engulfed by 3rd decade intensity sand storm in five weeks.

Snowflake Cold

A powerful cold front brought April snow as far south as Oklahoma

The National Weather Service's forecast low temperatures for the United States on April 21, 2021.
The National Weather Service's forecast low temperatures for the United States on April 21, 2021.
A thin blanket of snow covered budding trees in communities across the midwestern United States on Tuesday as a strong cold front brought the region unusually wintry conditions for this late into the spring season. While the snow was mostly conversational instead of disruptive, the freezing temperatures that follow behind the front could pose a threat to gardens and crops alike.

An upper-level trough dipping over the Great Lakes is responsible for the belated touch of winter spreading across much of the country this week. The cold front producing the snow and ushering in the cold air extends off of a low-pressure system up in southern Quebec.

Snow fell as far south as Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Tuesday afternoon as the front moved through the region. The National Weather Service expected a "slushy" couple of inches of snow from northern Illinois to western New York, and winter weather alerts are in place for southern Ontario where the Greater Toronto Area could see a dusting of snow by the end of the precipitation.


Three killed in elephant attack in Odisha, India

Three men were trampled to death after a wild elephant attacked them in Duigoti village under Ghaisilot police limits under Padampur range today morning.

The deceased has been identified as Mal Seth and Biranchi Kumbhar, both are residents of Umrad village under Raisalpadar grampanchyat and other man had come to visit his relatives house.

Sources said, three had gone to the field to attend nature's call when the wild tusker attacked them and killed them on the spot.

Earlier, also many have been killed due to the elephant attack in the village.

Ice Cube

England's coldest April since 1922, Germany's chilliest since 1917

Snowy landscape
It may be late-April, but spring 2021 is a no show across much of Europe.

The continent is suffering a climatic reality similar to that of the previous prolonged spell of reduced solar output: not since the Centennial Minimum (1880-1920) have Europeans suffered an April this cold and snowy.


Despite the cherry-picking, the UHI-sidestepping, and the unrelenting propaganda, the British Isles simply won't heat up — the UK's agenda-shoveling Met Office has admitted as much themselves.

Recently, one of the Met Office's key data sets revealed that the 2010s actually came out cooler than the 2000s — a fact that goes against ALL mainstream logic: we were told average temperatures would rise "linearly," always up and up and up on an endless march to catastrophe if no poverty-inducing action was taken...

The Central England Temperature record (CET) measures the monthly mean surface air temperatures for the Midlands region of England. It is the longest series of monthly temperature observations in existence anywhere in the world, with data extending all the way back to the year 1659.

The CET's mean reading for April, 2021 (to the 18th) is sitting at just 5.8C — that's 1.5C below the 1961-1990 average (the current standard period of reference for climatological data used by the WMO-an historically cool era btw), and ranks as the coldest April since 1922, and the 18th coldest since records began 362 years ago.

Comment: Outsiders Weather and Ice Age Watch: Record freezing temperatures felt across the globe


Rare mass stranding of 'sea potato' shells at UK beach

Hundreds, if not thousands, of bizarre, hollow orbs which washed up on a north-east beach this week have been baffling locals.
Ryan and Elliot

The unusual grey heart-shaped shells drifting ashore at Fraserburgh have had many walkers scratching their heads over their unusual appearance and sheer amount.

The odd little orbs, covering much of the beach, are actually the ghosts of a species of sea urchin, Echinocardium cordatum, often fondly referred to as "sea potatoes".

In effect, the beach has become a graveyard for the urchins' hollow remains, whose Latin name translates literally to "spiny heart," in a fitting nod to their unusual shape.


Man killed by brown bear in Hokkaido, Japan

Close to 11 a.m. on April 10, a resident of Kushiro City in Hokkaido who had traveled to the mountains to pick edible flora with his wife was attacked by a brown bear and died shortly after. Though his wife called emergency services as soon as she heard her husband scream and witnessed him being attacked by a "black, bear-like animal", he was pronounced dead at the scene. The cause of death appeared to be the crushing of his head and throat.

Though the emergency services who arrived at the scene were unable to locate the animal responsible, this is unfortunately not an especially unexpected occurrence. Experts warn that bears that have just woken up from hibernation are the most likely to encounter humans, as they wander further afield in search of food. Adding to this peril is the fact that brown bear populations are on the rise in Hokkaido, which increases the risk of an encounter.

Comment: About a week later: Montana guide mauled to death in grizzly bear attack outside Yellowstone

Related: Bear attacks increasing worldwide