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Winter returns to southern and central Finland

After warm, sunny conditions in southern and central Finland on Sunday, the week began with a sudden shift in the weather.

Winter staged a surprise return, bringing more than 5 cm of snow to parts of southern and central Finland. Yle meteorologist Anne Borgström explains that the quick change was the result of a cold pulse from the Arctic Ocean.

"In the east the temperature was more than 18 degrees Celsius while at the same time it was less than five degrees on the west coast. The interface between these cold and warm fronts has produced this precipitation," Borgström says.

While the precipitation was mostly over by early evening in Uusimaa and other southern areas, Northern Karelia and Kainuu were still expecting up to 5 cm of snow locally.


Snowfall in Dagestan, Russia on May 10


Charodinsky District is an administrative and municipal district (raion), one of the forty-one in the Republic of Dagestan, Russia. It is located in the south of the republic. The area of the district is 1,010 square kilometers (390 sq mi). Its administrative center is the rural locality (a selo) of Tsurib.As of the 2010 Census, the total population of the district was 11,777, with the population of Tsurib accounting for 19.0% of that number.


Winter makes a comeback as parts of Scotland are blanketed in snow

A Royal Mail delivery lorry on the A9 near Inverness where fresh snow has fallen today
© Peter Jolly/Rex
A Royal Mail delivery lorry on the A9 near Inverness where fresh snow has fallen
Parts of Scotland were white this morning as winter made a comeback despite it being May.

People in the Highlands woke up to a blanket of snow, with icy roads and frosted fields.

Traffic on the A9 between Inverness and Aviemore ploughed through the conditions, snow covered cars in Tomintoul, while lambs gambolled in frezzing fields near Tomintoul.

The white stuff also covered the scene near Nethybridge.

Snowflake Cold

Thousands without power in Maine as polar vortex freezes big chunk of US - up to 10 inches of snow recorded

snow accumulation near Readsboro, Vermont can be seen on Saturday, May 9, 2020.

Snow accumulation near Readsboro, Vermont can be seen on Saturday, May 9, 2020.
Thousands of people were without power in Maine after a punishing spring storm brought snow and high winds Saturday to New England.

The frigid cold, caused by a polar vortex that blasted in from the north, set a number of records across the region, forecasters said.

The National Weather Service said unusually chilly conditions are expected to linger Sunday across the Central Plains, Midwest, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast ,with freeze warnings and frost advisories in effect.

"We have another really cold morning across parts of the Northeast," Fox News chief meteorologist Rick Reichmuth said on "Fox & Friends Weekend." "It is going to get better. In fact, temps today are going to be back up into the 60s for a lot of people, so that snow that we had yesterday will be gone, but we do have one more chilly morning to get through with this."

Cloud Precipitation

Spain's Costa Blanca gets massive hail storms

As the Costa del Britain enjoyed some sizzling spring heatwave weather over the first part of the weekend, Spain's Costa Blanca got a real taste of winter with some massive hail storms.

The UK hot spell did not last, with a big change this Sunday (May 10), but photos from the resort of Torrevieja certainly got people wondering whether the two countries had done a deal to swap their regular weather!

The local weather group, Proyecto Mastral, posted some photos taken of the effects of the hailstorm pummelling parts of the Costa Blanca city early this morning.

Comment: A day earlier the municipality of Pozohondo in the central region of Castile-La Mancha experienced unusual flooding:

Arrow Down

12 killed in landslide triggered by heavy rain in Ethiopia

As many as 12 people are thought to have died in a landslide triggered by heavy rain in Ethiopia.

Local media said the landslide struck in Ale Special Woreda in Southern Nations Nationalities and Peoples Region (SNNP). Six houses were completely destroyed and several families displaced. Seven bodies have been found, with 5 still missing. Search operations were continuing but has been hindered by unstable terrain.

Heavy rain, floods and landslides have affected SNNP since mid-April. Eight people died in Gamo zone in a period 11 to 18 April. Flooding in Jinka town on 25 April damaged infrastructure and livestock.

Comment: 107,000 displaced by floods in Ethiopia since late April, says UN

Black Cat

Leopard drags 3-year-old out of home in Karnataka, India - child's half-eaten body found

A male leopard
© Reuters/Yves Herman
A male leopard
In a horrific incident, a leopard stole a three-year-old boy from his house in the southern Indian state of Karnataka. The child's half-eaten body was later recovered from the bushes nearby.

According to local reports, the incident took place in a village in Magadi Taluk in Ramanagara. Residents were asleep when the leopard stealthily sneaked into a house and picked up the boy. The door of the house was kept open because of the summer heat and the lack of electricity, local residents said.

When the family members found the boy was missing they started a search. During the early hours, people found the half-eaten body of the boy.

The forest department launched an investigation and set up a trap to capture the animal.

This is not the first time an incident related to a leopard took place in the state.


Strong eruptions in past few last days at Sakurajima volcano, Japan

Strong explosion from Sakurajima volcano on 8 May
© @chematierra/twitter
Strong explosion from Sakurajima volcano on 8 May
The activity of the volcano continues at high levels associated with strong eruptions during the past days.

On 8 May at 07:04 local time a powerful explosion occurred from its crater. A dense dark ash plume rose 6,561 ft (2,000 m) above the summit.

On 9 May at 05:32 local time another vigorous eruption occurred when ash plumes reached 13,779 ft (4,200 m) altitude.


Earth's mean temperature falling and possible explanation of the 11-year cycle

Dropping Temperatures
© NASA Earth Observatory. Public Domain
The global mean temperature in April 2020 was again significantly lower than in February and March, at 0.38°C above the average from 1981 to 2010. The average temperature increase on the globe from 1981 to February 2020 was 0.14°C per decade. The further development promises to be interesting, especially since a number of research institutes expect a higher probability of a cooling La Nina in the Pacific towards the end of the year. March's solar activity was very low with a sunspot number of 1.5. Activity in April rose slightly to 5.4. The first sunspots of the new cycle are showing.

What causes the sun to have an 11-year cycle?

Since the Dessau pharmacist Heinrich Samuel Schwabe discovered in 1843 that the sunspots of the sun increase and decrease in an 11-year cycle, science has been puzzling over the reason why this cycle lasts 11 years and why the solar magnetic field also changes its polarity in this rhythm: the north pole becomes the south pole and vice versa.

In July last year, scientists at the Helmholtz Centre in Dresden Rossendorf made a little-noticed but exciting discovery. Every 11.07 years, the planets Venus, Earth and Jupiter are aligned quite precisely. At this point in time, their gravitational force acts jointly in one direction on the Sun.

"The agreement is amazingly accurate: we see a complete parallelism with the planets over 90 cycles," explains Frank Stefani, one of the authors of the publication published in Solar Physics. Just as the gravitational pull of the Moon causes the tides on Earth, planets could move the hot plasma on the surface of the Sun. But the effect of a simple gravitational force is too weak to significantly disturb the flow in the Sun's interior, so the temporal coincidence has long been ignored.

Snowflake Cold

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Will record May cold in Europe and N. America wipe out crops?

Record cold records broken by the thousands between N. America, Australia and Europe over the first weeks and a half on May 2020.

Wheat planting is 22% compared to 49% the average in USA. So the question to be asked with the warm spring and now epic May freeze in multiple continents, how do you think this will affect agriculture in 2020?