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May snow and cold in Norway

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May 05 - Minus 17 degrees on Hardangervidda tonight

"Sandhaug in Hardangervidda had a total of 17 minus degrees, " Meteorologists wrote on Twitter.

In Hardangervidda, temperatures of around zero degrees during the day, says Tone Christin Taule, on-duty meteorologist at Vervarslinga in Western Norway.


Comment: A continuation of the recent snowy weather in the region witnessed at the end of April:


Also related: The month of May brings record (sometimes historic) cold to both hemispheres


Snowflake

Snowfall a month early in Argentina

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Enough snow to require chains.

4 May 2020 - The first snowfall of the year occurred in Bariloche, Argentina. (Almost 1 month before 2019 snow)

Rio Negro city of Bariloche this Monday it registered the first snow fall in some neighborhoods.

In this way, winter was brought forward a month with the first snowfall of the year. In 2019, the first snow fall was on the summit of the hills on April 5, although the city was covered in white on May 29.


Comment: Also pertinent: The month of May brings record (sometimes historic) cold to both hemispheres


Doberman

Wild dogs suspected of killing doctor in Lyons, Georgia

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Police in Lyons, Ga. believe a pack of wild dogs attacked and killed a local doctor.

The body of Dr. Nancy Shaw was found in a ditch early Thursday morning.

The Lyons Police Department says autopsy results confirm a well-known doctor and noted pet lover died from animals that police are trying to find.

Police spotted a car on around 3 a.m., pulled over on the wrong side of the road, car running and the door open.

"Got out of the patrol car to investigate and found a female that was deceased in the ditch," Lyons Police Chief Wesley Walker said.

Attention

Locust attack threatens food security in Pakistan, South Asia

Photo taken on March 1, 2020, shows desert locusts in Khushab, central Punjab province in Pakistan
© Liu Tian/Xinhua/Alamy Live News
Photo taken on March 1, 2020, shows desert locusts in Khushab, central Punjab province in Pakistan. Pakistan is suffering severe desert locust attack recently
In south western Balochistan, one of the remotest parts of Pakistan, desert locusts are busy eating crops. According to residents of Garang, a poor, sparsely populated village in Washuk district which lies a few hundred kilometres from Iran, hopper bands of the Schistocerca gregaria — commonly known as the desert locust — are growing by the day.

"Slowly and gradually, these locusts are eating away at everything in cultivated lands. Now, they are moving towards other fields in nearby villages," a farmer, Maulvi Satar Baloch, told thethirdpole.net.

In the neighbouring Kharan district, which has patches of green and cultivated lands, the situation is similar. Locusts are thriving on vegetation and eating everything green they can find, despite the spraying of pesticide.

This year's locust infestation is a continuation of 2019's outbreak in Africa, the Arabian Peninsula and South Asia, which is said to be the worst in decades.

As farmers described an unprecedented presence of the insatiable pests, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) warned of a serious infestation that can lead to a major threat to food security.


Cloud Lightning

Summer storm slams Thailand

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High winds and rain arrive in Khon Kaen and Nongkhai, Thailand. May 7th 2020.


Attention

Dead 25ft whale washed up on beach in Cornwall, UK

The whale, which is starting to decompose,
© Greg Martin/Cornwall Live
The whale, which is starting to decompose, was reported to the Marine Strandings Network, who have chosen not to visit the site due to the coronavirus restrictions though they have been in contact with the landowners, the National Trust.
A 25ft whale, believed to be a minke, has been found dead on a Cornish beach.

The grim discovery was made on a remote beach on the Roseland Peninsula by local man Simon Tilley, who was taking his daily exercise.

He said "I thought, is that really a whale? It's been injured - hit possibly by a boat's propeller. I'm not sure how it's come here, but we've had some really rough weather recently."

The whale is thought to have washed up on the beach on either Monday night or early Tuesday morning during stormy high winds.

Cloud Precipitation

Heavy rainfall, hail and flooding hits Iran

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Iran storms: Rain, hail, flooding - May 2020


Moon

Australians report mysterious halo around the moon

Moon halo over Canberra
© Via Facebook
Moon halo seen in Canberra
Australians observed a mysterious halo around the moon on Wednesday night.

People living in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory observed differently sized rings around the moon, which appeared to change depending on where people viewing them lived.

Canberrans reported seeing a ring around the moon while others in the NSW towns of Moss Vale, Callala Bay, Woonona, Camberwarra and Culburra also saw it.

Many people posted pictures of the night sky phenomenon to social media, questioning what exactly had caused the ring to appear.

Cow

Man killed by water buffalo in Monmouthshire, Wales

Water buffalo are usually used for tilling rice fields in Asian countries, while their milk is rich in fat and protein

Water buffalo are usually used for tilling rice fields in Asian countries, while their milk is rich in fat and protein
A 57-year-old man who died after being attacked by a water buffalo has been named locally as Ralph Jump.

A 19-year-old man, believed to be Mr Jump's son Peter, was airlifted to hospital in Cardiff in a critical condition from the address at Gwehelog, near Usk, Monmouthshire, on Tuesday.

A woman, 22, understood to be Mr Jump's daughter Isabel, suffered leg injuries.

The water buffalo was destroyed after Gwent Police was called to the farm.

Mr Jump, who was widely known as Jon, worked as a manager with underfloor heating company Wunda Ltd in Caldicot.

The family has been living in the farm where they had established their soap company Bufalina, making the hand-made products using buffalo milk.

Cloud Precipitation

Torrential rain and floods leave at least 65 dead in Rwanda

Floods in Northern Province, Rwanda, after heavy rainfall 06 to 07 May 2020.
© Government of Northern Province
Floods in Northern Province, Rwanda, after heavy rainfall 06 to 07 May 2020.
Emergency authorities in Rwanda report that at least 65 people have died in floods and landslides in Rwanda after torrential rain over the last few days.

Rainfall and Warnings

Meteo Rwanda said the Byimana weather station in Ruhango District recorded 140 mm of rainfall in 24 hours to 07 May. At least 7 other weather stations recorded more than 50mm of rainfall during the same period.

Last week the agency warned of heavy rain in Northern Province and Rubavu, Nyabihu, Rutsiro, Ngororero, Muhanga and Ruhango districts. Further heavy rain is expected over the next 3 days.