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Rare ozone hole opens over Arctic

A vast ozone hole — likely the biggest on record in the north — has opened in the skies above the Arctic. It rivals the better-known Antarctic ozone hole that forms in the southern hemisphere each year.

Record-low ozone levels currently stretch across much of the central Arctic, covering an area about three times the size of Greenland (see 'Arctic opening'). The hole doesn't threaten people's health, and will probably break apart in the coming weeks. But it is an extraordinary atmospheric phenomenon that will go down in the record books.

"From my point of view, this is the first time you can speak about a real ozone hole in the Arctic," says Martin Dameris, an atmospheric scientist at the German Aerospace Center in Oberpfaffenhofen.
Ozone Hole Over Arctic
© NASA Ozone Watch

Book 2

Swarms of bats dropping dead in Israel

Bat at night
© CC0
Some studies earlier suggested that the new coronavirus had been caused by bats, and although this theory has not been confirmed, Israeli media has suggested that that the recent mysterious deaths of the nocturnal creatures could have come as a punishment for the onset of global disease or as a sign of something even more dreadful.

Swarms of dead bats with no physical signs of trauma were spotted across Israel, raising questions and fears about the end-of-days omen.

The photos of the dead creatures lying in Gan Leumi Park in the Israeli city of Ramat Gan were first shared by Adi Moskowitz on Facebook, who asked for an explanation to the mysterious phenomenon. Similar photos and videos were published by some other users in neighbouring cities, according to Breaking Israel News, which was suspicious of the death plague among bats and even linked it to a biblical prophecy about the end of humanity as it is.
"I will sweep away man and beast; I will sweep away the birds of the sky And the fish of the sea. I will make the wicked stumble, And I will destroy mankind From the face of the earth — declares Hashem", says Zephaniah 1:3, which was used by Breaking Israel News website to explain the mysterious development.
Several social media users and experts have suggested that the reason for the happening could have either been unusually cold weekends, or recently installed 5G technologies nearby, but these theories have remained unconfirmed.

Comment: And in other recent bat-news:


Arrow Down

"Very large avalanche" buries road near Eisenhower Tunnel, Colorado

Avalanche
© Colorado Avalanche Information Center.
A "very large avalanche" was triggered by a snowboarder on the west side of the Eisenhower Tunnel on Thursday, highlighting the dangers of entering the backcountry amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The avalanche buried a road above the portal.

"The potential to trigger avalanches large enough to kill or injure a person is real right now," warned the Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC).

The avalanche released on a northwest-facing slope above treeline in a thin rocky area, dumping snow over the loop road above the tunnel portal. The road was open at the time of the slide. It's unclear if any cars were involved.

Attention

Gunung Ibu volcano in Indonesia filmed erupting at night

Gunung Ibu volcano in Indonesia

Gunung Ibu volcano erupting
Gunung Ibu volcano, Halmahera, Indonesia. Volcanic activity at nighttime, filmed for the first time from the crater rim summit in real time!

No timelapse or else, also only real sound!

This allowed free view onto the flat topped dome.

Strombolian eruptions with intermittent ash eruptions generating abundant volcanic lightning.

Filmed in the nights between 8. to 10. March 2020.


Attention

Indonesian volcano spews massive ash cloud 16,000 feet into the air

volcano
Indonesia's most active volcano Mount Merapi erupted Friday, shooting a column of ash some 5,000 metres (16,000 feet) into the air in its second major eruption this month.

Ash and sand covered areas several kilometres (miles) away from the peak of the rumbling crater near Indonesia's cultural capital Yogyakarta.

But authorities did not raise Merapi's alert level.

"There has been no reports of damage from the eruption. We urge people to stay calm and not panic," national disaster mitigation agency spokesman Agus Wibowo said.


Cloud Lightning

Lightning bolt kills 2, injures 3 in Malawi

LIGHTNING
Two girls from the same family died while three other people suffered injuries after being struck by lightning in Mangochi on Thursday.

The incident occurred on Thursday evening in the area of Traditional Authority Jalasi in the district.

Mangochi Police Station spokesperson Sub Inspector Amina Tepani Daudi identified the two girls as Aisha Patrick aged 14 and Stella Mussa aged 20.

Daudi said all the victims are close relatives and on this fateful day they were chatting on the veranda while it was raining.

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Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Vortices cavitate at storm centre as Earth's atmosphere churns

Mesovortices
© YouTube/Adapt 2030 (screen capture)
Mesovortices cavitating withing a extra-tropical cyclone also forming cyclonic lows within a near record low pressure winter storm in the N. Atlantic. Extra-tropical cyclone off west Africa joins the Mesovortices at each end making a rough figure 8 in the atmosphere. Locust plague USA in 1870, plus snow in Lebanon and record snow in the N. Hemisphere for the fourth year in a row.


Galaxy

Rare noctilucent clouds photographed over South Pacific

Noctilucent clouds (NLCs) have appeared over the South Pacific
© Ashleigh Wilson
You don't see this everyday-or even in 30 years. "Noctilucent clouds (NLCs) have appeared over the South Pacific," reports meteorologist Ashleigh Wilson of the Australian Antarctic Division. "I photographed them from Macquarie Island on Jan. 4th."

Wilson is just wrapping up a year-long stint on the remote island where the Australian government maintains a research station to study climate change and wildlife. "According to John French of the Australian Antarctic Division Atmospheric Science Program, the only other photographic recording of NLCs from Macquarie Island was in the mid-1990s," she says.

NLCs are Earth's highest clouds. Seeded by meteoroids, they float at the edge of space more than 80 km above the planet's surface. NLCs form when summertime wisps of water vapor rise up to the edge of space and crystalize around specks of 'meteor smoke.' Prime time for sightings is June-July in the north, December-January in the south.

"It was a breathtaking moment when I first realized what I was seeing," recalls Wilson. "I spent two hours down by the ocean with a camera and tripod, adjusting ISO and lenses, trying to capture the extraordinary event. The clouds were so bright, I could see their reflection in the water."

Wilson's sighting caps a remarkable year for noctilucent clouds. Once confined to Earth's polar regions, NLCs have recently spread to lower and lower latitudes. In June 2019, the clouds appeared over Rome, Italy; Las Vegas, Nevada; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Paris, France; and outside Los Angeles, California. Many of the sightings smashed old records for low-latitude visibility.


Comment: Are noctilucent clouds increasing because of the cooling climate, and the rise of fireball and volcanic activity?


Boat

Heavy rains cause floods across Pernambuco and Alagoas states, Brazil

floods Brazil
Flooding caused by heavy rains across the States of Pernambuco and Alagoas, Brazil. March 25-26 2020.


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Snowflake

Spring storm dumps up to foot of snow on the Wasatch Range, Utah

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© Utah Avalanche Forecast Center
The new snow arrived with grapple and then a heavy dense snow followed. Trent Meisenheimer with the Utah Avalanche Forecast Center says it should stabilize quickly but for now, suggests people avoid the back country. On Tuesday, they received reports of avalanches releasing from the grapple layer. He says, with this current storm, there are two issues that impact the avalanche danger.

"One is going to be new snow and that's going to be across all elevations and aspects but probably more dangerous above 8500 feet. Now our second issue is up in the wind zone."

The Wasatch range has received 10 to 12 inches so far and winds are 35 to 45 miles per hour with higher gusts, which results in wind-loaded slopes.

"Some areas like the Park City ridgeline or kind of Brighton, the backside of Heber/Snake Creek area could have received more snow out of this as they typically do pretty well with these southwest flow type storms."