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Heavy hailstorm and spring snowfall hits Himachal Pradesh, India

Heavy hailstorm in Shimla on Tuesday.
© Amit Sharma
Heavy hailstorm in Shimla on Tuesday.
Shimla was on Tuesday hit by a heavy hailstorm, while the weather office has warned thunderstorms, squalls and gusty winds in Delhi, Haryana and Chandigarh, till Friday.

High mountains of Himachal Pradesh received fresh snowfall early Tuesday morning.

In a weather warning bulletin, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said thunderstorms and squalls are "very, very likely at isolated places in Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi".

It also warned of duststorm in Rajasthan while heavy rain is expected in six northeast states.

Solar Flares

70-year-old heat record broken as temps soar to 106F/41C in Phoenix, Arizona

Temperatures in Phoenix have reached a new high, breaking a 70-year-old record. sun rise
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Temperatures in Phoenix have reached a new high, breaking a 70-year-old record.

National Weather Service meteorologists say the desert city hit the 106-degree mark (41 degrees Celsius) just after noon.

With an excessive heat warning in effect, meteorologists predicted Phoenix could hit 108 degrees (42 degrees Celsius) before the afternoon was over. But they say thick clouds kept temperatures down.

The previous record high for May 6 was 105 degrees (40.6 degrees Celsius) in 1947.

At 106, it's 14 degrees above normal for the date.

Comment: We're seeing wild temperature swings all over the planet. The beginning of Spring has seen both brutal snow storms and scorching temperatures:


Early UK May bank holiday weather breaks temperature record

Beachgoers in Brighton enjoy the high temperatures
© Amer Ghazzal/Rex/Shutterstock
Beachgoers in Brighton enjoy the high temperatures.

Met Office confirms 28.7C in west London, the highest since holiday was introduced in 1978

Record-breaking temperatures have been reported as people across the UK enjoy a sizzling bank holiday Monday.

Temperatures in Northolt, west London, reached 28.7C (83.6F), making it the hottest early May bank holiday weekend on record, the Met Office said.

The record for an early bank holiday Monday was broken earlier in the day when a temperature of 24.2C was recorded at Herstmonceux, in East Sussex.

The early May bank holiday was introduced in 1978. The hottest early May bank holiday weekend was in 1995 when temperatures hit 28.6C on the Saturday.

The Met Office forecaster Greg Dewhurst said: "We have smashed the warmest bank holiday Monday for early May."

The maximum average temperatures for May are 13C in the north and 16C in the south. This weekend's hot conditions have been created by a mix of low pressure, light winds and consistent sunshine.

Comment: Last month UK temperatures topped 29C bringing the hottest April day for nearly 70 years, which was preceded by up to 4in (10cm) of snow in parts of Scotland, northern England and north Wales and Scotland faced its coldest spring for 39 years. Extreme weather is becoming the new norm!


Record temperatures in Pakistan reach a sweltering 122.4F

Etienne Kapikian,

Etienne Kapikian, a French meteorologist at Meteo France, said that it was the hottest April temperature recorded across the entire Asian continent, as well as Pakistan
Pakistan has experienced the world's hottest April day on record, with temperatures peaking at 122.4F (50.2C), according to experts.

The Pakistan Meteorological Department confirmed the extreme temperature was recorded in the city of Nawabshah on Monday, April 30, potentially making it the hottest April temperature ever witnessed on Earth.

In April, average temperatures in Pakistan range from 64.4F (18C) to 84.2F (29C).

Etienne Kapikian, a French meteorologist at Meteo France, said on Twitter that it was the hottest April temperature recorded across the entire Asian continent, as well as Pakistan.

His tweet prompted one person to reply: '50 Celsius? In APRIL?! RIP Pakistan.'

Another said: 'It's not like we don't get 50C but it's just that we never had it so early in the season.'


Experts confirm winter broke records for snowfall in Switzerland

snow in the Alps

Snow in the Alps
Following three years with little snow, the Swiss winter of 2017-18 brought exceptional quantities of the white stuff - but only in the mountains.

Record snowfall, avalanches and horror storms were all part of the picture from December right up to the end of April, when 10 people died in three separate bad weather incidents.

The Swiss Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF/WSL said on Thursday that overall it had been one of the longest and whitest winters for 30 years at elevations above 1,500 metres.

Snowflake Cold

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: French climate returning to Little Ice Age conditions

bank o f snow
The signs for the third year in a row now point to France showing the fastest signs of cooling than other countries around Europe. 27 feet of snow will keep slopes open into June, mountain rescues because of surprise winter storm in May. Reduced production of vineyard grapes, wheat and fruit.

Comment: Is the Gulf Stream about to collapse and is the new ice age coming sooner than scientists think?

Some related articles from the past month in France include:


Storm dumps up to 18 inches of May snow in Colorado

© Bambi Moss
A slow-moving spring storm brought much needed moisture to Colorado this week with up to two inches of water in some locations.

In Winter Park, 13 inches of snow fell in the town with 18 inches reported at the nearby ski resort.

The snow fell just in time for the last weekend of skiing on Winter Park's Mary Jane, which is planning to close on May 6.


Up to 6 inches of spring snow falls in parts of Arizona

A remote camera at the south gate entrance at the Grand Canyon National Park, Ariz., shows a fresh dusting of snow.

A remote camera at the south gate entrance at the Grand Canyon National Park, Ariz., shows a fresh dusting of snow.
Parts of northern and eastern Arizona received up to six inches of snow in a late taste of winter weather.

National Weather Service statistics show Greer and the South Rim of the Grand Canyon each got six inches of snow by Wednesday morning with 2 inches of snow falling at Alpine. Williams, Flagstaff and Pinetop-Lakeside all got an inch or less.

However, most of the snow had melted by Wednesday afternoon.

The weather bureau says snow in May is not uncommon in Flagstaff. The city typically gets just under three-quarters of an inch.

The snowiest May on record in Flagstaff was 1904 with 15 inches.

Source: Associated Press


Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: The news is a whirlwind: Before the thaw started

Looking back less than two weeks ago, these were the conditions in the US and Canada. Now contrasts to what you are seeing of all beach images and warm. Two weeks, thats it, between what you see now on the news and your reality a week ago. Record cold, record snow for a season,record ice, cold weather crop losses and blizzards. Did you forget so quickly with the media throwing news at you faster than ever and more bizarre than ever?



May snowfall on Mount Lemmon, Arizona following overnight storm

A webcam posted on Mount Lemmon shows Tuesday night's snowfall.
© Summerhaven Radio Ridge West
A webcam posted on Mount Lemmon shows Tuesday night's snowfall.
While many parts of Tucson saw overnight rain, residents of Mount Lemmon were treated to overnight snow.

With temperatures in Tucson having already broken 90 degrees and rapidly approaching 100, a temporary reprieve from the heat likely upsets no one.

The Radio Ridge West webcam posted on Summerhaven caught the snowfall on tape. Check out the video by clicking on the link below.