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100 million years ago, the Sahara was the most dangerous place

Kem Kem group animals
© UNIVERSITY OF PORTSMOUTH
Artist's illustration of Kem Kem group animals.
100 million years ago, ferocious predators, including flying reptiles and crocodile-like hunters, made the Sahara the most dangerous place on Earth.

This is according to an international team of scientists, who have published the biggest review in almost 100 years of fossil vertebrates from an area of Cretaceous rock formations in south-eastern Morocco, known as the Kem Kem Group.

The review, published in the journal ZooKeys, "provides a window into Africa's Age of Dinosaurs" according to lead author Dr Nizar Ibrahim, an Assistant Professor of Biology at the University of Detroit Mercy and Visiting Researcher from the University of Portsmouth.
This was arguably the most dangerous place in the history of planet Earth, a place where a human time-traveller would not last very long.

Dr Nizar Ibrahim, Visiting Researcher
About 100 million years ago, the area was home to a vast river system, filled with many different species of aquatic and terrestrial animals. Fossils from the Kem Kem Group include three of the largest predatory dinosaurs ever known, including the sabre-toothed Carcharodontosaurus (over 8m in length with enormous jaws and long, serrated teeth up to eight inches long) and Deltadromeus (around 8m in length, a member of the raptor family with long, unusually slender hind limbs for its size), as well as several predatory flying reptiles (pterosaurs) and crocodile-like hunters. Dr Ibrahim said: "This was arguably the most dangerous place in the history of planet Earth, a place where a human time-traveller would not last very long."

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Cabin completely buried in snow 3 times this winter in Iceland

Taking a break from shoveling.
© Jón Þór Jósepsson
Taking a break from shoveling.
A cabin in Unadalur valley, near the village of Hofsós, North Iceland, was completely buried in snow - not once, but three times this winter, Morgunblaðið reports. Nothing but its TV antenna was visible. The owners, with the help of rescue workers and other volunteers, have been busy lately digging out the cabin. "It's been quite a workout," states Jón Þór Jósepsson, one of the family members.

There was unusually heavy snowfall this winter, and the family checked on the cabin on a regular basis. "When I got there in mid-March, the place was completely buried in snow, with nothing but the TV antenna sticking out," states Jón Þór. The snowbank on top of the roof was up to 2.5-meters (8 ft, 2 in) thick.

Comment: Up to 30 FEET deep snow banks in Iceland - 'We've never before had snow on this scale'


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Heavy spring blizzard hits northern China, biggest in decades say residents

Northern China blizzard
Spring has brought a blizzard to the door of many in northern China, trapping them inside.

The snowstorm over the last couple of days has covered large swathes of Jilin, Heilongjiang, and Inner Mongolia with localities raising red alerts for snowfall.

Some residents of Qiqihar in Heilongjiang province say that they haven't seen so much snow in 20 or 30 years.

Footage from up north shows snow burying cars and blocking the doors of some houses, forcing people to climb out windows to escape.


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April's weather broke at least 6 records across Canada and not in a good way

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© David Mark, Daniel Bowman
Cold and snow and no rain, oh my! It's been one heck of a wild ride so far this month for a number of reasons including the weather. April weather records in Canada have been broken across the country and it's not in a good way.

According to The Weather Network, April is a month for cruel, tumultuous weather that often flip flops between extremes.

In keeping with that tradition, conditions throughout this month have been less than favourable in some parts of the country.

On April 22, northern Ontario experienced late extreme cold and Geraldtown shattered its daily record low by more than seven degrees when the temperature reached -20.4 C.

That's colder than the average low in December in that region.

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Bone-chilling cold sweeps Northeast Russia, records from the 1950s and 1960s fall

Extreme cold in Yakutia, Russia


As originally logged by hmn.ru (and now deleted?), cold records have been falling across NE Russia this week as Arctic air continues to invade the transcontinental nation.


The Sakha Republic, also known as Yakutia, has broken a myriad of low temperature records as winter continues to encroach into Spring 2020.

In the village of Talon, the mercury dropped to a nipple-hardening -30.7C (-23.3F), shattering the previous April record: the -27.3C (-17.1F) set in 1966 (solar minimum of cycle 19).

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Spring snowfall hits northern Maine - up to 7 inches dropped

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Several inches of snow fell amid "blustery and chilly" weather in Caribou, Maine, on Wednesday, April 22, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

The NWS said temperatures in northern Maine reached 34 F on Wednesday, but warmer weather was projected throughout the week. The NWS reported at least 6.9 inches of snowfall at its Caribou office by 8.30 am on Wednesday.

This video was filmed by NWS meteorologist James Sinko as he drove to the NWS office in Caribou on Wednesday.



Credit: James Sinko via Storyful

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Central, northern parts of Greece under another blanket of snow in late April

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Several parts of central and northern Greece were covered by a thick layer of snow on Thursday as an unseasonable cold snap dealt another blow to the country.

Social media users are posting photos of mountain villages near Kastoria, Larissa, Trikala, Karditsa and Ioannina which are much more reminiscent of winter than late spring.

In the prefecture of Ioannina, the snow in some parts has reached 15 cm (6 inches) while temperatures have dropped below zero (32 degrees Fahrenheit).


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2 feet of spring snow in 3 days hits Lahaul, India

No trace of missing man as more avalanches hit Lahaul

No trace of missing man as more avalanches hit Lahaul
Even as the missing farmer of Bargul village of Lahaul, who was hit by an avalanche on April 13, remains untraced, the higher areas of Kullu and Lahaul have experienced more avalanches in the past few hours after the region received heavy snow.

Two days after Border Roads Organisation (BRO) cleared snow from Rahni nullah on Manali-Rohtang pass highway, a massive avalanche again blocked the highway on Sunday.

Another avalanche near Koksar had also blocked the highway. Border Roads Organisation officials said work is on to clear the debris. Rohtang Pass has received over 60cm of snow in the last three days.


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Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Ferocious atmospheric shift in the Arctic

Arctic warm front
© YouTube/Adapt 2030 (screen capture)
One of the largest displacements of Arctic air by a warm front ever seen is underway and will bring extremes in atmospheric circulation, electrical discharge and storm activity. Chile unprecedented drought, Yemen massive floods in the same areas Axsum ruled that grew grains in the now desert areas.


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Cape Breton in Nova Scotia, Canada hit by spring blizzard - foot of snow dumped

Sunday morning in Sydney looked more like February than the middle of April, as residents woke up to roughly 30 centimetres of snow, being blown about by howling winds.

Sunday morning in Sydney looked more like February than the middle of April, as residents woke up to roughly 30 centimetres of snow, being blown about by howling winds.
Cape Breton is just beginning to dig out from a mid-spring blizzard that walloped the region, giving people all the more reason to stay home.

Sunday morning in Sydney looked more like February than the middle of April, as residents woke up to roughly 30 centimetres of snow, being blown about by howling winds.

"I don't even know what to think," says Joseph Rudderham. "I figured we were all done with this, and I started parking trucks up, but now, I've got to bring them out again."