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Hailstorm, rain destroy apple, maize, potato and wheat crops in Jumla, Nepal

Hailstorm blankets a farm in Jumla.
© Kathmandu Post
Hailstorm blankets a farm in Jumla.
A hailstorm and continuous rain that lashed parts of Jumla last week damaged apple crops in many places, wiping out a large number of farmers' income.

Apple growers in Patarasi Rural Municipality said hardly any fruits were left on the trees. The agriculture office said that around 95 percent of the apples had been ruined by the hailstorm in most parts of the district.

Municipality officials said that details of the damage were yet to be ascertained. However, farmers who have insured their crops will not be affected much. In 2016, apple crops in Jumla were insured for the first time allowing farmers to receive compensation if their harvests fail due to bad weather.

Apart from loss due to lack of rainfall, the insurance policy covers damage to crops by hailstorms. This year, apple farmers in Jomsom, Mustang got their crops insured for the first time.


Nine tornadoes hit Midwest as severe weather threatens 40 million across US

Large tornado touches down in Tescott, Kansas
© Connor McCrorey/LMS
Large tornado touches down in Tescott, Kansas
At least 40 million people are under threat of severe weather Thursday morning. Nine tornadoes were reported from Texas to Iowa Wednesday with some straight-line wind gusts exceeding 100 mph. More tornadoes, damaging wind and heavy rain could affect people across the central U.S. and into the Northeast Thursday.

CBS News' Tony Dokoupil reports from Raytown, Missouri, where winds were powerful enough to take down a 200-year-old red oak tree and snap another tree into shards, sending the pieces barreling into Sean Hagg's home.

"The house shook, and the windows blew open....I didn't have the time to even know if the whole house was coming down. I heard the tornado sirens go off so I wasn't sure if it was the tree or something bigger," Hagg said.

The same scene played out near Elkhart, Indiana. In Oklahoma, sirens warned residents to take shelter as ominous clouds brought a piercing rain and damaging tornadoes. At least nine were reported in Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri, just one day after more than 18 tornadoes ripped through the Midwest, including a twister in Tescott, Kansas.

Across the central U.S., heavy rain, lightning and strong winds tore through homes and knocked down power lines.

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:


Powerful 'freak' dust storms kill over 125 people in north India, highest death toll in decades - UPDATES

India dust storm
The storm affected three districts in Rajasthan, as well as parts of Uttar Pradesh
A powerful dust storm has killed 77 people and injured 143 more in north India.

According to the Hindustan Times, the storms uprooted trees and electricity poles in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday night.

Officials said trees and walls were brought down during the overnight storm, and the death toll may rise.

Rajasthan's chief minister Vasundhara Raje tweeted: "Have directed Ministers and concerned officials to affected areas to begin relief work immediately and restore utilities.

"An unfortunate incident, we have been working closely with local authorities to mitigate the situation."

The Alwar power distribution company said it would take them at least two days to restore electricity to the area.

The Agra district of Uttar Pradesh, home to the Taj Mahal, was one of the worst hit.

TP Gupta of the Uttar Pradeh relief commissioner's office said: "We can confirm at least 46 deaths, 41 injuries from around 40 of the state's 75 districts."

Comment: A couple of days ago at least 14 people were killed as over 40,000 bolts of lightning and thunderstorms struck the Andhra Pradesh region of India.


From the Guardian:
Severe dust storms across northern India have killed more than 100 people, destroyed homes and left hundreds without electricity.

Billowing clouds of thick dust and sand frequently blow across the region during the dry season, but the death toll from this week's storms has been unusually high.

There were 73 confirmed deaths in Uttar Pradesh state, most in Agra district where the Taj Mahal is located. Another 36 died in Rajasthan and two each in Uttarakhand and Madhya Pradesh. The death toll in all four states could still rise.

The destruction has extended to Punjab, where two died, and Haryana, where trees were uprooted and power supplies cut by the squall. Less intense storms in Delhi caused traffic jams and flight diversions.

At least 160 animals also died in the storms, according to officials in Uttar Pradesh.

The dust clouds were trailed by thunder and lightning storms, heavy rain and strong winds that were expected to last another 24 hours at least.

Most of the deaths occurred when houses people were sleeping in collapsed overnight, disaster management officials said. Falling pylons and trees also contributed to the death toll.

The dust storms are created by a rapid ascent of warm air, which creates a vacuum that air closer to the ground rushes to fill, taking sand and dust with it.

Meteorologists said abnormally high temperatures in past weeks had contributed to the disaster. "It can be called a freak accident," Mahesh Palawat, a meteorologist at the private forecaster Skymet Weather told the Hindustan Times.

"Dust storms are usually not this intense nor do these systems cover such a large area."

India's prime minister, Narendra Modi, who is in southern India campaigning ahead of an important state election, said he was saddened by the loss of life. "Condolences to the bereaved families," he tweeted. "May the injured recover soon."

Another 14 people were killed in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh, which was hammered by more than 41,000 lightning strikes on Wednesday, disaster officials said.

Dust storms last month killed at least 19 people in Rajasthan and 15 people in Uttar Pradesh, where they also damaged the Taj Mahal. Heritage officials said the monument had not been affected by the past week's storms.

Update - 4th May 2018:

From the BBC:
At least 125 people are now reported to have died in fierce dust storms in northern India, with officials warning of more bad weather to come.

High-speed winds and lightning have devastated many villages, brought down walls and left scores injured.

A spokesperson for the Uttar Pradesh relief commissioner's office told AFP the death toll was the highest from such storms in at least 20 years.

Officials have said the death toll could rise over the coming days.

India's Meteorological Department said more storms were likely across a wider area before the weekend.

"People should be alert," the relief commissioner's office told AFP.

In the two states of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan, the storm has brought down electricity, uprooted trees, destroyed houses and killed livestock.

The district of Agra in Uttar Pradesh, home of the Taj Mahal monument, was one of the areas worst hit.

The storms also affected three districts in neighbouring Rajasthan state - Alwar, Bharatpur and Dholpur.

Many of the dead were sleeping indoors when their houses collapsed after being struck by lightning or gusts of wind.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Twitter that he was saddened by the loss of life.

The Uttar Pradesh government announced that families of those who died would receive 400,000 rupees ($6,000; £4,400) as compensation.

The southern state of Andhra Pradesh, meanwhile was also hit by storms on Wednesday, also resulting in many deaths.

Authorities said they have been shocked by the ferocity of the storms.

"I've been in office for 20 years and this is the worst I've seen," Hemant Gera, secretary for disaster management and relief in Rajasthan, told the BBC.

"We had a high intensity dust storm on 11 April - 19 people died then - but this time it struck during the night so many people sleeping and couldn't get out of their houses when mud walls collapsed."


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.

Bizarro Earth

Microburst event at Arizona airport causes small planes to take off and fly away from a standstill

planes take off microburst event
© Youtube
Planes “spontaneously” taking off during a microburst at an airport.
Although those all look like piper cubs and super cubs and are known for having a ridiculously slow take off speed, it is still totally crazy to watch.

Comment: The video below was posted to YouTube in June of 2014:

Comment: More on microbursts:
A small downdraft that moves in a way opposite of a tornado that found in strong thunderstorms.

They occur suddenly and in small areas.

Microbursts are particularly dangerous to aircraft, especially during landing due to the wind shear.

Several fatal crashes having been attributed to the phenomenon over the past several decades, and flight crew training goes to great lengths on how to properly recover from a microburst/wind shear event.

Crash safety: Microbursts can create more damage than a weak tornado, and have been responsible for many lethal airplane crashes, particularly during landings, as seen in this diagram.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strikes kills 9 across West Bengal, India

Representational image

Representational image
Nine persons were killed and others injured in lightning strikes and thunderstorms across the state.

Three persons were killed and some others injured after they were struck by lightning in separate incidents in Murshidabad, while one person died in the same district after a wall fell on him during a thunderstorm on Wednesday morning.

Three more were killed in Nadia. Two were killed in North 24-Parganas, while one was killed in North Dinajpore.

A thunderstorm, coupled with rain, lashed the district on Wednesday morning. According to an administrative official from the district, there was heavy shower in various parts of Murshidabad for more than three hours, when the accidents took place. The regional meteorological centre at Alipore has predicted thunderstorm in the city and its adjoining districts on late Wednesday night.

Comment: A few days ago in the same state at least 13 people were killed and 25 injured by lightning strikes .


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?


Cloud Lightning

At least 14 people killed as 41,025 bolts of lightning strike in 16 hours across Andhra Pradesh, India

At least 14 persons were killed and two others injured on Tuesday as over 40,000 bolts of lightning and thunderstorms struck Andhra Pradesh. The Andhra Pradesh State Disaster Management Authority (APSDMA) confirmed that 41,025 cloud-to-ground lightning strikes took place across 11 districts on Tuesday from 07.30am to 11.40pm as per the data available with Earth Networks.

The APSDMA, which predicted severe lightning activity in Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, Visakhapatnam and East Godavari districts, issued thunderstorm alerts from early hours of Tuesday and later lightning continued in West Godavari, Krishna, Guntur, Nellore, Prakasam, and Kadapa.


Storms pelt Las Vegas Valley, Mount Charleston receives snow in May

Mount Charleston sees rare May snowfall

Mount Charleston sees rare May snowfall
May came in like a lion Tuesday, as lightning flashed and thunderstorms pelted parts of the Las Vegas Valley, and snow covered higher-elevation areas on Mount Charleston.

Lightning was seen throughout the western valley, and flashes also were reported with storms over the central and south valley, the National Weather Service said.

"So it's basically everywhere," meteorologist Chelsea Kryston said.

McCarran International Airport received about 0.24 inches of rain in a 24-hour span, Kryston said. Rain fell harder in other parts of the valley, however, as Summerlin saw about 0.27 inches, Centennial Hills recorded about 0.31 inches and southeast Henderson received 0.42 inches.

The weather service issued a flood advisory late Tuesday that was set to end at 10:15 p.m.