Mini Ice Age: Michigan still almost 40 percent covered in snow, and it’s almost May

Strange Sounds – April 25, 2018

While Detroit is experiencing the coldest April in more than 140 years, areas around Munising, MI are still reporting 32 inches of snow on the ground. In fact, last week some parts of the U.P. where reporting the highest snow cover amounts of the entire winter. You imagine? Having the most snow on the ground in mid-April. Grand Marais has 30 inches of snow cover. Marquette still has 20 inches, and Gaylord has 11 inches of snow cover.

There is still a lot of water in the snow on the ground. The huge snowstorm in mid-April had heavy, wet snow with lots of moisture content. Satellites can figure out how much water equivalent is in the snow. Some areas with the deepest snowpack have 14 inches of water in the snow. The average amount of water in all of Michigan’s snow is 0.80″.

The snow won’t last long. The snow is melting fast. It will all be gone by the end of next week. A week of temperatures in the 60s and 70s will take care of the snow.

No-go warning as Japan volcano erupts for first time in 250 years

AFP – April 19, 2018

Tokyo (AFP) – A volcano in southern Japan erupted for the first time in 250 years on Thursday, spewing steam and ash hundreds of metres into the air, as authorities warned locals not to approach the mountain.

“There is a possibility that (Mount Io) will become more active,” said Makoto Saito, an official from the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), confirming the eruption.

In a televised press conference, he warned residents in the area to stay away from the mountain, part of the Mount Kirishima group of volcanoes, as major ash deposits spread from the crater.

It was the first eruption of the mountain since 1768, the JMA said.

The agency warned that large flying rocks could fall over a three-kilometre (two-mile) radius.

Volcano ERUPTION WARNING: Tens of volcano earthquakes RUMBLING around the world

Amani Hughes – April 19, 2018

A LARGE number of earthquakes have been felt beneath volcanoes across the world, sparking fears of major eruptions, so are any volcanoes erupting and could there be a violent explosion?

In Hawaii a total of 18 earthquakes have been measured under Kilauea volcano during the last 18 hours.

The largest earthquakes measured on the Big Island was a magnitude 2.2 earthquake measured on Wednesday, 6km southwest of the volcano.

In Mexico the Cerro Prieto volcano is showing an increase in activity with a magnitude 2.4 earthquake measured.

The volcano is located in the Mexican state of Baja California ad the quake measured might be volcanic in original at a depth of 12km.

Clear Lake Volcanic Field is located about 90 miles north of San Francisco and the most prominent volcanic feature is 300,000 year-old Mount Konocti.

Across the world, in Greece, a magnitude 2.7 earthquake was felt beneath the Nisyros volcano which may have been volcanic in its origin.

The Greek Island is in the Aegean and is the youngest volcano along a rift in the Southern Aegean and has experienced at least three major eruptions in the past 45,000 years.

Rhea Fire: Deadly Oklahoma wildfire has now consumed over 100 000 ha (246 000 acres)

– April 17, 2018

The Rhea Fire that started on April 12, 2018 in Western Oklahoma grew quickly with Red Flag fire weather conditions and has now consumed over 100 000 hectares (246 000 acres). The fire is blamed for the death of 1 person so far.

This fire is located in Dewey County, northeast of Leedey Oklahoma and is only 3% contained as of April 17, 2018.  More than 500 firefighters are assigned along with three large air tankers, two type 1 helicopters, four single-engine air tankers, two CL-415 scooping air tankers, an air attack plane, and two National Guard helicopters.

The fire has been spurred on by the local weather which has been dry with high winds. Even the storms that swept through the area during the weekend did not diminish the fires and served to spread them due to high winds.

Spread is likely to be to the south and east due to sustained strong winds in the area predicted to be 24 – 32 km/h (15-20 mph) with gusts up to 48 km/h (30 mph).

Worst flooding in years in Kauai, Hawaii: Mudslides and flash flooding trigger state of emergency after 27 inches of rainfall fall in 24 hours on Kauai

Strange Sounds – Apr 16, 2018

Dozens of people were stranded at several Red Cross shelters after the storm dropped over two feet of rain, causing massive flooding and grounding rescue helicopters.

The National Weather Service recorded almost 27 inches of rainfall in a 24-hour NWSperiod in Hanalei. At least two homes were torn from their foundations. Resident Shauna Tuohy told HawaiiNewsNow that she was watching television with her mother when brown water suddenly began to pour through a wall in her home in Aina Haina. “The water came through my mom’s bedroom and down the hallway. There was just a raging river through the house,” she said.

About 40 people, mostly tourists, spent much of Sunday stranded at Hanalei Elementary School, where the American Red Cross had opened an evacuation shelter. They briefly ran out of food and water, according to AP.

Snow records toppled in South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin

Associated Press – April 16, 2018

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Records fell as an April snowstorm blanketed the Upper Midwest.

The National Weather Service says the 14.9 inches (37.8 centimeters) at Minneapolis airport from Friday through Sunday set a record for the largest April snowstorm ever there. It’s also the snowiest April on record in the Twin Cities. And it’s the snowiest start to a calendar year there, with 70.3 inches (178.6 centimeters) since Jan. 1.

In South Dakota, Sioux Falls set records for a single day in April at 13.7 inches (34.8 centimeters) Saturday and a record April total of 24.9 inches (63.2 centimeters). Huron and Mitchell set two-day record totals for April of 15.5 (39.4 centimeters) and 16.2 inches (41.1 centimeters) respectively.

In Wisconsin, the storm ranks as the all-time second largest snowstorm in Green Bay at 23.5 inches (59.7 centimeters) and a record April total of more than 35 inches (89 centimeters) there.

16 killed, 100 injured as storm hits northwestern India, 80% crop loss

– April 12, 2018

At least 16 people were killed in unprecedented storms and rainfall in the state of Rajasthan, India on April 11, 2018. Five people were killed in Bharatpur district and 11, including five children, in Dholpur district. At least 100 people got injured. Local farmers are reporting 80% crop loss.

Heavy rain lashed northwestern India and isolated places, as storms with wind speed exceeding 100 km/h (62 mp/h) created havoc in the region. Rain and thunderstorms uprooted trees in many localities in the state and lashed several other parts of north and northwest India such as Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab and Haryana, NDTV reported.

In Uttar Pradesh’s Agra, a thunderstorm brought a 3.6 meter (12 feet) metal pillar at the entry gate of the Taj Mahal complex crashing down on the night of April 11. At least four people in Mathura and one person in Bijnor were killed in the storm, which also damaged several power poles and uprooted trees.

48,000 Brits dead after worst winter in 42 years

Hayley Coyle  – April 7, 2018

After a brief mild spell, temperatures are set to dip again in April after the chilliest March in 21 years.

It is estimated that 20,275 Brits more than average died between December 1 and March

An additional 2,000 deaths more than average were expected due to cold conditions between March 23 and 31, this winter’s average death rates show.

Campaigners have called the deaths a “national tragedy” as cold weather victims fatalities could be prevented – especially in the elderly.

According to the Office of National Statistics, one in 10 cold weather deaths are among under-65s, one in 10 among 65-75s and eight in 10 among over-75s.

It means this winter is set to total at least 48,000 deaths due to cold weather – which works out at an average of one death every three and a half minutes.

Hybrid swarm in global mega-pest

Seed Daily – April 9, 2018

Australian scientists have confirmed the hybridisation of two of the world’s major pest species, into a new and improved mega-pest.

One of the pests, the cotton bollworm, is widespread in Africa, Asia and Europe and causes damage to over 100 crops, including corn, cotton, tomato and soybean.

The damage and controlling the pest costs billions of dollars a year.

It is extremely mobile and has developed resistance to all pesticides used against it.

The other pest, the corn earworm, is a native of the Americas and has comparatively limited resistance and host range.

However, the combination of the two, in a novel hybrid with unlimited geographical boundaries is cause for major concern.

Shinmoedake explodes with volcanic lightning in Japan ~ 04/05/2018 ~ video

Strange Sounds – Apr 5, 2018<

Another awesome video showing volcano Shinmoedake exploding with volcanic lightning in video in Japan on April 5, 2018. VOLCANO SHINMOEDAKE ERUPTION WITH A GREAT EXPLOSION, A CLOUD OF ASHES OF 10 KM OF HEIGHT AND LIGHTING IN THE ERUPTIVE COLUMN, JAPAN.- At 3:31 am local time began a series of spectacular explosions that are taking place in the Shinmoedake volcano inside from the volcanic mountain complex of Kirishima located between the prefectures of Miyazaki and Kagoshima. Do not miss the incredible video, especially because of the multitude of rays in the final part of the video that make it apocalyptic.