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C9.9 solar flare erupts from AR 2740, the strongest since October 2017

A moderately strong solar flare measuring C9.9 erupted from AR 2740 (Beta-Delta) at 05:10 UTC on May 6, 2019. The event started at 05:04 UTC and ended at 05:12 UTC. This is the strongest solar flare since M1.0 at 23:28 UTC on October 20, 2017.

Strong storm hits Yucatan, heavy rain, hail and power outages reported

A strong storm, described by local media as one of the strongest in recent memory, hit Yucatan on May 5, 2019.

The worst affected were central and southern areas where heavy rain flooded roads and homes.

The rain lasted for more than two hours and was accompanied by winds of 50 km/h (31 mph).

Power outages were reported in the north, from Villas Hacienda to El Campestre. Intermittent power interruptions were reported in most municipalities in the south, YEL reports.

Hail the size of marbles was reported in some areas of Ticul, Oxkutzcab and Akil.

The storm came all the way from the Pacific Ocean, breaking a period of intense heat.

Very strong M7.2 earthquake hits Papua New Guinea

A very strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M7.2 hit near Bulolo, Papua New Guinea at 21:19 UTC on May 6, 2019 (07:49 local time, May 7). The agency is reporting a depth of 126.9 km (78.8 miles). EMSCis reporting M7.1 at a depth of 130 km (80.7 miles). 

This earthquake can have a medium humanitarian impact based on the magnitude and the affected population and their vulnerability.

Historic Arctic outbreak affecting Europe and northern Africa

A significant Arctic blast is affecting almost entire Europe and parts of northern Africa. Some regions are dealing with heavy snow, below-freezing temperatures and late-season frost. Another blast of cold air is expected from May 11 to 18, with more heavy rain and snow.

Ebola claims over 1 000 lives in DR Congo, world’s second-deadliest outbreak

More than 1 000 people have died as Ebola outbreak in Congo’s North Kivu continues worsening. An alarming number of cases was reported in recent days across multiple hotspots.

1.1 million food insecure, food prices increase sharply as severe drought takes over Kenya

Below average rainfall across Kenya during the short rainy season from October to December of 2018 has been compounded by a delayed long rainy season from March to May of 2019. A drought alert has been raised for 15 arid and semi-arid counties while five counties have already reached the alarm stage (last stage before emergency)

Multi-day widespread severe weather across the Plains and Mississippi Valley, U.S.

A multi-day widespread severe weather and heavy rain event is anticipated across much of the Plains and Mississippi Valley this week, before possibly reaching the Ohio Valley, the National Weather Service warns. The severe thunderstorms will be capable of producing large hail, damaging winds and tornadoes, while the heavy rain may be excessive at times and produce flash flooding.

Up to 15 inches of snow forecast for Colorado in May storm

Forecasting website Powderchasers has predicted up to 15 inches of fresh snow falling in Colorado this week, with their low estimate at 9 inches. According to their report, light snow will fall in the central and northern mountains on Wednesday, with this storm continuing into Thursday and Friday. The peak snowfall is expected to occur Wednesday night through Thursday.

Winter returns to France, with snow and ice on the Côte d’Azur

Parts of the French Riviera resembled a ski resort at the weekend as a cold front brought ice and snow to the Côte D’Azur.

After basking in sun over Easter, toboggans and road gritters were seen on the streets of Antibes.

The story was the same across much of France, with snow and wind gusts up to 130 km/h in the Rhône Valley.

The French weather service issued a warning for dangerous driving conditions.

Severe storms and widespread flooding claim 7 lives, cause major damage, U.S.

At least three people have been killed after major flooding hit U.S. Midwest late this week, bringing the death toll to at least 7 since Monday, April 29, 2019. Widespread flooding is affecting the country from Michigan to the South and is expected to continue in the days ahead.

May Snow Storm Leaves Italian Mountain Towns Blanketed

An estimated 67 centimeters of snow fell in the mountains of Italy’s Veneto region on Sunday, May 5, Nuova Venezia reported.

The late season storm delivered winds and flurries throughout the southern Dolomite region and broke local records for spring snowfall, Italian media said.



Climate Politics Abroad Are Turning Decidedly Skeptical

From Alberta to Australia, from Finland to France and beyond, voters are increasingly showing their displeasure with expensive energy policies imposed by politicians in an inane effort to fight purported human-caused climate change

Swedish Power Shortages Because of Renewable Energy

h/t Grant Griffiths – Sweden was a zero carbon nuclear energy leader, but nowadays reliable zero carbon nuclear is the wrong kind of zero carbon electricity.


BIG NEWS – Verified by NOAA – poor weather station siting leads to artificial long term warming

USHCN weather station in a parking lot. University of Arizona, Tucson


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2019 Hurricane Season Expected to be Slightly Above Average But Less Active Than Last Year

At a Glance

  • A total of 14 named storms, seven hurricanes and three major hurricanes are expected this season.
  • This is slightly above the 30-year average of 12 named storms, six hurricanes and three major hurricanes.
  • The forecast was released Monday by The Weather Company, an IBM Business.


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