Friday, May 15, 2020

Event Update For 2020-05-14

The seas, lakes and oceans are now pluming deadly hydrogen sulfide and suffocating methane. Hydrogen sulfide is a highly toxic water-soluble heavier-than-air gas and will accumulate in low-lying areas. Methane is slightly more buoyant than normal air and so will be all around, but will tend to contaminate our atmosphere from the top down. These gases are sickening and killing oxygen-using life all around the world, including human life, as our atmosphere is increasingly poisoned. Because both gases are highly flammable and because our entire civilization is built around fire and flammable fuels, this is leading to more fires and explosions. This is an extinction level event and will likely decimate both the biosphere and human population and it is debatable whether humankind can survive this event.

A. More fires and more explosions, especially along the coasts, but everywhere generally.
B. Many more animal die-offs, of all kinds, and especially oceanic species.
C. More multiples of people will be found dead in their homes, as if they'd dropped dead.
D. More corpses found in low-lying areas, all over the world.
E. More unusual vehicular accidents.
F. Improved unemployment numbers as people die off.

Category: Variety Pack

2020-05-14 - Unknown odor causes evacuation on the Rickenbacker Causeway in coastal Miami (Florida):

Quote: "Fire rescue units responded Thursday to reports of an unknown hazardous odor on the Rickenbacker Causeway, resulting in the evacuation of several bystanders. The incident took place around noon, according to a City of Miami Fire Rescue officer. A hazmat team was on the scene investigating the unknown odor, and bystanders were offered shelter as the investigation unfolded."

Note: Here's a Google Maps link of the Rickenbacker Causeway...

2020-05-14 - Car goes up in flames and kills man on Back River Drove along the River Brue in Glastonbury (Britain):

Quote: "An Avon and Somerset police statement reads: “We were called to attend a car fire in Back River Drove, Glastonbury, at about 6pm on Thursday (May 14). Sadly, a man was found inside the car and despite the efforts of paramedics, he died from his injuries. His death is being treated as unexplained but not suspicious.'"

2020-05-14 - Underground electrical fire causes blackouts in Chicago (Illinois):

2020-05-14 - Wildfires rage through at least 8,500 acres and close I-75 in coastal Naples (Florida):

Quote: "The two biggest fires merged and are currently at an 8,500-acre spread that was 10% contained as of 7:15 p.m. Thursday, per Florida Forest Service."

Quote: "Several homes were damaged or destroyed, according to WINK."

Quote: "The year has been exceptionally torrid, with South Florida seeing June-like temperatures in April."

2020-05-14 - Brush fire breaks out near coastal Rotonda West (Florida):

2020-05-14 - Brush fire breaks out in coastal East Providence (Rhode Island):

2020-05-14 - Brush fire breaks out near the Jordan River in Murray (Utah):

Quote: "The fire happened near the Jordan River at 4500 South and 700 West in Murray, according to fire officials."

Note: Also see the vacant warehouse that went up in flames in Murray on this day...

2020-05-14 - California now faces overlapping threats, coronavirus and fire season:

2020-05-14 - Jilin city in China goes into partial lockdown over coronavirus cluster that appeared after 73 days of no new cases:

2020-05-14 - Magnitude 6.5 earthquake strikes near Tonopah (Nevada), felt hundreds of miles away:

Note: This was one of the ten biggest Nevada quakes ever recorded and the biggest since at least 1954...

2020-05-14 - Passenger bus bursts into flame on street in Dermott (Arkansas):

Note: This is the 128th bus to burn in 2020...

2020-05-14 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame before 2:30 AM on I-24 in Chattanooga (Tennessee):

2020-05-14 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-80 near Barkeyville (Pennsylvania):

2020-05-14 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on highway in Cruzeiro do Oeste (Brazil):

2020-05-14 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on the A939 five miles north of Grantown (Scotland):

Note: These are the 675th, 676th, 677th and 678th tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-05-14 - Garbage truck bursts into flame, fire spreads to other vehicles, at Woodlake Apartments on Reed Creek Highway in Hartwell (Georgia):

2020-05-14 - Van bursts into flame off High Street in Slough (Britain):

2020-05-14 - Minivan bursts into flame while parked at home on Terrace Street in Vicksburg (Mississippi):

2020-05-14 - Pickup truck bursts into flame on Bethlehem Hill Road in Bell Township (Pennsylvania):

2020-05-14 - Car bursts into flame while parked inside garage at home on Cain Avenue in Sioux Falls (South Dakota):

Quote: "Sioux Falls Fire Rescue responded to a fire at 1:17 p.m. in the 5800 block of Cain Avenue. Crews found a car fire in the garage."

2020-05-14 - Car bursts into flame while parked in parking lot in Watertown (South Dakota):

2020-05-14 - Car bursts into flame on Cassat Road in Tredyffrin Township (Pennsylvania):

2020-05-14 - Car bursts into flame at home in Fayetteville (Arkansas):

2020-05-14 - Car bursts into flame while parked in underground parking lot near Armdale Road and Kencourt Drive in Mississauga (Canada):

2020-05-14 - Car bursts into flame while parked in parking lot in coastal Sharjah (UAE):

2020-05-14 - Car bursts into flame on road in Pontblyddyn (Britain):

2020-05-14 - Car bursts into flame on Duxbury Gardens (street) in Chorley (Britain):

2020-05-14 - Car bursts into flame on Beechwood Road in Challney (Britain):

2020-05-14 - Car bursts into flame on Queens Road in Keynsham (Britain):

2020-05-14 - Vehicle bursts into flame on Highway 410 in Brampton (Canada):

2020-05-14 - Vehicle bursts into flame on Ravenscar Road in coastal Grimsby (Britain):

Quote: "Ravenscar Road, Grimsby. Thu 14 May 2020 08:00 (No: 008688) Vehicle completely destroyed by fire, 1 hose reel."

2020-05-14 - Car and home destroyed by massive fire at 2:30 AM on Koelle Boulevard in Secaucus (New Jersey):

Quote: "A car and entire home were destroyed by a massive fire early Thursday morning at the corner of Koelle Blvd. and Huber Street in Secaucus."

2020-05-14 - Vehicle and home destroyed by garage fire in Amherst (New York):

Quote: "The homeowner reported a fire that started in the attached garage was spreading to the home."

Quote: "Officials say the fire caused a total of $370,000 in damage with $200,000 to the structure, $100,000 to the contents, $60,000 to the vehicle in the garage, and $10,000 to the second structure."

2020-05-14 - Barn destroyed by fire near Ada (Ohio):

2020-05-14 - Strip mall heavily damaged by fire on East Valley Boulevard in El Monte (California):

2020-05-14 - Rubber factory heavily damaged by fire in Franca (Brazil):

2020-05-14 - Garage erupts in flame, fire spreads to three businesses, in Kewanee (Illinois):

Quote: "There is severe damage to that structure, the billiards hall, a beauty salon and massage therapy business."

2020-05-14 - Garage destroyed by fire at home on Manchester Road in coastal Wantagh (New York):

2020-05-14 - Garage destroyed by fire at home on Prospect Avenue in Beaver Dam (Wisconsin):

2020-05-14 - Mobile home heavily damaged by fire shortly before 2 AM on West Inverness Street in Peoria (Illinois):

2020-05-14 - Home damaged by fire at 1:08 AM on Harvard Road in coastal Portsmouth (Virginia), 9 animals killed:

2020-05-14 - Home damaged by fire near Northwest 87th Avenue and 28th Drive in Coral Springs (Florida), near the coast:

2020-05-14 - Home heavily damaged by fire on Melbourne Street in Houston (Texas):

2020-05-14 - Home destroyed by fire on coastal Whitemarsh Island (Georgia), nobody there:

2020-05-14 - Home destroyed by fire at 11 PM on Pennsylvania Avenue in New Castle (Pennsylvania), nobody there:

2020-05-14 - Home destroyed by fire on 41st Street in Indian River County near coastal Vero Beach (Florida):

2020-05-14 - Home destroyed by fire at 5:30 AM, fire spreads to two more homes, on Nolan Street in San Antonio (Texas):

2020-05-14 - Multi-family home heavily damaged by fire on Foster Street in Lowell (Massachusetts):

2020-05-14 - Multi-family home heavily damaged by fire on Burrill Avenue in coastal Lynn (Massachusetts):

2020-05-14 - Apartment building heavily damaged by fire on 30th Street in Highland (Illinois):

2020-05-14 - Townhome complex heavily damaged by fire at 12:20 AM on Canfield Terrace in Frederick (Maryland):

2020-05-14 - Deadly fire burns home on South Union Avenue in the Englewood area in Chicago (Illinois), 1 killed, 2 injured:

2020-05-14 - Deadly fire destroys waterfront home on Fairview Beach Road in coastal Pasadena (Maryland), 1 killed:

2020-05-14 - Deadly fire burns apartment building on West Valencia Road in Tucson (Arizona):

2020-05-14 - Vacant warehouse burns on South Commerce Drive in Murray (Utah):

2020-05-14 - Eels and crabs found dead in coastal Safety Bay (Washington):

Quote: "About 50 dead eels and a small number of crabs were found today along an area of coast known as the Pond in Safety Bay. The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development and the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions are investigating the 'fish kill' near Bent Street, Safety Bay."

2020-05-14 - Two boys, 13 and 14, die in pond in Bokaro (India):

2020-05-14 - Two men, 20 and 22, die in canal in Uttar Pradesh (India):

2020-05-14 - Update on man found dead in lake in Kiski Township (Pennsylvania) - died of cardiac event then toppled off canoe into water:

Quote: "A man in his 50s is dead after suffering a cardiac event while in a canoe. On Wednesday, a body was found in the Apollo-Spring Church Sportsmens Club lake in Kiski Township, the county coroner said in a release."

2020-05-14 - Man, 39, falls into the Roanoke River and dies in Northampton County (North Carolina):

2020-05-14 - Man, 30 to 40, found dead in the Willamette River in Salem (Oregon):

2020-05-14 - Man found dead in the South Umpqua River near Templin Beach in Roseburg (Oregon):

2020-05-14 - Woman, 61, found dead near Fremont (Nebraska):

2020-05-14 - Man, 39, found dead outside Libertyville (Iowa):

2020-05-14 - Man in his 50s found dead in car in Rougemont (North Carolina):

2020-05-14 - Air Force soldier found dead in barracks at Kunsan Air Base (South Korea):

2020-05-14 - Man found dead near canal along School Lane in Hopwas (Britain):

2020-05-14 - Small plane crashes near Teshekpuk Lake (Alaska), 1 killed, 1 injured:

2020-05-14 - Small plane makes emergency crash-landing along Redington Road in Tucson (Arizona):

2020-05-14 - Passenger bus and heavy truck collide head-on in Madhya Pradesh (India), 8 killed, 56 injured:

2020-05-14 - Tractor trailer veers off road, crashes into tree, bursts into flame, on US 101 near coastal Coos Bay (Oregon), 1 killed:

2020-05-14 - Tractor trailer overturns and hits pole on US 101 near coastal Brinnon (Washington):,69258

2020-05-14 - Tractor trailer overturns on I-20 in Abilene (Texas):

2020-05-14 - SUV slams into tree, bursts into flame, on Hudson Road in Aiken County (South Carolina), 1 killed:

2020-05-14 - Car plows into three more cars in Schenectady (New York), 3 injured:

Quote: "The crash happened just before noon at State Street and Washington Avenue when one car slammed into three others at the intersection after a possible medical event, according to information available."

2020-05-14 - Car veers off road, crashes into trees, on Pate Pond Road in Washington County (Florida), 1 killed:

2020-05-14 - Middle-aged man pulled unconscious and in cardiac arrest from lake at Lake Waterford Park in coastal Pasadena (Maryland):

Quote: "Anne Arundel County Fire Department’s water rescue unit performed CPR on a man pulled out of Lake Waterford Park in Pasadena on Thursday morning, fire officials say. Firefighters on the county’s special operation team were already in the area fighting a fire that killed a woman when they received the call."

2020-05-14 - Very shallow magnitude 4.3 earthquake strikes near Burra (Australia), South Australia's biggest quake in a decade:

2020-05-14 - Hailstorm brings fist-sized hail to General Terán, Nuevo León State (Mexico):

2020-05-14 - Heavy rain and flooding hit Central Aceh (Indonesia):

2020-05-14 - Heavy rain and flooding displace 10,000 people in Burundi:

2020-05-14 - Heavy rain and flooding hit Mogadishu (Somalia), 4+ killed:

2020-05-14 - Heavy rain and flooding hit the north and central regions of Kenya, death toll rises to 237:

2020-05-14 - Waterspout filmed in Gautier (Mississippi):

2020-05-14 - Meteor lights up the sky over parts of the US Southeast:

2020-05-14 - McConnell Patriot Act expansion would hand AG Barr unprecedented spy powers:


  1. Good morning Jonny and all JJFH readers.

    i forgot to mention how the Willamette River claimed another life yesterday, so here it is again today! Two bodies in consecutive days.

    Once again PA all over the place, with a car fire on a road right up the street from my old home.

    What's up with Pasadena, MD - two JJFH events on this day (about 6.5 miles apart)?

    Typhoon Vongfong leaves a trail of destruction in the Philippines as the situation in evacuation centres becomes a nightmare due to social distancing with Covid-19 and a dengue fever outbreak

    Typhoon Ambo (Vongfong) has left a trail of destruction in the central Philippines as it continues to hit other parts of the country, adding to the woes of hundreds of thousands of Filipinos who had to be evacuated amid the coronavirus lockdown. In Eastern Samar, where it made its first landfall on Thursday, the storm caused “unimaginable” damage to infrastructure, Governor Ben Evardone said on Friday. Among the damaged facilities were schools that have been converted into COVID-19 quarantine centres.

    Several major roads were blocked by floodwater and debris. In a radio interview, Evardone said that many areas in the province were left without power and communication lines were down. “As of now, the storm has subsided but electricity and communications lines are down in some of the towns. Even the radio facility of the province was destroyed,” he said. He added that the situation in evacuation centres was a nightmare for maintaining physical distancing to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19. The volatile situation has been further aggravated by a dengue outbreak in the province. [more]

    Saturday, 16 May 2020
    Paul Cottrell and Judy Mikovits in discussion [~ 170 min.]

    BBN: Extinctions Galore [14.3 min.]

    Grand Solar Minimum: The Sun Has Entered Its ‘Lockdown’ Period Which Could Cause Freezing Weather, Famine, Increased Earthquakes and Catastrophic Volcanic Eruptions

    The sun is currently in a period of “solar minimum,” meaning activity on its surface has fallen dramatically.

    Experts believe we are about to enter the deepest period of sunshine “recession” ever recorded as sunspots have virtually disappeared.

    So far this year, the sun has been “blank” with no sunspots 76 percent of the time, a rate surpassed only once before in the Space Age — last year, when it was 77 percent blank. [more] [we'll still be warming this year despite GSM]

    [2nd part below]

  2. Goodbye summerlike warmth? Soggy and cool conditions to return to eastern US

    After a tease of summerlike warmth, AccuWeather meteorologists say a soggy and cooler pattern will dominate the East Coast next week.

    After many locations across the mid-Atlantic and Northeast ended the first third of May with temperatures 3.5 to 5.5 degrees Fahrenheit lower than normal, conditions soared to summerlike levels across the Eastern Seaboard on Friday.

    Several locations, including Philadelphia, recorded their first 80-plus degree day of the year. Philadelphia's high of 85 on Friday marked the latest into the year the first 80-plus day had been recorded since 1997. Typically, the first 80-plus-degree day of the year occurs for the city in early April.

    "It will turn warmer during the start of the Memorial Day weekend as drier conditions return," Samuhel said. [more]

    Ozone layer: Concern grows over threat from replacement chemicals

    Substances used for air conditioning in almost all new cars are building up in the environment and may pose a threat to human health, researchers say.

    These "ozone friendly" chemicals have been introduced to replace products that were damaging the ozone layer.

    Now widely used across industry, these alternatives do not break down in the environment. [more; "there you go"]

    Phone location data shows millions of Americans have already started leaving home and traveling more in the past week

    The data, gathered by location analytics firm Cuebiq, shows that millions more Americans have started leaving home and traveling to different counties in recent weeks as states reopen.

    Meanwhile, people are moving less in eight states that remain shut down. [more; yep, tryin'-a get back to "normal"]

    [no wonder the jet stream is so far south!]
    April 2020 temperatures very high

    Temperatures in April 2020 were very high. The image below shows very high temperature anomalies over the Arctic. [more]

    'Keep it closed': Second wave of COVID-19 could wreak havoc if U.S. border opens, epidemiologist says

    Talks between Canada and the United States seem to be heading towards extending the suspension on non-essential travel between the neighbouring countries due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

    The shutdown is now expected to last through at least June 21, and as some U.S. states and Canadian provinces reboot their economies, it has left many wondering when it will be safe to cross the borders.

    A leading Canadian epidemiologist thinks the longer the wait, the better. [more]

    [3rd piece awaits]

  3. Gilead to end coronavirus drug trials, adding to access worry: researchers

    Preliminary results from a trial conducted by the U.S. National Institutes of Health showed that remdesivir cut hospital stays by 31% compared to a placebo. The NIH is now studying remdesivir alone compared to remdesivir in combination with Olumiant, an anti-inflammatory drug approved for rheumatoid arthritis and sold by Eli Lilly and Co. [more]

    Intense Bow Echo from Tornado Warned Storm Hits Corinth, New York

    A severe tornado warned thunderstorm hit the vicinity of Corinth, New York, on May 15, resulting in a powerful bow echo.

    Footage shows two storm chasers driving through the bow echo, an arched line of thunderstorms, as powerful galls and rain assault the vehicle. “Oh my God!” one of the chasers exclaims.

    Erik James Creighton, a storm chaser in the video, wrote to Storyful: “The event lasted about 2 minutes at most intense portion. I haven’t seen a gust front quite like that one before. Definitely my most intense yet.” [more; see video!]

    'This has to be some kind of mistake': Mother issues warning after son diagnosed with COVID-19-related 'mystery illness'

    “What is this mystery illness? ... How does a healthy kid, an athlete, end up in organ failure?” Lawson said. “It was shocking it could do this amount of damage in a matter of hours.” [more]

    Sorrento finds a coronavirus antibody that blocks viral infection 100% in preclinical lab experiments

    Therapeutics company Sorrento has made what it believes could be a breakthrough in potential treatment of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that leads to COVID-19. The company released details of its preclinical research on Friday, announcing that it has found an antibody that provides "100% inhibition of SARS-CoV-2 virus infection of healthy cells after four days incubation." The results are from a preclinical study that still has to undergo peer review. It was an in vitro laboratory study (meaning not in an actual human being), but it's still a promising development as the company continues to work on production of an antibody "cocktail" that could provide protection against SARS-CoV-2 even in case of mutations in the virus. [more]

    Where to Worry About Catching Covid-19, and Where Not To

    The two drivers of the spread of the disease are close contact and crowding in closed spaces, said Muge Cevik, a virologist at the University of St. Andrews in the U.K. It spread through homeless shelters and nursing and care homes, where people were crowded with many others. It spread through people’s households, and through meat packing plants.

    Cevik has been collecting and reviewing papers from around the world on disease transmission. “There are some trends emerging,” she says. “Spending time dining together, being in public transport,” might risk spreading the disease, but “going to a market briefly, for five minutes or a transient encounter while you walk or run past someone, those are low risks.”

    The data show that nine percent of infected people are responsible for 80% of the transmissions, she says. Why? For one thing, the disease is apparently very infectious but only for a short window, and perhaps only in some cases. Contact tracing studies show people are most infectious right around the onset of symptoms, as well as a couple of days before and after. If someone in that stage goes to a party, or church service, or to work in a meat packing plant or nursing home, many other people will probably get sick. [more]

  4. [some Saturday morning headlines from RF]
    News Links, May 16, 2020
    Rice Farmer

    Foxconn's first-quarter profit tumbles almost 90% on coronavirus fallout

    Coronavirus forces HSBC to cut global growth forecasts, again

    W.T.O. Chief Quits Suddenly, Adding to Global Turmoil

    China ready to put Apple, other U.S. companies in 'unreliable entity list': Global Times

    US Industrial Production Declines Most in 101 Years

    GDPNow Forecasts the US Economy Shrank by a Record 42%

    Germany Plunges Into Recession With Biggest Slump in Decade

    Russia: No Indication US Willing to Extend New START After Expiration

    China Rejects US Talk of Sanctioning Iran at UN

    US on track to pull troops from Afghanistan despite turmoil

    Sailors on sidelined carrier get virus for second time

    Another 1,000 Texas Oil & Gas Jobs Vanish

    The Great EROEI Scam: Are renewables a good idea?

    U.S. oil & gas rig count plunges to record low for second week: Baker Hughes

    India's farmers gather record wheat crop, but cannot move it

    Hunger could be more deadly than coronavirus in poorer countries

    Soaring Prices, Rotting Crops: Coronavirus Triggers Global Food Crisis

    Radiation From Cellphones, Wi-Fi Is Hurting the Birds and the Bees; 5G May Make It Worse

    The coronavirus pandemic is causing a mental health crisis, the UN warns

    Lawsuit: US plan for Indiana forest could taint water supply

    Modern sea-level rise linked to human activities, Rutgers research reaffirms
    New research by Rutgers scientists reaffirms that modern sea-level rise is linked to human activities and not to changes in Earth's orbit. [everything humans do has an effect]

    Global coronavirus death toll exceeds 300,000: Reuters tally
    [minuscule compared to 8 billion population]

    COVID patients given malaria drug didn't see significant improvements: studies
    Japan lifts emergencies for most regions; New Zealand ends lockdown

    You can catch coronavirus through your eyes. A virologist fears that's how he got it.

    New Documents From the Sham Prosecution of Gen. Michael Flynn Also Reveal Broad Corruption in the Russiagate Investigations

    How the COVID-19 Bailout Gave Wall Street a No-Lose Casino

    'The American friends': New court files expose Sheldon Adelson's security team in US spy operation against Julian Assange

    Globalization and Financialization Are Dead, and so Is Everything That Depended on Them

    Long-struggling JC Penney files for bankruptcy as coronavirus crushes hopes for a quick turnaround

    One in 4 restaurants won't re-open after pandemic, study says

    The big chains will be the last survivors without more stimulus relief, Jim Cramer warns

    Study finds 44% of U.S. unemployment applicants have been denied or are still waiting

    Here's What Collapsed, Spiked, or Hung On in 12 Charts of Retail Sales (Yes, Department Stores Were Already Toast)

    Lockdown-flouting speakeasies popping up throughout Manhattan

    Watch: Gaffes Pile Up During Bumbling Biden "Virtual Roundtable"
    The candidates are a senile neoliberal and a know-nothing narcissist. The choice is a sign of America in terminal decline. -- RF

    CDC reports 1,384,930 coronavirus cases, 83,947 deaths

    Sixth confirmed Amazon worker dies amid calls for the company to release data on coronavirus infections

    Social distancing in US drops significantly from height of COVID-19 pandemic, poll finds

    With over 200 possible cases, doctors warn reports of rare, coronavirus-linked child inflammatory illness likely to rise

    Texas sees 1,000 new coronavirus cases 5 days in a row

  5. [a nice story]
    People Power! How a Berks County woman used Facebook to rescue an egg farmer's 80,000 hens amid the coronavirus

    [spooky stories]
    Haunted house? These people feel they are in isolation with ghosts.

    Mr. Dunlap and Ms. Cohl, a 27-year-old writer and editor, used to find themselves in a routine late-night tug of war over the too-small comforter they shared. Several weeks ago, Mr. Dunlap woke late at night to the sensation of what he assumed was Ms. Cohl adjusting the blanket at his feet to spread it evenly across the bed. When the movement stopped and he didn't feel his girlfriend climb into bed beside him, he called out to her. She didn't answer.

    Then she came back in from the bathroom.

    "It was so weird, dude," Mr. Dunlap said. "It was so weird."
    [more; that would freak me out]

    Economic carnage: 100,000 businesses have permanently collapsed under the pandemic

    More than 100,000 small businesses have permanently shuttered within just two months as pandemic lockdowns devastated the nation's economy landing 36 million Americans out of work, according to a new survey this week.

    A team of researchers at the University of Illinois, Harvard University, Harvard Business School and University of Chicago discovered at least 2 percent of the nation's small businesses are now gone after conducting a representative survey of more than 5,800 enterprises between May 9-11. [more]

    Air travel won't return to pre-crisis levels until 2023, IATA chief warns

    "We are aiming at reopening and boosting the domestic market by end of the second quarter, and opening the regional or continental markets — such as Europe, North America or Asia-Pacific — by the third quarter, and intercontinental in the fall," he said.

    "So for summer we hope that you will see flights within Europe coming back, with I hope interesting prices and very safe processes of control." [more]

    Severe floods hit Santa Lucía, El Salvador [~ 80 sec. video]

    Extreme hailstorm slams Piornal, Spain on May 15 [~ 6 min. video]

    Heavy rainfall floods homes, streets in Louisiana and Texas - nearly 16 inches of rain recorded [many videos and pics]

    More rain is in the forecast. [more]

    [2nd part next]

  6. Rare wake lows, heat bursts observed during Oklahoma storms

    A wake low is a rare weather phenomenon that typically prompts the National Weather Service to issue high wind warnings
    Wake lows develop in the wake of a storm as pressure drops. As pressure drops the pressure gradient tightens and strengthens the winds.

    To break it down even further, after storms pass the air cools and sinks but the pressure closer to the earth's surface pushes the air molecules closer together causing them to heat up once again.

    That process is called adiabatic warming.

    The change in air pressure causes wind as the air moves from higher to lower pressure.

    When a wake low forms it can trigger high wind gusts as the drop in pressure creates a stronger pressure gradient.

    That was the cause of the strong winds in the Oklahoma City metro area.

    The second weather phenomenon that occurred in two separate locations was a heat burst.

    A heat burst is a downdraft of hot and dry air that typically occurs in the evening and overnight hours.

    In the tweet above you can see that the temperature went way up, the dewpoint went way down. and the wind speeds picked up.

    So we saw hot, dry air being pushed down causing some stronger winds which meet the criteria for a heat burst. [more]

    Kilauea volcano has growing lake that could lead to explosive eruption in Hawaii

    Currently, the water has an area larger than five football fields combined and is approximately 100 feet (30 meters) deep, according to NASA's Earth Observatory.

    The water has also changed color from the original chalky green to a rusty brown, due to chemical reactions happening in the water.

    As for how the water could affect a future eruption of the volcano, Swanson said it could contribute to an explosive eruption, since one of the main factors behind a big volcanic explosion is the amount of water and other gases that get caught up inside the magma. [more]

    [looks like something out of Close Encounters ..]
    Giant red sprites filmed above electric storm over Texas

    When Did Coronavirus Arrive in the U.S.? Here's a Review of the Evidence.

    The U.S. first identified cases among travelers who had flown in from Wuhan, China, in the middle of January. [more]

    Saudi Oil Rush Threatens to Disrupt Stabilizing U.S. Market

    An armada of tankers filled with Saudi Arabian crude steaming toward the U.S. threatens to prevent America’s oil glut from draining, which is only just beginning.

    Over 30 ships are set to arrive on the U.S. Gulf Coast and West Coast during May and June, according to ship tracking data compiled by Bloomberg. The more-than 50 million barrels of Saudi crude on the water threaten to upend a positive supply development: U.S. crude stockpiles declined for the first time since January and inventories at the Cushing, Oklahoma storage hub contracted by the most in months.

    The U.S. is facing a tsunami of Saudi oil -- the lingering effect of a price war between Riyadh and Russia back in March -- that led the Middle East nation to slash pricing of its grades to multi-year lows and flood the market. The wave of supply occurred even as the Covid-19 pandemic was beginning to rapidly weigh on petroleum demand. A fifth of global consumption is still seen disappearing this quarter alone.