Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone 01b (Amphan), located approximately 129 nm south-southwest of Calcutta, India, is tracking north-northeastward at 14 knots.

In the Atlantic Ocean: Post-Tropical Cyclone Arthur is located about 400 mi…645 km ene of Cape Hatteras North Carolina and about 380 mi…610 km nw of Bermuda with maximum sustained winds…60 mph…95 km/h. Present movement…e or 100 degrees at 15 mph…24 km/h.

NewsBytes:

Midwest, USA – Major to historic flooding is ongoing in parts of the Midwest from Illinois to Michigan where more than a half a foot of rain fell in the last several days. Spring rains have turned pavilions into shallow pools at Scidmore Park in Three Rivers. The water submerged the sidewalks and covered a foot bridge in the downtown park. The St. Joseph River was about a foot above flood stage in Three Rivers on Tuesday. In Chicago alone, 8.30 inches inches of rain has fallen so far this May, making it the wettest May on record in the city. Heavy rains over the last few days doused Michigan, prompting flood warnings along rivers across the state and forcing some residents to evacuate their homes and navigate waterlogged roads. At least two rivers in mid-Michigan — the Tittabawassee River in Midland and the Rifle River near Sterling — had reached their major flood stage Tuesday afternoon. Moderate flooding has been observed at a handful of other rivers in mid-Michigan as well as the west and southwest portions of the state, according to the National Weather Service.

Global Warming

Parts of Antarctica are turning green

Parts of the Antarctic Peninsula are changing colour as “green snow” caused by blooming algae is spreading with increases in global temperatures, researchers reported Wednesday.

Although often considered devoid of plant life, Antarctica is home to several types of algae, which grow on slushy snow and suck carbon dioxide from the air. They also found that the majority of algae blooms were within five kilometres of a penguin colony, as the birds’ excrement is an excellent fertiliser.

The polar regions are warming far faster than other parts of the planet and the team predicted that low-lying coastal areas of Antarctica would soon be free from algae as they experience snow-free summers. But that loss will probably be offset by a preponderance of large algae blooms as temperatures rise and snow at higher altitudes softens.

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Wildlife

A new deadly virus spreading among US rabbit population

Humans aren’t the only ones facing a pandemic — rabbits across the U.S. are currently battling a deadly disease outbreak of their own. The virus has spread to at least six states, threatening to completely wipe out the country’s wild rabbit population.

Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease virus type 2 (RHDV-2) spreads quickly and is highly lethal, with the latest outbreak originating in New Mexico. According to the wildlife officials, the virus is not a coronavirus, but rather a calicivirus, and does not affect humans or animals other than rabbits, hares and possibly pikas.

Rabbits may experience fever, swelling, internal bleeding, lack of appetite and liver failure, or they may suddenly die without exhibiting any symptoms, officials say.