Weekly Recap (May 30-June 3): Top Weather, Science, Space and Environmental Stories of the Week | The Weather Channel – Articles from The Weather Channel

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Damage caused by heavy rains in Delhi

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Here are the best stories of the week.

Time

IMD’s updated forecast calls for an even wetter monsoon in 2022; Seasonal precipitation will be 103% of the long-term average

According to IMD’s long-range forecast, the expected rainfall for this upcoming monsoon season is expected to be 103% of the long-range average (LPA). Most parts of the country are likely to receive normal to above normal rainfall, although parts of northeastern, eastern, central eastern and extreme southwestern parts of India may experience precipitation below normal. Read more.

Sci-Simplified: What’s the Deal With Assam’s Recurring Floods? Can we manage them?

For Assam, a wetter than normal pre-monsoon season resulted in multiple bouts of flooding across the state. However, heavy rainfall alone is not to blame, as the state’s location, geography, and the presence of the dreaded Brahmaputra River collectively make Assam incredibly prone to flooding. For a detailed analysis on the cause and management of floods in Assam, keep reading here.

“A scene from a nature documentary!” — Unexpected thunderstorms, stormy winds stun Delhi on May 30

This week started with heavy pre-monsoon showers and intense hailstorms hitting parts of Delhi. And while they offered respite from the scorching heat, the stormy conditions wreaked havoc in the nation’s capital – flooding roads, causing traffic jams, uprooting trees, smashing windows and air conditioners, and even affecting airline operations. . Whole story.

Char Dham Yatra: With 108 deaths seen in just 27 days this year, experts explain the cause of this spike in deaths

Kedarnath (Piyal B/BCCL Delhi)

Kedarnath

(Piyal B/BCCL Delhi)

Char Dham Yatra – the visit to four Hindu shrines based in Uttarakhand viz. Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath – is considered a symbol of salvation in Hinduism. But year after year, devotees of Char Dham have been known to succumb to harsh weather conditions during the pilgrimage. This year, however, the yatra has already killed 108 people in just 27 days! Experts explain the reason for this spike here.

Environment and Wildlife

Bees are the new fish! The curious California court ruling is sure to put a bee in your hood

In what may seem like the most bizarre news of the week, the California court in the United States has officially classified bumblebees as a type of fish.

“Although the term fish is colloquially and commonly understood to refer to aquatic species, the technical term employed by the Legislature in defining fish…is not so limited,” the decision reads. Thus, Crotch’s bumblebee, Franklin’s bumblebee, Suckley cuckoo’s bumblebee and western bumblebee were added to the state’s endangered species list and align with the court’s new fish definition. Lily

Special dinosaur

Death Dragon: Fossil of Deadly Flying Reptile That Dominated the Sky 86 Million Years Ago Discovered in Argentina

    The aptly named Thanatosdrakon "death dragon" The pterosaur was a flying reptile that lived alongside dinosaurs during the Cretaceous period.  (Leonardo D. Ortiz David/Cuyo National University)

The aptly named Thanatosdrakon “death dragon” pterosaur was a flying reptile that lived alongside dinosaurs during the Cretaceous period.

(Leonardo D. Ortiz David/Cuyo National University)

Discoveries of dinosaur fossils always seem intriguing, and this discovery is no different. Recently, an 86 million year old fossil of a deadly flying dinosaur was unearthed in Argentina. Researchers suspect it was among the first creatures on Earth to use wings to hunt prey and feed on birds. More details.

Climate change

Climate-change-induced droughts in Iraq lead to the re-emergence of a 3,400-year-old submerged city

Iraq is among the countries facing the most serious consequences of climate change, as its persistent drought situation has been exacerbated by the crisis. But earlier this year, climate catastrophe unearthed an unexpected surprise, as falling water levels in a body of water spat out a submerged 3,400-year-old city of Zakhiku! Know more.

Health

World No Tobacco Day: Movie stars continue to promote tobacco products through alternative advertising and on-screen smoking

Yash in KGF Chapter 2. (YouTube/Bollywood Tashan screenshot)

Yash in KGF Chapter 2.

(YouTube/Bollywood Tashan screenshot)

Despite sufficient awareness of the dangerous carcinogenic effects of tobacco, its use never seems to stop completely. But who is to blame? On World No Tobacco Day, we exposed the dark side of the movie industry and ad agencies that promote tobacco products under the guise of substitution advertising and on-screen smoking. More details.

Space

Look to the Sky: First Supermoon, Micromoon, Solstice, Meteor Shower and Other Must-See Astronomical Events of 2022 in June

Although the overcast weather throughout the month is likely to prevent you from “looking up at the sky”, the luck factor may be knocking at your door! It’s worth being on the lookout for a supermoon, micromoon, planetary conjunctions, meteor shower and more! Here is a detailed list of celestial events in June.

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