Weekly Recap (March 28-April 2): ​​The Week’s Best Weather, Science, Space, Environment & Coronavirus Stories | The Weather Channel – Articles from The Weather Channel

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Here are the top stories of the week.

Indian weather

March 2022 was the hottest March in India on record: IMD

March 2022 was the hottest March in India’s 122-year recorded history – since records began in 1901! Due to higher than average mercury levels and consecutive heat waves in most parts of the country, last month’s average high rose to 33.1°C, surpassing the previous all-time high of March 2010 of 33.09°C. More details here.

Forecast April 2022: North, West-Central India will endure hotter days; Above average rainfall likely over southern states

For most Indians, the month of April marks the start of summer vacation. But along with the fun factor, these holidays also bring scorching summer heat. In fact, a similar situation seems to be on the horizon for India this month, according to the latest one-month forecast released by IMD. Read the predictions here.

Russia-Ukraine War

Environmental Impacts of War: Ukraine’s radioactive trees, ammonia-laden air, starving animals, and more

The conflict between Russia and Ukraine has plunged the region into a severe global humanitarian crisis. From the threat of radiation and hazardous chemicals to the depletion of natural resources, Ukraine’s precious ecosystems face it all. Click here for some of the latest news on how the conflict is taking a toll on the region and the world at large here.


Illustration of a Spinosaurus hunting its prey underwater.  (Davide Bonadonna / Fabbri, M., et al.)

Illustration of a Spinosaurus hunting its prey underwater.

(Davide Bonadonna / Fabbri, M., et al.)

Dense, heavy bones helped Spinosaurus – the monster from Jurassic Park III – in underwater hunting and examining finds

While Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park III showed the main antagonist monster to be a skilled swimmer and predator, the reptilian character was largely based on hypotheses drafted by paleontologists around the world. Now a new study has shown that this dinosaur, dubbed Spinosaurus, was able to hunt underwater thanks to its dense bones. Full story here.

photo stories

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards are releasing some previously unreleased photos to launch the 2022 edition of the competition

To celebrate the start of this year’s edition of the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards – a competition that focuses on the lighter side of life while promoting wildlife conservation – its organizers have released some hilarious, previously unseen images from the 2021 competition! Look at her here.

Delhi residents in Ghazipur gasp as toxic fumes from landfill fire engulf region (PHOTOS)

On Monday, March 28, 2022, a fire broke out at the Ghazipur landfill site in East Delhi and the vicious fumes from the inferno eventually blanketed the area. To learn more about the incident and view photos of the burning landfill, click here.


A hypergiant star.  (NASA, ESA and R Humphreys (University of Minnesota) and J Olmsted (STScI))

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(NASA, ESA and R Humphreys (University of Minnesota) and J Olmsted (STScI))

Meet Earendel: Hubble telescope discovers most distant star ever seen, 12.9 billion light-years away!

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has successfully discovered the most distant single star ever seen! This celestial object, which existed within the first billion years of the universe’s estimated birth, is so distant that it took its light 12.9 billion years to reach Earth! read all about it here.

Watch the Skies: From Meteor Showers to Planetary Conjunctions – The Best Sky Events of April 2022

If you can take the scorching temperatures, April’s summer days have a positive side, especially if you’re a stargazer: stunning, clear skies. They offer an impeccable opportunity to appreciate the beauty of our cosmic neighborhood, and this April has some big astronomical events in store – from meteor showers to planetary conjunctions. Check out the full list here.

Pee to Fuel: System for converting sewage into space fuel on Mars offers hope for decarbonizing the Earth’s atmosphere

On the unforgiving terrain of Mars, where risk abounds and basic resources like water are scarce, every drop counts when it comes to survival. And it seems the European Space Agency (ESA) has taken this pretty literally, as they plan to use every last drop of astronaut waste and turn it into something valuable! Continue reading here.

Jeff Koons sends his sculptures to the moon; Designs will be the first “authorized” artworks on the lunar surface

To celebrate humanity’s achievements on and off our own planet, world-renowned sculptor Jeff Koons will be sending his sculptures to the moon later this year! In this way, they will be the first authorized works of art to be placed on the lunar surface. More details here.

Is Pluto alive? Scientists discover two giant ice volcanoes on the dwarf planet, suggesting recent activity inside

In recent years, planetary scientists have encountered some mysterious events around Pluto. Using detailed images from NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, astronomers have uncovered evidence of recently active giant ice volcanoes on the surface of the distant, isolated dwarf world, leading everyone to wonder if the dwarf planet is alive! Continue reading here.

Cosmic Milestone: Total Exoplanets Confirmed – Worlds Beyond Solar System – Break 5,000

In the early 1990s, astronomers discovered the very first exoplanet. Since then, the number has grown exponentially over the decades—from tens to hundreds to thousands. This month, in a significant milestone, NASA stamped at least 5,000 such confirmed planets outside of our solar system! Full story here.

climate change

South Shetland Islands in Antarctica.

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(Ethan Daniels/NOAA NMFS SWFSC Antarctic Marine Living Resources (AMLR) program)

Antarctica experiences unusual heatwaves as temperatures rise 30°C above normal in March; Here’s why!

Antarctica, one of the coldest places on earth, has experienced increasing abnormal summer warming in recent years. Just last month, some parts of the white continent reported insane heatwaves, with temperatures rocketing to 30C above normal. To understand how and why this happens, read here.

Sci-Simplified: Amazon is nearing a turning point, study confirms! Will the world’s largest rainforest collapse?

The Amazon, the world’s largest tropical rainforest, has been ravaged by immense destruction. The impacts are so detrimental that the rainforest has gradually lost its ability to revert to its natural state after shocks such as droughts and wildfires. And now a new study has predicted that the world’s largest rainforest could be near a tipping point. More on this here.


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