Rare out-of-season Tropical Cyclone “Gina” forms near Vanuatu

Rare out-of-season Tropical Cyclone “Gina” forms near Vanuatu

A rare out-of-season tropical cyclone formed near Vanuatu, South Pacific Ocean on May 18, 2022, and was named Gina. It is the 6th named storm of the 2021/22 South Pacific cyclone season. The season officially started on November 1, 2021, and ended on April 30, 2022.

Iraq hit by 8th large dust storm since mid-April

Iraq hit by 8th large dust storm since mid-April

A large dust storm swept over parts of Iraq on May 16, 2022, grounding flights at Baghdad Airport and closing some schools, businesses and government offices. This is the 8th strong dust storm to hit the country since mid-April.

Unseasonably heavy rain hits Queensland, Australia

Unseasonably heavy rain hits Queensland, Australia

Much of Queensland, Australia experienced unseasonably heavy rain and flooding this week, with parts of the state receiving between 3 to 4 months’ worth of rain in 48 to 72 hours.

Very rare tornado hits Assam, India

Very rare tornado hits Assam, India

A weak tornado hit the district of Barpeta, Assam, India on May 7, 2022, damaging 7 huts.
The tornado started from the banks of the Brahmaputra river, which flows close to Rowmari village, and remained restricted to a small area. While northern India is prone to tornadoes, this event was described by meteorologists as very rare.