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May 6, 2009
Images of spring
From a deadly heat wave in India to huge spring flower garden in Japan to a busy spring tornado season in the southern U.S., here's a look at spring weather around the world. (19 images)

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A fast-moving thundershower rolled over uptown Charlotte, N.C., on Saturday, May 2, producing lightning strikes and intense rain. Charlotte Observer / Gary O'Brien


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A cyclist and a car make their way during a windy dusty day near a village of Kuhty, 63 miles south of Minsk, May 1. There has been no rain in Belarus for the last month. AP / Sergei Grits



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Moss phlox flowers are seen in full bloom in Hitsujiyama Park on May 2, 2009 in Chichibu, Saitama, Japan. Over 400,000 pink, white and purple 'Moss Phlox' in approximately 16,500 square meters attract many local visitors during the holiday season named "Golden Week" in Japan. Getty Images / Junko Kimura



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Children play in a fountain on the South Bank during a spell of fine weather in London on May 2. Southern England is experiencing a spell of unseasonably warm weather. AFP / Getty Images / Ben Stansall



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A young girl navigates her way around Hampton Court maze in the spring sunshine on May 2, in London, England. The Hampton Court maze is one of the most famous hedge mazes in the world and was planted between 1689 and 1695 by George London and Henry Wise. Getty Images / Dan Kitwood



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Residents Brandon Lamaire, left, and his mother Annette Lamaire, talk about the damage to their home Monday May 4, after a tornado ripped through part of the rural community of Catahoula, La. Lafayette Daily Advertiser / Brad Kemp



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A Palestinian rides his camel in the haze next to Nebi Musa Mosque, not seen, near the West Bank town of Jericho, Monday, May 4. Desert wind blew sand in the air during a heat wave in parts of Israel and the Palestinian Authority Monday. AP / Dan Balilty



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A villager holding umbrella to protect himself from sun, walks over parched land on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar, India, Saturday, May 2. At least 18 people have died in a scorching heat wave that has swept through more than a dozen Indian states, the weather department and officials said Friday. AP / Biswaranjan Rout



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A young girl reacts as she plays in the surf at a beach in Mumbai, India, Saturday, May 2. AP / Gautam Singh



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Indian farmers unload cucumbers from a boat in River Ganges before selling in the market in Allahabad, India, Tuesday, May, 5. Cucumber, a summer vegetable of north India, is in high demand as the temperature rises. AP / Rajesh Kumar Singh



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A couple kisses on the flooded Piazza San Marco (St. Mark's Square) on April 27, in Venice. The "acqua alta" (high water), unusual for this season, stood at 130 centimeters the night before the waters are expected to recede. AFP / Getty Images / Giuseppe Cacace



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The shadow of a municipal worker washing a fence is seen on nearby pavement in Moscow on April 28. Moscow is undergoing spring cleaning in preparation for the May 9 Victory Day holiday which celebrates the end of WWII. AFP / Getty Images / Dmitry Kostyukov



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Tourists stand in the Blue Lagoon outside Reykjavik on April 26. The Blue Lagoon's blue and green waters come from natural hot water springs flowing through rocks of lava. The lagoon might have some health properties. AFP / Getty Images / Olivier Morin



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A scarecrow guards a field in Haarlemmermeer, Netherlands on May 4. AFP / Getty Images / Koen Suyk



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A young boy looks at a butterfly in the city botanical garden in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 28. The temperature in the Ukrainian capital rose to approximately 75 degrees. AP / Efrem Lukatsky



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A Jeep plows through high water on a roadway near Interstate 45 as large amounts of rainfall flooded streets stranding motorists Tuesday, April 28, in Spring, Texas. The Courier / Eric S. Swist



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Lieu Phan, left, and Josh Schumacher, beneath umbrella right, both of Keller, Texas, sit at their seats during a steady shower after the game between the Oakland Athletics and Texas Rangers was called due to inclement weather in Arlington, Texas, Wednesday, April 29. Phan said this would have been her first Major League Baseball game and just wanted to sit in their seats for awhile before leaving. The game will be made up as part of a double header on May 29. AP / Tony Gutierrez



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A great egret spreads its wings as it lands at Wildwood Lake Sanctuary in Harrisburg, Pa., Saturday, May 2. The bird is a warm weather resident of the area. AP / Carolyn Kaster



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Yosemite aficionados come during the spring thaw to enjoy the splendor of Bridalveil Fall. The spring thaw takes place throughout the 400-mile Sierra Nevada, but it is most striking in Yosemite Valley. Fresno Bee / John Walker



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