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Snow blankets Spain's east coast, waves smash stores along Costa Blanca as storm shuts Alicante airport

At least a foot of snow covers a driveway, gate and trees in Biar, Alicante. It is several kilometres inland from the coast

At least a foot of snow covers a driveway, gate and trees in Biar, Alicante. It is several kilometres inland from the coast
Spain's Costa Blanca and Valencian coastline have been pummelled by a vicious storm this morning, shutting Alicante airport, flooding homes and blanketing areas with at least a foot of snow.

Flights to London, Newcastle, Bristol, Edinburgh and other major cities were cancelled as the airport shut for the day, forcing holidaymakers to either travel to a different airport or sit tight until the dangerous weather moved on.

Towering waves have been pictured slamming into the coastline while, in Denia, seawater was filmed gushing through the streets of the city.

Snow drifts have also built up inland as a seven-hour shower in Villena, Valencia, left the city's 35,000 inhabitants cut off after up to three inch piles of the white stuff blocked roads.

A red alert was issued for Storm Gloria yesterday, before it smashed into the region, warning it would bring heavy rain, snow, up to 75mph winds and waves that could reach eight feet in height.

It is expected to move towards the north-west of Spain tomorrow, with the bad weather unlikely to subside before Wednesday, the Spanish State Meteorological Agency (AEMET) said.

A 54-year-old Romanian woman died from hypothermia in Gandia, Valencia, following the vicious weather, local media reports. A 44-year-old man also died yesterday when he was run over by a van that lost control in snow-covered Santander, Asturias.


Snowflake Cold

January is in full swing in the eastern half of the United States, new storm set to slam West Coast

Winter storm
January is in full swing in the eastern half of the United States where temperatures and wind chills are below zero in the Northern Plains and New England.

The arctic air spills all the way into the Mid-South where the wind chill is in the teens in Atlanta and Memphis this morning.

By tonight into Tuesday morning, the coldest air moves into central Florida where wind chill alerts have been issued and there are wind chills in the 30's in Orlando.

After this cold blast in the East our attention turns to a new cross-country storm to move from West to East this week with snow, ice and rain.

Snowflake

Newfoundland 24-hr time lapse video of blizzard

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Only 30 seconds long, but what a story it tells.

Time lapse, 24 hrs, Snow. Blizzard St. John's, Nest Camera, Newfoundland. January 18, 2020

Thanks to Don Wikening for this video.


Comment: Another impressive time lapse film of the event:




Ice Cube

Giant hail, 'apocalyptic' dust storms batter bushfire-weary Australia

Child running towards a dust storm in Mullengudgery in New South Wales.
© Marcia Macmillan / AFP handout
This handout photo taken on January 17, 2020 and received on January 20 courtesy of Marcia Macmillan shows a child running towards a dust storm in Mullengudgery in New South Wales.
"Apocalyptic" dust storms swept across drought-stricken areas of Australia over the weekend, with thunder and giant hail battering the east coast, as extreme weather patterns collided in the bushfire-fatigued country.

The southern city of Melbourne was lashed by huge hailstones late Sunday and fire-ravaged parts of Victoria state overnight received heavy rainfall, prompting new extreme weather alerts.

Australia has since October been overwhelmed by an unprecedented bushfire season made worse by climate change.


Swathes of the country have burned, hundreds of millions of animals have died, more than 2,000 homes have been destroyed and at least 29 lives have been lost.

Dramatic images captured over the weekend from western New South Wales show a massive wall of dust rolling through outback towns. Locals reported being cast into darkness in the middle of the day.


Comment: Struth: Flash flooding hits Gold Coast, Brisbane as storms sweep Queensland, Australia


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Seven hikers missing in avalanche after heavy snowfall in Nepal

Nepal rescuers call off search for trekkers

Nepal rescuers call off search for trekkers
Special Nepalese army and government rescue personnel are searching for four South Korean trekkers and their three Nepali guides missing since since an avalanche swept across popular mountain trekking route .

The avalanche hit part of the Mount Annapurna trekking route on Friday after heavy snowfall earlier in the week. All other trekkers who were in the area have been safely rescued and flown to safer areas, Department of Tourism official Mira Acharya said.

South Korea's foreign ministry said the missing trekkers are two women in their 30s and 50s and two men in their 50s and are teachers who were staying in Nepal for volunteer work.


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Avalanche at Lake Tahoe ski resort kills one

At least one skier is dead and another is injured

At least one skier is dead and another injured
An avalanche in Northern California killed one skier and seriously injured another Friday, following heavy snow fall in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, authorities said.

The disaster unfolded at 10:16 a.m. at the Alpine Meadows Ski Resort's Subway ski run near Lake Tahoe, officials said.

"We have one confirmed fatality, and we have another victim with serious injuries," Placer County Sheriff's Sgt. Mike Powers said.

Following an hours-long search by deputies, skiers with the Tahoe Nordic Search & Rescue and dogs specially trained for avalanche searches, first responders ended their operation about 1 p.m.

"After a thorough search, SAR volunteers and avalanche dogs confirmed no further victims," the sheriff's department said.


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Snowmobiler dies after buried 6 feet by avalanche in Farmington Canyon, Utah

avalanche
An 18-year-old died after being caught and buried in an avalanche in Farmington Canyon on Saturday afternoon.

The male was with his father riding snowmobiles in the Farmington Lakes area when the avalanche was unintentionally triggered, according to sheriff's officials and the Utah Avalanche Center.

His father called 911, sheriff's officials said. Statement from his father can be found HERE.

The Davis County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue team found him buried in at least six feet of snow with an avalanche transceiver and probe and with his airbag deployed.

Because there is "no transition from the steep slope above to the flat area of the lake," snow and debris piled up "very deeply," according to the avalanche center's website.


Seismograph

Magnitude 6.2 earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands

south sandwich
Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 6.2

Local Time (conversion only below land) : Unknown

GMT/UTC Time : 2020-01-20 06:51:29

Depth (Hypocenter) : 94 km

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Nine killed, one missing after flash flood destroys bridge in Bengkulu, Indonesia

Flash floods caused a bridge to collapse in Kaur regency, Bengkulu Province, Indonesia, on 19 January 2020.
© BNPB
Flash floods caused a bridge to collapse in Kaur regency, Bengkulu Province, Indonesia, on 19 January 2020.
Nine people have been confirmed dead in seven villages across Kaur regency in Bengkulu after a suspension bridge in Bungin Tambun III village in the regency collapsed on Sunday afternoon on account of a flash flood hitting the area.

Apart from the casualties, the local search and rescue team also recorded that a local identified as Ipan was still unaccounted for.

"We launch a search and rescue mission today and tomorrow to look for the missing person. We'll look for him at the mouth of the river," Bengkulu Search and Rescue Agency head Abdul Malik told The Jakarta Post on Monday.


Clock

UK approaches highest atmospheric pressure reading since 1957


Numerous stations have recorded around 1050 mbar across southern England and Wales overnight, almost up to 1049 mbar in southeast Ireland. Atmospheric pressure continues rising across central Europe and the Balkans where 1047-1049 mbar has been reported this morning. Very high near record-breaking values also across Benelux!

Here are the night peak pressure readings:

Ireland:

Apparently, the highest surface pressure in Ireland peaked at 1048.7 mbar in Johnstown Castle in the extreme southeast part of the country. The highest atmospheric pressure ever recorded in Ireland is 1051.9 mbar in Valentia, Co. Kerry.

United Kingdom:

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