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Apocalyptic weather in Catania, Sicily, Italy

Weather catastrophe in Catania, Sicily, Italy on october 5, 2021.

In the afternoon of October, 5, a strong tornado followed by rain and hail struck the historic center of Catania, causing serious damage to homes and businesses.

Snowflake Cold

Siberia set for extreme winter deep freeze, Russian experts predict, as Europe faces energy shortages with cooler weather on way

A truck drives along the M54 'Yenisei' highway
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A truck drives along the M54 'Yenisei' highway during a snowfall in the Western Sayan mountains in Southern Siberia near an administrative border with Tuva region, Russia, October 6, 2015.
One of Russia's top forecasters has warned that extreme weather is predicted to hit the Northern Hemisphere later this year, sparking concerns that it could worsen a deepening energy crisis setting in across parts of Europe.

Harsh conditions are predicted to hit Russia in early January, with snow in Siberia estimated to reach levels twice as severe as the average. On Monday, the meteorological center Phobos also reported that "snowdrifts almost a quarter larger than the norm" could sweep across Moscow.

In recent weeks, much of Western Europe has seen a rapidly growing energy crisis, with some parts of the continent experiencing a 250% increase in the price of gas for the heating and fuelling industry. Petrol stations in the UK running dry faster than they can secure new deliveries have caused severe delays and fights breaking out at refill forecourts.

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Flash floods hit London Tube services and roads

flash floods london October 2021
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A firefighter carries a girl through a flooded street in Knightsbridge area of London, October 5, 2021
Flooding hit parts of London after heavy rain overnight, causing disruption on the roads and railways.

Shops and offices in Knightsbridge were hit by a deluge, leaving some unable to get to work as motorists tried to navigate waterlogged roads. Torrential downpours caused by a cold front sweeping eastwards have affected other parts of the UK, with part of the M23 in Sussex closed.

Tube lines and the London Overground have reopened after earlier closures.


Krísuvík volcano (Iceland): intense seismic activity, more than 1000 quakes

4.2 quake detected at 0.8 km SW of Keilir
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4.2 quake detected at 0.8 km SW of Keilir
More than 1000 quakes have been detected near Keilir mountain over the past 24 hours of which one have been located with a maximum magnitude of 4.2 on 2 October.

4 quakes during the past 24 hours were recorded with magnitudes of 3 or more located about 1.3 km SW of Keilir.

Earthquakes have been occurring on the Reykjanes peninsula and in the southwest corner.

Source: RUV volcano activity update 5 October 2021

Cloud Precipitation

Black sea coastal city Batumi in Georgia flooded again as a result of heavy rain

The streets of the Georgian seaside town of Batumi have flooded again due to heavy rainfall.

Footage from Adjara TV station shows traffic has been seriously affected due to torrential downpour, which has flooded the first floors of houses in Batumi damaging furniture and other household items.

Landslides have intensified in the Adjarian village of Tsablana in Khulo municipality where seven families have been evacuated temporarily.


Heavy rain affects over 16,000 people in northeast China

Rescuers evacuating residents in a flooded area after heavy
Rescuers evacuating residents in a flooded area after heavy Dazhou city, in China's northwestern Sichuan province.
More than 16,000 people in China's Liaoning province have been affected by heavy rainfall beginning Saturday, local media said.

Most areas of Liaoning were battered by moderate to heavy downpours, with some areas hit by extreme rainstorms and hail, Xinhua news agency reported citing the provincial flood control and drought relief headquarters said Monday.

The agency stated that a total of 16,583 people have been affected so far.

The province has relocated 4,513 people to safety. The affected area of crops has equalled 2,533.13 hectares of land, leading to a direct economic loss of about USD 26 million.

Source: ANI


Northern Hemisphere 'snow mass season' opens 250 gigatons above 1982-2012 average

This first observations for the FMI's "Total Snow Mass For The Northern Hemisphere" chart have just been plotted, and as occurred in previous years, the season has opened well-above the 30 year average.

The opening data-point for the 2021-22 season is approximately 250 Gigatons above the 1982-2012 average, proving once again that IPCC prophesies of decreasing snow cover were formed on flawed foundations:


Red 'un-circled' dot indicates opening of the season, at 250 Gts above the average [FMI].

Comment: Seen in addition: In these days of "Catastrophic Global Warming," the South Pole just suffered its coldest 'Winter' in recorded history


Fourth dead whale shark in 11 months found on beach in Odisha, India

The whale shark carcass found on Ramtara beach in Jagatsinghpur, Odisha.
© Ashis Senapati
The whale shark carcass found on Ramtara beach in Jagatsinghpur, Odisha.
The carcass of a 20-feet-long whale shark washed ashore October 4, 2021, on Ramatara beach under the Kujang forest range near Bhitarkanika forest division in Odisha's Jagatsinghpur district.

This was the fourth whale shark found dead along Odisha's coast in 11 months.

The carcass of a 12-feet-long whale shark had washed ashore December 31, 2020, near the mouth of the Baradia river, three kilometres off the coast of Balasore district.

Fishermen found the carcass of a whale shark March 5, 2021, at Chandipur beach in Balasore district. A 15-feet-long whale shark died after getting trapped in a fishing net in the waters off Paradip August 12, 2021.

Cloud Precipitation

Flash flooding hits Marseille, France - 2 months of rain in 2 hours

Parts of Marseille have suffered flash-flooding after it was reported that two months' worth of rainfall fell in the space of several hours, as seen in footage filmed on Monday in Boulevard Michelet.

Parts of eastern Marseille were most severely affected by the inundation, including the areas of Valmante, Les Olives, La Valentine and La Pomme.

The department of Bouches-du-Rhone has been placed on red alert due to the flooding, with officials stating that almost two months of rain have fallen in the space of two hours.

On Monday, Marseille Mayor Benoit Payan ordered residents to stay at home, amid concerns that further rainfall may intensify flooding.

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New European rainfall record: Italy's northwest sees over 900mm (3 FEET) of rain in 24 hours - 7 inches in 1 HOUR

Heavy rain has battered a northwest region of Italy bordering France and caused flooding and mudslides. No casualties were reported. The hardest hit city in Liguria on Monday was Savona on the coast.

Towns in the region's hilly interior also suffered flooding and landslides as some streams overflowed banks. A bridge collapsed in the town of Quiliano. And Italian news reports said the COVID-19 vaccine center in Campobasso was shut down as a precaution.

The port city of Genoa shut schools and ordered the closure of parks and cemeteries. Rain let up at midday. But more downpours were forecast for later Monday.

Comment: This weather event actually affected the whole country. After forming in the Mediterranean Sea off Italy's northwest, it proceeded to scour peninsular Italy from top to bottom:

From Floodlist on Oct 5:
Staggering amounts of rain fell in northern Italy on 04 October 2021, causing floods and landslides in Liguria and Piedmont Regions. Liguria's environment agency reported a record 181 mm of rainfall in just 1 hour and over 900 mm in 24 hours.

Severe weather was reported across northern and central areas of Italy on 04 October. Red Alerts (highest level) were issued for the regions of Liguria, Piedmont and Lombardy.

The worst of the flooding struck in Liguria Region and in particular the province and city of Savona. In a statement during the evening of 04 October, President of Liguria Giovanni Toti, said "At the moment almost all emergency situations are concentrated in the Savona area, in the Bormida valley and in the hinterland of Genoa in the Stura valley."

The president said the situation was critical and could worsen, especially given the extreme levels of rainfall. As much as 604 mm of rain fell in 12 hours in Rossiglione and 540 mm in 12 hours in Savona, Toti said.

The region's environment agency, Agenzia Regionale Protezione Ambiente Ligure (ARPAL) reported 1 hour rainfall totals of 145.2 mm in Cairo Montenotte, 178.2 mm in Urbe and 181 mm in Vicomorasso, which is a new national record. Furthermore figures from ARPAL show the station at Rossiglione recorded more than 900 mm of rain in 24 hours.

Over 900 mm of rain fell in Rossiglione, Liguria,
Over 900 mm of rain fell in Rossiglione, Liguria, Italy in 24 hours
Several rivers broke their banks in the region. The Erro flooded areas of Pontinvrea; the Bormida river overflowed in Cairo Montenotte; and the Letimbro caused flooding in the city of Savona.