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Winter storm blankets Southern California mountain resorts with up to 3 feet of fresh snow

heavy snowfall shuts down major roads as

Heavy snowfall shuts down major roads
Though mountain resorts in Southern California received several feet of fresh snow Christmas Day into Thursday morning, some skiers and snowboarders hoping to take advantage are out of luck.

In Wrightwood, Mountain High Resort was doused with up to three feet of white powder, but was closed Thursday due to the severity of the winter storm. The resort was expected to reopen Friday.

Big Bear Mountain and Snow Valley Mountain resorts both saw a few inches fall and would be open.

Pine Mountain Club in southwestern Kern County also received nearly two feet of snow and more was expected to fall.


Cloud Lightning

Lightning bolt kills 2, injures 3 in Bogor, Indonesia

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Five people were struck by lightning in Jasinga, Bogor. On Thursday afternoon, December 26, they were sheltering from the rain in a sawmill when the lightning struck, killing two and injuring the other three.

Jasinga Police Precinct chief Adj. Comr. Lukito Sadoto said that the two people who died were RT (53) and JD (31).

"Both were residents of Kampung Karawang, Cikopomayak Village, Jasinga District," Lukito said on Thursday.

Sun

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Southern Hemisphere drought connection between Southern Africa and Australia

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Flames bear down on Harrington, some 335kms northeast of Sydney, 8 Nov 2019
With all the talk of droughts and fires sweeping the Southern Hemisphere I found a connection to solar activity and drought cycles, which are with wildfire cycles. The connections between Southern Africa and Australia look as if its solar driven the changes. I will let you decide. Do you think this information is on the right track?


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Camera

Unique halo, sundog combination illuminates a frosty sky in St. Louis, Missouri

A unique light formation appeared in the Northland sky on Tuesday combining two more common sights — a halo and a sundog.

A viewer took a picture of the formation at 10:30 a.m. at the intersection of 169 Highway and Tiffany Springs Parkway. In the photo, you can see what looks like a circle of light with rainbow colors marked on both the left and right sides with brighter light spots.
Halo and sundog in KC, MO
© Teresa and Mark Harvey
Halos can form both around the sun and the moon, according to the National Weather Service. Although they're usually just white, sometimes they can contain rainbow colors, like in the photo.

Sundogs, also known as mock suns or parhelia, which means "with the sun," are located at about 22 degrees either left, right, or both, from the sun. The colors usually go from red closest to the sun, out to blue on the outside of the sundog.

Attention

Video shows smoke and lava spewing from Mexico's Popocatepetl volcano in Christmas Day eruption

Nature's fireworks: Mexico's Popocatepetl volcano began spewing ash and glowing rock on Christmas morning

Nature's fireworks: Mexico's Popocatepetl volcano began spewing ash and glowing rock on Christmas morning
Mexican authorities have issued an alert after the Popocatepetl volcano began spewing ash and gasses on Christmas Day.

The 17,797-foot volcano is located just 45 miles southeast of the capital Mexico City.

The country's disaster prevention agency on Wednesday issued a level two 'yellow volcanic alert' stemming from more than two hours of tremors and gas emissions from Popocatepetl.


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National Weather Service confirms rare tornado hit Ventura Harbor area, California

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© Senerey de los Santos/KEYT
The National Weather Service confirms a rare tornado struck Ventura late Christmas night causing some minor damage to Ventura Harbor.

According to the National Weather Service's preliminary storm report, the short-lived tornado struck around 9 p.m. and originated near the Santa Clara River. It moved less than one mile across the harbor.

A NewsChannel 3 crew went to the harbor Thursday morning and found some tree damage. A boat rental business also suffered damage to one of its kiosks.

The NWS says there was also damage to clay roof tiles and several canopies attached to businesses in the harbor.

The tornado was about 25 to 30 feet wide, according to the NWS.

Meteorologist Jason Stiff says the tornado likely came from a different storm system than the one that prompted a Tornado Warning in the southeastern corner of Santa Barbara County Wednesday night.

Sun

'Three suns' phenomena appears in sky over Khorgas city in western China

Sun dog over Khorgas, China

Residents of a city in China have been stunned to see what looked like three suns hanging above the horizon.

The scene, spotted in the province of Xinjiang yesterday, is caused by a natural phenomenon known as a 'sun dog'.

Pictures and footage captured by eyewitnesses show two glowing spots, called 'phantom suns', appearing on the left and right side of the actual sun which was setting.

A sun dog happens when sunlight passes though ice crystals in a particular way when they are suspended in the air.

Doberman

Man dies after attack by pack of 10 dogs in Broken Bow, Oklahoma

canine attack
© Angela Antunes / CC by 2.0
"He really loved Christmas and being with his family, he loved to eat, he loved desert." said Tawsha Davenport.

"What a good man he was, I'd like to be half the man he was." said Aaron Davenport.

Cledith Davenport was a father, a husband, and grandfather. His family looked forward to spending Christmas with him.

Saturday November 14th, Davenport and his dog were killed outside their home in Broken Bow. They were mauled to death by a pack of eight to ten, blue-heeler mix dogs. Deputies with McCurtain county sheriffs say a mail carrier called for help after finding his body. Records say some parts of Davenport's body were eaten down to the bone. Autopsy results list the cause of death as being the direct fault of the pack of dogs.


Fire

Chile: 200 homes destroyed as wildfires tear through Valparaiso on Christmas Eve


Comment: Again!? Valparaiso has been hit by major wildfires for the fourth time in just 5 years...


Chile fires

Houses burn during a forest fire at the Rocuant hill in Valparaiso, Chile, on December 24, 2019.
At least 200 homes have been destroyed after forest fires swept through a residential area in the Chilean port city of Valparaiso on Christmas Eve.

Hundreds of firefighters struggled to control the fast-moving blaze, which continued into Christmas Day and was made worse by dry weather and strong winds. Military units and helicopters were deployed to help battle the flames and residents were evacuated to shelters. The government regional leader of Valparaiso Jorge Martinez Duran said in a news conference on Wednesday that it is believed the fires were started intentionally.

Chilean Interior Minister Gonzalo Blumel said in a post on Twitter that authorities were working to investigate and "there will be no impunity" for those found responsible. Images show dozens of houses completely destroyed by the flames and residents tried to salvage any belongings.

Comment: Jan 2017: Huge wildfire burns 100 homes in Valparaiso, Chile

Mar 2015: Thousands evacuated due to raging forest fire near Valparaiso, Chile

Apr 2014: Update: Final toll from devastating Valparaiso fire in Chile: 12 dead - 3,000 homes razed - 8,000 people homeless


Cloud Lightning

Loud bang, flash of light shocks Merseyside, England - UPDATE: Thunder and lightning caught on camera... in DECEMBER?!

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© KY3
Dozens of people are reporting a loud bang and flash that appeared to set off car alarms in the early hours of this morning.

Concern has been raised on social media, with questions being asked about the incident which seems to have been experienced by people right across Merseyside.

Debate is raging over whether the incident was weather-related - there was heavy rain and hail in parts of the region last night - but many are convinced it was not thunder and lightning.

In several areas it was reported that car alarms appeared to be set off in the immediate aftermath.

The bang and flash was heard and seen in Speke , Dovecot, Everton, St Helens and Runcorn - and even as far away as Wigan.


Comment: A video from a taxi driver's dash-cam captured the cause: a huge 'thunderbolt':


That is NOT normal for December in the UK!