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Three rescuers killed in helicopter crash as major flash-flooding hits southeastern France for second week in a row

Three rescuers died in a helicopter crash during an overnight mission near the southern French city of Marseille, the French Interior Ministry said Monday.

The crew had been on a reconnaissance and rescue flight in the Var region when their EC145 helicopter lost radio contact.

The helicopter and its three occupants were found at 1:30 a.m. local time (0030 UTC) near the town of Rove, the ministry said.

"An investigation will determine the exact circumstances of this tragedy," it added.

The country's Civil Defense said a pilot, an engineer and a firefighter were on board.

Snowflake Cold

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Highest CO2 concentrations on record and coldest in Europe in decades

record cold air in Russia
Global CO2 levels are the highest on record despite all of the measures and cuts through the last decades but remarkably we are still here and coastal cities continue to be inhabited. Some emergency. Bawwwwk. Europe freezes with Russia leading a full 10C+ drop in the last week from -40C to -52C, yes that is below zero. Otherworldly snowscapes pelt Romania and Austria.

Comment: FRIGID cold spreads across northeast Russia, down to -54 °C reported in Verhojansk!

Cloud Lightning

Family escapes truck engulfed in flames after it was struck by lightning near Ottawa, Kansas

lightning strike
The Gillihan family was on their way back home to Hutchinson on I-35 near Ottawa Friday night after visiting a dying family member in Overland Park when their truck was struck by lightning.

"They say you see the light before you die, and I thought we were all dead," said John Gillihan, who was driving the truck.

The lightning struck the truck, causing it to go airborne, then it slid to a stop on the side of the road. The five members of the Gillihan family inside of the truck got out just in time.


Shallow 6.0-magnitude quake hits 60km east of Amatignak Island, Alaska

An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.0 jolted 60 km east of Amatignak Island, Alaska at 0501 GMT on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 27.33 km, was initially determined to be at 51.3218 degrees north latitude and 178.2425 degrees west longitude.

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3 dead, hundreds displaced by floods and landslides after heavy rain in Sri Lanka - up to 9 inches in 24 hours

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At least 3 people have died after heavy rain triggered a landslide in the Central Province of Sri Lanka.

The landslide occurred in Walapane, about 17 km north east of the city of Nuwara Eliya, on 30 November, 2019. One person is thought to be missing.

Sri Lanka's Disaster Management Centre (DMC) says that stormy weather and heavy rain has been affecting wide areas of the country over the last few days.

Around 9 locations in the country recorded more than 100mm of rain in 24 hours to 01 December, 2019. Periya Pandivirichchan in Vavuniya district recorded 238mm and Yodha Wewa in Mannar District recorded 231 mm of rain during the same period. Further heavy rain of up to 150mm is likely, according to Sri Lanka's Department of Meteorology. Strong winds of up to 80 km/h are also possible.


Snowy howl: Blizzard strands 1,000 near Grand Canyon, delays Thanksgiving travelers - almost 2 feet of snow dumped

Grand Canyon and Tusayan were without power Friday following a snowstorm.

Grand Canyon and Tusayan were without power Friday following a snowstorm.
Some 1,000 people were stranded without heat or power in a small Arizona town near the Grand Canyon on Friday during a major winter storm that threatened to disrupt travel for millions as it moves east one day after the Thanksgiving holiday.

The Town Council of Tusayan, just south of Grand Canyon National Park, declared a state of emergency early on Friday morning, citing the power outage and nearly two feet (60 cm) of snow that has made roads impassable.

"We are working to arrange emergency shelter at the National Park, in buses, and at other locations," said Mayor Craig Sanderson said in a written statement.

Comment: According to the website Current Results (weather and science facts) the average total snowfall in November for Grand Canyon Village is 4.7 inches over 1.9 days - so this latest storm has produced roughly 5 times more snow than would normally be expected in the area for the entire month (and apparently in just a single day).

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Avalanche following heavy snowfall kills 3 shepherds in Pakistan

Three people were killed when they were hit by an avalanche in Phander valley of Ghizer district.

According to police, Mirza Nazir Shahbaz and Mirza Hassan, all residents of Dalomal Phander, were at Chishi Nullah to bring their yaks on Wednesday when the avalanche hit them.

The local volunteers and police personnel rushed to the area and retrieved the bodies. The deceased were shifted to Dalomal village to burial.

The intermittent snowfall has paralysed routine life in upper parts of Gilgit-Baltistan. The snowfall has disconnected Astore, Skardu, Ghizer and Shigar from other areas.

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Two Indian Army personnel killed in avalanche on Siachen glacier

Representative photo
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Representative photo
Two personnel of the Indian Army were killed in an avalanche in Siachen glacier in Ladakh early on Saturday, PTI reported. The avalanche hit an Army patrol unit at an altitude of about 5,500 metres in the southern part of the glacier, defence spokesperson Colonel Rajesh Kalia said.

An avalanche rescue team managed to locate and pull out all members of the patrol. Army helicopters were also pressed into service to evacuate the personnel, Kalia said.

On November 18, four Indian Army personnel and two civilians were killed in an avalanche in the northern part of the Siachen Glacier

Snowflake Cold

Winter storm blankets much of the U.S. in heavy snow

Wintry weather bedeviled Thanksgiving weekend travelers across the United States Saturday as a powerful and dangerous storm moved eastward, dumping heavy snow from parts of California to the northern Midwest and inundating other areas with rain.

One storm-related death was reported in South Dakota, and three children were missing in central Arizona after a vehicle was swept away while attempting to cross a runoff-swollen creek.

The National Weather Service said the storm was expected to drop 15-30 centimeters of snow from the northern Plains states into Minnesota, Wisconsin and Upper Michigan.

Blizzard conditions early Saturday were already buffeting the High Plains. The city of Duluth, Minnesota, issued a "no travel advisory" beginning at noon Saturday because of a major snow storm it termed "historic."

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Mont Blanc avalanche: Two skiers die in accident on Italian Alps

Although police have yet to release their identities, they have confirmed that both victims were Italian
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Although police have yet to release their identities, they have confirmed that both victims were Italian
Two people have died in an avalanche on Mont Blanc, according to reports.

The victims were thought to have been skiing off piste when the avalanche hit at an altitude of around 10,000 feet, according to Rai News24.

The bodies of the two skiers were recovered by mountain rescue teams after the avalanche struck on the Italian side of the Alps on Saturday.

A fellow skier witnessed the accident near the Pointe Helbronner peak and alerted authorities.

Rescue teams rushed to the scene in helicopters, but were unable to save them by the time they had arrived.