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SOTT Earth Changes Summary - October 2023: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs

Comment: UPDATE 14 Nov 2023

YouTube appears to have "terminated" the entire SOTT Media channel - which archives 10 years' worth of monthly Earth Changes Summary videos - after some jealous 'extreme weather upstart channels' claimed copyright on several seconds' worth of footage used in several 2023 Earth Changes Summary videos. Fair Use by an all-volunteer staff working for a non-profit organization apparently means nothing to ruthless corporate mercenaries who are only in it for the clicks and notoriety. Unless or until our channel is restored on YouTube, SOTT Summary videos will be posted on our Odysee channel.


In loving memory of our dear friend and Earth Changes expert, Pierre Lescaudron.
As we approach the midpoint of Solar Cycle 25, which has had the lowest solar activity in about 200 years, we are experiencing cooler-than-average temperatures and unseasonable snow across the globe.

The Old Farmer's Almanac predicts a harsh winter for the Northern Hemisphere, with above-normal snowfall in most snow-prone areas of the U.S., with storms, showers, and flurries continuing into early spring. America's first Arctic blast of the season broke hundreds of low-temperature records and resulted in the most extensive late October-early November snowpack in NOAA records.
Heavy snow blanketed the Rocky Mountains, the northern Plains, the Great Lakes and northern New England, resulting in 17.9% of the Lower 48 being covered by snow by the time the calendar flipped to November - a new record in books dating back to 2003.
But the northern hemisphere was not the only one experiencing unseasonable cold temperatures and snow, South Africa got blanketed by snow in Spring!

So far, the signs of a solar minimum-induced ice age are becoming clearer and more present, so prepare accordingly.

October has also been marked by unusually severe storms around the world. In just one week, we've seen eight different tropical cyclones make landfall around the globe, from Yemen to China, Vanuatu, Mexico, and the Leeward Islands.

Some of the most intense storms during this month:

Comment: Minor edit: Between mark 3.17 and 3.28 the heavy flooding shown took place in Scotland, for details see:

Scotland Flood: A month's rain fell in 24 hours, 'danger to life' warnings extended


Meter of early snow hits the Alps

It is looking good in the Alps after the heavy snow of the past few days.

In places 1m of snow fell with the freezing level down to 1,500m in some areas.

There is now a lull in proceedings with more snow forecast for Thursday.

It is looking good at altitude and the snow on the upper slopes will help to form a base for the approaching season.

Many resort are now moving the snow and packing it down.


East Africa - Heavy rains and floods take their toll in Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Burundi and Malawi

Floods negatively impacted IDP (internally displaced person) camps in Jowhar, capital city of Hirshabelle state, Somalia, November 2023.
Floods negatively impacted IDP (internally displaced person) camps in Jowhar, capital city of Hirshabelle state, Somalia, November 2023.
Heavy rainfall over recent weeks has caused widespread flooding in various countries of East Africa. Fatalities, displacements and material damages have all been reported in areas of Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Burundi and Malawi.

Floods in Somalia October to Early November 2023

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA) reports that since October, floods have affected more than 706,100 people in Somalia, mostly in South West, Hirshabelle, Jubaland and Galmudug states. At least 14 people have lost their lives.

As of 06 November 2023, more than 113,690 people have been temporarily displaced from their homes and up to 2,400 people are believed to be trapped by flood water in Luuq Godey, Minyara, Gumaro and surrounding villages, in Luuq district, Jubaland State. The authorities and partners are scrambling to evacuate the stranded families, UN OCHA said.

Cloud Precipitation

Floods sweep away vehicle in Taima, Saudi Arabia

Floods sweep away a vehicle in Taima of Saudi Arabia (05.11.2023).


Heavy rain causes floods in some parts of Malaysia

Fire and Rescue personnel conducting a survey at a flooded area in Kampung Bangi Tambahan in Selangor on Nov 5.
Fire and Rescue personnel conducting a survey at a flooded area in Kampung Bangi Tambahan in Selangor on Nov 5.
Heavy rain resulted in floods in some Malaysian states, with nearly 1,000 people moved to evacuation centres on Monday.

Deputy Prime Minister Zahid Hamidi said as at noon on Monday, six districts in Selangor, Perak and Pahang were affected by floods, with 881 victims from 237 families evacuated to 12 temporary flood relief centres.

No deaths have been recorded so far, said the National Disaster Management Agency.

Malaysia's weather agency also issued an adverse weather warning for three days until Wednesday.

It said that thunderstorms with heavy rains and strong winds are forecast to hit most areas in the western region of the peninsula, northern Sarawak and the western part of Sabah in the late afternoon until evening.

Snowflake Cold

Northeast China sees first major blizzard this season and forecasters warn of record snowfall

A snow removal vehicle cleans snow on a road in Changchun, northeast China's Jilin Province, Nov. 6, 2023.

A snow removal vehicle cleans snow on a road in Changchun, northeast China's Jilin Province, Nov. 6, 2023.
Heavy snow blanketed swaths of China's northeastern region, shutting schools and halting transportation in the first major snowstorm of the season.

Major highways in the northeastern city of Harbin, capital of Heilongjiang province, were closed and flights canceled, China's state broadcaster CCTV said. Elementary and middle schools also canceled classes for Monday.

The National Meteorological Center said Monday that snowfall is likely to "breakthrough the historical records" for the same period. Heavy snowstorms are expected to continue in parts of Inner Mongolia, Heilongjiang, Jilin and Liaoning provinces, with snow depth reaching 20 centimeters (7.9 inches) in some places.

Snowflake Cold

Eight women herders killed in Mongolia due to snow storms

Today (6 November), eight women herders have been killed in central Mongolia due to snow storms, the country's National Emergency Management Agency. Snow and blizzards have caused icy roads and poor road visibility during weekend.

Snow and blizzards swept the western provinces of Zavkhan and Uvs and central parts of the country including the national capital Ulaanbaatar, and provinces of Arkhangai, Uvurkhangai, Tuv and Bulgan, with wind speeds up to 20 meters per second.

The southern provinces of Dundgovi and Dornogovi, the eastern provinces of Khentii and Sukhbaatar, and the northern provinces of Khuvsgul and Darkhan-Uul also experienced strong winds and snow storms.

Volatile weather is expected to continue in the coming days across large parts of the country, the agency said, warning the public, especially nomadic herders and drivers, to take extra precautions against possible disasters.

The Asian country's climate is strongly continental with long, frigid winters and short, warm summers.


Bear attack feared after body of university student found on Hokkaido mountain in Japan

An attack by a brown bear is suspected after a body found on Mount Daisengen in the Hokkaido town of Fukushima on Nov. 2 was identified as a university student from the prefectural city of Hakodate.

Hokkaido Prefectural Police's Matsumae Police Station announced on Nov. 4 that DNA analysis confirmed the body is of Kanato Yanaike, 22, who had gone missing while on a mountain climbing trip. The cause of death was hemorrhagic shock. A brown bear carcass was found near the body, and the police are investigating on the assumption that he was attacked by the bear.

According to the police station, Yanaike had told an acquaintance that he was going mountain climbing on Oct. 29, and his car was found left at the starting point of a trail on the 1,072-meter-high mountain. The location where the body was discovered is close to the site where three other men were attacked by a brown bear on Oct. 31, leaving two of them injured. The men resisted the attack with a knife and chased the brown bear away. Authorities including Hokkaido police are investigating the latest case as a possible series of attacks by the same bear.

On Nov. 6 or later, the Hokkaido Research Organization will investigate the stomach contents recovered from the brown bear carcass

Comment: Japan sees unprecedented pace of increase in bear attack victims

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike kills 3, injures 6 footballers in Nigeria

Lightning has killed three Senior Secondary School (SS3) students playing football during rainfall in Awka, the Anambra State capital.

Six others sustained injuries and were rushed to the hospital for treatment.

It was gathered that the lightning struck the nine students who were playing football with their peers barefooted on the school's pitch.

An eyewitness said: "The students were practising on the football pitch with their coach preparatory to a football tournament.

"The coach had ended the training session before the rain started, but some of the students stayed behind to continue playing football.


Sperm whale stranded on sandbar of Christchurch, New Zealand beach dies overnight

The 15-meter sperm whale is being buried on a Christchurch beach.
© Project Jonah
The 15-meter sperm whale is being buried on a Christchurch beach.
Environmental organisations are working to bury a whale that died after becoming stranded on the sandbar of a Christchurch beach, despite major efforts to save it.

Environmental organisation Project Jonah said last night it was assisting in efforts to aid the sperm whale on South New Brighton Beach in Christchurch alongside Te Ngāi Tūāhuriri Rūnanga and the Department of Conservation (DoC).

In an update this morning, Project Jonah said the whale had died.

"Large whales like this one pose a huge [logistical] challenge for a refloat due to their size and weight, and often they have underlying health conditions, which is likely the reason for them stranding," the organisation posted online.