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Early heavy snowfall in parts of Anchorage, Alaska causes outages - up to 20 inches of snow (UPDATED)

A downed tree blocks a lane of traffic on Hennings Way in East Anchorage on September 24, 2021.
© Marc Lester/ADN
A downed tree blocks a lane of traffic on Hennings Way in East Anchorage on September 24, 2021.
Snow across the Anchorage area Friday forced school closures, made roads slippery and caused power outages.

By Friday morning, unofficial snow totals included 13 inches on the Upper Hillside and about 4 inches in Eagle River, while much of the west side of Anchorage saw next to nothing, said Alan Shriver a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Anchorage.

The snow was continuing on the east side Friday morning, Shriver said, and was expected to continue mixed with rain throughout the day before tapering off by 8 p.m.

Power outages across the city were caused by the heavy, wet snow falling early in the season while many trees still have leaves -- heavy branches had fallen on lines, said Julie Hasquet, spokeswoman for Chugach Electric Association. Crews were working to restore power Friday morning.

Comment: Update: On September 28 came this (extracted) report from FasterSkier.com:
An autumnal survey of who's got early snow is somewhere between a trope and a cliché in these pages. Consider, for example, "Early Season at Hatcher Pass: A Photo Essay," "Early-Season Snow: A Photo Roundup," or "Alaskans Revel in October Skiing at Hatcher Pass, Birch Hill" (with photos). You may sense a theme here.

But the earliest on-snow dates in these articles are October 6, October 14, and October 15. How would you like to read that same article, but set in - *record scratch* - September?

All of which is to say, it snowed in Anchorage over the weekend. A lot. Like, up 16 to 20 inches a lot. Like, knee-deep on Reese Hanneman a lot. As the local National Weather Service office explained, "moisture from [Cook Inlet and the] Gulf of Alaska was pushed against the Chugach Mountains in what is called upslope flow. The cooling of the air as it moves up the terrain, combined with a steady influx of moisture and upper level support, created the large spread in snow totals over the eastern side of town and into the Chugach Front Range."



Heavy snow leaves power outages across Interior Alaska

Heavy, wet snow knocked down power lines overnight across Interior Alaska, with 4,483 ratepayers affected and the numbers on the rise, Golden Valley Electric Association (GVEA) reported Sunday morning.

Trees leaning and falling on power lines caused power losses in neighborhoods across the region, the utility said.

By 8 a.m. Sunday, 4,483 customers had reported outages, with about 200 contacting the utility in the last hour, according to a GVEA dashboard. In addition, the utility warned greater Fairbanks residents to expect sporadic outages throughout the day.

"All available crews are working to restore power, but due to the number of outages and the conditions, please be prepared for lengthy delays. Crews will continue working until all power is restored," GVEA said.

Black Cat

Mumbai woman fights off leopard after attack at home, 6th incident in a month

A screen grab from the Aarey video that went viral
A screen grab from the Aarey video that went viral
A 55-year-old woman was Wednesday caught on camera fending off a leopard as it prowled into her backyard and sought to attack her at Aarey colony, in the Mumbai suburb of Goregaon. This is the sixth leopard attack in the area within a month.

The video of the attack in Visva Workers Colony at 7.45 pm has since gone viral. It shows the woman, identified as Nirmaladevi Rambadan, sitting in the backyard of her house, unaware that the big cat is watching her movements. While she managed to fight off the leopard with a walking stick, she was injured in the incident and has scratch marks on her chest, face, and back. She was rushed to a hospital.

This is the third leopard attack in the area within a week in Aarey, an urban forestland that borders Sanjay Gandhi National Park. A four-year-old and a three-year-old were earlier rescued by local residents from leopard attacks.


Surfer attacked by shark off Salmon Creek Beach, California

Authorities did not know what type of shark it was but said the beach would be closed for at least two days (stock image)

Authorities did not know what type of shark it was but said the beach would be closed for at least two days (stock image)
A surfer has been left in a critical condition after being attacked by a shark off a California beach.

The surfer, identified by friends as Eric, was bitten on his thigh while in the sea near Bodega Bay around 9am on Sunday.

The man, in his 30s, was with a group of surfers off Sonoma County's Salmon Creek Beach when the shark bit him on the thigh, according to the Bodega Bay Fire Protection District.

His fellow surfers helped get him to shore and bystanders applied first aid until emergency crews arrived and he was airlifted to hospital, KTVU-TV reported.


Bear kills pedestrian in Nepal

bear print
A bear which had attacked and killed a pedestrian in Guthichaur Rural Municipality-5 of Jumla district has been killed. The bear had attacked and killed Hima Lama of Guthichaur-3.

"The bear hid in a nearby bush after the attack," said Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Dan Bahadur Thapa. As the incident spreaded panic in the village, the authorities are trying to calm the people and normalize life in the area, according to DSP Thapa.

The bear had entered the villages of Kumdi and Phai. A team of security personnel had reached the spot as soon as they got the news that a bear had killed a person. The locals had demanded immediate control of the bear and killing it.


16-month-old girl fatally mauled by pit bull in Akron, Ohio

A 16-month-old girl died after she was mauled by at least one pit bull at an Akron residence Sunday morning.

Officers were called to the 300 block of Westmoreland Street shortly after 10:30 a.m. on a report that a child was attacked by a pit bull, according to an Akron police media release.

When they arrived, officers found the little girl critically injured.

She was rushed to Children's Hospital, where she died, the release said.


Strong mag. 6.2 earthquake - South Atlantic Ocean, South Sandwich Islands

Very strong magnitude 6.2 earthquake at 10 km depth

Date & time: Oct 4, 2021 03:54:07 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: Monday, Oct 4, 2021 1:54 am (GMT -2)
Magnitude: 6.2
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 60.54°S / 27.48°W↗ (South Atlantic Ocean, South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands)


Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Changes hidden in plain sight

ice ice
Largest electric jet ever sighted in Puerto Rico resembling canyon wall petroglyphs. Northern Hemisphere melt season comes to an end with Greenland and Arctic sea ice levels well above lows experienced in the early 2000's. Antarctic sea ice above average all S. Hemisphere winter. China's corn imports up 221%, early onset of record cols and snow N. Hemisphere.



Cyclone Shaheen hits Oman with ferocious winds, killing three

A car is partially submerged on a flooded street as Cyclone Shaheen makes landfall in Muscat Oman, October 3, 2021
© REUTERS/Sultan Al Hassani
A car is partially submerged on a flooded street as Cyclone Shaheen makes landfall in Muscat Oman, October 3, 2021
Tropical Cyclone Shaheen killed at least three people as it slammed Oman on Sunday with ferocious winds and heavy rain, flooding streets, prompting evacuations from coastal areas and delaying flights to and from the capital, Muscat.

As the cyclone approached, a child who had been swept away by water was found dead, the state news agency said, and another person was missing. Two Asian workers were killed when a hill collapsed on their housing area in an industrial zone, the state news agency reported.

When its eye crossed land, the cyclone was carrying winds of between 120 and 150 km per hour (75-93 mph), Omani authorities said. It was throwing up waves of up to 10 metres (32 feet).

Cloud Precipitation

500,000 evacuate floods in West Bengal, India - 11 dead - 400mm (15.7 inches) of rain in 24 hours

Buildings flooded in Howrah on Friday following the release of water by the DVC.
© Amit Kumar Karmakar
Buildings flooded in Howrah on Friday following the release of water by the DVC.
Disaster authorities report that more than 500,000 people have evacuated their homes after severe flooding in the state of West Bengal, eastern India.

According to a report of 02 October 2021 from India's National Emergency Response Centre (NERC), flooding has affected more than 2.6 million people across the districts of Purba Medinipur, South 24 Parganas, North 24 Parganas, Jhargram, Bankura, Purulia, Paschim Bardhaman, Purba Baddhaman, Hooghly, Howrah, Kolkata and Birbhum.

Many of those affected have evacuated their homes. NERC reported that at least 500,000 people displaced and 1,100 emergency relief camps have been set up. Local media reported 11 fatalities since 30 September including 3 in Hooghly and 5 in Bankura. Flooding has also caused extensive damage to crops, in particular rice.