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Spring snowfall suprises residents of Magadan in Russia's east

What

What's this white stuff then?
Magadan was engulfed in the snow over the past 24 hours, leaving the Russian Far East city streets covered by a huge blanket. Metrologists predicted poor weather conditions, but no one expected the springtime snowfall.


Cloud Precipitation

2nd-wettest March on record caused flood crisis in New South Wales, Australia

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Extensive areas of flooding resulted from the torrential rain, killing one person and forcing thousands to evacuate their homes, dpa news agency reported.

Rainfall that resulted in last month's flood crisis across the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) was more than double the average, making it the second-wettest March on record, the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) said on Thursday.

Extensive areas of flooding resulted from the torrential rain, killing one person and forcing thousands to evacuate their homes, dpa news agency reported.

The disaster is estimated to have caused A$2 billion ($1.5 billion) in damage, according to the Australian Financial Review.

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Huge 6.6 magnitude earthquake strikes just off Kermadec Islands

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AN earthquake measuring 6.6 in magnitude has been recorded north-east of New Zealand, within the so-called Ring of Fire, the USGS has reported.

The tremor is the latest in a a series of 34 in the region in the last day, the USGS has said. It struck at a depth of 6.2 miles. There is currently no tsunami alert in force - but a series of quakes did trigger one earlier this month.

Seismic activity is commonplace in the region, located within the so-called Ring of Fire which stretches around the Pacific Basin.

On Monday, the American Geophysical Union tweeted: "An M8.1 #earthquake off the coast of #NewZealand triggered an estimated 300 #landslides on #RaoulIsland, the largest of the #Kermadec Islands.

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Attention

Taal Volcano, Philippines records more earthquakes, gas emissions

Taal Volcano (taken October 26, 2020).
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Taal Volcano (taken October 26, 2020).
TAAL Volcano registered more earthquakes and emitted more gas over the past 24 hours, signs of a looming eruption, the state-run Philippine Institute for Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said on Wednesday.

Based on the Taal Volcano Network (TVN), 212 quakes, including 168 tremors with durations one to 20 minutes, and 44 low frequency volcanic earthquakes were recorded.

Some 1, 229 tons of sulfur dioxide were emitted by the volcano in Batangas province in the past 24 hours, according to Phivolcs chief Renato Solidum.

Solidum said with the volcano under Alert Level 2, an increased unrest may lead to an eruption and advised "all concerned to remain vigilant".

"The fact that we have volcanic tremors and prolonged background tremor recorded, higher than normal sulfur dioxide emission rate of 923 tons per day, slow but steady inflation of the volcano still indicates magmatic activity at shallow depth beneath the volcano," he said.

Fire

Italy's Mount Etna spews lava lighting up night sky

Mount Etna eruption
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Mount Etna was seen spewing gigantic streams of red hot lava and plumes of smoke up in the night sky, Catania, Wednesday. The Sicilian peak which is 3,326 metres (around 10,912 feet) high, is considered to be one of the world's most active volcanoes.


Snowflake Cold

'Lucky' storm in late March blasts Vail resort in Colorado with cold temperatures and at least 8 inches of fresh snow

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Vail Mountain among ski areas to report country's highest snow totals

While Vail Mountain's decision to close a few lifts on Monday caught some by surprise, the preserved runs turned out to be welcome stash spots after Tuesday's snow event.

Vail reported 8 inches of fresh snow at 5 a.m., and snow continued to fall on the mountain's high-elevation runs throughout the morning.

Temperatures in the single digits greeted skiers when the lifts started turning at 8:30 a.m. and parts of the mountain remained in the 20s into the afternoon hours.

Vail, Breckenridge and Winter Park all reported 8 inches of snow at 5 a.m.; the three ski areas were tied for the highest totals reported of any in the country on Tuesday. Beaver Creek reported 7 inches.


Arrow Down

Man dies buried in snow following avalanche east of Williams Lake, British Columbia

Eureka Peak in north-central B.C.
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Eureka Peak in north-central B.C.
A 37-year-old man is dead after being buried in an avalanche in north-central B.C. this week.

Williams Lake RCMP explain it took place Monday afternoon (March 29) on Eureka Peak, west of Mt. Perseus and Wells Gray Provincial Park.

However, South Cariboo Search and Rescue (SCSAR) has yet to visit the site of the avalanche and recover the body as it's been deemed unsafe after a helicopter was unable to set down when called at 4 p.m. yesterday.

According to police, the man was with a snowmobiling group when the avalanche occurred.

Comment: One dead in Alaska avalanche - 36th such death for US this season


Galaxy

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Magnetic anomalies across the solar system

Space hurricane
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Scientists say they have confirmed the existence of space hurricanes after analysing a 1,000km-wide swirling mass of plasma spotted hundreds of kilometres above the North Pole.
Saturn's poles and equator glow brighter with changes and space hurricanes and Arctic lightning intensify. Rare EF4 tornadoes in Georgia, record cold thunderstorm tops and jet fuel freezing in engines as low as 25,000 ft all point to a changing atmosphere brought about by a stepdown in solar activity.


Comment: More signs that a dramatic shift is occurring in our atmosphere - and in those of other planets in our solar system:


Rose

Japan sees earliest cherry blossom since 1400s - and scientists say it's down to climate change

Cherry blossom in Japan reached peak bloom earlier than ever this year
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Cherry blossom in Japan reached peak bloom earlier than ever this year.
Climate change has led to the earliest cherry blossom season in Japan in 1,200 years, experts say.

The peak bloom arrived on 26 March in Kyoto, the earliest since 27 March 1409, while in Tokyo they reached full bloom on 22 March - the second-earliest date since 1953.

Traditionally, cherry blossom season starts in early to mid-April with residents in Kyoto holding "hanami" celebrations underneath trees to watch the flowers bloom.

The full bloom, or Sakura in Japanese, historically occurs on 17 April - but in more recent times, warmer and earlier springs have meant earlier blooms, according to climate change experts.

Comment: Plants blooming 20 days earlier over last 30 years
What we're seeing, at least in part, is a meandering jet stream causing extremes of weather; unseasonable warmth often followed by record cold.

This year is a good example: See also:



Galaxy

'Wormnado': Herd of hundreds of worms captured moving in spiral baffles scientists

Wormnado
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Wormnado in New Jersey.
Spring rains often bring scores of earthworms to the surface, where they writhe on top of soil and sidewalks. But recently, heavy rainfall in a town near New York City was followed by something a little more unusual: a wormnado.

A resident of Hoboken, New Jersey was out for a morning walk in a park near the Hudson River on March 25, when she spotted hundreds of worms spread along the walkway. The woman, who asked not to be identified, told Live Science that after her initial surprise she noticed something even more bizarre — a number of the worms had formed a cyclone-like shape, creating a spiral where the edge of the grass met the concrete.

The woman took photographs and sent them to Tiffanie Fisher, a member of the Hoboken City Council, who shared the images of the "tornado of worms" on Facebook. "Clearly worms come out after it rains but this is something I've never seen!" Fisher wrote in the post.

Comment: It was recently discovered that numerous marine creatures also exhibit an as yet unexplained circling motion when traveling: Enigmatic circling behavior observed in numerous marine animals

For more unusual vortex action in nature, see: