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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.


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

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.
© Tim Rhode
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


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

Space hurricane
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:


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:


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

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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:


Blowing snow, howling winds create hazardous travel in Newfoundland

Atlantic Canada walloped by destructive 100+ km/h winds, snow

Atlantic Canada walloped by destructive 100+ km/h winds, snow
It's been a stormy few days in Atlantic Canada with nearly two back-to-back potent spring storms bringing a swath of heavy snow, rain, ice pellets, and powerful wind gusts. This has led to difficult travel. The most recent one left an impactful mark on the region Monday, with damaging winds felt particularly in Newfoundland.

The intense wind gusts and snow will linger into Tuesday, but will be far less potent than on Monday. As the system departs, just some sea-effect snow will continue into Tuesday afternoon for parts of the island. Beyond, Newfoundland and the Maritimes catch a breather mid-week before the next storm rolls in. More on the timing and impact, below.


Winds gusting to 100km/h and lots of snow: Winter strikes back in Saskatchewan

The winter storm pushed into western Saskatchewan early Monday morning and by noon, had reached central regions of the province.
© Brenden Purdy / Global News
The winter storm pushed into western Saskatchewan early Monday morning and by noon, had reached central regions of the province.
Well over a week into spring, conditions in Saskatchewan took a decidedly wintery turn Monday.

A low-pressure system moving in from Alberta brought snow and high winds as it tracked across the province.

Meteorologist Terri Lang of Environment and Climate Change Canada said temperatures that rose well into the mid-teens Sunday helped fuel Monday's storm.

"It's the clash of the really warm air and still that cold air to the north that can form these really potent systems," Lang said.

The storm hit the western portion of the province early Monday morning and was expected to deposit as much as 10 to 15 centimetres of snow in areas around Saskatoon throughout the afternoon and evening.


March ends like snowy lion ...in Hawaii!

Snow and ice often caps the higher summits of Hawaii, like this view of Mauna Kea, where more snow and ice is expected today on Hawaii’s Big Island.
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Snow and ice often caps the higher summits of Hawaii, like this view of Mauna Kea, where more snow and ice is expected today on Hawaii’s Big Island.
With days moving deeper into spring, Old Man Winter is taking his time depart the island of Hawaii with another round of snow and ice falling there. With accumulating snow and ice, the National Weather Service in Honolulu on the island of Oahu is extending a Winter Weather Advisory for Big Island summits of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa at/above the 12,000 foot level.

According to the National Weather Service, an upper level trough over the Hawaiian Islands will produce layered middle and upper level clouds over the highest summits of the Big Island through the afternoon. These clouds will produce periods of snow, freezing drizzle, and freezing fog; additional snowfall of 1-2″ is expected this afternoon. Winds will also be stiff: winds could gust up to 60 mph, making travel on icy roads even more hazardous.