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Skier killed, others injured in avalanches near Blackcomb Glacier, British Columbia

One dead, two injured in avalanche

One dead, two injured in avalanche
A skier is dead and two others are injured after getting caught up in backcountry avalanches Friday afternoon.

Authorities initially said an avalanche struck around 3:20 p.m. in the Poop Chutes area, sweeping up at least four skiers, one of whom was not hurt.

Mounties later clarified that there were actually two avalanches. The one in the Poop Chutes area involved three skiers, while the other was on Spierhead Glacier and seriously injured one person.

Members of the Whistler RCMP detachment, Whistler Blackcomb ski patrol and Blackcomb Helicopters were dispatched to the area with avalanche technicians and search dogs to check for other victims.

Anyone who knows of a skier or snowboarder who was nearby and is "overdue" should contact Whistler RCMP, authorities said.


Girl, 1, dies after vicious dog attack at family home in Rivadavia, Argentina

Micaela Rufina Mendoza (left), 1, was mauled

Micaela Rufina Mendoza (left), 1, was mauled to death by her family's Argentinian Dogo (pictured right is a stock image).
A one-year-old girl has died after her throat was torn out by the family dog.

The fatal attack happened in the city of Rivadavia in the Argentine province of Mendoza last Friday.

The victim, identified as Micaela Rufina Mendoza, was only one year and seven months old when an Argentinian Dogo attacked her while she played on her home patio.

Micaela managed to get onto the patio due to "a momentary lapse of care" on the part of her grandparents and aunt who were in the kitchen at the time of the incident, local media reported.


Mount Sinabung eruption sends hot cloud, lava flying two kilometers in North Sumatra, Indonesia

Mount Sinabung

Mount Sinabung
Mount Sinabung in Karo District, North Sumatra Province, erupted again, spouting hot cloud and incandescent lava as far as two kilometers away.

The eruption occurred on the night of Friday (Feb 12), and the lava glided reportedly to the east and southeast of Mount Sinabung, Armen Putra, head of the Mount Sinabung Observation Post, stated here on Saturday.

The volcano also spewed hot cloud to a height of some one kilometer toward the east, southeast, and south of Mount Sinabung. Hot clouds of the eruption were recorded to have an amplitude of 120 mm, while the earthquake's duration was 159 seconds.

"The weather was cloudy, and weak to moderate wind was blowing to the east and southeast. The temperature was recorded at 17-23 degrees Celsius," he stated.

The emergency status of the 2,460-meter-high Mount Sinabung is declared at Level III (alert).


Series of stronger explosions, emissions to 18,000 ft at Raung volcano in East Java, Indonesia

Ash emissions produced by the explosion
Ash emissions produced by the explosion yesterday reached up to approx. 18,000 ft altitude
The explosive eruption of the volcano continues at elevated levels. A series of stronger explosions occurred during the past 2 days as emissions of steam and ash generated by the explosions reached up higher-than-usual altitude of approx. 18,000 ft (5,500 m) and extended to the E-SE.

Frequent steam glow continues to be active and visible from the summit crater at night. Glow suggests continued rise of fresh magma that could be rising inside the volcano's conduits.

The warning bulletin states that ballistic impacts of volcanic bombs could affect an area of about 2 km distance from the main crater.

Source: Pusat Vulkanologi dan Mitigasi Bencana Geologi volcano activity update 11 February 2021

Snowflake Cold

41 record lows set in Alberta, as Britain suffers -22.9C (-9.2F)

Extreme cold has been gripping our planet for the past few months, driving its average temperature down (UAH) and the NH snow mass up (FMI).


Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) says 15 new record lows were set in Alberta on Monday alone due to an "unseasonably cold" arctic ridge of high pressure.

These are in addition to the 26 new lows set over the weekend.

As reported by globalnews.ca, of the 15 communities with new record lows on Monday, the coldest was in Red Deer, which saw its thermometers sink to -43.9C (-47F) and bust the city's previous record of -40.6C (-41F), set back in 1936 (solar minimum of cycle 16).

Below is a full list of Monday's fallen low temperature records (courtesy of ECCC and globalnews.ca):

Ice Cube

The Northern Hemisphere's Big Freeze

Low temperatures records have been tumbling across the planet of late, particularly in the Northern Hemisphere — North America, Europe, and Asia have each logged thousands of new cold records this winter, and now the situation looks set to intensify even further...

Latest GFS runs show a hemisphere-wide hyperborean invasion starting now and running all of next week, with brutal Arctic air masses occupying the majority of the mid-latitudes by Monday, Feb. 15.

The below graphic is the forecast for Wednesday, Feb. 17:


Italian has to wade through FIVE-FEET high snow to leave his house

Marco Malcangi wanted to take advantage of the recent snow fall and do some powder skiing, but found he was snowed in and needed to wade through five-foot snow to leave his home

Marco Malcangi wanted to take advantage of the recent snow fall and do some powder skiing, but found he was snowed in and needed to wade through five-foot snow to leave his home
An Italian man had to wade through five-feet high snow just to leave his house after large parts of central and northern Europe were blanketed.

Marco Malcangi said he wanted to take advantage of the recent snow fall and do some powder skiing.

But the 22-year-old got more than he bargained for as he was greeted with snow that was five feet deep where he was staying in Valle d'Aosta, in the Italian alps.

In a video shared by the Italian, only his head and shoulders are visible as he wades through the snow towards the camera, with his home in the background.

Wearing a large red ski jacket, goggles, mittens and a winter hat with a GoPro mounted on top, he is seen using his ski poles to help fight through the snow.


Winter waterspout causes injuries, damage in western Turkey

16 people slightly injured due to waterspout in Izmir province

A number of people suffered injuries Thursday when a violent storm struck Izmir province in western Turkey, according to an official.

Yavuz Selim Kosger, the governor of Izmir province, said 16 people were slightly injured due to a waterspout in Cesme district.

Kosger said on social media that the Alacati neighborhood in Cesme as well as Urla district experienced strong rain, hail and a waterspout Thursday night.

The waterspout, which formed in the Alacati Port area, caused damage by overturning a crane and knocking over some vehicles.


Storm Darcy forces Bewick's swans heading for the Arctic tundra to 'reverse migrate' back to Slimbridge, UK

Bewick's swans return to the Arctic tundra in the early spring to mate, having flown to the UK to avoid a harsher winter
Bewick's swans return to the Arctic tundra in the early spring to mate, having flown to the UK to avoid a harsher winter
A flock of Bewick's swans which had begun their migration from the UK to the Arctic tundra have turned back due to Storm Darcy.

Twenty birds had set off from Slimbridge Wetland Centre last week but 12 reappeared at the site just four days later.

Eleven had previously left from the centre and one new Bewick's swan, which staff have now named Darcy, tagged along.

Each year, Bewick's swans fly 4,000km to the UK to escape the harsh Russian winter and journey back there in early spring to breed.

Cloud Precipitation

India lost crops on 18 million hectares to extreme floods from 2017-2019

© Arnab Pratim Dutta
Madhya Pradesh hardest-hit; figures show gross underestimation of crop losses due to floods

India has suffered a huge crop loss on 18.176 million hectares (mha) of land, roughly 8.5 per cent of the total gross cropped area due to floods from 2017-2019, according to data shared by the government in the Lok Sabha February 11, 2021.

Of this, 10.68 mha was affected in 2019 alone. In 2018 and 2017, 2.515 mha and 4.973 mha of cropped area was lost in India. The intensity of extreme floods has increased in the country, affecting newer areas that were not flood-prone earlier.

The flood-prone states of Assam, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh saw extreme floods. They were also witnessed in Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Odisha, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan due to 'excess' or 'large excess' rainfall in these states, combined with extremely heavy rainfall in a short span of time.