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Silver Star Mountain resort in British Columbia has already recorded 32.4 inches of snow for the coming season

SilverStar has accumulated 82.5 cm of snow as of Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2020.
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SilverStar has accumulated 82.5 cm of snow as of Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2020.
The resort has accumulated 82.5 cm of snow so far this year, one month before opening day

SilverStar Mountain Resort's winter season is still a month away, but the snow must not have gotten the memo.

The mountain has accumulated a base of 82.5 centimetres so far this year, media relations manager Chantelle Deacon said Tuesday, Oct. 27.

The resort's ski season is scheduled to begin on Dec. 4, with Nordic trails to open on Nov. 28. It's a later start to the winter season than usual, but the resort says the plan is to help skiers and snowboarders stay physically distanced with more lifts running on opening day.

Cloud Lightning

463 have died in natural disasters across Nepal since April

The landslide that hit Lidi village in Sindhupalchowk district.

The landslide that hit Lidi village in Sindhupalchowk district.
A total of 463 people have been killed and 101 others are missing due to floods, landslides, and lightning across the country since April this year.

According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Authority, landslides have claimed the lives of 295 people.

Similarly, 65 people have died due to lightning, 42 due to floods, 21 due to snake bites, 15 due to incessant rains, 13 due to fire, and 12 due to animal attacks.

According to Authority, 64 people are missing due to landslides and 37 due to floods.

During the period, 803 people were injured, and property worth over Rs 797.5 million was damaged.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning kills four-year-old girl on beach in Rio das Ostras, Brazil

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A four-year-old girl died this Wednesday afternoon after being hit by lightning, while walking with his grandmother and older sister, on a beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The Brazilian website G1 says that the child was still admitted to the hospital, but ended up not resisting the injuries.

"I was parking when the lightning struck and the car shook. People started saying that it had hit a boy, but he was fine. When I approached I saw that it had also hit a girl. I even tried to help with techniques I learned in my youth. Grandma also tried to revive her while praying and asking 'go back to grandmother'. The help came as quickly as possible ", said Julio Morenato, who watched the moment.

As confirmed by this witness to the publication, a man was also struck by the same lightning bolt in the leg.


Hardhat

World's largest hail record may be challenged by exceptionally large 8+ inches hailstones that hit Tripoli, Libya on Oct 27

Giant hailstones. Photos reported by Saad Aldeen Hmouda

Riesige Hagelkörner. Fotos von Saad Aldeen Hmouda
The capital of Libya, Tripoli has been hit by an unprecedented severe supercell storm on Tuesday, Oct 27th, 2020. The storm produced exceptionally large, *giant* hail, possibly more than 8 inches (20 cm) in diameter. The first reports indicate that hailstones could be one of the largest ever recorded on Earth!

Such hail size would definitely fit into the world's Top 3 giant hailstone events reported globally. Besides the Vivian (south Dakota) hailstorm from 2010 and the so-called 'gargantuan' hailstorm in Argentina in 2018.


Attention

Mt. Sinabung in Indonesia erupts again, spews 2,000-meter-high volcanic ash clouds

Photo taken on Oct. 29, 2020 shows Mount Sinabung spewing volcanic materials at Tiga Pancur village in Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia.
© Xinhua/Anto Sembiring
Photo taken on Oct. 29, 2020 shows Mount Sinabung spewing volcanic materials at Tiga Pancur village in Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia.
Mount Sinabung in Karo, North Sumatra, erupted again on Thursday morning, this time shooting hot volcanic ash 2,000 meters into the air while spewing a 1,500-m-high ash column that affected a number of areas in the regency.

The eruption occurred at around 7:52 a.m. local time and followed an eruption on Sunday in which the volcano ejected hot ash clouds but not an ash column.

"This is the first time this month that the volcano erupted hot clouds together with volcanic ash," Mt. Sinabung observation team member Armen Saputra told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.


Cloud Precipitation

Historic hurricane and ice storm warnings simultaneously in effect across the southern US

Hurricane Zeta
A catastrophic ice storm with destructive freezing rain is now underway across northwestern Texas and west-central Oklahoma. While at the same time, Tropical Storm Zeta is emerging back to the Gulf of Mexico after a damaging landfall as a hurricane in the Yucatan peninsula, Mexico last night. It will re-strengthen into a hurricane and head for the Gulf Coast on Wednesday.

Hurricane Zeta

Hurricane Zeta, the 6th Greek alphabet named storm of Atlantic hurricane season 2020, has made landfall near the city of Consumel, Mexico last night, Oct 26th late evening. The landfall was of a Category 1 strength.

Now, Zeta is soon emerging into the Gulf of Mexico and will re-strengthen into a hurricane and head towards another dangerous landfall at the central Gulf Coast tomorrow.

The same hurricane Delta did two weeks ago. Delta crossed the northern tip of the Yucatan peninsula and made its second landfall in Louisiana a few days later.
Hurricane Warning

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for the coastal areas of southern Louisiana, Mississippi, and Louisiana.

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Attention

Ukrainian tourist, Egyptian guide lose limbs in rare shark attack

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A young Ukrainian tourist lost an arm and an Egyptian tour guide a leg in a rare shark attack over the weekend off Egypt's Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Sheikh, officials said Tuesday.

The attack took place Sunday when two tourists — a mother and her son —and their tour guide were snorkeling in Ras Mohammed national park, the Environment Ministry said in a statement.

The injured were taken to a nearby hospital and an initial investigation showed that the attack involved a 2-meter (6-foot) long Oceanic Whitetip shark, the ministry said.

The ministry did not release details of the injuries, but a statement by Ukraine's State Agency for the Development of Tourism said Monday the 12-year-old boy was in intensive care, and that surgery had failed to save his arm.

Cloud Precipitation

Tennis ball-sized hail and flash floods as storms lash Queensland, Australia with a months' worth of rain in an hour

Members of the Swift Water Rescue team from the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services were seen searching flooded cars on Longlands Street at Woolloongabba in Brisbane on Tuesday afternoon

Members of the Swift Water Rescue team from the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services were seen searching flooded cars on Longlands Street at Woolloongabba in Brisbane on Tuesday afternoon
Dangerous storms have lashed southeast Queensland, as a month's rain and tennis ball-sized hailstones were dumped from the Darling Downs to the Sunshine Coast.

Beachmere, near Caboolture, recorded 80mm of rain in an hour on Tuesday, while 70mm bucketed down on The Upper Lockyer, west of Brisbane, the Bureau of Meteorology reported.

"That's a month's rain in the space of an hour," meteorologist Felim Hanniffy told AAP.

"In some areas of northern Brisbane 50mm fell in 30 minutes."


Umbrella

Storm Molave, mightiest in 20 years, slams central Vietnam - 35 dead, 59 missing (UPDATE)

A welcome gate on Le Loi Street in Quang Ngai Province is fallen following strong winds due to Storm Molave, October 28, 2020.
© VnExpress/Phuoc Tuan
A welcome gate on Le Loi Street in Quang Ngai Province is fallen following strong winds due to Storm Molave, October 28, 2020.
Molave, the most powerful storm to hit Vietnam in the last 20 years, made landfall over Quang Nam and Quang Ngai Provinces in the central region at 11 a.m. Wednesday.

The area between Thua Thien-Hue and Phu Yen provinces, which are 530 kilometers apart, is home to many popular tourists destinations, and they have been hit by winds of up to 135 kph. Rainfall over the region has been recorded at up to 250 mm since Tuesday evening.

Gia Lai in the Central Highlands, 250 km away, is also being battered by heavy rains and strong winds.


Comment: Update: An associated report carried by the Daily Sabah on 29 October states:
35 dead, 59 missing after typhoon, landslides bring destruction to Vietnam

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Typhoon Molave set off landslides that killed at least 19 people and left 45 missing in central Vietnam, where ferocious wind and rain blew away roofs and knocked out power in a region of 1.7 million residents, state media said Thursday.

The casualties from the landslides bring the over-all death toll from the storm to at least 35, including 12 fishermen whose boats sank Wednesday as the typhoon approached with winds of up to 150 kilometers (93 miles) per hour.


Vietnamese officials say it's the worst typhoon to hit the country in 20 years. At least 59 people remain missing in the landslides and at sea. The toll may rise with many regions still unable to report details of the devastation amid the stormy weather.

Rescuers dug up eight bodies Thursday morning in Tra Van village in south central Quang Nam province where a hillside collapsed on houses.

The victims had taken shelter in the community as the typhoon approached, the official Vietnam News Agency reported. In Tra Leng village, about 45 kilometers (28 miles) from Tra Van, another landslide buried a community with several houses occupied by about 45 people.

Four managed to escape. Rescuers have recovered eight bodies and were scrambling to save 37 others, Vietnam News said. Tra Leng remains inaccessible due to damaged roads and other landslides and government disaster-response teams were using bulldozers and excavators to open up a road to bring in more rescuers and heavy equipment.


Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung traveled to the site where soldiers were clearing up a landslide with bulldozers and ordered officers to urgently bring in troops to the landslide-hit village.

"We must reach the landslide site the fastest way. First, send in more soldiers before we can get the big machine there. We have to reach the area by all means, including by using helicopters," he said.

As troops scrambled to rescue those buried alive in Tra Leng, another part of a rain-soaked mountainside cascaded down in a torrent of mud in nearby Phuoc Loc district Thursday morning, trapping 11 people.

Three bodies were pulled out immediately by villagers, Vietnam News said. Other locals in Phuoc Loc were advised to flee to safety given the unstable mountain slope. The three landslide areas lie in the mountains of the hard-hit province of Quang Nam in a coastal region still recovering from floods that killed 136 people and destroyed hundreds of houses earlier this month.

Four people were killed by falling trees and collapsed houses in Quang Nam and Gia Lai provinces when the typhoon slammed into the coast Wednesday. Navy search and rescue boats found the bodies of 12 of 26 fishermen whose boats sank Wednesday off Binh Dinh province, state media said.

The typhoon blew off roofs of about 56,000 houses and caused a massive blackout in Quang Ngai province, where 1.7 million people endured the typhoon onslaught overnight in darkness, according to Vietnam News. At least 40,000 people were evacuated to emergency shelters and authorities shut down offices, factories and schools to prevent casualties.

The typhoon left at least 16 people dead in the Philippines before blowing across the South China Sea toward Vietnam.



Sun

US corn crops are becoming increasingly sensitive to drought

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Like a baseball slugger whose home run totals rise despite missing more curveballs each season, the U.S. Corn Belt's prodigious output conceals a growing vulnerability. A new Stanford study reveals that while yields have increased overall — likely due to new technologies and management approaches — the staple crop has become significantly more sensitive to drought conditions. The research, published Oct. 26 in Nature Food, uses a novel approach based on wide differences in the moisture-holding capabilities among soils. The analysis could help lay the groundwork for speeding development of approaches to increase agricultural resilience to climate change.

"The good news is that new technologies are really helping to raise yields, in all types of weather conditions," said study lead author David Lobell, the Gloria and Richard Kushel Director of the Center on Food Security and the Environment. "The bad news is that these technologies, which include some specifically designed to withstand drought, are so helpful in good conditions that the cost of bad conditions are rising. So there's no sign yet that they will help reduce the cost of climate change."


Comment: Yield is one thing, quality of product is another. YouTuber Ice Age farmer has reported that numerous farmers are also documenting increasingly poor quality yields that are only good for animal fodder, meaning less product available for consumers. Also bear in mind that what an animal eats will impact the nutritional quality of its meat and, in turn, will lead to a deterioration in the health of the consumer.


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