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Giant waterspout spotted off Greek island of Kythera

The waterspout at Kythera, Greece.
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The waterspout at Kythera, Greece.
A waterspout formed off the coast of the island of Kythera on Monday. A waterspout is a cylindrical vortex that forms over water and connects to the clouds in the sky.

Waterspouts are typically known as 'sea-tornadoes.' These rotating winds appear to reach down to the sea and take it up as they spiral into the air, but in reality, the water inside the spout originates in the clouds above and snakes its way down to the sea.

Such weather events can be extremely dangerous, especially when they occur over dry land in the form of twisters and tornadoes. Human fatalities from these vortexes are typically between 300-400 each year, according to the World Meteorological Organization.

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Rocky Mountains experience 1st big snowfall early in the season - over 2 feet of snow reported

While Wisconsin struggles to get any hint of fall weather, parts of the Rocky Mountains have already received their first big snowfall of the season. Since Monday, Oct. 11 parts of Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming have received well over 2' of snow with isolated pockets at higher elevations receiving more.

Another system that arrives Wednesday, Oct. 13 lasting into the weekend of the 15th will drop easily over a foot of snow in some areas of Wyoming and Colorado.

Snowfall forecast from Wednesday, Oct. 13 through Friday, Oct. 15

Snowfall forecast from Wednesday, Oct. 13 through Friday, Oct. 15
Generally, higher elevations are the first to start seeing big snows in Fall but a sign of changing seasons is yet to arrive in the midwest. Enjoy this abnormally warm start to Fall while we have it. Start planning those ski trips soon!

Comment: For videos and images, view: Winter weather arrives early, foot or more of snow in high country of Colorado


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Summer and winter are clashing, delivering tornadic weather and feet of snow to US

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A clash between summer and winter across the central US is causing an autumn outbreak of snow where the air is colder and severe storms, along with tornadoes and flash flooding, where it's warmer.

There's a "big temperature contrast across the country as a battle of the seasons commences," said the Weather Prediction Center.

Cooler-than-average temperatures have infiltrated the West, while above-average temperatures are occupying the East.

Between the two competing air masses is where the extreme weather will battle.

Autumn severe weather is very similar to severe outbreaks we see in early spring -- as colder air clashes with oncoming warming, says CNN meteorologist Chad Myers.

"The shorter fall severe weather season occurs when the warm air of summer is pushed away by the incoming colder air of winter."

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Winter weather arrives early, foot or more of snow in high country of Colorado

Clouds lift from the West Needles on Tuesday morning to reveal the snow-covered San Juan Mountains north of Durango.
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Clouds lift from the West Needles on Tuesday morning to reveal the snow-covered San Juan Mountains north of Durango.
Mountain passes turn icy; Wolf Creek Pass closes for five hours

Winter may be a couple of months away, but Southwest Colorado got its first taste of cold and snow Tuesday, with reports of over a foot of snow in the high country.

Scott Stearns, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Grand Junction, said an official inch count of how much snow fell in the mountains north of Durango will not be available until Wednesday.

"We usually get a lot of reports the morning after the snow occurs," Stearns said.

Snow reportedly started falling just after midnight Tuesday, with the Colorado Department of Transportation reporting 6 inches of snow on mountain passes as early as 5:30 a.m.

"Our plow drivers were out plowing the surface of the roadways, and they've been after it throughout the day," said CDOT spokeswoman Lisa Schwantes.


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Early snow and fog blanket Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon’s South Rim Village around noon Oct. 12.
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Grand Canyon’s South Rim Village around noon Oct. 12.
Grand Canyon National Park has experienced the first snowstorm of the season Oct. 12.

The park reported that around 3:30 p.m., the fog and clouds parted to reveal the canyon.

Freezing temperatures tonight and Wednesday morning, with a gradual warming trend this weekend are expected in the Grand Canyon area.

South Rim Village roads have been plowed and are mostly clear, however wet road surfaces will turn into black ice in a few hours. The public is asked to watch their speed.

Foot traction and trekking poles are recommended on footpaths and trails.


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Snow makes an early fall appearance in northern Arizona

A cat investigated fresh snowfall in Flagstaff, Arizona, on October 12.

A cat investigated fresh snowfall in Flagstaff, Arizona, on October 12.
The calendar says it's fall, but many parts of Arizona got a dusting of white snow overnight, including Flagstaff, where many broke out the winter coats. FOX 10 Photojournalist Joe Tillman headed north for a look at the early winter blast.


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Half of Kashmir covered by early snowfall, snow up to one foot deep

The picture is of Mughal Road Pir Ki Gali in Shopian district.
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The picture is of Mughal Road Pir Ki Gali in Shopian district.
The snowfall season has started a month ahead of time in Jammu and Kashmir. Snow fell on Monday from Amarnath cave, Gulmarg, Sonmarg, Zojila pass to Pir Panjal range. The maximum snowfall up to one foot occurred in the area along the Bandipora-Gurej road. Here even the roads came to a standstill. According to the Meteorological Department, till a week ago, Sonamarg and Gulmarg were in bad condition due to heat.

But due to this snowfall, the temperature has dropped to 1.5 degree Celsius. It has also provided relief from the heat. The Meteorological Department said that along with snowfall in the hilly areas of the valley, hail also fell in the plains along with rain. Katra recorded the highest rainfall of 23 mm. Meteorologists said that the monsoon has not yet departed from the country. In such a situation, this snowfall is going to give relief. It is known that the period of snowfall in Jammu and Kashmir starts after November 15.


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Severe hailstorm strikes the city of Misurata, Libya

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An abnormally large hail and hurricane hit Libya on October 9, 2021, namely the city of Misrata, which is the third largest city in Libya. The thunderstorm was accompanied by heavy torrential rain, hail and squally winds.

During the day, 30 mm of precipitation fell in the city, according to eyewitnesses in social networks, gusts of wind broke trees, the minaret of one of the mosques fell, and several cars were damaged by falling trees. But the greatest damage was caused by hail. The diameter of the hailstones falling from the sky reached 15 cm. They easily pierced the roofs of houses and damaged cars; in total, about 100 cars were damaged in the city.


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The sting of spring: Late snowfall covers parts of South Island, New Zealand - up to a foot of snow

Snow has fallen in Tekapo overnight
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Snow has fallen in Tekapo overnight
The Manuherikia and Maniototo regions of Central Otago felt the full sting of a spring storm yesterday which brought heavy rain, snow and severe gales to the southern region.

Residents awoke to blanket of snow and motorists were warned to take care on State Highway 85 between Omakau and Kyeburn and in Moa Flat Rd, and Danseys Pass Rd was closed because of snow.

The depth of snowfall differed with about 10cm reported in Naseby and almost three times that in St Bathans.

There was also widespread snow on the hills throughout Central Otago and above Queenstown and Wanaka.


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Woman found dead believed from crocodile attack in Malaysia

The Sabah Fire and Rescue Department operations centre, in a statement, said it received an emergency call about a victim being attacked by a crocodile in Kalabakan

The Sabah Fire and Rescue Department operations centre, in a statement, said it received an emergency call about a victim being attacked by a crocodile in Kalabakan
A woman was found dead in Kampung Serudung Laut, near here, today, believed due to a crocodile attack.

The body of Fosanih Nansel, 22, was found at 8am by the villagers who were searching for her, after the woman was reported missing in a nearby river since yesterday.

The Sabah Fire and Rescue Department operations centre, in a statement, said it received an emergency call via MERS 999 at 8.19pm about the victim being attacked by a crocodile.

"From the information provided by the family, a search and rescue operation was carried out today. The victim was found by residents about 300 metres from the location where she reportedly was attacked by the reptile," the statement said.

According to the statement, the victim's body was handed over to the police for further action and the operation ended at 10.27am.

Source: Bernama

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