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Huge snowfall continues in the Alps, as much as 2 meters of new snow

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If you'd rather not see pictures of the huge amounts of snow that have fallen, then look away now. Most ski resorts remain closed and international travel is prohibited, but it does look fabulous for the lucky few able to enjoy it.


Comment: Also from the above linked weathertoski.co.uk site:
A lot of snow has fallen across the northern Alps this week, with the areas that have seen the most snow being the north-eastern Swiss and far western Austrian Alps, roughly in a line from Andermatt (central Swiss Alps) to St Anton (western Swiss Alps) taking in the likes of Flims, Klosters and the Montafon valley. These areas have seen around 1.5m of new snow since Tuesday, with as much as 2m reported at altitude in one or two favoured spots.

More generally there has been between 30cm and 90cm of new snow across the northern half of the Alps.



Attention

Indonesian Semeru volcano erupts, spews ash 5kms into sky

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Semeru
A volcano in Indonesia's East Java province erupted on Saturday, spewing ash and smoke as high as an estimated 5.6 kilometres into the sky, according to data from the geological agency at the country's energy ministry.

Indonesia has nearly 130 active volcanoes, more than any other country, and while many show high levels of activity it can be weeks or even months before an eruption.

The Semeru mountain erupted at just past 5 p.m. local time. Videos posted on social media showed grey ash clouds towering over houses.


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Passengers stranded on train in Sweden by 2 feet of snow on tracks

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More than two feet (70cm) of snow leaves railway track impassable.
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12 Jan 2021 - Stranded train passengers received sandwiches. With video

Train passengers stuck since early Tuesday morning - got food from Långselehandlare. The train company was forced to evacuate the passengers in the afternoon.

In Långsele, the local trader Otto Lampinen has made sure that the stranded passengers on a train that is standing still now have something in their stomach.


Comment: Heavy snowfall hits Sweden, Finland - up to 2 feet in 24 hours - icy temperatures ahead


Umbrella

Flash flood hits Pirituba, Brazil

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Flash flood in Pirituba, Brazil today.


Boat

Torrential floods cascade through Villa Giardino, Córdoba, Argentina after almost 4 inches of rain in 2 hours

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Over 100mm of rain in two hours causes torrential flooding in Villa Giardino, Córdoba, Argentina. January 15th 2021.


Attention

Mud volcano erupts in Gobustan, Azerbaijan

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Shikhzekhirli volcano has erupted in Gobustan. The Bureau of Earthquake Research reported that the volcanic eruption was characterized by three cycles of activity during the day.

It was noted that the first active phase of the eruption occurred at 17:48:36 local time and lasted almost three and a half minutes, the second phase began at 17:53:59 and lasted 2 minutes 18 seconds, and the third at 17:58: 17 local time and lasted longer than the previous ones - 7 minutes.

As a result of volcanic activity, 2.5 hectares of land were completely covered with solid waste. A total of 1,700 cubic meters of waste were brought to the surface.


Snowflake

Terrible snow storm with 116 km/h hits Saskatchewan, Canada

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Terrible snow storm with 116 km/h hits Canada, Saskatchewan.


Cloud Precipitation

Violent thunderstorm and flood hits Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil

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In Brazil, in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, there was a severe thunderstorm with a downpour. Local residents, who were taken by surprise by the bad weather, were forced to seek shelter. The storm lasted for about 2 hours and caused local flooding. Roofs were also blown off some houses by strong gusts of wind.

Recall that Rio Grande do Sul is the southernmost state of Brazil, in its southern region. The administrative center is the city of Porto Alegre. In the north, it borders the state of Santa Catarina, in the south - with Uruguay, in the west along the Uruguay River - with Argentina.


Cloud Lightning

Man captures the moment he is struck by lightning in Brazil as he talks about 'god's nature'

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Jose Omar de Oliveria was out in the countryside in Minduri in Brazil, where he works as a councillor, was he was struck by a bolt from the skies.

Somewhat miraculously, Oliveria was unharmed by the shock but it did ruin his flip flops.

In the clip, which Oliveria filmed on his mobile phone, he can be heard to say: "It's God's nature. I'll tell you. Look, clear skies.

"Over there it's starting (to rain). Clear skies, it's sunny, look for yourself to see how Minduriis."

He then managed to capture the moment he was hit by lightning and his screams can be heard.


Windsock

Deadly wind storm hits Pacific Northwest with 50-70 mph gusts, leaves 500,000 without power

Debris from a mudslide are seen on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, east of Portland, Ore., after heavy rain and a windstorm struck the area
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Debris from a mudslide are seen on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, east of Portland, Ore., after heavy rain and a windstorm struck the area.
A powerful wind storm rolled through the Pacific Northwest, killing one person and leaving a trail of damage, including a highway shut down after a landslide and a tractor-trailer that was nearly blown off a bridge. More than 500,000 people lost power.

The death happened in Spokane, when a woman in her 40s died after a tree fell on her car and trapped her inside, city Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer said.

Winds reached gusts 50 to 70 mph in parts of the Puget Sound region as the storm blew through on the tail end of several inches of rain that left the ground saturated and conditions ripe for trees to fall, KOMO-TV reported.

High winds blew down trees across the greater Spokane region. Avista, a Spokane-based utility, reported that more than 70,000 customers were without power Wednesday morning. About 430,000 customers elsewhere in Washington state and in Oregon also lost electrical service, officials said.