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Rare gull that normally lives above the Arctic Circle found in Hastings, Minnesota

Ross’s Gull at Point Douglas, Nov. 2021
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Ross’s Gull at Point Douglas, Nov. 2021
A bird that normally lives its whole life above the Arctic Circle was spotted this week at Point Douglas, at the confluence of the St. Croix and Mississippi Rivers. The Ross's Gull (Rhodostethia rosea) was first observed and identified by birder Ben Douglas on Saturday, Nov. 27. The bird was born just this year somewhere in the far north.

"It had a flight that was dainty and buoyant while it hunted for food under the nearby bridges (car and rail) spending the majority of time in Washington County, MN waters, but did circle in Pierce County, WI and later made brief flights over Dakota County, MN waters as well," Douglas reported on eBird. It took a trained eye to pick the rare bird out of flocks of common gulls it was among.

Over the next few days, hundreds of enthusiasts visited Point Douglas Park, hoping to catch a glimpse. Many were rewarded.

"We watched it catch quite a few small fish (~15) in the evening before heading up the river to roost," reported Steve Kolbe.


Snowflake

Season's first snowfall blankets Turkey with up to 50 centimeters (19.6 inches) of snow

SNOW
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Winter has officially arrived in Turkey as several cities across the nation experienced their first snowfall of the season, which left drivers struggling on slippery roads and children rejoicing in the pristine playground Mother Nature provided.

In the east, in Muş, where the snow had reached a depth of 50 centimeters (19.6 inches), several roads to villages were closed due to the heavy snowfall overnight, and teams set out to clear the roads in the morning after four hours of arduous work.

The mountainous landscape was straight out of a postcard as the ranges of mountains were covered with blankets of snow.


Igloo

Record cold grips Siberia (-68.3F), Northern Hemisphere snow mass marches on - Canada sees lowest November temp since 2004 (-45.6F)

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Dr. Frederick Seitz: "I have never before witnessed a more disturbing corruption of the peer-review process than the events that led to this IPCC report."

Dr. Tom Segalstad: "The IPCC global warming model is not supported by the scientific data."

RECORD COLD GRIPS SIBERIA (-68.3F)

Last winter (2020-21) held historically cold across vast swathes of transcontinental Russia — it went down as northern/central Asia's 'longest and harshest' winter on record. But now this year, the chill has started even earlier...

Extreme frosts have struck Siberia this week. A low of -55.7C (-68.3F) was observed in Delyankir on December 1.

Such a reading would be considered rare for January or February, let alone the first morning of December. It's also one just 0.7C and 2.8C above the city's all time November and December low temperature records, respectively.

Cloud Precipitation

With 'jaw-dropping,' 'astounding' and 'extraordinary' weather, Vancouver just had its rainiest fall ever

Rain drenched Vancouver this fall, smashing records in city and across the province
© Brendan Kergin / Vancouver is Awesome
Rain drenched Vancouver this fall, smashing records in city and across the province
The fall of 2021 was quite a season.

Vancouver saw weather bombs, seven atmospheric rivers in a month and a tornado, among other things. And along with all of that came the rain.

The City of Vancouver, pelted with near-constant rain for three months, smashed its record for rainiest fall on record (which meteorologically speaking runs from Sept. 1 to Nov. 30) says Environment Canada warning preparedness meteorologist Armel Castellan.

Over September, October and November 611.5 mm of rain fell here. That breaks the old record of 531.9 mm in 1996, smashing it by almost 80 mm; in meteorological terms, that's a lot. And records go back over 120 years.

On average we see 364.4 mm, so this year we got 168 per cent of the usual.

Seismograph

Shallow magnitude 6.0 earthquake off South Sandwich Islands

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6.0 magnitude earthquake

UTC time: Friday, December 03, 2021 08:33 AM
Your time: Friday, December 3, 2021, 8:33 AM GMT
Magnitude Type: mww
USGS page: M 6.0 - South Sandwich Islands region
USGS status: Reviewed by a seismologist
Reports from the public: 0 people
9 km depth

Seismograph

Shallow magnitude 6.2 earthquake - South Pacific Ocean off Easter Island, Chile

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Very strong magnitude 6.2 earthquake at 10 km depth

Date & time: Dec 3, 2021 04:40:04 UTC
Local time at epicenter: Thursday, Dec 2, 2021 9:40 pm (GMT -7)
Magnitude: 6.2
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 28.6292°S / 112.2613°W↗ (South Pacific Ocean, Chile)

Doberman

5-year-old boy mauled to death by pit bull in south Taiwan

PIT BULL ATTACK
A young Indigenous boy was mauled to death on Thursday evening (Dec. 2) by an American pit bull terrier in south Taiwan.

The five-year-old boy was in his neighbor's yard at 7 p.m. in Pingtung County's Chunri Township when he was bitten by the dog on his abdomen. He was declared dead after being rushed to the hospital, reported SET News.

The dog was on a leash at the time of the incident and both the owner of the dog, surnamed Chiang (江), and the boy's mother have been asked by police to file reports on the incident. The area where the attack occurred has been sealed off with a police cordon.

Snowflake Cold

Trapped in Ikea: Snowstorm in Denmark forces dozens to bed down in store

An Aalborg resident shovels snow from her driveway on December 2nd
© Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix
An Aalborg resident shovels snow from her driveway on December 2nd
A showroom in northern Denmark turned into a vast bedroom after six customers and about two dozen employees were stranded by a snowstorm and forced to spend the night in the store.

Up to 30 centimeters (12 inches) of snow fell, trapping the customers and employees when the department store in Aalborg closed on Wednesday evening.

"We slept in the furniture exhibitions and our showroom on the first floor, where we have beds, mattresses and sofa beds," store manager Peter Elmose told the Ekstra Bladet tabloid. People could "pick the exact bed they always have wanted to try."


Snowflake

Alberta ski resort shuts down due to heavy snowfall

Sunshine Village

Sunshine Village
A popular ski resort in Alberta's Rockies was forced to shut down Wednesday due to heavy snow as a strong winter storm ascended on the area.

Sunshine Village in Banff closed its doors after Parks Canada restricted access to the entrance road for the entire day due to heavy snow and extreme avalanche risks, according to a tweet the ski resort posted.

"We are suspending operations today. We apologize for any inconveniences," the resort added.

Snowflake

Sheep dug out of 10ft snow drifts in 'brutal' weather after Storm Arwen in UK

Farmers Kate and Nev Barker worked for hours to find their missing sheep on Saturday, November 27, after heavy snow hit their Staffordshire farm near to the Peak District

Farmers Kate and Nev Barker worked for hours to find their missing sheep on Saturday, November 27, after heavy snow hit their Staffordshire farm near to the Peak District
Dramatic footage has captured the moment a farming couple were forced to dig their sheep out of a 10ft snowdrift during a snap blizzard caused by Storm Arwen.

Kate and Nev Barker worked for hours to find their missing flock on Saturday, November 27, after heavy snow hit their farm in Staffordshire farm, near the Peak District.

They realised three ewes were entombed under the snow and had to act quickly to save them.

Temperatures plummeted to around 24.8F (-4C) over the weekend as a thick blanket of snow and ice smothered much of the Midlands and north-western England.