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At least 3 dead in Italy's Sardinia as island is hit by severe flooding

A road has collapsed in the town of Bitti, Sardinia, Italy, on November 28, 2020.
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A road has collapsed in the town of Bitti, Sardinia, Italy, on November 28, 2020.
At least three people have died and two more are missing as the Italian island of Sardinia has been battered by storms for two days in a row. The extreme weather has caused flooding and landslides in several areas.

Shocking footage has been posted by residents of the town of Bitti located in Sardinia's Nuoro province. Roaring floods of mud and water can be seen rushing through the narrow streets of the town, carrying loads of floating debris with them.

After the flood, the town's streets could be seen covered by a thick layer of mud with damaged cars scattered around the area. The town mayor, Giuseppe Ciccolini, called on residents to exercise "extreme caution" amid heavy rainfalls expected to last until early Sunday. He also ordered some parts of the town to be evacuated. Still, two men and a woman fell victim to the severe flooding in Bitti.


Black Cat

Tiger attacks scores of people in Assam, India

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Royal Bengal tiger strayed into Tezpur town in Assam on Tuesday and attacked scores of people injuring two of them. The video of the incident has gone viral on social media.

The incident that took place on the outskirts of the Tezpur town has caused panic in the area. The tiger is still said to be out in the open.

As the news about the tiger attack broke out, forest officials rushed to the spot to control the situation. Officials suspect the big cat may have strayed out of the Kaziranga National Park or Nameri National Park and Forest Reserve.


Arrow Down

Sinkhole causes crane collapse in midtown Toronto - 2nd for city in 4 days

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A mobile crane working on the Eglinton Crosstown LRT collapsed into the ground on Monday evening.

The incident occurred at Eglinton Avenue East and Mount Pleasant Road around 6 p.m.

Toronto Fire said the crane operator was not injured, while another worker suffered a minor injury.

On Tuesday, Metrolinx spokesperson Anne Marie Aikins said the injured worker slipped and bruised his knee and has been released from hospital.


Comment: Four days earlier: Sinkhole opens up on residential street in Toronto, Canada


Cloud Precipitation

Severe hailstorm hits West Al Qassim, Saudi Arabia,

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Hailstorm hits West Al Qassim, Saudi Arabia, November 27, 2020.


Arrow Down

Sinkhole swallows vehicle in Queens, NYC

PARLING
An unoccupied orange SUV was found swallowed by a sinkhole in Queens early Thursday morning.

The vehicle, a Toyota RAV4, was discovered nose-down in the massive sinkhole at about 6 a.m. on 70th Street near 52nd Avenue in Maspeth, authorities said.

The shocking sight from the residential neighborhood was shared to Twitter by City Councilman Robert Holden.

The FDNY said they responded to the location for reports of trauma. But it was determined there were no patients as the SUV was unoccupied.

The sinkhole led to several street closures in the area, Holden said.


Snowflake Cold

2 feet of snowfall in 24 hours dumped on Chilcotin, Canada

A member of Ulkatcho First Nation measures the snow on Friday, Nov. 27, 2020 showing that more than 60 cms of snow has fallen since a snowfall warning went into effect for northern portions of the Chilcotin on Thursday

A member of Ulkatcho First Nation measures the snow on Friday, Nov. 27, 2020 showing that more than 60 cms of snow has fallen since a snowfall warning went into effect for northern portions of the Chilcotin on Thursday
Graham West of Ulkatcho First Nation captures the scene on video

More than 60 cm of snow has fallen in parts of the Chilcotin since a snowfall warning went into effect Thursday, Nov. 26.

On Friday afternoon Graham West, a member of Ulkatcho First Nation near Anahim Lake, forwarded a photograph to the Tribune depicting a measuring tape with a snow level of 64 cm or two feet and one inch.

"Just got word the RCMP are on a snowmoblie with a nurse delivering meds to clients within the community," he said.

Earlier in the afternoon West said he hoped to get up on his roof to shovel because the snow was getting heavier.

Seismograph

Very shallow magnitude 3.1 quake hits 40 km south of Tarbes, France

3.1 quake 28 Nov 11:10 am (GMT +1)

3.1 quake 28 Nov 11:10 am (GMT +1)
Just 14 minutes ago, a 3.1-magnitude earthquake struck near Sers, France. The tremor was recorded in the morning on Saturday 28 November 2020 at 11.10 am local time, at a very shallow depth of 2 km below the surface.

The event was filed by the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), the first seismological agency to report it.

Based on the preliminary seismic data, the quake should not have caused any significant damage, but was probably felt by many people as light vibration in the area of the epicenter.

Weak shaking might have been felt in Sers (pop. 100) located 10 km from the epicenter, Sers (pop. 100) 10 km away, Betpouey (pop. 100) 10 km away, Aragnouet (pop. 300) 11 km away, and Viella (pop. 100) 12 km away.

Towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Bagnères-de-Bigorre (pop. 9,000) located 21 km from the epicenter, Lourdes (pop. 15,800) 29 km away, and Tarbes (pop. 52,100) 40 km away.

Ice Cube

Australia's 2-day heatwave over-hyped, as December 1st threatens record cold and rare summer snow

GFS 2m Temp Anomalies (C) for Dec 2.
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GFS 2m Temp Anomalies (C) for Dec 2.
While the mainstream media reports "Australians are set to sizzle through the most dangerous heatwave of the year so far," what they also fail to mention is that 1) such bursts of heat are typical for this time of year, 2) the conditions will last fewer than three days, and 3) they will be closely followed by record-cold Antarctic air and even rare December snow.

Comment: More about Solar Cycles and their influence on the Earth's climate:


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Waterspout filmed off Alicante coast, Spain

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As forecast, the Costa Blanca was hit by storms this week.

The unstable weather was also responsible for a dramatic waterspout off the Alicante coast shortly before 2pm on Friday November 27 that was visible from Playa de San Juan, Muchavista and Campello for 15 minutes.

It finally touched land in Campello's Rincon de la Zofra, damaging benches and paving on the seafront at Rincon de la Zofra on the Muchavista beach.


Snowflake

Snowstorm (including thundersnow) hits island of Madeira

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With snow reported the day before, we woke at 430am and drove as far up the mountain as possible. The roads were too icy to continue driving so we began hiking 10 kilometers below the summit of Pico do Arieiro a couple of hours before sunrise. In a crazy snowstorm, with frozen fingers and toes we reached the summit to see lightning strike the tower! Can't believe it was snowing on Madeira!