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Winter is coming: Intense 12-hour blizzard seen in Canada's North

Winter is coming: Intense 12-hour blizzard seen in Canada's North

Winter is coming: Intense 12-hour blizzard seen in Canada's North
With the start of winter less than two months away, we're starting to see more weather reflective of the upcoming season across the country.

We recently saw significant snowfall across Western Canada, hindering travel and causing power outages. It came as quite the shock for many residents on the Prairies after summer-like warmth had gripped parts of the region just days beforehand.

On Friday, it was Nunavut's turn. The remote Northern Canada region was hit with a major winter storm -- its first blizzard of the season. The storm brought howling 100+ km/h winds, significant snow and blizzard conditions to southeastern areas of Baffin Island and nearby marine regions.

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Egypt: Heavy rain leaves Cairo streets flooded, hits many provinces

Heavy thundershowers and hailstorms hit large parts of Greater Cairo including the Egyptian capital, as well as several provinces on Tuesday (Oct 25).

As a result, streets were flooded and traffic was disrupted. When the densely populated capital is used to more than 200 days of sunshine a year.

The Egyptian Meteorological Authority (EMA) issued a warning of unstable weather conditions nationwide, according to local media.

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Flash floods hit Pretoria, South Africa

Parts of Pretoria were flooded after heavy rainfall on Friday.

A 20 second long video shared on social media shows what looks like a stranded driver who is not able to drive through the dirty water, which seems to be just above knee height.

Commenting on the video, Twitter user, @1Mmako said: "I had to make u turn. Pity most cars got stuck trying to pass through (sic)."


NASA launches website to report bright flashes in the sky known as sprites

red sprites
© Thanasis Papathanasiou
It might sound like NASA is investigating another UFO sighting with its latest call for citizen scientists' help, but the mysterious bright flashes known as "sprites" are a weather-related phenomenon.

Sprites are a form of Transient Luminous Event or TLE and are often associated with thunderstorms. These bright light flashes happen above the storm in Earth's upper atmosphere about 50 miles up, producing quick flashes of reddish light in various shapes.

According to NASA, it wasn't until a 1989 accidental photograph of a sprite did scientists have tangible evidence for the flashes above thunderstorms.

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Heavy rains cause devastating floods in Venezuela

Severe flooding caused by torrential rains hit a mountainous coastal region of Venezuela's La Guaira state on Friday, leaving a town's streets drowned in mud.

The El Cojo river burst its banks in the town of Macuto causing devastating damage and leaving a huge clean-up operation.

Footage showed the water pouring through a gap in a damaged wall and filling the parking lot of a residential block.

Comment: At least 36 dead after flash floods in Aragua, Venezuela - month's worth of rain in just 8 hours


Winter returns to Colorado, heavy snow falling, Idaho Springs, Interstate 70 - 10/27/2022

Snowfall slowed traffic and occasionally closed portions of I-70 Thursday morning near Idaho Springs west of Denver.

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1. Slow traffic on I-70
2. Snow plow on I70 west bound
3. Snow plow on I-70 panning to distant view
4. Semi traffic on I-70
5. On ramp to I-70 near Idaho Springs
6. Small tunnel on I-70

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Crazy flood in the capital of Paraguay

South America has recently seen a change in precipitation patterns and an increase in extreme weather events.

On October 26, a severe storm hit Asuncion, the capital of Paraguay.

The downpour caused flooding in several areas of the city.

The streets turned into rivers, people were looking for safe places.

The incident caused numerous traffic jams.


Sightings of 2 rare owls in Maine may be an omen

This great gray owl was spotted in October in Aro
© Colin Jandreau
This great gray owl was spotted in October in Aroostook County.
It's starting to look like an interesting winter ahead. Northern birds are departing Canada faster than Patriots fans leaving at halftime. Some of the more common birds have already washed over Maine, including blue jays, black-capped chickadees and red-breasted nuthatches.

It appears likely that Maine will enjoy another finch-filled winter. The Finch Research Network, a group of inspired biologists based mostly in Ontario, has noted a shortage of berries and cones across the eastern provinces.

The network's 2022-23 finch forecast predicts that fruit-eaters, like pine grosbeaks and Bohemian waxwings, will drop south in search of berries this winter. White-winged crossbills will likely come down in search of a better crop of spruce cones, though some may head farther west where the crop will be more robust this winter.

Comment: Britain set for a 'Waxwing Winter' with huge numbers of berry-loving birds heading our way from Scandinavia

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Hailstorm causes massive damage to plane in Paraguay

Shocking pictures show state of plane that flew through massive storm

Shocking pictures show state of plane that flew through massive storm
Passengers on a flight to Paraguay have faced a terrifying journey after a storm caused massive damage to their plane.

The LATAM A320 flight was on its way to the capital Asunción from Santiago in Chile when bad weather forced the pilots to perform a go around and divert to Foz de Iguacu Airport in Brazil.

After waiting on the ground for more than three hours, the aircraft took off again for Asunción and flew into the hailstorm.

Unverified video from on board the plane shows passengers screaming and being thrown around.


Female humpback whale found dead off Malcolm Island, British Columbia

The body of a dead humpback whale floats off Malcolm Island.
The body of a dead humpback whale floats off Malcolm Island.
Scientists are investigating the death of a juvenile humpback whale discovered off the north side of Malcolm Island.

The female whale has been identified as BCX1847, also known as Spike. First documented in 2018, the humpback has been seen in the area around Port Hardy and Port McNeill every year since, says Jackie Hinderling of the Port McNeill-based Marine Education and Research Society.

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans and volunteers from the society helped to secure the severely bloated body to shore to ensure the animal and any evidence of its death didn't wash away with the tides.

Malcolm Island residents Andrew and Lori Pinch discovered the dead whale on Sunday while walking their dog.

The cause of death isn't immediately known. A necropsy scheduled for this week by Department of Fisheries and Oceans scientists is expected to determine circumstances around the whale's death.