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A foot of fresh October snow in 24 hours at Alta Ski Area, Utah

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Winter has temporarily arrived in Utah and Alta Ski Area saw 9-12 inches over the past 24 hours. It ain't deep, but it's enough for The Daily POW guys to get out there and make some turns down Gunsight.
"Winter has arrived in Utah and the storm total at Alta was 9 inches from this recent storm but it definitely felt deeper up towards the top of Gunsight. Most other areas looked very bony still and Gunsight had a solid ribbon of white from top to bottom so our decision was easy.

The top entry was a little rocky but we've skied it on worse. Skier's right had the deepest snow. Our exit out Greely Hill was bushy good lovin'. We cruised back to the car happy to officially start the 2023-2024 winter."

- The Daily POW

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Florida slammed by multiple EF-2 tornadoes with damage reported on both coasts

A look at the damage at Plantation Resort Golf Country Club in Crystal River, Florida, on Thursday.
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A look at the damage at Plantation Resort Golf Country Club in Crystal River, Florida, on Thursday.
Multiple tornadoes touched down on both coasts of Florida Thursday morning, leaving a trail of damage in several communities.

Survey teams from the National Weather Service toured areas in Crystal River and Clearwater. Preliminary data shows at least EF-2 tornadoes at both locations. According to the FOX Forecast Center, the tornado that hit Crystal River was the strongest twister to hit Citrus County since an F-2 tornado that also struck Crystal River on Sept. 3, 1998.

Chilling video captured by Michelle Dal Pos showed a waterspout as it moved onshore near the Dunedin Causeway, located 5 miles north of Clearwater, Florida. It struck under the cover of darkness and was later confirmed as a tornado.


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Lightning kills albino Catholic priest in Benue, Nigeria

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Lightning has reportedly killed a Catholic priest identified as Rev. Fr. Faustinus Ukenongo Gundu in Benue State.

According to eyewitness reports, Gundu, an albino, was struck by lightning and died on the spot on Thursday.

The incident happened at his church in Jootar Mbaterem in Mbayenge Ward of Ukum Local Government Area.

Gundu was said to be the Parish Priest in charge of St. Joseph Catholic Church Jootar until his reported sudden death.

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Shallow 6.0 magnitude earthquake western Indian-Antarctic Ridge

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6.0 magnitude earthquake

UTC time: Friday, October 13, 2023 03:44 AM
Your time: Friday, October 13, 2023 at 4:44 AM GMT+1
Magnitude Type: mww
USGS page: M 6.0 - western Indian-Antarctic Ridge
USGS status: Reviewed by a seismologist
Reports from the public: 0 people

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SOTT Earth Changes Summary - September 2023: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs

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The wildfire season around the world came to an abrupt end in September with sheets of water and widespread flooding. Furthermore, the increase in electrical phenomena, such as rare tornadoes, waterspouts, severe storms, and lightning, was evident this month.

In the United States, Hurricane Ida made landfall near Corpus Christi as a Category 1 storm with sustained winds up to 75 mph. The resulting high tides caused extensive coastal flood damage from Texas to Louisiana. Meanwhile, in India, heavy monsoon rains triggered severe flooding and mudslides that claimed over two dozen lives across the country. In South Africa, a similar weather system brought record-breaking rain which led to widespread power outages as well as road closures due to landslides.

The incredible amount of water and unexpected hailstorms also damaged a significant amount of crops in the Northern Hemisphere, as in the case of Valencia, Spain, where 54,000 acres were destroyed, causing losses of 43 million euros.

Excessive rainfall also damaged large areas of crops in the United States, Canada, India, Australia, China and parts of South and Southeast Asia.

Other flooding events worth mentioning this month:
  • Shenzhen, China - Record 18 inches of rainfall in just 12 hours
  • Rio Grande Do Sul, Brazil - 37 dead after unusually heavy rain and floods
  • Central Greece - Unusual heavy rain and floods caused widespread damage - 10 dead (2nd event in 3 weeks)
  • Astara, Iran - 10 inches of rain in just 12 hours
  • Turkey's Black Sea region - Deadly flash floods triggered 1000 landslides
  • Spain - 9.4 inches of rainfall in 24 hours
  • Massachusets, US - 11 inches of rain in just 6 to 7 hours
  • Arizona, US - 4 inches of rainfall in just 2 hours
  • Jalisco, Mexico - Sudden floods leave 7 people dead and 9 missing
We also need to pay attention to the skies, as there has been an increase in meteor fireballs this month. At the same time, we need to be aware of some unusual explosions around the world that could be caused by meteorites, as was the case with a warehouse in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Some media outlets blamed lightning for the explosion, and that's not too far of an assumption due to the number of strong lightning events around the world, but we can't rule out that it was caused by a meteorite. Witnesses reported a light in the sky and a loud explosion just before the fire.

All this, and more, in this month's SOTT Earth Changes Summary:


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Lidia made landfall as Category 4 Hurricane along Mexico's western coast

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Lidia dissipated Wednesday after hitting land as a Category 4 hurricane near the resort of Puerto Vallarta. One person was killed by a falling tree, another drowned in a swollen river and two others were injured after the hurricane made landfall.

The hurricane knocked over trees and blew roofs off houses with winds as high as 140 mph before moving inland.

Laura Velázquez, the head of Mexico's civil defense system, said Wednesday that one person died on the northern outskirts of Puerto Vallarta after being hit by a falling tree, and two others were injured elsewhere in the area.


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Sakurajima Volcano in Japan erupts

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Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Tokyo (VAAC) issued the following report:

FVFE01 at 09:18 UTC, 12/10/23 from RJTD
VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20231012/0918Z
VAAC: TOKYO
VOLCANO: SAKURAJIMA [AIRA CALDERA] 282080
PSN: N3136 E13039
AREA: JAPAN
SUMMIT ELEV: 1117M


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Shallow 6.3 magnitude earthquake west of Macquarie Island

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6.3 magnitude earthquake

UTC time: Wednesday, October 11, 2023 20:04 PM
Your time: Wednesday, October 11, 2023 at 9:04 PM GMT+1
Magnitude Type: mww
USGS page: M 6.3 - west of Macquarie Island
USGS status: Reviewed by a seismologist
Reports from the public: 0 people

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Flood crisis in Thailand worsens, Kalasin and Ubon Ratchathani hit hardest

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Eleven provinces in Thailand continue to grapple with severe flood crisis, with Kalasin and Ubon Ratchathani experiencing rising water levels, as of today.

The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) has mobilised resources and personnel from various agencies to expedite flood relief operations. Heavy rainfall in the past has caused flooding across 35 provinces, affecting 52,290 households in 2,506 villages across 515 sub-districts and 138 districts.

Currently, flooding persists in 11 provinces, negatively impacting 20,196 households in 925 villages across 182 sub-districts and 45 districts. These provinces include Nakhon Sawan, Phetchabun, Phitsanulok, Uttaradit, Sukhothai, Chaiyaphum, Roi Et, Nong Bua Lamphu, Loei, Kalasin, and Ubon Ratchathani.


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Tropical Storm Max makes landfall in Mexico as country braces for Lidia

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Tropical Storm Max made landfall in Mexico's southern Pacific coast Monday, as the country braces for a second punch from Tropical Storm Lidia, expected to hit Tuesday as a hurricane in a different part of the country.

Max was located about 40 miles (65 kilometers) east of the resort town of Zihuatanejo with winds of about 60 mph (95 kph) and was moving inland at about 7 mph (11 kph). Mexico's Civil Defense office said Max was causing "torrential" rain in the states of Guerrero and Michoacan. The storm was expected to quickly weaken.

However, the U.S. National Hurricane Center and Mexican authorities warned of the possibility of flash floods from both systems.