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Snowfall hits South Sinai, Egypt

SNOW
Snowfall on Saint Catherine city in South Sinai led to an unprecedented increase in tourist occupancy rates to the city, after photos and videos circulated on social media showing people playing in the snow.

Hundreds of tourists flocked to Saint Catherine to see the snow, which began melting in the streets on Saturday but continued on in the mountain tops.

The head of the municipality council of the city, Talaat al-Anani, said that all roads are open and that this snow has brought great exhilaration to the city.


Comment: The same extreme cold weather with accompanying rare or exceptionally heavy snowfall has also been reported recently from other countries in the same general region:

Videos of snowfall in Tabuk, Saudi Arabia

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Cloud Lightning

Taal Volcano near Manila, Philippines erupts for first time in 50 years - Onlookers stunned by electric display


Comment: ANOTHER erupting volcano 'goes electric'! It's hard to believe now because it's common in these strange times, but the sight of lightning being emitted from an erupting volcano was once folklore...


taal volcano philippines
© AFP / Bullit Marquez
People take photos of the Taal volcano as seen from the town of Tagaytay in Cavite province, southwest of Manila, on January 12, 2020.
The Philippines' Taal volcano has erupted, spewing a large column of ash which prompted raised alert levels and the evacuation of nearby communities. Making the sight even more menacing, lightning was seen hitting the ash plume.

The eruption began on Sunday and was caught on video by numerous bystanders, as well as surveillance cameras used to monitor the volcano. While Taal has been quiet since 1977, when the last major eruption occurred, it has been exhibiting increased seismic activity over the past few years.

The initial eruption is described as phreatic - meaning it occurs when heated magma evaporates ground or surface water.


Comment: UPDATE 14 Jan 2020

Taal volcano's eruption continues. Check out the latest videos. ELECTRIFYING!




Tornado1

Eleven dead and hundreds of thousands without power as storms and tornadoes sweep across US

The trailer home of an elderly couple in Louisiana was demolished in high winds
© AP
The trailer home of an elderly couple in Louisiana was demolished in high winds
At least 11 people have been killed and hundreds of thousands of homes hit by power cuts as storms sweep across parts of the US south and east, bringing snow, hail and hurricane-force winds.

More than 1,000 flights have been cancelled as unrelenting rain and gales lash seven states along the east of the country from Texas.

Forecasters warned more than 18 million people remained at risk of tornadoes and flooding, and more snow was on its way.

Golfball-sized hail and up to 5ins of snow fell on Friday night and early Saturday as the storms pushed through the southeast and Great Lakes into Maine, the National Weather Service (NWS) said.

Firefighters found the bodies of an elderly couple near their demolished trailer in Bossier Parish, Louisiana. Their home had been carried 200ft from its foundations amid 135mph winds.


Comment: More than 1,000 Chicago flights canceled due to severe winter weather


Better Earth

Volcanoes melting West Antarctic glaciers, 3 new studies confirm

west antactica volcano glacier
Not only are volcanoes melting the ice in Antarctica, previous studies show that underwater volcanoes (not humans) are melting ice in the Arctic.

"Three new research studies confirm that geothermal heat flow, not man-made global warming, is the dominant cause of West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) melting," writes geologist James Edward Kamis.

Outlined in red is West Antarctica's subglacial Marie Byrd bedrock mantle plume "hotspot". Red shading shows West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) thinning from 1992 to 2017 (credit research study to NASA, mantle plume outline by J. Kamis).

(1) One study, entitled "Evidence of an active volcanic heat source beneath the Pine Island Glacier", proves that the Pine Island Glacier of West Antarctica is melting and retreating from geothermal heat from a currently active subglacial volcano, not man-made global warming. See National Science Foundation's press release here.

Comment: It can't be global warming when colder summers are killing Antarctica's moss forests.

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Airplane

More than 1,000 Chicago flights canceled due to severe winter weather

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As winter weather begins to descend upon Chicago with rain, sleet and snow, more than 1,000 flights have been canceled in and out of Chicago, according to the flight tracking service FlightAware.

As of 12:50 p.m. CT, 1,039 flights to and from Chicago O'Hare International Airport, big hubs for American and United airlines, had been canceled. At crosstown airport Chicago Midway International Airport, a big hub for Southwest Airlines, nearly 90 flights were canceled.

The National Weather Service tweeted about the severe conditions in Chicago on Saturday.


Snowflake

Heavy snowfall in Turkey - 150 village roads closed

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While the thickness of snow in Sivas exceeded one meter (more than 3 ft), the streets became white throughout the country. Schools in Eskisehir closed due to snow.

Snowfall in many cities caused difficulties for citizens. In Ankara, the streets and streets are completely white. The snow thickness has reached 10 centimeters, especially in high sections. Snowfall in the provinces caused disruption of transportation.


Fire

California wildfires not caused by climate change - experts

California wildfires
© Reuters / Gene Blevins
A panel of experts said Wednesday that California's devastating wildfires were caused primarily by "the way we manage lands and develop our landscape" rather than climate change.

Speaking at the annual conference of the National Council for Science and the Environment in Washington D.C., Scott Stephens, a professor of fire science at the University of California, Berkeley, said that perhaps 20 to 25 percent of the wildfire damage resulted from climate change, whereas "75 percent is the way we manage lands and develop our landscape."

Stephens noted that in past centuries, wildfires were far more widespread than they are today, and played a vital role in California's ecosystem by helping to thin forests, Thomas Frank reported for E&E News.

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Seismograph

ANOTHER quake shakes Puerto Rico - 5.9m

Puerto rico earthquake January 2020
© USGS
ShakeMap of the 5.9 magnitude earthquake that struck southwest Puerto Rico on Jan. 11, 2020.
The latest in a series of earthquakes and aftershocks struck off the southwest coast of Puerto Rico just before 9:00 a.m. on Saturday morning.

The center of the 5.9 earthquake is located about 8 miles south of Guanica, Puerto Rico, as reported by the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

There is no threat for a tsunami at this time.

Doberman

Woman mauled to death by her pet Malinois in Switzerland

The Malinois-breed pet attacked and killed the woman inside a training pen in Switzerland. Swiss authorities have today confirmed that the woman bled to death due to the injuries caused by the dog [File photo]

The Malinois-breed pet attacked and killed the woman inside a training pen in Switzerland. Swiss authorities have today confirmed that the woman bled to death due to the injuries caused by the dog [File photo]
A woman was killed at a dog training centre in western Switzerland after her pet dog attacked her inside a training pen.

The 45-year-old woman was found dead at a dog training centre in Auboranges, near the city of Lausanne in Switzerland on Tuesday.

Her Malinois-breed pet was seen standing over her body and was described as being 'visibly aggressive'.

The pet first blocked police officers and others from approaching the woman before going on the attack again.

Police said the dog attacked and mauled a female police officer. It was then shot dead.

Cloud Precipitation

Heavy torrential rains kill 41 people in Luanda, Angola

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41 people have died following heavy torrential rains in the Angolan capital, Luanda on Friday.

The government said 12 out of 18 provinces were hit by a violent downpour which began in the early hours of Monday and caused widespread destruction.

"Here in our area it's not going well, the rain came down hard. Many houses are flooded. We have no means of transport, everything is bad.
We ask the authorities to come and see this situation. Many representatives are passing through but everything is really bad, we don't know how to do it", Hernani João Panda, a resident of Cazenga said.