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Breckenridge ski resort in Colorado hits 300 inches of snow: 'We still have 3 months left'

Breckenridge Resort

Breckenridge Resort
Breckenridge Resort hit and surpassed the 300 inch mark for the ski season on Sunday. According to Sara Lococo, the Senior Communications Manager at Breckenridge, the resort is reporting more than a foot of fresh snow as of Sunday morning.

What was expected to be a few inches turned into more than a foot!

"Woke up today at like 5 a.m. and it was about an inch, and then I checked the snow stake a couple of hours later, and it was more than a foot. I was like 'all right I better get out there,'" Lococo told CBS4 Sunday afternoon.

Lococo's job is to help tell the story that is Breckenridge resort. She says she found inspiration today out on the slopes.

"It's incredible. February has definitely delivered," Lococo said.


Copper Mountain in Colorado sees snowiest February ever with 88 inches of powder

Breckenridge broke its own February record last week

With 10 inches of fresh snow to report Monday morning, Copper Mountain broke its record for February snowfall. Its neighbor on the other side of the Tenmile Range, Breckenridge, broke its February record last week.

With six days left in the month, Copper has received 88 inches of snow. The previous record was 83 inches in 1986. Breckenridge has received 110 inches this month

Cloud Precipitation

Flood waters sweep cars down roads in Peru after heavy rains - at least 3 killed (UPDATE)

peru floods
Heavy rains hit parts of Peru on Friday, causing flood waters to sweep down roads carrying multiple vehicles with them.

Comment: Update: Floodlist on the 24th February reports:
At least 3 people have died, 23 were injured and 250 families displaced after flash flooding and mudslides in Peru's Tacna Department.

Peru's disaster authority, Centro de Operaciones de Emergencia Nacional (COEN), reported that flooding struck after heavy rain on 21 February caused rivers and streams to break their banks.

Two people died in Alto de la Alianza district and another in Tacna district. One house was completely destroyed, 249 severely damage and a further 2,146 flooded.

COEN said at total of in 2,146 families were affected, including 371 in Tacna district, 450 in Pachia district and 800 in Pocollay district. Areas of Jorge Basadre Province were also affected, displacing 28 families in Ilabaya district.

Military personnel assist in clearing flood debris in Tacna, Peru, February 2020.
© Ministerio de Defensa del Perú
Military personnel assist in clearing flood debris in Tacna, Peru, February 2020.
Heavy rain has triggered flooding and landslides in other areas of the country over the last few days, including in Arequipa and Puno departments.


Sandstorm causes disruption on Spain's Canary Islands

A satellite image shows the sandstorm blasting the Canary Islands from the east
A satellite image shows the sandstorm blasting the Canary Islands from the east.
Airports on Spain's Canary Islands reopened on Monday although service was disrupted after a sandstorm hit the archipelago, airport authorities said.

All eight airports on Spain's Canary Islands reopened on Monday a day after a sandstorm shrouded the archipelago, forcing their closure, the transport ministry said.

"The overnight improvement in the weather has allowed the resumption of air traffic in all airports in the Canary Islands," the ministry tweeted.

ENAIRE, the public body that manages Spanish airspace, said flights had resumed after "an improvement in the haze".

Air travel was first disrupted on the archipelago on Saturday after strong winds carrying red sand from the Sahara shrouded the tourist hotspot, forcing flights to and from the islands of Gran Canaria and Tenerife to be cancelled or diverted.

The airports were reopened on Monday morning Spanish airport operator AENA said, but warned that they were operating with "reduced capacity". Travellers were advised to check the status of the flight with the airline.

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Residents stranded after Cyclone Wasi floods rivers in Samoa

This is road near Faleolo Airport at Satapuala
© Samoa Land Transport Authority
This is road near Faleolo Airport at Satapuala
Some residents on the Samoan island of Savai'i are stranded due to rivers flooded by the weekend's Cyclone Wasi.

Although there were no casualties or major building damage reported due to the cyclone, some rivers and roads remained flooded.

The Samoa Observer reported two rivers on Savai'i, Mali'oli'o River and Sasina Fiord rose to dangerously high levels and have cut off road access.

Residents from Letui and Aopo - who attended a church gathering at Faletagaloa Safune on Sunday - were stranded and unable to travel home because the water at Sasina Fiord was so high after the heavy rain.

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River flood forces evacuation in Tipuipaya, Bolivia

The Bolivian town of Tipuipaya in the central region of Cochabamba was evacuated after intense precipitations led the Taquina River to overflow.

Several residents trapped by the floods had to be flown out by helicopters.

The area was affected two years ago by a similar disaster which was attributed to deforestation work carried out to clear out land to build housing.

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Flood warning: Swedish towns on high alert after rivers burst their banks

Knäred in southern Sweden.
© Johan Nilsson/TT
The River Lagan has burst its banks at Knäred in southern Sweden.
Halmstad in south-western Sweden has called for national aid as flood warnings rise to the highest level possible.

A total of 15,000 sand bags and 1,500 metres of barriers were being sent to the Halland region by Sweden's Civil Contingencies Agency on Monday, as the region braced itself for rising water levels.

"More rain is expected on Tuesday and we want to be prepared," Johan Wallin of the Halmstad fire and rescue services told local newspaper Hallandsposten.

The rain, water levels and wind have also had consequences for trains in southern parts of Sweden. Several trains were cancelled on Sunday, but all trains are said to be running again on Monday.

Snowflake Cold

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Australia lowest harvest ever recorded - Middle East ice & snow storms

Australia record low wheat harvest
© YouTube/Adapt 2030 (screen capture)
Australia to lose 66%+ crop yield this year taking it below 1980 levels, and importers who rely in Australia wheat will need to look elsewhere. UK warning citizens to brace for cut offs in food as EU exporters need to set up new trade deals. Record cold and ice storms sweep the Middle East with huge increases in precipitation across the Fertile Crescent.

Comment: Global crop failures continue: In Australia this is going to be the WORST HARVEST ever recorded


Signs and Portents: Rare two-headed calf born in Tyup, Kyrgyzstan

two headed calf
A rare two-headed calf was born in the Kurmontu village of Tyup district in the Isssyk-Kul region, Turmush reports.

The veterinarian Kudaibergen uulu Nurgazy said that the calf born with the help of caesarean section.

"The owner of the calf and I performed the operation and removed the calf. One of the calf's head did not move and we realized that he would die anyway, so we killed him. On Feb 23, we examined the cow," he said.


Popocatepetl volcano eruption sends ash shooting a mile into sky

Mexico's Popocatépetl volcano erupted on February 23, sending ash spiralling into the sky above the nearby town of Tlamacas.

Footage shared by Webcams de México shows the moment lava burst from the active volcano, engulfing the northern slopes of the peak.

According to Mexican officials, the ensuing ash plume reached 1500 metres — or nearly a mile into the air.

Mexico's CENAPRED disaster agency recorded "130 exhalations" and has issued a warning urging civilians to keep their distance from the volcano.