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Storm Eta wipes out half of Honduras' banana production

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Tropical storm Eta has hit a country that was already hurting from the negative economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the productive sector. During the critical months of the health crisis, the agricultural sector was one of the few activities that had managed to continue to grow; however, Eta has caused damage to a considerable amount of crops for local consumption and has caused heavy losses in an important export product, bananas.

The banana sector estimates that 8,000 hectares of crops have been lost due to the floods, i.e. more than half of the 15,000 hectares existing in Honduras.

"I think this is the biggest damage in history for bananas," said producer Hector Castro. The leader estimates that at least 16,000 direct jobs are in danger and that the export volume will decrease.

As of last August, agricultural product exports had increased by 10.7% over the same period of 2019, totaling $ 631.0 million, thanks to the $63.6 million year-on-year increase in banana exports, mainly to the United States. The volume of fruit shipments fell by 4.6%, but the average international price increased by 26.3%, according to data reported by the Central Bank.


Comment: Erratic seasons and extreme weather devastating crops around the world


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10 inches of snow in Minnesota, damaging winds in Wisconsin

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A November storm has dumped as much as 10 inches (25.40 centimeters) of snow in Minnesota and whipped up damaging winds in Wisconsin where tens of thousands were left without power.

The Minnesota State Patrol handled hundreds of crashes and spinouts as snow piled up late Tuesday. Between 4:30 and 9:30 p.m., troopers responded to 176 crashes, 156 vehicles that had spun out or slid off the road, and 11 jackknifed semitrailer trucks. Twelve people were hurt in the crashes, but no weather-related deaths were reported, the patrol said.

The National Weather Service record 5.5 inches (13.97 centimeters) of snow at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport with Brainerd picking up the most snow with 10.1 inches (25.65 centimeters).

In northeastern Minnesota, Grand Rapids picked up 9.5 inches (24.13 centimeters), the weather service said.



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Storm systems deliver nearly 3 feet of snow to mountain areas of Colorado

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© Winter Park Resort
Officially Denver only received a trace of snow on Monday but most neighborhoods in the metro area measured 1 to 3 inches. Meanwhile some mountain areas saw almost 3 feet of snow from the same storm system.

The foothills including areas like Conifer, Central City, and Nederland saw as much as 6 inches of snow on Monday.

No location in Colorado seems to have received as much as the eastern San Juan mountains near Pagosa Springs. Wolf Creek ski area reported a total of 34 inches of snow from Saturday through Monday. Wolf Creek is now open 7 days a week along with Keystone and Arapahoe Basin who quietly opened on Monday.

Other ski areas that are no quite open also saw large amounts of snow on their snow stakes. Winter Park has received at least a foot of snow ahead of their scheduled opening on November 30.

Cloud Lightning

Thousands of homes left without power after freak storm with 300,000 lightning strikes battered South Australia

More than 8,000 properties across SA remain without power after storms lashed the state, with 300,000 lightning strikes reported (pictured, the storms on Tuesday over Adelaide)

More than 8,000 properties across SA remain without power after storms lashed the state, with 300,000 lightning strikes reported (pictured, the storms on Tuesday over Adelaide)
More than 8,000 properties across South Australian remain without power after storms lashed the state, with a heatwave now expected across the country.

SA Power Networks said its crews were continuing to return services to customers across the Adelaide Hills and the mid-north, on Kangaroo Island and in the southeast after the wild weather on Tuesday night.

At one stage more than 32,000 of its customers lost electricity with the storms also sparking a spate of scrub fires caused by 300,000 lightning strikes.


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SOTT Earth Changes Summary - October 2020: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs

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Record early snow, record cold, huge hail, raging wildfires, deadly floods, droughts, powerful volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, amazing meteor fireballs... you name it, October 2020 had it all.

It's no exaggeration to say that we found this month to be the most extreme yet, weather-wise, in 2020. We advise everyone to pay attention to these events and prepare accordingly. As socio-political chaos increases, the environment responds accordingly. The more the elites squeeze the people, the more the people suffer, the more severe the weather and seismic activity becomes.

This was the coldest October ever recorded for the US, while many early snow records were broken around the world. Record-breaking snowfall blanketed US states from Montana to New Mexico, and record cold temperatures were shattered in parts of the West and Midwest US.

Lyman, Wyoming broke all cold records with -35° C; Potomac, Montana reached -33.9°C; and Boise, Idaho reached -13°C, breaking the old record of -8°C in 1878... and we're only in the second month of autumn.

"Tree carnage" was reported in Oklahoma City after a powerful ice storm. Vegetation and power lines collapsed, leaving up to 300,000 people without power.

British Columbia, Canada was blanketed with snowfall that broke a 120-year-old record, while 80% of Russia was covered, to one extent or another, in the white stuff.

Dig out your winter woollies, because if these trends continue, this winter could be a doozie!

Strangely enough, and possibly linked, for the first time in recorded history, the Arctic Ocean had not begun to freeze this October, and the Greenland ice season stopped a month early. No, that does not mean "global warming lives!" Rather, it's caused by changing ocean currents and increasing volcanic activity; both symptoms of the Solar Minimum Earth is currently going through.

Corporate media is trying to focus on some warm "spots" around the world, or to normalize what seems to be the beginning of a mini-ice age, while "globalist" types plan an economic, political, and social "reset", using 'The Covid' as cover.

Compounding the dystopian reality we entered in 2020, crop damage caused by extreme weather has also become 'the new normal' around the world, putting food security in serious jeopardy.

All this and more in our SOTT Earth Changes Summary for October 2020:


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Dozens rescued after flash floods hit Crete, Greece - 10 inches of rain in 24 hours

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Dozens of people were rescued in Greece after severe flooding on the island of Crete.

Flash flooding struck on 10 November after days of heavy rain. Some areas saw more than 250mm of rain in 24 hours on 10 November. More heavy rain has fallen since.


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6.0 magnitude earthquake hits 289 km from Tonga

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An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.0 jolted 289 km WNW of Haveluloto, Tonga at 00:48:43 GMT on Wednesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 416.93 km, was initially determined to be at 19.7409 degrees south latitude and 177.5517 degrees west longitude.

Seismograph

Shallow M5.5 earthquake hits North Macedonia

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The German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) reported a magnitude 5.5 quake in Macedonia near the town of Vrutok only 3 minutes ago. The earthquake hit early morning on Wednesday 11 November 2020 at 4.54 am local time at a shallow depth of 10 km. The exact magnitude, epicenter, and depth of the quake might be revised within the next few hours or minutes as seismologists review data and refine their calculations, or as other agencies issue their report.

Based on the preliminary seismic data, the quake should have been felt by everybody in the area of the epicenter. In those areas, dangerous ground shaking occurred with the potential to inflict moderate to heavy damage to buildings and other infrastructure. Towns or cities where the quake likely caused strong ground shaking include:

Snowflake Cold

Susitna Valley in Alaska sees up to 19 inches of snowfall through the weekend

Anchorage police say dozens of collisions and vehicles in distress were reported after a snowy, icy weekend Nov. 9, 2020.

Anchorage police say dozens of collisions and vehicles in distress were reported after a snowy, icy weekend Nov. 9, 2020.
Winter weather has arrived, and it skipped the subtlety when coming to the Northern Susitna Valley over the last two days. The weekend's winter storm warning promised ten to eighteen inches of snow, and the storm that arrived delivered at the high end of that forecast.

The National Weather Service's snow gauge in the Northern Susitna Valley is at Su Valley Junior-Senior High School. According to that gauge's data, the area went from zero snow cover late last week to just shy of a foot-and-a-half on Monday.

Areas throughout the Susitna Valley saw snowfall in excess of one foot over the last three days. Hatcher Pass recorded fourteen inches of snow, and Chulitna River Lodge saw nineteen inches.

The sudden, heavy snowfall complicates travel in the Northern Susitna Valley. According to Alaska 5-1-1, the Parks Highway from just north of Wasilla to the Talkeetna Spur Road is classed as difficult driving conditions. The Spur road, itself, is also listed as "difficult." North of the Talkeetna turnoff, the Parks Highway is listed in "Fair" driving condition.


Snowflake Cold

Apex Mountain in British Columbia receives record-breaking early season snow - almost a foot in 24 hours

Pictured in 2018, the lighted Kristi’s Run mogul course where members of the Canadian men’s women’s Olympic teams trained before leaving for the Olympics. (Western News - File)

Pictured in 2018, the lighted Kristi’s Run mogul course where members of the Canadian men’s women’s Olympic teams trained before leaving for the Olympics. (Western News - File)
Snow is falling across the Okanagan Valley as winter arrives in full, and Apex Mountain is gearing up for what looks to be their earliest start yet.

If the weather holds, the slopes of Apex will be seeing skiers on the mountain earlier than ever. They won't be members of the public, but athletes who have arrived to practice on the course.

The resort is still currently planning on a Dec. 5 opening to the general public, said the resort's general manager James Shalman. However, if the weather stays cold and if there is enough snow that may be sooner.

Apex received close to 30 cm of snow over the last 24 hours and if it holds they'll have the World Cup course open by the end of the week.