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Alta Ski Area, Utah has already eclipsed 100 inches of snow (they're not open yet)

There are many ski areas across the mid-Atlantic and Northeast that would be absolutely thrilled to hit 100 inches of snow throughout an entire season.

Then there's Alta Ski Area, UT, who hit the mark 8 days before they even open. Yeah, you read that correctly...

Alta has seen 100 inches of snow already this Fall, and they don't plan on welcoming skiers until Friday, November 18th. Crazy, right?

Alta has seen a flurry of winter storms dump double-digit storm totals over the last three weeks, with 32 inches falling over the last 48 hours.


Hurricane Nicole makes landfall along Florida's East Coast - 5 killed, 300,000 without power (UPDATE)

HURRICANE Nicole officially made landfall on the Florida coast early Thursday morning.

Nicole, a Category 1 Hurricane, hit the east coast of the Florida on North Hutchinson Island just south of Vero Beach around 3 am EST, according to the National Hurricane Centre.

The storm has brought intense rain and winds of up to 75 miles per hour, causing nearly 500 flight cancelations in Orlando and leaving tens of thousands without power.

Just before 4 am local time, more than 64,000 Floridians were without power, according to data obtained by Poweroutage.us.

Hurricane Nicole was highly anticipated, with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis declaring a state of emergency in 34 counties on Monday.

Comment: Update November 11

FOX Weather reports:
5 deaths in Florida attributed to Tropical Storm Nicole, officials say

Tropical Storm Nicole has now been blamed for at least five deaths in Florida.

Officials at the Orange County Sheriff's Office said two people were electrocuted by a downed power line early Thursday in Orlando.

The power line fell as Nicole barreled across the Florida Peninsula after making landfall about 3 a.m. Thursday just south of Vero Beach, Florida as a Category 1 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.

More than 300,000 power outages have been reported across the Sunshine State as of early Thursday afternoon.

Two other people died in a crash on Florida's Turnpike in the county Thursday morning, according to Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings at a news conference Thursday.

Beach erosion caused by Tropical Storm Nicole
© New Smyrna Beach
Beach erosion caused by Tropical Storm Nicole at Chases on the Beach in New Smyrna Beach, Florida on Nov. 10, 2022.
A central Florida man died during Hurricane Nicole early Thursday morning, according to the Cocoa Police Department. Thomas Whittle, 68, of Port Canaveral was unresponsive when police found him and his wife on their yacht that was docked at Lee Wenner Park in the town of Cocoa.

First responders tried to perform CPR on Whittle, while waves battered the yacht and caused it to float away from the dock. Responders were able to rope the boat in and then bring Whittle to the hospital, where he later died. Cocoa police state the cause of death is still under investigation.

Relentless waves caused by Nicole have pounded Florida beaches. The erosion led to the evacuation of several condominiums and houses, which were deemed to be structurally unsound. Parts of homes and other buildings have also washed into the sea as the ground they were built on is eaten away by the high surf.

While Nicole has now weakened into a tropical storm, impacts such as coastal flooding, beach erosion, heavy rain, gusty winds and tornadoes will continue to spread across Florida, the Southeast and up the Eastern Seaboard through Friday.

A Tornado Watch was in effect Thursday for areas of northeast Florida, coastal Georgia and southeast South Carolina.


Bahamas - Hurricane Nicole triggers coastal flooding

Hurricane Nicole caused coastal flooding in the Bahamas, 09 November 2022.
Hurricane Nicole caused coastal flooding in the Bahamas, 09 November 2022.
Tropical Storm Nicole made landfall in the Abaco Islands of the Bahamas on 09 November 2022, strengthening into a hurricane.

On 10 November, Hurricane Nicole made landfall along the east coast of Florida just south of Vero Beach. The storm weakened as it moved over central east Florida.

Twenty-seven shelters were made available in Abaco, Grand Bahama, Bimini and the Berry Islands of the Bahamas in advance of the storm. Residents uncertain of the reliability of their living structure were urged to go immediately to the nearest one. As of 09 November, the Red Cross reported around 170 people had moved to the shelters, mostly in Abaco.

Storm surge was expected to raise water levels around 4 feet (1.2 metres) to 6 feet (1.8 metres) above normal tide, and large swells were forecasted to affect the northern Bahamas.

Cloud Precipitation

Massive flooding in Sangre Grande,Trinidad

RISING water levels interrupted the slumber of hundreds of people in Sangre Grande early Wednesday morning, after a tropical wave brought intense rainfall for almost ten hours.

An alarm was raised around 5am as residents in low-lying areas along Picton Road, Railway Road, Ramdass Street, Adventist Street, Good Hope Street, Coalmine and Fishing Pond woke up to flooded streets and homes.

Some residents had to race for higher ground while trying to save whatever appliances and valuables they could.

Residents of Picton Road were heard appealing to Toco/Sangre Grande MP Roger Monroe to block the road, as vehicles driving through the flood were causing more damage by pushing the water further into their homes.

Snowflake Cold

33 low temperature records fall in Alberta alone - Mammoth Mountain receives 5-feet during one of the biggest November snowstorms on record


Calgary was one of 33 Alberta communities to see record-breaking daytime lows on Wednesday.

Of the record-busting communities, the coldest came out as Sundre — the small, central Albertan town plunged to a jaw-dropping -32C (-25.6F) yesterday, shaving more than 10C (17.8F) off of its previous record low of -22.1C (-7.8F).

Below, I've listed all 33 of Alberta's busted benchmarks from Wednesday, Nov 9.


Snow totals at ski resorts across the west are stacking up - nearly 6 feet reported at Mammoth Mountain

© Mammoth Mountain/Andrew Miller
Mammoth Mountain
A major winter storm is currently barreling its way across the American mountain west dropping snow from the PNW down to Northern Arizona.

The bulk of the storm, at the time of writing this article, is dumping snow throughout Utah, Idaho, western Montana, and western Wyoming. The Sierras are the big winners racking up storm totals upwards of 60″.

The storm will continue to move east over the next day depositing leftovers in Colorado.

Let's take a look at the snow totals as reported by ski resorts across the west thus far to see if we can crown an unofficial winner of the storm.

Winter is here!


More than 150 sea turtles found dead on Panama's beaches in September and October

At least 151 sea turtles, most of them endangered green or Kemp's Ridleys, were found dead on the beaches of Panama's Pacific coast in September and October for reasons that are still unknown, authorities said Tuesday.

The acting director of the Panamanian Environment Ministry's Coasts and Seas Division, Marino Abrego, told Efe that a report issued Monday by that portfolio gave a breakdown by province: "61 turtles (dead) in Los Santos, 70 in Veraguas, two in Panama Oeste and 18 in Chiriqui."

It said green sea turtles and Kemp's Ridleys accounted for most of the deaths and that many of the reptiles were male.

The green turtle is a large species that lives in tropical and subtropical waters worldwide and is regarded as endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).


Woman, 88, mauled to death by dog in Richmond, Virginia

dog attack
An 88-year-old woman was been fatally attacked by a dog while she was out walking in a Virginia neighborhood, according to police.

Richmond police raced to the 1500 block of Alaska Drive at about 6:45 a.m. on Monday, November 7, following reports of a dog attack.

When police arrived they found retired teacher and church leader Evangeline Brooks had been left with life-threatening injuries.

Brooks was then transported to a nearby hospital for treatment but she later died from her injuries, according to NBC12.


Dead whale washed ashore in Ghana

A sea mammal suspected to be a whale has been washed ashore dead at Princess Town in the Ahanta West Municipality of the Western Region.

Measuring about 10 metres, the sea mammal was found where River Nyane enters the sea at Princess Town.

A youth activist and a resident of Princess Town, Lord Owusu Mensah, who confirmed the story, indicated that the sea mammal was first seen at the area on October 26, this year.

He could not therefore fathom why the mammal was still lying at the place and decomposing.

"In fact, I went to the scene and saw the mammal but I cannot confirm whether or not it is a whale," he pointed out.

Snowflake Cold

Satellite image shows world's largest iceberg is getting swept away from Antarctica

Iceberg antarctica
© Lauren Dauphin/NASA Earth Observatory
This photo, taken Oct. 31 by NASA's Terra satellite, shows the world's largest iceberg, A-76A, in the Drake Passage near Antarctica.
A new satellite image shows that the world's largest iceberg, A-76A, has entered the Drake Passage, a waterway that contains a fast-moving ocean current that will send the mighty berg on a one-way trip to its watery grav

After slowly drifting around Antarctica for more than a year and barely melting, the world's largest iceberg could soon be set on an accelerated course toward its eventual demise, a new satellite image reveals.

The gargantuan ice slab, known as A-76A, is around 84 miles (135 kilometers) long and 16 miles (26 km) wide. It is the largest fragment of the world's previous biggest iceberg, the Rhode Island-size A-76, which broke off from the western side of Antarctica's Ronne Ice Shelf in May 2021 and later fractured into three chunks: A-76A, A-76B and A-76C.

On Oct. 31, NASA's Terra satellite captured a photo of A-76A floating in the mouth of the Drake Passage, a deep waterway that connects the Pacific and Atlantic oceans between Cape Horn in South Africa and the South Shetland Islands to the north of the Antarctic Peninsula. The image shows that the girthy berg is currently sitting between Elephant Island and the South Orkney Islands (both obscured by clouds in the image) at the southern end of the passage, but its trajectory hints that it will head further north into the waterway in the coming weeks. The image was released online Nov. 4 by NASA's Earth Observatory.