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Volcano erupts on island in Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan

Io-dake volcano

Io-dake volcano
Io-dake volcano, on the island of Satsuma Iojima in Kagoshima Prefecture, erupted at 5:35 p.m. on Saturday, the Meteorological Agency said.

The eruption shot plumes of smoke and ash more than 1,000 meters above the crater, and a small amount of ash may fall on the nearby village of Mishima during the night.

The agency has raised the alert level to 2 on a scale of 5 and urged people not to approach the volcano's crater.

The Kagoshima Prefectural Police and Mishima officials said they have not so far confirmed any injures among local residents.

Cow Skull

Hydrology expert claims South Africa facing worst drought in 1000 years

South Africa drought
A Hydrology expert says his research suggests South Africa is experiencing its worst drought in a thousand years.

Dr Gideon Groenewald says small towns suffer worst with many of them having already run out of water.

Groenewald said the drought was a result of a natural drying cyle and no one was to blame.

"We are in a drought that has lasted for about 20 years in short term, 220 years in longer term and it's now going to a 1000 years according to my records, so it means no human being or institution can be blamed for the fact that the dams are dry..." he said.

Meanwhile, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, says if the country uses water sparingly, there will be no need for water-shedding.

Cloud Lightning

Almost 1 million lose power after intense Halloween storm rolls through eastern US

US thunderstorms

More than 800,000 customers in 14 states lost electricity as an intense line of thunderstorms swept moved across the eastern U.S. on Halloween knocking down trees and power lines.

As of 4 p.m. ET, more than 420,000 still remained without power in Connecticut, Maine, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, according to poweroutage.us, which monitors U.S. utilities systems.

The Maine Emergency Management Agency warned that some residents will likely be in the dark into the weekend following winds that topped 70 mph in the coastal town of Castine.

The Central Maine Power, the state's largest utility, was getting help from crews for other utilities, including some in Canada, and was trying to arrange even more help, but was hampered by damage all over the region.

The damaging winds were spawned by a cold front colliding with unusually warm and humid air in the east, including temperatures in the 70s in New York City and Washington, D.C., according to AccuWeather.com.

The 14 states were clustered in the Great Lakes, Northeast and mid-Atlantic areas that felt the brunt of the storm as it rolled east late Thursday and early Friday.

Snowflake Cold

"Winterlike" storm breaks 100 year cold and snow records over US Mid West

© ABC News One
In Mukwonago, Wisconsin, the early snowfall caused issues for drivers on the roads.
In Mukwonago, a suburb of Milwaukee, Halloween looked more like mid-winter on Thursday, and many residents struggled to get through the day.

An intensifying winterlike storm dumped disruptive snowfall across parts of the Midwest on Halloween -- and many cities smashed record snowfall amounts for the holiday. The late-month storm pushed October totals to rank among the top five snowiest on record in many locations.

The heaviest snow, up to 6 to 9 inches, buried communities from southern Wisconsin to northern parts of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan. Hundreds of flights were delayed and canceled across the region on Thursday, and roadway conditions deteriorated as the afternoon hours wore on and snowfall rates increased.

Cloud Lightning

Whoa! Lightning strike leaves 15-FOOT HOLE at gas station in Fort Worth, Texas

Comment: Until this happened in Texas yesterday, this wasn't known to have been physically possible...

lightning hole
A powerful lightning strike left a huge hole in a Fort Worth parking lot just after 6 a.m. on Shadydell Drive and Boat Club Road on October 30, 2019.

The parking lot, shared by a Chevron gas station and a strip center now has a 15 feet wide and 3 feet deep hole. I have never heard of such events. Pretty powerful lightning, isn't it?


Snowy October in the Rockies with well above average snow falls - up to 1.2 metres (almost 4 feet)

Brighton, Utah two days ago.

Brighton, Utah two days ago on Oct 30th
It has been a good month for early season snow falls in the Rocky Mountains with resorts in Colorado, Utah and Alberta, Canada reporting snow totals up to 1.2 metres thanks to regular storms over the past few weeks.

The month finished with a bang with solid snow falls and cold temps combining to produce quality mid-winter powder over the past few days. However, with only a handful of resorts open, keen skiers were heading into the backcountry to enjoy it, but early season avalanche danger was a risk.

Two storms moved through earlier this week with Montana seeing the most snow, Bridger Bowl receiving 35.5cms on Tuesday night. Big Sky didn't miss out with another 28cms this week, taking the October total to 129.5cms, the resort's third snowiest October in 20 years.

In Utah, the resorts around Little Cottonwood Canyon enjoyed over 30cms in the past three days and Brighton and Alta are looking more like mid-January, with both scheduled to open on November 23.


The Big Switch

ice age
In this video I document the remarkably rapid transition from the global cooling scare to the global warming scare during the early 1980s, and how the climate science community has tried to cover it up.


Yellow-browed warbler from Asia found in Markleeville, California - first ever record for lower 48 states

The first confirmed sighting of a yellow-browed warbler in the lower 48 was found by Todd Easterla in Markleeville on Oct. 25.
© Todd Easterla
The first confirmed sighting of a yellow-browed warbler in the lower 48 was found by Todd Easterla in Markleeville on Oct. 25.
People with binoculars and cameras flocked to Markleeville last week after a confirmed sighting of a rare bird near the Alpine County Courthouse.

El Dorado Hills resident and birder Todd Easterla said he was making his rounds looking for birds for his county list when he hit the jackpot.

"I wasn't expecting it," he said. "I went up there hoping to find some water birds, like loons, at the little lakes up there, but I wasn't expecting to find a little passerine, especially one from Siberia."

He said the warbler was his 260th bird that wasn't introduced by humans.

"It was around 4:30 p.m.," he said. "It gets dark up there by 5 and I was panicking because I needed to get a photo of it for the rare birds record committee."


Early snowfall puts harvest on hold for Tri-State farmers

Tri-State farmers are taking another hit.

Farmers said the recent wet weather already makes for a tough harvest and Thursday's early snowfall is not making things any easier.

Soybean fields covered in snow are something farmers said they never expect to see in October. This is just the latest blow to area farmers, as they said it has already been a very difficult year.

They said at this point, they're just trying to finish up and move onto next year.


North Japan man left blind after suspected bear attack outside home

A 46-year-old dispatch worker in this northern Japan city was seriously injured in an apparent bear attack outside of his home on Oct. 31, police said.

Among his injuries, the man suffered fractures to bones in his head, and was blinded in both eyes. Akita Prefectural Police's Akita-Higashi Police Station is warning residents to remain vigilant in the wake of the attack.

According to police investigators, the eastern side of the man's home faces a mountain forest. They said the man had arrived home and just stepped off his bicycle when an apparent black animal suddenly emerged from the shadows of where he parked his bike and mauled him.