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Late snow surprises travellers at Mt Hotham, Victoria, Australia

November Snow

November snow
Snow fell at Victoria's Mt Hotham on November 7 despite the ski season ending a month ago.

The dusting was posted on Mt Hotham's official page, with the caption: "Bit cool up at Hotham today and yes, it is snowing. Please take care on the road and check weather and road conditions on our website before travelling up here. If you are hiking, please ensure you are well prepared for the weather changes we get up here!"

The video shows snow falling on Hotham Central, which is a collection of retail businesses, including a supermarket, and office accomodation.

In the Facebook post, Mt Hotham officials also reminded travellers that the Dargo Road entry from Great Alpine Road had been closed, and urged motorists to check traffic.vicroads.vic.gov.au for more info.

Credit: Mt Hotham via Storyful

Comment: Further south on the same day: Late spring snow blankets parts of Tasmania a week after bushfires raged

Snowflake Cold

Late spring snow blankets parts of Tasmania a week after bushfires raged

A cold front has brought snow to Tasmania’s central highlands just a week after bushfires threatened shacks in the area.
© Rob Morton
A cold front has brought snow to Tasmania’s central highlands just a week after bushfires threatened shacks in the area.
Springtime snow has blanketed parts of Tasmania, including the state's centre where bushfires raged a mere week ago.

Tourists and residents at Miena in the central highlands woke on Thursday morning to a thick covering of snow.

"White - there's no other way to describe it. It's beautiful," Great Lake Hotel general manager Rob Morton said.

"We've had a couple of campers that had a bit of a shock overnight, but we got them into the hotel and warmed them up."

The cold front follows a wildfire that threatened shacks near Miena in late October when authorities declared the official start of the bushfire season.

Comment: Related: Late snow surprises travellers at Mt Hotham, Victoria, Australia

Cloud Precipitation

Heavy rain, landslides and floods leave communities cut off in Montenegro

Communities have been cut off and dozens of homes damaged after flooding in Montenegro from 05 November, 2019.

The Ministry of Emergency Management in Montenegro reported that days of heavy rain in the country has caused flooding and landslides in the municipalities of Niksic and Kolasin, prompting dozens of interventions by protection and rescue services.

Roads have been blocked leaving communities cut off and dozens of homes flooded with water up to 1 metre deep. At least 8 people were evacuated on 06 November in the village of Broćanac Niksic.

Better Earth

'Super cooled' ice ball phenomenon covers swathes of beach in Finland

ice balls finland
© Instagram
Ice balls cover beach in remote island in Finland.
Egg-like ice balls are piled up on a beach in Hailuoto, Finland, delighting people who braved the cold to visit the island.

"This was [an] amazing phenomenon, [I've]never seen before," Tarja Terentjeff told CNN.

"The whole beach was full of these ice balls."

Hailuoto is in the Gulf of Bothnia, which separates Finland and Sweden in the northernmost arm of the Baltic Sea.Terentjeff lives about 35 miles away in Oulu, and will drive and take a 30-minute ferry ride from the mainland out to the island because it's such a beautiful place.

Comment: The rise of unusual cold weather phenomena such as ice balls, spinning ice discs, ice tsunamis, softball sized hail, and so on, are likely linked to the period of cooling our planet is entering:

Ice Cube

Freak hailstorm destroys crops worth 'hundreds of millions of dollars' in South Australia's Riverland region

Hailstones blanket Bruce Hewett's property at Glossop, South Australia
© Lauren Cresp
Hailstones blanket Bruce Hewett's property at Glossop, South Australia.
Crops worth "hundreds of millions of dollars" have been destroyed during a freak hailstorm in South Australia's Riverland region.

Wind gusts of up to 70kph were recorded during the storm, which hit the area about 6pm on Monday.

"It would be hundreds of millions of dollars of damage," Neville, a local farmer, told ABC Radio Adelaide on Tuesday.

He said the storm had swept through the towns of Murray Bridge, Swan Reach and Wynarka.

Other properties hit were in Barmera, Monash and surrounds, where farmers grow crops including stone fruit, nuts and grains.

At the Renmark Airport weather station, nearly five millimetres of rain was recorded in less than half an hour.

A severe thunderstorm warning for damaging winds and large hailstones was issued by the Bureau of Meteorology about an hour before the storm hit.

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

Crop and cattle losses are on the rise everywhere, whether it is due to extensive drought, massive hail, epic flooding, huge dust storms, unexpected frosts, and even epidemics.


Kafu river in Uganda 10 METRES above normal raising fears of major flooding

River Kafu by our disaster preparedness team indicates that the water level has risen by 10m from it's normal level
© Uganda Red Cross Soc ‏
River Kafu - the water level has risen by 10m from it's normal level
Continued heavy rain across Uganda has caused further flooding and landslides. Local media and Red Cross report at least 6 people have died in rain-related incidents since 30 October, 2019.

Hundreds of people were displaced and at least 3 killed after flooding in Uganda in mid-October this year.

Meanwhile the Kafu river in Western and Central Region is 10 metres above normal levels, raising fears of major flooding.


Waterspout filmed in Martin County, Florida

Waterspout off Hutchinson Island

Waterspout off Hutchinson Island
Sightings of a water spout prompted a tornado warning in Martin County Tuesday afternoon off the coast of Hutchinson Island.

The warning lasted about 10 minutes between 4:20 and 4:30 p.m.

There were no initial reports of injuries.


Woman killed by her pit bull terriers in Bay City, Michigan

Police are continuing to investigate what led to a Bay City woman being mauled to death by one or more dogs in her house.

Police on Nov. 1 found 41-year-old Brandy Joy O'Dell deceased in her residence in the 3200 block of Westshore Drive in the Westshore Estates Mobile Home Park. In the home with her were two pit bull-type dogs and a Chihuahua, said Bay City Public Safety Capt. Caleb Rowell.

O'Dell's live-in boyfriend had called 911 after coming home and finding her, Rowell said. O'Dell had been alone with the dogs for less than a day, the captain added.

Comment: On the same day another woman was killed by her own dogs in Clearcreek Township, Ohio.

Snowflake Cold

Persistent drizzle at sub-zero temps in Antarctica, first time ever recorded

© US Department of Energy Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) user facility
The Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Mobile Facility (AMF2) was deployed to McMurdo Station, Antarctica, as part of a 14-month field campaign to gather sophisticated data with cloud radars and high spectral resolution lidar, and a complete aerosol suite.
When the temperature drops below freezing, snow and ice are expected to follow. That is not always the case in Antarctica, where for the first time, persistent drizzle has been recorded at temperatures well below freezing, according to a team of researchers.

Using both ground-based and satellite measurements, researchers recorded drizzle conditions below minus 13 degrees Fahrenheit lasting for more than 7.5 hours at McMurdo Station, Antarctica. Previous reports recorded supercooled drizzle at these temperatures, but only for brief durations. The presence of drizzle over several hours could have some implications for climate model predictions. The researchers published their findings in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres.

"We're familiar with drizzle as a process that takes place in warm temperatures," said Israel Silber, assistant research professor in the Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science at Penn State and lead author of the study. "At lower temperatures, processes like ice formation and growth make the probability for drizzle production significantly lower."

Comment: What doesn't appear to be addressed in the article is why, suddenly, drizzle is occurring for hours on end rather than the brief periods that have been documented before. Is this a new phenomena, and if so, what's changed?

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SOTT Earth Changes Summary - October 2019: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs

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Fire in the sky! Meteor/fireball sightings and barely detected asteroid flybys surely got our attention this past month. What is the cosmos trying to tell us?

Ireland, Scotland, Portugal, US, Canada, and China were witness to some of the most important meteor sightings in October, while NASA was put to shame by so many undetected NEOs, making it clear that we are defenseless against a possible 'out of the blue' hit by one of these rocks.

Severe storms and floods continued to wreak havoc around the world, leaving a trail of destruction in Saudi Arabia, Italy, Turkey, Egypt, India, Japan and Spain.

Hurricane season continued with Japan seeing its strongest storm in 60 years with the arrival of super-typhoon Hagibis and Korea suffering the effects of typhoon Mitag. The UK and Ireland also saw torrential rains in advance of, and in the aftermath of, hurricane Lorenzo, which severely damaged the Azores on its path northward.

In the Philippines, several were killed and many injured as the country was hit by not one, but three earthquakes registering over M6 in a two week period.

Snow in October is now becoming the norm. So much for less ice at the poles, dying polar bears, and record heat. October left a month's worth of snow in a single day in the Southern Yukon; 10 inches of snow in Washington; unexpected cold and heavy snow in Texas as well as parts of Russia and Canada... and it's still Autumn.