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Spectacular waterspouts filmed off Terracina, Italy

Spectacular waterspouts off Terracina (LT), Lazio, central Italy yesterday afternoon, Nov 9.


Twin waterspouts filmed off Ocean Shores, Washington

© Debbie Starkey Ferguson
Two waterspouts were spoted off Ocean Shores on Thursday afternoon.
It was a rather interesting day at the beach Thursday when not one, but two waterspouts dropped out of the skies off Ocean Shores.

Debbie Starkey Ferguson snapped two photos from her hotel room around 3 p.m. Thursday.

"Looked out our window and saw the one on the left. Soon after the one on the right started forming," she said. "A bit later, a third one started forming but didn't amount to much."

Carmen Lane was close by and she managed to get some video of the events:

The storms were part of a line of thunderstorms that came ashore around that time. There were no reports of any damage or injuries.


Circumzenithal arc spotted within wispy cirrus clouds in northeast Alabama

We love receiving photos of the Weather Where You Live, and this one had us taking a second look!
© Sydney Baker
One viewer wrote in from Grant, saying:
I wanted to share this photo with you. The clouds were absolutely beautiful and after taking a few pictures, I looked up and noticed the rainbow colors within the clouds, which added to how stunning they were already. You'll notice the rainbow colors slightly left of center in the picture. This picture was taken right around 3pm today on top of Grant.
The rainbow colors within the clouds are known as a circumzenithal arc.

Circumzenithal arcs are rare sight. It looks like an upside down rainbow, or is often described as a smile in the sky. These arcs form when the sun is lower on the horizon, when the light can be refracted just the right way to produce this colorful effect.

Snowflake Cold

Record snow - 500% typical snowpack, Finland fireball, Rocky Ross 128b

© Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times
Get your skis, sleds and snowshoes ready, winter-sports lovers: The snowpack level is up to 5 times deeper than normal.
Jackson Hole is reporting 100″ of "record" snow and nearby Grand Targhee is already up to 105″ for the season.

Near-record early season snowfall hits mountains; Olympics at 500% typical snowpack. SEATTLE — The snow is falling and ski resorts are opening. That's par for the course in a Pacific Northwest November. But the amount of snow we're seeing this early in the year is almost unprecedented. According to a snow-depth information report released Wednesday by the Northwest Avalanche Center, most area passes are seeing well-above average snowfall for this time of the year.



Man dies after being attacked by a swarm of bees in Victoria, Australia

A man has died after being stung by a swarm of bees on a farm in country Victoria.

The 30-year-old man came under attack about 10am while working on a property on MacArthur Street, at Dunkeld, in western Victoria.

It is understood the man was working at the property as a gardener.

Worksafe officers attended the scene and a report is being prepared for the coroner.

Snowflake Cold

Two ski areas in Wyoming hit 100″ of snow before opening day

Jackson Hole ski resort
Colorado resorts haven't been able to buy a flake of snow but it's been a different story to our north.

Jackson Hole is reporting 100″ of "record" snow and nearby Grand Targhee is already up to 105″ for the season.

Heavy snow has been reported at ski resorts all across the Pacific Northwest over the past few weeks thanks to a parade of storms on a persistent jet stream.

It's a weather pattern that is very common during La Niña, which was declared active by meteorologists at NOAA earlier this month.

Snowflake Cold

Nearly 3 feet of snow falls in California mountains; 5 feet snow depth in the Cascades, Oregon

© AP
This sort of weather doesn’t usually happen until later on in the winter
Almost 3 feet of snow has fallen over the past 48 hours in the Sierra Nevada mountains in a storm expected to dump heavy rain on the Midwest and Northeast at the start of next week.

The Sierra Nevada in California has seen 30 inches of snow since Wednesday. Oregon's Cascades Mountains have seen heavy snow in the past week, with 5 feet of snow on the ground -- the highest snowpack ever recorded this early in the season.

As the storm moves through the Rockies and into the western plains, watches and warnings have been extended from California to Oklahoma and up into the northern plains.

The storm system is moving out of California on Friday and moving through the Rockies with heavy snow expected.

Snowflake Cold

US: Polar vortex to bring 'extended period of severe winter weather', amidst already record breaking cold

© Judah Cohen/Atmospheric and Environmental Research
The Buffalo Niagara region is on the boundary of a hexagon that marks the coldest deviation from normal winter temperatures for the upcoming winter.
Autumn in Siberia often provides a glimpse into what winter has planned for the Great Lakes, including the Buffalo Niagara region.
So prepare to bundle up this winter.

Expect a frigid winter with at least one visit from a lobe of the polar vortex, according to climate researchers funded by the National Science Foundation.

"I think the combination of La Niña and an anticipated disruption of the polar vortex could focus the worst of this winter's weather around the Great Lakes," said Judah Cohen, a meteorologist at Atmospheric and Environmental Research, a firm specializing in environmental research.


Baby sperm whale dies at Juno Beach, Florida

© Matthew Longfellow
Stranded whale reported near Juno Beach pier
A baby Sperm whale that was stranded near the Juno Beach Pier on Wednesday has died, Jupiter police said.

Video posted to Twitter by Matthew Longfellow shows dozens of beachgoers trying to help the whale. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission was also on scene.

However, the whale died a few hours later while being sedated.


Sea creatures 7 miles down are eating plastic

Crustaceans, such as the tadpole shrimp (pictured), are eating plastic, scientists have confirmed
Sea creatures in one of the deepest places on Earth have been found for the first time with plastic fibres in their stomachs.

Crustaceans almost seven miles down in the darkest depths of the Pacific Ocean are eating plastic, scientists have confirmed.

The finding, which is the deepest possible record of microplastics, means nothing living in the world's seas is now likely to be untouched by manmade rubbish.

Every creature sampled at the bottom of the Mariana Trench in the Pacific had swallowed microscopic fragments including nylon, polyethylene and polyvinyls similar to PVC.

Dr Alan Jamieson, from Newcastle University, who led the study, called the results 'immediate and startling'.