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First weekend of October brings heavy snowfall to Romania's mountains; nearly 32 inches recorded

Those living or visiting mountain areas last weekend had first seats to a preview of the upcoming winter season. It snowed heavily in the mountains, with the layer of snow reaching some 80 cm at Omu Peak in Bucegi Mountains on Sunday morning.

The snowfall also covered Romania's beautiful high altitude roads Transfagarasan and Transalpina, at over 2,000 meters. Moreover, due to the bad weather alerts issued last Friday, the roads company CNAIR decided to close the segment between Ranca and Obarsia Lotrului on Transalpina.

The Transfagarasan is officially open until October 31 but the authorities advise tourists not to take this road in the following days as the snow reaches 1 meter on some segments. They are currently working on removing the snow.

În urma căderilor de zăpadă din ultimele 24 ore, stratul de zăpadă pe Transfăgărăşan, la altitudini pezte 1600m atinge...
Posted by Toma Cristian on Monday, 9 October 2017

Comment: It's also important to note that the first snow of the coming winter season for this country fell 2 months ago, see: August snowfall hits the mountains of northern Romania


Two bottlenose dolphins discovered dead in Amagansett, New York

Two bottlenose dolphins were found dead on Amagansett beaches, and biologists are trying to determine how they died.

The first dolphin was reported at about 2 p.m. Friday at the end of Atlantic Avenue by a member of the public, said Rachel Bosworth, spokeswoman for the Atlantic Marine Conservation Society.

The second, also reported to the society by a member of the public, was found Saturday morning at about 7 a.m. off Napeague Lane.

A team of biologists and volunteers, with assistance from the East Hampton Marine Patrol, responded to both scenes to evaluate the carcasses, she said.

Bottlenose dolphins are common in temperate and tropical waters, including off the coast of Long Island, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Adult dolphins can grow to as long as 12 feet and weigh up to 1,400 pounds.


Rare 'fire devil' captured on video as Portugal battles raging infernos

A rare and mesmerizing 'fire devil' was captured on video Saturday in the midst of Portugal's months-long battle with wildfires.

This natural phenomenon is a kind of tornado of flames. It occurs when fire, dust and wind combine in the air to create a blazing funnel.

Fire tornados can start in conditions where hot, dry air is rising rapidly, which, in turn, creates vertical columns of hot air. As more hot air is pulled into the column, a swirling effect is caused. The fire tornado then captures ash, flammable debris and embers, Live Science explains.

Comment: See also: September so far has been an almost apocalyptic month of environmental events


Very strong shallow earthquake of magnitude 6.2 in the Balleny Islands region off Antarctica

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 6.2

Local Time (conversion only below land) : Unknown

GMT/UTC Time : 2017-10-08 20:48:58

Depth (Hypocenter) : 10 km


6.6-magnitude earthquake strikes off Buldir Island, Alaska

However, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre did not immediately issue any warnings.

A strong 6.6-magnitude earthquake struck off the west coast of the US State of Alaska, seismologists said, but no tsunami warning was issued.

The US Geological Survey (USGS) said the quake struck at a depth of 111.8 km and 60 m east of the remote Buldir Island in the Aleutian archipelago that is home to some 8,000 people.

"Overall, the population in this region resides in structures that are resistant to earthquake shaking, though vulnerable structures exist," USGS said. "The predominant vulnerable building types are unreinforced brick masonry and reinforced masonry construction."

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre did not immediately issue any warnings.

"There is a low likelihood of casualties and damage," USGS added, assigning the event a "Green alert."

Source: Press Trust of India

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strikes claim 10 lives in 24 hours in Marathwada, India; 16 elsewhere across the country in 2 days

At least ten people were killed when rains coupled with gusty winds and lightning hit parts of this district in the past 24 hours.

Reports stated that five people were killed and as many injured as lightning struck them in Chardari's Ghagarwada shivar in Dharur taluka of Beed district when they had taken shelter under the tree during the rains.

The deceased were identified as Asaram Aghav (28), Dipali Gholve (21), Shivsala Munde (21), Usha Aghav (25) and Vasali Munde(25).In a separate incident, 55-year-old woman of Loan gaon village in Majalgaon taluka died in a similar incident while sitting under a tree.

Three deaths were reported in Paithan and Kannad taluka in the district.Thirty-one-year-old Rameshwar Shere from Dhakefal village died when lighting struck on him near the bridge of Yelganga river. In another incident at Rahatgaon village, one woman Yashoda Fasate lost her life due to lightning.

Comment: Elsewhere in India recently lightning strikes have claimed 4 lives in Telangana, 3 in Palghar followed by 4 more in the same district a day later and lastly 5 in Jharkhand.


Alert level raised due to increased seismic activity at Lewotolo volcano, Indonesia

Recent seismic activity at Lewotolo volcano
The alert level of the volcano was raised yesterday from from Level I (Normal) to Level II (Alert), the Indonesian volcano monitoring agency PVMBG reported.

Over the past weeks, degassing and seismic activity have increased significantly, suggesting a greater likelihood of a new eruption, most likely in the form of sudden explosions from the summit crater.

During the last week of September, a steam plume of varying intensity has been observed rising up to 500 m from the crater, and volcanic earthquakes detected under the volcano have increased from averages of a few per day to several tens per day.

An exclusion zone of 2 km radius around the crater is recommended.


Shallow 6.1-magnitude earthquake strikes off Tonga

The US Geological Survey (USGS) said the quake was shallow, striking 154 kilometres northwest of the village of Pangai, the administrative capital of the Ha'apai group of islands in central Tonga.
A strong 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck off the Pacific nation of Tonga on Monday (Oct 9), US seismologists said, but no tsunami warning was issued.

The US Geological Survey (USGS) said the quake was shallow, striking 154 kilometres northwest of the village of Pangai, the administrative capital of the Ha'apai group of islands in central Tonga.

The region's homes are vulnerable to earthquake shaking, according to USGS, but it said there was a low likelihood of casualties and damage.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre did not immediately issue any warnings.

Tonga sits on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, a region of frequent seismic activity due to collisions between continental plates.

Sources: AFP/de


Rocky Boy in Montana slowly being dug out after snowstorm

Officials with the Chippewa Cree Tribe are slowly digging residents out after the area was buried by a snowstorm.

The Montana Department of Transportation was able to bring equipment to the region to clear the roads.

Crews are digging out people with medical needs so they can get to appointments and receive appropriate treatment,

Hill County Electric was able to restore power to everyone except about ten homes.

Chippewa Cree Tribal Water Resource Director Dustin White is asking residents to be patient as crews slowly work through the heavy and wet snow.


Record breaking blizzard - Grand Solar Minimum update - 8 foot snow drifts of "global warming" reported

© Shawn & Steph White
This was taken in Rocky Boy, Montana! 30' of snow with 8' drifts in some places!!
According to the National Weather Service in Great Falls, Montana, this storm was effectively a blizzard in the Havre area, especially considering the severe impacts. A blizzard occurs when the following conditions are met for at least three consecutive hours: sustained winds or frequent gusts to at least 35 mph and considerable falling and/or blowing snow that frequently reduces visibility to less than a quarter mile.

Elsewhere, Zortman, Montana set a new one day record for October with 14 inches of snow reported Tuesday morning.

While not a record, Missoula, Montana recorded 10 inches of snow Monday night, which is the earliest recorded measurable snow there in 34 yrs.

The heaviest estimated snow amount from this storm is 30 inches in Rocky Boy, Montana. Drifts in at least one location were estimated to be eight feet high.