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East Troublesome wildfire in Colorado explodes to 170,000 acres: 'Really unheard of'

Troublesome fire

East Troublesome fire
The East Troublesome Fire grew almost another 50,000 acres on Thursday, after growing about 100,000 acres Wednesday night. As of Thursday evening, the fire was estimated at 170,000 acres — making it the second largest fire in Colorado history.

"We prepare for the worst. This is the worst of the worst of the worst," Grand County Sheriff Brett Schroetlin said.


There are concerns the fire could merge with the Cameron Peak Fire, which has burned over 200,000 acres.


Boat

Hundreds of houses flooded, vehicles swept away as lakes overflow in Bengaluru, India

Heavy rain for the third consecutive day resulted in flooding in several parts of Bengaluru.

Heavy rain for the third consecutive day resulted in flooding in several parts of Bengaluru.
Normal life has been disrupted in Bengaluru as rainwater entered houses after the city received a heavy downpour on Friday night.

The rainwater entered the residential area here following which people have also suffered loss of property and damage to furniture.

Videos posted on social media show the heavy flow of water flowing away vehicles.


Snowflake

Big White ski resort in British Columbia receives 8 inches of October snow in 24 hours

Big White
© Big White Ski Resort
Big White
Snow enthusiasts rejoice; Big White Ski Resort has received 21 centimeters (8.2 inches) of powder in the past 24 hours.

As of Oct. 23, the mountain's snow base is already 41 centimeters deep, with still another month to go until opening day.

"When it snows in October, everyone gets excited... the phones ring, people wax their boards and skis, and everybody gets pumped for the season," said Big White Ski Resort Ltd senior vice president, Michael Ballingall.

The resort is scheduled to open for the season on Nov. 26.

Throughout the winter season, Big White sees on average, 750 centimeters of snowfall.

Cloud Precipitation

Severe flooding hits Sao Paulo, Brazil

floods
The city of São Paulo suffered from heavy rains this afternoon. Firefighters answered 44 calls for floods, 40 for falling trees and 4 for landslides, according to information updated at 18h02. One of the trees hit a person on the street Aratangi, in Cachoeirinha, but there is still no information on the victim's health status.

The capital of São Paulo entered into a state of attention for flooding from 2:12 pm, according to data from the CGE (Center for Management of Climate Emergencies). In the North Zone, heavy rain dragged cars that were inside a car wash and piled vehicles, according to information from Globo News.


Snowflake

Snowstorm breaks 120-year-old record for most snow in October in the Okanagan region, British Columbia

Snow

Snow in Kelowna
A 120-year-old record for most snowfall on an October day has been broken in Kelowna.

The previous record was 12.7 cm in 1899, according to Environment Canada.

Kelowna is currently sitting at around 13 cm of snowfall for the day.


And in Penticton, the South Okanagan city matched a 95 year-old record at 11 cm of snowfall.


Attention

Floods, drought are destroying crops and sparking food inflation

Wheat harvest
Wild weather is wreaking havoc on crops around the world, sending their prices skyrocketing.

On wheat farms in the U.S. and Russia, it's a drought that's ruining harvests. The soybean fields of Brazil are bone dry too, touched by little more than the occasional shower. In Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia, the problem is the exact opposite. Torrential downpours are causing flooding in rice fields and stands of oil palm trees.

The sudden emergence of these supply strains is a big blow to a global economy that has been struggling to regain its footing after the shock of the Covid-19 lockdowns. As prices soar on everything from sugar to cooking oil, millions of working-class families that had already been forced to scale back food purchases in the pandemic are being thrust deeper into financial distress.

What's more, these increases threaten to push up broader inflation indexes in some countries and could make it harder for central bankers to keep providing monetary stimulus to shore up growth.

The Bloomberg Agriculture Spot Index, a gauge of nine crop prices, has risen 28% since late April to its highest level in more than four years. Wheat earlier this week was the most expensive since 2014.

"The fundamentals have changed dramatically since May," said Don Roose, president of brokerage U.S. Commodities in Iowa. "The weather is bubbling to the top, and we have demand chugging in a bull market."

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Bizarro Earth

Largest and deepest ozone hole in years over Antarctica

Antarctica, White Island
© CC BY-SA 2.0 / Eli Duke / Antarctica, White Island
Both small and short-lived ozone holes, as well as bigger ones are known to be driven by very special meteorological conditions: cold stratosphere temperatures have been found to be behind astonishing increases in their size, whereas warming typically causes them to shrink.

A hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica occurs regularly, but now it has expanded to one of its biggest recorded sizes over the past few years, scientists report, as cited by Science Alert.

Fresh estimates from the European Space Agency's Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite show that the ozone hole reached a maximum size of roughly 25 million square kilometres on 2 October, thereby outpacing the measurements of 2018 and 2015's ozone holes - 22.9 and 25.6 million square kilometres respectively.

Yet, 2020's maximum peak isn't the largest on record. That title belongs to the 29.9-million square kilometre hole registered back in 2000, however, this year's hole is still one of the deepest in recent years.

Atmospheric scientist Vincent-Henri Peuch from the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts admits there is a certain variability in the development of such holes from year to year, noting that while it resembles the one from 2018, it "is definitely in the upper part of the pack of the last 15 years or so".

Attention

Karymsky volcano eruption in Kamchatka, Russia on October 21

Karymsky volcanic eruption on October 21, 2020.
© A.Belousov
Karymsky volcanic eruption on October 21, 2020.

Karymsky (Russian: Карымская сопка, Karymskaya sopka) is an active stratovolcano on the Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia. It is currently the most active volcano on the Kamchatka Peninsula, as well as the most active volcano of Kamchatka's eastern volcanic zone.

It is named after the Karyms, an ethnic group in Russia.


Attention

Bezymianny volcano erupts spewing ash 6 miles into sky in Kamchatka, Russia

Bezymianny volcano
© KB GS RAS
Bezymianny volcano
The Bezymianny volcano in Russia's far eastern Kamchatka peninsula erupted on Thursday and sent a column of ash high into the sky.

The eruption was captured by a surveillance camera from a nearby seismic station.

According to preliminary reports, Bezymianny produced an ash plume reaching around 10 kilometres (6.2 miles) into the sky. The eruption of the volcano had been anticipated since the beginning of October.

Bezymianny is one of 29 active volcanos in Kamchatka. It stands 2,800 metres (9,186 feet) above sea level.

The latest eruption of the volcano occurred in March 2019.


Credit: Kamchatka Branch of Geophysical Survey of Russian Academy of Sciences

Snowflake Cold

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Here's why food prices will double then triple, are you ready?

US cold weather
© YouTube/Adapt 2030 (screen capture)
The Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) has raised the allowable limits before suspending trading in the futures market, for ALL commodities, more than double last years wild up and down prices. These traders know what is coming and not to send red flags to the populace absurd allowances for price swings upward are being now in place. Record cold about to sweep N. America with temperatures 40F below normal as the winter wheat crop is emerging.


Comment: 1,100 crashes, spinouts during October snowstorm in Minnesota - largest early storm in state history with 9 inches dumped

As well as natural disasters devastating crop growth, the insane response to the coronavirus crisis and losing value of currency in Western nations in particular, have made the production, availability, purchasing and distribution of food - a MAJOR global issue the likes of which we haven't seen in generations.

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