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25 plus locations across south Australia have just suffered their coldest January days ever - Mainstream Media Silent

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Parts of South Australia have just shivered through some of their coldest January days on record — with Adelaide missing out on beating its 1970 record by just 0.7C.

The temperature at Adelaide's West Terrace weather station reached just 16.6C on Sunday — about 13C below the average for the time of year, and below the city's previous lowest January max temp on record, the 17.1C from 1970.

However, because of the controversial way the BOM now measures Australia's maximum temperatures "as the highest reading during the 24 hours to 9am each day," an observation of 17.8C at Adelaide's West Terrace site just before 9am on Monday has gone down as the official max for the 24 hour period.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning bolt kills 1 person, 20 cattle in Zimbabwe

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One person was killed while several homesteads were gutted by fire when a "mysterious" bolt of lightning struck a village under Chief Njelele in Gokwe South last Tuesday evening.

At least 20 head of cattle belonging to three families were killed in the incident that witnesses said occurred at about 6 pm.

Midlands police spokesperson, Inspector Joel Goko yesterday said he was still to get details.

Chief Njelele, however confirmed the extraordinary happening saying everyone was left shell-shocked.

"It was just hot and some dark clouds gathered and the next thing, lightning struck and killed a woman. There were also about 20 beasts which were killed," said Chief Njelele.

Arrow Up

German cities choking on 'green' wood smoke

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A number of countries have even made wood-burning a part of their drive to cut down on CO2 emissions. For example cities like Munich, Germany are seeing a rise in wood burning as a source of heat.

Moreover, many German cities are moving to ban diesel engine cars because of the CO2 they produce and, more importantly, all the terrible fine particles they emit.

Yet, ironically, as cities move to "clean" up their act and protect the climate, the opposite is in fact becoming the result. German cities are increasingly choking on fine particles emitted by dirty wood-burning - and activists are turning a blind eye to the growing problem.

In the case of Munich, Swiss meteorologist Jörg Kachelmann recently pointed out that evening time air quality in the Bavarian capital becomes worse than the average air quality of much of New South Wales, Australia even as bush fires rage.

Seismograph

6.0-magnitude quake hits 131km ENE of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea

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A 6.0-magnitude earthquake jolted 131km ENE of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea at 19:11:35 GMT on Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 116.75 km, was initially determined to be at 5.1549 degrees south latitude and 151.2578 degrees east longitude.

Snowflake

2.3 metres of snowfall in a week reported at ski resorts in Western USA

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Snow depths have passed the three metre (10 foot) mark in Western USA and the two metre mark in western Canada after heavy snowfall hit the region.

Ski areas have reported up to 2.3 metres (nearly eight feet) of snow in the past 7 days, the biggest accumulation reported by Mt Baker, in northern Washington state close to the US border. It is also posting the deepest base on the continent at 3.1 metres (10.3 feet).

Mt Baker holds the record for the most snow ever reported in one season, and for the most snow on average each season (both unofficial records); 29 metres / 95 feet set in winter 98/99 and 16.3m / 54 ft respectively.


Snowflake

Huge blizzard leaves parts of Newfoundland buried under 50 cm of snow

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It's been quite a day for areas of Newfoundland this Monday, which got hit with a huge blizzard and is currently covered in up to 50 centimetres of snow. Residents woke up to mounds of the white stuff, and the shovelling looks like it's going be intense. Newfoundland's weather is on a rampage right now, and it's expected to continue throughout the week.

Thousands are without power, according to The Weather Network, as nearly 40 centimetres have fallen so far, and the number is expected to rise as it keeps falling.

Environment Canada has issued a weather warning for the province, and it is likely that more of the winter precipitation will arrive on Wednesday, so get ready, Newfoundlanders!

Wind speeds are extremely high, and traffic has been a mess. The winds are reportedly travelling at up to 80 km/h across the province, according to TWN.


Snowflake

Blizzard dumps 16 inches of snow on Greece's Mount Parnassus

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"Storm winds" and snow thrashed Greece's Mount Parnassus and the surrounding area on January 6, according to the Parnassos Ski Center.

The center said 30 to 40 cm (about 12 to 16 inches) of snow fell on the slopes on Sunday into Monday and announced that they would be closed on Monday, January 6, due to the snowstorm.

News reports said a winter weather front brought snow and freezing rain to areas across Greece, including in both the Southern and Northern Aegean islands and the central regions.


Cloud Precipitation

Storms, floods and heavy snowfall strike across Turkey, 2 dead

Floods hit the southern province of Mersin
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Floods hit the southern province of Mersin at the beginning of the week.
Storms, strong winds and heavy rain have battered Turkey for the past two days, disrupting daily life everywhere from Istanbul to Mersin, where two people were killed in floods

A harsh winter has arrived in full force across Turkey this week with no improvements to the bad weather expected until at least Friday in most regions.

A mix of storms, strong winds, rain and snow took its toll on daily life from the western to the southern regions. In the Mediterranean province of Mersin, two people were killed in floods and landslides.


Magnet

Weird 'electrical surge' detected running through ground in northern Norway - Auroras follow

Yesterday, Jan. 6th, something unexpected happened in the soil of northern Norway. "Electrical currents started flowing," reports Rob Stammes, who monitors ground currents at the Polarlightcenter geophysical observatory in Lofoten. This chart recording shows the sudden surge around 1930 UT:

Graph from Polarlightcenter geophysical observatory, Norway
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"It seemed to be some kind of shockwave," says Stammes. "My instruments detected a sudden, strong variation in both ground currents and our local magnetic field. It really was a surprise."

Comment: And this happened while the Sun is quiet. Is the solar system 'grounded' by... a distant body, perhaps a 'twin Sun'?


Ice Cube

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Did 2019 leave us a glimpse of the future?

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Greenland sets its lowest temperature ever recorded for any month or any year EVER! The global drop in temperatures registered by UAH leaves 2019 in 3rd place behind 1999 and 2016. This reflects the disconnect in 102 climate models which are running 0.3C warmer than reality. More spending pullbacks globally this time in the Swiss Watch Sector and gold up.


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Comment: Greenland just set a new all-time record low temperature