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25 more dead starlings found at another location in North Wales

dead starlings
Tests are being carried out on the latest discovery to found out how they died

A group of dead starlings found on the coastal path are being tested by police.

Nine dead birds were discovered between Porthmadog and Criccieth , with rural crime officers saying their deaths are thought to be a result of a "natural phenomenon".

A tweet by North Wales Police 's rural crime team said: "More dead starlings have been recovered, this time from the Wales Coastal Path near Cricieth.

"Don't be alarmed. We think this is a natural phenomenon. No 5G, no UFOs and hopefully no criminality. They are being recovered for toxicology tests."

It comes after 300 dead starlings were found on Anglesey in December in a case which mystified experts.


Attention

670 cetacean species dead on French coast since start of year - 11,000 dolphins found in 2019

dead dolphins

dead dolphins
Over 600 marine animals have been found dead along French beaches. Animal welfare activists say fishing nets are responsible for their deaths and predict an increase in numbers.

Hundreds of dead dolphins washed up on France's Atlantic coast with many more predicted to come, according to a French monitoring group for marine mammals.

Around 670 dead animals have been found on beaches as of mid-February, according to the conservation group Pelagis. Among the dead were hundreds of protected cetacean species including whales.


Animal welfare activists have said that tightly meshed fishing nets were responsible for their deaths.

Sun

Northern China wakes up to 5 suns in the sky

Five suns in China
© Via Twitter@Beautiful China
People are aware of the natural phenomenon that makes it look like there are three suns in the sky. But people in inner Mongolia, China, woke up to five suns.

A video shared by a page called Beautiful China on Twitter, showing five suns in the sky is going viral.

'What a spectacular wonder! Five suns are seen shining in the sky in N China's Inner Mongolia," the video shared by People's Daily, China was captioned.


Cloud Precipitation

Severe thunderstorm creates havoc in Perth, Australia

Dark clouds loomed over Morley as the storm front moved across Perth's northern suburbs
© Matt Woodcock
Dark clouds loomed over Morley as the storm front moved across Perth's northern suburbs.
A freak storm has caused chaos across Perth, bringing down trees, causing flash flooding and leaving homes without power.

The storm rolled in around 5pm, bringing dark clouds , lightning strikes and heavy rains with it.

It lashed the city and the suburbs, with people taking to social media to capture the chaos.

Winds of 93 km/hr were reported at Ocean Reef, while peak hour traffic ground to a halt as traffic lights went out.

The Bureau of Meteorology says the storm was not unusual for February, but it caught everyone by surprise.

BOM WA issued an alert only an hour before, just after 4pm.


Cloud Precipitation

Floods after heavy rain in Malawi with 4 killed

vehicles submerged in water at a garage in Biwi Township and Corporate Mall in Lilongwe
© NationOnline
Vehicles submerged in water at a garage in Lilongwe
Parts of Central Region in Malawi have seen heavy rain over the last few days, with flash flooding reported in the capital, Lilongwe, on 24 February.

Streets of the capital were flooded up to 1.5 metres deep, causing severe traffic disruption. The severe weather also caused major damage to a newly built hospital in the city.

Police in Malawi report that 3 people died in the Lilongwe River in the Kawale area of the city on 22 February.

Meanwhile Malawai News Agency (MANA) reports that one person has died after heavy rain caused the wall of a house to collapse in Mchinji on 21 February. District officials have urged residents to move to higher ground as the threat of flooding increases.


Snowflake

Breckenridge ski resort in Colorado hits 300 inches of snow: 'We still have 3 months left'

Breckenridge Resort

Breckenridge Resort
Breckenridge Resort hit and surpassed the 300 inch mark for the ski season on Sunday. According to Sara Lococo, the Senior Communications Manager at Breckenridge, the resort is reporting more than a foot of fresh snow as of Sunday morning.

What was expected to be a few inches turned into more than a foot!

"Woke up today at like 5 a.m. and it was about an inch, and then I checked the snow stake a couple of hours later, and it was more than a foot. I was like 'all right I better get out there,'" Lococo told CBS4 Sunday afternoon.

Lococo's job is to help tell the story that is Breckenridge resort. She says she found inspiration today out on the slopes.

"It's incredible. February has definitely delivered," Lococo said.


Snowflake

Copper Mountain in Colorado sees snowiest February ever with 88 inches of powder

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Breckenridge broke its own February record last week

With 10 inches of fresh snow to report Monday morning, Copper Mountain broke its record for February snowfall. Its neighbor on the other side of the Tenmile Range, Breckenridge, broke its February record last week.

With six days left in the month, Copper has received 88 inches of snow. The previous record was 83 inches in 1986. Breckenridge has received 110 inches this month
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Cloud Precipitation

Flood waters sweep cars down roads in Peru after heavy rains - at least 3 killed (UPDATE)

peru floods
Heavy rains hit parts of Peru on Friday, causing flood waters to sweep down roads carrying multiple vehicles with them.


Comment: Update: Floodlist on the 24th February reports:
At least 3 people have died, 23 were injured and 250 families displaced after flash flooding and mudslides in Peru's Tacna Department.

Peru's disaster authority, Centro de Operaciones de Emergencia Nacional (COEN), reported that flooding struck after heavy rain on 21 February caused rivers and streams to break their banks.

Two people died in Alto de la Alianza district and another in Tacna district. One house was completely destroyed, 249 severely damage and a further 2,146 flooded.

COEN said at total of in 2,146 families were affected, including 371 in Tacna district, 450 in Pachia district and 800 in Pocollay district. Areas of Jorge Basadre Province were also affected, displacing 28 families in Ilabaya district.

Military personnel assist in clearing flood debris in Tacna, Peru, February 2020.
© Ministerio de Defensa del Perú
Military personnel assist in clearing flood debris in Tacna, Peru, February 2020.
Heavy rain has triggered flooding and landslides in other areas of the country over the last few days, including in Arequipa and Puno departments.



Windsock

Sandstorm causes disruption on Spain's Canary Islands

A satellite image shows the sandstorm blasting the Canary Islands from the east
© NASA
A satellite image shows the sandstorm blasting the Canary Islands from the east.
Airports on Spain's Canary Islands reopened on Monday although service was disrupted after a sandstorm hit the archipelago, airport authorities said.

All eight airports on Spain's Canary Islands reopened on Monday a day after a sandstorm shrouded the archipelago, forcing their closure, the transport ministry said.

"The overnight improvement in the weather has allowed the resumption of air traffic in all airports in the Canary Islands," the ministry tweeted.

ENAIRE, the public body that manages Spanish airspace, said flights had resumed after "an improvement in the haze".

Air travel was first disrupted on the archipelago on Saturday after strong winds carrying red sand from the Sahara shrouded the tourist hotspot, forcing flights to and from the islands of Gran Canaria and Tenerife to be cancelled or diverted.

The airports were reopened on Monday morning Spanish airport operator AENA said, but warned that they were operating with "reduced capacity". Travellers were advised to check the status of the flight with the airline.


Cloud Precipitation

Residents stranded after Cyclone Wasi floods rivers in Samoa

This is road near Faleolo Airport at Satapuala
© Samoa Land Transport Authority
This is road near Faleolo Airport at Satapuala
Some residents on the Samoan island of Savai'i are stranded due to rivers flooded by the weekend's Cyclone Wasi.

Although there were no casualties or major building damage reported due to the cyclone, some rivers and roads remained flooded.

The Samoa Observer reported two rivers on Savai'i, Mali'oli'o River and Sasina Fiord rose to dangerously high levels and have cut off road access.

Residents from Letui and Aopo - who attended a church gathering at Faletagaloa Safune on Sunday - were stranded and unable to travel home because the water at Sasina Fiord was so high after the heavy rain.