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Early snowfall on the central Ural mountains in Russia

The first snow fell in the Sverdlovsk region, reports RIA News.

It is noted that currently there is rainfall in the region in the form of wet snow.

"The snow cover did not have time to form," the agency's correspondent reports.

According to the Ural Hydrometeorological Center, on Monday night the air temperature in Yekaterinburg dropped below zero. On September 21, cloudy weather with clearings and light rain is expected in the city. The thermometer will reach plus 5-7 degrees.


Mt. Fuji in Japan gets first sprinkling of snow 1 month earlier than 2019

A dusting of snow is seen near the summit of Mount Fuji on Sept. 21, 2020.
© Mainichi/Koichiro Tezuka
A dusting of snow is seen near the summit of Mount Fuji on Sept. 21, 2020.
Japan's iconic Mount Fuji got its first dusting of snow of the season, the central Japan city of Fujiyoshida in Yamanashi Prefecture announced on Sept. 21.

According to the city, cooler temperatures prevailing over the four-day long weekend that started on Sept. 19 turned rain that had been falling on the mountain into snow, leaving a light sprinkling of the white stuff near the peak.

Mount Fuji's first observed snowfall in 2019 came on Oct. 23, over a month later than this year. According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, on average the mountain gets its first snow on Sept. 30.


Snow has already made its way to parts of Quebec... and it's only September

photo was used for illustrative purposes only.

Photo used for illustrative purposes only.
On September 14, Environment Canada issued frost advisories for certain southern parts of the province, predicted for the following days. But frost seems like a blessing when you find out that some of Northern Quebec got snow dropped on it this Saturday.

Yes, snow... in September. Which means it may just be time to pull out your hats, scarves and mittens.

A meteorologist for MétéoMedia, Sophie Colombani, tweeted "Snow this morning on the side of the Réserve faunique des Laurentides" on Saturday, September 19. She also noted that Montreal's temperature dropped to 2 C the previous night.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning bolt kills 15 cows in Nigeria

Lightning last Saturday evening killed 15 cows at Ikogosi in Ekiti West Local Government Area of Ekiti State.

The Asaoye of Ikogosi-Ekiti, Chief Ayo Ademilua, described the incident as a natural occurrence, which he said was strange in the town.

Narrating the incident to reporters via phone on Sunday, Ademilua said the incident occurred at the Ikogosi Warm Spring site along Ipole-Ekiti road.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Ikogosi Warm Spring is a notable tourism and recreational centre where warm and cold streams meet in Ekiti.

Arrow Up

Ecuador's Sangay Volcano sees uptick in activity with blasts, ash emissions

Explosion and pyroclastic flow from Sangay volcano
Explosion and pyroclastic flow from Sangay volcano yesterday
Ecuador's active Sangay Volcano on Sunday registered a significant uptick in volcanic activity, including several strong explosions and ash emissions, the Geophysical Institute (IG) of Ecuador said.

Activity increased from 04:20 a.m. local time (09:20 GMT) with seismic tremors that were more intense than any "observed in the preceding months," the institute said.

Satellite images showed a large ash cloud rising up to 10 kilometers above the volcano's crater.

Sangay is one of the most active volcanoes in Ecuador and has been in constant eruptive activity since 1628, when it last erupted.

The volcano, located about 5,230 meters above sea level in an unpopulated region of the southern Amazonian province of Morona Santiago, began a new eruptive period in May of last year.


Huge wildfire breaks out in Saudi Arabia's Taif region

Emergency crews responded to a wildfire on the Amad mountain in Saudi Arabia's Taif region on September 16 and 17.

The fire broke out on September 16 and no deaths or casualties were reported, the Saudi state-owned Al-Arabiya reported.

Footage shared by Taif News, a local news account, shows the fire in Amad mountain. Saudi Civil Defense tweeted on the afternoon of September 17 that fire suppression and control operation were continuing.


Aussie town lashed with a month's worth of rain in just 15 minutes

Despite localised flooding, Broken Hill residents were delighted to see the rainfall.

Despite localised flooding, Broken Hill residents were delighted to see the rainfall.
Residents of Broken Hill have celebrated as a thunderstorm dumped more than a month's worth of rainfall in 15 minutes, drenching the far west NSW town.

Happy locals desperate for rain shared photos of flooded streets on social media after the outback town copped 33mm of rainfall on Saturday, more than it received over six months last year.

"It's a good day for a flood in Argent Street. Sandbagging the shop and still smiling," clothing store Sitting Bull shared on Instagram.


One missing as severe floods hit southern France after torrential rain - up to 17.7 inches in just 12 hours

Mobile home floats away in France floods

Mobile home floats away in France floods
One person was reported missing on Saturday and dozens faced evacuation from their homes after torrential rain hit southern France, authorities said.

The Gard region, where firefighters reported the missing person, was on red alert after as much as 350 millimetres (13.5 inches) of rain fell in parts of the Cevennes mountain range on the edge of the Massif Central.

A similar amount cut off 10 departmental roads in the Gard, among them one in the Pont-d'Herault municipality, with prefectural sources indicating one village was isolated as a result.

Helicopters carried out two rescue missions and some 650 rescue personnel were mobilised for three further operations as some 200 people were led to safety in two villages.


More dead sea lions, turtles found on Baja Sur beach in Mexico

dead sea ions
183 sea lions have been found dead this month in Comondú

More dead sea lions have turned up in the same area where 137 sea lions washed up on the beach earlier this month in Baja California Sur.

In San Juanico, Comondú, the bodies of 21 sea lions were discovered last week, some clinging to life before bleeding out from their snouts.

This brings the number of dead sea lions to 183 this month alone, BCS Noticias reports.

Cloud Precipitation

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Nile river signals a massive global rainfall shift

Floods in Blue Nile State, Sudan, August 2020.
© Sudan Red Crescent
Floods in Blue Nile State, Sudan, August 2020.
The Blue and White Nile crest at the highest levels ever recorded, the strongest Medicane with highest wind speeds ever recorded and the USA wildfires release the most smoke and CO2 ever recorded all while the U.N begins what it calls "Planetary Monitoring."

Comment: At least 84 dead and 380,000 affected as floods worsen in Sudan - Blue Nile at record level