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It's snowing in October in parts of Nova Scotia, Canada

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It's snowing!? That is the question being asked after some Canadians woke up to a blanket of white snow this morning, in October.

Residents from a town called Antigonish, in Nova Scotia, were in for a big surprise when they looked out of their windows and saw snow covering the ground and in some cases, mounted on their cars.

They quickly took to social media to share the news and show the rest of Canada just how epic the precipitation got so early in the year.

One resident woke up to her car covered in snow, but was very cheerful and welcomed the unexpected mix of seasons into town.


Man killed, woman injured after attack by their own pit bull in Moses Lake, Washington

A man is dead and his wife was seriously injured Thursday after they were attacked by their own dog at a mobile home park in Moses Lake, sheriff's officials said.

The dog was identified as a pit bull or pit bull mix, said Kyle Foreman of the Grant County Sheriff's Office.

The incident unfolded at about 11:20 a.m. when a neighbor called 911 to report a dog attack at the Harvest Manor Mobile Home Park in the 4800 block of Airway Drive.

Deputies and medics responded to the scene and found the man and woman with severe injuries consistent with a dog attack.

Cloud Lightning

Something new in the realm of sprites

Sprite-Halo with Feet
© Frankie Lucena
Sprite-Halo with Feet and a Red Sprite on September 28, 2020 @ Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico
Frankie Lucena of Puerto Rica has made a discovery. Some jellyfish have feet. Jellyfish sprites, that is. "On Sept. 28th, I photographed an outburst of upward directed lightning over the Caribbean," he says. "Their jellyfish forms included something unusual. I call them 'feet.'" Note the bright endpoints at the bottom of the sprite's dangling tendrils.

"This feature in a sprite event hasn't been documented yet," says Lucena, who has spent years documenting sprites and gigantic jets above electrical storms near Puerto Rico. "After checking my database I was only able to find three others that have this feature, so I compiled all four into a single image. My best guess is that the electrons were only able to propagate downward to a certain point and they accumulated there, causing the tips of the tendrils to brighten."

Comment: With the surge in sightings of red sprites in recent years (which are still considered 'rare' by some) it seems the electrical nature of our weather and changing atmosphere is becoming more apparent:


Heavy early snow hits Iran

In recent days, significant thicknesses have accumulated, especially in the East Azerbaijan province.


Death from above! Face of Mexican 'Day of the Dead' symbol 'the Elegant Skull' appears in volcanic ash cloud weeks before the annual festival

Netizens commented that the shape formed by the plume of smoke was similar to that of the ‘La Calavera Catrina’ (The Catrina Skull), the unofficial face of the ‘Day of the Dead’ festival

Netizens commented that the shape formed by the plume of smoke was similar to that of the ‘La Calavera Catrina’ (The Catrina Skull), the unofficial face of the ‘Day of the Dead’ festival
'The Elegant Skull', the face of Mexico's 'Day of the Dead' festival, appeared in a volcanic ash cloud during an eruption weeks before the annual festivities.

A photograph of the cloud shared on social media soon had netizens likening its shape to the character - also known as The Catrina Skull - and saw the sighting as a reminder of the festival held on November 1 and 2 every year.

The picture of the Popocatepetl volcano eruption, located between the central Mexican states of Puebla, Morelos and Mexico, was taken on Wednesday.

Authorities from Puebla issued a warning on Wednesday morning notifying citizens the volcano was showing moderate activity, however, what made headlines was the viral picture of the cloud of ash it was producing.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning kills 2, injures 5 others in Nigeria

Tension heightened at mile 5, Ugbolu, Oshimili South Local Government Area, Delta State after lightning killed two yet to be identified persons during a heavy downpour. Vanguard correspondent reports that the two dead persons, a male and female were in a makeshift shop when the incident occurred. They both died on the spot, it was also reported that five other persons sustained serious injuries.

Although the identity of the victims were unknown at press time, the man was said to be an Evangelist who hailed from the community while the woman was said to be a cassava farmer.

One of the survivors, Mrs. Gladys Okah, who spoke with newsmen, said she ran into a meat shop owned by one Mrs. Ortega due to the heavy downpour when the thunder struck.


Up to 1,500 birds flew into skyscrapers in Philadelphia

Some of the 400 birds Stephen Maciejewski collected in Center City Philadelphia Oct. 2,
Some of the 400 birds Stephen Maciejewski collected in Center City Philadelphia Oct. 2, during what Pennsylvania Audubon says a rare event with from 1,000 to 1,500 birds colliding into buildings in just a three block area.
Stephen Maciejewski dropped to a knee on a Center City sidewalk Wednesday morning and gently scooped up a yellow-billed cuckoo that had smashed into a skyscraper and died on its way to Central America or the West Indies.

"This probably happened yesterday," said Maciejewski, a 71-year-old retired social worker and volunteer for Audubon Pennsylvania. He labeled a plastic bag with the time, date, and location, tucked the slim migrator into it, and continued his rounds.

Maciejewski gets emotional when he speaks about all the birds he finds, but nothing, he says, prepared him for what happened Friday.

"So many birds were falling out of the sky, we didn't know what was going on," he said, choking up. "It was a really catastrophic event. The last time something like this happened was in 1948."

Cloud Precipitation

Floods killed 36 in Sokoto, Nigeria - 302,500 hectares of farmlands were submerged

No fewer than 36 people have died while 470 others displaced from their homes following floods due to heavy rainfalls in various parts of Sokoto state from January to date.

Mustapha Umar, the Director Relief and Orientation of the Sokoto State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), disclosed this at a meeting on disaster management on Thursday in Sokoto.

The meeting was organised by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).

Mr Umar said about 302, 500 hectares of farmlands were submerged and about 120 animals were killed due to flooding experienced across the state.


Signs and Portents: Pair of two-headed turtles hatched in Milford, Pennsylvania

Jake, left and Elwood both have fully formed and completely functional heads and facial features and are able to eat, see, hear, and move their heads on their own.
Jake, left and Elwood both have fully formed and completely functional heads and facial features and are able to eat, see, hear, and move their heads on their own.
A Milford couple has been protecting a colony of painted turtles on their property for years, but this was the first year the hatchlings included two-headed turtles.

Mike and Tanya Pfaeffle, who moved into their Milford home in 2008, quickly discovered a few northeastern painted turtles living on their property. Since then, they have watched over the turtles, whose numbers increase each spring.

"There were a few when we moved here. We don't really do anything except for putting cages over egg clutches to keep predators out each spring. This just gives them a chance," Mike explained. "This year there were five turtles, 35 eggs. Thirty-four of the eggs hatched, and the turtles are doing well. This includes the two-headed turtles that we found and were advised to bring inside to help them survive."

Two-headed turtles are extremely rare, but this year's hatchlings included two of them. One survived, and the Pfaeffles are caring for it (or them). They named the turtle Jake and Elwood.


Iceland's most active volcano on verge of erupting again, scientists warn

Volcano eruption
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Getty Images / Arctic-Images
Scientists in Iceland have raised the threat level for the Grimsvotn volcano, warning there are now multiple indications that an eruption could soon take place.

This volcano experienced an unusually powerful eruption in 2011, firing a 20km pillar of ash into the air, but was overshadowed by the smaller eruption of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano the previous year, which forced the cancellation of some 100,000 flights in an unprecedented disruption.

Recently, the volcano has been observed "inflating" as new magma enters the chambers beneath it once again, and the resulting increased thermal activity has melted more ice. Localized earthquake activity has also increased, all combining to suggest that an eruption may soon take place.

Seismologists are now on the lookout for an intense swarm of earthquakes, which could last up to 10 hours, signaling a rush of magma to the surface and an imminent eruption.

Though a slim possibility, an eruption event of a similar scale to 2011 would exacerbate an already precarious situation for the airline industry which has been hammered by the coronavirus pandemic.