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73% of lower 48 US states covered in snow

This satellite image captured February 16, 2021,
© NASA/NOAA Suomi National Polar Orbiting Partnership via Stephen A.Wood/Maxar
This satellite image captured February 16, 2021, shows snow cover in the lighter white areas across the US. You can also see clouds in the brighter white areas above north-central Texas and up the Gulf Coast up toward Tennessee.
A large winter storm impacted a large portion of the United States over the Valentine's Day holiday and through Monday.

The storm impacted areas in Texas-Louisiana-Oklahoma all the way through Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee, Kentucky, and up through Illinois-Ohio-Indiana. Even areas on the upper east coast all saw snow from this same system.

Because of the snow and ice, as of Tuesday morning, over 4 million people in Texas are still without power after this powerful storm and many are having to conserve power.

Here's a look at some of the highest snowfall reports from February 14-15. Areas near Lake Michigan, like Chicago, Milwaukee, and the northwest corner of Indiana dealt with very impactful lake-effect snow bands that caused some of these high totals.

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Ice Age Farmer Report: RED ALERT: Food Supply Chain Shutting Down as Blackouts Spread - Grand Solar Minimum

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Texas' Ag Commissioner has issued a RED ALERT as the power grid is down and our food supply is grinding to a halt. Agriculture is not "critical infrastructure," and reports of blackouts tonight extend to ND, SD, NE -- livestock producers unable to provide water to their animals, and farmers unable to deliver to grain elevators that are shut down. Welcome to the Grand Solar Minimum. Christian breaks down the latest on this developing situation.


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'Just a real mess': 100 million people from the South to the East Coast in path of a new winter storm; 2.1M power outages across 8 states

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Winter's brutal assault continued Wednesday night as another snowstorm roared its way across the nation through the end of the week, hitting areas where millions were already without electricity in record-breaking cold.

More than 100 million Americans are in the path of the storm as it tracks from the southern Plains to the East Coast over the next few days, the National Weather Service said.

But the nation's heartland will get some relief over the weekend, the weather service reported, as the frigid air will begin to moderate over the next couple days.

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Shallow M6.1 earthquake strikes off Loyalty Islands

Loyalty islands quake map
© US Geological Survey
The US Geological Survey said the quake had a depth of 12.6km.

A magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck the same area last week, triggering a tsunami warning in New Caledonia and its neighbours.

It prompted the National Emergency Management Agency to issue a tsunami threat and urged residents along the country's northern coast to avoid beaches and shore areas.

It told people in or near the sea from Ahipara Bay to the Bay of Islands, Great Barrier Island, and from Matata to Tolaga Bay to move out of the water, off beaches and shore areas and away from harbours, rivers and estuaries.

The warning was lifted after a few hours.

No tsunami warning has been issued today.

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Green Folly: Berlin city's e-buses ground to halt due cold weather

Germany's capital Berlin was forced to replace some of its electric buses with diesel buses due to range problems associated with the cold weather.

Berlin's E-bus
© Robert Radke, CC BY-SA 4.0
Berlin. Germany’s fleet of e-buses had a hard time coping with the recent cold weather as dozens had to be replaced by diesel powered buses.
The cold weather worldwide is exposing the weakness of green energies and transportation systems based on them. For example Texas has seen millions of people impacted by rolling blackouts due to solar panels being covered by snow and wind turbines being frozen still.

The extremely cold weather has also led to transport disruptions all over Germany. One example is Berlin, Germany's fleet of electric city buses.

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'Use glowsticks for lighting' says Texas hotel to guest as statewide power failure causes mayhem

Frozen Texas
© Lola Gomez
Shrubbery around the city was covered in ice as a winter storm brings snow and freezing temperatures to North Texas on Monday, February 15, 2021, in Dallas.
As we previously reported on the ice-storm Texas frozen wind power - outages ensue, electricity now at unheard of $9000 per megawatt-hour I have friends in Texas that are reporting dire conditions thanks to the "green energy" grid failing to produce enough power. One friend and her husband are trapped in Austin, TX and have received this letter from the hotel they are staying at - it's mind-blowing. She says in a Facebook post:
"Our hotel is out of food, electricity, water and is giving us glow sticks for light. We're here until the weekend in below freezing weather."
Letter to Occupants
© Hampton Inn & Suites Austin
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Heavy snowfall hits Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Egypt

Snow Syria
© AP
Snow Syria
Snow blanketed parts of Syria Lebanon and Israel on Wednesday, blocking roads disrupting traffic and postponing exams at some universities.

Large parts of Syria were covered, including the capital Damascus which is witnessing this winter's first snowfall. Snow was as high as 15 cm (6 inches) in the mountains of Sweida province, according to the official state news agency SANA.

Roads in some provinces were blocked. In the central province of Hama, bulldozers shoveled snow to open roads while vehicles skidded on ice, further causing traffic disruption.

The University of Damascus called off mid-term exams scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday in all its branches around Syria because of the extreme weather conditions. The country's ports remained open.


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Heavy snowfall, gales as winter storm hits Middle East , 16_17 feb 2021

Snow is blanketing parts of Syria, Lebanon and Israel, JORDAN, NORTH SAUDI ARABIA AND SAINT CATHERINE,EGYPT ,blocking roads, disrupting traffic and even delaying exams at some universities
00:00​ JORDAN SNOWFALL
05:09​ SYRIA , SNOWFALL
06:36​ LEBANON , SNOWFALL
07:57​ ISRAEL , SNOWFALL
08:40​ Palestine , SNOWFALL
09:42​ SAUDI ARABIA, TABUK , SNOWFALL
10:23​ EGYPT, SAINT CATHERINE , SNOWFALL
Snowfall in Saint Catherin, Egypt:


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Related: Snow falls in Libya for the first time in 15 years


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Snow falls in Libya for the first time in 15 years

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The Green Mountain in northeastern Libya was veiled white this week as snow fell in the area for the first time in 15 years.

The rare flurry began on Monday and is expected to continue for at least two more days.

Families from the Sidi Mohamed Al-Hamri area dressed warmly and headed outside for fun-filled snowball fights, to build snowmen, and enjoy the wintry scenery.


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5-year-old mauled to death by stray dogs in Sangrur, India

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A five-year-old boy was mauled to death by a pack of stray dogs near a dump yard for dead animals, locally known as 'hadda rodi', at Behra village of Sangrur district on Tuesday.

The incident took place when the victim's mother, a domestic help, had gone to work and the boy was trying to catch a kite with people in the area celebrating the Basant Panchami festival.

Some passersby rescued the child, identified as Ravneet, when they noticed him being dragged by the stray dogs.

They took him to the Dhuri civil hospital from where he was referred to Sangrur town.

The victim belonged to a migrant family.

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Polar vortex 2021: Startling numbers reveal the rarity of the frigid temperatures across much of the US

A historic cold outbreak has led in the coldest air in decades across the United States, reaching all the way to the Rio Grande and bringing record amounts of snow and ice to the Deep South.
snow in Oklahoma
© Sue Ogrocki/AP
Snowplows works to clear the road in Oklahoma City on Sunday, February 14.
Here are some of the records that have been broken across the United States by the cold weather as well as some of the more interesting statistics recorded due to the extreme temperatures.

Extreme cold yet a record high

There was a 130-degree spread in temperatures across the US yesterday, from 90 degrees in Florida to 40 below zero in Wisconsin and Minnesota.

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