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Travel chaos in Norway as landslide closed Oslo to Bergen rail line after heavy snowfall

This maintenance carriage was stuck in the snow attempting to clear the Oslo to Bergen railway
This maintenance carriage was stuck in the snow attempting to clear the Oslo to Bergen railway
The world-famous Oslo to Bergen is finally back open after a landslide caused chaos on the rails. Such was the weight of the snow that fell in the landslide on Monday afternoon, wooden structures built to protect the tracks collapsed and power lines were torn down.

Train driver Kjell Haugerud told TV2 of the experience on the last train before the closure. "We couldn't see our hand in front of us," he said. Haugerud, who has 40 years experience on the Bergen Line, described the need to stop the train every few minutes to clear the front windshield after the blades of the wiper broke under the stress of strong winds and heavy snowfall.


Anchorage, Alaska sets daily record for high temperature and snowfall on same day

Anchorage, Alaska stats
© The Weather Channel (screen capture)
Anchorage, Alaska, set two seemingly opposite records, one for high temperature and one for snowfall, on the same day.

Just the right setup, with a moist and active pattern, allowed a warm temperature record to occur on the same calendar day as heavy snowfall.

Strong southerly flow courtesy of an upper-level high over northwestern Canada brought warmer air and plenty of moisture into southern Alaska late Monday into early Tuesday.

Temperatures briefly rose above 40 degrees in Anchorage early Tuesday as a result of this southerly flow. The high for the day was set during the midnight hour when temperatures rose to 44 degrees. This tied the daily record high for the date.

Above-average temperatures were also observed into northern Alaska. Utqiaġvik (formerly known as Barrow) ended its streak of 25 consecutive days of temperatures below 15 degrees below zero.

However, a cold front then pushed through Anchorage. Temperatures dropped to 32 degrees by 5 a.m. Tuesday, and snow was reported.

Snow continued to fall throughout Tuesday due to this first system and another low that was approaching from the south.

Comment: Anchorage, Alaska breaks snow record for New Year's Day following the warmest Dec 31 on record


Winter storm leaves 50 people stranded at mountain pass in South Norway - cars buried by up to 3 meters of snow

A heavy winter storm has left around 50 people trapped at a mountain pass in Norway.

Cars are buried in 2-3 metres of snow and the road (E134 Haukelifjell) is closed and impassable due to the weather.

The travellers are inside and safe but need to wait for the weather to calm down and the roads to be cleared.


Finnish Lapland covered by near-record levels of snow

The village of Poka in Finnish Lapland has over 120cm of snow cover.
© Jarmo Siivikko/Yle
The village of Poka in Finnish Lapland has over 120cm of snow cover.
While southern parts of Finland continue to see the mildest winter in at least a century, and even cherry trees have started to blossom in some localities, Finnish Lapland is covered by near-record levels of snow, with a real threat of avalanches on the fells.

Iiris Viljamaa of the Finnish Meteorological Institute told the tabloid Ilta-Sanomat that on Wednesday, the village of Poka in Kittilä had 121 centimetres of snow cover. Poka's long-term average for this time of year is 42 centrimetres.

Several of the institute's weather measurement stations in Lapland have reported record snow depths.

Comment: Also in this region of Europe: Almost twice as much snow as last year in north Norway - more than 7 feet

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Hundreds evacuated due to floods following persistent heavy rain in North Argentina

Floods in Chaco, Argentina, February 2020.
© Government of Chaco
Floods in Chaco, Argentina, February 2020.
Persistent heavy rainfall in northern Argentina has triggered flooding in the provinces of Tucumán, Salta, Chaco and La Rioja.


Around 160 families have evacuated their homes in northern and eastern areas of Salta province after flooding began around 11 February. Provincial authorities are delivering relief supplies and assisting with evacuations.

Many of those affected are from the indigenous Wichi community. Recently the Government declared an emergency following the deaths of eight children under five linked to malnutrition in the Wichi community since December 2019.

Salta is close to the border with southern Bolivia, where flooding recently affected parts of Potosí. Department.

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Heavy rainfall triggers landslide killing 4 in West Java, Indonesia

Floods in Cirebon Regency, West Java, Indonesia 16 February, 2020
Floods in Cirebon Regency, West Java, Indonesia 16 February, 2020
Disaster authorities in Indonesia have reported further death and damages as a result of heavy rain currently affecting wide areas of the country.

The rain trigged a landslide in Ciawi District, Bogor Regency, West Java, in the early hours of 20 February. The landslide destroyed a wall of a house, causing the building to collapse and killing four people inside.

Heavy rain has recently caused flooding and landslides in at least 4 provinces of the country; West Sumatra, West Nusa Tenggara, East Kalimantan and West Java.

As many as 115,000 people have been affected by flooding in Bandung Regency in West Java. The recent flooding struck on 18 February, damaging around 16,000 homes in Baleendah, Bojongsoang and Dayeuhkolot districts. Over 400 people have been displaced.

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Two named storms hit the UK within two successive weekends - "Climate change to blame!" bark the ill-informed

Storm Dennis

Storm Ciara and Storm Dennis have undoubtedly caused disruption and flooding across parts of the UK of late, but to blame them on "global warming" is painfully stupid and easily refuted...

The UK Met Office introduced a storm naming system in 2013 in order to simplify things for the public and media. A storm is named when it is deemed able to have a "substantial" impact on the UK or Ireland. The first substantial storm of any given season begins with the letter "A," and subsequent storms progress through the alphabet.

Dennis starts with a "D" — meaning it is the fourth named storm of the 2019/20 season.

Simple enough.

Proponents of AGW, however, have labelled both Ciara and Dennis the catastrophic results of climate change. But what they clearly haven't bothered to look-up are the named storms of previous years.

By this time in 2015/16, the storms had already reached the letter I, and in 2017/18 were at the letter G.

"It's just because we have had two named storms over a weekend which is when people want to go out and want to do things," said Net Weather forecaster Jo Farrow.

"That's perhaps meant people have noticed it more or been more affected by it."

Comment: Draconian Climate Change Agenda: Back to The Medieval Green World


Stray dogs maul 12-yr-old girl to death in Punjab, India

dog attack
A minor girl of a migrant family, who had gone to look for potatoes in fields of Naulari village, was attacked and mauled to death by stray dogs. The deceased identified as, Simran (12), was a Class IV student of Naulari primary school. Daughter of Jugal Sharma, a resident of Bihar, and she was presently residing on the farms of Sukhdev Singh, a farmer.

As per the information, Simran left her room to collect potatoes from fields for her family on Tuesday evening at about 6 pm. When she did not return till late night, her family members started searching for her. Later, they spotted her lying in a pool of blood with stray dogs sitting nearby. She had died on the spot. The victim's family members managed to shoo away dogs with much difficulty.


Snowiest February ever at Breckenridge, Colorado - already 7.5 feet by the 17th

It's February and more than 24 feet of snow has already fallen in Breckenridge. The ski resort says this is the snowiest month on record since they started keeping records in the 1980s.

Breckenridge and Steamboat Springs Ski Resort are racing to hit 300 inches of snow this season.

An active jet stream has been funneling that snow into Colorado's high country.

"I'm glad because the skiing is awesome," said one woman visiting from Florida.

Comment: 0uttherecolorado.com reports that by the 17th the snowfall total for the month was already 7.5 feet.

See in addition: Northwest Colorado records storm's highest snow total - 40 inches over weekend


UN calls for greater global effort in tackling locust invasion as June upsurge forecast

The United Nations (UN) has called on the international community to help East African and West Asian countries where devastating swarms of locusts continue to devour crops and threaten food safety in the region.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) stated that Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda are the worst affected by the desert locusts that present an extremely alarming and unprecedented threat to food security and the livelihoods of 13 million people.

Some researchers have tied the plague to climate change which has brought a prolonged bout of exceptionally wet weather in East Africa. Desert locusts usually thrive after continuous rainfalls that trigger blooms of vegetation in their normally arid habitats.

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