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Mother Nature 'paves Paradise' at Mount Rainier, Washington with nearly 19 feet of snow

Paradise Ranger Station near the Jackson Visitors Center sits under nearly 19 feet of snow.
© Mt. Rainier National Park
Paradise Ranger Station near the Jackson Visitors Center sits under nearly 19 feet of snow.
If your idea of Paradise is to frolic in several feet of snow, then the ranger station at Mt. Rainier is aptly named.

Paradise Ranger Station, at about 5,400 feet, typically sits under a massive snow blanket at this time of winter, but this La Nina winter, that blanket is especially thick.

Latest measurements show a snowpack up there of 225 inches (nearly 19 feet!) through mid-Friday morning with snow continuing to fall. That is over 4 FEET ahead of the average snowpack at the peak of the entire winter snow season -- usually around April 1.

In fact, if it holds close to that amount through the weekend -- which it should -- it will become the 6th highest snowpack on March 1 since records began there in 1927 and second-most since 1991, only behind the epic snow season of 1998-99.


Denver expected 'a trace to 4 inches' of snow - Up to 16 inches fell overnight

A Denver motorist works to clear
© David Zalubowski/AP
A Denver motorist works to clear more than a foot of snow left by a late winter storm that swept over the region. The storm moved away from Colorado's Front Range communities and on to the eastern plains overnight.
Residents of the Denver metro area went to bed Wednesday night expecting a typical light-to-moderate snowfall. But on Thursday morning, they awoke to as much as 16 inches.

Winter weather advisories advertising a run-of-the-mill snow event were quickly converted into warnings overnight as snow fell at rates topping two inches per hour.

Original forecasts called for an upslope snow event, which means air forced up the Front Range of the Rockies would deposit considerable snowfall at the base of the foothills. But that band ended up 20 miles farther east than expected, parking right over the heart of downtown Denver.

Between 10 inches and a foot fell in the city proper, with 15 inches reported in southeast Denver near Colorado Boulevard. Englewood, a suburb just south of downtown, tallied 16 inches of snow.

Ice Cube

N. Hemisphere snow mass jumps to 700 gigatons above 1982-2012 average + Arctic sea ice sees exponential gains + Iceland volcanoes stir

After days of unexplained delays and missing data, the FMI, DMI, and NSIDC charts we regularly use here at Electroverse have finally been updated — those in the AGW camp might want to look away...


The latest data point from the Finish Meteorology Institute's (FMI's) "Total snow mass for Northern Hemisphere" chart has been plotted, and it reveals pow-pow across the hemisphere as a whole - excluding the mountains - is riding at some 700 Gigatons above the 1982-2012 average:

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Man found dead after buried in northern British Columbia avalanche - 4th such death for province within 11 days

Avalanche. | File photo

Avalanche. | File photo
Two of three skiers escaped injury-free from incident near Valemount

A 35-year-old man has died as a result of an avalanche near Valemount this week.

RCMP say a Fernie, B.C. resident's body was found Wednesday (Feb. 24) after a 3.5-size avalanche was reported in the Swift Creek Valley around 2:55 p.m. on Tuesday (Feb. 23).

Robson Valley Search and Rescue (RVSAR) were called in as a trio of 'experienced' backcountry skiers got caught in the incident, two of whom survived the incident and didn't sustain any injuries.

Comment: Snowmobiler dies following avalanche southwest of Chetywnd, British Columbia - 3rd such death for province within 9 days


Record snowfall blankets Russia

Record snow in Russia
© YouTube/The Moscow Times (screen capture)
A 'snowpocalypse' has engulfed Russia in recent days, with various regions and cities struggling to deal with the freak weather.

In Chelyabinsk, a record-breaking blizzard left 30,000 people without electricity and over 10 districts declared a state of emergency.

In St. Petersburg, the heavy snowfall has prompted over 1,000 workers and cleaning machines to take to the streets to clean up the snow, and in the republic of Dagestan, locals even had to to dig their cows out of snowdrifts.

Comment: Russia's capital Moscow hit with the worst snowfall in decades


Signs and Portents: Mutant two-headed calf worshipped as 'lucky' after owner wins the lottery in Thailand

The dead hermaphrodite baby cow born with two heads in Thailand

The dead hermaphrodite baby cow born with two heads in Thailand was worshipped by villagers as lucky.
If you finally hit it big on the lottery, what would you ascribe your winnings to? Perhaps it was the fickle finger of fate that plucked you from the masses. Or, alternatively, perhaps you came into ownership of some kind of lucky talisman.

A villager in Thailand appears to believe the latter as he credits his £480 win on the local lottery from luck inherited after the birth of a malformed calf with two heads.

The poor creature was born with two sets of reproductive organs and an extra ear poking out in the middle of its two heads. Because of its deformities, it couldn't breathe properly and became too weak to eat. It died half an hour after being born.

(Video here)


Families stranded, freight train derails as more than 19 inches of rain lashes New South Wales, Australia

Half of this 1,500-metre-long train derailed
© Fire And Rescue NSW
Half of this 1,500-metre-long train derailed early Thursday morning due to flooding.
Residents have been stranded on the roofs of their homes in the NSW Mid North Coast, after more than 500 millimetres of rain fell in some areas.

The State Emergency Service was inundated with calls about 2:00am, predominantly from Corindi, 36 kilometres north of Coffs Harbour.

"The amount of rainfall just hasn't been able to get away and that entire Corindi floodplain area has come up rapidly and caught a lot of people unawares at that hour of the morning," said SES Coffs Harbour deputy unit commander Martin Wells.

Mr Wells said in one street, there had been eight calls for help.

"We've had families sitting on roofs in Corindi awaiting assistance and it's just been a real challenge to get to everyone."


Heavy snow disrupts water supply in Hokkaido, Japan

Heavy snow disrupts traffic and water supply in Hokkaido, northern Japan.

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3 dead, 5 missing after landslide at illegal mine in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia

Heavy rain caused a landslide at an illegal mine
Heavy rain caused a landslide at an illegal mine in Ampibabo District, Parigi Moutong Regency, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, 24 February 2021.
A landslide occurred at an illegal mining site located in Burangga Village, Ampibabo District, Parigi Moutong Regency, Central Sulawesi in Indonesia on 24 February, causing at least 3 fatalities. This is the second deadly landslide reported in the country on the same day. Five people died in landslides in Pamekasan Regency, East Java Province.

The landslide at the Ampibabo mine was caused by heavy rain falling on unstable ground, according to the Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management, BNPB. Five miners are still missing while 15 survived. Local disaster authorities are carrying out full assessments and search operations are ongoing.

According to Indonesia's meteorological agency BMKG, in a 24 hour period to 24 February over 60mm of rain was recorded in Kasiguncu in Poso Regency, situated about 120km south of Ampibabo.

Comment: Heavy rain causes deadly landslides in East Java, Indonesia - at least 5 people were killed

Ice Cube

See you later alligator? 'Frozen' gators stick noses through ice to survive in Oklahoma

© David Arbour
Alligators in Oklahoma went into a deep freeze as frigid, icy temperatures plagued much of the central and eastern United States.

Wildlife photographer David Arbour captured stunning photos of several alligators poking their snouts through the ice to breathe at the Red Slough Wildlife Management Area this week.

While the alligators may appear to be dead, scientists say they're not. It's a survival technique alligators use when the water starts to freeze.

Comment: Back in 2019: American alligators freeze in place to survive arctic blast in North Carolina