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3 humpback whales wash ashore in 5 days on the Outer Banks, North Carolina

The whale beached Sunday.
© Corolla Beach Rescue
The whale beached Sunday.
Five days after a humpback whale washed ashore at North Carolina's Oregon Inlet, two more appeared over the weekend on the barrier islands that line the Virginia-North Carolina coast, according to a Facebook post by the Lago Mar on the Back Bay community in Virginia.

One humpback whale was found around midnight Saturday in Corolla, N.C., and the second came ashore Sunday near Sandbridge in Virginia's Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, said the post.

"These are the second and third juvenile Humpbacks found dead on the Currituck Banks Peninsula in less than a week," said the post. "Another was found on February 12 north of Oregon Inlet near Nags Head."


Snowflake

Rare snow blankets Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS SNOW
Residents of Las Vegas, Nevada work up on Monday morning to something they don't normally bet on.

A blanket of snow covering their desert city.

A rare snowfall came to the city streets, covering lawns and roads and making for traffic nightmares.

The Nevada Highway Patrol reported that Interstate 15 was closed Monday morning from the south end of the valley to the California border due to a number of crashes.

This is the first accumulation of measurable snow in the valley in a decade.


Cloud Precipitation

Floods leave 2 dead after record rainfall in Zimbabwe - 8 inches in 24 hours

flood
Local media in Zimbawe are reporting that at least 2 people have died in flooding in Chiredzi District in Masvingo Province.

Meteorological Services Department of Zimbabwe (MSD) reported record rainfall of 203 mm in 24 hours, 13 to 14 February, breaking the previous high of 98 mm set in 1977. MSD had issued heavy rainfall warnings for Masvingo, Manicaland, Midlands Provinces and surrounding areas on 12 February.

Around 50 homes have been damaged or destroyed in the floods in Chiredzi, affecting approximately 300 people. The government has started mobilising support for the flood victims according to media reports.


Arrow Down

Jammu-Srinagar highway in India closed after fresh landslides triggered by rain

landslide
After remaining partially open for three days, the strategic Jammu-Srinagar national highway was closed on Friday due to fresh landslides in Ramban-Ramsoo sector.

"Rain has triggered fresh landslides on the highway in Panthal. The operation to remove the debris has started and the highway is likely to be restored for one-way traffic in the afternoon," an traffic department official said.

"There are around 1,700 trucks carrying essential supplies stranded on the highway. Once the highway is restored, only stranded traffic will be allowed to move from Jammu to Srinagar," he said.


Snowflake Cold

Colorado avalanche kills 2 backcountry skiers in area called 'Death Pass'

Owen Green, left, and Michael Goerne
© Facebook
Owen Green, left, and Michael Goerne were killed in an avalanche near Crested Butte on Saturday.
Two backcountry skiers were killed over the weekend in an avalanche in an area of Colorado known as "Death Pass," officials said.

Crested Butte Search and Rescue said in a Facebook post the two backcountry skiers were reported missing on Saturday night near the town of Crested Butte, and tracks were discovered leading into a fresh avalanche field near the area known as "Death Pass."

"No tracks exiting the slide were found and faint beacon signals were located in the slide area," the group said.

A search and rescue group determined shortly after midnight that conditions were too dangerous, and the search was called off for the night, according to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. On Sunday, a team of six Crested Butte Search and Rescue members found the men's bodies.

Sun

'Three suns' phenomena seen over China

An optical phenomenon known as a solar halo, or a sun dog, has been caught on camera in China.
Sun dog over China
© CCTV
Video footage courtesy of CCTV can be viewed here.

Snowflake

Let it snow! Sierra ski resorts get up to 9 feet of snow from recent storms

Sierra ski resorts get up to 9 feet of snow

Sierra ski resorts get up to 9 feet of snow
An astonishing amount of snow has fallen in the Sierra courtesy of the latest storms that have wreaked havoc from the Bay Area all the way up to Lake Tahoe.

The totals may be measured in inches, but the ski resorts have received several feet, much to the delight of skiers and snowboarders seeking fresh powder.

ABC7 news meteorologist Drew Tuma looked at the numbers on Sunday night and they are incredible.

These are 7-day totals. Squaw Valley leads the way with a whopping 109 inches of snow! That's about 15-and-a-half inches of new snow every day. Homewood Mountain Resort is right on Squaw's heels with 108 inches. Northstar comes in with 95 inches. Heavenly follows with 91 inches. Then comes Kirkwood Mountain Resort at 88 inches. Sierra-at-Tahoe received 79 inches.


Comment: NASA releases image of massive February snowpack in the Sierra Nevada compared to that of same month in 2018


Cloud Precipitation

Hailstorm damages crops in 30 villages across Rangamati, Bangladesh

A cropland lies ravaged at a field of Sijakmukh village in Saroatoli union of Baghaichhari upazila under Rangamati hill district after a hailstorm lashed the area yesterday.

A cropland lies ravaged at a field of Sijakmukh village in Saroatoli union of Baghaichhari upazila under Rangamati hill district after a hailstorm lashed the area yesterday.
A hailstorm coupled with rain left different crops on vast tracts of land damaged at 30 villages in Baghaichhari upazila of the district yesterday.

Besides, at least 15 to 20 tin-roofed houses were completely damaged as the hailstorm lashed through Baghaichhari, Saroatoli, Amtoli and Khedarmara unions in the upazila.

The affected villagers claimed that the extent of loss caused by the storm is around Tk 50 lakh.

The affected villages include Sijakmukh, Mohish Pujje, Baghaichhari, Kedarmara and Battola village.


Bug

Red Sea locust swarms spark UN warning for UAE, Saudi Arabia and Egypt

Swarms of locusts, like these, have descended on Abu Dhabi's Al Dhafra area.
© Getty Images
Swarms of locusts, like these, have descended on Abu Dhabi's Al Dhafra area.
Massive swarms of locusts are bearing down on Saudi Arabia and Egypt as they spread rapidly along the shores of the Red Sea, the United Nations has warned.

Breeding along the coasts of Eritrea and Sudan, the swarms are spreading farther afield, with at least one having crossed over the Red Sea to Saudi Arabia in mid-January and more a week later.

Swarms also went north along the Red Sea towards Egypt.

In January, Abu Dhabi's Al Dhafra area was covered in a cloud of the flying insects.


Fire

Curfews imposed in Chile as 5 simultaneous wildfires spiral out-of-control

Chile wildfires

Chile wildfires tear through Valparaiso on Pacific coast in 2014
In central regions of Chile, a curfew has been imposed due to forest fires going out-of-control in urban areas. The Chilean has already killed 2 last week. Two days ago, 5 fires have started simulteneously and are now threatening buildings in Penco and San Pedro de la Paz. Residents had to flee the flames. Regional authorities suspect arson as the cause of the fire and have introduced a curfew from 11:00pm to 7:00am in 10 provincial communes.