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52 feet (16 meters) of snow and counting: California's record-breaking snowfalls continue

Scene at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows ski resort: The snow is so high that it's burying chairlifts, forcing ski resorts to close.

The snow amounts in California's Sierra Nevada mountain range this winter are difficult to wrap your head around. In many cases topping 500 inches, they are some of the highest totals in memory.

At the Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows resort, seven feet fell in just the past week. The snow is so high that it buried chairlifts and ski patrol shacks.

Cloud Lightning

Thunder snow and lightning filmed in Grand Chute, Wisconsin

Representative image
You just have to love Wisconsin weather. One day, we're breaking high temperature records. The next thing you know, we're getting snow, sleet, ice, and lightning!

Action 2 News has received numerous reports of thunder snow and lightning Friday morning.

Jackie Disch of Grand Chute shared this video with us on Twitter. You'll see lightning and hear thunder at about 25 seconds in:

@WBAY @SteveBeylonWBAY pic.twitter.com/967s7dkdOG

— Jackie Disch (@JackieDisch) February 24, 2017

Cloud Precipitation

Floods leave 1 dead and 2,000 displaced in Cundinamarca and Huila, Colombia

Aftermath of the floods in Rivera, Huila, Colombia, February 2017.
Recent heavy rain in central and western areas of Colombia has caused flooding in the 3 departments of Antioquia, Cundinamarca, and Huila.

At least one person was killed in floods in Gachetá in Cundinamarca. Around 2,000 people have been evacuated after flooding in Rivera, Huila, where over 100 homes have been destroyed. In Antioquia minor flooding affected the cities of Medellín and Itagüí and parts of the Aburrá Valley between 21 and 23 February.

Colombia's meteorological agency IDEAM (Instituto de Hidrología, Meteorología y Estudios Ambientales) says that the conditions are unusual and the heavy rain is falling during what would normally be considered the dry season.

Bizarro Earth

Strong 6.9 magnitude earthquake hits near Fiji

© Google Maps/USGS
A earthquake magnitude 6.9 (ml/mb) has struck on Friday, 283 km S of Ndoi Island, Fiji (176 miles). Exact location of event, depth 396.08 km, -178.845° West, -23.2032° South. The 6.9-magnitude earthquake was detected at 05:28:43 / 5:28 am (local time epicenter). Exact time and date of earthquake 24/02/17 / 2017-02-24 17:28:43 / February 24, 2017 @ 5:28 pm UTC/GMT. Id of earthquake: us20008m3t.

Event ids that are associated: at00olw37x, pt17055051, us20008m3t. The earthquake occurred at a depth of 396.08 km (246 miles) below the earth's surface. A tsunami warning has been issued near Ndoi Island in Fiji (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist).

Each year there are an estimated 135 quakes in the world. Earthquakes 6.0 to 6.9 may cause a lot of damage in very populated areas. In the past 24 hours, there have been two, in the last 10 days three, in the past 30 days five and in the last 365 days fourty-three earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that was reported nearby.

Bizarro Earth

Horrifying 'sea monster' carcass washes up on Philippines beaches

© iamjohndavid11 / Instagram
Sea cow or monster from the deep?
The sea around the Philippines has produced nightmarish sea creatures in recent days, with two bizarre carcasses washing ashore. Locals were left baffled by the horrifying discoveries, though marine experts believe they've solved the mystery.

Photos of a 4.5-meter bloodied carcass covered in white hair went viral after washing up on one of the Dinagat Islands in the Philippines on Wednesday.


Ancient solar events predict new Mini Ice Age effected regions, patterns emerge

Bristlecone pines
A new C-14 ancient pine cone solar activity reconstruction showed unusual cosmic ray events at 5480BC, 775 AD and 994 AD, so we can trace these effects through different societies on Earth at the time and see what happened in their local histories. China, Japan, Central Asia, Persia, Roman Empires. Now we overlap with current events on our planet, and the correlation is clear to see, repeating cycles of climate thousands of years apart.



Shallow earthquake of 5.2 magnitude strikes Manipur, India

A medium intensity earthquake measuring 5.2 on the Richter Scale hit Manipur on Friday evening.

The epicenter of the quake was in Churachandrapur district. It struck at 5:32 pm at the depth of 20 kms, according to the National Centre for Seismology, a unit of the ministry of earth sciences.

There were no immediate reports of loss of life or damage to property.

Another earthquake measuring 3.5 on the Richter Scale struck the Himalayan state of Sikkim at 3:09 am.

The northeast is known for its high seismic activity.

Source: Press Trust of India

Bizarro Earth

Slow-moving landslide slicing a hill in Abruzzo, Italy

© Comune di Civitella del Tronto
Like the country didn't have enough natural disasters over the past several months, and years, yet another unstoppable disaster is affecting Italy's central region of Abruzzo, albeit rather slowly.

Civil authorities reported a slow-moving landslide is slicing a hill in the hamlet of Ponzano in Teramo in half, and a village, home to around 200 people, is at risk.

Several buildings have already collapsed or sustained severe damage as a result of the landslide, which is moving at a rate of about 1 meter per day (3.3 feet), but all of them are probably destined to collapse.

35 homes and a total of 120 people have been evacuated since February 12 when the slide was first detected. Residents said they had to evacuate within minutes.


Body of wounded Bryde's whale found off Prachuap Khiri Khan, Thailand

File photo of Bruda whale seen in Prachuap Khiri Khan waters
The body of a Bruda whale was found off the shore of Prachuap Khiri Khan province on Thursday.

Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park chief Rungroj Assawakuntharin and a Kui Buri Fisheries officer went for inspection after being alerted by fishermen that they had found the body of a large sea creature on a pile of rocks 2 kilometres off Sam Phraya beach.

The officials took photographs of the dead whale, which was stuck in the rocks, before forwarding it to Sophon Thongdee, deputy director general of the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR), who confirmed that it was a Bruda whale.

The whale, estimated to be four to five metres in length, has a wound in the middle section of its body. It is believed that the creature died three to five days ago before the waves carried its body to the rocks. DMCR will send officials on Friday to conduct an autopsy on the body to find the cause of death.

Cloud Lightning

Sydney super-storm: Woman dies in hospital following lightning strike

Lightning and storm clouds hit the Sydney skyline
A woman has died after she was struck by lightning during freak storms in NSW over the weekend.

The 61-year-old died in a Sydney hospital this morning, five days after she was struck in the Southern Highlands, NSW Police told AAP.

The woman and her two sisters were hit as they sat together on a Bowral park bench on Saturday.

The other sisters, also aged in their 60s, were reportedly treated for shock.

Emergency services were out in force over the weekend as a huge storm rocked much of NSW, with "giant" hailstones damaging cars and homes and wild winds.

Five fast-moving south-easterly storm cells brought destructive winds, hailstones and heavy rain from Gosford to Wollongong.