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Very large tornado hits KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

South Africa tornado
© Twitter screenshot
A massive tornado ripped through parts of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), South Africa, on Tuesday with several video posts showing it hit New Hanover outside Pietermaritzburg in the KZN Midlands. SAWX - Weather Forecasts for South Africa has also posted several satellite images.

The KZN MEC for Cooperative Governance, Sipho Hlomuka, confirmed the tornado to Jacaranda FM. His spokesperson said: "There are fears of possible missing people and deaths."

Disaster management teams have been dispatched to the affected areas - including Thokozani and Mpolweni.

It is feared that many people have sustained injuries, and homes have been destroyed. Trees were blown over and roads have been closed, the KZN spokesperson told Jacaranda FM.


Snowflake

November snowstorm shocker dumps up to 30 inches in Michigan

Steven Holston of Detroit helps out an aging family member by managing their snow on E. Grand Blvd. as snow hit the region Monday, Nov. 11, 2019.
© Mandi Wright, Detroit Free Press
Steven Holston of Detroit helps out an aging family member by managing their snow on E. Grand Blvd. as snow hit the region Monday, Nov. 11, 2019.
The unseasonable snowstorm that pounded southeast Michigan with more than a half-foot of snow on Monday will conclude in metro Detroit by Tuesday morning — but only to see temperatures plunge to single-digit wind chills.

The snowfall snarled traffic across the region as Metro Airport was hit by 7.6 inches by early Monday evening, Ann Arbor had 9.3 inches, Flint 7.7. The highest snowfall in metro Detroit was 9.6 inches in Wixom.

Elsewhere across the state, snowfall totals varied but were especially intense along Lake Michigan because of the lake effect, with some communities getting about 18 inches of snowfall, said National Weather Service meteorologist Jeff Lutz.

"Lake effect snow can fall very intensely for a short period in a small area," he said.

Grand Rapids and Alpena had 5.5 inches, but Gaylord and Petoskey got only a trace of white.


Comment: Today, MLive reports:
Complete snow totals look from Veterans Day snowstorm, including 30 inches burying a city

Michigan experienced its first widespread snowstorm yesterday. The only sections really missing the snow were far northeast Lower Michigan and part of the U.P. The snow totals following reflect the widespread south across southern Lower and the very heavy lake effect in the snowbelts.

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Statewide look at snow totals

The map above shows the storm system snow that moved across the southern half of Lower Michigan. Southeast Lower was hit the hardest from the widespread storm system, with five to nine inches being very common.

You can also see the huge snow totals around the Leelanau Peninsula.

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Fire

Too much fuel causes extreme bush fires, not climate change

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Flames bear down on Harrington, some 335kms northeast of Sydney, 8 Nov 2019
What was Australia's Environment Minister thinking?

Melissa Price succumbs to pagan witchcraft:
"There's no doubt that there's many people who have suffered over this summer. We talk about the Victorian bushfires; (in) my home state of Western Australia we've also got fires there," [Melissa Price] told Sky News this morning. "There's no doubt that climate change is having an impact on us. There's no denying that."
Let's look at her home state. After 67 years of fire management in the giant, hot, dry state of WA, the trend is clear — the more prescribed area we burn, the less wildfire does. In the graph below the prescribed burns declined for forty years and wildfires increased for thirty. After the Dwellingup Fire in 1961 the state ramped up the preventative burns, and reduced wildfires.

As the BushFireFront team say:

"We can't control the weather but we can control the fuel loads"

Tough call — what do we do, redesign our energy system, pay billions, change our cars, our houses and our light globes in the hope that bush fires will be nicer, or do we just go back to doing what we used to do that worked?

Australia bushfire data
© Jo Nova

Comment: 'Uncharted territory': Out-of-control bushfires rage across Australia's eastern regions

Meanwhile Sydney is facing a 'catastrophic' threat as the Australian state declares a wildfire emergency.


NSW Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said 'It's going to be a long, difficult fire season,' adding about a million hectares of land had already been scorched in the biggest firefront ever recorded in Australia.


Ice Cube

Are you ready for a catastrophically cold winter? Here's what the media isn't telling you

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Experts are warning us that this will be a "freezing, frigid, and frosty" winter, and even though the official beginning of winter is still over a month away, it already feels like that in much of the country right now. Over the next several days, it will literally feel like it is mid-January in much of the central and eastern portions of the United States.

Many areas will be hit by temperatures that are 30 degrees below normal, and heavy snow is expected in some areas of the Midwest. Unfortunately, this bitterly cold weather is coming at a very bad time for corn farmers. According to the latest USDA crop progress report, only 52 percent of the corn in the middle of the country has been harvested. So about half of the corn is still sitting out there, and these extraordinarily low temperatures could potentially be absolutely devastating.

Question

Thousands of migratory birds die mysteriously at lake in Rajasthan, India

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Migratory birds die mysteriously
Officials said they suspect water contamination as one of the reasons for the deaths but were awaiting viscera test reports.

Thousands of migratory birds of about ten species were found dead around Sambhar Lake, the country's largest inland saltwater lake near Jaipur, sending shock waves among locals and authorities.

Officials said they suspect water contamination as one of the reasons for the deaths but were awaiting viscera test reports. Though the official toll was 1,500, locals claimed the number of dead birds could be as high as 5,000.

"We have never seen anything like that. Over 5,000 birds died mysteriously all over the place," 25-year-old Abhinav Vaishnav, a local bird-watcher, told PTI.


Attention

Officials are using the word 'disaster' to describe the widespread crop failures happening all over America

Frosted corn crop losses
We are witnessing "unprecedented" crop failures all across the United States, but the big mainstream news networks are not talking too much about this yet. As you will see below, local news outlets all over the nation are reporting the disasters that are taking place in their own local areas, but very few people are putting the pieces of the puzzle together on a national level.

The endless rain and horrific flooding during the early months of this year resulted in tremendous delays in getting crops planted in many areas, and now snow and bitterly cold temperatures are turning harvest season into a complete and utter nightmare all over the country. I am going to share with you a whole bunch of examples below, but first I wanted to mention the snow and bitterly cold air that are rolling through the middle of the nation right now...
A wintry weather pattern that brought single-digit temperatures and more than a foot of snow to parts of the Upper Midwest rolled across a wide swath of the nation Monday, threatening to break hundreds of records and bring a deep freeze as far south as Florida.

"The coldest surge of arctic air so far this season will bring widespread record low temperatures for much of the central and eastern U.S. even down to the Gulf Coast," said Kwan-Yin Kong, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service's Weather Prediction Center.

Comment: Erratic seasons and extreme weather devastating crops around the world

Crop and cattle losses are on the rise everywhere, whether it is due to extensive drought, massive hail, epic flooding, huge dust storms, unexpected frosts, and even epidemics.


Seismograph

Shallow M6.1 earthquake hits Tonga

Tonga earthquake
© Google
A 6.1-magnitude earthquake jolted 145 km NW of Pangai, Tonga at 23:03:27 GMT on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 10.0 km, was initially determined to be at 18.9038 degrees south latitude and 175.3695 degrees west longitude.

Comment: Last week a shallow magnitude 6.6 earthquake struck Tonga.


Snowflake Cold

France shivers in early cold spell of winter

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Temperatures across France dip 2C below seasonal norms ahead of the expected arrival of a period of 'very bad weather' later in the week

Motorists in mountainous areas of France have been urged to ensure their vehicles are ready for winter driving as the first cold snap of the season sends temperatures plummeting.

A mass of cold, humid air from the north has descended across the entire country, meaning temperatures are about 2C lower than normal for the time of year - and conditions are set to worsen towards the end of the week.

The cold spell comes exactly one month after France basked in summer-like temperatures.


Snowflake Cold

Anomalously severe cold in Siberia for the time of year

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I wonder how much ice will melt at −44°C (-47F).

On November 11 in Yakutia, the daily temperature never rose above −30°C (-22F). Some parts of Siberia were even colder: In Evenkia and the northern regions of the Krasnoyarsk Territory, the temperature dropped to −41 ... −44°C.

This temperature is considered very low for this time of year.

"""It is important to note that this is not a short-term cooling, but a prolonged atmospheric process. Further it will become even colder. The cold anomaly will expand."""

Bell

'Sounds like bells rubbing': Strange noises heard in Hillsboro, Oregon

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On November 7, 2019, YouTuber 'Infinite Wolf' shared footage of strange sounds he heard in the skies of Hillsboro, Oregon. He wondered if the noises were 'extra terrestrials', some 'secret government project' or an audio hallucination: