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"Very large avalanche" buries road near Eisenhower Tunnel, Colorado

© Colorado Avalanche Information Center.
A "very large avalanche" was triggered by a snowboarder on the west side of the Eisenhower Tunnel on Thursday, highlighting the dangers of entering the backcountry amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The avalanche buried a road above the portal.

"The potential to trigger avalanches large enough to kill or injure a person is real right now," warned the Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC).

The avalanche released on a northwest-facing slope above treeline in a thin rocky area, dumping snow over the loop road above the tunnel portal. The road was open at the time of the slide. It's unclear if any cars were involved.


Gunung Ibu volcano in Indonesia filmed erupting at night

Gunung Ibu volcano in Indonesia

Gunung Ibu volcano erupting
Gunung Ibu volcano, Halmahera, Indonesia. Volcanic activity at nighttime, filmed for the first time from the crater rim summit in real time!

No timelapse or else, also only real sound!

This allowed free view onto the flat topped dome.

Strombolian eruptions with intermittent ash eruptions generating abundant volcanic lightning.

Filmed in the nights between 8. to 10. March 2020.


Indonesian volcano spews massive ash cloud 16,000 feet into the air

Indonesia's most active volcano Mount Merapi erupted Friday, shooting a column of ash some 5,000 metres (16,000 feet) into the air in its second major eruption this month.

Ash and sand covered areas several kilometres (miles) away from the peak of the rumbling crater near Indonesia's cultural capital Yogyakarta.

But authorities did not raise Merapi's alert level.

"There has been no reports of damage from the eruption. We urge people to stay calm and not panic," national disaster mitigation agency spokesman Agus Wibowo said.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning bolt kills 2, injures 3 in Malawi

Two girls from the same family died while three other people suffered injuries after being struck by lightning in Mangochi on Thursday.

The incident occurred on Thursday evening in the area of Traditional Authority Jalasi in the district.

Mangochi Police Station spokesperson Sub Inspector Amina Tepani Daudi identified the two girls as Aisha Patrick aged 14 and Stella Mussa aged 20.

Daudi said all the victims are close relatives and on this fateful day they were chatting on the veranda while it was raining.


Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Vortices cavitate at storm centre as Earth's atmosphere churns

© YouTube/Adapt 2030 (screen capture)
Mesovortices cavitating withing a extra-tropical cyclone also forming cyclonic lows within a near record low pressure winter storm in the N. Atlantic. Extra-tropical cyclone off west Africa joins the Mesovortices at each end making a rough figure 8 in the atmosphere. Locust plague USA in 1870, plus snow in Lebanon and record snow in the N. Hemisphere for the fourth year in a row.


Rare noctilucent clouds photographed over South Pacific

Noctilucent clouds (NLCs) have appeared over the South Pacific
© Ashleigh Wilson
You don't see this everyday-or even in 30 years. "Noctilucent clouds (NLCs) have appeared over the South Pacific," reports meteorologist Ashleigh Wilson of the Australian Antarctic Division. "I photographed them from Macquarie Island on Jan. 4th."

Wilson is just wrapping up a year-long stint on the remote island where the Australian government maintains a research station to study climate change and wildlife. "According to John French of the Australian Antarctic Division Atmospheric Science Program, the only other photographic recording of NLCs from Macquarie Island was in the mid-1990s," she says.

NLCs are Earth's highest clouds. Seeded by meteoroids, they float at the edge of space more than 80 km above the planet's surface. NLCs form when summertime wisps of water vapor rise up to the edge of space and crystalize around specks of 'meteor smoke.' Prime time for sightings is June-July in the north, December-January in the south.

"It was a breathtaking moment when I first realized what I was seeing," recalls Wilson. "I spent two hours down by the ocean with a camera and tripod, adjusting ISO and lenses, trying to capture the extraordinary event. The clouds were so bright, I could see their reflection in the water."

Wilson's sighting caps a remarkable year for noctilucent clouds. Once confined to Earth's polar regions, NLCs have recently spread to lower and lower latitudes. In June 2019, the clouds appeared over Rome, Italy; Las Vegas, Nevada; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Paris, France; and outside Los Angeles, California. Many of the sightings smashed old records for low-latitude visibility.

Comment: Are noctilucent clouds increasing because of the cooling climate, and the rise of fireball and volcanic activity?


Heavy rains cause floods across Pernambuco and Alagoas states, Brazil

floods Brazil
Flooding caused by heavy rains across the States of Pernambuco and Alagoas, Brazil. March 25-26 2020.



Spring storm dumps up to foot of snow on the Wasatch Range, Utah

© Utah Avalanche Forecast Center
The new snow arrived with grapple and then a heavy dense snow followed. Trent Meisenheimer with the Utah Avalanche Forecast Center says it should stabilize quickly but for now, suggests people avoid the back country. On Tuesday, they received reports of avalanches releasing from the grapple layer. He says, with this current storm, there are two issues that impact the avalanche danger.

"One is going to be new snow and that's going to be across all elevations and aspects but probably more dangerous above 8500 feet. Now our second issue is up in the wind zone."

The Wasatch range has received 10 to 12 inches so far and winds are 35 to 45 miles per hour with higher gusts, which results in wind-loaded slopes.

"Some areas like the Park City ridgeline or kind of Brighton, the backside of Heber/Snake Creek area could have received more snow out of this as they typically do pretty well with these southwest flow type storms."

Cloud Precipitation

Floods in Murcia, lots of rain in Alicante and snow on Canary Islands adversely impacting Spanish cultivation

It is not the first time Spanish cultivation areas have been pummelled by lousy weather. This bad weather is moving over parts of Spain. There is rain in some places, and rivers flooding in others. Streets in, for example, Murcia, are flooded.

In the southern part of the Alicante province, they have to deal with the impact of a new Dana or Gota Fria, making their way across the country. And it has snowed on the highest parts of the Canary Islands. This is according to reports in Spanje Vandaag.

Some places in Murcia have received more than 100 liters/m2. This has been more than 50 liters/m2 in the province of Alicante. This rainfall was recorded in that province's regions of Marina Alta and Vega Baja. There has been a lot of rain in the Valencia province and Almería too. The rivers there have, however, not yet burst their banks.

Snowflake Cold

Frost in northern Italy heavily damages orchards

Frost on 24/03/2020 caused serious damage. In some areas of the Bologna and Ravenna provinces and in the central plains in Emilia, temperatures almost reached -6°C.


Apo Conerpo president Davide Vernocchi reports "considerable damage to stone fruit: almost the entire apricot production is compromised and peach, nectarine, plum and golden kiwi productions have been heavily damaged. We still have to assess the damage on top fruit and especially pears."

"There is nothing left. I do not know how long it lasted, but enough to damage every single fruit. I believe it will be difficult for producers to honor payments this year, as we will have no income," explains Massimo Franchini, a peach and apricot producer from Casal Fiumanese (BO).

Technician Alessandro Passerini confirms that "apricots have been heavily damaged, so much so that the entire production has been lost in some cases. As for peaches, it will take a few days to assess the situation."