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2 feet of snow falls near Silver Bay, Minnesota

David Stieler (left) and Charlie Pavlisich pose for a photo after shoveling snow at Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center in Finland, Minn. on Wednesday.
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David Stieler (left) and Charlie Pavlisich pose for a photo after shoveling snow at Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center in Finland, Minn. on Wednesday.
Snow continued to fall across parts of the Northland on Wednesday morning as a three-day snow event continued to add up, with two feet already fallen in parts of the Arrowhead region.

The heaviest snow totals came from the higher hills above Lake Superior's North Shore, including a report of 24 inches of snow since Monday at Lax Lake a few miles outside Silver Bay, 21 inches in Finland, 20 inches on the Gunflint Trail and 19.7 inches near Grand Marais.

The National Weather Service in Duluth posted a winter storm warning for Lake County's portion of the North Shore, where up to 8 additional inches were possible Wednesday, and a winter weather advisory for the Cook County's portion of the North Shore for another 1-3 inches of additional snow.

Light snow could continue into Thursday for much of the Northland before skies begin to clear and temperatures drop for the weekend.


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Double waterspouts form near cruise ship in the Bahamas

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Passengers aboard a cruise ship spotted a pair of waterspouts off the Berry Islands in the Bahamas on Monday, November 14.

Chris Hornick, who was on board for a travel agency conference, recorded this footage of the striking sight.

"There's something you don't see every day," he said. Credit: Christopher Hornick via Storyful.


Attention

Ahyi undersea volcano likely erupting beneath Pacific Ocean

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3D model of Ahyi volcano
There are strong indications that an undersea volcano in the Northern Marianas could be in eruption.

For several weeks, scientists of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) have been detecting acoustic underwater signals that bear signatures of underwater explosions and were now able to pinpoint their source to the Ahyi seamount, located in the Pacific about 6,100 km (3,800 miles) west of Honolulu.

If the suspicion is true, the volcano's eruption likely started in mid October when the signals appeared. Ships in the area are advised to avoid the area and be cautions in case the eruption or its products including steam, floating pumice rocks, gasses etc reach the surface.

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Snowflake

North Shore snowfall tops 18 inches in Minnesota

Snowfall reports.
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Snowfall reports.
Heavy "fire hose" effect snowfall on the North Shore

Crank up the lake-effect fire hose.

A concentrated plume of heavy lake-effect snow dumped 18.5 inches of snow so far this week near Hovland, east of Grand Marais along Minnesota's North Shore.

Snowfall reports are still coming in and snow is still falling in some areas, but several locations along the North Shore have already received between 6 and 14 inches of snow.

Attention

Wrong place, wrong time: Costa's Hummingbird from the far southwest turns up in Saskatchewan

Costa’s Hummingbird
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Costa’s Hummingbird
An unexpected visitor to Saskatchewan is making waves in the birding and wildlife rescue communities.

Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation posted on their Facebook group that they have received a significant number of birds in recent days and one of them was a hummingbird. But not just any hummingbird. It is a first for Saskatchewan - a "Costa's Hummingbird" which is from the southwest portion of North America.

They are trying to find a way to get him back to the southwest as soon as possible.

The bird was caught in a garage where it had been sheltering from the elements for over a week.

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Cloud Lightning

Lightning kills 12 sheep on farm in New Zealand

Three ewes and nine lambs were discovered dead after being struck by lightning beneath a totara tree on an Ōhingaiti farm last week.
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Three ewes and nine lambs were discovered dead after being struck by lightning beneath a totara tree on an Ōhingaiti farm last week.
After a weekend away, Ōhingaiti farmers Margaret and Bruce Goodwin made a shocking discovery while checking their paddocks last Monday.

Twelve sheep carcases lay beneath a totara tree, consisting of three ewes and nine lambs.

All lay spread out around the tree, and it was believed they were struck by lightning after taking shelter during a large thunderstorm.

Margaret Goodwin said she had consulted her local vet and fellow farmers around their community but the incident was a first for them.

Snowflake

Southern Tasmania hit with spring snow and heavy rain as cold front moves through

Wombaticus Reeves had to be careful on the steps this morning near Vinces Saddle.

Wombaticus Reeves had to be careful on the steps this morning near Vinces Saddle.
Just days after southern Tasmania experienced its first taste of summer, the region is being slammed by wild weather, with heavy rain forecast and snow settling at higher altitudes.

Tasmania Police said snow had settled at Vinces Saddle on the Huon Highway, about 200 metres lower than initially forecast.

Parts of kunanyi/Mt Wellington have also experienced snowfall.

Bureau of Meteorology duty forecaster Michael Conway said snow was possible in elevated parts across the warning areas, including the south and south-east, lower east coast, southern midlands and central plateau.

He said this was likely to cause cooler temperatures throughout the morning.


Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike kills 3 in Tamil Nadu, India

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Three persons were killed on the spot after being struck by lightning in Paraiyattur village near Aranthangi in Pudukottai district on Monday.

The deceased, identified as R. Illaiyaraja, 38, P. Sanjay, 18, and P. Sanjana, 16, died of severe burns.

According to the police, the incident occurred when Sanjay and Sanjana, who were siblings, were returning from school with their uncle Illaiyaraja on a two-wheeler amid heavy downpour.

Fish

15-foot oarfish from the ocean depths washes up on beach in Chile

A 15-foot oarfish — thought to be a harbinger of impending earthquakes — washed ashore in Chile.
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A 15-foot oarfish — thought to be a harbinger of impending earthquakes — washed ashore in Chile.
It's a deep-sea harbinger of doom.

Locals were flabbergasted after a 15-foot oarfish — which is rumored to be a sign of impending earthquakes — drifted ashore on a beach in Chile. A video of the alleged oceanic bad omen is currently making waves online as viewers worry about a possible seismic event, Jam Press reported.

The massive oarfish — which is the world's largest bony fish, capable of growing to 56 feet long — washed up on the coast of Isla Talcán in Chile's Desertores Islands. Footage captured the tremor-predicting denizen of the deep, which has silver scales, a fiery orange head tassel and a dorsal fin traversing its body from head to tail.

This sighting was particularly rare given that the species generally reside at depths between 656 and 3,200 feet below the ocean's surface. In fact, many people believe that oarfish strandings are signs that an earthquake is around the corner.


Comment: For the record, 4 days after the discovery and about 400 miles to the north: Shallow magnitude 6.2 earthquake strikes near coast of Chile


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Hundreds rescued, towns isolated after more floods in New South Wales, Australia

Floods in Eugowra, NSW, Australia, November
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Floods in Eugowra, NSW, Australia, November 2022.
Emergency services have carried out more than 200 flood rescues in New South Wales (NSW), Australia, after widespread heavy rain from 12 November 2022 led to dangerous flash flooding across much of the state.

Flash flooding has also struck in parts of neighbouring Victoria state, where over 50 people have been rescued. Severe weather including strong winds has left thousands without power in South Australia, while heavy rain and flooding are forecast for Tasmania in the coming days.

New South Wales

New South Wales State Emergency Services (NSW SES) said widespread rainfall and thunderstorms led to dangerous flash flooding.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) issued a severe weather warning for areas of the Central Western Region of New South Wales, including heavy rainfall and flash flooding for towns of Eugowra, Derribong and Canowindra.


Comment: Related: 4.2 million lightning strikes during wild weekend storms in Australia