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Storms deliver 54 inches of snow in 7 days for Wolf Creek Ski Area, California - now 16 feet for the season

Wolf Creek Ski Area.
© Christi Bode
Wolf Creek Ski Area.
Wolf Creek Ski Area welcomed a storm Christmas Day that left 27 inches followed by another fast and furious storm that dropped significant snowfall.

The storms that delivered big snow for Wolf Creek elevated the season-to-date snowfall total to 193 inches:

24 hours: 11 inches
48 hours: 22 inches
72 hours: 27 inches
Seven days: 54 inches
Midway depth: 85"
Season-to-date: 193"

Cloud Lightning

Lightning bolt kills 22 cows in Argentina

dead cows
The cows were apparently killed by a powerful electrical discharge when a lightning bolt struck a fence they were gathered near during a thunderstorm.

A bizarre incident occurred in the La Pampa province of Argentina, where a group of some 22 Aberdeen Angus cows were reportedly killed by a single lightning bolt.

According to Unilad, the cows apparently were electrocuted as they gathered near a fence during a thunderstorm, so when the lightning struck one of the fence posts, the cattle died almost instantly as the electricity was conducted through the barrier.

Cloud Precipitation

5 missing after flash floods in North Sumatra, Indonesia

Floods North Labuhan Batu Regency, North Sumatra, Indonesia 29 December 2019.
Floods North Labuhan Batu Regency, North Sumatra, Indonesia 29 December 2019.
At least 5 people are missing after flash floods in North Labuhan Batu Regency, North Sumatra province, Indonesia.

Flooding hit the villages of Pematang and Hatapang in North Labuhan Batu Regency on 29 December, 2019.

It is thought that the 5 missing are all from the same family. The disaster occurred when their home in Pematang was swept away by the flooding. In total the floods destroyed 9 houses and damaged 17 others, according to disaster authorities. Some residents have been evacuated to safer ground. Bridges were also destroyed, leaving communities isolated, in particular in the village of Hatapang.

Snowflake Cold

US winter storm wreaks havoc from Midwest to Northeast

Landscape workers shovel snow from the walk paths downtown on Dec. 29, 2019, in Sioux Fall
© Erin Bormett / Argus Leader, Erin Bormett / Argus Leader, Sio
Landscape workers shovel snow from the walk paths downtown on Dec. 29, 2019, in Sioux Falls.
A sprawling winter storm continued to deliver snow, ice and wind to portions of the Midwest and Northeast on Monday, wreaking havoc with holiday travelers from the Dakotas to Maine.

Strong wind gusts, blowing, drifting snow and icy conditions might make travel "difficult or impossible" in many areas, the Weather Channel said. In all, almost 20 million people were under winter storm advisories as of midafternoon Monday.

Howling winds that gusted to 60 mph knocked out power to over 100,000 customers in Ohio on Monday morning, according to poweroutage.us.

Heavy snow was the story in the Upper Midwest, where northern portions of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan were expecting up to another foot of snow on Monday.

The fierce storm had already closed interstates and caused hundreds of crashes over the weekend in the north-central U.S., where conditions were especially bad in the Dakotas, Nebraska and Minnesota.

Comment: Winter storm blankets Southern California mountain resorts with up to 3 feet of fresh snow


Thousands trapped on Australian beach by massive wildfire, turning skies RED and raining embers

Tourists and locals attempt to flee brush fires in Mallacoota, Australia, December 31, 2019
© Reuters / Instagram / @IDASHOPE4STROKE
Tourists and locals attempt to flee brush fires in Mallacoota, Australia, December 31, 2019.
Thousands of people have been forced onto the beaches in Australia as massive bushfires hit popular holiday resort towns.

Holidaymakers have fled into the water as the blaze moved into the Victorian town of Mallacoota in New South Wales on Tuesday morning.

Wildfires are now burning across the country's two most-populated states in what has been described as "apocalyptic" scenes.

Two are now confirmed to have died with five others still missing and feared dead with "significant losses" to property.

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"Once in a lifetime" outbreak of polar stratospheric clouds captured on video above Sweden

polar stratospheric clouds
© Vimeo/Lights Over Lapland
A spectacular outbreak of polar stratospheric clouds (PSCs) is underway around the Arctic Circle. "This is a once in a lifetime event," says Chad Blakley, who runs the Lights over Lapland aurora tour service in Abisko, Sweden. "No question, this is the best that any of us have ever seen." Tour guide Paige Ellis took this video showing the clouds' aurora-like colors on Dec. 29th:

"They were so intense that lots of the tourists on the ground thought they were looking at daytime auroras. I had to explain that they were actually clouds in the stratosphere," says Blakley.

Polar stratospheric clouds are newsworthy because normally the stratosphere has no clouds at all. Home to the ozone layer, the stratosphere is arid and almost always transparent. Only when the temperature drops to a staggeringly cold -85C can sparse water molecules assemble themselves into icy stratospheric clouds. PSCs are far more rare than auroras.

Comment: Dazzling sights in our skies are on the increase, and so it remains to be seen if this really is a "once in a lifetime" event: And check out these other snaps taken during the outbreak:

Snowflake Cold

The mercury in Skardu, Pakistan plunges to a record-breaking -21C (-5.8F)

Pakistan is currently in the grip of severe cold wave, with the mercury on Sunday, Dec 29 plunging to record-breaking -21C (-5.8F) in Skardu — a city located the central valley of Gilgit-Baltistan.

According to local reports, the small canals and ponds in Skardu have been frozen due to the severe low temperature, while snowfall has also blocked many main roads and passes.

The city's low of -21C (-5.8F) breaks Pakistan's all-time December low temperature, which was set back in 1994 (approaching solar minimum of cycle 22).

In addition, record or near-record lows were also registered in Gupis and Bagrote with their readings of -12C; in Astore with -11C; in Gilgit with -7C; and in both Kalam and Kalat with their lows of -5C.

Dense fog is prevailing in Islamabad, in Punjab, in the upper Sindh, and also in a few districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) said in its Sunday weather report.

Snowflake Cold

India: Weather Office's "Red" Warning over severe cold wave in Delhi

The IMD this morning said the temperature has risen by 2-3 degree Celsius at many places in Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi
Delhi's low tempartures

A severe cold wave in the national capital has prompted a "red" warning from the weather office after the temperature this morning was recorded at 2.8 degree Celsius at the Lodhi Road observatory. The Safdarjung observatory recorded a low of 2.4 degree Celsius on Saturday - lowest in decades. A "red" warning from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) means "extreme weather conditions".

Flight and train services have been affected as Delhi temperature plummeted. "My train is four hours late. It was supposed to arrive at 4:25 pm but it will come at 8:30 pm. Our checkout time from the hotel was 12 pm. We have to wait for so long," Adrija Mandal, 19, a passenger going to West Bengal, told NDTV.

Cloud Precipitation

8 missing after flash floods in Tolima Department, Colombia

Aftermath of flash floods in floods Chaparral, Tolima Colombia, 26 December 2019.
© Bomberos Colombia
Aftermath of flash floods in floods Chaparral, Tolima Colombia, 26 December 2019.
At least 8 people are missing after torrential rain triggered flash floods and mudslides in Tolima Department, Colombia.

The disaster struck during the early hours of 26 December, 2019. According to Colombia's National Unit for Disaster Risk Management (Unidad Nacional para la Gestión del Riesgo de Desastres - UNGRD) heavy rain caused the El Mono creek to break its banks, causing mud, rocks and flood water to sweep through the village of La Virginia in the municipality of Chaparral, Tolima.


Sott Exclusive: 2019: Record temperatures, tornado, fireballs, and strange sky sounds in the Netherlands

noctilucent clouds netherlands
© NU.nl/Fina van der Weide
Noctilucent clouds in June, 2019. Picture was taken around midnight from the Zeeburgereiland in Amsterdam.
The weather in the Netherlands throughout 2019 was a doozy! Temperature records were broken, a tornado touched down in Amsterdam, noctilucent clouds and fireballs lit up the skies while strange sky sounds and several sink holes freaked out Dutch residents.