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Strong earthquake of magnitude 6 hits Indonesia

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A strong and shallow earthquake of magnitude 6.0 on the Richter Scale jolted Indonesia on Sunday.

The quake was reported at 5:17 am with its epicentre at 259 km north of Tobelo in Indonesia, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).

The depth of the quake was 174.3 km.

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Summit camera captures timelapse of snowfall over Hawaii peak, rare blizzard warning issued

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Snow blankets Mauna Kea summit in Hawaii. Video credit: Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope

A time lapse of surveillance camera footage from the top of dormant volcano showed a wintry scene on the tropical island of Hawaii.

The video was filmed on December 1 and 2 at the Mauna Kea summit around the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFH Telescope) observatory.


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Scientists racing to Canary Island volcano to study it

Cumbre Vieja volcano
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Scientists with the Canary Islands' volcanology institute, Involcan, inspect as the lava flows from a volcano on the Canary island of La Palma, Spain, Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021.
As a volcano continues to spew hot lava on a little island in Spain, scientists from around the world are racing to the area to study and learn about the rare eruption.

The Cumbre Vieja volcano has been erupting since September on La Palma, a small island in the Canary Islands of Spain. So far, nearly 1,150 buildings and surrounding land has been destroyed, according to Reuters.

According to an analysis by The Associated Press, volcanic eruptions to this degree are incredibly rare, occurring once, or at most twice, in a generation in the Canary Islands. Parts of the Canary Islands are actually still growing, as magma accumulates underneath and, as is happening in La Palma, lava peninsulas are forming beyond the coastline.

The Smithsonian Institution estimates there are currently 48 volcanoes currently in "continuing eruption status" worldwide.

In order to help ease the devastation the Cumbre Vieja volcano continues to cause, scientists are flocking to La Palma to study the eruption up close. They're hoping to learn how volcanoes form, develop and how and when they stop erupting.

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Intense 2021 Atlantic hurricane season comes to an end: Lots of storms but a slow finish

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Fran Tribe and her dog Dave sit outside home destroyed by Hurricane Ida in Houma, LA. Monday, Aug. 30, 2021.
The intense 2021 Atlantic hurricane season comes to its official end Tuesday, a season that saw 21 named tropical storms and hurricanes.

This was the third-most for any hurricane season, behind only 2020's record 30 storms and the 28 storms that formed in 2005. A typical season sees 14 storms.

And for the second year in a row, the entire list of names for the season was used up, from Tropical Storm Ana in May to Tropical Storm Wanda in November.

It was also a record sixth consecutive year of above-normal activity.

Comment: Whew. An entire article without trying to tie the increasing intensity of the storms to 'global warming'. There are many other factors that figure into the increasing destructiveness of hurricanes.


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Rare gull that normally lives above the Arctic Circle found in Hastings, Minnesota

Ross’s Gull at Point Douglas, Nov. 2021
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Ross’s Gull at Point Douglas, Nov. 2021
A bird that normally lives its whole life above the Arctic Circle was spotted this week at Point Douglas, at the confluence of the St. Croix and Mississippi Rivers. The Ross's Gull (Rhodostethia rosea) was first observed and identified by birder Ben Douglas on Saturday, Nov. 27. The bird was born just this year somewhere in the far north.

"It had a flight that was dainty and buoyant while it hunted for food under the nearby bridges (car and rail) spending the majority of time in Washington County, MN waters, but did circle in Pierce County, WI and later made brief flights over Dakota County, MN waters as well," Douglas reported on eBird. It took a trained eye to pick the rare bird out of flocks of common gulls it was among.

Over the next few days, hundreds of enthusiasts visited Point Douglas Park, hoping to catch a glimpse. Many were rewarded.

"We watched it catch quite a few small fish (~15) in the evening before heading up the river to roost," reported Steve Kolbe.


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Season's first snowfall blankets Turkey with up to 50 centimeters (19.6 inches) of snow

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Winter has officially arrived in Turkey as several cities across the nation experienced their first snowfall of the season, which left drivers struggling on slippery roads and children rejoicing in the pristine playground Mother Nature provided.

In the east, in Muş, where the snow had reached a depth of 50 centimeters (19.6 inches), several roads to villages were closed due to the heavy snowfall overnight, and teams set out to clear the roads in the morning after four hours of arduous work.

The mountainous landscape was straight out of a postcard as the ranges of mountains were covered with blankets of snow.


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Record cold grips Siberia (-68.3F), Northern Hemisphere snow mass marches on - Canada sees lowest November temp since 2004 (-45.6F)

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Dr. Frederick Seitz: "I have never before witnessed a more disturbing corruption of the peer-review process than the events that led to this IPCC report."

Dr. Tom Segalstad: "The IPCC global warming model is not supported by the scientific data."

RECORD COLD GRIPS SIBERIA (-68.3F)

Last winter (2020-21) held historically cold across vast swathes of transcontinental Russia — it went down as northern/central Asia's 'longest and harshest' winter on record. But now this year, the chill has started even earlier...

Extreme frosts have struck Siberia this week. A low of -55.7C (-68.3F) was observed in Delyankir on December 1.

Such a reading would be considered rare for January or February, let alone the first morning of December. It's also one just 0.7C and 2.8C above the city's all time November and December low temperature records, respectively.

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With 'jaw-dropping,' 'astounding' and 'extraordinary' weather, Vancouver just had its rainiest fall ever

Rain drenched Vancouver this fall, smashing records in city and across the province
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Rain drenched Vancouver this fall, smashing records in city and across the province
The fall of 2021 was quite a season.

Vancouver saw weather bombs, seven atmospheric rivers in a month and a tornado, among other things. And along with all of that came the rain.

The City of Vancouver, pelted with near-constant rain for three months, smashed its record for rainiest fall on record (which meteorologically speaking runs from Sept. 1 to Nov. 30) says Environment Canada warning preparedness meteorologist Armel Castellan.

Over September, October and November 611.5 mm of rain fell here. That breaks the old record of 531.9 mm in 1996, smashing it by almost 80 mm; in meteorological terms, that's a lot. And records go back over 120 years.

On average we see 364.4 mm, so this year we got 168 per cent of the usual.

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Shallow magnitude 6.0 earthquake off South Sandwich Islands

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6.0 magnitude earthquake

UTC time: Friday, December 03, 2021 08:33 AM
Your time: Friday, December 3, 2021, 8:33 AM GMT
Magnitude Type: mww
USGS page: M 6.0 - South Sandwich Islands region
USGS status: Reviewed by a seismologist
Reports from the public: 0 people
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Shallow magnitude 6.2 earthquake - South Pacific Ocean off Easter Island, Chile

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Very strong magnitude 6.2 earthquake at 10 km depth

Date & time: Dec 3, 2021 04:40:04 UTC
Local time at epicenter: Thursday, Dec 2, 2021 9:40 pm (GMT -7)
Magnitude: 6.2
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 28.6292°S / 112.2613°W↗ (South Pacific Ocean, Chile)