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Massive avalanche filmed in the Hunza valley, Pakistan

A huge plume of snow is seen tumbling towards the hikers and making its way over the mountains

A huge plume of snow is seen tumbling towards the hikers and making its way over the mountains
This stunning footage shows how a group of mountain trekkers became embroiled in a potentially lethal avalanche.

A group of hikers were scaling a mountainous region in northern Pakistan when they witnessed the stunning natural occurrence.

The trekkers stayed on a point known as Ulter Peak, in the Hunza valley, and decided to film the event which happened on November 23.

The stunning footage captures the snow tumbling down a rocky mountain face towards the hikers, who are filming it from the safety of higher ground.


The white, snowy cloud soon engulfs the hikers, who continue to film the strange occurrence.

Snowflake

'Alberta Clipper' region set to bring 10-15 cm of snow by Tuesday night

snow shovels
© Julie Oliver / Ottawa Citizen
Get those shovels ready.
By Tuesday night, the region will be under a blanket of 10 to 15 cm of snow, Environment Canada predicts.

The flakes that comes along with what's dubbed an Alberta Clipper is expected to hit Eastern Ontario Monday night and taper off Tuesday evening, according to a special weather statement.. Since the forecast is for snow stretching over 24 to 36 hours, it doesn't reach the level of a snowfall warning, when 15 cm is expected per 12 hours.

Snowflake Cold

Heavy snowfall in Netherlands triggers code orange weather warning

Snow blankets Utrecht
© Zachary Newmark / NL Times
Snow blankets Utrecht, 10 Dec 2017.
The Netherlands was blanketed in snow over the weekend and more snow is expected this afternoon. Meteorological institute KMNI issued a code orange weather warning of extremely dangerous weather. And the Rijkswaterstaat warns people to rather work from home today if possible.

A code yellow weather warning is currently in effect for the entire country. Motorists are warned to to be careful of icy and slippery roads.

Attention

Alert level 2 at Kanlaon volcano in the Philippines after phreatic explosion

A photo taken on Saturday, June 18, 2016 and released by the Philippines Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) shows Kanlaon volcano spewing ash into the air
© AFP/Phivolcs
A photo taken on Saturday, June 18, 2016 and released by the Philippines Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) shows Kanlaon volcano spewing ash into the air
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology placed Kanlaon Volcano under alert level 2 after a phreatic eruption at past 9 a.m. Saturday.

PhiVolcs Director Renato Solidum told Super Radyo dzBB that the eruption occurred at 9:47 a.m. and that Kanlaon's activity was caused bay a magma moving up between 20 to 30 kilometers in depth from the crater.

Solidum also said that while the eruption is not severe, he advised residents and visitors to avoid going near the summit.

Under alert level 2, the 4-kilometer permanent danger zone from the summit should be observed, Solidum said.

Seismic instruments detected ground movements, coupled by rumbling sound for 10 minutes, Solidum said, adding the ash falls affected a barangay near the volcano.

Source: GMA News Online

Attention

Whale carcass found near Coromandel beach in New Zealand

A launch tows the dead whale away from Tairua Beach.
© David Wadams
A launch tows the dead whale away from Tairua Beach.
A stinking, rotting dead whale found near Coromandel Peninsula's Tairua beach on December 9 was heading for shore.

David Wadams, who has had a holiday home in Tairua for the past 27 years, said he spotted the whale from the beach about 7:30am, when he went to see if conditions were suitable for fishing.

"I could see a large, dark object bobbing up and down in the waves about no more than five to seven hundred metres out," he said.

"I was going out fishing anyway so when I went out in my boat I went down to have a look and there it was."

Fire

At 230,000 acres, California's Thomas fire is now the fifth-largest wildfire in the state's history

Thomas fire, California
© Al Seib / Los Angeles Times
A huge plume of smoke rises north of Ventura as seen Sunday afternoon from the Ventura pier, as the Thomas fire threatens parts of Carpenteria and Montecito.
Santa Barbara County was under siege from the Thomas fire Sunday as fire crews fought to keep the destructive blaze from the region's picturesque beach communities.

Authorities said the out-of-control blaze had scorched 230,000 acres by Sunday evening, making it the fifth largest wildfire in modern California history.

The fire grew by more than 50,000 acres during the day, triggering new evacuation orders for about 5,000 county residents, including those east of Mission Canyon and north of Highway 192. An additional 30,000 residents west of Mission Canyon to Highway 154 and south of Highway 192 to the county line were told to prepare to leave.

As the fire grew Sunday, containment dropped from 15% to 10%, authorities said.

The blaze has destroyed 524 structures and damaged 135 in the city of Ventura. In the unincorporated areas of Ventura County, 266 structures have been destroyed, while 56 were damaged. The fire consumed six structures on Sunday in beach town of Carpinteria, authorities said.

Santa Ana winds, aided by extremely low humidity, pushed the Ventura County fire over the Santa Barbara County line Saturday night. The winds that bedeviled fire crews from San Diego to Ojai last week were gusting at speeds of up to 35 mph, fire officials said.


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Snowflake

More atmospheric compression snow and rain events happening across the planet

Heavy snow in Artvin, Turkey
© YouTube/Adapt 2030 (screen capture)
Heavy snow in Artvin, Turkey
Second atmospheric snow compression event in a week, first Alaska, now Turkey. Record snow across the S.E.. USA and Mexico, all time record rains in Mumbai India and an increase in the Grand Solar Minimum effects. Out of season everything across the planet, the jet streams are no longer stable.


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Snowflake Cold

Heaviest snowfall in four years brings travel chaos to UK

UK travel chaos
© Reuters
A lorry jackknifed on the A50 near Uttoxeter in Staffordshire
In case you hadn't noticed, it's snowing today.

And it seems to be pretty heavy in places, with some areas of the country cut off, parts of the London Underground shut, airports closed and a lot of disruption elsewhere.

But just how heavy is the snowfall? Well, according to experts we haven't seen weather like this in the south for four years.

So yeah, it's pretty snowy out there today.

The Met Office told Metro.co.uk that you have to go all the way back to 2013 to get similar weather in the region.

Places like Wales and Shawbury in Shropshire experienced around 15cm of the white stuff, and some Welsh hills even experienced around 80cm of snow. Incredible.


Better Earth

Good news? Some of the most encouraging graphs about the human condition you'll ever see

human progress graph
Despite all the fear-mongering over the condition of our planet as well as the human condition, there is encouraging news. Dina D. Pomeranz writes on Twitter: (h/t to Steve McIntyre)

This figure is quite amazing. Never ever before has the world changed as it has from 1990 to 2015.

Comment: While the graphs above seem to offer a glimmer of hope, one always has to question how they're getting their numbers. Remember that lower death rates don't necessarily mean lower suffering and a decrease in deaths from natural disasters doesn't mean that natural disasters aren't on the rise, it simply means that people seem to be better at surviving them, no doubt due to better equipped first responders. Perhaps a comparison of the financial impact of natural disasters could be illuminating. There's also the psychological toll of natural disasters to consider.


Wolf

'Coywolf': New York City suburb on edge after sightings of a wolf-coyote cross

coywolf
© Courtesy of Eric Dresser
A Coywolf in upstate New York.

A mutant animal has a suburban New York City community on edge, with worries about threats to pets and residents being stalked as authorities try to track down the beasts.

Police in Rockland County are on the hunt for the elusive coywolf -- a hybrid created when a coyote and a wolf mate - and are warning residents to keep their dogs on a leash and their cats indoors "if you are truly concerned with its health."

"DO chase them away and make noise (bang pots and pans) if you don't want them in your yard," police in Clarkstown, N.Y., warned in a Facebook post. "Of course, if you don't mind them, then watch them from a window quietly so as to not scare them away."

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