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Historic hurricane and ice storm warnings simultaneously in effect across the southern US

Hurricane Zeta
A catastrophic ice storm with destructive freezing rain is now underway across northwestern Texas and west-central Oklahoma. While at the same time, Tropical Storm Zeta is emerging back to the Gulf of Mexico after a damaging landfall as a hurricane in the Yucatan peninsula, Mexico last night. It will re-strengthen into a hurricane and head for the Gulf Coast on Wednesday.

Hurricane Zeta

Hurricane Zeta, the 6th Greek alphabet named storm of Atlantic hurricane season 2020, has made landfall near the city of Consumel, Mexico last night, Oct 26th late evening. The landfall was of a Category 1 strength.

Now, Zeta is soon emerging into the Gulf of Mexico and will re-strengthen into a hurricane and head towards another dangerous landfall at the central Gulf Coast tomorrow.

The same hurricane Delta did two weeks ago. Delta crossed the northern tip of the Yucatan peninsula and made its second landfall in Louisiana a few days later.
Hurricane Warning

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for the coastal areas of southern Louisiana, Mississippi, and Louisiana.

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Ukrainian tourist, Egyptian guide lose limbs in rare shark attack

A young Ukrainian tourist lost an arm and an Egyptian tour guide a leg in a rare shark attack over the weekend off Egypt's Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Sheikh, officials said Tuesday.

The attack took place Sunday when two tourists — a mother and her son —and their tour guide were snorkeling in Ras Mohammed national park, the Environment Ministry said in a statement.

The injured were taken to a nearby hospital and an initial investigation showed that the attack involved a 2-meter (6-foot) long Oceanic Whitetip shark, the ministry said.

The ministry did not release details of the injuries, but a statement by Ukraine's State Agency for the Development of Tourism said Monday the 12-year-old boy was in intensive care, and that surgery had failed to save his arm.

Cloud Precipitation

Tennis ball-sized hail and flash floods as storms lash Queensland, Australia with a months' worth of rain in an hour

Members of the Swift Water Rescue team from the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services were seen searching flooded cars on Longlands Street at Woolloongabba in Brisbane on Tuesday afternoon

Members of the Swift Water Rescue team from the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services were seen searching flooded cars on Longlands Street at Woolloongabba in Brisbane on Tuesday afternoon
Dangerous storms have lashed southeast Queensland, as a month's rain and tennis ball-sized hailstones were dumped from the Darling Downs to the Sunshine Coast.

Beachmere, near Caboolture, recorded 80mm of rain in an hour on Tuesday, while 70mm bucketed down on The Upper Lockyer, west of Brisbane, the Bureau of Meteorology reported.

"That's a month's rain in the space of an hour," meteorologist Felim Hanniffy told AAP.

"In some areas of northern Brisbane 50mm fell in 30 minutes."


Storm Molave, mightiest in 20 years, slams central Vietnam - 35 dead, 59 missing (UPDATE)

A welcome gate on Le Loi Street in Quang Ngai Province is fallen following strong winds due to Storm Molave, October 28, 2020.
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A welcome gate on Le Loi Street in Quang Ngai Province is fallen following strong winds due to Storm Molave, October 28, 2020.
Molave, the most powerful storm to hit Vietnam in the last 20 years, made landfall over Quang Nam and Quang Ngai Provinces in the central region at 11 a.m. Wednesday.

The area between Thua Thien-Hue and Phu Yen provinces, which are 530 kilometers apart, is home to many popular tourists destinations, and they have been hit by winds of up to 135 kph. Rainfall over the region has been recorded at up to 250 mm since Tuesday evening.

Gia Lai in the Central Highlands, 250 km away, is also being battered by heavy rains and strong winds.

Comment: Update: An associated report carried by the Daily Sabah on 29 October states:
35 dead, 59 missing after typhoon, landslides bring destruction to Vietnam

Typhoon Molave set off landslides that killed at least 19 people and left 45 missing in central Vietnam, where ferocious wind and rain blew away roofs and knocked out power in a region of 1.7 million residents, state media said Thursday.

The casualties from the landslides bring the over-all death toll from the storm to at least 35, including 12 fishermen whose boats sank Wednesday as the typhoon approached with winds of up to 150 kilometers (93 miles) per hour.

Vietnamese officials say it's the worst typhoon to hit the country in 20 years. At least 59 people remain missing in the landslides and at sea. The toll may rise with many regions still unable to report details of the devastation amid the stormy weather.

Rescuers dug up eight bodies Thursday morning in Tra Van village in south central Quang Nam province where a hillside collapsed on houses.

The victims had taken shelter in the community as the typhoon approached, the official Vietnam News Agency reported. In Tra Leng village, about 45 kilometers (28 miles) from Tra Van, another landslide buried a community with several houses occupied by about 45 people.

Four managed to escape. Rescuers have recovered eight bodies and were scrambling to save 37 others, Vietnam News said. Tra Leng remains inaccessible due to damaged roads and other landslides and government disaster-response teams were using bulldozers and excavators to open up a road to bring in more rescuers and heavy equipment.

Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung traveled to the site where soldiers were clearing up a landslide with bulldozers and ordered officers to urgently bring in troops to the landslide-hit village.

"We must reach the landslide site the fastest way. First, send in more soldiers before we can get the big machine there. We have to reach the area by all means, including by using helicopters," he said.

As troops scrambled to rescue those buried alive in Tra Leng, another part of a rain-soaked mountainside cascaded down in a torrent of mud in nearby Phuoc Loc district Thursday morning, trapping 11 people.

Three bodies were pulled out immediately by villagers, Vietnam News said. Other locals in Phuoc Loc were advised to flee to safety given the unstable mountain slope. The three landslide areas lie in the mountains of the hard-hit province of Quang Nam in a coastal region still recovering from floods that killed 136 people and destroyed hundreds of houses earlier this month.

Four people were killed by falling trees and collapsed houses in Quang Nam and Gia Lai provinces when the typhoon slammed into the coast Wednesday. Navy search and rescue boats found the bodies of 12 of 26 fishermen whose boats sank Wednesday off Binh Dinh province, state media said.

The typhoon blew off roofs of about 56,000 houses and caused a massive blackout in Quang Ngai province, where 1.7 million people endured the typhoon onslaught overnight in darkness, according to Vietnam News. At least 40,000 people were evacuated to emergency shelters and authorities shut down offices, factories and schools to prevent casualties.

The typhoon left at least 16 people dead in the Philippines before blowing across the South China Sea toward Vietnam.


US corn crops are becoming increasingly sensitive to drought

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Like a baseball slugger whose home run totals rise despite missing more curveballs each season, the U.S. Corn Belt's prodigious output conceals a growing vulnerability. A new Stanford study reveals that while yields have increased overall — likely due to new technologies and management approaches — the staple crop has become significantly more sensitive to drought conditions. The research, published Oct. 26 in Nature Food, uses a novel approach based on wide differences in the moisture-holding capabilities among soils. The analysis could help lay the groundwork for speeding development of approaches to increase agricultural resilience to climate change.

"The good news is that new technologies are really helping to raise yields, in all types of weather conditions," said study lead author David Lobell, the Gloria and Richard Kushel Director of the Center on Food Security and the Environment. "The bad news is that these technologies, which include some specifically designed to withstand drought, are so helpful in good conditions that the cost of bad conditions are rising. So there's no sign yet that they will help reduce the cost of climate change."

Comment: Yield is one thing, quality of product is another. YouTuber Ice Age farmer has reported that numerous farmers are also documenting increasingly poor quality yields that are only good for animal fodder, meaning less product available for consumers. Also bear in mind that what an animal eats will impact the nutritional quality of its meat and, in turn, will lead to a deterioration in the health of the consumer.

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Snowflake Cold

Snowfall in the middle of autumn hits Mexico

Inhabitants of the municipalities of Janos and Ascensión , in the northwest of the state of Chihuahua , shared images of the snowfall this morning on October 27

Inhabitants of the municipalities of Janos and Ascensión , in the northwest of the state of Chihuahua , shared images of the snowfall this morning on October 27
For the city of Chihuahua, it is expected that the thermometer will drop to -1C tonight. And record "snow water."

In the middle of autumn.

Tuesday, 27 Oct 2020 - An atypical end of October, with record precipitation of freezing rain (commonly known as snow water), snow and hail; with temperatures down to -2 degrees, all due to cold front number 9. The cold front was forecast to reach Chihuahua Capital today with temperatures down to -1C.

Snowflake Cold

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Apocalyptic ice storm slams into Hurricane Zeta

Marquette snowfall
Marquette snowfall
With the coldest October temperatures ever recorded in any year smashing thousands of historic all time cold records back to 1879, winter storm Betty is now colliding with the incoming front of Hurricane Zeta. Ice accumulations are forecast up to 1.5 inches in areas across the Midwest USA.

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Ice Cube

Rare October ice storm hits Oklahoma, knocks out power to 300,000

Icicles hang from power lines and poles Tuesday in Oklahoma City
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Icicles hang from power lines and poles Tuesday in Oklahoma City.
A disruptive and dangerous ice storm is underway in Oklahoma, with ice storm warnings plastering the map and more than 300,000 people without power. "Tree carnage" has been reported in Oklahoma City, where vegetation and power lines have been collapsing beneath the weight of the accreting rime. Up to another half-inch of freezing rain — rain that freezes on contact with the surface — is possible as more waves move through the affected regions into Wednesday.

The University of Oklahoma warned students of "lightning-infested sleet and freezing rain storms" that would hit the central Oklahoma campus, with thunder echoing throughout Oklahoma City. Social media was replete with photos of toppled trees, the storm posing a particular danger to agriculture.

It was the first time that the National Weather Service in either Norman or Tulsa had issued an ice storm warning during the month of October, and the pre-Halloween glaze was the worst ice storm to strike at any time of year in at least five years.

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Severe flooding affects 800,000 people in South Sudan

Many areas flooded since July, river levels still rising, making crisis worse, says Medecins Sans Frontieres

Severe flooding in South Sudan is affecting the lives of roughly 800,000 people, leaving them without adequate food, water or shelter, Medecins Sans Frontieres said Tuesday.

"Many areas [in South Sudan] have been flooded since July, while river levels are continuing to rise, worsening the crisis," the Medecins Sans Frontieres, or Doctors Without Borders -- an international humanitarian medical non-governmental organization -- said in a statement.

Putting efforts to provide medical care in the affected areas of Upper Nile, Jonglei, Greater Pibor, and Unity states, the MSF said the need for medical care in South Sudan "are increasing with a sharp rise in malaria cases and fears of outbreaks of other diseases."


Wind-fuelled wildfire in Southern California leads to evacuation order for 100,000

Weather conditions are hampering efforts to bring the fires under control
Weather conditions are hampering efforts to bring the fires under control
A fast-burning wildfire has triggered evacuation orders for 60,000 Southern California residents, as hundreds of thousands elsewhere across the state endured a second straight day of power shutoffs due to heightened fire risks from high winds. The Silverado fire sparked early in Orange county, quickly jumping a highway and exploding to 4,000 acres. The fire had doubled in size within two hours, with strong wind gusts pushing flames along brushy ridges in Silverado canyon toward thousands of homes. The latest threats came amid California's worst wildfire season on record in terms of landscape burned, with more than 4 million acres (1.6 million hectares) scorched since the start of the year, along with thousands of homes destroyed and 31 lives lost.

Comment: Four million acres burned in California wildfires