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56 inches of snow at Snoqualmie Pass, Washington in last week with more on the way

Just a little bit of snow up at Snoqualmie Pass. That’s a car buried under that mound of snow. 50” of snow and counting in the last week!

Just a little bit of snow up at Snoqualmie Pass. That’s a car buried under that mound of snow. 50” of snow and counting in the last week!
Over 4 feet of snow have fallen at Snoqualmie Pass in the past week, and drivers might be warily looking at the forecast that shows more is on the way for the first half of this week as Winter Storm Warnings remain in effect.

Weather spotters with the Washington State Department of Transportation measured 56.5 inches of snow had come down in the pass through Monday morning. For the entire season, the pass was at 190 inches as of Monday morning, and snowpack was running about 115% of normal in the central Cascades.

Stevens Pass wasn't too far behind at 53.5" since Tuesday evening and 219 inches for the year through Sunday morning.

The totals will continue to climb as more snow was falling Monday. A Winter Storm Warning remained in effect until midnight Tuesday morning for an additional 5-15 inches of new snow. Another storm Tuesday will add even more.


Attention

Man dies after attack by pet stag in County Cork, Ireland

Ger Withers passed away on Tuesday after being attacked by a stag

Ger Withers passed away on Tuesday after being attacked by a stag
A renowned huntsman died after being attacked and gored by a pet stag.

An investigation is now underway into the freak tragedy in north Cork which claimed the life of the married father of three.

The huntsman - named locally in Liscarroll as Gerard 'Ger' Withers (45) - suffered fatal injuries after he was apparently attacked by the pet stag on Tuesday afternoon.

The tragedy occurred at the Duhallow Hunt Kennels in north Cork where the stag had been raised and kept as a pet.

Health

'Blood everywhere': Aggressive squirrels terrorizing, attacking NYC residents for weeks

squirrel
Some people living in a Queens neighborhood are afraid to leave their homes. That's because there have been several aggressive squirrel attacks over the last few weeks, CBS 2 New York's Hazel Sanchez reported Tuesday.

Micheline Frederick is still bruised. Her bite wounds are healing after she was attacked by a squirrel one week ago. "You hear someone has been bitten by a squirrel, you're like 'Okay, you got a little nib, what's the deal?' But this was ... this was an MMA cage match! And I lost!" Frederick said.

She said the squirrel, totally unprovoked, went after her as she stood on the front stoop of her Rego Park home on 65th Drive. She shared graphic photos of the aftermath.



Doberman

Boy killed by dogs at kennels in Ivanteevka, Russia

dog attack
A young boy in Russia has died in a vicious dog attack after his mother allegedly left him to go and drink vodka with a friend.

The boy's mother has been arrested by Russian police who they suspect abandoned him to see in the New Year on a drinking spree with a pal.

Reports say the unnamed mum-of-three had visited her friend who has a dog kennels in the town of Ivanteevka in the Moscow Oblast region on December 31.

Police have not publically named the mother and her child, but officers are referring to the boy only by his first name of Maxim.

A statement released by the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation on the Moscow region said that the mother and the owner of the kennel had left the children to feed the dogs.

Attention

Snow-covered Mt. Etna sends clouds of smoke into the sky - 40 quakes in a few days

Etna
Mount Etna, Europe's largest volcano, sends clouds of smoke up to the sky amid a period of intensified volcanic activity. Over the last few days, around 40 earthquakes with a 3.8 magnitude rumbled the southern flank of the mountain.


Snowflake

Thousands without power in Nova Scotia after winter storm blasts Maritimes

Canada snow outlook
Thousands are without power after a winter storm brought up to 25 cm of snow to the province.

At approximately 8:30 a.m. there were approximately 20,500 Nova Scotia Power customers without electricity.

The website for Nova Scotia Power's listed 13,967 customers affected by 248 outages as of 1 p.m.

Cape Breton had the largest outages, with more than 9,000 customers without electricity in Sydney, N.S.

Estimated restoration times vary from Sunday afternoon to late evening.

Nova Scotia Power spokeswoman Andrea Anderson said the outages were caused by the region's first snowstorm of 2021, which blew across most of the province on Saturday and ended overnight.

Windsock

Tropical Cyclone Imogen brings 105km/h winds to north-west Queensland

Tropical Cyclone Imogen
© BUREAU OF METEOROLOGY
A satellite view of Tropical Cyclone Imogen over north-west Queensland and the Gulf of Carpentaria coast.
A tropical low has intensified overnight and formed Tropical Cyclone Imogen, which made landfall in north-west Queensland and brought 105km/h winds to the area.

However, the Bureau of Meteorology expects the category one cyclone to weaken and be downgraded to a tropical low again later on Monday. However, severe weather warnings remain in place.

Tropical Cyclone Imogen formed about 7pm on Sunday and crossed the Gulf of Carpentaria coast just to the north of Karumba, about 530 kilometres west of Cairns, about 9pm on Sunday.

It generated sustained winds near the centre of 75km/h with wind gusts up to 100km/h. A wind gust of 105km/h were recorded near Normanton on the southwestern flank of the cyclone.

Cloud Lightning

'Humongous cluster' of lightning strikes pings North Island, New Zealand - over 1600 in 2 hours

LIGHTNING
© MetService
More than 1600 lightning strikes have pinged the country in just two hours this afternoon - and MetService warns of many more to come as thunderstorms hit.

MetService recorded 1686 lightning strikes over two hours until 3pm today, including a "humongous cluster" near Dannevirke.

MetService meteorologist Tuporo Marsters expects more strikes this afternoon and evening.

"She's climbing. Most of them are right through the middle of the North Island, and the Canterbury region, close to Timaru, has had a bundle of sparks go off, and inland Dunedin."

Arrow Down

Norway landslide: Seventh body found as rescuers continue to search Gjerdrum site

landslide
Seven bodies have now been found in the search for the missing after a massive landslide that destroyed homes in Norway last week, police have said.

Four bodies were discovered on Friday and Saturday, and another three on Sunday. The first victim to be found was named as Eirik Grønole, 31.

Several people remain missing following the hillside collapse that sent mud into the village of Ask on Wednesday.

Rescuers are working to find survivors, but chances of this are fading.

Police said the latest body was recovered near where two others had been found, but they gave no further details.

Five of the victims have been identified, including a 40-year-old man and his two-year-old daughter.

Another 10 people were injured.

The king and queen of Norway visited the site of the landslide on Sunday.


Comment: Huge landslide hits residential area after large amounts of precipitation in southern Norway, 10 hurt, 26 unaccounted for


Seismograph

Shallow 6.1-magnitude earthquake jolts Aleutian Islands near Alaska

rat islands
The islands, located off southwestern Alaska, belong to the northern part of a seismically active area known as the Ring of Fire, which is regularly affected by powerful earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

A powerful tremor hit 243 kilometres from Adak, Alaska, with the epicentre of the quake situated at a depth of 17 km, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

No tsunami warning has been issued by the authorities. There also have not been any reports about victims or damages caused by the quake.