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Giant sinkhole swallows cars in Brasilia, Brazil

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A giant sinkhole swallowed up at least four cars in the capital of Brazil, Tuesday, December 10.

It happened when a road next to a building site in Brasilia partially collapsed. The cars that fell into the sinkhole had been parked on the street, and there were no injuries, officials said.

Authorities are investigating the cause.


Source: AP

Question

Mystery on as up to 300 dead starlings found along road in Anglesey, Wales

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Hundreds of dead starlings are scattered along a road in Bodedern

Hundreds of birds have been found dead in the road in Anglesey .

The starlings were spotted near Llyn Llywenan, Bodedern, by Hannah Stevens on her way home on Tuesday.

Miss Stevens said she had initially seen the "massive flock" flying overhead before landing and appearing to eat something in the road.


Fire

Australia's raging bushfires intensify: Sydney engulfed in 'extremely' hazardous smoke

sydney opera house bushfires smoke
© AP Photo / Rick Rycroft
Thick smoke from wildfires shroud the Opera House in Sydney, Australia, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019. Hot dry conditions have brought an early start to the fire season.
The air quality in Sydney, Australia, continued to deteriorate severely Tuesday as about 100 bushfires burned in New South Wales and strong, north winds sent more smoke into the city.

According to a report by AP, the air pollution in some parts of the city was 11 times worse than a 200 reading on the Air Quality Index, the threshold considered "hazardous," due to fine particulate matter being released by the burning fires. Fine particulate matter consists of microscopic solids and liquid droplets in the air that can be inhaled and even absorbed by the bloodstream.

Comment: Australia bushfires merge to form 'mega fire' north of Sydney


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Heavy snowfall hits the Alps yet again - 27 inches of new snow in 24 hours

Chatel in the Portes du Soleil region

Chatel, Portes du Soleil
After two weeks of generally dry weather it has been snowing hard again over large parts of the Alps.

Ski areas in Switzerland have reported up to 70cm of new snow in 24 hours to start the week. In Austria the biggest dump was in the Arlberg region where Lech (pictured below today) reported a 50cm accumulation and in France up to 30cm (a foot) of snow was reported in the same period in the Chamonix Valley.


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Rare tornado forms at 13,200 feet in Bolivia - Possibly one of the highest-altitude tornadoes ever observed

El Alto International Airport, Bolivia
© Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP
El Alto International Airport is the highest international airport in the world and serves the Bolivian city of La Paz.
A rare tornado touched down near the El Alto International Airport in Bolivia on Sunday, tossing debris into the air and possibly swirling its way into record books as one of the highest-altitude tornadoes ever observed.

The tornado descended Sunday afternoon, causing minor damage as it passed along the northern periphery of the airport and into nearby neighborhoods. El Alto International Airport is the highest international airport in the world at 13,313 feet, serving the city of La Paz.

The whirlwind reportedly came without warning from El Servicio Nacional de Meteorología e Hidrología, Bolivia's equivalent to the National Weather Service. The main weather hazard highlighted before the tornado had been river flooding well to the east amid recent heavy rainfall.


Comment: Some other rare, unseasonal and very large tornadoes to have formed around the planet this year include: Mainstream science does not consider the importance of atmospheric dust loading and the winning Electric Universe model in their research.

Such information and much more, are explained in the book Earth Changes and the Human Cosmic Connection by Pierre Lescaudron and Laura Knight-Jadczyk.
The accumulation of cometary dust in the Earth's atmosphere plays an important role in the increase of tornadoes, cyclones, hurricanes and their associated rainfalls, snowfalls and lightning. To understand this mechanism we must first take into account the electric nature of hurricanes, tornadoes and cyclones, which are actually manifestations of the same electric phenomenon at different scales or levels of power.
See also: Thunderbolts Space News: Tornadoes - The Electric Model


Cloud Precipitation

Thousands hit by floods in Nariño Department, Colombia

Flooding along the Telembí River in the municipality of Barbacoas, Nariño Department.
© UNGRD
Flooding along the Telembí River in the municipality of Barbacoas, Nariño Department.
Around 6,000 people have been affected by flooding from the overflowing Telembí River in the municipality of Barbacoas, Nariño Department in Colombia.

Flooding began around 06 December 2019, according to Colombia's National Unit for Disaster Risk Management (UNGRD). No fatalities have been reported. UNGRD have distributed relief supplies to affected families.


Igloo

Eau Claire in Wisconsin surpasses 100 inches of snow in 2019, creating new all-time record

For rent in Eau Claire at the start of December, 2019

For rent in Eau Claire at the start of December, 2019
Normally, we talk about how much snow we get in a given winter, which spans across the calendar year from generally October through April. Thus, we define the "winter year" as starting on July 1 and ending June 30 the next year. This allows us to calculate how much snow falls in any continuous winter.

Last winter set the record for snowiest "winter year" with 98.8" snow. Most of that snow fell after January 1, more specifically in February.

Due to that fact, it shouldn't come as a surprise that with the slightly above average snow we've received to start this winter, Eau Claire has surpassed 100" snowfall in the 2019 calendar year for the first time in recorded history. Snow measurement data for Eau Claire goes back to 1892.

We were pushed over the 100" mark with the afternoon snow measurement of 2.4 inches taken at 3 p.m. on December 12, 2019.

Snowflake

8 Tahoe ski resorts record over 100 inches of snow for the season so far - Kirkwood over 10 feet

SNOW TOTALS

Snow totals
Storm Recap:

We saw lingering snow showers Sunday morning, mainly northwest of the lake along the crest. That dropped a final 2-4 inches of snow for those mountains, with little to no snow for the rest of the area as the storm cleared out. The sun came out and the soft snow became thicker through the afternoon.

Storm totals ended up at 16-27 inches for the ski areas around the lake, a little less to the south down near Bear Valley and Dodge Ridge with higher snow levels down there. The final forecast on Friday for the storm was 14-27 inches, so the storm performed as expected.

8 out of 14 ski resorts are now over 100 inches for the season. That didn't happen until the end of the first week of January last season, so we are pacing about a month ahead of last season so far. Here are the current stats summarized for all of the ski areas.

Bizarro Earth

New drought declarations across 8 regions in Queensland, Australia as the state's crisis deepens

Queensland drought
© ABC Rural: Jennifer Nichols
Organic avocado grower John Tidy relies on the depleted Amamoor Creek for irrigation.
The Queensland Government has today declared the majority of the state's south-east is in drought.

Eight shires and councils including the Fraser Coast, Moreton Bay, Sunshine Coast, Noosa, Gympie, Redlands, Gold Coast and Logan have joined 37 other drought-declared local government areas.

More than two-thirds of Queensland is now officially in drought, with only northern parts of the state and Brisbane drought-free.

The declaration came ahead of a meeting of state and territory agriculture ministers today in regional New South Wales.

Cloud Precipitation

Heavy rain causes floods, paralyzes Lebanon's capital Beirut

Heavy rain causes floods, paralyzes Lebanon's capital

Heavy rain causes floods, paralyzes Lebanon's capital
Heavy rain triggered flooding that paralyzed Lebanon's capital Beirut on Monday, stranding drivers and damaging some homes.

The storms, which began Sunday morning, impacted the entire country but hit Beirut and its suburbs the hardest.

Motorists were stranded in the southern suburb of Ouzai after vehicles became submerged in the floodwaters. When pumps used to clear water from a tunnel under Rafik Hariri International Airport stopped working, authorities closed the tunnel for hours.

A man was seen using a surfboard to pass through the tunnel, while in other parts of the city some residents used small boats to get around.