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Huge blizzard slams Canada's Newfoundland, state of emergency declared in capital St. John's

Newfoundland blizzard
© NOAA/GOES-East. Acquired at 17:50 UTC on January 17, 2020
A winter blizzard hammered Canada's Atlantic coast on Friday packing wind gusts of more than 120 km/h (75 mph) and dumping more than 60 cm (2 feet) in some areas, prompting several towns in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador to declare a state of emergency.

The mayor of St. John's, the provincial capital, ordered all businesses to close and told people to stay home. Later in the day the conditions grew so poor that snow plows were taken off the roads.


Comment: Less than two weeks ago another huge blizzard left parts of Newfoundland buried under 50 cm of snow.


Snowflake Cold

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Vultures signal impending changes for Earth

Fuel truck stuck in snow in Idaho
© Matt Berry
Fuel truck stuck in deep snow in Idaho.
Record snows blanketed the Eastern Himalaya areas of India's N.E states in the same range as the Giffon Non-Migratory Vulture which suddenly abandoned the Himalaya and is 2000 miles south in Singapore. Massive avalanches and unprecedented snow fall in Indian, Pakistan and Afghan mountain ranges and Ice chokes 1/4 of China's second longest river.


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Cloud Precipitation

Hundreds of thousands of fish killed in Australia after rains wash bushfire ash and sludge into Macleay River

fish kill Macleay River New South Wales
© Larry Newberry
Results of a fish kill in the Macleay River in northern New South Wales, which locals said was like ‘cake mix’.
Hundreds of thousands of native fish are estimated to have died in northern New South Wales after rains washed ash and sludge from bushfires into the Macleay River.

Parts of the Macleay River - favoured by recreational fishers - have been turned into what locals described as "runny cake mix" that stank of rotting vegetation and dead fish.

One freshwater ecologist told Guardian Australia the impact of the fish kill might be felt for decades to come, with long-lived species like Australian bass hit hard.

The NSW Department of Primary Industries has been receiving reports of "hundreds of thousands" of fish dead in the river since December 2019.

Locals say rain in the past 10 days has seen more ash and mud from the parched and burned landscape running into the river.

The disaster on the Macleay River is one of eight fish kills reported to the department this year, with the cause of most linked to lack of rainfall.

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Snowflake

Lake Tahoe resorts receive up to 26 inches of snow in 24 hours

Sierra-at-Tahoe is busy Friday morning after receiving about 17 inches of fresh snow.

Sierra-at-Tahoe is busy Friday morning after receiving about 17 inches of fresh snow.

The snowstorm that hit Lake Tahoe Thursday performed as expected and dumped up to 2 feet on the mountains.

Flurries still expected this morning and that will add to the already abundant snowfall.

Tahoe Donner has the most reported snow as of early morning reports with over 2 feet, 26 inches.

Northstar California received 22 inches, Sugar Bowl got 21, Heavenly Mountain Resort got 18, Sierra-at-Tahoe 17 and Kirkwood Mountain Resort and Diamond Peak is reporting 15 inches.

Chain controls are in effect all around Lake Tahoe and traveling to resorts will take extra time with the snowy, icy conditions.


Doberman

Dog pack suspected in woman's death at Taos Pueblo, New Mexico

dog attack
Law enforcement authorities suspect a longtime Taos Pueblo teacher was killed Jan. 8 by a pack of dogs on pueblo land, raising concerns about the dangers of dog overpopulation, not only the pueblo but also in the wider Taos County area.

Newly selected Taos Pueblo Gov. Edwin Concha confirmed this week the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator is looking into the woman's death, but Concha declined to identify her "out of respect to her family."

Sandra Bible of Tulsa identified the slain woman as her sister, 52-year-old Kay Torres.

"She had worked for Taos Pueblo Head Start," Bible said in a phone interview. "She'd worked for Taos Public Schools over the years."

Attention

First killer whale in nearly 2 decades washes up on UK coast

A killer whale has been found up washed up on the English shore for the first time in nearly two decades.

A killer whale has been found up washed up on the English shore for the first time in nearly two decades.
The 15-foot-long orca was discovered with a stomach full of plastic in the salt marshes on the eastern coast, between Lincolnshire and Norfolk, according to the Cetacean Strandings Investigation Programme (CSIP).

The organisation said a 'large fragment of plastic material' was discovered in the young orca's body, however they believe this was unlikely to be its cause of death.

This discovery marks the first confirmed stranding of a killer whale in England and Wales nearly 20 years, the Zoological Society of London has confirmed.

Comment: Dead whales have also washed up recently in Sumatra (Indonesia), New Zealand and Myanmar (Burma):

The Asahan Fishery and Maritime Affairs Agency will investigate the whale's cause of death. (Kompas/Asahan fishery and maritime affairs agency )
© (Kompas/Asahan fishery and maritime affairs agency
Dead humpback whale found off Sumatra on Jan 11th.

The dead whale found off Myanmar (Burma) on January 15th

The dead whale found off Myanmar (Burma) on January 15th



Attention

Rare beaked whale washes ashore in Ostend, Belgium

dead whale
A whale, confirmed to be a rarely seen Sowerby's beaked whale, washed up on the coast of Ostend on Wednesday evening, near the Oosterstaketsel.

The 2.9 metres long animal was found dead, however, the cause is unknown at this time.

"Perhaps it got into trouble at the rocks of the breakwater, because it was injured. Presumably, it stranded and then died," Jan Haelters, a marine biologist at the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences told the media.

Magnet

Powerful magnetic explosion '3 times closer than normal' discovered on Earth's doorstep

Auroras in the aftermath of a near-Earth magnetic explosion on Dec. 20, 2015
© Joseph Bradley of Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada
Auroras in the aftermath of a near-Earth magnetic explosion on Dec. 20, 2015.
From the always excellent spaceweather.com comes the news that on December 20, 2015, a powerful 'explosion' occurred closer to Earth than anyone had seen before.

It has taken researchers more than 4 years to fully wrap their minds around what happened, and their results were published just this week in the January 13, 2020 edition of Nature Physics.

Explosions in Earth's magnetic field happen all the time, writes Dr. Tony Philips of spaceweather.com. Gusts of solar wind press against Earth's magnetosphere, squeezing lines of magnetic force together. The lines crisscross and reconnect, literally exploding and propelling high energy particles toward Earth — auroras are the afterglow of this process.

"Usually, these explosions happen at least 100,000 miles from Earth, far downstream in our planet's magnetic tail," explains the study's lead author Vassilis Angelopoulos of UCLA.

"On December 20, 2015, however, we observed a reconnection event only 30,000 miles away-more than 3 times closer than normal."

The discovery was a case of good luck and perfect timing.

Comment: Weird 'electrical surge' detected running through ground in northern Norway - Auroras follow


Snowflake Cold

Snoqualmie Pass in Washington buried under 6.7 feet of snow in 6 days - Nearly 10 feet since Jan 1st, 11.8 at Stevens Pass

snow car
The busiest mountain pass in Washington state has received several feet of snow in less than a week and more snow is in the forecast.

The state Department of Transportation tweeted that, over the past five days, Snoqualmie Pass had received 77 inches of snow that forced the closure of Interstate 90 on several occasions. Three more inches have fallen so far Thursday for a total of 80 inches - or 6.67 feet - of snow.

Going back to Jan. 1, an impressive 117 inches of snow have fallen so far this year at Snoqualmie Pass. That's only three inches shy of 10 feet.


Cloud Lightning

Lightning bolt kills 3 pupils, injures 27 in Kenya

lightning
© Johannes Plenio
Three pupils of Mkulima Primary School in Kuresoi North have died while 27 others have been hospitalised after they were struck by lightning.

Nakuru Police Commander Stephen Matu has confirmed the deaths saying the pupils were struck this evening while at the school.

Matu has said five of the 27 undergoing treatment at Kuresoi Health Centre are in a critical condition.

"Two pupils died on spot after being struck while one died while being attended to at the hospital," Matu has said.