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Hole punch cloud observed over North Carolina

hole punch cloud in NC
© PHIL LAMBERT/WBTV
What is this? The photo was taken on Old Mountain Road in Iredell County. Several images of the same thing have appeared on Facebook.
Images showing a mysterious circular gap that appeared in the clouds over a North Carolina highway have ignited a scramble for explanations on social media, including the possibility it was created by a UFO.

North Carolina TV station WBTV was the first to post a photo on Monday, with an explanation that viewer Phil Lambert of Lenoir submitted the photo taken on Old Mountain Road in Iredell County.

The photo shows what appears to be a near perfect circle in the clouds.

Not long after, photos from other people began to appear on Facebook, with some commenting — perhaps tongue-in-cheek — that the shape was not unlike the gap that might be left by a descending flying saucer ... or a cloaked USS Enterprise (a Star Trek reference.)

"ALIENS!" wrote Dan Ciaccio on Facebook.

"Wow! Looks like a scene from Independence Day!," posted Jennifer Brady Ellis, referring to the 1996 alien invasion movie.

Comment: In March this year residents in the United Arab Emirates spotted a 'rare' hole punch or fallstreak cloud, the first there in a decade.

Observations globally of this cloud phenomena are increasing. In recent times other sightings have appeared over Canada, Southern California, UK, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.

Other strange cloud anomalies also seem to be appearing world-wide with higher frequency and intensity. Factors which may contribute to these 'strange skies' are atmospheric dust loading from increased comet and volcanic activity and changes in the layers of the atmosphere. See also:


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Parts of South Island, New Zealand 'snapping back to winter' with 0C morning

Central Otago's Alexandra was feeling the cold this morning.
© JOHN BISSET/STUFF
Central Otago's Alexandra was feeling the cold this morning.
Summer might be 18 days away, but it is feeling like winter never left in some parts of the country.

Central Otago and Alexandra woke to a cool Tuesday morning, with temperatures dropping down to 0 degrees Celsius. That was in contrast to the warm highs of last week, where some areas hit the 30s.

MetService meteorologist Tahlia Crabtree said it would have felt like they were "snapping back to winter".

Parts of the South Island were below 10°C on Tuesday morning - Queenstown got down to 1.6C, but it felt like -1C, according to the MetService website.

Snowflake Cold

Fresh heavy snowfall dumped on Austria - up to a metre deep

Cars also have to be scooped free

Cars also have to be scooped free
Many roads impassable. Thousands lose power. Schools closed.

In the Lesachtal there are so far about 70 cm (27½ inches) of fresh snow.

In Großkirchheim there are almost 60 cm of fresh snow, in Heiligenblut a meter.
All schools and kindergartens in Heiligenblut, Großkirchheim, Mörtschach, Winklern and Flattach are closed. Many access roads are impassable, so school buses can not drive. 80 fitters of KELAG are in action.


Comment: It should be noted that the first snow actually fell in the country 2 months ago (and significant amounts at that!), see also:

Snowflake Cold

Typical January weather in Sweden - Except it is November

SNOW
Winter heavily attacks Scandinavia. In Sweden, the largest November snowstorms in 40 years.

In Sweden we have typical January weather (except it is November), especially in the central part of the country. A first-degree warning was issued for: Värmland, Dalarna (except Dalafjällen), Gävleborg except for coastal areas and Jämtland. It began snowing on Sunday, and an additional 20 cm of snow can fall during the day.

According to the services, this may be the earliest such a strong winter attack has hit Sweden before mid-November in 40 years. After a wave of snowstorms, the mercury in the northern and central parts of the country will fall to -20 degrees by mid-week.


Snowflake Cold

Winter Already? Snow, deep freeze from Rockies to East Coast

SNOW ON BUFFALO

Snow on Buffalo
An arctic air mass that brought snow and ice to an area stretching from the Rocky Mountains to northern New England on Monday was poised to give way to record-breaking cold temperatures.

In mid-Michigan, three people were killed in a two-vehicle crash that the Eaton County sheriff's department attributed to heavy snowfall. And in Kansas, the highway patrol reported that a truck lost control on an icy highway and slammed head-on into another truck, killing an 8-year-old girl in the other vehicle.

In Chicago, where as much as 6 inches of snow fell, an Envoy Air flight from Greensboro, North Carolina, slid off an icy runway at O'Hare International Airport as it tried to land at about 7:45 a.m.

None of the 38 passengers and three crew members were injured, according to the city's aviation department.


Cloud Precipitation

Flash floods and snowstorm slam north Algeria

Flash floods in Bouzeguene, Algeria 12 November 2019.
© Civil Protection Algeria
Flash floods in Bouzeguene, Algeria 12 November 2019.
At least 1 person has died and 3 were rescued after flash floods in Algeria on 12 November.

Severe weather affected wide areas of the country from 11 November, brought by a storm system informally named 'Medicane Trudy'.

Strong winds with gusts of 90 km/h, storm surge and high waves were reported along the Algerian coast. An orange alert was issued by for several provinces including M'Sila, Batna, Khenchela, Biskra, Bejaia, Jijel, Skikda, Annaba and El Tarf.

A snowstorm was reported in Sidi Bel Abbès province on 11 November. Military personnel were deployed to assist the local community, Algeria Press Service reported.


Cloud Precipitation

India and Bangladesh - Cyclone 'Bulbul' leaves 24 dead, over 2 million displaced - 11 inches of rain in 24 hours

Tropical Cyclone Bulbul approaching West Bengal
© NASA
Tropical Cyclone Bulbul approaching West Bengal, India, and Bangladesh, November 2019.
At least 24 people have died and more than 2 million displaced after Tropical Cyclone 'Bulbul' hit coastal areas of Bangladesh and the states of West Bengal and Odisha in north east India.

Bulbul made landfall in West Bengal on 09 November, 2019, with wind gusts of 135 km/h. According to media reports, the fatalities and much of the damage were the result of the strong winds.

Over 26,000 houses have been damaged in West Bengal and Odisha, India, where 12 people have died as a result of the storm. Over 120,000 people were moved to safety.


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Southern Italy battered by storms, floods and tornadoes

Flooded olive groves in Salento
© Coldiretti
Flooded olive groves in Salento
Heavy rain, hail, thunderstorms, and winds of more than 100 kilometres per hour hit many parts of southern Italy on Tuesday.

The Italian Civil Protection Department issued a red alert for the regions of Basilicata, Calabria and Sicily, and a lower orange alert was issued for Puglia ahead of fierce storms which began in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Schools across many parts of the southern regions announced closures for Tuesday, and the Civil Protection Department warned drivers of the risk of falling trees and swollen rivers.

Since Monday night, firefighters in the four southern regions have been called out a total of 460 times to deal with storm damage, the fire service wrote on Twitter.


Comment: Further north: Two reported dead as Venice flooded by highest tide in 50 years - 85% of city under water


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Two reported dead as Venice flooded by highest tide in 50 years - 85% of city under water

FLOODS
© EPA
High waters peaked at 1.87 metres as the flood alarm sounded across the Italian city of canals

The mayor of Venice is poised to declare a state of emergency after the city was hit by the highest tide in more than 50 years, with another surge expected to cause further destruction on Wednesday.




Comment: Venice does have major flood defence plans in the works, but not the funding to pay for it.


Stock Up

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Tapestry for hyperinflationary food prices

European farm closures 2019
© YouTube/Adapt 2030 (screen capture)
Europe loses 1000 small farms a day, China 1.7X pork prices this year almost double, US corn and soybean harvest far behind schedule as a new blizzard rips through the mid-west grow zones, Hard Red Winter wheat transitioning to sorghum planting, I feel its a grow zone shift in play.


Comment: A good way to invest your money: Store large amounts of food, like now