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Snowflake Cold

80% of Russia is buried in snow

While far-western Russia has been enjoying unusual "warmth" of late, central and eastern regions - so the majority of the transcontinental nation - have not been so fortunate.

On October 30, "very cold weather was established" in north Siberia, reports hmn.ru. Unusually chilly lows of -20C (-4F) were suffered in Salekhard which resulted in hard frosts. Even during the day, highs in the region only climbed to -12C (10.4F) — readings that are some 16C below the seasonal average.

"The temperature was even lower in the east of Siberia," continues the hmn.ru article. And after a belated start to fall, it appears the season has now been skipped altogether. In Norilsk, for example, thermometers approached bone-chilling lows of -30C (-22F) — numbers not out of place in the depths of winter.

Ice Cube

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Largest hail ever as civilization timeline re-written again

Giant hail in Tripoli
© YouTube/Adapt 2030 (screen capture)
Add a thousand years to what we know about dairy and cheese production in Harappa 4500 years ago, as new research tells us that scholars still know little about our global civilization's past. Largest ever recorded hail falls in Libya. Federal Reserve begins giving every citizen in the USA a digital wallet for cryptocurrency as PayPal debuts cryptocurrency for 350 million customers. So many shifts coinciding.

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Ice Cube

South-east Queensland hit by very dangerous thunderstorms as hail up to 14cm pummels the region

Huge hail stones lined up on a handrail at a house at Willowbank, west of Brisbane
© Maddison McIntosh
Huge hail stones lined up on a handrail at a house at Willowbank, west of Brisbane.
Hail up to 14 centimetres has been reported at Forestdale, south of Brisbane, as parts of south-east Queensland were pummelled by a series of very dangerous and "life threatening" thunderstorms this afternoon.

Hail storms also battered southern Sydney and parts of the New South Wales south coast were warned about flash flooding as an "unstable" weather system moved across the state.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) issued warnings for people in parts of Queensland's Wide Bay, Burnett, Darling Downs and Granite Belt regions earlier this afternoon.

The BOM warned the situation was volatile and continuing to change quickly

The areas likely to be hit hardest stretch from the Queensland border to north of the Sunshine Coast and communities further inland.

Comment: World's largest hail record may be challenged by exceptionally large 8+ inches hailstones that hit Tripoli, Libya on Oct 27


Tropical Storm Zeta leaves 6 people dead, millions in the dark

Tropical Storm Zeta

Tropical Storm Zeta
More than 2 million homes and businesses were still without power Thursday evening after Zeta, which came ashore Wednesday in Louisiana as a strong Category 2 hurricane, wreaked havoc across seven states Thursday.

The storm ripped off roofs, knocked down power lines and trees and flooded streets as it roared through Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia early Thursday. Heavy rain and winds also pounded eastern Tennessee and the Carolinas throughout the day.

At the height of the outages, more than 2.6 million homes and businesses were without power. In Georgia alone, more than 550,000 customers remained without electricity as of 5:30 p.m. according to poweroutage.us., after the number reached more than 1 million earlier. Alabama had more than 414,000, and Louisiana was reporting about 444,000 outages. More than 300,000 remained without power in North Carolina and South Carolina reported more than 125,000 customers without electricity. More than 55,000 outages were reported in Virginia.

Snowflake Cold

26-year October cold record broken in Delhi, India

Delhi record cold
Winter has knocked in North India including Delhi. Scientists from the Meteorological Department of India (IMD) said the national capital recorded a minimum temperature of 12.5 degrees Celsius on Thursday. October has not seen such a low temperature in the last 26 years. This was observed due to the light layer of clouds and the slow wind.

According to IMD, the normal minimum temperature at this time of the year is 15-16 ° C. Kuldeep Srivastava, head of IMD's regional forecasting center, said, the last low temperature in Delhi in October was recorded in 1994. On October 31, 1994, the city's minimum temperature was recorded at 12.3 degrees Celsius. On October 31, 1937, the city recorded its lowest temperature of the month - 9.4 degrees Celsius.

Senior IMD scientist said that the absence of cloud cover was the reason for the temperature being below normal at this time of the year. He said, the main reason behind this is that we did not have much cloud cover, due to which the surface cools rapidly. The minimum temperature is likely to be around 12 ° C in the next two-three days.


Philippines orders evacuation as world's strongest 2020 typhoon approaches

Infrared satellite image of Super Typhoon Goni
© RAMMB/CIRA/Colorado State University
Infrared satellite image of Super Typhoon Goni at 2 p.m. EDT Friday, October 30, 2020, when it was a category 5 storm with 180 mph winds.
Philippine officials on Saturday ordered evacuation of thousands of residents in the southern part of the main Luzon island as a category 5 storm that is the world's strongest this year approaches the Southeast Asian nation.

Typhoon Goni, with 215 kph (133 miles) sustained winds and gusts of up to 265 kph (164 mph), will make landfall on Sunday as the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines since Haiyan that killed more than 6,300 people in November 2013.

Pre-emptive evacuations have started in coastal and landslide-prone communities in the provinces of Camarines Norte and Camarines Sur, while Albay provincial government would order residents in risky areas to leave their homes, Gremil Naz, a local disaster official, told DZBB radio station. "The strength of this typhoon is no joke."

Typhoon Molave last week killed 22 people, mostly through drowning in provinces south of the capital Manila, which is also in the projected path of Goni, the 18th tropical storm in the country.

Authorities are facing another hurdle as social distancing needs to be imposed in evacuation centres to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The Philippines has the second highest COVID-19 infections and deaths in Southeast Asia, next only to Indonesia.

Comment: Goni put on an extremely impressive bout of rapid intensification beginning at 0Z October 28, strengthening by 145 mph - from a 30-mph tropical depression to a 175-mph super typhoon, in 54 hours reports Yale Climate Connections.

According to Sam Lillo, only five storms in the global tropical cyclone database have achieved a 145-mph increase in 54 hours or less: Typhoon Vera in 1959 in the northwest Pacific; Hurricane Linda in 1997 in the northeast Pacific; Cyclone Zoe in 2002 in the southeast Pacific; Hurricane Wilma in 2005 in the Atlantic, and Hurricane Patricia in 2015 in the northeast Pacific.

Arrow Down

At least 7 killed in landslide triggered by heavy rains in El Salvador, over 30 missing

At least seven people have been killed in a landslide sparked by heavy rains in El Salvador and more than 30 more are suspected missing under a deluge of mud, the government said on Friday.

The mudslide hit the village of Los Angelitos in the municipality of Nejapa, around 17 km (11 miles) north of the capital, San Salvador, after heavy rains overnight loosened the earth on the flanks of the San Salvador Volcano.

"At about 11 o'clock at night there was thunder and suddenly, we felt like there was a quake, it was when (the landslide) was coming," said Ricarda Sibrian, 43, who told Reuters she had lost her daughter, granddaughter and son-in-law.


Karymsky volcano erupts emitting ashes 6 km high in Russia's far east

Karymsky volcano

Karymsky volcano
The Karymsky volcano in Kamchatka, a peninsula in far eastern Russia, erupted Friday, emitting ashes 6 km high, the Kamchatka Volcanic Eruption Response Team reported.

"A moderate eruptive activity of the volcano continues," the response team said in a statement. "The plume extended for 24 km to the northeast of the volcano."

The team designated an orange code to the volcanic activity, warning that it could affect low-flying aircraft.

There has been no evidence of ash reaching nearby settlements, the RIA Novosti news agency reported, citing the regional headquarters of the Russian Emergencies Ministry.


Scientists estimate only 366 right whales remain on Earth

North Atlantic right whale
North Atlantic right whale
Federal scientists are adjusting their estimate of how many endangered North Atlantic right whales are left on the planet down to 366 as of Jan. 2019. That's a loss of 46 whales since the previous January.

And conservation groups say that since Jan. 2019, scientists have documented 11 more right whale fatalities. The whales are being killed by ship strikes and entanglements with fishing gear.

Federal regulators are expected soon to propose new rules for the Northeast lobster fishery that will aim to avert the animal's extinction. But Maine's lobster industry is resisting new regulations that could endanger safety and revenues.

Conservation groups are suing the feds for quicker action under the Endangered Species Act and other laws.


Pit bull terrier kills deaf and mute boy in Cape Town, South Africa

A deaf and mute boy unable to call for help has reportedly been mauled to death by a neighbour's dog.

Luqmaan Jardien, 3, was alone in his Cape Town home with his neighbour's dog when the tragedy unfolded.

The three-year-old South African, born to deaf and mute parents, had reportedly been dragged into the garden by the animal when the incident was first spotted by a neighbour.

"I looked out the bathroom window and I saw Luqmaan lying there and the dog was busy biting him in the neck," said the neighbour, who asked not to be identified.

She alerted Luqmaan's uncle, who then rushed to the boy's aid.

Comment: View in addition the end of this report for a listing of the exceptional number of fatalities caused by dog attacks across the world so far in 2020.