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6.1 magnitude earthquake jolts Balleny Islands region, Southern Ocean

earthquake graph
© Phil McCarten / Reuters
An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 jolted Balleny Islands region in the Antarctic Ocean at 2256 GMT on Wednesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 10.0 km, was initially determined to be at 61.9292 degrees south latitude and 154.8222 degrees east longitude.

The Balleny Islands are a series of uninhabited islands heavily glaciated and of volcanic origin.

Cloud Precipitation

Heavy rains flood Annaba, Algeria

Annaba is drowning in water after heavy rains. Flood in Algeria, November 23.

After a heavy rain last night: The city of Hajar in Annaba state is drowning in water.


Confirmed tornado in Arlington, Texas causes some 'significant damage'

Storm damage in Arlington, Texas
© Jarod Jackson
Storm damage in Arlington. The Burger Box.
The National Weather Service confirmed Wednesday that a tornado did touch down in Arlington, Texas Tuesday night, November 24.

Three people were taken to the hospital with minor injuries and dozens of families have been displaced.

Severe storms moved through North Texas Tuesday night, prompting severe weather alerts in several counties.

Chopper 11 was over the scene Wednesday morning to survey the damage. The National Weather Service was expected in the are later in the morning to take a look as well.

The area near Pioneer Parkway and Collins in Arlington received a lot of Damage. The Burger Box in Arlington received major damage. Numerous power lines and trees were down in the area as well.

Snowflake Cold

Labrador buried under historic 75 cm (29.5 inches) of snow, towns shut down

Tuesday's historic blizzard in Labrador shut down everything from roads and flights to provincial government offices and schools.

A record-setting blizzard shut down parts of Labrador, forcing the closures of roads, provincial government offices and flights Tuesday, as well as schools in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, North West River and the regional College of the North Atlantic campus.

The potent low had already slammed Ontario and Quebec with a blast of widespread, heavy snow last weekend, and also brought strong winds and heavy rains to Newfoundland through Tuesday.


Over 100 pilot whales and bottlenose dolphins dead after Chatham Islands, New Zealand stranding

An aerial photo of some of the stranded pilot whales and bottlenose dolphins.
© Sam Wild
An aerial photo of some of the stranded pilot whales and bottlenose dolphins.
More than 100 pilot whales and bottlenose dolphins are dead after being stranded on the Chatham Islands, with 26 of them having to be euthanised.

The Department of Conservation was notified of the mass stranding on a remote Chatham Islands beach at midday on Sunday.

Ninety-seven whales and three dolphins died in the stranding, and 26 of the animals were alive but very weak.

DOC biodiversity ranger Jemma Welch said the 26 were euthanised due to rough seas conditions, and the almost certainty of the stranding attracting great white sharks to the area.

Comment: Also recently, dead or stranded whales have been tuning up on the shores of Mexico, Iran, North Carolina, Alabama and the UK.

Cloud Precipitation

Dozens rescued from floods across Israel as first snow lands on Mt. Hermon

Flooding the the center of Israel following heavy rains
Flooding the the center of Israel following heavy rains.
Rescue teams came to the rescue of dozens of people as heavy rain caused flooding and power outages nationwide over the weekend, an MDA spokesperson said. No injuries were reported.

Snow also fell on Mount Hermon on Saturday morning for the first time this season.

The Arava Rescue Unit reported on Saturday evening that they had rescued a group of 35 hikers, all above the age of 50, who had been reported missing earlier in the day in the Makhtesh HaKatan (Small Crater) area in southern Israel.

According to the report, the group left Mitzpeh Tamar on their way to the Ashmedai Gate (also known as "the devils gate,") which lies at the entrance to the small crater, losing the trail after nightfall.


The solar retrograde cycle and ice ages

This is in reference to an article I posted earlier today, that Saturn and Jupiter are about to do something not seen since the year 1226.

Jupiter and Saturn about to do something not seen since the year 1226
Jupiter and Saturn Alignment
© This work, “jupsat1,” is adapted from Stellarium by Patrick Hartigan, used under GPL-2.0, and provided under CC BY 4.0 courtesy of Patrick Hartigan
A view showing how the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction will appear in a telescope pointed toward the western horizon at 6 p.m. CST, Dec. 21, 2020. The image is adapted from graphics by open-source planetarium software Stellarium.
Below is an excerpt from Not by Fire but by Ice concerning the solar retrograde cycle.

Snowflake Cold

Galyat, Pakistan pummelled by another spell of heavy snow - a foot in 24 hours

Second spell of heavy snowfall continues in Galyat

Second spell of heavy snowfall continues in Galyat
Tourists stranded as Thandiani, Nathiagali, Ayubia receive one-foot snow

Continuous heavy snowfall in the hilly areas of Hazara division on Monday brought the mercury below the freezing point, however, the main Muree Road remained open for traffic but roads to and from Koza Gali, Khanspur Road, Bakot, Nathia Gali Road, Boi Sawar Gali Road, were closed.

In the second spell of snowfall in the current winter season, Thandiani, Nathiagali and Ayubia received up to one foot of snow during the last 24 hours where a large number of tourists were stranded because of the slippery road conditions.

Snow-clearing machinery of the Galyat Development Authority (GDA), the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Highways Authority (KPHA) and the works department has been deployed at various places of Galyat to meet any eventuality.

Comment: The earlier spell of heavy snow: Record November snowfall of 3 feet hits northern Pakistan, blocking roads

Cloud Precipitation

Flash floods in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, South Africa

Flood damage in Tshwane, South Africa, November 2020.
© City of Tshwane
Flood damage in Tshwane, South Africa, November 2020.
Heavy rain caused flash flooding in parts of KwaZulu-Natal, Free State and Gauteng, South Africa, from 20 November 2020. Four flood- and rain-related fatalities were reported.

Damage was reported to roads and infrastructure. Local media said one person died after being swept away while trying to cross a river with strong currents in Umlazi, KwaZulu-Natal.

Severe flooding was reported in Tshwane, Gauteng, with roads and bridges damaged and vehicles left stranded in flood water. Three young people died in a storm water trench in Hammanskraal on 21 November. The circumstances of the deaths are being investigated by Tshwane authorities.

Almost 100mm of rain fell in 24 hours to 21 November in Pretoria.


Toronto crushes snowfall record with 19.4 cm falling on Sunday

Toronto crushed a snowfall record for Nov. 22 with Sunday's winter storm, but all that snow should be gone by the end of the week with the arrival of warmer temperatures.

Environment Canada had issued a snowfall warning, and the weather didn't disappoint. According to the weather agency, 19.4 centimetres of snow fell at Pearson airport, breaking the previous Nov. 22 record of 7.6 cm in 2007.

The last time a similarly significant snowfall occurred around this time of the year was nearly 70 years ago on Nov. 6, 1951, when the city was hit with 13.2 centimetres of snow.