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Iceland blizzard brings 149 mph winds, up to 10 feet of accumulating mountain snow

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Much of Iceland is digging out following a potent blizzard that brought winds topping 100 mph and yards of snow to some areas amid what one Icelandic meteorologist referred to as a "10 year storm." As many as 20,000 people are without power as temperatures tumble into the teens and 20s, with a few communities completely isolated.

The storm was so severe that it prompted the Icelandic Met Office to issue an unprecedented "red alert."


"This was the first red alert we've issued with the new system, [which has been] used since 2017," said Hrafn Gudmundsson, a meteorologist with the Icelandic Met Office, in an interview. "We've basically only been using yellow and orange colors. The orange color was for pretty serious storms, but this one was a level higher, I would say."

The red alert was hoisted for northern parts of the country, while orange-level warnings covered the country's capital, Reykjavik. The storm's most intense impact struck on Tuesday.


Comment: See also this earlier report: Cyclone in Iceland: Heavy snowfall, power outages and avalanche warnings


Cloud Precipitation

Floods wreak havoc in 22 ar­eas across south Trinidad

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Schools and busi­ness­es re­mained closed and scores of peo­ple could not get to work as ris­ing flood­wa­ters, ex­ac­er­bat­ed by high tide, trig­gered mas­sive flood­ing in 22 ar­eas across South Trinidad yes­ter­day.

Among the schools closed were Shi­va Boys Col­lege, Debe Hin­du School, Bar­rack­pore East, and West Sec­ondary and Ra­mai Trace Hin­du School.

The floods cov­ered most of Clarke Road, Pe­nal Rock Road, Der­rick Road, Lal­be­har­ry Trace, Pa­pourie Road, Low­er Bar­rack­pore, Has­sanali Trace, Clarke Road, Kat­wa­roo Trace, Dig­i­ty Trace, Batchya, Lal­too Trace, Mo­hess Road, Ramd­har­ry Trace, Ali Av­enue and Com­mu­ni­ty Street in Pe­nal.

Late yes­ter­day, Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Min­is­ter Kaz­im Ho­sein said the Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment Units of the Cor­po­ra­tion were ac­ti­vat­ed and over 600 Com­mu­ni­ty Emer­gency Re­sponse Team (CERT) vol­un­teers, trained this year, were on stand­by to as­sist in their com­mu­ni­ties.


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Signs and Portents: Two-headed snake found in Bengal village, India

The two-headed snake is also known as Bengal Kharis

The two-headed snake is also known as Bengal Kharis
A two-headed snake was found in a village in Bengal's Midnapore city. According to Kaustav Chakraborty, a herpetologist of the Forest Department, he was unable to rescue the snake as villagers of Ekarukhi who believe in mythology didn't want to hand it over to the department.

"This is totally a biological issue like a human being can have two heads or thumbs similarly this snake has two heads. This doesn't have to do anything related to mythological belief. The longevity of such species increases by keeping them in captivity. The life span of this snake can be increased if it is preserved," said Kaustav Chakraborty.


Snowflake

Thick blanket of overnight snow covers mountains of northern Greece - at least 16 inches deep

The ski resort of Vigla – Pisoderi in Florina

The ski resort of Vigla – Pisoderi in Florina
Most of the ski resorts and villages in northern Greece's mountainous regions woke up on Wednesday under a thick white blanket of fresh snow.

Ski resorts and villages in the counties of Imathia, Florina, Kozani, and Grevena as well as other locales in the central and northern parts of the country saw extensive snowfall, particularly during the early morning hours of Wednesday.

The ski resort of 3-5 Pigadia in Naoussa received more than 40 centimeters (16 inches) of snow, with even larger amounts of snow being seen in the high altitudes around Florina, West Macedonia.


Cloud Lightning

Lightning bolt kills 10 cattle, 2 goats in Zimbabwe

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A Gwanda farmer lost 10 head of cattle and two goats after they were struck by lightning.

Ward 9 councillor Mozitha Moyo confirmed the incident which occurred in his area on Friday afternoon. He said Mr Jeconia Nyathi from Lushongwe Village was left with a herd of 26 cattle after disaster struck.

"There is a farmer from my ward, Mr Jeconia Nyathi who lost 10 head of cattle and two goats after they were struck by lightning. Mr Nyathi had just finished giving his animals stock feed just outside his homestead. As he turned to leave just as it was about to rain, lightning struck and killed his animals as he looked on in disbelief.

Comment: Also recently in the same country a lightning strike killed a young girl while another killed 5 family members in Zambia.


Cloud Precipitation

Freak Brisbane storm dumps half a year's worth of rain in ONE HOUR

Brisbane flash floods
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Some Brisbane streets turned into rivers as almost 135mm of rain was dumped in the city's east
Brisbane has copped a badly needed drenching from a a wild storm that triggered flash flooding and left thousands of homes without power.

More than 100mm of rain in just over an hour was dumped on the Queensland capital on Wednesday night.

Brisbane recorded one of its highest 24-hour rainfall total in two decades, the amount equivalent to what Brisbane had seen in the previous six months.

The Bureau of Meteorology described the wild weather as a very dangerous storm with extremely intense rainfall.

Up to 3,000 lightning strikes recorded in the state's south-east.

East Brisbane recorded 135mm while the CBD weather station received 130.4mm.

Almost 2,000 homes lost power during the freak storm, with 400 still in a blackout on Wednesday morning, according to Energex.


Cloud Precipitation

Cyclone Belna hits Madagascar killing 9 and making 1,400 homeless

Tropical Cyclone Belna over Madagascar, December 2019.
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Tropical Cyclone Belna over Madagascar, December 2019.
Cyclone Belna has hit northern Madagascar, with nine dead and three missing from the first tropical storm of the season, according to local officials.

Belna blew into the western town of Soalala, where more than 1,400 residents were made homeless because their houses were destroyed, damaged or flooded, Col Elack Olivier Andriakaja of the national catastrophe management office, said Tuesday.

Those displaced have found temporary shelter in primary schools, mosques and district offices but they need food, Andriakaja said.

Many government administrative buildings and roads have also been damaged, he said.

Emergency food rations will be delivered to Soalala by sea, said officials.


Fish

Anomalous cold weather kills hundreds of fish in Samut Prakan, Thailand

Thailand fish deaths
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The cold weather in Thailand is beginning to have an effect on local wildlife and fish as hundreds of fish were found dead floating in a lake in Prueksa Village this morning.

Aquatic experts stated that the temperatures which have been around 18C in the area are highly unusual for the fish and have caused a mass die-off.

Local fisherman stated to the media that if the cold weather continues for an extended period of time it could have serious effects on their livelihoods.

For now, the current cold snap is expected to last at least through Tuesday.

Snowflake

Cyclone in Iceland: Heavy snowfall, power outages and avalanche warnings

Incredible snow amounts in Akureyri, Iceland this morning 11th December!
© Stella Árnadóttir
Incredible snow amounts in Akureyri, Iceland this morning 11th December!
The cyclone that has been merciful to southwest Iceland is still wreaking havoc elsewhere in the country, and has left extensive damage where the storm has passed.

As reported, roads virtually all over the country are still closed. Despite repeated warnings yesterday that travel should be avoided entirely, some people apparently could not help themselves. RÚV reports that a moving truck was amongst the vehicles that had to be unstuck from blizzard conditions on the road in North Iceland. In fact, there is an avalanche warning for the Westfjords—a region that already is susceptible to them during any given winter.



Bacon

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Meat prices spike across the globe are you ready for a financial reset?

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Brazil meat prices spiking as China buys so much from the nation as China itself sets a new record for pork hyperinflation while also seeing spikes in vegetable pricing. US sending 1/2 hogs to China,so its only a matter of time before the US experiences the same as Brazil. Vyper Smart Contracts for global grain deliveries just around the corner.


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