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Many US ski resorts already surpassed their peak total snowpack for last season

Mammoth Mountain, CA, has the most recorded snowfall out of any ski area on Earth right now.
© Patrick Griley/Mammoth Lakes Tourism
Mammoth Mountain, CA, has the most recorded snowfall out of any ski area on Earth right now.
The top three resorts in this list have the most recorded snowfall in the world. Let that sit for a second.

Many of the resorts on this list have already surpassed their peak total snowpack for last season and it's only mid-January. Where will the rest of the winter take us? Could it be a record-breaking year? Time will tell but for now you can revel at these massive snowfall numbers and pinch yourself that there's still an entire half of a season left to go.

Open ski resorts with the most snowfall this season to date...

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Motorist drives between walls of snow in Soda Springs, California

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Californians navigated piles of snow in Nevada County on Thursday, January 12, as the National Weather Service (NWS) warned more precipitation was on the way.

Jenelle Potvin said she recorded this footage in a residential area of Soda Springs on Thursday night as she brought a friend home.

The University of California Berkeley Central Sierra Snow Lab said more than 6 feet of snow had accumulated in Soda Springs since January 4.

The region was warned to expect heavy snow through the weekend and into Monday. NWS forecasts predicted that another six feet of snow could accumulate during the storm. Credit: Jenelle Potvin via Storyful


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Heavy snowfall in South Korea - 22 inches in 24 hours

A car stopped near Misiryeong Tunnel near Sokcho, Gangwon Province, is covered with snow, Sunday.
© Yonhap
A car stopped near Misiryeong Tunnel near Sokcho, Gangwon Province, is covered with snow, Sunday.
Over 100 traffic accidents have been reported amid heavy snowfall in South Korea's Gangwon province on Sunday, officials said.

Many parts of Gangwon province had heavy snow from Saturday to Sunday, including 55.9 centimeters of snowfall in the Misiryeong mountain ridge and 52.3 cm of snow in the Hyangrobong hill, Yonhap News Agency reported.

Heavy snow blanketed a section of highway in the coastal county of Goseong around noon, stranding about 10 vehicles in the area.


Cloud Precipitation

Flash flooding in Protaras, Cyprus

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The fire service has recalled staff to deal with emergencies from the heavy showers, as early this morning saw dozens of calls being made by drivers trapped on flooded roads, with crews also pumping water out of homes and businesses, as well as opening up rainwater gutters that were blocked by falling leaves and garbage.

According to Philenews, the brunt of the storms occurred around four this morning in the Famagusta district and around an hour later, dozens of people were seeking urgent assistance, mostly drivers in the Paralimni-Protaras areas trapped on main roads.

The Protaras Avenue-Cape Greco remained closed from the Kapparis area to Pernera due to flooding. The Saint Panteleimon to Kammitsi lights road is also closed.


Boat

Flooding in northern Queensland, Australia - multiple rainfall records toppled

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Towns are isolated and the Bruce Highway is cut in multiple places as a downpour sees multiple records toppled in Queensland's north.


Attention

Massive female fin whale washes up dead on beach in Cornwall, UK

A fin whale, the second largest animal in the world, was discovered on Friday along Cornwall's south coast

A fin whale, the second largest animal in the world, was discovered on Friday along Cornwall's south coast
This is the moment a humungous female whale washed up dead on a Cornwall beach before floating back out to sea.

The fin whale - the second largest animal on earth - was discovered on Friday along Cornwall's south coast - with marine experts from the Cornwall Wildlife Trust now urging the public to help track the whale after it was swept away overnight.

British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) were alerted to the stranded whale on Friday afternoon at 3:20pm, after someone reported what was believed to be a live whale near Perranuthnoe Beach.

A team of volunteer marine mammal medics attended the scene but the whale was confirmed dead on their arrival.


Satellite

Indian space agency satellite observation reports Himalayan town rapidly sinking

Joshimath India land subsidence sinking
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The town of Joshimath, India, January 11, 2023.
An endangered Himalayan settlement has dropped 5.4cm in days

The Indian town of Joshimath, known as a gateway to the Himalayas, sank by 5.4cm, sometime between late December and early January, the Indian space agency has reported. The popular tourist destination, at an altitude of over 6,000 ft (1800 meters), is prone to subsidence, partially due to infrastructure development.

A report by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) released on Wednesday detailed changes detected by satellite observation of Joshimath, revealing that a rapid subsidence event had taken place sometime between December 27, 2022 and January 8, 2023.

The region's chief minister, Pushkar Singh Dhami, ordered a mass evacuation after a 603 buildings in the town were found to have deep cracks.

Attention

State, federal scientists begin examining dead Fin whale found in Pass Christian, Mississippi

A 'Very rare' whale found dead, stranded near Mississippi Gulf Coast
© The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies Gulf Port Mississippi
A 'Very rare' whale found dead, stranded near Mississippi Gulf Coast
Scientists from different agencies are conducting research on a dead fin whale found dead just offshore in Pass Christian.

The endangered species is now being examined by several scientists from federal and state agencies, including the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies, Mote Marine Laboratory, FWC Marine Mammal Research and Rescue, and many more.

Crews arrived early to start collecting samples that will determine the cause of death.

"We are doing an external review of the animal, but we will also be looking internally at all the organs and collecting samples to send them off for testing," IMMS stranding coordinator Theresa Madrigal said.


Seismograph

Earthquakes increase from 60 to 600 per week in just 5 years in Pahala, Hawaii

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The location of permanent and temporary seismic instruments deployed across the southeast part of the Island of Hawai‘i. Shaded white areas show dense regions of earthquakes interpreted as the Pāhala sill complex. Dashed white box outlines a region of sparsely spaced volcano-tectonic earthquakes that lie between the Kīlauea summit and Pāhala.
Pāhala, a town located in the southeast part of the Island of Hawai'i, lies above the state's most seismically active area. In the last 5 years, the average weekly number of earthquakes has increased from about 60 to 600 earthquakes per week.

These frequent earthquakes occur deep beneath the Pāhala region at approximately 20 to 40 km (12 to 25 miles) depth. Larger events are regularly felt by residents living both within Pāhala and across the island.

In a 2015 study, scientists at USGS located and classified earthquakes in this region into two main groups.

A more continuous seismic tremor, a type of signal often used to trace the movement of magma within a volcanic system, was identified at approximately 40 km (25 miles) depth, both on- and off-shore of the Pāhala region. This activity was interpreted as the migration of magma from the deep Hawaiian hot spot to more shallow depths.

Comment: Meanwhile in Europe: Surprise magma chamber growing under Mediterranean submarine volcano Kolumbo


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At least 8 dead after tornadoes sweep southeast US

Devastation in the aftermath of severe weather in Greensboro, Alabama.
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Devastation in the aftermath of severe weather in Greensboro, Alabama.
At least eight people are dead — including a 5-year-old boy — after tornadoes ripped through parts of the southeast US on Thursday.

The 5-year-old boy was killed when a tree fell on a vehicle in Butts County, central Georgia, FOX5 Atlanta's Eric Perry reported Thursday night. The adult in the car was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

The child is thus far the only confirmed victim of the violent storm system in Georgia, where a freight train also appeared to have been knocked off its tracks by the winds.

The remaining seven fatalities occurred in Autauga County in central Alabama.

On Friday morning, the National Weather Service was sending teams to assess damage in at least 14 counties, AL.com reported.