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Canada's ski season starting early after heavy snowfall

Sunshine Village

Sunshine Village
Canada's 22-23 ski season is set to get underway early, this Thursday 3rd November, after the west of the country - particular Alberta and inland BC - has seen heavy snowfall and low temperatures for much of the past fortnight.

Banff's ski area Sunshine Village (pictured above and below yesterday) has moved its planned opening date forward by a week from 10th November to this Thursday, 3rd November.

Lake Louise had already planned to open on Friday 4th and the third Banff area, Mt Norquay, for this weekend also.


Shallow 6.1-magnitude quake hits South Sandwich Islands region - USGS

An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 jolted South Sandwich Islands region at 14:17 GMT on Wednesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 10.0 km, was initially determined to be at 60.7962 degrees south latitude and 25.7325 degrees west longitude.


Sierra travelers hit with heavy snow and road closures

Heavy snowfall arrived in the Sierra on Tuesday, causing spinouts and forcing highway shutdowns up and down the mountain.

During the afternoon hours, drivers traveling along Interstate 80 felt the effects of the Sierra snow.

"You can't be in a hurry. Just be OK with 25 miles per hour and you'll get there," said Angela Sneed.

Sneed was driving from Roseville to Reno with her sister, Ellie Drisenga, and their new puppy. The trio made a pitstop in Nyack.

"Full tank of gas, case of water and beef jerky," said Sneed, who listed off items gathered during the stop.


Big freeze strikes Australia: Antarctic blast lashes east coast, SNOW dumps near Sydney as temperatures plunge to single digits in Melbourne - just 4 weeks out from summer

Icy gusts have lashed the east coast and snow is dumping just outside of Sydney

Icy gusts have lashed the east coast and snow is dumping just outside of Sydney
Australians have woken up to an icy morning as the country is lashed by two jet streams that have pooled cold air over the eastern seaboard.

The cold Antarctic air has been dragged north by a pend in the polar jetstream - a band of wind that continuously flows about 8 to 15km above sea level.

Icy gusts are lashing the east coast and snow is dumping just outside of Sydney and in south-eastern alpine region as the polar jetstream clashes with the separate subtropical jetstream.

It comes as residents of Melbourne and Canberra experience temperatures in the single digits - with the nation's capital hitting just six degrees on Wednesday morning and Melbourne nine degrees, with the mercury set to rise throughout the day.


Huge waterspout spotted off the coast of Lebanon

© Nathalia Nader
On Tuesday afternoon, locals near Batroun District spotted a huge waterspout off the shore of Berbara beach in Northern Lebanon.

Automatically, passersby rushed to take photos and videos of this rare natural occurrence coinciding with the rainy weather in Lebanon.


No tsunami warning after shallow magnitude 6 earthquake strikes west of California in Pacific

A magnitude 6 earthquake struck west of California in the northern Pacific Ocean overnight, the U.S. Geological Survey is reporting.

According to the agency, the quake, which occurred shortly before 1 a.m. EDT Wednesday, was centered about 743 miles west-southwest of Monterey. It had a depth of about 6.2 miles.

The U.S. Tsunami Warning Center did not issue a tsunami warning, advisory, watch or threat following the quake, KNTV reported.


Footage of Brighton's West Pier during Storm Claudio, part of structure fell into sea overnight

Drone shot of West Pier in Brighton
© Sussex News and Pictures
Drone shot of West Pier in Brighton
Brighton's dilapidated West Pier continues to be battered by Storm Claudio.

Part of the rusting structure fell into the sea overnight as fierce winds pounded Sussex.

Shocking drone footage shows even more of the south west corner of the pier seems to be missing.

The Argus reported how some of it had fallen into the sea this morning.

It came after the pier was battered by Storm Claudio overnight with wind gusts of 62mph in Brighton and mountainous seas.

Cloud Precipitation

Colombia - Floods and landslides affect 15,000, hundreds of homes damaged

Floods in Santa Marta, Magdalena Colombia
© Colombia Civil Defence
Floods in Santa Marta, Magdalena Colombia October 2022.
Civil Defence in Colombia report flooding and landslides over the past week have impacted around 15,000 people across 8 departments and the Capital District of Bogotá.

Floods caused material damages in Puerto Colombia, Atlántico Department from 23 October where 35 homes were destroyed, 274 damaged and 1,545 residents affected or displaced. Heavy rain caused streams to break their banks, according to local media.

Around the same time flooding impacted areas of San Juan Nepomuceno municipality in neighbouring Bolívar Department, where 50 homes were damaged and 250 people affected.

Areas of Tolima Department had already seen severe flooding in mid-October. Further heavy rain from 25 October caused landslides in Ibagué and Purificación municipalities affecting over 800 residents.


Large waterspout creates panic in Jaffna, Sri Lanka

A large waterspout created panic in parts of Jaffna today with some locals unaware what it was.

The waterspout was reportedly seen off the seas of Point Pedro in Jaffna today.

A number of people gathered along the beach to witness the rare sight.

Some people panicked fearing it was a tornado.

Snowflake Cold

Winter is coming: Intense 12-hour blizzard seen in Canada's North

Winter is coming: Intense 12-hour blizzard seen in Canada's North

Winter is coming: Intense 12-hour blizzard seen in Canada's North
With the start of winter less than two months away, we're starting to see more weather reflective of the upcoming season across the country.

We recently saw significant snowfall across Western Canada, hindering travel and causing power outages. It came as quite the shock for many residents on the Prairies after summer-like warmth had gripped parts of the region just days beforehand.

On Friday, it was Nunavut's turn. The remote Northern Canada region was hit with a major winter storm -- its first blizzard of the season. The storm brought howling 100+ km/h winds, significant snow and blizzard conditions to southeastern areas of Baffin Island and nearby marine regions.