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Up to 50 inches of new snow in 3 days for the Cascades in Oregon

The chairlifts were mostly full at Willamette Pass Resort on Saturday, January 11
© ROB ROMIG / The Register-Guard
The chairlifts were mostly full at Willamette Pass Resort on Saturday, January 11
The amount of snow that fell in Oregon's mountains didn't disappoint this past weekend.

The snow started early Friday above 3,000 feet and never really let up, bringing multiple feet across the western Oregon Cascade Range.


Here are snowfall totals from the past 72 hours — Friday through early Monday morning from the National Weather Service.

The result matches pretty closely with what meteorologists predicted.

There is plenty more snow to come in the mountains as well, with another 1 to 2 feet possible this week.

North Oregon Cascades

Santiam Pass: 50 inches, 4770 feet

Tombstone Pass: 50 in. 4250 feet

Timberline Base: 47 in. 5880 feet

Attention

Enormous sinkhole swallows a bus, which then EXPLODES, killing 6 and injuring 16 in Xining, China

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At least six people have been killed and 16 injured after an enormous sinkhole swallowed a bus and a number of pedestrians in central China.

The incident occurred on Monday evening outside a hospital in Xining, the capital of Qinghai province.

CCTV footage showed an explosion inside the sinkhole shortly after the bus and bystanders fell inside on Monday evening.


Comment: Not only that, another TEN people are reportedly still missing. Sinkholes can do that! We've heard of reports where people are swallowed and their bodies NEVER recovered...


Fire

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Australia ash/smoke cloud circles Southern Hemisphere - Taal volcano erupts

Taal volcano in Philippines 'goes electric' January 2020
© BBC
Taal volcano in Philippines 'goes electric' January 2020
Dust, ask and smoke in both hemispheres causing strange weather extremes. Australia ash/smoke cloud from fires passed over New Zealand causing summer snow, South America next for that plume to pass over. Taal erupts in Philippines on the same low solar activity lows as was seen in 1913 which we reached in Dec 2019. Dust storms the length of Australia add to the blowing ash/smoke from the wildfires there. Question: How much debris in our atmosphere does it take before temperatures drop?


Comment: Taal Volcano near Manila, Philippines erupts for first time in 50 years - Onlookers stunned by electric display


Cloud Precipitation

UAE rainfall breaks 24-year record

UAE floods

The Ministry of Infrastructure Development announced that it has allocated 20 teams to monitor and respond to roads affected by the storm
The UAE is breaking the record for the most amount of rainfall to hit the country since 1996. And it's still accumulating.

The National Centre of Meteorology (NCM) said that as of 7.23am on Sunday, the highest amount of rainfall from 9-12 January was reported in Al Shakla, Al Ain, with 190.4 mm.

According to the NCM, the heaviest amount of rain that fell between Thursday and Sunday morning was recorded in the eastern region of the UAE, especially in Mazayd with 172.4 mm, Damtha with 172.2 mm, Al Foah with 156.8 mm, and Falaj Al Muallah with 152 mm.

The last time the UAE witnessed such vast amounts of rain was 24 years ago in Khor Fakkan, which saw 144 mm of accumulated rainfall.

Other areas that were also badly affected by the strong rainstorm were Sweihan and Al Shwaib with 126 mm of rain, Al Arad with 123.6 mm, and Al Raknah with 114.6 mm.

In a statement, the Ministry of Infrastructure Development announced that it has allocated 20 task forces to monitor the situation of roads across the country, and is ready to respond to any developments may arise as a result of damages caused by the rains.


Snowflake

Severe storm, flooding and heavy snowfall strike Hawaii - 22 inches of rain in 24 hours, snowdrifts at least 4 feet deep

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The weekend's weather events are producing rainfall totals and river peak values not experienced on the Big Island since Hurricane Lane stormed through in August 2018.

Tom Birchard, forecaster with the National Weather Service in Honolulu, said the 24-hour rainfall total at the Hakalau gauge on the Hāmākua Coast measured just shy of 21 inches as of 7 a.m. Sunday. The Saddle Quarry gauge, upslope of Hilo Bay, registered roughly 22 inches during the same period.

And rain has continued to fall steadily in those areas into the afternoon.

"I've heard several people comparing impacts to what they've seen from Hurricane Lane, even some folks from Civil Defense," Birchard said.


Snowflake Cold

Heavy snow in Uttarakhand, India leaves over 900 villages without electricity and water

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© Amar Ujala
More than 900 villages of Uttarakhand are without electricity and water as unprecedented heavy snowfall has disrupted normal life in the state over the past few days.

An official of the state government said: "The electricity and water supply is disrupted in more than 900 villages and 50 tourists are stranded in a number of places due to the closure of roads.

Traffic is blocked on around 100 highways across the state."


Black Cat

Wild animals in Zimbabwe attack more humans due to drought

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At least 36 people were killed by wild animals in Zimbabwe in 2019 up up from 20 in 2018.

The Zimbabwean further reports that the authorities recorded 311 animal attacks on people last year, up from 195 in 2018.


This increased attack on people has been blamed on the extreme drought in the country which is driving wildlife into human settlements in search of nourishment.

"The cases include attacks on humans, their livestock and crops," said National parks spokesman Tinashe Farawo is quoted as saying.

Rose

Heartening photos show how the Australian bush is already regrowing after wildfires

New life bursts from the charred trunk of a tree in Kulnara, NSW.
© Murray Lowe
New life bursts from the charred trunk of a tree in Kulnara, NSW.
Beautiful photographs of the bush regrowing on the NSW Central Coast a month after fires devastated the region have been picked up as a symbol of hope online.

Local photographer Murray Lowe snapped the shots in the Kulnara area on Monday and posted them on Facebook, where they have been shared more 37,000 times in less than 48 hours.

"Ventured out into the fire grounds today to capture some images of how the Aussie bush responds to fire, and the way it regenerates itself and comes back to life," Mr Lowe wrote in his post.

"Even without any rain, life bursts through the burnt bark from the heart of the trees and the life cycle begins again."


Windsock

Monster dust storm blankets several Australian states

A red hue blanketed much of south west Queensland on Saturday, caused by a weather system moving through from southern Australia.
© Lawren Dunn
A red hue blanketed much of south west Queensland on Saturday, caused by a weather system moving through from southern Australia.
Residents in several states are once again cleaning up the leftovers from a dust storm following strong winds in southern Australia at the end of last week.

A red hue blanketed much of south west Queensland on Saturday, reportedly caused by a weather system moving through from the south.

Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Matthew Bass said strong winds from a large trough system followed by a large high pressure system was to blame for the latest dust storm.

"As that trough moved through southern Australia, it picked up a whole lot of dust and drifted north," Mr Bass said.


Snowflake

Snoqualmie Pass in Washington walloped by nearly 3.5 feet of new snow in 2 days

deep snow
© WSDOT
Several recent snowstorms have brought feet of new snow to the Cascade Mountains.

According to the Dept. of Transportation, Snoqualmie Pass received 41 inches of snow (3.4 feet) in the 48 hours prior to Sunday morning.

The winter weather has made pass travel extremely difficult.

Snoqualmie Pass was closed for a period Saturday afternoon and again Sunday morning. Stevens Pass also closed Saturday. You can always check the latest pass conditions here.