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Czech Republic's Jeseníky mountains report early, heavy first snowfall for 2020-21 season - roads in the area closed

Snowfall in the Jeseníky mountains on Monday morning was so heavy some roads had to be closed this morning

The Jeseníky mountains in the Olomouc region of the Czech Republic recorded the first snowfall of the 2020-21 season on Sunday night and into Monday morning. Snowfall was so heavy in the area that roads in the area had to be closed this morning.

Due to poor conditions, the I/44 road by the Červenohorské sedlo mountains, the primary road between the towns of Jeseník and Šumperk, was temporarily closed this morning. It had re-opened by noon.


Early snow falls in parts of Northern China

Snowfall hits N China´s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region

Unexpexted snowfall hits N China´s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region
Parts of northern China experienced the season's first snowfall on October 11.

The winter scenes were witnessed in Hulunbuir in Inner Mongolia, as well as the city of Huzhong in Heilongjiang.


Further early heavy snowfalls on European slopes - up to a foot

Ski areas in the Alps, Dolomites and Pyrenees have been reporting heavy snowfall over the past 24 hours.

Resorts are reporting up to 30cm (a foot) of snow has fallen, in some cases right down to the base of the slopes.

For many this is the third significant snowfall in the past fortnight following falls of up to 70cm at the end of September, and another smaller snowfall about a week ago.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning bolt kills 3 women labourers standing under tree in Maharashtra, India

Three women labourers were killed while two others were seriously injured on Sunday after they were hit by lightning in Nagpur district of Maharashtra, police said. The incident occurred in evening after some women labourers took shelter under a tree in Shiva village to save themselves from heavy rains while they were going to their homes, a Kondhali police station official said.

"A bolt from the sky hit the tree and the women, leaving them injured," he said, adding that the injured were rushed to hospital in Hingna town by villagers where three of them died. The deceased are identified as Archana Tatode (35), Sharda Uikey (36) and Sangita Mungbhate (35), he said.

A case of accidental death was registered by Kondhali police.

Source: PTI


Signs and Portents: Firsherman finds double-headed baby shark off Palghar coast in Maharashtra, India

The fisherman threw the rare double-headed shark back into the water after finding it off the Palghar coast
© Nitin Patil/Umesh Palekar
The fisherman threw the rare double-headed shark back into the water after finding it off the Palghar coast
A fisherman found a two-headed baby shark off the Palghar coast. As per scientists, such double-headed sharks were quite rare in the wild.

Arare two-headed baby shark was found by a fisherman in Palghar.

As per a report in The Hindustan Times, a fisherman from Satpati village in Palghar discovered the six-inch shark with two heads in his by-catch on Friday.

The report said fisherman Nitin Patil took photos and videos of the baby shark as he was confused by the anomaly.

Cloud Precipitation

Floods worsens as Tropical Storm Linfa makes landfall in Vietnam - 15 dead in 7 days

Track of Tropical Storm Linfa in Vietnam, October 2020.
© Vietnam National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting
Track of Tropical Storm Linfa in Vietnam, October 2020.
Tropical Storm Linfa made landfall over Quang Nam and Quang Ngai provinces in Vietnam on 11 October 2020.

The storm brought further heavy rainfall to central provinces of Vietnam. Ta Long in Qang Tri province recorded 210 mm of rain, and Quang Dien and A Luoi in Thua Thien-Hue both saw 182mm in a 24 hour period to 12 October. Central Vietnam has been plagued by heavy rain since around 05 October, with many provinces seeing severe flooding and landslides.

15 dead after 7 days of floods

Some areas of central Vietnam have seen over 1.5 metres of rain in the last week. In a period from 05 to 11 October, Huong Linh in Qang Tri province recorded 1,520 mm of rain and A Luoi in Thua Thien-Hue 1,888 mm.

As of 12 October, Vietnam's Disaster Management Authority (DMA) reports that severe flooding and landslides in the central region have left at least 15 people dead, with a further 3 lives lost in shipping incidents. Floods and landslides have left 10 others missing since the start of the severe weather spell. Four people are still missing at sea.

Arrow Down

Large landslide hits Eyjafordur, northern Iceland

Iceland landslide
© Facebook/Northeast Iceland Police
A large, "impressive" landslide occurred in the Eyjafordur area of northern Iceland on Tuesday, October 6, 2020. Local reports said a similar landslide has not occurred in the area since 2006. Slope failures continue to occur at the site as of Friday, October 9.


Landslide induced mega-tsunami 'could happen at anytime' at Alaska's Barry Glacier

barry glacier

Barry glacier June 2019
While kayaking in Barry Arm fjord in June 2019, Valisa Higman, an artist-in-residence at Alaska's Chugach National Forest, noticed some odd fractures on a cliff overlooking the fjord. Curious if the slope might be in the process of collapsing, she emailed photos (see one of them below) to her brother, Bretwood Higman. "Hig" is a geologist with Ground Truth Alaska, and he has studied landslides and tsunami deposits for decades.

He was soon inspecting the area using Google Maps, zooming in to the maximum extent possible and searching for signs of slippage. He saw the cracks as well, but nothing about them struck him as strong evidence of a big landslide. "But it turns out I had made a geology 101 error," he said. "I hadn't zoomed out enough, and I missed the big picture." Still, he kept Barry Arm on a list of possible landslides to investigate more someday.

A few months later, Chunli Dai offered that chance. The Ohio State researcher was working on a NASA-funded project to develop new ways to automatically detect landslides in the Arctic, and she was looking for test sites to check how well the tool was working. Her project makes use of a high-resolution dataset called ArcticDEM and machine learning to automatically search for and flag landslides.

Comment: From giant fissures, gaping sinkholes, and epic landslides to methane deposit explosions, earth movements of all kinds appear to be on the increase: For insight into what may be driving this shift, SOTT radio reports:

Cloud Lightning

Lightning bolt kills 3 teens in the Philippines

Three teenagers were killed and their relative was injured by a lightning strike while swimming on a beach in Barangay Lingsat here Saturday night.

Police Lt. Col. Orly Pagaduan, city police chief, identified the fatalities as brothers Ivan and Christian Apayo, 18- and 15-years-old; and Rhian de Guzman, 17.

Injured was Patrick de Guzman, 21. He was taken to the Ilocos Training Regional and Medical Center in Barangay Parian here.


Early snow covers local ski hills in British Columbia - up to 10 inches in depth

Gnorm the Powder Gnome (27cm | 10.6in tall)

Gnorm the Powder Gnome (27cm | 10.6in tall)
Several ski resorts hit by first significant snowfall of the season

Ski and snowboard fanatics rejoice, as it looks like we are getting closer to the winter season.

Ski resorts across the Interior got their first taste of the snow season Saturday night, ranging from a light dusting to serious snowfall.

Silver Star Mountain got its first significant dump Saturday night, covering the village with a blanket of snow Sunday morning. The hill got a dusting of snow at the end of September, but this Thanksgiving weekend marks the first real snowfall up on the mountain.