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Snowmobiler dies after buried 6 feet by avalanche in Farmington Canyon, Utah

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An 18-year-old died after being caught and buried in an avalanche in Farmington Canyon on Saturday afternoon.

The male was with his father riding snowmobiles in the Farmington Lakes area when the avalanche was unintentionally triggered, according to sheriff's officials and the Utah Avalanche Center.

His father called 911, sheriff's officials said. Statement from his father can be found HERE.

The Davis County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue team found him buried in at least six feet of snow with an avalanche transceiver and probe and with his airbag deployed.

Because there is "no transition from the steep slope above to the flat area of the lake," snow and debris piled up "very deeply," according to the avalanche center's website.


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Magnitude 6.2 earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands

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Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 6.2

Local Time (conversion only below land) : Unknown

GMT/UTC Time : 2020-01-20 06:51:29

Depth (Hypocenter) : 94 km

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Nine killed, one missing after flash flood destroys bridge in Bengkulu, Indonesia

Flash floods caused a bridge to collapse in Kaur regency, Bengkulu Province, Indonesia, on 19 January 2020.
© BNPB
Flash floods caused a bridge to collapse in Kaur regency, Bengkulu Province, Indonesia, on 19 January 2020.
Nine people have been confirmed dead in seven villages across Kaur regency in Bengkulu after a suspension bridge in Bungin Tambun III village in the regency collapsed on Sunday afternoon on account of a flash flood hitting the area.

Apart from the casualties, the local search and rescue team also recorded that a local identified as Ipan was still unaccounted for.

"We launch a search and rescue mission today and tomorrow to look for the missing person. We'll look for him at the mouth of the river," Bengkulu Search and Rescue Agency head Abdul Malik told The Jakarta Post on Monday.


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UK approaches highest atmospheric pressure reading since 1957


Numerous stations have recorded around 1050 mbar across southern England and Wales overnight, almost up to 1049 mbar in southeast Ireland. Atmospheric pressure continues rising across central Europe and the Balkans where 1047-1049 mbar has been reported this morning. Very high near record-breaking values also across Benelux!

Here are the night peak pressure readings:

Ireland:

Apparently, the highest surface pressure in Ireland peaked at 1048.7 mbar in Johnstown Castle in the extreme southeast part of the country. The highest atmospheric pressure ever recorded in Ireland is 1051.9 mbar in Valentia, Co. Kerry.

United Kingdom:

Comment: See also:


Cloud Precipitation

Flash floods, landslides kill 6 in Brazil after a month's worth of rainfall in 24 hours

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Flooding and landslides triggered by torrential rains have claimed six lives in southeast Brazil, firefighters said Saturday.

Footage on social media showed streets in Espirito Santo state turned into rivers and cars being swept away by raging, muddy water.

In one clip, the water almost reaches the roof of a gas station.

The fatalities happened in the towns of Iconha and Alfredo Chaves, with three deaths in each town. In the latter, two of the victims were elderly people who died after a landslide engulfed their home in mud.


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Struth: Flash flooding hits Gold Coast, Brisbane as storms sweep Queensland, Australia

Movie World Carpark flooded, with cars submerged up to the roof PHOTO: Torrential rain left the Movie World car park at Oxenford underwater early on Saturday morning.
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Movie World Carpark flooded, with cars submerged up to the roof PHOTO: Torrential rain left the Movie World car park at Oxenford underwater early on Saturday morning.
Dangerous storms described as a one-in-100-year event have swept through South-East Queensland overnight and into the morning, dumping heavy rain and causing flash flooding in parts of Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

The SES has responded to more than 100 callouts on the Gold Coast alone, and another 60 between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast.

Police have reported localised flash flooding in Chelmer, Kenmore Hills, Birkdale and Helensvale.

Emergency services carried out two swift water rescues of people trapped in their cars in floodwaters at Nerang and Oxenford.

A mother and child were also safely rescued after a tree fell on their car at Currumbin Waters, also bringing down power lines.


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Worst locust swarms in East Africa for 25 years posing an unprecedented threat to food security

Locust swarm, Kenya

The insects are devouring crops with Kenya one of the worst affected
The most serious outbreak of locusts in 25 years is spreading across East Africa with a single swarm covering an area one-and-a-half times the size of Greater London.

Unusual climate conditions are partially to blame for the plague, which is posing an unprecedented threat to food security in some of the world's most vulnerable countries.

The insects are devouring crops, with Kenya one of the worst countries to be affected.

One swarm measured 60km (37 miles) by 40km (25 miles) in the country's northeast.

A spokesman for the country's Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) said: "A typical desert locust swarm can contain up to 150 million locusts per square kilometre.

"Swarms migrate with the wind and can cover 100 to 150 kilometres in a day.

"An average swarm can destroy as much food crops in a day as is sufficient to feed 2,500 people."


Comment: At least 360 000 ha (890 000 acres) of crops have been affected in Rajasthan, northern India which is currently in the midst of the state's worst locust infestation in 60 years.

Locust outbreaks from last year include:


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Jackson Hole resort in Wyoming reports record snowfall - 11 feet in 15 days

It has snowed 11 feet in Jackson Hole in January, with more on the way
© Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
It has snowed 11 feet in Jackson Hole in January, with more on the way
With more than 3.3 metres (over 11 feet) of snow blanketing the Tetons since January 1, 2020 conditions at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in Wyoming are reported to be some of the snowiest of all time.

340cm (134 inches) of snow fell on the upper mountain in the first fortnight of the new decade and the resort's current base depth of 2.3 metres (91 inches) make this January the deepest ever in the resort's history.

"We're in the flow," stated Jackson Hole Mountain Resort Vice President of Operations Tim Mason. He went on to note, "I'm impressed by the virility and sustained nature of this storm cycle, and how our staff have responded to it. We have worked tirelessly to ensure the parking lots are ploughed, buses are running, and the mountain opens in a timely and safe manner. Not to mention the skiing has been incredible; this is a January for the record books."


Comment: Related: Snoqualmie Pass in Washington buried under 6.7 feet of snow in 6 days - Nearly 10 feet since Jan 1st, 11.8 at Stevens Pass


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The rumbling methane Enigma

rocks and snow
© Nixette – CC BY-SA 4.0
The northern continental shelves of Russia, inclusive of the Barents Sea, Kara Sea, Laptev Sea and East Siberian Sea (ESAS) are some of the least researched yet most controversial subjects in climate science today. It's the one region that has the biggest potential to trigger runaway global warming because of sizeable subsea methane deposits, thereby taking civilization down to its knees. But, that prospect is also extremely controversial within the scientific community.

Scientific opinion runs the gamut: (1) high risk- methane bursts will bury civilization with runaway global warming - a dreadful, deadly risk (2) not to worry, it's low risk because almost all of the massive deposits of undersea methane will stay put (3) not to worry, low risk because any methane seepage via undersea permafrost is oxidized and dissolves within the seawater and not a threat to runaway global warming.

By and large, climate scientists dismiss the ESAS and some go so far as to vilify published research. In fact, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) dismisses its near-term/intermediate-term risks. The reasons are manifold (more on that later).

Unfortunately, recent events in the high Arctic lean towards option number one as the more likely outcome. In that regard, I recently met with Dr. Peter Wadhams, world-renowned Arctic expert, to discuss the issue (more on that follows).

Comment: Even if our futile attempts at reducing CO2 emissions had any effect (they don't in the larger scheme when compared to natural emissions), the potential threat from methane outgassing or volcanic eruptions is far greater. However even the risk from methane needs more study. According this study, methane may lead to cooling instead of warming. See also:


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Shallow M6.0 earthquake hits Papua, Indonesia

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A strong 6.0 magnitude earthquake shook Indonesia's easternmost region of Papua on Sunday, the United States Geological Survey said.

There was no tsunami warning accompanying the quake which struck inland 158 kilometres (98 miles) from the provincial capital Jayapura at a shallow depth of almost 34 kilometers, USGS said.

The Southeast Asian archipelago is one of the most disaster-prone nations on Earth.

In 2018, a 7.5-magnitude quake and a subsequent tsunami in Palu on Sulawesi island left more than 4,300 people dead or missing.