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Snowflake Cold

France shivers in early cold spell of winter

Temperatures across France dip 2C below seasonal norms ahead of the expected arrival of a period of 'very bad weather' later in the week

Motorists in mountainous areas of France have been urged to ensure their vehicles are ready for winter driving as the first cold snap of the season sends temperatures plummeting.

A mass of cold, humid air from the north has descended across the entire country, meaning temperatures are about 2C lower than normal for the time of year - and conditions are set to worsen towards the end of the week.

The cold spell comes exactly one month after France basked in summer-like temperatures.

Snowflake Cold

Anomalously severe cold in Siberia for the time of year

russia cold
I wonder how much ice will melt at −44°C (-47F).

On November 11 in Yakutia, the daily temperature never rose above −30°C (-22F). Some parts of Siberia were even colder: In Evenkia and the northern regions of the Krasnoyarsk Territory, the temperature dropped to −41 ... −44°C.

This temperature is considered very low for this time of year.

"""It is important to note that this is not a short-term cooling, but a prolonged atmospheric process. Further it will become even colder. The cold anomaly will expand."""


'Sounds like bells rubbing': Strange noises heard in Hillsboro, Oregon

Strange sounds (stock)
On November 7, 2019, YouTuber 'Infinite Wolf' shared footage of strange sounds he heard in the skies of Hillsboro, Oregon. He wondered if the noises were 'extra terrestrials', some 'secret government project' or an audio hallucination:

Ice Cube

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Antarctic sea ice gain causing global cooling

antarctic sea ice seal
© University of Chicago / Yvonne Firing
A new study shows how an increase in Antarctic sea ice could have triggered a chain of events leading to an ice age.
New article describes how growth of Antarctic sea ice moves ocean circulation currents enough to cause mini ice ages or full blown ice ages, and Antarctic sea ice is growing. Eleven thousand scientists sign petition for climate emergency, but there are heaps of fake names on the list including Mickey Mouse, no kidding. Sun spotless days continue in the solar minimum.....

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Several injured as rare 5.4M earthquake strikes southeast France - UPDATE: Earthquake revised down to 4.9M

Comment: This is not normal. And what an auspicious day for it to occur on... Armistice Day.

france earthquake
Four people have been injured in an earthquake of rare intensity in France, which was felt from Lyon to Montpellier.

The quake, which didn't cause any major damage, was magnitude 5.4 and struck just before noon in the Ardèche region, in the southeast of the country, the French Central Seismological Office (BCSF) in Strasbourg said in a statement.

It was felt mainly in the Drôme and Ardèche regions, particularly around Montélimar where a person was seriously injured by falling scaffolding.

Three other people were slightly injured in the Ardèche "following a panic attack", the Drôme prefecture said on Twitter.

Montelimar's mayor, Franck Reynier, urged residents not to overload the emergency services with calls, adding: "We will keep you informed as we go along." He has been tweeting safety measures, and reported a crack in a building, and a fallen chimney.
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© DL/Laure FUMAS
The village of Mélas near the city of Montelimar was particularly damaged

Comment: Following the quake, they shut down a nearby nuclear power station in Cruas, Ardeche.

There have been 5 - let's say - 'significant' quakes in France in just the last year:

France's largest in the modern era was a 6.2M in 1909...

Other events in France in the last month or so: And just 6 days ago there was an earthquake swarm in Switzerland.
Thousands evacuated and homes damaged in French quake

Many old buildings were severely affected, with the commune of Teil reporting the most damage

More than 8,500 people have been evacuated and hundreds of buildings dangerously weakened in southeast France, as the extent of the damage from yesterday's 5.4 magnitude earthquake emerges.

The quake struck on Monday, November 11, at 11h51. It lasted around 10 seconds.


8 inches of snow blankets southern Alberta

Calgarians clear fresh snowfall from cars and driveways Sunday morning after and estimated 20 centimetres blanketed most of the city.

Calgarians clear fresh snowfall from cars and driveways Sunday morning after and estimated 20 centimetres blanketed most of the city.
As much as 20 centimetres of snow fell in southern Alberta this weekend.

The wintry storm meant snowfall warnings were issued for large parts of the province. As of 3 p.m. Sunday, Environment Canada had lifted most warnings, and all were cleared by the evening.

City crews were busy plowing Calgary streets, although despite the heavy snowfall, the city said it wasn't anticipating a snow route parking ban.

Apple Red

35 % of apple orchards heavily damaged by 5-feet deep snow in Kashmir

Snowfall in Kashmir damages apple orchards

Snowfall in Kashmir damages apple orchards
Kashmir's biggest economy — Rs8,000 crore apple industry — received a major jolt, as first snowfall of the season ravaged the apple orchards across the Valley.

Preliminary reports suggest that the orchards have received "heavy to huge damages" as foliage-laden trees got uprooted or cracked under the weight of 3 to 5-feet snow.

"As per initial reports, apple orchards suffered 30 to 35 per cent damage. Final figures will be available only when officials of our department and the revenue department will visit the orchards," said Aijaz Ahmad Bhat, director, horticulture, Kashmir.

Cloud Precipitation

Floods in South Sudan affecting nearly a million people - year's worth of rain falls in weeks

Women carry belongings on their heads as they wade through water, after heavy rains and floods forced hundreds of thousands of people to leave their homes, in the town of Pibor, Boma state, South Sudan, Nov. 6, 2019.

Women carry belongings on their heads as they wade through water, after heavy rains and floods forced hundreds of thousands of people to leave their homes, in the town of Pibor, Boma state, South Sudan, Nov. 6, 2019.
The World Food Program says nearly a million of South Sudan's 11 million people have been affected by devastating floods and are in urgent need of life-saving assistance.

The government has declared a state of emergency in Bahr el Ghazal, Greater Upper Nile and Greater Equatoria states. It is appealing for increased international support to help it deal with this natural disaster, the worst in many years.

The United Nations reports a year's worth of rain has fallen in a matter of weeks in some areas, washing away homes and livestock. Airstrips and roads are unusable, making many remote areas inaccessible.

The World Food Program reports tens of thousands of people are homeless and living in temporary shelters. Even before the rains fell, the agency notes 4.5 million people in the country did not know where their next meal was coming from.

Mr. Potato

Weather likely to cause drop in US potato yields

Weather issues in both the upper Midwest and Idaho mean potatoes could be in short supply this year.

In the Midwest, Minnesota has experienced a number of issues that could cause its volume of potatoes to be lower this season. "We got a late planting—so Wisconsin, Minnesota and North Dakota—and that knocked some yield off of the crop," says Rett Landers of Northern Star Co. in Minneapolis, Minn. He says that while the growing season went well, harvest was wet which also caused issues. "So I'd say in the upper Midwest, the yield will be off probably five per cent," he adds.

North Dakota saw cold temperatures that affected harvest as well. "There were a number of acres that didn't get harvested before the cold weather hit. I think the red volume will be affected there," Landers says, adding that Minnesota's yields will likely be off between three to five percent.

Cloud Precipitation

40,000 people displaced by flooding in Democratic Republic of the Congo

Around 40,000 people have been displaced by flooding along the Ubangi River in northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Flooding began in October after a period of heavy rain caused the Ubangi River to break its banks in parts of Sud-Ubangi and Nord-Ubangi provinces in DRC. Thousands of people were also displaced in neighbouring areas of Central Africa Republic during this time.