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Over 375 inches of snow measured in Snoqualmie Pass, Washington this season - snow banks reaching 12 feet in height

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This week over 375 inches of snow were measured in Snoqualmie Pass, surpassing the ten-year average, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.

The snow banks are also reaching heights of up to 12 feet, and stunning people who live near the mountain pass.

"I mean this weather has been pretty crazy," said Glenn Vickery. "We've actually had some really good light snow, but it's been a lot of snow and it's been unique with this pebble-like snow, so it's been a crazy year with a lot of different weather conditions. It's been pretty cool."

Silas Wild is an avid skier and drove down Snoqualmie Pass to North Bend before sunset. "Coming up you could see all the trucks were stopped to chain up and the plows were plowing and causing a little slowdown, so I'm glad I'm going down and not up," said Wild.

Since November, I-90 to Snoqualmie Pass was closed for more than 40 hours due to collisions, spinouts and avalanche control work.


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About 100 dolphins found dead on Mozambique beach - 3rd mass stranding of cetaceans globally within 5 days

The cause of death is still unknown
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The cause of death is still unknown
The bodies of about 100 dead dolphins have been found on an island off the coast of Mozambique.

Eighty-six more carcasses were found on Bazaruto Island, north of the capital Maputo, on Tuesday, after a first group was washed ashore on Sunday.

The cause of the deaths is still unknown, the country's environment ministry said, and more experts are heading to the site.

One possible experts are investigating is if a cyclone may have contributed.


Comment: This incident happened amid similar recent mass strandings of cetaceans in other regions of the world, see: Recommended reading:


Fire

Spectacular Mount Etna eruption stuns volcano enthusiasts

Mount Etna lava flow
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Large streams of red hot lava flow as Mount Etna, Europe's most active volcano, leaps into action, as seen from the village of Fornazzo
Europe's most active volcano has been erupting for more than a week, creating spectacular images of lava, ash and volcanic rocks lighting up the Sicilian sky at night.

Mount Etna's latest eruption overnight petered out on Tuesday morning, according to Italy's National Institute for Geophysics and Volcanology.

Rivers of lava were seen gushing from the volcano's southeast crater, with clouds of debris rising several kilometres above its summit.

The red and orange glow of the magma resulted in mesmerising photographs. Nearby Catania Airport was forced to close temporarily due to the amount of ash being spewed forth from Mount Etna.

Residents in the town of Pedara said during one day last week, it appeared as though it were raining rocks as a thick blanket of ash covered the town.


Comment: The intense activity of Sicily's Mount Etna continues. A few days ago it erupted for the fourth time in four days.


Snowflake Cold

This February (to the 20th), the U.S. broke 9,075 low temperature records vs just the 982 for warmth

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The Arctic invasion that recently swept the United States was truly historic, and the record books prove it.

According to warm-mongers NOAA - who willfully ignore the Urban Heat Island (UHI) effect - the month of February, 2021 has so far (to the 20th) seen 9,075 daily cold-minimum and cold-maximum temperature records fall across the United States vs just the 982 for warmth.

Of these, 693 also qualified as new monthly record lows.

And of these, a staggering 198 were also new all-time never-before-witnessed benchmarks - often in record books dating back 150+ years.

Sun

Beijing sees warmest February day in 70 years

A packed rooftop cafe in Wudaoying Hutong
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A packed rooftop cafe in Wudaoying Hutong.
Beijing recently recorded its highest February temperatures in 70 years.

Records from the meteorological observatory in Daxing district (南郊观象台) showed that at around 4pm on February 21, temperatures reached a high of 25.6 degrees Celsius. It was the warmest temperature on record in Beijing in February since 1951.

Many That's Beijing readers took advantage of the unseasonably warm weather. Outdoor activities included rock climbing, relaxing at rooftop bars and cafes, exploring Beijing via scooter and more.

An acoustic band made up of Beijing expats wore t-shirts as they sat by the Liangma river and serenaded passers-by.

However, the "fake summer" has been somewhat short-lived as temperatures will likely return to normal soon. Reports suggest that on February 22 and 23, there will be a high of just 14 degrees Celsius.

It could be a while before the capital experiences such high temperatures again. At least some of the city's residents were able to enjoy the warm weather while it lasted.

Comment: Yet last month a cold wave froze parts of China, as vegetable prices hit record highs due to the historically cold winter.


Attention

Environmental disasters across globe in January 2021

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The first month of 2021 saw a host of environmental disasters, including floods in Malaysia and the Philippines, a volcanic eruption in Indonesia, a massive forest fire in India, landslides in Papua New Guinea and an avalanche in Russia.

Here is a timeline compiled by Anadolu Agency.

Jan. 2:

- Massive forest fire engulfs the picturesque Dzuko Valley located in northeastern India.

Jan. 3:

- The death toll from the landslide in the village of Ask, Norway, on Dec. 30, rises to six.

- Mount Sinabung in North Sumatra, Indonesia, erupts, spewing ash columns up to 1,000 meters high.

Cloud Lightning

8 people drown attempting to cross flooded rivers in Zimbabwe

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A total of eight people are said to have drowned while trying to cross flooded rivers in Chiredzi District, Masvingo.

The number was confirmed by Chiredzi District Development Coordinator, Mr. Lovemore Chisema who warned members of the public against attempting at flooded rivers.

Chisema who is also the chairperson of the District's Civil Protection Department said more than 20 houses have been destroyed due to floods.

He said:

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strikes kill 3, injure 3 others in Malawi

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Three people died while three others sustained injuries after being struck by lightning in two different incidents on Monday in Mangochi.

Both incidents occurred on the evening of February 22, 2021 in the areas of Traditional Authority Bwananyambi and Mponda.

According to Mangochi Police Deputy publicist, Amina Tepani Daudi, in the first incident, John Chicha and Tiyanjane Bakali both 23-years-old were struck by lightning at Masuku Trading Centre.

At the time, it was heavily raining and lightning struck 5 people whereby the two were pronounced dead upon arrival at Mulibwanji Community Hospital. The other three suffered serious burn wounds.

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Snowmobiler dies following avalanche southwest of Chetywnd, British Columbia - 3rd such death for province within 9 days

Avalanche area. | File photo

Avalanche area. | File photo
SAR helicopter was able to recover the deceased

A 27-year-old man has died following an avalanche this weekend in northern B.C.

On Saturday (Feb. 20) just after 2:30 p.m. Chetwynd RCMP were notified by the International Emergency Response Coordination Centre of a device signal activations, known as InReach Spot, on the east face of the Murray Mountain range by Mt Gilliland, south of Pine Le Moray Provincial Park, which is southwest of Chetwynd.

Through the InReach device messaging, police discovered that an avalanche had occurred while a group of snowmobilers were in the area and one man was missing.

Comment: Details of the other fatalities: Snowboarder dies in second fatal avalanche in British Columbia in as many days


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Snowboarder dies in second fatal avalanche in British Columbia in as many days

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A 45-year-old snowboarder died in an avalanche in northwest Canada on Saturday, the second fatality in as many days, authorities said.

According to a statement from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the avalanche occurred in Brandywine Bowl, an area southwest of Whistler, British Columbia.

On Friday, one skier was killed and two others were injured in two avalanches near Whistler, CBC reported.

Multiple people were caught in Saturday's avalanche at about 2:03 p.m. PT. Rescuers began searching for them immediately, according to CTV News. The snowboarder was found about 45 minutes later and died of his injuries, according to the RCMP.