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Alpine skiing world championships postponed after storm dumps 3 feet of snow - 15 FEET in a month

Snowcats clear the snow along the Olympia delle
© Marco Trovati
Snowcats clear the snow along the Olympia delle Tofane course after a women's alpine combined race was canceled due to heavy snowfall, at the alpine ski World Championships in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, Monday, Feb. 8, 2021.
No fans. Now no race.

The opening event of the Alpine skiing world championships scheduled for Monday was postponed due to heavy snowfall.

Organizers called the women's combined off with no immediate new date for the race announced, although the International Ski Federation said information about rescheduling would come later.

A meter (3 feet) of snow has fallen since Sunday and more was still coming down Monday afternoon, making it nearly impossible to create a hard and reliable racing surface.


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World Snow Wrap February 5: Powder days continue in Japan - Metres of snow in California - Fresh snow in British Columbia - Snow and avalanches in Europe

Kirkwood’s ski patrol doing their
© Kirkwood resort
Kirkwood’s ski patrol doing their bit to get the show on the road last Friday.
It has been a big couple of weeks in the Northern Hemisphere with five-day snow totals of 1.5 to two metres in California, deep snow and avalanches in locked-down Europe and a run of excellent powder days in Japan. Read on for the details.

Japan

It has been a big fortnight in Japan although a couple of mild days earlier in the week brought some rain to Niseko, but that changed mid-week when a colder front hit on Tuesday night and there's been 80cms in the past three days. Conditions were tough with blizzard conditions at times and some wind-hold, and according to our snow Niseko snow reporter Henry Johnston, the storm is still in "full swing" today and it's awesome out there - just check the above photo from today.

It has been a similar story in Furano with over a metre of snow since Jan 30 and from Lucy Morrell's report, it sounded like yesterday was the day: "Basically half a metre of fresh up top at Furano today and hardly a soul to share it with. Crazy days."

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Farmers plough over 6 foot of snow as 'Beast from the East 2' wreaks havoc across Scotland

Farmers plough over six foot of snow in Aberdeen
© Ramage Contractors
Farmers plough over six foot of snow in Aberdeenshire
Ramage Contractors headed out in tractors to clear the roads following blizzards in Aberdeenshire.

Farmers have taken to the streets to plough over six foot of snow as the 'Beast from the East 2' continues to wreak havoc across Scotland.

Ramage Contractors headed out in tractors to clear the roads following blizzards in Aberdeenshire.

Dramatic footage shows workers from the family run firm driving through the white stuff at Cabrach in Moray yesterday.


Umbrella

Heavy rains and flooding in Belo Horizonte, Brazil

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Heavy rains and flood in Brazil, Belo Horizonte today - 07/02/2021.


Attention

World hammered by record 50 billion-dollar weather disasters in 2020

National Guard troops respond in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura in Lake Charles, Louisiana
© Josiah Pugh
National Guard troops respond in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Laura was Earth’s most expensive tropical cyclone of 2020, with $18.2 billion in damage.
Earth was besieged by a record 50 billion-dollar weather disasters in 2020, the most such disasters ever recorded after adjusting for inflation, said insurance broker Aon (formerly called Aon Benfield) in its annual report issued January 25. The previous record was 46 billion-dollar weather disasters, set in 2010 and 2011. The annual average of billion-dollar weather disasters since records began in 1990 is 29.

The combined economic losses (insured and uninsured) from all 416 weather and earthquake disasters cataloged by Aon in 2020 was $268 billion (2020 USD). Most of the 2020 total, by far, came from weather-related disasters ($258 billion), 29% above the 2001-2020 inflation-adjusted average. Those numbers make 2020 the fifth costliest year on record for weather-related disasters.

The year was the most expensive ever for severe weather (including severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, and hail), with $63 billion in damage (previous record: $53 billion in 2011). More than 80% of the severe weather damage occurred in the U.S. in 2020, including the costliest severe weather outbreak in world history, according to Aon: an August 2020 event that featured a violent derecho in the U.S. midwest that caused $11 billion of the $12.6 billion in damage of the outbreak, the balance caused by tornadoes, hail, and other severe thunderstorms.

Insured damage from wildfires in 2020 was $12 billion - the third highest on record, behind only 2017 and 2018. The year 2020 marked the third time in the past four years that global insured losses from wildfires exceeded $10 billion - a threshold never crossed prior to 2017. Remarkably, wildfire has caused more than $70 billion in insured losses since 2000, 75% of that in the past five years alone.

Comment: It is becoming more apparent that erratic seasons, extreme weather patterns and natural disasters are increasing, which is not a consequence of "human-caused climate change" (formerly known as man-made 'global warming') as parroted relentlessly by the MSM, but part of a natural cycle.

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Cloud Lightning

Lightning strikes 3 siblings, kills one in Rwanda

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The lightning has struck three siblings killing one on spot, leaving two in a critical condition in the Musasa sector, Rutsiro district in the western part of the country.

The three siblings were reportedly sleeping at 2 AM during a heavy downpour on 7 February 2021.

The deceased whose name was not mentioned was a senior four female student at Syiki high school in this village.

Ruzindana Ladislas,the Executive Secretary of the Musasa sector said that apart from striking the siblings, several other properties were destroyed.

Fire

All craters in Italy's Mount Etna erupt as volcano remains active

Mount Etna eruptions
© YouTube/RT (screen capture)
Mount Etna shows no signs of quietening down as two new vents opened over the southeast crater of the volcano, and all of its four summits are spitting lava right now. Please calm down, giant!


Comment: Lava spews from Italian volcano Mount Etna in series of explosions


Arrow Down

'A terrible tragedy': 4 skiers killed, 4 injured in Utah avalanche, officials say

AVALANCHE
An avalanche killed four skiers and injured four others Saturday in a popular recreation area, making it one of the deadliest avalanches in Utah history, authorities said.

The Unified Police Department told local media that it was alerted to the avalanche about 11:40 a.m. after receiving a faint distress call from an avalanche beacon in Millcreek Canyon near Salt Lake City.

The skier-triggered avalanche swept up eight people in their early twenties to late thirties who were in two groups touring the backcountry, Unified Police Sgt. Melody Cutler told the Salt Lake Tribune. The avalanche took place at an elevation of 9,800 feet, the Utah Avalanche Center said.


Comment: In addition recently: Avalanches leave 9 people dead in past week across U.S.

Here is footage of the avalanche, apparently taken by one of those caught in it - and who we hope survived it.

Warning: Some viewers may find this video distressing




Snowflake Cold

Germany brought to a standstill after massive snowstorm, sub-zero temperatures

A Deutsche Bahn employee clears snow on
© Peter Gercke
A Deutsche Bahn employee clears snow on a platform at the main station in Magdeburg, Germany, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021.
A snowstorm and strong winds pounded northern and western Germany on Sunday, forcing trains to cancel trips and leading to hundreds of road accidents. Police said 28 people were injured on icy roads.

The German Weather Service DWD urged people to stay at home and authorities brought homeless people into warm shelters amid the sub-zero temperatures.

National train operator Deutsche Bahn said main train routes between Hamburg and Hannover, Berlin and the west were canceled as snowdrifts piled up on the tracks and power lines. Some train connections in the east were also canceled, though most of the snow came down in the northwest.


12 inches of snow

Police in the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia said early Sunday they had counted 222 accidents due to the bad weather conditions since Saturday afternoon. They said two people among the 28 were severely injured.

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Winter Snow Darcy batters the Netherlands, disrupting rail and road traffic

Snow ploughs in action on the A1 motorway on
© Vincent Jannink ANP
Snow ploughs in action on the A1 motorway on Sunday morning.
The Netherlands woke up to wintry scenes on Sunday, with a layer of snow covering most of the country apart from the far south and north.

The snow and strong winds are expected to continue for most of the day, but it could be well into evening before it stops in the north, weather forecasters say.

The transport ministry's roads authority has sprayed 17 million kilos of salt on the roads since Saturday evening in an effort to keep them clear. Nevertheless, there have been a string of accidents due to the difficult conditions and the slip road between the A15 and the A4 was closed for a time after a lorry jack-knifed.