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2.24 million lightning strikes in just 48 hours hit the eastern states of Australia

More than 2.24 million lightning strikes were recorded across Australia in the past 48 hours to Monday morning, October 26, 2020.
© Bureau of Meteorology
More than 2.24 million lightning strikes were recorded across Australia in the past 48 hours to Monday morning, October 26, 2020.
Australia has been hit by more than 2.24 million lightning strikes in just 48 hours as wild weather battered the east coast over the weekend.

Storms and damaging winds up to 100km/h wreaked havoc in multiple states, with volunteers responding to hundreds of calls for help.

The weather bureau said most of the 2.24 million lightning strikes were recorded in Queensland, NSW and the Northern Territory, with more storms expected this week.

In Melbourne's outer east a woman aged in her 50s was hospitalised with non-life threatening injuries after the car she was driving crashed into a tree that had fallen onto the Maroondah Highway at Kilsyth.

Victorian State Emergency Service volunteers have responded to more than 330 requests for assistance in the past 24 hours for trees fallen onto buildings, roads and powerlines.


Biohazard

Bird flu fears: Dutch farms ordered to keep poultry indoors after 6 wild swans found dead

chickens
© CC0 Public Domain
The Dutch government said Thursday it is ordering poultry farms to keep their birds indoors after six wild swans were found recently dead and tests on two of the birds came back positive for a highly pathogenic strain of bird flu.

The order was set to come into force at midnight Thursday, Agriculture Minister Carola Schouten said in a statement.

She said experts believe the H5N8 strain of avian influenza likely was brought to the Netherlands by birds migrating from Russia and Kazakhstan because the same strain circulated there over the summer.

Comment: See also: And check out SOTT radio's: Objective:Health #24 - Cootie Invasion - Strange Disease and Infection Outbreaks


Seismograph

6.1-magnitude earthquake hits off Tonga

Earthquake
© Associated Press
An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 jolted 85 km NE of Hihifo, Tonga at 11:47:37 GMT on Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 44.4 km, was initially determined to be at 15.317 degrees south latitude and 173.348 degrees west longitude.

Snowflake

Record snowfall in Washington state

Becky Schmidlkofer and her dog, Scout,
© Colin Mulvany/THE SPOKESMAN-REVIEW
Becky Schmidlkofer and her dog, Scout, take a walk in Manito Park’s Duncan Gardens during the first snowfall of the season Friday.
Snowiest October day ever in Spokane. Shatters old daily record.

RECORD EVENT REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SPOKANE WA
0133 AM PDT SAT OCT 24 2020

RECORD DAILY MAXIMUM SNOWFALL SET AT SPOKANE WA AIRPORT AS WELL AS THE SNOWIEST OCTOBER DAY ON RECORD...


Snowflake

Snowiest October on record in both Wisconsin and Minnesota

snow record
Already the snowiest October on record! With eight days to go! And more snow on the way!

The 7.2 inches of snow that fell on Eau Claire, Wisconsin, on October 23 broke the previous October record of 5.9 inches set in 1925.

The 8.9 inches that fell on the Twin Cities (Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota broke the old record of 8.2 inches set in 1991.


Snowflake Cold

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: How is corporate media missing this?

Record snow US
© YouTube/Adapt 2030 (screen capture)
40F below normal temperatures with record doubling snowfalls expected and already occurring across N. America. USA passes new legislation focused on "Space Weather" and protecting electrical infrastructure and the USDA already indicating this years harvest totals are incorrect and the agency will adjust next year.


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Pirates

America's first murder hornet nest found in Washington State

Asian giant hornet
© Washington State Department of Agriculture / Karla Salp
An Asian giant hornet, seen in a handout photo
Entomologists in Washington State have discovered the first Asian giant hornet nest in the US, and are planning to destroy it as an invasive species. The terrifying insects wipe out native honeybees, and can kill a human.

With a three-inch wingspan and a potent, venomous stinger, the Asian giant hornet is the world's largest species of hornet, and a fearsome killing machine. A handful of these creatures can devastate a honeybee hive in a matter of hours, decapitating hundreds of bees before taking the hive as their own.

Entomologists with the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) first received reports of these hornets last December, and this week managed to capture two of them. The hornets were fitted with tracking devices, and the scientists stalked them back to their nest, inside a tree in Blaine, Washington.

Comment: See also: Check out the following short from the BBC showing how Asian bees deal with a giant hornet invader:




Fire

East Troublesome wildfire in Colorado explodes to 170,000 acres: 'Really unheard of'

Troublesome fire

East Troublesome fire
The East Troublesome Fire grew almost another 50,000 acres on Thursday, after growing about 100,000 acres Wednesday night. As of Thursday evening, the fire was estimated at 170,000 acres — making it the second largest fire in Colorado history.

"We prepare for the worst. This is the worst of the worst of the worst," Grand County Sheriff Brett Schroetlin said.


There are concerns the fire could merge with the Cameron Peak Fire, which has burned over 200,000 acres.


Boat

Hundreds of houses flooded, vehicles swept away as lakes overflow in Bengaluru, India

Heavy rain for the third consecutive day resulted in flooding in several parts of Bengaluru.

Heavy rain for the third consecutive day resulted in flooding in several parts of Bengaluru.
Normal life has been disrupted in Bengaluru as rainwater entered houses after the city received a heavy downpour on Friday night.

The rainwater entered the residential area here following which people have also suffered loss of property and damage to furniture.

Videos posted on social media show the heavy flow of water flowing away vehicles.


Snowflake

Big White ski resort in British Columbia receives 8 inches of October snow in 24 hours

Big White
© Big White Ski Resort
Big White
Snow enthusiasts rejoice; Big White Ski Resort has received 21 centimeters (8.2 inches) of powder in the past 24 hours.

As of Oct. 23, the mountain's snow base is already 41 centimeters deep, with still another month to go until opening day.

"When it snows in October, everyone gets excited... the phones ring, people wax their boards and skis, and everybody gets pumped for the season," said Big White Ski Resort Ltd senior vice president, Michael Ballingall.

The resort is scheduled to open for the season on Nov. 26.

Throughout the winter season, Big White sees on average, 750 centimeters of snowfall.