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Grand Canyon transforms into winter wonderland after overnight snowfall

Several inches of snow turns Grand Canyon into winter wonderland

Several inches of snow turns Grand Canyon into winter wonderland
We may only be approaching Thanksgiving, but it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Grand Canyon.

Snow blanketed the famed Arizona, national park on Thursday. The official Twitter account for the site warned visitors to expect icy roads.

"An overcast morning on the South Rim, after receiving around 3 inches of snow last night. Caution park roads and footpaths are icy," @GrandCanyonNPS tweeted along with a photo of a view from early Thursday. "There is a possibility of additional snow throughout the day."


Umbrella

Republic of Congo declares state of natural disaster as severe flooding displaces 50,000 people

congo floods
© UNITAR - UNOSAT
Satellite-detected flooded structures, as of 15 November 2019, over Libenge, Libenge Territory, Sud-Ubangi Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo
The Republic of Congo's government has declared a state of natural disaster in three territories after severe flooding displaced at least 50,000 people.

The Council of Ministers said weeks of heavy rains in the Likouala, La Cuvette and Plateaux territories have destroyed homes and infrastructure.

The government says severe flooding has caused the loss of plantations, livestock and food reserves, and has led to a resurgence of waterborne diseases. Some 50,000 people along the Congo River are in a state of distress, according to the council.

Victor Ngassi, secretary general of Makotipoko, more than 400km (248 miles) upstream of Brazzaville, says people in his district are starving and waiting for government help, AP reports.

Rainbow

Rare sky-high rainbow halo snapped in Lower Hutt, New Zealand

Sun halo over NZ
© Kaila Kahui-Grosvenor
A high school student in Lower Hutt has captured impressive photographs of a rainbow halo around the sun.

Sacred Heart College student Kaila Kahui-Grosvenor snapped the pics during lunchtime on Thursday.

"I saw this crazy looking halo around the sun and thought it looked pretty cool," she told Newshub. "A teacher said it was from the Australian fires."

WeatherWatch forecaster Philip Duncan told Newshub halos like these are usually caused by ice crystals very high up in the atmosphere - over 10km.

"The fine ice crystal behaves like mist so when the sun hits it, it refracts and reflects the light making a halo or rainbow around the sun and moon."

But he wouldn't rule out the Australian bushfires having an influence.

"The bush fires probably didn't create this, but I do admit our atmosphere is probably a little dirtier at the moment so I couldn't 100 percent rule it out."

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Arrow Down

Sinkhole in Brazil swallows mother and daughter as they drive behind truck

Sinkhole opens in Brazil
© YouTube/Jornal Lê Aí

A mother and daughter casually driving along the streets of Flores da Cunha in Brazil were swallowed up by a giant sinkhole which suddenly opened up in the road before them.

Vanessa Cavagnolli, 34, suffered a broken nose and her daughter Andressa Carnesela, 12, sustained minor, non-life threatening injuries in the dramatic incident in the Rio Grande do Sul region on Tuesday.

CCTV footage from the street shows the road disintegrating after a heavy construction truck carrying clay drove over it.

The driver immediately behind the truck averted danger in time but Cavagnolli unwittingly sped right into the abyss. Thankfully, Cavagnolli was largely unharmed, and could be seen getting out of her vehicle in shock at what had just unfolded.


Snowflake Cold

Hail hits Phoenix, snow plagues Denver and the weather forecast ahead of holiday travel rush

Snow
Stormy weather is expected to start this weekend and last through Thanksgiving week.

On Thursday, a storm in the west dumped more than 1 foot of snow from northern Arizona to the Colorado Rockies. Even the Grand Canyon saw up to three inches.

Meanwhile, heavy hail struck Phoenix, Arizona, coating roads and neighborhoods, nearly looking like snow.

That same storm brought about 1 inch of snow and freezing rain to Denver Thursday night, causing dangerous driving conditions and a crash involving over 50 cars.

Snowflake Cold

Martin Armstrong Warns Of The Coming "Big Freeze"

big freeze ahead sign


The BIG FREEZE is upon us.


The volatility in weather that our computer has been forecasting on a long-term basis should result in this winter being colder than the last. In Britain, the snow has hit an already flood-ravaged country as temperatures plunged to -7C. This is part of the problem we face. The ground freezes down and this prevents winter crops.

During the late 1700s, the ground froze to a depth of 2 feet according to John Adams. When John Adams set out to travel to Philadelphia, it was bitterly cold and there was a foot or more of snow that covered the landscape that had blanketed Massachusetts from one end of the province to the other. Beneath the snow, after weeks of severe cold, the ground was frozen solid to a depth of two feet. Packed ice in the road made the journey very hazardous.

Comment: See also: David DuByne of Adapt 2030 recently had a two part discussion with Laura Knight-Jadczyk and Pierre Lescaudron, editors at SOTT.net and authors of Earth Changes and the Human Cosmic Connection: The Secret History of the World.

See here for Part 1 and Part 2.

Review of Earth Changes and the Human-Cosmic Connection. The book is available to purchase here.


Ice Cube

Farmers in Canterbury, New Zealand fearing 80 percent crop loss from hailstorm

One of the large hailstones that fell on Timaru, New Zealand
© Facebook / Rob Haines
One of the large hailstones that fell on Timaru, New Zealand.
Canterbury farmers are scrambling to salvage what was spared from hail the size of eggs which pummelled Canterbury this week.

Some of them are fearing as much as an 80 percent crop loss after two severe storms battered the region.

Insurers said they've received hundreds of claims after the egg-sized hail and driving rain caused extensive damage.

"Its been pretty extensive its done a lot of damage to a broad range of crops, wheat and barley particularly.

"It's just been chopped right off by the hail storm," Brian Leadley, Vice-chairperson of Federated Farmers, said.

His crop of peas is just one month out from harvest. He said the storm bruised the plants badly.

Many of the crops are going to be exposed to disease which means farmers may have to invest more money into crops.


Comment: Erratic seasons and extreme weather devastating crops around the world


Windsock

'Apocalyptic-like scenes' as huge dust storm turns Australian town orange

An orange sky is seen as a dust storm blankets Mildura, Victoria, Australia
© Courtesy of Kenny Fong/Social Media via REUTERS
An orange sky is seen as a dust storm blankets Mildura, Victoria, Australia November 21, 2019, in this still image obtained from a social media video.
Powerful winds sweeping through southeastern Australia have coated a town in dust, giving the sky a dark orange hue. Residents said that dust storms are becoming more regular, making the area uninhabitable.

Videos and photographs show the darkened skies above Mildura, Victoria - the result of strong winds that reached 40kph (24mph) on Thursday. Temperatures were also recorded at a scorching 40°C (104°F).


Attention

Final Saskatchewan crop report shows worst harvest in years

Heavy snow and rain during harvest on the Canadian Prairies
© Mike Drew
Heavy snow and rain during harvest on the Canadian Prairies – including this canola field east of Cremona, Alta., on Nov. 5, 2019 – have left several million acres of canola buried until spring, the latest blow in a miserable year that may compound farmer problems into 2020.
Despite late-season gains, millions of acres of Saskatchewan crops will remain under snow until spring as the worst harvest in years comes to a close.

The year's final crop report, released Thursday, shows 93 per cent of crops combined. That's up from 90 per cent on Oct. 28 but well below averages in previous years, where up to 99 per cent of crops were completely harvested by the end of October. Of the province's canola — a valuable cash crop — nine per cent is unharvested.

"Most farmers we're speaking to are holding off until spring," crops extension specialist Cory Jacob said in an interview with Postmedia last week.

Crops that were harvested are almost all of below-average quality, which Jacob said was the culmination of a year of bad weather that began with a spring too dry for germinating followed by a winter too wet and snowy for harvesting.

Bug

Swarm of angry wasps kill 3 men in China, injure 5

Three killed and five injured after wasps attack a family

Three killed and five injured after wasps attack a family
Three men lost their lives and five more were injured after a family of eight was returning from a funeral and was attacked by a swarm of angry wasps in China. The members of the Pang family were returning from a cremation ceremony of a family member of November 17 when the tragic incident took place.

The two men who were attacked by the aggressive wasps were reported dead on the spot. One of the two men was a 70-year-old lost his life due to severe allergic reaction caused by the wasp stings. All the injured people were taken to the nearby local hospital, Xingye People's Hospital. The hospital authorities declared that two men of ages 60 and 87 died due to anaphylactic shock.



Comment: Deadly giant hornets kill 42 people in China, injure 1500