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At least 15 birds found mysteriously dead on road in Abbotsford, British Columbia

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© Katie Hogan
As many as 25 dead birds are shown in this photo
Ministry of Agriculture notified of the strange occurrence on No. 4 Road

The mysterious sight of over a dozen feathered-black carcasses on a rural road between Abbotsford and Chilliwack caused one woman to pull over to get a closer look.

Katie Hogan says she doesn't know how the flock of birds met their end, but she counted 15 bodies in total.

"The [birds'] insides were out," she said. "I don't know what kind of birds they are, but they are smaller than a crow and black."


Windsock

Record wind gusts of 159 mph hit Iceland

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Hurricane winds of 255 km/h have been recorded by weather stations in Iceland.

The weather station Hafnarfjall reported an incredible wind gusts of 255.6 km/h (= 71 m/s = 159 mph) this morning, 11 GMT. Hafnarfjall is located around 40 km north of the capital Reykjavik

Warnings for possible interruptions to ferry lines and power outages have been issued in the UK

There is also a chance for flooding due to the heavy rains.


Snowflake Cold

Saudi Arabia shivers from unusually cold weather as the temperature drops to -5°C

In Tarif, on the border with Jordan, the temperature hit minus 5 degrees Celsius

In Tarif, on the border with Jordan, the temperature hit minus 5 degrees Celsius
Saudi Arabia is experiencing its coldest weather since 2016, meteorologists said Thursday, with overnight temperatures dropping below zero in the country's north over the past two days.

In Tarif, on the border with Jordan, the temperature hit minus 5 degrees Celsius (23 degrees Fahrenheit), according to the weather services. It dropped to minus three in Hail further southeast, and minus 2 in Arar on the border with Iraq.

In the capital Riyadh, the temperature dipped close to zero and the streets were deserted Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

The desert kingdom is known for its extreme heat, particularly during summer.


Doberman

Boy dies after having throat ripped out by Rottweiler in Ukraine

The child's grandmother rushed out after hearing screams but it was too late
© Police of Ukraine/ICTV
The child's grandmother rushed out after hearing screams but it was too late
Denis, from Pishchanka, was with his grandmother when he was attacked by the dog and later found in a pool of his own blood

A four-year-old boy has died after his throat was ripped out by a Rottweiler in a savage attack at the family home.

The young victim was left in a pool of his own blood after the horrific incident in the village of Pishchanka in northeastern Ukraine's Kharkiv region.

The boy, Denis, died at the scene from his injuries.

The youngster and his grandmother Olga were planning to take a walk when the tragedy occurred.

Tornado1

Storm Dennis raging towards Britain becomes a 'bomb cyclone' that is 'one of the strongest ever seen in the Atlantic'

Storm Dennis
© MetOffice
Incredible satellite images show Storm Dennis - that has exploded into a bomb cyclone - moving in over Britain

Storm Dennis has exploded into a bomb cyclone as meteorologists dub it one of the worst North Atlantic storms ever recorded.

No fewer than 40,000 passengers have been affected by travel disruption so far as budget airline easyJet cancels 234 flights from, to and within the UK as the fourth named storm of the year brings 70mph winds and 100mm of rainfall in some areas from Saturday morning.

Storm Dennis will come as a second blow to flood-ravaged communities still recovering from damage caused by heavy rainfall and 80mph winds brought by Storm Ciara last week.

The last storm - likely the biggest in the century - claimed three victims after a falling tree killed a 58-year-old Mercedes driver, a 77-year-old man fell over and banged his head on ice and a falling branch killed a dog walker in his sixties.

And now, 1,200-mile wide 'Dennis the Menace' is to cause mayhem for towns in Yorkshire's Calder Valley, which was inundated with floodwater when Storm Ciara raged.

The Environmental Agency have warned that due to the water-soaked ground left over by Storm Ciara, the latest flooding is expected to be worse than what has been seen so far, the BBC reports.

Snowflake

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: 100 year snowstorm Middle East as Earth's atmosphere bends

A man walks in snow in Baghdad, Iraq, Feb. 11, 2020
© Xinhua/Khalil Dawood
A man walks in snow in Baghdad, Iraq, Feb. 11, 2020.
Record snows blanket the Middle East from Iraq to Iran to Syria, and areas of Iraq south of Baghdad seeing snow for the first time in over 100 years. Remember record flooding in these same areas spring/ summer last in 2019 as well. Cyclones in both N. Atlantic and N. Pacific. In the N. Atlantic area air pressure became too low for propeller aircraft to fly, rare was what was stated for this event.


Comment: Ultra-rare snow carpets Baghdad - only its second snowfall in a century


Snowflake Cold

Abnormal cold front in Turkey affects citrus groves

frost damage
A heavy cold front hit Turkey with snow and temperatures dropping to -15°C in some parts of the country. Fruit and vegetable crops were affected, particularly citrus groves in the Adana region, the leading citrus fruit producer in Turkey, boasting around 30 thousand hectares destined to the cultivation of oranges, lemons and tangerines.

Around 70% of companies have reported heavy damages, but the effects will be fully visible only in a few days' time. During 4-5 nights, the temperature dropped to -7°C. Luckily, most of the fruit has already been harvested, but the problem remains due to the typical effect of post-frost phylloptosis on plants as leaves wilt and tend to fall.

Snowflake

Early February setting records for snowfall in south west Montana

snow chart
The first nine days of February have been impressive for snow across SW Montana, especially east of the divide.

The month began with near record highs wiping out most of the lower valley snowpack. That quickly changed by the 2nd of February with storm after storm through the 8th of February.

Many (not all) valleys east of the divide across SW Montana have seen between 1' to just under 2' of snow in the first nine days of the month and ski resorts are reporting around 3.5' of new snow.

Comment: A few days later days on the 12th heavy snowfall continued in the area with Showdown being dumped upon with 28 inches of the white stuff in 24 hours.


Snowflake

Unusually heavy snowfall in Kurdistan region of Iraq blocks border crossing, main roads

Snow covers the Kurdistan Region's border town of Haji Omaran, Feb. 13, 2020.
© Kurdistan 24
Snow covers the Kurdistan Region's border town of Haji Omaran, Feb. 13, 2020.
The main road at the Fishkhabour international border crossing in the province of Duhok has been blocked due to unusually heavy snowfall that has covered most cities in the Kurdistan Region, as well as several others southward in Iraq where snow is rarely seen.

Local sources reported that transportation has been closed due to snow accumulation, stopping travelers and transport of goods between the Kurdistan Region and Syria.

The Fishkhabour border crossing is located on the Tigris River in Zakho district, 85 km west of Duhok city. It was established in 1991 and remains a key gateway connecting the Kurdistan Region to Syria, though the volume of goods passing through is limited.


Attention

Mexico's mighty Popocatepetl volcano erupts in nighttime explosion

Popocatepetl volcano erupts

Popocatepetl volcano erupts
Mexico's mighty Popocatepetl volcano erupted Thursday, with a dramatic show of lava flying from its crater and an ash column rising some 1,500 meters (4,921 feet) into the night sky.

According to reports, the explosion occurred at 00:55 local time (06:55 GMT).

Popocatepetl is 5,426 meters (17,802 feet) tall and is the second-highest mountain in Mexico and the fifth-highest in North America.

El Popo, as it is affectionately known locally, is one of Mexico's most active volcanoes.