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Freak hailstorm destroys crops worth 'hundreds of millions of dollars' in South Australia's Riverland region

Hailstones blanket Bruce Hewett's property at Glossop, South Australia
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Hailstones blanket Bruce Hewett's property at Glossop, South Australia.
Crops worth "hundreds of millions of dollars" have been destroyed during a freak hailstorm in South Australia's Riverland region.

Wind gusts of up to 70kph were recorded during the storm, which hit the area about 6pm on Monday.

"It would be hundreds of millions of dollars of damage," Neville, a local farmer, told ABC Radio Adelaide on Tuesday.

He said the storm had swept through the towns of Murray Bridge, Swan Reach and Wynarka.

Other properties hit were in Barmera, Monash and surrounds, where farmers grow crops including stone fruit, nuts and grains.

At the Renmark Airport weather station, nearly five millimetres of rain was recorded in less than half an hour.

A severe thunderstorm warning for damaging winds and large hailstones was issued by the Bureau of Meteorology about an hour before the storm hit.

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

Crop and cattle losses are on the rise everywhere, whether it is due to extensive drought, massive hail, epic flooding, huge dust storms, unexpected frosts, and even epidemics.


Kafu river in Uganda 10 METRES above normal raising fears of major flooding

River Kafu by our disaster preparedness team indicates that the water level has risen by 10m from it's normal level
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River Kafu - the water level has risen by 10m from it's normal level
Continued heavy rain across Uganda has caused further flooding and landslides. Local media and Red Cross report at least 6 people have died in rain-related incidents since 30 October, 2019.

Hundreds of people were displaced and at least 3 killed after flooding in Uganda in mid-October this year.

Meanwhile the Kafu river in Western and Central Region is 10 metres above normal levels, raising fears of major flooding.


Waterspout filmed in Martin County, Florida

Waterspout off Hutchinson Island

Waterspout off Hutchinson Island
Sightings of a water spout prompted a tornado warning in Martin County Tuesday afternoon off the coast of Hutchinson Island.

The warning lasted about 10 minutes between 4:20 and 4:30 p.m.

There were no initial reports of injuries.


Woman killed by her pit bull terriers in Bay City, Michigan

Police are continuing to investigate what led to a Bay City woman being mauled to death by one or more dogs in her house.

Police on Nov. 1 found 41-year-old Brandy Joy O'Dell deceased in her residence in the 3200 block of Westshore Drive in the Westshore Estates Mobile Home Park. In the home with her were two pit bull-type dogs and a Chihuahua, said Bay City Public Safety Capt. Caleb Rowell.

O'Dell's live-in boyfriend had called 911 after coming home and finding her, Rowell said. O'Dell had been alone with the dogs for less than a day, the captain added.

Comment: On the same day another woman was killed by her own dogs in Clearcreek Township, Ohio.

Snowflake Cold

Persistent drizzle at sub-zero temps in Antarctica, first time ever recorded

© US Department of Energy Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) user facility
The Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Mobile Facility (AMF2) was deployed to McMurdo Station, Antarctica, as part of a 14-month field campaign to gather sophisticated data with cloud radars and high spectral resolution lidar, and a complete aerosol suite.
When the temperature drops below freezing, snow and ice are expected to follow. That is not always the case in Antarctica, where for the first time, persistent drizzle has been recorded at temperatures well below freezing, according to a team of researchers.

Using both ground-based and satellite measurements, researchers recorded drizzle conditions below minus 13 degrees Fahrenheit lasting for more than 7.5 hours at McMurdo Station, Antarctica. Previous reports recorded supercooled drizzle at these temperatures, but only for brief durations. The presence of drizzle over several hours could have some implications for climate model predictions. The researchers published their findings in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres.

"We're familiar with drizzle as a process that takes place in warm temperatures," said Israel Silber, assistant research professor in the Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science at Penn State and lead author of the study. "At lower temperatures, processes like ice formation and growth make the probability for drizzle production significantly lower."

Comment: What doesn't appear to be addressed in the article is why, suddenly, drizzle is occurring for hours on end rather than the brief periods that have been documented before. Is this a new phenomena, and if so, what's changed?

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SOTT Earth Changes Summary - October 2019: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs

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Fire in the sky! Meteor/fireball sightings and barely detected asteroid flybys surely got our attention this past month. What is the cosmos trying to tell us?

Ireland, Scotland, Portugal, US, Canada, and China were witness to some of the most important meteor sightings in October, while NASA was put to shame by so many undetected NEOs, making it clear that we are defenseless against a possible 'out of the blue' hit by one of these rocks.

Severe storms and floods continued to wreak havoc around the world, leaving a trail of destruction in Saudi Arabia, Italy, Turkey, Egypt, India, Japan and Spain.

Hurricane season continued with Japan seeing its strongest storm in 60 years with the arrival of super-typhoon Hagibis and Korea suffering the effects of typhoon Mitag. The UK and Ireland also saw torrential rains in advance of, and in the aftermath of, hurricane Lorenzo, which severely damaged the Azores on its path northward.

In the Philippines, several were killed and many injured as the country was hit by not one, but three earthquakes registering over M6 in a two week period.

Snow in October is now becoming the norm. So much for less ice at the poles, dying polar bears, and record heat. October left a month's worth of snow in a single day in the Southern Yukon; 10 inches of snow in Washington; unexpected cold and heavy snow in Texas as well as parts of Russia and Canada... and it's still Autumn.


Super typhoon Halong among strongest storms ever recorded

Super Typhoon Halong
Super Typhoon Halong resembles a buzz saw, gyrating through the Pacific at Category 5-equivalent strength.
Add another notable name to the list of 2019's tropical cyclones. Super Typhoon Halong -- the seventh super typhoon this year -- is now one of the strongest tropical systems observed since satellite coverage began in the 1970s, making it one of Earth's strongest storms on record.

The intensity of an strong Category 5 hurricane in the Atlantic, by Tuesday afternoon Halong had estimated max winds of nearly 290 km/h with gusts higher than 350 km/h. That makes it the third Category 5-equivalent in the Pacific this year, following in the footsteps of October's deadly Hagibis and February's Wutip.


Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Seed banks & global climate related damage

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Looking at Global Seed banks and the new discussion about stress resistance and gene diversity in the unaltered seed strains, included a map of 20 USA seed banks. Global storm damage claims down, Australia temp records from 1878 to present show almost no warming and the Halloween deep freeze in the USA is being framed in the corporate media.


Shallow 6.3-magnitude earthquake hits east of the South Sandwich Islands

Quake near South Sandwich Islands
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A 6.3-magnitude earthquake jolted east of the South Sandwich Islands at 20:52:01 GMT on Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 10.0 km, was initially determined to be at 57.9632 degrees south latitude and 9.2681 degrees west longitude.

Comment: A shallow 6.1-magnitude quake hit the same region three days ago.


Shallow earthquake swarm strikes southwest Switzerland

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The first tremors were recorded close to the Wildhorn peak, about 8km southeast of the Sanetsch Pass between cantons Bern and Valais.
Switzerland was hit by seven small earthquakes early on Tuesday morning in the high mountain region between cantons Bern and Valais. No damage was reported.

The first 3.3-magnitude quake struck at 1.54am on Tuesday at a depth of 5.3 kilometres, according to the Swiss Seismological Service (SED) at the Federal Institute of Technology, ETH Zurich.

A second 3.3 tremor was recorded at 4.36am at a depth of 4.7 kilometres. The epicentre was towards the Wildhorn peak, about 8km southeast of the Sanetsch Pass.

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