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Late spring snow blankets Mt Buller in Victoria, Australia

Mt Buller

Mt Buller
Summer is just three weeks away, but Victoria has been whacked by a serious cold snap!

It's snowing at Mt Buller for the third day in a row.

Snow reporter, Dave Clark, said it's a very rare occurrence at this time of year.

"It's not unusual to get a cold blast, but it is unusual for it to snow three or four days in a row and to stick around on the ground for days on end, which we're seeing at the moment!," he told 3AW's Tom Elliott.


Heavy snowfall hits the mountains of northern Spain blocking roads

Baqueira-Beret in the Catalan Pyrenees

Snow at Baqueira-Beret in the Catalan Pyrenees
Yellow and orange snow alerts as winter arrives abruptly in the north of Spain

Only a week ago the Region of Murcia was basking in temperatures of 29 degrees during the long holiday weekend but as mid-November approaches the weather has taken a turn for the colder, and in the Pyrenees and the Picos de Europa in northern Spain copious snowfalls have blocked roads and set the scene for ski resorts to open for the winter, possibly at the end of the month.


'Uncharted territory': Out-of-control bushfires rage across Australia's eastern regions


Flames bear down on Harrington, some 335kms northeast of Sydney, 8 Nov 2019
Australia's east is being ravaged by a record number of intense bushfires in a dramatic start to the country's fire season, with scientists warning of worse to come.

More than 100 blazes were registered in the states of Queensland and New South Wales on Friday, with 17 fires in the latter state being described at one point as out of control and dangerous amid high temperatures and gusty winds.

"We are in uncharted territory," New South Wales Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons told public broadcaster ABC. "We have never seen this many fires concurrently at emergency warning level."

Comment: Poor koalas. Humans too: 3 dead and 4 missing so far. November is Australia's 'May', so their summer hasn't even officially begun, yet the sky looks like this:

bushfires australia sky red


Massive waterspouts filmed swirling over Italian city of Genoa

Double tornado today in Genoa, Italy

Double tornado in Genoa, Italy
Waterspouts swirled through dark skies above Genoa on Thursday.

They formed above the water of the Ligurian Sea with the ominous northern Italian cityscape as the backdrop.

President of the Liguria Region, Giovanni Totti, said via Twitter that a fireworks displays set for the Piazza de Ferrari would be postponed due to the weather.


6.5-magnitude quake hits 167 km SSW of Ndoi Island, Fiji

An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.5 jolted 167 km SSW of Ndoi Island, Fiji at 10:44:44 GMT on Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 582.92 km, was initially determined to be at 21.9688 degrees south latitude and 179.4911 degrees west longitude.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning bolt kills 6, injures 11 in Uganda

Six people were killed and 11 others critically injured when lightning struck on Thursday in Uganda's northern district of Pader.

Police Commander, Tom Bainomugisha, told Xinhua by telephone that the group of people was gathering under a big tree when the lightning struck during a morning drizzle. "The group had spent the night in prayers for a bereaved person when the incident happened,'' Bainomugisha said.

"The group had spent the night in prayers for a bereaved person when the incident happened,'' Bainomugisha said.


Video shows man viciously attacked by pack of 5 dogs in Miami-Dade, Florida

The incident happened Tuesday outside a home in the 1100 block of Northwest 103rd Street and involved five bulldogs, Miami-Dade Animal Services officials said

dog attack
Terrifying video shows the moment a man was attacked by a pack of dogs in northwest Miami-Dade.

The incident happened Tuesday outside a home in the 1100 block of Northwest 103rd Street and involved five bulldogs, Miami-Dade Animal Services officials said.

Family members said the man, Jaques Notis, was coming home from work when the five dogs attacked him. He was taken to a local hospital, where he underwent surgery and received a blood transfusion.


Timelapse shows impressive explosion from Mexico's Popocatepetl volcano

Mexico's National Center for Prevention of Disasters reported an explosion with "moderate" ash content from the active Popocatepetl volcano on November 6.

The latest explosion came after days of increased magma activity inside the volcano.


Woman dies after being bitten by dog in Suffield, Connecticut

canine attack
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An elderly woman has died after she was bitten by a dog in Suffield Wednesday.

Police said officers were called to 584 Thrall Avenue just before 3 p.m. When officers arrived they found the victim, 95-year-old Janet D'Aleo of Enfield, bleeding from life-threatening injuries.

D'Aleo was taken to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Mass., where she died.

The dog, which police described as a male pitbull pointer mix, was quarantined.

The case is under investigation.


Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: True state of renewable energy globally

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Chile and the US withdraw from the climate accords as we descend deeper into the Eddy Grand Solar Minimum. The amounts of renewable power megawatts forecast is but a fraction of a fraction of what the globe needs to continue an international economy. Record cold in Europe and the US signal a return to reduced agricultural output. You judge the validity of the information presented.

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