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Storm brings late summer snow to Schweitzer, Idaho - Also to Yellowstone and Mt Rainier

SNOW
The first snow of the season is here, in the mountains at least. It means the snow pack is getting started in the high country and at least one local ski area is getting started building its base for the ski season this winter.

Schweitzer tops out at 6400 feet above sea level. Snow levels during this storm dropped between 5000 and 6000 feet in North Idaho and northern Washington. Snow came back in the Cascades too. Mount Rainier was forecast to get up to 42 inches of snow over the weekend and looked the part on Sunday morning.


Snowflake

Ahead of fall equinox 2-3 foot snowdrifts force closure of Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Alpine Visitor Center on Monday morning
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Alpine Visitor Center on Monday morning
Snow and ice forced officials to close Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park on Monday morning. Trail Ridge Road was closed at Many Parks Curve, about 7 miles from the east entrances and Colorado River Trailhead, 10 miles from the Grand Lake Entrance.

The winter conditions include two to three feet of snowdrifts and ice. Trail Ridge Road will reopen when conditions and weather permit.

Old Fall River Road was also closed on Monday morning.

About two inches of snow fell in the higher mountains from Sunday night to Monday morning. The most significant reports of snow accumulation came from nearly 12,000 feet at the Alpine Visitor Center at Rocky Mountain National Park where 1-2 inches was reported Monday morning. Snow falling above 10,000 feet is not unusual in September but accumulating snow sometimes waits until October.


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Waterspout spotted in Amelia Island, Florida

Waterspout captured on camera in Amelia Island
© Frank Allen
Waterspout captured on camera in Amelia Island
A waterspout was spotted Monday morning in Amelia Island.

Viewer Frank Allen captured it on camera in the Summer Beach area just before 8 a.m.

Chris Venable, another Action News Jax viewer, captured a photo of the waterspout too near Peters Point.

Currently, a Flood Watch is in effect for all of Northeast Florida and Coastal Southeast Georgia for potential heavy rain Monday.


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Waterspout spotted as downpours continue in Sabah, Malaysia

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A waterspout was seen near Kampung Kopimipinan in Papar on Monday (Sept 20) as downpours continue to lash parts of Sabah barely a week since a freak storm caused massive damage in areas around.

A video of the waterspout was shared on the Facebook page of local radio station Kupi Kupi FM and was originally shared by Facebook user Ayprel Bony Roman.

Geologist Prof Dr Felix Tongkul said such watersprouts were quite normal and seldom caused danger to anyone.

"Instead, from what we are experiencing now, with continuous rains, it is floods and landslides that we should be more worried about," he said.


Cloud Lightning

Lightning kills 5 including 4 from same family in Angola

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Lightning bolts this weekend killed five people, including four from the same family, in Angola's Bié province, which has seen heavy rains in recent days, the local civil protection and fire service said on Monday.

The deaths were registered four in Cuito, the capital of Bié province, and another in the municipality of Cunhinga.

"The heavy rains, accompanied by thunderstorms, which fell in Bié province, caused five deaths," the spokesman for the Bié civil protection and fire service, Henrique Ndavoka told Angolan public radio.

In his turn, the governor of Bié, Pereira Alfredo, said that work had already started to install some lightning conductors, particularly in the most critical areas.

In Angola, the phenomenon of lightning bolts is a concern especially in the central part of the country, as they cause a high number of deaths.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strikes family on bike, kills 2 in Telangana, India

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A woman and her baby boy died on the spot, while her husband was injured after they were struck by lightning in Mancherial town on Monday.

While Mounika and her one-and-a-half year-old son Sriyan died on the spot, her husband Venkatesh suffered injuries. He was admitted to the local government hospital in Mancherial. The three were riding a two-wheeler near the railway overbridge when the lightning struck. District collector Bharati Hollikeri visited the spot where the mishap took place and also met Venkatesh in the hospital.

According to Telangana State Planning Development Society, four districts in the state received large excess rainfall on Monday. As many as 19 districts received excess rainfall and 10 districts received normal rainfall. Warangal, Rajanna Sircilla, Siddipet and Narayanpet received large excess rainfall.

Seismograph

Earthquake of magnitude 6.0 rocks northeast Japan, no tsunami warning

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The National Center for Seismology (NCS) has informed that an earthquake of a magnitude of 6.0 struck Japan around 1:55 a.m. (IST) on September 21, Tuesday.

The earthquake shook at a depth of approximately 10 kilometres and at a distance of nearly 1593 kilometres northeast of Tokyo. The NCS wrote on Twitter, "Earthquake of Magnitude: 6.0, Occurred on 21-09-2021, 01:55:24 IST, Lat: 46.23 & Long: 152.56, Depth: 10 Km, Location: 1593km NE of Tokyo, Japan."

According to the National Center for Seismology, the earthquake has hit nearby Kuril Island, which is situated approximately 1,300 km northeast from Hokkaido in Japan. No Tsunami warning has been issued so far.

Fire

Canary Islands: 5,000 evacuated as La Palma volcano eruptions continue

Mount Cumbre Vieja erupts in El Paso
© Desiree Martin / AFP
Mount Cumbre Vieja erupts in El Paso, spewing out columns of smoke, ash, and lava as seen from Los Llanos de Aridane on the Canary island of La Palma on September 19, 2021
At least 20 homes destroyed and people told to stay away as lava pours from volcano on Spanish island

Authorities on the Canary island of La Palma have told spectators to stay away from the continuing volcanic eruptions that have forced the evacuation of 5,500 people and destroyed at least 120 homes since Sunday afternoon.

The island had been on high alert after more than 22,000 tremors were reported within a week in Cumbre Vieja, one of the most active volcanic regions in the archipelago.

Officials had begun evacuating the infirm and some farm animals from nearby villages before the eruption at 3.15pm local time on Sunday on a wooded slope in the sparsely populated Cabeza de Vaca area, according to the government.

Two hours later, with lava edging down the hillside from five fissures, the municipality ordered the evacuation of four villages, including El Paso and Los Llanos de Aridane.

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Cloud Precipitation

10 killed in West Bengal floods, India - 1.2 million people affected

NDRF Kolkata carry out flood rescue and relief supplies distribution in West Bengal, India, September 2021.
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NDRF Kolkata carry out flood rescue and relief supplies distribution in West Bengal, India, September 2021.
At least 10 people have lost their lives as a result of severe flooding in the state of West Bengal, eastern India.

National and State disaster authorities reported flooding struck in the state after days of heavy rain from 14 September 2021. The situation was worsened after dam releases from the Galudih Barrage Dam on the Subarnarekha river in Ulda in the neighbouring state of Jharkhand.


Red Flag

Alaska volcano sparks red alert as 'major eruption' underway - 'explosions' spotted

Satellite image of the volcano
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Satellite image of the volcano
A RED alert warning has been issued by scientists stating that a "major eruption" of an Alaskan volcano is occurring.

Volcanologists have stated that the major volcanic eruption is underway with hazardous activity both on the ground and in the air. Seismic observations represent an increase in eruptive activity at the site of the volcano. Scientists have upgraded the Aviation Color Code and Volcano Alert level to a red warning.

The volcano is called Semisopochnoi. It is located on Unyak Island, which is part of the Rat Islands group in the western Aleutian Islands of Alaska.

Observations of Semisopochnoi volcano shows an increase in ash plumes rising to 15,000 feet into the atmosphere.

The ash emissions from the volcano have increased in frequency and intensity and can be seen on satellite images rising above the weather clouds.