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Snow pack in Shuswap, British Columbia reached 130% of normal by end of January

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Flooding may be in the future as snow continues to accumulate to historic levels

Snow packs in the mountains of the Shuswap are well above normal for this time of year and have reached levels that might herald spring flooding.

According to a Feb. 1 report published by the BC River Forecast Centre, snow pack in the South Thompson basin which includes the Shuswap is at 130 per cent of normal levels. The Okanagan and Boundary basins to the south also have deep snow packs; they sit at 129 and 128 per cent respectively.


4 dead mel­on-head­ed whales wash up in Trinidad

Eric Lewis, curator of the Moruga museum, stands next to a dead whale which washed up at the La Lune beach in Moruga yesterday.

Eric Lewis, curator of the Moruga museum, stands next to a dead whale which washed up at the La Lune beach in Moruga yesterday.
A fourth whale beached at La Lune Beach yes­ter­day. It was spot­ted on the shore­line around 6 am. Res­i­dents, game war­dens and the po­lice as­sist­ed in lift­ing the whale on­to the tray of a pick-up and trans­port­ing it to an­oth­er beach where it was guid­ed back out to sea.

Hours lat­er, at around 4 pm, two dead whales washed ashore at an­oth­er area of the beach. Then at around 12.30 pm, an­oth­er dead whale was spot­ted on the shore about a mile away from where the two oth­er whales beached. Moru­ga mu­se­um cu­ra­tor Er­ic Lewis has tak­en pos­ses­sion of the three car­cass­es.

What ex­act­ly is caus­ing the whales to die is not yet known, but the T&T Ma­rine Mam­mal Strand­ing Net­work (TTMM­SN) has warned mem­bers of the pub­lic not to touch the strand­ed ma­rine mam­mals. Vet­eri­nar­i­an Dr Wade Seuk­er­an said the TTMM­SN has re­spond­ed to re­ports of strand­ed mel­on-head­ed whales at var­i­ous coast­lines and necrop­sies per­formed on some of the whales re­vealed that they died from a dis­ease.


Man dies following attack by his own pit bull terrier in Plainfield, Illinois

The 25-year-old victim most seriously injured in Saturday night's dog attack has died, the Cook County Medical Examiner's office said. The victim has been identified as Devin White, a resident of the 2000 block of Mystic Drive, Plainfield.

White was pronounced dead at 8:30 p.m. Monday night at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood. White was first taken to AMITA Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet immediately following the attack, which occurred sometime before 9:15 p.m. Saturday in a home on the 22000 block of Judith Drive in Plainfield. He was transferred to Loyola very early Sunday morning.

The three other victims of the attack, a 52-year-old woman, 25-year-old woman and 19-year-old man, survived with non-life-threatening injuries. The reason why the pit bull, which White owned, attacked them is still unknown, according to police.


Heavy snowfall in Iran cuts off water and electricity for several areas

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Currently the water in 4 villages of Gilan province has been cut off due to heavy snowfall, and the electricity and landline of some households in Guilan are still cut off.

Additionally, Guilan residents and many travelers have had problems on the roads leading to the province.

Gilan Provincial Crisis Director General said heavy snowfall and heavy snowstorms have stopped traffic on Saravan highway for 2km.

Snowflake Cold

Record-breaking cold spell grips eastern Turkey

A snow ambulance carrying a pregnant woman to a hospital travels on a village road in Turkey
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A snow ambulance carrying a pregnant woman to a hospital travels on a village road in Turkey Feb. 9, 2020.
Winter takes its toll in Turkey's eastern regions which are usually the coldest parts of the country during the season. Yet, temperatures broke another record in 2020: Residents of Göle, a small town in the northeastern Ardahan province saw temperatures drop to minus 40 degrees on Sunday night. Göle had the unenviable record last year as well, at minus 32.5 degrees.

Freezing temperatures, accompanied by snowfall and blizzards, also cut off access to critical locations like an area in Van province's Çaldıran district where 13 migrants are believed missing. Search and rescue crews are already blocked by piles of snow in Van's Bahçesaray where 41 people were killed last week while one person is still missing due to two avalanches.

Van Governor Mehmet Emin Bilmez says crews can only work in the area once the weather improves, noting another road connecting Van to its Çatak district was already closed due to avalanche risk. Bilmez told İhlas News Agency (İHA) on Monday that they received a tip-off that 13 illegal migrants died in a remote area of Çaldıran, near the border with Iran, but the area was inaccessible. "We had phone calls (from relatives of migrants) from Iran, Germany and (the Turkish city of) Diyarbakır, and these people are believed to have been frozen to death while crossing the border. Even if crews can reach the area, they cannot recover anyone because of storms and blizzards. The visibility is zero now," he said.

Bilmez said the only way to clear the roads and reach any stranded persons was for the blizzards to end. "Unfortunately, such cases of migrant deaths happen in the region. Last year, we found about 100 bodies and only after the snow thawed," he said. The governor says that although they were able to clear the snowed road, blizzards led to their closure almost as soon as the road was cleared. He also warns against the risk of avalanche, especially in Çatak district and urged the public in rural areas not to leave for towns or central Van.


Extremely low pressure stops air traffic over northern Norway for first time ever

© Atle Staalesen
FILE PHOTO: No flying over northern Norway early this week.
Extremely low pressure brought down air traffic over northern Norway Airline company Widerøe has in its almost 90 year history never experienced this kind of weather.

The past months have seen extraordinarily rough weather along the north Norwegian coast. Early this week came another extreme. The air pressure dropped to a level not seen in several decades.

According to the Norwegian meteorological institute, the air pressure across major parts of the region was below 940 hectopascal, a level that makes flying unsafe.

The Widerøe company that serves most of the regional routes put almost its whole aircraft fleet on the ground.

Comment: It was only a few weeks ago, on 20th January, that parts of Europe saw the highest atmospheric pressure readings ever recorded.

Snowflake Cold

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Record food prices China, summer snow Australia and dragon clouds

'Dragon head' in cyclone over Iceland
© YouTube/Adapt 2030 (screen capture)
Crop losses and supply chain bottlenecks have driven up food prices in both China and Australia. China experiencing the highest food prices on record, and surprise summer snow hits Tasmania. Vegetable prices were surging in Australia because of the earlier bush fires. What appears to be a dragon head appears out of the cyclone blasting Iceland.

Comment: Temperature extremes: From a blistering 40C to summer snow at -1C in 24 hours for Tasmania, Australia


Storm Ciara latest: Six dead across Europe as hurricane-force winds sweep through the continent

Large waves in Plobannalec-Lesconil, France, as Storm Ciara was hitting western and northern Europe
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Large waves in Plobannalec-Lesconil, France, as Storm Ciara was hitting western and northern Europe.
Six people across Europe have died because of hurricane-force winds brought by Storm Ciara after it reached the UK and northern mainland Europe on Sunday.

Casualties have been reported across the UK, Poland, Slovenia, Sweden and the Czech Republic.

The storm has also caused hundreds of flight and train cancellations, as well as left thousands of homes without electricity.

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Huge snowfalls in the Rockies - up to 5 feet in 4 days

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There have been some huge snowfalls in Colorado and Utah over the past four days.

Accumulations of up to 1.5 metres (five feet) have been reported with Alta (pictured) and Snowbird in Utah big winners. Breckenridge and Loveland in Colorado also reported over 1.2 metre (four foot) powder accumulations. Most other resorts in the two states have had at least 50cm/20 inches of snowfall and many a lot more.


India, Pakistan should brace for 'twin invasion' of locusts from Horn of Africa & Iran, UN warns

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A swarm of desert locusts flying over a grazing land in Kenya.
Giant swarms of locusts may descend on both sides of the India-Pakistani border around spring-summer this year, a UN locust monitor said, amid an unprecedented plague already affecting the black continent.

Gargantuan tribes of desert locusts have been terrifying the residents of Yemen and Saudi Arabia and laying waste to countries in the Horn of Africa. UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) calls the outbreak worst in 25 years for the Eastern Africa and worst Kenia in particular faces in 70 years.

After multiplying in the Horn of Africa, the swarms may migrate to Hindustan, where they may deliver a twin strike together with freshly hatched locust from southern Iran, FAO's Senior Locust Forecasting Officer Keith Cressman told IANS news agency on Monday.

"There is a potential risk that the swarms can move from the Horn of Africa, starting in about mid-May until about some time in July to meet those monsoon rains that arrive in Rajasthan in India and Cholistan-Tharparkar in Pakistan," he said.