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Huge snowstorm for 2nd successive week in the Alps with over 7 feet of snowfall

Mayrhofen, Austria

Mayrhofen, Austria

The second big snowstorm in less than a fortnight has been blowing across Western Europe with February so far much snowier than most of January was.

Some ski areas have reported up to 75cm of snow in the past 24 hours; 150cm (five feet) in the past three days and over 2.1 metres (7 feet) of snowfall in the past week.

Comment: A week prior: Up to 43 inches of snow fell on the Alps in 72 hours


Over 500 Denver International Airport flights canceled, delayed as snow rolls in

Not leaving on a jet plane
© Chase Woodruff
Not leaving on a jet plane
More than 500 incoming and outgoing flights at Denver International Airport have been delayed or canceled Monday as the first major snowstorm of 2020 moves through Colorado.

RTD bus and light rail service delays could be up to 20 minutes Monday because of the winter storm, according to an RTD tweet.

Eight airlines canceled 144 flights in and out of DIA on Monday, according to the website FlightAware. SkyWest canceled the most flights, a total of 61 by noon Monday, FlightAware said.

"There are delays due to weather," said Alex Renteria, DIA spokeswoman. "Keep an eye on the weather."


Summer snow on peaks in South Island, New Zealand

A dusting of snow has sprinkled the higher peaks in the lower South Island.

It's part of a wild weather system that has caused widespread flooding in the deep south, leading to mass evacuations in Gore and Mataura and Wyndham.

MetService meteorologist Tahlia Crabtree said there had been reports of snow at The Remarkables in Queenstown, the mountain in the Mt Cook region, and at Ōhau skifield in the foothills of the Southern Alps.

Crabtree said cool air had moved across the South Island on Wednesday morning, lowering the freezing level.


Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Mud volcanoes, electrical double speak and spinning winds

Cars have been left stacked upon one another in Campanillas

Cars were left stacked upon one another in Campanillas, Malaga, Spain after freak hail storm and flash floods.
Six mud volcanoes open in Trinidad after the Jamaican offshore quake, feet deep hail buries cars this time in Spain, it was an atmospheric compression hail event. Stop using email to save the climate double speak as 5G is rolled out using a cooling unit for each tower. Another atmospheric river pounds the USA west coast as the Grand Solar Minimum continues to intensify.

Comment: Freak hailstorm and flash floods strike Malaga, Spain


Rare sea fog shrouds Western Australia's Perth coastline

Container ships at Fremantle Port were shrouded in the heavy fog
© Supplied
Container ships at Fremantle Port were shrouded in the heavy fog.
A rare sea fog has moved over Western Australia's south-west coast, prompting a warning for people on the water to take extra care.

Boaters have been urged to be aware of the conditions as the thick fog moves past Rottnest Island and south off Perth's coast.

"We'll definitely see some fairly reduced visibility over the coastal waters during today, which is potentially quite hazardous for boats out there," Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) duty forecaster Max Strack said.

The fog emerged off the coast of Geraldton last night and gradually developed south.

Ms Strack said the fog was caused by a low pressure trough drawing warm, moist air from the north.

Sea fog is only seen off WA's coast a couple of times a year, with the current conditions likely to last into the afternoon.


Storm slams Northern Utah with 16 inches of snow and 50 mph winds

Utah snow
Blowing snow reduced visibility for drivers traveling through Salt Lake County, Utah, and surrounding areas on Monday, February 3, transportation officials said.

The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) shared several videos of Monday's snowstorm, documenting snowy roadways, stranded drivers, and snowplows at work.

By Monday morning, the National Weather Service (NWS) recorded as much as 16 inches of snow in northern Utah, with wind gusts surpassing 50 mph in several locations.

Credit: UDOT Cottonwood Canyons via Storyful

Comment: Other videos of the snowstorm in the state:


Red Lodge Mountain in Montana walloped with 26 inches of snow in just 24 hours

red lodge
Red Lodge Mountain is still celebrating the winter with 26 inches of fresh snow in just 24 hours.

Check out this video of the fresh powder from Kelsey Borge, the sales and marketing manager at Red Lodge Mountain.

Borge says February is off to a good start.

"Oh this week is looking awesome. You know with this much snow last night, when I was walking out to the car it was over my knees you know with drifts and spots. We have another storm expected to roll on Wednesday that could bring some significant snowfall, so we love it cause snow is the biz right?" she said.


Pesticides are killing off the andean condor

Andean condor
© American Bird Conservancy
Andean condor
Livestock owners needlessly fear these massive South American birds—and lure them to their deaths with illegal poisons. Extinction countdown is on.

It starts with the whiff of death.

High above the Argentinian plains, an Andean condor (Vultur gryphus) — one of the world's largest flying bird species — catches the distinctive aroma of decaying flesh on the wind. It's quickly joined by other condors, perhaps a dozen or more, who start circling in the familiar pattern of all carrion-loving vultures.

Soon the massive condors spy the source of the delicious smell: a dead sheep or goat lying in a field. The hungry birds quickly angle in for descent, land around the body and begin to feed, tearing into the skin and meat with their sharp beaks.

Then the condors also begin to die.

Cloud Precipitation

At least 13 killed in floods and landslides across Rwanda

Fire and Rescue Brigade were busy last night as they rescued a number of people who were stranded after heavy rains
© The New Times
Fire and Rescue Brigade were busy last night as they rescued a number of people who were stranded after heavy rains
The Ministry of Emergency Management in Rwanda reports that heavy rainfall has caused severe material damages and loss of life.

Stormy weather from 02 to 03 February 2020 brought lightning strikes and heavy rain which triggered flooding and landslides in the capital, Kigali, along with other parts of the country.

According to the ministry's provisional update of 03 February, at least 13 people have died
, 2 people injured and 15 houses destroyed.

In areas around the capital in Kigali Province, 3 people died and one was injured after a landslide destroyed a house in Gikondo in Kicukiro district. Seven fatalities were reported after a landslide in Jali in Gasabo district. Twelve houses were destroyed in Nyarugenge district.

Cloud Precipitation

Hundreds stranded in flood-hit Fiordland, New Zealand - 2 feet of rain in 24 hours (UPDATE)

A state of emergency has been declared in Fiordland after flooding cut off the only road out of Milford Sound, leaving more than 380 people stranded.

State Highway 94 between Te Anau and Milford, dotted with slips and flooding, is closed and expected to remain so for several days.

The visitors' carparks and terminal in Milford Sound are flooded and staff are monitoring ponds in the area.

The NZ Transport Agency said the highway - the only road in or out of Milford Sound - could remain closed until the end of the week. The next update was not expected before 1pm tomorrow.

Comment: Update: Floodlist on Feb 4th reports:
More torrential rain has fallen in areas of Southland, causing further flooding in the region.

MetService New Zealand said over 1,000mm of rain fell in a 60 hour period in Milford Sound, with 600mm in 24 hours to early 04 February, 2020.

A state of emergency has now been declared for the Southland Region, including Gore, due to extensive flooding.

Floodwaters at the Milford visitors’ terminal 03 February, 2020.
© Emergency Management Southland
Floodwaters at the Milford visitors’ terminal 03 February, 2020.
Police have evacuated around 15 homes in Gore. Emergency services and Council staff are at present going door-to-door to 280 households in East Gore asking them to prepare to evacuate at short notice. A boil water notice has been issued for Gore as a precaution as the Mataura River continues to rise and could contaminate drinking water. Several roads in Gore have been closed due to flooding.

Southland Emergency Management said the rain "has caused widespread flooding throughout the region with roads closed by slips and flooding in the Fiordland, northern and central Southland and Gore District areas. Milford Sound Piopiotahi is cut off by slips, and heavy rain is continuing with more damage and road closures expected."

The Mataura and Oreti Rivers are rising and are being monitored closely.