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The slopes in Cervinia, Valle d’Aosta
Countering mainstream groupthink, reality is once again slapping climate alarmism square in the chops.

Europe's Best Start To A Ski Season In Memory

Recently, ski resorts from the French Alps right the way down to the Italian Dolomites have been reporting more than 3 feet of fresh powder, resulting in a historically-early start to the the European ski season.

Absurd notions that Europe's favorite winter pastime is a thing of the past have taken a hit after temperatures across the region fell off a cliff in November, back to "a crisp 1990s sort of climate," reports goodnewsnetwork.org.

In many parts parts of the Alps, snow totals have actually exceeded 6 feet which has led big-name resorts in France, Switzerland, Italy, and Austria bringing their opening dates of the 2023-24 season forward by at least a week, to November 18.



This week in volcano news: Iceland volcano update, Dukono & Etna erupt

Mount Etna, Europe's most active volcano,
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Mount Etna, Europe's most active volcano, lights up the night sky with eruptions as seen from Mount Salto Del Cane, Italy November 12.
Due to the ongoing volcanic unrest in Iceland, three other notable volcano related news stories were largely overlooked. As, Mount Etna in Italy produced a stunning paroxysm, while in Indonesia, the Dukono volcano produced its largest eruption in nearly a decade.

Meanwhile, in Hawaii, earthquakes temporarily propagated further down Kilauea's southwest rift zone. And, in Iceland, magma reached shallow depths at the Reykjanes volcano, leading to the complete evacuation of the town of Grindavik. This video will discuss these stories and list the 46 volcanoes which are actively erupting around the planet.

Thumbnail Photo Credit: Mr. Bambang Sugiono, Used with Permission. This photo of the Dukono volcano was cropped, mirrored veritcally (left became right & right became left), sharpened image, increased image contrast, increase image brightness.

A special thanks to Boris Behncke for allowing me to use two of his video's showing Mount Etna's recent eruptive activity.


"Out of control" wildfires are ravaging Brazil's wildlife-rich Pantanal wetlands

Firefighters tackle forest fires in the Pantanal wetland near Porto Jofre, Mato Grosso State, Brazil, Nov. 13, 2023.
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Firefighters tackle forest fires in the Pantanal wetland near Porto Jofre, Mato Grosso State, Brazil, Nov. 13, 2023.
The Pantanal wetlands in western Brazil are famed as a paradise of biodiversity, but these days they have enormous clouds of smoke billowing over them, as raging wildfires reduce vast expanses to scorched earth.

Known for its lush landscapes and vibrant wildlife, including jaguars, caimans, macaws and monkeys, the Pantanal is home to the world's biggest tropical wetlands and, in normal times, a thriving ecotourism industry.

But in recent weeks it has been ravaged by fires that are threatening its iconic wildlife, as Brazil suffers through a southern hemisphere spring of droughts and record heat.


Washington volcano Mount St. Helens is 'recharging', 50 small earthquakes recorded in 1 week

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More than 400 earthquakes have been detected beneath the surface of the volcano in recent months. There have been more than 2,000 earthquakes recorded at the site since 2010
Mount St. Helens is starting to rumble again in Washington with a spike in seismic activity recorded at the volcano more than four decades after its deadly eruption.

More than 400 earthquakes have been detected beneath the surface of the volcano in recent months. There have been more than 2,000 earthquakes recorded at the site since 2010.

Specialized equipment has detected that magma has been flowing through chambers deep underground, causing the volcano to recharge.

There are fears the earthquakes could lead to another massive explosion reminiscent of 1980s eruption that left 57 people dead and permanently altered the area's ecosystem.

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Rare waterspout appears in Sun Moon Lake, Taiwan

Waterspouts are common in tropical and subtropical waters, however, this is the first time spectators at Sun Moon Lake have witnessed this phenomenon.

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A rare scene of a water tornado appeared in Nantou's Sun Moon Lake on Thursday evening. The slim-looking tornado, known as a waterspout, extended from the lake all the way to the sky. Even though it was not very powerful, its shape was very clear.

The waterspout was spotted by a boatman who was looking towards the mountains. He was quick enough to document the phenomenon on his phone. He says that he has been working here for 10 years and has never seen anything similar.


79-year-old woman killed in dog attack in Houston, Texas

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The body of a 79-year-old woman was reportedly discovered in a bayou in northwest Houston, and investigators said she appeared to have several bite marks on her body.

The woman's body was found on Downwood Forest Drive near Bold Forest early Thursday morning. Family members spoke to KPRC 2′s Re'Chelle Turner and identified their loved one as Sau Nguyen.

"My mother is a beautiful lady, beautiful woman. She was lovely and everyone in the neighborhood loved her," Uan Nguyen said.

The woman's two sons Uan and Donh said they don't know what happened to their loved one, but she routinely goes walking in the same area every day.


6.7 magnitude earthquake shakes southern Philippines: US Geological Survey

A strong magnitude 6.7 earthquake shook the southern Philippines on Friday, the US Geological Survey said, with local authorities warning of potential damage.

No tsunami threat was issued after the quake struck off Sarangani province on the main southern island of Mindanao at a depth of 78 kilometres (48 miles) at 0814 GMT, the USGS said in a statement.

There were no immediate reports of casualties but the quake was felt across a wide area of the mountainous island.

Cloud Precipitation

Flood-like situation due to heavy rain in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

In the United Arab Emirates, several days of heavy rain have resulted in flooding in some areas and safety advisories for drivers. Because of the recent rains, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, is experiencing significant street flooding.

Authorities issued a warning that erratic weather is expected to strike the nation through Thursday. Social media posts featured videos of cars traversing waterlogged roadways.

Brigadier Ahmed al-Naqbi, the director of the Ras Al-Khaimah Police's Traffic and Patrols Department, pleaded with all drivers on Saturday to drive defensively and to follow all traffic laws and safety regulations.

Videos that the X users uploaded showed rivers quickly developing on formerly dry areas and highways completely submerged in water.


Dead fin whale washes up on beach in Cornwall, UK

Police cordon off area after large whale found dead by surfers at Fistral Beach

Police cordon off area after large whale found dead by surfers at Fistral Beach
A massive 16m (50ft) whale has washed up on a popular Cornish beach. The fin whale was spotted at first light this morning on South Fistral Beach, in Newquay.


Kenya - 46 dead and 58,000 displaced as floods worsen

Floods in Elwak, Mandera County, Kenya, November 2023
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Floods in Elwak, Mandera County, Kenya, November 2023
The worsening flood situation in Kenya has forced as many as 58,000 people from their homes, according to the latest reports from humanitarian organisations.

In a recent interview with local television, the Secretary General of the Kenya Red Cross Society, Dr Ahmed Idris, said that at least 19 of the country's 47 counties have now been affected by flooding which began in late October 2023. As many as 46 people have now lost their lives as a result of the heavy rains and flooding, Dr Ahmed Idris said.

Currently the worst affected areas are in the north of the country, in particular in Samburu, Wajir, Isiolo, Marsabit and Mandera counties. However the recent overflow of the Tana River has affected areas in the east of the country including Tana River and Garissa counties. Dr Ahmed Idris said forecasts for the coming weeks show an possible increased flooding risk for western areas of the country.

Comment: Related: East Africa - Heavy rains and floods take their toll in Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Burundi and Malawi