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Foot of snow in 24 hours at Engelberg, Switzerland - widespread heavy snowfall across the Alps

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Engelberg in Switzerland has become the first ski resort to issue a powder alarm for more than 20cm of snowfall in 24 hours this morning after 30cm of snowfall was recorded.

The heavy snow was measured on the resort's Titlis glacier which only opened for the 2019-20 ski season last weekend.

Engelberg benefited from heavy snowfall that was widespread across the Alps yesterday, where more than a dozen glacier ski areas have already opened their high slopes for the start of their 2019-20 ski seasons.



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Unusual North Dakota snow storm cripples corn and soybean harvests

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"The normal temperature (east central North Dakota) on Oct. 11 is 49F, while the observed average temperature the day the storm hit was 31F. This represents an event in the 90th percentile so, temperatures in this range can occur around once per decade. However, the combination of cold with a winter storm is much more rare. The last instance of such a snowstorm this early was Oct. 9, 2005 in North Dakota. Prior to that event, it had been 130 years so, the cold plus snow is something that only happens once or twice a century," said Isaac Hankes, Weather Research Analyst.

"Starting late last Thursday, a historical blizzard enveloped the U.S. Northern Plains and northern portions of the Midwest, leaving 2-20 inches (5-50 cm) of snow covering the eastern half of North Dakota, and the northern halves of South Dakota and Minnesota. Additionally, sustained hard freeze conditions were felt in southern Minnesota, northwestern Iowa and portions of Nebraska.

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Corruption of the satellite record

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Normally I focus on corruption of the surface temperature record, but the satellite record has been corrupted in exactly the same way.


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Climate Disorder

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Minnesota has just shut down a dairy farm because they are concerned about greenhouse gas emissions. In this video I discuss the end game of shutting down the food and energy supply to 350 million people.


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Man possibly carried away in sinkhole in Hermosillo, Mexico

A man reportedly fell into this sinkhole late Monday afternoon.

A man reportedly fell into this sinkhole late Monday afternoon.
Authorities are searching for a man possibly carried away in a massive sinkhole in Hermosillo, the capital of the Mexican state to Arizona's south.

A man riding a bicycle reportedly fell into the more than 6-foot-deep hole late Monday afternoon. Since then, authorities have been searching for him between the sinkhole and a sewage treatment plant roughly 5 miles away, according to a city official.


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Volcanic ash covers villages on Merapi's slopes in Indonesia

Merapi erupted for 270 seconds on Monday
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Merapi erupted for 270 seconds on Monday
Many parts of the slopes of Mount Merapi have been covered by volcanic ash after eruptions on Monday afternoon.

Ash fell on Ngargosoko, Mranggen, Srumbung villages in Srumbung district; Sumber, Talun, Ngargomulyo, Kalibening, Ngadipuro, Mangunsoko and Dukun villages in Dukun district; and Sucen and Jumoyo villages in Salam district.

Thin layers of ash also covered Sawangan village in Sawangan district; Tamanagung and Muntilan villages in Muntilan district; and Bojong and Pabelan villages in Mungkid district.


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Watch: The moment birds start falling out of the sky in Coventry, UK

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This is the shocking moment that birds started dropping out of the sky in Coventry.

A Coventry man made the bizarre discovery as he stepped outside University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW) last week.

Joshua Brown had been visiting his grandmother but as he popped outside he spotted a bird falling out of a tree a short distance away.

Startled, he began filming and captured more and more birds on the floor - either dead or in some distress.

Since posting the video online, the theories as to the cause of the mystery have been rife.

One theory was that the birds had been exposed to some sort of pest control chemicals.


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Lebanon battles worst wildfires in decades - 100 fires break out in 24 hours

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People inspect the remains of cars and shops that were burned in a wildfire overnight, in the town of Damour just over 15 kilometers south of Beirut, Lebanon, on October 15, 2019.
Firefighters and specialist aircraft in Lebanon are working to tackle a series of wildfires which have broken out during a period of high temperatures and strong winds.

The blazes started in Lebanon's western mountains, but have spread to other areas. The initial cause is not known.

Officials said on Tuesday that more than 100 fires had broken out in the space of 24 hours.


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Over 2,100 dead in monsoon rains, floods across India

Monsoon flooding India
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More than 2,100 people have lost their lives and another 46 were reported missing this monsoon season in rains and floods which affected more than 25 lakh people in 22 states.

More than 2,100 people have lost their lives and another 46 were reported missing this monsoon season in rains and floods which affected more than 25 lakh people in 22 states, Union home ministry officials said on Wednesday.

The highest 399 people died in Maharashtra, followed by 227 deaths in West Bengal in rains, floods and landslides that hit as many as 357 districts in the country.

According to the officials, 738 people were injured and nearly 20,000 animals were lost. The heavy rains and floods fully damaged 1.09 lakh houses, partially damaged 2.05 lakh houses and destroyed 14.14 lakh hectares of crops.

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Landslide kills 22 in southern Ethiopia after 10 hours of heavy rainfall

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The landslide was caused by heavy rains in southern Ethiopia.
Rescue workers on Tuesday used excavators to dig out bodies after a landslide in southern Ethiopia washed away homes and killed more than 20 people, a local official said.

The landslide in the remote district of Konta occurred Sunday following 10 hours of heavy rains, said the official, Takele Tesfu.

"There are 22 people dead and we have only been able to dig up 17 using manpower and machine power," Takele told AFP.

"So far, we cannot get the others, so tomorrow we will continue to dig."