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Storm brings fresh snow to Mammoth Mountain, California - up to 3 feet deep

Mammoth Mountain has seen multiple feet of fresh snow in the past few days — with more coming down — thanks to a storm that is hitting the ski resort and mountain areas in Northern California.

"This has been an incredible start to the season here at Mammoth," said Lauren Burke, the resort's spokesperson. "It is a true winter wonderland up here."

The resort got 2 to 3 feet of snow Tuesday, and after a break Wednesday was getting more fresh powder Thursday morning, Burke said. She said up to 5 feet could fall in the next few days.

Comment: Also pertinent: Deadly crashes, mass power outages reported as atmospheric river brings flooding and strong winds to Oregon and Washington

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Vehicle falls into sinkhole along residential street in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania

A vehicle fell into a sinkhole along Biddle Avenue in Wilkinsburg.
© Adam Burgess
A vehicle fell into a sinkhole along Biddle Avenue in Wilkinsburg.
A vehicle fell into a sinkhole along a residential street in Wilkinsburg.

The sinkhole opened up sometime on Thursday evening along Biddle Avenue at the intersection of West Street.

Viewer video shows a vehicle that had fallen into the sinkhole.

Our news crew at the scene witnessed cones and barriers set up around the hole.

We've reached out to Wilkinsburg Police for more information and an estimated timeframe on repairs, but have not heard back.


Deadly crashes, mass power outages reported as atmospheric river brings flooding and strong winds to Oregon and Washington

An atmospheric river brought monster waves, high tides and strong winds to batter western Oregon and Washington. The weather led to fatal crashes, power outages and flooded homes on Tuesday.

Although conditions in western Oregon became less intense on Wednesday, forecasters warned that the respite would likely be short-lived, as another storm system made its way south from Alaska, according to the National Weather Service.

Strong winds felled trees and and knocked out power lines across large swaths of the Pacific Northwest on Tuesday, cutting power for more than 160,000 people at certain points. Wind gusts reached 86 mph near Cape Perpetua on Oregon's central coast and 107 mph near the iconic Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood, said Andy Bryant, a hydrologist with the National Weather Service's Portland office.


Hundreds of manatees flood Florida state park as rivers remain cold

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Hundreds of manatees flood Florida state park
Sea cows come to the spring because it's a constant 72 degrees

The St. Johns River's temperature is still in the 50s, and that means manatees continue to pile into nearby Blue Spring State Park in Volusia County.

The Save the Manatee Club counted 561 manatees at the spring Wednesday.

In recent days, so many manatees have been at the spring that it's been tougher to make the daily count.


Rare snowy owl spotted in Cypress, California

© Mark Rightmire/MediaNews Group/Orange County Register
It's like something out of a Harry Potter movie... a rare snowy owl was spotted on top of a house in Orange County.

The majestic white and brown owl was seen December 27 on top of a chimney at a house located on Saipan street in Cypress.

Several people gathered outside the house to see the rare bird and take pictures. Snowy owls are rare, especially in Southern California, but can show up in winter to hunt.

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Large sinkhole closes stretch of Route 191 in Lower Nazareth, Pennsylvania

A large sinkhole is causing traffic troubles in part of Northampton County.

The sinkhole opened up on Route 191 in Lower Nazareth Township, the township said in a social media post on Wednesday.

Route 191 is closed between Newburg Road in Lower Nazareth Township and Brodhead Road in Bethlehem Township. That stretch sees more than 13,000 vehicles daily, PennDOT says.


Shallow magnitude 6 earthquake strikes south of Vanuatu

A magnitude 6 earthquake has struck south of Vanuatu, but no tsunami warnings have been issued.

It was downgraded from an initial measurement of magnitude 6.5.

The US Geological Survey gave the quake a green alert rating, meaning there is a low likelihood of casualties and damage.

It said the quake struck at 3.34am (local time), 288km southeast of Isangel, on the island of Tanna. It was 10km deep.

An advisory from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre in Honolulu said no action is required "based on earthquake information and historic tsunami records".

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No rise in temperature or rainfall for 100 years, in spite of climate alarmists pointing to Bangladesh as canary in coalmine

bangladesh flood
The country of Bangladesh is mostly a floodplain. Over 80% of the territory is classified as such, while 75% of the land is less than 10 metres above sea level. Heavy monsoons and widespread flooding are common. In an average year, 18% of the landmass is inundated, a figure that rose to 75% in 1988. What better place for western guilt-trippers to highlight and claim that all the natural tribulations are down to humans changing the climate? And what better 'poster child' for grant-hungry activists and local politicians to highlight when demanding large amounts of 'compensation' from developed nations to assuage the sins of industrialisation?

Earlier this year, Bangladesh was hit by the regular monsoon rains and flooding. Sky News reported that "experts say that climate change is increasing the frequency, ferocity and unpredictability of floods in Bangladesh". Needless to say, the BBC made the same point, adding that "experts say that climate change is increasing the likelihood of events like this happening around the world".

Presumably, when they talk about climate change, Sky and the BBC are worried about flooding being caused by rising temperatures and increased rainfall. It might therefore be considered curious that these climate changes do not seem to have affected Bangladesh.
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According to figures compiled for the World Bank, the average temperature in Bangladesh is the same today as it was 100 years ago. There are the usual cyclical changes, but global warming is not much in evidence around the Bay of Bengal.


Snow in Saudi Arabia, tourists flock to Tabuk

Snow falls in Tabuk in Saudi Arabia

Snow falls in Tabuk in Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia's snow season has begun with a freezing winter downfall covering the Al-Lawz region of Tabuk, reported the Saudi Press Agency.

Jebal Al-Lawz is in the northern region of Saudi Arabia, around 1,000km and 12-hour drive away from Jeddah on the west coast of the Kingdom.

The areas witnessed snowfall on Monday night, attracting tourists from across the region as well as residents to see the white-capped mountains.

Snowflake Cold

US winter storm death toll tops 60 as crews in Buffalo work to clear 4 feet of snow

The casualties keep climbing from a savage winter storm gripping much of the nation. The latest counts show at least 60 dead, with more than half of those around Buffalo. Roads there are still paralyzed and air travel in many places is still a shambles. Nicole Ellis reports.