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Two dead and one missing after rains of "historic" intensity drench south France

Two people lost their lives and at least one more was missing Sunday after historic rain levels drenched the south of France, provoking major floods that are only now starting to recede, officials said.
floods france
© Valery Hache/AFP
Abandoned cars half submerged on the streets of Le Muy, near Cannes.
The high floodwaters buried cars underwater, turned roads into rivers and even allowed kayakers the chance to paddle down a highway.

One corpse was found in the village of Le Muy, just north of France's Mediterranean coast, close to where a rescue dinghy had capsized on Saturday evening with three members of the fire brigade and three civilians aboard, the local authorities in the southern Var region said. One of the civilians had been reported missing.

Members of the French civil defence take took part in rescue operations in flooded areas such as Le Muy, near Cannes in southeastern France.

The second body, of a man in his 50s, was found in the village of Cabasse in a car, said the local authorities, without giving further details. Meanwhile, another man, in his 70s, was still missing in the village of Saint-Antonin-du-Var after going out during the night amid heavy rain. Searches are continuing.


With more than 100,000 small to medium aftershocks in Southern California since July experts are wondering when not if the BIG ONE will come

On the 4th of July 2019, Independence day, a magnitude 6.4 quake rocked Surles Valley, in Southern California, two days later a much more powerfull magnitude 7.1 struck the Ridgecrest area just a few miles away from the Surles Valley quake. Since then, more than 100,000 small to medium aftershocks, known as "swarmageddon," have hit the same area, including a mag 5.5, a mag 5.4 and a mag 5.0, which begs the question when not if will Southern California receive THE BIG ONE?

Since 2015, the Pacific Ring of Fire has been rattled by nearly 600 major quakes, (mag 6 or higher), see map here. Incredibly the Californian Coast has recorded just 3 major quakes in the same period and Oregon 2. The odds of this happening must be very high and surely the West Coast has to be long overdue for the big, it has to be!

To some, the "swarmageddon" 40 miles east of downtown Los Angeles has brought fear that a bigger threat was coming. To others, as long as they don't feel a shake, it is easy to just put it out of their minds. California has small quakes all the time — a magnitude 3 every other day, on average, according to the LA Times. But not all of them act the same, and some bring more danger than others. As officials install more seismic sensors as part of the state's early warning system, experts are getting an increasingly better look at California's smaller earthquakes. According to The Daily Mail, It's reminiscent of activity near the San Andreas Fault three years ago that had some scientists on edge for a possible large triggered earthquake.

Comment: Also of relevance: USGS seismic data points to 2,000% increase in major earthquakes since 1900

Cloud Lightning

Lightning bolt kills 17 cows, 2 sheep in Nigeria

The dead cows

The dead cows
No fewer than 17 cows and two sheep have been killed by lightening in Iba, in Ifelodun Local Government Area of Osun state.

The incident happened on Friday at Gaa Eleesun, a community mostly inhabited by Fulani herdsmen in Iba.

THISDAY yesterday gathered that the thunderstorm, which struck at around 6:00pm left some residents of the community hospitalised as a result of shock.

THISDAY further gathered that the incident has caused panic among residents of the community.

Some of the villagers said that the strange incident occurred when some Fulani herdsmen had already returned from pasturing.


Shallow 6.3 earthquake rumbles in the Aleutian Islands, Alaska

A magnitude 6.3 earthquake southeast of Adak rumbled the western Aleutian Islands at 3:54 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019.
© Alaska Earthquake Center
A magnitude 6.3 earthquake southeast of Adak rumbled the western Aleutian Islands at 3:54 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019.

An earthquake with a reviewed magnitude of 6.3 rumbled in the Aleutian Islands on Saturday afternoon, according to the Alaska Earthquake Center.

The earthquake at 3:54 p.m. was centered 59 miles southeast of Adak at a depth of 16.1 miles, the center reported. Several aftershocks -- the strongest registering at magnitude 3.6 -- were recorded in the region.

Shaking was felt in Adak, according to citizen reports.

A tsunami was not expected, according to the National Tsunami Warning Center.

Comment: 12 hours earlier: Shallow 6.1 magnitude quake rocks off eastern Indonesia, no tsunami alert issued

Cloud Precipitation

South Dakota endures historic precipitation in 2019

Flood waters run over Interstate 90, two miles west of Mt. Vernon on Thursday, Sept. 12.
© Mike Deinert
Flood waters run over Interstate 90, two miles west of Mt. Vernon on Thursday, Sept. 12.
State's soak continues in wettest season on record, Mitchell third wettest

South Dakota is in the midst of its wettest year on record and Mitchell has seen its third-wettest year after historic spring and summer rains swamped fields and flooded cities, roads and homes throughout the state.

"I think the story of the year is precipitation," said Laura Edwards, state climatologist for South Dakota. "Statewide we already have the wettest season on record, and we still have five or six weeks to go. That doesn't even count November."

Edwards said South Dakota has received a statewide average of 29.37 inches of precipitation so far this year. The previous wettest season in the state was in 1915, when 27.97 inches of precipitation fell.

Weather statistics from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration indicate the Mitchell area has received 34.09 inches of precipitation so far in 2019, which already ranks it as the third-wettest year for the area. The highest amount of precipitation recorded in Mitchell for a full year was in 1993, when the area received 36.19 inches of precipitation, and in 1908, when 36.14 inches of precipitation was recorded.

Cloud Precipitation

Flood alerts as heavy rain lashes parts of France and Italy

Parts of France have been hit by storms and heavy rain and remain on high alert of flooding over the weekend.

Eleven départements have been put on alert for storms, high winds and flooding.

Some communities have had to evacuate and head for shelter in halls and public spaces.

In Italy, Genoa and the other parts of the Liguria region endured heavy rainfall overnight and remained on red alert on Saturday.


Woman severely injured in deer attack in southern Nebraska

mule deer
Nebraska wildlife officials say a woman was attacked and severely injured by a deer in south-central Nebraska this week.

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission says in a news release Friday that the woman was doing chores alone outside in an area near Guide Rock when she was attacked. She was discovered some time later and taken to a hospital about 130 miles away in Lincoln. Her name and medical condition were not released Friday.

The commission says a conservation officer later shot and killed the mule deer buck suspected in the attack. He said the animal showed no fear of him. The deer tested negative for rabies.

Officials say deer attacks on humans occur for a variety of reasons, including bucks becoming more aggressive during rutting season.

Source: AP


Shallow 6.1 magnitude quake rocks off eastern Indonesia, no tsunami alert issued

quake map
A shallow and strong earthquake measuring 6.1 magnitude struck off eastern Indonesia's West Papua province on Saturday evening, but no tsunami alert was issued, the meteorology and geophysics agency said.

The quake jolted at 7:11 p.m. Jakarta time (1211 GMT) with the epicenter at 280 km northeast Tambrauw of the province and a depth of 10 km under sea bed, official in charge at the agency Abdul Rosid said.

"There (is) no potential of tsunami from happening so that we did not issue a warning," he told Xinhua over phone.

Indonesia is prone to quake for its position on the quake-impacted zone so-called "the Pacific Ring of Fire."


Overnight storm drops 10 inches of snow atop Aspen Mountain, Colorado

Aspen Mountain Ski Patrol sets off from the top to check conditions the day before officially opening the mountain on Friday, November 22, 2019.
© Kelsey Brunner/The Aspen Times
Aspen Mountain Ski Patrol sets off from the top to check conditions the day before officially opening the mountain on Friday, November 22, 2019.
Opening day got a little sweeter as an overnight snowstorm dropped 10 inches of snow at the top of Aspen Mountain and set the ski area up for top-to-bottom skiing for its opening on Saturday.

Aspen Skiing Co. announced Friday that Aspen Mountain will open with 148 acres and 3,200 vertical feet of skiing. The Silver Queen Gondola, Ajax Express and Bell Mountain chairlifts will operate.

The open trails at Aspen Mountain include Bellissimo, Upper Copper, Deer Park, Dipsy Doodle, Easy Chair, One and Two Leaf, Pumphouse, Silver Bell, Pussyfoot, Silver Dip and Spar Gulch.

Skico announced earlier this week it would open 75 acres of terrain on Aspen Mountain and 60 acres at Snowmass. Initially, there wasn't enough snow on the upper portion of Aspen Mountain for the early opening. The snowmaking system only covers some trails on the lower two-thirds of the ski area. But with 10 inches of snowfall by dawn Friday and more snow falling, Skico was able to prepare more terrain.

Snowmass will still be offering 60 acres for its early opening. The Village Express chairlift will operate to midway, providing access on trails down to Fanny Hill. The Elk Camp Gondola will also serve Elk Camp Meadows beginners' area.


Storms bring snow to Hawaii Island summits

image from the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory webcam on November 19

Image from the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory webcam on November 19
Tuesday's stormy weather produced a brief snowfall at the summits of Mauna Loa and Maunakea. Most of the snow melted within a few hours.

A webcam USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory webcam caught a glimpse of the snow on Mauna Loa's Mokuʻāweoweo Caldera from the northwest rim.

On Maunakea, several observatory webcams recorded the event. A thin layer of snow remains on the summit this morning.

The Flash Flood Watch for Hawaiʻi Island has been discontinued.