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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

FLOOD
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.


Attention

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

Seismograph

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."

Snowflake

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.

Snowflake

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.

Snowflake

Grand Canyon transforms into winter wonderland after overnight snowfall

Several inches of snow turns Grand Canyon into winter wonderland

Several inches of snow turns Grand Canyon into winter wonderland
We may only be approaching Thanksgiving, but it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Grand Canyon.

Snow blanketed the famed Arizona, national park on Thursday. The official Twitter account for the site warned visitors to expect icy roads.

"An overcast morning on the South Rim, after receiving around 3 inches of snow last night. Caution park roads and footpaths are icy," @GrandCanyonNPS tweeted along with a photo of a view from early Thursday. "There is a possibility of additional snow throughout the day."


Umbrella

Republic of Congo declares state of natural disaster as severe flooding displaces 50,000 people

congo floods
© UNITAR - UNOSAT
Satellite-detected flooded structures, as of 15 November 2019, over Libenge, Libenge Territory, Sud-Ubangi Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo
The Republic of Congo's government has declared a state of natural disaster in three territories after severe flooding displaced at least 50,000 people.

The Council of Ministers said weeks of heavy rains in the Likouala, La Cuvette and Plateaux territories have destroyed homes and infrastructure.

The government says severe flooding has caused the loss of plantations, livestock and food reserves, and has led to a resurgence of waterborne diseases. Some 50,000 people along the Congo River are in a state of distress, according to the council.

Victor Ngassi, secretary general of Makotipoko, more than 400km (248 miles) upstream of Brazzaville, says people in his district are starving and waiting for government help, AP reports.

Rainbow

Rare sky-high rainbow halo snapped in Lower Hutt, New Zealand

Sun halo over NZ
© Kaila Kahui-Grosvenor
A high school student in Lower Hutt has captured impressive photographs of a rainbow halo around the sun.

Sacred Heart College student Kaila Kahui-Grosvenor snapped the pics during lunchtime on Thursday.

"I saw this crazy looking halo around the sun and thought it looked pretty cool," she told Newshub. "A teacher said it was from the Australian fires."

WeatherWatch forecaster Philip Duncan told Newshub halos like these are usually caused by ice crystals very high up in the atmosphere - over 10km.

"The fine ice crystal behaves like mist so when the sun hits it, it refracts and reflects the light making a halo or rainbow around the sun and moon."

But he wouldn't rule out the Australian bushfires having an influence.

"The bush fires probably didn't create this, but I do admit our atmosphere is probably a little dirtier at the moment so I couldn't 100 percent rule it out."

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