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Avalanches and flooding kill over 130 people across Pakistan, India and Afghanistan - UPDATE

At least 67 dead in avalanches in Pakistan, India.
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At least 67 dead in avalanches in Pakistan, India.
At least 57 people were killed and others were missing after avalanches in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir over the last 24 hours, senior government officials said on Tuesday (14).

In neighbouring India, at least 10 people were killed after several avalanches hit the northern-part of Kashmir.

Two Pakistani officials said many villagers were still stranded in the avalanches in the Neelum valley area following heavy rains that also triggered landslides.

Many people were reported missing and feared dead as rescue efforts got under way, one of the officials said.

Comment: Update - Jan. 15th:

The Guardian reports:
Avalanches, flooding and harsh winter weather have killed more than 130 people across Pakistan and Afghanistan and left others stranded by heavy snowfall.

At least 93 people died and 76 were injured across Pakistan in recent days - with several still missing - while a further 39 were killed in Afghanistan, officials in both countries said on Tuesday.

Forecasts suggest more harsh weather is on the way.

In Kashmir's picturesque but conflict-riven Neelum Valley, heavy snowfall triggered several avalanches, including one that hit a village and killed at least 19 people. "Ten people are still missing," the disaster authority said.

Frequent avalanches and landslides occur in Kashmir during winter, often blocking roads and leaving communities isolated.

Authorities have shuttered schools, while several highways and roads were closed across the country's mountainous northern areas.

"The severe snowfalls and landslides in AJK have caused misery & deaths," tweeted Pakistan's prime minister, Imran Khan, referring to the part of Kashmir controlled by Islamabad.

See rest of article here.

Cloud Grey

'Fire clouds': After Australia, scientists warn the erratic weather phenomenon could become a new reality

A pyrocumulonimbus cloud formation is seen from a plane as bush fires continue in New South Wales, Australia, on Jan. 4, 2020
© Aidan Morrison / @Quixoticquant/Reuters
A pyrocumulonimbus cloud formation is seen from a plane as bush fires continue in New South Wales, Australia, on Jan. 4, 2020.
In 2016, a wildfire so large and destructive that it was nicknamed "The Beast" tore through Fort McMurray, a town in northeastern Alberta surrounded by boreal forests in the middle of the Canadian province's oil-rich tar sands.

More than 88,000 people were evacuated, and 2,400 homes and buildings were destroyed in the inferno. It would become one of the costliest and most destructive wildfires in the country's history, but scientists had other reasons to pay close attention to it.

As the fire raged and threatened to engulf the community, The Beast started to exhibit some odd behavior, growing so intense that it spawned "fire clouds" that created their own weather.

The rare weather phenomenon has most recently been observed in southeastern Australia, where unprecedented wildfires have burned more than 27 million acres of land and where more than 100 blazes are still active. And scientists say they're seeing fire clouds more often as climate change makes fire seasons longer and wildfires more intense.

Comment: Rather than attributing the dramatic increase in wildfires and fire clouds to 'climate change', could a significant factor in the escalation of these events be that they are fueled from outgassing, and then possibly 'sparked' by an increase in atmospheric electric discharge events, such as lightning strikes and other 'cosmic' ignition sources?

Researchers are only beginning to understand the consequences.

A fire cloud, known as a pyrocumulonimbus cloud, or pyroCb, can generate thunder, lightning and tornado-force winds, as well as belch out burning embers — all of which can help spread already fast-moving fires.

Comment: Australian wildfires are so massive, they're generating their own weather patterns

Bizarro Earth

NASA says smoke from Australian bushfires will soon circle the earth

Bushfire smoke near the International Space Station
Bushfire smoke as seen near the International Space Station
Smoke from the massive bushfires in Australia will soon circle the Earth back to the nation, says Nasa.

Massive infernos have raged along the nation's east coast for months, pushing smoke across the Pacific.

Nasa said plumes from blazes around New Year's Day had crossed South America, turning skies there hazy, and moved "halfway around Earth" by 8 January.

"The smoke is expected to make at least one full circuit around the globe," the US space agency said.

Hundreds of bushfires have burnt across Australia, killing at least 28 people and destroying more than 2,000 homes.

Comment: Athletes participating in the 2020 Australian Open are struggling to breathe in the hazardous conditions. One player was forced to abandon her match after a coughing fit :


Funnel cloud forms over Larnaca, Cyprus

Funnel cloud
Kitas weather has posted a video of a funnel cloud forming over Larnaca on Tuesday.

According to the UK's met Office, a funnel cloud is a cone-shaped cloud which extends from the base of a cloud towards the ground without actually reaching the surface.


Waterspout filmed off coast of the United Arab Emirates

Twister-like waterspout spotted off UAE coast - The National

Waterspout off UAE coast
A waterspout fascinated onlookers when it was spotted off the coast of the Emirates.

The marine phenomenon - which resembles a small tornado - was captured by an Emirati firefighter on Tuesday.

The whirling column of air and water was seen just off Ghalilah, a town in Ras Al Khaimah near the Musandam border.

A waterspout is an intense columnar vortex that occurs over water and usually under a rain cloud. It quickly dissipates when it arrives on dry land.

Rashid Al Shehhi was driving out of his house in Ghalilah when he spotted the waterspout at 1.15pm.

"I immediately took out my Nikon P900 camera and started taking photos and videos of the twister," said civil defence officer Mr Al Shehhi, 33.


3 feet deep snow wreaks havoc in Lahaul, India - power, telecom services hit

A snow-covered truck trapped in the Solang valley.

A snow-covered truck trapped in the Solang valley.
Heavy snowfall crippled life in tribal district of Lahaul-Spiti during the last two days. The district headquarters Keylong received over two feet of snow, while higher reaches like Koksar, Gondhla and Miyar valley received over three feet of snowfall.

Due to heavy snowfall, power transmission lines have been damaged in several parts of Lahaul-Spiti and a majority of villages are reeling under the cover of darkness. Power supply was disrupted even in the district headquarters of Keylong today while the communication service by BSNL, Jio and Airtel have been disrupted in many villages.

Due to freezing temperature, the water supply has been affected badly in villages and people are forced to melt snow to get water for drinking and domestic use.


4-month-old baby girl dies after attack by family dog in Dayton, Ohio

canine attack
© Angela Antunes / CC by 2.0
Dog that attacked, killed infant was a problem, neighbors say

Police are investigating the death of a 4-month-old baby girl who was attacked by the family dog, according to investigators.

McKenzie Terwell died Jan. 9 at a house in the 100 block of Vermont Avenue.

Cloud Precipitation

Floods leave at least 3 dead, hundreds rescued in south Iran

floods Iran

Flooding in Iran
Flooding in southern Iran has now left at least 3 people dead and 1 missing, according to media reports.

Heavy rain from 09 January 2020 caused major flooding in the southern provinces of Kerman, Sistan and Baluchestan and Hormozgan. In a 24 hour period to 11 January 2020, 92.7mm of rain fell in Bandarabbass, Hormozgan Province. The following day 76m of rain fell in Chahbahar, Sistan and Baluchestan Province. Parts of United Arab Emirates were also affected.

Flooding in Iran has destroyed houses and displaced hundreds of people. Roads have been rendered impassable by flood water, leaving hundreds of villages isolated.


Volcano erupts on Galapagos island, spewing lava into the sea

Volcano erupts on ecologically sensitive Galapagos island

Volcano erupts on ecologically sensitive Galapagos island
A volcano on an uninhabited island in the Galapagos has begun erupting, spilling lava down its sides toward the sea.

Ecuador's Galapagos National Park said the La Cumbre volcano on Fernandina island began erupting Sunday night.


Up to 50 inches of new snow in 3 days for the Cascades in Oregon

The chairlifts were mostly full at Willamette Pass Resort on Saturday, January 11
© ROB ROMIG / The Register-Guard
The chairlifts were mostly full at Willamette Pass Resort on Saturday, January 11
The amount of snow that fell in Oregon's mountains didn't disappoint this past weekend.

The snow started early Friday above 3,000 feet and never really let up, bringing multiple feet across the western Oregon Cascade Range.

Here are snowfall totals from the past 72 hours — Friday through early Monday morning from the National Weather Service.

The result matches pretty closely with what meteorologists predicted.

There is plenty more snow to come in the mountains as well, with another 1 to 2 feet possible this week.

North Oregon Cascades

Santiam Pass: 50 inches, 4770 feet

Tombstone Pass: 50 in. 4250 feet

Timberline Base: 47 in. 5880 feet