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Volcanic eruption on La Palma shows no sign of abating

La Palma volcano
© Daniel Roca/AP
The volcanic eruption on the Canary island of La Palma shows now sign of ending
There is no sign that a volcanic eruption on the Spanish island of La Palma is coming to an end, four weeks after it began, officials have said.

The volcano on one of the Canary Islands off north-west Africa has so far destroyed more than 1,800 buildings, mostly homes, though prompt evacuations have helped avoid casualties on the island of some 85,000 people.

Canary Islands president Angel Victor Torres said scientists monitoring the eruption that began on September 19 have seen no indications that it is abating, as rivers of lava continue flowing slowly towards the sea.

Snowflake Cold

Spring blizzard hits the province of Tierra del Fuego, Argentina

Ushuaia

Ushuaia on October 16
Heavy snow is registered this Saturday in Ushuaia and other areas of Tierra del Fuego with cold air that will reach southern Brazil on Tuesday.

A blizzard has hit southern Argentina since late morning this Saturday. The flakes began to fall in the city of Ushuaia around five in the morning and since then the white precipitation has not stopped. The snow intensified at times and fell hard, which brought accumulation and whitened the city of the Argentine province of Tierra del Fuego.

According to data from the Ushuaia airport, snow was heavy in the early afternoon of this Saturday with a temperature between 0ºC and 1ºC. Since the end of the night, the temperature in Argentina's southernmost city has barely fluctuated, varying between -1ºC and 1ºC. Meteorologist Nacho Lopez Amorim, from the National Weather Service, described the snowfall for the second half of October on his social networks as "impressive".


Boat

Five missing as floods, landslides hit central Vietnam

Border guards in Quang Tri Province set up a barrier to prevent people from entering a dangerous area under heavy rain, October 17
© Quang Ha
Border guards in Quang Tri Province set up a barrier to prevent people from entering a dangerous area under heavy rain, October 17,
At least five people have been reported missing since Saturday after prolonged downpours triggered floods and landslides in the central provinces.

Among the missing are two each in Nghe An and Thua Thien-Hue and one in Quang Tri.

A combination of cold spell, tropical convergence and windward terrain of the Truong Son mountain range has caused torrential rains in the central region since Saturday with rainfall ranging from 70 to 150mm.


Tornado2

Huge waterspout filmed in Telangana, India

water
A waterspout unusual in these areas, occurred in Lower Manair Dam leaving the locals spellbound.

Waterspouts, which usually occur over warm tropical ocean waters, occurred in the backwaters of LMD near Vachunur of Thimmapur mandal on Saturday evening.

Local people enjoyed watching the wonder that happened in the LMD waters. While some of them took pictures of the wonder, others captured videos on their mobile phones.


Attention

Failed Serial Doomcasters

No Turn Back
© OnEarth
According to the UN's MyWorld poll of seven million people in 194 countries, out of the sixteen possibilities climate action came out ... wait for it ... dead last.
Poll
© My World
In general, the only people who thought it was important were the perpetually offended white wokerati with pronouns ...

Why is it that rational folks around the planet put the priority of climate action so low? Well, first off, there are serious issues out there that affect us today — affordable food, jobs, healthcare, reliable energy for farmers and householders, real stuff, not a bunch of climate blowhards screaming that the sky is falling.

And the second reason is, folks know in their heart of hearts that science is all about making falsifiable predictions ... and in that regard, climate science is a dumpster fire.

So I thought I'd take a look at what climate scientists, and those who believe climate scientists, and governments, and the UN, have predicted about the future. We'll start with this classic:

Snowflake

Cold front brings up to 11 inches of early snow to mountains near Las Vegas

A shuttle van sits stuck in the snow at the Lee Ca
© K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal
A shuttle van sits stuck in the snow at the Lee Canyon ski area on Mount Charleston northwest of Las Vegas Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021.
Lee Canyon saw 7" of snow overnight as some of the first snowfall of the season for the mountains near Las Vegas.


Comment: The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported on Oct 12:
Parts of Mount Charleston saw up to 11 inches of snow Monday night, but the National Weather Service said the frosty weather isn't expected to continue this week.

Meteorologist Brian Planz said the Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort in Lee Canyon recorded seven inches of snow, with higher elevation areas measuring 10 to 11 inches.

Freshly fallen show in Lee Canyon on Mount Charleston
© K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal
Freshly fallen show in Lee Canyon on Mount Charleston northwest of Las Vegas Tuesday, Oct. 12.



Seismograph

Strongest earthquake since volcano erupted shakes La Palma island - 4.5 magnitude

Lava cascades from Spain's Cumbre Vieja volcano

Lava cascades from Spain's Cumbre Vieja volcano
A 4.5-magnitude earthquake shook La Palma in Spain's Canary Islands in what was the strongest recorded temblor since volcanic eruptions began 26 days ago, authorities said Thursday.

The quake was one of around 60 recorded overnight, Spain's National Geographic Institute said, as the Cumbre Vieja volcano continued to spew fiery rivers of lava that are destroying everything in their path and dumping molten rock into the Atlantic Ocean.

The lava has partially or completely destroyed more than 1,600 buildings, about half of them houses, officials said, though prompt evacuations have so far prevented any deaths. Around 7,000 people have had to abandon their homes, 300 of them Thursday.

Seismograph

3 killed in shallow magnitude 4.8 earthquake in Bali, Indonesia

A man stands near his house damaged by an
© Andi Husein
A man stands near his house damaged by an earthquake in Karangasem on the island of Bali, Indonesia, Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021. A few people were killed and another several were injured when a moderately strong earthquake and an aftershock hit the island early Saturday.
Three people were killed and another seven were injured when a moderately strong earthquake and an aftershock hit Indonesia's resort island of Bali early Saturday.

The quake hit just before dawn, causing people to run outdoors in a panic. It struck just as the island is beginning to reopen to tourism as the pandemic wanes.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude 4.8 quake was centered 62 kilometers (38.5 miles) northeast of Singaraja, a Bali port town. Its shallow depth of 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) may have amplified the amount of damage.

A magnitude 4.3 aftershock followed. That quake was relatively deep, at 282 kilometers (174 miles).


Cloud Precipitation

8 inches of rain overnight hits Austin-area, Texas

Flood Warning issued for Onion Creek in Travis County;

Flood Warning issued for Onion Creek in Travis County
A noisy, lightning-filled band of storms slowly crawled across Central Texas late Wednesday into the wee hours of Thursday, dumping up to 8 inches of rain in spots along the Interstate 35 corridor.

By daybreak, the storms drifted southeast, away from the Austin area, but the better news is that the Austin area is unlikely to see any more heavy rainfall this weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

"The stronger front arrives by midday tomorrow," the weather service said in a bulletin Thursday afternoon. "This is the front we have all been waiting for that will give South Central Texas the first real taste of fall."

Forecasters said that "behind the front, north winds will kick in, ushering in cooler and drier air."


Snowflake

Up snow creek without a shovel? Ohio Department of Transportation struggling to hire seasonal plow drivers

SNOW PLOW
We have had an extraordinary stretch of fall weather but in the end, we all know the winds of Lake Erie will soon be whipping up the dreaded lake effect snow and playing havoc with our travel plans around northeast Ohio.

The Ohio Department of Transportation works long hours coordinating and executing their snow removal plan but as it stands now they have a looming problem in that they have been unable to hire anywhere near the number of seasonal plow drivers they need.

Statewide, ODOT hires 550 drivers for the winter all of whom are guaranteed 40 hours and week and in most cases work overtime hours just about every week.

They are critical workers to the job ODOT needs to accomplish and at this point, ODOT has managed to hire only about half the drivers they need statewide and that number holds in northeast Ohio.