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Tornadoes hit Texas and Oklahoma, killing at least one person and injuring dozens

Scenes of devastation are visible in all directions
© Jeff Forward/AP
Scenes of devastation are visible in all directions along Lamar County Road 35940, west of State Highway 271, after a massive tornado hit the area, causing extensive damage and destroying an unknown number of homes, Friday, Nov. 4, 2022 in Powderly, Texas.
Tornadoes tore through parts of Texas and Oklahoma on Friday, killing at least one person, injuring two dozens others and leaving dozens of homes and buildings in ruins.

Tornadoes hit hard in McCurtain County, Oklahoma, in the southeastern corner of the state. Cody McDaniel, the county's emergency manager, confirmed one death although he didn't immediately provide details.

The small town of Idabel saw a church, medical center and a school torn apart.

"There was total destruction on the south and east sides of Idabel," Steven Carter, an emergency management coordinator for McCurtain County, told the Texarkana Gazette.

Better Earth

Mysterious & unexplained blue auroral phenomenon photographed over Sweden

blue aurora
© Claudio Comi
The blue ribbon over Lake Tornetrask.
Yesterday in Sweden, sky watchers were puzzled when a strange ribbon of blue light appeared during a geomagnetic storm. "It didn't look like any auroras I have ever seen before," says Chad Blakley, the director of Lights over Lapland. One of his tour guides, Miquel Such, video-recorded the phenomenon.

A G1-class geomagnetic storm was underway on Nov. 3rd when the blue ribbon appeared. Webcams saw it first at 1615 UT (5:15 p.m. local Abisko time). It rapidly brightened to naked-eye visibility, then sank below the horizon 30 minutes later. The whole time, regular green auroras danced around and seemingly in front of it: movie [video can be found below]

But what was it?

Comment: A variety of unusual and unexplained phenomena has been appearing in our skies in recent years, with other, formerly rare, activity increasing in both frequency and intensity. Taken together, it's clear that there is a great shift afoot on our planet, part of which is reflected in our changing, cooling, atmosphere: Also check out SOTT radio's:


Shallow magnitude 6.1 earthquake recorded in Gulf of California

An earthquake of magnitude 6.1 has been recorded in the Gulf of California off the coast of Mexico, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said on Friday.

The earthquake occurred at 10:02 GMT 80.3 kilometers (49.9 miles) southwest of the Mexican town of Bahia de Kino with a population of 6,050 people. The source of the earthquake was at a depth of 10 kilometers (6.2 miles).

There were no reports of casualties or damage.


Alder Flycatcher from North America turns up in Galway, Ireland

There is a general concensus in North America
© Brian McCloskey
There is a general concensus in North America that Alder Flycatcher is not reliably separated from the similar Willow Flycatcher in the field. However, this is often unfounded, with good-quality digital photographs helping to confirm identification.
Ireland's first Empidonax flycatcher has been confirmed as Alder Flycatcher by DNA analysis.

The finder of the bird, Steve Millar, took to Twitter to reveal the news that a sample he'd collected after the bird's departure had been tested by the wildlife forensics lab at the University of Aberdeen.

The results showed that the bird, which spent three days on the island of Inishbofin from 9-11 October, was an Alder Flycatcher - an ID that had been all but confirmed on field views. This should now mean a straightforward acceptance by the Irish Rare Birds Committee (IRBC) and therefore addition to the Irish list.

Cloud Precipitation

Indonesia - At least 11 fatalities after floods and landslides in 8 provinces

Two young people died in floods in South Lampun
© BPBD Lampung Province
Two young people died in floods in South Lampung, Lampung Province on 27 October 2022.
Days of heavy rain, floods and landslides have caused damage and fatalities on Java, Sumatra and the Lesser Sunda Islands in Indonesia. Disaster authorities report at least 11 people have lost their lives in landslides and floods since 23 October 2022.

Java Island

Indonesia's National Agency for Disaster Countermeasure, (abbreviated as BNPB) reported 3 people died and two were injured after heavy rain triggered a landslide in Sendang District, Tulungagung Regency, East Java Province on 23 October.


Woman mauled to death in dog attack in Laredo, Texas

dog attack
The Laredo Police Department is releasing more details regarding the death of a migrant woman who was found dead in south Laredo.

Residents who live near the 300 block of River Front are shaken up after learning about a woman who was found dead with bite marks on Tuesday morning.

Surveillance video from a nearby home captured the moments first responders arrived and found with the woman injured at the scene.

A south Laredo resident who did not want to be identified said she is both shocked and scared not just for her children but for the people in the neighborhood as well.


London hit by flash flooding amid torrential downpours

Emergency services have responded 45 flooding incidents across London as heavy rain from Storm Claudio hit during the morning rush-hour.

London Fire Brigade received a number of calls from people trapped in their cars, as well as property flooding.

The Brigade is warning people to avoid driving or walking through floodwaters and not to let children or pets play in it.

A video posted to Twitter shows a number of cars driving through flood waters - including a Thames Water van - during the morning rush-hour in West Drayton, in Hillingdon.


Big winter storm brings heavy snow to Alaska - up to 20 inches

Snow is cleared from a parking lot at the Kenai Municipal Airport on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022, in Kenai, Alaska.
© Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion
Snow is cleared from a parking lot at the Kenai Municipal Airport on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022, in Kenai, Alaska.
Snow was piling up in parts of southcentral on Wednesday as a large winter storm hit the region.

Snowfall was highest for Clam Gulch with a reported 20 inches of snow. Nikiski saw between 14 to 20 inches.

Snow is still falling in Anchorage and the valleys going into Wednesday night.

Accumulations could total 4 to 6 inches in the Anchorage bowl, and 7 to ten inches along the hillside.

Winter weather advisories have moved into the Interior as moisture heads north. Fairbanks is likely to see several inches of snow.

Cloud Precipitation

Hurricane Lisa slams Belize bringing storm surge, flooding and extreme winds

On Wednesday, November 2, hurricane Lisa made landfall near Belize City, in the Central American nation of Belize. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Lisa had maximum sustained winds of 85 mph at landfall.

The storm's center was about 10 miles southwest of Belize City and moving west at 12 mph. Off the coast of Belize, heavy rain has started and there is some storm surge.

A storm surge likely raise water levels by as much as 4 to 7 feet above normal tide levels near and to the north of where the center of Lisa crosses the coast of Belize.


Large 'waterspout tornado' filmed off coast of Brittany, France

A large 'waterspout' has appeared off the coast of Finistère in Brittany, in an impressive example of the rare meteorological phenomenon.

Waterspouts appear in the shape of a tornado but are actually seawater, and hover above the sea. This one was seen on November 1 off the coast of Penmarc'h.

Déborah Le Palud, who owns a salon on the coast, told Ouest France: "It was impressive. The sky was dark and the rain was intense [and then I saw] a big line taking shape. It was spinning and picking up big swathes of water."

The meteorological event is rare.