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Rare heavy snow falls on Maunakea, Hawaii - 10 feet snowdrifts

Dennis Patterson's job at the W.M. Keck Observatory atop 13,803-foot Maunakea primarily focuses on caring for and maintaining the observatory's cameras and spectrometers. But the recent winter weather has given him another purpose during his four days a week at the summit: shoveling snow.

The Big Island was drenched with rain by two Kona Lows in the middle of February. But at the high elevations, the storms also produced more than a foot of snow, including 10-foot drifts in some places on Maunakea.

"I was still shoveling up there Saturday," said Patterson, who is used to the white stuff having lived in Colorado and Utah. "This last storm was pretty epic. We still haven't been able to open the domes for the last 12 or 13 nights due to ice and snow buildup."

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Arizona desert covered in snow as winter storm brings plummeting temperatures

Stunning footage shows snow covering parts of the Arizona desert after a strong cold front brought plummeting temperatures overnight Wednesday (1 March).

Videos shared by Brandon Zavala show a blanket of snow covering the desert landscape on Thursday in Yucca, about 150 miles northwest of Phoenix, in Mohave County.

Yucca was under a winter storm warning until 5 am Thursday morning, according to the National Weather Service and numerous roads across the state were closed on Wednesday night due to adverse weather.


Vanuatu: Pacific nation reels from twin cyclones and 6.5 magnitude earthquake

The Pacific nation of Vanuatu has declared a state of emergency as it reels from an earthquake and two cyclones in as many days.

The 6.5 magnitude quake struck on Friday, a day after category four Cyclone Judy swept through the islands.

The storm caused widespread damage and flooding across the country. No casualties have been reported yet.

A category three storm, Cyclone Kevin, arrived on Friday, bringing destructive winds of up to 130km/h (81mph).


Dead whale washes ashore in Seaside Park, New Jersey - 2nd seen in tri-state Wednesday

A dead humpback whale spotted off the Garden State coast was the second to be seen in the tri-state area on Wednesday.

The Marine Mammal Stranding Center is continuing to monitor the latest whale spotted off the coast of Seaside Park.

A necropsy is expected to be performed.

The initial discovery occurred on the same day that another whale washed onto a jetty in Breezy Point, New York.

While scientists continue to say there are no connections to the surveying taking place on the planned offshore wind farms and these deaths, there have been continued calls for a pause by mayors, activists and even state congressional representatives.


2 stray dogs kill month-old-baby sleeping next to mother inside hospital in Rajasthan, India

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A baby was taken away by stray dogs and was mauled to death at a hospital in Sirohi district of Rajasthan.

The month-old-child was sleeping next to his mother in the TB ward of the hospital, police said.

Police said the CCTV footage showed that two dogs went inside the TB ward of the hospital late on Monday and one of them returned with the infant.

Sitaram, SHO, Kotwali said the father of the child was admitted in the hospital for tuberculosis treatment. He said the child's mother, who was attending to the patient along with her other children, dozed off.


Pack of 20 dogs attack, kill 3-year-old girl in Uttar Pradesh, India

In a shocking incident, a three-year-old girl died after being mauled by a pack of stray dogs in the CB Ganj locality in Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh.

The victim, Pari, the daughter of Awadhesh Gangawar, a resident of Bandia village, was attacked by a pack of around 15 to 20 dogs late on Tuesday evening.

Girl dragged around 100 metres by dogs

Pari was playing outside the house, while her elder siblings were inside when she was attacked by the stray dogs.

"The dogs dragged the victim for around 100 meters and mauled her badly," a police official said.


Pack of 6 dogs kill man in Birmingham, Alabama

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The Jefferson County Coroner's Office says a man whose body was found Tuesday morning was attacked by a pack of dogs.

The man has been identified as Joe Cleveland Scott. He was 65. Authorities say Scott lived in the McDonalds Chapel Community. His body was found in the 5700 block of Iceland Avenue.

Authorities say Scott was a pedestrian who was attacked by several dogs. An autopsy has found the death is due to the injuries he sustained during the dog attack.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and Jefferson County Animal Control are investigating.


Yosemite National Park breaks decades-old snowfall record, closing park indefinitely - snow 15 FEET deep after recent storms

Cabin roofs at Yosemite National Park are almost completely covered with snow. At the park's Badger Pass ski area, snow is up to the second floor of the lodge. In the Yosemite Valley, snow accumulation broke a 54-year-old daily record — by multiple inches.

The historic snowfall in the Sierra Nevada from back-to-back winter storms has closed the world-famous park indefinitely while rangers and park staffers work to respond to the epic snowpack.

"In all of my years here, this is the most snow that I've ever seen at one time," said Scott Gediman, a spokesperson for Yosemite and ranger for 27 years. "This is the most any of us have ever seen."

The park known for its impressive granite formations and stunning waterfalls initially announced Saturday it would close because of severe winter weather, with plans to reopen by Thursday. But after additional snowfall though early Wednesday, officials for the national park announced it would remain closed, without a specific date to reopen.

Comment: Fresh heavy snow dumped in California - 3 FEET in a day, 4.3 FEET in 2 days at Soda Springs


Australia - Hundreds evacuate floods in Northern Territory - 5 inches of rain in 24 hours

Flooding at Sandy Creek, NT, Australia, 01 March
© Victoria Daly Regional Council
Flooding at Sandy Creek, NT, Australia, 01 March 2023.
Authorities in Australia's Northern Territory have ordered the evacuation of communities in the Victoria Daly Region after persistent heavy rain caused rivers to overflow.

Evacuations were ordered for residents of Daguragu, Kalkarindji, Pigeon Hole and Palumpa in the Victoria Daly Region of Northern Territory on 01 March 2023.

The upper Victoria River exceeded major flood levels after persistent heavy rain in the region. As of 01 March, the Victoria River at Kalkarindji stood at 16.99 metres, where the major flood stage is 14 metres.

Rain has been falling in the state for the past week, but intensified over the last few days. Kalkarindji recorded 134 mm of rain in 24 hours to 01 March and Lajamanu recorded 114 mm.

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Fresh heavy snow dumped in California - 3 FEET in a day, 4.3 FEET in 2 days at Soda Springs

Residents of Soda Springs, California, are dealing with an estimated 36 feet of snowfall this winter, with more predicted on the way.

Residents of Soda Springs, California, are dealing with an estimated 36 feet of snowfall this winter, with more predicted on the way.
A string of back-to-back winter storms have lashed the West this week, delivering blizzard conditions and heavy snowfall to many areas in California.

The days long brutal conditions left many stranded, shut down highways, knocked out power to thousands of homes and buried roads in snow as communities ran low on supplies.

Last week, the National Weather Service in Los Angeles issued its first blizzard warning since 1989. Over the weekend, the weather service's local office in San Diego issued its first-ever blizzard warning for the San Bernardino County mountains

Blizzard warnings remain in effect Wednesday across the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, where up to 2 feet of additional snowfall are possible through Wednesday morning.

The San Bernadino Mountain Range could see between 1 and 3 feet of additional snowfall, with gusts up to 75 mph.