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La Rosiere in France

La Rosiere in France
The forecast late-September snowfall in the Alps is underway, with resorts posting pictures and video of snow landing down to around 1500 metres altitude.

There's also fresh snowfall in the Dolomites, Pyrenees and up in Scandinavia as well as in Canada and in the southern hemisphere in Australia and New Zealand.

The snow in the Alps is being reported right across the mountains and is expected to continue through the weekend leaving some quite significant accumulations on higher slopes.


Comment: Away from the high ground in Australia snow has been falling in areas where it's not usually seen according to the following report from news.com.au:
Melbourne, Sydney weather: 'Polar plunge' brings snow across four states, cuts power to thousands

After delivering snow to places where it's never been seen before, the polar blast has hit Sydney with a severe weather warning in place.

Thousands were left without power in Sydney's east this afternoon after being lashed with strong winds, causing 130 electrical hazards as roofs were torn from homes and powerlines were dragged down.

Winds of more than 100km/h were recorded across the city as Bondi, Bondi Beach and North Bondi were left without electricty from 1.40pm, affecting 1700 residents.

Power has since been restored in these areas.

It comes as the city was hit by the "polar surge" that rocked Australia's south east today, bringing some of the coldest September temperatures for years and delivering snow to places that have never seen it before.

A severe weather warning is place for damaging winds of up to 90 km/h for the Illawarra and Southern Highlands to Sydney and the Central Coast.

"A strong cold front is bringing gusty winds to much of NSW today. Vigorous winds are expected to continue during Saturday in the front's wake," the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said.

Temperatures are also set to fall in Sydney and other parts of New South Wales as the system passes through.

Elsewhere, snow has fallen as low as just a few hundred meters above seal level as a "polar plunge" sweeps across south eastern Australia. It's so cold, people have been seen skiing 200kms north of Adelaide.

"We have snow here in western Victoria in places that never or rarely have snow," said one Victorian on Twitter.

Temperatures in Melbourne didn't get into double figures until 10.30am on Friday morning with the day set to top out a just 12C.

Parts of Victoria may experience a September day that hasn't been this chilly since the early 2000s.

The BOM has said Friday and Saturday temperatures will be so chilly it will feel more like mid-July than late-September.

A cold air mass brewed up from the Great Australian Bight on Thursday night and is now passing through Victoria and southern New South Wales.

Images have been posted online of snow falling close to Jamestown, Peterborough and Hallet in SA as well as on the lower slopes of Mt Elephant close to Lismore in Victoria, 170 km west of Melbourne. Lismore is only around 200 metres above sea level.

On Friday, the BOM labelled the weather event a "polar plunge" that could bring hail and thunder as seen as snow with maximums 5 - 10C below the average for this time of year.



Comment: Elsewhere in the southern hemisphere late substantial snow has also been predicted for South Africa this weekend reports The South African:
There's a cold front sweeping in from the west of the country, and as the temperatures plummet, some of the forecast rain is likely to bring brief snow flurries with it on Saturday. The weather is taking a turn for a miserable in both the Western Cape and Eastern Cape this weekend, and the next few days promise to be chilly.

SA WEATHER FORECAST FOR SATURDAY 26 SEPTEMBER

According to the latest forecasts from Ventusky - the weather mapping service that uses up-to-the-minute data - there will be a substantial amount of settling snow in regions that are well-known for their wintery aesthetics.

It is predicted that snow will make landfall on Saturday morning. Only the two aforementioned provinces will be hit by the icy change in weather, but given that the affected locations are high above sea level, a little blizzard or two isn't exactly out of the ordinary for them. This may be relatively late in the year for a snow forecast, but it's nothing a few extra blankets and a decent heater can't help with!



Arrow Down

Floods and landslides kill 17 in past 3 days in Nepal

The landslide occurred around 50 metres
© Hobindra Bogati
The landslide occurred around 50 metres above the two-storey stone and mud house in Syangja.
Seventeen people have died from floods and landslides triggered by incessant rains in the last three days in Nepal.

According to the National Emergency Operation Center of the Home Ministry, 17 people died in the period of three days from Tuesday to Thursday due to natural disasters.

Similarly, 15 others have gone missing during the same period, according to the records maintained by the Center.

A total of 14 people died on Thursday alone. Over 90 percent of damages were caused by the landslides, said Murari Wasti, the chief of the Center.


Comment: Sadly, to be added to this total - 307 killed, 100 missing due to floods and landslides in past 3 months across Nepal


Cloud Precipitation

Rise in incidence of cyclones over the north Indian Ocean (and floods)

cyclone
Based on the statistics during 1891-2017, on an average 5 cyclones develop over North Indian Ocean in a year with 4 developing over Bay of Bengal and 1 over Arabian Sea.

However, in the recent past increase in frequency had been observed in formation of cyclones in the North Indian Ocean.

Also studies show an increase in frequency of severe cyclones over Arabian Sea in recent years.

The details of Cyclones formed over North Indian Ocean during 2017 to 2019 follow:

Tornado1

Giant waterspout comes ashore in Salerno, Italy, uprooting trees and damaging buildings - 3rd in 5 days for the country

waterspout
A giant waterspout came ashore in the Italian city of Salerno on Friday, September 25, uprooting trees and causing minor damage to vehicles and buildings, according to local authorities.

A Facebook post on Mayor Vincenzo Napoli's page said that nobody was injured, and that the Torrione district was the most affected by the twister.

According to Il Fatto Quotidiano, there was widespread damage to cars, buildings, and street furniture, and the window of a bus was shattered as a result of debris from the storm.

This video shows the waterspout approaching Salerno from the sea.


Credit: @adrianodefalco.hiking.guide via Storyful

Comment: A day earlier another huge waterspout was filmed off Porto Ercole further north on Italy's west coast:


On September 20 another impressive one was recorded off the city of Cefalù on the island of Sicily:




Cloud Lightning

Red sprites captured in slow motion over Sverdlovsk Oblast, Russia in August

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Red sprites captured over the Sverdlovsk oblast in the summer of 2020. The abundance of nighttime thunderstorms this season has made it possible to capture this rare phenomenon in great detail:


00:00 - sprite №1 close-up, real time
00:10 - sprite №1 close-up, speed is slowed down 2 times
00:13 - sprite №1 close-up, speed is slowed down 5 times
00:19 - sprite №1, stack of frames
00:27 - sprite №2 close-up, real time
00:29 - sprite №2 close-up, speed slowed 2 times
00:35 - sprite №2 close-up, speed is 5 times slower
00:39 - sprite №2, stack of frames
00:48 - sprite №3, real time
00:52 - sprite №3 close-up, speed slowed 2 times
00:56 - sprite №3 close-up, speed slowed down 5 times
01:00 - sprite №3, stack of frames

Ice Cube

Robert W Felix: 'Earth is about to enter a Mini Ice Age'

The Thames during the Great Frost of 1739
© City of London Corporation
The Thames during the Great Frost of 1739 by
Jan Griffier II
Robert W Felix, author of "Not by Fire but by Ice" and proprietor of iceagenow.info, has written a great article entitled "Earth about to enter Mini Ice Age" — below is my abridged version.

I've been saying this for years, begins Felix, but now we're starting to hear it from the mainstream media. As power-hungry politicians ramp up their man-made global warming propaganda, some scientists warn that a far different type of climate change is headed our way.

11 Scientific Predictions for the upcoming Grand Solar Minimum (spoiler: wrap up, its getting cold)

We should be bracing for a prolonged solar minimum that could last for decades, until the 2050s, is the stark advice coming from Valentina Zharkova, professor at Northumbria University in Newcastle, England.

"The Sun is approaching a hibernation period," says Zharkova, who holds a BSc/MSc in Applied Mathematics and Astronomy, and a Ph.D. in Astrophysics: "Less sunspots will be formed on the solar surface and thus less energy and radiation will be emitted towards the planets and the Earth."

Comment: See also:


Wolf

Multiple coyote attacks on people reported at Camp Lejeune Marine Corps base in North Carolina

Coyote
© Getty Images
Coyote
Cape Lejeune Marine Corps Base on the North Carolina coast has issued a safety alert after multiple people reported being attacked at the military facility by coyotes.

At least four attacks have occurred recently on the eastern side of the base, near the Wallace Creek area, officials said in a Facebook post.

Investigators did not give details of the injuries, but noted all victims "were running after dark in the vicinity."

The latest attack occurred at 4 a.m. Sept. 23. All the victims reported being near offices of the II Marine Expeditionary Force Information Group Command when attacked, officials said.

Fire

'These are hidden deaths.' Over 1,000 likely died early due to California's wildfire smoke

Vehicles on Interstate 80 in Vacaville drive through smoke from California’s wildfires on Monday, Aug. 24, 2020.
© DANIEL KIM
Vehicles on Interstate 80 in Vacaville drive through smoke from California’s wildfires on Monday, Aug. 24, 2020. Dense wildfire smoke that blanketed the state for weeks in August and early September may have contributed to the deaths of hundreds of Californians and sent thousands more to the emergency room, Stanford University researchers say.
Dense wildfire smoke that blanketed the state for weeks in August and early September — contributing to dangerous air quality from the San Francisco Bay area to Sacramento to Fresno and beyond — may have contributed to the deaths of hundreds of Californians and sent thousands more to the emergency room, Stanford University researchers say.

Nearly 30 people have died in California wildfires that have destroyed millions of acres and continue to burn into late September. For weeks, skies above the Golden State were soiled brown or an apocalyptic orange grabbing headlines of a state on fire.

But "the total cost in terms of human lives and health is likely far larger due to the immense amount of smoke that has been inhaled over the last 3 weeks by the very large number of people living on the West Coast," said researchers at Stanford's Center on Food Security and the Environment.


Massive amounts of smoke pumped out from California's infernos sent soot levels soaring across Northern California from Silicon Valley to Fresno and here in the Sacramento region, with lethal consequences, especially for the state's senior population, the researchers showed.


Fire

5 of the 6 largest wildfires in California history are burning right now

A law enforcement officer watches flames launch into the air as fire continues to spread at the Bear fire.
© JOSH EDELSON/AFP
A law enforcement officer watches flames launch into the air as fire continues to spread at the Bear fire.
Five of the six largest wildfires in California state history have been sparked in the past two months — and they're all still raging.

The state's most aggressive fire, August Complex, has so far scorched nearly 860,000 acres of NorCal's Tehama County — nearly doubling the now second-largest Mendocino Complex in 2018, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Rounding out the all-time top six are four other blazes still currently burning, according to the agency and The Sacramento Bee, which first reported the staggering toll.

The SCU Lightning Complex has now consumed 396,624 acres near Santa Clara and Alameda counties, while the LNU Lightning Complex has decimated 363,220 acres around Sonoma and Napa counties.


Black Cat

60-year-old woman mauled to death by tiger in Maharashtra, India - 27 such fatalities this year for the state

File photo.
© AFP
File photo.
A 60-year-old woman was killed in a tiger attack on Saturday afternoon at a field near Andharwadi village in Pandharkawada, Yavatmal district in Maharashtra.

Forest officials said a tiger had been moving across villages Andharwadi, Koparmandvi, Vasari, and Kobai in the Pandharkawada Forest Reserve for the last 10 days and was also spotted at the site of the attack after Saturday's incident.

This is the second tiger attack and first death reported from the area and a committee empowered to decide on the tiger's capture (as per National Tiger Conservation Authority guidelines) will be sending its recommendations to senior forest officials by Sunday.

According to the forest department, around 1.30 pm Saturday, Laxmibai Bhimrao Dadanje, resident of Andharwadi was attacked and killed by a tiger at a field located between Patanbori and Andharwadi villages.