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World Snow Wrap, December 6 - Huge snow totals again in California, more snow in Europe and Japan

Chris Benchetler, getting deep in Mammoth last week, November 30, when the first storm to hit the Sierras dropped 90cms of snow. Mammoth has had another metre since and yet another 70-90-cms is forecast early next week.
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Chris Benchetler, getting deep in Mammoth last week, November 30, when the first storm to hit the Sierras dropped 90cms of snow. Mammoth has had another metre since and yet another 70-90-cms is forecast early next week.
While summer snowfalls in Australia generated a bit of novelty value early this week, the real action is in the Northern Hemisphere, as it should be at this time of year with significant snowfalls in the US, Europe and Japan. The totals coming out of California are huge with seven-day totals of 2.4 metres and there is more on the way with another three-day storm set to drop 70-80cms by early next week. If you're on the fence about escaping the heat, smoke, bushfires and blue bottles of an Australian summer read on, you may just be convinced to book that airfare for somewhere cold and snowy.

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The Sierras are renowned for big storm totals and the past week is a very good example, from zero snow a week ago to seven-day totals of one to 2.4metres on the upper mountains, Kirkwood in California with the top reading. Not surprisingly, avalanche danger is high and mountain ops teams have been working hard to manage the snow and get more lifts and terrain open at all the Tahoe resorts for the weekend. There is a break in the storm action now, but not for long with another strong storm set to deliver 30-95cms for California from Friday night through to Sunday. Mammoth is looking good for 45cms at the base and double that up high, which will lead to more terrain opening over the next week.


Attention

At least 20 snowy owls spotted this fall in Wisconsin

A snowy owl flies over Algoma.
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A snowy owl flies over Algoma.
The beautiful and majestic snowy owl has made its return to Wisconsin.

"At least 20" snowy owls have been documented in Wisconsin as of November 25, the state Department of Natural Resources says.

The owls have been spotted in 12 counties so far, ranging as far north as Bayfield and Door County, and as far south as Milwaukee County. Most of the owls photographed so far are adults, which the DNR says suggests a low number of births on arctic breeding grounds during the summer.


Wolf

Wolves kill close to 20 dogs in recent months in Estonia

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Wolves in Estonia have killed close to 20 dogs over the autumn and early winter, according to a report on ERR current affairs show Aktuaalne kaamera. Experts blame malnourishment, though are at a loss to explain it, saying there are no food shortages in the sparsely-populated forest areas that wolves usually inhabit.

Security video footage taken in a Raplamaa back-yard this autumn showed three wolves entering the premises and frolicking about with two resident dogs. The footage circulated on social media; however not all such lupine-canine interaction ends as happily. On man living near Vaida, south of Tallinn, lost his six-and-a-half-year-old West Siberian dog while hunting. The dog had picked up a reindeer trace, but later encountered wolves. Half and hour later, it was found dead, the owner told Aktuaalne kaamera.

August Kuuse who breeds West Siberians at Vaida said that many hunters no longer use dogs to hunt smaller wildlife in particular, such as raccoon dogs (kährik) and pine martens, which also should mean an abundance of such stock in the wild as a food source for wolves.

Väino Lill, chair of the Tihemetsa hunting society in Pärnu County, said three wolves attacked a dachshund in plain sight of the dog's owner.

Arrow Down

At least 26 people killed by landslides caused by heavy rain in Burundi

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At least 26 people have died and more are missing after heavy rain triggered landslides Cibitoke province, northwestern Burundi.

Burundi's Ministry of Public Safety and Disaster Management said in a statement on 05 December that the landslide occurred in Nyempundu, Gikomero and Rukombe in Nyamakarabo zone, Mugina commune in Cibitoke province. Provisional assessments say that 26 people have died, 07 were injured and 10 people are still missing. Some media reports say the death toll has since climbed to 38. Search operations are still in progress. The Ministry said that houses, crops and livestock have also been damaged.

Heavy rain fell between 04 and 05 December, 2019. Images show that complete hillsides have fallen away in several locations. The area is still extremely unstable and the governor of Cibitoke, Joseph Iteriteka, urged people living in affected locations to evacuate their homes until further notice.


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SOTT Earth Changes Summary - November 2019: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs

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As if mocking the propaganda of anthropogenic climate change advocates, Nature has - once again - provided a wild and varied ride for the inhabitants of planet Earth in the month of November.

In keeping with the pattern of recent years, winter arrived early again in many parts of the Northern Hemisphere, disrupting normal life and food production. The US saw new cold and snowfall records over much of its territory, even as 'Extinction Rebellion' zealots demanded further man-made CO2 reductions to 'save the planet from overheating'. Exceptional snowfalls and early freezing temperatures also left their mark in Europe, and parts of Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.

Heavy rain, floods, and landslides also wreaked havoc this month, with South Sudan, Kenya, Congo, Algeria, the UK, France, the Philippines, Australia, and northern Mexico all affected by hundreds of deaths, thousands displaced and significant damage to local infrastructure. Italy was hit once again by extreme weather this month: storms, floods, and early snow left a path of destruction across several provinces.

Our viewers will not be surprised to learn that a significant number of meteor fireballs and unexpected NEOs also made an appearance in our skies last month, shocking and delighting many eyewitnesses and leaving many experts wondering whether their claim that they can track all dangerous NEOs is really just 'pie in the sky'.

All that and more in this month's SOTT Earth Changes Summary...


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Cloud Lightning

A rare occurrence in the tropics - 5 tropical systems are simultaneously ongoing in the West Indian Ocean

A pretty impressive and rare tropical activity is currently ongoing int the West Indian Ocean. Five (5) tropical systems have developed or still developing and can be seen live on the satellites! The two northernmost systems (Tropical cyclones #06A and #07A) are already supporting tropical storm strength, while the southernmost systems (Invest #91S and #92S) are both tropical depressions. The easternmost system (Invest #92B) is still developing.

Here is today's NASA MODIS AQUA satellite image of the West Indian Ocean - a pretty wild image of 5 tropical system simultaneously ongoing, making the Indian Ocean pretty busy from now on.

Tropical cyclone 07A
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Tropical cyclone 07A. Satellite image of Indian Ocean.

Arrow Up

Climate engineering no longer a conspiracy theory

Jet Contrails
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Harvard Professor David Keith has been dubbed the father of Stratospheric Aerosol Injection (SAI) or more commonly known as Geoengineering. In short, airplanes spray nanoparticles of aluminum and barium into the sky, which mixes to create a screen that reflects the sun's radiation in the opposite direction of the earth's atmosphere in hopes of combating climate change.

For those who dub this a conspiracy theory, please refer to the United States patent-4686605 which is valid evidence that the U.S. government is experimenting with the weather by altering regions in the Earth's atmosphere, ionosphere, and the magnetosphere.

The very essentials needed to sustain life on earth are being carelessly destroyed by such programs. This is not a topic that will affect us in several years because it is negatively impacting us right now.

Former Chairman Bart Gordon from the Committee on Science and Technology of the U.S. House of Representatives released a 50-page report in 2010 titled "Engineering the Climate."

"It is important to acknowledge that climate engineering carries with it not only possible benefits, but also an enormous range of uncertainties, ethical and political concerns, and the potential for harmful environmental and economic side-effects," the report states.

In short, the large-scale deployment of climate control may benefit certain populations at the expense of others.

Cloud Precipitation

Deadly floods and landslides in Uganda - at least 5 dead, 38 missing

Landslide in Eastern Uganda, December 2019.
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Landslide in Eastern Uganda, December 2019.
The Uganda Red Cross reports that 4 deaths have been confirmed in the landslides in Bududa district. One further death was reported as a result of flooding. As many as 38 people are thought to be missing. Red Cross teams, police, army and volunteers are carrying out search operations.

Meanwhile in Sironko, the Red Cross says that landslides and flooding have affected Zesui, Masaba Sub County, Budadiri town council and Busulani, Bumumulo Parish. As of late 04 December, 5 deaths were reported and over 200 people were displaced.


Snowflake

Michigan's snow season already adding up, one location almost at 5 FEET of snow

Lake effect snow piles on West Michigan

Lake effect snow piles on West Michigan
Almost every location in Michigan has received above average snowfall to date in this early part of the snow season.

Some of the snow totals are mind boggling for early December.

Obviously the highest snow totals have been posted across the Upper Peninsula. Much of the northern half of the U.P. has received at least 2 feet of snow already. The highest seasonal snow total I've found is Chatham, MI, which is between Marquette and Munising and 10 miles from the Lake Superior shoreline. Chatham has already tallied 58.6 inches of snow.

Here's a map showing the snow totals so far this season. I hesitate to use the word "winter" because meteorological winter just started Dec. 1 and astronomical winter doesn't start until around Dec. 21.

Nebula

Planetary wave supercharges extremely rare southern noctilucent clouds event

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© Southern NLCs?? Taken by Mirko Harnisch on December 1, 2019 @ Dunedin, New Zealand
Enjoying the late-evening sky over the Southern Ocean just after 23.00 local time with the Sun 15° below the horizon. Some wispy blue-ish clouds low on the southern horizon were quite an unusual sight. They appeared to be high in altitude and very distant. Whether these were actual NLCs, I do not know. It would be an unusual sighting at this latitude.
An atmospheric wave nearly half as wide as Earth itself is supercharging noctilucent clouds (NLCs) in the southern hemisphere. NASA's AIM spacecraft detected the phenomenon in this series of south polar images spanning Nov. 27th through Dec. 2nd:

"This is a clear sign of planetary wave activity," says AIM principal investigator James Russell of Hampton University, which manages the Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere mission for NASA.

Planetary waves are enormous ripples of temperature and pressure that form in Earth's atmosphere in response to Coriolis forces. In this case, a 5-day planetary wave is boosting noctilucent clouds over Antarctica and causing them to spin outward to latitudes where NLCs are rarely seen.

Comment: Could this drift to lower latitudes have something to do with the "grand" solar minimum? Could it be related to the increasingly meandering jet stream? And perhaps also pronounced due to the increased loading of the atmosphere with meteor particulates? See: Also check out SOTT radio's: