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Rare waterspout captured on video off Sonoma Coast State Park, California

A waterspout forms off the Sonoma Coast near Jenner, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023.
© Omar Rogers
A waterspout forms off the Sonoma Coast near Jenner, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023.
Two hikers from Santa Rosa captured on video a rare waterspout off the Sonoma Coast this week.

Santa Rosa residents Annie Roche and Omar Rogers took the video Tuesday afternoon in the Ocean Cove area north of Jenner.

"To be honest I felt nothing but pure awe and amazement," wrote Rogers in an email about the sighting. "We just sat and wondered about the raw power and unimaginable force we were witnessing. Nature unfolding like this brings to mind thoughts of eternity."

According to the National Weather Service, waterspouts like the one in the video are called tornadic waterspouts, and are essentially tornadoes that form over water during storms like the recent atmospheric rivers that pounded Northern California, though they are rare for the region.


Windsock

Day turns to night in parts of Chaco, Argentina due to dust storm

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The images correspond to the town of La Leonesa and expose the front of the storm that in a matter of a few minutes broke out in the city as well as in various parts of the province. Currently, a meteorological alert is in effect throughout the territory.

The province is affected by storms of varying intensity, some locally strong. They will be accompanied by intense gusts, occasional hail, strong electrical activity and, fundamentally, abundant rainfall in short periods. Accumulated precipitation values ​​between 20 and 40 mm are expected, and may be exceeded occasionally.

Attention

Surprise magma chamber growing under Mediterranean submarine volcano Kolumbo

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Submarine volcanic activity along a section of the Kolumbo crater on the seafloor, observed with SANTORY monitoring equipment.
Using a novel imaging technique for volcanoes that produces high-resolution pictures of seismic wave properties, a new study reveals a large, previously undetected body of mobile magma underneath Kolumbo, an active submarine volcano near Santorini, Greece. The presence of the magma chamber increases the chances of a future eruption, prompting the researchers to recommend real-time hazard monitoring stations near other active submarine volcanoes to improve estimations of when an eruption might be likely to occur.

Nearly four hundred years ago, in 1650 C.E., Kolumbo breached the sea surface and erupted, killing 70 people in Santorini. This eruption, not to be confused with the catastrophic Thera (Santorini) volcanic eruption that occurred around 1600 B.C.E., was triggered by growing magma reservoirs beneath the surface of Kolumbo. Now researchers say the molten rock in the chamber is reaching a similar volume.

Comment: Taken together with activity at other volcanoes, as well as with other related effects, such as undersea warming, there's strong evidence suggesting that volcanic activity across the planet is on the increase, however much of it goes unnoticed due to being submarine: And check out SOTT radio's:


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Damage reported across Alabama following reports of 'large, extremely dangerous' tornado

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© A tornado as seen from Interstate 65 in Pine Level, Alabama, northwest of Montgomery, on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023.
A tornado as seen from Interstate 65 in Pine Level, Alabama, northwest of Montgomery, on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023.
Multiple tornadoes ripped across Alabama on Thursday, including a particularly dangerous one near Selma, causing extensive swaths of damage.

A large and destructive tornado ripped through the Selma, Alabama, area Thursday afternoon as a severe weather outbreak struck the southern United States.

Selma, located about 40 miles west of Montgomery, was in the path of a large and extremely dangerous tornado around 12:30 p.m. local time on Thursday. Emergency response teams in Selma were providing assistance and cleaning roadways as of Thursday afternoon, according to an online post by the city.

Residents across Selma were told to seek shelter and avoid traveling on area roadways. Downed power lines were also reported throughout the region.

Snowflake

Truckee-Tahoe ski resorts report another 2 feet of snow (in 24 hours) with much more on way - Nevada County declares emergency

Snow drifts at Palisades Tahoe in Olympic Valley in the early morning hours Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023.
© Blake Kessler
Snow drifts at Palisades Tahoe in Olympic Valley in the early morning hours Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023.
The latest snowstorm to hit the Truckee-Tahoe region dropped about 2 feet of snow in the last 24 hours which led to an emergency declaration and the closure of highways and schools on Tuesday and much more snow may be on the way.

Tahoe ski resorts are reporting up to 2 feet of snow, some a little more, some a little less, and the National Weather Service in Reno has a winter weather advisory in place from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday for more accumulation, including 2 to 5 inches at lake level and 5 to 10 inches above 7,000 feet. The evening work commute may be impacted. Strong winds are expected to gust as high as 70 mph which the service said could lead to extensive tree damage.

According to the Tahoe Snow app, Heavenly Mountain Resort has received 26 inches of snow in the past 24 hours with Palisades Tahoe reporting 21 inches, Kirkwood Mountain Resort 19, Sierra-at-Tahoe 16 and Northstar California reported the most at 27 inches.


Attention

Killer whale found dead on Florida beach a first for Southeast, NOAA spokesperson says

Authorities at Jungle Hut Park in Palm Coast, Florida oversee the removal of a 21-foot orca that became beached and lost its life.
© Flager County Sheriff's Department
Authorities at Jungle Hut Park in Palm Coast, Florida oversee the removal of a 21-foot orca that became beached and lost its life.
Authorities in Flagler County, Florida, are overseeing the removal of a 21-foot orca that beached itself on the coast.

The orca, which beached itself and subsequently died on the coast of Jungle Hut Park, is currently undergoing a necropsy and removal process.

Deputies are on scene south of Jungle Hut Park in Palm Coast after a 21-foot orca whale beached itself this morning. It has since lost its life," the sheriff's department said via social media.

The Flagler County Sheriff's Department has enlisted outside help in removing the massive sea animal's corpse.


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Shallow 6.0-magnitude earthquake hits southern East Pacific Rise: USGS

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An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.0 jolted southern East Pacific Rise at 16:17:45 GMT on Wednesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 10.0 km, was initially determined to be at 49.8606 degrees south latitude and 114.3039 degrees west longitude.

Cloud Precipitation

Evacuation order affects thousands of Californians as flood threats continue, death toll of recent storms climbs to 17

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© Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty
Drivers in San Francisco barrel into standing water on Interstate 101 on Wednesday January 10, 2023
Thousands of Californians remained under evacuation orders as heavy rainfall continued in parts of the state, threatening more flooding as part of a series of storms that have left at least 17 dead in recent weeks.

Thunderstorms were drenching northern California Tuesday afternoon with more rain expected Wednesday and Thursday. Across the state, more than 20 million people are under flood alerts as the risk of mudslides also spreads to the Los Angeles and San Diego areas.

"Scattered to widespread instances of flash flooding will be possible, especially near steep terrain and burn scars," the Weather Prediction Center said Tuesday afternoon.

Roughly 34,000 remained under evacuation orders statewide, California Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a Tuesday afternoon news conference.

Arrow Down

Skier killed in avalanche on mountain near Las Vegas, Nevada

Mount Charleston, NV.
© Quincy Koetz
Mount Charleston, NV.
A man skiing in the backcountry in the Mount Charleston area near Las Vegas died Monday in an avalanche, local law enforcement authorities announced Tuesday.

The skier, identified as Las Vegas resident Punan Zhou, was swept about 500 feet (152 meters) down Mummy Mountain before friends found him using a location-tracking device, said Sgt. Matt Marlow of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department's search and rescue team.

Authorities on Monday initially described the man as an injured hiker.


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Mammoth Mountain ski resort in California closed due to too much snow - 13 FEET in just 9 DAYS since start of year

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© Patrick Griley/Mammoth Lakes Tourism
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Thanks to continued snowfall, Mammoth Mountain, CA, has reported 40 - 54 inches from this current storm with an expected snow accumulation of 22 -28 inches today.

Mammoth Mountain has surpassed last year's season snowfall total and, with 419″ of fresh snow at the summit, is now officially the snowiest ski area on Earth. 310 inches have dropped at the Main Lodge, including 13 feet since January 1. The resort also has the deepest base in the country.

Mammoth has been closed today due to the intense snowfall conditions and very dangerous travel in the area. Roads have been heavily impacted and are not plowed. The resort will focus on avalanche mitigation work today and protecting our equipment. They plan to reopen tomorrow, January 11.