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Cameron Peak Fire is now the largest wildfire in Colorado history

Cameron Peak Fire evacuation
Airn Hartwig loads a chicken into a cardboard box as she evacuates due to the threat from the Cameron Peak Fire in Masonville, Colorado, on Wednesday.
The Cameron Peak Fire, burning just west of Fort Collins, is now the largest wildfire in Colorado history, Gov. Jared Polis said in a tweet Wednesday night.

The blaze has burned through more than 158,000 acres and is 56% contained, officials said. It was ignited on August 13 and has since been fueled by high winds and dangerous terrain that's worked against firefighters' efforts to battle the flames and increase containment.

It has now surpassed the Pine Gulch Fire, which burned about 139,007 acres earlier this year and the Hayman Fire, which burned through more than 138,000 acres in 2002, according to the US Department of Agriculture.The Cameron Peak Fire also prompted several evacuation orders Wednesday. In a statement posted on Facebook, the Larimer County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday announced there was a mandatory evacuation order for Lory State Park.

Comment: Think 2020's disasters are wild? Worse is yet to come say experts


"A new phenomenon": Mass marine life die off in ANOTHER location in Russia's Kamchatka region

Kamchatka marine life
© Reuters / Dmitry Sharomov
FILE PHOTO: Dead sea life is washed up on the shore due to unexplained water pollution in Kamchatka region.
Unexplained deaths of sea life are continuing to cause anxiety in Russia's Far East. On Tuesday, fish, octopuses and crabs were filmed washed ashore hundreds of kilometers away from the spot where the alarm was first raised.

A video of the ecological disaster near Ozernovskiy village on Kamchatka's western coast shows dead marine creatures scattered along a 50-meter-wide area of the beach. The peninsula, some 7,000km east of Moscow, is home to one of the earth's most pristine environments.

The footage is similar to clips that came from Avacha Bay on the opposite eastern coast in late September, when numerous marine life washed ashore. By land, the distance between Ozernovskiy and Avacha Bay is around 250 kilometers.

Comment: Phys.org reports that, according to one Russian scientist, this could be caused by a toxic algae bloom:
The mass death of sea creatures in Russia's Kamchatka region was caused by toxins from microalgae rather than man-made pollution, a senior Russian scientist said on Monday, citing preliminary findings of an investigation.

Locals on the volcanic peninsula in the Pacific raised the alarm in September as surfers experienced stinging eyes and sea creatures, including octopuses, seals and sea urchins, were found dead on the shore.


A Greenpeace handout photo shows the water near the Khalaktyr beach on the Kamchatka peninsula
Conservation activists had raised concern that the source of the pollution could be a Soviet era storage ground for poisonous chemicals on Kamchatka that might have seeped out into the sea.

"I am sure that we are facing a large-scale phenomenon, but not an uncommon one for Kamchatka, called harmful blooming algae," the vice president of Russia's Academy of Sciences, Andrei Adrianov, told journalists Monday.

He said that water samples showed a "high concentration only of Gymnodinium (microalgae)", which produces "toxins that affect invertebrates".

Adrianov added that the same toxins could have also caused the symptoms experienced by divers and surfers.

Last week, scientists said the pollution had formed a 40-kilometre-long (25-mile) slick which has been moving south towards Japan and the disputed Kuril islands.

Activists of Russia's Greenpeace branch have voiced concern that the "situation is not improving" and dead animals continue washing up on beaches.

Adrianov, on the other hand, said "nature is regenerating itself and very quickly".

Earlier probe results presented by regional authorities said the local bays showed above-permitted levels of phenol and petroleum products. Locals have been warned to avoid the beaches.

Coming just months after a massive oil leak in Siberia, the latest incident sparked a public outcry with a petition calling for an "open investigation" into the events so far garnering over 175,000 signatures.

Notably, while human negligence seems to have been involved in that incident, there was also speculation that permafrost melt could also be partly to blame.

Meanwhile, Russian investigators have launched a criminal probe over the illegal handling of dangerous substances and "pollution of the marine environment".
Algae blooms do appear to be on the rise in recent years: See also: And check out SOTT radio's:


Snowfall in Hungary, including low-lying areas

© Péter Komka/MTI
In Budapest and the countryside it has been raining constantly since the weekend, causing disruptions in public transport, but according to the weather forecasts the first snow of the season has arrived in the North Hungarian Mountains.

According to the National Meteorological Service, it is completely natural during this period that the first snowfall hits the country, especially in the higher-lying, mountainous areas, but they also noted that it had already occurred in flat areas this early in the season.


Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Is the frequency of our planet changing

Sprite-Halo with Feet
© Frankie Lucena
Sprite-Halo with Feet and a Red Sprite on September 28, 2020 @ Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico
So many electric changes are now manifesting visibly in Earth's skies that from this point forward human and animal life will be affected electromagnetically. Red sprites now forming feet, intense red aurora deep into the crack in our magnet field, birds by the thousands smashing into buildings from Philadelphia to NYC. Mars suddenly has clouds, which is only possible if electrical changes are happening in its crust. Signs in the skies.

Comment: Indeed. It seems the electrical nature of our weather, changing atmosphere and weakening magnetosphere is becoming ever more apparent: It looks like we are beginning to observe what the ancients recorded at times of global upheaval/climate shift. See: Symbols of Transition: Shifting sands unveil 'stick man' petroglyphs on Hawaii beach

petroglyphs plasma
© thunderbolts.info

Cloud Precipitation

Australia's Northern Territory hit with highest daily rainfall in 79 years

Seventeen times more rain has fallen in Darwin than the same time last year

Seventeen times more rain has fallen in Darwin than the same time last year
Darwin has recorded its highest daily rainfall for October in 79 years as more than a metre of rain pelted down on the city.

It's given the Northern Territory a flying start to the wet season, with 17 times more rain falling in Darwin than the same time last year, the Bureau of Meteorology says.

"The heavens opened in Darwin," senior meteorologist Sally Cutter said.

"It's been a dramatic contrast to the past two wet seasons, which were much drier."

To 9am on Thursday, 177mm of rain was recorded at Marrara in north Darwin and 136.8 was recorded at Royal Darwin Hospital.

Darwin airport received 113mm of rain.

The previous highest daily rainfall for October was recorded in 1969 with 95.5mm.

Before modern record-keeping began in 1941, a 116.6mm of daily October rain was recorded in 1880 at the Darwin Post Office, an observation past longer used.

Comment: Earlier this year Melbourne, Australia recorded the highest March rainfall since 1929.


Alberta woke up to full on winter this morning & it's going to keep piling up

© Twitter Courtesy Of Toni Beckman
It's beginning to look at a lot like Christmas! 🎶

Hey everybody, it's officially winter in Alberta. You heard it here first.

People across the province woke up to some serious snow this morning and naturally, the internet is now filled with photos and videos of the way-too-familiar sight.

As of now, there aren't any weather alerts posted on the Environment Canada website for the area, so we can just enjoy the pretty (but chilly) scenes.


Apex Mountain Resort in British Columbia sees almost 10 inches of early snowfall in 48 hours

Apex Mountain Resort’s live webcam
© Apex Mountain Resort
Apex Mountain Resort’s live webcam shows the mountain has received its first snow of the 2020-21 ski season.
The first snow of the season has fallen on Apex Mountain Resort.

The resort's website is reporting 25 cm of fresh snow in the last 48 hours and 16 cm in the last 24 hours.

The dusting of snow can be seen on the resort's live webcam.


First snowfall this year observed in Ukraine's Carpathians

Snow in Carpathians, October 2020
© Chornohora Mountain Search and Rescue Post
Snow in Carpathians, October 2020
Snow fell in the Carpathians on October 14. That's the first case this season. Chornohorsky mountain search and rescue post reported that on Wednesday.

Low visibility, down to 50 meters, was observed at Pip Ivan mountain, due to the thick snow clouds.

The temperature fell to -4 degrees by Celsius. The speed of the western wind made 19-20 meters per second.


Early snowfall hits Poland

snowfall in Zakopane, Poland.

Snowfall in Zakopane, Poland.
People move on a snow covered street after the first autumn snowfall in Zakopane, Poland.

In the capital of the Tatra Mountains there are already several centimeters of snow and it is still snowing.


Rare derecho confirmed in Southern New England, only the third one in 25 years

Trees downed in Schaghticoke, N.Y., during last week's derecho
© NWS Albany
Trees downed in Schaghticoke, N.Y., during last week's derecho.
The wind damage and severe thunderstorms on Oct. 7 were part of a rare weather event here in Southern New England: a derecho, and it caused widespread wind damage throughout the area.

It was a Weather Alert Day, and for good reason. A derecho is a prolonged, widespread wind damage event over 250 miles and with wind gusts 58 mph or stronger.

Events like this are rather rare, not only in Southern New England, but the northeast as a whole.

Lines of strong thunderstorms happen consistently in the summer, but most struggle to hold together and cause consistent damage over 250 miles. In October, derechos are even rarer.

In the past 25 years, derechos have only entered Southern New England three times.

Comment: In August this year a powerful derecho storm wreaked havoc across the US Midwest leaving 1.1 million without power.