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Near electricity blackout over Europe was triggered in France due to "Polar Cold Wave"

A further analysis of last Friday's European near power blackout shows that the problem had begun already one day earlier in France, due to cold weather, says a German expert.

At wind energy protest group Vernunftkraft Bayern, Jörn Künzle provides background on what was behind Europe's near blackout last Friday, January 8, 2021.

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Disturbance began in France

Quoting energy expert Dr. Michael Schneeberger, "The disturbance in the European grid was triggered in France. Already on January 7, France's RTE (Le Réseau de Transport de l'Électricité) was forced to take essential parts of the electricity-intensive industry off the power grid. The RED alert level was ordered for the entire network of France."


Snoqualmie Pass, Washington sees 23 inches of new snow in 24 hours, reports record-breaking snow this winter

Snoqualmie Pass has been hit hard and has seen record-breaking snow this winter.

As of 8 a.m. Tuesday, the pass saw 23 inches of snow in a 24-hour span.

The Washington State Department of Transportation said the current snowpack is at 102 inches, which is rare for January and the accumulative snowfall as of January 12 was 236 inches - the highest in 10 years.

All of that said, if you are heading across the pass, make sure you are prepared for winter driving. Keep chains in your vehicle and take it slow to avoid slide-offs or collisions.

Snowflake Cold

The French Riviera suffers "a winter like no other"

French Riviera

The south of France has suffered exceptionally chilly temperatures this winter, with reports calling it "a winter like no other".

Woolly hats, coats, scarves and gloves are a strange sight along the Côte d'Azur (aka the French Riviera), reports monaco-tribune.com, even at this time of year. Normally, a light jacket is all that is needed to keep warm under the winter sun, but temperatures at the close of 2020 and the during the first third of January 2021 have held a baguette-clasping 6 to 7 degrees Celsius below average.

The French Riviera is susceptible to two different types of cold, explains weather expert Paul Marquis in an article on francetvinfo.fr: "Arctic maritime air comes from the North Pole, from the north-west — it's a moist air, it's humid. Continental air comes from Russia — it's much drier, and that is what we are experiencing along the coastline at the moment," says Marquis.

As recently as November, 2020 we were warned by François Guerquin, Director of Plan Bleu, the Mediterranean arm of the UN's Environment Programme, that "the future of the Mediterranean is at a tipping point."

Guerquin had a hand in the influential The State of Environment and Development in the Mediterranean Report (RED 2020) which evaluates the impact of climate change on the Mediterranean basin.

Comment: Meanwhile last week in neighbouring Espagne: Spain breaks coldest temperature record AGAIN at -35.8C, just a day after new one set

Snowflake Cold

300 trucks blocked in Spain due to record snowfall

Filomena, the first snowstorm of the year in Spain, which has also brought cold and rain, and which arrived on Thursday in the Peninsula, forced 300 large trucks to remain in an area enabled for them in the industrial estate of Bulilla, in the outskirts of the municipality of Villena, where they were diverted by traffic police agents due to the risk posed by the movement of heavy vehicles on the A-31 highway, in the direction of Albacete.

At about 10:30 am on Friday, the agents allowed the drivers bound for Valencia to continue their route, but the rest of the vehicles were forced to wait.

Red Cross volunteers arrived in the area to offer drivers food kits, hot coffee and blankets to allow them to combat the low temperatures that are being recorded in the province.

Source: informacion.es


Violent storm caused floods in Santa Rosa, Argentina

The Municipality of Santa Rosa assists with mattresses, blankets and food reinforcement to the families who yesterday lost practically everything in the rain and hail storm, which caused flooding in different sectors of the capital city, mainly in the peripheral neighborhoods in which with boats , firefighters and policemen had to evacuate about a hundred families.


3 killed in elephant attacks on the same day in Jashpur, India

Charging elephant
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Charging elephant
Three persons have been killed in separate incidents of attack by elephants in Chhattisgarh's Jashpur district, a forest official said on Monday.

The incidents took place late Sunday evening in Pathalgaon forest range of the district, located around 450 km from the state capital Raipur, he said.

As per the official, a 50-year-old native of Saraitola village, identified as one Dilsai Ram Chauhan, was returning on foot after work from nearby Dumarbahar village when he was attacked by an elephant.

Despite being advised by forest personnel not to take that route because of the presence of jumbos, Chauhan took the route, he said.

Comment: A day later in the same country a tea garden worker was killed by elephant in Alipurduar, West Bengal. Meanwhile over in Kenya a wildlife tour operator died as a result of a similar attack.


Severe floods wash away sheep and cars in Morocco

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Severe floods drag sheep and cars in Morocco.


Heavy rains lead to floods in Saudi Arabia

Heavy rain has led to floods in Saudi Arabia's Ha'il region, including its main city and its surrounding suburbs, according to some videos posted on social media.

Saudi Arabia's National Center of Meteorology had expected the continuation of thunderstorms accompanied by heavy winds in the regions of Mecca, Al Baha, and Asir, extending to parts of the regions of Ha'il and Al Jawf.


M6.0 earthquake strikes Hokkaido, Japan

Japan quake
Magnitude Mw 6.0


Date time 2021-01-12 02:39:41.8 UTC

Location 43.72 N ; 140.08 E

Depth 200 km

Distances 95 km WNW of Otaru, Japan / pop: 143,000 / local time: 11:39:41.8 2021-01-12

80 km NW of Yoichi, Japan / pop: 22,700 / local time: 11:39:41.8 2021-01-12


Interplanetary shock wave sparks display of Arctic auroras

Pink auroras
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Surprising forecasters, an interplanetary shock wave hit Earth's magnetic field on Jan. 11th. The impact just after 08:30 UT did not trigger a geomagnetic storm. However, strong magnetic fields downstream of the shockfront opened a crack in Earth's magnetosphere. Solar wind poured in to fuel a nice display of Arctic auroras.

"I was running around my apartment like a maniac, looking for pants and camera equipment," says photographer Markus Varik of Tromsø, Norway. " I didn't have enough time to go to completely dark location--but I didn't need to. The auroras were so bright."