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Cold front brings up to 11 inches of early snow to mountains near Las Vegas

A shuttle van sits stuck in the snow at the Lee Ca
© K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal
A shuttle van sits stuck in the snow at the Lee Canyon ski area on Mount Charleston northwest of Las Vegas Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021.
Lee Canyon saw 7" of snow overnight as some of the first snowfall of the season for the mountains near Las Vegas.


Comment: The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported on Oct 12:
Parts of Mount Charleston saw up to 11 inches of snow Monday night, but the National Weather Service said the frosty weather isn't expected to continue this week.

Meteorologist Brian Planz said the Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort in Lee Canyon recorded seven inches of snow, with higher elevation areas measuring 10 to 11 inches.

Freshly fallen show in Lee Canyon on Mount Charleston
© K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal
Freshly fallen show in Lee Canyon on Mount Charleston northwest of Las Vegas Tuesday, Oct. 12.



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Strongest earthquake since volcano erupted shakes La Palma island - 4.5 magnitude

Lava cascades from Spain's Cumbre Vieja volcano

Lava cascades from Spain's Cumbre Vieja volcano
A 4.5-magnitude earthquake shook La Palma in Spain's Canary Islands in what was the strongest recorded temblor since volcanic eruptions began 26 days ago, authorities said Thursday.

The quake was one of around 60 recorded overnight, Spain's National Geographic Institute said, as the Cumbre Vieja volcano continued to spew fiery rivers of lava that are destroying everything in their path and dumping molten rock into the Atlantic Ocean.

The lava has partially or completely destroyed more than 1,600 buildings, about half of them houses, officials said, though prompt evacuations have so far prevented any deaths. Around 7,000 people have had to abandon their homes, 300 of them Thursday.

Cloud Precipitation

Topical Storm Kompasu causes deadly flooding in the Philippines after 25 inches of rain dumped - At least 30 killed (UPDATE)

Topical Storm Kompasu.
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Topical Storm Kompasu.
At least 13 people have lost their lives and 9 are missing after Topical Storm Kompasu passed over northern Philippines bringing heavy rain and strong winds.

As of 13 October 2021, the Philippines National Disaster Risk and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported 6,111 families (21,511 people) affected, 11,525 people displaced, 13 dead, 9 missing and 3 injured. Heavy rain caused flooding in 107 locations and 14 landslides across Regions 1, 2, 3, MIMAROPA, CARAGA, and CAR.


Comment: Update: Benar News reports on October 14:
Philippines: Death Toll Rises from Floods, Landslides in Storm's Wake

Search and rescue teams have recovered more bodies of people killed in storm-induced landslides and floods in the Philippines, raising the death toll to 30, officials said Thursday.

The toll included 14 people killed by flash floods in coastal towns in Ilocos Norte province and another nine who were buried by landslides in the mountains of Benguet province, according to national disaster management officials.

Both provinces are on Luzon, the northern island that is home to Metropolitan Manila. The other victims came from Cagayan and Pangasinan - also on Luzon - and from Palawan, an island-province in the western Philippines, officials said.

"According to a report by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, as of Oct. 14, 2021, we have 30 deaths, three injured and 14 missing," presidential spokesman Harry Roque said.

"We sympathize [with] and offer condolences to the families of those who died in the storm."

Roque said that more than 7,000 people were huddled at 124 evacuation centers on Thursday after Tropical Storm Kompasu dumped nearly 25 inches of rain after making landfall on Monday evening.

Crop damage from the storm, meanwhile, had reached an estimated 692 million pesos (U.S. $13.65 million), Roque said, adding that the government had sent aid to affected farmers.

When it made landfall in Cagayan on Monday night, Kompasu, which is known as Maring in the Philippines, brought winds of 100 kph (62.1 mph) near the center with gusts of up to 125 kph (77.6 mph), the national weather bureau said.



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3 killed in shallow magnitude 4.8 earthquake in Bali, Indonesia

A man stands near his house damaged by an
© Andi Husein
A man stands near his house damaged by an earthquake in Karangasem on the island of Bali, Indonesia, Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021. A few people were killed and another several were injured when a moderately strong earthquake and an aftershock hit the island early Saturday.
Three people were killed and another seven were injured when a moderately strong earthquake and an aftershock hit Indonesia's resort island of Bali early Saturday.

The quake hit just before dawn, causing people to run outdoors in a panic. It struck just as the island is beginning to reopen to tourism as the pandemic wanes.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude 4.8 quake was centered 62 kilometers (38.5 miles) northeast of Singaraja, a Bali port town. Its shallow depth of 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) may have amplified the amount of damage.

A magnitude 4.3 aftershock followed. That quake was relatively deep, at 282 kilometers (174 miles).


Cloud Precipitation

8 inches of rain overnight hits Austin-area, Texas

Flood Warning issued for Onion Creek in Travis County;

Flood Warning issued for Onion Creek in Travis County
A noisy, lightning-filled band of storms slowly crawled across Central Texas late Wednesday into the wee hours of Thursday, dumping up to 8 inches of rain in spots along the Interstate 35 corridor.

By daybreak, the storms drifted southeast, away from the Austin area, but the better news is that the Austin area is unlikely to see any more heavy rainfall this weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

"The stronger front arrives by midday tomorrow," the weather service said in a bulletin Thursday afternoon. "This is the front we have all been waiting for that will give South Central Texas the first real taste of fall."

Forecasters said that "behind the front, north winds will kick in, ushering in cooler and drier air."


Snowflake

Up snow creek without a shovel? Ohio Department of Transportation struggling to hire seasonal plow drivers

SNOW PLOW
We have had an extraordinary stretch of fall weather but in the end, we all know the winds of Lake Erie will soon be whipping up the dreaded lake effect snow and playing havoc with our travel plans around northeast Ohio.

The Ohio Department of Transportation works long hours coordinating and executing their snow removal plan but as it stands now they have a looming problem in that they have been unable to hire anywhere near the number of seasonal plow drivers they need.

Statewide, ODOT hires 550 drivers for the winter all of whom are guaranteed 40 hours and week and in most cases work overtime hours just about every week.

They are critical workers to the job ODOT needs to accomplish and at this point, ODOT has managed to hire only about half the drivers they need statewide and that number holds in northeast Ohio.


Snowflake

Early season snowfall covers British Columbia's mountains

Snow begins to cover Whistler Blackcomb in BC
© Whistler Blackcomb
Snow begins to cover Whistler Blackcomb in BC
A healthy dose of early snowfall has reached British Columbia's mountains, including on the south coast.

On Wednesday, mountain cams showed Whistler Blackcomb, Cypress Mountain, and Grouse Mountain begin to be covered in white.

And with up to 150 mm of rain expected this coming weekend, higher elevations could see even more snow.


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Early snowfall in Western Macedonia, Greece - up to 6 inches

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The first snow fell early Thursday in many mountainous areas of Western Macedonian at an altitude over 1,100 metres.

The whiteness from the early morning covered the town of Nymfaio.

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First snowfall arrives early in Hungary, nearly a foot of snow reported

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© János Vajda/MTI
Although it's only October, the first snowflakes have already fallen in Hungary. More than ten centimeters of snow fell in the Bükk, Időkép reported on Thursday. Since then, 30 centimeters of snow accumulated in Bánkút, too.

The snowfall started on Wednesday and continued throughout the night. According to the Hungarian Public Road Nonprofit Ltd. and the Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén County Disaster Management Directorate, the Bánkút access road and a section of the Miskolc-Dédestapolcsány connecting road were closed due to the earlier snowfall and trees falling on the road.


Cloud Precipitation

Heavy rainfall floods streets in Athens and Thessaloniki, Greece - 10 inches of rain in a few hours turns roads into rivers

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Heavy showers on Thursday flooded streets across the Greek capital and in the northern port city of Thessaloniki, with the fire service receiving dozens of calls for help.

In the Athens suburb of Nea Filadelfia, pupils left their flooded classroom at an elementary school by building a bridge with their desks, while traffic had to be stooped on several occasions on major thoroughfares like Pireos, Hamosternas and Petrou Ralli when the water rose to unsafe levels.

The Athens-Lamia national highway, as well as Alexandras and Kifissias avenues inside the city, were gridlocked with traffic as a result of the ongoing downpours.


The Ministry of Civil Defense has appealed to citizens to avoid going outdoors unless necessary.