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Spring blizzard hits the province of Tierra del Fuego, Argentina

Ushuaia

Ushuaia on October 16
Heavy snow is registered this Saturday in Ushuaia and other areas of Tierra del Fuego with cold air that will reach southern Brazil on Tuesday.

A blizzard has hit southern Argentina since late morning this Saturday. The flakes began to fall in the city of Ushuaia around five in the morning and since then the white precipitation has not stopped. The snow intensified at times and fell hard, which brought accumulation and whitened the city of the Argentine province of Tierra del Fuego.

According to data from the Ushuaia airport, snow was heavy in the early afternoon of this Saturday with a temperature between 0ºC and 1ºC. Since the end of the night, the temperature in Argentina's southernmost city has barely fluctuated, varying between -1ºC and 1ºC. Meteorologist Nacho Lopez Amorim, from the National Weather Service, described the snowfall for the second half of October on his social networks as "impressive".


Boat

Five missing as floods, landslides hit central Vietnam

Border guards in Quang Tri Province set up a barrier to prevent people from entering a dangerous area under heavy rain, October 17
© Quang Ha
Border guards in Quang Tri Province set up a barrier to prevent people from entering a dangerous area under heavy rain, October 17,
At least five people have been reported missing since Saturday after prolonged downpours triggered floods and landslides in the central provinces.

Among the missing are two each in Nghe An and Thua Thien-Hue and one in Quang Tri.

A combination of cold spell, tropical convergence and windward terrain of the Truong Son mountain range has caused torrential rains in the central region since Saturday with rainfall ranging from 70 to 150mm.


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Huge waterspout filmed in Telangana, India

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A waterspout unusual in these areas, occurred in Lower Manair Dam leaving the locals spellbound.

Waterspouts, which usually occur over warm tropical ocean waters, occurred in the backwaters of LMD near Vachunur of Thimmapur mandal on Saturday evening.

Local people enjoyed watching the wonder that happened in the LMD waters. While some of them took pictures of the wonder, others captured videos on their mobile phones.


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18 dead, dozens missing after floods in Kerala, India

Cars being swept away in floodwaters at Manimala (L) and Kanjirappally towns in Kottayam district on

Cars being swept away in floodwaters at Manimala (L) and Kanjirappally towns in Kottayam district on Saturday.
As many as 18 people were killed and dozens of others went missing on Saturday as heavy rain lashed south and central Kerala causing flash floods and landslides in many parts of the southern state, officials said. "The situation is really serious in some parts of the state. We will do everything possible to save lives. We have sought help from the army, navy and air force. Relief camps have been set up in the districts," Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said in a statement after chairing an emergency meeting in the state capital.

Kottayam, Pathanamthitta and Idukki districts were worst affected due to the torrential rains. Chief minister Vijayan said all government agencies have been directed to take necessary steps to rescue people from the affected regions and evacuate those living in areas prone to landslides and floods. Vijayan also directed the district collectors to open relief camps to relocate the affected people and said the camps should function strictly adhering to Covid-19 protocol.


Attention

Failed Serial Doomcasters

No Turn Back
© OnEarth
According to the UN's MyWorld poll of seven million people in 194 countries, out of the sixteen possibilities climate action came out ... wait for it ... dead last.
Poll
© My World
In general, the only people who thought it was important were the perpetually offended white wokerati with pronouns ...

Why is it that rational folks around the planet put the priority of climate action so low? Well, first off, there are serious issues out there that affect us today — affordable food, jobs, healthcare, reliable energy for farmers and householders, real stuff, not a bunch of climate blowhards screaming that the sky is falling.

And the second reason is, folks know in their heart of hearts that science is all about making falsifiable predictions ... and in that regard, climate science is a dumpster fire.

So I thought I'd take a look at what climate scientists, and those who believe climate scientists, and governments, and the UN, have predicted about the future. We'll start with this classic:

Snowflake

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.
© NASA
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."