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11 FEET of snow pounds Alaskan ski resort + Asia braces for a harsh winter

Alyeska Resort in Girdwood has started its snow season in jaw-dropping fashion.

Officially, Alaska's largest ski resort begins recording its annual snowfall on October 1, but this year historic falls hit earlier than usual with 13 inches "unofficially" settling on September 23:

September's snowstorm was a mere taster of things to come. Since that official start date of Oct 1, a whopping 136 inches (11.3 feet) of global warming goodness has accumulated at the top of the mountain (to Nov 1). Breaking down the numbers - data courtesy of alyeskaresort.com— 22 inches of that fell within the last 24 hours, with the 'snow depth' at the summit currently standing at an astonishing 67 inches.


Javelina attacks near Tucson, Arizona - 4 in as many weeks

Javelinas typically don't attack humans unless the human is feeding them or if they mistake a dog out for a walk for a coyote.

Javelinas typically don't attack humans unless the human is feeding them or if they mistake a dog out for a walk for a coyote.
An unusual number of javelina attacks — four in as many weeks — in the Tucson suburb of Oro Valley has led officials to believe that someone in the area is illegally feeding the animals.

The first attack was Oct. 7 and the most recent was Monday, according to the Arizona Game and Fish Department. All of the attacks happened when a javelina suddenly charged people who were walking their dogs. Javelinas cannot tell the difference between a dog and a coyote, their natural prey, said Mark Hart, spokesman for the department.

"What's unusual about this is four attacks in rapid succession in the same community," Hart said.

One dog died from the attack and two more were injured, Hart said. The javelinas also bit two of the pet owners who attempted to intervene. While they don't typically bite humans, javelinas have large canine teeth that can deliver deep puncture wounds.


Woman bleeds to death after attack by pack of dogs while out for a run in Argentina

dog attack
A 23-year-old woman "with a great future ahead of her" bled to death after being attacked by a pack of dogs while out for her evening run.

Florencia Ledesma managed to phone her police brother Enzo after being savaged by at least half a dozen animals on waste ground near her home.

He raced to the scene on his motorbike and managed to scare off the dogs by shooting at them with his gun when they jumped on him.

College student Florencia was virtually unconscious with bite wounds to her arms, legs and chest by the time an ambulance arrived and was pronounced dead soon after reaching hospital.


Some states short hundreds of snowplow drivers as winter nears

AccuWeather has confirmed six states are short 100 or more drivers to clear interstates and highways. Find out if that means where you live.

Source: AccuWeather


Superb show of Northern Lights in Iceland

Northern Lights
© Donatas Arlauskas
The northern lights usually appear without notice, but before last weekend, we knew a show was in the making. Iceland's expert on stars, Sævar Helgi Bragason, told reporters Friday night that due to a powerful solar flare which occurred Thursday, an impressive show of northern lights could be expected Saturday night.

"A solar flare," he explained to mbl.is , "is in fact an explosion in the sun, where energy is released, usually in the form of a flare of light. This particular flare was, however, accompanied by a gush of particles from the sun called solar wind." He explained that once the solar wind hit the earth, northern lights would adorn the sky.

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Landslide after heavy rain kills 11, leaves several others injured in Colombia

Search operations were suspended Tuesday because of more rains, to resume Wednesday

Search operations were suspended Tuesday because of more rains, to resume Wednesday
A landslide in Colombia's southwestern province of Narino killed 11 people and left several others injured on Tuesday, according to the country's disaster relief agency (UNGRD).

Dozens more were hurt or missing, UNGRD announced on Twitter.

Landslide brings down houses, injures people

The landslide occurred after heavy rains in the rural municipality of Mallama.

Around 10 people were left injured, with another 15 to 20 missing, the disaster relief agency added on Twitter.

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2 dead after days of heavy rain and floods in Sri Lanka

Troops from the Sri Lanka Army assist in flood hit areas of Badulla district.
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Troops from the Sri Lanka Army assist in flood hit areas of Badulla district.
Severe weather affected parts of Sri Lanka from 25 October 2021. Two people died in flash floods in Badulla, while another died in a lightning strike in Mulaitivu.

According to Sri Lanka's Disaster Management centre, floods, landslides or rain damage were reported in Rathnapura, Nuwara Eliya, Kandy, Jaffna, Badulla and Puttalam districts. Three homes had been completely destroyed a further 410 damaged. Over 120 people have evacuated their homes and moved to temporary shelters.

As of 03 November, almost 6,000 people had been affected, with around 2,000 of them in Badulla where the the Demodara Reservoir overflowed.


Eruption of Nevado del Ruiz Volcano in Colombia expels ash to 2,500 meters

Eruption of the Nevado del Ruiz Volcano expels ash at 2,500 meters, alert Colombian populations.


Waterspout filmed off Eastbourne, UK

Agnieszka Kucharska captured this waterspout out in the English channel today off Eastbourne.

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Severe, hour-long hailstorm kills 450 ostriches and other livestock in South Africa

"It was horrific."

That's how a devastated farmer described how it felt to lose hundreds of ostriches to a hailstorm that struck the small district of Aberdeen in the Eastern Cape last week.

Grant Krige, the owner of Chelmsford Farm, said the hour-long hailstorm struck on Wednesday.
"I'm 54 years old and I have never experienced a storm quite as severe as that.

"We lost a whole lot of ostriches, about 450... the [hailstones] struck some of the birds' eyes and broke the necks of others. We also lost some of our goats and sheep, and the infrastructure was blown away by the storm," he said.