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Early snow and fog blanket Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon’s South Rim Village around noon Oct. 12.
© E. Keable
Grand Canyon’s South Rim Village around noon Oct. 12.
Grand Canyon National Park has experienced the first snowstorm of the season Oct. 12.

The park reported that around 3:30 p.m., the fog and clouds parted to reveal the canyon.

Freezing temperatures tonight and Wednesday morning, with a gradual warming trend this weekend are expected in the Grand Canyon area.

South Rim Village roads have been plowed and are mostly clear, however wet road surfaces will turn into black ice in a few hours. The public is asked to watch their speed.

Foot traction and trekking poles are recommended on footpaths and trails.


Snow makes an early fall appearance in northern Arizona

A cat investigated fresh snowfall in Flagstaff, Arizona, on October 12.

A cat investigated fresh snowfall in Flagstaff, Arizona, on October 12.
The calendar says it's fall, but many parts of Arizona got a dusting of white snow overnight, including Flagstaff, where many broke out the winter coats. FOX 10 Photojournalist Joe Tillman headed north for a look at the early winter blast.


Half of Kashmir covered by early snowfall, snow up to one foot deep

The picture is of Mughal Road Pir Ki Gali in Shopian district.
© Abid Butt
The picture is of Mughal Road Pir Ki Gali in Shopian district.
The snowfall season has started a month ahead of time in Jammu and Kashmir. Snow fell on Monday from Amarnath cave, Gulmarg, Sonmarg, Zojila pass to Pir Panjal range. The maximum snowfall up to one foot occurred in the area along the Bandipora-Gurej road. Here even the roads came to a standstill. According to the Meteorological Department, till a week ago, Sonamarg and Gulmarg were in bad condition due to heat.

But due to this snowfall, the temperature has dropped to 1.5 degree Celsius. It has also provided relief from the heat. The Meteorological Department said that along with snowfall in the hilly areas of the valley, hail also fell in the plains along with rain. Katra recorded the highest rainfall of 23 mm. Meteorologists said that the monsoon has not yet departed from the country. In such a situation, this snowfall is going to give relief. It is known that the period of snowfall in Jammu and Kashmir starts after November 15.

Cloud Precipitation

Severe hailstorm strikes the city of Misurata, Libya

An abnormally large hail and hurricane hit Libya on October 9, 2021, namely the city of Misrata, which is the third largest city in Libya. The thunderstorm was accompanied by heavy torrential rain, hail and squally winds.

During the day, 30 mm of precipitation fell in the city, according to eyewitnesses in social networks, gusts of wind broke trees, the minaret of one of the mosques fell, and several cars were damaged by falling trees. But the greatest damage was caused by hail. The diameter of the hailstones falling from the sky reached 15 cm. They easily pierced the roofs of houses and damaged cars; in total, about 100 cars were damaged in the city.


The sting of spring: Late snowfall covers parts of South Island, New Zealand - up to a foot of snow

Snow has fallen in Tekapo overnight
© Tekapo Tourism
Snow has fallen in Tekapo overnight
The Manuherikia and Maniototo regions of Central Otago felt the full sting of a spring storm yesterday which brought heavy rain, snow and severe gales to the southern region.

Residents awoke to blanket of snow and motorists were warned to take care on State Highway 85 between Omakau and Kyeburn and in Moa Flat Rd, and Danseys Pass Rd was closed because of snow.

The depth of snowfall differed with about 10cm reported in Naseby and almost three times that in St Bathans.

There was also widespread snow on the hills throughout Central Otago and above Queenstown and Wanaka.

Eye 1

Woman found dead believed from crocodile attack in Malaysia

The Sabah Fire and Rescue Department operations centre, in a statement, said it received an emergency call about a victim being attacked by a crocodile in Kalabakan

The Sabah Fire and Rescue Department operations centre, in a statement, said it received an emergency call about a victim being attacked by a crocodile in Kalabakan
A woman was found dead in Kampung Serudung Laut, near here, today, believed due to a crocodile attack.

The body of Fosanih Nansel, 22, was found at 8am by the villagers who were searching for her, after the woman was reported missing in a nearby river since yesterday.

The Sabah Fire and Rescue Department operations centre, in a statement, said it received an emergency call via MERS 999 at 8.19pm about the victim being attacked by a crocodile.

"From the information provided by the family, a search and rescue operation was carried out today. The victim was found by residents about 300 metres from the location where she reportedly was attacked by the reptile," the statement said.

According to the statement, the victim's body was handed over to the police for further action and the operation ended at 10.27am.

Source: Bernama

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Storm system dumps autumn snow across the West, including Montana, Nevada, California


Snow in Bozeman, Montana
From Montana to Nevada, snow fell in the western U.S. from Oct. 10-11, creating some very early winter wonderlands.


Cloud Lightning

Lightning strikes killed 2,800 in the last 11 years in Bangladesh

Lightning strikes — electric discharges between the atmosphere and the ground — have killed no fewer than 2,800 people in the last 11 years in Bangladesh, according to government data.

The government is planning to launch a project at a cost of Tk476 crore to save people from the deadly natural phenomenon and reduce the toll, State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief Dr Md Enamur Rahman told a press conference at the secretariat on Tuesday.

Under the project, the government will buy devices that will give a warning 40 minutes before a lightning strikes, he said.

In addition, shelters will be set up to avoid fatalities during lightning strikes.

Rahman said Bangladesh suffers from 16 categories of disasters at present. Lightning strike was added to the list in 2015.

Comment: Read also this pertinent report from a neighbouring country: Yearly lightning deaths in India more than doubled between 1968 and 2019 - from 1,000 to 2,500


Greece earthquake: Crete hit by shallow 6.4 magnitude quake sending shockwaves across holiday spot

The quake struck close to Crete this morning. According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the quake struck a depth of 10km. The USGS also revealed the earthquake hit the east coast of Crete.

The earthquake was reported at 9.24am UTC, 12.24pm local time.

According to the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), this is the seventh quake to strike Greece.

They also warned of a potential tsunami in the region following the earthquake today.


Mega-drought hammers US, in North Dakota ranchers forced to sell off 25% of herd

cow ranchers
© Kirk Siegler/NPR
North Dakota ranchers have been forced to sell off close to 25% more of their herds over last year.
Joey and Scott Bailey are sitting in their kitchen trying to figure out how they'll get through these next few months.

"Just your grass hay that we would spend $30 a bale on, people are spending $150 a bale, and they're driving 250 miles to get it," Scott says.

The Baileys own a ranch on the remote prairie about 60 miles south of the U.S.-Canada border, in the heart of what locals boast is the capital of North Dakota cattle country, McHenry County. The county is also one of the most drought-plagued places in the nation, where comparisons are now being drawn to the Dust Bowl.

Ranchers here have been forced to sell off their herds at historic rates and are now worried they won't have enough feed to keep their remaining cows alive this winter. The Baileys sold 20 cows a few months back, because they couldn't afford to keep them fed. It's been so dry that they couldn't grow much of their own hay.

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