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Cold weather movement? Rare vagrant owl found on Shetland, Scotland

The Tengmalm’s owl in Tumblin.
© John Coutts
The Tengmalm’s owl in Tumblin. The previous sighting of this rare bird in Shetland was back in 1912.
The discovery of a Tengmalm's owl in a Shetland garden on Tuesday is setting the local and national bird watchers community into overdrive.

Named after a Swedish naturalist, there have only ever been four records of the small owl in Shetland, the last being more than 100 years ago in 1912 in Unst.

The bird was discovered sitting on a tree just outside Jackie and Erik Moar's bedroom window in Tumblin, near Bixter.

They put a photo of the bird on Facebook and within a short while local wildlife photographer Dennis and John Coutts, as well as local wildlife guide Hugh Harrop knew that this was something much rarer than the common long eared owls seen in Shetland trees.


Explosive cyclogenesis in North Atlantic Ocean

Hurricane-force low in the North Atlantic Ocean
Hurricane-force low in the North Atlantic Ocean at 11:00 UTC on February 20, 2019.
As expected, the impressive cyclone we discussed yesterday has gone through an incredibly rapid intensification and deepened below 940 mbar this morning. A very deep cyclone (a "weather bomb") is moving across the north Atlantic and is expected to pass just west of Iceland tomorrow before it hits south Greenland overnight to Friday.

Mean sea level pressure analysis reveals the central pressure had already fallen below 940 mbar by this morning, into 938-939 mbar range. Notice the incredibly steep pressure gradient through the NW and SW quadrants of the system - this is undoubtedly producing some violent winds, in excess of 150 km/h!

Atlantic cyclone
© 2019 Meteociel.fr


Flake news: Sierra ski resort of Squaw Valley hits 503 inches of total snowfall for season

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows
Sierra ski resorts are emerging from under a monster storm that pushed Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows past 500 inches of total snowfall so far this season.

That's enough snow to easily cover a standard telephone pole (430 inches) and nearly enough to cover the tallest letter in the iconic Hollywood sign (590 inches).

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows stands at 503 inches. Sierra-at-Tahoe has seen 407 total inches. Heavenly reports 365 inches.

In 2017, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows had 496 inches of total snow.

Comment: Squaw Vallley in California sets February snowfall record before the month is over at 17 feet

Cloud Precipitation

Rain and hailstorms across parts of India cause immense crop damage

Rain and hailstorm across many parts of the country have been wreaking havoc, and the worst sufferers are the currently sowed crops. North and central parts of India have seen immense crop damage in the past few days. Now, as the rain belt also covered the northeastern regions of the country, the crop damage saga continues.

Yesterday, rain along with along with hailstorm activities have caused damage to vast areas furthermore damaging crops in Assam. Areas of Dirak and Kakopathar areas were the ones that suffered the most amount of damage with several acres of tea as well as mustard plantations being on top of the list. As per locals, the hailstorm was as big as oranges and even accumulated up to a whopping 2 feet.


'Snownado' filmed during storm near Tinian, New Mexico

'Snownado' touches down on Navajo reservation

'Snownado' touches down on Navajo reservation
A rancher in New Mexico captured video of a "snownado."

It's when a snow storm meets a tornado. Parts of the state were under winter storm warnings and advisories.

Forecasters said more storms are expected to hit the state later this week.


Mount Etna volcano eruption sends ash clouds over Sicily, causes flight disruptions

Possible disruptions at Catania Airport in southern Italy were reported early Wednesday after Mount Etna erupted sending ash clouds over the island of Sicily. The crisis unit of the Sac, the company that manages the international airport of Fontanarossa, ordered some restriction on landings, local media reported.

While take-offs have not been affected so far, the airport warned of possible delays to travel following the explosion of Europe's most active volcano.

In January, the airport was closed after Etna began erupting. In December the volcano exploded on Christmas Eve sending a series of earthquakes. Mount Etna, a stratovolcano located on the east coast of the island of Sicily, has been erupting since as far back as 1500 B.C. The volcano stands as the tallest in Europe at 10,922 feet high and is located about 31 miles near Catania-Fontanarossa Airport.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning kills 4 tobacco workers in Zimbabwe

© Johannes Plenio
A bolt of lightning struck dead three Mvurwi tobacco farmers over the weekend who were working in the grading shed at Muswite Farm.

The trio, Tonderai Mungate (21) Onward Gede (16) and Jameson (22), all from plot number 74 at Muswite Farm, were burnt to death in a grass-thatched tobacco grading shed on Sunday.

Mashonaland Central police spokesperson Inspector Milton Mundembe confirmed the incident. "I can confirm the death of three tobacco farmers who were struck by a bolt of lightning and died while grading tobacco in a thatched shed on Sunday," he said.


Winter Storm Petra bears down on US East Coast with 200 million people in parts of 39 states in its path

Winter storm Petra
A satellite of the storm is seen over the Eastern US as of 6.36pm ET on Tuesday
A massive winter storm with more than 200 million people in its path is bearing down on the East Coast.

Heavy flooding rains falling on much of the Deep South on Tuesday night are expected to change over to ice and snow as the system hits the mid-Atlantic and Northeast on Wednesday.

The storm is expected to affect parts of 39 states, and roughly 60 percent of the country's population is in its path.

'Snow will move from southwest to northeast into Ohio and the Mid-Atlantic region late tonight, changing to a wintry mix of sleet and freezing rain and eventually all rain for many,' the National Weather Service said in a flash bulletin on Tuesday.

The agency said that the time of changeover from snow to ice would vary by location, but would be delayed in the Central Appalachians, where significant ice accumulation of a quarter inch along with four to eight inches of snow could be possible.

'Major cities along I-95 from Boston to Richmond will likely see some from of frozen precipitation at the onset before changing over to rain,' the agency said.


Record snow causing roofs to collapse in Quebec

Emily Campbell reports that record snowfall is weighing down fragile structures across the province; experts offer tips to recognize the danger.


2 giant sinkholes open up in central Turkey

konya turkey sinkhole
© AA photo
Two massive sinkholes opened up in a clover field in central Turkey's Konya province, spreading fear among locals living in the area.

The first sinkhole opened up in Reşadiye neighborhood on Friday, Anadolu Agency reported, adding that it measured 4 meters in diameter and 20 meters in depth. Teams from Karapınar Municipality put up a wire fence around the sinkhole to prevent accidents.

After three days, a 10-meter-deep sinkhole with a 7-meter diameter opened up in the same neighborhood at 3 a.m. local time.

Comment: Experts who claim that its merely due to 'structure' and 'rainfall', apparently unaware of any other factors, when sinkholes are opening up all over the planet, are clearly missing a significant piece of the puzzle: