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Early season snow storm dumps at least 7 inches in parts of east-central Missouri

Webster Groves residents dig out of snowstorm
© St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Webster Groves residents dig out of snowstorm
The second biggest pre-November 15 snow event on record in east-central Missouri bogged down traffic in the St. Louis area. National Weather Service Meteorologist Kevin Deitsch says snow plows haven't kept up with snowfall that could total eight inches in some places. "Most roads that we've noticed have been covered," said Deitsch. "MoDOT (Missouri Department of Transportation) has been working hard to clear them but the snow has just come down fairly heavy that they haven't been able to keep up."

Southeast Missouri, including Cape Girardeau and the Bootheel region, have received one to two inches of snow from the storm while Jefferson City in mid-Missouri has also received two inches or more. Deitsch says the early winter storm will hover over the region into the midday. " Looks like the precipitation should start to get out of here late this morning to early this afternoon, in the metro probably ending sometime between about noon and 3 p.m."


Record breaking snowfall for parts of the ArkLaMiss region

While the calendar says we're about a week away from Thanksgiving, Mother Nature says it's more like January.

A low pressure system brought some accumulating snow to parts of the Arklamiss today. This is incredibly rare, as snow is more typical later into winter (January, February).

Totals ranged from a dusting to just over half an inch.

While totals were fairly low and impacts were minimal, this event broke a record for earliest accumulating snowfall in history for the twin cities.

And many of us enjoyed it! The kids still had to go to school, but many residents and four legged friends got to enjoy it as well.

Comment: See also: Cold weather gives Texas earliest snowfall ever recorded - 7 inches in the Panhandle


Italian supervolcano Campi Flegrei could be rumbling towards a colossal eruption

Campi Flegrei
© Flickr / Michele Costigliola
Campi Flegrei
An ancient Italian supervolcano that hasn't erupted in 500 years may be starting a stage of activity that could lead to a colossal eruption, spelling potential disaster for communities lying in its path.

Campi Flegrei may have entered a new magma cycle, according to newly released findings that suggest the feature's "subvolcanic plumbing system" is commencing "a new build-up phase." The researchers warn this could give rise "at some undetermined point in the future," to "a large volume eruption."

A large volcanic area west of Naples which has 24 volcanic craters, Campi Fieri, has "produced two cataclysmic caldera-forming eruptions and numerous smaller eruptive events over the past 60,000 years," according to the new paper. Calderas are vacant spaces left after rock explosions during eruptions.

Comment: Considering seismic and volcanic activity around the world is on the rise, the 'near future' may come sooner than the researchers think: For more on the dramatic changes happening on our planet, check out SOTT radio's: Behind the Headlines: Earth changes in an electric universe: Is climate change really man-made?

And SOTTs monthly documentary: SOTT Earth Changes Summary - October 2018: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs


California wildfires: Sheriff releases names of missing - death toll stands at 56

Camp Woolsey fires california paradise
© John Locher/Associated Press
Search and rescue workers search for human remains at a trailer park burned by the Camp fire in Paradise.
Governor describes scenes of devastation as a 'war zone', as thousands remain displaced and more than 100 unaccounted for

Fifty-six people have died in the Camp fire, authorities said on Wednesday after they tracked down an additional eight sets of remains outside and in the rubble of homes in Paradise.

The majority of victims, 47 in total, have been tentatively identified by authorities, the Butte county sheriff, Kory Honea, said, but they are awaiting DNA confirmation. Some remains may never be recovered due to the extent of the fire.

Two people have also died in the Woolsey fire, a major blaze around Los Angeles, and authorities said earlier on Wednesday that they were investigating a third apparent fire-related death in the burn zone in the south of the state.



Central Pennsylvania residents report loud booms, shaking

Mystery boom in York, PA
© York Daily Record
Don Vitale had just walked into his house Tuesday evening when he heard a boom that sounded like a thunderstorm in the distance.

Then, a few minutes later, he heard a louder boom, and a pan on the stove rattled.

Vitale, who moved into his Carroll Township home about six years ago, wondered what it was. Then a neighbor called him: "Did you hear that?" Vitale said that he did.

"That's an earthquake," the neighbor told him.

It's been 10 years since an earthquake swarm rattled the Dillsburg area of northern York County. It started with a 2.0 tremor on Oct. 5, 2008, and the booming and rattling occurred periodically until early 2010. The tremors were centered in an area along Old York Road and Brandon Lane in Carroll Township.

Blue Planet

Erroneous climate change study reported far and wide, corrections few and far between

climate change protest
© REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer
As the world grapples with extreme weather and wildfires, the issue of climate change is at the forefront of policy decisions, scientific research and media coverage - but bias towards alarmism is proving somewhat irresistible.

A new study recently published in the journal Nature suggested that "ocean warming is at the high end of previous estimates," based on atmospheric data taken between 1991 and 2016. Ocean temperatures are 60-percent higher per year than the estimates offered by the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in 2014, the authors claim.

The research was co-authored by an expert - a Princeton geoscientist no less - so the disturbing newsspread like... well, wildfire across the newsmedia, with each headline more breathless than the last. The only problem was, the numbers used to generate the conclusions in the research were off; way off.


Woman killed by family pit bull terrier in Big Prairie Township, Michigan

A woman was killed Tuesday evening after being bitten by her family pit bull.

Just after 7 p.m., Michigan State Police Troopers were sent to a home in Big Prairie Township and found a 77-year-old woman unresponsive.

First responders attempted to save the woman but Sharon Daniels was pronounced dead at the scene, according to troopers.

Cloud Precipitation

"Considerable damage" to fruit crops from major hailstorm in Chile

crop damage
A major hailstorm has hit fruit production in Chile's central and southern regions, and although damage assessments are still being made, it seems that there have been significant losses for numerous crops including cherries.

The adverse weather event struck on Monday between the Metropolitan and Biobio regions, with the most severe impacts being reported in the foothill areas of the mountains.

While there was also heavy rainfall, most of the damage to fruit production was caused by unusually large hailstones, which appear to have had the biggest impact in the central O'Higgins region.

The storm comes at a key time as harvesting ramps up for many fruits including cherries, blueberries and stonefruit. However, evaluations on the full impact on the country's fruit production are not expected to become clear for some time.


Earthquake of 6.5 magnitude rocks Russia's Far East

Russia's Far East
© Yury Smityk/TASS

The press service of the regional branch of the Russian Emergencies Ministry said that no injuries or damages have been reported

An earthquake of 6.5 magnitude was registered off the Kamchatka Peninsula on Thursday. Tremors were felt in four settlements in the Russian Far Eastern Kamchatka Region. The strongest tremors of 6 magnitude were felt in the settlement of Ust-Kamchatsk with a population of around 4,000 people, a representative of the local branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences' Geophysical Service told TASS.

"The earthquake struck at 9:21am local time [0:21am Moscow time]. Its magnitude stood at 6.5. Residents of Ust-Kamchatsk felt it the most with 6 magnitude. Residents of Kozyrevsk and Klyuchi felt tremors of 3 magnitude. In Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, tremors of 2 magnitude were registered," the spokesman said.

The earthquake's epicenter lay to the south of Ust-Kamchatsk, in 78 and 36 kilometers from the coastline.

The press service of the regional branch of the Russian Emergencies Ministry said that no injuries or damages have been reported.


Cold weather gives Texas earliest snowfall ever recorded - 7 inches in the Panhandle

These beautiful images captured bison
© Annie Hepp, Texas Parks and Wildlife
These beautiful images captured bison enjoying the first snowfall of the year in Texas
Houston reported its earliest snowfall ever, beating places like New York City and Boston as a cold snap descended over Texas.

George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston set a new record for the first observed snowfall, breaking one set on Nov. 23, 1979, according to a Twitter post from the National Weather Service. Near record-breaking cold has swept into the South, with temperatures in the state 25 degrees Fahrenheit (14 Celsius) or more below average, according to the U.S. Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland.