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Massive snowfall causes deadly traffic pile-up & vehicle explosion in Russia's south

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Terrifying footage was captured when a car exploded during a massive vehicle collision in the Rostov region, where extreme weather conditions caused a major traffic incident on an expressway linking Moscow with southern Russia.

One person died and at least two others sustained injuries, after some 15 cars collided on the M-4 Don highway following heavy snowfall on Tuesday. The major road incident caused heavy traffic on the border of the Rostov and Krasnodar Regions.

Nuke

Public panicked after California wildfire tears through nuclear waste site

Wildfire
© Reuters / Eric Thayer
The Woolsey fire that engulfed over 90,000 acres in California last weekend may have spread toxic and radioactive substances from a Superfund site, according to activists who believe authorities might be downplaying the risks.

The fire passed through the Santa Susana Field Lab (SSFL), a federal Superfund site in the Simi Hills that was the site of the worst nuclear meltdown in US history in 1959. While the California Department of Toxic Substances Control said there was no reason to be concerned of "any risks other than those normally present in a wildfire situation," locals aren't so sure, pointing out that the agency has dragged its feet in cleaning up toxic sites and accusing it of a possible cover-up.

Physicians for Social Responsibility Los Angeles president Robert Dodge castigated the DTSC, pointing out that the site - now owned by Boeing - remains radioactive and polluted despite the agency's promise to clean it up eight years ago. "These toxic materials are in SSFL's soil and vegetation, and when it burns and becomes airborne in smoke and ash, there is real possibility of heightened exposure for area residents."

Comment: Also see: California wildfires: At least 42 dead, 200 missing, 250k evacuated, over 7000 buildings destroyed - Camp Fire becomes deadliest in state's history


Snowflake

Three unusually early snows make Kansas City weather history

Kansas City snow
© JOHN SLEEZER The Kansas City Star
If you think winter weather has come early to the Kansas City area this year, you're not wrong.

The first snow came on Oct. 14, when Kansas City had its earliest measurable snowfall in more than a century - .2 of an inch at Kansas City International Airport.

That broke a 120-year-old record. The last time it snowed this early in Kansas City was on Oct. 17, 1898, when 3.3 inches of snow fell, according to the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill.

The average first measurable snowfall date for Kansas City is Nov. 28.

The metro's second snow, 1.3 inches at KCI, came on Thursday.

And on Monday, Kansas City had its third winter storm, which dropped 1 to 3 inches of snow across much of the metropolitan area. KCI reported .5 of an inch of snow.

This is only the third year in the city's 131 years of recorded weather history where it has seen three measurable snow events by Nov. 12. The other two years were in 1898 and 1992, according to the Weather Service.

Igloo

Listen up Al Gore: Inuit says Polar bear numbers in Canadian Arctic so great they pose a threat to communities

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© Justin Hofman / Barcroft Media
‘Inuit believe there are now so many bears that public safety has become a major concern,’ said one section of the report.
Report bitterly contested by scientists who say threat comes from climate change, which has pushed bears closer to humans - not because the population is growing

Too many polar bears are roaming the Canadian Arctic, and the growing population is posing an increasing threat to Inuit communities, according to a controversial new government report which has been bitterly contested by environmental scientists.

The draft report was prepared by the Nunavut government, and consists of submissions from Inuit community groups across Canada's northernmost territory. Public consultations are set to start on Tuesday before the government unveils the final report later in the year.

Comment: The indigenous community suffers because ivory-tower ideological madness is being privileged over local, real-life knowledge.


Igloo

'We see a cooling trend' says NASA scientist

Abnormally cold weather in Moscow
© Sputnik/Maksim Blinov
Abnormally cold weather in Moscow.
The sun is headed towards its solar minimum, a time of far less energy output. That could mean cold winters are on their way, according to officials from NASA, the US space agency.

"We see a cooling trend," Martin Mlynczak of NASA's Langley Research Center said in late September. "High above Earth's surface, near the edge of space, our atmosphere is losing heat energy. If current trends continue, it could soon set a Space Age record for cold."

NASA's SABER [Sounding of the Atmosphere using Broadband Emission Radiometry] instrument aboard the TIMED [Thermosphere Ionosphere Mesosphere Energetics and Dynamics] satellite has been tracking the upper parts of the Earth's atmosphere - those most affected by the sun's rays - since 2001 and is detecting signs that solar output is nearing a low-point.

"The thermosphere always cools off during Solar Minimum. It's one of the most important ways the solar cycle affects our planet," Mlynczak, who is the associate principal investigator for SABER, told Space Weather.

Info

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Solar researchers try to warn about global food shortages

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Professor Valentina Zharkova presented at the Global Warming Policy Forum, and this is what happens when someone familiar with Grand Solar Minimums and the effects on society tries to warn about global food insecurity within a decade. Giraffes in snow, atmospheric compression events and uber extremes are a wisp of what is in store through the next decade........


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Comment: Professor Valentina Zharkova explains and confirms why a "Super" Grand Solar Minimum is upon us


Cloud Precipitation

SOTT Earth Changes Summary - October 2018: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs

At the risk of sounding repetitive, October this year was, yet again, a month of major and destructive amounts of precipitation across the globe. At this point, the intensity and frequency of rainfall (often including hail) in so many places is getting a little worrying. From Asia to the Americas to Africa, Europe and the Middle East, towns, cities and villages in all these areas experienced massive downpours in just a few hours that destroyed property and took lives.
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Winter also arrived early this month in many places, with the European Alps, the Canadian and US Rockies (including further south in Arizona), China, South Korea, Pakistan and India all receiving unusually large amounts of the white stuff. As usual, there were meteorites/fireballs aplenty and, of course, the increasingly common sinkholes made their appearance, in one instance killing two people. For residents of Florida, October was marked by the arrival of Hurricane Michael with 155mph (250kmph) winds while Cyclone Titli hit the Indian coast leaving 17 people dead and 300,000 evacuated. All in all, it was yet another month of 'climate' madness on the big blue marble - matched only, you might say, by the political madness that appears to have taken hold of the minds of many people.

Watch our summary below:


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Newborn baby is killed by MONKEY after being snatched from his mother's arms indoors in India

Newborn baby Arush (pictured) was killed by a monkey after it snatched the infant from his mother's arms in India

Newborn baby Arush (pictured) was killed by a monkey after it snatched the infant from his mother's arms in India
A newborn baby was killed by a monkey after it snatched the infant from his mother's arms in India.

The woman, called Neha, had been breastfeeding her 12-day-old son Arush when the animal came into her home on the outskirts of Agra on Monday, the Times of India reports.

The victim's father Yogesh, an auto-rickshaw driver, told the newspaper that they chased the monkey.

The animal eventually left the baby on a neighbour's roof - but by then, it was too late.

'The main door of the house was open, and my wife was breastfeeding our son, suddenly a monkey barged inside our house and grabbed the child by his neck,' Yogesh told the Times of India.

Snowflake Cold

Siberian temperatures plunge to -40°C (-40°F)

The minimum temperature is November 12, 2018
© Gismeteo
The minimum temperatures on November 12, 2018.
This is considered very cold for this time of year, deviating from the norm by 13 - 16 degrees.

At the end of last week in southern Siberia, daytime temperature dropped from 0 to −20°C.

An interesting phenomenon was observed - the reverse daily temperature variation, when it is warmer at night than during the day.

During the weekend the cold intensified.

On Monday morning in the suburbs of Krasnoyarsk, the thermometer dropped to - 36°C. In Evenkia, the first 40°C of the season was recorded.

Thanks to Martin Siebert for these links.

Comment: See in addition:


Snowflake

Up to 130cm (51 inches) of snow has fallen in Labrador and winter hasn't even begun

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Bundle up, sit by the fire and warm your hot chocolate before reading this. It's only November 12 and one spot in the country has already picked up four and a half feet of snow!

That lucky (or maybe unlucky) winner is...Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador at a whopping 130+ cm of snow since the start of September.

While Labrador is by no means a stranger to some hefty fall snow, these amounts may even feel excessive by the East Coast standard. This actually marks the most snow on record for this short time frame after a huge bump in totals thanks to a punishing month of October. Happy Valley-Goose Bay picked up nearly 85 cm in October alone with a total of 139.6 cm measured by November 11. That smashed previous October records, which all sat around 60 cm, in the years of 1999, 1996, 1962 and 1944.