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Thousands of dead cuttlefish mysteriously wash up in Chile

Dead cuttlefish in Chile.

Dead cuttlefish in Chile.
Thousands of cuttlefish have mysteriously washed ashore in Chile's Bahia Inglesa, a coastal area that is one of the country's main tourist hotspots.

Locals say such an incident has not happened before, and environmental authorities are investigating and have warned locals not to eat the fish amidst pollution fears.

There are concerns that the dead fish could damage the region's fishing industry, a major driver of the local economy.

Bahia Inglesa is a popular summer destination for Chile, with thousands attracted to the area's pristine beaches.

Cloud Precipitation

Unseasonal rain damages crops, disrupts lives across Madhya Pradesh, India

crop damage
Intense rain and thundershowers accompanied with hailstorm and strong winds have started lashing several parts of West Madhya Pradesh like Mandsaur and Neemuch. These unseasonal rains have damaged the standing crops that include wheat and mustard.

The danger is not over yet as weathermen are expecting more spells of intense rain and thundershowers over the period of next 48 to 72 hours. Besides, the rain belt is likely to cover more parts of the state gradually. Threat of crop damage looms large as in several areas as the crop is ready to be harvested.

These weather activities can be attributed to the fresh Western Disturbance over Jammu and Kashmir, which has induced a cyclonic circulation over Rajasthan and adjoining areas. With this, wind pattern has also changed and humid easterly and southerly winds are blowing across the northwestern plains.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning bolt kills 4 in Kohat, Pakistan

© Johannes Plenio
Four persons, including two women, were killed due to a lightning strike in Jarma area of district Kohat on Thursday morning, Radio Pakistan reported.

Another two people also got injured in the mishap.

Rescue teams have arrived at the scene and shifted the bodies and the injured to District Headquarters Hospital Kohat.

Comment: Elsewhere recently 2 fatalities due to lightning strikes were reported in Nepal while another one was recorded in India.

Snowflake Cold

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Climate and atmosphere shifts mid-Winter 2019

DEEP snow in Ebensee am Feuerkogel, Austria today, January 16
© Gessl Patrick
Deep snow in Ebensee am Feuerkogel, Austria, January 16
These are events that happened across our planet in the middle of Northern Hemisphere Winter 2019. Changes are amplifying and will continue to do so through 2035.

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Cloud Precipitation

24-hour rainfall on Hawaii's Kauai last April confirmed as US record

Flooding along Kauai’s Hanalei Bay
Flooding along Kauai’s Hanalei Bay, as seen on April 15, 2018. Weather officials confirmed this morning that the torrential rains that resulted in flooding on Kauai last April set a new national record — the most rainfall in a 24-hour period.
Torrential rainfall that led to catastrophic flooding last April on the Hawaiian island of Kauai set a national record for the most rainfall in a 24-hour period, weather officials say.

The National Climatic Extremes Committee has verified the 49.7 inches recorded at Waipa Garden in the 24-hour period ending at 12:45 p.m. April 15, the Honolulu Star Advertiser reported.

"After considering the observation and the various surrounding factors, the NCEC determined the Waipa Garden observation to be valid, and it now stands as the 24-hour record precipitation for the United States," the NCEC said in a memo.

Brian Donegan, a weather.com meteorologist, said, "The previous U.S. 24-hour rainfall record was 43 inches at Alvin, Texas, from July 25-26, 1979, during Tropical Storm Claudette."

Comment: With nearly 50 inches in 24 hours, Hawaii may have broken the US rainfall record


'Three suns' phenomena appears over Russia's Yamal

Three suns over Yamala-Nenets, Russia
© noyabrsk/instagram
Residents of Russia's Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug observed "three suns" in the sky on Wednesday morning, the product of a halo which is created when sunlight interacts with ice crystals suspended in the atmosphere.

An optical phenomenon known as a halo made it seem like there were three suns in the skies of Russia's Yamal, however, this mysterious marvel is not rare in the region, a hydrometeorology curator, Artem Koshkin, told Sputnik.

According to him, halos and similar phenomena occur due to a combination of factors, but mainly depend on the condensation of little particles in the atmosphere.

Snowflake Cold

Record-breaking snowfall cloaks Moscow

Snow clearing equipment in central Moscow
© Valery Sharifulin/TASS
Snow clearing equipment in central Moscow
Record snowfall covered Moscow on Wednesday, with streets and monuments blanketed in white and dozens of flights cancelled at the city's main airport.

Snow coated trees and power lines from morning, but melted into deep slush on pavements as temperatures rose above freezing in the afternoon.

Some seven centimetres (2.8 inches) of snow fell overnight, according to the national meteorological service, with drifts reaching up to 45 centimetres (18 inches).

Aeroflot airline said on its website that it had cancelled more than 70 flights in and out of the city's Sheremetyevo airport.


Mammoth Mountain in California has received 37 feet of snow for the season so far - with further heavy falls forecast

HUGE amounts of snow on Mammoth Mountain, California
© John Kassell
HUGE amounts of snow on Mammoth Mountain, California
Mammoth Mountain has some new bragging rights, having the most snow pack in the entire country, and more snow is on the way Thursday night into Friday.

Depending on the elevation our mountains will get between two to even nine feet of new snow.

So far Mammoth Mountain has gotten 446 inches or 37 feet and in the summit, there are 210 inches or 17.5 feet right now.

Sugar Bowl Resort in Tahoe comes in at a close second with 188 inches.

Snowflake Cold

Pakistan faces unusually long winter, more snow expected

alakand, Hazara, Murree, Gilgit-Baltistan
alakand, Hazara, Murree, Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) and Kashmir divisions have received 22.5 inches of snow so far.
With an unusually long winter facing Pakistan this year, chief meteorologist of the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) Khalid Malik on Wednesday said Malakand, Hazara, Murree, Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) and Kashmir divisions have received 22.5 inches of snow so far.

In an interview with BBC Urdu, Malik said, "This winter, 50 per cent more snow has been recorded as compared to the previous years. By the end of the winter in March, as much as 50 inches of snow would have fallen."

He added, "More than 25 to 30 per cent rain has been recorded this winter in various parts of the country, due to which the Tarbela and Mangla dams level are also more than normal."

Comment: See related reports: Pakistan receives record snowfall in winter - heaviest in 48 years

Heavy snowfall in Galyat, Pakistan breaks 35-year record - over 12 feet in 20 days


Blanket of snow covers many parts of Greece

Many parts of central and northern Greece lie covered in a blanket of snow on Wednesday as a new cold front holds the entire country in its frigid grasp.

In view of the inclement weather, the General Secretariat for Civil Protection (GSCP) issued a warning, informing all pertinent state services, regions and municipalities in the country to be prepared to deal with any problems caused by the severe weather.

Heavy snowfall has hit regions of the mainland and Evia, as well as in the mountains of Crete, the lowlands of Macedonia and Thrace, and the northern Aegean islands.