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Thailand hit with new flooding amid heavy rains

A woman wades through floodwaters in Nakhon Rachasima province, northeastern of Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Oct. 18, 2021.
© AP/Apimook Svanperthan
A woman wades through floodwaters in Nakhon Rachasima province, northeastern of Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Oct. 18, 2021.
Heavy rains in central and northeastern Thailand caused new flooding on Monday, with authorities forced to release water into an already swollen river after a reservoir reached full capacity, and others facing the same possibility. (Oct. 18)


Snowflake Cold

Wintry weather hits Finland with 48cm (19 inches) of snow recorded in Lapland - "Unusual amount of snow in the current forecasts for October" - Meteorologist

At Kolari, along the border with Sweden
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At Kolari, along the border with Sweden, roads were snowy and slippery already on Friday.
The autumn holiday for Finnish schoolchildren may seem more like a winter vacation with subzero temperatures in Lapland and snow making an appearance in central parts of the country.

There are sunny skies in the forecast for the early part of the autumn holiday week, but as of Wednesday, a powerful low-pressure front is likely to bring a change to the weather.

In most parts of Finland, schoolchildren are enjoying a week's break from classes but in some areas, many will be dressing for winter weather.

The week is expected to be a real mixed bag, kicking off with mostly sunny skies around the country, then on to rain, sleet and snow, and nighttime temperatures below freezing even in southern areas.


Cloud Precipitation

The island of Corfu, Greece in "state of emergency" after storm causes extensive destruction

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The island of Corfu was declared in "state of emergency" late on Thursday after torrential rains flooded homes and businesses, destroyed infrastructure, agriculture and live stock thus endangering human lives. 69 people in total had to be evacuated with boats or helicopters as they were trapped in the floods.

Many villages in central and south Corfu are without electricity on Friday morning, in some areas the water supply has been cut, too.

Roads were turned into rivers, stone bridges collapsed, streams and rivers swell, and many vehicles were swept away from the rushing waters when stormy weather front Ballos struck the island.


Comment: Elsewhere on the same day in the country: Heavy rainfall floods streets in Athens and Thessaloniki, Greece - 10 inches of rain in a few hours turns roads into rivers


Tornado2

Waterspouts filmed over Lake Erie

This waterspout sighting took place Sunday in Euclid.
© La Shunda Wells Lewis via Facebook
This waterspout sighting took place Sunday in Euclid.
The National Weather Service has issued a special marine warning following reports of waterspouts forming over Lake Erie on Sunday.

Waterspouts can easily overturn boats and create hazardous waters.

Some of the waterspouts were caught on camera. Check out these photos and videos posted to social media.


Tornado2

'Rare,' ominous tornado-like waterspout stuns locals in Cienfuegos, Cuba

Waterspout Was Seen off the Coast of Cienfuegos in Cuba

The waterspout seen off the coast of Cienfuegos in Cuba.
A "rare" and dangerous tornado-like waterspout has hit in a bay on the south coast of Cuba.

The sinister looking meteorological event saw the spout descend from dark, ominous clouds at around 5pm on Saturday Cuba time, close to the city of Cienfuegos.

News agency Reuters reported that the long lasting and huge waterspout was a "rare" occurrence. Indeed, very few are usually seen around Cuba. However, at least three such waterspouts have now been reported in and around Cienfuegos Bay over the last four months.


Ice Cube

Boris Johnson op-ed from 2013: "It's snowing, and it really feels like the start of a mini ice age"

"The Sun is god!" cried JMW Turner as he died, and plenty of other people have thought there was much in his analysis. The Aztecs agreed, and so did the pharaohs of Egypt. We are an arrogant lot these days, and we tend to underestimate the importance of our governor and creator. We forget that we were once just a clod of cooled-down solar dust; we forget that without the Sun there would have been no photosynthesis, no hydrocarbons - and that it was the great celestial orb that effectively called life into being on Earth. In so far as we are able to heat our homes or turn on our computers or drive to work it is thanks to the unlocking of energy from the Sun.
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As a species, we human beings have become so blind with conceit and self-love that we genuinely believe that the fate of the planet is in our hands - when the reality is that everything, or almost everything, depends on the behaviour and caprice of the gigantic thermonuclear fireball around which we revolve.

I say all this because I am sitting here staring through the window at the flowerpot and the bashed-up barbecue, and I am starting to think this series of winters is not a coincidence. The snow on the flowerpot, since I have been staring, has got about an inch thicker. The barbecue is all but invisible. By my calculations, this is now the fifth year in a row that we have had an unusual amount of snow; and by unusual I mean snow of a kind that I don't remember from my childhood: snow that comes one day, and then sticks around for a couple of days, followed by more.

Comment: Eight year later, Boris is Prime Minister, Piers Corbyn is in and out of jail for protesting the regime's enforcement of globalist diktats on 'Covid countermeasures', and the British government is at the forefront of 'achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2030' (or whenever). And BoJo apparently now believes 'mankind is higher than our creator', going by his recent speech at the UN General Assembly on how 'we' must reduce 'the temperature of the planet by 1.5C NOW!'


Et tu, Boris?


Seismograph

Strong magnitude 6.1 earthquake - Coral Sea, Vanuatu

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Strong magnitude 6.1 earthquake at 105 km depth

Date & time: Oct 18, 2021 07:26:53 UTC
Local time at epicenter: Monday, Oct 18, 2021 6:26 pm (GMT +11)
Magnitude: 6.1
Depth: 105.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 13.68°S / 166.93°E↗

Cloud Precipitation

Record rainfall in Ottawa and almost 2 inches of rain in 1 hour in Kingston, Ontario

A driver creates a large splash while driving down a flooded street in Ottawa. Oct. 16, 2021.
© Josh Pringle / CTV News Ottawa
A driver creates a large splash while driving down a flooded street in Ottawa. Oct. 16, 2021.
A major storm system that moved over Ottawa Saturday morning flooded roads and parks as it dumped a record amount of rain.

As of 5 p.m., 50.6 mm of rain fell at the Ottawa International Airport, while another weather station recorded 48.3 mm of rain.

On Sunday morning, Environment Canada reported the official total at the airport to be 49.4 mm, eclipsing the previous record for rainfall on Oct. 16 of 26 mm, set back in 2002.


Attention

China coal prices hit record highs as strong cold winds approach from northern regions where temperatures colder than normal

Fishermen sail a boat past a power plant of the State Development and Investment Corporation outside Tianjin, China on October 14.
© REUTERS
Fishermen sail a boat past a power plant of the State Development and Investment Corporation outside Tianjin, China on October 14.
China's energy crisis deepened on Friday as cold weather swept into much of the country and power plants scrambled to stock up on coal, sending prices of the fuel to record highs.

Electricity demand to heat homes and offices is expected to soar this week as strong cold winds move down from northern China. Forecasters predict average temperatures in some central and eastern regions could fall by as much as 16 degrees Celsius in the next 2-3 days.

Shortages of coal, high fuel prices and booming post-pandemic industrial demand have sparked widespread power shortages in the world's second-largest economy. Rationing has already been in place in at least 17 of mainland China's more than 30 regions since September, forcing some factories to suspend production and disrupting supply chains.

Fire

Volcanic eruption on La Palma shows no sign of abating

La Palma volcano
© Daniel Roca/AP
The volcanic eruption on the Canary island of La Palma shows now sign of ending
There is no sign that a volcanic eruption on the Spanish island of La Palma is coming to an end, four weeks after it began, officials have said.

The volcano on one of the Canary Islands off north-west Africa has so far destroyed more than 1,800 buildings, mostly homes, though prompt evacuations have helped avoid casualties on the island of some 85,000 people.

Canary Islands president Angel Victor Torres said scientists monitoring the eruption that began on September 19 have seen no indications that it is abating, as rivers of lava continue flowing slowly towards the sea.