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Avalanche kills two 17-year-olds skiing and snowboarding on Idaho mountain, officials say

An avalanche killed two 17-year-old teens in Idaho, officials said
© BRIDGER-TETON AVALANCHE CENTER
An avalanche killed two 17-year-old teens in Idaho, officials said
An avalanche killed two 17-year-old boys who were skiing and snowboarding on an Idaho mountain, officials said.

The teens were buried in an avalanche near Relay Ridge west of Driggs in East Idaho on Friday, Dec. 17, the Teton County Sheriff's Office said.

"The reporting party advised the sheriff's office that one person was riding a snowmobile and another was skiing at the time the avalanche occurred," the sheriff's office said in a news release.

Their bodies were recovered from the site of the avalanche near Ryan Peak. The Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center said both were 17. The avalanche's cause is under investigation. The sheriff's office did not release the names of the teens.


Snowflake

Record snowfall in the Alps for the time of year - up to 33 inches of snow

Katy Dartford skiing powder in Crans Montana
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Katy Dartford skiing powder in Crans Montana
Tumbling headfirst into a huge pillow of snow I curse my skis for being totally inappropriate for the conditions. Too long, too skinny. After digging out a ski buried in thigh-deep powder, I resolve to exchange them for something more suitable.

Crans Montana, the Swiss ski resort stretching from the Rhone valley to Plaine Morte Glacier at 3000 meters is said to be the sunniest place in the Alpine country. And today it's certainly lived up to its reputation.

Yesterday, however, the destination that was once the home to former James Bond star, Roger Moore, was grey and cold. Its views over a string of mountain peaks that unfold from Bietschhorn to Mont Blanc via the Matterhorn, blocked by non-stop snowfall, leaving little distinction between skiing on or off-piste.

This week much of the Alps and the Pyrenees have experienced similar conditions: "best snow ever," I hear all around me; "it's dumping down!" others cry.


Attention

Snow is seen GLOWING in Russia after tiny bioluminescent animals wash ashore from the White Sea: This is the first time in 80 years that faint blue lights are spotted in the Arctic

The holidays are filled with lights hanging from homes and store fronts, but in remote part of Russia biologists are seeing festive twinkles in the snow

The holidays are filled with lights hanging from homes and store fronts, but in remote part of Russia biologists are seeing festive twinkles in the snow
The holidays are filled with lights hanging from homes and store fronts, but in remote part of Russia biologists are seeing festive twinkles in the snow.

This was observed by biologists working in the Arctic off the coast of the White Sea, who spotted faint blue lights glowing in the white powder.

Vera Emelianenko, a microbiologist staying at a remote field station, collected some of the snow, placed it under a microscope and found the glow was from tiny bioluminescent animals called copepods.

Dubbed the bugs of the sea, these creatures are typically found in the ocean at depths of up to 300 feet during the day and then just a few feet at night.

Snowflake Cold

Indian Meteorological Department issues red alert as severe cold wave conditions prevail in northern states of India

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The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted a red alert with a 'cold wave to severe cold wave' conditions to persist in several states and union territories for this week. States like Delhi, Rajasthan, and Madhya Pradesh are likely to witness very cold conditions for the next two days.

Meanwhile, certain areas of Northwest India will witness a rise by 3-5°C and a rise of nearly 2-4°C over Central & East India and Maharashtra thereafter. IMD has also said that light to moderate rainfall and snowfall are expected over the western Himalayan region between December 22 and 25 under the influence of two Western Disturbances.


IMD latest prediction of weather conditions:

Snowflake Cold

Heavy snow falling along Sea of Japan coast - up to 2 feet recorded

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Japanese weather officials are warning of possible traffic disruptions and power outages as heavy snow continues falling mainly along the Sea of Japan coast.

The Meteorological Agency says snowfall is intensifying on Saturday due to a strong winter pressure pattern and the emergence of a cold air mass.

The snow is also accumulating. As of 11 a.m., up to 63 centimeters of snow had piled up in Minakami Town, Gunma Prefecture, 55 centimeters in Shinano Town, Nagano Prefecture, and 52 centimeters in the city of Sapporo, Hokkaido.


Snowflake

Lake Tahoe received up to 8.5 FEET of snow in 5 days

Buses lie buried at Palisades Tahoe.
© Ryan Salm
Buses lie buried at Palisades Tahoe.
Just last week, the mountains of the Sierra Nevada were bare and brown. Leaves were long gone. We were in a holding pattern, just waiting and waiting for water to fall from the sky. A surprise storm in October blessedly drenched the Sierra Nevada, but after that, almost six weeks passed with hardly any precipitation.

Today, the scenery looks entirely different. The Sierra Nevada mountains are painted white. Roads are like tunnels between tall snowbanks. Tree boughs are heavy with snow. And the mountains are donning a white coat, winter's finest.

Lake Tahoe received somewhere between 4 and 8.5 feet of snow in five days, according to Bryan Allegretto, who forecasts and tracks snowfall in the Lake Tahoe region for Open Snow. On Thursday morning, snowflakes continued to fall lightly, a quiet cap to a fierce storm that jump-started winter from hardly a pulse to fully alive.


Snowflake Cold

New bogus study claims "no snow" in 35 years as snowfall records (from the 1800s) broken in Nevada & California

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Heavy snow at a Lake Tahoe ski resort
A parched Western U.S. has been buffeted by heavy precipitation this week, precipitation which fell as record-breaking snow across the region's higher elevations as storm systems collided with descending Arctic air.

As I reported yesterday, snow has buffeted California's Sierra Nevada this week, with as much as 8 feet has accumulating along the mountain chain, busting regional records. However, as the storm tracked east and entered the state of Nevada, it took out a number of historic snowfall records for the time of year.

Snow fell across Nevada on Tuesday, with the city of Elko picking up 3 inches. More impressive totals were registered elsewhere, though, including in the central Nevada towns of Ely, Eureka, Winnemucca and Tonopah, which all smashed snowfall records.

Cloud Precipitation

'Storm of the season' dumps record-breaking rainfall on Southern California and snowfall in the mountains - 6 FEET of snow reported

A vehicle is wedged against a bridge pillar in the surging Los Angeles River on Tuesday.
© Damian Dovarganes / Associated Press
A vehicle is wedged against a bridge pillar in the surging Los Angeles River on Tuesday.
Streets flooded in North Hollywood's Arts District and other neighborhoods.

The normally constrained L.A. River roared to life, sucking vehicles down its surging waters and swamping the small islands that dot the middle of the urban waterway near Atwater Village. A man in Sylmar had to be rescued after he got swept up into its flow.

Trees were toppled in Whittier, while homeless people who normally occupy benches near the Civic Center stop downtown huddled in an alcove in an effort to stay dry.

The most significant storm of the season arrived in Southern California on Tuesday with a wallop — snarling traffic, delivering gusty winds and dropping a steady deluge of record-breaking rain and snow across the region.

"As far as intensity, it's one of our stronger storms," said Kristan Lund, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard. "It's definitely the strongest we've seen so far, and potentially one of the stronger ones we'll see this season."


Comment: 'It's going to crank up': Tahoe area reports 2 feet of snow overnight, with another 2 to 5 feet on the way


Cloud Precipitation

Annual rainfall and snowfall records broken in December in Greece

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December in Greece has already seen the breaking of two annual records for rainfall and snowfall, the National Observatory of Athens announced on Monday.

By December 12, the annual rainfall reading at Theodoriana meteorological station, in the northwestern regional unit of Arta, reached 3,425 mm, exceeding a 15-year record.

In terms of snowfall, satellite data showed that on Saturday, December 11, 19% of the country was under cover of snow, beating a 17-year record.


The average daily snow cover for the period from 2004 to 2021 in early December is about 4%, the observatory added.

Comment: One woman dies as torrential rain floods large parts of Greece


Snowflake

'It's going to crank up': Tahoe area reports 2 feet of snow overnight, with another 2 to 5 feet on the way

Palisades Tahoe, CA
© Kate Abraham
Palisades Tahoe, CA
Heavy snow is expected to fall this afternoon throughout the Tahoe region and continue until Wednesday morning. The storm will greatly impact road conditions and travel on Interstate 80.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning through Tuesday night at 10 p.m. Drivers should expect major travel delays, chain control, icy roads and whiteout conditions. Palisades Tahoe Ski Resort is reporting 95 mph wind gusts at the crest of the Sierra Nevada.

The National Weather Service reported up to two feet of snow from the storm earlier this morning. Another 2 to 5 feet of snow is on the way, with the heaviest snowfall coming tonight.