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2 killed in New Year's Eve avalanches in Montana, Colorado

An avalanche hit a father and son in a backcountry area of Breckenridge.
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An avalanche hit a father and son in a backcountry area of Breckenridge.
Two people were killed in New Year's Eve avalanches in Montana and Colorado after heavy snow blanketed much of the West.

Forecasters with the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center say two snowmobilers from Washington were headed uphill near Daisy Pass north of Cooke City, Montana, when one of them triggered a large slide and was swept about 600 vertical feet (183 vertical meters).

The buried rider, who was covered in 5 feet (152 centimeters) of snow, was wearing an avalanche airbag backpack, but it wasn't deployed. Both riders, whose names have not been released, had shovels and probes, but neither was wearing an avalanche beacon.


Mughal Road in Kashmir, India likely to be closed due to 3 feet of snowfall

Road closed due to heavy snowfall in Kashmir
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Road closed due to heavy snowfall in Kashmir
The Mughal road, connecting Poonch and Rajouri districts in the Jammu region with south Kashmir's Shopian district, is likely to be closed in winter owing to recent heavy snowfall, officials said on Sunday.

Traffic movement on the road was suspended on Thursday after over three feet of snow accumulation was reported from Pir Ki Gali and its adjoining areas, the officials said. "The possibility of resuming traffic on the Mughal road after the recent heavy snowfall looks bleak as more snow is expected in the coming days," Assistant Engineer, Mechanical Engineering Department, Tariq Khan, told PTI. "We are waiting for the official communication to finally announce the closure of the road for the winter," the official said.

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Massive Ben Nevis avalanche in Scotland leaves one climber dead and another seriously injured after 2,000ft plunge

Rescuers were called after an avalanche on Ben
© Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team
Rescuers were called after an avalanche on Ben Nevis.
A climber has been killed in an avalanche on the UK's highest mountain - the first such white death in Scotland in nearly three years.

The 49-year-old man was with a fellow climber on Ben Nevis when they plunged nearly 2000 feet on the 4413ft high mountain's North Face.

The other climber - who is 42 - miraculously survived but suffered serious injuries.

Nearly 40 rescuers from Lochaber and Glencoe mountain rescue teams were sent after the alarm raised around 3.30pm on Friday.

The pair - both UK based - were were a group of four on Number Two Gully, and the other two raised the alarm.

But Donald Paterson, leader of Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team, said the initial information was "patchy".


Storm brings fresh snow to Mammoth Mountain, California - up to 3 feet deep

Mammoth Mountain has seen multiple feet of fresh snow in the past few days — with more coming down — thanks to a storm that is hitting the ski resort and mountain areas in Northern California.

"This has been an incredible start to the season here at Mammoth," said Lauren Burke, the resort's spokesperson. "It is a true winter wonderland up here."

The resort got 2 to 3 feet of snow Tuesday, and after a break Wednesday was getting more fresh powder Thursday morning, Burke said. She said up to 5 feet could fall in the next few days.

Comment: Also pertinent: Deadly crashes, mass power outages reported as atmospheric river brings flooding and strong winds to Oregon and Washington


Hundreds of manatees flood Florida state park as rivers remain cold

Hundreds of manatees flood Florida state park as rivers remain cold 1:44  ·  15 hours ago

Hundreds of manatees flood Florida state park
Sea cows come to the spring because it's a constant 72 degrees

The St. Johns River's temperature is still in the 50s, and that means manatees continue to pile into nearby Blue Spring State Park in Volusia County.

The Save the Manatee Club counted 561 manatees at the spring Wednesday.

In recent days, so many manatees have been at the spring that it's been tougher to make the daily count.

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Germany's ZDF public television suggests bathing once a week would be beneficial

Private daily showers to become a luxury for the privileged and wealthy in Germany?

"What if we showered/bathed only once a week?"

Shower Once a Week!
© Image cropped from ZDF kugelzwei.
You won’t shower any more, and you’ll be happy, German ZDF broadcaster suggests.
What the BBC is to Great Britain, are what the WDR and ARD public broadcasting are to Germany in terms of television and radio presence.

Just some weeks ago, the Instagram site of WDR kugelzwei presented some tips that save heat and energy for citizens to consider: showering only once a week.


40-year study finds mysterious patterns in temperatures at Jupiter

Scientists have completed the longest-ever study tracking temperatures in Jupiter's upper troposphere, the layer of the atmosphere where the giant planet's weather occurs and where its signature colorful striped clouds form. The work, conducted over four decades by stitching together data from NASA spacecraft and ground-based telescope observations, found unexpected patterns in how temperatures of Jupiter's belts and zones change over time. The study is a major step toward a better understanding of what drives weather at our solar system's largest planet and eventually being able to forecast it.
Jupiter Temperature Changes
© ESO / L.N. Fletcher, NAOJ
Figure 1: (Left) Color composite images of Jupiter in the wavelengths of 8.6 and 10.7 microns, obtained by the VLT in February, and March 2016, respectively. The colors represent the temperatures and cloudiness: The darker areas are cold and cloudy, and the brighter areas are warmer and cloud-free. (Right) Jupiter at a wavelength of 18 microns obtained in May 2019 with COMICS on the Subaru Telescope.
Jupiter's troposphere has a lot in common with Earth's: It's where clouds form and storms churn. To understand this weather activity, scientists need to study certain properties, including wind, pressure, humidity, and temperature. They have known since NASA's Pioneer 10 and 11 missions in the 1970s that, in general, colder temperatures are associated with Jupiter's lighter and whiter bands (known as zones), while the darker brown-red bands (known as belts) are locations of warmer temperatures.

But there weren't enough data sets to understand how temperatures vary over the long-term. An international research team of planetary scientists from the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ), Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) of NASA, University of Leicester (UK), and other institutes broke new ground by studying images of the bright infrared glow (invisible to the human eye) that rises from warmer regions of the atmosphere (upper troposphere), directly measuring Jupiter's temperatures above the colorful clouds. The scientists collected these images at regular intervals over three of Jupiter's orbits around the Sun, each of which lasts 12 Earth years.


Snow in Saudi Arabia, tourists flock to Tabuk

Snow falls in Tabuk in Saudi Arabia

Snow falls in Tabuk in Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia's snow season has begun with a freezing winter downfall covering the Al-Lawz region of Tabuk, reported the Saudi Press Agency.

Jebal Al-Lawz is in the northern region of Saudi Arabia, around 1,000km and 12-hour drive away from Jeddah on the west coast of the Kingdom.

The areas witnessed snowfall on Monday night, attracting tourists from across the region as well as residents to see the white-capped mountains.

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US winter storm death toll tops 60 as crews in Buffalo work to clear 4 feet of snow

The casualties keep climbing from a savage winter storm gripping much of the nation. The latest counts show at least 60 dead, with more than half of those around Buffalo. Roads there are still paralyzed and air travel in many places is still a shambles. Nicole Ellis reports.

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Winter storm death toll rises to 27 in Western New York, 57 across U.S.

snow storm new york
© AP Photo/Craig Ruttle
The winter storm ravaging most of the United States during the Christmas holidays has claimed at least 27 lives in western New York and at least 57 nationwide, officials estimated Monday.

Erie County, N.Y., Executive Mark Poloncarz announced at a Monday news conference that 12 additional deaths had been caused by the historic blizzard, bringing the area's death toll to 25 — most occurring in the city of Buffalo.

One death was reported in neighboring Niagara County of a man who died from apparent carbon monoxide poisoning attributed to the storm, the Buffalo News reported.

The new deaths bring the number of total deaths nationwide to at least 57 people, according to a tally by NBC News.

Poloncarz said that "snow is still dropping" and that officials expect another 8 and 12 inches of snow by 1 p.m. on Tuesday.