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Early snowfall hits northern England

Snow is falling in County Durham Snow in Sunniside
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Snow in Sunniside, County Durham
Snow is falling in County Durham this morning as the region braces itself for extreme weather conditions.

Snow is also falling further south in the region including in Richmond, Bishop Auckland and Darlington, with reports of disruption in the Guisborough area.

The Met Office warned on Friday that the cold snap for the weekend could bring tricky conditions for road and rail travellers in some parts of the country.


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Autumn snow falls at Glencoe Mountain Resort, Scotland

Further snowfalls have been forecast for parts of Scotland

Further snowfalls have been forecast for parts of Scotland
October snow falls at Glencoe Mountain Resort in the Highlands.

The Met Office has issued a warning of wintry conditions for parts of Scotland.

Forecasters said hail, sleet and snow showers would leave surfaces prone to patchy ice.

Slushy snow is expected on some upland routes.


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Hiker caught in 3 feet deep early snow rescued off Mount Madison, New Hampshire

A Florida man was found by rescuers
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A Florida man was found by rescuers huddled under a building on the summit of Mount Madison on Wednesday.
The early onset of winter weather producing "brutal" conditions and snow drifts several feet deep caught a Florida hiker by surprise Wednesday, leading him to activate his emergency beacon and get rescued near the summit of Mount Madison in the northern Presidential Range.

The emergency beacon alert came in about 9 a.m. Wednesday, reported by the International Emergency Response Coordination Center out of Montgomery, Texas, according to New Hampshire Fish and Game officials.

There was little to no information provided other than the name and phone number of the owner of the device. Officials were able to determine that the emergency beacon was a SPOT Gen 3 device that was registered to an Andrew Carlson of Madeira Beach, Fla.

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Heavy spring snow for South Island, New Zealand

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Tourists have been stunned by crazy spring scenes of heavy snow falling in the South Island.

Winter may officially be over, but heavy snow has started to fall near Queenstown as heavy rain drenches the South Island.

Australian tourists told Newshub they were loving the snow on the Crown Ranges. One said it was his son's first time seeing it.

"It's pretty exciting mate, for an Australian, it's magical, unreal," one man says.

"Two days ago we were sitting in 27 degrees," another told Newshub.


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First significant snow of the season hits Maine, up to one foot deep - 6 feet deep drifts on Mount Washington, New Hampshire

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Several crashes blamed on slippery roads were reported Wednesday morning.

Parts of Maine have received their first significant snowfall of the season.

According to the National Weather Service, Rangeley received 5 inches, Sherman 7 inches, and Patten 6.5 inches. The NWS in Gray also cites social media's report of 12 inches in Upton.

Police reported several accidents on slippery roads.

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Ice Age Farmer Report: LNG/Fuel shortages as cold winter approaches - $ billion crop losses/prices rise - Flood/hail events

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- MEGA UPDATE - (1) Alert: Natural Gas supplies are low, prices are spiking, and a cold winter is inbound. Have a backup plan. (2) $3bil crops lost under snow in Canada. (3) Michael ag damages exceeding $2bil. (4) Major flood and hailstorms around the world. -- What are you doing to prepare for the difficult growing seasons ahead?


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Extreme weather decimating US farming

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Research forecasts Iowa corn yields could drop in half within the next half-century thanks to extreme weather - yet it's not part of the political conversation

Farmers around here are itching to go after that amber wave of soya beans, but there was that 5in rain a couple of weeks ago and then a 7in rain, and it drives even the retired guys batty.

Those beans aren't worth much at the elevator thanks to a Trump trade war with China, but they're worth even less getting wet feet in a pond that was a field which the glacier made a prairie bog some 14,000 years ago - until we came along and drained it.

This year, crops in north-west Iowa are looking spotty. Up into Minnesota they were battered by spring storms and late planting, and then inundated again in late summer. Where they aren't washed out, they're weedy or punky. If you go south in Buena Vista county, where I live in Storm Lake, the corn stands tall and firm.

Welcome to climate change, Iowa-style.

Comment: Over the past few years in particular, no where on the planet has been spared from the increasingly erratic seasons and extreme weather, and it seems the world is scarcely prepared to deal with the coming food shortages: Also check out SOTT radio's: Behind the Headlines: Earth changes in an electric universe: Is climate change really man-made?


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NASA discovers huge perfectly rectangular iceberg floating in Antarctica

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A gigantic and perfectly rectangular iceberg has been spotted in the Antarctic by NASA scientists.

The enormous block of ice, known as a Tabular berg, is thought to be a mile in length, experts said.

It was found off the east coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, near the Larsen C ice shelf, by scientists flying over the region.

The iceberg's sharp angles and flat surface suggest it was recently calved from the ice shelf, NASA Ice researchers said.

And it was not the only iceberg formed as a geometric shape the scientists spotted on their flight over the Atlantic last week.

Comment: One wonders the increasing activity of Earth's undersea volcanoes coupled with the cooling above ground is partly responsible for the migrating ice bergs, and perhaps their unexpected shapes: Also check out SOTT radio's: Behind the Headlines: Earth changes in an electric universe: Is climate change really man-made?


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Shore of Greek lake gets covered in gigantic spider webs

A man carries a branch as spider webs blanket shrubs at the banks of Lake Vistonida, Greece, October 19, 2018.
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A man carries a branch as spider webs blanket shrubs at the banks of Lake Vistonida, Greece, October 19, 2018.
The shores of Lake Vistonida in Greece were transformed into a truly surreal landscape as they became blanketed in massive spider webs.

This peculiar phenomenon was apparently caused by unusually warm weather which led to an increase in the mosquito population and therefore triggered an overpopulation of spiders that feed on these insects.

The spiders are from the genus Tetragnatha, known as stretch spiders due to their elongated bodies.

They are known to build webs near watery habitats, with some species even said to be able to walk on water.


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Flake news: More October snow on Mauna Kea, Hawaii

NOAA Mauna Kea cam at 7:12 a.m. on Oct 21

NOAA Mauna Kea cam at 7:12 a.m. on Oct 21
More snow coated the summit of Mauna Kea overnight, as the Flash Flood Watch that has been in effect for Hawaiʻi Island for most of the weekend is no longer in effect.

"The road to the summit of Maunakea is closed to the public at the Visitor Information Station at 9200 ft. due to high humidity, fog, wet and icy road conditions," a ranger message stated this morning.

"Today, the trough aloft will continue to move slowly eastward, with a drier airmass continuing to filter across Maui County and the Big Island during the day," the National Weather Service said. "This should put an end to the threat for flash flooding or thunderstorms, and we have cancelled the Flash Flood Watch. A few heavier showers may still be possible on the Big Island, especially in the afternoon, but thunderstorms appear unlikely as the airmass dries out and stabilizes during the day."

Comment: For a comparison with the above photo, here's a shot taken 2 days earlier on the 19th of October from the same spot:
On Mauna Kea, the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory’s Submillimeter Array webcam image looks at the south sky and Mauna Loa in the distance.

On Mauna Kea, the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory’s Submillimeter Array webcam image looks at the south sky and Mauna Loa in the distance.
Summits in Hawaii receive October snowfall