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20 rescued from Rohtang Pass after 4 foot of fresh snowfall in Himachal Pradesh, India

At least 20 stranded people have been rescued from the Rohtang Pass in Himachal Pradesh on Sunday, a Border Roads Organisation (BRO) official said.

They were stranded due to the closure of the Rohtang Pass after heavy snowfall, Lieutenant Colonel D S Bisht said.

After getting information, a General Reserve Engineer Force (GREF) truck was sent and they were brought to Manali safely with the help of Col A K Awasthi and Kullu Deputy Commissioner Yunus, Bisht said.

Rohtang Pass witnessed about four feet of fresh snowfall on Sunday. The people should take utmost care while coming out of their homes in the area, the officer added.

Source: PTI


2 foot of September snow in 24 hours damages apple, potato crops in Himachal Pradesh, India

The apple, pea and potato crops in Lahaul have been badly damaged in two feet of snow recorded in the tribal valley for the last 24 hours cutting the district from the rest of the state.

Rohtang Pass and Rohtang Tunnel, south and north portal, recorded over I feet of snow bringing all work to close as cold wave swept the region, said residents and Border Roads Organisation engineers.

Three bridges were washed away in Kullu and Manali.

"We never experienced such a loss to crops in the past and snow in September," rued Prem Lal and Himal Thakur, farmers from Lahaul.


Summer isn't officially over, but Whistler Blackcomb ski resort in British Columbia is already looking like a winter wonderland

Whistler Blackcomb

Whistler Blackcomb
The official start to fall is still a few days away, but snow is already falling at Whistler Blackcomb.

Photos from Whistler Blackcomb show a significant dusting of snow at the peak of Whistler Mountain.

The last opportunity to walk the Raven's Eye Cliff Walk and Raven's Eye Cliff Walk was interrupted by snow.

A webcam located 2,182 metres at the Whistler Peak showed a thin layer of snow covering the ground on Tuesday.


Saskatchewan hit with early snow - up to 6 inches

Bette Lemke, who lives in Elbow, said about 15 cm of snow covered her yard when she woke up Saturday morning.
© Bette Lemke
Bette Lemke, who lives in Elbow, said about 15 cm of snow covered her yard when she woke up Saturday morning.
Kindersley, Rosetown and Outlook receive 15 cm on day of autumn equinox

Summer is leaving Saskatchewan with a rude, and powdery, awakening for residents.

Many woke up to snow across the province on Saturday — the day of the autumnal equinox — with areas including Kindersley, Rosetown and Outlook receiving up to 15 centimetres of the white stuff overnight, according to Environment Canada.

Bette Lemke, who lives in Elbow, said she was surprised when she got out of bed at 7 a.m. to see the fences, trees and deck in her yard were all heaped with snow.

"I looked out my bedroom window to a winter wonderland," she said.


Ice Age Farmer Report: Snowiest summer ever - Early frost in corn belt - "Why the blurb?"

Warren Sekulic's crops were flattened under the snow that fell on northern Alberta Wednesday, leaving him in disbelief and more than a little angry.

Warren Sekulic's crops were flattened under the snow that fell on northern Alberta Wednesday, leaving him in disbelief and more than a little angry.
Here in physical reality, the Earth is cooling, and the signs are ubiquitous: Obscene amounts of summer snow in Alberta, and inbound in Iceland. Early frosts returning to the US corn belt. The southern hemisphere as well. Physical reality reigns supreme over the diktat of the global warming alarmists -- although they will try to censor the truth as long as possible -- but we must prepare for the cooler times ahead.


Snowflake Cold

Winter is here: Snow and sleet in northern Iceland

ICE-SAR posted this photo earlier today, reminding people not to embark on hikes
© Safetravel.is
ICE-SAR posted this photo earlier today, reminding people not to embark on hikes over Fimmvörðuháls trail.
Yellow weather alerts are in effect for all of Iceland, except the west and south, as the first winter storm of the season delivers snow and sleet and gale force winds in the northern part of the island and the Central Highlands. Travelers are warned to expect winter driving conditions. Drivers should slow down and expect snow on roads, as well as slick patches, due to ice and sleet along the Ring Road where it crosses heaths and mountain passes.

There is no travel or camping weather in the Central Highlands today due to cold weather, drifting snow and sleet. Do not embark on hikes today, unless you enjoy taking up the time of search and rescue units!

The yellow weather alerts are in effect until midnight. ICE-SAR has also issued a travel warning for East Iceland, where the snowfall is expected to be heaviest, warning travelers to expect heavy snow locally in the east, at least until mid-day when the snow will have melted. Wet, melting snow on roads can cause dangerous driving conditions, as the roads become slippery. Drivers should slow down.

Snowflake Cold

First snow of season falls in the Cairngorms, Scotland at the end of summer

Summer comes to an end on Sunday, but in one part of the north-east there has already been snowfall.

A webcam set up at the Top Station at the Cairngorms has shown a light dusting of the white stuff on the ground after temperatures plummeted to -1C this morning.

And more snow is forecast for Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights on the range.

With windchill taken into account temperatures will feel like -10C.


'It's pretty stressful': Snow threatens northwest Saskatchewan harvest

This isn't a picture from last winter —
© Devon Walker
This isn't a picture from last winter — this is what Devon Walker's swather looks like on the last day of summer.
Farmers in region have less than 10% of crops combined after September snowfall

You can hear the frustration in Devon Walker's voice. He wants to be in the field harvesting his crop. The problem is it's under more than inch of snow.

"It's pretty stressful," Walker said from his farm near Lashburn, Sask., about 225 kilometres northwest of Saskatoon.

While producers in southern Saskatchewan have, on average, more than 80 per cent of their crop in the bin, the northwest is another story entirely.

According to the most recent crop report from the Ministry of Agriculture, only 17 per cent of the crop the northwest region has been combined.

Comment: A taste of the future: 'Disbelief' as snow hits and northern Alberta farmers scramble to save crops worth millions


Mysterious burning hole with flames shooting out of it in Midway, Arkansas baffles geologists

Flames shot out of this hole near Midway, Arkansas
© Jared Chism
Flames shot out of this hole near Midway, Arkansas, early Monday morning. No one yet knows what caused it.
It was an unusual call for the Midway Volunteer Fire Department.

A volleyball-sized hole was burning, with flames shooting out of it off Highway 5 South in Midway.

Fire Chief Don Tucker said, "A fire was burning roughly two feet in diameter, eight feet tall. And it burned for approximately 40 minutes."

The homeowner who lives nearby said he came outside Monday morning to flames shooting from the hole up to the man's nose on this billboard.

Now county leaders are trying to figure out how the phenomenon started.

Baxter County Judge Mickey Pendergrass said, "We don't believe that the devil showed up, or the meteorites landed, or the big booms happened."

But the burning question is what caused the hole and the flames?

Pendergrass said, "We have contacted every utility company that is in the area. And we know for a fact now that they have lost no service they have nothing there. So there's nothing to do with utilities, which would be our first inclination to believe something was there."

No one knows where the hole ends.

Comment: Jim Sierzchula, Baxter County's emergency management coordinator and the fire chief for Grover township, said he thinks methane may have been the fuel, but he doesn't know what sparked the ignition.

"The thing is it was a clean burn," Siezchula said. "It was a very low-hydrocarbon fuel, let's put it that way. It really wasn't getting the right amount of oxygen because the burn was orange instead of blue."

Here's a small sample we've collected at sott.net of other recent natural outgassing related events: It is likely that outgassing of methane, hydrogen sulfide (and other natural gases) is coming up from deep below the earth's surface. See also:

SOTT Exclusive: The growing threat of underground fires and explosions

Microscope 2

Mysterious microbes turning the world's ice pink

polar pink ice
© Liane G. Benning, GFZ
Hidden microbes turn the ice pink around the world.
Algae are currently turning parts of the Greenland ice sheet pinkish-red and contribute more than a little to the melting of one of the biggest frozen bodies of water in the world. The discolored snow isn't just an Arctic phenomenon. It's actually a global occurrence.

In order for them to form visible blooms and increase the melting of the snow and ice, they just need the right conditions, which at a minimum involve basic nutrients and melting. Right now, the availability of liquid water from snow and ice becomes higher, favoring the growth of snow and ice algae.

This is an increasing problem in the Arctic, Alpine, and Himalayan glaciers. Blooms of red snow and brown ice are turning up in Antarctica, too.

Comment: What is changing in our environment to cause this sudden increase in algae blooms? Also check out SOTTs monthly documentary: SOTT Earth Changes Summary - August 2018: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs