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Winter snow storm batters US south-east as more than 250,000 lose power

People go for a walk as snow falls Sunday, January 16, 2022, in Nolensville, Tennessee.
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People go for a walk as snow falls Sunday, January 16, 2022, in Nolensville, Tennessee.
A winter storm combining high winds and ice was sweeping through parts of the south-east of the US, knocking out power, felling trees and fences and creating treacherous driving conditions.

Tens of thousands of customers were without power in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida. More than an inch of snow fell per hour in some parts of the Carolinas, Georgia, Tennessee and Virginia, according to the National Weather Service Storm Prediction Centre.

The storm was making air travel extremely difficult in some parts of the south of the country.

The nation's hardest-hit airport - Charlotte Douglas International - remained open around dawn on Sunday, the airport said in a weather briefing.

But more than 1,000 Sunday flights in Charlotte were cancelled - more than 80 per cent of the airport's Sunday schedule, according to the flight tracking service flightaware.com.


Attention

Earth's interior is cooling faster than expected

Researchers at ETH Zurich have demonstrated in the lab how well a mineral common at the boundary between the Earth's core and mantle conducts heat. This leads them to suspect that the Earth's heat may dissipate sooner than previously thought.
Earth's Interior
The evolution of our Earth is the story of its cooling: 4.5 billion years ago, extreme temperatures prevailed on the surface of the young Earth, and it was covered by a deep ocean of magma. Over millions of years, the planet's surface cooled to form a brittle crust. However, the enormous thermal energy emanating from the Earth's interior set dynamic processes in motion, such as mantle convection, plate tectonics and volcanism.

Still unanswered, though, are the questions of how fast the Earth cooled and how long it might take for this ongoing cooling to bring the aforementioned heat-​driven processes to a halt.

One possible answer may lie in the thermal conductivity of the minerals that form the boundary between the Earth's core and mantle.

Snowflake Cold

Winter storm leaves more than 25,000 Nova Scotia Power customers without electricity

A powerful storm has left thousands of Nova Scotia Power customers without electricity Saturday.
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A powerful storm has left thousands of Nova Scotia Power customers without electricity Saturday.
A powerful nor'easter working its way across the province left more than 25,000 Nova Scotia Power customers without electricity Saturday and has cancelled many flights at the Halifax airport.

As of 4:30 p.m. AT, the utility said 25,244 customers did not have power.

The outages covered the entire mainland, with a few hundred people in Cape Breton without power.

In a news release issued Saturday morning, Nova Scotia Power said the company had more than 500 people in the field working to restore power.

Speaking to CBC News on Saturday afternoon, Lia MacDonald, vice-president of transmission, distribution and delivery for Nova Scotia Power, said crews were working to restore power to most parts of the province by Saturday evening subject to weather conditions.


Snowflake Cold

6 die due to heavy snowfall in Japan - 21 inches in just 12 hours, bad weather expected to continue

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Six people have died as a strong winter pressure pattern around Japan on Jan. 13 has led to heavy snowfall concentrated on the Sea of Japan side of the northern to western parts of the country.

Amid concerns that heavy snow will continue to fall into Jan. 14, the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) is urging vigilance against high waves in the Sea of Japan side of the eastern to western parts of the country, and of blizzards and other conditions causing traffic disruptions in northern Japan.

According to the JMA, snow is expected to settle on the plains of the country's Pacific Ocean side through Jan. 14. Due to the effects of an atmospheric pressure trough, there are fears of localized heavy snowfall primarily in parts of central Japan's Hokuriku region.


Snowflake

Snowcat completely buried by recent snowfall in Wolf Creek Ski Area, Colorado - 18 feet of snow so far this season

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Under the snow
Crews at Wolf Creek Ski Area in Pagosa Springs had to do some serious shoveling to dig out buried treasure!

One of their snowcats was completely covered by the recent snowfall.

The only indication of its location was a pole sticking up out of the snow.


They shared photos of the giant project on social media.

"Mining for the goods... extraction of the Horseshoe Bowl Snowcat has begun."

Comment: Related: Yakutat in Alaska declares disaster emergency, citing an imminent threat of roofs collapsing due to heavy snow loads


Snowflake

Yakutat in Alaska declares disaster emergency, citing an imminent threat of roofs collapsing due to heavy snow loads

A collapsed car port at the Public Safety Building in Yakutat.
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A collapsed car port at the Public Safety Building in Yakutat.
The City and Borough of Yakutat declared a local disaster emergency on Tuesday, citing the imminent threat of roof collapse caused by dangerous snow loads accumulating throughout the Southeast Alaska city.

Borough Manager Jon Erickson said Yakutat has gotten about 6 feet of snow over the past few weeks, causing intermittent power outages, damage to buildings and school closures. The city normally keeps four snow shovelers on retainer, but Erickson said the team is too small to keep up with the accumulating snow.

"We've been shoveling off, but right now we just don't have enough shovelers," he said. "So we contacted emergency management, and they're probably going to be sending a team of 10 shovelers down here."

Eye 2

Rare snowy owl soars over Washington DC

An American Flag flies in the distance as a rare snowy owl looks down from its perch atop the large stone orb of the Christopher Columbus Memorial Fountain at the entrance to Union Station in Washington, Friday, Jan. 7, 2022
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An American Flag flies in the distance as a rare snowy owl looks down from its perch atop the large stone orb of the Christopher Columbus Memorial Fountain at the entrance to Union Station in Washington, Friday, Jan. 7, 2022
A snowy owl apparently touring iconic buildings of the nation's capital is captivating birdwatchers who manage to get a glimpse of the rare, resplendent visitor from the Arctic.

Far from its summer breeding grounds in Canada, the snowy owl was first seen on Jan. 3, the day a winter storm dumped eight inches of snow on the city.

Since then, it's been spotted in the evenings flying around Washington's Capitol Hill neighborhood, landing on Union Station, the National Postal Museum, various Senate buildings, and Capitol Police headquarters.

Late last week about three dozen people in thick coats trained their binoculars on the football-sized bird with bright yellow eyes as it perched on the stone head of Archimedes, a famous ancient Greek mathematician, carved above the train station entrance.

The nocturnal hunter appears to be targeting the city's plentiful downtown rat population.


Sun

Hundreds of thousands left without electricity amid record-breaking heatwave in Buenos Aires, Argentina

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People sit in a café at over 40 degrees where the electricity has failed. Greater Buenos Aires

A record-breaking heatwave has hit Argentina, with temperatures soaring to 45C (113F) in some parts of the country. An associated spike in energy demand has caused grid failures, leading to power cuts.

At least 700,000 people were left without power in Buenos Aires on Wednesday, as residents of the Argentine capital endured sweltering temperatures amid a historic heatwave.

Electricity firms blamed the outage on a huge spike in demand for energy, which in turn caused technical failures and power cuts. The outage came as the temperature rose above 41C in the capital.

The 41.1C recorded on Tuesday at 4.05pm local time is the second-highest reading in the capital since 1906, according to city authorities. Temperatures are forecast to remain high on Thursday and Friday before finally abating on Sunday.

Snowflake Cold

Snow storms hit northern, northeastern Japan - foot of snow in just 3 hours

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Rapidly developing low-pressure systems are bringing snowstorms to Japan's northern prefecture of Hokkaido and northeastern region of Tohoku.

The Japan Meteorological Agency says the wintry pressure patterns caused by the two low-pressure systems -- one in the Sea of Japan and the other near Hokkaido -- are bringing heavy snow in northern Japan, Hokuriku and the central region of Tokai.

Otoineppu Village in Hokkaido saw 31 centimeters of snowfall during the three hours to 11 a.m. on Wednesday.

Strong winds are blowing mainly in coastal areas. Gusts of nearly 130 kilometers per hour were recorded in Honbetsu Town, Hokkaido, during the three hours.


Weather officials are warning that blizzards in northern Japan could make driving difficult with nearly zero visibility.


Ice Cube

China's winter wonderland of frozen waterfalls and snow-capped mountains

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Tourists are flocking to scenic parks across China to take in the picturesque winter vistas. Frozen waterfalls, snow-capped mountains and icy lakes make up just some of the captivating scenery. From the Yuntai Mountains in central Henan province to the monstrous northern Taihang Mountains, China's scenic areas have been transformed into winter wonderlands.