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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.


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

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© Augie Sparrow
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


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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.
© Casey Mapes
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.


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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.


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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.


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Two snowshoers, dog killed by weekend avalanche in Summit County, Colorado

An avalanche that killed two people and a dog on Jan. 8, 2021, in Summit County near Hoosier Pass.

An avalanche that killed two people and a dog on Jan. 8, 2021, in Summit County near Hoosier Pass.
Two Summit County snowshoers and a dog were buried and killed by an avalanche on Saturday.

According to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, the party triggered the snow slide around noon on Saturday.

The Summit County Sheriff's Office and volunteers from the Summit County Rescue Group and Flight for Life began searching areas west of Hoosier Pass after the party was overdue for a check-in. Officials found an avalanche on a flank of North Star Mountain, between Breckenridge and Fairplay.

An avalanche rescue dog located the two hikers and their dog, all buried beneath avalanche debris and dead.

CAIC reports that the avalanche broke about 400 feet wide ran about 250 vertical feet.

Authorities will visit the site on Monday for a more in-depth investigation.


Source: The Denver Post

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Climbers flee heavy snowfall in base camp on Manaslu, Nepal - 3 metres of snow in a week

Simone Moro in red and a Nepali team member work on the deeply buried Manaslu BC tents.
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Simone Moro in red and a Nepali team member work on the deeply buried Manaslu BC tents. Everyone flew away from Base Camp on Saturday until conditions improve.
Constant snow falling on Manaslu has pushed everyone away. "[In the] last week we had almost three metres of snow, so we decided to get everyone down to Samagaon, all the Sherpas, all the climbers, the whole group," Simone Moro reported on Saturday.

Two helicopters evacuated most of the expedition members, although a few, including Sophie Lenaerts and Stef Maginelle of Belgium, walked down to the village. "The descent from Base Camp was a bit dangerous because of snow slides," they reported.

"[Of all my] 21 winter expeditions, this one is proving to be particularly hard," Simone Moro admitted.

Unlike the rest of the climbers, who settled in Samagaon, Alex Txikon, Moro, and two others flew all the way back to Kathmandu. Here, they are arranging to fly a resupply of oxygen and cooking fuel to BC. They themselves will wait for conditions to improve before returning to Base Camp. "This is not possible at the moment," Moro wrote.

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Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Global undeliverable life needs moving forward

Frozen ship delivers ICE cars covered in ice.

Frozen ship delivers ICE cars covered in ice.
Nature and Economy constrict further our global supply chains. What will be in short supply in the first half of 2022 ? How are we as civilization going to deal with each month forward less goods that cost more? First identify what wont be available and find ways to replenish that.


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