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Afghanistan flash flood kills at least 30 villagers

Badakhshan province, far northeastern Afghanistan. MASSOUD HOSSAINI
This Aug. 15, 2016 photo, shows an ariel view of the snow-capped Pamir mountains in the Wakhan district of Badakhshan province, far northeastern Afghanistan.
At least 30 Afghan villagers searching for gold in a riverbed perished on Sunday in a flash flood in northeastern Badakhshan province, provincial officials said.

Along with those killed, dozens were also injured as a landslide and flash flood engulfed the river in the morning in Kohistan district, an area about 68 miles, from Fayzabad, the capital of Badakhshan.

Nek Mohammad Nazari, the spokesman for the provincial governor, said the villagers had dug deep in the river, which had in the past been mined for gold, when they were caught in the flash flood. The casualty numbers could rise, he said.


Snow storm hits 17 Iranian provinces

Seventeen provinces of Iran have been stricken by heavy snow storm over the past 24 hours, Rescue and Relief Organization head Morteza Salimi has said.

Seventeen provinces of Iran have been stricken by heavy snow storm over the past 24 hours, Rescue and Relief Organization head Morteza Salimi has said.
Snow swept across 17 provinces namely West Azarbaijan, Ardebil, Isfahan, Alborz, Tehran, Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari, North Khorasan, Fars, Semnan, Zanjan, Qazvin, Qom, Kordestan, Gilan, Lorestan, Mazandaran, and Markazi, Tasnim news agency quoted Salimi as saying on Friday.

Some 90 rescue teams comprising 320 rescue workers offered relief and rescue service, Salimi highlighted.

Meanwhile, some 4,100 who were stranded in the snow storm received relief services and 656 cars stuck in snow were released, he added.


British Columbia storm pounds province with snow, rain, smashing records - up to 74 cms (29 inches) of snowfall in 24 hours

Athlete Mark Abma, captured on Whistler, after the early January snowfall.
© Eric Berger/Whistler Blackcomb
Athlete Mark Abma, captured on Whistler, after the early January snowfall.
The storm that moved across B.C. over the past 72 hours has left many areas of the province cleaning up on Friday.

No weather alerts remain in place for the province but parts of Vancouver Island remain under high streamflow advisories.

The Englishman River and Little Qualicum River on Vancouver Island were under a flood watch following the downpour but Friday afternoon it was downgraded to a high streamflow advisory.

High stream advisories remain in place for part of Vancouver Island, the North Shore, Fraser Valley, Howe Sound and Sunshine Coast.

From 8 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 2, to 9 a.m., Friday, Jan. 4, many areas of B.C. saw a huge dumping of snow.


Greenland Crater - The 12,000 year old comet that erased ancient civilization

Ancient Impact
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NASA recently discovered of a massive, 19-mile (31km) wide crater, found hidden underneath Greenland's Hiawatha Glacier. This crater is the result of an asteroid impact, from a nearly 1 mile-wide mountain of iron, weighing somewhere around, get this, 11-12 BILLION tons, and was traveling at approximately 12 MILES per second - which is equivalent to more than 43,000 miles per hour - when it slammed into the earth some 12,000 years ago - And...with the mind-boggling force of essentially a 700-megaton bomb. And without a doubt, THIS is the reason why there is so much mystery and why we know so little about lost Ancient human civilization

Cloud Precipitation

Death toll in Philippines floods, landslides rises to at least 122 (UPDATE)

A destroyed house after a tropical depression
© Robert Balidoy
A destroyed house after a tropical depression hit Daet, in Camarines Norte
Authorities warn number of victims to increase as thousands are forced from their homes by the bad weather.

The death toll from flash floods and landslides caused by torrential rains due to a tropical depression in the eastern Philippines has jumped to at least 68, officials have said, warning that the number of fatalities will climb even higher.

Fifty-seven of the victims were reported in the eastern region of Bicol, located south of the main island of Luzon, civil defence officials said on Monday. Eleven others died in the nearby region of Eastern Visayas.

Twelve people were also injured in various accidents in the two regions most affected by the rains even days before the tropical depression - known locally as Usman - made landfall in Eastern Samar province on Saturday.

Comment: Update:The Philippine Star on January 3 reports:
The death toll from Tropical Depression Usman in Bicol, the Visayas and Southern Tagalog has reached 87, with 20 others missing, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported yesterday.

NDRRMC spokesman Edgar Posadas said the figures are still subject to validation by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)'s Management of the Dead and the Missing (MDM).

Posadas said Usman also directly affected 45,348 families or 191,597 people from 457 barangays in Bicol, Eastern Samar and the Cavite-Laguna-Batangas-Rizal-Quezon (Calabarzon) region, as well as in Mindoro-Marinduque-Romblon-Palawan (Mimaropa).

Vice President Leni Robredo visits Barangay

Vice President Leni Robredo visits Barangay Patitinan in Sagñay, Camarines Sur yesterday to check the extent of damage in the area following a landslide.

Update: The Gulf Today on January 3
The death toll from landslides and floods in the eastern Philippines has climbed to 122 as emergency teams reach isolated areas and recover more bodies, officials said Thursday.

According to the Deutsche Presse-Agentur, DPA, quoted civil defence and disaster risk reduction officials as saying that nearly 30 people were still reported missing in the affected areas in the eastern regions of Bicol and Eastern Visayas.

The tropical depression was the last and deadliest cyclone to hit the Philippines in 2018. Previously, Typhoon Mangkhut was considered the deadliest, killing more than 80 people in September.

Nearly 25,000 people were displaced by the landslides and floods
, the national disaster risk reduction office said.


Cloud Precipitation

2018 was wettest year on record in over 2 dozen cities in the East, Midwest, including Washington D.C. and Pittsburgh

Statewide ranks of January-through-November precipitation in 2018. States shaded in dark green had the wettest first 11 months of any year in records dating to 1895.
Statewide ranks of January-through-November precipitation in 2018. States shaded in dark green had the wettest first 11 months of any year in records dating to 1895.
Over two dozen cities in the East and Midwest had their wettest year on record in 2018, stretching from North Carolina to South Dakota.

On Dec. 15, Reagan National Airport's year-to-date precipitation total eclipsed the previous record-wet year in the nation's capital, which had stood for 129 years, since Benjamin Harrison took office as president.

After topping the record, they would tack on almost 5 inches of additional rain in the latter half of December.

Washington D.C. set a record-wet November, fifth-wettest September, fourth-wettest July and sixth-wettest May, according to National Weather Service records dating to 1871. Only January, March and October were drier than average in 2018 in the nation's capital.

Comment: See also: Record rainfall was the story of 2018 weather in West Virginia


Ice Age Farmer Report: Grand Solar Minimum 2019: What to expect

winter storm diego
© Stephanie Klein-Davis /The Roanoke Times via AP
John Woodrum, shovels his car on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018, in Roanoke, Va. A massive storm brought snow, sleet, and freezing rain across a wide swath of the South on Sunday — causing dangerously icy roads, immobilizing snowfalls and power losses to hundreds of thousands of people.
2018 has been a hell of a year, and 2019 promises to be even more "fun." What can we expect? Christian breaks it down, from the geophysical to the geopolitical, in this Ice Age Farmer special edition.



Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Heading into (Early Winter 2018) - Events the MSM overlooked

A man shovels snow in the city of Yokote,
© Mainichi/Shin Sato
A man shovels snow in the city of Yokote, Akita Prefecture, northern Japan, on Dec. 27, 2018.
As our world shifts climate patterns due to a weakening magnetosphere brought on by a 400-year cycle in our Sun's output, weather extremes are becoming more obvious. These are but a few examples through the last part of Autumn heading into early winter 2018 along with long climate cycle data and how the economy of our planet is being affected in the interwoven events.


Bizarro Earth

Waves that surprised Florida beachgoers last week caused by rare meteotsunami

meteotsunami in Florida
© Alex Driehaus/Naples Daily News
Strong winds push waves all the way up the beach on Friday, Dec. 21, 2018, in Port Royal.
Scientists think a meteotsunami hit Southwest Florida last week, sending surf rushing up beach access walkways.

"It's not like what you see with a tsunami wave caused by an earthquake," said Chris Fisher, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

But it's a fairly rare occurrence. Last week's apparent meteotsunami caused water levels to jump by nearly a foot and forced beachgoers from Naples to Sanibel Island to scurry out of the way of waves last week.

A meteotsunami - not to be confused with a tsunami - consists of large waves caused by air pressure disturbances and quick-moving storms, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Tsunamis generally are attributed to large displacements of water, usually from major seismic events such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions or explosions.

At 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, temperatures dropped by almost 10 degrees in Southwest Florida as barometric pressure momentarily rose by 1.6 millibars. Waves were projected to be about 1.7 feet at 1:30 p.m. but reached 5.04 feet before decreasing rapidly over the next hour.

Comment: While events like this have occurred before, all around the world we're seeing them increase in frequency and intensity, along with a variety of related phenomena:

Cloud Precipitation

Record rainfall in Queensland, Australia - 1.5 meters since the start of December

Flash flooding in Queensland

Flash flooding in Queensland
Long-term weather records have been smashed by overnight rainfall, with some parts of the Far North receiving more than a metre of water so far this month.

The Bureau of Meteorology has reported 1.5m of rainfall since the start of December at Daintree Village — eclipsing a previous December record of 900mm set in 1973.

Cairns Airport has received its highest ever rainfall for the soggy month, with 754.4mm filling the rain gauge, as has Cooktown with 675.6mm.

The bureau has also recorded 888mm of rainfall at Kuranda Railway Station, and 750mm at Innisfail wharf, the highest monthly amounts ever for both locations.

Bureau duty forecaster Lachlan Stoney said they were still expecting the heavy rainfall to continue today, with a severe weather warning issued for a large area across Cape York Peninsula, extending northwest of Cairns.

"It's all associated with the tropical low that's formed in the area," he said.