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Storm dumps heavy snow along highways in Alaska - 18 inches within 24 hours

A car went off the road near Mile 78 of the Seward Highway south of the Portage turnoff on Monday, Jan. 27, 2020.
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A car went off the road near Mile 78 of the Seward Highway south of the Portage turnoff on Monday, Jan. 27, 2020.
Strong winds and a double-digit dumping of snow made for precarious driving conditions along Turnagain Arm on Monday morning and through the early afternoon.

The storm subsided, but another is expected to hit mid-week.

Snow started falling late Sunday, said National Weather Service meteorologist Michael Kutz. About 15 inches of snow accumulated near Portage by Monday afternoon, he said.

Alaska Department of Transportation spokeswoman Shannon McCarthy said 18 inches of new snow was recorded in Girdwood on Monday.


Accumulation along Turnagain Pass was recorded at 10 inches or more by Monday afternoon.


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Capital Nur-Sultan under state of emergency as powerful winter storm hits Kazakhstan

Camel towing car
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Authorities in the Kazakh capital have declared a state of emergency after a winter storm pummeled the city with strong winds and heavy snowfall.

Transportation links to and from Nur-Sultan were cut on January 27, while all schools in the capital remained closed.

The spokesman for Nur-Sultan International Airport, Zhenis Akhmetzhanov, told reporters that all flights were postponed for an unknown period of time for safety reasons.

Nur-Sultan's emergencies department called on residents not to leave the capital before the state of emergency is lifted.

Dozens of highways across the Central Asian country have been closed due to winter storms.


Cloud Precipitation

Freak hailstorm and flash floods strike Malaga, Spain

Cars have been left stacked upon one another in Campanillas

Cars have been left stacked upon one another in Campanillas
Malaga has reactivated its emergency protocol after areas of the province have been left heavily damaged by a fresh onslaught of stormy weather.

In Campanillas, cars have been dragged and stacked upon one another while another was thrown through a bank's shop window by more than metre-high rapids.

Maqueda, too, has been hit hard, with both areas seeing dozens of homes and businesses completely flooded.

The cost of the damage is estimated to be in the millions as the Andalucian president Juanma Moreno is set to visit Campanillas today.



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Ice Age Farmer Report: Coronavirus & empty shelves: Global bean shortage

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Coronavirus has captured the worlds attention -- but have you noticed grocery stores struggling to keep food on the shelves? Whole Foods distributor goes bankrupt as dry bean prices are skyrocketing after 50%+ crop loss, causing global repercussions. Keep your eye on the ball, and start growing food.


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Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Ancient warnings, modern solutions

Rök stone
© Alfredo Dagli OrtiRex/Shutterstock
The Rök stone in Sweden bears the longest runic inscription in the world.
1200 year old unknown and previously undecipherable Viking stone code has been cracked, and it tells of the Sun driving the civilization cycle termed "The Rhythm of Light" a pattern of low solar activity that brings and takes civilization. UAE could seeding brought record snow and heaviest rains in 24 years. Now LG is showcasing a new grow device for leafy greens to feed a family form the convenience of your home. Indoor agriculture brought to you by LG.


Comment: Recurring, natural climate change: 9th century Viking runestone records fears of '3-year-long winter'


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Storm Gloria causes major damage to agriculture in Spanish regions of Murica and Valencia

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Delays in the vegetable harvest and severe impact on citrus crops

Many vegetable fields in the Spanish Region of Murcia have been flooded after more than two days of intense rainfall.

The abundant water covering part of the leafy vegetable crops, as well as the broccoli, cauliflower and artichoke fields, is making it difficult to carry out the harvesting tasks. For many producers, it will be impossible to enter the fields in the next few days, so delays in harvests and shipments are expected.


The intense cold and the cloudy days are slowing down the vegetative growth, which is taking a toll on the supply. This is significant, taking into account that Murcia is the main producer for this type of vegetables in Europe during the winter months. Broccoli and cauliflower prices are the ones that have risen the most so far since the temperatures started falling.

Comment: ...for the fourth year running:


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Mount Baker Highway in Washington closed because of avalanche danger after 2 feet of snow in 24 hours

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Mount Baker Highway was closed from early Thursday morning to Friday morning because of avalanche danger, the Washington state Department of Transportation said.

"The safety of the traveling public is our top priority, so WSDOT will close the highway at milepost 37, east of Glacier, at 4 a.m. due to anticipated avalanche risk," WSDOT spokeswoman Andrea Petrich said in an email.

Mount Baker Highway, also called state Highway 542, was last closed for avalanche danger in 2009, Petrich said.

A powerful sub-tropical storm is dumping rain in the Whatcom County lowlands and heavy snow in the higher elevations of the North Cascades, the Nation Weather Service said in online forecasts.


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Storm Gloria generates the biggest wave ever recorded in the Mediterranean Sea

Storm Gloria record waves
On January 20, 2020, Spain's Ports of the State announced the largest significant wave height in recorded history in the Mediterranean Sea.

According to the Spanish meteorologists and oceanographers, Storm Gloria generated a record-breaking significant wave height of 8.44 meters (27.69 feet) off the port city of Valencia, in Spain.

The previous significant wave height record in the Mediterranean Sea had been set at 8.15 meters (26.73 feet) and was recorded in 2003 in Mahón, Menorca.

The authorities estimate that this time, Storm Gloria produced waves of 13.5 meters (44.29 feet).

Storm Gloria, which continues to affect much of the western Mediterranean, including France and Portugal, has already smashed several significant wave height records according to the network of deep-sea buoys.

This historical maximum, the highest data measured in the western Mediterranean, has been obtained by an ocean buoy located near Valencia.


Comment: Storm surge from Storm Gloria reaches at least 3km inland in Spain


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Heavy rain triggers floods and landslides in southern Peru

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Heavy rain has several triggered landslides and flooding in Arequipa Department in the south of Peru.

According to Andina, the state owned news agency, flash floods and landslides struck on 22 January 2020 in the district of Uchumayo, affecting the communities of Congata and Cerro Verde. Over 80 homes have been damaged, including seven severely. Roads have been closed in the affected area. Damage assessments are ongoing.

The previous day heavy rain caused landslides in the area of Villa Unión, also in Uchumayo district, blocking roads and affecting 3 families, according to reports from Peru's National Institute of Civil Defense (INDECI). A similar situation was reported in Yura district, where around 15 people were affected and roads were blocked.


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Storm surge from Storm Gloria reaches at least 3km inland in Spain

Storm surge flooded 3 km inland along Spain’s eastern coast 20 to 22 January 2020.
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Storm surge flooded 3 km inland along Spain’s eastern coast 20 to 22 January 2020.
A severe storm brought powerful winds, cold temperatures, snow and coastal flooding to wide areas of Spain from 20 January. Media blamed at least 4 deaths on the storm. Satellite images show storm surge swept 3km inland in Tarragona Province, resulting in severe damage to rice paddies and the ecosystem.

The storm, named "Gloria" by the State Meteorological Agency of Spain, AEMET, produced waves of over 8 metres along the coastline of south-eastern Spain on 20 January.

AEMET reported wind gusts of 115 km/h in Oliva, Valencia, on 20 January and 106 km/h in Barcelona the next day.

Heavy rain was also reported, with Barx in Valencia recording 190.4mm of rain in 24 hours to 20 January.

The following day Horta de Sant Joan in Tarragona Province, Catalonia, recorded 227.4mm.



Comment: Storm Gloria hits eastern Spain, dumping huge amounts of snow and battering coast with record-high waves