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Landspout touches down as storms sweep south-east Queensland, Australia

© Scott Durston via Higgins Storm Chasing
Landspout hits ground at in Queensland.
Severe storms have swept across south-east Queensland, dumping more than 60mm of rain in some parts in just half an hour.

There are reports of flash flooding in parts of Brisbane as the storm cell moves north, with video emerging of flash flooding in a south Brisbane car park.

Carindale received more than 68mm of rain in just 30 minutes.

Some 1400 residents across the state are without power, with Aspley the worst affected.

Earlier, video surfaced of a landspout, similar to a tornado, landing near Caloundra racecourse, on the Sunshine Coast.

A landspout is formed when clouds converge with wind, and are not associated with the mesocyclone of a thunderstorm.

Snowflake Cold

Global Warming? Too Much Snow Closes Ski Resorts, Amazing Light Pillars & California Drought Erased in One Storm

© YouTube/Adapt 2030 (screen capture)
With over 10 feet of snow falling in the last weeks in California and Colorado, ski resorts closed from too much snow, highways completely cut off and with one storm, California filled all of its reservoirs again. So much for the doom and gloom of the IPCC telling us the drought would intensify due to CO2 warming and Gore told us our children would never know what snow is again.

Comment: As the global warming hoax spirals out of control, evidence suggests that the world is on the brink of a new ice age. See also:

Ice Cube

Deadly ice storm threatens 44 million people as US Midwest freezes

© NBC News
In Oklahoma, a truck driver was killed in a crash on an ice-covered highway just before a 3.30am Saturday. The stretch of road was the scene of nearly a dozen other crashes.
A third wave of sleet and drizzle could hit parts of the central U.S. on the eve of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, with temperatures threatening to stay near or below freezing and add to the treacherous mix.

Ice buildups of one-quarter to slightly less than a half inch were expected from southeastern Kansas to central Missouri.

Becky Allmeroth, a state maintenance engineer for the Missouri Department of Transportation, said ice is 'the most difficult storm to fight'.

'We are keeping up with the changing conditions, but it is a continual battle,' she said of the department's around-the-clock scrambling to treat the glazed roads. 'The precipitation is coming in waves, and we have to apply more salt.'

Icy roads created dangerous conditions and travel headaches for many people who avoided authorities' pleas to stay indoors except for necessary outings.

Cloud Lightning

Passenger plane struck in mid-air by lightning bolt over Moscow in the middle of winter

Storm chaser Julia Musina said her friend recorded the terrifying moment on January 2
This is the terrifying moment a packed passenger plane is struck in mid-air by a bolt of lightning.

The Boeing 747 had left Moscow's Vnukovo International Airport as rain lashed down from ominous grey skies just before nightfall on January 2.

Moments into the ascent for the two hour 20 minutes flight to Sochi, a powerful bolt of lightning ripped down from the sky - striking the plane's carriage.

Storm chaser Julia Musina said: 'It's pretty scary to see this from the ground. The people on the plane must have been really nervous if they noticed what had happened.

'The plane just carried on like nothing had affected it. It's not nice for nervous flyers, though. Take off is the scariest time.

Comment: See also: Lightning hits airplane in rare strike over Iceland


Dovekie seabird from the Arctic turns up in Bermuda

Dovekie (Little auk)
You thought the recent weather was cold by Bermuda's standards? This little auk probably thought so too.

The dovekie, right, which is related to puffins and breeds in Iceland and Greenland, was found at Ferry Point Park by a group of American students on a field trip.

According to birder Andrew Dobson, it is the first dovekie found on the island in almost 50 years, and was brought here by strong winds.

Temperatures on Monday had fallen to a near-record low of 53F (12C), with winds gusting at 37 knots.

© Annie Lee
Dovekie (Little auk)
The dovekie is the smallest member of the auk family in the North Atlantic.

A seabird, it breeds predominantly in high-arctic regions and it winters in massive numbers in the low-arctic and boreal waters of northeastern North America.


U.S. Snowfall totals exceed 200 inches at many locations of the Sierra Nevada and Cascades; one site over 300 inches

Snow totals in inches for ski resorts in the Cascades and Sierra Nevada so far this season.
Snowfall has been prolific so far this month in the Sierra Nevada, which straddles the border between California and Nevada.

The feet of snow that have piled up in recent days in multiple atmospheric river events vaulted snowfall totals this season over 200 inches at the highest elevations.

Alpine Meadows, Mammoth Mountain, Mount Rose and Squaw Valley are among the locations that have seasonal snowfall totals that have topped the 200-inch benchmark through Jan. 9, according to data on each of the ski resort websites. One of those resorts, Mount Rose in the Lake Tahoe region, is reporting more than 300 inches of snow for the season.

Farther north in the Cascades of Oregon and Washington, Mount Hood Meadows and Stevens Pass have also racked up more than 200 inches of snow this winter.

© Instagram/r0d1fab
Large piles of snow in the Mammoth Mountain area on Jan. 9, 2017.


Violent winter storm lashes northern France; 300,000 homes without power

© Eduardo Soteras / AFP
Passengers are seen on the platform at Arras, in northeastern France on January 13, 2017 as they are transferred from one train to another after a Brussels-Paris bound train hit technical difficulties in bad weather.
A severe winter storm that swept across northern France on Thursday night left more than 300,000 homes without power.

More than 1,000 people were forced to evacuate their homes because of fallen trees, ruptured power cables and damaged roofs. Some 6,000 pompiers (rescue workers) were called out to deal with 4,452 emergencies.

An international Thalys train with 200 passengers was left stranded in the Somme region in norther France overnight because of a fallen tree branch on the line.

The storm, which has been dubbed "Egon", saw 146 kmh winds in the northern port city of Dieppe.

The violent weather has been compounded by a cold snap, with warnings of snow and ice on roads. The Normandy and Picardie regions are particularly badly affected.

Snowflake Cold

Chaos on Scotland's roads as heavy blizzards batter the UK

Traffic cops try to help the HGV out of the jam
Deep snow and sleet make conditions extremely treacherous for drivers all over the country

Scotland's roads descended into chaos today after heavy blizzards battered the country - causing a series of nasty crashes.

The dangerous whiteout arrived this morning swamping Lanarkshire before sweeping across the rest of the west of Scotland.

The heavy snow and freezing temperatures caused mayhem for drivers who encountered extremely treacherous conditions on the roads throughout the country.

A number of collisions took place in the Highlands while several other routes were closed due to ice and snow.

A car was left smashed up after it skidded into a lamppost in Lugton earlier today


Global hurricane force winds and out of season record rainfall, as cosmic rays increase

© YouTube/Adapt 2030 (screen capture)
Category 5 hurricane winds in California, Cat 3 winds in Colorado, Cat 4 winds in Europe's blizzards and the media uses a few tweets and a 10 second story to report, but a Cat 1 hurricane and its 24/7 news in summer so the media can hype global warming. All the while refusing to discuss cosmic ray intensity increasing which is the real cause of out of season floods happening globally.

Comment: See these related articles for more information:

Ice Cube

Dangerous long-duration ice storm looming for 1000-mile swath of central U.S.

People from Texas to Ohio are bracing for a long-duration ice storm that could turn destructive and cut power to hundreds of thousands from Friday to Sunday.

A shallow layer of cold air in the atmosphere will accompany a storm over the central United States. The storm will produce a swath of freezing rain along a 1,000-mile swath. As the chilled rain falls on cold surfaces, it will freeze into a glaze of ice.

Untreated sidewalks, streets and highways can turn into a skating rink as a layer of clear, smooth ice forms. The heaviest rain can wash away ice-melting compounds as the storm progresses.

Preceding the main ice storm will be a period of freezing rain and sleet that affect travel in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin during Wednesday night. "Travel is likely to be hazardous for hundreds of miles along Interstate 35, I-40 and I-70 in the Central states from Friday to Sunday," according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Brett Rossio.

People traveling across the country may want to consider a more southern route. Where temperatures remain below freezing and rain falls at a heavy rate, the ice will continue to accrue for a few days. Ice of 1/4 to 1/2 of an inch thick can occur over a broad area. The thickness of the ice will become substantial enough to weigh down trees and power lines.