"Bomb cyclone" snowstorm hits Denver

Denver experienced a "bomb cyclone" snowstorm on Wednesday, with hurricane winds that shut down the runways at Denver International Airport, and parts of the freeway system. CBS news is calling it "the strongest storm in decades." Areas around the city received between 6 and 8 inches of heavy snow. Governor Jared Polis declared a state emergency and dispatched the Colorado National Guard to help people caught in the storm.

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Photos: Hong Kong Disneyland in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Mangkhut

All of Hong Kong was devastated by the violence of Super Typhoon Mangkhut this week, but there's something really striking about the damage to Hong King Disneyland -- a perfect little jewel of a themepark. It's in the contrast of the very carefully maintained surface veneer of the park and the damage from the storm. Read the rest

Hurricane Relief Bookstore: DRM-free science fiction ebooks to benefit Houston, the Caribbean, and Florida

Pablo Defendini writes, "Fireside Fiction Company has set up the Hurricane Relief Bookstore as a mechanism for all of us to funnel money over to people who need it. 100% of the profits from sales of ebooks on the store will go to three organizations: one for the Caribbean, one for Houston, and one for Florida. The store features DRM-free ebooks from Fireside Magazine, as well as Uncanny Magazine, Lightspeed Magazine, Mothership Zeta, Angry Robot Books, Apex Books, and many more individual authors who have contributed independently. Read the rest

323 reindeer died from a single lighting strike in Norway

This website has a video with macabre footage of 323 reindeer that died from a single lightning strike.

From Google Translate:

It was Friday night that the mass death of reindeer was discovered in caribou range in Vinje municipality between Møsvatn and Kalhovd Hardangervidda.

It was a lightning strike in connection with a violent thunderstorm that seems to have taken the lives of animals, says Knut Nylend by the Norwegian Nature Inspectorate (SNO) in Finnabu operations center told VG.

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