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Avalanche Sends Skier Tumbling Down Mountain in Pyrenees33s

Avalanche Sends Skier Tumbling Down Mountain in Pyrenees

Two snowboarders and a skier were rescued after an avalanche sent them tumbling down a mountain and left two of them buried in snow in the Pyrenees in northern Catalonia, Spain, on February 6, officials said. Mountain guide Roger Martorell shot this video of the avalanche in the area of Tuc de la Llança, in Val d’Aran. He told Storyful that the trio had wrongly interpreted forecasts for an ongoing “weak layer situation,” and said the snowboarders stopped at an unsafe spot. Martorell said the third person, a skier, triggered the avalanche and rolled down the mountain, but was the first to start searching for the other two people. He said one of the snowboarders was half-buried and the other was fully buried. Rescue teams later arrived, removed them from the snow, and transported them to hospital. According to local media, a skier was seriously injured and was taken to hospital by helicopter. Credit: RogerMountainGuide.com via Storyful

Power Lines Spark as Wind Storm Topples Tree on Vancouver Island39s

Power Lines Spark as Wind Storm Topples Tree on Vancouver Island

A wind storm toppled trees and power lines on the southern end of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, on Saturday, February 9, leaving tens of thousands without power. Local electricity supplier BC Hydro said on Saturday afternoon that more than 70,000 people were without power. On Sunday morning, the company said it had made “great progress overnight” and just 11,000 customers were without electricity. This footage shows a tree falling onto power lines in Langford, on the western outskirts of Victoria, causing them to spark and smoke. Local media said the downed tree shut down traffic in the area. Credit: @JVicPro via Storyful

Calves Rescued as Winter Storm Pummels Washington State4m16s

Calves Rescued as Winter Storm Pummels Washington State

Farmers rescued several calves from blizzard conditions in Ephrata, Washington, on Saturday, February 9, as a winter storm continued to blanket much of the state. Nick Cobb was among those farmers who drove out to check on the condition of their livestock as blizzard conditions persisted. He found cattle huddling together, protecting themselves from the storm, but also found some young calves in trouble. These images, shared by Cobb on Facebook on Saturday, show calves being warmed up inside a vehicle. In a comment under the photos, Cobb wrote that one calf, seen covered in snow and ice, had been nicknamed Oreo and was being cared for. “Others are in a barn hut with heat lamps and full bellies. All are alive. So far,” Cobb wrote. Local media followed up with Cobb on Sunday, and reported that Oreo and the 10 or so other calves he picked up were in good condition. Credit: Nick Cobb via Storyful

Truckee Residents Snowboard Down Street Following Heavy Snowfall48s

Truckee Residents Snowboard Down Street Following Heavy Snowfall

Residents in Truckee, California, took advantage of snowfall and went snowboarding down a a heavily blanketed roadway on February 10. Moss Halladay, a local photographer and snowboarder, said, “The mountains are shut down because it snowed so much.. we decided to get a few neighborhood laps in instead.” The National Weather Service warned of blizzard conditions in the Tahoe area. Multiple roads in Truckee were closed due to the snowy weather, the California Highway Patrol said. Credit: @mosshalladay via Storyful

Tractor Frees Police Car Trapped in Washington Blizzard37s

Tractor Frees Police Car Trapped in Washington Blizzard

It’s been a crazy winter for extreme weather this year, and this video shot on February 9th of a local farmer in Pasco, Washington freeing a police car that’s gotten stranded in a blizzard is just one more—incredibly gratifying to watch!—example of just how extreme it’s gotten. Jessica Coren Petty, who posted this video, says that she was returning home from lunch with a group of friends when they passed three trucks, one sheriff’s car, and a Pasco police car stuck in the snow. Eager to assist the stranded motorists, Petty and the rest of her party returned a few minutes later with a tractor and towed the vehicles free. Snowstorms in the area prompted highways to close and also shut down the Tri-Cities Airport on February 9th, the Tri-City Herald said, which we can’t help thinking is clearly a good idea. Just like we also think that residents willing to lend a hand to neighbors and community members in need is the hallmark of a town that’s a great place to live. It’s undeniably gratifying to watch that giant tractor pull and tug the comparatively small police car to freedom. Although, of course, police cars aren’t really small at all—easily weighing over a ton—which just goes to show how truly fearsome this particular snow storm was. That even trucks got stranded, despite all their massive size, makes this truly a snowstorm for the ages. While it’s been wonderful this winter to spend more time indoors with a cup of hot cocoa, a fire in the fire place, and some extra quality time with our friends, families, and pets, we also can’t help thinking about how nice it’s going to be when summer finally arrives and we can go outside with short sleeves and full confidence once again. Of course, the inevitable downside to all that will be the temporary end to videos like this one—which not only showcase some of the best community spirit we’ve seen in a long time, but also a gorgeous blanket of winter white covering the entire landscape. Fortunately, we can enjoy it all without actually having to venture out into the cold and the snow just by clicking the Play button, which we plan to do immediately. You should definitely do so too. Just make sure you’re snuggled up extra cozy in your favorite warm and comfortable spot before you do!

Slow Motion Video Shows Snow Falling in Seattle as City Braces for Storm51s

Slow Motion Video Shows Snow Falling in Seattle as City Braces for Storm

Snow continued to fall on Seattle, Washington on Saturday, February 9, as seen in this video shared to Instagram by Rachel Gibbs. Temperatures were predicted to drop to 16 degrees Farenheit (-9 degrees Celsius) on Saturday night, the National Weather Service (NWS) warned. A winter storm warning was issued by the NWS which would remain in place until Tuesday, February 12. “Heavy snow possible as two storm systems move across the area,” the warning stated. “The first system will move across the area Sunday afternoon into Sunday night, bringing the potential for 1 to 3 inches of new snow. “Another system will move in quickly behind this system Monday and continue through Tuesday, bringing the potential for more significant snowfall. New snow accumulations on Monday through Tuesday of 5 to 8 inches possible.” “Be careful out there,” the NWS said in a tweet. Credit: Rachel Gibbs via Storyful

Belltown Blanketed in Snow As Seattle Hit With Rare Winter Storm45s

Belltown Blanketed in Snow As Seattle Hit With Rare Winter Storm

Seattle was blanketed with snow on February 8 as Washington Governor Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency, calling the storm “unlike one we’ve seen in many years.” This footage, shot in the early morning of February 9, shows a glimpse of the snow covering the roads of the Belltown district. According to CNN, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport saw 6.4 inches of snow on February 8, the second most snow recorded in the region since 1991. Credit: Ashley Hoffman via Storyful

Bellevue Streets Covered in White after 'Snowmageddon'2m02s

Bellevue Streets Covered in White after 'Snowmageddon'

Bellevue, Washington, was blanketed with snow on February 8 as Washington Governor Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency, calling Friday’s storm “unlike one we’ve seen in many years.” This footage, uploaded by Joseph Dahan, shows a first-person rider view of the “snowmageddon” that hit the city. As of early morning on February 9, Bellevue saw six to ten inches of snow covering the ground. Credit: Joseph Dahan via Storyful

Snowfall Blankets Olympic Peninsula After Storm Hits Pacific Northwest44s

Snowfall Blankets Olympic Peninsula After Storm Hits Pacific Northwest

Snow blanketed Agnew on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula after the second storm in a week dumped several inches on the state on Friday, February 8. This video, originally posted to Twitter, shows a road completely covered as snowflakes fall. The uploader reported 7.5 inches were already on the ground at the time he recorded. The heavy snow has impacted traffic in Washington, including in Seattle, for the second time in a week. The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning covering areas stretching from Seattle to Port Angeles. The advisory warned of wind gusts up to 45 miles per hour and snow accumulations of eight inches. Credit: Steve Smith via Storyful

Storm Erik Lashes Shores of Scottish Town31s

Storm Erik Lashes Shores of Scottish Town

Storm Erik delivered strong winds to western Scotland on Friday, February 8. This footage shows the sea near the town of Helensburgh, about 30 miles northwest of Glasgow. Storm Erik made landfall at Northern Ireland and western Scotland on Friday, and winds of up to 62 miles per hour were recorded in Scotland on February 8. Credit: skyemackinnonauthor via Storyful

Time-Lapse Footage Shows Floodwater Engulf Stretch of Queensland Railway Line58s

Time-Lapse Footage Shows Floodwater Engulf Stretch of Queensland Railway Line

Heavy rain caused flooding along a section of train line serving the Mount Isa Mines, in Queensland, over the course of several days, from January 30 to February 5. Time-lapse footage issued by Queensland Rail shows the cumulative impact of heavy rainfall, which submerged a section of the railway line. A freight train with 80 wagons containing zinc, lead, and copper anode was also impacted by the weather, leading to chemicals being spilled into floodwaters, Queensland Rail’s CEO Nick Easy said. Credit: Queensland Rail via Storyful

Storm Erik Churns Up Sea Around Mullaghmore on Ireland's West Coast41s

Storm Erik Churns Up Sea Around Mullaghmore on Ireland's West Coast

Strong waves churned up by Storm Erik were dashed against the shores of Mullaghmore Head, in Co Sligo, Ireland, on the afternoon of February 8. The storm was expected to bring strong winds to Northern Ireland, Ireland and Scotland on February 8, with gusts of about 60 mph likely, the BBC reported. Credit: camlake_canvas via Storyful

Cute Kansas 'Trooper' Serves Up Warning About Driving in Icy Conditions1m33s

Cute Kansas 'Trooper' Serves Up Warning About Driving in Icy Conditions

A little boy in Kansas is helping to make sure everyone stays safe during the cold weather by recording a Public Service Announcement with the help of his mom. Brandi Davis shared video of her son dressed as a trooper from Kansas Highway Patrol on February 5, writing: “The BEST driving tip for bad weather!” In the video, Davis’s son, Oliver, warns people driving on the icy roads to slow down, saying: “That’s all you need to do, that’s it. Don’t go fast.” Credit: Brandi Davis via Storyful

Flood Warnings in Indiana Follow Heavy Rain50s

Flood Warnings in Indiana Follow Heavy Rain

A flood warning was in place for several parts of Indiana on February 8, with residents also warned of slick roads as a result of freezing conditions overnight. In Bloomington almost six inches on rain fell on February 7, according to Indiana Public Media. This footage shows a swollen creek in Bloomington. Credit: sunnhunt via Storyful

'It's Snowing Up': Snowflakes Fly to the Sky in Minneapolis Storm6s

'It's Snowing Up': Snowflakes Fly to the Sky in Minneapolis Storm

This video shows snowflakes flying in the “wrong direction” up towards the sky on February 7 in Minnesota. A snow emergency was declared by the City of Minneapolis on Thursday. The National Weather Service warned of snow and very strong winds in the Minneapolis area on Thursday. Credit: Sasha Ng via Storyful

Emus Beat the Heat With a Quick Dip at Dubbo Zoo43s

Emus Beat the Heat With a Quick Dip at Dubbo Zoo

A mob of emus at the Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo, New South Wales, went for a quick dip to escape sweltering temperatures on February 6. Filmed by zookeeper Steph Sims and volunteer Ruby Cullen, the emus can be seen frolicking about in the water. The keepers hadn’t seen so many emus together in the watering hole before. “Normally there’s just one or two,” a spokesperson for the zoo told Storyful. “We have had over 15 days at over 40 degrees Celsius in Dubbo since the start of the year, so you can understand why the emus have been swimming.” Credit: Steph Sims and Ruby Cullen via Storyful  Alen ZlatkovAVTOPAZAR MAKEDONIJA 36 minutes ago OPEL ASTRA 1.7 CDTI Kocani ден.3,650

Jubilant Patriots Fans Test the Ice on Boston Public Garden Lake1m15s

Jubilant Patriots Fans Test the Ice on Boston Public Garden Lake

After the New England Patriots’ Super Bowl homecoming parade hit Boston, on February 5, jubilant fans decided to test the ice at the Public Garden lake. Video shot by Andrew Hattery shows fans running the gauntlet across the frozen surface, with the ice proving too thin for quite a few of them. Fans were celebrating their team’s sixth Super Bowl win, after their 13-3 triumph over the LA Rams. Credit: Andrew Hattery via Storyful

Here's What the Interior of a Submerged Car Looks Like After it Dries Out33s

Here's What the Interior of a Submerged Car Looks Like After it Dries Out

Mitchell Lowy, of Townsville, Queensland, was heartbroken when he opened the door of his prized Subaru GC8 after it was submerged in water during the January-February floods. In this video, shared to the FNQ Flood Watch Facebook page on Thursday, February 7, Lowy tours the inside of the Subaru which is drenched in a thick layer of mud. “It’s a classic car,” he told Storyful. “But now, I’ll be taking it apart and selling it for parts,” he said. Lowy was just one of many Townsville residents devastated by severe flood weather. Over 110 mm of rain fell on the region on Wednesday, according to the Bureau of Meteorology, with further wet weather predicted. Credit: Mitchell Lowy via Storyful

Snow Thunders Down Italian Mountainside After Controlled Explosion49s

Snow Thunders Down Italian Mountainside After Controlled Explosion

Authorities at the Meran 2000 ski resort, in the Italian Alps, carried out a controlled avalanche on February 4. Video showing a helicopter triggering the avalanche was posted by the Waidmannalm, a piste-side lodge and restaurant upslope from the resort. Parts of northern Italy saw snow, heavy rain and floods over the weekend of February 2-3. Credit: Waidmannalm via Storyful

Storm Dumps Garbage Along California's Seal Beach49s

Storm Dumps Garbage Along California's Seal Beach

Heavy rain in Orange County, California, caused the San Gabriel River to swell and left nearby Seal Beach littered with debris on Monday, February 4. Video posted to Instagram shows garbage strewn about the sand before cleanup crews arrived. Fifty-two inland cities border the San Gabriel River and pollution from those areas traveled downstream to the sea before being dumped on the beach, according to the Orange County Register. The beach is regularly blanketed with trash during the wet seasons, local media said. Credit: @MusicCali via Storyful

Residents Attempt Muddy Flood Clean-up During Break in Rain1m09s

Residents Attempt Muddy Flood Clean-up During Break in Rain

Residents in Townsville took advantage of a pause in rainfall to begin the clean-up operation after the region was ravaged by floods. In this video, filmed by Townsville woman Kiara Lamont and shared to Instagram on February 5, Lamont surveys the damage done to her home. On February 6, the Bureau of Meteorology warned of ’heavy falls after a week of wet conditions. Townsville council was forced to fully open the Ross Dam floodgates on February 4 as the reservoir hit capacity on Sunday at about 250 per cent. Credit: Kiara Lamont via Storyful

Mickey and Minnie Mouse Ring in the Lunar New Year in Hong Kong54s

Mickey and Minnie Mouse Ring in the Lunar New Year in Hong Kong

Mickey and Minnie Mouse were present on a special Hong Kong Disneyland float during the city’s Lunar New Year Parade in Tsim Sha Tsui on the evening of February 5. The world famous mice joined other international performers in the parade, including a Hungarian basketball team that had won 10 Guinness World Records. Credit: pigerleung via Storyful

Dad Teaches Kids How to Handle a Croc in Queensland Flood46s

Dad Teaches Kids How to Handle a Croc in Queensland Flood

Taking artistic license from the late Steve Irwin, known as The Crocodile Hunter, a dad showed his kids how to catch a “crocodile” in the floodwaters in Townsville, Queensland. After grabbing the blowup crocodile in his arms and wrestling with it, Scott Munro can be heard saying “I got him!” in the video uploaded to Facebook. Following several days of unprecedented rainfall in the region, real crocodiles and snakes have reportedly been sighted in residential areas. Queensland Environment Minister Leeanne Enoch issued a statement, warning that the reptiles might appear in unexpected areas during this extreme weather, and urging residents to report any sightings. Credit: Stacy Munro via Storyful

Dad Teaches Kids How to Handle a Croc in Queensland Flood46s

Dad Teaches Kids How to Handle a Croc in Queensland Flood

Taking artistic license from the late Steve Irwin, known as The Crocodile Hunter, a dad showed his kids how to catch a “crocodile” in the floodwaters in Townsville, Queensland. After grabbing the blowup crocodile in his arms and wrestling with it, Scott Munro can be heard saying “I got him!” in the video uploaded to Facebook. Following several days of unprecedented rainfall in the region, real crocodiles and snakes have reportedly been sighted in residential areas. Queensland Environment Minister Leeanne Enoch issued a statement, warning that the reptiles might appear in unexpected areas during this extreme weather, and urging residents to report any sightings. Credit: Stacy Munro via Storyful

Rugby Players Rescue Children From Queensland Floods2m27s

Rugby Players Rescue Children From Queensland Floods

Australia National Rugby League players helped to rescue stranded children on February 4 after flooding had left roads impassable in Townsville, Queensland. Gavin Cooper and John Asiata, who play for the North Queensland Cowboys, and Antonio Winterstein, a former player, helped carry children to dry land after their family had become stranded on a boat while trying to evacuate, Yahoo Sports reported. This footage was taken by Winterstein’s wife, Brooke. Two bodies were found in a storm drain in a Townsville suburb during a search for missing people, Australia’s Nine News reported on February 5. Credit: Brooke Winterstein via Storyful