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Mammoth Mountain in California just got some major snow - almost 5 FEET in 5 days

Those are windshield wipers... we think. Mammoth Mountain received almost five feet of snow over the first five days of December 2022
© Peter Morning/Mammoth Mountain
Those are windshield wipers... we think. Mammoth Mountain received almost five feet of snow over the first five days of December 2022
We know the names of the seasons — spring, summer, fall, and winter — and we know the catchy nicknames for shorter stretches of the year, with "swimsuit season" and "jacaranda season" and "county fair season" and several other memorable monikers catching our fancy.

But up around Mammoth Mountain? The beginning of "things poking out of lots of snow season" has officially arrived with the major storm that swept through over the first weekend of December 2022.

If you know the Eastern Sierra ski destination, you know that when a lot of snowflakes fall, you're bound to see the tops of various items sticking out of snow drifts and snow banks, with windshield wipers, fence posts, and the famous mountaintop sign all revealing the impressive depth of the accumulation.

That accumulation was impressive indeed, with nearly five feet of fresh snow falling in December alone.

Cloud Precipitation

'Storm from hell' - Spike hailstones batter Gauteng, South Africa

Spike hailstones covered parts of Gauteng in a white blanket after a thunderstorm swept across the city on Monday afternoon.

The South African Weather Service (SAWS) had warned of possible severe thunderstorms which could cause localised flooding in parts of Gauteng, the North West, Mpumalanga, the Free State, KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo.

Saws forecaster Lehlohonolo Thobela had told TimesLIVE there was also a possibility of hailstorms in parts of Gauteng on Monday afternoon.

"Flash floods and heavy rainfall are expected in the afternoon and might cause flooding in low-lying areas and informal settlements," Thobela had said.

Thunderstorms with showers and isolated showers are expected to continue for the rest of the week in most parts of the country.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning kills 5 people in Mozambique

The authorities in the northern Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado say lightning strikes killed five people and injured seven others at the weekend.

According to district administrator Matias Constantino, who confirmed the fact today, people were hit while watching a recreational football match in Nangande disctrict.

Speaking to state radio in Pemba, Mr Constantino said that in addition to causing fatalities, the phenomenon damaged the electrical system of the district administration building.

Lightning strikes, cyclones and floods are common in central and northern Mozambique, particularly during the rainy season that runs between October and the end of March.

Source: BBC

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Landslide caused by heavy rain buries bus in Colombia, at least 33 dead

Landslide in Risaralda Department. Colombia, 04 December 2022.
Landslide in Risaralda Department. Colombia, 04 December 2022.
At least 33 people died when a landslide buried a bus in northwestern Colombia on Sunday, and nine have been rescued alive, the interior minister said.

The landslide, caused by strong rains, hit the vehicle between the villages of Pueblo Rico and Santa Cecilia in Risaralda province, about 230 km (140 miles) northwest of the capital Bogota.

"We have already found 33 people dead, including three minors, and we have rescued nine people alive, four of them are in a critical condition," Interior Minister Alfonso Prada told reporters on Monday.

Colombia's President Gustavo Petro described the incident as a tragedy in a Twitter message.


Stromboli volcano eruption triggers 1.5m tsunami

stromboli volcano italy
© Valery Hache/AFP/Getty
Smoke rises from the Stromboli volcano on September 13, 2022. Stromboli, one of Europe's most active volcanoes, is part of the seven-island Eolian Archipelago of Sicily in southern italy.
The Italian authorities have reported 4.6-magnitude earthquakes near the Aeolian Islands

Earthquakes and tsunami waves have been registered in the Tyrrhenian Sea off the coast of Sicily after a volcano violently erupted on the Italian island of Stromboli on Sunday.

According to Italy's National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV), the tsunami was caused by the detachment of a large piece of the Sciara del Fuoco section of the Stromboli volcano, which slammed into the sea, creating tsunami waves one and a half meters high.

Sirens were triggered on the island to alert the population, but the civil protection department has said that no people were injured in the incident and reported that the property damage was "insignificant," as the waves barely managed to reach the coast.

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Cloud Precipitation

Vietnam - Deadly floods in north central coast region - nearly 14 inches of rain in 24 hours

Authorities retrieve the victim's body

Authorities retrieve the victim's body
Disaster authorities in Vietnam report that 3 people have died after heavy rain caused flooding and landslides in Thua Thien Hue, Quang Tri and Quang Nam provinces in the North Central Coast Region from 02 December 2022.

One fatality was reported in Phu Loc district in Thua Thien Hue on 02 December. Two other people were reported missing at the same time. The bodies of those missing were found on 04 December. As many as 2,860 houses were flooded in the district.

Flooding was also reported in Quang Nam province where one house was completely destroyed and 28 hectares of crops were damaged.


Deadly flooding in parts of Brazil, at least 10 killed (UPDATE)

Floods in Carapebus, Brazil, December 2022
© Prefeitura de Carapebus
Floods in Carapebus, Brazil, December 2022

Several regions in Brazil's north and south have been hit by devastating flooding, due to heavy rains in recent days.

Thousands of people have been displaced and at least three fatalities have been confirmed.

Two people are known to have died when a landslide hit the BR-376 highway in Paraná state, and dozens more are missing.

Local authorities in Sergipe state, in northeast Brazil, also reported a fatality.

Comment: Update December 5

Floodlist reports:
Brazil - Thousands Displaced, 10 Dead After Rain, Floods and Landslides in 5 States

Heavy rain has caused damage, flooding and landslides across the states of Espirito Santo, Santa Catarina, Paranà, Rio de Janeiro and Bahia in Brazil since late November 2022. According to the country's Civil Defence, at least 10 people have died and over 17,500 have been displaced.

Paranà State

As reported on 02 December, heavy rain caused a massive landslide along a highway near Guaratuba in Paranà state. Emergency teams are still working at the site, removing debris and mud. Twenty-one vehicles were buried in the slide, and it was thought at least 30 people could be missing. Two bodies have been recovered, and 6 people rescued alive. Six others were able to escape the vehicles without needing assistance. The search for the missing is continuing, the state government said.

Heavy rain has affected other areas of the state, including Antonina, Araucária, Campina Grande do Sul, Campo Largo, Curitiba, Guaraqueçaba, Guaratuba, Itaperuçu, Morretes, Piraquara, Quatro Barras and São José dos Pinhais.

Civil Protection reported that, as of 02 December, 7,528 people have been affected. Flooding has damaged 647 homes, 500 of them in São José dos Pinhais. One house was destroyed in Antonina. The number of displaced has fallen slightly over the last few days from 1,152 to 1,079.

More heavy rain has fallen and the municipality of Inácio Martins recorded 88.6 mm in 24 hours to 04 December 2022.

Santa Catarina

Heavy rain since late November continues to cause flooding and landslides in Santa Catarina.

As of 04 December, 32 municipalities were affected, 30 of which declared a state of emergency. Across the state, a total of 16,350 people were affected, including 10,000 in Massaranduba and 4,000 in Campo Alegre. A total of 1,077 people were displaced including 688 in Joinville and 220 in São Bento do Sul.

The state government reported fatalities in Palhoça, Brusque and Gravatal. A firefighter is still missing Navegantes and another person was reported missing after being swept away by an overflowing river in Brusque.

Municipalities in a state of emergency are: Araquari, Campo Alegre, Canelinha, Canoinhas, Corupá, Doutor Pedrinho, Garuva, Gaspar, Guaramirim, Itajaí, Itapoá, Jaraguá do Sul, Joinville, Luiz Alves, Massaranduba, Major Gercino, Mafra, Nova Trento, Orleans, Palhoça, Paulo Lopes, Rio dos Cedros, Rio Negrinho, Rodeio, São Bento do Sul, Santo Amaro da Imperatriz, Schroeder, Timbó, Tijucas and Três Barras.

Flood damage in Santa Catarina, Brazil, December 2022.
© Cristiano Estrela / Secom
Flood damage in Santa Catarina, Brazil, December 2022.
Espírito Santo

Heavy rain has been falling for the last week in the state of Espírito Santo, where Civil Defence reported 18 municipalities affected, several of which have declared a state of emergency including Cariacica, Colatina, Domingos Martins, Fundão, Jaguaré, João Neiva, Santa Leopoldina, São Mateus and Vila Velha.

As of 04 December, there were a total of 4,051 displaced in the state as a result of the severe weather. One fatality was reported in the municipality of Viana, where a total of 1,676 people were displaced.

Santa Teresa municipality recorded 258 mm of rain in 3 days from 01 to 03 December.

The Doce river at Linhares is above the orange alert level (3 metres). As of 05 December, the river stood at 3.14 metres and rising.

Authorities reported severe weather in the Norte Fluminense region of Rio de Janeiro State, from late November 2022. Affected municipalities included Carapebus, Conceição de Macabu, Macaé and Campos dos Goytacazes.

One person died from a lightning strike in Carapebus. One person died, another was seriously injured and around 85 people were displaced after a landslide in Conceição de Macabu.

Flooding has worsened since then, in particular in the city of Carapebus, where 2 people died and around 1,000 families have been displaced.

Macaé recorded 196.6 mm of rain in 48 hours to 01 December 2022.

The national Civil Defence reported a total of 16,900 people affected across 5 municipalities in the state, as of 04 December.


Heavy rain has also affected areas further north. At least 16 municipalities in the northeastern state of Bahia have declared a state of emergency.

Heavy rain began in late November, causing flooding in Prado City where 3,000 people were displaced on 28 November. The heavy rain has continued to cause problems since then and as of 04 December, a total of 51 municipalities have been affected, 9,281 people were displaced and 65,515 were affected, according to the state's Civil Defence. There were no reports of missing persons or deaths.

The worst affected municipalities and those that have declared a state of emergency are: Prado, Baixa Grande, Itabuna, Santa Cruz Cabrália, Cícero Dantas, Ibicuí, Itambé, Nova Viçosa, Vereda, Olindina, Cachoeira, Eunápolis, Cardeal da Silva, Itapé, Ribeira do Pombal and Teodoro Sampaio.

Heavy rain began in late November. On 29 November the city of Ibotirama recorded 133.4 mm of rain and Barreiras recorded 104.4 mm. The following day 75 mm of rain fell in Ribeira do Amparo. Amargosa recorded 84.6 mm on 01 December; Porto Seguro 90.4 mm on 02 December and Lençóis 49.5 mm on 03 December.
See in addition: Landslide after heavy rain leaves at least 2 dead and dozens missing in Brazil


Ski areas in western North America seeing their snowiest starts to winter in 20 years

Alta has had a deep start to winter so far.

Alta has had a deep start to winter so far.
Happy December! If we didn't know any better, we'd guess it's already mid-winter by the way the snowpack across the West has been looking as of late. Ski areas are seeing their snowiest starts to winter in 20 years, and there's tons of terrain open at mountains everywhere. Old Man Winter has been good to us so far, and with more snow on the forecast, it's only looking like it's getting better...

So here are the ski areas with the biggest snowfall totals this season so far. It's early in the year, and we're sure to miss some, so please comment below on who we should add to this list next time.

Ski resorts with the most snowfall this season to date...

#1 Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, WY: 142″
#2 Alta, UT, Tied with Brighton, UT: 134″
#3 Snowbird, UT, Tied with Grand Targhee, WY: 127″
#4 Timberline, OR: 121″
#5 Solitude, UT: 118″

Cloud Precipitation

Italy - Dozens rescued from flooding in south - as much as foot of rain in 24 hours

Flood rescues in Catanzaro, Italy, 04 December
© Vigili del Fuoco
Flood rescues in Catanzaro, Italy, 04 December 2022.
More severe weather has struck in southern Italy, just days after heavy rain triggered massive landslides on the island of Ischia.

Heavy rainfall from 03 December 2022 has affected southern and central areas of Italy. Flooding prompted emergency rescues in Sicily and Calabria regions, roads were closed in parts of Tuscany and firefighters carried out dozens of interventions in the Lazio region.

Stormy weather also prompted authorities to evacuate an estimated 1,070 residents from risk areas on the island of Ischia, where landslides in late November caused the death of 11 people.

Comment: A week earlier: Deadly landslide triggered by heavy rainfall tears through Italian island of Ischia - 6 inches of rain in just 6 hours - At least 8 dead


Magnitude 6.7 earthquake off Tonga

An earthquake of magnitude 6.7 has struck in the sea about 110 kilometres southwest of Hihifo, Tonga, the United States Geological Survey says.

A tsunami advisory was issued for American Samoa and the earthquake could soon impact nearby coasts, Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) said.

The quake was at a depth of 36 km, the USGS said.

Source: Reuters