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Snow in September after temperatures drop to -2C in Scotland

First snow in the Cairngorms.

First snow in the Cairngorms.
Britain has seen its first snow of the season as temperatures fell across the country.

A dusting was said to have settled on the High Cairngorms mountain range on Friday morning with patches reported on the mountains of Ben Macdui and Braeriach in the eastern highlands.

After a summer of heatwaves many snow patches in Scotland have melted away. In previous years long lying snow patches can persist all summer and sometimes have even lasted through to the next winter.

Snowy weather is historically unlikely in Cairngorm in the middle of September but on average there are three days during this week each year when it rains. It was a jet stream of cool air ran over

Umbrella

Typhoon Nanmadol hits southwest Japan, two dead

Typhoon Nanmadol has hit southwestern Japan, killing at least two people.
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Typhoon Nanmadol has hit southwestern Japan, killing at least two people.
Typhoon Nanmadol has brought ferocious winds and record rainfall to western Japan as one of the biggest storms to hit the country in years killed at least two people, disrupted transport and forced manufacturers to suspend operations.

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida delayed his departure to New York, where he is due to deliver a speech at the United Nations General Assembly.

"I postponed my scheduled departure from today to take stock of the damage caused by the typhoon and to take all possible measures for recovery," Kishida told reporters on Monday evening.

"Circumstances permitting, I will leave tomorrow morning."

Japan's 14th typhoon of the season made landfall near Kagoshima city late on Sunday before battering the western island of Kyushu and roaring onto the main island of Honshu on Monday morning.


Cloud Precipitation

Hurricane Fiona makes landfall in Dominican Republic - over a million people in Puerto Rico without power

Fiona's forecast track across the Atlantic.

Fiona's forecast track across the Atlantic.
Hurricane Fiona made landfall in the Dominican Republic early Monday after slamming Puerto Rico with heavy rain, life-threatening flooding and an islandwide power outage.

The Category 1 storm came ashore near Boca de Yuma at 3:30 a.m. with maximum sustained winds of 90 mph, the National Hurricane Center said.

As the storm is moving slowly to the northwest, it is still dropping flooding rain on Puerto Rico, where more than 1.4 million people are without power.

So far, at least one death has been reported in the heavily-damaged city of Basse-Terre, the capitol of the French territory of Guadeloupe, the vice president of the territory's environmental agency said Sunday.


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Mercedes-Benz swallowed by sinkhole in Perth, Australia

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Work crew repair a burst water main pipe that created a sink hole in Centro Avenue in the suburb of Subiaco in Perth, Australia on Sep. 19, 2022. West Australian authorities have apologised over a burst water pipe which left a luxury car submerged in a sinkhole in the Perth suburb of Subiaco.
A Mercedes-Benz was swallowed by a sinkhole and submerged in water in Perth, Australia, around the evening on Sept. 18.

The luxury car was parked in the affluent suburb of Subiaco near a water main, which burst around 10 p.m. and began eroding the earth underneath the road.

Once the ground collapsed, the car and a park bench fell into the gaping hole and were fully submerged.


Windsock

'Never this severe before': Storm batters Alaska, causes widespread flooding

Water from the Bering Sea, pushed by high winds, rushes into a home's backyard in Nome, Alaska, on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022.
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Water from the Bering Sea, pushed by high winds, rushes into a home's backyard in Nome, Alaska, on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022.
Alaska Storm: The potent storm — what remains of Typhoon Merbok — has been influencing weather patterns as far away as California, where strong winds and a rare late-summer rainstorm were expected.

A powerful storm sweeping north through the Bering Strait on Saturday caused widespread flooding in several western Alaska coastal communities, knocking out power and sending residents fleeing for higher ground.

The force of the water moved some homes off their foundations, and one house in Nome floated down a river until it got caught at a bridge.

The potent storm — what remains of Typhoon Merbok — has been influencing weather patterns as far away as California, where strong winds and a rare late-summer rainstorm were expected.

In Alaska, no injuries or deaths were immediately reported, said Jeremy Zidek, spokesperson for the Alaska Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. Officials had warned some places could see their worst flooding in 50 years and that the high waters could take up to 14 hours to recede.

Gov. Mike Dunleavy issued a disaster declaration during the day for impacted communities.


Arrow Down

Death toll from western Nepal landslide rises to 22

At least 70 people have been killed and 13 went missing across the country in flash floods and landslides this year, according to official data.

At least 70 people have been killed and 13 went missing across the country in flash floods and landslides this year, according to official data.
Rescuers in Nepal battled against torrential rains to pull out bodies from the wreckage of homes buried by a landslide that caused 22 deaths and injured 10 people, officials said on Sunday.

The latest calamity occurred in Achham district, about 450 km (281 miles) west of the capital city of Kathmandu.

Flash floods and landslides are a common occurrence in the mountainous terrain of the Himalayan nation especially during the annual monsoon rains between June and September.


Comment: Another report from 6 days prior to the above event: 5 dead, 10 missing after floods in Nepal


Seismograph

Shallow 6.9 magnitude earthquake hits Taiwan - 2nd major quake there within 19 hours

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A tsunami warning has been cancelled after an earthquake rocked the Taiwan's southeastern region today. The The US Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a warning for Taiwan after the earthquake but later rescinded the alert.

Today's earthquake struck Taiwan's rural Yujing district with a 6.9 magnitude, and a depth of 10 kilometres.

Photos showed buildings collapsed, and about 20 people were evacuated from a train derailed in the area.

Three people were trapped under the rubble of one building, while a fourth person was saved. There were, however, no casualties reported, the Taiwan Railway Administration said.


Comment: Details of the earlier shake: Shallow magnitude 6.4 earthquake rocks Taiwan


Snowflake

Heavy September snowfall in the Alps & Dolomites

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Ski areas across the Alps and Dolomites have been reporting fresh snowfall this morning, Saturday 17th, September.

The snowfall is particularly welcome after a long dry summer that saw record hot temperatures thaw the snow cover from glacial ice, closing summer ski centres.

Only Hintertux in the Austrian Tirol had managed to stay open through the past six weeks, but it was joined on Saturday by Italy's Val Senales opening for its 22-23 season and several more glacier areas plan to open in the next week.


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Waterspout spotted off Barcelona, Spain

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Tonight! A #waterspout spotted off near El Prat de Llobregat, #Barcelona! Spain (Sep.17, 2022) #Tornado


Seismograph

Shallow magnitude 6.4 earthquake rocks Taiwan

The side wall of an uninhabited 70-year-old home in Hualien's Fuli Township collapsed due to the earthquake Saturday evening.

The side wall of an uninhabited 70-year-old home in Hualien's Fuli Township collapsed due to the earthquake Saturday evening.
A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck Taiwan's southeastern Taitung County at 9:41 p.m. Saturday, according to data from the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

There were reports of objects falling from store shelves in Taitung, Kaohsiung's metro system was temporarily suspended and there were at least five aftershocks.

The epicenter of the temblor was located about 35.8 kilometers north of Taitung County Hall, at a depth of 7.3 km, the bureau's Seismology Center said.