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It's so cold in the eastern Mediterranean, the Aegean Sea in Greece is freezing

greece sea ice
© Greek Reporter
Sea ice appeared in northern Greece as sub-zero Celsius temperatures followed the blizzard
Sea froze in Greece in a once-in-a-lifetime phenomenon that appeared on Tuesday at the village Sagiada in Thesprotia, Epirus. Sea ice, usually found in more northern and polar oceans, appeared in Greece as the country was hit with sub-zero temperatures.


Comment: Once in a liftetime? That remains to be seen...


Videos uploaded on social media show a thin layer of ice on the surface of the sea, which is unique in Greece. Sea Ice usually occurs in northern Atlantic, Arctic and Antarctic, not Greece.

Sea ice is simply frozen salt water. It forms, grows, and melts in the ocean. In contrast, icebergs, glaciers, ice sheets, and ice shelves all originate on land. Sea ice occurs in both the Arctic and Antarctic as well as the northern Atlantic.


Snowflake Cold

Rare Middle East snow brings both joy and misery

Children build a snowman in front of the Dome of the Rock, in Jerusalem’s Old City, January 27, 2022.
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Children build a snowman in front of the Dome of the Rock, in Jerusalem’s Old City, January 27, 2022.
Snow carpeted Jerusalem and the eastern Mediterranean Thursday as a rare storm turned the holy city into a winter wonderland but brought misery to the region's Syrian refugees.

The cold snap, which has already caused major disruption in Athens and Istanbul, saw heavy snowfall in areas better known for their summer heat.

In the alleyways of Jerusalem's walled Old City, children pelted each other with slushy snowballs after the first flakes fell late on Wednesday.

By morning, snow crowned the golden-tipped Dome of the Rock in the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, Islam's third holiest site and carpeted the esplanade in front of the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray.

Israel's meteorological service reported that between 15 and 25 centimetres of snow had fallen overnight.


Cloud Precipitation

Madagascar, Mozambique and Malawi - Tropical Storm Ana death toll climbs to at least 70

Floods in Chikwawa, Malawi, after Tropical Storm Ana, January 2022.
© Malawi Red Cross
Floods in Chikwawa, Malawi, after Tropical Storm Ana, January 2022.
At least 70 people have now died after as a result of floods and severe weather in Madagascar, Mozambique and Malawi over the last few days. Flooding began after heavy rain in Madagascar on 17 January, and worsened after heavy rain brought by Tropical Storm Ana which passed over the countries from 22 January 2022.

Madagascar

Heavy rain affected areas of Analamanga Region in Madagascar, including the capital Antananarivo, several days before Tropical Storm Ana passed over the island. At least 10 fatalities were reported as of 19 January.

Since then the country's disaster management agency BNGRC reports that a total of 41 people have now died as a result of sever weather since 17 January 2022. Furthermore 110,394 people have been affected across 10 regions of the country: Analamanga, Mangoro, Atsinanana, Boeny, Diana, Matsiatra Ambony, Sofia, Vakinankaratra, Analanjirofo and Itasy. Around 10,000 houses have been damaged and as of 26 January, 71,781 people had been displaced from their homes, including 55,859 in Analamanga.

BNGRC reported some people in areas of the capital and Analamanga had started to return to their homes after levels of the Ikopa and Sisaony rivers had started to fall.


Snowflake Cold

Bomb cyclone threatens New England region Jan 28-29, 2022

Bomb cyclone New England January 28-29 2022
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Bomb cyclone threat for New England January 28-29 2022
A still-developing winter storm is set to become a major nor'easter that will bombard New England with heavy snow and blizzard conditions this weekend.

Winter storm watches were issued for portions of eastern Massachusetts, eastern Connecticut and Rhode Island on Wednesday in anticipation of some of the worst conditions from the storm.

The watches will go into effect at 12 a.m. on Saturday. Areas farther south in the mid-Atlantic will not escape the storm as several inches of snow and major travel disruptions are expected.

"The area that we think will be hit the hardest and will be at risk for closures will be central and eastern Long Island to New England," AccuWeather Chief On-Air Meteorologist Bernie Rayno said.

Seismograph

Tonga region hit by magnitude 6.2 earthquake just weeks after huge volcanic eruption and tsunami devastated the islands

A magnitude 6.2 earthquake has struck an area of the Pacific Ocean located around 130 miles from the island of Lifuka, which forms part of Tonga

A magnitude 6.2 earthquake has struck an area of the Pacific Ocean located around 130 miles from the island of Lifuka, which forms part of Tonga
Tonga has been rocked by a magnitude 6.2 earthquake, just weeks after a devastating volcanic eruption and tsunami.

The quake struck 130 miles west of the island of Lifuka around 7.40pm local time on Thursday, the United States Geological Survey said.

Lifuka is part of the low-lying Haʻapai Islands chain which was hard-hit in the Hunga-Tonga eruption, with several of the islands seeing all their buildings swept away in the subsequent tsunami.

There was no immediate word on damage from Thursday's earthquake, with communications in the region still badly disrupted after the eruption severed an underwater internet cable that is still being repaired.

However, the National Weather Service located in nearby American Samoa said no tsunami had been caused - meaning any damage is likely to be limited.

Snowflake

Cold front brings snowfall to the Canary Islands

Volcano Teide

Volcano Teide
With heavy rainfall throughout the night, including on much of the north and inland areas of Gran Canaria, a cold front wet weather system known as a "gota fria" (cold drop) or DANA (Depresión Aislada a Niveles Altas - high level isolated depression) has deposited a blanket of snow, this Wednesday, at the summits of of Tenerife and La Palma islands, with meteorologists warning it could also do so on the island of Gran Canaria, ahead of a return to Calima desert sands arriving from the east, expected by the weekend.

Southern resort areas are most likely to escape the worst of it, however most places are likely to see cloudy wet weather over the coming days.


Binoculars

First ever sighting of a black tern from the northern hemisphere in New Zealand

A black tern, never before recorded in New Zealand, has been spotted at Waikanae Estuary, drawing crowds and flummoxing experts.
© ROGER SMITH
A black tern, never before recorded in New Zealand, has been spotted at Waikanae Estuary, drawing crowds and flummoxing experts.
People living alongside Waikanae Estuary might be wondering what they're missing, as a steady stream of people make their way across the sand spit, armed with large cameras and a palpable sense of determination.

The focus of their attention is easy to miss. The black tern, a small bird of mottled white, grey and black, sits nestled among a group of native white-fronted terns. You wouldn't know to look at it how far it has travelled.

This unassuming visitor is the first of its kind to be seen in New Zealand, with the species originally hailing from Europe, Western Asia and North America.

Resident Roger Smith is one of many people lucky enough to capture it on camera and is as flummoxed as the rest of the birding community about how the bird came to be on a beach north of Wellington.

Snowflake Cold

Winter storm slams W. Kansas, some snowfall totals top 25 inches

Sharon Springs, Kansas
© Debra Fischer
Sharon Springs, Kansas
What's left of the snowstorm that dumped more than two feet in a couple far western Kansas counties began to taper off Tuesday night, but with cold temperatures forecast over the next few days, melting won't happen quickly.

While Interstate 70 reopened earlier Tuesday evening with the storm finally letting up, the impact on travel continued into late Tuesday night. Highways in southwest Kansas were also impacted by the snow. US-54 closed earlier Tuesday evening after a semi crash. For a few hours, this stranded some travelers in Pratt.


Cloud Precipitation

Malawi hit by flooding caused by tropical storm Ana - 4 dead

Tropical Storm ANA has caused damage in the Southern Region where M1 Road and Chapananga Bridge on the Chikwawa-Mwanza Road have been cut-off.

Tropical Storm ANA has caused damage in the Southern Region where M1 Road and Chapananga Bridge on the Chikwawa-Mwanza Road have been cut-off.
Tropical storm Ana has caused widespread flooding, power outages and killed at least one person in Malawi, officials said Tuesday.

Cutting path of wet destruction across southern Africa, the storm has blown from the Indian Ocean island of Madagascar, across Mozambique and into Malawi. In Madagascar the storm and earlier rains are blamed for 34 deaths and making an estimated 55,000 people homeless.

The Zambezi River area in central Mozambique was inundated by the storm's winds and rains.

In southern Malawi, flooding caused many houses to collapse, killing at least one person. Thousands more have been made homeless and have sought refuge in churches and schools. A major road has been cut off by flooding and many people are feared trapped by the surging waters, according to Malawi government officials.

Comment: Tropical storm Ana floods Madagascar's capital - death toll from recent flooding reaches 34


Cloud Precipitation

At least 9 people killed after deadly floods hit western Uganda

flood
At least nine people were killed and several others went missing after heavy flooding in the southwestern Ugandan district of Kisoro.

"Heavy rain on the slopes of Mount Muhavura on Monday sent floods, mud, boulders, and debris crashing through parts of Kisoro District, destroying homes, roads and infrastructure," Uganda Red Cross said.

"Due to flooding situation in Kisoro, Uganda Red Cross has responded to the affected communities. 9 people confirmed dead & 8 bodies have been retrieved," tweeted Irene Nakasiita, Uganda Red Cross spokesperson.