Thunderstorms combined with moisture from Ex-Tropical Cyclone Kirrily have dumped a month's worth of rain in just a few hours on Sunday morning, with plenty more rain on the way.
Ex-Tropical Cyclone Kirrily is spinning over the northwest of Queensland, delivering heavy rainfall. At the same time, it is funnelling moisture down into the southeast of the state, allowing for intense rainfall falling with thunderstorms.
Nearly 800,000 lightning strikes lit up the skies during the 24 hours from midday Saturday to midday Sunday, as storms developed throughout the Central West and Southeast, including Brisbane.
A massive 170mm fell at Mt Berryman Road in the 3 hours to 3am, ending up with 234mm in the 24 hours to 9am. Nearby Thorton also picked up some heavy falls of 184mm. In fact, the vast majority of rain gauges in the Southeast district recorded at least 50mm, including Brisbane and Ipswich.
Greece has been experiencing a severe wave of inclement weather since Sunday, characterized by a rapid drop in temperature, frost, gusty winds, and snowfall even in low-altitude regions. This adverse weather pattern is expected to reach its peak on Monday and Tuesday.
As a precautionary measure, the state apparatus has been put on standby, and the Civil Protection Committee will convene at noon on Monday to assess the situation and potentially implement teleworking measures in both the private and public sectors, if deemed necessary.
The arrival of the first snowfall has already been observed in the mountainous regions of Evia and Crete. Today, snow is expected to continue falling in mountainous and semi-mountainous areas of Thessaly, the Sporades, central and eastern Sterea, Evia, northern and eastern Peloponnese, and as the day progresses, it will also reach lower-altitude areas. Additionally, snowfall is anticipated in the mountainous regions of the Aegean islands and Crete.
A rare image of the aurora. The view highlight the wave in the middle of the frame. It’s still a hot topic for the experts. The specialist told me that the formation of these curl-like structures may be connected with flow shear driven by ultra-low frequency waves. These curls are fine structures in the poleward boundary of multiple arcs formed by longitudinal-arranged field-aligned current pairs. It look like to the Auroral Undulations Triggered by Kelvin-Helmholtz Waves. The view was captured when the aurora appears in the zenith which exists just several minutes. I also captured a timelapse video at that moment. Photo taken at Kerid Crater, Iceland on Jan 16th. 2024. Photographer's website: https://twanight.org/dai
Regular readers may recall how we have occasionally reported on magnetic sine waves rippling through Earth's magnetic field, causing the magnetosphere to ring like a bell. On Jan. 16th, Jeff Dai looked up and actually saw one of those waves over the Kerid Crater in Iceland:
"I captured this rare image of 'aurora curls," says Dai. "They rippled across the zenith for several minutes."
Dai, who is vacationing in Iceland from China, asked Xing-Yu Li of Peking University's Institute of Space Physics and Applied Technology for help in understanding the aurora curls. "Imagine that Earth's magnetic field is like a guitar string," says Li. "In Jeff Dai's picture we are seeing vibrations in that string." Their wavelength, Li estimates, is several kilometers.
A magnitude-6.5 earthquake occurred in Acre State, Brazil, at around 05:38 Jan. 28. The epicenter was about 66 km (41 miles) west-southwest of Tarauaca, Brazil.
The tremor occurred at a depth of about 609 km (378 miles), and light shaking was probably felt throughout western Acre and far southwestern Amazonas states in Brazil, far eastern Ucayali and far northern Madre de Dios regions in Peru.
There have been no initial reports of damage or casualties as a result of the earthquake. It could take several hours until authorities can conduct comprehensive damage assessments, especially in remote areas.
2023 started with snowfall in eastern and southeastern parts of the Netherlands and ended with record high water levels due to record-breaking rainfall. The wettest year since measurements began also included other destructive weather events such as storms and tornadoes. Below are some highlights from extreme weather events in the Netherlands in 2023.
The United States has one of the most diverse climates in the world. It has forests, beaches, deserts, plains, and mountains. This allows the population to experience an array of different landscapes and weather conditions.
However, despite the incredible diversity and differences in longitude and latitude of the country, and the fact that only 37 of the 50 states have operating ski areas, remarkably all 50 states have seen snowfall this season. This isn't unheard of as it is winter and it has happened before. The hardest state to get snowfall is Florida, which saw flakes on January 17, in the town of Milton, after the recent winter storm Heather.