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Huge storm batters Russia's Black Sea resort of Sochi (VIDEOS)

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A massive storm has descended on the Russian resort city of Sochi on the Black Sea coast, bringing with it waves so high they've turned Sochi's Olympic village into a huge swimming pool.

Videos posted online showed the waves coming over the barriers on the embankment in Sochi's Olympic village on Saturday. The complex was built for the Winter Olympics, which the city hosted in 2014.

According to news reports, in some areas waves reached the height of up to 5 meters.

Concrete guardrails were reportedly partly broken.

Cloud Grey

Rare 'fog dome' photographed near Tremeirchion, Wales

A rare UFO-like 'fog dome' (pictured here) was spotted by a dog walker in North Wales yesterday morning at 8am
Temperatures are expected to drop below freezing this weekend, prompting health officials to warn that the chilly conditions can be deadly.

Cold weather alerts have been issued for much of the country as forecasters expect 'severe cold weather' to set in today.

A rare UFO-like 'fog dome' was spotted by a dog walker in North Wales yesterday morning at 8am.

Hannah Blandford was with her pet in the village of Tremeirchion when she came across the spectacle which has been dubbed an 'alien pod'.

The 33-year-old who works as a teacher told The Sun: 'I couldn't believe how perfectly dome shaped it was, it looked amazing, so I had to take a photo. I'd never seen anything like it before, it was really quite special.

'I watched it for about 10 minutes and then the dome started to flatten and it looked like very thick low lying cloud. It spread out across 12 fields and covered a huge area.'

Forecasters think the fog dome was caused by heat rising up from the ground.

Forecasters think the fog dome was caused by heat rising up from the ground. Hannah Blandford, 33, was with her pet in the village of Tremeirchion when she came across the spectacle


1 dead, 17 hurt due to 5.5 magnitude earthquake in Peru

A 5.5-magnitude earthquake that struck southeastern Peru killed one person, injured 17 others and damaged dozens of homes, officials said Friday.

"Authorities in the district of Ocuviri have confirmed the death of a minor and 17 injured who are now being assisted by medics," the National Civil Defense Institute (INDECI) said on Twitter after Thursday's quake.

The quake in the Puno region hit at 5:40 pm (2240 GMT) on Thursday, its epicenter 58 kilometers (36 miles) from the town of Lampa and at a depth of 30 kilometers, according to the Geophysical Institute of Peru (IGP).

"Eight collapsed homes are reported in Lampa and 40 affected in the Paratia district. People are located in safe areas," INDECI had earlier reported, adding that communication with the area had been disrupted.

IGP head Hernando Tavera reported that "the population was scared and took to the streets" in Lampa, which has 15,000 residents.


Pit bull terrier savages 3-year-old boy in Hephzibah, Georgia

A three-year-old is preparing for his fourth surgery after a pit bull wanders into a family's back yard and attacks him. His family is devastated, but is hopeful this almost tragic incident will serve as a reminder for both parents and pet owners alike.

"It's awful. I want to forget. You know, it's one of those things I'll never be able to forget."

A day of playing outside turns into a nightmare for Sherri Guzman.

She and her husband were inside their Raborn Road home in Hephzibah Sunday afternoon, worn out from a day of playing ball with their three-year-old son Andrez. The back door was propped open, giving their energetic son enough room to run inside when he decided his day of playing was done.

Their quiet Sunday afternoon would soon turn to chaos when they heard cries coming from the backyard.

"Together we stepped towards the door and we heard dogs growling and we heard a lady screaming for help," Guzman says. "We run around the corner of the house and about 30 feet from our the corner of our home, we saw a bunch of dogs jumping around and the neighbor lady was letting him off the ground."

She says the next thing she saw is the single-most traumatizing sight she's ever seen - her three-year-old son bleeding profusley from his head. She recalls several deep, gruesome cuts to her son's face close to his left ear and an everlasting sound from her injured son.

Comment: See also this report of another brutal canine attack in the same state just 4 days earlier: Baby and toddler attacked by dog in Brunswick, Georgia


Thousands of dead fish found on beach near St Austell, UK

Edward Bol's dog Max looks at the dead fish on Pentwean beach near St Austell.
Thousands of dead fish were washed up on a beach on Cornwall this morning, leaving walkers - and, looking at the picture above, a dog called Max - baffled.

The discovery was made on Pentewan Beach near St Austell this morning.

The dead fish, which are believed to be either mackerel or herring appeared on the popular east-facing beach overnight.

Edward Bol, from Mevagissey, was walking his dog Max, when he saw the fish and said he thinks they are mostly herring with a few mackerel. Posting pictures of the scene on his Twitter account, @edbol he asked: "Why?"

Since the fish were found, Cornwall seaguls have been feasting on the remains and the beach is now covered in bits of fish carcass and seagull poo.

Earlier this year hundreds of jellyfish were stranded on Perranporth beach and the cause was again unknown.


2 different species of rare whale wash up on same beach in Thurso, Scotland

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A Pygmy sperm whale, similar to this, was found dead on the same beach.
Experts are investigating after two different species of rare whale were washed up near the same town on the same day.

Locals found a Sowerby's beaked whale on Dunnet Beach near Thurso, Caithness, on Thursday morning.

Later the same day the carcass of a bloodied Pygmy sperm whale was discovered on the same beach.

Both whales are due to be examined by experts Scottish Marine Animal Stranding-Scheme this week to determine the cause of death.

But the fact that two rarely-seen species of whale were found dead together has led some locals to ask whether Royal Navy vessels were in the area at the time.

Donald Mitchell said: "Two rarish species at the same time in the same area. Has the MoD been active in the area?"


Over 2 feet of snow forecast for high ground in Hawaii

Snow at the Mauna Kea summit Friday afternoon
The summits of Hawaii's Big Island could get more than two feet of snow, with a winter storm warning in effect through Saturday.

A Winter Storm Warning is in effect through Saturday evening for elevations above 11,000 feet. The summits could get 20 to 30 inches of snow through Saturday, CBS affiliate KGMB.

An upper level low pressure area has brought the sub-freezing temperatures and unstable conditions. The low will combine with moisture surging in from the southeast, which could result in bursts of heavy snow, especially above 12,000 feet.

Conditions on the summits are dangerous. Besides being cold, east to southeast winds of 10 to 20 miles per hour are expected with higher gusts. The strong winds also will cause drifting snow, and freezing fog will reduce visibility to as low as a quarter of a mile.

It may be a while before you can see the white stuff up close. The road to the summit of Mauna Kea is closed at the Visitor Information Station at the 9,200-foot level due to freezing fog, heavy snow and icy roadways. The summit of Mauna Loa is also closed due to high winds and heavy snow. This means hiking and overnight camping is prohibited. The National Park Service said a thick blanket of snow was visible as low as 10,000 feet.

Cloud Precipitation

Desert floods north of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Flooded desert
Heavy rainfall has transformed the desert north of the Saudi capital, Riyadh, into what resembles a small sea, with only one road rising above the vast expanse of water.

Anomalous weather in Saudi Arabia killed at least 7 within the last two days.

After the anomalous snow that covered deserts in Saudi Arabia one week ago, now, the Riyadh desert is flooded and looks like a huge sea.

If you don't believe me, watch this unbelievable video by Mohammad Al-Taweel which shows the flood waters stretching out for miles:

And now look at the sandy water rushing down the desert:


Snow records shattered on Prince Edward Island, Canada

© Laura Meader/CBC
These sorts of struggles are unusual for the end of November.
If it seems like there is a lot snow on the ground on P.E.I. for early December, that's because there is.

In fact, there has been a record amount of snow on the ground. Charlottetown Airport broke records on both Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.

Previously, the snowiest end of November/start of December was in 1989. Those records for Nov. 27-29 stand, but 29 centimetres is a new record for Nov. 30 (17 in 1989) as is 32 for Dec. 1 (19 in 1989).

None of the storms this week broke snowfall records on their own, but in combination they have. Three storms brought snow to the Island in the space of five days, and the amount of snow was a surprise to everyone.

Blue Planet

Powerful New Zealand earthquake exposes new land near Kaikoura

© Sentinel data from the European Space Agency
Photo acquired November 25, 2016

On November 13, 2016, a powerful earthquake jolted the northeastern coast of New Zealand's South Island. The 7.8 magnitude quake lifted the seabed by 0.5 to 2 meters (2 to 7 feet) along a 20-kilometer stretch of the Kaikoura coast. In one area, the uplift was a remarkable 5.5 meters (18 feet).

The sudden shifting of such a huge quantity of rock produced some unusual sights. From above, satellites captured an image of a thin swath of newly exposed land ringing the Kaikoura Peninsula and other parts of South Island.

On November 25, 2016, a multispectral imager on the European Space Agency's Sentinel 2 satellite captured an image (second) of the newly exposed land near Kaikoura. For comparison, the first image—acquired by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8—shows the same area on October 12, 2016. The tidal water level was approximately the same in both cases.