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Three suns phenomena appears in Inner Mongolia skies

Three suns mongolia
Stunning sun dogs appeared in the sky above Xilingol Prairie on Friday, creating an illusion of three suns interlinked by a huge halo.

A sun dog, sometimes called a parhelion or mock sun, are caused by the refraction of sunlight through ice crystals in the atmosphere. It typically appears as a pair of subtly colored patches of light above the horizon at the same altitude as the sun.

Comment: Three suns also appeared one month prior in China's Inner Mongolia:


6.1-magnitude earthquake hits 113 km E of Iquique, Chile

© Associated Press
A 6.1-magnitude earthquake jolted 113 km E of Iquique, Chile at 16:47:42 GMT on Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 102.25 km, was initially determined to be at 20.3656 degrees south latitude and 69.0755 degrees west longitude.

Cloud Precipitation

Beirut experiences historic hailstorm, leaving Lebanese city covered in white blanket for hours

Lebanon's capital Beirut and the surrounding suburbs experienced what meteorologists named a "historical hailstorm," which covered the capital in a white blanket for hours, causing massive floods and impeding traffic on the major coastal highway.

Al Arabiya English reached out to Elias Saadeh, founder of Lebanon Weather Forecast, who mentioned that Saturday's phenomenon is due to severe supercell clouds. It lasted around an hour, coupled with severe thunderstorms and heavy hailstones.

"This supercell affected only the coastal area around Beirut and its suburbs. A supercell effect is always local. Weather stations in Beirut recorded 50mm of rainfall in a lapse of 25 minutes. This quantity is considered enormous since it is equivalent to pouring 50 liters of water in each square meter in 25 minutes. Moreover, this supercell caused a drastic drop in temperature from 21°C to 13.5°C in a couple of minutes," added Saadeh.


Waterspout spotted off Italy's Calabrian coast

A waterspout swirled off the coast of Roccella Ionica, Italy, on December 5, footage shared on social media shows.


Waterspout seen off southern Singapore

© Benjamin SJ Tan
A waterspout was seen off the southern coast of Singapore on Sunday (Dec 6) afternoon amid rainy and stormy weather.

Photos provided by CNA readers showed a waterspout under heavy, dark grey clouds.

A CNA reader who asked to be known as Mr Dave said he saw the waterspout from the balcony of his apartment at Tanjong Rhu in Kallang.

He said the waterspout started to form after 4.30pm, just as a storm was starting. It lasted for at least 10 minutes, he said.

Snowflake Cold

Winter storm batters New England, leaving 200,000 without power

A pedestrian in Somerville, Mass.
© Brian Snyder/Reuters
A pedestrian in Somerville, Mass. In Massachusetts alone, more than 40,000 customers had lost power as a result of a storm that was expected to last until Sunday evening.
A winter storm battered parts of New England on Saturday, bringing high winds and heavy snow that knocked out power to more than 200,000 customers across the region.

The National Weather Service issued winter storm warnings for much of New England. The storm was expected to wind down by Sunday evening, it said, but not before leaving about a foot of snow across most of the region, with as much as 18 inches in some areas.

"The combination of heavy snowfall rates and strong wind will lead to treacherous travel conditions, whiteout visibilities, and the potential for tree damage/power outages," the Weather Service said on Saturday.

In Maine, more than 196,000 customers lost power on Saturday, according to the website PowerOutage. More than 25,000 customers in Massachusetts, more than 46,000 in New Hampshire and more than 2,000 in Connecticut were also left in the dark.

Cloud Precipitation

Cyclone Burevi batters Puducherry, India - heavy flooding in several places

Giant waves hit Puducherry coast on wednesday before the landfall of cyclone.
© Pattabi Raman
Giant waves hit Puducherry coast on wednesday before the landfall of cyclone.
Normal life was thrown out of gear on Friday as Puducherry witnessed heavy flooding of its main streets and low-lying areas with heavy rains continuing to lash the town and its suburbs for the third consecutive day under the influence of Cyclone Burevi.

Puducherry received 138mm of rainfall in the last 24 hours ending at 08.3oam Friday, even as the rain continued. In the last 48 hours, Puducherry had received 21.4 cm of rainfall.

Roads and low-lying areas, including the town's iconic Beach Road, suffered water-logging. Chief Minister V Narayanasamy, along with officials, waded through flooded streets to assess the situation and ensure removal of the water with electric water pumps by the municipalities. Basement shops on the popular Mission Street were flooded.


One dead in Cebu, Philippines flooding after heavy rains

Residents in several barangays in Tuburan town, northwestern Cebu asked for help online as floodwaters there continue to rise due to incessant rains.
© Paul Lauro
Residents in several barangays in Tuburan town, northwestern Cebu asked for help online as floodwaters there continue to rise due to incessant rains.
A man was killed while several residents were evacuated after a downpour on Wednesday caused heavy flooding in some areas in northern Cebu.

The body of Jay Warren Almaden, 26, was found several hours after he was swept away by strong current while crossing a river in Barangay Oguis, Danao City, said Police Maj. Maria Theresa Macatangay, chief of the Danao City Police Station.

Macatangay said some residents saw Almaden driving a motorcycle and trying to cross the river at around 9 a.m.

Police said Almaden fell off the motorcycle after losing his balance while trying to maneuver through the rampaging river.

Rescuers found his body in a river bank in the adjacent barangay some seven hours after he went missing.

Cloud Precipitation

Heavy rains cause flooding in Kuwait

Heavy rains caused flooding in Kuwait. Flood in desert.


Heavy rains in western Indonesia leave 5 dead, 2,700 homes flooded - floodwaters reached as high as 5 meters (16 feet)

Torrential rains in Indonesia's third largest city caused four rivers to overflow, flooding thousands of homes and killing at least five people, officials said Friday.

The local disaster mitigation agency said rescuers were searching for two others who were reportedly still missing, including a toddler, after the heavy rains in Medan, the capital of North Sumatra province.

At least five people were found dead after being swept away by the floods, which began Thursday evening, the agency said in a statement. More than 2,700 houses were flooded in the city, which has about 2.9 million people, forcing authorities to cut off electricity and water supplies, it said.