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Amid 24-hour darkness, Alaskan Arctic town reaches 40 degrees, setting all-time winter 'heat' record

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In more normal weather Bryan Thomas, right, station chief at the Barrow Atmospheric Baseline Observatory, and Peter Detwiler, technician, perform maintenance checks in Utqiavik, AK on April 11, 2019.
A wind shift turned up the "heat" in Alaska's Utqiagvik — the northernmost town in America — sending the temperature zooming from 25 to a balmy 40 degrees in just 30 minutes.

The northernmost town in Alaska got a brief taste of winter warmth - at least, relatively speaking - when a wind shift brought a surge of mild, above-freezing air to this arctic enclave Monday morning.

Monday began as a typical morning in Utqiagvik - formerly known as Barrow. Temperatures were around 20 but with wind chills near zero as southeasterly winds gusted to 35 mph.

Then, a wind shift out of the south ahead of an approaching band of snow turned up the "heat," sending the temperature zooming from 25 to a balmy 40 degrees in just 30 minutes.

Comment: A bit more from Rick Thoman on the event:

From his substack:
Why do we see this "ceiling" in high temperature in December? Three factors stand out. First, there's no sunshine at all at Utqiaġvik in December to help boost temperatures. Second, a characteristic of the Arctic and sub-Arctic atmosphere in winter is the very frequent presence of a temperature inversion, where the temperature is lower at the ground than at elevation. This colder dense air is difficult to mix out (or replace) and usually requires a combination of wind and clouds to warm the surface air (in the spring, daytime heating from the sun can help too). And third, as temperatures reach freezing, energy starts to go into warming and (eventually) melting the snow and ice that is always present at Utqiaġvik in winter. The December 5th record temperature was the result of temperature inversion completely breaking, which allowed the very mild air that was already above the surface mix right down to the tundra surface.



Cloud Precipitation

Woman dead after overnight rains flood Lisbon, Portugal

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Heavy overnight rains flooded Portugal's capital, Lisbon, and killed a 55-year-old woman who got trapped by the water in the basement where she lived, the national Civil Protection Agency said Thursday.

The intense rainfall and winds washed away cars and flooded streets, buildings, and public transport stations, blocking some metro lines. Authorities shut roads around the capital and city tunnels.

Among hundreds of incidents reported, local hospital San Francisco Xavier lost part of its roof and water flooded some of the building.


Comment: Other parts of the country in the south were also hit by flooding after heavy rainfall:
Heavy rain has been falling in Portugal since 04 December. In 24 hours to 05 December, Civil Protection reported 187 occurrences related to the adverse weather situation, mostly in the municipalities of Faro (92), Loulé (14), Tavira (17) and Albufeira (13).

Firefighters rescued were called on to rescue a person trapped in a vehicle after rising water in the town of Conceição, in Pego do Aragão, municipality of Tavira.

The Municipality of Faro reported several buildings damaged by floods. One school was closed. As much as 19.1 mm of rain fell in Faro in just 1 hour early on 05 December. Loulé in the district of Faro recorded 68.6 mm of rain on 04 December and Castro Marim, also in the Faro district, 62.5 mm on 05 December.




Snowflake

Southern Alaska sees snowiest December day in more than 2 decades

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The clash between cold air and a storm system over southern Alaska was enough to produce heavy snow in parts of The Last Frontier that led to some longtime records falling.

More than 10 inches of snow fell on Tuesday in Anchorage, making it the snowiest December day since 1999.

The heavy snow caused dozens of crashes and led to school districts canceling classes.

Video taken in Anchorage Wednesday showed streets covered in more than a foot of snow and treacherous travel on city streets.


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Massive tornado and hailstorm rips through Qatar ahead of World Cup quarter-finals

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It has so turned out that the heat in Qatar was the least of concern for players after stadiums were installed with air conditioning. The latter stage of the tournament was expected to get cooler now that winter is here.

But none expected a tornado in the desert. A huge tornado struck Qatar, with dramatic footage showing the black spiral-shaped storm clouds touching down in the desert country.


Cloud Precipitation

Peru - Flood destroy homes and bridges in Ucayali Department

Navy helicopter teams carried out flood rescues in Padre Abad Province, Ucayali Department, Peru, 02 December 2022.
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Navy helicopter teams carried out flood rescues in Padre Abad Province, Ucayali Department, Peru, 02 December 2022.
Bridges and homes were destroyed after severe floods struck in areas of Padre Abad Province, Ucayali Department, Peru, on 02 December 2022.

Peru's National Civil Defense Institute (INDECI) reported flooding in the districts of Neshuya, Alexander Von Humboldt and Curimaná. Ucayali's emergency authority Centro de Operaciones de Emergencia Regional (COER Ucayali) said that at least 7 rivers or creeks broke their banks, including the Neshuya, Tahuayo and Uruya rivers. One bridge over the El Trigrillal creek was completely destroyed, while 2 other bridges - one over the Tahuayo and another over the Uruya river - were severely damaged.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning kills 907 in India as extreme weather surges in 2022

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India saw a big jump in extreme weather events such as heatwaves and lightning strikes this year and related deaths rose to their highest in three years, government data showed on Wednesday, with scientists blaming climate change for the heavy toll.

There were nearly eight times as many heatwaves, 27 in all, and lightning strikes rose more than 111 times, killing 907 people, the Ministry of Earth Sciences said in a report to parliament.

Thunderstorms increased more than five times to 240.

This year's 2,183 deaths due to such events until last month were the highest since 2019's 3,017.

Lightning and floods and heavy rains accounted for 78% of the deaths this year, the data showed.

Snowflake

Mammoth Mountain in California just got some major snow - almost 5 FEET in 5 days

Those are windshield wipers... we think. Mammoth Mountain received almost five feet of snow over the first five days of December 2022
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Those are windshield wipers... we think. Mammoth Mountain received almost five feet of snow over the first five days of December 2022
We know the names of the seasons — spring, summer, fall, and winter — and we know the catchy nicknames for shorter stretches of the year, with "swimsuit season" and "jacaranda season" and "county fair season" and several other memorable monikers catching our fancy.

But up around Mammoth Mountain? The beginning of "things poking out of lots of snow season" has officially arrived with the major storm that swept through over the first weekend of December 2022.

If you know the Eastern Sierra ski destination, you know that when a lot of snowflakes fall, you're bound to see the tops of various items sticking out of snow drifts and snow banks, with windshield wipers, fence posts, and the famous mountaintop sign all revealing the impressive depth of the accumulation.

That accumulation was impressive indeed, with nearly five feet of fresh snow falling in December alone.

Cloud Precipitation

'Storm from hell' - Spike hailstones batter Gauteng, South Africa

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Spike hailstones covered parts of Gauteng in a white blanket after a thunderstorm swept across the city on Monday afternoon.

The South African Weather Service (SAWS) had warned of possible severe thunderstorms which could cause localised flooding in parts of Gauteng, the North West, Mpumalanga, the Free State, KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo.

Saws forecaster Lehlohonolo Thobela had told TimesLIVE there was also a possibility of hailstorms in parts of Gauteng on Monday afternoon.

"Flash floods and heavy rainfall are expected in the afternoon and might cause flooding in low-lying areas and informal settlements," Thobela had said.

Thunderstorms with showers and isolated showers are expected to continue for the rest of the week in most parts of the country.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning kills 5 people in Mozambique

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The authorities in the northern Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado say lightning strikes killed five people and injured seven others at the weekend.

According to district administrator Matias Constantino, who confirmed the fact today, people were hit while watching a recreational football match in Nangande disctrict.

Speaking to state radio in Pemba, Mr Constantino said that in addition to causing fatalities, the phenomenon damaged the electrical system of the district administration building.

Lightning strikes, cyclones and floods are common in central and northern Mozambique, particularly during the rainy season that runs between October and the end of March.

Source: BBC

Arrow Down

Landslide caused by heavy rain buries bus in Colombia, at least 33 dead

Landslide in Risaralda Department. Colombia, 04 December 2022.
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Landslide in Risaralda Department. Colombia, 04 December 2022.
At least 33 people died when a landslide buried a bus in northwestern Colombia on Sunday, and nine have been rescued alive, the interior minister said.

The landslide, caused by strong rains, hit the vehicle between the villages of Pueblo Rico and Santa Cecilia in Risaralda province, about 230 km (140 miles) northwest of the capital Bogota.

"We have already found 33 people dead, including three minors, and we have rescued nine people alive, four of them are in a critical condition," Interior Minister Alfonso Prada told reporters on Monday.

Colombia's President Gustavo Petro described the incident as a tragedy in a Twitter message.