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Record rainfall causes flooding in Napier, New Zealand - 9.5 inches in 24 hours

Record rainfall in has caused flooding in the city of Napier in New Zealand's Hawkes Bay Region.

NIWA Weather said Napier saw it wettest single hour on record when 54mm of rain fell between 17:00 and 18:00 on 09 November. A total of 242.4 mm of rain fell in the city in 24 hours to early 10 November - around 4 times the amount normally seen in November - making it the second wettest day on record for the city.

On 09 November, Napier Mayor Kirsten Wise declared a local state of emergency for Napier due to flooding. Civil Defence urged people to "stay at home and avoid driving where possible. If you feel unsafe at home, self-evacuate to family and friends first."

Snowflake Cold

Las Vegas breaks record-low high temperature set in 1946, days after record heat

Las Vegas snow
The Las Vegas Valley set another weather record on Sunday, but this time it involved the cold.

The National Weather Service recorded a high temperature of 54 degrees, 1 degree lower than the 1946 record of 55.

Last week, Las Vegas had three consecutive days of record-breaking heat. The weather service observed highs of 86 degrees on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Though some parts of the valley on Sunday saw traces of rain and hail, meteorologist Andy Gorelow said McCarran International Airport, where the weather service takes its measurements, stayed dry for the 202nd consecutive day.

Comment: Over the past 7 days, the United States broke 3,782 low temperature records vs just the 518 max

Snowflake Cold

Blizzard paralyzes the Prairies, cars snowed in - up to 18 inches dumped

Messy day of clean-up as 40+ cm of snow buries parts of the Prairies

Messy day of clean-up as 40+ cm of snow buries parts of the Prairies
Several roads were shut down in Saskatchewan and Alberta as a result of the poor visibility from the blowing and drifting snow on Sunday.

The potent weekend snowstorm on the Prairies brought blizzard conditions with heavy snowfall that buried cars and made travel dangerous and nearly impossible in several regions.

There have been reports of 20-40 cm of snowfall near Edmonton, Alberta and a wind gust hitting 102 km/h was recorded in Ardenville. In Kindersley, Saskatchewan 47.6 cm of snow piled up, making it the snowiest November day on record and the largest two day snowfall event for the city.

Several roads shut down in Saskatchewan and Alberta as a result of the poor visibility from the blowing and drifting snow. Police urged people to just stay home, but said if they must head out on the roads, they should go slowly and take extra precautions.


Wildfires sweep through 10 northern Algerian provinces - 2 people killed

Several wildfires broke out in 10 provinces in Algeria, and several city officials are reporting that this has been the worst year for wildfires in almost two decades.

The wildfires near the coastal city of Tipaza, west of the Algerian capital, have reportedly killed two people who sought shelter in a chicken coop and forced the evacuation of nearby residents.


Heavy rain brings torrential floods in Al-Bayda, Libya

Heavy rain in Al-Bayda in eastern Libya caused floods Friday and Saturday in the city, leading to considerable damages to people's houses and cars as well as to public infrastructure, including a hospital in the city center.

Sources from the city said rain water flooded into houses and public facilities as the sewers were all blocked and couldn't absorb the rain water, in a clear indication of the city's deteriorated infrastructure and public services of the east-based government.


New England, US was hit by strongest earthquake in the region for decades

New England earthquake map
Southern New England was hit by the strongest earthquake in the region for decades. It rattled homes but did not cause any significant damage.

At 9am on Sunday, the area was hit by a 3.6 magnitude earthquake that was centered in Buzzards Bay, off the coast of New Bedford, Massachusetts, according to the US Geological Survey's National Earthquake (USGS) information centre.

The earthquake hit the area at a depth of around 9.3 miles and was felt in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island and as far away as Long Island, New York.

It was the strongest to have hit the area since 1976, when a magnitude 3.5 earthquake was recorded, USGS geophysicist Paul Caruso told the Associated Press.

The agency's website recorded around 14,000 visitors in the hours after the earthquake, with people from 100 miles away reporting the incident.


Deadly floods in south of Mexico after Hurricane Eta - foot of rainfall in 24 hours - at least 21 killed

Flood rescues in Chiapas, Mexico, 06 November 2020 after rain from Hurricane Eta
© Civil Protection Chiapas
Flood rescues in Chiapas, Mexico, 06 November 2020 after rain from Hurricane Eta
More heavy rain brought by Hurricane Eta has caused flooding and landslides, this time in southern parts of Mexico .

In a 24 hour period to 06 November, 315mm of rain fell in Oxolotán in Tabasco State and 279.5mm in Escalón in Chiapas State, according to Mexico's Servicio Meteorológico Nacional (SNM).

Previously Eta had caused devastation across Central America , with dozens of people feared dead in Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, Costa Rica and Nicaragua.


Heavy snow blankets Interior Alaska with a foot dumped overnight - record amount for November - travel not advised

Ivan Gyaurski, owner of The Crepery,
© Gary Black/News-Miner
Ivan Gyaurski, owner of The Crepery, clears the sidewalk in front of his restaurant on Second Avenue in downtown Fairbanks Friday, Nov. 6, 2020, during a snowstorm that has blanketed Interior Alaska. The winter storm had dumped up to 12 inches of snow across parts of the city and region as of Friday morning.
A winter storm dropped significant snowfall in the Fairbanks area overnight and into Friday morning.

Snow totals for the area include 10 inches at the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus, 12 inches for upper McGrath Road, 8.3 inches for Trainor Gate Road and the Fort Wainwright area, 11 inches in North Pole, 10 inches in Goldstream, 12 inches at mile 17 of Chena Hot Springs Road and 6.2 inches for Birch Hill. 10.1 inches has fallen in Fox as of 9 a.m.

Rick Thoman, a climate specialist with the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy tweeted that the highest 24-hour snowfall total for Fairbanks in November over the past century is 14.6 inches in November 1970.

"That could well be broken today," Thoman added.

Comment: And so it was - see report below at the end of this article.

Fairbanks sets snowfall record, braces for second winter storm

Even before Interior Alaskans have had a chance to dig out from this week's record snowfall, another storm is on the way.

A total of 14.7 inches of snow fell between 8 p.m. Thursday and 8 p.m. Friday, barely eclipsing the previous 24-hour record of 14.6 inches, set in 1970, according to the National Weather Service.

And more heavy snow is on the way.

A winter storm warning has been issued for the central Interior, including Fairbanks and North Pole, as well as the Brooks Range region to the north. This warning is in effect beginning at 3 a.m. Sunday and continuing through Monday morning. It is expected to drop 5 to 9 inches, with localized amounts up to 10 inches.

Winds of up to 35 mph are expected in exposed areas.

The storm also will affect the Susitna Valley, with up to 20 inches of snow along the Alaska Range, beginning this afternoon.

Travel will continue to be difficult and more power outages are expected, according to the National Weather Service.


Whitehorse in Yukon hit by massive snowfall of about 18 inches in a day

A bobcat is used to help clear snow in downtown
© Crystal Schick/Yukon News
A bobcat is used to help clear snow in downtown Whitehorse on Nov. 4. The City of Whitehorse is still digging out from the first major snowstorm of the season that saw about 45 centimetres fall on Nov. 2 and it’s a process that will likely take weeks.
The City of Whitehorse continues digging out from the first major snowstorm of the season that saw about 45 centimetres fall on Nov. 2 and it's a process that will likely take weeks, says operations manager Richard Graham.

"It's been a long month," he said with a laugh in an interview Nov. 5, fully acknowledging there had only been five days in the month so far.

While Graham couldn't put a precise figure — aside from describing it as "lots" — on how much snow had been plowed and moved to city snow dumps, he said the full process will take time and the city is asking for the public's patience and to keep their distance from the equipment.

Graham said the city's 45-person crew dedicated to road maintenance has staff working five 12-hour shifts compared to the usual four 10-hour shifts in a week. It means that city crews are out 24/7 dealing with the snow. In addition, some other city staff have also been assigned to help with the snow removal and the city has also hired contractors to move the snow loaded onto trucks. Other city staff from various departments were out shovelling in front of the workplace — clearing snow from in front of city hall, the municipal services building, and more, Graham said.

Cloud Precipitation

Silt, potholes, landslides bring new challenges after floods caused by Eta in Jamaica

With the Chalky River overflowing its banks on Wednesday, residents on Weise Road in Bull Bay, St Andrew, are hoping for relief soon from the devastation and dislocation caused by adverse weather over the past few weeks.

Apart from battling the floodwaters in their yards, as they recede, they are faced with a new problem: silt. Mounds and mounds of it.

On Thursday, tractor operators were busy trying to clear the Chalky River of some of the silt washed down from the hills of east rural St Andrew, which has been experiencing landslides in recent weeks because of rainfall.

Some of the silt had been lodged in residents' yards on Weise Road.