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California pummeled by atmospheric river

Heavy rain flooded California roadways and much-needed snow piled up in the mountains as the first of back-to-back atmospheric rivers pummeled the state Thursday.

The storm focused its energy on the southern and eastern parts of the state after initially hitting the San Francisco Bay Area on Wednesday, where it halted cable car service.

The downpours arrived Thursday in Southern California in time to snarl the morning commute.


Right whale found dead near Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts beach as species 'approaches extinction'

Deceased female North Atlantic right whale.
© Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute/Michael Moore.Deceased female North Atlantic right whale.
A young North Atlantic right whale was found dead off a Martha's Vineyard beach in Massachusetts over the weekend as the number of the endangered species continues to decline and is "approaching extinction."

NOAA said its fisheries division was notified Sunday that a dead female right whale was located near Joseph Sylvia State Beach in Edgartown.

The International Fund for Animal Welfare, an organization that responds to stranded marine mammals on Cape Cod and the south coast of Massachusetts, as well as the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) were able to secure the whale, NOAA Fisheries said. And preliminary observations showed the presence of rope around and embedded in the whale's tail.

NOAA said the whale was female, but because of the animal's position, it couldn't be identified. However, it was estimated that the dead right whale was a juvenile due to its size.


South Africa evacuates small coastal communities near Cape Town as wildfires burn out of control

Residents were evacuated from small coastal towns near Cape Town in South Africa as wildfires swept down from surrounding mountains and burned out of control for a second day on Tuesday.

Authorities ordered a full evacuation of Pringle Bay, a coastal village popular with holidaymakers about 80 kilometers (50 miles) from Cape Town. People evacuated parts of the nearby town of Betty's Bay on Monday.

Wildfires are relatively common in the mountain ranges around Cape Town and further down the coast in the South African summer, but it's unusual for towns to be completely evacuated.

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Buildings buried in mud after torrential rain triggers landslide in Peru

Dramatic scenes out of Peru after homes were buried in a landslide triggered by torrential rain in swathes on Peru.

An avalanche caused damage to infrastructure in Haural, in Peru's central coastal area, local media reported on Tuesday (January 30). Locals grabbed shovels and pickaxes to divert the floodwaters near homes.

The Huaral Civil Defence office is assessing the damage caused and trying to determine the economic losses in the area.

Meanwhile in La Oroya, Junin, an overflowing river engulfed a local bridge. In Chanchamayo, a bus was trapped due to a strong water current fueled by the rains in the area.

-Report from Reuters


Cyprus turned into winter wonderland amidst heavy rain and snow

Cyprus has been enveloped in a wintry embrace as heavy rainfall and snow have transformed various parts of the island into picturesque landscapes, particularly in the mountains.

A video capturing the beauty of Troodos, shared by the "Weather Enthusiasts of Cyprus" Facebook page, showcases the snow cover that has delighted locals and visitors alike.


Fin whale found dead washed up on Scots shoreline

An onlooker captured the washed up mammal on the shoreline.
© Culross Stables Community Hub/FacebookAn onlooker captured the washed up mammal on the shoreline.
An 18-metre dead whale has been found washed up on a Scottish shoreline by a member of the public.

The sad discovery was made by a walker on the shoreline in the village of Culross, Fife, around 4.30pm on Wednesday, January 24.

A member of the Culross Stables Community Hub captured images footage of the whale which was still in place in on Thursday.

The onlooker first assumed it to be a boat before discovering the 18-metre adult male Fin whale dead on the shoreline.


85-year-old man dies after dogs attack him in Indianapolis, Indiana

An Indianapolis police officer fired their weapon Tuesday morning to break up an aggressive dog attack that left an 85-year-old man dead.

His granddaughter identified him as Willie Mundine. He had been earlier listed as being 86 years old and critically injured. Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said in a media notification Tuesday night that it will be investigating with assistance from Indianapolis Animal Care Services.

IMPD officers were called around 9:55 a.m. on a report of an aggressive dog attacking a person in 2300 block of North Kenyon Street. That's west of the I-70 interchange for Shadeland Avenue on the east side of Indianapolis.


Anchorage, Alaska hits 100-inch winter snow total at earliest date on record

Russ DuBrock shovels his roof on Turnagain Parkway in Anchorage after a heavy snowfall on January 29, 2024.
© Marc Lester / ADNRuss DuBrock shovels his roof on Turnagain Parkway in Anchorage after a heavy snowfall on January 29, 2024.
Over 104 inches of snow has fallen so far this winter in Anchorage as of Monday, marking this season as the earliest on record to surpass the 100-inch milestone.

A storm that started Sunday and largely tailed off by Monday afternoon had dropped nearly 17 inches on the city by evening to establish the new seasonal snowfall total, according to the National Weather Service. The storm closed schools in Anchorage and Mat-Su on Monday, and contributed to a fatal collision on the Parks Highway.

This is the second season in a row that Anchorage has seen more than 100 inches of snow. In the 2022-23 season, the weather service recorded nearly 108 inches. The snowiest season on record was the 2011-12 winter with 134.5 inches, according to agency data.


Multiple waterspouts spotted off Pagatan coast, Indonesia on January 28

Multiple waterspouts were spotted off the coast of Pagatan in Indonesia's South Kalimantan province on Sunday, January 28.


Waterspout spotted off Protaras, Cyprus

A waterspout was observed off the coast of Protaras, captivating residents and visitors.

The phenomenon was shared on the Facebook page "Weather Enthusiasts of Cyprus".

Waterspouts are columns of cloud-filled wind rotating over a body of water. Despite its name, a waterspout is not filled with water.

Waterspouts fall into two categories: fair-weather waterspouts and tornadic waterspouts.

Tornadic waterspouts are tornadoes that form over water or move from land to water. They have the same characteristics as a land tornado and are associated with severe thunderstorms.