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Violent hailstorm causes deep accumulations of hail in Saudi Arabia

The Saudi media published images of the Al-Namas governorate north of the Saudi capital in white, documenting cold, heavy rain and low air temperatures of 4 degrees Celsius.

The weather condition prompted residents and visitors to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the severe cold covering some parts of the province and the rain lovers to flock to the place to monitor the situation.

The Saudi newspaper, Sup, reported that competent officers were deployed on the roads to alert motorists and deal with any emergencies.

It is noteworthy that al-Namas and all the southwestern highlands of the kingdom were subjected to unstable weather on Sunday afternoon, which led to thickening of clouds, rain and severe cold.

Cloud Precipitation

21cm of rain in a night floods several localities of Chennai, India

Incessant rain since Saturday night inundated many parts of Chennai, evoking memories of the 2015 deluge. The city registered 21.53cm of rainfall, on Saturday night; on Nov 16, 2015, the city received 24.6cm rainfall.

The downpour inundated several areas and halted train services, while motorists and pedestrians faced a tough time as several interior roads were waterlogged.

Chief minister M K Stalin announced a holiday for government offices in Chennai on Monday and asked private organisations to permit staff to work from home. He also urged PM Narendra Modi to grant funds for flood relief. The PM assured Stalin that enough funds will be allocated.

Arrow Down

Bodies of 3 climbers found under snow after avalanche in Nepal

Search team members use probe devices to
© Mingma Gyalje Sherpa
Search team members use probe devices to locate the missing climbers.
A high-altitude search and rescue team recovered the bodies of three French climbers buried under two metres of snow, days after they had gone missing on the slope of a mountain hit by an avalanche in the Everest region.

Inspector Rishi Raj Dhakal, chief of the Solukhumbu district police office, told the Post that the search team had located the bodies on Sunday. The bodies, however, were retrieved on Monday and airlifted to Kathmandu for postmortem, he said.

The three climbers—Thomas Arfi, Gabriel Miloche and Louis Pachoud—were reported missing on October 31. According to reports, they had last made contact on October 26 via satellite phone from their camp.

They were apparently caught in an avalanche.

Cloud Precipitation

About 600 people declared dead or missing during floods in China in 2021

Water, water everywhere and all the broads did sink
Nearly 600 people died or went missing due to floods in China from January to October, Pengpai newspaper reported citing the country's ministry of emergency situations.

During the 10-month period, 58.9 million people were affected by floods in China, 3.5 million were evacuated and 203,000 homes were destroyed, while direct economic losses reached 240.6 billion Yuan ($37.6 billion).

On October 11, the ministry of finance and the ministry of emergency situations allocated over $12.4 million for flood control and disaster relief in Shanxi and Shaanxi provinces which, for the past week, have been hit hard by continuous rains and floods.


'Second' tornado season in U.S. brings near record October numbers

Once all the reports are tabulated, October 2021 could place as the second-highest for tornadoes during the month, just behind 2018 (123). The high sum includes five individual outbreaks, with tornadoes observed on 14 days of the month.

October was an active month for tornadoes in the United States, almost tying a record and bucking a trend in what has been a below average year for twisters in the country.

The National Weather Service's (NWS) Storm Prediction Center's preliminary October tornado tally is 119, about twice the long-term average for the month.

Once all the reports are tabulated, October 2021 could place as the second-highest for tornadoes during the month, just behind 2018 (123). The high sum includes five individual outbreaks, with tornadoes observed on 14 days of the month.


Strong magnitude 6.0 earthquake - Molucca Sea, 165 km southeast of Gorontalo, Indonesia


Strong magnitude 6.0 earthquake at 44 km depth

Date & time: Nov 6, 2021 14:37:39 UTC
Local time at epicenter: Saturday, Nov 6, 2021 10:37 pm (GMT +8)
Magnitude: 6
Depth: 44.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 0.13°S / 124.39°E↗ (Molucca Sea, Indonesia)


Elderly man dies after 2 pit bull terriers attacked him in Cape Town, South Africa

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An elderly man reportedly died after being attacked by two pit bull terriers in Goedemoed in Durbanville at 13:00 on Friday.


According to a report by the TygerBurger Durbanville police spokesperson Captain Marchell Rhode said the dogs escaped from their yard in Hadeda street.

While it is unclear how the dogs got out, police reportedly said the lock on the gate where the pit bull terriers were kept was broken.

The dogs then ran down the street before jumping against a gate further down the same street, forcing it open before attacking two smaller dogs inside that yard.

Comment: On the same day in the USA: Man found dead in what police believe was dog attack in McKeesport, Pennsylvania

Snowflake Cold

Early winter snow in northern China threatens to deepen energy crisis - Beijing snowfall 23 days earlier than average

Snow ducks in a Beijing street on Sunday morning.
© : Simon Song
Snow ducks in a Beijing street on Sunday morning.
The climate phenomenon known as La Niña brought early snow amid plunging temperatures across northern China on the weekend as the country struggles with the worst energy crisis in a decade.

Large parts of the country, including Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei, and Inner Mongolia, experienced this winter's first significant snowfall and rain on Saturday, the China Meteorological Administration (CMA) said in a notice on Sunday.

The national weather service said northeastern provinces were likely to experience major snowfalls in the coming days, and the cold waves would continue to move southwards and hit most of China.


'Terrifying and magnificent' waterspout forms offshore of Vancouver

© Craig F. McCaw
The waterspout spotted west of Vancouver International Airport on the evening of Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021.
Kevin Adams captured this dramatic video of a a "terrifying and magnificent" waterspout forming in the Strait of Georgia Saturday evening. The meteorological phenomenon prompted Environment Canada to briefly issue a tornado watch for the region.

Comment: A closer view:
Cleanup underway after rare waterspout prompts tornado watch near Vancouver

Video offers an up-close look at strong winds associated with a large waterspout that spotted on the edge of Metro Vancouver on Saturday. The unusual meteorological phenomenon prompted Environment Canada to briefly issue a tornado watch.

Wine n Glass

Italy's wine production falls by 9% after year of extreme weather

Italy’s wine production dropped by nine percent
Italy’s wine production dropped by nine percent in 2021.
Italian wine production dropped by nine percent in 2021, new figures show, as winemakers across the country continue to suffer the effects of extreme weather.

According to the latest preliminary figures published by the International Organization of Vine and Wine (OIV) and shared by the agricultural association Coldiretti, global wine production is set to drop to 250.3 million hectoliters in 2021, seven percent below the average for the past 20 years.

This is the third consecutive year that the world's total wine production will fall below average levels, highlights Coldiretti, with the 2021 harvest just above an all-time low of 2017.

The OIV shared its data at the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow, where world leaders are currently meeting to discuss strategies to combat the effects of the climate crisis.