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Record December snow in French Pyrénées - and there's more on the way

Snow fell in abundance this weekend, like here at Mourtis (Haute-Garonne)
© Nico Gareil / Météo Pyrénées
Snow fell in abundance this weekend, like here at Mourtis (Haute-Garonne)
It has already been a remarkable December for snow in the Pyrénées - but more heavy falls are forecast from Wednesday, while the Alps are also set to enjoy more fresh snow.

The weekend was marked by sustained snowfall in the Pyrénées, with an average of between 50cm and 70cm of snow at altitudes above 1200m, rising in some areas towards western areas of the mountain chain to 1m.

According to Météo-France, the level of snowfall in the west of the Pyrénées is remarkable for the time of year, especially since accumulations were considered 'very low' as recently as November 24th. The forecaster said the winter snow covering below 2,000m - the average now is 1m at 1500m - is among the best for the beginning of December and equivalent to normal levels in mid-January.


Comment: In the same region of Europe: Heavy snowfall hits the north of Spain with more than 60 cm (24 inches) in just 6 HOURS


Snowflake Cold

Tiny Swedish settlement sets new record as temperature plummets to -43.8C

File photo of cold weather in Sweden.
© Fotograferna Holmberg/TT
File photo of cold weather in Sweden.
Temperatures fell below freezing across Sweden on Monday, but no place was as cold as the remote settlement of Naimakka, where the mercury plummeted to its coldest level this season.

"It's continuing to creep down. At noon it was down to -42.7C," Emma Härenstam, a meteorologist at Sweden's national weather agency SMHI, told the TT news agency. Later in the afternoon temperatures fell to -43.8C in Naimakka, according to SMHI's preliminary data.

SMHI predicts that temperatures will remain low on Monday and Tuesday, followed by milder weather from Wednesday onwards, both in Naimakka and the rest of Sweden.

Snowflake

Heavy snowfall hits the north of Spain with more than 60 cm (24 inches) in just 6 HOURS

SNOW
A heavy snowfall hit the north of Spain tonight, with more than 60 cm of snowfall in 6 hours. Cities such as Navarra, Larressа, Huesca and Aragon were hit hardest by snowfalls.

In the affected areas, almost 150 roads were covered with snow, most of which had to be closed, traffic was stopped, many drivers were trapped in a snow, and utilities were actively rescuing them, and fortunately there was no information about the victims. All the available special equipment was thrown into the fight against snow clearing, and snow plows were also transferred from other regions of the country.

Air and rail links were interrupted.


Snowflake

Heavy snowfall hits Algeria

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Algerian city covered in snow as winter storm hits.


Cloud Precipitation

Severe hailstorm and floods hit Oman

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Oman's Meteorology Department released weather warnings today for continued thunderstorms and rainfall in parts of Oman, including the Hajar mountainous region. In an earlier alert, rain clouds were actively forming.

The weather warning also indicated high waves on the coast of the Arabian Sea, up to one and a half meters, and deterioration in horizontal visibility due to fog and precipitation.

It is a time of sporadic rains in some regions of Oman, including the Hajar mountainous regions, of which the famous Jebel Akhdhar ridge is a part. Precipitation is also expected in the southern region of Dhofar.
Some parts of the capital have taken on a dull look since yesterday morning due to overcast clouds. Rains and thunderstorms were reported in the inner cities of Shinas, Liwa and Izki.


Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike kills two men in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

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Two men aged between 25 and 29 have died after being struck by lightning in Mtubatuba on the KwaZulu-Natal north coast.

Ward Councillor Lucky Mbokwana says the men were returning home from playing soccer when they were struck.

Mbokwana is appealing to people to help the two families.

"On Monday around 18h00, lightning struck two men. While they were on their way back to their homes, the lightning struck them so they passed away. So we are appealing to the residents to assist us with anything that they can assist with because those two families, Gumede, the other one is Gina, so those two families are not benefitting from anywhere."

Attention

Iceland raises alert level for Grímsvötn volcano after deformation, glacial flooding, and rise in earthquakes

Grímsvötn volcano iceland
© Euronews
The Grímsvötn is located in a remote area of central Iceland.
Iceland has raised its eruption alert level for the country's most active volcano, Grímsvötn, after several recent earthquakes.

Authorities said on Monday that one of the nearby quakes was recorded at a magnitude of 3.6.

But although seismic activity had increased, officials say they have not detected any tremors that have caused a surge in underground magma.

The volcano last erupted in 2011, generating a major ash cloud that partially disrupted air traffic across Europe and cancelled 900 flights.

Comment: On the 4th December, Volcano Discovery reported on the glacial flooding at Grimsvötn:
The meltwater rate has been increasing since the last update. The IMO's hydrologists measured 1600 cubic meters per second at 10:15 and 12:20 local time today in Gígjukvísl.

The latest measurements confirm estimated forecasts and if continue to be in line with them, the glacial flood will likely reach its peak on Sunday. Based on the latest data, the maximum discharge rate is expected to be about 4000 m3/s.
Grímsvötn volcano iceland
© IMO
Eastern view from Skeiðarárjökull glacier where meltwater flow runs from Grimsvötn
The ice sheet has continued to drop and reached already about 27 m in total subsidence.

Higher-than-usual gas emissions levels have been detected at the glacier rim of the volcano.

Recent eruptions at the volcano occurred every 5-10 years and based on current measurements and observations, volcanologists agree that an impending eruption is highly expected.
The following tweets, translated by Twitter, show the flooding, deformation, and melt at Grimsvötn volcano:
'The water that was under the glacier that covers the volcano Grímsvötn , began to come out. A Jökulhlaup began to be created that rose more than 4 m, it is a matter of days before we begin to see columns of steam and ash in the main crater.'


1st Tweet: 'The last flyby of the ice cap at Vatnajökull shows that part of the ice sheet covering the volcano's craters Grímsvötn is collapsing. The volcanic danger traffic light has been raised to orange due to the recent earthquakes and collapses.'

2nd post: 'The boiler limits of Grímsvötn also show shear and collapse effects. After the water comes out, the volcanic system is losing pressure which may generate an eruption in the next few days, creating plumes of steam and ash.'


Whilst Grímsvötn volcano may be considered to erupt with some regularity, this comes amidst an uptick of seismic and volcanic activity elsewhere in Iceland, as well as across much of the planet: Also check out SOTT radio's: As well as SOTTs monthly documentary SOTT Earth Changes Summary - October 2021: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs




Fire

Residents flee massive ash cloud from erupting Semeru volcano in Indonesia - At least 22 dead (UPDATE)

Mount Semeru: Indonesia volcano erupts sending ash '40,000ft into sky' as locals flee

Mount Semeru: Indonesia volcano erupts sending ash '40,000ft into sky' as locals flee
A volcano erupted on the Indonesian island of Java on Saturday, reportedly obscuring the sun with a massive cloud of ash, and sending locals into a panic.

A clip on social media has captured people, who live at the foot of Semeru volcano, fleeing in fear ahead of a cloud of black ash descending from the 3,676-meter-tall mountain.

The author of the footage is heard shouting "Allahu Akbar" (God is great) in face of this truly apocalyptic sight.


Comment: Update: TASS reported on December 6:
At least 22 people died and 20 more are reported missing after Mount Semeru, a volcano on Indonesia's Java island, erupted, a spokesman for the local emergencies agencies told the DetikNews portal on Monday.

"Rescuers found more dead bodies, so, the overall death toll has reached 22," he said, adding that five bodies have not yet been identified.


The local authorities said earlier that at least 27 local residents were reported missing after the volcano spewed ash on December 4. More than 50 people were injured.

Semeru, the highest mount on Java, is one of Indonesia's nearly 130 active volcanoes.




Map

'Sharks are amassing': Tracker shows great white sharks gathering on East Coast US

great white shark
© MediaDrumWorld.com via ZUMA Press
“We have tagged 83 white sharks in the NW Atlantic,” an Ocearch said.

A Twitter user recently raised the alarm by posting a screenshot of a tracker app showing about 100 sharks gathering in the Atlantic Ocean near the East Coast of the US.

A platform user with the handle @punished_stu tweeted early Wednesday "sharks are amassing on the east coast" with an accompanying screenshot of about 100 sharks along the US coast line. The tweet went viral, garnering more than 6,000 retweets and 53,000 likes.

"I occasionally log in to check that the nearest Great White is at least 2000 miles away," the Twitter user followed up.


Attention

Massive waves pound the coast of Sochi, Russia

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In Sochi, the storm continued for two days in a row, it became the strongest since 2012. This was reported by the press service of the city.

The strength of the wave reached seven points on the night of November 30 to December 1. "The last time a similar phenomenon was recorded in 2012, then the blow of the elements fell on the Imereti region," the press service of the city administration said.

They noted that on the night from December 1 to December 2, the storm was three-point, it subsides and calm is expected on December 3.