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'Bomb cyclone' threatens east coast, dropping heavy snow on NYC

snow nyc
Some major American cities are experiencing a "bomb cyclone" snowstorm, including New York City.

"Upwards of six inches of snow has reportedly hit the Big Apple according to Accuweather.com, with plenty of commuters having to contend with delays and disruptions on Friday morning," the Independent reported.

Some areas were expected to be hit with a burst of one to two inches of snow an hour as the storm heads northward.


Wolf Volcano in Galapagos Islands erupts spewing lava and clouds of ash over the Pacific Ocean

Eruption of the Wolf Volcano
© Wilson Cabrera - Galapagos National Park
Eruption of the Wolf Volcano
The tallest volcano in the Galapagos Islands has erupted, spewing lava and clouds of ash over the Pacific Ocean.

The Wolf Volcano, situated on Isabela Island, sent gas and ash around 3,793 metres (12,444ft) above sea level following the eruption, Ecuador's Geophysical Institute said.

Beginning just before midnight on Wednesday, the explosion caused lava to flow down the southern and southeastern flanks of the volcano, which is also known as Mount Whiton.

There was no immediate danger to populated areas located on the opposite side of the island, which is the largest in the Galapagos chain.


Strong shallow 6.6-magnitude earthquake hits China's Qinghai province: USGS

The epicentre of the quake, which struck at about 1:45 am at a shallow depth of 10km

A strong earthquake with a magnitude of 6.6 struck China's remote northwestern Qinghai province early Saturday, the US Geological Survey said.

The epicentre of the quake, which struck at about 1:45 am (1745 GMT) at a shallow depth of 10 kilometres (six miles), was located about 140 kilometres north-northwest of the city of Xining, US seismologists said.

Source: AFP

Cloud Precipitation

Brazil - Damaging flash floods in Barretos, Sao Paolo, after 4 inches of rain in 2 hours

The municipality of Barretos in the northern part of the state of São Paulo, Brazil, declared a state of disaster after a short period of torrential rain caused damaging floods.

According to the municipality government, over 100 mm of rain fell in 2 hours during the afternoon of 06 January 2022.

The ensuing floods blocked roads in at least 8 locations, damaged homes and wiped out a bridge. Water infrastructure was also destroyed, leaving 6 districts without drinking water.

One person was reported missing after being carried away by the current. Local media said firefighters searched throughout 06 January but without success. Search operations will continue into 07 January.


Rare Brown Booby turns up at Hove Beach, UK more than 3,000 miles away from its from Caribbean home

The bird was rescued from Hove beach

The bird was rescued from Hove beach
The brown booby was rescued from Hove beach at midday on Sunday, January 2, by volunteers from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (East Sussex WRAS) near Lewes.

A passer-by said the bird stood "with its head under its wing" before being placed in a box by a concerned member of the public until the volunteers arrived.

Volunteers say the bird, which is most commonly found in the Caribbean and on the west coast of Africa, was underweight at just 760g.

Lourdes Cortes, veterinary surgeon for East Sussex WRAS said: "We are being very guarded about the birds' chances of survival due to the degree of weight loss.

Cloud Lightning

'Dangerous' storms bring wild winds and heavy rain to Victoria, Australia

melbourne shopping center roof collapse
A shopping centre near Melbourne has been forced to close after it’s roof collapsed due to extreme flooding and wild weather, January 7, 2021
Dangerous thunderstorms will continue to keep Victorians on edge on Friday night.

Residents were put on high alert on Friday afternoon as heavy rain and damaging winds lashed greater Melbourne.

An emergency warning was issued for Werribee and surrounding areas telling residents to stay indoors and brace for destructive winds, giant hailstones and heavy rainfall.

In its latest update, the BOM said the thunderstorms moving towards Melbourne CBD were no longer likely to produce giant hail and destructive winds, but may still cause heavy rainfall, damaging winds and some large hail.

Ice Cube

Extreme cold causing problems for Saskatchewan property owners

The extreme cold which has settled on the Prairies in recent weeks has brought in temperatures in the -30s, with wind chills sometimes nearing -50 C.

The deep freeze has spelled problems for some people in Saskatchewan, whether it's the large amounts of shovelling or vehicles not starting.

However, this type of weather can also create headaches when it comes to water pipes.

According to officials with SGI Canada, they have recorded 217 claims from Dec. 1, 2021 to Jan. 5, 2022 in the province due to water escape from frozen pipes.

In that time frame, 73 claims were out of Saskatoon while 51 were in Regina.

"We have seen an increase in the number of claims related to pipes rupturing, and with these frigid temperatures, it's likely that we're going to see more claims come in the next week or two," said Kurtis Reeder, senior director for personal lines underwriting for SGI Canada.


Kentucky highways paralyzed by snow, huge pileups

Kentucky police warned drivers that the conditions would remain icy and treacherous into Jan. 7, 2022.
Kentucky police warned drivers that the conditions would remain icy and treacherous into Jan. 7, 2022.
Intense winter weather shut down multiple major Kentucky highways Thursday afternoon after a near-record snowfall caused a huge pileup involving dozens of cars and hundreds of collisions.

A 10-mile stretch of Interstate 64 near Mount Sterling was closed in the afternoon after 50 to 75 cars piled up on the slick roadway, causing many hours of traffic delays, according to WKYT.

On Interstate 75 in Lexington, police stopped responding to non-injury car crashes after being on the scene of more than 100 during the day, the station said. About 20 other crashes resulted in injuries in the city.

A WKYT correspondent said it took seven hours to cross a bridge leading out of Lexington on I-75. By 7:30 p.m. the city had accumulated 9 inches of snow, just shy of the daily record, the station said. Lexington typically sees only 14 inches of snow per year, on average, according to government data.


Indonesia - Floods in Papua leave at least 6 dead

Flood evacuations in Jayapura City, Papua Province, Indonesia, January 2022.
Flood evacuations in Jayapura City, Papua Province, Indonesia, January 2022.
At least 6 people have died and over 500 evacuated after flash floods and landslides in Jayapura City, the capital and largest city of the province of Papua, Indonesia.

The Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD) of Jayapura City said heavy rain fell for around 3 hours from 22:00 on 06 January. According to WMO figures, the city recorded 140 mm of rain in 24 hours to early 07 January.

The rain caused severe flooding in the districts of North Jayapura, South Jayapura, Abepura, Heram and Muara Tami. Many areas were under water up to 2 metres deep. In Yotefa Abepura Market the water was 3 metres deep. Homes, public buildings and a hospital were all flooded. Over 500 residents are thought to have evacuated their homes, mostly in Abepura District. Authorities said evacuations were ongoing and displacement numbers could rise.

Cloud Precipitation

Hail and strong winds damage cars and homes in Canberra, Australia as thousands lose power

A tree crushed this car in northern Canberra as a storm struck the city about 5:00pm on Monday.
© Justin Cook
A tree crushed this car in northern Canberra as a storm struck the city about 5:00pm on Monday.
Thousands of people in Canberra spent the night without power after a severe thunderstorm swept though the city's northwest, toppling trees and damaging homes and cars.

Large hailstones and strong winds hammered homes and trees, and cars were crushed in several locations.