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Historic flooding in Israel kills 7 as 50-year rainfall record broken in North, 76 years in South

Flooding in Nahariya
© Flash90
Flooding in Nahariya

Israel broke a more than 50-year record for the highest amount of rainfall in northern Israel on Thursday
, according to the Israel Meteorological Service, as the heavy rains that have swept the nation over the last two weeks are expected to continue through Friday.

Emergency services remain on high alert across the country, and municipalities have put special measures in place, from positioning sandbags in key areas to clearing drainage systems, in an effort to prevent further casualties or damage.

In the northern coastal plain and Ramot Menashe, some 350 to 400 millimeters have accumulated over the last two weeks, and more than 400 mm. fell in the Western and Upper Galilee - in some areas reaching as much as 450 mm.

The service reported that this amount of rainfall over a two-week period is highly unusual. Since it began taking official rain measurements 80 years ago, such large quantities of rain have been measured in northern Israel only twice: in December 1951 and January 1969.

A record was also broken in southern Israel where, according to the meteorological service, some 122 mm. fell, breaking a 76-year-old record.

According to the Israel Insurance Association, about 45,000 claims have been made so far, totaling more than NIS 1.5 billion in damages. On Thursday, Interior Minister Arye Deri said that the government would invest NIS 5 million to assist with immediate needs.


Snowflake

39 tourists trapped for hours on Iceland glacier during blizzard

BLIZAERD
Iceland search crews have rescued more than three dozen snowmobiling tourists from a large glacier, after they became trapped during a snowstorm, authorities said.

Thirty-nine in the snowmobiling group were on the Langjokull glacier Tuesday when the storm abruptly moved in. Weather officials, however, said storm warnings were issued for the area before the snowmobile group arrived.

Hundreds of rescuers and dozens of vehicles were dispatched to the glacier to search for the group, officials said. Despite blizzard conditions, they were ultimately located. All 39 tourists were taken to safety early Wednesday morning.


Snowflake

Snow falls on Mauna Kea, Hawaii

SNOW
© W. M. Keck Observatory
Surveillance images captured snow on Maunakea.

The W.M. Keck Observatory posted images of snow on Facebook Thursday morning. According to the National Weather Service, snow showers for the summit are predicted for the rest of the week.


Arrow Down

Third body found buried by avalanche at Silver Mountain ski resort in Idaho

In this Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, photo provided by KHQ, the Coeur d'Alene Fire Department K-9 Team responds to Silver Mountain for an avalanche in Kellogg, Idaho.

In this Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, photo provided by KHQ, the Coeur d'Alene Fire Department K-9 Team responds to Silver Mountain for an avalanche in Kellogg, Idaho.
Buried under about 10 feet of snow after an avalanche this week at an Idaho ski resort, Bill Fuzak made peace with his predicament and prepared for death.

"I had already relegated myself to the inevitable as I knew the air would not last long,'' Fuzak, 62, wrote on a public Facebook page for skiers. "I'm really surprised how calm I felt but knew there was nothing I could do but wait and pray.''

His prayers were answered. Fuzak became one of five survivors extricated from Tuesday's avalanche at the Silver Mountain Resort near Kellogg, Idaho. Two other skiers were killed, and the body of a third skier was recovered on Thursday. The resort remained closed Thursday.


Tornado2

Rare 'upside down waterfall' forms as vortex sends a wave spiraling back up cliff in the Faroe Islands

Samy Jacobsen, 41, was out walking along the cliffs off Suðuroy in the Faroe Islands when he spotted a whirlwind of water rising from the waves

Samy Jacobsen, 41, was out walking along the cliffs off Suðuroy in the Faroe Islands when he spotted a whirlwind of water rising from the waves
This is the incredible moment water flowed upwards - after waves were caught in a rare sea vortex.

Samy Jacobsen, 41, was out walking along the cliffs off Suðuroy in the Faroe Islands when he spotted a whirlwind of water rising from the waves.

He watched as the vortex of spray climbed up the side of the 470m sea cliff - known as Beinisvørð - and billowed on to the cliff top, on Monday.

Weather experts said it was a water spout - a spiraling pillar of air - which forms like a tornado over the water when a cliff edge spins the wind in a circle.


Snowflake

Videos of snowfall in Tabuk, Saudi Arabia

Two men camp out by a fire in Tabuk during the snow.

Two men camp out by a fire in Tabuk during the snow.
Social media users flooded Twitter on Friday morning with pictures and videos of snow in Tabuk, a northwestern city in Saudi Arabia close to the border with Jordan.

Shaher Bin Atiyah posted a video on Twitter of huge layers of snow covering trees in Tabuk.



Cloud Lightning

'Extraordinary': Two people struck by lightning within 10 minutes of each other in Sydney, Australia

CareFlight's Rapid Response Crew was called to northwest Sydney after a woman was struck by lightning.
© CareFlight
CareFlight's Rapid Response Crew was called to northwest Sydney after a woman was struck by lightning.
Two people have been struck by lightning in Sydney within 10 minutes of each other.

A woman in her 70s was struck in her chest by lightning outside her home in Arcadia, northwest of Sydney's CBD. It is believed the lightning also struck a tree.

CareFlight's Rapid Response Helicopter was called to the rural area about 5.15pm (local time) on Monday.

A CareFlight spokesperson told Yahoo News Australia the woman went into cardiac arrest and bystanders started giving her CPR.


Fire

Nearly a quarter of a million Australians urged to flee as huge wildfires revitalize

A large plume of smoke is seen over a sheep property in the Parndana region on Kangaroo Island, Australia
© Lisa Maree Williams / Getty Images
A large plume of smoke is seen over a sheep property in the Parndana region on Kangaroo Island, Australia, on Thursday. Residents of the Kangaroo Island township of Parndana and Vivonne Bay have been told to evacuate as fire threatens both areas.
Australian authorities urged nearly a quarter of a million people to evacuate their homes and prepared military backup as soaring temperatures and erratic winds were expected to fan deadly wildfires across the east coast.

Temperatures were expected to shoot well above 104 degrees Fahrenheit in several parts of the country Friday, accompanied by high winds, threatening to inflame fires that have already left thousands of people homeless.

"If you can get out, you should get out, you shouldn't be in the remote and forested parts of our State," Andrew Crisp, emergency management commissioner for the state of Victoria, told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Emergency alert text messages had been sent to 240,000 people in Victoria state alone, telling them to leave, Crisp said. People in high-risk regions in New South Wales and South Australia states were also urged to think about leaving, but authorities had not provided numbers.


Rainbow

'Upside-down rainbow' spotted in central Taiwan

Circumzenithal arc
© Facebook/Chen (陳)
A Taiwanese citizen surnamed Chen (陳) captured a photograph of an upside-down rainbow in the Taichung sky Monday morning (Jan. 6) and decided to share the rare sight with the public.

According to Chen, he came across the unusual rainbow in Dongshi District while on his way to work. He said that this was the first time he had observed such a phenomenon and that he was amused by the "smile in the sky."

The Central Weather Bureau's (CWB) Taichung Weather Station said that the "upside-down rainbow" is known as a circumzenithal arc, and despite being similar in appearance to a rainbow, it is actually produced by the sun interacting with ice crystals suspended in the atmosphere rather than by light refracting through raindrops, reported Liberty Times.

Igloo

'Glaciers will all be gone by 2020' signs removed from Glacier National Park in Montana

Glacier National Park, Montana
© Summit News

Montana's Glacier National Park is being forced to remove all signs that read "glaciers will all be gone by 2020," after the doomsday scenario didn't happen.


Some of the signs were already removed last year as it became clear the prediction wasn't going to unfold.

Now the rest of the signs will have to be taken down too.

Glacier National Park spokeswoman Gina Kurzmen "told MTN News that the latest research shows shrinking, but in ways much more complex than what was predicted. Because of this, the park must update all signs around the park stating all glaciers will be melted by 2020," reports 8KPAX.

In the late 90's and early 2000s, scientists predicted that man-made global warming would cause melting glaciers, leading to rapidly rising sea levels that would sink coastal cities and towns.

The more dire forecasts have proven to be totally inaccurate and some glaciers are now growing.