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The mercury in Skardu, Pakistan plunges to a record-breaking -21C (-5.8F)

Pakistan is currently in the grip of severe cold wave, with the mercury on Sunday, Dec 29 plunging to record-breaking -21C (-5.8F) in Skardu — a city located the central valley of Gilgit-Baltistan.

According to local reports, the small canals and ponds in Skardu have been frozen due to the severe low temperature, while snowfall has also blocked many main roads and passes.

The city's low of -21C (-5.8F) breaks Pakistan's all-time December low temperature, which was set back in 1994 (approaching solar minimum of cycle 22).

In addition, record or near-record lows were also registered in Gupis and Bagrote with their readings of -12C; in Astore with -11C; in Gilgit with -7C; and in both Kalam and Kalat with their lows of -5C.

Dense fog is prevailing in Islamabad, in Punjab, in the upper Sindh, and also in a few districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) said in its Sunday weather report.

Snowflake Cold

India: Weather Office's "Red" Warning over severe cold wave in Delhi

The IMD this morning said the temperature has risen by 2-3 degree Celsius at many places in Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi
Delhi's low tempartures

A severe cold wave in the national capital has prompted a "red" warning from the weather office after the temperature this morning was recorded at 2.8 degree Celsius at the Lodhi Road observatory. The Safdarjung observatory recorded a low of 2.4 degree Celsius on Saturday - lowest in decades. A "red" warning from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) means "extreme weather conditions".

Flight and train services have been affected as Delhi temperature plummeted. "My train is four hours late. It was supposed to arrive at 4:25 pm but it will come at 8:30 pm. Our checkout time from the hotel was 12 pm. We have to wait for so long," Adrija Mandal, 19, a passenger going to West Bengal, told NDTV.

Cloud Precipitation

8 missing after flash floods in Tolima Department, Colombia

Aftermath of flash floods in floods Chaparral, Tolima Colombia, 26 December 2019.
© Bomberos Colombia
Aftermath of flash floods in floods Chaparral, Tolima Colombia, 26 December 2019.
At least 8 people are missing after torrential rain triggered flash floods and mudslides in Tolima Department, Colombia.

The disaster struck during the early hours of 26 December, 2019. According to Colombia's National Unit for Disaster Risk Management (Unidad Nacional para la Gestión del Riesgo de Desastres - UNGRD) heavy rain caused the El Mono creek to break its banks, causing mud, rocks and flood water to sweep through the village of La Virginia in the municipality of Chaparral, Tolima.


Sott Exclusive: 2019: Record temperatures, tornado, fireballs, and strange sky sounds in the Netherlands

noctilucent clouds netherlands
© NU.nl/Fina van der Weide
Noctilucent clouds in June, 2019. Picture was taken around midnight from the Zeeburgereiland in Amsterdam.
The weather in the Netherlands throughout 2019 was a doozy! Temperature records were broken, a tornado touched down in Amsterdam, noctilucent clouds and fireballs lit up the skies while strange sky sounds and several sink holes freaked out Dutch residents.

Snowflake Cold

Moscow experiencing its warmest winter since 1880s

russia warm
© zaryadye.official / Instagram
As a snowless Moscow winter defies the image of the traditional Russian-style holiday season, piles of artificial snow have been brought to a central park in a last-ditch effort to raise local citizens' spirits.

With temperatures of just -1 Celsius (30,2 Fahrenheit) on the streets of the Russian capital on Saturday, artificial snow had to be imported for a Christmas market at the Zaryadye Park, which is adjacent to the iconic Red Square and the Kremlin.

The snow was piled up near spruces that were brought in from Siberia and installed outside the booths, which sell things like traditional Russian fur hats, handmade souvenirs and Christmas decorations. The market will stay open until early January, when Orthodox Christmas is celebrated in Russia.

The unusual stunt sparked jokes about "the sole snow pile in Moscow" on social media.

Comment: Unusually warm temps are also being recorded in Scotland, meanwhile in areas of the US and Mexico there's extreme cold and record snow.

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Arrow Up

Giant red blob of hot sea water the size of Texas suddenly appears off the coast of New Zealand

A massive red blob off New Zealand's east coast is a hot patch of water reaching temperatures up to 20C degrees

A massive red blob off New Zealand's east coast is a hot patch of water reaching temperatures up to 20C degrees
A hot patch of water off the eastern coast of New Zealand has created a huge red blob on heat maps as a marine heatwave sweeps the South Pacific Ocean.

The blotch stretches tens of thousands of square kilometres and is one of the warmest sea spots on the planet with temperatures of up to 20C.

The water is 4C degrees above the average temperature of 10 to 15C, nearing temperatures in the Tropics, which range between 20 and 30C.

Professor James Renwick, a weather and climate researcher at Victoria University, said the phenomenon is caused when an area becomes concentrated with sunshine and little wind.

Comment: Perhaps the range of underwater volcanoes east of New Zealand is a factor? Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Sudden volcanic hot spots and safe zone ash layers

undersea volcanoes off new zealand
© YouTube/Adapt 2030 (screen capture)
Earlier this month there was a deadly volcanic eruption on New Zealand's White Island. A comparable escalation in activity of their underwater counterparts seems logical. It is estimated there are up to one million underwater or submarine volcanoes on our planet.

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'Remarkable' high as Scottish temperature record is broken

Suilven mountain in Sutherland, where the Foehn Effect is contributing to warm temperatures
© LatitudeStock/Alamy
Suilven mountain in Sutherland, where the Foehn Effect is contributing to warm temperatures.
Northern Scotland registered a "remarkable" overnight temperature of 16.8C (62.2F) in the early hours of Sunday - a record high for this time of year.

North-eastern England and northern Wales were also unusually warm, with 13.3C recorded in Chillingham Barns, Northumberland, and 11.5C in Rhyl.

The Scottish figure, recorded by the Met Office at 3am on Sunday in Cassley in Sutherland, is the highest on record for 29, 30 or 31 December.

Forecasters have attributed the unseasonably warm weather to a meteorological pattern called the Foehn Effect. It occurs in mountainous areas, creating wet and cold conditions on one side of a mountain and warm and dry conditions on the other.

The phenomenon occurs when humid air is pushed over high ground by strong winds. As the moisture-filled air rises, it cools and condenses, resulting in clouds and rain. This then releases dry air, which moves down the mountain's other side, heating up and raising ground level temperatures as it travels.

The effect coincided with gusts of warm air arriving from the southern Atlantic, which have resulted in Britain being warmer than Athens and Rome.

Comment: Back in May this year spring snow hit parts of Scotland as it braced itself for the coldest May Day Bank Holiday Monday for almost 40 years.


What's up will all these booms, Mason City, Iowa?

Mystery boom (stock)
© Globe Gazette
A frost explosion. A meteor sonic boom. Blown transformer. Trains. Tannerite. Fireworks. Build ups in the sewer line. Aliens.

Yes. Aliens.

All these have been offered up as possible culprits for a semi-regular, unexplained "boom" that's been heard by residents of Mason City for the past few years.

Map shows the most recent locations of booms heard and reported on local social media platforms.
Map of booms in Mason City, IA

Some insist they only hear it in the southeast part of town, while others insist it's farther north.

Even the intensity of the boom isn't wholly agreed upon. Some of that could be explained by location. The farther away you are from something, the less intense it's going to sound, after all.

Cloud Lightning

UPDATE: 41 dead after Typhoon Phanfone batters central Philippines on Christmas Day

Phanfone batters central Philippines
© Ronald Frank Dejon/AFP
Residents wade through a flooded highway in Ormoc City in central Philippines on Christmas day
At least 11 people were reported killed and six others missing on Thursday after Typhoon Phanfone battered several central Philippine islands on Wednesday, Christmas Day, making seven landfalls before heading out to the South China Sea.

The typhoon brought chaos and a wet, miserable holiday season to millions in the mainly Catholic nation. Thousands were stranded at shuttered ports, while dozens of flights were cancelled.

Images posted on social media showed some areas in Capiz and Iloilo provinces under water. Thousands were forced to evacuate before the typhoon.

The Philippine Daily Inquirer news website reported that two people died in the province of Leyte, while eight were killed in Iloilo and Capiz. One died in the province of Biliran.

The Office of Civil Defense was quoted as saying that it is verifying reports of a dozen more fatalities.

Comment: Update: Bloomberg reports on 29 December:
Christmas Storm Kills 41 in Philippines, Destroys Homes, Crops

Typhoon Phanfone killed at least 41 people when it slammed into the central Philippines on Christmas Eve, with dozens still injured or missing, according to the agency which oversees disaster response.

The 21st cyclone to hit the Southeast Asian nation this year also damaged an estimated 1 billion pesos ($19.7 million) worth of crops and infrastructure, including more than 265,000 homes, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said in a Dec. 29 bulletin.


Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Sudden volcanic hot spots and safe zone ash layers

undersea volcanoes off new zealand
© YouTube/Adapt 2030 (screen capture)
Unusual heat blob appears over a range of underwater volcanoes east of New Zealand, could this be related to the White Island eruption? Costa Rica Arenal volcano over the last 7000 years gives some indication of the habitability of Central America in a Grand Solar Minimum. Double cyclones spin across the N. Atlantic.

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