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Landslide triggered by rain kills at least 7 in Uganda

Landslide in Karungu Sub-county
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Landslide in Karungu Sub-county, Buhweju District, Western Uganda, February 2021.
Uganda Red Cross reports that at least 7 people have died in a landslide in Western Uganda.

The landslide buried a house in Karungu Sub-county, Buhweju District late on 18 February, 2021. Local media later reported the number of fatalities as 8, including several children.

According to Uganda Red Cross, the landslide was triggered by heavy rainfall during a thunderstorm and heavy rain. Two survivors were taken to a local hospital for treatment. Red Cross teams and disaster officials have been deployed to the affected area.

Ice Cube

Record-breaking winter weather has millions of Americans trying to stay warm

texas snow storm power failure

Texans shivered as power grid failed in the face of the February snowstorm
While many Americans were dealing with how to stay warm Tuesday, some vaccine providers were dealing with the news that some shipments were running behind.

About 105 million Americans throughout the county remain under a winter storm warning or watch as many deal with frustrating power outages and stinging cold temperatures. "Significant snow, sleet, and freezing rain accumulations will spread across most of the Mid-South Wednesday and Thursday," the National Weather Service said.

Winter storm warnings are in effect in parts of Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and all of Arkansas. Watches are in place from Kentucky to New England.The weather has led to at least 26 deaths, including three people who died in carbon monoxide related incidents and one driver who hit a snowplow.

The frozen precipitation also was hampering coronavirus distribution.


Winter wonderland... in Lebanon

Heavy snowfall has turned Lebanon's mountainous region of Kfardebian into a winter wonderland - not a scene usually witnessed in this region!

Comment: Related: Heavy snowfall hits Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Egypt

Snowflake Cold

Severe blizzard hits Kazakhstan

A storm alert was issued for the cities of Nur-Sultan and Kokshetau as well as six regions of Kazakhstan for today, February 18, Kazhydromet reports.

It is expected to snow and rain in the Kazakh capital today with fog, blizzard and ice-slick predicted locally. Mercury is forecast to drop sharply from +1+3 to -15-17 degrees Celsius and lower.

Snow and rain, ice-slick and blizzard are also expected to batter tonight Mangistau region. Wind gusting 15-18 m/s is to roll through the region.

Snowflake Cold

Aerial views of a frozen downtown Chicago under snow during historic cold weather

Aerial views of downtown Chicago under a blanket of snow during an historic cold snap that has had the United States in its grip for several days, thanks to an Arctic blast that is causing temperatures to plummet.

Cloud Precipitation

Woman dies in flash flood on Maui, Hawaii

A swimmer at Waioka Pond, also known as Venus Pool, died after a flash flood swept multiple swimmers out to the ocean today, the Maui Department of Fire and Public Safety announced.

Maui Fire Department personnel responded just before 10 a.m. to the swimmers being swept out to the ocean.

The department confirmed that two swimmers were able to climb to safety before being carried into the ocean. Two other swimmers ended up in the ocean, but one was able to swim back to shore.


World Snow Wrap Feb 19 - Utah had 2 metres in 5 days - Japan's epic season continues

All hands on deck in Snowbird on Feb 16.
© Snowbird resort
All hands on deck in Snowbird on Feb 16.
The past two weeks have seen a bit of everything in the Northern Hemisphere with Japan having a couple of warm spells in between deep powder, Canada has been fine but freezing, it's all sunshine in Europe and there have been some ridiculously deep days in the Northern Rockies.


It has been a mixed couple of weeks in Japan with heavy snowfalls and good powder days last week followed by warm weather and rain earlier in the week. The rain turned to snow in Hokkaido on Tuesday night, and on Wednesday Lucy Morrell our reporter in Furano wrote that, "the mix of yesterday's warmth and rain plus snow meant this morning we're all barricaded in our houses behind freezing slush." Not to worry, it's been all about powder since.

In Niseko the rain also turned to snow on Tuesday night leaving 46cms of fresh snow and temps at -8 with good powder on offer. There was another 25cms yesterday and the storm should clear today. The forecast is for the chance of rain across Hokkaido tomorrow, but the Grasshopper's calling for a return to snow after dark night and continuing on Sunday.

Snowflake Cold

The extreme weather in the US is so severe even weather satellites are bewildered

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Purple (right) showing frigid ground instead of cloud (left).
The severe winter storm raging through the southern US brought such extreme cold that it confused weather satellites monitoring the situation.

On Tuesday, the cold air advancing south from the Arctic chilled the ground so much that one monitoring satellite mistook the ground for tops of clouds, which are usually much colder than surface temperatures. The phenomenon was first pointed out by Washington Post meteorologist Matthew Cappucci.

A similar effect was seen over Canada on February 10, where it was highlighted by the local news channel WROC TV in Rochester, New York.

The satellite in question is called GOES-East. It uses infrared sensors to measure temperatures at the top of clouds to plot them. Typically, the clouds are colder than the ground surface. The satellite's algorithms use this assumption to outline cloud cover from space, even at night.

Capucci tweeted a video illustrating the effect:

Comment: See also: Record cold in eleven U.S. states - coldest February 16 in history of meteorological observations


Merapi volcano erupts in Indonesia, spews red-hot lava

Lava flows down from the crater of Mount Merapi in Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Lava flows down from the crater of Mount Merapi in Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Indonesia's Mount Merapi, one of the world's most active volcanoes, erupted on Friday, belching out fiery red lava.

The volcano, close to Indonesia's cultural capital Yogyakarta on Java island, had already spewed lava almost two dozen times over the two last days and caused hundreds of minor volcanic quakes, according to a report by Indonesia's geological agency.

"This morning, lava avalanches were observed seven times," the agency said, with the lava travelling up to 700 metres to the southwest.


Guatemala: There's nowhere to hide - hundreds of thousands live in the shadow of 3 erupting volcanoes

Guatemala says that three of its most active volcanoes are erupting at the same time.

Guatemala says that three of its most active volcanoes are erupting at the same time.
Whole communities live in the shadows of these volcanoes - with more than 180,000 people around Volcan de Fuego.

A huge rumble and a belch of steam and rocks erupts from the crater of the volcano that towers above us.

It's truly terrifying feeling such power, so near.

I looked about me, wondering where I would I hide if the volcano's eruptions suddenly intensified. And then I realised - and it's obvious really - there is nowhere to run and hide.

Up here, perched high on the side of Guatemala's Pacaya volcano, at the closest monitoring point to the peak of the volcano, one feels very insignificant.

To my right, away from the belching crater, a vast lava field plummets towards the valley floor and, in the distance, the towns and villages directly in its path.