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Snow arrives in South Korea's mountainous region 16 days earlier than last year

South Korea's northeastern mountainous region observed the first snowfall of the season on Thursday, with a torrential rain warning issued for parts of the east coast, the Gangwon Local Meteorological Administration said.

Four centimeters of snow had accumulated by 9:00 a.m. in most parts of the high mountainous region, and snow accumulation of 7 centimeters was observed on the peaks of Mount Seorak in Yangyang in South Korea's northeastern province of Gangwon as of 9:30 a.m.

The snowfall came 16 days earlier than last year, according to the administration.

Arrow Down

Enormous sinkhole opens in Clinton Township, Michigan

Sinkhole in Clinton Township, MI
© WWJ News Radio 950
Expect delays if you're traveling through Clinton Township today, especially along the westbound lanes of Metro Parkway near Groesbeck.

A water main break in the area said to be the cause of an enormous sinkhole along the shoulder of that busy highway. Charlie Langton was live at the scene.

Wednesday morning, police were blocking the shoulder as traffic squeezed past the area.

Clinton Township police later said the right lane of westbound 16 Mile would be closed west of Garfield road until further notice, as crews work to fix the problem.

Snowflake Cold

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Most October snow in 15 years in N.Hemisphere

US record snow
© YouTube/Adapt 2030 (screen capture)
Most snow in 15 years in October and the month is only half over and a blizzard is expected for the New England states over Thanksgiving as a Nor'easter churns up the east coast. Record cold smashes into the 35F below normal category in Texas and Northern Mexico. One can only guess where the climate goes from here and how quickly.

Cloud Precipitation

New weather warning as eastern Spain braces for worst 'cold drop' in 10 years

Iberian Peninsular on October 18, 2018
Iberian Peninsula on October 18, 2018

The phenomenon, caused by the arrival of very cold polar air, is expected to bring 180 millimeters of rain in 12 hours, affecting Catalonia, Aragón, Valencia, Andalusia, Balearics and Murcia

More extreme weather has been forecast for Spain just days after tropical storm Leslie swept across the country and flash flooding in the Balearic Islands left 13 people dead in Mallorca, including a British couple and two German nationals.

Spain's national weather service AEMET has issued a special warning for "rain and intense, generalized and persistent storms" for the eastern side of the peninsula and the Balearic Islands. The extreme weather is expected to hit on Thursday and last until Sunday.

While the gota fría - or "cold drop," a term used to describe a sudden fall in temperatures along the east coast caused by the arrival of very cold polar air - is "typical" of Spanish falls in the Mediterranean, AEMET spokesperson Rubén del Campo says a drop of this intensity has not occurred since October 2008.

Aragón, Catalonia, Valencia, Andalusia, the Balearic Islands and Murcia will be the worst-hit regions in Spain and a red alert - the highest on the scale - has been issued for Castellón on Thursday and Friday.

According to Del Campo, the extreme weather is due to two low pressure areas. "The first will move to the south of the Peninsula this Thursday while the other will be in the Mediterranean and near the Balearic Islands," he explains.

Both low-pressure zones can bring torrential rain but by "interacting and joining together" they cause "instability" in the upper layers of the atmosphere and lead to storms and "humid wind along the length of the Mediterranean Sea," says Del Campo. These ingredients create "a cocktail of strong, persistent and intense rain," he says.


Grey catbird from North America turns up in Cornwall, UK

Grey Catbird in Cornwall
© Graham Jepson
Grey Catbird in Cornwall
Hundreds of birdwatchers have descended on west Cornwall to catch a glimpse of a rare avian visitor from North America.

The grey catbird has been spotted on Treeve Moor near Land's End.

It is believed to be just the second time the bird has been sighted on mainland Britain.

The catbird, which is about 20cm (7.8in) long and grey in colour, is named because of its distinctive "meowing" sound.


Northern Iowa farmers' crops covered in snow

snow crop
Some farmers in northern Iowa are finally getting back into their fields this week. Monday's USDA crop report showed Iowa's soybean harvest at 19-percent, 11 days behind the average. On Tuesday, April Hemmes - who farms near Hampton - said she was still waiting to start harvesting soybeans.

The harvest was halted this month by heavy rains that turned fields into a muddy mess. Hemmes said her soybeans were coated with two inches heavy, wet snow on Sunday. It's the wettest year she's experienced in 33 years of farming and Hemmes said there's some pod-splitting taking place.

According to the USDA, the 19-percent soybean harvest is the smallest mid-October harvest percentage for Iowa since records began, and the lowest number among the major soybean producing states. Hemmes said, earlier this year, she was excited about her potential soybean yield.


Video shows waterspouts spotted along the Lake Erie shoreline

Multiple waterspouts were reported Wednesday off Lake Erie near Burke Lakefront Airport.

These funnels generally form over open water and climb upward when water temperatures rise and there is high humidity in the lowest several thousand feet of the atmosphere, according to weather.gov.

Cloud Precipitation

Two killed by flash floods in Tunisia

Flash flooding in central Tunisia killed at least two people including a six-year-old child on Wednesday, the interior ministry said.

The drownings came less than a month after torrential rains killed at least five people in the northwestern region of Cap Bon.

The child died in the Sidi Bouzid region, while a 40-year-old man drowned in a flooded wadi in the neighbouring province of Kasserine, interior ministry spokesman Sofiene Zaag told AFP.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning bolt kills 6 pupils and injures 25 in NW Tanzania

At least six school children were killed and 25 others injured on Wednesday after lightning hit a primary school in Tanzania's northwest region of Geita.

Yese Kanyuma, Geita regional education coordinator, said the lightning struck Emaco Vision Primary School in the hilly region in the morning, killing the six children on the spot.

Shortly after the grisly incident, shocked parents flocked the school to identify their killed children, said Kanyuma.

Josephat Maganga, acting Geita Regional Commissioner said the school is located about four kilometers from Geita town and has 589 pupils including those in pre-school classes.

Cloud Precipitation

Hail storm kills 400 kangaroos and 150 goats in New South Wales, Australia

Farmer finds hundreds of dead kangaroos, cows and goats following weather anomaly

Farmer finds hundreds of dead kangaroos, cows and goats following weather anomaly
A flash storm that ripped through parts of drought ravaged Far West New South Wales has left a trail of death and destruction for two grazier families.

Up to 400 kangaroos were found dead on Avondale station near Broken Hill, with the neighbouring property left to clean up over $20,000 worth of dead stock.

Tegan Langford said what began as joy and elation over the much-needed rain, later turned into utter disbelief.

"It was very eerie down there. It looked like something out of a movie where they say the world is going to end. Everything was just dead."