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Big freeze strikes Australia: Antarctic blast lashes east coast, SNOW dumps near Sydney as temperatures plunge to single digits in Melbourne - just 4 weeks out from summer

Icy gusts have lashed the east coast and snow is dumping just outside of Sydney

Icy gusts have lashed the east coast and snow is dumping just outside of Sydney
Australians have woken up to an icy morning as the country is lashed by two jet streams that have pooled cold air over the eastern seaboard.

The cold Antarctic air has been dragged north by a pend in the polar jetstream - a band of wind that continuously flows about 8 to 15km above sea level.

Icy gusts are lashing the east coast and snow is dumping just outside of Sydney and in south-eastern alpine region as the polar jetstream clashes with the separate subtropical jetstream.

It comes as residents of Melbourne and Canberra experience temperatures in the single digits - with the nation's capital hitting just six degrees on Wednesday morning and Melbourne nine degrees, with the mercury set to rise throughout the day.


Huge waterspout spotted off the coast of Lebanon

© Nathalia Nader
On Tuesday afternoon, locals near Batroun District spotted a huge waterspout off the shore of Berbara beach in Northern Lebanon.

Automatically, passersby rushed to take photos and videos of this rare natural occurrence coinciding with the rainy weather in Lebanon.


No tsunami warning after shallow magnitude 6 earthquake strikes west of California in Pacific

A magnitude 6 earthquake struck west of California in the northern Pacific Ocean overnight, the U.S. Geological Survey is reporting.

According to the agency, the quake, which occurred shortly before 1 a.m. EDT Wednesday, was centered about 743 miles west-southwest of Monterey. It had a depth of about 6.2 miles.

The U.S. Tsunami Warning Center did not issue a tsunami warning, advisory, watch or threat following the quake, KNTV reported.


Footage of Brighton's West Pier during Storm Claudio, part of structure fell into sea overnight

Drone shot of West Pier in Brighton
© Sussex News and Pictures
Drone shot of West Pier in Brighton
Brighton's dilapidated West Pier continues to be battered by Storm Claudio.

Part of the rusting structure fell into the sea overnight as fierce winds pounded Sussex.

Shocking drone footage shows even more of the south west corner of the pier seems to be missing.

The Argus reported how some of it had fallen into the sea this morning.

It came after the pier was battered by Storm Claudio overnight with wind gusts of 62mph in Brighton and mountainous seas.

Cloud Precipitation

Colombia - Floods and landslides affect 15,000, hundreds of homes damaged

Floods in Santa Marta, Magdalena Colombia
© Colombia Civil Defence
Floods in Santa Marta, Magdalena Colombia October 2022.
Civil Defence in Colombia report flooding and landslides over the past week have impacted around 15,000 people across 8 departments and the Capital District of Bogotá.

Floods caused material damages in Puerto Colombia, Atlántico Department from 23 October where 35 homes were destroyed, 274 damaged and 1,545 residents affected or displaced. Heavy rain caused streams to break their banks, according to local media.

Around the same time flooding impacted areas of San Juan Nepomuceno municipality in neighbouring Bolívar Department, where 50 homes were damaged and 250 people affected.

Areas of Tolima Department had already seen severe flooding in mid-October. Further heavy rain from 25 October caused landslides in Ibagué and Purificación municipalities affecting over 800 residents.


Large waterspout creates panic in Jaffna, Sri Lanka

A large waterspout created panic in parts of Jaffna today with some locals unaware what it was.

The waterspout was reportedly seen off the seas of Point Pedro in Jaffna today.

A number of people gathered along the beach to witness the rare sight.

Some people panicked fearing it was a tornado.

Snowflake Cold

Winter is coming: Intense 12-hour blizzard seen in Canada's North

Winter is coming: Intense 12-hour blizzard seen in Canada's North

Winter is coming: Intense 12-hour blizzard seen in Canada's North
With the start of winter less than two months away, we're starting to see more weather reflective of the upcoming season across the country.

We recently saw significant snowfall across Western Canada, hindering travel and causing power outages. It came as quite the shock for many residents on the Prairies after summer-like warmth had gripped parts of the region just days beforehand.

On Friday, it was Nunavut's turn. The remote Northern Canada region was hit with a major winter storm -- its first blizzard of the season. The storm brought howling 100+ km/h winds, significant snow and blizzard conditions to southeastern areas of Baffin Island and nearby marine regions.

Cloud Precipitation

Egypt: Heavy rain leaves Cairo streets flooded, hits many provinces

Heavy thundershowers and hailstorms hit large parts of Greater Cairo including the Egyptian capital, as well as several provinces on Tuesday (Oct 25).

As a result, streets were flooded and traffic was disrupted. When the densely populated capital is used to more than 200 days of sunshine a year.

The Egyptian Meteorological Authority (EMA) issued a warning of unstable weather conditions nationwide, according to local media.

Cloud Precipitation

Flash floods hit Pretoria, South Africa

Parts of Pretoria were flooded after heavy rainfall on Friday.

A 20 second long video shared on social media shows what looks like a stranded driver who is not able to drive through the dirty water, which seems to be just above knee height.

Commenting on the video, Twitter user, @1Mmako said: "I had to make u turn. Pity most cars got stuck trying to pass through (sic)."


NASA launches website to report bright flashes in the sky known as sprites

red sprites
© Thanasis Papathanasiou
It might sound like NASA is investigating another UFO sighting with its latest call for citizen scientists' help, but the mysterious bright flashes known as "sprites" are a weather-related phenomenon.

Sprites are a form of Transient Luminous Event or TLE and are often associated with thunderstorms. These bright light flashes happen above the storm in Earth's upper atmosphere about 50 miles up, producing quick flashes of reddish light in various shapes.

According to NASA, it wasn't until a 1989 accidental photograph of a sprite did scientists have tangible evidence for the flashes above thunderstorms.

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