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Delhi records coldest November in 71 years

Cold temps in Delhi
© File
The month of November was the coldest in the national capital in 71 years, with the mean minimum temperature dropping to 10.2 degrees Celsius, according to the India Meteorological Department.

Delhi had recorded a mean minimum temperature of 10.2 degrees Celsius in November 1949.

The mean minimum temperature for November was 9.6 degrees Celsius in 1938; nine degrees Celsius in 1931 and 8.9 degrees Celsius in 1930, according to IMD data.

Normally, the mean minimum temperature for the month of November is 12.9 degrees Celsius.

The mean minimum temperature was 15 degrees Celsius last year, 13.4 degrees Celsius in 2018 and 12.8 degrees Celsius in 2017 and 2016.

Delhi also braved four cold waves in November -on the 3rd, 20th, 23rd and 24th.


Southeast Turkey shaken by shallow M5.0 earthquake

Turkey quake map
Turkey's disaster authority and the U.S. Geological Survey say a 5.0 magnitude earthquake has struck Siirt in southeastern Turkey.

The Disaster and Emergency Management Authority, or AFAD, said on Dec. 3 there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage from the quake that hit at a depth of 20 kilometers (12 miles) at 8:45 a.m. (0545 GMT).

Turkey is crisscrossed by fault lines and was hit by two strong tremors this year - one that hit the western port city of Izmir last month, killing 117 people, and another in Elazığ province, killing 41 people.

At least 17,000 people died in a powerful earthquake in northwest Turkey in 1999.

Christmas Lights

Stunning light pillars illuminate night sky in Chinese city

Light pillars in China
© Pear Video

Residents in a northern Chinese city have been stunned by a spectacular optical phenomenon illuminating in the night sky.

Incredible footage shows dozens of colourful light beams appearing on Saturday evening in Inner Mongolia region's Genhe, a city dubbed 'China's pole of cold'.

Millions of social media users were also left in awe at the extraordinary scene, known as light pillars or sun pillars, caused by a bright light source reflected off falling ice crystals in cold weather.


Flooding in southern provinces of Thailand after heavy rainfall- at least 5 dead (UPDATE)

Pedestrians cross a flooded street in Muang district of Songkhla following heavy rain on Monday night.
© Assawin Pakkawan
Pedestrians cross a flooded street in Muang district of Songkhla following heavy rain on Monday night.
Heavy rain on Monday night caused new flooding in many parts of the southern provinces of Songkhla and Phatthalung.

In Songkhla, Nam Krachai five-way junction - which connects Muang, Hat Yai, Chana and Singha Nakhon districts - at Moo 2 village in tambon Phawong, Muang district, was about 40 centimetres under water on Tuesday morning.

The old Kanchanawanich road to Hat Yai, in particular, was impassable. Many cars were left stalled in the water along the road.

Comment: Update: Reuters reports on December 3:
Five dead as flash floods hit southern Thailand

Thailand on Thursday reported at least five deaths after flash floods caused by monsoon rains hit seven provinces in the country's southern region.

Authorities reported the deaths all took place in Nakhon Si Thammarat province, where television footage showed staff of a hospital piling up sandbags outside an emergency room to fend off water gushing in from the street.

Other images showed people wading or pushing motorcycles through thigh-deep water while some residents, including a Buddhist monk, rowed boats through commercial areas where children played.

The floods started a week ago but had receded by Thursday, according to the interior ministry, having affected more than 255,000 households in seven of the southern provinces.

The impacted region is home to Thailand's major rubber plantations, accounting for the majority of the world's natural rubber supply.

The Rubber Authority of Thailand said on Thursday it will pay affected rubber farmers 3,000 baht ($99.34) if the flood damaged more than 20 rubber trees in their plantations.

Arrow Down

6 people missing after 2 days of heavy rain cause mudslides in Haines, Alaska

Damage from heavy rains and a mudslide 600 feet wide in Haines, Alaska, on Dec. 2, 2020.
© Matt Boron / Alaska Dept of Transportation and Public Facilities
Damage from heavy rains and a mudslide 600 feet wide in Haines, Alaska, on Dec. 2, 2020.
Landslides buried homes beneath piles of mud in Haines, Alaska on Wednesday December 2 after days of heavy rain.

According to media reports , six people were missing in the state's south-east in the aftermath of the mudslides.

Alaska's Governor Mike Dunleavy took to Twitter, saying the National Guard and State Troopers were on their way to assist in rescue and recovery efforts.

A flash flood warning was issued by the National Weather Service, and was in effect until Wednesday night.


More than 40 volcanoes are erupting right now with 5 major explosions in the last 3 days

Semeru volcanic eruption in Indonesia on Dec. 1st.

Semeru volcanic eruption in Indonesia on Dec. 1st.
The volcanic activity is elevated these days, with 43 volcanoes currently erupting. Some are also preparing to explode.

If that sounds 'normal' for some of you, there have been at least 5 major explosions in the last 3 days... And that's a pretty high number, I would say.

Now, discover below these latest volcanic eruptions in pictures and videos:

Sakurajima volcano, Japan - Dec. 2nd

An explosion was registered at 11:55 a.m. JST with ballistic fragments being ejected and pounding the slopes.

Comment: See also:


Very shallow M5.1 earthquake strikes near Mina, Nevada

Mina quake map
The United States Geological Survey reports a preliminary magnitude 5.2 earthquake struck near Mina, Nevada on Dec. 1, 2020.
The United States Geological Survey reports a preliminary magnitude 5.1 earthquake struck near Mina, Nevada on Tuesday.

The quake hit at 11:32 PM local time at a depth of 5 kilometers.

There was no initial word on damage or injury resulting from the quake. More information on this earthquake is available on the USGS event page.

See the latest USGS quake alerts, report feeling earthquake activity and tour interactive fault maps in the earthquake section.

Comment: In May this year a magnitude 6.5 earthquake rattled Nevada, the largest in 66 years.


Storm dumps up to 2 feet of snow in 24 hours on Cleveland, Ohio

Image of measuring tape in snow in Cuyahoga County from winter storm on Dec. 1, 2020.
© News 5 Cleveland
Image of measuring tape in snow in Cuyahoga County from winter storm on Dec. 1, 2020.
The National Weather Service has released its 24-hour snowfall total following Monday night's winter storm that dumped more than a foot of snow in some places.

The totals were released late Tuesday night after a collaborative measuring effort from "highway departments, cooperative observers, Skywarn spotters and media," the NWS said in its report.

Ashland County

Hayesville—6.3 inches

Ashtabula County

South Madison—20.7 inches
Orwell—19.6 inches
Cherry Valley—18.2 inches
Trumbull—16.5 inches
Pierport— 15.5 inches
Monroe Center—10.2 inches
Kelloggsville—10.0 inches
Geneva—6.0 inches
Edgewood— 3.6 inches
Ashtabula—2.8 inches

Cloud Precipitation

More floods leave 5 dead, 1 missing and 5,000 displaced after 38.5 inches of rain in 3 days in Vietnam

More deadly flooding has struck in Vietnam, with at least 5 fatalities reported, 1 missing and over 5,000 evacuated.

Vietnam's Disaster Management Agency (VNDMA) reported heavy rains and flooding in central and south-central regions as well as the Central Highlands over the last few days. Between 28 November and 01 December, Tam Tra in Quang Nam recorded 986mm of rain and Ho Am Chua Lake in Khanh Hoa Province 820mm.

Four fatalities were reported in Khanh Hoa Province. Around 2,574 people were evacuated from their homes, many of them in the coastal town of Nha Trang in the province, where flood water was up to 50cm deep on 01 December 2020.


Strong eruption at Sakurajima volcano, Japan

Sakurajima Volcano eruption
© YouTube/Volcano Time-Lapse (screen capture)
At 11:55 JST an explosion was registered. Ballistic fragments were pounding the slopes.

Comment: The recent uptick in volcanic and seismic activity continues! On Nov. 29th Earth-orbiting satellites detected the biggest solar flare in more than 3 years.