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Snow falls in Florida — yes, Florida — in rare cold snap

Snow falls in Florida following first winter storm of 2022

Snow falls in Florida following first winter storm of 2022
Snow in the Sunshine State?!

Some parts of the Florida Panhandle saw snow flurries as temperatures plunged below freezing.

The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office shared a Facebook video of snowflakes falling overnight.

"Well how's this for a temperature change?" the sheriff's office wrote in the caption. "From 75 degrees at 3 in the afternoon to snow at 3 am captured during patrol in the Lowe's parking lot on Beal by B-Shift Central! Bundle up out there!"

The snow didn't stick and didn't cause any issues, a spokesperson for the sheriff's office told The Associated Press.


Leaving on a jet plane? U.S. air travel nightmare continues - 5,000 flights canceled

Flight cancellations impact Charleston International Airport as winter weather hits

Flight cancellations impact Charleston International Airport as winter weather hits.
The new year brought the same problems for many air travelers in the United States. Canceled or delayed flights are causing a travel mess for passengers across the country. Many spent their new year in an airport.

Airlines canceled more than 5,000 flights over the weekend. And more than 2,600 U.S. flights and more than 4,100 worldwide were grounded as of midday Monday, according to tracking service FlightAware. Another 8,500 flights were delayed, including 3,100 in the U.S. More than 12,000 U.S. flights have been canceled since Christmas Eve. This is creating a huge backlog of passengers.

Airlines are reporting they simply have too many people to move and not enough planes. Airlines are also citing COVID-related staffing shortages for these delays and ongoing winter weather. A major snowstorm hit the Pacific Northwest last week. And now a massive system is moving across the East Coast.


Massive waterspout spins up off Israeli coast

Owing to rapidly fluctuating temperatures, unusual tornado-like weather phenomenon caught on camera off the shores of the southern city Ashdod, wowing passersby

An impressive sight was seen off the coast of southern Israel on Monday as a massive waterspout danced its way through the waters of the Mediterranean Sea.

The unusual weather phenomenon, which resembles a tornado, was caught off-shores of the southern city of Ashdod.


Strong magnitude 6.1 earthquake - North Atlantic Ocean

Very strong magnitude 6.1 earthquake at 10 km depth

Date & time: Jan 4, 2022 03:18:37 UTC - 6 hours ago
Local time at epicenter: Tuesday, Jan 4, 2022 1:18 am (GMT -2)
Magnitude: 6.1
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 35.2646°N / 35.2407°W

Snowflake Cold

Snowstorm hits parts of Hokkaido, Japan with up to 32 inches of snow

Snowstorms are hitting parts of Japan's northern prefecture of Hokkaido.

Japanese weather officials say a strong winter weather pattern is bringing snow to the Sea of Japan coast in northern and eastern Japan.

Nearly 20 centimeters of snow fell in Teshio, Hokkaido, over 6 hours on Monday morning.

By 9 a.m., more than 80 centimeters of snow had accumulated in Rumoi, also in Hokkaido, and over 60 centimeters in Yonezawa, Yamagata Prefecture.


Snowstorm leaves nearly 1 million without power in the US

A quick-hitting blast of winter weather left several inches of snow blanketing parts of the Southeast, before spreading into the mid-Atlantic, where it shut down much of the nation's capital.

A dramatic weather pattern change marked the first days of 2022 across the Southeast and mid-Atlantic, replacing the 80-degree warmth in some locations with an all-out snowstorm. The onslaught of the first accumulating snow of the season for many left several cities along the East Coast nearly shut down, snarled traffic, left nearly 1 million without power on Monday and has been blamed for at least one fatality, according to officials.

The storm unleashed hefty snow amounts across parts of Tennessee and North Carolina, with accumulations climbing to 9.0 inches in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and 11.0 inches in Swiss, North Carolina. Even areas as far south as Alabama were hit with a blast of wintry weather, and Moores Mill, Alabama, picked up 7.0 inches of snow.


Boy died after dog attack in remote Northern Territory, Australia

dog attack
A young boy who died after going missing from a remote central Australian desert community was mauled during an "horrific" dog attack.

The three-year-old's family reported his absence on Friday evening about 11am after searching Hermannsburg, southwest of Alice Springs, for several hours.

Northern Territory police joined the search late on New Year's Eve and an officer found the injured child about 9am on Saturday.

He was taken to the local health clinic but died before he could be treated.


6.2 magnitude earthquake hits Taiwan, tremors felt in capital city

A strong earthquake struck off the coast of eastern Taiwan on Monday evening with shaking felt in the capital Taipei, but authorities said there were no immediate reports of widespread damage or injuries.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) said the quake measured 6.2 in magnitude and hit at a depth of 28 kilometres (17 miles).

The epicentre was given in the sea 64 kilometres east of the coastal city of Hualien.

Taiwan's fire service said initial impact reports were limited to a handful of people stuck in elevators who had since been rescued.


Man dies after Chicago dog attack, officials say

A 34-year-old man was fatally mauled by dogs on the Far South Side, officials said Saturday.

Police were called to a residence in the 300 block of West 108th Place in the Roseland neighborhood about 11:30 pm. Thursday and found the still-unidentified man in a living room, with "visible dog bites" about the body, police said.

An autopsy Saturday determined the man died of multiple injuries from a dog mauling, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office. His death was ruled an accident.

Three dogs - two pit bulls and one American Bully, were found inside the home and city's department of animal control and care was notified, police said.


3 tornadoes confirmed in Kentucky after severe weather in the Mid-South on Saturday

tornado kentucky
© 98.7 WHOP FM
98.7 WHOP FM in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, reports significant damage from a possible tornado on the east side of the town near East Ninth and Campbell streets. No immediate reports of significant injuries.
The first storm system of 2022 produced severe storms and flooding rains from Arkansas to the Mid-Atlantic, ahead of a major cool down that will remind residents in the eastern half of the nation that the country is in the heart of winter.

Some of the areas that were hardest hit included northern Alabama, Tennessee and southern Kentucky where wind damage and flooding were reported. At least three tornadoes have been confirmed in Kentucky as of Sunday morning.

The National Weather Service in Paducah, Kentucky, said a survey team has found damage consistent with an EF-2 tornado in Hopkinsville. While the survey will continue, preliminary information showed winds were near 115 mph with a part of about 125 yards.