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Torrential floods cascade through Villa Giardino, Córdoba, Argentina after almost 4 inches of rain in 2 hours

Over 100mm of rain in two hours causes torrential flooding in Villa Giardino, Córdoba, Argentina. January 15th 2021.


Mud volcano erupts in Gobustan, Azerbaijan

Shikhzekhirli volcano has erupted in Gobustan. The Bureau of Earthquake Research reported that the volcanic eruption was characterized by three cycles of activity during the day.

It was noted that the first active phase of the eruption occurred at 17:48:36 local time and lasted almost three and a half minutes, the second phase began at 17:53:59 and lasted 2 minutes 18 seconds, and the third at 17:58: 17 local time and lasted longer than the previous ones - 7 minutes.

As a result of volcanic activity, 2.5 hectares of land were completely covered with solid waste. A total of 1,700 cubic meters of waste were brought to the surface.


Terrible snow storm with 116 km/h hits Saskatchewan, Canada

Terrible snow storm with 116 km/h hits Canada, Saskatchewan.

Cloud Precipitation

Violent thunderstorm and flood hits Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil

In Brazil, in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, there was a severe thunderstorm with a downpour. Local residents, who were taken by surprise by the bad weather, were forced to seek shelter. The storm lasted for about 2 hours and caused local flooding. Roofs were also blown off some houses by strong gusts of wind.

Recall that Rio Grande do Sul is the southernmost state of Brazil, in its southern region. The administrative center is the city of Porto Alegre. In the north, it borders the state of Santa Catarina, in the south - with Uruguay, in the west along the Uruguay River - with Argentina.

Cloud Lightning

Man captures the moment he is struck by lightning in Brazil as he talks about 'god's nature'

Jose Omar de Oliveria was out in the countryside in Minduri in Brazil, where he works as a councillor, was he was struck by a bolt from the skies.

Somewhat miraculously, Oliveria was unharmed by the shock but it did ruin his flip flops.

In the clip, which Oliveria filmed on his mobile phone, he can be heard to say: "It's God's nature. I'll tell you. Look, clear skies.

"Over there it's starting (to rain). Clear skies, it's sunny, look for yourself to see how Minduriis."

He then managed to capture the moment he was hit by lightning and his screams can be heard.


Deadly wind storm hits Pacific Northwest with 50-70 mph gusts, leaves 500,000 without power

Debris from a mudslide are seen on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, east of Portland, Ore., after heavy rain and a windstorm struck the area
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Debris from a mudslide are seen on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, east of Portland, Ore., after heavy rain and a windstorm struck the area.
A powerful wind storm rolled through the Pacific Northwest, killing one person and leaving a trail of damage, including a highway shut down after a landslide and a tractor-trailer that was nearly blown off a bridge. More than 500,000 people lost power.

The death happened in Spokane, when a woman in her 40s died after a tree fell on her car and trapped her inside, city Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer said.

Winds reached gusts 50 to 70 mph in parts of the Puget Sound region as the storm blew through on the tail end of several inches of rain that left the ground saturated and conditions ripe for trees to fall, KOMO-TV reported.

High winds blew down trees across the greater Spokane region. Avista, a Spokane-based utility, reported that more than 70,000 customers were without power Wednesday morning. About 430,000 customers elsewhere in Washington state and in Oregon also lost electrical service, officials said.


Severe flooding in Mtwara Region,Tanzania after torrential rainfall - 18 inches in 48 hours

Flash flooding has caused widespread damage in parts of Mtwara Region in southern Tanzania after heavy rain over the last few days.

Mtwara, capital city of Mtwara Region, recorded 478mm of rain in 48 hours to 13 January 2021.

Authorities reported 1 person died after being swept away by flash floods in Mtwara-Mikindani municipality on 12 January.

Many people have moved from their homes to safer areas, including in makeshift shelters in local schools. Authorities are still carrying out damage assessments and exact figures are not yet known. Media report over 400 homes were damaged or destroyed.

On 13 January Tanzania Meteorological Authority warned of further heavy rain in Mwanza, Shinyanga, Simiyu, Tabora, Singida, Dodoma, Mbeya, Iringa and Njombe regions.

Snowflake Cold

Threat of shortages on fruit and veg markets due to the intense cold in Spain

Greenhouse tomatoes in Níjar

Greenhouse tomatoes in Níjar
The very low product supply translates into a rise in prices

Agricultural producers and companies in the fruit and vegetable sector in the Spanish provinces of Almería and Granada are not having a moment of truce. Due to storm Filomena, record minimum temperatures are being recorded across Spain; also in the south. Rain and snow have been falling incessantly throughout the week and in these conditions, the crops won't reach the expected yields.

Production has dropped considerably and is taking a toll on many crops, including tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, eggplant and peppers. Prices are high due to the acute product shortage. In the current situation, there is no capacity to meet all the demand, not even that from contracts previously signed by the marketing companies.


Rare snowfall hits Saada, Yemen

Rare snowfall hits Saada,Yemen. 11 January, 2021.

Snowflake Cold

Rare snowfall hits Saudi Arabia's Asir region

Snowfall in Saudi Arabia's Asir region has left mountains and deserts covered in white snow, while locals and foreigners alike are flocking to the plains to enjoy the sight.

Half a century has passed since temperature in Saudi Arabia's Asir region dropped below freezing. Apart from urban areas, white snow sheet covered hilly and desert areas as well.

The weather in Asir region is very cold due to snowfall and the temperature has fallen below -2 degrees Celsius.

However, Saudi citizens and foreigners have expressed joy and surprise because of snowfall.