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Early snow comes early to northern city in Heilongjiang, China

China's northernmost city Mohe in Heilongjiang province welcomed the first snow of the coming winter on Sunday, about 25 days earlier than last year, said the local observatory.

"Affected by cold air, a strong northwesterly wind hit the city on Sunday and the temperature dropped by 8 C," said Yu Jiayi, a forecaster at the observatory. "The lowest temperature over the following two days will be around-3 C and it is expected to increase slightly on Thursday."

The region, regarded as the coldest in China, usually sees winters lasting eight months. Its record low is-52.3 C.

While mountains around the city are enjoying colorful autumn leaves, the falling snow has turned the whole city into a white fairyland.

Comment: Snowfall was also recently recorded at the Chinese/ Pakistan border on September 11th:

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Large hail pounds Glidden, Iowa

Chunks of ice the size of golf balls fell in Glidden Saturday in a small, quickly moving storm.

"I went, 'Oh my goodness,' " Glidden City Clerk Suzy Danner recalled. "It was just a shock."

Some of the hail exceeded 2 inches in diameter and caused small dents in vehicles. Danner said there was no known damage to city property.

The 4:15 p.m. storm was among several reports of hail that day across central Iowa, stretching from Glidden east to Eldora, according to the National Weather Service.

The first report of hail was in Dawson in Dallas County about 2:15 p.m. The final report was in Eldora in Hardin County about 6:30 p.m.

Large hail fell Saturday in Glidden. Most of it was about an inch in diameter, but some exceeded 2 inches

Large hail fell Saturday in Glidden. Most of it was about an inch in diameter, but some exceeded 2 inches

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Floods kill 33 across northern Thailand

Floods that have submerged large parts of northern Thailand for the last two weeks have killed at least 33 people, authorities said on Monday.

The floods, a result of torrential rains caused by two tropical storms, affected 28 provinces and had been especially devastating in the populous northeastern region known as Isan, where more than 22,000 people were evacuated, the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation said in a statement.

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Rain, floods claim 1,422 lives so far this year in India

Monsoon 2019
Monsoon 2019
As many as 1,422 people were killed in India over the past couple of months in rain and flood-related incidents in several states of the country, including Kerala, Maharashtra, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh.

The national daily, the Hindustan Times reported, "between June 1 and September 14, at least 1,422 people were killed because of rains, the highest since data started being compiled by the union home ministry nine years ago. Last year, the figure stood at 1,379 - of which Kerala alone accounted for 498 deaths."

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More flash flooding hits Arganda Del Rey, Madrid - Less than three weeks after last deluge

Madrid flash flooding
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The Madrid suburb of Arganda Del Rey has been hit by flash flooding less than three weeks after another powerful storm caused havoc in the same area: Powerful storm hits Madrid, Spain - Cars swept away by rivers of hail. In August

Video footage shows cars and trucks floating down streets after torrential rain. Firefighters attended to over one hundred incidents in less than three hours in the region according to La Vanguardia.


Junk climate science - The new normal

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England had a hot day on July 25, which climate scientists immediately declared to be the "new normal" England's summer averaged five degrees cooler than the summer of 1976, during the ice age scare.


Early winter weather stuns western Norway

Winter came early over the weekend, with stormy weather dumping up to 20 centimeters of snow in some areas of the mountains while also wreaking havoc over wide areas of Vestlandet (Western Norway).

Strong winds knocked down trees and power lines, leaving thousands without power, while others were evacuated after heavy rain led to more flooding and landslides.

It was another wild weekend, and many roads remained closed Monday morning. Among them were RV52 over Hemsedalsfjellet and 10 county roads from Lærdal and Geiranger to Stryn. The popular FV63 better known as Trollstigen was also abruptly closed because of the weather, disappointing autumn tourists.

The biggest problem were the powerful wind gusts that also swept over many areas where skies were blue and the sun was shining, including the Oslo area. The southern cities of Kristiansand and Arendal were hit hard, with local utility companies scrambling to restore electricity after countless trees fell over power lines

Bizarro Earth

Worst storm in 140 years hits Spain: 6 dead, 300,000 ha (741,000 acres) of prime agricultural land destroyed

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Floodwaters damaged cars on Thursday, September 12, 2019, in Ontinyent in the Valencia region of Spain.
At least six fatalities have now been confirmed from the harsh weather that has been affecting southeastern Spain since September 11, 2019. Authorities are describing it as the worst storm since 1879 when floodwaters killed over 1 000 in Murcia and Orihuela.

The worst-hit provinces included Valencia, Alicante, Murcia, Albacete, Almeria, and Malaga.

Ontinyent, Orihuela, and Moixent experienced swelling of rivers leading to raging floods after 250 mm (9.8 inches) of rain fell in 12 hours on top of days of heavy rain. This is 10 times the normal amount for the time of the year.

Comment: You may recall these incredible scenes of rivers of hail and water washing away cars in one suburb of Madrid in late August. Well, two days ago, it happened there again:

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Algeria's capital Algiers hit with 3 months' worth of rain in 40 minutes

Algiers flash flooding
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A flash flood in Algeria's capital inundated subway stations and the city's new airport, turned major boulevards into muddy rivers and trapped drivers in cars.

No deaths were reported, but civil security spokesman Karim Bernaoui said Friday that "the damage is enormous" from the Thursday evening downpour.

The Algiers mayor said 40 millimeters of rain fell in 40 minutes, the equivalent of three months of normal rainfall.

Comment: The same weather system caused havoc in southeastern Spain earlier in the week:

Torrential rain inundates Valencia region of Spain for second month in a row - Two dead as storm washes away hundreds of cars, spawns tornadoes

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54 areas of the Philippines flooded due to tropical depression Marilyn

A total of 54 areas across the country were flooded due to the southwest monsoon enhanced by tropical depression Marilyn.

Based on the situational report of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), as of September 15, the flooded areas that were affected include Pampanga, Negros Occidental, and Zamboanga City.

Several houses were damaged due to the flood, however, there were no reported accidents involving residents in the said areas as families have been evacuated.