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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.


Heavy snowfall in several regions of Morocco - up to 3 feet in 24 hours

Snow depths for the last 24 hours in Morocco

Here are the snow depths recorded on Tuesday, January 12, by the general direction of meteorology:

Province of Ifrane:

Bakrite Kechla: 80 cm
Ifrane city: 75 cm
Ifrane-Aero: 40 cm
Michlifen: 70/65 cm
Azrou: 25 cm
Habri: 75/70 cm
Jbel hayane: 90/80 cm
Timhdit: 60cm
Dayet Aoua: 35 cm
Ain Leuh: 45 cm

Snowflake Cold

Hong Kong records coldest temperature in 33 years, large scale crop damage reported

Frost on plants
Temperature plunged below the freezing point in some parts of New Territories this morning, with farmers reporting large scale damages to their crops.

The mercury in Ta Kwu Ling touched 0.9 degrees - the lowest in 33 years since its record began.

The observatory pointed to a phenomenon called "radiative cooling" for the plunge, while predicting temperatures to get warmer in the next few days before a reverse at the beginning of next week.

Radiation cooling is a maximum cooling of the ground which occurs under clear skies, light winds and dry conditions. In winter, a large temperature difference sometimes exists between the urban area and the New Territories.

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Cloud Precipitation

50 hours of continuous rain hits village in Malaysia, worst flash floods in over 30 years - over 3 meters deep

The Korina village was flooded due to heavy rainfall for the past two days. All roads heading into the village’s area was also heavily flooded making it difficult for vehicles to pass through.

The Korina village was flooded due to heavy rainfall for the past two days. All roads heading into the village’s area was also heavily flooded making it difficult for vehicles to pass through.
The flash flood that hit Kampung Korina in Sikuati, here, on Monday following more than 50 hours of continuous rain, was the worst in over 30 years for the village.

Jamiah Yunus, 78, who has been living in the village for 40 years, said flash floods had occurred in the village before but it was only up to knee level and receded fast compared to this time when it reached over three metres within a short time.

She said the water rose fast about 7 am on Monday and her family quickly saved various important items before evacuating to the relief centre.

Snowflake Cold

Heavy snowfall hits Sweden, Finland - up to 2 feet in 24 hours - icy temperatures ahead

snow in Helsinki, Finland

Snow in Helsinki, Finland on Jan. 12
Thousands of households across northern Sweden and southern Finland were without power Wednesday after a heavy snowfall, and forecasters warned that particularly icy temperatures lay ahead for the Baltic Sea region.

In southwestern Finland, some 4,000 households were without power, according to Finnish broadcaster YLE, with authorities saying that number could rise. In Sweden, electricity provider Eon said some 3,000 homes were affected and added that power outages may go on longer than usual because it may be too risky to send out maintenance workers.

The Swedish weather service said the snowfall, which had affected the northern part of Sweden over the past 24 hours, was still taking place but was slowing down.

The Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute reported snow depths of up to 60 centimeters (24 inches) in northern Sweden.


Winter storm recap: Record snow for Texas

now weighs down on an oak tree outside Brook Hollow Christian Church in Abilene, Texas Jan. 10, 2021.
© Ronald W. Erdrich/Abilene Reporter
now weighs down on an oak tree outside Brook Hollow Christian Church in Abilene, Texas Jan. 10, 2021.
The forecast for Sunday's winter storm was spot on and resulted in record-breaking snow for parts of Texas.

Sunday, January 10, 2021, will go down in history for record snowfall for Central and North Texas. This winter storm was the second in just over a week to blanket the Lone Star State with wintry weather.

The forecast called for the heaviest snow from the Panhandle to Central Texas, and it was verified by Sunday evening with record snowfall for Austin and Waco.

Reports ranged from one to 9 inches from Central to North Texas. There were widespread 4 to 6-inch totals north of Austin to just south of Dallas. There were reports of even higher 6 to 9-inch totals south of I-20 and west of I-35.


38,675 families displaced by floods in Negros Occidental, Philippines

A total of 38,675 families were displaced by floods that hit at least seven towns and cities in northern Negros Occidental on January 8 and 9, a report of the provincial government on Tuesday afternoon showed.

Based on the data from the Provincial Disaster Management Program Division, the massive floods, the second in only a week, affected 16,886 families in 16 barangays in Silay City as well as 12,567 families in 21 barangays in Victorias City; and 3,933 families in 20 barangays in Talisay City.

Also affected were 3,339 families in 10 barangays in E.B. Magalona; 1,551 families in seven barangays in Sagay City; 384 families in seven barangays in Cadiz City; and 15 families in a barangay in Escalante City.