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Heavy rainfall brings flooding to Casablanca, Morocco

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The start of 2021 was marked by heavy rainfall across Morocco, Casablanca was one of the worst affected regions, with floods causing significant infrastructural damage to the city.

Heavy rains started pounding the area at the beginning of the week. By Tuesday night it culminated in what could only be described as nightmarish floods in Casablanca. Public transport shut down and entire neighborhoods were flooded. A quick-witted Twitter user commented that the city is "slowly marking its transition to becoming the new Venice."

Casablanca, a home to over 3 million people has been ravaged by floods for over three days now, yet there are still no concrete reports on the scope of infrastructural damage to the city.

The people of Casablanca are in shock, sharing pictures of the apocalyptical weather and floods on social media. Horror stories of destroyed infrastructure, monstrous traffic, and closed schools and businesses are flooding Twitter and other social media.


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Six dead, nearly 50,000 evacuated in Malaysia floods - described as worst in half a century

Authorities have stepped up rescue operations after locals complained they had to fend for themselves earlier this week.

Authorities have stepped up rescue operations after locals complained they had to fend for themselves earlier this week.
At least six people have died and nearly 50,000 evacuated in Malaysia after monsoon rains pounded the country's east coast, authorities said, causing what residents described as the worst flooding in half a century.

Authorities have stepped up rescue operations after locals complained they had to fend for themselves earlier this week.

Heavy rains continued to batter the region on Friday, swelling the number of people abandoning their homes to more than 47,000, officials said.

"I have lost everything. The water has covered my roof," 59-year-old factory worker Tan Kong Leng told AFP news agency, tears filling his eyes.


Arrow Down

Three killed after avalanche strikes ski resort in Arctic city of Norilsk, Russia

Avalanche
Three people were killed after an avalanche hit a ski resort in the Arctic city of Norilsk, Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations (EMERCOM) reported on Saturday.

The footage from Friday and Saturday shows rescue operations at Gora Otdelnaya ski resort whereby a 14-year-old boy was found alive and transported to a hospital.

According to the Russian Investigative Committee, the bodies of a 38-year-old woman, her 45-year-old husband and their one and half-year-old child were recovered.

The institution opened a criminal case in accordance with article 238 of the Criminal Code of Russia.

All rescue operations were completed on Saturday morning.


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Woman killed and 'partially eaten' by pack of dogs while jogging in Buenos Aires, Argentina

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A woman has died after she was attacked and reportedly partially eaten by a pack of dogs while she was running.

The body of the victim, identified as Sara Noemi Gaspani, 58, was found being mauled by the pack of dogs in Buenos Aires in Argentina on Boxing Day.

The woman worked as a local teacher and had been jogging in a suburban area of the city where three dogs were found eating part of her body.


An autopsy indicated, however, that around six dogs had taken part in the initial attack.

It also confirmed the suspicion that the dogs had not simply found the corpse and started eating it, but in fact, had attacked her causing a "fast and traumatic" death from multiple bite wounds.

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Fierce cyclone in North Pacific marks end of year of record weather events

Satellite image showing a storm over the Bering Sea moving towards Alaska
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Satellite image showing a storm over the Bering Sea moving towards Alaska.
Last year was a year of record-breaking weather events, ending with a bang of explosive cyclogenesis in the North Pacific on New Year's Eve.

The extratropical storm saw its central pressure fall to a record 921 millibars from 972 millibars in 24 hours, making it the strongest storm in that basin in at least 60 years, and also setting records for Alaska and the Bering Sea in its path onwards.

Meanwhile, a global record for the highest mean sea-level pressure was broken in Mongolia, central Asia, barely days before. A recording of 1094.3 millibars came hand-in-hand with bitingly low temperatures of -45.5C (-50F) in Tsetsen-Uul in the western Zavkha province.

This year, on the other hand, opened with a disruptive ice storm across the midwest and Great Lakes of the US. Ice storms, or freezing rain, occur as raindrops falling vertically through the atmosphere move into a thin layer of sub-freezing air near the earth's surface. This allows the droplets to become supercooled and freeze upon contact with any objects, creating extremely hazardous conditions such as ice coats the ground. In the southern hemisphere, the first storm of the season was birthed. Tropical Cyclone Imogen made landfall in the Shire of Carpentaria in Queensland, Australia, on Monday, with reports of over 260mm of rain falling in Karumba.

Comment: For more information on extreme weather events, check out SOTT's monthly documentary SOTT Earth Changes Summary - December 2020: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs




Snowflake Cold

Intense cold wave hits Taiwan, rare snow in mountains that haven't seen any in years

Snow falls on 6 mountains in Taiwan

Snow falls on 6 mountains in Taiwan
An intense cold wave has hit Taiwan, bringing snow to high mountains, including some that haven't seen snowfall in years.

The cold weather has also brought thousands of motorists up into the mountains in search of rare wintry scenes.

They haven't been disappointed, but authorities are urging caution: people here are unused to driving in snow.


Snowflake Cold

Extreme freezes and snowfall batters parts of world

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Parts of the world have been struck by extreme cold and snowfall.

Spain saw a record MINUS 34-point-1 degrees Celsius in the Catalan Pyrenees on Wednesday their lowest temperature in history.

The BBC reports snow and "nasty" wet and wintry conditions are expected in the country and neighboring Portugal,... over the next few days.

It says cold air originating in Russia is moving across Europe.

In China, temperatures plummeted to minus 19-point-six in Beijing,... the lowest since 1966.


Snowflake Cold

Beast from the East brings snow & ice as much of UK hit by severe Winter weather

A1M Motorway in County Durham is currently grid locked with traffic queuing for miles
© Jordan Crosby
A1M Motorway in County Durham is currently grid locked with traffic queuing for miles
SNOW and ice warnings cover nearly all of the entire UK today as the Beast from the East II looms.

An arctic blast from Greenland has left the country shivering as snow was dumped overnight and leaving treacherous conditions on the roads.

Temperatures fell to -15C in some spots, with yellow warnings issued for most of the country today by the Met Office.

It comes as another Beast from the East is set to arrive next week, with snowstorms and extreme temperatures expected to batter Britain in the cold blast.


Attention

Woman dies after shark attack at beach near Waihī, New Zealand

Great white shark
Witnesses have described harrowing scenes at a Bowentown beach, near Waihī, in western Bay of Plenty, after a shark attacked a woman while she was swimming.

Despite emergency services performing vigorous CPR on the victim, who was in her early 20s, she died at the scene.

A rāhui has been placed around the area by local iwi as whānau gathered to mourn at a Coastguard building at the Bowentown end of Waihī Beach on Thursday night, where the victim's body was believed to be laying.

As the night came to a close, a group of locals and holidaymakers lit candles and had drinks in memory of the victim on the beach itself.


Cassiopaea

Very rare noctilucent clouds appear over Argentina

Noctilucent clouds
© YouTube/Gerd Baumgarten (screen capture)
They're back. Noctilucent clouds (NLCs), recently missing, are once again circling the South Pole. And, in an unexpected twist, they've just appeared over Argentina as well.

"This is a very rare event," reports Gerd Baumgarten of Germany's Leibniz-Institute of Atmospheric Physics, whose automated cameras caught the clouds rippling over Rio Grande, Argentina (53.8S) on Jan. 3rd:


Comment: Another unusual sighting occurred in our changing atmosphere this week: Novel atmosphere phenomenon 'STEVE' makes ANOTHER appearance over Finland

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