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Tornado touches down in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

A tornado touched down in Myrtle Beach near 64th Avenue North, sending some beach chairs flying.
© Angelia Arnold
A tornado touched down in Myrtle Beach near 64th Avenue North, sending some beach chairs flying.
A tornado touched down in Myrtle Beach Friday afternoon.

According to information from the Myrtle Beach Fire Department, the tornado touched down around 74th Avenue North. Photos taken by fire crews show beach chairs and umbrellas strewn about on the shore.

Damage appears to be minimal at this time.

While some people who live along the beach didn't see the tornado, some say they did.

Our news team received a picture of the tornado from 16-year-old Andrew Elswick, who caught many of the moments on camera.

Snowflake Cold

Coldest Northern Hemisphere temperature, first recorded by UW in 1991, now officially confirmed

greenland icebergs
© Associated Press
A boat steers slowly through floating ice, and around icebergs, all shed from the Greenland ice sheet, outside Ilulissat, Greenland
Experts have verified a 29-year-old weather reading from Greenland which sets a new record for the coldest temperature ever recorded in the Northern Hemisphere.

An automated weather station positioned more than 10,000 ft above sea level and atop the Greenland ice sheet took the measurement on 22 December 1991. The temperature sunk as low as -69.6°C (-93.3°F) at the site, located in a frigid place called Klinck, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) says.

The temperature sunk as low as -69.6°C (-93.3°F) at an automated weather system, located in a frigid place called Klinck atop the Greenland ice sheet

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According to Weidner, this cold temperature was the result of several atmospheric conditions converging in a specific way.

The Klinck field site, where the coldest temperature was measured, is located in the middle of Greenland at an elevation of 10,170 feet (3,100 meters). Extreme cold air temperatures can occur when there is little wind to disturb an area, accompanied by clear skies.

In this case, the elevation and a splitting of the jet stream -- which usually flows over the Greenland ice sheet -- created a dead zone, allowing the already cold region to continue losing heat from the Earth. Similar conditions occur over Canada and result in the famed (or infamous) "polar vortex," which produces extreme cold that reaches the U.S.

Cloud Precipitation

Heavy rain triggers deadly floods in Meghalaya and Assam, India - at least 13 dead, 5 missing

Flood rescue in Meghalaya, India, September 2020.
© Meghalaya Police
Flood rescue in Meghalaya, India, September 2020.
Heavy rainfall over the last 5 days has caused deadly flooding and landslides in Meghalaya state in north eastern India. Also in the north east of the country, further flooding has been reported in Assam, where almost 180,000 people have been affected.


Local media report that at least 13 people have died in floods and landslides in Meghalaya since heavy rainfall began around 22 September. State Disaster Management Authority said that 5 people remain missing while a total of 985 people in 37 villages across East Khasi Hills, West Khasi Hills and Ri Bhoi districts have been affected.


Early snowfall in Czech Mountains

© Horská služba Šumava – Kvilda
The current spell of cold brought on Saturday morning the season's first snow to the Czech mountains.

The first snow of this winter in the Czech Republic fell around the village of Kvilda in the Šumava mountain range in the southwest of the country on Friday night, Blesk.cz reported.

According to pictures from webcams, snowfalls were recorded as well at Bučina, Březník, Luzný and Klínovec in the Ore Mountains, the Czech Hydrometeorological Institute informed on Facebook.


Beached pilot whales are a sign of the magnetic pole shift and waning magnetosphere

Cape cod pilot whales

Since 1850 Earth's magnetic field has been weakening. At the turn of the millennium it then began reducing exponentially, at more than 10% per decade — this drop off is extreme and concerning, and here's why.

Earth's magnetic field protects us from space radiation. Our shields going down is very bad news for all life on our planet, and could possibly even lead to the next mass extinction.

"As the magnetic field weakens, the poles shift," says David Mauriello of the ORP and MRN. For the past 100-or-so years, both north and south poles have been rapidly headed towards the equator (shown below), and their pace is increasing, warns Mauriello. The south pole is now off the Antarctic continent and making a beeline for Indonesia, and the north pole is shifting across the Arctic circle towards Siberia, it too headed for Indonesia-where the pair are likely to meet within the next few decades, perhaps around 2050.

This "meeting" will lead to one of two eventualities: 1) a full flip will take place (aka a "reversal" where the magnetic poles switch places), or 2) a "snap-back" will occur where the poles quickly return to their original starting points (aka an "excursion").

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Snowflake Cold

Scottish village recorded 'coldest September temperature for 20 years'

The weather station at Altnaharra
© Stuart Meek / Wikimedia / CC BY-SA
The weather station at Altnaharra.
A SUTHERLAND village is once again living up to it moniker as the coldest spot in the UK after the mercury plunged last night.

The temperature fell to roughly -5C in Altnaharra - making it one of the coldest September nights reported in Scotland for more than 20 years.

BBC weather presenter Matt Taylor, who is also a former senior operational meteorologist at the Met Office, confirmed the news on Twitter this morning.

Of course, -5C is nothing unusual in winter in Altnaharra, which holds the record for the coldest temperature ever documented in the UK. On December 30, 1995, the mercury plunged to an Arctic -27.2C (-17F).

Altnaharra wasn't the only slightly chilly place in the Sutherland last night. Kinbrace was not far behind Altnaharra's low, recording a temperature of close to -4.5C.

Weather stations at Klibreck and Banscol also recorded temperatures near to -3C.


Shallow 6.2-magnitude earthquake hits south of Africa, USGS says

A 6.2-magnitude earthquake hit south of Africa at around 17:10 GMT this Saturday with the epicentre lying at the depths of 10 kilometres, according to the US Geological Survey

No tsunami warning has been issued yet. Meanwhile, people living in South Africa have been reporting tremors.

Cloud Precipitation

Flash floods hit SW Slovenia after torrential rain - at least 6 inches in just a few hours

Torrential rainfall over the night and in the morning caused severe flash floods in SW Slovenia.

Locally, up to 6,7 inches of rain has fallen in just a few hours!


Alps surprised by early snowfall, 2 Swiss towns set new records of 10 inches and nearly 2 feet

St Anton, Austria

St Anton, Austria
Parts of Switzerland, Austria and Germany were surprised by unseasonably early snowfall overnight, after a sharp drop in temperatures and heavy precipitation.

The Swiss meteorological agency said Saturday that the town of Montana, in the southern canton (state) of Valais, experienced 25 centimeters (almost 10 inches) of snowfall — a new record for this time of year.


Beautiful sun halo brightens Singapore skies

Sun halo over Singapore
© Desmond Wee
A sun halo seen from a Housing Board block near Guillemard Road at about 12.15pm yesterday. The weather phenomenon occurs when thin clouds are so high in the sky that the water in them consists of ice crystals rather than droplets. These crystals act like tiny prisms, reflecting and refracting light in a way that creates what appears to be a ring around the sun.

Yesterday's sun halo was visible from locations across eastern Singapore such as Tampines, Simei and Ubi around noon.

A less distinct halo was seen three weeks ago, near the Merlion.