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Athens, Greek islands and Turkey's Istanbul buried under several feet of snow

Athens in Snow
© AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis
The city of Athens with the Parthenon temple atop the ancient Acropolis hill is covered with snow during a snowfall, on Monday, Jan. 24, 2022.The wave of bad weather hitting Greece is forecast to continue through Tuesday, and has seen snow falling even on some islands. Authorities have warned the public to avoid all but essential outdoor movement, and several major roads and highways are passable only with snow chains.
Athens, Greece — Heavy snowfall disrupted air and road traffic Monday in the Greek capital of Athens and neighboring Turkey's largest city of Istanbul, while most of Greece, including — unusually — several Aegean islands, and much of Turkey were blanketed by snow.

The storm, named in Greece Elpida, or "hope," snarled traffic in both Athens and Istanbul, a metropolis of 16 million people.

Flights in and out of Istanbul Airport were suspended until 4 a.m. Tuesday (0100 GMT). Authorities worked to clear runways and a road leading to the airport, where the roof of a facility used by Turkish Airlines' cargo department collapsed from the weight of snow. No one was hurt.

Authorities in Istanbul also suspended intercity bus services and temporarily blocked travel to the city from Turkey's Thrace region. People stranded on roads abandoned vehicles to walk home or crowded subway and other public transportation stations. Schools across Turkey are closed for a winter break, but universities halted classes for two days. Public offices and shopping malls closed early to ease rush-hour congestion.

Flurries were forecast to continue over the next few days in Istanbul. The Turkish city's Disaster Coordination Center AKOM said an Icelandic low-pressure system is behind the cold front and precipitation.

In Greece, authorities warned the public to limit outdoor movements to only essential ones on Monday and Tuesday, while schools in many areas were closed. Government spokesman Giannis Oikonomou said more than 46,000 school classes were being held online.


Comment: Rare sight as Mykonos and all Cyclades are covered by snow in Greece


Fire

Unseasonal wildfire in California's Big Sur forces evacuations, over 1,500 acres scorched

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A massive unseasonal wildfire is ravaging California's iconic Big Sur coastline, causing local officials to issue evacuation orders.


Cloud Precipitation

1 missing after floods and mudslides in Machu Picchu, Peru

Flood damage in Machu Picchu, Peru, January 2022.
© Municipalidad Distrital de Machupicchu
Flood damage in Machu Picchu, Peru, January 2022.
One person is missing and several were injured after heavy rain triggered floods and mudslides in the Cusco Region of Peru, including in the tourist town of Aguas Calientes. close to the Machu Picchu UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Alcamayo River burst its banks early 21 January following overnight heavy rain, sending a torrent of mud, rocks and debris through the streets of Aguas Calientes.

As of 24 January, 1 person was reported missing, 4 injured and 5 displaced. Five buildings and a bridge were destroyed. Several other buildings, bridges and stretches of road and railway line were also damaged. Railway operations in the area were temporarily suspended. A team of 120 people made up of military, police, firefighters and local volunteers, continued to search for the missing person.


Snowflake Cold

Northern area of Pakistan receives 4 feet of snow

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The snowfall in Galiyat, Murree and other upper parts of the country has stopped and down south, the cold in Karachi has intensified with the mercury dipping to the single digits.

The second spell of snow in Murree, Galiyat and other areas has stopped but the cold intensified. On Monday, the temperature of the northern areas was below -4 degrees Celsius.

Malkae Kohsar has received 3 feet of snow and Galyat 4 feet.

On the other hand, roads have been blocked in the six districts of Azad Kashmir because of snowfall and heavy showers.

Balochistan is also experiencing snowfall and rain. This winter Quetta has seen record-breaking snowfall, according to the Met Office.

A number of tourists headed to Hanna Lake, which has frozen over. But roads were blocked by snow. They have now been cleared, authorities have confirmed.


Snowflake

Heavy snowfall blocks over 730 roads in Himachal Pradesh, India - up to 6 feet of snow

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Heavy snowfall in the higher reaches of Himachal Pradesh since Saturday night has brought life to a standstill, particularly in tribal areas.

More than 730 roads, including four national highways, have been blocked for traffic due to the inclement weather.

Maximum 289 roads are closed in Shimla and 181 in Lahaul-Spiti.

Lahaul-Spiti superintendent of police Manav Verma said the Atal Tunnel, Rohtang (ATR) has been closed for traffic.

The Manali-Leh highway is closed for all types of vehicles (from Solang to Sissu) due to heavy snowfall in Lahaul Valley.
There is almost three feet of snow in the Valley. The weather is mostly cloudy and snowfall is continuing, he said.

Over 700 electricity transformers, mostly in Shimla, Lahaul-Spiti and Chamba have been hit due to the snowfall, causing the suspension of power supply in the remote areas. Over 100 water supply schemes have also been hit.


Rainbow

Skier captures spectacular northern lights display in Finland

aurora borealis
A skier in northern Finland was treated to a stunning display as the vivid aurora borealis and a bright moon shone in the sky early on Saturday 15 January. Jari Romppainen filmed the footage in Ranua, a municipality in the Finnish province of Lapland. According to Finland's national tourist site, the northern lights are visible for about 200 nights a year from Lapland.


Cloud Precipitation

Floodwaters submerge parts of outback South Australia as record-breaking rains washes away highway and cars - 6 inches of rainfall in 24 hours

A section of the Olympic Dam Highway connecting Woomera and Roxby Downs was washed away by floodwaters.

A section of the Olympic Dam Highway connecting Woomera and Roxby Downs was washed away by floodwaters.
Rescue crews have been kept busy by outback floodwaters and record-breaking rains, which have continued to cause havoc in South Australia's north and west, washing away roads as well as cars.

The weather bureau said some locations had set "all-time records" in terms of rainfall, while social media is awash with photos and videos of inundated highways.

Several people were rescued by the State Emergency Service (SES) after becoming trapped by floodwaters — including one who was swept 80 metres downstream and waited on top of his semi-submerged car for "at least four hours" as crews travelled to his remote location.

An entire section of the Olympic Dam Highway was also eroded between Pimba and Woomera, cutting off access from Roxby Downs.


Snowflake Cold

Rare sight as Mykonos and all Cyclades are covered by snow in Greece

Mykonos on Sunday is covered in a thick layer of snow.
© Greek Reporter/Stacey Papaioannou
Mykonos on Sunday is covered in a thick layer of snow.
Mykonos woke up on Sunday covered in snow, a rare event on the cosmopolitan Greek island.

Locals say that the last time this amount of snow fell on Cyclades was decades ago.

Locals captured the fairytale scenes as snow covered the famous beaches of the island, such as Psarou, Super Paradise, and Elia.


Snowflake Cold

Extreme cold weather hits eastern parts of the US

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The Eastern U.S. is being slammed by snowstorms with freezing temperatures, snow and ice hitting the region from north to south.

The extreme weather is freezing roads and prompting warnings for drivers as far south as Texas and Louisiana to stay off the roads.

Jennifer Johnson reports.


Ice Cube

More climate backtracking: 'A warming arctic drove Earth into the little ice age'

Ice and city
© Angela Harburn
Ice and the City
They're acting like this is new news, as if nobody had ever thought of it before: 'Scientists Discover A Warming Arctic Drove Earth Into The Little Ice Age'. They're even calling it "surprising".

As reported by MSN, following an era known as the medieval warm period - so that did exist then...? - temperatures in Europe in the early 15th century plunged in what has become known as The Little Ice Age (LIA).

This remarkable multicentennial period of cold brought increased glaciation to the mountains, an expansion of sea ice, crop failures, famines and disease across the European continent. Flip-flopping summers - with extremes at both ends of the spectrum - were chased by brutally harsh winters, during which rivers and canals routinely froze over. In the UK, for example, the first River Thames "frost fair" was held in 1608, and was an almost annual occurrence until the last one in 1814 - so before the AGW Party's proposed date for the start of the industrial revolution (≈1880) when global temperatures supposedly began climbing due to increasing CO2 emissions ...[one day we'll laugh]...

There are, as there should be and as is healthy, numerous potential explanations for what caused temperatures to plummet during the LIA. Top of the list are heightened levels of volcanic activity, reduced solar activity, and even the impact of the black death reducing the human population - Bill Gates' fave.

But scientists at the University of Massachusetts believe they have found a "new" key factor in why temperatures plunged to their coldest in 10,000 years - and they're pretending like it hasn't already been covered by 'alternative' outlets for years: "Surprisingly," the researchers say, "the cooling appears to have been triggered by an unusually warm episode."

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