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Austria hit by record snowfall of up to 23 inches - and there's more to come

There's heavy snow in eight of Austria's nine regions today.
© Christof Stache/AFP
There's heavy snow in eight of Austria's nine regions today.
Snow levels nationwide are at an almost ten-year high, with parts of Carinthia affected by power outages and up to 30 centimeters of snow in Burgenland as well as a thick coating in Vienna.

Residents in the east and south east of Austria have woken up to the heaviest snowfall in nine years - with more forecast into the afternoon of Thursday, December 9th.

In Burgenland, up to 30 centimeters of snow fell overnight on Wednesday and power outages are impacting several hundred homes in Carinthia in the districts of St. Veit an der Glan, Spittal an der Drau and Villach-Land after nearly 40 centimetres of snow fell.


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Storm, heavy snowfall batter Turkey's east and west - Up to 31 inches of snow

Trees covered with snow, Van, Turkey, Dec. 9, 2021
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Trees covered with snow, Van, Turkey, Dec. 9, 2021
Heavy snowfall in eastern and western provinces of Turkey on Wednesday blocked village and neighborhood roads to transportation, while some ferry services planned for tomorrow to the Aegean Turkish islands Bozcaada and Gökçeada were canceled because a storm was expected.

Snowstorms have taken hold in Turkey's eastern regions, where the winter is particularly harsh compared to other regions due to its climate. Snow continued to affect the region at intervals, especially in the higher altitude areas, and blocked roads in and around city centers. Due to the snowstorm, 11 roads in Digor, eight in Arpaçay and three village roads in Akyaka, Sarıkamış, Selim and Susuz were closed, and transportation was suspended on 31 village roads in Erzincan.


Cloud Precipitation

Brazil - Deadly floods and landslides in Bahia after heavy rain

Flood damage in Itaberaba, Bahia, Brazil.
© Prefeitura de Itaberaba
Flood damage in Itaberaba, Bahia, Brazil.
Parts of Bahia State in northeastern Brazil have seen heavy rain since mid-November 2021. At least 5 people have died and hundreds of homes have been damaged by flooding and landslides across several municipalities.

Itaberaba municipality in Bahia has suffered some of the worst of the damage. Authorities declared a local state of emergency on 10 November. In a 48 hour period Itaberaba recorded more than 300 mm of rain, which is the equivalent normally seen during the whole of a typical November.

Further flooding caused severe damage on 27 November 2021. Dozens of homes were damaged and 2 people died. Local authorities reported 44 homeless families and a further 103 people affected.

More recently, southern parts of the state have experienced heavy rain, in particular Itamaraju municipality where 3 people from the same family died and at least six houses collapsed after a landslide 08 December. Access to the site was difficult hindering rescue operations. Civil Defence said 2,152 people in 538 homes were exposed to landslide risk in the area.

Flooding struck in the city of Jucuruçu on 07 December, after the Gado Bravo and Jucuruçu rivers broke their banks. Hundreds of homes were inundated and residents evacuated due to flood damage and threat of landslides.


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Shallow earthquake of preliminary magnitude 6.0 hits southern Japan

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An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.0 hit near a string of islands in southern Japan on Thursday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

The epicentre of the 20 km-deep quake was in the waters near the Tokara Islands in Kagoshima prefecture, JMA said, adding there was no danger of a tsunami. The tremor registered a 5-plus on Japan's 1-7 intensity scale in some areas.

Source: Reuters

Cloud Precipitation

Power restored to parts of Honolulu, Hawaii after record rainfall causes flooding - up to 14 inches of rain in 48 hours

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Power has been restored to parts of downtown Honolulu after heavy rain flooded the area, but many residents and businesses will remain without power through Tuesday, according to a statement from Hawaii Electric.

"Hawaiian Electric crews worked throughout the night to restore service to customers in downtown Honolulu and Chinatown and were able to repair one of three transformers damaged by flooding. As a result, power was restored this morning to six buildings, including the State Capitol, state office and city municipal buildings, district court, Central Pacific Bank and First Hawaiian Bank," the statement said.

Relentless rain in Hawaii left parts of the state under the threat of "significant and life-threatening flooding," the National Weather Service in Honolulu said Monday night, with some areas already tallying more than a foot of rain over a 48-hour span.


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Ireland and UK pounded by 'double bomb cyclone' Barra, widespread high winds, flooding

Storm barra britain double bomb cyclone
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Double BOMB CYCLONE Storm Barra treiggers chaos in Ireland and UK on December 6-7 2021.
What started as a small disturbance in the Atlantic Ocean has explosively developed as a 'weather bomb' into Storm Barra, bringing strong winds, heavy rain and snow to Northern Ireland, with a yellow weather warning in place until 09:00 GMT on Wednesday.

In the case of Storm Barra the fall between midday on Monday and midday on Tuesday went from around 1010mb to 957mb (53mb), more than twice the threshold to meet the criteria for explosive cyclogenesis (24mb drop in 24 hours). A DOUBLE BOMBOGENESIS!

Cloud Precipitation

Floods in West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia affect over 60,000 with 5 fatalities reported

Search and rescue after floods in West Nusa Tenggara Province, Indonesia, December 2021.
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Search and rescue after floods in West Nusa Tenggara Province, Indonesia, December 2021.
At least 5 people have lost their lives and thousands of homes have been damaged after days of flooding in West Nusa Tenggara Province, Indonesia.

According to disaster management officials, flooding has affected parts of West Lombok, East Lombok, Bima, North Lombok and Sumbawa since 05 December. Heavy rain caused flash flooding and rivers to overflow. The situation was worsened by high tides in some coastal areas.

The five fatalities were reported in West Lombok Regency, where around 25,000 people have been affected and 6,500 displaced. Around 448 homes and 3 bridges suffered severe damage. Eight people were reported injured and one missing and search operations were continuing.


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Woman dies after vicious dog attack in Franklin County, Missouri

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Franklin County, Mo., Sheriff Steve Pelton announced that a 61-year-old woman - Leann Gratzer - was killed after an attack by a group of dogs outside a relative's home.

The sheriff said the tragedy occurred around 5 p.m. Monday in the 2400 block of Highway TT. As of now, no criminal charges have been issued after the attack.

The sheriff added that deputies were told Gratzer was attacked when she was en route walking to a relative's home. Gratzer was critically injured in the attack and later died.

The medical examiner's office continued the investigation after her death.

The sheriff said his office's thoughts and prayers go to the victim's family.


Snowflake

Record December snow in French Pyrénées - and there's more on the way

Snow fell in abundance this weekend, like here at Mourtis (Haute-Garonne)
© Nico Gareil / Météo Pyrénées
Snow fell in abundance this weekend, like here at Mourtis (Haute-Garonne)
It has already been a remarkable December for snow in the Pyrénées - but more heavy falls are forecast from Wednesday, while the Alps are also set to enjoy more fresh snow.

The weekend was marked by sustained snowfall in the Pyrénées, with an average of between 50cm and 70cm of snow at altitudes above 1200m, rising in some areas towards western areas of the mountain chain to 1m.

According to Météo-France, the level of snowfall in the west of the Pyrénées is remarkable for the time of year, especially since accumulations were considered 'very low' as recently as November 24th. The forecaster said the winter snow covering below 2,000m - the average now is 1m at 1500m - is among the best for the beginning of December and equivalent to normal levels in mid-January.


Comment: In the same region of Europe: Heavy snowfall hits the north of Spain with more than 60 cm (24 inches) in just 6 HOURS


Snowflake Cold

Tiny Swedish settlement sets new record as temperature plummets to -43.8C

File photo of cold weather in Sweden.
© Fotograferna Holmberg/TT
File photo of cold weather in Sweden.
Temperatures fell below freezing across Sweden on Monday, but no place was as cold as the remote settlement of Naimakka, where the mercury plummeted to its coldest level this season.

"It's continuing to creep down. At noon it was down to -42.7C," Emma Härenstam, a meteorologist at Sweden's national weather agency SMHI, told the TT news agency. Later in the afternoon temperatures fell to -43.8C in Naimakka, according to SMHI's preliminary data.

SMHI predicts that temperatures will remain low on Monday and Tuesday, followed by milder weather from Wednesday onwards, both in Naimakka and the rest of Sweden.