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Moscow hit by rare 'black blizzard'

Heavy snowfall that started in the Russian capital overnight is expected to continue into Tuesday

Moscow is already going through its first major snowfall. Meteorologists have described the weather pattern over the Russian capital as a "black blizzard" - a phenomenon usually encountered in the Far North, when snowflakes fly almost parallel to the surface, decreasing visibility to around 100 meters.

The snowfall that started on Sunday intensified overnight, with 35% of the monthly average of precipitation already falling in the city, according to the FOBOS weather center.


Heavy snowfall in Romania, Bulgaria and Moldova leaves 1 person dead and many without electricity

A man shovels snow, as he tries to clear his car in town of Isperih, Northeast Bulgaria, Sunday, Nov. 26, 2023.
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A man shovels snow, as he tries to clear his car in town of Isperih, Northeast Bulgaria, Sunday, Nov. 26, 2023.
Heavy snowfall and strong blizzards in Romania and Moldova on Sunday left one person dead and hundreds of localities without electricity, as well as forcing the closure of some national roads, authorities said.

A 40-year-old man in Moldova died on Sunday after the vehicle he was in skidded off the road and crashed into a tree, Moldova's national police said, adding that six road accidents had been reported by about midday.

"We repeatedly appeal to drivers not to hit the road with unequipped cars and to drive at low speed," Moldovan police said in a statement posted on Telegram, and warned against driving "without an urgent need."

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strikes in India's Gujarat kill 24 during severe thunderstorms and hail

Twenty-four people have died by lightning strikes and about 23 injured in rain-related incidents in the western Indian state of Gujarat over the past two days, government officials say, with rains continuing on Monday morning.

The state was hit by heavy rainfall accompanied by thunderstorms and hailstorms on Sunday and Monday, with some places receiving up to 144mm (5.7 inches) of rain in the 24 hours ending Monday morning, according to state government data.

The rains caused damage to houses and loss of cattle across the state. At least 40 animals were also killed.

"We will begin a survey soon to assess the loss suffered," Gujarat Agriculture Minister Raghavji Patel said on Monday, adding that compensation will be paid to victims on the basis of the survey's results.


Mount Anak Krakatau erupts, sparks panic

Mount Anak Krakatau, situated in the waters of the Sunda Strait, South Lampung Regency, erupted again this afternoon, Nov. 27, sending a massive ash plume approximately 2,000 meters above the summit or around 2,157 meters above the sea level.

According to the Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Center (PVMBG), the eruption occurred on Monday at 11.43 a.m. local time and was recorded on a seismogram with a maximum amplitude of 77 millimeters for 116 seconds. The thick gray-black ash column was moving northwest.

The volcano had earlier erupted at 9:32 a.m., spewing ash columns about 1,500 meters above the summit or 1,657 meters above sea level.

Snowflake Cold

Thing of the past returns

Lots of snow forecast for the UK this week, 24 years after the end of snow.

UK Weather Mp

Cloud Precipitation

Storms and heavy rain wreak havoc across Türkiye

After days of warnings from the Turkish State Meteorological Service, storms and heavy rains brought daily life to a standstill across Türkiye.

The torrential rain, which started around 4 a.m. yesterday in Istanbul, affected many districts of the city. The roof of a building in Kağıthane was blown off by the storm, which increased in intensity.

People walking in Taksim Square had difficulty walking due to the storm, while the waves rose meters high on the coast, especially on the coast of Üsküdar.

The storm that hit the Silivri district of Istanbul in the early hours of the morning had a negative impact on life. As the waves rose several meters into the sea, workplaces on the beach were flooded. Trees were uprooted by the storm.

Comment: Related: Terrifying tornado with hail damages houses and cars in Dalaman, Turkey

Arrow Down

Avalanche in Iran kills 5 mountain climbers, injures another 4 after recent heavy rain and snow

An avalanche killed five mountain climbers and injured four others from an all-Iranian climbing team in west Iran, state media reported on Saturday.

A report by the state-owned IRNA news agency said rescue teams recovered the bodies of five climbers from San Boran peak, some 300 kilometers (186 miles) southwest of the capital, Tehran. The injured climbers were taken to hospital.

The report said the nine-member team of climbers began their journey on Thursday despite a warning by local authorities about possible risk. The peak, the highest of the Oshtrankooh mountain range at 4,150 meters (13,615 feet), witnessed heavy rain and snow in recent weeks.

Iran has occasionally seen deadly avalanches. In 2020, a series of avalanches killed 12 people in a mountainous area north of Tehran.



Snowy Mount Etna spurts lava into night sky

Sizzling hot lava streamed down from the snow-covered slopes of Mount Etna late on Friday (November 24).

Sizzling hot lava streamed down from the snow-covered slopes of Mount Etna late on Friday (November 24).
Lava streamed down from the snow-covered slopes of Italy's Mount Etna.


Incredible waterspout off Termoli, Italy on November 25



Terrifying tornado with hail damages houses and cars in Dalaman, Turkey

A strong tornado formed over the city of Dalaman, in Mugla province, Turkey, knocking down advertisements, trees and other structures.

The tornado was captured in several recordings from various points of the city, showing impressive images that are already viral on social networks.

In its path, the tornado was also accompanied by large hail that damaged homes and cars after the impact.

Fortunately, so far the authorities have only reported material damage.

Comment: Related: Storms and heavy rain wreak havoc across Türkiye