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Snow twisters? Watch video of rare January Illinois tornadoes

It was an unexpectedly stormy day in Illinois today. There were a half dozen reports of tornadoes that touched down in the Land of Lincoln including a couple videos showing the twisters as they were touching down.

My wife (aka the meteorologist/aka "the smart one") directed me to the Illinois Storm Community Facebook page. Grace Edwards shared this video of one of the twisters that was spotted near Maroa, Illinois.


Storm wallops Tahoe region with over 4 feet of snow in spots

The Palisades ski area by

The Palisades ski area by Lake Tahoe in California says it has set a new record for the most snowfall it has received in a 12 hour period, peaking at 7 inches per hour.
The atmospheric river that just slammed the Bay Area and the Lake Tahoe region left some massive snowfall numbers in its wake. And with another major storm on the way, the region could be closing in on last winter's snowfall total by the end of this week.

Tahoe Weather reports that some areas got up to 4 feet of snow in the storm with one resort, Heavenly Valley, getting 53 inches over the New Year's weekend. Kirkwood Meadows was not far behind with 47 inches.

"January is starting out with nearly 50% of the average for the entire monthly already" Tahoe Weather tweeted.

Comment: This latest dump comes just days after another had hit the region, see: Storm brings fresh snow to Mammoth Mountain, California - up to 3 feet deep

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Floods kill 51 in Philippines, 46,000 others forced to flee (UPDATES)

This handout photo taken on Dec. 25, 2022 and received on Dec. 26 from the Philippine Coast Guard shows rescuers evacuating people from a flooded area in Ozamiz City, Misamis Occidental.
This handout photo taken on Dec. 25, 2022 and received on Dec. 26 from the Philippine Coast Guard shows rescuers evacuating people from a flooded area in Ozamiz City, Misamis Occidental.
At least eight people have died, and nearly 46,000 others have fled their homes in the Philippines after the country was hit by heavy flooding on Christmas Day.

Another 19 people are still missing after a week of heavy seasonal rains in the southern and eastern parts of the archipelago, according to its civil defence authorities.

The coastguard rescued more than two dozen families in the towns of Ozamiz and Clarin at the height of the flooding.

At least 150 people died in October after a violent tropical storm caused landslides and flooding across the country.

Comment: Update December 29

AFP reports:
Death toll from Philippine floods, landslides climbs to 39

This handout photo courtesy of Angelica Villarta taken on December 27, 2022 and received on December 28 shows residents surveying damage caused by heavy rain and floods in Oroquieta City, Misamis Occidental.

This handout photo courtesy of Angelica Villarta taken on December 27, 2022 and received on December 28 shows residents surveying damage caused by heavy rain and floods in Oroquieta City, Misamis Occidental.
Four people died in the southern Philippines after being hit by a landslide, authorities said on Thursday, taking the nationwide death toll from recent rains to at least 39.

Rescuers were still searching for more than two dozen other people missing after heavy downpours over the Christmas weekend caused flooding and landslides across central and southern regions.

The latest deaths happened on Wednesday in Mati City in the province of Davao Oriental on Mindanao island when a landslide buried four people as they fished, the national disaster agency said.

Authorities recovered the bodies of the victims, who include two teenagers.

"There was a heavy downpour in the mountains. They were fishing in a river when the landslide occurred," Mati City police chief Ernesto Gregore told AFP.

The weather turned bad over the weekend as the disaster-prone nation of 110 million people prepared for a long Christmas holiday.

Hundreds of houses have since been destroyed and more than 7,000 hectares (17,300 acres) of crops wiped out by rains that have forced tens of thousands of people into evacuation centres, the national disaster agency said.

Most of the fatalities have been in the province of Misamis Occidental, also on Mindanao, where 16 people died from drowning or rain-induced landslides.
Update January 2, 2023

AP reports:
Death toll climbs to 51 in Philippines flood, more than a dozen still missing

Thousands of people in the Philippines remained in emergency shelters in the wake of devastating Christmas flooding, as the death toll climbed to 51 with 19 missing, authorities said Monday.

Images showed residents in southern Misamis Occidental province sweeping away thick mud from the floors of their homes. In the seaside village of Cabol-anonan, coconut trees were uprooted and huts made of light material were nearly flattened.

The Northern Mindanao region bore the brunt of the disaster, reporting 25 deaths, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council. Most of the deaths were from drowning and landslides, and among the missing were fishermen whose boats capsized.

Floods have subsided in most parts, but more than 8,600 people were still in shelters.

Over 4,500 houses were damaged by the floods, along with roads and bridges, and some areas still struggle with disrupted power and water supply, the disaster management agency said.

Ivy Amor Amparo, a hospital worker from Ginoog city in Misamis Oriental province, said that the seaside home of her parents and siblings was damaged by big waves and uprooted trees. Rescuers ferried the mother of two and her relatives in a truck to a nearby shelter, where they spent the Christmas weekend.

She said her father bought materials using the 5,000 pesos ($90) cash aid from the local government to build a temporary shelter for the household, whose seven members are now miserably cramped in the small living room of the damaged house.

"Their things are still with the neighbor and some in our house," Amparo told The Associated Press in a phone interview. "When they need to take a bath at the community water pump, they have to get their clothes from the neighbor's house."

Officials said the government sent food and other essentials, deployed heavy equipment for clearing operations, and provided iron sheets and shelter repair kits. Teams from the capital Manila were sent to assist communities with limited clean water in setting up water filtration systems.

At least 22 cities and municipalities have declared a state of calamity. The move will allow the release of emergency funds and hasten rehabilitation efforts.

A shear line — the point where warm and cold air meet — triggered heavy rains in parts of the country last week, causing the floods, the state weather bureau said.

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2022: Storms, Sheets of Rain and Tornadoes in the Netherlands

storm corrie scheveningen
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Storm Corrie touches down in Scheveningen, a district of The Hague, Netherlands, on January 31st, 2022.
There was a stormy start to 2022 as at least four storms battered the Netherlands throughout the end of January and February. During the year, the country also saw snowfall, floods, sinkholes, tornadoes and fireballs. Below are some highlights from extreme weather events in the Netherlands in 2022.

Comment: See also:


Second quake in two weeks sends Northern California back to response mode

earthquake california january 2023
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The 5.4 magnitude earthquake was shallow, striking at a depth of about 19 miles on January 2, 2023
Northern California officials are back in clean-up mode after the second earthquake in two weeks struck the region Sunday morning, cracking walls and roads.

The 5.4 magnitude earthquake was shallow, striking at a depth of about 19 miles, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said. It was centered about 30 miles south of Eureka and 9 miles southeast of Rio Dell, the USGS said.

A 6.4 earthquake also shook the area, about 125 miles south of the Oregon border, on December 20, resulting in two deaths.

Rio Dell Mayor Debra Garnes said the December quake also left 27 of the town's homes red-tagged - meaning they were unsafe due to damage - and 73 homes yellow-tagged. Some of the buildings were further damaged Sunday and may need to be torn down, she said.

Arrow Down

2 killed in New Year's Eve avalanches in Montana, Colorado

An avalanche hit a father and son in a backcountry area of Breckenridge.
© Summit County Rescue Grou
An avalanche hit a father and son in a backcountry area of Breckenridge.
Two people were killed in New Year's Eve avalanches in Montana and Colorado after heavy snow blanketed much of the West.

Forecasters with the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center say two snowmobilers from Washington were headed uphill near Daisy Pass north of Cooke City, Montana, when one of them triggered a large slide and was swept about 600 vertical feet (183 vertical meters).

The buried rider, who was covered in 5 feet (152 centimeters) of snow, was wearing an avalanche airbag backpack, but it wasn't deployed. Both riders, whose names have not been released, had shovels and probes, but neither was wearing an avalanche beacon.


Major floods and wild weather isolate towns across northern Australia as ex-Tropical Cyclone Ellie maintains strength - over 13 inches of rain in a day

Major flooding is developing at Fitzroy Crossing
© Callum Lamond
Major flooding is developing at Fitzroy Crossing in Western Australia.
Roads have turned into rivers, cows are struggling to survive in fast flowing waters and boats have become the only form of transport in parts of the central Kimberley as ex-Tropical Cyclone Ellie continues to batter Northern Australia.

The extreme weather system is hovering across central Kimberley between Fitzroy Crossing and Halls Creek bringing major flooding to the region, with more than 350 millimetres of rain recorded at Dimond Gorge in the Fitzroy River catchment on Monday.

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued almost a dozen severe weather warnings for the Northern Territory and Western Australia over the past week as torrential rain fell and damaging winds reached gusts of around 100 kilometres per hour.

At Fitzroy Crossing, a small town 400km east of Broome, a major flood warning is in place, with the river expected to exceed the major flood level of 12.5 metres on Monday afternoon.


Sexagenarian mauled to death by stray dogs in a district of Bihar, India - 5th such fatality for locality in 6 months

dog attack
One Gita Devi (60), a resident of Arva panchayat, who was injured in an attack by a pack of stray dogs on Saturday, died at the sadar hospital here on Sunday.

Gita is the fifth woman killed by stray dogs under Bachhwara block in the past six months. In all the cases, the pack of dogs targeted the victims when they were alone.

On Saturday, Gita was returning home alone after cutting grass for the livestock when stray dogs emerged from behind the standing crops and attacked her
. As she screamed frantically for help, a few villagers working nearby rushed for her help. However, before they could drive away the furious canines, they mauled the woman.

She was first admitted to the local community health centre for treatment from where the doctors referred her to Begusarai sadar hospital.


Woman dies after being mauled by two pit bulls in Limpopo, South Africa - 7th such fatality for the country within 7 weeks

A 43-year-old Limpopo woman died after being mauled by two pit bulls.

Melitta Sekole was reportedly walking from a residential area in the Mara policing precinct towards Vivo on Friday at about 5am when she was attacked by the dogs, which ripped her clothes and bit her.

"She was rescued by community members and taken to hospital in a critical condition," said police spokesperson Col Malesela Ledwaba.

Sekole was later transferred to the provincial hospital in Polokwane where she succumbed to the injuries on Friday.

Ledwaba said the dogs' owner, Nchabeleng Charles Masebe, 62, was arrested and a case of culpable homicide opened.

He appeared in the Senwabarwana magistrate's court and was remanded until Thursday.

Comment: Details of the other 6 attacks:

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Powerful storm in California causes flooding, road closures and power outages

A rainstorm causes flash flooding in San Carlos, California, on December 31, 2022.
© Tayfun Coskun
A rainstorm causes flash flooding in San Carlos, California, on December 31, 2022.
A powerful storm brought drenching rain or heavy snowfall to much of California on Saturday, snarling traffic and closing highways as the state prepared to usher in a new year.

In the high Sierra Nevada, as much as 2 feet (0.6 meters) of snow could accumulate into early Sunday. The National Weather Service in Sacramento warned about hazardous driving conditions and posted photos on Twitter showing traffic on snow-covered mountain passes, where vehicles were required to have chains or four-wheel drive.

The so-called atmospheric river storm was pulling in a long and wide plume of moisture from the Pacific Ocean.

Flooding and rock slides closed portions of roads across Northern California.

A Sacramento Municipal Utility District online map showed more than 153,000 customers were affected by power outages on Saturday. "SMUD crews are responding to outages across the region during this powerful winter storm," the utility said in a Twitter message, adding that it was preparing additional resources while working to restore power.