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Nearly 500,000 wake up with no power after Christmas Eve storm batters US east coast

Nearly 500,000 wake up with no power after Christmas Eve storm batters East Coast

Nearly 500,000 wake up with no power after Christmas Eve storm batters East Coast
Thousands of people woke up without power on Christmas Day after winter storm Harold dumped snow and torrential rain across the US.

Around 420,000 households were impacted as the bad weather barreled its way across the east coast.

A quarter of those homes alone were in New York, with New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania also battered by strong winds and heavy rain.

Much of the north-east was under a wind advisory on Friday with Boston expected to experience hurricane-strength gusts of up to 75mph.

Snowflake Cold

At least 7 die in mountains near Tehran, Iran during heavy snowfall, blizzard

The number of climbers who died in incidents in mountains north of the Iranian capital on Friday has reached seven, while twelve others remain missing, the managing director of the Tehran Red Crescent Society said.

Shahin Fat'hi told Tasnim on Saturday that 13 climbers had been reported missing after an incident occurred on the summit of Kolakchal.

Of those, three have returned home while seven are confirmed dead and the other three have not been found yet, he said.

Fat'hi added that there has been no trace of twelve more hikers who went missing in Darabad and Ahar mountain areas as well as another area north of Tehran.

The search and rescue operation will continue on Sunday morning using helicopters, the official went on to say.

Cloud Precipitation

Massive hailstorm hits Port Motueka, New Zealand

Crazy weather! Massive hail storm hits New Zealand, Port Motueka.

Black Cat

Tiger attacks on people skyrocket in the Sundarbans, India - 70 in 3 months with 40 deaths

Kalpana Raptan describes how often she just sits in despair. A few months ago her partner, Babu Raptan, was killed by a tiger who attacked him out of nowhere.

He had gone fishing in a boat with several other men. "He died saving another man, he never thought about his own life or of his family," she says, sobbing.

"What will I do now? He was the sole earner in the family."

Kalpana Raptan is now a bagh bidhoba or tiger widow. Many women are tiger widows here, especially in the islands. They report that men frequently molest them, and that traffickers find it easier to prey on young widows.

Babu Raptan had moved to Bombay some years ago to work as a construction worker. In March when the Union government suddenly imposed a lockdown citing the pandemic, millions of people like him were forced back to their hometowns.

Comment: Back in October the death tally up to that point was half the total noted above: Tiger kills fisherman in the Sundarbans, India - 19th such death in the area this year.


30 cm of snow with strong winds closes roads in Croatia

Snow and sleet has been falling this morning in Gorski Kotar and Lika, as well as in Banovina, Moslavina, and western Slavonia in Croatia.

According to the latest information, snow cover is the highest in Gorski Kotar where 30 centimetres fell in the village of Begovo Razdolje in Mrkopalj.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike kills 3 children from one family in Malawi

Three children from one family have died after being struck by lightning at their house in the area of Sub-Traditional Authority Nkapita in Zomba district.

According to Member of Parliament for Zomba Lisanjala Dr William Susuwele Banda, the incident happened yesterday around 3 O'clock in the afternoon.

Banda who was at Chisenjere Parish where he organised Christmas Choir competition luncheon as one way to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, was requested to assist in transportation of the children struck by the lightning to Mmambo health centre for medical assistance.


World Snow Wrap, December 25 - Epic powder days in the US, Canada and Japan

Dylan Siggers having a fun time in Fernie, BC on Dec 20
© Steve Reed
Dylan Siggers having a fun time in Fernie, BC on Dec 20.
Merry Christmas and if you are lucky enough to be somewhere snowy in the Northern Hemisphere, we hope you're getting in a few Chrissy day turns. Not long to go before we say goodbye (or good riddance) to 2020 and it looks like there will be plenty of powder to wrap up the year with snow on the way in Japan, Europe, Canada and the US.


It has been a pretty good week in Canada with solid snow storms earlier in the week delivering some pre-Christmas powder to Whistler, Interior BC and the Banff resorts. There are some very impressive 7-day totals through to Tuesday with Revelstoke and Kicking Horse getting 105cms, Fernie 83cms, Whistler 83cms on the upper mountain while Big White received 60cms. After a couple of days of settled weather, another storm is due Christmas Day with Whistler Blackcomb likely to receive 15-20cms over the weekend while resorts in Interior BC are expected to get around 10cms.


Summer snow in parts of South Island, New Zealand

It may be summer, but snow has been falling in some parts of the South today.

Reports are coming in of snow settling in Oturehua in Central Otago this afternoon, following rain and some heavy hailstorms.

Forecaster Niwa earlier said there was snow on the hills near Lauder.


Earthquake swarm under La Cumbre volcano, La Palma, Canary Islands

Locations and depth vs time plot of yesterday's quakes under La Palma

Locations and depth vs time plot of yesterday's quakes under La Palma
A relatively strong earthquake swarm occurred under the La Cumbre volcano on La Palma Island yesterday (24 Dec 2020).

A total of 79 small quakes of magnitudes between 1-2.2 were detected during yesterday, most of them at depths around 25-30 km under the southwestern part of the island, 15 km southeast of Los Llanos de Aridane.

Many are located under the mostly submerged volcanic ridge of Cumbre Vieja, which last erupted in 1971.
It seems that the swarm has already ended (unless more data will be released by the Spanish Geophysical Insitute later on).


4 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours on Mayon Volcano, Philippines

Mayon Volcano
Four earthquakes were recorded in the vicinity of Mayon Volcano in the last 24 hours as it remained under Alert Level 1 status, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said on Saturday.

"Mayon Volcano's monitoring network recorded four (4) volcanic earthquakes during the 24-hour observation period," state volcanologists said in a statement.

Phivolcs, likewise, noted that there is "moderate emission of white steam-laden plumes that crept downslope" on the volcano.

Phivolcs also reminded residents living near the volcano to be vigilant because it is still at abnormal condition.