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Anchorage, Alaska hits 100-inch winter snow total at earliest date on record

Russ DuBrock shovels his roof on Turnagain Parkway in Anchorage after a heavy snowfall on January 29, 2024.
© Marc Lester / ADNRuss DuBrock shovels his roof on Turnagain Parkway in Anchorage after a heavy snowfall on January 29, 2024.
Over 104 inches of snow has fallen so far this winter in Anchorage as of Monday, marking this season as the earliest on record to surpass the 100-inch milestone.

A storm that started Sunday and largely tailed off by Monday afternoon had dropped nearly 17 inches on the city by evening to establish the new seasonal snowfall total, according to the National Weather Service. The storm closed schools in Anchorage and Mat-Su on Monday, and contributed to a fatal collision on the Parks Highway.

This is the second season in a row that Anchorage has seen more than 100 inches of snow. In the 2022-23 season, the weather service recorded nearly 108 inches. The snowiest season on record was the 2011-12 winter with 134.5 inches, according to agency data.


Multiple waterspouts spotted off Pagatan coast, Indonesia on January 28

Multiple waterspouts were spotted off the coast of Pagatan in Indonesia's South Kalimantan province on Sunday, January 28.


Waterspout spotted off Protaras, Cyprus

A waterspout was observed off the coast of Protaras, captivating residents and visitors.

The phenomenon was shared on the Facebook page "Weather Enthusiasts of Cyprus".

Waterspouts are columns of cloud-filled wind rotating over a body of water. Despite its name, a waterspout is not filled with water.

Waterspouts fall into two categories: fair-weather waterspouts and tornadic waterspouts.

Tornadic waterspouts are tornadoes that form over water or move from land to water. They have the same characteristics as a land tornado and are associated with severe thunderstorms.

Cloud Lightning

Two brothers killed by lightning in South Africa

The two victims.
The two victims.
Two siblings from Winterveldt near Tshwane were struck dead by lightning on Thursday afternoon.

44-year-old Master Baloyi, a popular DJ at Giyani Community Radio, and his brother, 39-year-old Thabo, were visiting their father to celebrate Master's birthday.

The brothers decided to walk home moments after the heavy rain stopped, but they did not reach their destination.

Winterveldt resident Nomsa Masuku, who lives near the scene, said she stumbled across the two bodies on the same day when she went to empty her bin in the veld nearby and ran back to her house to call for help.


Amur tigers attacking, killing people and dogs in Russia

Lutiy, an endangered Amur tiger, roams in his cage at the Wild Animals Rehabilitation Center at the Sikhote-Alin Nature Monument, Russia on Monday, December 5, 2005
© Burt HermanLutiy, an endangered Amur tiger, roams in his cage at the Wild Animals Rehabilitation Center at the Sikhote-Alin Nature Monument, Russia on Monday, December 5, 2005
The world's biggest tigers have gone on a rampage in Russia, killing and attacking people in rural villages in the east of the country.

The villagers and their pets are being attacked by Amur tigers, which are seriously endangered and have been the focus of conservation efforts for years by Russian president Vladimir Putin.

In December last year a man and his dog were attacked and killed in the village of Obor, in the eastern region of Khabarovsk, the Moscow Times reported.

According to local police the tiger wandered into the village and killed the man's dog. The man, who has not been named, followed the tiger into the forest and his body was later found by villagers.

There have been almost 300 cases of tigers entering the area, according to local authorities in the region.

Comment: Perhaps because of the acute weather conditions in the region recently, are tigers experiencing difficulties finding their natural prey in the colder than normal temperatures and subsequently forced to target easier domesticated animals in and around local villages?

But, hey, don't mention climate change unless it's at the hot end of the spectrum. See also:

Coldest start to winter in decades for Russia: Parts of Siberia are enduring extreme cold below minus-70 degrees Fahrenheit


Man in wheelchair rushed to hospital after Florida City dog attack

A man in a wheelchair was allegedly attacked by a pair of dogs in Florida City on Wednesday afternoon.

Police said that man was rushed to Jackson South's Ryder Trauma Center with severe injuries to his arm after the attack, which took place near Northwest 10th Street and Fifth Avenue.

Local 10 News' Cody Weddle spoke to a neighbor who did not want to give her name, but said she was surprised to hear of the attack.

"That's Boo Boo," the neighbor said of one of the dogs. "Very peaceful. He got out the other day, and my mom was able to take him, give him food, and he went right back inside his kennel."

That woman lives next door to the home where the dogs live, and said she has interacted with them many times.


Man dies after being attacked by an American Bully XL in Geesthacht, Germany

XL bully
XL bully -Illustration
A few days ago, a 35-year-old from Geesthacht was attacked by his own dog, and now the man has died. The animal had already seriously injured the man's partner at the beginning of January.

A few days after he was attacked by his own dog, a 35-year-old man from Geesthacht near Hamburg died from severe bite injuries. His death was confirmed in a hospital on Friday evening, as the police confirmed on Sunday morning.

The 35-year-old was found bleeding profusely in a forest last Wednesday by a walker. His dog, an American Bully XL, appeared to be guarding him and reacted aggressively to the paramedics who were called. Police forces shot the animal.


Video of waterspout on Palm Jumeirah Beach, Dubai

Videos capturing a small tornadic waterspout on a beach in Dubai's Palm Jumeirah have surfaced online. In one clip, the waterspout is seen moving from the water to the shore, leaving destruction in its wake. Another video, captured by a witness on the shore, provides a closer look at the devastation caused by the waterspout.

"Witnessing the power of nature firsthand. A small tornado just touched down in Dubai, leaving us in awe of its sheer force. Stay safe, everyone," the witness wrote in a caption accompanying the video.

These videos were shared on the Instagram handle 'Lovin Dubai' with the caption, "People were shocked when a tornadic waterspout wreaked havoc at this beach earlier today." The incident took place Sunday morning.


Heavy snow blankets several provinces of Iran

The height of snow in some villages of Khalkhal in Ardabil province has reached more than 2 meters.

Snowfall has started in Lorestan this morning and the communication routes of 160 villages of this province have been blocked in Aligudarz and Borujerd cities.

Different areas of Gilan province were covered with heavy snow, especially in Astara, Masuleh, and Shanderman, creating eye-pleasing scenes.

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Storms bring flash-flooding across Queensland, Australia - 6.6 inches of rain in 3 hours - month's worth in just a few hours

Thunderstorms combined with moisture from Ex-Tropical Cyclone Kirrily have dumped a month's worth of rain in just a few hours on Sunday morning, with plenty more rain on the way.

Ex-Tropical Cyclone Kirrily is spinning over the northwest of Queensland, delivering heavy rainfall. At the same time, it is funnelling moisture down into the southeast of the state, allowing for intense rainfall falling with thunderstorms.

Nearly 800,000 lightning strikes lit up the skies during the 24 hours from midday Saturday to midday Sunday, as storms developed throughout the Central West and Southeast, including Brisbane.

A massive 170mm fell at Mt Berryman Road in the 3 hours to 3am, ending up with 234mm in the 24 hours to 9am. Nearby Thorton also picked up some heavy falls of 184mm. In fact, the vast majority of rain gauges in the Southeast district recorded at least 50mm, including Brisbane and Ipswich.