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Severe hailstorm hits West Al Qassim, Saudi Arabia,


Hailstorm hits West Al Qassim, Saudi Arabia, November 27, 2020.

Arrow Down

Sinkhole swallows vehicle in Queens, NYC

An unoccupied orange SUV was found swallowed by a sinkhole in Queens early Thursday morning.

The vehicle, a Toyota RAV4, was discovered nose-down in the massive sinkhole at about 6 a.m. on 70th Street near 52nd Avenue in Maspeth, authorities said.

The shocking sight from the residential neighborhood was shared to Twitter by City Councilman Robert Holden.

The FDNY said they responded to the location for reports of trauma. But it was determined there were no patients as the SUV was unoccupied.

The sinkhole led to several street closures in the area, Holden said.

Snowflake Cold

2 feet of snowfall in 24 hours dumped on Chilcotin, Canada

A member of Ulkatcho First Nation measures the snow on Friday, Nov. 27, 2020 showing that more than 60 cms of snow has fallen since a snowfall warning went into effect for northern portions of the Chilcotin on Thursday

A member of Ulkatcho First Nation measures the snow on Friday, Nov. 27, 2020 showing that more than 60 cms of snow has fallen since a snowfall warning went into effect for northern portions of the Chilcotin on Thursday
Graham West of Ulkatcho First Nation captures the scene on video

More than 60 cm of snow has fallen in parts of the Chilcotin since a snowfall warning went into effect Thursday, Nov. 26.

On Friday afternoon Graham West, a member of Ulkatcho First Nation near Anahim Lake, forwarded a photograph to the Tribune depicting a measuring tape with a snow level of 64 cm or two feet and one inch.

"Just got word the RCMP are on a snowmoblie with a nurse delivering meds to clients within the community," he said.

Earlier in the afternoon West said he hoped to get up on his roof to shovel because the snow was getting heavier.


Very shallow magnitude 3.1 quake hits 40 km south of Tarbes, France

3.1 quake 28 Nov 11:10 am (GMT +1)

3.1 quake 28 Nov 11:10 am (GMT +1)
Just 14 minutes ago, a 3.1-magnitude earthquake struck near Sers, France. The tremor was recorded in the morning on Saturday 28 November 2020 at 11.10 am local time, at a very shallow depth of 2 km below the surface.

The event was filed by the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), the first seismological agency to report it.

Based on the preliminary seismic data, the quake should not have caused any significant damage, but was probably felt by many people as light vibration in the area of the epicenter.

Weak shaking might have been felt in Sers (pop. 100) located 10 km from the epicenter, Sers (pop. 100) 10 km away, Betpouey (pop. 100) 10 km away, Aragnouet (pop. 300) 11 km away, and Viella (pop. 100) 12 km away.

Towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Bagnères-de-Bigorre (pop. 9,000) located 21 km from the epicenter, Lourdes (pop. 15,800) 29 km away, and Tarbes (pop. 52,100) 40 km away.

Ice Cube

Australia's 2-day heatwave over-hyped, as December 1st threatens record cold and rare summer snow

GFS 2m Temp Anomalies (C) for Dec 2.
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GFS 2m Temp Anomalies (C) for Dec 2.
While the mainstream media reports "Australians are set to sizzle through the most dangerous heatwave of the year so far," what they also fail to mention is that 1) such bursts of heat are typical for this time of year, 2) the conditions will last fewer than three days, and 3) they will be closely followed by record-cold Antarctic air and even rare December snow.

Comment: More about Solar Cycles and their influence on the Earth's climate:


Waterspout filmed off Alicante coast, Spain

As forecast, the Costa Blanca was hit by storms this week.

The unstable weather was also responsible for a dramatic waterspout off the Alicante coast shortly before 2pm on Friday November 27 that was visible from Playa de San Juan, Muchavista and Campello for 15 minutes.

It finally touched land in Campello's Rincon de la Zofra, damaging benches and paving on the seafront at Rincon de la Zofra on the Muchavista beach.


Snowstorm (including thundersnow) hits island of Madeira

With snow reported the day before, we woke at 430am and drove as far up the mountain as possible. The roads were too icy to continue driving so we began hiking 10 kilometers below the summit of Pico do Arieiro a couple of hours before sunrise. In a crazy snowstorm, with frozen fingers and toes we reached the summit to see lightning strike the tower! Can't believe it was snowing on Madeira!

Cloud Precipitation

At least 36 swans killed, 8 injured during hail and windstorm near Salt Lake City, Utah

A few dozen swans were killed and several were injured in a hail and windstorm earlier this month.
© Paul Child
A few dozen swans were killed and several were injured in a hail and windstorm earlier this month.
A few dozen swans were killed and several were injured in a hail and windstorm earlier this month.

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources confirmed 36 swans died and eight were injured, with more still being called in from residents in Davis and Salt Lake counties.

"Due to the nature of the blunt force injuries and other indicators, it is believed that the storm forced the birds down, resulting in high-speed impacts with the ground or other stationary objects," a statement by DWR read.

Nearly two weeks ago, heavy winds and hailstorms hit the Wasatch Front on Friday night into Saturday morning, causing damages to property and wildlife.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning kills 7 in central Mozambique

At least seven people died due to lightning strikes that hit several regions in Mozambique's central province Manica on Wednesday, the provincial governor announced on Thursday.

Five of the seven deaths occurred in the district of Mossurize, south of the province and the rest in the district of Manica, said the Governor of the Manica province Francisca Tomas at the opening of a meeting with non-governmental organizations in the province.

"In addition to the fatalities, bad weather, accompanied by rain and strong winds, destroyed several public and private infrastructures," said the governor, adding that a multisectoral team has been created to assess the level of destruction.

"What we can say is that there are seven dead and destruction of infrastructure. It is preliminary information and gradually we will have to update it properly," she said.

There are reports of the destruction of various infrastructures, interruption of access routes and fall of trees in the regions most affected by the rains, added the governor.


Record Denver snowfall is rare for multiple reasons

Children sledding
© Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post
Colorado's latest snow storm is wrapping up, leaving the Interstate 25 urban corridor with a winter wonderland, a mess on the roads and a new spot in the history books.

Denver International Airport tallied 5 inches of snow. This is a record daily snowfall for Nov. 24, breaking the old record of 4 inches set in 1946. Even more notably, it was the first daily November snow record to fall in the city since 1994. Snow totals across the rest of the metro area generally range from 3 to 6 inches, with heavier amounts up to 10 inches in the western suburbs.

This was a rare November snowstorm in the Denver area beyond the record-breaking amount. Another rarity lies within the heavy and wet nature of the snow.