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Coldest December for 50 years in Iceland

Cold Iceland
© mbl.is/Eggert Jóhannesson
December brought some record cold weather all over the country, but especially in the capital region which has not seen such cool numbers for over a century.
Last December was the coldest December in the country since 1973, or for almost half a century ago, with an average temperature in the country -4.0 degrees Celsius or 24.8 degrees Fahrenheit.

December has not been as cold in over 100 years in Reykjavík, but the last time it was this cold in the capital was in December 1916, according to the Met Office.

The month was the eighth-coldest December on record nationwide since the start of recording temperatures.

The country was dry for most of the year, and in many parts of the country, December rainfall was the lowest recorded in decades.

Average temperatures only three times lower in Reykjavík

In Reykjavík, the average temperature in December was -3.9 degrees Celcius, which is 4.7 degrees below the average for 1991 to 2020, and 4.9 degrees below the average for the last ten years.

The average temperature in the month of December in Reykjavík has only been lower three times before, which was the December of 1878, 1886 and 1880, when it was much colder.

In Akureyri, the average temperature was -5.3 degrees Celcius, 4.7 degrees below average for 1991 to 2020, and 4.6 degrees below average for the last ten years. This was the seventh coldest December since the start of recorded temperatures in Akureyri, and the coldest since 1973.


Heavy rainfall causes widespread floods across Europe

Days of heavy rainfall across Europe have led to severe flooding in parts of Hungary, Serbia, Spain and Kosovo. Footage from these locations showed streets and fields totally submerged. Hungarians said the rain was unexpectedly high for this time of year, with one resident saying: 'Floods have become a new tradition'

Source: As credited/Reuters


At least 30 dead due to heavy rains, flooding in the Philippines (UPDATE)

SWAMPED. A house is almost completely submerged in floodwaters in Can-avid town, Eastern Samar.
© Can-avid LGU
SWAMPED. A house is almost completely submerged in floodwaters in Can-avid town, Eastern Samar.
At least 10 people were killed in the country due to recent floods and heavy rains, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said Thursday.

Five people died in Bicol, 4 in Northern Mindanao and 1 in Davao Region, Office of Civil Defense Joint Information Office head Diego Agustin Mariano told ANC's "Rundown".

Two people remain missing while 4 were reported injured, he added.

In an earlier ANC interview, the Northern Samar Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office reported 2 fatalities in the towns of Laoang and San Isidro.

Comment: Update January 18
Death toll from Massive flooding in Philippines rises to 30 (18.01.2023)

Floods in the Philippines have claimed the lives of 30 people, the country's National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said on Wednesday, adding that five people were missing and 13 others were injured.

According to the agency, 1,576,069 people are affected by the floods, while 200,687 of them are temporarily displaced.

The statement noted that 1,292 houses were damaged, with 383 of them completely destroyed. In addition, the natural disaster damaged 56 #bridges and 242 #roads, and disrupted the work of 26 #seaports.

The power and water supplies were affected in 63 and 17 cities respectively.

(@Manila News)


Heavy snowfall returns to Poland causing chaos on roads

In Poland, nearly 300,00 people are without electricity as heavy snowfall returns to the country after an unusually warm delay.

Poor road conditions have caused several fatal accidents and train delays, especially in the south. Emergency services in the area said they responded to more than 2000 callouts in one day.

In Malopolskie and Podkarpackie, repair crews are struggling to access damaged power lines due to dangerous conditions.

With temperatures expected to plummet further, authorities across the country are on high alert.


Heavy rains cause flooding on rivers in northern Hungary

Unusually heavy rains this month have caused flooding on several waterways in northern Hungary, with the water authority raising the alert as more rains, sleet and snow is expected for the weekend.

In the village of Josvafo, near the border with Slovakia, the local stream flooded some of the streets and roads were closed. The highest 3rd grade alert is in place on the Sajo and Tarna rivers in northern Hungary.

"January used to be a cold month when there was snow, and we used to have floods only in March," said Josvafo Mayor Gabor Jona as he was checking on water levels. "We hope that there will not be more floods but the forecasts say the rain will continue so we have to be prepared."

(Reporting by Krisztina Fenyo; Editing by Mark Porter)

Source: Reuters

Arrow Down

Tibet avalanche: Death toll hits 28 after drivers buried alive in deep snow

The local government also deployed 229 vehicles, 2,951 items of rescue equipment and 256 professional rescue personnel
The local government also deployed 229 vehicles, 2,951 items of rescue equipment and 256 professional rescue personnel
The death toll from a tragic avalanche in Tibet has reached 28, as multiple vehicles were buried in deep snow and ice on a section of road connected to a tunnel.

Fifty-three people were rescued following the avalanche on a section of road between Pai village in Mainling county and the Doxong La tunnel in Medog county on January 17.

Chinese state media reported late on Friday that rescue workers had been digging by hand when they uncovered eight more bodies which bought the search to an end.

On Tuesday, the avalanche hit a road and highway tunnel, connecting the city of Nyingchi in Tibet's southwest with outlying Medog county, leaving people trapped in their vehicles as snow engulfed the exit of the tunnel.


Rare snowfall blankets the Taklimakan Desert in China

A rare snowfall blanketing the Taklimakan Desert of northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region has created stunning, picturesque winter scenery, wowing local residents and visitors.

The Taklamakan, located in southwestern Xinjiang, is the largest desert in China and the second-largest shifting-sand desert in the world.

Due to the latest cold snap, the rolling desert dunes turned into snow-capped mountains of a "frozen" winter wonderland, with snow covering the branches of sparse trees and enlivening the vast desert.

Blanketing the golden sand with a silver coat, the large-scale snowfall helped the desert present special colors across the area.

Cloud Precipitation

Barrage of storms in 2022 leads to Europe smashing all-time hail records (set just a year prior in 2021)

Hail reports from 2022
© European Severe weather database / FOX Weather
Hail reports from 2022
There were 18 reports of hail around the size of softballs or larger. France, Italy and Germany topped the list for most reports of hail.

When severe storm enthusiasts think of hailstorms, Oklahoma and Kansas come to mind, but in 2022, the United States tally was dwarfed by reports of frozen precipitation from across Europe, with the continent seeing record-breaking events.

The European Severe Storms Laboratory said there were 8,224 large hail reports in 2022, which overshot 2021's record-breaking year by nearly 2,800 reports.

Sightings stretched from the Atlantic coast through most of the continent, with France, Italy and Germany topping the list with the most sightings.

The ESSL said the two most impactful events were a hailstorm that injured 100 people in Casamassima, Italy, on August 19 and a severe weather outbreak that led to damaged windows and roofs, dozens of injuries and death in northeastern Spain on August 30.


Waterspout spotted in Hawaii

Check out this waterspout on the island of Maui in Hawaii. The person who caught this on video initially thought it was a tornado. If you look closely, there are a couple of hints that what we're seeing is a waterspout.


Powerful magnitude 6.8 earthquake hits north Argentina

A powerful magnitude 6.8 earthquake shook northern Argentina on Friday but there were no immediate reports of damages.

The quake struck at 8:09 p.m. local time with its epicenter about 15 miles (24 kilometers) southwest of the town of Campo Gallo in Santiago del Estero province. Its depth was 610 kilometers.

Authorities and local media reported no damages or deaths.

Source: AP