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Delhi records highest 24-hour December rainfall in 22 years

Delhi rain
The national Capital recorded its highest 24-hour December rainfall since 1997 on Friday, MeT officials said.

The Safdarjung Observatory recorded 33.5 mm rainfall, the second highest after 70 mm in December 1997.

The Palam weather station registered an all-time December high of 40.2 mm in the last 24 hours. It had measured 33.7 mm rainfall on December 3, 1997, the officials said.

India Meteorological Department (IMD) in its weekly weather forecast said foggy days will start from Saturday. "Moderate to dense fog from December 14 to December 19," MeT updated in Regional Weather Forecast for Delhi.

For the next week, minimum temperature will remain at 8 degrees Celsius and maximum will fluctuate between 18 and 20 degrees Celsius.


Strange sky sounds recorded in Valkenswaard, the Netherlands

In the southern Dutch town of Valkenswaard strange sounds were heard coming from the sky. Roy van Zon, a resident of Valkenswaard, recorded the sounds that appeared in the evening hours of December 9th and 10th. The video can be seen below:

On van Zon's Facebook page, others in the area wrote they also heard the sounds and one other person also recorded the sounds and posted it in the comments section. In a live radio interview with Radio 538, van Zon said: "I received messages from people saying that I edited this, but I didn't do that. I'm glad I wasn't the only one who heard these sounds, as I thought I was going crazy." In another radio interview, with Qmusic this time, van Zon notes that he heard the sounds on Monday for the first time, and on Tuesday evening for the second time.

Comment: See also: For a possible explanation of these sounds, see this video on our YouTube channel.

Snowflake Cold

Two feet of snowfall hits areas of Nepal

Snowfall has occurred in Mustang and Myagdi districts since Friday morning. Two feet of snow has fallen in the upper parts of Myagdi district, locals said.

With the snowfall, the temperature has gone down, hitting the normal life in the highlands.

Touristic places including Ghodepani of Annapurna Rural Municipality-6, Gurja of Dhaulagiri Rural Municipality have witnessed a heavy snowfall, according to locals.

The biting cold caused by the December snow has forced the locals to stay indoors, hurdling around fires, said Rupesh Subedi, headmaster of Janakalyan Secondary School, Gurja.


A foot of snow dumped overnight on Mount Washington in British Columbia

Overnight Wednesday, Mount Washington Alpine Resort received 31 cm of fresh snow, along with a light snowfall into Thursday morning.
© Screenshot/Mount Washington Alpine
Overnight Wednesday, Mount Washington Alpine Resort received 31 cm of fresh snow, along with a light snowfall into Thursday morning.
It's a welcome sight for those waiting to break out the skis and snowshoes.

Overnight Wednesday, Mount Washington Alpine Resort received 31 cm of fresh snow, along with a light snowfall into Thursday morning.

Last week, the resort announced they were pushing back their original opening day of Dec. 6 due to lack of snow.

"...Without old man winter making an appearance just yet, we're forced to delay the start of the winter 2019/20 season. We're ready and waiting as patiently as possible, and we know you are too," read their posting on social media last week.

Cloud Precipitation

'This is crazy!' Cricket ball-sized hailstones destroy home in Queensland, Australia

Cricket ball-sized hailstones destroy home

Cricket ball-sized hailstones destroy home
A massive hail storm struck the Gympie region in Queensland, Australia, on December 13, with residents reporting hailstones up to 10 centimeters in diameter.

The storm, which reportedly left 8,600 homes and businesses without power, started on the Gold Coast and tracked north via Brisbane.

This footage, posted by Sharlene Stolberg, shows the size of the hailstones. "Our house is destroyed," Stolberg said. "Water [is] coming through our house, massive holes all over our roof. Bloody scary I tell ya!"

The wild weather follows a storm on Wednesday in Brisbane, which dropped more rain in one night than in the previous seven months.

Credit: Sharlene Stolberg via Storyful

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strikes kill 6 in Malawi

Lighting has struck and killed a 44-year-old person in Chikwawa, bringing the death toll of those struck by lightning to six since Wednesday.

Chikwawa police spokesperson Foster Benjamin has confirmed of the deaths due to lightning.

He said three of the victims were struck by the lighting while in their gardens whilst the three others took shelter under trees when it was raining.

Benjamin has since advised people to avoid taking shelter under trees when it is raining, saying lightning strikes tallest objects in an area.

Most of the victims hail from chief Ngabu's area in the district.

Bizarro Earth

Thousands of innkeeper worms wash up on a California beach

I saw thousands of these on Drakes Beach on Dec. 6, after the recent storm. What happened? - David Ford
Beach littered with Innkeeper Worms
© Photo courtesy David Ford
The ocean probably shouldn’t have hit send on this one.
You could be forgiven for being offended by the above photo: thousands of 10-inch wiggly pink sausages strewn about Drakes Beach. The same phenomenon has been reported over the years at Pajaro Dunes, Moss Landing, Bodega Bay, and Princeton Harbor. I've heard my share of imaginative theories from beachcombers, such as flotsam of a wrecked bratwurst freighter. In truth, these are living denizens of our beaches rudely, yet also mercifully, mostly called "fat innkeeper worms."

What in the name of Secretariat is a fat innkeeper worm? The fat innkeeper worm (Urechis caupo) is a type of spoonworm (Ehciuroidea), an order of non-segmented marine worms identified by a spatula-shaped proboscis used for feeding and sometimes grasping or swimming. The fat innkeeper's family (Urechidae) contains only four species worldwide, collectively known as either innkeeper worms or, well, penis fish. This is why we prefer scientific names. U. caupo is the sole representative in North America, found only from Southern Oregon to Baja, with the bulk of sightings between Bodega Bay and Monterey. So, whether or not you feel privileged by its presence, U. caupo is an almost uniquely California experience, perhaps having the best claim for State Worm.


World Snow Wrap, Dec 13 - Big snow totals for the US and Europe

Laying it over in the fresh powder in Aspen on December 9 after 30cms overnight.
© Aspen Snowmass
Laying it over in the fresh powder in Aspen on December 9 after 30cms overnight.
There have been plenty of powder shots in social feeds out of the US this week and it will continue with a weekend of powder turns on the way. After a lull in the action the snow returned to the European Alps this past week and the weekend is looking good for nearly a metre of snow in some areas. Japan has had a mixed week with some rain, but the snow returned last night while they will be loving the forecast in British Columbia with plenty of snow on the way.


There has been more snow across the western states of the US this week with regions in Colorado and Utah receiving 20-30cm on Monday. California also saw good falls last weekend and the Tahoe resorts and Mammoth have had over 2.5 metres of snow in the past two weeks. Many US resorts now have a very good mid-December base and more snow is due this weekend. This storm will deliver some powder turns in a number of states across the weekend with 50-70cms forecast for Colorado, while Jackson Hole should see 30-40cms in the next 24 hours and Utah resorts are set for a hefty 60+cms of snow. The snow will be accompanied by cold temps, so we are talking quality powder on the way.


Signs and Portents: Cat gives birth to a two-headed kitten in Thailand

The two-headed baby cat on the palm of its owner in Ratchaburi province.
© Saichon Srinuanchan
The two-headed baby cat on the palm of its owner in Ratchaburi province.
Persian cat has given birth to a rare two-headed kitten and her owner is determined to keep it alive as long as possible.

Chabaprai Nilpet, 52, of Moo 2 village of tambon Don Krabueang in Ban Pong district, said the mother cat gave birth to a normal kitten on Monday, but appeared to have difficulty delivering more.

She took it to a clinic where the veterinarian performed a caesarean, delivering two more kittens - and to the surprise of everyone, one of them had two heads, Mrs Chabaprai said.

Arrow Down

At least 5 people killed in Afghanistan landslide, 35 missing

At least five people were killed in a landslide at a gold mine in the province of Badakhshan in northeastern Afghanistan, while 35 others went missing, Nek Mohammad Nazari, a spokesman for the provincial governor, said.

"Residents so far have discovered five dead bodies and the fate of another 35 workers remains unknown," the spokesman said as quoted by the Afghan TOLOnews broadcaster.

According to the official, since the landslide occurred on the territory that is under the control of the Taliban movement, the local government cannot conduct rescue operations.

The media also reported that the incident was similar to the one that took place in the province last year and claimed 10 lives.

Source: ANI