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Heavy September snowfall in the Alps & Dolomites

Ski areas across the Alps and Dolomites have been reporting fresh snowfall this morning, Saturday 17th, September.

The snowfall is particularly welcome after a long dry summer that saw record hot temperatures thaw the snow cover from glacial ice, closing summer ski centres.

Only Hintertux in the Austrian Tirol had managed to stay open through the past six weeks, but it was joined on Saturday by Italy's Val Senales opening for its 22-23 season and several more glacier areas plan to open in the next week.


Waterspout spotted off Barcelona, Spain


Tonight! A #waterspout spotted off near El Prat de Llobregat, #Barcelona! Spain (Sep.17, 2022) #Tornado


Shallow magnitude 6.4 earthquake rocks Taiwan

The side wall of an uninhabited 70-year-old home in Hualien's Fuli Township collapsed due to the earthquake Saturday evening.

The side wall of an uninhabited 70-year-old home in Hualien's Fuli Township collapsed due to the earthquake Saturday evening.
A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck Taiwan's southeastern Taitung County at 9:41 p.m. Saturday, according to data from the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

There were reports of objects falling from store shelves in Taitung, Kaohsiung's metro system was temporarily suspended and there were at least five aftershocks.

The epicenter of the temblor was located about 35.8 kilometers north of Taitung County Hall, at a depth of 7.3 km, the bureau's Seismology Center said.


Wild waterspout off Duck Key, Florida


Occurred on September 12, 2022 / Duck Key, Florida, USA

"The video shows a water spout off the coast of Duck Key, Florida on 9/12/22 at 9:25 AM ET."

Arrow Down

Dallas driver rescued from large sinkhole as traffic gridlocked

Crews blocked off the road to repair the several-feet deep hole.

Crews blocked off the road to repair the several-feet deep hole.
Drivers in Dallas, Texas faced detours after a large sinkhole opened up in the Pleasant Grove area on Thursday.

According to reports, a female driver fell into the hole but escaped without serious injury.

The sinkhole was reportedly caused by a damaged wastewater manhole and appeared in the centre lane of the Lake June road. It is reported to be several feet long.


Waterspout over Lake Erie caught on camera from Bay Village, Ohio

WATCH: Waterspout over Lake Erie caught on camera from Bay Village.


Spectacular waterspout off the coast of Cumanayagua, Cuba

Spectacular waterspout off the coast of Cumanayagua, Cuba!


Waterspouts filmed off the Cayman Islands

With local weather forecasts calling for showers Tuesday, a number of videos have surfaced on social media showing waterspouts on Seven Mile Beach and in the North Sound, which were visible as far away as Camana Bay. Read more at www.caymancompass.com.


Group of 4 waterspouts appear off Mallorca, Spain as storms and flash flooding hit

The waterspouts or marines tornadoes off Mallorca today.

The waterspouts or marines tornadoes off Mallorca today.
The storms which have hit various parts of Mallorca today created four impressive waterspouts or marine tornadoes off Santanyí and all in a matter of five minutes, just like the flash storms and flooding which have hit interior parts of the island like Inca and will continues into Saturday with isolated hail storms forecast as temperatures drop.

A waterspout is an intense columnar vortex (usually appearing as a funnel-shaped cloud) that occurs over a body of water.

Some are connected to a cumulus congestus cloud, some to a cumuliform cloud and some to a cumulonimbus cloud.

Comment: The same news outlet also carried this report on the same day:
Storm batters Mallorca and causes serious flooding

Firefighters have rescued drivers trapped in their vehicles in Felanitx

Streets were turned into rivers, houses flooded and cars were swept away by the currents this afternoon.

Felanitx bore the brunt of the intense storms that hit Mallorca.

The damage caused has been considerable and emergency teams are still working on the ground.

"The cold air pocket at low levels has connected with the high levels and has coincided with wind convergence, a relative low and daytime heating", which has led to the heavy downpour, according to the spokeswoman for the State Meteorological Agency (Aemet) in the Balearics, María José Guerrero.

After the morning's deceptively good weather, the weather took an abrupt turn at 13:45h, giving way to a heavy downpour of water that flooded the town of Felanitx.

In less than an hour 135 l/m2 of rain fell.

The fire fighters were activated immediately and attended to a total of 28 incidents in the town until 17:30, all of them due to flooding.

Scores of people were rescued after being trapped in their vehicles caught in the storm on the road from Felanitx to Porreres. They also had to attend to two young people who were walking down the street when the water level rose to a worrying level and the fire truck picked them up as a precaution.

The Council of Mallorca has reported that the Ma-4010 Felanitx-Portocolom; Ma-14 Manacor-Felanitx and Ma-5100 Felanitx-Porreres roads remain closed, due to the accumulated water. Firefighters continue to work on the ground, with 18 personnel and six vehicles from the Felanitx, Manacor, Llucmajor and Inca fire stations.

After attending to the most urgent services, they are now helping residents to drain the water from the numerous affected ground floors, basements, car parks and houses.

The Balearic president, Francina Armengol, has called for caution via Twitter.

"The administrations are in contact and we are working and acting in coordination".

Tomorrow, Saturday, more showers are expected, although not of such intensity.

Snowflake Cold

"Winter bared its teeth and beauty" on Mount Washington, New Hampshire

It's beginning to look a lot like winter atop New England's highest peak.

The Mount Washington Observatory on Thursday shared photos of an icy scene, with rime ice clinging to different structures at the summit.

"Winter bared its teeth and beauty this morning behind a strong cold front," the Observatory posted to social media.