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Early winter snow in northern China threatens to deepen energy crisis - Beijing snowfall 23 days earlier than average

Snow ducks in a Beijing street on Sunday morning.
© : Simon Song
Snow ducks in a Beijing street on Sunday morning.
The climate phenomenon known as La Niña brought early snow amid plunging temperatures across northern China on the weekend as the country struggles with the worst energy crisis in a decade.

Large parts of the country, including Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei, and Inner Mongolia, experienced this winter's first significant snowfall and rain on Saturday, the China Meteorological Administration (CMA) said in a notice on Sunday.

The national weather service said northeastern provinces were likely to experience major snowfalls in the coming days, and the cold waves would continue to move southwards and hit most of China.


'Terrifying and magnificent' waterspout forms offshore of Vancouver

© Craig F. McCaw
The waterspout spotted west of Vancouver International Airport on the evening of Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021.
Kevin Adams captured this dramatic video of a a "terrifying and magnificent" waterspout forming in the Strait of Georgia Saturday evening. The meteorological phenomenon prompted Environment Canada to briefly issue a tornado watch for the region.

Comment: A closer view:
Cleanup underway after rare waterspout prompts tornado watch near Vancouver

Video offers an up-close look at strong winds associated with a large waterspout that spotted on the edge of Metro Vancouver on Saturday. The unusual meteorological phenomenon prompted Environment Canada to briefly issue a tornado watch.

Wine n Glass

Italy's wine production falls by 9% after year of extreme weather

Italy’s wine production dropped by nine percent
Italy’s wine production dropped by nine percent in 2021.
Italian wine production dropped by nine percent in 2021, new figures show, as winemakers across the country continue to suffer the effects of extreme weather.

According to the latest preliminary figures published by the International Organization of Vine and Wine (OIV) and shared by the agricultural association Coldiretti, global wine production is set to drop to 250.3 million hectoliters in 2021, seven percent below the average for the past 20 years.

This is the third consecutive year that the world's total wine production will fall below average levels, highlights Coldiretti, with the 2021 harvest just above an all-time low of 2017.

The OIV shared its data at the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow, where world leaders are currently meeting to discuss strategies to combat the effects of the climate crisis.

Cloud Precipitation

Heavy rain and hailstorm witnessed in United Arab Emirates

vehicles move at a slow pace during have rain in Abu Dhabi.

Vehicles move at a slow pace during have rain in Abu Dhabi.
Rain of different intensity, accompanied by lightning and thunder lashed separate areas of the country on Friday, and intermittent fog was formed, due to weather fluctuations, as the region was affected by a superficial air depression from the northeast accompanied by air depression and a cold air mass in the upper layers of the atmosphere, causing the flow of quantities of steam, according to the National Centre of Meteorology (NCM).

The formation of intermittent fog, which lasted for 7 hours started at 1am until 9am on Razeen in Abu Dhabi, Madinat Zayed, Hameem, Bida and Dafas in the Al Dhafra, and on various parts of the country.


Amazing waterspout filmed in skies of Melilla, Spanish enclave in Morocco

A tall waterspout, a tornado-shaped funnel of air over water, was filmed in the skies of Melilla, a small Spanish enclave on Morocco's Mediterranean coast, on Friday morning.

According to local media, the weather phenomenon is a sign of a coming thunderstorm.

People woke up to cloudy skies, with the ground covered in hail in some areas.

Unusual natural events have been common for Spain this year. Authorities continue to keep an eye on a volcanic eruption on La Palma, one of the Canary Islands, which began on September 19. Massive lava from the Cumbre Vieja volcano has destroyed more than 2,500 buildings.


Search for missing man after shark attack off North Fremantle, Western Australia

Great white shark
Emergency services are searching for a man who is believed to have been attacked by a shark off Port Beach in North Fremantle, Western Australia, on Saturday morning.

WA police said that water police, police air wing, Surf Life Saving and the Surf Rescue helicopter responded to reports of a shark attack off Port Beach at 10.10am Saturday morning.

Water police were co-ordinating a marine search for the missing man, whose age had not yet been confirmed.

A spokesperson for St John's Ambulance WA said they had received a call at 10.03am of a shark bite and sent three crew to the scene.


Man found dead in what police believe was dog attack in McKeesport, Pennsylvania

Police are investigating what appears to be a deadly mauling by a dog in McKeesport.

Allegheny County Homicide is investigating a death believed to be the result of a dog attack, McKeesport Police Captain of Detectives Christopher Halaszynski said.

NewsChopper 2 flew over Grover Street Friday evening and saw multiple evidence markers on the ground. Investigators had taped off an area on the street.

Multiple neighbors told KDKA that they heard about four gunshots and believe the dog had been shot once they came out and saw this.

Cloud Precipitation

Frightening scenes in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina: Flood water swallows cars, people getting evacuated

Distressing images have been arriving since this morning from Sarajevo, which is submerged in water because of heavy rainfall. Many rivers in BiH have broken their banks, the Miljacka is threatening to flood streets, the Zeljeznica has created chaos in numerous areas, and hour by hour more and more information is arriving.

The situation in the Sarajevo neighborhood Ilidzua is chaotic. Several cars are completely under water, and the modern Sarajevo Waves complex has been flooded.

The worst situation is in Otes, where water has done great material damage and where almost the entire settlement has not had electricity since this morning.

Cloud Precipitation

Indonesia flash floods kill at least 8 on Java

Indonesian rescuers scrambled Friday to find survivors under mud-swamped hillsides after flash floods on Java island killed at least eight people, the disaster agency said.

Torrential rains on Thursday unleashed flash floods in Malang and the highland city of Batu, inundating houses with mud and debris, while a wall of water destroyed local bridges.

Six people were pulled from the detritus alive, while rescuers found a half dozen bodies in Batu and two more victims in Malang.

On Friday, teams raced to find several more people unaccounted for in Batu, according to Indonesia's national disaster mitigation agency, as the dead were placed in body bags.

Snowflake Cold

First freeze chills tens of millions across US midwest and northeast

Tens of millions across the country are waking up Thursday to the first freeze of the season, and in some areas those frigid temperatures are being accompanied with snow. NBC's Shaquille Brewster reports from Chicago, and TODAY's Al Roker has the frigid forecast.

Comment: Great Lakes 'have a fever' as first lake-effect snow sets a record