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Siberia's Yakutia region has longest cold spell for 14 years

Yakutsk, located in Russia's eastern Siberia, is said to be the coldest large city on earth.

Yakutsk, located in Russia's eastern Siberia, is said to be the coldest large city on earth.
The Siberian region of Yakutia has experienced its longest cold spell in fourteen years.

Temperatures dipped below 40℃ over a month ago, an abnormally long period even for this northern region.

And there is no respite on the horizon.

The mercury is set to plunge to -50℃ and school children have been released from classes until it warms up again.

According to forecasts, the cold temperatures are expected to last until the end of January and may even drop as low as -60℃.

Snowflake Cold

Snow falls on Sahara Desert accompanied by plunging temperatures

snow sahara desert january 2021
© Bav Media/Karim Bouchetata
Extraordinary photographs show snowy scenes in the Sahara Desert, with temperatures plummeting below zero.
Blankets of snow could be seen covering an area close to the desert town of Ain Sefra in Algeria, on Wednesday, January 13, as temperatures fell to -3°C. Surrounded by the Atlas Mountains, Ain Sefra is located an approximate 1,000 metres above sea level.

The unexpected scenes were captured by photographer Karim Bouchetata, whose striking photographs captured the snowfall settling on the famously dry sand dunes.

As per Desert USA, the Sahara is known to have one of the most severe climates on Earth, with very little rainfall, powerful winds and wide temperature ranges.

Snowflake Cold

Heavy snowfall and extreme cold sweeps across Europe

A man shovels his car free of snow after days of snowfall in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, southern Germany, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021.   -
© Angelika Warmuth
A man shovels his car free of snow after days of snowfall in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, southern Germany, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. -
Freezing temperatures crack railroad tracks in Poland, snow blankets most of the Turkish city of Istanbul.

During the weekend and on Monday, January 18, most of Turkey was at the mercy of a cyclone that formed in the eastern Mediterranean Sea.

On January 19, the temperature in Istanbul at night dropped to -5 ..- 6ºC, in Ankara it was freezing to -13 ..- 15ºC. The temperature dropped below normal by 4-8 degrees. And in coming days, the cold in Turkey will continue.


Sakurajima volcano (Kyushu, Japan): glowing lava bombs thrown from crater

Large amount of black dense ash emissions from Sakurajima volcano yesterday
Large amount of black dense ash emissions from Sakurajima volcano yesterday
The explosive activity of the volcano continues without significant changes since the last update.

Surveillance cameras observed a moderate vulcanian-type explosion at Minamidake crater producing an ash plume that reached up to estimated 7,000 ft (2,100 m) altitude and drifted SE.

The eruption that started at about 23:09 local time yesterday ejected glowing lava bombs as far as 600 m-900 m away from the crater. The explosion was also accompanied by volcanic lightning occurred in the beginning of the event.

Visible glow and near-constant emissions of gas suggest continued rise of fresh magma inside the volcano's conduits.


3 inches of summer snow hits South Island, New Zealand

The Cadrona Alpine Resort today.
© Geoff Wayatt
The Cadrona Alpine Resort today.
Winter has come a little too early for parts of the South Island.

A cold snap brought around 8cm of snow to the Cardrona Alpine Resort today.

The mountain's usual summertime activities have even gone on hold for the day.

Cardrona spokeswoman Jen Houltham said the warm ground at this time of year means it will likely melt too quickly to be of any use to winter sports enthusiasts.

Houltham said the snow was expected to continue falling all day.

Arrow Down

37 landslide incidents following incessant rain in Mambong state, Malaysia

The incessant rain last week resulted in 37 landslide incidents reported in the Mambong state constituency, near here, said its assemblyman, Datuk Dr Jerip Susil.

According to him, three roads connecting Kampung Sadir, Kampung Kiding and Kampung Sepit were affected with the shoulder of the main road to Kuching city collapsing in incessant heavy rain all day.

"Four houses were also damaged in Kampung Garung, Karu, Sadir and Parang respectively due to landslides," he told reporters after observing the gotong-royong work of repairing the house of Nona Budis, 63, in Kampung Garung at KM 40, Jalan Puncak Borneo, today.

He said Nona's house was the most badly damaged after it was heavily covered with soil during a landslide last Thursday night.


Etna volcano erupts in Italy

ETNA Volcano Erupts in Italy 2021. New paroxysmal eruptive episode at Etna's Southeast Crater, Italy.

Volcanic and infrasonic tremors increased at 19:00 UTC on January 18, followed by an eruption at 19:15 UTC, with intense Strombolian activity and a new lava overflow from the Southeast Crater.

The front headed toward Valle del Bove and reached a height of about 2 900 m (9 500 feet). Intense Strombolian activity suddenly evolved into a weak lava fountain reaching maximum intensity at 20:30 UTC.


Shallow M6.8 earthquake hits western Argentina

The earthquake took place in Argentina's San Juan province.

The earthquake took place in Argentina's San Juan province.
An earthquake of magnitude 6.8 has struck Argentina's San Juan province, the GFZ German Research Center for Geosciences said.

The quake hit the west-central province late on Monday at a depth of 10 km, GFZ said.

The US Tsunami Warning System said no tsunami warning has been issued for the earthquake.

There were no immediate reports of serious damages or victims.

The US Geological Survey said the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 6.4 and its epicentre was 27.6 km southwest of the town of Porcito.

Cloud Precipitation

Bolivia suffers devastating flooding in 7 provinces

Torrential floods hit 7 of Bolivia's 9 provinces, with Cochabamba, Beni and Pando provinces hitting hardest.

The floods caused landslides, a large number of houses were destroyed, roads and bridges were washed out, several hundred thousand people were injured.

Bolivia's Meteorological Office predicts heavy rains will continue.

Comment: Elsewhere in South America within the last 4 days:

Ice Cube

China's Bohai Bay energy terminals on alert as sea ice slows ships

China Energy Terminals On Alert

China energy terminals on alert
Chinese ports and marine safety authorities are on high alert as an expansion of sea ice makes it tougher for ships to berth and discharge at key energy product import terminals along the coast of northern Bohai Bay.

A cold wave sweeping the northern hemisphere has plunged temperatures across China to their lowest in decades, boosting demand for power and fuel to historic highs in the world's largest energy consumer.

"The sea ice situation is more severe this year than the same period in previous years," said Wang Jun, a professor specialising in transport issues at Dalian Maritime University.

"It could impede sailing and docking for vessels, no matter how big they are."