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Waterspout spotted off Fujairah, United Arab Emirates

A waterspout has been filmed swirling off the coast of Fujairah, with the National Centre of Meteorology sharing a video of it on its Twitter feed.

The phenomenon is uncommon in the UAE and but can occur when the conditions are right. Several have been seen before off the coast of Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah and Abu Dhabi.

According to forecasters, they normally happen during periods of unstable weather, especially in the transition of summer to winter, or vice versa.Official definitions describe it as a column of water formed by a whirlwind over the sea. They start from the surface and extend upwards, in a swirling body of condensed water vapour.

Experts say they are fairly static and hardly move, but they may prove dangerous to nearby vessels at sea.

Fujairah has been experiencing heavy rain, which led to the formation of the waterspout.


Thousands evacuated as floods hit central Vietnam - up to 600mm (nearly 2 feet) of rain in 24 hours (UPDATE)

A family in Binh Son evacuates its pigs.

A family in Binh Son evacuates its pigs.
Prolonged heavy rains have triggered widespread flooding in several parts of central Vietnam, killing at least one person, with thousands evacuated and more downpours expected this week.

Footage from the state broadcaster VTV showed people moving belongings and furniture out of flooded homes in Quang Nam province, with water gushing out of a damaged wall in one residence.

In Quang Ngai province, where at least 4,500 people were evacuated at the weekend, children sat on a makeshift raft to move along one street as others waded through knee-deep floodwater, some pushing stalled motorcycles.

Comment: Update: Floodlist reported on October 26:
Vietnam - 7,000 People Displaced by Floods in Central Provinces

At least one person has died and thousands have evacuated their homes in central Vietnam after days of heavy rainfall. More severe weather is likely to affect the country as Tropical Depression 'Invest' moves eastwards over the South China Sea.

Heavy rain affected central areas of the country from late 22 October 2021, in particular in Quang Ngai and Quang Nam Provinces. In a 24 hour period to late 23 October, Binh Khuong in Quang Ngai recorded 600 mm of rain; Hanh Dung (Quang Ngai) 598 mm; Binh Tan (Quang Ngai) 577 mm; Tra Phu (Quang Ngai) 54 6mm; Tam Tra (Quang Nam) 539 mm; and Tam Ky (Quang Nam) 488 mm.

Further heavy rain fell in the following 24 hour period, with Tam Tra in Quang Nam province recording 368 mm; Tra Kot (Quang Nam) 324 mm; Tra Giap (Quang Nam) 306 mm; Tra Hiep (Quang Ngai) 327 mm; Tra Phong (Quang Ngai) 301 mm; and Tra Phu (Quang Ngai) 257 mm.

Vietnam's Disaster Management Authority (VDMA) reported 5,373 houses were flooded in Quang Nam Province, mostly in Nui Thanh, Thang Binh and Phu Ninh districts and the cities of Tam Ky and Hoi An. Flood waters were over 1 metre deep in some locations.

VDMA also reported 11,038 houses flooded in Quang Ngai Province. The worst affected areas included Binh Son, Son Tinh, Tu Nghia, Nghia Hanh districts and Quang Ngai city. One person drowned in flood waters in Nghia Hanh district. VDMA also reported three fishermen were missing after a small boat was sept away.

Over 7,000 people were evacuated to safety from flooded areas and areas at risk of landslides in Quang Nam (2,535 people) and Quang Ngai (4,541 people).

The National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting (NCHMF) said Tropical Depression 'Invest' is likely to bring heavy rain and strong winds over the coming days. As of early 26 October the storm was located around 250 km off the coast of Ninh Thuan.

Cloud Precipitation

Hurricane Rick makes landfall in Guerrero, Mexico with wind gusts of up to 205 KPH (127 MPH)

Highway damage at the Juluchuca bridge
Highway damage at the Juluchuca bridge in Petatlán, Guerrero.
Hurricane Rick made landfall in Guerrero as a Category 2 hurricane Monday morning, bringing strong wind and heavy rain to that state and Michoacán.

Rick reached land at approximately 5:00 a.m. in La Unión de Isidoro Montes de Oca, a municipality that borders Zihuatanejo to the north and Lázaro Cárdenas, Michoacán, to the south.

The National Meteorological Service said the hurricane, which has since been degraded to a tropical storm, brought sustained winds of 165 kph with gusts of up to 205.


Massive October snowstorm dumps up to 42 inches of snow in 36 hours on Sierra Nevada ski resorts


Snow at Heavenly
A huge snowstorm hitting North America's West Coast has dumped up to 105cm (42") on Californian ski slopes in around 36 hours.

The only ski areas currently open already for the 21-22 season in North America are in Colorado, but now California's Mammoth Mountain says it plans to open two weeks earlier than originally intended, this coming Friday, ready for Halloween weekend. It's not yet clear if other areas will open early, Heavenly (pictured top) has indicated its sticking to its original November opening date.

Mt Rose posted the biggest snowfall so far (38-42″ / 95-105cm) but Palisades Tahoe (formerly Squaw Valley) came close saying it had had at least three feet (90cm) at the top of the mountain and posted the image below.


Shallow 6.0 magnitude earthquake east of South Sandwich Islands

6.0 magnitude earthquake

UTC time: Tuesday, October 26, 2021 05:48 AM
Your time: Tuesday, October 26, 2021, 6:48 AM GMT+1
Magnitude Type: mww
USGS page: M 6.0 - east of the South Sandwich Islands
USGS status: Reviewed by a seismologist
Reports from the public: 0 people

10 km depth


3 people killed in snowstorm in Kashmir, India - 3 feet of snow reported

Two persons died while two others were rescued from Sinthan Pass in Kokernag areas of south Kashmir's Anantnag after getting stranded in a snowstorm in the area, an official said on Sunday.

The two persons rescued from the area are being treated for hypothermia and shock at Sub-district hospital Kokernag, an official said. The deceased have been identified as Imtiyaz Ahmad Mir of Khualchul, Kishtiwar, Dawood Ahmad Lone of Dadpath, Kishtiwar.

The four were traveling in two different vegetable-laden Tata mobile load carriers bearing registration numbers JK17-0053 and JK17-9334.The rescue team comprised SDM Kokernag, SDPO Kokernag, 19 RR, Police and SDRF. An official said, the rescue team traveled through rough snow-locked and foggy terrain, aided by MED machinery, and then walked 8 km in freezing winds and snow to rescue the stranded persons. "The operation was carried on the directions of DC Anantnag, Dr. Piyush Singla," he said.

Snowflake Cold

Winter arrives early in Himachal Pradesh, India: Sub-zero temperatures in Lahaul-Spiti, Kinnaur - 50 roads blocked by snow

Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh received snowfall on Sunday, leading to a dip in the mercury and blocked roads.
© HT
Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh received snowfall on Sunday, leading to a dip in the mercury and blocked roads.
Winter has arrived earlier than usual in Himachal Pradesh with Lahaul and Spiti and Kinnaur districts experiencing sub-zero temperatures after Sunday's snowfall. Though the sky cleared on Monday, Keylong recorded a low of minus 5 degrees Celsius and Kalpa 0.6 degree after heavy snowfall a day before.

The snowfall brought life to a standstill in the tribal regions of Lahaul-Spiti and Pangi in Chamba district. More than 50 roads were blocked due to snowfall in the region. Gondla got 15cm snow, Hansa and Khadrala 5cm each and Keylong 3cm.

The Manali-Leh highway was also closed for traffic beyond Darcha due to snowfall on the mountain passes, while the Gramphu-Kaza national highway was blocked at Kunzum Pass.

Cloud Precipitation

Couple missing as storms, floods batter south Italy - Foot of rain dumped on Sicily in 24 hours

Rescuers on Monday resumed the search for a couple who have been reported missing after being caught up in the extreme weather that battered southern Italy at the weekend.

The married couple, a 67-year-old man and a 54-year-old woman, got out of their Ford Fiesta car on Sunday when mud and flood waters inundated the town of Scordia, near Catania, and they may have been swept away, an eyewitness said.

The eyewitness was a motorist who was rescued by fire-fighters after being trapped in his car by the water and mud.

Comment: Floodlist reports:
Sicily Regions meteorological agency Servizio Informativo Agrometeorologico Siciliano reported 312.2 mm of rain fell in 24 hours to 25 October at a weather station at Linguaglossa, while the station as Lentini recorded 279.8 mm during the same period.

Rainfall Sicily, Italy to 25 October 2021.
© Servizio Informativo Agrometeorologico
Rainfall Sicily, Italy to 25 October 2021.

Cloud Precipitation

Three killed in Tunisia flash floods

Several dead in Tunisian floods

Several dead in Tunisian floods
Three people have died in floods in Tunisia after heavy rain storms battered the North African nation, a spokesman for the civil protection agency said on Sunday.

In Thala, a town in northwest Tunisia, two people aged 20 and 27 died after their car was washed away by surging waters, agency spokesman Moez Triaa said.

A 24-year-old died in floods in Borj Chakir near the capital Tunis, added Triaa.


Storm chaos in California as 'Bomb Cyclone' brings mudslides, flooding, power cuts

A pedestrian walks on a flooded street on
A pedestrian walks on a flooded street on October 24, 2021, in Kentfield, California. A "bomb cyclone" has triggered a state of emergency in the Californian city of Sausalito, after torrential downpours dumped up to 10 inches of heavy rain in the region, triggering mudslides and more.
A"bomb cyclone" has triggered a state of emergency in the Californian city of Sausalito, after torrential downpours brought up to 10 inches of rain to the region, causing mudslides, property damage and power outages.

A potent combination of heavy rain falling on land cleared of trees by the summer's wildfires has resulted in "widespread storm damage" in Sausalito.

The city issued an emergency declaration, which said: "Conditions of extreme peril to the safety of persons and property now exist in the City of Sausalito caused by significant storm events resulting in widespread flooding, a water main break, property damage, downed trees and power lines, displacement of people living at the Marinship Park tent encampment, and power outages throughout the City."