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Ice Cube

Deep freeze in Arctic Europe sends power prices soaring

Child on bike
© Thomas Nilsen/The Barents Observer
Exceptional cold in Inari, northern Finland
It's so cold, even Norwegians refuse to ski!

On the Finnmark plateau, between Kautokeino and Karasjok, temperatures dropped down to -35°C on Sunday. The forecast for the coming week shows a temperature anomaly for the last days of November of 10°C below the reference period 1961-1990, the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute informs.

Coldest out is Nikkaluokta near Gällivare in Norrbotten with -36°C.

In times of climate change, the current freeze comes in sharp contrast to last fall, when meteorologists reported about the hottest October and early November ever measured, with an average of 6,7°C above normal across the Arctic.

Comment: See also:

Brutal cold wave hits Europe with lowest temperatures in 40 years - Energy prices soar to new record


Rare snow turns Taklimakan Desert in China into winter wonderland

snow desert
A rare snowfall in the Taklimakan Desert, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, has created stunning picturesque views. Due to the recent cold front, the snow hit the desert on November 28, turning the rolling desert dunes into what appear like snow-capped mountains.

Cloud Precipitation

18 dead or missing and 60,000 homes damaged after floods in central provinces of Vietnam - 34 inches of rain in 4 days (UPDATES)

Floods in Tuy Phuoc district, Binh Dinh Province, Vietnam November 2021.
Floods in Tuy Phuoc district, Binh Dinh Province, Vietnam November 2021.
At least 2 people have died and over 2,500 homes damaged after flooding and landslides struck in central provinces of Vietnam after days of heavy rain.

According to the Vietnam Disaster management Agency (VDMA), heavy rain, flooding and landslides have affected the provinces of Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, Binh Dinh, Phu Yen and Kon Tum.

Heavy rain began around 26 November 2021. In a period from 26 to 30 November, areas of Bac Tra My District in Quang Nam Province saw 874 mm of rain, while Ba Le in Quang Ngai Province recorded 834 mm.

Comment: Update:Devdiscourse.com reports on December 1:
Floods leave 10 dead, missing in central Vietnam

Floods triggered by torrential rain in Vietnam's central region in the past few days have left ten people dead or missing, the country's Central Steering Committee for National Disaster Prevention and Control said Wednesday. The victims included six in Phu Yen province, four in Binh Dinh province and one in Kon Tum province, the committee said in its latest report.

From November 27 to 30, total rainfall exceeded 800 mm of precipitation in several areas. Nearly 60,000 houses have been inundated and over 4,700 others isolated due to the floods, all in Binh Dinh and Phu Yen. The floods have also forced more than 6,000 households to relocate to safe places, according to the report.

In an urgent dispatch sent Tuesday, Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh ordered relevant authorities, especially those in central localities, to implement prompt measures to ensure people's safety and minimize property damage. Between January and November, natural disasters in Vietnam, mainly typhoons, flash floods, whirlwinds and landslides have left 119 people dead or missing, injured 144 others, and causing economic losses of 3,600 billion Vietnamese dong (158 million U.S. dollars), according to the country's General Statistics Office
Update 2: Floodlist reports on December 2:
Vietnam - 18 Dead or Missing as Floods Worsen

The flood situation in central Vietnam has worsened over the last few days, with disaster authorities now reporting that at least 18 people have died or are missing.

Flooding on the Ky Lo river in Dong Xuan district, Phu Yen Province, Vietnam, 30 November 2021.
© Disaster Prevention Technology and Policy Center
Flooding on the Ky Lo river in Dong Xuan district, Phu Yen Province, Vietnam, 30 November 2021.
Flooding began after heavy rain from 26 November. Vietnam Disaster management Agency (VDMA), said heavy rain, flooding and landslides have affected the provinces of Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, Binh Dinh, Phu Yen and Kon Tum, with 2,617 houses damaged and 2 fatalities.

As of 01 December, VDMA reported 18 fatalities or missing across the provinces of Binh Dinh (03), Phu Yen (10), Khanh Hoa (02), Kon Tum (01) and Dak Lak (02).

Furthermore almost 60,000 houses have been flooded in Binh Dinh (31,100) and Phu Yen (28,639). Some areas of Tuy Phuoc District in Binh Dinh Province were under water up to 1.2 metres deep. Around 66,000 students in the province could not go to school due to the floods.

Over 6,000 households have been evacuated due to floods or landslides in the provinces of Quang Nam (53 households), Binh Dinh (439), Phu Yen (5,517) and Khanh Hoa (21).

Roads, including several national highways, have been cut by flooding or landslides. Wide areas of agriculture along with livestock have suffered damage.

As much as 432 mm of rain fell in 24 hours to 29 November in Song Tranh in Quang Nam. The following 24 hour period My Thuan Lake in Binh Dinh saw 368 mm and Ea Bar in Phu Yen 429 mm. The National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting reported flooding along the Côn river in Binh Dinh, the Ky Lo river in Phu Yen, and the Krong Ana river in Dak Lak. Further rain is expected in central areas.


Snowy howl: Germany sees heavy snowfall as winter blizzard strikes

A man dressed as 'Nikolaus' rides a horse-drawn
© Thomas Warnack
A man dressed as 'Nikolaus' rides a horse-drawn sleigh through a snowy field in Baden-Württemberg on Tuesday, November 30th.
Germany is expected to see up to 30cm of fresh snowfall and 90km-per-hour winds on Tuesday evening as Storm Christian sweeps across the southern and western regions of the country.

Reporting the weather on Focus, meteorologist Jan Schenk warned that the combination of forceful winds and heavy snow could lead to dangerous conditions in the south of the country over Tuesday evening and into the night.

"Peak winds in the south will reach 90km-per-hour in the lowlands and hurricane force over the peaks of the Alps," he said. "This could lead to snow drifts at higher altitudes and at the foot of the Alps."


Saint Petersburg in Russia turns white after a night of heavy snowfall - third of monthly total falls in 24 hours

Saint Petersburg

Saint Petersburg
Russia's second city turns white after a night of heavy snowfall, with a third of the monthly norm of precipitation falling in 24 hours. According to the local authorities, more than 7.7 thousand cubic meters of snow have been removed from the streets of Saint Petersburg over the past day, with more than a thousand vehicles and over 1,100 people mobilised to clear the city.


Maunakea, Mauna Loa summits on Hawaii closed after snowfall

photo from the USGS HVO webcam atop Mauna Loa, via the NPS

Photo from the USGS HVO webcam atop Mauna Loa, via the NPS
Snow coated the summits of Maunakea and Mauna Loa on Tuesday morning, as scattered thunderstorms passed over the Big Island.

The National Park Service said that due to the high winds and winter weather conditions, the summit of Mauna Loa is temporarily closed to overnight use. "Based on the weather forecast, the park will consider reopening the summit on Wednesday," park officials said.

The access road to the summit of Maunakea remains closed to the public at the Visitor Information Station at the 9,200 foot level due to wintery weather and icy road conditions, rangers say.

Cloud Precipitation

People rescued from wadis as Oman hit by heavy rain

A man wades through a flooded street in Oman
A man wades through a flooded street in Oman's capital Muscat.
Some areas of Oman experienced flooding on Tuesday as heavy rain and hail fell, and authorities warned people to stay away from wadis and other areas prone to flooding.

Cars were swept away in at least two wadis as water filled the valleys and roads were covered with water. The Civil Defence and Ambulance Authority said it had rescued one person from a wadi in Rustaq in the north of the country.

"A team in the governorate of South Al Batinah managed to rescue a person after he became stuck in Wadi Al Ghashab stream in the wilayat of Rustaq, and he is in good health," the agency said in a statement.

Cloud Precipitation

Cyclone brings floods to cities in Uruguay

Cars submerged in the streets of Rocha city

Cars submerged in the streets of Rocha city this Monday morning by extreme rain brought by the cyclone
Very high volumes of rain have been recorded in points in southern and eastern Uruguay since yesterday with the deepening of a low atmospheric pressure center over the country. There was a record of isolated extreme rainfall with very high volumes in a short period. The most affected departments were Soriano, Rocha and Colonia.

Bulletin of the Uruguayan Meteorology Institute informs that the largest accumulation of rain in 24 hours until 7 am this Monday was in the city of Rocha, in the department of Rocha, which borders the extreme south of Rio Grande do Sul.

The weather station recorded 125.3 mm, most of this volume in a very short interval, which caused the city to start this morning flooded.


Dozens evacuated after more floods in north Spain

Floods in Cantabria, Spain, November 2021.
© 112 Cantabria
Floods in Cantabria, Spain, November 2021.
Heavy rain and flooding has continued to affect northern parts of Spain, in particular Cantabria and Basque regions.

Flooding first affected Cantabria and neighboring Asturias from 24 November 2021 .

Rain has continued, increasing river levels in Cantabria. As of 29 November, the overflowing Saja and Besaya rivers caused flooding in Torrelavega and Barreda.

Wide areas of the town of Ampuero were also flooded after the Pas river broke its banks. The province's emergency management (112 Cantabria) said 82 people were evacuated from buildings affected by the floods, three in Ampuero and the rest in towns along the Pas basin. Cars were swept away by flooding in the streets of Vioño de Piélagos. Two people were rescued from vehicles trapped in flood water in Parbayón in Piélagos municipality.

Comment: Just 5 days prior: Floods in north of Spain prompt evacuations and helicopter rescues - 6 inches of rain in 24 hours

Snowflake Cold

Brutal cold wave hits Europe with lowest temperatures in 40 years - Energy prices soar to new record

Cold weather Europe
© TropicalTidbits
Cold weather anomaly Europe Nov-Dec 2021.
Let's talk about global warming... Or better said GLOBAL COOLING! A brutal cold wave is currently sweeping across Europe, bringing tons of SNOW, powerful WINDS triggering widespread POWER OUTAGES and devastating several countries in Europe and Scandinavia with lows that haven't been seen since 1980 in Sweden.

Sweden has had the lowest temperature in November since 1980 with a polar wave sweeping Western Europe. Same in Ivalo, Finnish Lapland, where thermometer were at -22ºC as well as in Norway.