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Record-cold wave recedes, but now ice jams are causing flooding in US northeast

River ice
Winter weather conditions continue to plague the Northeast.

The combination of melting snow, mild temperatures, and heavy rain have caused numerous ice jams to form in several Northeast states, including Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, Vermont and Massachusetts. The ice jams have caused some evacuations in areas near rising creeks and rivers. The ice jams are also responsible for shutting down parts of roadways.

Despite much colder temperatures than the end of last week, the threat of ice jam-related flooding will remain on Sunday across much of the Northeast. Runoff from heavy rain in area waterways, combined with chunks of ice will continue to cause water levels to change. Some parts of the region have flood watches and advisories through Sunday. Some waterways will begin to refreeze on Sunday.


Death toll climbs to 17 as devastating mudslides hit southern California (VIDEOS, UPDATES)

Comment: Update 11 Jan 2018, 15:00 EST

The death toll has climbed to 17. 8 people remain missing. Up to 500 homes were damaged in the mudslide, dozens of which were completely destroyed.

Update 10 Jan 2018, 13:00 EST

Latest figure is 15 dead, all at Montecito, Santa Barbara County.

Update 10 Jan 2018, 06:00 EST

The death toll is up to 13 now, and is expected to rise further. Rescue operations are underway in Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles counties, the very counties torched by California's worst-ever wildfires (and which this record rainfall just put out). This incident is already deadlier than the 2005 La Conchita landslide in southern California, which took place only 20 miles from yesterday's disaster.

mudslide california
© Kenneth Song/Santa Barbara News-Press
Emergency personnel carry a woman rescued from a collapsed house after a mudslide.
A fire official says five people have been killed by mudslides that swept Southern California homes from their foundations as a powerful storm drenched recent wildfire burn areas.

Santa Barbara County Fire Department Capt. Dave Zaniboni says the bodies were found in mud and debris during rescue operations Tuesday in Montecito northwest of Los Angeles.

Heavy rains were triggering dangerous flooding Tuesday morning in Southern California, with rivers of mud and debris destroying at least three homes and pooling water forcing police to close parts of the coastal US Route 101, officials said.

Near the coastal community of Montecito, at least three homes have been "wiped away by mudflow and debris," and emergency workers were scrambling to rescue people from vehicles and buildings, Santa Barbara County fire spokesman Mike Eliason said.


Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Food riots in Sudan - Snowmageddon in Switzerland - 200 year floods in France again (VIDEO)

France Avalanche warnings Jan 2018
As predicted in the grand solar minimum there will be food shortages. The forecast was for the shortages to begin in more impoverished nations as these areas people spend up to 50% of their wages on food. Even slight increases will have an effect, now in Sudan protesters killed over high grain and bread prices. France sees its second once in a 200 year flood in 2 years, Swiss snowmageddon as 13K+ tourists are trapped in 9 feet of snow. We are indeed repeating patterns. New type of cloud classifies geoengineering as a cloud type. Look up.

Comment: France: Avalanche warnings extended due to 'once in a lifetime snow storms' - heavy snow blanketing vast swathes of the planet (PHOTOS)

Cloud Precipitation

Flooding in Singapore due to unusually heavy rainfall

A flash flood in Upper Changi Road on Jan 8.
A flash flood in Upper Changi Road on Jan 8.
Heavy rain fell across Singapore early on Monday morning (Jan 8), causing flash floods in at least nine areas in the eastern part of the island which stranded cars and stopped traffic.

National water agency PUB attributed the floods to intense rainfall from the prevailing north-east monsoon.

The rain was exacerbated by a Sumatra squall - lines of thunderstorms characterised by a sudden onset of strong gusty surface winds and heavy rain lasting one to two hours - that developed over the Strait of Malacca and moved eastwards, affecting Singapore.

Cloud Lightning

First major rainstorm in nearly a year prompts evacuations in Southern California burn areas

flood prep Los angeles wildfires
© Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times
Residents from Kagel Canyon in the Sunland area fill sand bags at a fire station on Sunday, before a storm hits the areas burned in the Creek fire. In Santa Barbara County burn areas, evacuations are underway.
The first major rainstorm in nearly a year moved into Southern California on Monday, bringing light showers that will intensify in the afternoon.

The rain is of greatest concern in areas burned in the massive Thomas Fire, where officials said mudslides are possible.

Authorities have ordered evacuations of Santa Barbara County neighborhoods that sit below areas recently burned by wildfires.

Cloud Precipitation

Heavy rain, floods and landslides leave at least 37 dead in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Flooding in Kinshasa

Flooding in Kinshasa
Heavy rain from 03 January has caused flooding and landslides in and around the city of Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

At least 37 people are thought to have died, and it is feared that this figure could rise as further assessments are carried out.

Local media said that the fatalities occurred in several areas around the city, including in Ngaliema, Selembao, Bandalungwa, Limete and Barumbu.

The provincial minister for health and social affairs, Dominique Weloli, told AFP that the district of Ngaliema, a poor hillside community, was particularly hit. Other affected areas include Kingabwa, Mombele and Ndjili.

Cloud Precipitation

Cyclone Ava causes floods and landslides in Madagascar, 6 dead and 15,000 displaced

On Jan. 4 at 5:42 a.m. EST (10:42 UTC) NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite captured this visible image of Tropical Cyclone Ava just off shore of northeastern Madagascar.
© NOAA/NASA Goddard Rapid Response Team
On Jan. 4 at 5:42 a.m. EST (10:42 UTC) NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite captured this visible image of Tropical Cyclone Ava just off shore of northeastern Madagascar.
Tropical Cyclone Ava swept across Madagascar from 05 January 2018, bringing with it strong winds and heavy rainfall that has caused flooding and landslides.

According to reports from the Bureau National de Gestion des Risques et des Catastrophes (BNGRC) in Madagascar, at least 6 people have died and over 15,000 displaced.

Among the worst hit areas are the capital Antananarivo, where at the peak of the storm over 3,200 people were forced from their homes to safer locations. Many areas of Antananarivo are at risk of landslides after heavy rain. As of 08 January, Red Alerts were in place for landslides in several districts of the city.

Cloud Lightning

Thunderstorms hit eastern Spain resulting in torrential downpours, hail and tornadoes

Thunderstorm in Spain
As expected thunderstorms hit eastern Spain this afternoon. An impressively unstable environment, particularly for January, established along the frontal system ahead of the forming cutoff upper low.


Global Weather: Freezing temperatures in China, powerful winds in U.K. and floods in New Zealand mean U.S. is not alone

The road to the Adelboden ski resort in Switzerland, which was swept away by a rain-induced mudslide, on January 5.
© Getty
The road to the Adelboden ski resort in Switzerland, which was swept away by a rain-induced mudslide, on January 5.
The U.S. has been immersed in a "bomb cyclone," the technical meteorological term for the winter storm plaguing the East Coast from Florida to Maine. The weather followed a blustery arctic blast, causing below-freezing temperatures for days and record-breaking lake-effect snow near the Great Lakes.

Extreme weather struck other parts of the world, too. From flooding and snowfall to high wind speeds and waves, here are a few extreme weather conditions happening beyond the I-95 corridor.

Snowflake Cold

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Bombogenesis USA - Icy sea flooding - Blizzards rage (VIDEO)

Boston icy floods
© Nancy Lane
Billy Carey and Justin Plaza, at right, from Boston Fire Rescue swift water team haul their boat after saving a man from his flooded car on Commercial Wharf during the storm on Thursday, January 4, 2018.
Here we are again same as 2016, Bombogenesis. Once considered rare, now twice in two years. The grand solar minimum is here. Ten thousand flights cancelled, blizzard warnings from Alabama to Maine, Florida swimming pools freeze, NYC snow bound, ocean ice floats in on floods from 100MPH + winds. The amplification begins, 2018 will be the year the world wakes up.

Comment: An update to this report can be found here.

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