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Storm dumps up to 2 feet of snow in 24 hours on Cleveland, Ohio

Image of measuring tape in snow in Cuyahoga County from winter storm on Dec. 1, 2020.
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Image of measuring tape in snow in Cuyahoga County from winter storm on Dec. 1, 2020.
The National Weather Service has released its 24-hour snowfall total following Monday night's winter storm that dumped more than a foot of snow in some places.

The totals were released late Tuesday night after a collaborative measuring effort from "highway departments, cooperative observers, Skywarn spotters and media," the NWS said in its report.

Ashland County

Hayesville—6.3 inches

Ashtabula County

South Madison—20.7 inches
Orwell—19.6 inches
Cherry Valley—18.2 inches
Trumbull—16.5 inches
Pierport— 15.5 inches
Monroe Center—10.2 inches
Kelloggsville—10.0 inches
Geneva—6.0 inches
Edgewood— 3.6 inches
Ashtabula—2.8 inches

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More floods leave 5 dead, 1 missing and 5,000 displaced after 38.5 inches of rain in 3 days in Vietnam

More deadly flooding has struck in Vietnam, with at least 5 fatalities reported, 1 missing and over 5,000 evacuated.

Vietnam's Disaster Management Agency (VNDMA) reported heavy rains and flooding in central and south-central regions as well as the Central Highlands over the last few days. Between 28 November and 01 December, Tam Tra in Quang Nam recorded 986mm of rain and Ho Am Chua Lake in Khanh Hoa Province 820mm.

Four fatalities were reported in Khanh Hoa Province. Around 2,574 people were evacuated from their homes, many of them in the coastal town of Nha Trang in the province, where flood water was up to 50cm deep on 01 December 2020.


Flooding and severe hailstorm hits 2 departments of Bolivia

Floods in the city of Tarija, Tarija Department, Bolivia, 30 November 2020 .
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Floods in the city of Tarija, Tarija Department, Bolivia, 30 November 2020 .
Heavy rainfall on 30 November caused flooding in the department of Tarija in southern Bolivia.

Among the worst affected areas was the city of Tarija, where creeks and rivers, including the El Monte stream, broke their banks. Local authorities reported damage to roads and homes in several neighbourhoods of the city. Power outages were reported and a medical centre was also damaged.

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Deadly floods in Andhra Pradesh, India after heavy rain from Cyclone Nivar - at least 8 killed -100,000 hectares of crops damaged

Floods in Andhra Pradesh, India, November 2020.
© Government of Andhra Pradesh
Floods in Andhra Pradesh, India, November 2020.
The state government of Andhra Pradesh, India, report severe flooding caused by heavy rainfall following the passage of Cyclone Nivar.

Cyclone Nivar made landfall to the north of Puducherry on 26 November 2020, causing severe wind damage and some flooding in low-lying areas of Tamil Nadu, including Chennai.

Nivar also brought heavy rainfall to parts of Andhra Pradesh, where flooding has affected Chittoor, Nellore and Kadapa districts. Six flood-related fatalities were reported in Chittoor district and 2 in Kadapa.

Comment: Cyclone Nivar claims 3 lives in Tamil Nadu, India - up to 9.6 inches of rain falls in 18 hours

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Flooding of desert after heavy rain south of Al Quoz, UAE

The miracle of the desert! Flooding south of Al Quoz, UAE after heavy rains 28 November 2020.

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Torrential rain in São Carlos, Brazil turns streets into rivers

Sao Carlos floods

The city of São Carlos, in the interior of São Paulo, was hit on Thursday (26) by a heavy rain that caused flooding and several damages. The storm was so intense that in just over 1 hour the accumulated volume reached 138 millimeters, according to information from the State Civil Defense. The central region suffered the most.

According to data from official agencies, due to the force of the water, several cars were dragged and, in some cases, even stacked. In addition, approximately 40 residences, at least 100 commercial establishments and even rooms in an Emergency Care Unit (UPA) ended up being flooded, which generated many losses and considerable apprehension to the population.


Streets engulfed as Lebanon hit by torrential rains - highways transformed into flowing rivers

Torrential downpours flooded streets across Lebanon on Saturday, with videos showing motorists struggling as highways transformed into flowing rivers.

Another video shared on social media pictured a delivery driver swept of his motorbike and carried down the road by the deluge.

Scenes of cars submerged under flood waters are not uncommon in Lebanon, where a combination heavy rains and poorly maintained infrastructure make floods a regular occurence in the winter.

The stormy weather also prompted an hours-long nationwide power outage. Most Lebanese already suffer hours of electricity cuts every day.


Kuwait streets, schools and hospitals flooded due to heavy rain

Al Sabriya, an area located in the North of Kuwait, witnessed the highest amount of rainfall, recording around 134 millimeters.

Al Sabriya, an area located in the North of Kuwait, witnessed the highest amount of rainfall, recording around 134 millimeters.
Over the last few days, Kuwait witnessed heavy rain which lead to flooding in streets, schools and hospitals throughout the country.

The heavy rains also caused some sewage networks to overflow and large quantities of water were calculated in mainly areas located in the North of Kuwait.

Al Sabriya, an area located in the North of Kuwait, witnessed the highest amount of rainfall, recording around 134 millimeters.

Many took to social media and blamed the over flooding on years of failed planning that lead to poor infrastructure.

Cloud Lightning

Rare winter lightning detected in Iceland

Several lightning strikes have been detected amongst the storms and bad weather that is currently all over the country. According to Vísir, thunder was heard in the Suðurnes yesterday afternoon.

Orange weather warnings are currently in effect in Breiðafjörður, Faxaflói, the Westfjords, Strandir and Northwest Iceland. Most of the rest of the country has yellow weather warnings - only East Iceland is without weather warnings, according to RÚV.

Páll Ágúst Þórarinsson, a meteorologist at the Icelandic Meteorological Office, counted 20 lightning strikes around Skeiðarársandur between noon and midnight yesterday.


New study reveals troubling trend with hurricanes making landfall in the US

Hurricane Michael is seen over the Florida Panhandle
Hurricane Michael is seen over the Florida Panhandle in mid-October 2018.
A new study says hurricanes in the North Atlantic are staying stronger after making landfall, which suggests these storms could cause greater destruction in areas farther from the coast in the future.

The research, which was published Nov. 11 in the journal Nature, examined the rate that these storms "decay," or weaken, by analyzing historical intensity data for storms that made landfall over North America from 1967 to 2018. The paper's authors cited a rise in ocean temperatures amid a warming climate as the key factor behind the trend.

The study was conducted by researchers Lin Li and Pinaki Chakraborty, both of whom work at Japan's Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology. According to Nature, the study authors found "a significant long-term shift towards slower decay," which allows storms to maintain a higher intensity over land for a longer time period. This slower period of decay was said to align "with a long-term regional mean sea surface temperature over the Gulf of Mexico and the western Caribbean, which are adjacent to land and supply the moisture for the storms before landfall."

Comment: Weather is not produced from just moisture, temperature and air pressure. A possibility that has been studiously ignored is the Electric Universe model of weather. The Earth's atmosphere contains different electrical charges at different altitudes. The interaction of these layers, plus inputs from solar winds, have a great deal to do with weather.