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Polar freeze in Spain brings temperatures of -15°C and snow in Ibiza

Snow on the beach in Ibiza.
© Majorca Daily Bulletin
Snow on the beach in Ibiza.
Temperatures of -15°C were recorded in one part of Spain during the current polar freeze and it even snowed on the Balearic island of Ibiza.

As confirmed by AEMET, the State Meteorological Agency, the Balearic island of Ibiza has met with unusual weather conditions thanks to the polar freeze currently affecting Spain.

This morning, Monday, January 23, residents of the town of Talaia de Sant Josep - located 475 metres above sea level - woke up to a blanket covering of snow. The town of Sant Joan de Labritja recorded -1.8°C overnight.


Snowflake Cold

Heavy snow causes disruption in Italy, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia and Mallorca

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Mallorca was hit by its largest snowfall in more than five years on Monday, with 7 centimetres settling in Fornalutx and a temperature of -2.4 degrees Celsius registered in the Sierra de Tramuntana mountain range.

The Palma Met Office said on Monday that even heavier snow is expected on Wednesday, with as much as 10 centimetres falling in some areas.


Cloud Precipitation

Barrage of storms in 2022 leads to Europe smashing all-time hail records (set just a year prior in 2021)

Hail reports from 2022
© European Severe weather database / FOX Weather
Hail reports from 2022
There were 18 reports of hail around the size of softballs or larger. France, Italy and Germany topped the list for most reports of hail.

When severe storm enthusiasts think of hailstorms, Oklahoma and Kansas come to mind, but in 2022, the United States tally was dwarfed by reports of frozen precipitation from across Europe, with the continent seeing record-breaking events.

The European Severe Storms Laboratory said there were 8,224 large hail reports in 2022, which overshot 2021's record-breaking year by nearly 2,800 reports.

Sightings stretched from the Atlantic coast through most of the continent, with France, Italy and Germany topping the list with the most sightings.

The ESSL said the two most impactful events were a hailstorm that injured 100 people in Casamassima, Italy, on August 19 and a severe weather outbreak that led to damaged windows and roofs, dozens of injuries and death in northeastern Spain on August 30.

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Waterspout spotted in Hawaii

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Check out this waterspout on the island of Maui in Hawaii. The person who caught this on video initially thought it was a tornado. If you look closely, there are a couple of hints that what we're seeing is a waterspout.


Cloud Precipitation

3 dead, 2 missing in floods and landslides in Santa Catarina, Brazil - 6.8 inches of rain in 12 hours

Landslide and flood damage in Rodeio, Santa Catarina, Brazil, January 2023.
© Government of Santa Catarina
Landslide and flood damage in Rodeio, Santa Catarina, Brazil, January 2023.
Stormy weather over the last 2 days has caused fatalities and material damages in the state of Santa Catarina in southern Brazil.

The Civil Defense of the State maintains the alert for this Friday, 20, due to the indication of more rain for Santa Catarina.

So far the state government said 26 municipalities have reported losses due to the storms of recent days and the cities of Rio Negrinho and Ascurra have declared a state of emergency.

The municipality of Rio Negrinho reported that there are 80 people displaced due to heavy rains. Around 60 buildings and structures were damaged.


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Heavy snow causes traffic disruptions in Spain

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Northern Spain was hit by heavy snowfall and strong winds on Wednesday. The streets were covered in snow which caused difficulty for residents to commute to work.


Igloo

Week of winter storms drops more than 5 FEET of snow in Flagstaff, Arizona area

A collapsed hoop house at the U.S. Geological
© Jake Bacon, Arizona Daily Sun
A collapsed hoop house at the U.S. Geological Survey on Switzer Mesa collapsed under the weight of snow following a series of winter storms that dropped more than 3 feet of snow on Flagstaff. The three hoop houses are part of an experiment to test drought tolerance of native plants from the Colorado Plateau.
Winter storms in the past week dropped more than 5 feet of snow in parts of Flagstaff. And additional snowfall is expected with the latest weather system moving in Thursday night.

Angelina Grubb is with the Arizona Snowbowl. She said skiers and snowboarders will have plenty of fresh powder this weekend.

"It's been great to see that much snowfall so early in the season, and so we're really happy about it," Grubb said.


Comment: Record-breaking snowfall blankets northern Arizona


Cloud Precipitation

2 missing as heavy rainfall causes flooding in southwest Serbia

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Emergency teams in Serbia Thursday were searching for two people swept away by a swollen river in a southwestern town as floods led to evacuations and emergency measures, state RTS television reported.

Heavy rainfall this week across the Balkans has caused rivers to rise dangerously in Serbia, Bosnia and Montenegro, flooding some areas and threatening flood defenses elsewhere.

Floods were also reported in Kosovo and Albania, where high waters soaked agricultural land, blocked roads and caused temporary power outages.


In northern Albania, the local power company had to open sluices and release water from bulging reservoirs, flooding nearby areas for a third time in as many months.

In northern Kosovo, authorities said parts of the town of Mitrovica have been flooded, forcing people to evacuate their homes.


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Record-breaking snowfall blankets northern Arizona

Bearizona keepers report that the park has received more than 28 inches of snow at the wildlife park!
© Bearizona
Bearizona keepers report that the park has received more than 28 inches of snow at the wildlife park!
More than 2 feet of snow fell over two days across parts of northern Arizona, becoming the 25th largest snow event in Flagstaff history and breaking the record for single-day snow accumulation on Sunday.

The Flagstaff Airport measured 14.8 inches on Sunday, smashing the previous record of 8.9 inches that held for 45 years. As snow continued to fall, accumulation eventually reached 30 inches at the airport by Tuesday morning.


The last time Flagstaff saw a storm of this magnitude was in late January 2021 when officials measured a 33.2-inch snowfall.

The areas impacted by the storm were expansive, said meteorologist Benjamin Peterson, including most areas at elevation above 5,500 feet, stretching from the northern rim of the Grand Canyon east to the White Mountains.


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California mudslides force evacuations in Berkeley Hills neighborhood, prompts warnings at UC Campus

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© UC Berkeley Police
A mudslide forcing a road closure at UC Berkeley, January 16, 2023.
The mudslides come amid a series of major winter storms that have walloped California in recent week

A mudslide in a Berkeley Hills neighborhood in Northern California Monday morning forced around 10 homes to evacuate as nearby residents were warned to prepare to leave quickly if needed, fire officials said.

Berkeley police said The Spiral, a short road off Wildcat Canyon Road, and Middlefield Road, north of the Crossways, were both closed.

A mudslide forcing a road closure at UC Berkeley. (UC Berkeley Police)

A mudslide has also closed Wildcat Canyon Road between Sunset and Park Hills roads. Authorities responded to the area around 7 a.m.

Berkeley Fire Battalion Chief Bill Kehoe said the ground was still moving and trees could be heard cracking from the side as of around 9 a.m.

No injuries have been reported so far. Around 20 residents that were affected by the evacuation orders were being assisted by the Red Cross.