Several waterspouts spotted off Canterbury coast in New Zealand

Waterspout spotted off Timaru on Saturday morning.
© Andrew BeazleyWaterspout spotted off Timaru on Saturday morning.
Several waterspouts have been spotted along the south Canterbury coastline this morning.

Andrew Beazley and his wife had been walking their dog on South Beach, Timaru, at 8am on Saturday morning when they spotted the waterspouts.

He told 1News they typically went down to the beach a few times a week, but "it's the first time I've seen anything like that off the coast."

The spouts were about "two [or] three kilometres" off the coast, he said.


Over 566 roads blocked by heavy snow in Himachal Pradesh, India

Moderate to heavy snowfall continued in high hills and tribal areas of Himachal Pradesh on Thursday while the state capital received the first snowfall of the season bringing cheers to residents, tourists and farmers.

Shimla was wrapped in a thin blanket of snow on Thursday while the 5-km stretch between Kufri and Fagu was entirely covered in snow. Braving the cold, tourists and residents thronged the Mall Road and Ridge in the heart of the city to enjoy the snow.

Shimla was lashed by a severe hailstorm on Wednesday night followed by intermittent rains.

Over 566 roads, including six national highways, in the state have been closed for vehicular traffic following heavy snowfall and rain, said Public Works Department Minister Vikramaditya Singh, adding that 138 roads are expected to be opened by tonight.

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California pummeled by atmospheric river

Heavy rain flooded California roadways and much-needed snow piled up in the mountains as the first of back-to-back atmospheric rivers pummeled the state Thursday.

The storm focused its energy on the southern and eastern parts of the state after initially hitting the San Francisco Bay Area on Wednesday, where it halted cable car service.

The downpours arrived Thursday in Southern California in time to snarl the morning commute.

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Buildings buried in mud after torrential rain triggers landslide in Peru

Dramatic scenes out of Peru after homes were buried in a landslide triggered by torrential rain in swathes on Peru.

An avalanche caused damage to infrastructure in Haural, in Peru's central coastal area, local media reported on Tuesday (January 30). Locals grabbed shovels and pickaxes to divert the floodwaters near homes.

The Huaral Civil Defence office is assessing the damage caused and trying to determine the economic losses in the area.

Meanwhile in La Oroya, Junin, an overflowing river engulfed a local bridge. In Chanchamayo, a bus was trapped due to a strong water current fueled by the rains in the area.

-Report from Reuters


Cyprus turned into winter wonderland amidst heavy rain and snow

Cyprus has been enveloped in a wintry embrace as heavy rainfall and snow have transformed various parts of the island into picturesque landscapes, particularly in the mountains.

A video capturing the beauty of Troodos, shared by the "Weather Enthusiasts of Cyprus" Facebook page, showcases the snow cover that has delighted locals and visitors alike.


Anchorage, Alaska hits 100-inch winter snow total at earliest date on record

Russ DuBrock shovels his roof on Turnagain Parkway in Anchorage after a heavy snowfall on January 29, 2024.
© Marc Lester / ADNRuss DuBrock shovels his roof on Turnagain Parkway in Anchorage after a heavy snowfall on January 29, 2024.
Over 104 inches of snow has fallen so far this winter in Anchorage as of Monday, marking this season as the earliest on record to surpass the 100-inch milestone.

A storm that started Sunday and largely tailed off by Monday afternoon had dropped nearly 17 inches on the city by evening to establish the new seasonal snowfall total, according to the National Weather Service. The storm closed schools in Anchorage and Mat-Su on Monday, and contributed to a fatal collision on the Parks Highway.

This is the second season in a row that Anchorage has seen more than 100 inches of snow. In the 2022-23 season, the weather service recorded nearly 108 inches. The snowiest season on record was the 2011-12 winter with 134.5 inches, according to agency data.


Multiple waterspouts spotted off Pagatan coast, Indonesia on January 28

Multiple waterspouts were spotted off the coast of Pagatan in Indonesia's South Kalimantan province on Sunday, January 28.


Waterspout spotted off Protaras, Cyprus

A waterspout was observed off the coast of Protaras, captivating residents and visitors.

The phenomenon was shared on the Facebook page "Weather Enthusiasts of Cyprus".

Waterspouts are columns of cloud-filled wind rotating over a body of water. Despite its name, a waterspout is not filled with water.

Waterspouts fall into two categories: fair-weather waterspouts and tornadic waterspouts.

Tornadic waterspouts are tornadoes that form over water or move from land to water. They have the same characteristics as a land tornado and are associated with severe thunderstorms.

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Two brothers killed by lightning in South Africa

The two victims.
The two victims.
Two siblings from Winterveldt near Tshwane were struck dead by lightning on Thursday afternoon.

44-year-old Master Baloyi, a popular DJ at Giyani Community Radio, and his brother, 39-year-old Thabo, were visiting their father to celebrate Master's birthday.

The brothers decided to walk home moments after the heavy rain stopped, but they did not reach their destination.

Winterveldt resident Nomsa Masuku, who lives near the scene, said she stumbled across the two bodies on the same day when she went to empty her bin in the veld nearby and ran back to her house to call for help.


Video of waterspout on Palm Jumeirah Beach, Dubai

Videos capturing a small tornadic waterspout on a beach in Dubai's Palm Jumeirah have surfaced online. In one clip, the waterspout is seen moving from the water to the shore, leaving destruction in its wake. Another video, captured by a witness on the shore, provides a closer look at the devastation caused by the waterspout.

"Witnessing the power of nature firsthand. A small tornado just touched down in Dubai, leaving us in awe of its sheer force. Stay safe, everyone," the witness wrote in a caption accompanying the video.

These videos were shared on the Instagram handle 'Lovin Dubai' with the caption, "People were shocked when a tornadic waterspout wreaked havoc at this beach earlier today." The incident took place Sunday morning.