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An insane amount of snow for Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario - over a meter deep

Sault Ste. Marie has a 97 per cent chance of seeing a white Christmas from year to year. After all, to officially call a White Christmas you need 2 cm on the ground Christmas morning. We've gone slightly overboard this year.

Since Friday, the Sault has received over 77cm and that's not including accumulation from midnight Saturday to Christmas morning. Unofficially, another 30cm fell in that time frame.

To put things in perspective, last winter the Sault maintained a snow pack of 40 to 50cm - that was for the entire winter
. As of Christmas morning, we have seen over 100cm and it's still snowing.

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Heavy snow in Japan kills at least 17

Japan hit by deadly heavy snows

Japan hit by deadly heavy snows
Many deaths caused by people falling from roofs or being buried underneath thick piles of snow sliding off rooftops

Heavy snow in large parts of Japan has killed 17 people and injured more than 90 while leaving hundreds of homes without power, disaster management officials have said.

Powerful winter fronts have dumped heavy snow in northern regions since last week, stranding hundreds of vehicles on highways, delaying delivery services and causing 11 deaths by Saturday.

More snowfall over the Christmas weekend brought the number of dead to 17 and injured to 93 by Monday morning, according to the disaster management agency.

Many of them had fallen while removing snow from roofs or were buried underneath thick piles of snow that slid off rooftops.

Comment: Niigata, southern Tohoku in Japan hit by record snowfalls - 2.2 meters (7.2 feet) deep


US: Prolonged winter storm causes at least 37 deaths and leaves thousands without power

ice lake erie
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Ice covers the Lake Erie shoreline in Hamburg, New York, on December 24.
The prolonged winter storm that brought heavy snow, high winds and brutal cold to most of the US this past week has killed at least 37 people and had hundreds of thousands without power on Christmas morning.

Perhaps the worst impact was around Buffalo, New York, where 43 inches of snow fell as of Sunday morning, according to the National Weather Service. The snowfall and blizzard conditions made roads impassable, froze power substations and left more than a dozen people dead, Erie County officials said.

The conditions eased slightly on Sunday, allowing emergency responders to get out and see the extent of the problem.

Comment: For more on the storm, see: Severe winter storm leaves 1.5 million Americans without power


Severe winter storm leaves 1.5 million Americans without power

Millions of Americans are under severe weather warnings as the United States face holiday travel chaos due to arctic winter storm, December 23, 2022.
© Seth Herald / AFP
Millions of Americans are under severe weather warnings as the United States face holiday travel chaos due to arctic winter storm, December 23, 2022.
A severe winter storm accompanied by heavy snow and howling winds left nearly 1.5 million Americans without power on Friday, causing over 4,000 flight cancellations ahead of Christmas.

Nearly 70 percent of the country's population - 240 million Americans - are under weather warnings. According to the National Weather Service, the temperatures fell down to -55 degrees Fahrenheit.

The electricity outage was especially common in the southern and eastern states. Another concern was near-zero visibility on the roads, covered in ice and blizzard with transportation authorities urging people to stay home. At least two traffic fatalities were reported in Oklahoma, another three were confirmed in Kentucky.

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Rare flooding in Baghdad after heavy rains hit Iraq

Iraqi children cross a flooded street in the Iraqi
Iraqi children cross a flooded street in the Iraqi capital Baghdad after heavy rains, on Dec. 24, 2022. (AFP)
Municipality workers in Baghdad on Saturday worked to pump water out of flooded roads after torrential rains hit several areas in Iraq, the state-run Iraq News Agency reported.

The municipality said it has fully mobilized all its workers and was working at maximum capacity to drain the rainwater throughout the capital, in joint cooperation with a government team, the Ministry of Interior, and the Civil Defense.

Municipality spokesman Mohammed Al-Rubaie said the intensity of the rain has doubled in the last 45 days and the meteorology directorate announced that it is falling at a rate of 70 millimeters per hour.

"It is rare for the capital, Baghdad, to be exposed to such an amount of rain," he said.


Winter waterspout filmed in Long Beach, New York

A News 12 viewer sent in video of a waterspout in Long Beach Saturday afternoon.

Storm Watch Team Meteorologist Meredith Garofalo says that most people don't think about waterspouts in the winter, but the right dynamics happened for it to occur.

Garofalo says it's not a severe weather event to happen, but it's not something most people expect to see on Christmas Eve day.


Rare snownado caught on camera near Pocatello, Idaho

This Snownado, also known as a Snow Devil, was caught on camera by a staff member of the Idaho Transportation Department.

This is a rare phenomenon, according to the World Meteorological Organization.

Read More: https://www.yaktrinews.com/snownado-s...

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Winter bomb cyclone to bring freezing temps across US, right down to Florida

bomb cyclone eastern US december 2022 blizzards hard freeze warning
© Ben Garver/The Berkshire Eagle
A bomb cyclone is expected to sweep the Midwest as temperatures will drop to near record lows in unlikely areas of the country, including the Sunshine State.

The blizzard will turn into a "bomb cyclone" as it sweeps the Midwest and Great Lakes region of the U.S. "Bomb cyclone" comes from the term "bombogenesis," which is used to describe the phenomenon of a storm's central pressure dropping at least 24 millibars in a 24 hour time period, according to Fox Weather.

The Weather Channel, specifically, warns of "rapid intensification possible in the Midwest beginning Thursday evening":

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Flash floods sweep Makkah, Saudi Arabia as Jeddah braced for downpours

Weather warnings issued in both Saudi cities

Umrah pilgrims to Makkah were greeted by thunderstorms and flooding on Friday as Jeddah braced for heavy rain.

Videos on social media showed downpours flooding buildings in Makkah and washing away cars in Saudi Arabia's holiest city.


Cold weather waterspout on Lake Okanagan, British Columbia

"This is the first time seeing anything like this on the lake," said Doug Obst, who has been living at McKinley Landing for over 3 years.

"I could see this funnel cloud thing as I was looking down to the lake."

Obst shared his video with Castanet and said "it looked like there was a lot of what might be steam coming from the water maybe because it's so cold outside."