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Woman dead after overnight rains flood Lisbon, Portugal

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Heavy overnight rains flooded Portugal's capital, Lisbon, and killed a 55-year-old woman who got trapped by the water in the basement where she lived, the national Civil Protection Agency said Thursday.

The intense rainfall and winds washed away cars and flooded streets, buildings, and public transport stations, blocking some metro lines. Authorities shut roads around the capital and city tunnels.

Among hundreds of incidents reported, local hospital San Francisco Xavier lost part of its roof and water flooded some of the building.

Comment: Other parts of the country in the south were also hit by flooding after heavy rainfall:
Heavy rain has been falling in Portugal since 04 December. In 24 hours to 05 December, Civil Protection reported 187 occurrences related to the adverse weather situation, mostly in the municipalities of Faro (92), Loulé (14), Tavira (17) and Albufeira (13).

Firefighters rescued were called on to rescue a person trapped in a vehicle after rising water in the town of Conceição, in Pego do Aragão, municipality of Tavira.

The Municipality of Faro reported several buildings damaged by floods. One school was closed. As much as 19.1 mm of rain fell in Faro in just 1 hour early on 05 December. Loulé in the district of Faro recorded 68.6 mm of rain on 04 December and Castro Marim, also in the Faro district, 62.5 mm on 05 December.


Massive tornado and hailstorm rips through Qatar ahead of World Cup quarter-finals

It has so turned out that the heat in Qatar was the least of concern for players after stadiums were installed with air conditioning. The latter stage of the tournament was expected to get cooler now that winter is here.

But none expected a tornado in the desert. A huge tornado struck Qatar, with dramatic footage showing the black spiral-shaped storm clouds touching down in the desert country.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning kills 907 in India as extreme weather surges in 2022

India saw a big jump in extreme weather events such as heatwaves and lightning strikes this year and related deaths rose to their highest in three years, government data showed on Wednesday, with scientists blaming climate change for the heavy toll.

There were nearly eight times as many heatwaves, 27 in all, and lightning strikes rose more than 111 times, killing 907 people, the Ministry of Earth Sciences said in a report to parliament.

Thunderstorms increased more than five times to 240.

This year's 2,183 deaths due to such events until last month were the highest since 2019's 3,017.

Lightning and floods and heavy rains accounted for 78% of the deaths this year, the data showed.


Mammoth Mountain in California just got some major snow - almost 5 FEET in 5 days

Those are windshield wipers... we think. Mammoth Mountain received almost five feet of snow over the first five days of December 2022
© Peter Morning/Mammoth Mountain
Those are windshield wipers... we think. Mammoth Mountain received almost five feet of snow over the first five days of December 2022
We know the names of the seasons — spring, summer, fall, and winter — and we know the catchy nicknames for shorter stretches of the year, with "swimsuit season" and "jacaranda season" and "county fair season" and several other memorable monikers catching our fancy.

But up around Mammoth Mountain? The beginning of "things poking out of lots of snow season" has officially arrived with the major storm that swept through over the first weekend of December 2022.

If you know the Eastern Sierra ski destination, you know that when a lot of snowflakes fall, you're bound to see the tops of various items sticking out of snow drifts and snow banks, with windshield wipers, fence posts, and the famous mountaintop sign all revealing the impressive depth of the accumulation.

That accumulation was impressive indeed, with nearly five feet of fresh snow falling in December alone.

Cloud Precipitation

'Storm from hell' - Spike hailstones batter Gauteng, South Africa

Spike hailstones covered parts of Gauteng in a white blanket after a thunderstorm swept across the city on Monday afternoon.

The South African Weather Service (SAWS) had warned of possible severe thunderstorms which could cause localised flooding in parts of Gauteng, the North West, Mpumalanga, the Free State, KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo.

Saws forecaster Lehlohonolo Thobela had told TimesLIVE there was also a possibility of hailstorms in parts of Gauteng on Monday afternoon.

"Flash floods and heavy rainfall are expected in the afternoon and might cause flooding in low-lying areas and informal settlements," Thobela had said.

Thunderstorms with showers and isolated showers are expected to continue for the rest of the week in most parts of the country.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning kills 5 people in Mozambique

The authorities in the northern Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado say lightning strikes killed five people and injured seven others at the weekend.

According to district administrator Matias Constantino, who confirmed the fact today, people were hit while watching a recreational football match in Nangande disctrict.

Speaking to state radio in Pemba, Mr Constantino said that in addition to causing fatalities, the phenomenon damaged the electrical system of the district administration building.

Lightning strikes, cyclones and floods are common in central and northern Mozambique, particularly during the rainy season that runs between October and the end of March.

Source: BBC

Snowflake Cold

December kicks off with over 3 feet of snow and strong winds gusting at 123-mph in mountains of California

Caltrans remote video traffic camera, traffic moves slowly through the snowy
© Caltrans
In this image taken from video from a Caltrans remote video traffic camera, traffic moves slowly through the snowy conditions along Interstate 80 near Truckee, California, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022.
It was a snowy start to meteorological winter across the mountains of California Thursday as a winter storm tracked across the state, and AccuWeather forecasters say that more snow is on the way.

The storm arrived in Northern California late Wednesday and continued throughout Thursday, delivering much-needed rain to the lower elevations. San Francisco International Airport measured 0.71 of an inch of rain on Thursday, nearly half of the 1.58 inches of rain that fell in all of November.

A yardstick was needed to measure the snow in the higher elevations with snow causing travel-related headaches for drivers across the region.

Interstate 80 at Donner Pass and Highway 50 at Echo Summit were closed periodically throughout the storm due to vehicles stuck on the snowpacked roads, but the roads have since been reopened to traffic.

Comment: Another heavy snowfall report from the same state:
China Peak Mountain Resort sees at least 2 feet of snow, expecting more

China Peak Mountain Resort
© China Peak Mountain Resort website.
There is good news for those who like to hit the slopes.

Officials at China Peak Mountain Resort said they saw some pretty consistent snowfall since around 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 1st. As of Friday, December 2nd, they have gained nearly two feet of snow since Thursday morning and they are expecting much more through the weekend.

Resort operator Tim Cohee says that China Peak will be open Saturday, December 3rd and Sunday, December 4th. In total, he says he's expecting anywhere from six to eight feet of snow by Sunday night.


Massive dust storm in Kansas

A powerful but dry cold front moved through northwest Kansas on Friday and it carried a lot of dust.

"Advancing walls of dust like this created by strong synoptic gradient winds are called haboobs," said Storm Team 12 Meteorologist Cassie Wilson.

The dust could be seen from space as it moved across the state.


Waterspout seen off coast of Panama City Beach, Florida

A large waterspout was seen spinning off the coast of Panama City Beach, Florida, during a severe line of storms that caused more than 30 tornado reports across the South.


Giant waterspout forms off Philippines Coast

A gigantic waterspout formed off Bohol, Philippines, on Nov 27 — sending one tourist boat scrambling to get away. Onlooker Dhodz Baratas, who captured footage of the cylindrical storm, says the waterspout eventually dissipated without incident.

"It was so big but it was also gone soon," he said. "We were a bit alarmed in case it would move towards the shore."