First snow of the season breaks 52-year-old record in Chicago

First snow of the season breaks 52-year-old record in Chicago

The first snow of the season blanketed Chicago on December 4, 2016, breaking a 52-year-old daily record for the region. The snowfall began in the morning hours and started moving eastward through the rest of the day. The Winter Weather Advisory was in effect from…

Snow covers part of Hawaii, winter storm warnings in place

Snow covers part of Hawaii, winter storm warnings in place

A snow storm covered parts of the Hawaii over the last couple of days and winter storm warnings have been issued for the island's peaks of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa on December 4, 2016. According to meteorologists, the circulation of a closed low situated…

Supercell thunderstorms hit Queensland, 37 000 without power

Supercell thunderstorms hit Queensland, 37 000 without power

Another severe storm pounded Queensland on December 3, 2016, producing large hail and major damage. Tens of thousands of homes reported power loss while numerous flights have been delayed. A system of supercells hit Brisbane on the afternoon of December 3 (local…

River Cali bursts its banks, six people dead, Colombia

River Cali bursts its banks, six people dead, Colombia

Severe flooding in the Cali city, Colombia, caused at least six deaths, as of December 1, 2016. The flooding in the Siloé district, Cali, in the Valle del Cauca was reported by the National Unit for the Management of Disaster Risk (UNGRD) on December 1, as…

Extreme tornado outbreaks becoming more frequent in US

Extreme tornado outbreaks becoming more frequent in US

A new research suggests the frequency and magnitude of outbreaks of extreme tornado events have increased in the US over the last 50 years. However, the relationship between the events and the climate change is still not revealed and will require further research….

Silent earthquakes follow major Kaikoura event, caution advised

Silent earthquakes follow major Kaikoura event, caution advised

The GNS Science, New Zealand has detected a series of 'slow slip' motions between tectonic plates in the lower North Island. The experts warn this may mean the chances for future large earthquakes have increased, despite the lower number of aftershocks which…

Winter chill to spread into the US over the coming week

Winter chill to spread into the US over the coming week

A cold winter chill finally engulfed Alaska, after almost two years of warmer than usual weather conditions. The cold will likely settle the western US over the coming week. -35 °C (-31 °F) was recorded in Fairbanks on the morning of November 21 (local…

Severe floods and landslides ravage the Eastern Caribbean

Severe floods and landslides ravage the Eastern Caribbean

A slow-moving low pressure field brought heavy rainfall to the islands in the Eastern Caribbean since November 28, 2016. The rains triggered severe flooding and landslides across the affected regions. St Vincent and the Grenadines have suffered the worst severe…

West Antarctic Ice Sheet breaking apart from the inside out

West Antarctic Ice Sheet breaking apart from the inside out

A new study has found the glacier bounding the West Antarctic Ice Sheet is breaking apart from the inside out. The Pine Island Glacier, one of the glaciers which will probably rapidly retreat, forms an important part of the ice shelf of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet….

Intense storm sweeps Queensland, thousands report power loss

Intense storm sweeps Queensland, thousands report power loss

An intense storm hit the southeast Queensland during the afternoon hours of November 30, 2016 (local time). Downed trees and power poles were reported across the affected areas, along with several injuries. The severe storm system swept the Scene Rim, Logan, and…