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Frost covers sand dunes of Ain Sefra for the fifth winter in a row, Algeria

Sand dunes around the Algerian town of Ain Sefra -- a region known as The Gateway to the Sahara -- were seen covered with frost on January 17, 2022, as overnight temperatures dipped to -2 °C (28 °F) You can hardly call this rare anymore, as this is the fifth...

January 21, 2022

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Heavy snow buries homes, isolates hundreds of villages in eastern Turkey

Heavy snowfall falling over eastern Turkey over the past 7 days isolated hundreds of villages and in some areas completely buried single-story homes. One of the worst affected areas is the district of Ovacık, one of the regions that receive the most snowfall in...

January 20, 2022

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Heavy snow and rain devastate hundreds of Syrian refugee camps

Heavy snow affecting parts of the Middle East over the past few days devastated hundreds of Syrian refugee camps along the Turkish border overnight Wednesday, January 19, 2022. Many tents were unable to withstand harsh weather and the weight of snowfall in Afrin and...

January 20, 2022

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Significant winter weather in the Southern and Eastern U.S., hazardous travel due to snow and ice

A wintry mix is expected today from the Ohio Valley into the Mid-Atlantic and southern New England along a cold front. One or more waves of low pressure tracking east along this front will likely bring areas of heavy snow and significant ice from south Texas into...

January 20, 2022

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Rare blizzard traps thousands of vehicles on a major highway in southern Turkey

Some 2 800 people were stranded on a major highway connecting Turkey's southern provinces after rare heavy snowfall and blizzard conditions hit the province of Gaziantep late Tuesday and Wednesday, January 19, 2022. Heavy snow and blizzard conditions also...

January 20, 2022

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Montevideo hit by more than a month's worth of rain in just 1 hour, Uruguay

Uruguay's capital Montevideo was hit by hit by more than a month's worth of rain within just 1 hour on January 17, 2022, leaving streets underwater and forcing more than 150 people to evacuate their homes. According to the interim mayor of Montevideo,...

January 19, 2022

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Gemini Observatory records volcanic gravity waves over Hawai'i, U.S.

Hours after the massive eruption at Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai1 volcano on January 15, 2022, cameras at the Gemini Observatory on Mauna Kea, Hawai'i, U.S. recorded red waves rippling over Hawai'i. "These are gravity waves, a type of atmospheric...

January 19, 2022

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Deadly floods and landslides hit Antananarivo, Madagascar

At least 10 people have lost their lives after heavy rains affecting Madagascar since January 17, 2022, caused deadly floods and landslides in Analamanga Region, including the capital Antananarivo (population 1.2 million). Twenty municipalities around the capital...

January 19, 2022

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Elevated levels of sulfur dioxide across the SW Pacific and Australia

Elevated levels of sulfur dioxide (SO2) are present across the SW Pacific and Australia after the eruption of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano on January 15, 2022. Since the eruption, the volcano has been releasing huge amounts of sulfur dioxide and...

January 19, 2022

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Toronto under first blizzard warning since 1978, Canada

A low-pressure system tracking south of the Great Lakes brought significant snowfall and blizzard conditions to parts of Ontario and Quebeck, Canada on Monday, January 17, 2022, forcing authorities to issue the first blizzard warning for the City of Toronto since...

January 18, 2022

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First aerial pictures from the disaster zone after massive volcanic eruption in Tonga

The first aerial pictures have emerged from the disaster zone in Tonga after a massive eruption at Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano on January 15, 2022. Aerial pictures acquired on January 17 by surveillance planes sent by Australia and New Zealand have now...

January 18, 2022

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Very rare Polar Stratospheric Clouds Type II appear over Scandinavia

Northern regions of Scandinavia were treated to a very rare high-altitude spectacle on January 17, 2022, photographer Adrien Mauduit reports. For about 2 hours, rare polar stratospheric clouds (PSC) type II appeared out of nowhere, displaying a staggering...

January 18, 2022

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549 cities under state of emergency due to severe floods, Brazil

More than 549 cities in Brazil are now under a state of emergency due to severe floods affecting the country over the past couple of weeks. Dozens of people have been killed and more than 133 000 forced to evacuate their homes. In addition, 200 cities in the state...

January 14, 2022

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Yakutat declares disaster emergency after 1.8 m (6 feet) of snow, Alaska

The City and Borough of Yakutat in Alaska, U.S. has declared a local disaster emergency on January 11, 2022, after accumulating approximately 1.5 - 1.8 m (5 - 6 feet) of snow over the last several weeks. Yakutat is isolated and off the road system, and all local...

January 14, 2022

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Major power outage affects 743 000 homes in Buenos Aires, Argentina

An estimated 743 000 households in Argentina's capital Buenos Aires lost power on January 11, 2022, as temperatures soared above 40 °C (104 °F), causing peak energy consumption to cool the homes. The outage has also affected the water purification...

January 12, 2022

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Solar Cycle 25 outrunning the official forecast

New sunspot counts from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) confirm that Solar Cycle 25 sunspot numbers have now exceeded predictions for 15 straight months. Consequently, the geomagnetic activity is ramping up while cosmic rays reaching Earth are...

January 11, 2022

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Tropical Cyclone "Cody" leaves widespread floods and infrastructure damage, Fiji

Tropical Cyclone "Cody" formed on January 10, 2022, near Fiji as the second named storm of the 2021/22 South Pacific Ocean cyclone season. Cody's center passed south of the island without making landfall, but strong winds and prolonged heavy rains...

January 11, 2022

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New Year's Day meteor explosion over Pittsburgh captured via GOES-16 satellite, U.S.

A loud boom over the skies of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania on January 1, 2022, was caused by a meteor exploding with the blast energy equivalent to 30 tons of TNT. The event took place around 16:20 UTC (11:30 EST) but was not observable from the ground due to clouds....

January 05, 2022

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Hundreds of drivers stranded on Interstate-95 after major snowstorm hits U.S.

A major snowstorm stranded hundreds of drivers along a 65 km (40 miles) stretch of Interstate 95 in Virginia on Monday and Tuesday, January 3 and 4, 2022. The gridlock was cleared on Tuesday evening when both northbound and southbound lanes were opened. VDOT said...

January 05, 2022

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Rare hailstorm hits all-year-round resort in Egypt

A popular Egyptian all-year-round resort in Hurghada was hit by a rare hailstorm on Saturday, January 1, 2022, surprising tourists on the beaches and breaking roofs and windows. Some of the stones were as large as 3 cm (1.2 inches). Schools in the area were ordered...

January 03, 2022

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Winter storm "Carmel" drops record rains over Israel

Winter storm "Carmel" made landfall over Israel on Monday, December 20, 2021, bringing record rains, snow, and strong winds. This is the 3rd winter storm named by the newly formed East Mediterranean Storm Naming Group, composed of Greece, Cyprus, and...

December 23, 2021

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Widespread floods destroy more than 1 400 homes, leave 15 people dead and 9 missing in the Republic of Congo

Heavy rain has been affecting most of the Republic of the Congo (also named Congo-Brazzaville) since the rainy season started in September, causing rivers overflow and triggering floods that have resulted in casualties and widespread damage. The worst affected...

December 17, 2021

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Anomalous and historic December derecho hits U.S.

An anomalous and historic December derecho, a windstorm associated with an unusually strong and fast-moving line of thunderstorms, swept from the U.S. Southwest to the Upper Midwest on December 15, 2021, traveling roughly 1 060 km (660 miles) in just over 10 hours....

December 17, 2021

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Massive dust storm sweeps through Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska, U.S.

Strong winds caused by a powerful storm moving through the Plains, produced a massive dust storm in eastern Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska on December 15, 2021. Strong wind gusts in excess of 160 km/h (100 mph) closed roads and knocked out power to more than 200 000...

December 16, 2021

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Severe thunderstorms hit Eastern Cape, claiming 6 lives and damaging more than 1 000 homes, South Africa

Severe thunderstorms hit the province of Eastern Cape, South Africa over the past couple of days, claiming the lives of at least 6 people and damaging more than 1 000 homes. The latest areas to be hit by the storms include the municipalities of Amathole, Raymond...

December 15, 2021

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More than 835 000 people affected by floods in South Sudan

Widespread flooding affecting South Sudan since May has continued to impact people and their livelihoods this month, with more than 835 000 people reported as affected by flooding in 33 of 78 counties, as of December 8, 2021. Jonglei, Unity, and Upper Niles remain...

December 15, 2021

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Widespread hazardous weather to impact the Central U.S.

A rapidly strengthening storm system will shift from the central Rockies to the upper Great Lakes today with widespread high winds, exceeding 110 km/h (70 mph) in some locations. Wind damage and power outages are likely with difficult to dangerous travel conditions....

December 15, 2021

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Iran experiencing one of the driest water years since 1971

In the first three months of the current water year (September 23 - December 10), precipitation in Iran has declined by 33%, making 2021 one of the driest years in the past 50 years. In addition, the country is 51% short of rain compared to the same period last...

December 15, 2021

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Annual rainfall and snowfall records broken in Greece

Two annual records, for rainfall and snowfall, were already broken this month in Greece, the National Observatory of Athens announced. The annual rainfall reading at Theodoriana meteorological station, in the northwestern regional unit of Arta, reached 3 425 mm...

December 15, 2021

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Severe winds hit Ireland as Storm Barra rolls in, leaving 60 000 customers without power

A powerful deep low-pressure area moving in from the Atlantic Ocean hit Ireland on Tuesday and Wednesday, December 7 and 8, 2021, bringing severe winds and heavy rain. At the height of the storm, more than 60 000 customers were without power. Storm Barra was named...

December 09, 2021

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Very bright fireball over central Europe

A very bright fireball was seen over central Europe at around 17:29 UTC on December 7, 2021. The event lasted up to 5 seconds before the object disintegrated in a series of flashes. The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 34 witness reports from users in...

December 08, 2021

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New type of earthquake discovered - Hybrid-frequency waveform earthquake (EHW)

A team of researchers from Canada and Germany discovered and documented a new type of earthquake in an injection environment in British Columbia, Canada. The recently discovered seismic events are slower than conventional earthquakes. Their existence supports a...

December 08, 2021

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Historic cold spell hits Scandinavia, Sweden records its coldest December day in 35 years

A historic cold spell is affecting Scandinavia, bringing unusually cold temperatures for the time of year. With a temperature of -43.8 °C (-46.8 °F) registered in Naimakka in northern Lapland on Monday, December 6, 2021, Sweden recorded its coldest December...

December 07, 2021

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Deep freeze - St. Petersburg breaks daily temperature record set in 1893, Russia

With the temperature dropping to -20.9 C (-5.8 F) on Sunday, December 5, 2021, the Russian city of St. Petersburg has broken its daily record set 128 years ago - in 1893. "Today, St. Petersburg set a new daily cold weather record. Temperatures in the Northern...

December 06, 2021

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Very bright fireball streaks through the night sky over Idaho, U.S.

A very bright fireball was seen streaking through the night sky over Idaho, U.S. at around 08:40 UTC on December 5, 2021. The American Meteor Society (AMS) has so far received 5 reports, 2 videos, and 2 photos.1 Image credit: AMS Image credit: Jordan R., AMS...

December 06, 2021

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Amazing Earth-grazing fireball over the Mediterranean Sea

A stunning, slow-moving fireball crossed the night sky over the Mediterranean Sea at 04:08 UTC on December 4, 2021. The bolide was generated by a rock (a meteoroid) from a comet that hit the atmosphere at about 83 000 km/h (51 600 mph), according to the principal...

December 06, 2021

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Tropical Cyclone "Jawad" forms in the Bay of Bengal

Tropical Cyclone "Jawad" formed in the Bay of Bengal on December 3, 2021, and is expected to travel close to the coast of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha, India on December 4. Thereafter it is likely to recurve NNE and move along the Odisha coast reaching the...

December 03, 2021

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Eruption of Kesongo mud volcano in Central Java, Indonesia

Kesongo mud volcano in Central Java, Indonesia erupted around 08:00 LT on December 3, 2021, spreading mud over an area of approximately 2 ha (4.9 acres). According to media reports, the eruption lasted less than 5 minutes with a maximum height of mud jet about 15 m...

December 03, 2021

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Large mine waste failure in Ananea, Peru

A large mine waste failure took place near the town of Ananea, Peru on November 26, 2021, damaging homes and leaving its streets flooded with mud and impassable. The event took place at around 08:30 LT from one of the sedimentation ponds of the San Antonio mining...

December 01, 2021

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Very bright fireball over Tennessee, U.S.

A bright fireball was seen streaking through the night sky over Tennessee, U.S at around 03:17 UTC on December 1, 2021 (21:19 CST on November 30). The American Meteor Society (AMS) has so far received 40 reports from the southeastern states and 1 video of the...

December 01, 2021