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Powerful winter storm slams Japan with record snow, claims 10 lives and strands more than 1 200 vehicles

A powerful winter storm is affecting Japan since Thursday, January 7, 2021, dropping record-breaking snow, stranding more than 1 200 vehicles, and claiming the lives of at least 10 people in snow-related incidents on January 9 and 10. Heavy snowfall fell across wide...

January 11, 2021

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Deadly avalanche strikes ski resort in the world's northernmost city of Norilsk, Russia

Three family members were killed by an avalanche in the world's northernmost city of Norilsk, Russia on Friday, January 8, 2021. The avalanche struck the Otdelnaya Gora ski resort in northern Russia late Friday (LT), the authorities confirmed early Saturday...

January 10, 2021

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Intense cold waves bring rare snowfall to Taiwan

An intense cold wave is affecting parts of Taiwan over the past couple of days, with temperatures dropping below 10 °C (50 °F) and rare snow and freezing temperatures at higher elevations. In just 17 hours to Friday morning, January 8, 2021, local...

January 10, 2021

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Record rains hit southern Thailand, leaving 3 dead and more than 58 000 households affected by floods

Heavy rains affecting southern Thailand over the past 7 days caused severe floods and landslides, leaving at least 3 people dead and more than 58 000 households affected. Heavy rain was influenced by the strong northeastern monsoon and an area of low pressure off...

January 10, 2021

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At least 12 killed, 18 injured as two large landslides hit Java, Indonesia

At least 12 people have been killed and 18 others injured after two landslides caused by heavy rain hit West Java Province, Indonesia on Saturday, January 9, 2021. The death toll is preliminary as of Sunday morning, January 10. The landslides took place in West...

January 10, 2021

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Historic snow engulfs capital Madrid just 2 days after Spain registered its coldest temperature on record

A powerful winter storm named Filomena by the Spanish Meteorological Agency -- AEMET -- is affecting the Iberian Peninsula, bringing record cold temperatures, heavy rain, and historic snow. Capital Madrid was one of several Spanish regions on red alert, a historic...

January 09, 2021

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Powerful blizzard affecting areas along the Sea of Japan, JMA urges residents to remain cautious

A powerful winter storm is affecting areas along the Sea of Japan on January 8, 2021, bringing dangerous winds, high waves, heavy snow, and blizzard conditions. The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) warned heavy snow and powerful winds are expected through Sunday,...

January 08, 2021

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EF-1 tornado strikes Texas City, displacing hundreds of families

Hundreds of families have been displaced after an EF-1 tornado swept through Texas City at 18:13 CST on January 6, 2021 (00:13 UTC, January 7). Residents described the storm as 'quick and horrifying.' The National Weather Service (NWS) Houston placed the...

January 08, 2021

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Beijing records coldest morning since 1966, China

The mercury pummeled to -19.6 °C (-3.3 °F) in China's capital Beijing on Thursday morning, January 7, 2021, marking the city's coldest morning since 1966, when the mercury dipped to -27.4 °C (-17.3 °F). Early Thursday morning, half of...

January 07, 2021

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Iberian Peninsula sets new all-time record low, Storm Filomena to drop historic snow over capital Madrid

Spain registered its coldest temperature on record on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, with the mercury in Catalan Pyrenees station dropping to -34.1 °C (-29.4 °F), breaking the previous record set on February 2, 1956. Historic snow is also expected in the...

January 07, 2021

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Chennai records heaviest 24-hour January rain since 1915, India

An average of 123 mm (5 inches) of rain fell in Chennai, India, on Tuesday, January 5, 2021, becoming the city's highest rainfall in a single day for the month of January since 1915. The heavy downpour resulted in inundation in many parts of the area. While the...

January 06, 2021

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Heavy snowfall leaves one dead, several stranded in Asturias, Spain

Heavy snowfall engulfed the community of Asturias in Spain over the weekend, January 2 and 3, 2021, trapping several people and leaving one worker dead, while another is still missing. Severe snowfall blanketed Leon in Asturias, prompting the Spanish civil guards...

January 06, 2021

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Powerful winter storms bring severe winds and snow to Alaska, Pacific Northwest and Canada

A powerful winter storm is set to blast Southeast Alaska with hurricane-force winds on Wednesday, January 6, 2021. New storms are expected to form in the days ahead, bringing severe winds, snow, and major waves to the region. An ongoing La Niña is resulting...

January 06, 2021

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Sudden Stratospheric Warming (SSW) event started over the weekend

A Sudden Stratospheric Warming event started over the weekend in association with a significant weakening or reversal of westerly winds circulating around the North Pole -- between 10 and 50 km (6 - 31 miles) above the ground -- the stratospheric polar vortex. ...

January 06, 2021

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Very rare January tornadoes touch down in California

The National Weather Service (NWS) confirmed that two tornadoes touched down in Tehama County, California on Monday, January 4, 2021. In the NWS Sacramento forecast area there were 39 tornadoes reported from 2010 - 2020. This works out to about 4 tornadoes a year,...

January 05, 2021

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At least 4 dead, 6 missing as intense hailstorm and flash floods hit Sucre, Bolivia

Intense rains and hail led to flash floods in Sucre, Bolivia, on Monday, January 4, 2021, leaving at least four fatalities and six others missing. The severe weather caused considerable damage to properties, buildings, and vehicles, while several stalls were swept...

January 05, 2021

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Heavy snow engulfs Jammu and Kashmir, cuts it off from the rest of the country, India

Heavy snow closed the Jammu-Srinagar national highway and Mughal Road on January 2, 2021, stranding nearly 4 500 vehicles. Though the road was cleared of landslides, snow on the north portal of Jawahar Tunnel in Lower Munda hampered the movement of traffic....

January 05, 2021