Weather phenomena

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Rare atmospheric rivers form at opposite sides of Australia

A rare weather phenomenon occurred over Australia this week as almost identical atmospheric rivers formed at the opposite sides of the continent. The weather phenomenon is caused by a stream of moisture that moves in from the tropics, bringing very heavy rain....

August 11, 2020

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Strange summer 'snow' falls in Beijing, China

An unusual weather phenomenon occurred in the Dongcheng District of Beijing, China, on July 28, 2020. According to residents, it appeared like white snowflakes that fell in the area during a hot summer day, but meteorologists said it might be "chal" or...

August 04, 2020

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Rare meteotsunami forms in Upper Chesapeake Bay, Virginia, U.S.

A rare meteotsunami formed in the Upper Chesapeake Bay in Virginia on Monday, July 6, 2020. It occurred as intense storms moved through the region, which included hail and strong winds. The National Weather Service (NWS) in Mount Holly confirmed the weather...

July 09, 2020

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Winter pressure system hits Cyprus, in July

An unseasonal low-pressure system brought isolated showers and thunderstorms to Cyprus, mainly in the mountains and inland, on Wednesday, July 8, 2020. Cyprus Department of Meteorology chief Kleanthis Nicolaides said the weather left experts puzzled as such systems...

July 09, 2020

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Ecuadorian Space Agency rules out meteorite impact in El Empalme, Ecuador

Although the Government of Ecuador initially confirmed that a meteorite hit the Guayas parish in El Empalme early Wednesday, April 22, 2020, causing panic among residents and power outages, experts from the Ecuadorian Space Agency ruled it out on April 23, saying...

April 25, 2020

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Rare weather phenomenon 'St. Elmo's Fire' captured by hurricane hunting plane over the North Atlantic

Crew aboard an aircraft used for hunting hurricanes captured a rare, spectacular weather phenomenon called St. Elmo's Fire while flying over the North Atlantic on February 15, 2020. The phenomenon was captured by the NOAA42 Kermit crew as they flew across the...

February 22, 2020

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First example of 'double Gigantic Jet' captured over Puerto Rico

A 'double Gigantic Jet' was captured over Puerto Rico on October 2, 2019, in what could quite possibly be the first record of this phenomenon. "In the past, I've captured Gigantic Jet events that split into two, but this is the first time I've...

October 11, 2019

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Damaging gustnado rips through a gas station in Thailand's Samutprakan

A large and damaging gustnado touched down in Samutprakan province, Thailand, on October 5, 2019. The event was captured on a video, with terrified people running away as the winds swirl through a gas station. Cars were left damage and debris were swept away by the...

October 10, 2019

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Sudden Stratospheric Warming (SSW) event above South Pole to go down as the strongest on record

Very rare Sudden Stratospheric Warming (SSW) event continues unfolding above the South Pole. This SSW could go down in history as the strongest warming event on record, NIWA said, adding there is increased risk for southerlies in New Zealand into October. SSW...

September 10, 2019

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Sudden Stratospheric Warming (SSW) event in progress over the South Pole

Sudden Stratospheric Warming (SSW) event is in progress over the South Pole, with temperatures rising more than 40 °C (72 °F) above normal. "These events are significant, as the warming and the disruption of the polar vortex eventually makes its way...

September 03, 2019

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Rare weather phenomenon amassing in southern hemisphere - Sudden Stratospheric Warming (SSW)

A rare weather phenomenon for the southern hemisphere - Sudden Stratospheric Warming (SSW) - is amassing in the polar stratosphere. This may lead to unusual or extreme weather in parts of the southern hemisphere (potentially New Zealand) during September and October...

August 22, 2019

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Rare lightning strikes detected near the North Pole

Rare lightning strikes were detected within 480 km (300 miles) of the North Pole on Saturday, August 10, 2019. A number of lightning strikes were recorded between 16:00 and 18:00 AKDT on August 10 (02:00 - 04:00 UTC, August 11) within 480 km (300 miles) of the North...

August 15, 2019

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Severe storm, damaging waterspout hits Auckland waterfront, New Zealand

A tornado type waterspout hit Auckland's waterfront on August 12, 2019, causing severe damage. The tornado caused many yachts at Westhaven Marina to lose their moorings, vehicles got swept into the ocean, one catamaran was overturned and a yacht was struck by...

August 15, 2019

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Likely state of Colorado record diameter hailstone

Members of the National Weather Service office in Goodland, CO and the Colorado State University Climate Center visited a family north of Bethune, Colorado on August 14 afternoon to measure a hailstone which was reported August 13 as being the largest in the state...

August 15, 2019

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6 killed and more than 100 injured as very strong winds, tornadoes and violent hailstorms hit Greece

Very strong winds, tornadoes and violent hailstorms hit northern Greece late Wednesday, July 10, 2019 (local time). Such severe weather is extremely unusual in Greece for this time of year, meteorologist Klearxos Marousakis said. According to Charalambos Steriadis,...

July 11, 2019

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Extremely severe hailstorm hits Abruzzo, injuring 18 people, Italy

Severe storms affecting parts of southeastern Europe over the past couple of days intensified on 9 and July 10, producing violent hailstorm over parts of Italy, including Abruzzo, Pescara. According to ANSA, hail the size of oranges hit Abruzzo on July 10, injuring...

July 10, 2019

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Phenomenal hail accumulations after massive hailstorm hits Guadalajara, Mexico

An unusually strong hailstorm hit Guadalajara, one of Mexico's most populous cities, on June 30, 2019, dumping massive amounts of hail and trapping vehicles in ice up to 1 and 2 m (3 - 6 feet) high. "I've never seen such scenes in Guadalajara,"...

July 01, 2019