Record-shattering heavy snow hits parts of Japan

Record-shattering heavy snow hits parts of Japan

Heavy snow has been falling over Japan over the weekend, with some areas receiving record-breaking amounts. The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) said the snow was brought by a wintry pressure pattern combined with cold air mass. All-time 24-hour snowfall records…

WMO verifies 2 new world records for extreme megaflashes of lightning

WMO verifies 2 new world records for extreme megaflashes of lightning

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has verified 2 new world records for extreme megaflashes of lightning. The first is for the longest distance single flash of 768 ± 8 km (477.2 ± 5 miles) across the southern U.S. on April 29, 2020. This is 60…

Alaska sets new December temperature records, U.S.

Alaska sets new December temperature records, U.S.

Temperatures in Alaska are again making rounds in the international news, with several high and low records broken or obliterated. The temperature at Kodiak Tide Gauge, Alaska hit 19.4 °C (67 °F) on December 26, 2021, setting a new December high temperature…

Record snowfall hits western Japan, disrupting traffic and stranding vehicles

Record snowfall hits western Japan, disrupting traffic and stranding vehicles

Strong winter pressure pattern continues bringing strong winds and dropping heavy snowfall along the coast of the Sea of Japan for the 7th day in a row, disrupting traffic and stranding many vehicles. At least 10 people were injured over the past weekend due to…

Winter storm “Carmel” drops record rains over Israel

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…

Anomalous and historic December derecho hits U.S.

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….

Annual rainfall and snowfall records broken in Greece

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…