Archive | December 26, 2016

Strongest Blizzard In 80 Years For Palestine

Severe Blizzard Warning
It seems that the current snowstorm that hit the middle and dubbed “storm accessories” will be just the beginning of a series of Arctic storms this year’s unprecedented which shuts down the Levant area.
Where European and Russian meteorological haeat agreed that the Middle East will be under the influence of one of the deadliest blizzards across its history and that as a result of the exposure of the northern part of the European continent for a series of highs that will push polar waves coming from Siberia and the Russian North to the eastern part of the Mediterranean basin.
Several sources confirmed that the second wave of snowstorms hit all of Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine this weekend.
While the Russian meteorological stresses that the western part of Russia for rising Joey would pay one of the biggest blocks mounted snow and cloudy coming from Siberia to the Black Sea region and Turkey and then to the Levant South within five days.
Sources have confirmed the joint body European weather forecasts on the same recent announced news that polar ice wave will arrive next Wednesday evening and may extend to parts of the island in Arabic phenomenon that occurs for the first time in more than 80 years.
This same sources have confirmed that these snowy wave will cover all the Levant including coastal areas of Latakia in Syria Gaza City southward and exclude from the Jordan Valley area above 300 meters below sea level. It is worth mentioning that the coastal areas had never seen snow since the 1950s.
Initial predictions that high snow may exceed two meters in the Highlands over 800 m while piling snow in all areas that rise above sea level which is a big challenge for devices operating in these countries.
In the same context, natural disaster experts warned the country, the next storm would be something like a second degree natural disaster which may cause huge losses of life and property as a result of the lack of preparedness of institutions working in the area for this kind of disaster.
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Record Snowfall Strikes Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan

Snow Alert
Sapporo Japanese province has witnessed the most heavy snow in December in 50 years, prompting air traffic and rail disruption.
Up to 21h local time (19h GMT Vietnam), snowfall in the capital of the province Hokkaido Sapporo has to 96cm thick, the first time exceeded 90cm in December since 1966. This situation has forced airlines have canceled nearly 300 flights Shin-Chitose airport connects Hokkaido to other locations, leaving about 6,000 passengers had to spend the night at the airport. Meanwhile, Hokkaido Railway Company said it had canceled more than 380 trains.
Approximately 3,800 households in the town and part of the town Erimo Samani has lost power for a short time due to strong wind shear off the line.
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30 drown after boat carrying football team capsizes on Lake Albert, Uganda

At least 30 people have drowned after a boat carrying a football team and their fans capsized on Lake Albert in Uganda, police say.
The overcrowded vessel was carrying some 45 people. Police say the boat became unbalanced when too many passengers moved to one side.
Nine bodies have been recovered, and 15 people have been rescued, reports say.
Boat accidents are fairly common on Lake Albert and in other parts of Africa.
Vessels are often packed with too many people and goods, and in a poor state.
Police commander John Rutagira told AFP news agency most passengers were drunk by the time they embarked on the boat.
The group, from Buliisa District, was on its way to a Christmas day football match in Hoima District, singing songs and blowing trumpets and whistles.
Fishermen have helped authorities on the rescue operation.
In November, 10 people drowned in Lake Albert on the country’s western shore.
Courtesy of BBC News

Record Xmas Heatwave Strikes Adelaide, Australia

Record High Temperatures
Adelaide is having its hottest Christmas Day in decades and has become the hottest capital city in Australia.
The Bureau of Meteorology says the temperature in the South Australian city reached 41.3C (106.3F) at 3.50pm.
“The last time when we had about 40C on Christmas Day was in 1945 and the temperature back then was 40.1C, so we’ve broken that record,” forecaster Kenneth Cheung told AAP.
Beach goers – in Adelaide and other parts of the country – posted pictures of themselves sunbathing and trying to cool off in the water as a heatwave affected large parts of southern and eastern Australia.
Melbourne recorded a maximum temperature of 36.3C, which was the hottest Christmas since 1998, according to local news reports.
In Sydney, with a comparatively mild 27.4C, many crowded the popular Bondi Beach outside Australia’s largest city.
Earlier this month, Sydney sweltered through its hottest December night in 148 years: 27.1C on 14 December.
Courtesy of Sky News

The Brightest Pink Aurora Borealis Over Alaska

Taken by James Helmericks on December 25, 2016 @ Northern Alaska, Colville River Delta
This was the brightest pink display I have ever seen, at one time even giving the snow a pink tinge. Temp was -20F light SSW wind at 5 knots 
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Huge storm and record rainfall turns a famous and driest attraction into a spectacular waterfall in Australia

Stunning waterfalls on Uluru. Pic: Parks Australia
Waterfalls were seen all over the huge sandstone rock. Pic: Parks Australia
A freak storm has turned one of Australia’s most famous and driest attractions into a series of spectacular waterfalls.
Uluru in Central Australia normally gets on average just 22cm of rain a year.
Waterfalls run down Uluru. Pic: @BiancaH80 and @waginski
Water runs off Uluru after the storm. Pic: @BiancaH80 and @waginski
But a huge Christmas night storm saw more than 23cm fall in 24 hours – a record amount – sending water cascading down the enormous sandstone rock and turning small canyons into raging torrents.
Waterfalls run down Uluru. Pics: @BiancaH80 and @waginski
Water tumbling down the landmark is highly unusual. Pic: @BiancaH80 and @waginski
Described as a once-in-50-year event by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, the downpour was photographed by school teachers Bianca and Lee Hewes.
Waterfalls run down Uluru. Pic: @BiancaH80 and @waginski
The heavy downpour has shut Uluru national park. Pic: @BiancaH80 and @waginski
Their pictures, posted on social media, show the dramatic change in an area where the average daytime temperature in December is more than 36C. 
Water runs off Uluru. Pic: @BiancaH80 and @waginski
It was a record amount of rain for the area. Pic: @BiancaH80 and @waginski
The heavy rain has caused flash flooding, shutting Uluru national park and leading to evacuations in nearby communities.
Storm clouds hang over Uluru. Pic: @BiancaH80 and @waginski
Storm clouds hang over Uluru. Pic: @BiancaH80 and @waginski
Uluru, formerly known as Ayers Rock, lies 208 miles (335km) from the nearest large town, Alice Springs, and is sacred to the Pitjantjatjara Anangu, the Aboriginal people of the area.
It is visited by up to 500,000 tourists each year.
Sunset at Uluru in April 2014
Uluru, pictured in drier times, normally only gets around 22cm of rain annually
Courtesy of Sky News