Snow & driving rains hit Israel
Biggest storm in 20 years. Floods malls, shuts roads, closes schools.
"Jews and Christians often pray for the Lord to give Israel more rain. In recent years, there hasn’t nearly been enough precipitation and the Sea of Galilee’s water levels have been dropping. But this week, Israel is getting more snow and driving rain than it has in two decades. It’s come so fast and furious that the Land isn’t able to quickly absorb it all. As a result, malls are being flooded. Roads are being shut down. Schools and government offices are being closed. The IDF and Navy have even been deployed repeatedly in the last few days to rescue Israelis in danger."
The Jerusalem Post ran this headline: "Tel Aviv underwater: Rain brings city to halt"
Jerusalem got quite a bit of snow.
Heavy snow leaves Jerusalem in unfamiliar territory
"The first thing I thought when I looked out the window this morning was, "'Where do you buy a snow shovel in Jerusalem?'" But the typically Canadian heavy snowfall that Israelis woke up to this morning has had serious consequences as the storm hits the Middle East. In many parts of the country Thursday morning, 10 to 15 centimetres of snow fell. Jerusalem, which is nestled among hills, received a good blanketing – enough to shut down schools and many businesses. Police closed the main highway between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv."
The weather in Australia has been catastrophic. That's not hyperbole. They really listed it as catastrophic. It has been so hot they had to create a new level to show how hot it is. Like 11 out of 10 or something. The predicted high temp was going to be 125 F. You heard me.
It ended up being "only" 116F (47C) in Oodnadatta.
Here is ABC news:
Record temperatures across southern Australia
"Australia had its hottest day on record on Monday with a nationwide average of 40.33 degrees Celsius (104.59 degrees Fahrenheit), narrowly breaking a 1972 record of 40.17C (104.31F). Tuesday was the third hottest day at 40.11C (104.20F). Four of Australia's hottest 10 days on record have been in 2013. "There's little doubt that this is a very, very extreme heat wave event," Bureau of Meteorology manager of climate monitoring and prediction David Jones said. "If you look at its extent, its duration, its intensity, it is arguably the most significant in Australia's history," he added."
Freakish dust storm sweeps over western Australia
"Western Australians witnessed a freakish dust storm off the coast of Onslow on Wednesday. The stunning views were created as wind and rain caused the storm to dump the sand and dust it had ingested while passing Onslow, Bureau of Meteorology duty forecaster Austen Watkins told Australian Yahoo!. ... Jonathan Erdman, meteorologist for The Weather Channel, was amazed by the images created by the Australian dust storm. "In 18 years of meteorology, I've never seen a white shelf cloud capping the brownish dirt from the haboob. If there was a hall of fame for weather photos, this one would get in on the first ballot."
Record Heat Fuels Widespread Fires in Australia
"Bush fires raging across some of the most populous parts of Australia — feeding off widespread drought conditions and high winds — pushed firefighters to their limits and residents to their wits’ end on Wednesday as meteorologists tracked the country’s hottest spring and summer on record into uncharted territory. Firefighters battled a grass fire in Oura, near Wagga Wagga, Australia, on Tuesday. On Monday, Australia’s hottest day on record, the national average was 104.59 degrees. Four months of record-breaking temperatures stretching back to September 2012 have produced what the government says are “catastrophic” fire conditions along the eastern and southeastern coasts of the country, where the majority of Australians live."
And who wasn't moved by the compelling photo and story of the family hiding under a dock as their world was reduced to cinders around them?
Australian family hides under dock to escape wildfire
In China, they are having the opposite problem of fire and heat: cold. About 420,000 are affected by a cold snap.
Cold wave affects 420,000 in SW China
"GUIYANG - About 420,000 people are in a state of disaster in Southwest China's Guizhou province, as the freezing weather has been worsened by a new round of cold air, said local authorities on Thursday. ... Lingering cold along with freezing rain and snowfall have affected 425,300 people in 17 counties and forced local governments to relocate 5,044 people, according to the provincial civil affairs authorities. The province's direct economic losses to the cold are estimated to be over 73.6 million yuan ($11.8 million ), mostly coming in agricultural fields."