Severe weather has taken center stage in the news and Social Media this week, owing to severe thunderstorms in western Europe, Argentina and the Philippines. Here's the breakdown:
Lines of severe thunderstorms swept through France, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands last night, causing shelf cloud sightings like the one below, used with permission by Facebook user Anna Zuidema) on the Dutch coast, accompanied by lightning maps:
In Argentina, South America, severe thunderstorms downed trees and caused severe flash flooding, killing three and causing the evacuation of thousands. More details are available from MetSul.com. The flooding made front page news in many newspapers including La Manana Neuquen, shown below.
The map, from NASA TRMM, shows about 350 mm (14 inches) of rain in southern Argentina in the last week! The city of Rosario was the subject of our "World Weather Hotspot," reporting winds over 60 mph.
And yesterday in the Philippines, as the remnants of Cyclone Peipah approached with the threat of flash flooding, a tornado was spawned, causing severe damage in the town of Cebu City (hit by Typhoon Haiyan last year), Lapu City and Talisay City.
Over 200 stations may have broken daily low temperature records this morning, with a handful of monthly records. I take a look at North Carolina and Pennsylvania.
The record lows tonight will also affect the Southeast, pushing in cold air not felt since I was in college 20 years ago!
A number of interesting weather and astronomical phenomena were caught on film last night on the AccuCam Webcam Network.
Pennsylvania set a number of cold weather records Sunday and today, and more is on the way.
Folks I can't stress enough how dangerous the weather will be this Valentine's Day Weekend, with Blizzard conditions, RealFeel temps below -40 and snow squalls.
Part of the Rodanthe Pier collapsed into the ocean Thursday as an arctic front passed through and homes in Oak Island remain damaged from an earlier storm.