In case you missed it: Unusual January tornadoes strike Northeast; Deadly snowstorms pummel Europe
By Kevin Byrne, AccuWeather staff writer
January 12, 2019, 1:05:04 AM EST
Severe thunderstorms developed across the northeastern United States on Monday producing two rare January tornadoes in Pennsylvania and Ohio.
The tornado was reported near Mosquito Lake, Ohio, around 10:30 a.m. EST and was later rated by the National Weather Service as an EF1. Winds up to 100 mph knocked down trees and caused damage to a building, but no injuries were reported.
A second tornado was confirmed in western Pennsylvania, near the town of New Lebanon. That tornado, also rated EF1, traveled 2.8 miles and didn't cause any injuries or fatalities.
Only six January tornadoes have been reported in Ohio from 1950-2017.
The western U.S. was pounded by strong winds and heavy rain last weekend. Areas from Washington state to Southern California were impacted, with over 300,000 power outages reported in Washington.
"A storm packing rain, heavy mountain snow and damaging winds pounded the West Coast of the United States from Saturday to early Sunday," AccuWeather Meteorologist Renee Duff said.
A 60-mph wind gust was recorded at Seattle-Tacoma Airport, the strongest gust recorded at the airport since 2006.
Strong winds forced the cancellation of a concert in Northern California that was being held in conjunction with the College Football Playoff National Championship in Santa Clara.
The most significant rain in a month fell in Los Angeles, where more than 0.5 of an inch of rain was reported in just six hours on Saturday night. San Diego received almost an inch.
A large brush fire scorched several hundred acres on the Hawaii island of Maui. According to the Star Adviser, the fire broke out at around 6:40 p.m. on Sunday near the Hotel Wailea. Evacuations were issued for guests at the hotel, but no injuries were reported.
There have been over one dozen weather-related deaths across Europe this past week, as several snowstorms buried the Alps. The snowstorms caused major travel issues, power outages and buried several Alpine villages.
A 16-year-old boy from Australia was killed in an avalanche on Wednesday while skiing in the Austrian village of St. Anton am Arlberg, according to the Associated Press. Elsewhere, a 37-year-year-old man died in an avalanche in Mala Fatra mountains of Slovakia, while a 7-year-old child was killed by a falling tree in Munich.
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Reported snow depths on Thursday averaged 50-80 cm (20-30 inches) across the northern slopes of the Bavarian Alps in Germany, with 130-325 cm (50-128 inches) in the peaks, according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydnynowski.
"The hardest-hit areas have been and will continue to be the northern slopes of the Alps," AccuWeather Meteorologist Tyler Roys said. "Little of the snow is reaching the southern slopes."
Thanks to an invasion of Siberian air, snow was even spotted along the beaches of Greece.
AccuWeather Meteorologist Eric Leister said the snow in Greece was rare both in terms of duration and the amount that fell all the way to the coastline.
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