After unusual chilling summer temperatures and snowfall in the Victorian Alps area, Australia is suffering from an all-time record bush-fire that has provoked devastating damage. The fires have displaced thousands and has caused the dead of half a billion animals so far.
After investigation, the Australian police concluded that arsonists and lightning are to blame for the raging fires… not anthropogenic climate change.
At least 150 houses were also destroyed by fast-moving woodland fires in the Chilean city of Valparaíso. Residential areas were still burning on Christmas Day.
Snow covered the ground on nearly half of the lower 48 states of the US – 46.2 percent of land area -, the largest area on early December since snow cover records began in 2003. The snow cover also reached Mexico’s northern regions.
Iceland reported a record snow cover of 30 feet, meanwhile 8,000 vehicles were stranded in Kashmir caused by 3 feet of snow.
Storms Elsa and Fabien wreak havoc from France and Spain to Italy. At least nine deaths were reported due to the dual storms that rocked western and central Europe. The strong winds resulted in more than 118,000 power outages, the majority of which were reported in France.
Fabien also caused flooding in Venice where rainfall of 1-3 inches combined with high tides inundated parts of the city.
Heavy rain, floods and landslides keep causing devastating damage around the world: 150 people were killed in Kenya; 4 dead in Khuzestan Province, Iran; thousands affected in Nariño, and 8 missing in Tolima, Colobia; Beirut paralyzed; 50 houses under water in Sigi, Indonesia.
A 6.9 magnitude earthquake hit southern Philippines, killing at least one person and causing several injuries. Roads and buildings, including the local government office, were damaged.