Wild Weather Around The World – Italy, Thailand & Middle East
After a weekend nor’easter sent a snowy blast up the east coast, the weather in the U.S. has slowed a bit, but that hasn’t been the case worldwide. Let’s take a quick trip to see what weather headlines you might have missed this week.
We start in Italy where heavy rain and snow have battered the northeastern portion of the country. More than 6 feet of snow fell in parts of the Alps, where crews performed hundreds of rescues over the course of three days. Along the coast in Venice, streets flooded as an exceptionally high tide swept into the city.
Flooding was also in the headlines in southern Thailand. Six days of storms dumped nearly 40 inches of water into portions of Thailand. Local media reports the deadly flooding impacted nearly 200,000 people.
We head to the Middle East to spot multiple dust devils swirling in the desert. Thunderstorms swirled up not one, not two, but THREE dust devils in close proximity of each other. Now that’s a triple threat!
In the southern hemisphere where summer is kicking into high gear we find, snow! Mount Hotham saw an unusual summertime snowstorm as temperatures dipped below freezing at the popular alpine resort.
Speaking of cold, the world’s largest iceberg was spotted in the South Atlantic earlier this week. Officials say the chunk of ice could drift near the small island of South Georgia and poses a threat to wildlife in the area. Scientist say, the 1,600 square mile iceberg is larger than the island of South Georgia and even larger than the state of Rhode Island.