Thursday, December 8, 2016

Fog to blanket southern Germany into Saturday

By Eric Leister , AccuWeather meteorologist
December 8,2016, 12:03:13PM,EST
 
 
Low clouds and fog will continue to create travel disruptions over parts of southern Germany into Saturday.
A strong area of high pressure centered just south of Germany spawned the recent fog.
This area of high pressure is expected to remain stationary through Saturday, resulting in light winds that will prevent quick dispersion of the fog and low clouds in some communities.
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"The fog will continue to be most persistent in the valleys of Rhineland-Pfalz, Hesse and northern and eastern Bavaria," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski said. "It may hold firm or thin only slightly in some communities right through Saturday morning."
"Frankfurt is one such location," she said.
This thick fog will keep temperatures from rising above freezing for any extended time through Saturday morning. Thick ice may build up on trees and power lines, enough to cause power outages.
Travel may become dangerous on the road and in the air due to slick spots and extremely low visibility.
One person died when a six-seater airplane crashed at EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg on Wednesday evening, according to The Local Switzerland.
"Freezing fog had reduced visibility to 300 m (990 feet) at the time of the crash," Pydynowski said.
“Light winds the next few days will also result in air quality issues across southern Germany as pollutants are unable to disperse,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Tyler Roys said.
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Due the fog not holding firm in every community, a noticeable temperature contrast will take place across southern Germany.
"Where the fog lingers all day on Friday, temperatures will struggle to climb far from freezing," Pydynowski said. "Temperatures elsewhere will rise to 7-10 C (middle to upper 40s F)."
"The fog should break in more areas on Saturday afternoon."
“A reprieve from the poor air quality and fog will come on Sunday as a storm brings some rainfall and an increase in winds,” Roys said.
Northern Germany can expect pleasant weather by December standards as mild air from the Atlantic Ocean pushes temperatures well above normal through Saturday.
A few showers will accompany this milder air; however, most of the time will be dry from Cologne to Hamburg and Berlin.
A storm system will then bring a steadier rainfall to northern Germany on Sunday while showers spread farther south.

UK: Weekend to start damp as cooler air arrives

By Eric Leister , AccuWeather meteorologist
December 8,2016, 11:13:28AM,EST
 
 
The recent surge of mild air across the United Kingdom will come to an end this weekend as rain spreads over the region.
Moisture from the Atlantic Ocean will fuel rain across Wales and England on Saturday before cooler, drier air arrives on Sunday.
While a significant cold shot will not arrive, temperatures will fall back closer to normal levels by Sunday.
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Following highs of 13-15 C (55-59 F) to end the week, highs on Sunday will range from 7-10 C (45-50 F) throughout most of the U.K.
A steady rain will dampen the day on Saturday across much of Wales and England.
The heaviest rainfall is expected from southwest England through Wales and the Midlands. Around 6-19 mm (0.25-0.75 of an inch) of rain will fall.
No widespread flooding is expected, but there may be localized travel disruptions.
Greater London will miss the heaviest rainfall.
"A little rain will arrive on Saturday afternoon before a steadier spell follows for the evening hours," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski said.
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The cooler air will first spread into Northern Ireland and Scotland on Saturday, accompanied by a moderate to fresh breeze.
"There will also be scattered showers, the most numerous of which will stream onto northern and western areas," Pydynowski said.
An odd shower will linger over northern and western Scotland on Sunday as high pressure leads to a dry and cooler day in Wales and England.
"More numerous showery spells will return early next week as a pair of systems reach the U.K.," Pydynowski said.

Bitterly cold air to come in waves across US into next week


By Alex Sosnowski , AccuWeather senior meteorologist
December 8,2016, 10:23:22AM,EST
 Around the middle of December, an even colder blast of air will follow this week's frigid conditions over the central and eastern U.S.
This next major push of arctic air will follow a series of snowstorms over part of the Northern states.
"The air mass on the way for the middle of December is likely to be substantially colder, when compared to that of this past week and this weekend," according to AccuWeather Lead Long-Range Meteorologist Paul Pastelok.
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Temperatures from the northern and central Plains to much of the Midwest are likely to be 5 to 20 degrees Fahrenheit lower, on average, when compared to levels this week.
High temperatures from the plains of Montana to portions of North Dakota and northern Minnesota may be at or slightly below zero for one or more days during the first part of next week. The lower temperatures will follow this week's highs in the single digits and teens for the same region.
In Chicago, highs in the 20s and lower 30s this week will be replaced by highs in the teens by the middle of next week.
Factoring in wind, temperature and other conditions, AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperatures will plunge to dangerous levels over the North Central states.
A substantial temperature dip is likely across the interior South and Appalachians during the latter part of next week.
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"The magnitude of the cold air that reaches the Atlantic and Gulf coasts is unclear at this time," Pastelok said.
On one hand, the cold air may quickly thrust into the Deep South and Interstate 95 corridor. However, it is possible that the coldest air may be held back from these areas.
"Should the latter scenario occur, temperatures may be within only a few degrees of the lowest point reached this weekend," Pastelok said. "We will have more information on the extent of the cold in these coastal areas by early next week."
Highs are likely to be in the 30s along the Interstate 95 corridor of the mid-Atlantic during the latter part of next week. There may be a day or two where temperatures fail to reach the freezing mark from Philadelphia and New York City to Boston.
There is potential for temperatures to trend lower in the South later next week as well. Should the cold air blast right in, a day or two with highs in the 30s could occur in Atlanta. Should the sky become clear and winds diminish at night, then a freeze could occur along portions of the Gulf Coast.
Yet another arctic air blast may travel from the northern Plains to the Southern and Eastern states with the Central states bearing the brunt of the cold later during the third week of December.
"For much of the Central and Eastern states, regardless of the exact temperatures, the coldest overall weather this month will occur during the middle part," Pastelok said.
There may be some good news for people who don't want midwinter cold around the holidays.
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"We expect arctic air to retreat northward around Christmastime," Pastelok said.
However, this does not mean the weather will be mild and sunny throughout the nation.
The pattern may remain unsettled within a few days of Christmas with areas of difficult travel due to storms with rain, ice, snow, fog and gusty winds.
 

Thunderstorms can trigger deadly asthma epidemics

By Michael Kuhne , AccuWeather staff writer
December 8,2016, 12:13:29PM,EST
 
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Lightning lights up the night sky over Orange, Australia. (NOAA's National Weather Service (NWS) Collection/Shane Lear)

Severe thunderstorms can devastate lives and damage property but have also been linked to increases in allergy and asthma-related health problems, according to a 2016 study published in the Clinical & Experimental Allergy journal.
Across the world, severe asthma epidemics have been triggered by the fierce winds and torrential downpours of thunderstorms. Since the 1980s, there have been several outbreaks reported in the United Kingdom, Canada, Italy, Australia and the United States.
Thunderstorm asthma can even be deadly in some cases.
In November 2016, hundreds of people were hospitalized and at least four died as a thunderstorm triggered an asthma epidemic across portions of southeastern Australia, according to the Washington Post.
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Thunderstorm asthma occurs during seasons when there are high concentrations of pollen in the air, the study reported.
During thunderstorm activity, pollen allergens and mold spores can trigger asthma symptoms, sometimes for people who may not have suffered from them before.
According to the study, the largest thunderstorm asthma outbreak ever recorded occurred in London in June 1994. Out of 640 patients who reported symptoms, 283 were not known to have been asthmatic.
Since thunderstorms occur swiftly and do not allow much data for scientists to study in their wake, there is still much to be learned about the exact mechanisms behind these outbreak events.
Thunderstorm winds may pull in full pollen grains, which get broken down into fragments within the storm, according to a 2006 study published in the European Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. The smaller fragments may then be dragged to the surface by storm winds.
In addition, it is thought that a higher concentration of pollen grains combined with the storm's heavy rainfall causes the grains to swell and eventually rupture into tiny fragments that are then dispersed into the air. When inhaled, these smaller particles are more detrimental than whole pollen grains because of their size.
"These allergens can likely penetrate deeper into the lung, provoking more severe symptoms," the study reported. The study also found evidence of increased mold spore counts have been found during thunderstorms.
Fungal spores can react to changes in humidity and temperature as well and afflict people who have other respiratory problems, not only those who suffer from seasonal allergies.
"Not everyone who gets thunderstorm asthma has had it before. They have normally had severe pollen allergic rhinitis and most have been found to be allergic to ryegrass. Presumably the massive load of small allergenic particles being inhaled straight into the lung trigger these attacks," according to Australian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy.
In addition to thunderstorms, temperature and humidity changes can worsen symptoms in patients suffering from asthma, according to Asthma UK.
Cold and damp air can impact the sensitive airways of people suffering from asthma and can trigger "coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath and tightness in the chest," the organization reports.


Staying indoors during thunderstorms, managing symptoms, using the proper medication and consulting with a medical professional can help those suffering from allergies and asthma reduce the effects weather has, according to the organization.
In addition, carrying a rescue, or reliever inhaler at all times can help sufferers take immediate action during a thunderstorm asthma attack, according to the Washington Post.
 

Cyclone Vardah to make landfall between Chennai and Visakhapatnam on Monday

By Kristina Pydynowski , AccuWeather senior meteorologist
December 8,2016, 12:11:11PM,EST
 Cyclonic Storm Vardah is forecast to make landfall between Chennai and Visakhapatnam to start the new week.
After becoming a cyclonic storm on Thursday morning, local time, Vardah will intensify into a severe storm over the Bay of Bengal by this weekend.
Rain, wind and seas will increase around Vardah’s center, creating dangerous conditions for shipping interests.
“Impacts to India will start during the early morning hours of Sunday as the outermost rain bands reach the coastline,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Eric Leister said.
Conditions will then worsen Sunday into Monday as the cyclone makes landfall.
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“Some weakening is possible just before landfall, which will spare the area from the worst conditions that Vardah will produce at its peak intensity,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Adam Douty said.
Vardah will still be accompanied by heavy rain, damaging winds and an inundating surf at landfall. The exact track of the cyclone will determine which areas are most affected.
The potential exists for rainfall in excess of 200 mm (8 inches) in the hardest-hit areas. In addition to flooding and travel disruptions, mudslides could unfold in the higher terrain.
Wind gusts of 65-80 km/h (40-50 mph) may cause localized tree damage and sporadic power outages. The strong winds could batter coastal areas up to 160 km (100 miles) from its center.
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Widespread power outages may result closer to landfall, where gusts could reach 80-110 km/h (50-70 mph).
“Damaging wind gusts near the point of landfall should remain close to the coast in southern Andhra Pradesh,” Douty said. “Flooding rain, however, could extend well inland, potentially into western Andhra Pradesh.”
The current track of the cyclone keeps the worst conditions north of Chennai.
“While landfall is expected to be to the north of Chennai, Vardah should still pass close enough to bring impacts,” Douty said.
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Despite the threats the cyclone poses, Leister said Vardah's will ease the mounting rainfall deficits across the area.
“These areas have received less than 50 percent of their normal precipitation since September,” Leister said.
Port Blair on South Andaman Island has been inundated with more than 380 mm (15 inches) of rain since Monday. A total of 212 mm (8.35 inches) fell alone in the 24 hours ending on Thursday morning.
Flooding developed in some low-lying areas of Port Blair, according to The Indian Express. Trees were uprooted and power was disrupted.
About 1,400 tourists also became stranded on the nearby islands of Neil and Havelock. Vessels and choppers normally used to shuttle tourists between the islands and Port Blair ceased operations on Monday due to the adverse weather.
Indian naval ships are expected to reach the tourists on Friday, The Times of India stated.
 

Disruptive snow to sweep over midwestern US this weekend

By Renee Duff , AccuWeather meteorologist
December 8,2016, 11:07:48AM,EST
 
 Rounds of snow may cause slow and slick travel across the midwestern United States this weekend.
A storm will cut into the bitter cold air that has set up over the Midwest, creating an ideal environment for snow to fall.
Enough snow is anticipated for snow shovels and plows to be necessary across the the region.
“The storm appears likely to stage a two-pronged attack on the Midwest,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Kyle Elliott said.
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The first batch of snow will quickly expand across the Dakotas, Minnesota and Iowa beginning on Saturday before reaching parts of Wisconsin, Illinois and Michigan by Saturday night.
A second area of snow is expected to develop slightly farther south on Sunday.
“Another area of accumulating snow will surge eastward across the north-central Plains and Midwest from Sunday morning into Monday,” Elliott said.
Chicago, Minneapolis and Detroit will all have wintry weather.
In areas hardest hit by each batch of snow, snowfall could near or exceed half a foot. Travel could be slick and treacherous at times this weekend along interstates 29, 35, 80, 90 and 94.
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“Even the slightest amount of snow on roads can cause a vehicle to hydroplane or tires to lose their grip on the roadway, heightening the risk for spin-outs and traffic accidents,” he added.
The snow will tend to be light and fluffy in nature as opposed to wet and heavy, making for quick removal from sidewalks and driveways. Residents should still use caution due to the strenuous nature of shoveling.
“The exact track and intensity of the storm will ultimately determine how much snow falls in cities like Des Moines, Iowa; Minneapolis; Madison and Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and Chicago,” Elliott said.
Some of the snow will reach into part of the Northeast during the second half of the weekend and early next week.
Similar to the Midwest, there is the potential for a moderate snowfall from the central Appalachians to part of New England, according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.
"With the storm on Monday, wintry travel is possible for the the I-80 corridor on north," Sosnowski said.
In the wake of the storms, much colder air will blast across the Midwest and into parts of the East during the middle and latter part of next week.
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Meanwhile, storms originating from the Pacific will continue to roll across the nation during much of the month.
 

Lake-effect snow to spawn whiteout in Upper Midwest, Northeast


By Alex Sosnowski , AccuWeather senior meteorologist
December 8,2016, 6:45:37PM,EST
 
 Bands of travel-disrupting lake-effect snow from the Upper Midwest to the interior Northeast will accompany a blast of much colder air to end the week.
"Because of the shifting nature of the snow bands, we may not be looking at many 2- to 3-foot snowfall amounts," according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Brian Wimer. "But, many areas near the Great Lakes may receive 3-6 inches of snow with 6-12 inches common in the west and northwest snowbelts."
As of Thursday evening, Perrysburg, New York had already received 17 inches of snow with snowfall rates of nearly 2 inches an hour.
A waterspout was also spotted amid heavy snow by AccuWeather Extreme Meteorologist Reed Timmer late on Thursday afternoon along the shore of Lake Erie.
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As is often the case, conditions will vary tremendously within a short distance.
"In the heaviest snow bands, there will be whiteout conditions," according to AccuWeather Chief Meteorologist Elliot Abrams. "However, just a few miles away the sky can be sunny and travel just fine."
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The variable weather conditions can be especially hazardous for those traveling on highways. Motorists moving along at a high speed should expect conditions to change from dry roads with excellent visibility one minute to blizzard conditions the next.
Wind direction is a key player with the position of lake-effect snow. The snow bands will align with the winds. As the winds shift from southwest to west and then northwest, the bands of snow will shift with the wind.
The I-90 corridor will be the most affected from Indiana to Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York state. Other major highways where motorists could face highly variable weather conditions include portions of I-75, I-79, I-80, I-81, I-96 and I-196.
In Livingston County, Michigan, a multiple-vehicle crash forced a portion of I-96 to be closed during Thursday morning, according to MDOT. Snow squalls were in the vicinity at the time of the incident.
"Widespread bands of snow will develop off of lakes Superior and Michigan and extend across northern and western Michigan into Friday," AccuWeather Meteorologist Steve Travis said.
The bands of snow will expand southward off of Lake Michigan from the western part of the lower Michigan Peninsula to northwestern Indiana.
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Farther to the east, a band of lake-effect snow, which developed over the towns just south of Buffalo early Thursday morning will continue to shift southward along I-90 in western New York during Thursday night.
Into Friday night, all bands of snow off of lakes Erie and Ontario will shift southward. Snow will extend into ski country region of western New York, as well as northwestern Pennsylvania and northeastern Ohio.
Lake-effect snow will reach Erie, Pennsylvania, and as far to the southwest as Cleveland. Snow from Lake Ontario will shift from the Tug Hill Plateau to central New York state.
"Bursts of snow will extend across central New York state from Syracuse and Rochester to Binghamton during Friday and Friday night," Travis said.
"Into Friday, we expect intermittent snow and a heavier snow squall or two in the central Appalachians as far to the south as West Virginia," Abrams said.
A couple of flurries can extend as far to the east as the I-95 corridor of the mid-Atlantic during Friday.
 

This Date in Weather History for December 8,2016 from weatherforyou.com

Weather History
For Thursday,December 8,2016
 
 
 
 
1892 - A tremendous ice fall occurred at Gay Hill, TX. Ice averaged four to six inches in diameter. (David Ludlum)
1938 - The temperature at La Mesa, CA, soared to 108 degrees to set a U.S. record for the month of December. (The Weather Channel)
1963 - Lightning caused the crash of a jet airliner killing 81 persons at Elkton, MD. (Sandra and TI Richard Sanders - 1987)
1987 - A cold front crossing the northwestern U.S. continued to produce high winds along the coast, and heavy snow blanketed parts of the western U.S. Snowfall totals in the mountains of western Nevada ranged up to 18 inches at Heavenly Valley, and near the Boreal Ski Resort, and winds at Reno NV gusted to 56 mph. Thunderstorms over southern Florida deluged the Florida Keys with up to five inches of rain. Strong winds, gusting to 48 mph at Gage OK, ushered wintry weather into the Central High Plains. Goodland KS, which one day earlier was 63 degrees, was blanketed with two inches of snow. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)
1988 - Santa Ana winds buffeted southern California, with gusts to 92 mph reported at Laguna Peak. The high winds unroofed buildings, and downed trees and power lines, igniting five major fires, and numerous smaller ones. Damage was estimated at 15 to 20 million dollars. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)
1989 - A winter storm spread snow and freezing rain across much of the Atlantic Coast Region, from Georgia to New Jersey. Snowfall totals ranged up to seven inches, at Stanton VA and Tobacco MD. Up to six inches of snow blanketed the mountains of northern Georgia. More than one hundred auto accidents were reported in Gwinnett County GA. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Lake-effect snow to spawn whiteout in Upper Midwest, Northeast


By Alex Sosnowski , AccuWeather senior meteorologist
December 7,2016, 10:56:48PM,EST
 
 As is often the case, conditions will vary tremendously within a short distance.
"In the heaviest snow bands, there will be whiteout conditions," according to AccuWeather Chief Meteorologist Elliot Abrams. "However, just a few miles away the sky can be sunny and travel just fine."
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The variable weather conditions can be especially hazardous for those traveling on highways. Motorists moving along at a high speed should expect conditions to change from dry roads with excellent visibility one minute to blizzard conditions the next.
Wind direction is a key player with the position of lake-effect snow. The snow bands will align with the winds. As the winds shift from southwest to west and then northwest, the bands of snow will shift with the wind.
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The I-90 corridor will be the most affected from Indiana to Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York state. Other major highways where motorists could face highly variable weather conditions include portions of I-75, I-79, I-80, I-81 and I-196.
"Widespread bands of snow will develop off of lakes Superior and Michigan and extend across northern and western Michigan during Wednesday night and continue into Friday," Travis said.
The bands of snow will expand southward from the western part of the lower Michigan Peninsula to northwestern Indiana beginning on Thursday.
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"Farther to the east, during Thursday, lake-effect snow will become heavy and impact the metro area of Buffalo and the city of Watertown, New York, before tapering off," Travis said.
During Thursday afternoon into Friday night, the bands of snow off of lakes Erie and Ontario will shift southward. Snow will extend into ski country region of western New York, as well as northwestern Pennsylvania and northeastern Ohio.
Lake-effect snow will reach Erie, Pennsylvania, and as far to the southwest as Cleveland. Snow from Lake Ontario will shift from the Tug Hill Plateau to central New York state.
"Bursts of snow will extend across central New York state from Syracuse and Rochester to Binghamton during Friday and Friday night," Travis said.
"From Thursday to Friday, we expect intermittent snow and a heavier snow squall or two in the central Appalachians as far to the south as West Virginia," Abrams said.
A couple of flurries can extend as far to the east as the I-95 corridor of the mid-Atlantic on Friday.

Fog to blanket southern Germany into the weekend

By Eric Leister , AccuWeather meteorologist
December 7,2016, 10:31:44AM,EST
 
 
After low clouds and fog disrupted travel across parts of southern Germany in the first half of the week, the hazardous conditions will continue into Saturday.
A strong area of high pressure centered just south of Germany spawned the recent fog.
This area of high pressure is expected to remain stationary through Saturday, resulting in light winds that will prevent any quick dispersion of the fog and low clouds.
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This thick fog will also keep temperatures from rising above freezing for any extended time through Friday morning. Thick ice may build up on trees and power lines, enough to cause power outages.
Travel may become dangerous on the road and in the air.
While ice grips parts of southern Germany, a massive temperature contrast will take place to the north.
As temperatures climb above 0 C (32 F) in some parts of southern Germany on Thursday, milder air will allow temperatures to approach 9 C (48 F) from Cologne to Germany.
Temperatures will climb closer to 4 C (40 F) across southern Germany on Friday while unseasonable warmth continues in northern areas. The normal high temperature across much of Germany is around 4 C (40 F).
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“Light winds the next several days will also result in air quality issues across southern Germany as pollutants are unable to disperse,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Tyler Roys said.
“A reprieve from the poor air quality and fog will come on Sunday as a storm brings some rainfall and an increase in winds,” Roys said.
Northern Germany can expect pleasant weather by December standards as mild air from the Atlantic Ocean pushes temperatures well above normal.
A few showers will accompany this milder air; however, most of the time will be dry through Saturday from Cologne to Hamburg and Berlin.
A storm system will then bring a steadier rainfall to northern Germany on Sunday while showers spread farther south.

Best of 2016: Photos capture animals frolicking in the elements

By Chaffin Mitchell , AccuWeather staff writer
December 7,2016, 11:18:21AM,EST
 
 From pandas rolling in the snow to baby elephants and dogs cooling off in pools, we've curated 2016's best photos of animals in the weather. 
 
 

1

Elephant calf 'Ayo' at Halle/Salle zoo

Elephant calf, Ayo, cools off in a pool at Bergzoo Zoological Gardens in Germany. Earlier in the day, the calf was given the name Ayo, which translates to "luck." (Hendrik Schmidt/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images)
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2

Emperor penguins brave a storm in Antarctica

Penguin chicks huddle together to stay warm during the storm. The small colony of emperor penguins is covered in ice as they attempt to seek shelter from the storm by standing behind the adults. (Rex Features via AP Images)
 

3

Relaxing in the pool

These two pups take a dip to cool off in the hot summer sun of 2016. (Instagram/deweytheboston)
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4

Crusoe the celebrity dachshund enjoying sunbathing

This stylish dachshund has 276,000 followers on Instagram. People love to see him sunbathing or running in the rain with his umbrella. He is enjoying a nice fall day in 2016. (Instagram/Crusoe_dachshund)
4/20

Crusoe the celebrity dachshund enjoying sunbathing

This stylish dachshund has 276,000 followers on Instagram. People love to see him sunbathing or running in the rain with his umbrella. He is enjoying a nice fall day in 2016. (Instagram/Crusoe_dachshund)
4/20

Crusoe the celebrity dachshund enjoying sunbathing

This stylish dachshund has 276,000 followers on Instagram. People love to see him sunbathing or running in the rain with his umbrella. He is enjoying a nice fall day in 2016. (Instagram/Crusoe_dachshund)
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Cyclonic Storm Vardah to target areas from Chennai to Visakhapatnam this weekend


By Eric Leister , AccuWeather meteorologist
December 7,2016, 11:38:25PM,EST
 Cyclonic Storm Vardah in the Bay of Bengal will strengthen as it tracks westward toward India this week.
The tropical depression that formed in the Bay of Bengal earlier this week strengthened to a cyclonic storm on Thursday morning, local time.
The cyclone is forecast to approach eastern India this weekend with the greatest impacts likely to occur on Sunday and Monday.
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“Residents from Chennai to Visakhapatnam should continue to monitor the situation,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Adam Douty said.
The Andaman and Nicobar islands will face the brunt of the new cyclone’s impacts through Friday as flooding downpours and strong winds batter the islands.
Wind gusts over 80 km/h (50 mph) are possible along with rainfall totals over 150 mm (6 inches). Localized rainfall amounts of over 250 mm (10 inches) are possible.
Flash flooding, mudslides and power outages are all possible across the islands.
Dangerous conditions are expected for shipping interests across the Bay of Bengal through the weekend as the strengthening cyclone tracks westward.
The main threat will shift to India as the outer rain bands could reach the coastline as early as Saturday night.
Conditions are expected to worsen from Sunday into Monday as the cyclone approaches and makes landfall along the east cost of India.
Locations such as Chennai, Nellore, Ongole, Kakinada and Visakhapatnam could all endure significant impacts from this cyclone.
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The cyclone is expected to strengthen as it approaches India and could bring wind gusts over 130 km/h (81 mph) to areas near the landfall point.
Locations up to 100 km (62 miles) from the center of the storm could endure damaging winds. These winds could result in widespread power outages and some structural damage.
Flooding rain will also threaten parts of Andhra Pradesh and northern Tamil Nadu.
The exact track of the cyclone will determine what areas are most affected; however, the potential exists for rainfall in excess of 200 mm (8 inches) in the hardest-hit areas.
Flooding and mudslides are possible along with widespread travel delays.
While the cyclone will pose serious threats, rainfall is needed across northern Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.
These areas have received less than 50 percent of their normal precipitation since September.
 

Frigid air to grip midwestern, northeastern US into the weekend

By Renee Duff , AccuWeather meteorologist
December 7,2016, 2:02:44PM,EST
 
 The coldest air so far this season will continue to sweep across the central and eastern United States into the weekend.
“The bitterly cold air that has spilled into the Rockies and northern Plains will continue to spread south and eastward for the rest of the week,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Ryan Adamson said.
Temperatures will plummet 10 to 20 degrees Fahrenheit below average from Little Rock, Arkansas, to Chicago before expanding eastward to Richmond, Virginia, and Boston.
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The core of the cold will grip the northern Plains, where highs in the single digits and teens will unfold.
“The coldest air of the season so far will overtake the Great Lakes on Thursday and Friday,” Adamson said.
“Chicago will be lucky to reach 25 F on Friday and Saturday,” he said.
Chicago averages highs in the upper 30s during the middle of December and the lower 30s during the month of January.
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The harshest conditions will reach the Northeast by the weekend.
“Boston will struggle to reach freezing for a high this weekend, while New York City may not reach 40 F,” Adamson said.
New York City will record their first freeze of the season by Saturday morning. The city will fall well short of setting the latest first freeze on record, which currently stands at Dec. 22, 1998.
Gusty winds will add to the biting chill across the Midwest and Northeast. The cold will be ushered in by wind gusts of 25 to 35 mph, helping to trigger some lake-effect snow.
AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperatures threaten to dip into the teens and 20s during the daytime, and into the single digits overnight.
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“Residents will need to make sure they are sufficiently bundled up before heading outdoors and make sure animals have proper shelter,” AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski said.
The cold push will make significant progress across the Southern states, reaching the Gulf Coast and Florida by Friday.
Temperatures may not reach the 50-degree mark in Houston and New Orleans on Friday, while Atlanta will stay stuck in the lower 40s. Tampa and Orlando, Florida, will be in the lower to middle 60s to end the workweek.
Temperatures will return to more seasonable levels across the South by Sunday. The cold air will keep a stubborn grip across the Midwest and Northeast, with several opportunities for snow into next week.

Strong earthquake kills nearly 100 in Indonesia

By Courtney Barrow , AccuWeather staff writer
December 7,2016, 10:30:49AM,EST
 
 A 6.5 magnitude earthquake killed at least 97 people after it struck off the coast of Indonesia's Aceh province early Wednesday morning, local time.
The search continues to find survivors, but authorities said they hope to finish by sunset.
According to the United States Geological Survey, the quake was about 5 miles (8.2 km) under the ocean, and about 11 miles (nearly 18 km) southeast from the town of Sigli.
According to officials, Pidie Jaya, the region closest to the epicenter within Aceh, has the higest death toll of the surrounding area.
The local hospital has been treating people in tents outside the building due to the overwhelming number of injuries, the Associated Press reported.
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A boy sits on the rubble of a building that collapsed after an earthquake as he takes shelter from the sun in Pidie Jaya, Aceh province, Indonesia, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Heri Juanda)

Estos son algunos de los daños que dejó el sismo de 6.5 grados en Aceh, .
Local authorities said that there may be more people trapped under dozens of collapsed buildings.
Officials said there is a dire need of excavation equipment to remove rubble and get supplies to those affected. The search effort for survivors is ongoing.
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The USGS initially rated the earthquake as a 6.4 quake, but later upped it to a magnitude of 6.5. At least five aftershocks were reportedly felt across the province.
Indonesia's Climate, Meteorology and Geophysics Agency said there is no threat of a tsunami.
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This disaster is reminiscent for some after the Aceh province was hit by an earthquake back in 2004, which triggered a devastating tsunami and killed over 100,000 people.
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Men inspect a collapsed mosque after an earthquake in Pidie Jaya, Aceh province, Indonesia, Wednesday, Dec. 7,2016. A strong undersea earthquake rocked Indonesia's Aceh province early on Wednesday, killing a number of people and causing dozens of buildings to collapse. (AP Photo/Heri Juanda)
 

Surge of milder air to encompass the United Kingdom into this weekend


By Eric Leister , AccuWeather meteorologist
December 6,2016, 8:19:23AM,EST
 
 
A surge of milder air will bring the warmest air since mid-November to the United Kingdom this week.
Storms from the Atlantic Ocean will track north and west of Scotland, and much warmer air will pull northward.
High temperatures will reach 4-8 C (7-14 F) above normal over most of the U.K.
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Dense fog caused travel problems across southern England on Tuesday; however, stronger winds will limit the threat of fog the next several days.
In many locations including London, Manchester, Edinburgh and Belfast, high temperatures will climb as high as 14-15 C (57-59 F) on Wednesday. Similar temperatures will continue across southern England on Thursday.
Overnight lows will resemble conditions from late November from Manchester to London, when a cold snap kept daytime temperatures near minus 4 C (25 F).
The normal high temperature in early December is around 8 C (46 F).
Even though the warmest days will be Wednesday through Friday, warmth will linger over the weekend and into early next week.
While the warmth will be a pleasant change for many, rain may fall at times.
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Wednesday will feature dry weather across much of Wales and England while showers dampen Northern Ireland and Scotland.
Rainfall will shift into Wales and England on Wednesday night and Thursday while showers linger across western Scotland.
Another storm will then bring rainfall to Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Northern England on Friday while dry weather prevails elsewhere.
Rain is expected to dampen southern England and Scotland to start the weekend before drier weather prevails on Sunday.