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'Tornado' hits Greater Manchester

In Lancashire, the A666 road between Blackburn and Darwen was closed after tiles were "ripped off" the roof of a pub.
Lancashire Police said they received a call at 14:00 GMT from a member of the public reporting a "small tornado".
A Blackburn with Darwen Council spokesman said the Anchor Pub suffered damage to its roof and three other houses were damaged on the A666.

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As Autumn 2011 draws to a close, the record books are set to show that it was much drier and milder than normal.
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Hyper-arid Atacama desert hit by snow

A large dump of snow has fallen on the Atacama desert in South America, one of the driest places on earth.
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A huge lake caused by the recent floods in Australia is threatening to swamp more towns in the south-eastern state of Victoria.
The lake, which has been described as a massive inland sea, covers an area about 90km long and 40km wide.

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According to the officials in Australia, the flood crisis will continue in different states of the country for more than one week.
Officials also said that the flood crisis continued because it still creates damage and chaos. The flood started over the past one month in the northeast state of Queensland where 30 individuals died. Moreover, the flood also damaged 30,000 homes and at least $3 billion worth of coal and crops exports have been destroyed.

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A south of Scotland observatory has reported the coldest December since its records began 100 years ago.
The Eskdalemuir site in Dumfries and Galloway saw a mean temperature for the month of -2.3C, beating the previous lowest of -2.25C set in 1981.
The month played its part in making the whole of 2010 the coldest year at the observatory since 1986.

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Heat wave continues in northern India, Rajasthan sizzles

The heat wave continued unabated in northern India on Sunday with temperatures touching the 47 degree Celsius mark at places in Rajasthan and Haryana.
In the desert state, Sriganganagar was the hottest place for the second consecutive day as it sizzled at a high of 47.8 degrees.

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Storm brings chaos to Melbourne

The Bureau of Meteorology reported severe wind gusts and hailstones up to 10 centimetres wide after the storm  blew in from the north-west about 2.30pm.
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An Australian weather expert says last month was the warmest January on record around the world, but don't try telling that to Atlantans who shivered through a brutal cold spell lasting much of the month. Or to the residents of the East Coast, who struggled through record-breaking snowfalls.
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