This Week in Weird Weather

Volcanic eruptions, flooding, snowstorms - this week's weather craziness even brought us a new island. AP Photo/Japan Coast Guard

As the Philippines continued to deal with the aftermath of Typhooon Haiyan, the rest of the globe saw its fair share of weather phenomena this week. In Indonesia, Mount Sinaburg, which erupted in October, continued to spew ash as locals steeled themselves for the possibility of more eruptions. In the U.S., dozens of tornadoes touch down across the midwest, leveling home and leaving entire towns in ruins.

Meanwhile, Italy suffered flooding and China a record-breaking snowstorm. But it all gets trumped by Japan, where a volcanic eruption led to the birth of a new island off the coast of Nishinoshima.

A woman looks on as Mount Sinabung spews ash, as pictured from Sibintun village in Karo district, Indonesia's north Sumatra province November 18, 2013. Mount Sinabung continued to spew volcanic ash throwing a plume 8,000 meters into the atmosphere on Monday as thousands of residents remained in temporary shelters fearful of more eruptions, according to local media. REUTERS/Roni Bintang
Washington, Ill., sits in ruins the morning after a severe tornado tore through the community, Nov. 18, 2013. Zbigniew Bzdak/Chicago Tribune/MCT via Getty Images
A Philippine military helicopter drops bottled water to Typhoon Haiyan survivors in Tolosa, Leyte in central Philippines November 21, 2013. Typhoon Haiyan smashed into the central Philippines on Nov. 8 killing at least 4,000 people and reducing most of what was in its path to matchwood and rubble. Bodies are still being pulled from the debris. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
A flock of Common Starlings flies above the Mediterranean sea in Nice, southern France, Wednesday, Nov.20, 2013.The Common Starling is resident in southern and western Europe and southwestern Asia, while northeastern populations migrate south and west in winter within the breeding range and also further south to Iberia and north Africa. AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau
A couple walks in a flooded Saint Mark's Square during high waters on November 19, 2013 in Venice, Italy. Venice was affected by high water after the passage of Cyclone Cleopatra that hit the Italian island of Sardinia, causing devastating flooding that has left at least 17 dead. Photo by Marco Secchi/Getty Images
Snowplows clear a road in Harbin, northeast Chinas Heilongjiang province, 20 November 2013. The worst snowstorm in 50 years hit Harbin, capital of northeast Chinas Heilongjiang Province. Over 50,000 people were mobilized to clear snow. The storm lasted for 60 hours in the city proper. Starting on Saturday, average daily snowfall has reached 11.4 centimeters. Its the highest since the city began record keeping in 1961. Imaginechina/Corbis
A statue is seen under a solar halo in front of Senador Nilo Coelho Airport in Petrolina, at the State of Pernambuco, northeastern Brazil November 21, 2013. According to meteorologists, the weather phenomenon creates rainbows around the sun and is formed by the reflection of ice crystals. REUTERS / Ueslei Marcelino
In this Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013 photo released by Japan Coast Guard, smoke billows from a new island off the coast of Nishinoshima, seen left above, a small, uninhabited island in the Ogasawara chain, far south of Tokyo. The Japan Coast Guard and earthquake experts said a volcanic eruption has raised the new island in the seas to the far south of Tokyo. AP Photo/Japan Coast Guard