A bit far away, but pretty major news in the weather world... Super Typhoon Bopha made landfall in the rather unprepared Philippine island of Mindanao recently (445am local time Tuesday) as a terrifying Category 5 storm with winds of 160+mph (260kmh sustained)...
It isn't very often a Cat 5 storm makes landfall anywhere in the world (usually 1 ever few years)... If you're interested in reading some weather-heavy related articles on the storm, Dr. Master's Always has some good info:
Lead-up (Dec 3):
First landfall post (Dec 4):
Day after (Dec 5):
Here's a look from space a the storm: NASA photo from Dec 2:
Wikipedia also has a good lead up of events for the storms history...
If you're in need of a pick-up after that news, here's some always loveable Owl photos form the weather network: