Monthly archives: January 2012

Jan

31
2012

Wet weather is gone in Los Angeles January 31, 2012

Robert     Damage under $100k, green, Uncategorized     0

The two days of rain that we had two weeks ago amounted to only one inch of rain in Los Angeles in January. These arid conditions are not limited to our typically dry Southern California. There is a shortage of snow in the Sierra Mountains, with Colorado and Utah ski resorts suffering a similar dry spell. Giant mounds, which skiers and snowboarders call “whales” contained the only snow to be found on some mountains, and this was made from snow guns.

La Nina conditions with lower than average water temperatures in the Pacific Ocean are prevalent and could explain our current conditions. However last year the same conditions existed with 10″ of rain in December 2010 when Arctic Oscillation was in a weak phase for most of the winter allowing cold moist air to drop down from the Arctic to our area.  February is usually our wettest month and we could use the change.

Photo:crystalcove


Jan

31
2012

2012 off to furious start in tornadoes

Natalie     Records, Severe Events, Weather Events     0

January has been an unusually violent month for tornadoes in the USA: 70 twisters have been reported. And more could be on the way. Read more.


Jan

30
2012

Three People Die of Freezing Weather in Serbia

Filip     Correspondence, Fatalities, Severe Events, Weather Events     1

Three people have died in western Serbia due to unusually cold weather, local media have reported. All three were found in snow, having gone out alone during the blizzard. Two more remain missing, as the authorities continue search and rescue operations, trying to reach those in danger. Officials have urged the elderly living in the areas affected by blizzards and low temperatures not to leave their homes and instead contact local authorities should they need any assistance.

Unusually large amounts of snow have caused electricity supply disruptions, school closures and traffic collapses throughout the country. Hundreds of kilometers of roads are still impassable, making many villages unreachable, while the temperatures have dropped to -20° C (-4 °F).  Fourteen municipalities have introduced emergency measures in an attempt to cope better with the situation. Other parts of Balkans, as well as Europe, have also had problems because of the bad weather.

Serbian Hydrometeorological Office has forecast the weather to remain almost the same, with freezing temperatures lingering throughout next week. That information has shattered the hopes of the people living in the affected areas, as they will have to wait even more to be able to go about their everyday activities as they usually would.

Photo: TANJUG


Jan

30
2012

The great migration: Texas cattle heading north

Natalie     Records, Severe Events, Weather Events     0

For more than a century, through a dozen dry spells when lakes disappeared and the land died, thousands of cows from the Swenson Land & Cattle Co have roamed the fields of Texas. Yet the drought currently ravaging the southern Plains has done what the Dust Bowl could not: chased them off this land and driven them more than 600 miles north to Nebraska. Read more.


Jan

30
2012

62 below: Deep freeze grips much of Alaska

Natalie     Severe Events, Weather Events     0

Anchorage is shivering through one of its coldest January’s on record, while in Fairbanks, folks preparing for a sled dog race were being tested by temperatures nearly 50 degrees below zero. Farther inland, Fort Yukon has ranged from minus 50 to minus 62 degrees over the last three days, getting close to its record of minus 78. Read more.


Jan

27
2012

Winter Jam Canceled by Parks Department Due to Warm Weather

Natalie     Weather Events     0

Seasonal festival Winter Jam has been cancelled by the Parks Department because this year’s big freeze never arrived. Read more.


Jan

26
2012

Severe storms drench Texas, spawning tornadoes

Natalie     Weather Events     0

Buckets of rain and powerful winds that apparently spawned several tornadoes swept across Texas on Wednesday, forcing drivers to abandon cars on flooded roads but not dropping enough water to make up for a historic dry spell. Read more.


Jan

26
2012

Severe flooding, landslides kill 6 in Fiji

Natalie     Fatalities, Severe Events, Weather Events     0

Severe flooding and landslides in Fiji have killed six people and left hundreds more homeless. The permanent secretary of information for the South Pacific nation said Thursday that heavy rain since last weekend has forced 3,500 people into temporary shelters. Sharon Smith-Johns also says some people have lost all their possessions. Read more.


Jan

26
2012

Snow buries parts of eastern, central Europe

Natalie     Fatalities, Weather Events, yellow     1

Parts of eastern and central Europe were hit hard by heavy snow and frigid temperatures for a second day Thursday, leaving hundreds trapped in cars, dozens of communities without power and at least one person dead. Some areas saw as much as 10 feet of snow. Read more.


Jan

26
2012

Record Snow: Alaska sees huge snowstorms while weather for most states remains mild

Natalie     Weather Events     0

Record snowfalls are hitting Cordova, Alaska, but the national mark looks safe — for now. Read more.