Monthly archives: November 2012

Nov

30
2012

Portions of Texas move back into severe drought

Natalie     Data, Records, Reports & Findings, Weather Events     0

Msnbc.msn.com reports that...

A dry fall that is on track to making the record books has sent portions of Texas, including Houston and Fort Worth, back into severe drought, raising concerns about wildfires and the health of wheat crops and tree farms, climatologists said Thursday. September and November could be the driest of those months since 1950 and among the top five driest on record, State Climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon said. And not much more rain is expected this winter or spring since the El Nino pattern meteorologists had counted on for some moisture fizzled out almost before it began.

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Nov

30
2012

Heavy rain continues in California

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Bbc.co.uk reports that...

Heavy rain is continuing to track to northern California with the potential for flooding and landslides. BBC Weather’s Darren Bett looks at the latest forecast.

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Nov

29
2012

Tornado hits Italy

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Bbc.co.uk reports that...

A large tornado hit southern Italy on Wednesday as a storm system pushed through the country. BBC Weather’s Ben Rich explains why the tornado struck.

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Nov

29
2012

Rate of polar ice sheets melting has accelerated

Natalie     Data, Records, Reports & Findings, Weather Events     0

Bbc.co.uk reports that...

The rate at which polar ice sheets are melting is accelerating causing the global sea level to rise 11mm over the past two decades. The fastest rate of change is in Greenland whereas the bulk of the ice sheet in Antarctica is largely unchanged. David Shukman reports.

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Nov

27
2012

Flood threat remains as rain eases

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Bbc.co.uk reports that...

Residents in up to 500 properties in north Wales have been advised to leave their homes after the River Elwy broke its banks – and forecasters say the threat of floods remains in many areas. An emergency centre has been set up at a leisure centre in St Asaph after water levels spilled over the top of flood defences.

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Nov

26
2012

New York, New Jersey put $71 billion price tag on Sandy

Natalie     Damage over $1B, Data, Predictions, Reports & Findings, Weather Events     0

Usnews.nbcnews.com reports that...

New York state and New Jersey need at least $71.3 billion to recover from the devastation wrought by superstorm Sandy and prevent similar damage from future storms, according to their latest estimates. The total, which could grow, came as New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Monday the state will need $41.9 billion, including $32.8 billion to repair and restore damaged housing, parks and infrastructure and to cover lost revenue and other expenses. The figure also includes $9.1 billion to mitigate potential damage from future severe weather events, Cuomo said.

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Nov

26
2012

Stormy weather for Europe

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Bbc.co.uk reports that...

Parts of Europe are set for stormy weather with the potential for flooding and heavy snow. BBC Weather’s Nick Miller reports.

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Nov

26
2012

Floods and lightning kill 6 people, landslides displace hundreds after rain in Sri Lanka

Natalie     Fatalities, red, Reports & Findings, Severe Events, Weather Events     0

Calgaryherald.com reports that...

The government says floods and lightning killed six people in Sri Lanka and hundreds have been displaced by landslides. Spokesman Sarath Lal Kumara from the Disaster Management Centre said heavy rains caused the flooding over the weekend. Three people drowned in the Hambantota district on the southern coast and another drowned in a central area of the island country. Two other deaths were due to lightning.

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Nov

25
2012

Pine beetles so widespread they’re contributing to climate change: study

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Www2.macleans.ca reports that...

Newly published research suggests mountain pine beetles have become so widespread that they’re not just benefiting from global warming, they’re starting to contribute to it. “The effects of climate change cascade,” said Holly Maness, whose paper was published Sunday in the journal Nature Geoscience. “Previous studies have shown that climate change allowed the beetle to flourish. But our work shows that beetle infestations in turn feed back into climate.”

Scientists have concluded that the gradually warming climate has allowed the tree-killing beetle to spread into forests it used to be frozen out of. The report quotes figures suggesting that over the last decade, the bugs have spread over about 20 per cent of the total area of British Columbia, making it one of the largest ecological disturbances ever recorded.

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Nov

25
2012

England flooding kills 1, more rain on way

Natalie     Fatalities, Reports & Findings, Weather Events     0

Cnn.com reports that...

Days of heavy rain have led to flooding in southwestern England and parts of Wales and at least one fatality, British authorities said Sunday. The UK Environment Agency posted a severe flood alert for the town of Helston, in the southwestern county of Cornwall, where the River Cober was rising over its banks, and warned towns across England and Wales to prepare for more high water. In Exeter, in neighboring Devon, a woman was killed when a tree fell on her Saturday night, the Devon and Cornwall Police Service reported.

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