Monthly archives: September 2014

Sep

30
2014

35,000 Walrus Come Ashore in Northwest Alaska

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

Nbcnews.com reports that...

Pacific walrus that can’t find sea ice for resting in Arctic waters are coming ashore in record numbers on a beach in northwest Alaska. An estimated 35,000 walrus were photographed Saturday about 5 miles north of Point Lay, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Point Lay is an Inupiat Eskimo village 300 miles southwest of Barrow and 700 miles northwest of Anchorage.

Read more at www.nbcnews.com


Sep

29
2014

Sydney sizzles as temperatures set to pass 30C in the city and 34C in the western suburbs

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

Dailytelegraph.com.au reports that...

THINGS are heating up across NSW, with temperatures tipped to hit 30C in Sydney this afternoon and 34C further west.

Weather experts say warm, dry winds blowing in from the north-west are fuelling the unseasonally hot conditions, pushing the mercury 10C above the September average.

It marks a balmy end to a September which already figures among the warmest starts to spring since records began.

Read more at www.dailytelegraph.com.au


Sep

28
2014

88 Killed, Over 10 Lakh Displaced in Flood-Hit Assam And Meghalaya

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

Ndtv.com reports that...

At least 88 people have been killed and over 10 lakh displaced in flood-hit Assam and Meghalaya.

After combating the floods for more than a week in the two states, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has now shifted its operations from rescue to relief.

Read more at www.ndtv.com


Sep

26
2014

Floods: Assam-Meghalaya toll reaches 78; Gogoi makes aerial survey

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

Indianexpress.com reports that...

…With the recovery of one more body late Thursday evening, the death toll due in the current wave of floods in Assam rose to 37. In neighbouring Meghalaya, at least 41 persons have lost their lives till Friday. Official sources said over eight lakh population have been affected in the current wave of floods in Assam. While about 1.6 lakh people have been put up in 59 relief camps and 122 shelter places, over one lakh people have taken shelter on highways and other elevated places.

Read more at indianexpress.com


Sep

24
2014

Flooded village of Mardale emerges after dry weather

Natalie     Data, Reports & Findings, Weather Events     0

Bbc.com reports that...

A village flooded in the 1930s to create Haweswater reservoir in Cumbria has started to reappear as water levels recede because of low rainfall.

Villagers were moved out of Mardale which disappeared when the valley was filled with water in 1939.

Stone walls of former field boundaries can be seen with the falling water level.

The current reservoir level is 57.7% compared with 75.2% in a normal year, United Utilities said.

Read more at www.bbc.com


Sep

24
2014

Drought Worsens China’s Long-Term Water Crisis

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

Abcnews.go.com reports that...

The corn has grown to only half its normal height on Yan Shuqin’s ranch in the hills of Inner Mongolia this year, as a swath of northern China suffers its worst drought in 60 years.

The ruddy-faced woman said that even before the rains stopped, the groundwater in her region had been sinking, from 20 meters (about 70 feet) below the surface just a few years ago to as much as 80 meters (260 feet) this past summer. While she can still eat and sell the corn, lettuce and other vegetables on her farm, the yield has shrunk.

Read more at abcnews.go.com


Sep

24
2014

Drought triggers Southern California tumbleweed infestation

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

Latimes.com reports that...

Three years of drought have triggered an infestation of tumbleweeds across Southern California, raising the risk of wildfires, especially in the foothill areas.

Read more at www.latimes.com


Sep

23
2014

Heavy rainfall triggers water logging in Rajshahi

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Dhakatribune.com reports that...

Most low-lying parts of Rajshahi city, including some important offices and Rajshahi Medical College and Hospital, experienced heavy water logging with three days of non-stop rains until yesterday.

The frontal part of the hospital was covered by knee-deep water, resulting in the untold sufferings of patients and attendants.

Read more at www.dhakatribune.com


Sep

22
2014

Water Wallop

Jodde     Blog     0

The American Southwest received a record and disastrous amount of rain, mostly from the remnants of Hurricane Odile, after Norbert wreaked havoc on the region not two weeks ago.  El Paso, Texas was particularly hard hit, with at least one feared death.  A sheriff’s deputy was swept away in his patrol car.  It is a sad reminder of just how much our emergency services put on the line every time they respond to a natural disaster.  She was checking the safety of low level crossings when she last radioed dispatch, heroically protecting lives at what almost certainly was the sacrifice of her own.  Odile itself was a record storm for Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and other towns in the Baja Peninsula.  The airport took heavy damage, stranding thousands of international travellers.  Much of Cabo San Lucas sustained structural damage as well, but the full extent of the damage is not known at this time.

Across the pacific, eight people are confirmed dead due to the most recent cyclone to hit China, this being the 15th this year.  More than 500 rescuers fought against the raging torrent to save 396 students from Babu Township Middle School.  Although those lives were spared, almost 400,000 people are directly affected, and the estimated economic loss is $56 million, and the serious threats of landslides and flash floods remain.  The typhoon deluged 53 cities and counties in Yunnan, China.

Meanwhile in Perth, Australia, where it is only the second day of spring, experienced record breaking heat of 34ºC (93ºF).

To read all articles this week, click here.


Sep

22
2014

Hurricane Odile Slams Cabo San Lucas in Mexico’s Baja California – NBC News

Jodde     Severe Events, Weather Events     0

Nbcnews.com reports that...

Hurricane Odile made landfall as the strongest storm on record to hit Mexico’s southern Baja California peninsula late Sunday. Residents and vacationers took cover in shelters and hotel conference rooms as the powerful Category 3 hurricane struck near the resort city of Cabo San Lucas with wind speeds of 125 mph at roughly 9:45 p.m. local time 12:45 a.m. ET on Monday. By early Monday,

Read more at www.nbcnews.com