Monthly archives: December 2014

Dec

31
2014

Phoenix area gets rare dusting of snow

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

Kvoa.com reports that...

The National Weather Service says north Scottsdale and Cave Creek, suburbs just north of Phoenix, are getting a rare and light dusting of snow Wednesday.

Read more at www.kvoa.com


Dec

30
2014

Sydney weather 2014: Stormy, mostly dry and exceptionally warm

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

M.smh.com.au reports that...

With a day to go, the city’s average maximum temperature will come in a shade under 23.5 degrees. That tally makes 2014 Sydney’s second-hottest year – behind the 23.7-degree record set just the year before – in 156 years of records.

Read more at m.smh.com.au


Dec

29
2014

Dismal December Week

Jodde     Blog     0

The end of the year is shaping up to be a dismal one for many people in the world.  Flooding has decimated Malaysia, which received record rainfall.  Malaysians are no strangers to flooding, and no stranger to tragedy (more on that later,) but even they see it as “epic.”  Cape Town was also inundated due to an unusually high tide and rough chop.  Sri Lanka also suffered from a heavy deluge, displacing approximately 46,000 residents.

California, on the other hand is welcoming any rain it gets.  The problem here is known in economics as the tragedy of the commons.  While drought conditions have not ended, and are in fact nowhere near ending, collectively Californians may feel that is okay for just them to momentarily increase their water use.  Since they are unaware of their neighbours’ increased use, they feel continued justification.  Therefore, the intense rain that many see as a boon, may have a net zero or even a net negative effect on reservoirs’ volumes.  The drought has already caused more than $2 billion in losses, mostly due to diminished crop yields.  Governor Jerry Brown renewed calls to for Californians to “treat it like the drought of our lives.”  The outlook seems grim.  She goes on to warn that another drought could be just around the corner.

AirAsia was trying to fly out of a severe thunderstorm when it disappeared over the Java Sea.  Planes are designed to be Faraday cages.  Lightning travels around the fuselage, not through it, so it is not usually damaging when it hits the plane, but what we know is that power seems to have been lost; the pilots never communicated with air traffic control again, and it happened suddenly.  Flying through a severe thunderstorm is very dangerous for planes, as their airspeed indicators can get clogged with ice, or they can lose them because of a power failure.  This loss makes it easy to critically stall in an already precarious situation.  There is no word on whether accident investigators believe this to be the cause, but pilots speculate that it is.  If the weather is indeed to blame, this would make two natural disasters for Malaysia within days of each other.

In the US, a massive tornado flattened an Moore, Oklahoma city school. killing at least 91 people and seriously injuring no less than 145 people.  The school itself is entirely decimated, as is a large swath, a 2 mile (1 km) tract, of the city.  Part of the reason for the extensive damage was the location of the tornado.  As a factor of probability, tornados are more likely to strike rural areas than urban ones, as urban areas are larger and more prevalent than urban areas.  Very few tornados hit cities, but the ones that do are devastating.

There is some good news this week.  It turns out that the extent of arctic sea ice is recovering in the fall and winter seasons.  The recovery is driven by thick ice being retained, making arctic ice more resilient than previously thought.  Sadly, it seems that in 2015, if 2014 is any indication, many of us will have to be more resilient than we ever thought we could be.

This is only a small sampling of what happened in the world this week.  To read the rest of the articles we’ve collected, click here.


Dec

29
2014

Nottingham weather: Ice causes treacherous pavements

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

Nottinghampost.com reports that...

Icy pavements are causing treacherous conditions after temperatures plunged overnight.

Read more at www.nottinghampost.com


Dec

29
2014

Cold Storm to Bring Snow, Rain and a Freeze to California

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

M.accuweather.com reports that...

A storm and cold air forecast to develop at the end of 2014 and linger into the start of 2015 will deliver snow, rain and a frost or freeze to portions of California.

Read more at m.accuweather.com


Dec

28
2014

Roads, houses damaged after rough seas cause floods – City Press

Jodde     Uncategorized     0

Citypress.co.za reports that...

Roads and houses in some parts of Cape Town have been damaged by flooding caused by a tide.

Read more at www.citypress.co.za


Dec

28
2014

Flash floods in Sri Lanka displace 46,000 — Earth Changes — Sott.net

Jodde     Uncategorized     0

Sott.net reports that...

Three days of heavy rainfall have caused flash floods in northern and central areas of Sri Lanka. Eastern, North-Central, Northern and North-Western provinces have all seen heavy rain since Saturday 20 December 2014. Sri Lanka’s Disaster management Centre (DMC) say that as many as 452,960 people have been affected by floods or landslides in the past 3 days.

Read more at www.sott.net


Dec

28
2014

BBC News – Flooding in France claims five lives

Jodde     Uncategorized     0

Bbc.com reports that...

Severe storms continue to batter the western Mediterranean, with damaging winds and torrential downpours.

Read more at www.bbc.com


Dec

28
2014

Malaysia, Thailand flood; landslide danger looms – CNN.com

Jodde     Uncategorized     0

Cnn.com reports that...

Neighborhoods turned into islands surrounded by a sea of murky brown water. Streets doubling as rivers. Cars swept away and toppled over.

Read more at www.cnn.com


Dec

28
2014

State’s drought having pronounced effect on wildlife

Natalie     Data, green, Records, Reports & Findings     0

Latimes.com reports that...

The increase in suddenly motherless squirrels is just one example of how the state’s prolonged drought has affected wildlife, experts say.

Read more at www.latimes.com