Monthly archives: January 2015

Jan

31
2015

Floods and mudslides hit Peruvian Amazon

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

M.bbc.com reports that...

Large parts of the Peruvian Amazon are under water after torrential rains caused rivers to burst their banks.

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Jan

29
2015

Severe floods and mudslides in Peru

Natalie     Data, Reports & Findings, Weather Events     0

Bbc.com reports that...

Peru has declared a state of emergency in a part of the Amazon rainforest after heavy rains caused mudslides and severe flooding.

Read more at www.bbc.com


Jan

29
2015

Small town frozen over in icy hell after blizzard floodwaters ravage New England coastline

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

M.aol.com reports that...

Flood waters that ravaged a tiny coastal Massachusetts town during this week’s blizzard have frozen over to leave the village encrusted in a thick layer of sea ice.

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Jan

28
2015

Heightened Temperatures Robbed Our Seas of Oxygen, and Could do it Again

Natalie     Data, green, Predictions, Records, Reports & Findings, Severe Events     0

Natureworldnews.com reports that...

A recent study of the ancient seafloor has revealed some surprising and worrying facts about our oceans’ past. Tens-of-thousands of years ago, our oceans suffered from severe oxygen loss just as massive ice sheets started to melt. Now, with sea ice and glaciers fast retreating in the wake of climate change, experts are worried about another instance of mass deoxygenation.

Read more at www.natureworldnews.com


Jan

27
2015

Sierra storm drops snow, leaves little hope for drought relief

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

Rgj.com reports that...

A storm expected to pass Northern Nevada drops snow and rain, but leaves little hope for drought relief.

Read more at www.rgj.com


Jan

27
2015

European Ice Cap Shows Extreme Ice Loss

Natalie     Data, green, Records, Reports & Findings     0

M.livescience.com reports that...

A remote ice cap in northern Europe, above the Arctic Circle, is shedding so much weight that it now races toward the sea 25 times faster than it did in 1995, a new study finds.

Read more at m.livescience.com


Jan

27
2015

Climate Change Doubles Risk of Extreme La Niña

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

App.laboratoryequipment.com reports that...

The risk of extreme La Niña events in the Pacific Ocean could double because of global warming, new research has shown. The projected twofold increase in the frequency of this potentially devastating weather phenomenon across the globe could lead to increased droughts in south-western U.S., floods in the western Pacific regions and Atlantic hurricanes.

Read more at app.laboratoryequipment.com


Jan

27
2015

Snow droughts? In a hot January!

Jodde     Blog     0

In Shakespeare’s, Much Ado About Nothing, Leonato tells Beatrice that she will never fall in love.  In agreement, she tells him that she will “in a hot January.” This fictional character did find love, and a hot January did occur, centuries later.  Shakespeare clearly meant the phrase to be akin to “when pigs fly.”  He viewed this situation as completely unimaginable in his hemisphere, as well he should have.  However, it is indeed a hot January in Calgary.  The last few days have seen people wearing shorts and t-shirts.  It has been a nice 17ºC (62ºF), which is certainly quite warm (for Canadians.)  In stark contrast, three eastern states have imposed a road travel ban due to a Noreaster.  New York had gone so far as to declare a state of emergency.  New York was expecting between two and three feet of snow (66-100cm.)  When Toronto was hit with such a massive snowstorm a number of years ago, they needed the help of the National Guard to clear all the snow, and like New York, they were well equipped to deal with it.  As it turns out, they are getting substantially less than what they expected, but it is still a major snowstorm.  Having said that, the travel bans imposed earlier today have been lifted.

Minneapolis, and St. Paul, Minnesota are not getting enough snow.  They have only received about a third of their usual snowfall for the year.  Snow is an important source of water for the watershed, so a snow drought portends drought in the coming seasons.  Snow typically melts and is carried into drainage basins.  These drainage basins often feed rivers, which cause drought conditions when they run low.  The lack of snow here would affect the east coast, so we should watch for drought conditions there to develop.  It will also likely cause problems with agriculture.  During the winter, farmers store snow in sheds, which later becomes precious water for their crops.

While in Calgary, we are enjoying record shattering temperatures, (the previous record for Sunday was 13ºC (55ºF), this is not the case in Australia.  Temperatures there have soared past 50ºC (over 120ºF).  For comparison, the government regulated holding temperature for hot food is only 10ºC (18ºF) more.  These record shattering high temperatures in the 50ºs (120ºs F)are often fatal for the elderly in particular, who do not feel symptoms of dehydration as easily as their younger counterparts.  However, even younger people who are exercising in such extreme heat have been known to fall victim to heat injuries like heat stroke and heat exhaustion, both of which can be fatal.  Those who take certain medications or use caffeine or alcohol are more vulnerable to heat stroke.

This summary in no way reflects all of what has been going on in the world.  If you would like to see all of our headlines from the past week, please click here.


Jan

26
2015

Northeast Arkansas in drought, brings risk for wildfires

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

M.kait8.com reports that...

Thomas Lindsey with the Arkansas Forestry Commission said that even though the drought is already at a moderate risk, issues with wildfires are just getting started.

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Jan

26
2015

Drought monitor says 1.8 million Oklahomans being affected

Natalie     Data, green, Records, Reports & Findings     0

M.normantranscript.com reports that...

The U.S. Drought Monitor says more than 1.8 million Oklahomans are being affected by an ongoing, deepening drought.

Read more at m.normantranscript.com