Monthly archives: March 2015

Mar

26
2015

As Earth’s warmest winter on record ends, Spring starts with snow storms in North America

Mark     Blog     0

Just as Spring rolled around last week, we learned that Winter 2014 was the warmest winter on record. According to weather.com, “NOAA says that December through February … was 1.42 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th-century average for all land and ocean areas. This tops the previous warmest winter of 2007 by 0.05 degrees Fahrenheit.” Despite the fact that eastern North America experienced a cold winter, western North America, Europe and Asia experienced widespread above-average temperatures.

This was little consolation to residents of the northeast United States, where the first day of Spring was greeted by snow storms. Some areas picked up 6 inches of snow, with temperatures dropping 10—15 degrees Fahrenheit (5.5—8.3 degrees Celsius) below normal temperatures for this time of year. Two people died in a car crash caused by poor driving conditions, and others were injured as cars were seen flipped on their heads in separate incidents. Nearly 600 flights were cancelled, and just as many were delayed, leaving passengers frustrated.

Meanwhile, in Northern Australia, Cyclone Nathan ripped through the coast causing residents to flee inland, and The Spanish city of Castellon experienced heavy rainfall which flooded the city, forcing emergency workers to rescue people from their homes and cars. The storm was expected to move to the Mediterranean Sea which meteorologists predicted would experience gale force winds. This warning became reality a few days later, with Italy, the Balkans, and Turkey bracing for a travel-disrupting storm. The heavy rainfall in Turkey may lead to flooding in several coastal cities.

Heavy rain in northern Brazil and Peru also caused flooding, creating giant sinkholes in Brazil, and landslides in Peru. An incredible video shows a bus full of Brazilian passengers being rescued from a sinkhole moments before the bus is swept away by the fierce river. The landslides in Peru claimed the lives of at least seven people, when an avalanche buried part of a town. Unfortunately, BBC News reported that torrential storm clouds would remain over Brazil and Peru, and that they would reach even the Atacama desert which on average receives only about 15 millimeters of rain per year.

A few days later there was finally some good news for the northeast United States, where at least 6 inches of snow finally began to melt in Boston, which had covered some parts of the city for months.

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Mar

26
2015

Storm to Disrupt Travel From Italy to Turkey and Middle East

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

Accuweather.com reports that...

The storm will emerge from northern Africa into the central Mediterranean Sea on Thursday and track eastward, reaching Turkey on Saturday and approaching the Caspian Sea by early next week.

Read more at www.accuweather.com


Mar

25
2015

6-To-8 Inches Of Snow In Boston Area To Melt This Week

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

Boston.cbslocal.com reports that...

In the next three days we will lose more than 50-percent of our snow pack. A good 6-to-8 inches of snow will be erased from our sidewalks and backyards by this weekend!

Read more at boston.cbslocal.com


Mar

25
2015

Flooding in Brazil

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

Bbc.com reports that...

Heavy rain in northern Brazil caused flooding and triggered giant sinkhole which swallowed a bus. Meanwhile, landslide caused by heavy rains buried parts of a town in Peru.

Read more at www.bbc.com


Mar

24
2015

Lack of Snow at Yosemite’s Half Dome Captures California Drought in 5 Photos

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

Weather.com reports that...

California relies on the shrinking Sierra Nevada snowpack for a third of its water, and with less snow coating the mountains nearby every year, water restrictions in the state will only tighten.

Read more at www.weather.com


Mar

24
2015

Spanish floods

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

Bbc.com reports that...

Fire crews have been rescuing people from their homes and vehicles in the Spanish city of Castellon. An intense area of low pressure produced a deluge of rain. BBC Weather’s Chris Fawkes has the latest pictures and forecast for the area.

Read more at www.bbc.com


Mar

23
2015

Cyclone Nathan hits NT coast as state of emergency declared on Goulburn Island

Natalie     Predictions, Reports & Findings, Severe Events, Weather Events     0

Theguardian.com reports that...

Tropical cyclone Nathan has crossed the Northern  Territory coast as a category one cyclone. It hit the coast about 300km east of Darwin between Goulburn Island and Maningrida about 6.30am on Tuesday.

Read more at www.theguardian.com


Mar

20
2015

Storm Brings Snow to Northeast on First Day of Spring

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

Nbcnews.com reports that...

Some areas will pick up six inches of snow from the storm and temperatures in the Northeast will drop 10 to 15 degrees below normal over the weekend.

Read more at www.nbcnews.com


Mar

19
2015

Earth Records Its Warmest Winter on Record

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

Weather.com reports that...

The winter of 2014-15 was the warmest on record worldwide, according to the state of the climate report released by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on Wednesday.

Read more at www.weather.com


Mar

18
2015

Winds Leave Damage in Connecticut and Massachusetts

Natalie     green, Reports & Findings, Weather Events     0

Weather.com reports that...

High winds roared into New England Tuesday, leaving damage in northern Connecticut and parts of Masschusetts.

Read more at www.weather.com