Monthly archives: June 2015

Jun

30
2015

Hail Storm Hampers Rush Hour in Northern Twin Cities

Natalie     Reports & Findings, Weather Events     0

Nbcnews.com reports that...

Severe storms descended upon Twin Cities metro area dropping large hail and heavy rain, whisked by strong winds across a wide area.

Read more at www.nbcnews.com


Jun

29
2015

Phoenix area hit by dust storm; power restored to thousands

Natalie     Data, Reports & Findings, Weather Events     0

Upi.com reports that...

Power has been restored to thousands of people and cleanup efforts are underway after the first monsoon storm of the season hit Phoenix with a dust storm.

Read more at www.upi.com


Jun

29
2015

Europe basks in heatwave

Natalie     Data, Reports & Findings, Weather Events     0

Bbc.com reports that...

Much of North Africa and western Europe is experiencing a heatwave at the moment, with temperatures widely above 40C. The heat is due to spread to northern Europe this week, including to parts of the UK and Scandinavia.

Read more at www.bbc.com


Jun

24
2015

Drought And Floods

Jodde     Blog     0

Last week brought us disturbing, deadly weather. Several countries around the world are experiencing at least some degree of drought. While the drought in California is so bad that its farmers have to fight for their alleged right to water in The Supreme Court of The United States, North Korea claims to have been hit with its worst drought in more than a century. North Korea is experiencing drought, but the severity of it must be taken with a grain of salt, as its news agency has allegedly been less than completely honest over the years.   According to the Korean Central News Agency, more than a quarter of rice paddies are parched.  That means drought stressed plants and little to no yield. They certainly are in drought though, and food and electricity are declining resources. Toronto, Ontario, and Alberta, Canada are in drought, which is relatively rare. Toronto’s drought, while not as severe as California’s, is a severe threat to the city’s homeless. More homeless people die from dehydration in the summer months than freeze to death in the winter. The drought makes it especially hard to deliver water to the most vulnerable. Columbia is also facing a water shortage, and Puerto Rico is suffering a severe drought on par with California’s.  The drought in Eastern Australia seems endless. Drought in India was so severe that it led farmers to suicide in the month of May. The truly alarming thing is that we are seeing drought on every habitable continent.

 

Meanwhile, there is also the opposite extreme. In Tbilisi, Georgia, a massive deluge killed at least five people. Further to this tragedy, a number of zoo animals escaped due to high water levels. Some animals are still missing. It is not clear that none of those missing animals are predators. If any of them are and have survived, they are displaced, almost certainly scared predators, making them especially dangerous.  Recent flooding in Texas has had devastating results, due to tropical storm Bill. Wanganui, New Zealand faced severe flooding last week, the effects of it visible from space. We know of no loss of life, but several people lost everything they had in their homes. When a flood hits, it is not clean water that inundates people’s homes. It is muddy contaminated water.   Contaminants and disease causing agents like mold can quickly take hold, so once it is safe to clean a flooded home, one must wear a gas mask and avoid contact with the water. It usually takes a few days before it is safe to reenter a home, as there may be compromised utilities like gas and electrical lines, which need to be inspected before clearance is given. During that time, one’s treasured possessions, like photos, books, furniture or electronics can be soaked through with this muddy water. It goes without saying that such a state of affairs can result in a total loss, and unfortunately, this has happened to a number of people in New Zealand recently.

Unfortunately, the tragic events we reported on are in no way a full reflection 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.

 


Jun

24
2015

Wanganui flooding as seen from space | Otago Daily Times Online News : Otago, South Island, New Zealand & International News

Jodde     Weather Events, yellow     0

Odt.co.nz reports that...

Photo: NASA

 

While the floods that swamped Wanganui last weekend appeared devastating enough from pictures taken from helicopters, the view from space has offered another perspective altogether.

Read more at www.odt.co.nz


Jun

24
2015

800,000 Without Power as Violent Weather Sweeps Across Country

Natalie     Reports & Findings, Weather Events     0

Nbcnews.com reports that...

A tornado touched down near Boston, and 70 mph winds from Ohio to Maine uprooted trees as much of the Midwest braces for more severe storms.

Read more at www.nbcnews.com


Jun

24
2015

Heatwave warning as researchers find weather patterns are making them more common

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

Dailymail.co.uk reports that...

Daily weather patterns have changed in recent decades, making eastern North America, Europe and western Asia more prone to nastier summer heatwaves that go beyond global warming, a new study has found.

Read more at www.dailymail.co.uk


Jun

24
2015

Pakistan heatwave to ease as India prepares for floods

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

Bbc.com reports that...

The extreme heat in Pakistan has now claimed over 800 lives, with many hospitals struggling to cope with the influx of people affected by the temperature. Meanwhile, heavy rain is expected to affect India over the coming days, which could potentially cause flooding.

Read more at www.bbc.com


Jun

22
2015

Pakistan heat wave claims at least 140 lives

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

Cnn.com reports that...

A record-breaking heat wave baked Pakistan’s largest city, Karachi, over the weekend, killing as many as 140 people.

Read more at www.cnn.com


Jun

21
2015

Inland temperatures expected to cool as wildfire near Big Bear grows to 17,000 acres

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

Latimes.com reports that...

The high-pressure system of warm, dry air that pushed temperatures into the triple digits in Southern California will begin to drift away beginning Monday, bringing a dip in heat to the area.

The Los Angeles area will see temperatures in the high 70s, and desert temperatures will fall into the 90s by midweek, said weather specialist Stuart Seto.

The cooler temperatures should help the nearly 2,000 firefighters battling the Lake fire in the San Bernardino Mountains south of Big Bear Lake.

Read more at www.latimes.com