Monthly archives: October 2015

Oct

30
2015

Indonesia nears state of emergency as Earth’s LARGEST wildfire blazes out of control

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

Express.co.uk reports that...

Almost 500,000 men, women and children are choking in the vast smoke clouds thrown up into the skies by Indonesia’s wildfire epidemic.

NASA satellites have pinpointed 358 fire hotspots in the last week alone as the flames rage through fields, scrub and into the precious rainforests.

By the day the death toll of fire-fighters rises.

At least 19 have been killed by blazes that move faster than a man can run. Indonesia’s tragedy is the horrifying consequence of slash-and-burn farming and the impacts of an El Niño weather system that has turned the land into a tinderbox.

Read more at www.express.co.uk


Oct

30
2015

Vast Amazon wildfire destroys forest in Brazil and threatens uncontacted tribe

Natalie     green, Reports & Findings, Weather Events     0

Theguardian.com reports that...

Brazilian rangers, firefighters and indigenous communities are battling against a wildfire that has blazed for two months and devastated some of the last Amazonian forest in the northern state of Maranhão, including part of the territory of an uncontacted tribe.

The fire – which has spread across 100km at its peak – is thought to be the biggest in Indian territory for decades and has prompted the local government to declare a state of emergency.

Read more at www.theguardian.com


Oct

30
2015

3 dead after flooding in Travis County | KXAN.com

Jodde     Uncategorized     0

Kxan.com reports that...

AUSTIN KXAN  Three people have died in flood waters in Travis County since Friday.

Read more at kxan.com


Oct

30
2015

South Africa Sets Earth’s Hottest October Temperature on Record: 119°F

Natalie     Data, Reports & Findings, Weather Events     0

Ecowatch.com reports that...

Earth’s hottest temperature ever recorded in the month of October occurred on Tuesday, Oct. 27 in South Africa, when Vredendal hit a remarkable 48.4°C (119.1°F). According to weather records researcher Maximiliano Herrera, this is also the highest temperature ever observed at Vredendal and the third highest temperature in South African history.

Read more at ecowatch.com


Oct

30
2015

Extremely rare cyclone threatens floods, damage in Yemen and Oman: UN

Natalie     Predictions, Reports & Findings, Weather Events     0

Gulfnews.com reports that...

Geneva: Cyclone Chapala, a storm gathering in the Arabian Sea, is heading for Yemen and Oman and may cause floods, landslides and infrastructure damage in countries that are ill-prepared for such weather, the UN climate agency said on Friday.

The tropical cyclone has strengthened very quickly in the past day and is expected to become a super-cyclonic storm in the next 24 hours, with sustained winds of up to 230kph, equivalent to a Category 4 hurricane.

Read more at gulfnews.com


Oct

24
2015

Floods, hurricanes, and a record breaking year

Jodde     Blog     0

California might be in for severe floods in the coming year because of El Niño, according to a recent report. NOAA’s models predict severe flash flooding across California.  They recommend that Californians have three days of food and water in their homes and cars in addition to buying up flood insurance . Meanwhile, last week’s heat wave may have just been the tip of the iceberg, with another heat wave shaping up this week. “Valley and foothill locations will see an increased risk of heat- related illnesses, especially for the homeless, the elderly, infants, outdoor workers and those participating in outdoor activities” said a representative of the National Weather Service. While temperatures will be 10 – 15ºF (5.5 – 8.3ºC) above normal, they are not expected to exceed 100ºF (37.8ºC). The heat is caused by the Santa Ana winds, which usually comes with increased wildfire risks, but in this case there is no elevated risk.

 Hurricane Patricia was the most intense tropical cyclone ever recorded in the eastern Pacific and Atlantic basins. On Friday, it slammed into Mexico. Fortunately, it caused very little damage or loss of life, as it made landfall over an unpopulated area. The storm could have been completely devastating.   Patricia packed sustained wind speeds of 200mph (321kmh), high enough “to get a plane in the air and keep it flying,” according to Charlie Nullis of the National Weather Service. The worst might be yet to come, however, as the remnants of Patricia might hit Texas, where flooding is so severe that it has already derailed a train and caused other extensive damage. Meanwhile, in Greece, severe flash flooding has claimed the life of a 41 year old man, who was swept away in her car. The deluge has also wrought havoc on greenhouses and crops in the region. The weather was so inclement that it caused a three story building to collapse.

In other news, 2015 has been the most intense year in 136 years of record keeping. Not only did we have the hottest start to the year, the hottest consecutive twelve months, and the hottest summer ever recorded, but we also had the hottest September since record keeping began, and the highest deviation from normal temperatures in that month.

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.


Oct

24
2015

California Dreamin’: Heat wave hits Southland – MyNewsLA.com

Jodde     Weather Events, yellow     0

Mynewsla.com reports that...

Santa Ana winds will blow across the Southland, keeping the region hot and dry, possibly threatening vulnerable groups but without raising any major risk of wildfire, forecasters said.

Read more at mynewsla.com


Oct

24
2015

El Niño: Authorities warn public to prepare for heavy flooding across California | KRON4.com

Jodde     Predictions     0

Kron4.com reports that...

SAN FRANCISCO KRON — Weather officials are predicting massive flooding throughout California over the next several months due to a powerful El Niño system looming over the Pacific Ocean, and they issued this public warning: better get prepared because you’re running out of time.

Read more at kron4.com


Oct

24
2015

Mexico at risk of flash floods and mudslides in wake of hurricane Patricia | World news | The Guardian

Jodde     Records, Weather Events, yellow     0

Theguardian.com reports that...

Category 5 hurricane is downgraded to tropical storm as winds fall to 50 mph over land, but 400,000 people live in still-vulnerable areas, experts say

Read more at www.theguardian.com


Oct

24
2015

Heavy Rainfall in Greece Causes Damage and Accidents, Leaves One Person Dead [Video] | GreekReporter.com

Jodde     Damage over $500k, Fatalities, Severe Events, Weather Events, yellow     0

Greece.greekreporter.com reports that...

Homes and shops in the area of Vardas are flooded while numerous parked cars have been carried away by the water.

Read more at greece.greekreporter.com