Monthly archives: November 2015

Nov

30
2015

South Africa grapples with worst drought in 30 years

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

Bbc.com reports that...

South Africa is facing one of the worst droughts to hit the region in 30 years. Many small farmers are expected to go out of business as food production and prices increase, especially in the Free State province.

Read more at www.bbc.com


Nov

30
2015

Massive El Niño and weather woes

Jodde     Blog     0

We’ve seen bizarre weather across the globe for a number of weeks, from record heat waves to longstanding droughts. A likely cause of this is another record that has recently been broken; warmest El Niño. This year’s El Niño was 3ºC (5.4ºF) above normal ocean temperatures over the last week. While records have only been kept since 1990, the previous record was 2.8­ºC* (5ºF). The record week could indicate an exceptionally strong El Niño year. The World Meteorological Organization already ranks this as the biggest in over 15 years, and it could get stronger yet.   One well documented effect of El Niño is heat waves in Australia, and Sydney, Australia is battling an intense heat wave with temperatures in excess of 43ºC(109ºF). These sweltering temperatures make it dangerous to exercise or work outside, and long term exposure without cooling can and frequently does result in death, especially for the elderly. Emergency responders treated two dozen people suffering from heat related illnesses. These temperatures are the hottest November temperatures in over three decades. On top of that, there were fires to contend with. One such fire occurred at an electrical substation, cutting power to thousands of homes. In Vitoria, Australia, crews are fighting massive wild fires. More than 85,000 hectares (210,000 acres) conflagration has killed at least two people and hospitalized at least a further 13. It has also gutted 16 homes so far. Wildfires have killed 173 people in Australia so far this year, and destroyed 2,000 homes.

We have also seen some extreme wet weather last week. In Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, heavy rains caused flooding that submerged numerous cars and closed schools.   The deluge was responsible for one death there. Neighboring Qatar got doused with 80mm (3.14”) of rain, more than they would typically get in a whole year. While there are no reports of death in Qatar, there was one fatality in the city or Rimah, to the northeast. In other news, while tropical storm Rick did not make landfall anywhere, and thus caused no damage, it was an incredibly rare storm that deserves mention. Rick was the fifth tropical storm since record keeping that has formed this late in the Pacific.

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 recent headlines, please click here.

*The source did not note whether the temperature referred to was in Celsius or Fahrenheit, but the first listing of a temperature was in Celsius, and the source is from the UK, so we reasonably make that assumption.


Nov

30
2015

Wildfire in Australia kills 2, destroys 16 homes | World | News | Toronto Sun

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Torontosun.com reports that...

ADELAIDE, Australia Out-of-control wildfires have caused at least two deaths, 13 injuries and have destroyed at least 16 homes near the southern Australian city of Adelaide, officials said on Thursday.

Read more at www.torontosun.com


Nov

29
2015

Storm Clodagh: Thousands without power in Republic of Ireland

Natalie     Reports & Findings, Weather Events     0

Bbc.com reports that...

Up to 3,500 people have been left without electricity in heavy storms in the Republic of Ireland.

Read more at www.bbc.com


Nov

26
2015

Heavy rain hits the Middle East

Natalie     Reports & Findings, Weather Events     0

Bbc.com reports that...

Flooding triggered by torrential rains caused chaos in Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

Read more at www.bbc.com


Nov

26
2015

‘Bad news for the planet’ amid fresh temperature records

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

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

Global temperatures are continuing to climb to fresh records, adding to the urgency of curbing greenhouse gas emissions that are the primary cause, the World Meteorological Organisation says.

Read more at m.smh.com.au


Nov

20
2015

Tropical Storm Rick Is One of the Latest Eastern Pacific Storms of Record

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

Weather.com reports that...

Tropical Storm Rick continues to spin in the eastern Pacific Ocean, well off the Mexican coast. Except for some clusters of showers or thundershowers well removed from Rick’s circulation along the Mexican Pacific coast, it is no threat to land.

A named storm so late in the eastern Pacific hurricane season is in rare company.

Read more at www.weather.com


Nov

20
2015

China’s temperature, sea level rise faster than global average

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

News.xinhuanet.com reports that...

China has seen faster temperature and sea level increases compared with the global average, according to a report released on Friday.

The sea level along the country’s coastal areas rose by 2.9 millimeters per year from 1980 to 2012, and the average temperature in China increased by 0.9 to 1.5 degree Celsius in the 100 years since 1909, according to an assessment report on climate change in China.

Read more at news.xinhuanet.com


Nov

20
2015

Sydney swelters through hottest November temperatures in more than three decades

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

9news.com.au reports that...

Sydney is sweltering through its hottest November day in 33 years, with temperatures still hot this evening, heightening the risk of bushfires.

Temperatures in the city increased by seven degrees in 10 minutes this afternoon, hitting 40.9 degrees at 3.05pm, close to the all-time November record of 41.8 degrees set in 1982.

Sydney Airport reached 42.8 degrees at 3.09pm, making it the hottest November day since 1982 when it reached 43.4 degrees.

Read more at www.9news.com.au


Nov

19
2015

Pacific Ocean temperature data shows El Niño  is gathering record strength

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

Theguardian.com reports that...

A key indicator for the strength of El Niño has reached a record high, the US weather agency said, adding to signs that a weather pattern known for causing extreme droughts, storms and floods could become one of the strongest ever.

Read more at www.theguardian.com