Monthly archives: December 2015

Dec

30
2015

Freak storm pushes North Pole 50 degrees above normal to melting point

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Washingtonpost.com reports that...

A powerful winter cyclone — the same storm that lead to two tornado outbreaks in the United States and disastrous river flooding — has driven the North Pole to the freezing point this week, 50 degrees above average for this time of year.

Read more at www.washingtonpost.com


Dec

29
2015

Alps ski resorts at lower altitudes suffer from lack of snow leaving slopes bare

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

Dailymail.co.uk reports that...

Holidaymakers who planned a snowy Christmas getaway in the Alps have been left disappointed at low-altitude ski resorts caught in one of the warmest Decembers on record.

Read more at www.dailymail.co.uk


Dec

24
2015

US storms: At least 11 dead in trail of destruction

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

Bbc.com reports that...

At least 11 people have been killed and scores more injured by a devastating storm which left a path of destruction across the US South on Christmas Eve.

Read more at www.bbc.com


Dec

22
2015

El Niño pattern brings springlike temperatures to much of U.S.

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

Dallasnews.com reports that...

A weather pattern partly linked with El Niño has turned winter upside-down across the U.S. during a week of heavy holiday travel. It is bringing springlike warmth to the Northeast, a risk of tornadoes in the South and so much snow across the West that even skiing slopes have been overwhelmed.

Read more at www.dallasnews.com


Dec

18
2015

El Niños worldwide havoc

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Serious snow storms are have recently battered the East coast and the West coast of North America. Alaska saw its most powerful storm in over thirty years, with wind speeds matching a category 3 hurricane. In Fredericton, New Brunswick and surrounding areas, thousands of denizens are without power. The freezing temperatures there naturally make this a dangerous situation.

In Sydney, Australia, massive hail, some larger than golf balls caused serious damage to cars and roofs. The same storm also caused flash flooding and even a tornado. A tornado is a very rare event for Sydney. While no deaths have been reported, there were at least four injuries, including a head injury. In contrast, nine people have lost their lives and thousands more have lost their homes in the Philippines after devastating weather there.   Mindoro Governor, Alfonso Umali, described the typhoon as one of the most powerful that has ever hit the region. Many more may die due to the deluge’s effect on potable water and electricity. Disaster official Jonathan Baldo reported that thousands of homes were reduced to “matchsticks.”

California was hoping this year’s El Niño would bring enough rain to end their longstanding drought. While that is not expected to happen, at least it will be alleviated. However, it is not all good news. California will be at higher risk of landslides and flooding, as they are likely to experience intense rain. Queensland, Australia is also experiencing extreme drought conditions, and a number of farmers have had to de-stock, (sell all their cattle) because grass has not been growing (although rains in the winter kept it alive.) Now instead of cattle, at least one farm, Donald Brown’s, has kangaroos. The kangaroos are starving, and that is tragic as it is, but they are also damaging the land and eating whatever sparse grass is left. In Maharashtra, India, the crippling drought is decimating pulse harvests. Black lentil harvests are expected to decline by about 74%. Sorghum is also slated to decline 73%. Oilseeds (oil producing seeds like rape, cotton, etc.) are expected to decline 43%. Lentils and other pulses are the mainstay of the Indian diet, so the average price of food in the region would likely rise considerably. The shortfall is expected to amount to approximately $65 million US.

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.


Dec

18
2015

Nine killed as storm causes chaos in central Philippines | Reuters

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Uk.reuters.com reports that...

Nine people were killed and hundreds spent the night huddled on their roofs in the central Philippines as floods generated by a powerful typhoon inundated villages, disaster officials said on Wednesday.

Read more at uk.reuters.com


Dec

16
2015

Winter Storm Echo Brings Heavy Snow Into the Northern Plains (FORECAST) | Weather Underground

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Wunderground.com reports that...

Winter Storm Echo will spread locally heavy snow Wednesday across the northern Plains and Upper Midwest after dumping up to 33 inches of snow in the Cascaces, Sierra, Rockies and Great Basin and causing major travel headaches for the Denver area Tuesday.

Read more at www.wunderground.com


Dec

16
2015

Kangaroo invasion at drought-stricken Queensland farm – 9news.com.au

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9news.com.au reports that...

When Queensland grazier Donald Brown jumps in his ute in the morning to check his 45,000 acre property, he is greeted not by Brahman cattle, but by plague-like proportions of kangaroos. 

Read more at www.9news.com.au


Dec

16
2015

Droughts, failed harvests tied to El Nino devastate Africa – The Globe and Mail

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Theglobeandmail.com reports that...

From devastating food shortages in Ethiopia to soaring prices in South Africa, a new climate disaster is wreaking havoc across much of Africa, lending urgency to the climate accord that was reached by world leaders in Paris on the weekend.

Read more at www.theglobeandmail.com


Dec

16
2015

Drought-hit Maharashtra’s pulses output halved – The Times of India

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Timesofindia.indiatimes.com reports that...

UMBAI: Even as the state reels under a shortage of pulses, estimates for the drought-hit kharif season which just ended show that the crisis could worsen. They show a steep 52% drop in the production of kharif pulses and a 30% fall in the production of kharif cereals for 2015-16 compared to a normal year. The overall production of kharif foodgrains is set to decline by an estimated 34%. 

Read more at timesofindia.indiatimes.com