Monthly archives: January 2016

Jan

14
2016

A Hurricane? In January? You Can Thank El Nino : Discovery News

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News.discovery.com reports that...

It’s not often that an official hurricane forecast uses the word “surreal,” but that was the case late Monday as Tropical Storm Pali improbably became Hurricane Pali, the earliest hurricane ever recorded in the Central Pacific.

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Jan

14
2016

Atlantic winter weather causes widespread outages, cancellations – Nova Scotia – CBC News

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Cbc.ca reports that...

Most areas in the Atlantic provinces were under winter storm and snowfall warnings as the first snowstorm of the year brought heavy, wet snow and ice pellets.

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Jan

13
2016

Drought Boosts Science in Dominican Republic | Inter Press Service

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Ipsnews.net reports that...

Leaks in city water pipes, like this one in the Pequeño Haití Little Haiti market in Santo Domingo, aggravated the water shortages during the lengthy drought in the Dominican Republic. Credit: Dionny Matos/IPS

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Jan

13
2016

South Africa: Poor Face Rising Food Prices As Drought Intensifies – allAfrica.com

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Allafrica.com reports that...

The South African media have been full of stories about the current drought that has gripped many parts of the northern and central regions of the country. The reporting has also been full of superlatives: this is the worst drought since 1992, for instance, or in other reports since 1984.

Read more at allafrica.com


Jan

11
2016

Drought hits half of country, but rice bowl seen surviving | Bangkok Post: news

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Bangkokpost.com reports that...

Slightly more than half of the country is facing water shortages, but the Royal Irrigation Department remains confident the Central Plain will survive the dry season.

Read more at www.bangkokpost.com


Jan

04
2016

Holiday Havoc

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2015 was the hottest year on record. We saw many record-shattering heat waves around the world. The year ended with temperatures in the geographic North Pole 50ºF (27ºC) above average. The temperature was so high, it actually briefly exceeded the freezing point of water. What is remarkable is that this is during the period known as “the long night” where because of the angle of the Earth to the sun in winter, the sun never rises. This has only happened twice since record-keeping. A monster storm system named Frank has wrought havoc over much of North America, where it caused two tornado systems and dangerous flooding, more on that later.   It has also brought flooding to parts of the United Kingdom, where it has been causing washed out roads and inundated vehicles. In fact, ten people had to be rescued after being stranded in a bus in Scotland.

 

While in many parts of the northern hemisphere, it was a white Christmas, for those in the Alps it was anything but white. They are in the midst of a snow drought, much like the one that plagued North America last year, and a vast majority of typically densely populated ski runs are closed. France, Germany, and Switzerland are currently experiencing unusually high temperatures. Many resorts have been able to make only thin strips of snow, opening one or two runs at best. Even in higher altitudes, where making snow is easier, snow off the runs, read backcountry, is sparse. While meteorologists are predicting snow, it may be too little too late for resorts in the lower Alps to attract skiers, and this comes with substantial risk to the economy. There was also spring-like weather in the US, with temperatures in New York hitting 60ºF(15.5ºC). Ski resorts in New England are also having difficulty staying open with abnormally warm temperatures.   While resorts in the Cascade Mountains and the Rockies in the US Pacific Northwest are open and doing well for now with a recent dumping of snow (up to 4ft(1.2m) in some places., they may struggle later in the season as El Niño is expected to bring drier than normal conditions. The warm temperatures across most of the US left many Americans feeling like it just wasn’t the holiday season, a sentiment echoed in Canada. The temperatures in Calgary, Alberta have been considerably milder than in average years. Temperatures frequently dip to lower than -20ºC, (-4ºF) but the coldest day recently was -17ºC(-1.4ºF), and those were extremes, with the temperature rarely getting colder than about -10ºC(14ºF).

Tragically, 14 people are dead after a rash of at least 20 tornados hit the southeastern US.  The tornados were sparked by the storm system mentioned earlier.  The devastation happened on Christmas Eve, so we should spare a thought for those whose holiday season suddenly became a nightmare.

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.