Monthly archives: February 2016

Feb

25
2016

Idaho County declares disaster after Elk City landslide | KTVB.COM

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Ktvb.com reports that...

GRANGEVILLE, Idaho Idaho County officials have signed a declaration of county disaster in connection to a landslide in Elk City that will cost an estimated $1.5 million to clean up.

Read more at www.ktvb.com


Feb

22
2016

Mystery wind drought that cut US wind power in 2015 is back

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

Newscientist.com reports that...

There’s a still in the air – and it is bad news for North America’s wind turbines.

Last year saw the lowest average wind speeds in half a century across much of North America. There were long periods of motionless air across most of the Great Plains and the West, stretching through to Texas and Florida, and from Mexico to Canada.

Read more at www.newscientist.com


Feb

22
2016

20 dead from ‘monster’ Cyclone Winston in Fiji

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

Cnn.com reports that...

Workers scrambled to reach hard-hit outer islands in Fiji on Monday to fully assess the scope of the devastating cyclone that struck the Pacific Island nation over the weekend, killing at least 20 people.

Tropical Cyclone Winston, which lashed Fiji on Saturday night, is the most powerful storm on record in the Southern Hemisphere, authorities said.

Read more at www.cnn.com


Feb

19
2016

Late winter chaos in Canada

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Montréal, Quebec, Canada was covered in snow and ice two weeks ago.  Within a day, the temperature soared to (48ºF).  Temperatures in Toronto, Ontario soared as high as 16ºC (60ºF).  These temperatures are more in line with typical early and late summer temperatures than what should be expected for the middle of winter.  Shortly thereafter, the province was plunged right into the thick of winter temperatures.  Authorities issued an extreme cold weather alert in the following week, as temperatures plummeted to below -30ºC (-22ºF).

Such brutally cold temperatures can cause hypothermia and its harbinger frostbite, but perhaps less known is that extreme cold can be extremely dangerous for people with heart conditions.  Any activity in the cold can increase heart attack risk in those with preexisting risk factors.  Cold exposure causes blood vessels to constrict.  This stresses the heart and can temporarily spike blood pressure.  This is why an alarming number of people die shoveling snow.  Shoveling snow is particularly strenuous, but any activity in the extreme cold should be limited.  If you must shovel snow, there are important safety tips here.

Quebec started to warm up a few days ago, but on Tuesday, a major winter storm blew through Montreal, Quebec, and Toronto and Ottawa in Ontario, causing tremendous travel chaos.  Most flights into and out of Toronto were grounded, resulting in delays of several hours.  Later, freezing rain caused trouble for aviation and road travel.  The ice storm left 12,000 people in the province without power. Last week, several flights were cancelled throughout the maritime provinces of Canada, as a powerful storm blew in, blanketing parts of Nova Scotia with 43cm (16”) of snow.  Blowing snow in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island caused travel chaos as well.  In Newfoundland, flights were grounded, ferries were docked, and driving was extremely treacherous.  Police warned drivers to stay home, as they were reporting complete whiteout conditions.

Haiti is experiencing severe drought, and has been for over three years.  El Niño is being blamed for the disastrous situation.  In a nation that’s already mired in poverty, food prices are rising substantially in the face of repeatedly decimated harvests.  The poorest Haitians, many of whom are subsistence farmers cannot afford to buy food to feed themselves, and their farms have no or very low yields.  Rising food prices in wealthy nations, and make no mistake, they are rising, are mostly an inconvenience in developed nations with thriving economies.  However, when the majority of the population, 75% of it, lives on less than $2 a day, price increases from a few years of bad harvests are unutterably devastating.

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.


Feb

17
2016

Montreal weather: Icy storm causes slick conditions – Montreal – CBC News

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Cbc.ca reports that...

Many parts of Quebec and eastern Ontario got hit with a powerful mix of snow and freezing rain, which closed a number of schools and delayed many flights.

Read more at www.cbc.ca


Feb

13
2016

Huge temperature contrasts across US

Natalie     Data, Reports & Findings, Weather Events     0

Bbc.com reports that...

Extreme cold weather is affecting eastern Canada and NE states of the US. Further west it’s a much hotter story as BBC Weather’s Nick Miller explains.

Read more at www.bbc.com


Feb

10
2016

Storm slams Newfoundland – Canada News – Castanet.net

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Castanet.net reports that...

Blizzard conditions from an East Coast storm that cancelled flights and closed schools in the Maritimes unleashed powerful wind gusts as it shifted into Newfoundland and Labrador early Tuesday.

Read more at www.castanet.net


Feb

10
2016

Persistent drought threatens millions with hunger in Haiti – U.N.

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News.trust.org reports that...

BOGOTA, Feb 10 Thomson Reuters Foundation – Around 3.6 million people in Haiti are struggling to feed themselves as three consecutive years of drought have ruined harvests and raised food prices, worsening hunger among the poor, the U.N. World Food Programme WFP has said.

Read more at news.trust.org


Feb

10
2016

Penguin Disaster As Iceberg Blocks Route To Sea

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

Iflscience.com reports that...

A penguin apocalypse is unfolding in Commonwealth Bay, Antarctica, as tens of thousands of birds are cut off from their food supply by a stranded iceberg. The iceberg in question, B09B, has altered the penguins’ frigid environment, resulting in a mass of deaths. The finding is a worrying sign for other penguin colonies confronted with climate change.

Read more at www.iflscience.com


Feb

07
2016

From snow and ice to a record high for Montreal | Suburban Weather | thesuburban.com

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Thesuburban.com reports that...

Wednesday started off icy and snowy on L’Ile Perrot, and across most of eastern Ontario and southern Quebec, but ended with a record high of 8C.

Read more at www.thesuburban.com