Monthly archives: February 2016

Feb

07
2016

Storm winds bend street signs in YYT, cause poor visibility on west coast of island – Newfoundland & Labrador – CBC News

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Cbc.ca reports that...

On the Avalon, winds gusting up to 120 km/h are expected to gradually subside into the afternoon. CBC

Read more at www.cbc.ca


Feb

02
2016

Dramatic January weather

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California may experience some relief from the crippling drought facing the state in recent years.  It turns out that there is a record high snowpack in the northernmost regions.  On the other hand, the powerful El Niño is causing serious problems with coastline erosion in Pacifica, California.  Heavy waves are causing landslides along the coast, and there are houses and infrastructure nearby.  Naturally, a lot of it is being damaged, resulting in a state of emergency for the city.  In South Africa, drought is having a devastating effect, and there are fears of impending famine.  They may have to import more than 5 million tons of maize, a crop that the country usually exports.  That amounts to roughly half the dietary requirements.  Farmers are also facing fire sales of their cattle, as there is no feed for them.  While maize is a staple for all South Africans, it is a particularly important food source for the poor, and prices are set to skyrocket.  This could lead to famine and civil unrest.  If and when it does rain normally in South Africa again, it will take the state up to three years to recover.

Meanwhile, near McBride, BC, five snowmobilers have been killed in a major avalanche.  While the trigger was the snowmobiling itself, unexpected rain set up the conditions for it to occur.  In Atlantic Canada, 11,000 homes were without power, as snow-laden branches toppled several power lines.  More than 50cm (1.5 ft) of snow blanketed Newfoundland.  Winds peaked at 108km/h (67mph) during the tremendous nor’easter.  In England, a powerful storm that has been wreaking havoc had high enough winds to push a tractor trailer off the road.  Wind gusts in parts of the UK were as strong as 90mph (144km/h).  The train service, ScotRail, suspended their services due to safety concerns around the extremely inclement weather.  Additionally, many roads are only partially open to traffic.  There is a serious risk of flooding, particularly in Scotland, and we will post an update when one is available.

One man is dead in Queensland, Australia after a powerful system caused a tree to fall on him.   Power was out for the majority of homes in the Hervey Bay region.   While the threat of flash flooding does not seem to have come to pass, Queensland is now enduring a heat wave, with temperatures soaring into the low 40sºC(mid 100sºF).  Denizens of Queensland were warned to check on their elderly neighbours and to watch children closely to ensure their safety in the searing temperatures.

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

02
2016

Winter storm conditions strike much of Newfoundland – Newfoundland & Labrador – CBC News

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Cbc.ca reports that...

A winter storm hampered much of Newfoundland Saturday, causing power outages and dangerous driving conditions.

Read more at www.cbc.ca


Feb

02
2016

Five snowmobilers killed in major avalanche near McBride, B.C.: RCMP – Brandon Sun

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Brandonsun.com reports that...

MCBRIDE, B.C. – Five snowmobilers died Friday in a major avalanche near the interior community of McBride, B.C., which came as “heartbreaking news” to the snowmobiling community and local officials.

Read more at www.brandonsun.com


Feb

02
2016

South Africa suffers worst drought in decades | All media content | DW.COM | 02.02.2016

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Dw.com reports that...

Farmers in South Africa have been hit by the worst drought in several decades. Crops have been destroyed and livelihoods are at risk.

Read more at www.dw.com


Feb

01
2016

Storm Henry: motorists warned against travel in parts of Scotland | UK news | The Guardian

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Theguardian.com reports that...

Traffic Scotland said only essential journeys should be attempted as roads, bridges and railway lines are battered by heavy rain and gale-force winds. Lorries have been blown over, trees uprooted and buildings damaged by the latest severe weather.

Read more at www.theguardian.com