Monthly archives: July 2016

Jul

25
2016

Heat, Hail and Hard Times

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Severe thunderstorms hit the UK this week.  While there were, fortunately, no fatalities, there was significant damage that shut down two train lines indefinitely.  This is fairly unsurprising when there were over 40,000 lightning strikes produced by that storm.  The thunderstorms which may yet cause flooding as they are expected to drop 50mm (2 inches) of rain.  This comes on the heels of a heat wave throughout the UK, with temperatures almost as high as 36ºC (97ºF).  Several people were killed in an outbreak of violence believed to have been caused by the extremely high temperatures.Meanwhile, a phenomenon called a microburst dropped hail and damaging winds of 120km/h (75 mph) in Quebec.  This was powerful enough to rip the roofs off of some buildings.  Flash floods have hit St. John’s, Newfoundland earlier on Tuesday.  The intense rain dislodged two newly installed sewer pipes from a $3 million storm sewer an industrial company is installing.  The project is ahead of schedule which is likely the only reason it is not causing a significant economic setback.

Saskatchewan suffered a serious thunderstorm last week, receiving baseball sized hail.  Hail that size can weigh more than actual baseballs!   Hail rarely gets to be that size though, around 2.75 inches (6.89cm), although the largest ever recorded was 8 inches (20 cm) in diameter.  Damage reports have been pouring in, and there will likely be millions of dollars of insurable and uninsured losses. In Guzheng, China, torrential downpours created a river of mud that left homes destroyed in its wake.  Luckily there were no fatalities, but the cleanup effort could be a lengthy process and cost millions.   In Darjeeling, a family of three people was seriously injured when a landslide took place there.  Meanwhile, in Guwahati, India, six people have been killed in separate incidents from rain-fueled landslides. In Peterborough, Ontario, heat has topped 37ºC (98ºF).  The humidex may make it even more dangerous, especially for the elderly, who along with those who work outside are most vulnerable to heat-related incidents.  Officials are warning residents to drink plenty of water and avoid caffeinated and alcoholic beverages, as these often contribute to dehydration.  The humidex has been as high as a sweltering 41ºC (105ºF).  The temperatures in many areas of the US, like Chicago and much of the northeast will experience temperatures that feel as high as 46ºC (115ºF).  In many Texas cities, like Fort Worth and Waco, temperatures are still in excess of 40ºC (100ºF).  While New York has avoided much of the extreme temperatures, they have certainly experienced a great degree of drought.  Nearly a quarter of the state is in extreme drought.


Jul

25
2016

Landslide toll touches 6 as woman buried alive in Guwahati – Times of India

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Timesofindia.indiatimes.com reports that...

Guwahati: Malati Das was busy doing household chores on Wednesday when a rain-triggered landslide came crashing down on her hillside residence in the city here, burying her alive. She was the sixth person to die in a landslide in the city in less than a month

Read more at timesofindia.indiatimes.com


Jul

23
2016

Microburst confirmed, roofs blown off in Quebec. See photos

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Https reports that...

Tuesday, July 19, 2016, 4:36 PM – Over 1,500 people are still without power across southern Quebec after severe storms brought torrential rain, hail and damaging winds to the region Monday afternoon.

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Jul

23
2016

Deluge, flash flood hits Fort St. John

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Timescolonist.com reports that...

Fort St. John RCMP blocked intersections in the Mathews Park area for about 90 minutes because of flooding. The street was reopened at about 9 p.m. Tuesday. Photograph By Matt Preprost

Read more at www.timescolonist.com


Jul

23
2016

Village in China hit by landslide – BBC News

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Bbc.com reports that...

See the moment a landslide in China crashed towards a village of wooden houses.

Read more at www.bbc.com


Jul

23
2016

Hail the size of baseballs hammers Saskatchewan – Saskatchewan – CBC News

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Cbc.ca reports that...

People in Outlook, Stewart Valley and other Saskatchewan communities were tweeting out photos of softball-sized hailstones from Tuesday’s storm. Twitter

Read more at www.cbc.ca


Jul

20
2016

Heat warning in effect | Peterborough Examiner

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Thepeterboroughexaminer.com reports that...

Peterborough Public Health has issued its third heat warning of the season for Peterborough city and county and Environment Canada also has a heat warning in effect for Peterborough and the Kawarthas with high temperatures of 31 to 32 C, feeling more like 37 C and possibly more with the humidex, in the forecast for Thursday to Saturday.

Read more at www.thepeterboroughexaminer.com


Jul

20
2016

UK weather: Thunderstorms hit country after mini-heatwave with severe warnings issued for flash flooding – Mirror Online

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Mirror.co.uk reports that...

Almost 40,000 lightning strikes were recorded in 19 hours from 3pm Tuesday to 10am this morning – with a further 10,000 expected before end of the day.

Read more at www.mirror.co.uk


Jul

06
2016

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Golf ball sized hail has been pelting Alberta lately.  One storm south of Calgary destroyed a number of farms.  One such farm had just been certified organic.  The damage could have been substantially worse.  The storms were seeded to break up more massive hailstones.  Alberta is known to meteorologists as hailstone alley.  Flash floods are more rare, but that happened in in Edmonton.  There was no major damage from the flooding reported.

In France, the Beaujolais wine-growing region has been decimated by hail as well.   As though the hail weren’t bad enough, vintners in the region also had to deal with 80mm (3.5 in) of rain.  Officials are calling for the region to be declared a disaster area, as many vintners lost as much as 80% of their crops.  The region, along with Cognac and Chablis were also hit hard at the end of May.

In China, even more flooding, as much of the mainland was lashed by heavy rains.  In 1998, China lost 4,000 people to horrendous deluges, to say nothing of the crushing $30.17 billion in economic losses.  All in all, 240 million people were affected.  To put that in perspective, that’s nearly 85% of America’s population.  So far, this year is shaping up to be worse than 1998.  There has been more rain and more rainfall events.  This is blamed on record El Niño conditions.  The Yangtze is already dangerously high, but they are not yet as high as they were in 1998.  Mainland China has already seen some devastating landslides and floods this year, however.  That said, many of them are at their highest levels since 1998, and the flooding season in China is just beginning.  

Severe weather bringing hurricane force winds in Texas caused part of a parking structure to crumble, splitting a truck in half. Fortunately, the vehicle was unoccupied at the time.  In West Virginia, at least 20 people were killed in the torrential downpour. and thousands of people are now homeless.  In North Carolina’s Triangle, the region bounded by Durham, Raleigh and Chapel Hill, hail as large as half-dollars (30.61 mm (1.205 in)).  In Durham, winds uprooted massive trees and slammed them into homes, causing immense damage.  Cars were also crushed under trees, but fortunately there were no fatalities reported in the Triangle.


Jul

06
2016

Torrential rain wreaks havoc in central, eastern China but Yangtze flood risks diminish | South China Morning Post

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Scmp.com reports that...

China’s flood control efforts have entered a “critical” stage as torrential rains continue to wreak havoc in central and eastern China due to a strong El Nino, although the risk of a devastating flood on the country’s longest waterway appears to be diminishing, according to senior water and meteorological officials.

Read more at www.scmp.com