Monthly archives: January 2017

Jan

18
2017

Rocky start to the New Year

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This month, we have been seeing a pattern of extreme precipitation in some regions and an extreme lack of precipitation in others.  The extreme rain is helping some areas, like California, out of drought, but the rain is a double edged sword as it comes immense flood risks.  Meanwhile, Chennai, India is deep in drought, with the entire state affected.  Chennai relies heavily on monsoons, but monsoon activity has been extremely weak, less than half of what it should be.

In California, huge amounts of rain wrought from the largest storm in a decade, which had the silver lining of reducing drought, toppled a giant sequoia called the Pioneer Cabin Tree.  This is certainly a cultural tragedy.  Thousands of people a year flocked to see the tree as well as other trees in the Calaveras Big Tree State Park.  Yours truly was hoping to be one of them some day.    At least 40 people are dead in Thailand after severe flooding inundated the country’s south.  One person is still missing.  More than 700,000 people were affected by the fatal weather.  What’s more, this heavy rain fell during the dry season in Thailand and neighbouring Malaysia.  Malaysia wasn’t quite as devastated, but still faced many closures and left thousands displaced.

In Colorado and Sierra, Nevada, some ski resorts have had to shut down because they have too much snow.  You read that right.  There has been a recent dump of over five ft (1.5 m), which brings with it a serious risk of avalanches.  Also, that much snow on the road is extremely dangerous even with winter tires, so one resort was forced to close because it could not be accessed.   Winter weather has proven incredibly dangerous throughout the Midwest, with slippery conditions causing hundreds of crashes including a 20 car pileup.  There have been at least six fatalities from traffic incidents.  Several states declared states of emergency.  There were also a number of injuries and near misses.  In Oklahoma, over 10,000 people were left without power after an inch (30 mm) of ice accumulated on trees.  In Texas, there were two tornados, which are rare in winter, and hail as large as teacups near Rockspring, and softball sized hail near Medina.  That softball sized hail was incredibly damaging to car bodies.  There were also damaging flash floods.

In other news, a wildfire in Chile near Santiago has scorched 19,000 hectares (73 square miles.)  Military officials and firefighters are still working to get that blaze under control.  At least 100 homes have burned and at least 400 people have been evacuated, including 160 inmates at a women’s prison in Santiago.  

Last year the sheer number of weather-related disasters caused $144 billion in damage.  That is an average of over $500 million being lost per day.  That is truly staggering!  Most of the damage, only a fraction of which was insured, was unleashed by floods last year.


Jan

18
2017

9News: Colorado ski resorts close — too much snow

Jodde     Weather Events, yellow     0

Bizjournals.com reports that...

As snow keeps falling along the Continental Divide and in Colorado’s mountains, several ski resorts have had to close.

Read more at www.bizjournals.com


Jan

18
2017

Blizzard brings too much snow to ski in parts of Sierra

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Https reports that...

RENO — The staggering snow totals in the Sierra — more than 10 feet the past week at some ski resorts around Lake Tahoe — are taking a bite out of a nearly 6-year-old drought.

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Jan

18
2017

‘Worst Rainfall in 30 Years’: Thailand Flooding Hits 700,000 People, Leaves 21 Dead

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Https reports that...

idespread flooding in Thailand’s south has killed 21 people, affected hundreds of thousands more, and hit the nation’s rubber industry hard.

Thailand’s wet season usually ends in late November and flooding is rare in January, officials told Reuters, but unseasonably heavy rain has hit 12 out of 67 provinces.

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Jan

18
2017

Pioneer Cabin Tree, Famous for Tunnel, Is Toppled by Storm – NBC News

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Nbcnews.com reports that...

A famed giant sequoia hollowed out so cars could drive through its trunk has met its end — toppled by the rains that lashed California over the weekend.

Read more at www.nbcnews.com


Jan

18
2017

Chile city in state of emergency over wildfires

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Digitaljournal.com reports that...

Chile on Saturday declared a local state of emergency over wildfires plaguing the landmark tourist-draw city of Valparaiso.

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Jan

18
2017

Insurers paid out $50bn for natural disaster claims in 2016

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Https reports that...

Last year saw the highest costs from natural disasters since 2012, with two earthquakes in Japan in April accounting for the heaviest losses, a leading insurer has said.

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Jan

18
2017

Tornadoes, Flooding Struck Near Dallas-Fort Worth Sunday Evening (RECAP)

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Two tornadoes were confirmed in the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area Sunday evening, one near Laguna Park and another near Grand Prairie. About 30 homes were damaged in Frisco, Texas, according to The Associated Press.


Jan

18
2017

Winter Storm Jupiter’s Icy Side Hits Plains, Midwest Hard; 6 Killed

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Https reports that...

Ice totals in the Plains and Midwest started to reach dangerous levels Sunday morning across the Plains and Midwest, threatening to cripple an entire region of the country for days.

During its trek eastward, Winter Storm Jupiter has killed at least six, spreading freezing rain and ice that has created dangerous road conditions from Oklahoma and Kansas to mid-Missouri and Southern Illinois.

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