Monthly archives: March 2017

Mar

31
2017

In Like a Lion

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Parts of New York, namely Niagara Falls received record snowfall that prompted Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul to declare a state of emergency.  Fortunately there have been few car accidents, which the lieutenant governor attributed to people complying with advisories to stay off the roads. Not everybody did though, so there were certainly car accidents and accompanying property damage.

In St. John’s, Newfoundland, Churchill Square, which is home to a 63 story apartment building sustained serious damage to it.  It will need to be stripped down to studs and rebuilt, which will take about nine months, leaving tenants to make other arrangements.  There are 14 businesses on the ground floor that now have to find a new place to operate on very short notice.  All of this destruction was from a massive wind storm.  Meanwhile, In Kansas City, severe weather decimated several hangars and the planes within.  All told, about 70 aircrafts were damaged in what was likely a tornado.  One airplane was even picked up out of a hangar and flipped over a second hangar before crashing upside down.

Two homes have been destroyed by a Florida forest fire after a man burned a pile of books on his property.  Twenty-five homes were also damaged.  Deleterious weather has walloped South Africa.  Intense winds fanned flames that have already gutted 3,500 homes.  Nine people have succumbed to three different fires.  An annual bicycle race, the Cape Town Cycle Tour also had to be cancelled due to the intense winds.  Beachgoers who braved winds were compelled to leave as high waves plowed into the beach and occasionally even the promenade.

By far the worst weather was in Peru, which has been completely devastated by flooding that is unimaginable to the vast majority of us.  For 75 people, we know for sure that this flooding was how they died.  Many more likely met a similar end.  The last thing they ever saw was the devastation unleashed on their homes.  Those who survived are facing food and water shortages; and some communities are completely isolated after mudslides and flooding decimated all road and rail connections.  Peru has deployed armed forces to help, but Peruvians are still in dire straits.  Those who are left behind to pick up the pieces might wonder why this happened, and scientists tell us it is the latest bout of El Niño.  Already the country is facing 10 times more rainfall than usual.   

In other news, a recent report shows that Australia has broken 205 heat record this summer, and they are in for more extreme weather as they enter fall.


Mar

25
2017

Lt. Governor declares Idaho, Lewis counties in state of emergency | Idaho County Free Press

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Idahocountyfreepress.com reports that...

“We have had an abnormal winter exceeding 25 year, 50 year and perhaps 100-year event projections. Our citizens and municipalities are burdened by Mother Nature, our infrastructure is being tested,” said Governor Brad Little, current acting governor. “We are grateful that no one has lost their life as a direct result of this flooding, but the economic and personal toll is enormous. The communities in these areas will be dealing with the destruction for the foreseeable future and we will work to provide resources and assistance wherever we can.”

Read more at www.idahocountyfreepress.com


Mar

25
2017

State of Emergency continues for second day – Story

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Wkbw.com reports that...

Heavy snow and strong winds are hitting the entire Northeast region and then some.

Read more at www.wkbw.com


Mar

25
2017

Peru declares state of emergency due to deadly floods | Euronews

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Euronews.com reports that...

Peru declares state of emergency due to deadly floods

Read more at www.euronews.com


Mar

25
2017

Challenges continue for Sydney area flood victims

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Capebretonpost.com reports that...

SYDNEY, N.S. – The mayor of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality came away from a meeting with a provincial minister with a promise for an additional meeting to provide an “official debrief” on flood assistance.

Read more at www.capebretonpost.com


Mar

25
2017

WATCH: Swells, wind and fire – extreme weather batters Cape Town and Durban | News24

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News24.com reports that...

Tragedy struck in the Imizamo Yethu informal settlement on Saturday when a fire broke out shortly after midnight during hot, dry and windy conditions. Residents fled with their belongings from the narrow alleys between the corrugated iron houses to the safety of nearby tar roads.

Read more at www.news24.com


Mar

25
2017

Australia: Summer heat broke 205 records and more extreme weather is to come | WeatherWatch.co.nz

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Weatherwatch.co.nz reports that...

Professor Will Steffen is a scientist with the Climate Council of Australia, and the lead author of the report Angry Summer 2016/17: Climate Change Supercharging Extreme Weather, released today.

Read more at www.weatherwatch.co.nz


Mar

25
2017

Extreme Weather Event Causes Destruction at Kansas City Airport | Flying Magazine

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Flyingmag.com reports that...

Johnson County Executive Airport KOJC in Olathe, Kansas, suffered major damage after a severe weather event tore through the area on Monday night. An entire row of T-hangars was completely demolished and the airplanes that were parked inside were piled randomly near the site where the hangar used to protect them. Around a dozen other hangars at the airport suffered major and minor damage.

Read more at www.flyingmag.com


Mar

25
2017

Severe storm outbreak, tornadoes to hammer Texas to Illinois

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Accuweather.com reports that...

Severe thunderstorms and the risk to lives and property will ramp up late this week over parts of the central United States as the first in a series of spring storms arrives.

Read more at www.accuweather.com


Mar

23
2017

extreme weather: Extreme and unusual weather in 2017: UN weather agency – Times of India

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Timesofindia.indiatimes.com reports that...

UNITED NATIONS: Extreme weather and climate conditions, including Arctic “heatwaves”, have continued into 2017, after global temperatures set record last year and the world witnessed exceptionally low sea ice and unabated ocean heat, the UNweather agency said.

Read more at timesofindia.indiatimes.com