Weather events

Jul

21
2014

Typhoon Matmo heading toward Taiwan, China

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Globalnews.ca reports that...

Another typhoon is threatening parts of Asia this week, bringing dangerous conditions to the island of Taiwan and mainland China.

Typhoon Matmo formed on July 17 over the southern Philippine Sea, making it the tenth tropical depression of the Northwestern Pacific Ocean this season.

Read more at globalnews.ca


Jul

21
2014

Rammasun Claims over 121 Lives as Death Toll in China Rises

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English.cri.cn reports that...

Four Chinese provinces have been battered by the storm, the strongest one to hit south China in four decades.

Along with the 33 confirmed deaths, it has affected over 8 million people in Hainan, Guangdong, Yunnan and Guangxi.

The super typhoon made landfall in the southern Hainan on Friday, packing winds of up to 134 kilometers per hour.

The provincial capital Haikou, has taken the worst hit, with widespread power outages and water shortages.

Over 1 million households are without electricity.

The super typhoon also destroyed almost every single traffic light across the city.

Local authorities say it will take three months to fix all the lights.

Read more at english.cri.cn


Jul

20
2014

Official Says Jamaica’s Drought Is Intensifying

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Abcnews.go.com reports that...

A severe drought is intensifying in Jamaica with water supply systems already well below normal, the Caribbean country’s environment minister said Sunday night

In a national address, Robert Pickersgill told Jamaicans the government is trucking water to hard-hit farming districts where parched conditions have withered crops. Many Jamaican small farms lack irrigation systems and depend entirely on rainwater.

Rainfall has been scarce for months and inflows into reservoirs are significantly reduced. Some water supply systems have “dried up entirely,” Pickersgill said.

Reservoirs are dwindling so badly in areas serving the island’s capital of Kingston that temporary shutoffs of the public water supply happen daily.

Read more at abcnews.go.com


Jul

19
2014

Typhoon Rammasun heads for Vietnam

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Bbc.com reports that...

A powerful typhoon is heading towards Vietnam after causing widespread flooding and damage in parts of southern China.

In the Philippines, a clean-up is under way after Rammusan made landfall there on Tuesday.

More than 60 people were killed.

Richard Forrest reports.

Read more at www.bbc.com


Jul

17
2014

As Sea Ice Shrinks, Can Polar Bears Survive on Land?

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News.nationalgeographic.com reports that...

Linda J. Gormezano, an ecologist at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, isn’t a polar bear chef. But she has been figuring out what polar bears might have to eat to survive increasingly long ice-free seasons in the western part of Canada’s Hudson Bay area (map).

Her calculations, presented this week at the North American Congress for Conservation Biology in Missoula, Montana, suggest that the predators may be able to survive for six months on land-based foods, and, because of climate change, they may have to.

Other scientists have warned that a lack of sea ice due to warming temperatures in the Arctic—and declining seal prey populations—could drive this population extinct by 2020.

Read more at news.nationalgeographic.com


Jul

15
2014

2014 So Far: Coolest in U.S. Since 1993; Wettest June Since 1989, Says NOAA

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Weather.com reports that...

The first half of 2014 was the coldest January-to-June period in the Lower 48 states in 21 years, according to the federal government’s quarterly State of the Climate Report, released Tuesday by NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center.

June 2014 was the sixth wettest June on record for the contiguous U.S. (Lower 48 states), the wettest since 1989.

Read more at www.weather.com


Jul

12
2014

Caught on camera: How a deadly landslide destroyed a city in Japan

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Daily.bhaskar.com reports that...

The tropical storm ‘Neoguri’, which has made it way to Honshu island, is destructing Japan intensely. At least three people lost their life in the landslide and heavy rainfalls triggered by the typhoon, while 50 other are injured.

Read more at daily.bhaskar.com


Jul

11
2014

Polar vortex to hit US with midsummer cold blast

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Nypost.com reports that...

It’s the revenge of the polar vortex!

A frigid cold air system will be moving through the eastern United States next week, leading to intense weather conditions reminiscent of last year’s dreaded polar vortex.

The approaching weather system is expected to bring overwhelmingly below-average temperatures to parts of the northern and northeastern US next week, beginning Monday or Tuesday, according to the Washington Post.

Read more at nypost.com


Jul

10
2014

Drought now covers almost 35% of U.S., and is predicted to grow

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Boingboing.net reports that...

According to a weekly update at the U.S. Drought Portal (drought.gov!), “moderate” to “exceptional” drought now covers 34.3% of the contiguous United States.

In California, a full 36.5% of the state is now in that most severe “exceptional” drought stage for the second week in a row. These conditions are not expected to improve any time soon.

Read more at boingboing.net


Jul

10
2014

On Thin Ice: Inuit Way of Life Vanishing in Arctic

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Nbcnews.com reports that...

NBC’s Ann Curry reports from Greenland, providing a rare glimpse of Inuit hunters facing a rapidly changing way of life in the Arctic.

Read more at www.nbcnews.com