Monthly archives: Marca 2008

Mar

31
2008

MAP: Weather hazards impacts assessment for Africa (March 20- Marca 26,2008)

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AFRICA -3.253.08- Rainfall has been slow to return to Ethiopia and Kenya for the MarchMay rains. This is a typical signal of a La Nina event, and we are currently experiencing one of the strongest La Ninas on record. The outlook for the season is not favorable. As the season begins to come to a close in much of southern Africa, some areas are expected to have a reduced harvest after heavy rainfall has given way to a dry spell. The most affected areas are southern Mozambique and nearby portions of Zimbabwe. Dowiedz się więcej


Mar

31
2008

Volunteers leave safety to help neighbors in flood path

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SAND HILL, Arkansas (AP) — Despite sunny skies, water continued to rise Wednesday in eastern Arkansas, where federal officials have begun to gather their first damage assessments in the weeklong floods that have displaced residents and soaked homes and businesses in nearly half the state. The White River is higher than it has been in a quarter-century, flooding properties and farmland in east-central Arkansas. Much of a national wildlife refuge near Clarendon was inundated Wednesday, and residents in that town and elsewhere in Monroe County were sandbagging their homes and pumping out water from their basements. The river is expected to crest early Friday at Clarendon at 6_ feet above flood stage. It was only a few inches below that Wednesday morning. Dowiedz się więcej


Mar

31
2008

75 feared dead in Tanzanian mine floods

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ARUSHA, Tanzania (AP) -3.29.08- Na co najmniej 75 miners are missing and believed to have died in tanzanite mines flooded by heavy rains in northeastern Tanzania, urzędnik państwowy powiedział w sobotę. A journalist and a mine owner said at least six bodies have been recovered so far. Mine owners reported the 75 men went missing Friday as heavy rains pounded their mines in Mererani, 25 miles southeast of Arusha, said Manyara Regional Commissioner Henry Shekifu. The Tanzanian government is trying to get equipment to the mines to drain the water in hopes of retrieving the men, Shekifu said. Dowiedz się więcej


Mar

26
2008

Massive ice shelf on verge of breakup

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(CNN) -3.25.08- Niektóre 220 square miles of ice has collapsed in Antarctica and an ice shelf about seven times the size of Manhattan ishanging by a thread,” the British Antarctic Survey said Tuesday, blaming global warming. We are in for a lot more events like this,” said professor Ted Scambos, a glaciologist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Scambos alerted the British Antarctic Survey after he noticed part of the Wilkins ice shelf disintegrating on February 28, when he was looking at NASA satellite images. Late February marks the end of summer at the South Pole and is the time when such events are most likely, he said. Dowiedz się więcej


Mar

24
2008

Storms slash states from Maine to Missouri

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DUTCHTOWN, Missouri (AP) -3.21.08- Flood-weary residents in Missouri, Arkansas and Ohio fought to save their homes Friday after heavy rainstorms pushed swollen rivers out of their banks, and a fresh snowstorm blew through parts of the Upper Midwest, canceling flights and some Good Friday services. Along the Meramec River in eastern Missouri, residents of Valley Park hoped the town’s $49 million earthen levee, built in 2005 to withstand a 100-year flood, would pass its first big test. The surging Meramec was expected to crest at a record 40 feet Saturday — 24 feet above flood stage. Dowiedz się więcej


Mar

20
2008

Snow blankets Jerusalem for the second time this year

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-2.19.08- powerful winter storm which hit Greece and Turkey over the weekend, moved on to the Middle East yesterday, bringing Jerusalem its second heavy snowfall this year. The storm which was originally forecast to hit the Lebanon over the weekend arrived Monday lunchtime, lashing the country with snow, hail, rain and strong winds. Thunderstorms pelted the south of the country with hailstones. In Sidon strong winds and high seas forced the closure of the City�s harbour while heavy rain flooded the streets. Dowiedz się więcej


Mar

20
2008

Spain suffering worst drought in over a decade

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-2.20.08- Spain faces water restrictions widely this summer as it suffers its worst drought in more than a decade. In one of the worst affected areas, Catalunya, the Barcelona government is hoping to pre-empt a summer crisis by importing water by tanker. A decrease in annual rainfall since the 1970s is said to have contributed to the low reservoir levels. At present Spain�s Water Agency reports that reservoirs across the country are running at an average capacity of less than 50 percent. In the worst affected areas such as Catalunya and Andalucia the capacity in many reservoirs is said to be less than 20 percent Malaga is facing its fourth year of severe drought. Dowiedz się więcej


Mar

20
2008

Blinding dust storm hits Kuwait

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-2.21.08- A blinding dust storm hit Kuwait on Tuesday, forcing the closure of three of the Gulf�s main ports and disrupting the local air traffic. The country�s lack of rainfall this winter enabled the loosely packed sand of the Arabian Desert to be easily transported by the winds. The predominant wind blowing across Iraq and the Persian Gulf is the shamal wind, which typically leads to the formation of dust storms. Wind speeds of up to 40kph (25mph) created the dust storm, which although a relatively common speed, when combined with a lack of moisture enables dust grains to be picked up. The storm reduced visibility at Kuwait�s airport to less than 300m (0.2 km), spreading to neighbouring Iraq. Dowiedz się więcej


Mar

20
2008

La Niヨa blamed for extremes across South America

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-2.22.08- The current La Niヨa is being blamed for a shift in normal weather patterns across South America which is bringing extremes across the continent. La Niヨa is a weather phenomenon which is marked by a cooling of the surface waters in the Eastern Central Pacific Ocean. This in turn influences weather patterns across the globe in a different way to that brought about by El Niヨo. Central and southern parts of Chile are at present in the grip of a severe drought, thought to be the worst in decades. Last year the country suffered a drier than average rainy season which combined with a long, hot summer have combined to create the severe drought. The government has this week declared a state of emergency across parts of the country and is being forced to hand out emergency drinking water in the affected areas. Dowiedz się więcej


Mar

20
2008

Unseasonably heavy rain lashes the Philippines

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-2.24.08- A spell of unusually wet weather has been inundating southern and eastern parts of the Philippines over the past two weeks, causing widespread floods and triggering landslides. Ponad 30 people have now been killed by the heavy rains which have displaced over 300,000 locals. Dowiedz się więcej