Monthly archives: March 2008

Mar

20
2008

Northern China continues to struggle under drought

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-2.25.08- While much of southern China has been experiencing one of their harshest winters on record, many of the country�s northern provinces are still struggling under extreme drought. Reservoir levels across Beijing and Tianjin have fallen sharply, leaving more than 2.4 million people without sufficient drinking water, with some regions receiving between 20 and 70% less rainfall this year than last. There is an uneven distribution of water reserves across China, with the north suffering from a lack of water compared with the south. Read more


Mar

20
2008

Heavy snowfalls could help dry West

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-2.14.08- Heavy snowfall in the West this winter is likely to have a major positive impact on a drought that has dried up water supplies and parched farmland for the past eight years. The heaviest snowfall in 10 years has produced snowpack levels 180% above normal in some areas and a return to normal snowpack levels in most other areas. In Colorado, this year’s snowfall is 132% above normal and the most since 1997, according to said Mike Gillespie, snow survey supervisor for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. And the snow season still has several weeks to go. Read more


Mar

20
2008

Winter gales in Japan kill at least 1, disrupt transport

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TOKYO (AP) �2.24.08- Winter gales raged Sunday across northeastern Japan, grounding dozens of flights and causing huge waves that flooded coastal homes, drowned one fisherman and swept an octogenarian out to sea, officials said. In Imizu, a fishing town in northern Toyama prefecture (state), a 72-year-old fisherman was swept overboard and drowned in rough seas, prefectural official Jun Shimada said. His companion was plucked from the water by other fishermen and survived with a minor injury, Shimada said. In Nyuzen, Toyama, a man in his 80s was swept away as he walked along a coastal road watching the dramatic waves, Shimada said, adding that a rescue party was searching for him. Read more


Mar

20
2008

Severe weather hits from Ark. to Fla.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio �3.8.2008- A heavy late-winter snowstorm Friday pummeled residents from Arkansas to the Great Lakes, knocking out electricity for thousands and promising to bring near-blizzard conditions to Ohio and Kentucky. In several Florida communities, tornadoes damaged buildings and left residents without electricity. Two people died. While the storms dumped more than a foot of snow in parts of Arkansas and left about 44,000 homes and businesses without power, people in southern Ohio and northern Kentucky were bracing for a massive snowstorm Read more


Mar

20
2008

Storms batter southern Britain

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LONDON (AP) �3.10.08- Winds that topped 80 mph battered Britain’s southern coasts on Monday, uprooting trees, toppling power lines and shutting several busy ports. Coast guard tug boats rescued a petroleum tanker that ran into trouble in a stormy English Channel. With more gales expected, officials warned people to avoid coastal areas, where a combination of high tides and huge waves brought flooding to several towns. The Environment Agency issued 40 flood warnings across the country. Southwest England and south Wales were worst hit by the winds roaring in from the Atlantic, with a gust of 82 mph recorded at Berry Head in Devon Read more


Mar

20
2008

Sandstorms swirling across Asia

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-3.5.08- China, Japan and South Korea have been affected by the �yellow dust� storms caused by sand from the Gobi desert being whipped away by high winds. The annual spring storms, which originate in China�s Gobi desert before sweeping south to envelop the Korean peninsula and parts of Japan, are blamed for scores of deaths and billions of dollars of damage every year in South Korea. The weather agency issued the year�s first yellow dust warning at the weekend. Read more


Mar

20
2008

Record setting snow storm hits Ohio

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-3.9.08- A late winter storm which piled up more 12 inches (30cm) of snow across Arkansas on Friday travelled east yesterday bringing snow to parts of Ohio. The storm left more than 20 inches of snow (51cm) across the states capital, Columbus on Saturday, shutting down highways and stranding many travellers. Read more


Mar

20
2008

South Australia on the brink of new heatwave record

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-3.10.08- South Australia has been suffering in the scorching heat this last week, in a heatwave which is currently on track to become their longest on record. The heatwave is made even more extraordinary in that it has arrived in what is now the start of autumn across Australia. On Monday temperatures in Adelaide reached 37C (99F) in the city and 38C (100F) at Adelaide Airport. This makes it the eighth consecutive day that temperatures in Adelaide have exceeded 35C (95F). In doing so it has equalled the record set in 1934, making it Adelaide�s longest hot spell in over 70 years. Read more


Mar

20
2008

Record flooding leaves deadly mark across Midwest

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PIEDMONT, Missouri (AP) -3.20.08- Residents of low-lying towns stacked sandbags or grabbed belongings and evacuated Wednesday as a foot of rain pushed rivers over their banks in the nation’s midsection. At least 13 deaths had been linked to the weather, and three people were missing. Record or near-record flood crests were forecast in several towns in Missouri. Flooding was reported in large areas of Arkansas and parts of southern Illinois, southern Indiana and southwestern Ohio. “We’ve got water rising everywhere,” said Jeff Korb, president of the Vanderbugh County, Indiana, commissioners Read more


Mar

20
2008

Extreme Weather

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-3.1.08- Has extreme weather increased in recent years? The science is still unsettled on whether climate change has resulted in more intense hurricanes, so let’s restrict our attention to tornadoes and heavy rain. There is evidence that global warming has caused an increase in very heavy precipitation events–the kind most responsible for major floods. However, there is no evidence that climate change has caused in increase in tornadoes and severe thunderstorms, though preliminary research suggests this may occur late this century. Read more