Monthly archives: January 2008

Jan

29
2008

Crash kills 25 as snow cripples China

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BEIJING, China (CNN) — At least 25 people were killed when a bus plunged off an icy road in China Tuesday, as the worst winter weather in half a century threw the peak travel season into chaos and led to an emergency meeting of the Communist Party Politburo. Hundreds of thousands of travelers are stranded ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday and even plans by Prime Minister Wen Jiabao to travel to the center of the country to help direct disaster relief were disrupted. The snow in central, eastern and southern China has caused roofs to collapse and has made traveling treacherous, leading to at least 49 deaths, the Ministry of Civil Affairs and local officials said. Read more


Jan

28
2008

Chronology of Rising Flood Waters in the Affected District of Mopeia, Zambezia Province, Mozambique

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This map presents a chronological view of the estimated changes in flood water affected areas in Mopeia District, Zambezia Province from 4 to 20 January 2008. Flood water has been detected and measured using the MODIS Terra & Aqua satellite imagery Read more


Jan

28
2008

Heavy Rains in January 2008 Cause Flooding in Central Illinois

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On January 7, winter weather gave way to spring-like conditions with record-breaking warmth, heavy rains, and severe weather across Illinois. During the afternoon and evening hours, severe thunderstorms moved through central and northern Illinois, producing hail, damaging winds, localized flooding, and tornadoes. Preliminary reports indicated that tornadoes appeared in Boone and McHenry counties in northern Illinois and in Mason and Tazewell counties in central Illinois. Read more


Jan

28
2008

The River Great Ouse in Flood January 2008

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A look at the Great ouse in and around Huntingdon showing the efficiency of the local flood meadows. Read more


Jan

28
2008

Heavy Rain Pounds Southeastern Australia

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-1.18.08- Heavy rain has been affecting interior southeastern Australia over the past few days. The heaviest rain has been across New South Wales and Queensland. The city of Charleville has received nearly 10 inches of rain since Wednesday. That is nearly half of their average annual rainfall of 20 inches! England is bracing for more heavy rainfall. Most of the United Kingdom has had 200-300 percent of their normal rainfall so far in January. A series of storm system will impact the region through the weekend into next week. There is already some flooding occurring, with it expected to worsen and become more widespread. Friday, Tropical Cyclone Funa churned the tropical South Pacific Ocean east of the New Hebrides Islands. Read more


Jan

28
2008

Snow falls on Baghdad for first time in memory

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BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Snow fell on Baghdad on Friday for the first time in memory, and delighted residents declared it an omen of peace. “It is the first time we’ve seen snow in Baghdad,” said 60-year-old Hassan Zahar. “We’ve seen sleet before, but never snow. I looked at the faces of all the people, they were astonished,” he said. “A few minutes ago, I was covered with snowflakes. In my hair, on my shoulders. I invite all the people to enjoy peace, because the snow means peace,” he said. Traffic policeman Murtadha Fadhil, huddling under a balcony to keep dry, declared the snow “a new sign of the new Iraq.” Read more


Jan

28
2008

Snow in China

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-1.21.08- China was a blur of white when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA�s Aqua satellite captured this image on January 21, 2008. Unusually heavy snow had fallen over central and eastern China, reported BBC News, and this combined with a light pall of haze and the thick bank of clouds that covers the lower edge of the image left the landscape an indistinct white. Cities form tiny dark spots in the snow, and water in the Huang (Yellow) River and the Weishan and Luoma Reservoirs similarly stand out against the field of white. Read more


Jan

28
2008

Extreme Cold and Snow in Central Asia

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-1.23.08- Afghanistan was one of many countries in southern and central Asia suffering through extreme cold and snow in January 2008. Most of the country was covered with snow when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA�s Aqua satellite captured this photo-like image on January 20. It is not unusual for snow to blanket the peaks of the Hindu Kush, which run down the center of the country like a spine, nor is it unusual to see snow in the rugged northeastern corner of the country. However, in January 2008, the snow extends south to the Pakistani border and west into Iran. Only the low-lying deserts in the southwest escaped any long-lived snow cover. Read more


Jan

28
2008

Rare snow disrupts travel in the Southeast

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ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) — Rain and snow fell Saturday across the Southeast, causing slippery roads, triggering flight cancellations and setting the stage for icy conditions as temperatures continued to drop. A snow advisory was in effect for north and west central Georgia until Saturday evening. Snow could accumulate up to 2 inches in the region before tapering off Saturday night, the National Weather Service said. It warned of travel difficulties and urged drivers to “be prepared for snow-covered roads and limited visibilities.” Read more


Jan

28
2008

Snow, mudslides close major roads in California

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LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -1.28.08- Several major roadways across the state were closed early Monday after the latest in a week’s worth of storms, and experts warned that the risk of mudslides has not eased even as wet weather begins moving out of the region. Read more