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Oct

20
2014

Drought for most, relief for some.

Jodde     Uncategorized     0

The California drought will deepen, as the El Nino will be weak this year.  While that’s good news for Australia, which likely won’t experience the drought this year that El Nino usually causes.  The California drought is harming the favourite crop of the month, the great pumpkin, along with many other crops of course.  The price of pumpkins is expected to rise 15% to 57.5 cents per pound next year due to the crippling drought conditions California is facing, as farmers must rely more on remote water pumps from remote locations.  In Somalia, a substantial lack of water has pushed the state nearly into famine, with around 3.2 million people starving, according to World Vision, a humanitarian aid organization.  That figure is up 20% over the figure six months ago.  Most farmers were not able to harvest any grain, and many have lost their animals, as water sources and pastures dried up.

At least there is some relief in sight for Paraguay.  They have been experiencing unseasonable heat since the beginning of October, about 3º-5ºC (5º-9ºF) warmer than average.  They have also been under heavy drought, and while the rain that is expected this week will bring cooler temperatures and some much needed moisture, it will not be enough to end the ongoing drought.

For more articles from the past week, click here.


Oct

08
2014

Wet And Dry

Jodde     Uncategorized     0

Typhoon Phanfone slammed into Tokyo early Monday, killing at least seven people, including an American airman taking pictures of the tremendous storm surge waves in Okinawa, and a Japanese surfer, surfing during the storm.  A minimum of 62 people were injured in the storm and subsequent landslides.  The former super typhoon also left 30,000 people without power.  Almost 2 million people were asked to evacuate, with 50,000 compelled to do so.  The bullet train between Tokyo and Osaka was suspended, as was the search for a dozen hikers killed in an unusual and unexpected eruption of Mt. Ontake.  We will keep you updated on the super typhoon expected to hit this weekend.

In Scotland, wind and floods shut down roads and ferries, with winds peaking at 115 mph (185 km/h).  The Skye bridge was closed to all traffic for several hours before finally being reopened to car traffic only.  The flooding at Castlebay Community School was notable, with water levels in some rooms almost 8 inches, (20.3 cm). Last Monday, in Montpellier, France, a record amount of rain, 292mm (10.32 inches) fell in only a few hours, causing dangerous and severe flooding.  While there are no fatalities reported, emergency services responded to 50 calls, so we can guess but not conclude that at least some of those were injuries.  On top of that, only yesterday another substantial downpour hit Montpellier, this time severely damaging their soccer team’s stadium.  The structure is under 10 feet (3.3m) of water.

Drought in California is causing a boon to date production.  We already saw last week how drought benefits certain plants more than others, and that is the case with dates too.  Farmers can harvest them early this year.  Ireland is also experiencing record drought this year, with September being the driest month in 28 years.  In Brazil, bone dry conditions are threatening coffee, with the crop suffering harm, and its price rising 90%.


Sep

01
2014

Worst Drought in 30 Years Causes Nearly 50,000 Fires in Bolivia | World News |Axisoflogic.com

Jodde     Uncategorized, Weather Events     0

Axisoflogic.com reports that...

The worst drought in the last 30 years has ignited more than 47,000 fires in Bolivia over the last few months, creating health problems among the population and affecting the nation’s air traffic, the Andean country’s forest service chief said.

Read more at axisoflogic.com


Sep

01
2014

Drought bites deeper across eastern Australia – Agriculture – General – News – Farm Weekly

Jodde     Uncategorized, Weather Events     0

Farmweekly.com.au reports that...

A LARGE swathe of eastern Australia, including coastal regions from Coffs Harbour to Bundaberg, is in the midst of its driest year since the Federation Drought more than a century ago, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

Read more at www.farmweekly.com.au


Aug

13
2014

Swiss train derailed in landslide

Natalie     Data, Fatalities, Reports & Findings, Uncategorized, Weather Events, yellow     0

Bbc.com reports that...

A train has derailed after a landslide near the Swiss ski resort of St Moritz. BBC Weather’s Helen Willetts has the latest on the rain in that region.

Read more at www.bbc.com


Aug

09
2014

#Sweden battles to control huge wildfire

Natalie     Data, Fatalities, Records, Reports & Findings, Severe Events, Uncategorized, Weather Events, yellow     0

Mwcnews.net reports that...

Fire services backed by helicopters and special planes are fighting a huge forest fire raging for a ninth day in central Sweden, the worst seen in Scandinavia in decades.Officials said on Friday that the blazes were not yet under control but had not spread overnight.A day earlier, more than three million litres of water were dumped from the air in addition to ground efforts to control the fire.

Read more at mwcnews.net


Jul

02
2014

Prairie flooding prompts evacuations in western Manitoba – Manitoba – CBC News

Jodde     Damage over $500M, red, Severe Events, Uncategorized, Weather Events     0

Cbc.ca reports that...

Widespread overland flooding in Saskatchewan and Manitoba prompted the evacuation of some homes in western Manitoba on Tuesday night.

Read more at www.cbc.ca


Jun

16
2014

Violent global weather

Jodde     Uncategorized     0

A flood plain is an area around a river’s banks that receives regular flooding.  Floods are not always a bad thing.  When they are planned; when river flows stay within their flood plain, they are good for crop fertilization and even tourism in Ethiopia, viz. whitewater rafting.  However, when huge amounts of rain cause floods away from rivers, or when rivers overflow their banks in excess of their flood plains, as they did in Brazil, this week, crops are destroyed, tourism hurt, and lives lost.  The flood claimed the lives of ten people and caused 130 cities to declare a state of emergency.  The World Cup city, Curitiba was hit heavily, as well as the popular tourist attraction, Iguazu Falls.   Meanwhile, in Taiwan, tropical storm Hagibis has caused a number of landslides, but fortunately no deaths or injuries have been reported.  Hagibis is the first tropical storm of the season.

In other news, deadly weather in Pilger, Nebraska spawned at least two tornados.  At least one of them was an EF-5.  The massive tornado.  One person is confirmed dead and 16 people were being treated for life threatening injuries.  Several houses, and even a grain elevator full of corn were completely decimated.


Jun

09
2014

Fires, floods and heat plague world’s cities

Jodde     Uncategorized     0

In a bizarre incident in Siberia, part of an ICBM (Intercontinental ballistic missile) washed up on the doorstep of a rather confused and no doubt alarmed traffic cop.  The massive metal tube contains no warhead, is not dangerous and is believed to have been used in manufacturing cold war era missiles.  The flooding in Russia is comparatively minor.  Neighboring Siberia is inundated with their worst flood in 45 years.  The flood there displaced over 20,000 people at least temporarily, and flooded over 9,000 farms.  Additionally, one person has died and twelve bridges have been destroyed.  Tragedy also struck in Afghanistan this week, where flash flooding has left thousands of people homeless and at least 80 dead.  Sahib Nazar, a resident of Guzirga I-nur said “I have lost everything, my parents, my wife and five children,” through tears. “I have buried my mother, wife and three of my children, but still looking for my father and two other children’s bodies.”  Meanwhile, a powerful freak thunderstorm killed nine people in the National Capital Region of India.  The storm is also blamed for several injuries and power outages.  In the Midwest United States, tennis ball size hail decimated cars and roofs, even walls.  Flash flooding also followed the hail.  There were even up to 14 tornados.

Shortly after Oregon Governor, John Kitzhaber declared drought emergencies in Grant, Josephine and Wheeler counties, a fire has broken out in Two Bulls, Oregon.  The fire has already consumed 6800 acres, (2751 ha) and is only 5% contained. 700 firefighters are already battling the blaze.  Meanwhile, a fire near Fairbanks, Alaska is raging out of control.  It is currently 22.5 sq.  mi (58.2 sq. km)and growing. Crews have also contained an 80 acre (32.3 ha) fire is burning in central Idaho.

For all articles in the past week click here. 


Jun

09
2014

9 dead, several injured as surprise thunderstorm hits NCR region – Hindustan Times

Jodde     Fatalities, red, Uncategorized, Weather Events     0

Hindustantimes.com reports that...

At least 9 people were killed on Friday in the NCR region, including 6 in Delhi, as a massive thunder storm lashed the region crippling road traffic, metro services and flight operations and hitting power supply.

Read more at www.hindustantimes.com