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Dec

01
2014

Water damage

Jodde     Uncategorized     0

The polar vortex stayed over the Arctic, as it usually does, but it did allow cold air to enter the jet stream, causing every state in the continental US to freeze.  While nobody was substantially harmed by the cold alone, insofar as it has come to our attention although it has undoubtedly affected the homeless population, it is certainly strange.  Even Hawaii recorded freezing temperatures on Mauna Kea, the highest mountain in the world from base to summit.  Freezing here is not unusual though, given that the summit is at a height of 13,803 feet (4,207m).  In fact locals even breathlessly snowboard on Mauna Kea at its highest elevation.  Hypoxia, better known as altitude sickness sets in at around 9,000 feet. (2,743m).

In central Florida, flooding caused minor damage to buildings and infrastructure, but fortunately nobody was reported hurt.  About 1,100 people lost power in the region, however.  There was additional flooding in drought stricken Brazil, but the heavy rain driving it will likely not be enough to replenish the reservoirs there.  Further, last Monday flooding in Morocco ended the lives of more than 30 people.  Rescuers did successfully respond to over 200 victims of the flood.

In other news, a World Bank Group report suggests what we have been suggested that there is a new normal in regards to extreme weather, lengthy droughts, extinctions, ice levels, and other climate change phenomena.  A recent CNN report moves in this direction as well.

To read all our recent articles, click here.


Nov

25
2014

Jodde     Uncategorized     0

Weather.com reports that...

An Arctic blast set off a major lake-effect snowstorm across the Great Lakes, dumping feet of snow on parts of western and central New York and additional snow on northwest Pennsylvania, northern Ohio, northern and western Michigan and far northern Wisconsin.

Read more at www.weather.com


Nov

16
2014

Landslides, churning seas and dry land

Jodde     Uncategorized     0

As we reported, super typhoon Nuri dissipated after hitting Alaska last week, but not all of its effects have.  Americans and Canadians felt these effects; the all too familiar polar vortex.  Temperatures plummeted dramatically, dropping from about 14ºC (57ºF) to about -26ºC (-14.8ºF) in Calgary, literally overnight.  Saturday, there were two major pileup accidents on major Calgary highways, with six cars being involved in one and eight in the other.  In Minnesota, two people were killed in accidents due to snowy conditions there. In Italy, five people were killed due to flooding and landslides.  The death toll could be a result of poor infrastructure rather than the intensity of the storm dumping rain in Italy.

Serious drought in Sao Paulo is crippling the local economy after a record dry season.  In addition to the usual disruption to daily life that accompanies bone dry conditions, at least one aluminum plant is having to import water to keep up with operations.  The plant’s owner needs 5,000 litres (1,320 gallons) a day, and is worried about future supply.  One can only imagine how the typical denizen must feel.  There are fears that Sao Paulo does not have the infrastructure to handle such a severe drought.  With increasing water demand and the driest season on record, the economic effects could be deleterious, and the human tragedy unutterably horrible.  Drought conditions in Australia are forcing them to slaughter about 10% more cattle than usual.  The major problem with this is that the price of beef will drop substantially.  When supply increases at a given price, suppliers must drop either increase demand by lowering price, or drop supply again.  Neither is an option with perishable goods such as meat during drought.  While that’s great for consumers at the supermarket side, it is certainly devastating for the farmers, and it is clear that failing farms will harm consumers in the long run.

To read all our articles in the last week, click here.

 


Nov

06
2014

Flash flooding and rockfalls prompt evacuation in North Vancouver

Jodde     Uncategorized, Weather Events     0

Vancitybuzz.com reports that...

A part of North Vancouver’s Lynn Valley has been evacuated this evening after Hastings Creek overflowed its banks and began flooding the neighbourhood.

Read more at www.vancitybuzz.com


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