Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Tropical cyclone Pam is located approximately 350 nm north-northeast of Noumea, New Caledonia and is tracking south-southwestward at 11 knots.

Tropical cyclone Nathan is located approximately 229 nm north of Cairns, Australia and is tracking east-northeastward at 02 knots.

Tropical cyclone (tc) 19s (Olwyn), located approximately 83 nm south-southwest of Learmonth, Australia, and is tracking southward at 13 knots.

Tropical storm 03w (Bavi), located approximately 173 nm northeast of Pohnpei, and is tracking westward at 12 knots.


Iran – Flash floods in the Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas has claimed the life of one person. The eight-hour downpour caused substantial flood damage to buildings and roads.

Lebanon – A mudslide triggered by heavy rainfall has injured two people and blocked the main Hasroun-Bsharri road in north Lebanon.

Hawaii – A fresh round of wintry weather struck high elevations of the tropical Hawaiian Islands, with blizzard conditions on the summit of Mauna Kea halting construction of the Big Island’s new Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT).

Angola – Floods caused by torrential rains have killed 62 people – 35 of them children – in the Angolan city of Lobito. The flood water has reached 3m (9.8ft) in some areas of the city since Wednesday. Scores of homes have been destroyed and rescue teams are still searching for missing people.


Global Temperature Extremes

The week’s hottest temperature was 107.8 degrees Fahrenheit (42.1 degrees Celsius) at Kolda, Senegal.

The week’s coldest temperature was minus -78.9 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 61.6 degrees Celsius) at Russia’s Vostok Antarctic research station.

Temperatures were tabulated from the more than 10,000 worldwide synoptic weather stations. The United Nations World Meteorological Organization sets the standards for weather observations, and provides a global telecommunications circuit for data distribution.


Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity

Stromboli (Eolian Islands, Italy): Access to the summit area (accompanied by certified guides) has been re-opened, which means excursions to the Pizzo can again run as normal. Activity at the summit vents is currently very low.

Colima (Western Mexico): The volcano continues to be highly active, producing intermittent explosions of various size. An impressive vulcanian eruption that covered the upper part of the cone with incandescent material and produced an ash plume of several km occurred yesterday morning.

Sangay (Ecuador): Mild eruptive activity, probably strombolian explosions, has been taking place at the summit crater of the volcano.