Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
Tropical cyclone (tc) 01a (Ashobaa), located approximately 74 nm east-northeast of Masirah Island, Oman, is tracking westward at 04 knots
Tropical Storm Carlos is located about 165 mi…265 km SSW of Acapulco Mexico and about 215 mi…345 km SSE of Zihuatanejo Mexico with maximum sustained winds…60 mph…95 km/h. Present movement…stationary.
Hazards affecting land – wind: tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area by Saturday night. Rainfall: locally heavy rains could spread over portions of the
southern coast of Mexico, primarily in the states of Oaxaca and Guerrero, during the next couple of days. Surf: swells associated with the depression are expected to increase near the coast of southern Mexico during the next few days. These swells could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.
Nepal – The death toll in the Taplejung landslide has risen to 53, with at least 12 more injured. More than 25 houses were swept away. In a separate incident, flooding and landslides triggered by incessant rainfall in Sankhuwasabha, Nepal have claimed one life. The floods have washed away more than a dozen bridges in the district.
May Was America’s Wettest Month on Record
Most residents in flood-ravaged parts of America’s southern Plains won’t argue with the finding that May turned out to be the wettest month since record-keeping began 121 years ago.
The average rainfall for the month across the contiguous United States was 4.36 inches, or 1.45 inches greater than average.
NOAA climate scientist Jake Crouch calculated that more than 200 trillion gallons of water fell from the American sky during May.
Despite the Texas and Oklahoma deluges during the month, the states of Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and South Carolina each recorded a top 10 driest May ever.
The cloudbursts in the Plains resulted from a stalled weather pattern that allowed storm after storm to pass over the same areas.
The weather shift ended a five-year drought in Texas and Oklahoma.
The record rainfall in the southern Great Plains was in contrast to the arid conditions experienced in the East and along the Pacific Coast of the United States.