Climate Central did an exhaustive analysis of 1,730 weather stations in the Lower 48 and found that just two percent are having a colder than average year. Yes, that means 98 percent of the country’s thermometers are running above average in 2016. Incredibly, “10 percent of those are having their hottest year on record”.
Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global
5.3 Earthquake hits the Maug Islands in the North Mariana Islands.
5.2 Earthquake hits the Maug Islands in the North Mariana Islands.
5.0 Earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.
5.0 Earthquake hits New Ireland, Papua New Guinea.
Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:
In the western Pacific: Super Typhoon 30w (Nock-Ten), located approximately 100 kilometers (62 miles) east of Catanduanes in the Philippines and it is forecast to move west at 15 kph (9 mph).
Indonesia – According to the Jakarta Globe media outlet, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency registered 105,758 residents affected by the floods, while 104,378 of them remain at the agency’s evacuation posts. On Wednesday, central Indonesian districts were hit by a heavy flood, with thousands of houses and infrastructure seriously damaged. The authorities introduced a state of emergency on Thursday, which will reportedly last till January 4. There were no reports about casualties among residents.
South Africa – Two Electricity Utility employees died after they were swept away in a car during flash floods in the uMzinyathi District, in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, the provincial cooperative governance and traditional affairs department said on Friday.
Guyana – Guyana is bracing for more rains and floods with the National Weather Watch Centre predicting heavy rainfall over the next seven days. The rains begun on Friday causing widespread flooding.
Singapore – Heavy rain resulted in flash floods around Singapore on Christmas eve (Dec 24). Flash flood alerts were issued for a few areas in central Singapore, including Newton Circus, Balmoral Road, Cairnhill Road and the Pan-Island Expressway near Stevens Road, according to the Land Transport Authority.
Measles in Los Angeles, California
Two years after a large Measles outbreak broke out at Disneyland in Southern California and spread internationally, an outbreak of the disease is back with nine confirmed cases in Los Angeles County.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (DOPH) announced Friday that they are investigating the nine cases as part of an outbreak in the county.