Storms and Floods

Tropical Storm Wukong hits the Philippines

-The eye of the storm Wukong hit on Samar island on Wednesday.

-Flood and landslide warnings are issued across the central and southern Philippines.

-The Philippines is hit by about 20 major storms or typhoons each year.

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Flood in Malaysia

-More than 10,8000 people displaced due to flood in the east coast of peninsular Malaysia. Recent floods have affected Terengganu, Kelantan and Pahang areas of Malaysia.

-The Kelantan River at the Guillemard Bridge in Tanah Merah, Golok River in Jenob, Tanah Merah and in Rantau Panjang are running above the danger level.

-A total 52 flood relief centres were now open all over Terengganu.

-Flood in Kuantan is expected to be worst since 1971.

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Winter Storm in USA brings White Christmas – and Tornadoes

-A major winter storm system swept through the southern United States on Tuesday, bringing widespread snowfalls across the Midwest, spawning tornadoes in several states and killing two people in weather-related road accidents.

-A tornado struck Mobile, Alabama, home to about 200,000 people, at about 5 p.m. local time (2300 GMT). There were reports of damage to trees and widespread power outages, along with some structural damage, but no injuries or fatalities.

-Tornadoes also touched down in Mississippi, Texas and Louisiana, flattening houses and causing some injuries, according to the NWS.

Cold wave in Mahottari, Nepal

-Cold wave in Mahottari district of Nepal killed one person.

-People of Dhanusha, Mahottari and other eastern Terai districts of Nepal has been badly affected due to low temperature.

-So far 7 people have died due to bitter cold wave in the district this month.

Heat wave in Buenos Aires, Argentina

-A heat wave was hitting Buenos Aires province on Christmas Eve (34.4 degrees)

-The National Meteorological Service has issued an alert for heavy rain and hail for today.

Earthquakes

5.2 Earthquake hits south-west of Sumatra, Indonesia.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Molucca Sea.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Talaud Islands, Indonesia.

5.1 Earthquake hits west of MacQuarrie Island.

5.0 Earthquake hits the southern mid-atlantic ridge.

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Cold wave in Uttar Pradesh, India

-At least 26 people died in the last 24 hours because of the extreme cold in Uttar Pradesh region of India.

-Fatalities are from Basti, Jaunpur, Ballia, Mirzapur, Varanasi, Bhadohi and Chandauli.

-All schools and colleges in Lucknow are closed till January 5, 2013.

-All major trains from the capital Delhi to Lucknow are running slow due to dense fog.

-Several flights to and from Lucknow were cancelled.

Avalanche in Russia

-An avalanche cut off the main road linking Russia to South Ossetia.

-Traffic along the road across the Russian-Georgian border is currently banned due to snowstorm and bad weather.

Monsoon brings heavy rains, flooding and cold weather to Thailand.

Monsoon

 

Strong tornadoes are forecast to hit parts of Alabama on Christmas day. Large hail is also expected along with storm.

Earthquakes

5.6 Earthquake hits the Black Sea, offshore Georgia.

5.2 Earthquake hits Atacama, Chile.

5.2 Earthquake hits near the east coast of Kamchatka, Russia.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Kuril Islands.

Environment

Antarctic Ice Melt

West Antarctica is warming almost twice as fast as previously believed, adding to concerns that this warming can lead to more melting and have direct and indirect effects on global sea levels. The direct impacts are the run-off of melting waters into the sea. But the scientists say this is unlikely to happen for several decades because much of the water is likely to percolate down the ice sheet and refreeze.

Annual average temperatures at the Byrd research station in West Antarctica has risen 2.4 degrees Celsius (4.3F) since the 1958, one of the fastest gains on the planet and three times the global average in a changing climate. The western part of the Antarctic ice sheet is experiencing nearly twice as much warming as previously thought.

The unexpectedly big increase adds to fears the ice sheet is vulnerable to thawing. West Antarctica holds enough ice to raise world sea levels by at least 3.3 metres (11 feet) if it ever all melted, a process that would take centuries.

 

Byrd Station

Drought

USA Drought

Cargo Continues moving on the Mississippi River, but perhaps not for long – The Midwestern drought has brought the river, one of the world’s largest navigable inland waterways, to water levels so low that they threaten to shut down shipping.

Nebraska – A Nebraska natural resources district may impose limits on irrigation in the wake of drought conditions and declining water levels. Kansas –

Dry conditions are causing significant drops in the water levels in Kansas lakes.

The drought in many respects is more severe than the droughts of the 1930s and 1950s.

Wildfires

Wildfire in Langtang National Park, Nepal

-A massive wildfire has broken out in Langtang National Park.

-Wildfire is burning in huge areas in Yarcha VDC ward 6 and 7.

-Nepali Police, Nepali Army personnel and Langtang national parks workers are currently struggling to control the blaze.

-For two days, there were rumours of a volcanic eruption at Langtang National Park.

Bushfires burning in the Illawarra region, New South Wales, Australia have locals on alert as firefighters work to contain blazes.

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Flooding and landslides in Swansea and Pontypridd, Wales

-Several homes were evacuated after landslips due to flooding in a Swansea valley village and in Pontypridd.

-Flooding also disrupted train services between Cardiff Central and Bridgend, and Caersws and Machynlleth in Powys. -Lostwithiel in Cornwall and the area around Barnstaple in north Devon, England were also among the worst hit.

-People in Braunton, Umberleigh, Barnstaple and Bishops Tawton all suffered as Rivers Yeo and Caen burst their banks.

-There are currently seven flood warnings by the Environment Agency in Wales

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Tropical Cyclone Four is located 420 nm east-southeast of Cape Guardafui, Somalia. This Tropical cyclone is expected to threaten portions of Somalia with heavy rain early this week.

Earthquakes

5.5 Earthquake hits Myanmar.

5.2 Earthquake hits Turkey-Iran border.

5.2 Earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Babuyan Islands in the Philippines.

5.1 Earthquake hits Kepulauan Taluad, Indonesia.

5.0 Earthquake hits northern Peru.

Volcanos

Global Volcanic Activity:

The Copahue volcano in Argentina’s Neuquen province and Chile’s Biobio region began spewing ash and gas early on Saturday.

Thousands of people evacuated from Palue Islands in Sikka, East Nusa Tenggara due to volcanic eruption at Mt. Rokatenda, Indonesia. People have evacuated to Maumere, Sikka, Ropa and Ende. Many water sources are reported to be contaminated with volcanic ash.

Wildfires

Wildfire in Manor City, Texas, USA. Wildfire is burning south of U.S. 290 and west of the Texas 45 toll road. The region is under a fire danger because of the extremely dry conditions.

Storms and Floods

Russia’s Coldest Winter Since 1938

Russia is enduring its harshest winter in over 70 years, with temperatures plunging as low as -50 degrees Celsius. Dozens of people have already died, and almost 150 have been hospitalized, with temperatures 10 to 15 degrees lower than the seasonal norm all over Russia. The cold spell, along with snowfalls, has disrupted flights all over the country, and led to huge traffic jams. In the southern city of Rostov-on-Don some highways were closed due to snowfalls over the past two days, triggering a traffic collapse. Over the weekend, meteorologists predict temperatures will plunge even lower in the Moscow region, hitting -25.

Flooding in UK

At least six regions across the UK are still under a flood alert as more heavy rain swells already flooded rivers.

Earthquakes

6.8 Earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.5 Earthquake hits Taiwan.

5.2 Earthquake hits northern Sumatra, Indonesia.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Kuril Islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits Sulawesi, Indonesia.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Izu Islands, off Japan.

Volcanos

Global Volcanic Activity:

No major changes have been occurring at volcanoes around the world. A few updates include:

The eruption of Plosky Tolbachik volcano in Kamchatka continues at full force. Lava flows continue to be erupted from the southern fissure at Tolbachinsky Dol and very fluid lava is moving to the western side of Tolbachinsky Dol. A 5th cinder cone is growing on the southern fissure above of Krasny cone. Gas and steam plumes are rising to 3-4 km altitude.

Tungurahua volcano in Ecuador has been a bit “calmer” today, but the volcano continues to produce a constant ash column and intermittent explosions of small to moderate size, some of which are accompanied by loud cannon-shot bangs and roars.

Popocatépetl volcano in Mexico remained with about 3 emissions per hour. A stronger one this morning produced a small ash plume rising 2 km.

Mild strombolian activity remains visible at Fuego volcano with with ash plumes rising up to 400 m and incandescent bombs thrown to about 100 m above the crater. The lava flow towards the Taniluya drainage can remains active and was about 300 m long this morning.

Paluweh volcano, Indonesia: The activity at the lava dome continues. An ash plume at approx. 6,000 ft (1.8 km) altitude could be seen on satellite images today. It was produced either by strong ash venting, explosions, new pyroclastic flows, or a combination of all.

MODIS satellite data revealed a hot spot at Australia’s Heard Island volcano. This suggests that some sort of activity continues at one of the world’s most remote volcanoes.

Lava flowing into the Pacific Ocean from Kilauea volcano, Hawaii

 

Hawaii

Earthquakes

5.6 Earthquake hits the Molucca Sea.

5.3 Earthquake hits the Strait of Gibraltar.

5.2 Earthquake hits Salta, Argentina.

5.1 Earthquake hits near the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

Two 5.0 Earthquakes hit Tonga.