Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Britain – Freezing fog caused travel chaos across Britain on Tuesday as the UK braced itself for Storm Diana’s 80mph winds. Hundreds of flights serving London airports were cancelled or delayed amid the thick fog and by noon some 62 flights to or from London Heathrow on Tuesday were cancelled and a further 380 were delayed by more than 15 minutes. Storm Diana will bring gales of up to 80mph to Britain and Ireland amid warnings that homes and business could be flooded with heavy rain expected. Train services were also affected on Tuesday with drivers having to slow down because they couldn’t see through the fog.

Australia – Swathes of coastal New South Wales around Sydney have been deluged with more than a month’s worth of rainfall in less than a day, with the State Emergency Service preparing to mobilise thousands of volunteers and police warning commuters to stay off the roads. Two people have already died. The floods have been described as the worst rain event in 44 years.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 03s (Alcide), located approximately 514 nm north-northwest of St. Denis, La Reunion, is tracking west-northwestward at 03 knots.

Tropical Cyclone (tc) 04s (Bouchra), located approximately 650 nm north of Cocos island, Australia, is tracking westward at 08 knots.

In the Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone 07b (Gaja), located approximately 558 nm south of Calcutta, India, is tracking westward at 06 knots.

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Singapore – A heavy downpour led to flash floods in several parts of Singapore on Sunday afternoon, including along a stretch of the Kallang-Paya Lebar Expressway. This comes a day after flash floods hit parts of Choa Chu Kang and Bukit Batok in western Singapore, prompting investigations by national water agency PUB.

Israel – Rainfall throughout the day Friday caused flooding in a number of areas in the Judaean Desert and northern Negev. Flash flood alerts were issued for the Dead Sea area, specifically in riverbeds and other low laying areas.

Britain – More than 1,000 properties were left without power during heavy rain and wind which brought flooding and travel disruption. Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire saw the worst of the weather with some homes in Milford Haven under 10ft (3m) of water.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Britain – The brunt of one of the worst snow storms of recent years swept into Britain last night as residents in the southwest were told to prepare for flooding. With the whole of the UK suffering heavy snow, military assistance was drafted in to help the NHS. Snowfall reached 43cm (17in) in some regions, with temperatures falling to minus 10C.

USA – An already potent storm will track off the Atlantic coast and become a bomb cyclone that is likely to cause high winds, coastal flooding and heavy wet snow in the northeastern United States centered on Friday. Part of the same storm already caused significant flooding and produced severe thunderstorms over the South Central states and will bring a change to heavy wet snow and strong winds to the lower Great Lakes region.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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France – As rain keeps pouring around Paris and the level of the River Seine continues to rise – already over its banks at various points – the Paris government has issued warnings to the public and closed its quays until further notice. The swollen river has almost reached the famous Paris bridges, rendering normal navigation impossible. The companies running the Bateaux-Mouches, the large, open excursion boats that offer visitors unparalleled views of the city from the river, have suspended service. A number of rail lines are flooded as well, as are some major streets.

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New Zealand – Motorists were stranded in swamped vehicles and more than a dozen homes were awash after a storm cell unleashed a torrent of rain on an Auckland suburb this morning. The storm cell, which hit Rosedale on the North Shore just after 8am, caused an hour of chaos as roads turned to rivers and spilled into business and homes.

Britain – Homes were evacuated and roads were damaged as heavy rainfall caused landslides and flooding. Flood warnings were issued in Northampton, Wiltshire, Cornwall, Herefordshire and Somerset. In some areas, the floodwater was 5ft deep. The water level also neared 5ft in Charvil, Berkshire, as a ford became dangerously flooded. An early morning train was derailed at Loch Eilt, in the West Highlands, after a landslide smashed into the tracks. No one was hurt in the incident. Trains are unable to operate between Porth and Treherbert in south Wales due to a landslip, National Rail said.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical depression 01w (Bolaven), located approximately 477 nm east of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, is tracking northwestward at 13 knots.

In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 03s (Ava), located approximately 335 nm north-northwest of St Denis, is tracking southeastward at 04 knots.

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Britain – Thousands of homes have been left without power as Storm Eleanor hit Britain with winds of up to 80mph. An amber weather warning was issued for southern parts of Northern Ireland and northern England as well as southern fringes of Scotland overnight. Floods have already hit in Bantry, Ireland, as a result of Storm Eleanor.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Typhoon 25w (Lan), located approximately 293 nm south-southeast of Iwakuni, Japan, is tracking north-northeastward at 22 knots.

Tropical Depression 27w (Twenty-seven), located approximately 342 nm southeast of Anderson AFB, is tracking south-southeastward at 15 knots.

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Malaysia – Thousands of people have been affected by floods in Sabah, with more than 2,000 people evacuated as of Saturday evening. The Kota Belud district, which is close to mountainous areas, is one of the worst hit, with rain continuously pouring in for almost a week.

Britain – Storm Brian has hit the UK and Ireland sparking flash floods amid fears gale-force winds and heavy rain could leave thousands without power. The storm struck the western coast of Ireland late on Friday – just days after Storm Ophelia left three people dead – causing flooding on the south-west coast. Flood preparations are underway across the UK and Ireland as winds of up to 80 mph hit parts of the Britain on Saturday. East Lancashire was also hit by floods after heavy rain and high winds.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Britain – Thousands of people along England’s east coast have been evacuated from their homes as life-threatening floods were expected to hit towns and villages at Friday night’s high tide. But while many have been forced to spend the night in shelters, there was relief as the tide came and went without the storm surge causing as much damage to communities as had been feared. There was some flooding along the Yorkshire coast and people in Essex were still crossing their fingers late into Friday night, with the worst set to hit in the early hours of this morning.

Slovenia – Snow and ice are causing traffic problems in Slovenia, closing part of a highway leading toward the Adriatic coast. The official STA news agency says slippery conditions led to a number of accidents in the country on Friday.

Netherlands – Dutch water management authorities have closed several locks across waterways to prevent flooding as a high tide coinciding with a strong storm over the North Sea pushes up water levels near the coast of this low-lying nation. Locks in the Haringvliet south of Rotterdam and the Hollandsche Ijssel east of Rotterdam were closed to protect low-lying areas. Locks also were closed in the 32.5-kilometer (20-mile) Afsluitdijk dike that separates the IJsellmeer inland sea from the Wadden Sea north of Amsterdam.

France – Violent overnight storms have hit northern France injuring scores and leaving 200,000 homes without electricity. Strong winds caused havoc for some rail passengers who were stranded overnight Thursday to Friday in a high-speed Thalys train after a tree was blown onto the tracks.

Global Warming

Britain Abolishes Department for Global Warming

Britain’s new government abolished its Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) Thursday morning, ridding the country of its global warming bureaucracy.

The decision to abolish the Department for Energy and Climate Change has been variously condemned as “plain stupid”, “deeply worrying” and “terrible” by politicians, campaigners and experts.

One of Theresa May’s first acts as Prime Minister was to move responsibility for climate change to a new Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy.

Only on Monday, Government advisers had warned of the need to take urgent action to prepare the UK for floods, droughts, heatwaves and food shortages caused by climate change.

The news came after the appointment of Andrea Leadsom – who revealed her first question to officials when she became Energy Minister last year was “Is climate change real? – was appointed as the new Environment Secretary.

Storms and Floods

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Invest 93E is an area of disturbed weather in the East Pacific that has the potential for further tropical development.

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China – A week of torrential rain in southern China has killed 25 people and displaced 33,200 residents, including many in China’s poor, remote regions.

Australia – Authorities are warning people across NSW to keep an eye on river levels as rain and gale-force winds are predicted to hit parts of the state’s south.

Britain – Flash flooding leaves large parts of Britain submerged after heavy rainfall – and there’s no end in sight. Birmingham was one of the worst hit areas in the Midlands last night, with water trapping people in their cars and getting as high as car windows.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Saudi Arabia – A huge sandstorm in Jeddah today killed two people, closing schools and rescheduling of flights. A state of emergency has been declared in Makkah, which is situated 90 km east of Jeddah. Jeddah was blanketed by dust with winds moving at 60 km/hour.

Britain – Storm Katie has battered large parts of Britain, with winds of up to 105mph forcing dozens of flights to be cancelled or diverted and major bridges shut. Passengers described “terrifying” aborted attempts to land at Gatwick Airport on Monday morning before being diverted elsewhere in the country. Several train routes were hit by long delays as the powerful storm blew trees onto the tracks. It ensured the Easter Bank Holiday weekend came to a blustery end, with gusts of more than 70mph for many areas combined with torrential rain, and thousands of families left without power.

Space Events

Large Meteor over Britain

A bright meteor has been spotted over Britain at about at 03:16 GMT. A green flash was observed moving south to north for a few seconds, leaving a magnesium-white trail. The meteor was clearly observed from London, Hampshire, Stafford and the east coast of England. It is reportedly the biggest meteor sighting recorded Britain.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Tropical cyclone 06p (Ula), is located approximately 122 nm southeast of Pago Pago, American Samoa and is tracking west-southwestward at 06 knots.

Tropical Depression Nine-C is located about 1070 mi…1720 km SSW of Johnston Island and about 1770 mi…2850 km SW of Honolulu Hawaii with maximum sustained winds…35 mph…55 km/h. Present movement…NW or 315 degrees at 3 mph…6 km/h.

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Britain – Update – Many homes remained flooded and without power on Thursday, after heavy rain and strong winds battered northern Britain. Storm Frank spread on Tuesday and Wednesday, damaging property and affecting roads and rail services in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The government-affiliated Environment Agency said more than 6,700 homes in the north of England were flooded during the last week as river levels reached all-time highs. Flood warnings remained in place in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland on Thursday.

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USA – Update – The death toll from flooding in Missouri rose to 14 Wednesday, and at least two rivers rose higher than during devastating floods in 1993, officials said, but the region was bracing for more flooding.

El Nino set to continue in early 2016

The current strong El Nino brewing in the Pacific Ocean shows no signs of waning, as seen in the latest satellite image from the U.S./European Ocean Surface Topography Mission (OSTM)/Jason-2 mission.

El Nino 2015 has already created weather chaos around the world. Over the next few months, forecasters expect the United States to feel its impacts as well.

The latest Jason-2 image bears a striking resemblance to one from December 1997, by Jason-2’s predecessor, the NASA/Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES) Topex/Poseidon mission, during the last large El Nino event. Both reflect the classic pattern of a fully developed El Nino.

The images show nearly identical, unusually high sea surface heights along the equator in the central and eastern Pacific: the signature of a big and powerful El Nino. Higher-than-normal sea surface heights are an indication that a thick layer of warm water is present.

El Ninos are triggered when the steady, westward-blowing trade winds in the Pacific weaken or even reverse direction, triggering a dramatic warming of the upper ocean in the central and eastern tropical Pacific. Clouds and storms follow the warm water, pumping heat and moisture high into the overlying atmosphere. These changes alter jet stream paths and affect storm tracks all over the world.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Tropical cyclone (tc) 06p (Six), located approximately 282 nm east-northeast of Pago Pago, is tracking south-southeastward at 13 knots.

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Britain – Winter storm Frank battered the north and west of the U.K., causing chaos to transportation and leaving thousands of people without electricity or facing more flooding in what’s been the wettest December on record for parts of the country. Areas in southern Scotland and Cumbria in northern England were expecting to get another 100 millimetres (4 inches) of rainfall after Storm Frank made landfall, according to the Met Office. Winds exceeding 60 miles (100 kilometres) an hour hit towns and cities from Northern Ireland to Edinburgh overnight and were forecast to continue into Wednesday afternoon. As much as 70 millimetres of rain had fallen on parts of Scotland before 9 a.m. local time, the BBC reported. Homes were evacuated in Aberdeenshire in the northwest as the River Dee burst its banks, while Dumfries in the southwest was also at risk of inundation. Among the disruptions to travel on major roads, a stretch of the motorway linking Scotland with England was shut in both directions due to flooding, according to Traffic Scotland.

USA – The Mississippi River is coming, and so are the Arkansas, the Red, the Ohio and the Missouri. The water on the Mississippi River is already so high that Missouri has closed interstate highways. Governor Jay Nixon activated the National Guard to stave off disaster. And the floods only stand to get worse. Warmer-than-usual weather through December has precipitation falling as rain. Some areas have seen 5 to 10 inches (12 to 24 centimetres) above normal flowing into the rivers instead of being locked up as snow and ice on solid ground until spring. Flooding on the lower Mississippi may become severe enough to force the opening of the Bonnet Carre Spillway protecting New Orleans, according to the Lower Mississippi River Forecast Centre. Today, the Missouri River is at a major flood stage, and it’s pouring into an already swollen Mississippi, forecast to reach its second-highest crest at St. Louis around the start of the new year. All of that water will join the Ohio and together flow toward some of the most densely packed industrial river fronts in the country. The floodwaters are forecast to reach New Orleans in the third week of January.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Oklahoma, USA – The National Weather Service says “disastrous” flooding will occur in eastern Oklahoma, where some areas received up to a foot of rain over the weekend. The state department of transportation says high water has caused the closure of some roads in counties in the southern and eastern part of the state.

Britain – Hundreds of people have been evacuated from their homes in York after the city’s two rivers burst their banks, flooding houses, shops, businesses and threatening historical buildings. The River Ouse is up to four metres above its typical level but will not peak until tomorrow afternoon, while the River Foss is hitting record heights in urban areas.

Missouri, USA – A state of emergency has been declared by Governor Jay Nixon in response to widespread flooding in Missouri. At least eight deaths are connected to the high waters in the state. More rain and additional flooding is expected through Monday. River levels are expected to rise over the next few days.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Texas, USA – Eight people have died in a tornado that hit Garland, Texas, raising the death toll to 26 in a week of storms in several US states. Five people in cars were blown off a motorway in Garland, near Dallas. Another three bodies were found in nearby towns. Two people were found dead at a petrol station in Copeville, and a third was killed in Blue Ridge.

Britain – Heavy rain has caused flooding in northern England, leading to evacuations of thousands in Lancashire and Yorkshire. At least 2,200 homes have been evacuated in York, with six severe flood warnings in the area. The Met Office has issued hundreds of flood alerts and warnings – more than 30 of them severe. The River Irwell and River Roch have both overflowed, causing flooding in Salford, Manchester city centre and Rochdale. Houses have been evacuated in Mytholmroyd, West Yorkshire, and in Ribchester and Whalley, Lancashire.

 

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South America – Update – The widespread floods have forced nearly 140,000 people from their homes in Paraguay, Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil following days of torrential rains that drenched a region where the countries border each other. Paraguay is the hardest hit with at least 100,000 evacuating according to the National Emergency Department. Argentina’s state-run news agency Telam reports that 20,000 people suffered the same fate in that nation, while Uruguay’s National Emergency System says some 9,000 were displaced by rivers that overflowed their banks. The civil defense department in the southern Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul says at least 7,000 people had to leave their homes.