Global Warming

Alpine Glacier Loss

Some of the hottest summer temperatures on record in Switzerland this year caused the country’s glaciers to lose 2.5 percent of their volume, according to the Swiss Academy of Science.

This year’s record heat came after an especially snowy winter that helped replenish some of the Alpine snowcap diminished by three previous consecutive years of little snow.

Climate change has caused Swiss glaciers to lose a fifth of their ice during the past decade.

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Storms and Floods

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In the Eastern Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm Bud is located about 270 mi…435 km sse of Cabo San Lucas Mexico with maximum sustained winds…70 mph…110 km/h. Present movement…nnw or 330 degrees at 2 mph…3 km/h.

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Switzerland – Torrential rain continued to hit Switzerland for a second night running, this time focusing on the north-western canton of Jura. Villages in the area were flooded as the river Schuelte burst its banks and several roads were closed. The heavy rainfall also affected parts of eastern Switzerland. It was responsible for an avalanche and landslide that cut off the St Bernard Pass in canton Valais overnight – which reopened during the morning. No fatalities or injuries have been reported. Jura took the brunt of the downpour where more than 100 firefighters spent the night pumping out flooded cellars. Some 76 millimetres of rain fell on Movelier overnight, according to the authorities. The villages of Courroux and Vicques were left practically unreachable by road on Wednesday morning.

India – Incessant rainfall in past 48 hours has triggered landslides and floods in various parts of Mizoram. The land is now unstable around the hilly areas cuts across National Highway 54. It is the area located near Hunthar, Aizawl and its the road to the airport too. Even areas just outside the Aizawl city located near the Tlawng river had been badly affected. Several houses have collapsed in landslides.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone 21s (Flamboyan), located approximately 901 nm southeast of Diego Garcia, is tracking south-southeastward at 04 knots.

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Switzerland – A fifth person has died from injuries sustained when an unexpected snowstorm surprised a group of 14 skiers in the Swiss Alps, forcing them to spend the night outdoors. The group had set out from the Dix rest-stop and were heading to Vignettes to sleep, trekking along a route called the Serpentine. But bad weather in the Pigne d’Arolla area struck unexpectedly.

Europe – In Germany, firefighters pumped rainwater from basements and clearing flooded road tunnels after a storm swept through parts of western Germany overnight. Germany’s far-west Aachen region was the hardest hit, with rescue services receiving hundreds of calls. Aachen police say nobody was harmed in the storm. France, Belgium and Luxembourg were also affected by heavy rain and hail — weather that is more often seen during the summer than the spring.

Nature – Images

Interesting Images

Every Year, the Swiss Cover Their Melting Glaciers in White Blankets. Summer’s coming, which means that soon enough it’ll be time to tuck the glaciers in.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Ecuador – A British kayaker is missing and two Irish men are dead after a group of five adventurers lost control in flash floods in the Ecuadorian jungle. A local guide later told a press conference that the river was so powerful that ‘getting out of the kayak was practically facing death’.

France – Swathes of France including Paris and Normandy are on alert for floods after exceptionally high rainfall across the country in recent days. The east of the country was braced for floods with the Rhine threatening to overflow.

Indonesia – Roads have turned to rivers and some tourists have been forced to evacuate parts of Bali as flash flooding causes chaos on the holiday island. Local media on Tuesday reported heavy downpours across the island including in popular tourist locations such as Legian, Nusa Dua and Uluwatu. Persisting rain overnight has led to muddy landslides down some cliffs and has forced evacuations across the island with drains unable to cope with the flooding.

Switzerland – In St-Ursanne in canton Jura, days of heavy rain have caused the River Doubs to burst its banks and flood parts of the mediaeval town. Rivers across Switzerland, both in lowlands and in the Alps, are extremely high after a week of precipitation and melting snow. As well as St-Ursanne, similar flooding has been reported in the communes of Goumois and Soubey along the Doubs, and at Bassecourt on the Sorne River.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Southern Hemisphere: Tropical cyclone (tc) 03s (Ava), located approximately 429 nm east-northeast of Europa Island, is tracking southwestward at 12 knots.

Tropical cyclone (tc) 04s (Irving), located approximately 1108 nm east-southeast of Diego Garcia, is tracking westward at 12 knots.

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Germany – Rivers swollen by days of rainfall and melting snow are rising in western Germany, with floodwaters spilling into some cities and towns. Shipping was suspended Friday on the upper reaches of the Rhine River, and a similar measure might be taken in the Cologne area over the weekend. Shipping on the Moselle River and the Neckar River, two of the Rhine’s tributaries, had already been halted. A road in downtown Heidelberg was closed on Friday after the Neckar spilled over its banks. In St. Blasien in Germany’s Black Forest, houses were evacuated on Thursday night because of flooding and a landslide.

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Switzerland – The road to the Adelboden ski resort in Switzerland was swept away by a rain-induced mudslide while one skier in the French Alps died after being hit by a falling tree.

China – Central and eastern China have been dealing with heavy snowfall and blizzard conditions since Tuesday. Downed power lines scrapped power in Suizhou, a city of 2.5 million people. The snowfall killed at least 10 people. The hardest-hit provinces were Shanxi, Henan, Hubei, Anhui and Jiangsu. More than 16 inches of snow fell in parts of Henan, Hubei and Anhui. About 200 homes were destroyed by the blizzards.

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Congo – Floods and mudslides killed 44 people in shantytowns in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s capital Kinshasa, the third largest metropolis in Africa. Heavy rains hit Kinshasa on Thursday, starting in the early morning and continuing for hours. The floods had caused a large amount of damage and had destroyed several houses.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the North Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Storm Harvey is located about 380 mi…615 km SE of Port O’Connor Texas and about 335 mi…540 km SE of Port Mansfield Texas with maximum sustained winds…60 mph…95 km/h. Present movement…NNW or 345 degrees at 10 mph…17 km/h.

In the Western Pacific: Tropical Depression 16w (Sixteen), located approximately 301 nm east-northeast of Manila, Philippines, is tracking westward at 14 knots.

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Macau – Chaos and confusion gripped Macau on Thursday after one of the strongest typhoons on record hit the territory, killing at least nine people, and leaving more than half the city still without water and power, and casinos relying on backup generators. Rescuers on Thursday searched submerged cars for trapped people in the former Portuguese territory, while overwhelmed emergency services scrambled to respond to crisis calls.

Switzerland – Eight people, including German, Austrian and Swiss citizens, are missing following a landslide that forced the evacuation of a village in the Swiss Alps, police said Thursday. The Wednesday morning landslide sent mud, rocks and dirt flooding down the Piz Cengalo mountain into the outskirts of the village of Bondo, near the Italian border. Roughly 100 people were evacuated, with some airlifted out with helicopters.

Northern Ireland – More than 100 people had to be rescued in Northern Ireland after being trapped by overnight flooding. The north west was worst affected, particularly Londonderry, as well as other parts of the county and Tyrone. Firefighters rescued 93 people who were trapped by flood water in their cars or homes. The Met Office confirmed that 63% of the average August rainfall fell within an eight-to-nine-hour period.

Wildfires

Wildfire – Switzerland

A month without precipitation in southern Switzerland has led to several wildfires breaking out on the south side of the Alps. Three military Super Puma helicopters are assisting the firefighters on the ground.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Switzerland – Torrential rain, thunderstorms and flash floods have inundated towns and villages, especially in parts of northwest, central and eastern Switzerland.

France – An international team of scientists has found that man-made climate change nearly doubled the likelihood of last month’s devastating French flooding.

El Niño – El Niño is dead, scientists declared Thursday. It was 17 months old. The infamous climate pattern defined by warmer-than-average Pacific Ocean water is likely to be succeeded by its cooler kid sister, La Niña. Developing from a small patch of warm water in the Pacific Ocean, this El Niño grew to among the largest ever recorded as it shaped weather around the world.

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Post Tropical Cyclone Blanca is located about 160 mi…260 km NW of Santa Rosalia Mexico with maximum sustained winds…30 mph…45 km/h. Present movement…N or 350 degrees at 12 mph…19 km/h.

Hazards affecting land: rainfall: the Post-tropical low could still produce additional rainfall accumulations of 1 to 3 inches over parts of the central and northern Baja California peninsula. Light to moderate rainfall amounts associated with this low will also begin to increase over portions of the southwestern United States through Tuesday.

Tropical cyclone (tc) 01a (Ashobaa), located approximately 290 nm south-southwest of Karachi, Pakistan, is tracking west-northwestward at 08 knots

Invest 94E in the eastern Pacific remains an area of disturbed weather which has the potential for tropical development.

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Switzerland – A woman and her daughter died as rain storms triggered flash flooding in Canton of Lucerne. A mudslide cut the road linking Thun and Interlaken in the canton of Bern. Another landslide disrupted rail traffic between Birmensdorf and Zurich Altstetten. Around 80,000 lightning strikes hit Central Switzerland to Zurich from Sunday to Monday, whereas the Weather Service records 200,000 to 500,000 lightning strikes each year in Switzerland.

Tennessee, USA – Flash flooding, hail and serious lightning strikes plagued Middle Tennessee as severe thunderstorms made their way across the region. Heavy rain and hail started falling early Monday afternoon in several counties, including Robertson and Cheatham. Sizes varied but some were as big as quarters and ping pong balls. Flash flooding began to occur across Davidson County as low-lying roadways were inundated with heavy rain. Numerous cars were stranded by the floodwaters.

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Tropical cyclone 24s (Quang), located approximately 494 nm northwest of Learmonth, Australia, is tracking west-southwestward at 06 knots.

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Switzerland – On Monday 27 April 2015 flash floods hit the communes of Blonay and St-Légier situated above Montreux and Vevey in the Swiss canton of Vaud. Heavy rain fell for around one hour and water came rushing down streets without warning.

Kenya – Search and rescue efforts were underway in Narok on Wednesday after flash floods claimed nine lives on Tuesday.

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Tennessee, USA – Extreme winter weather has claimed the lives of at least 22 people over the past six days.

Queensland, Australia – Yeppoon, Rockhampton and Gympie inundated by floodwaters following Tropical Cyclone Marcia’s passage. Thousands of homes remain without power.

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Switzerland – An avalanche in Valais Alps in Switzerland claimed the lives of four Italian skiers on Saturday.

Bosnia & Herzegovina – A landslide in a Bosnia and Herzegovina coal mine has claimed the lives of at least four people. The landslide occurred at an opencast lignite mine at Dubrave in northeast Bosnia and Herzegovina The people were buried while illegally collecting coal. However, the area could not be approached with big machines because of mud and huge piles of earth.

Afghanistan – An avalanche in Afghanistan’s Badakhshan Province has claimed the lives of at least twelve people. Heavy snowfall has also destroyed ten houses in Raghistan district.

UK – Flood alerts have been issued across the south east as wintry weather and blizzards look set to hit large swathes of the UK. There are currently more than 50 flood alerts out across England and Wales, with the majority in the south of the country. The River Thames burst its banks at several points yesterday, as high tides and heavy rain hit west and south London.

Israel – At least 80 Palestinian homes have been flooded after water levels in the Gaza Valley (Wadi Gaza) rose to almost three meters, forcing families to evacuate after Israeli authorities opened several dams.

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Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Tropical cyclone 10p (Ola), forms approximately 233 nm west-northwest of Noumea, New Caledonia, and is tracking southeastward at 08 knots.

Tropical cyclone (tc) 09s (Eunice), forms in the southern Indian Ocean, is located approximately 847 nm south-southeast of Diego Garcia and is tracking eastward at 17 knots.

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Switzerland – An avalanche in the Swiss Alps has claimed lives of four people and injured three others. The victims were part of a group of nine skiers that was swept away by the avalanche on the eastern slope of Piz Vilan in the eastern Swiss district of Landquart.

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Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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France – Heavy rains have left five people dead in the south of France between Friday evening and Saturday morning.

Italy, Switzerland – Four people died when mudslides hit their homes in the border area between Italy and Switzerland overnight on Saturday, and a fifth was missing near the Italian port city of Genoa after days of torrential rains and flooding. Severe storms over the past few weeks have again exposed the fragile state of infrastructure in many parts of Italy, where poor planning and widespread illegal building greatly increase the threat posed by flooding. Heavy rains for much of the past month have caused chaos in many areas of Italy, flooding city streets and causing hundreds of millions of euros damage, three years after seven people were killed in severe floods in 2011.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Tropical cyclone (tc) 05b (Five), located approximately 496 nm south of Calcutta, India, has tracked west-northwestward at 03

Tropical Storm 20w (Nuri), For 24 hours, Nuri was a category 5 monster storm with maximum sustained winds of 180 mph, tying with Typhoon Vongfong as the strongest cyclone of the season. But Nuri may actually make a name for itself after it loses its tropical characteristics when it moves north into the Bering Sea. When it gets there, all the warm, tropical air it’s pushing around will crash into a mountain of cold air and cause a violent explosion of meteorological energy that could propel this storm into history. The National Weather Service in Anchorage says that during that so-called “bombogenesis” the storm’s central pressure — an important measure of intensity — will deepen from 970 MB late Thursday to between 918 to 922 MB late Friday.The Aleutian Islands will be pummeled with 40 to 50 foot waves and wind gusts of up to 100 mph. This storm is so strong that it will also cause the jet stream to plunge south, bringing cold temperatures to a huge part of the U.S.

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Switzerland – A landslide in Switzerland has claimed the lives of at least two people. The landslide buried the house in a heavily wooded area in Bombinasco.

Malaysia – Flash floods and landslides at Malaysian hill station Cameron Highlands have claimed the lives of at least three people. The landslide at Ringlet and Bertam Valley buried two and flash floods in Kuala Terla killed one person.

Uganda – The recent floods in western Uganda have displaced over 16,000 people. Heavy rainfall caused the River Semliki burst its banks and affected the western Ugandan district of Ntoroko.

Italy – In Italy, hundreds of residents have been evacuated from the northern Tuscan city of Carrara after heavy rainfall led to widespread flooding. Around 180 millimetres of rain fell in three hours, flooding the lower floors of many houses and factories in Carrara, famous for its marble.