Storms and Floods

Floods in France

Torrential rainfall and floods hit eastern France.

The River Ouche burst its banks and flood water trapped three people who were later rescued by Firefighters.

About 100 people were evacuated near Pont-et-Massene lake. A month’s average rainfall fell in 12 hours in Saône-et-Loire in Burgundy.

Yesterday France’s meteorological service Metéo France issued flood warnings in Ain, Cote-d’Or, Isère, Loire, Rhône et Saône-et-Loire. Metéo France had issued Orange Alert for those regions.

Landslide in Kalaw, Myanmar

Landslide in Kalaw, Myanmar after heavy rain has claimed the lives of at least 16 people.

Flash floods in Kalaw, Myanmar also destroyed 50 houses. Bad weather and thunderstorms are forecast till May 5 in Upper Myanmar.

Flooding in Florida

The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for southern Florida.

A heavy storm caused flight delays in both Broward and Miami-Dade. Miami International Airport cancelled 11 flights.

A tornado touched down in Boca Raton.

Flooding in Argau, Switzerland

Flooding caused by heavy rainfall has claimed the life of one woman in the Argau region of Switzerland. Storm and flood damage is high in Aargau, Zurich, and Thurgau.

Flash floods in Klang Valley, Malaysia

Heavy storm has caused flash floods in the Klang Valley in Malaysia. Jalan Duta-Mahameru and Jalan Parlimen areas are worst affected by the flood.

Tornado in Modena, Italy

A tornado has hit Modena, southeast of Milan and damaged several homes, injuring at least 11 people.

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Flooding in Auckland, New Zealand

Torrential rain has caused flash flooding in Auckland today. About 15mm of rain was recorded in one hour at Alexandra Park, in Epsom.

Other News:

A floating sandstorm has been reported in Yinchuan, China.

Heavy spring floods are engulfing communities in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario and Quebec, Canada, washing out roads and highways, threatening homes and prompting evacuations. Heavy snowfall and a late-blooming spring season have been the major factors.

More than 8,500 homes have been affected by floods in Tana River county in Kenya since last month.


Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.0 Earthquake hits Fiji.

5.0 Earthquake hits the Molucca Sea.

Space Events

Meteor Shower

Meteor Shower from Halley’s Comet can be observed on May 5, 2013. The Eta Aquarid meteor shower occurs each year in early May.

Solar Flare

The sun emitted a mid-level solar flare, peaking at 1:32 pm EDT on May 3, 2013, NASA reports.

This flare is classified as an M5.7-class flare. M-class flares are the weakest flares that can still cause some space weather effects near Earth. Increased numbers of flares are quite common at the moment, as the sun’s normal 11-year activity cycle is ramping up toward solar maximum, which is expected in late 2013.

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Wildfires in Southern California, USA.

The Springs fire continues to grow near Camarillo, California. The wildfire has spread to more than 18,000 acres on day two and is 20% contained.

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A fast-growing wildfire along the Pacific Coast Highway northwest of Los Angeles nearly doubled in size Friday and was threatening more than 4,000 homes as crews battled strong winds and tinder-dry conditions.


Drought in Australia

The spectre of another big drought is now casting its shadow across northern and southern Australia, only three years after the millennium drought broke. A dry summer has left the region in drought and an estimated one million cattle from the Northern Territory and and far Western Queensland are at risk.


Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity:

Sakurajima (Kyushu, Japan): Since 1 May, activity has been increasing again from relatively low levels during the weeks before. Over the past 3 days, several explosions have produced ash plumes rising to 10,000 ft (3 km) altitude and on most days, there have been 3-4 daily explosions (for Sakurajima, this is a large number).

Popocatépetl (Central Mexico): Some small earthquake swarms have occurred at the volcano in the past days, probably associated with some batches of fresh magma intruding into the system at shallow depth. This resulted in increased degassing, visible as a significant SO2 plume on NOAA satellite data. Surface activity, however, has remained low with very few emissions and only faint glow at the summit.

Fuego (Guatemala): Activity has further decreased with very few explosions reported since yesterday, and no activity at the lava flows. Also, Santiaguito has been rather calm today, and no direct observations could be made at Pacaya.

Nevado del Ruiz (Colombia): Seismic activity is still elevated, but has been decreasing today, possibly meaning that the most recent magma intrusion is coming to an end (with no eruption).

Tungurahua (Ecuador): Eruptive activity has not changed much. The volcano observatory reported ongoing steam and ash emissions producing a plume oscillating between 1.5-3 km height above the crater and drifting into westerly directions, and occasional small to moderate explosions. Light ash fall occurred in Cevallos and Mocha. Incandescence was visible at the summit.