Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storm systems.

Newsbytes:

California, USA – As another powerful storm walloped California, a 5-year-old boy was swept away by floodwaters Monday on the state’s central coast and an entire seaside community that is home to Prince Harry, Oprah Winfrey and other celebrities was ordered to evacuate on the fifth anniversary of deadly mudslides there. Tens of thousands of people remained without power, and some schools closed for the day. Streets and highways transformed into gushing rivers, trees toppled, mud slid and motorists growled as they hit roadblocks caused by fallen debris. The death toll from the relentless string of storms climbed from 12 to 14 on Monday, after two people were killed by falling trees, state officials said.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storm systems.

Newsbytes:

California, USA – California was hit with more turbulent weather Sunday as thunderstorms, snow and damaging winds swept into the northern part the state, preceding another series of incoming storms and raising the potential for road flooding, rising rivers and mudslides on soils already saturated after days of rain. The National Weather Service warned of a “relentless parade of atmospheric rivers” — storms that are long plumes of moisture stretching out into the Pacific capable of dropping staggering amounts of rain and snow. In the state capital, more than 60,000 customers were still without electricity Sunday evening — down from more than 350,000 — after gusts of 60 mph (97 kph) knocked trees into power lines.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storm systems.

The remnants of Tropical Cyclone Ellie continue to hover over northwestern Australia bringing significant precipitation to the area.

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Newsbytes:

Indonesia – Flash floods and landslides in East Nusa Tenggara Province of Indonesia have caused damage and at least one fatality. Heavy rain triggered floods and landslides in Kupang Regency, on 25 December 2022. Recent damage assessments report one person died, while around 44 homes were severely damaged or destroyed and a further 598 flooded. As of 01 January, a total of 2694 people had been displaced from their homes. Roads and 5 bridges were also damaged.

Congo-Brazzaville – The Red Cross in the Republic of the Congo (also known as Congo-Brazzaville) reported severe flooding in northern parts of the country, where thousands of people have been displaced. Some flooding was reported in parts of the Cuvette Department in late November 2022. Around 500 people were affected in the town of Oyo on the Alima River. Flooding worsened after several rivers in the region rose sharply in early December 2022. According to damage assessments carried out in mid-December, as many as 164,679 people have been affected across 23 districts in the departments of Cuvette, Likouala, Plateaux, and Sangha.

USA – An atmospheric river brought heavy rain and snow to parts of California on 31 December 2022. At least 2 people have died, dozens rescued and hundreds evacuated. More severe weather is forecast for the coming days. The storm left thousands without power. Roads were flooded in parts of the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento County. Dozens of people trapped in vehicles were rescued by emergency services, including some by helicopter. Several victims were found clinging to trees for safety. Levees broke along the Cosumnes River, causing flooding in Sacramento County. Evacuation orders or warnings were issued for residents in Wilton, Glanville Tract and Franklin Pond. A long stretch of State Route 99 near Elk Grove was underwater. One person died in a flooded vehicle in the area. A second fatality was reported when the storm downed trees in Santa Cruz. Another powerful system is expected to bring further heavy rain from 04 January 2023.

Malawi – Disaster authorities in Malawi report that over 40 people have died as a result of severe weather in the country since the start of the rainy season in November 2022. Severe weather has affected parts of the country since around 18 November 2022 when storms, heavy rain and hail caused damage to homes in several districts including Lilongwe. Two fatalities were reported in Mchinji. As of 25 November, The country’s Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA) reported 13 people had died as a result of recent severe weather, including 8 from lightning strikes and 5 who died when buildings collapsed due to heavy rain, floods or storms.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.5 earthquake hits Northern California.

5.4 earthquake hits near the north coast of Papua, Indonesia.

5.3 earthquake hits south of Fiji.

5.3 earthquake hits Antofagasta, Chile.

5.2 earthquake hits the Azores.

5.0 earthquake hits the Kashmir-Xinjiang border.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

There are no current tropical storm systems.

Newsbytes:

Australia – Twenty-one people have been evacuated from the outback Queensland town of Urandangi ahead of a flooding event predicted to be the biggest the region has seen in more than 10 years. Heavy rainfall over the Barkly region further north, as a result of ex-tropical cyclone Ellie, is making its way down through the channel country resulting in this flooding. It is expected to take 10 days for the floodwaters to subside.

California, USA – Landslides closed roadways across California on Friday as the Golden State was hit with more rainy weather. A large area of moderate-to-heavy rain was moving inland from the Bay Area early Saturday morning, with widespread urban and small stream flooding expected to develop. Peak gusts will be 30-50 mph with strongest winds over mountains. With saturated soils, even moderate winds could cause downed trees/branches, power outages, falling debris. The atmospheric river storm was expected to bring more precipitation through the day, with the potential for flooding and multiple feet of snow in the Sierra Nevada.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.3 earthquake hits offshore Northern California.

5.3 earthquake hits Antofagasta, Chile.

5.2 earthquake hits Antigua and Barbuda.

5.0 earthquake hits the southern east Pacific rise.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Northwest Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm 29w (Pakhar), located approximately 408 nm south-southeast of Kadena, AFB, Okinawa, Japan, is tracking east-northeastward at 08 knots.

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California, USA – Heavy rain pounded Southern California on Sunday, leading to flooding, mud and debris flows and the swift water rescue of a man in the Santa Ana River. The storm also produced snow in the mountains, creating hazardous driving conditions.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Atlantic Ocean: Tropical Storm Nicole is located about 25 mi…35 km nw of Vero each Florida and about 60 mi…95 km se of Orlando Florida with maximum sustained winds…70 mph…110 km/h. Present movement…wnw or 295 degrees at 14 mph…22 km/h.

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Newsbytes:

California, USA – Severe weather including record heavy rain affected parts of Southern California, USA, and bordering parts of Baja California State in northern Mexico. At least 1 person has died and 2 are still missing after being swept away by flood waters in Ontario, California. San Diego, California reported 9.14 inches / 232.15 mm of rain fell in 48 hours to 08 November in Lytle Creek in the San Gabriel Mountains, within San Bernardino County. San Sevaine in San Bernardino County recorded 7.28 inches / 184.91 mm during the same period. Wind gusts of 89 mph (145 km/h) were also reported.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.6 earthquake hits Luzon in the Philippines.

Two 5.2 earthquakes hit Hokkaido, Japan.

5.1 earthquake hits Tonga.

5.1 earthquake hits Northern California.

5.0 earthquake hits Santa, Argentina.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Oregon, California, USA

With the Cedar Creek Fire now spanning more than 110,000 acres, local residents are being warned evacuation levels may be moved back up depending on the blaze’s activity. The wildfire, which sits 15 miles east of Oakridge, has grown nearly 20,000 acres since Thursday and is currently burning 110,361 acres as of Saturday morning. Containment remains at 0%.

Meanwhile the mosquito Fire in California has grown to 71 292 acres with 21% containment. 78 structures have been destroyed.

Wildfires

Wildfires – California, USA

Dozens of buildings burned and a major interstate was closed as gusty winds fanned a large wildfire in California’s Sierra Nevada and ignited another blaze nearby, authorities said Tuesday. The Mosquito Fire tore through 51 buildings, destroying 46 of them, in the small community of Michigan Bluff, west of South Lake Tahoe. The Mosquito Fire had swelled to nearly 50,000 acres by Tuesday afternoon, and it was 18% contained, according to Cal Fire.

Wildfires

Wildfires – California, USA

The Mosquito Fire in foothills east of Sacramento spread to nearly 65 square miles, with 10% containment, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire. More than 5,800 structures in Placer and El Dorado counties were under threat and some 11,000 residents of communities including Foresthill and Georgetown were under evacuation orders.

In Southern California, cooler temperatures and rain brought respite to firefighters battling the massive Fairview Fire about 75 miles southeast of Los Angeles after sweltering heat last week. The 44-square-mile blaze was 45% contained Sunday. The fire has destroyed at least 30 homes and other structures in Riverside County. Two people died while fleeing flames last Monday.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Washington State, California, USA

The Bolt Creek Fire, which started Saturday in northwest Washington near Skykomish off US Highway 2 is growing very quickly. It is producing a great deal of smoke blowing to the northwest toward Everett and Bellingham. Our very, very rough estimate of the size, based on the imprecise satellite heat data, is that the Bolt Creek Fire had burned more than 2,500 acres by 1:54 p.m. PDT Saturday.

A fire south of Mount Rainier National Park, the Goat Rocks Fire, is also producing smoke, but it is heading generally west to the Centralia area. As of Friday it had burned about 1,500 acres.

The smoke from the very large fire that has been burning since August 1 in west-central Oregon, the Cedar Creek Fire, is sending smoke into Washington. The Washington State DNR said today that smoke from that 35,000-acre fire is being lofted to higher altitudes and is not expected to contribute significantly to further reductions in air quality at ground level.

The Mosquito Fire at Foresthill in Northern California was very active again Friday, but did not spread as much as in recent days. The fire was mapped Friday night at 33,753 acres. At its widest point the fire is 12 miles long.

Wildfires

Wildfires – California

A tropical storm surging up the California coast brought fierce winds on Friday that threatened to fuel ferocious wildfires already burning across the state. Both the Mosquito fire (30 000 acres) burning in the northern part of California and the Fairview fire to the south exhibited erratic and dangerous fire behaviour including large plumes, swirls and rapid spread, as they left destruction in their wake. The blazes show no signs of slowing until critical conditions change.

Wildfires

Wildfires – California

Wednesday afternoon the Mosquito Fire east of Foresthill, California spread significantly north and east. Aircraft have mapped it at 4,223 acres, an increase of approximately 3,000 acres yesterday.

Russia Now Must Fight Forest Fires Almost Year Around – Due to Global Warming

Because of global warming and the impact of current land use policies, Russia must now fight forest fires almost year around. When the fire fighting season was shorter, Russian officials at all levels were able to use the quiet times to recover; but now, they must fight fires every month and that is having a negative impact on their ability to do so. And it is not just that enormous areas are burning throughout the year but that these fires are both caused by and leading to a further drying up of rivers on which Russia depends for transportation in many places but also are having a negative impact on public health, given the smoke from them, and on the economy, because they are blocking roads.