How the World has also been hit by flooding as huge downpours batter the continents

Much of Europe has been plunged underwater as huge downpours hit the continent.

Hundreds have been evacuated from homes in Pisa, Italy, as the city’s Arno river looks set to break its banks, and in Venice, tourists could only look on in flooded St Mark’s Square as it was enveloped in a yearly phenomenon known as ‘acqua alta’ (high water).

A third of Venice is already under water as an unrelenting wave of rain sweeps across Italy.

The French department of Finistere has been placed on alert as forecasters warn of huge waves and widespread flooding and army and police have evacuated about 1,000 people from cars and buses stranded in deep snow in northern Serbia.

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Tornado devastation in the Midwest’ as 60 twisters wreak havoc

Tornado devastation in the Midwest’: Death toll reaches six and one Illinois town is left totally destroyed after massive string of 60 twisters wreak havoc

  • Six people killed after dozens of tornadoes flattened large parts of the Midwest
  • Three people died in Massac County, two in Washington County and one in city of Washington, Tazewell County
  • Winds of 166 to 200mph reported in Washington County, The National Weather Service confirmed
  • Unusual late season storms moved east at about 60mph over five hours on Sunday
  • Dozens treated for injuries in Peoria as rescuers scrambled to uncover survivors in at least 70 leveled homes
  • A Chicago Bears and Baltimore Ravens game delayed for two hours as storms approached Chicago’s Soldier Field

Australia heading for hottest calendar year on record

CANBERRA, Australia, Nov. 11 (UPI) — Australia is on track to record its hottest-ever calendar year, a report from the Australian Climate Council said Monday.The report, given the title “Off the Charts,” shows October was 2.5 degrees Fahrenheit over the long-term average.”Off the back of the hottest September on record, October is also breaking records,” the council’s Will Steffen said.

“We have set the record again for the warmest 12-month period on record, from Nov. 1, 2012, to Oct. 31, 2013, and we are on track for the hottest calendar year on record,” he said.

Australia will likely experience increases in the frequency and severity of extreme weather events, he said, specifically noting the risk of wildfires.

“Over the month of October New South Wales experienced devastating bush fires very early in the fire season,” he said. “This October was the second warmest on record in Sydney, at 3.6 degrees Celsius [5.4 degrees F] above the long-term average.”

Significant reductions in greenhouse emissions are needed to reduce the risk of more severe extreme weather in the future, he said, urging the federal government to take action.

“Our major trading partners, particularly China and the United States, are now moving in the right direction,” he said. “It is crucial that Australia steps up to the plate and plays its part.

Philippines typhoon leaves millions in need of food, water, shelter

MANILA — The scale of the devastation beginning to unfold in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan has stunned relief workers, who estimate that as many as 10 million people were affected by the storm that swept through the central Philippines late last week.

With many coastal areas still cut off from transportation and communications, government officials and relief workers were left guessing Monday as to the full impact of the storm, known as Yolanda by Filipinos.

“Right now we’re operating in a relative black hole of information,” Dr. Natasha Reyes, emergency coordinator in the Philippines for the international medical group Doctors Without Borders, said in a statement Monday. “We know from the very little we can see that the situation is terrible. But it’s what we don’t see that’s the most worrying.”

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Nov 9. 2013 – Biggest storm in history…

Biggest storm in history: More than 100 dead and MILLIONS affected across the Philippines… and now 235mph Typhoon Haiyan is heading for mainland Asia

  • Typhoon Haiyan was a maximum category-five storm with ground winds of up to 235mph
  • More than 100 people are believed to be dead with many more injured in storm that saw 800,000 evacuated
  • Gales whipped up 19ft waves which battered the islands of Leyte and Samar yesterday
  • Storm has now passed majority of the islands and is set to move inland towards Laos and Vietnam
  • Disaster relief teams are now attempting to get supplies to those most affected
  • International aid teams are being flown in to the devastated country with three UK experts arriving today
  • Locals, many of whom are pictured transporting corpses in wheelbarrows, now attempt to rebuild their lives

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Sept 2013 – Colorado’s Thousand-Year Flood

Just a few months ago, Boulder, Colorado was in the grip of yet another drought, and the state itself experienced its worst wildfire on record earlier this year. But after days of heavy rainfall that the National Weather Service called “biblical,” drought and fire is the last thing that Boulder and the rest of the northern Front Range of Colorado has to worry about.

On average Boulder receives about 1.7 inches of rain during the month of September. As of 7 AM on September 16, Boulder had received 17.17 inches of rain so far in the month, smashing the all-time record of 9.59 inches set in May of 1995. 9.08 inches fell on Sept. 12, nearly doubling the previous daily record of 4.80 inches set on July 31, 1919. In fact, Boulder has already broken its yearly record for precipitation—with more than three months left in the year, and the rain still falling.

Parts of Boulder are experiencing a 1-in-1,000 year flood. That doesn’t literally mean that the kind of rainfall seen over the past week only occurs once in a millennium. Rather, it means that a flood of this magnitude only has a 0.1% chance of happening in a given year. This is historically bad luck, due in part to the combination of an active, drenching Southwest monsoon and a low pressure area that trapped over the region. A tropical air mass—unusual in the dry Rocky Mountains—is slowly being hauled across the Front Range by weak southwesterly winds. This is known as an orographic lift, which is converting the incredibly moist air into sheets and sheets of rainfall.

Sept 2013 – Two major storms lash Mexico, 41 dead amid ‘historic’ floods

(Reuters) – Two powerful storms pummeled Mexico as they converged from the Pacific and the Gulf on Monday, killing at least 41 people and forcing the evacuation of tens of thousands amid some of the worst flooding in decades.

Tropical Depression Ingrid battered Mexico’s northern Gulf coast, while the remnants of Tropical Storm Manuel lashed the Pacific coast, inundating the popular beach resort of Acapulco, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

Even as they weakened, the storms continued to unleash massive rains that have killed more than three dozen people in the states of Veracruz, Guerrero, Puebla, Hidalgo, Michoacan and Oaxaca, national emergency services said.

In the popular Pacific resort of Acapulco alone, at least 21 people were killed as buildings collapsed and roads were transformed into raging rivers, said Constantino Gonzalez, an official with Guerrero state emergency services.

“Unfortunately, the majority of the deaths have occurred here in Acapulco due to landslides that completely buried homes,” said Gonzalez.

Officials said thousands of tourists were stranded due to canceled flights and closed highways.

State oil monopoly Pemex said it had evacuated three oil platforms and halted drilling at some wells on land due to the storms.

President Enrique Pena Nieto, who led Mexican independence day celebrations in Mexico City on Monday, was set to inspect storm damage in Guerrero state.

HISTORIC DESTRUCTION

“The storms have affected two-thirds of the entire national territory,” the interior minister, Miguel Osorio Chong, said at a news conference in Mexico City.

Chong called the flooding “historic” and said the city of Acapulco had sustained major damage. The resort’s international airport remained closed due to power failure, as were two major highways, in the wake of Manuel.

In Veracruz state, along Mexico’s Gulf coast, 12 people died on Monday after their bus and two nearby homes were buried by a mountain landslide near the town of Xaltepec, Governor Javier Duarte told reporters.

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Extreme Weather 2013 Infographic

 

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From a frigid winter to an oppressively hot summer, 2013 has had its share of extreme weather. The widest tornado ever recorded in the United States wreaked havoc on Oklahoma. Wildfires ran rampant in the West, claiming the lives of 19 young firefighters in Ariz. The world as a whole experienced one of the hottest Junes ever recorded.

This infographic from the World Resources Institute plots the most extreme weather events from January until now. WRI created a similar infographic last year, focusing on weather events from January 2012 through September 2012. According to their site, the group focuses on the intersection between environment and socio-economic development, topics that come to the forefront in the aftermath of weather-related disasters.

China: Extreme flooding worst in 50 years

Rainstorms reported as the worst in 50 years, have ravaged the Sichuan province of China, in what has been a waterlogged week for the area. Torrential rain has battered the region resulting in large-scale damage and loss of life.

Large areas of the region have been affected, with bridges washed away, a landslide burying 30 people Wednesday, homes gone and hundreds of people trapped in a tunnel.

Emergency services face a tough task as floodwaters continue to rise and turn calm waterways into powerful raging masses. Roads washed away or underwater make rescue efforts tricky, to say the least.

In 2008, an earthquake in the region caused major problems. The area has only recently recovered from that event and now faces the savagery of the elements once more. Current flooding has swept away a memorial to the victims of the earthquake, buried homes and resulted in deaths.

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