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Tropical Storm "Danielle" to cause dangerous flash floods and mudslides in eastern Mexico

Danielle, the fourth named storm of the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season, formed on June 20, 2016, off the eastern coast of Mexico. The system is expected to make landfall today and bring up to 381 mm (15 inches) of rainfall to some areas. The forecast warns the storm...

June 20, 2016


New South Wales and Queensland in store for more heavy rainfall over the weekend

Moderate to heavy rainfall is expected across the eastern New South Wales, southern and central Queensland over the coming weekend. Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) issued a Flood Watch for northeast and central west river valleys, coastal river valleys north...

June 17, 2016


Record breaking heat wave expected across the southwestern US over the next few days

An intense heat wave over the southwestern US has been forecast for the coming weekend and will likely continue to cause extremely high temperatures throughout the beginning of the next week. Temperatures between 10 and 15 °F (5.5 and 8.3 °C) above average...

June 17, 2016


Fast-moving wildfire prompts emergency evacuations in New Mexico

A fast-moving wildfire which started in the Manzano Mountains on June 14, 2016, prompted Susana Martinez, the New Mexico Governor to declare a state of emergency on June 15, as the emergency services were unable to contain the fire. The cause of the fire is still...

June 16, 2016


Monsoon rains continue causing floods and landslides in southern China, over 3 million affected

Heavy rainfalls which started affecting southern China on June 9, 2016, have continued over the last couple of days bringing severe floods and landslides to the region. 15 people are reported dead and 10 others missing, as of June 16, while 2.3 million people need...

June 16, 2016


Severe weather floods the Midwest and sprouts several tornadoes across the High Plains

Severe storms accompanied by strong winds swept the High Plains throughout June 14, 2016. Several tornadoes were reported in northeastern South Dakota while intense flooding hit parts of the Midwest. Strong rainstorms produced several tornadoes across the affected...

June 15, 2016


Heavy rainfalls trigger floods and landslides in Indonesia

A spell of severe weather, accompanied by strong winds and high waves has been affecting Sumatra, Java, and Bali islands, Indonesia over the last ten days. Floods and landslides have reportedly damaged to more than 5 900 homes and prompted over 800 people to...

June 14, 2016


Torrential downpours place southern Taiwan on landslide alert, thousands evacuated

Several days of heavy rainfalls prompted over 2 200 people to evacuate from the Kaohsiung city in southern Taiwan, due to an increased threat of landslides, on June 13, 2016. Torrential downpours triggered strong flooding on the afternoon of June 13 (local time)....

June 13, 2016


US Plains hit by a slow moving system of thunderstorms, severe weather expected to continue

A slow moving system of thunderstorms affected portions of the US Plains with heavy rainfall and tornadoes over the weekend of June 11, 2016, causing flash floods and evacuations in central Oklahoma. Severe thunderstorms accompanied by large hail, damaging winds,...

June 13, 2016


Cloud seeding flight suspected to aggravate major flooding in Tasmania

A cloud-seeding company Hydro Tasmania performed the seeding over the Derwent River watershed a day before the widespread flooding, caused by intense rainstorms, began on June 6, 2016. According to Premier Will Hodgman, the Energy Minister Matthew Groom is looking...

June 10, 2016


Widespread flooding engulfs Accra, Ghana

Torrentail rainfalls which started in Ghana on June 9, 2016, caused widespread flooding in Accra. This happened exactly one year after devastating floods and fires killed more than 150 people, and residents are worried it could happen again. Ghana Meteorological...

June 10, 2016


Lake Baikal on the verge of unprecedented environmental catastrophe

Lake Baikal, the 25 million-year-old lake, and UNESCO's heritage site, is on the verge of environmental catastrophe, Russia's environmentalists warn. The proposed Mongolian hydro project could potentially disrupt the inflows and cause a tsunami of water in...

June 08, 2016


Southwest Monsoon finally kicks in, heavy rainfalls reported in parts of India

The Southwest Monsoon finally kicked in, after seven days of delay, India Meteorological Department (IMD) announced on June 8, 2016. The weather system has advanced into most of Tamil Nadu, parts of south Karnataka and the south Bay of Bengal. The country's...

June 08, 2016


Tropical Depression "One-E" threatens southern Mexico with heavy rainfall, flash floods, and mudslides

The first tropical system of the 2016 eastern Pacific hurricane season developed on June 6, 2016. Tropical Depression "One-E" formed near the coast of Mexico, and is expected to continue approaching the land over the next day. The system will probably...

June 07, 2016


Ongoing floods in Australia claim more lives, severe property damage reported

Severe weather conditions sweeping the southeast Australia since June 4, 2016, brought intense storms and major flooding across the affected areas. The state of Tasmania experienced record-breaking rainfalls and river water levels as well as its worst floods in 40...

June 07, 2016


Deadly storm systems and widespread flooding wreak havoc in southeast Australia

Severe storms accompanied by heavy rainfall started affecting southeast Australia on June 4, 2016, causing major flooding, strong winds, and high surf. So far, three people have lost their lives in weather-related incidents, and several went missing. More than 280...

June 06, 2016


Australia experienced its warmest autumn on record

Autumn 2016 was the warmest ever recorded in Australia, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) reported. Record-breaking temperatures were reported across much of eastern and northern Australia while average or below average temperatures were observed only in the southern...

June 04, 2016


Severe windstorm kills 36, injures hundreds in Pakistan

A major thunderstorm accompanied with torrential downpours and intense wind gusts swept parts of Pakistan on June 1 and 2, 2016, leaving a widespread trail of destruction. At least 36 people were killed, and more than 100 injured. According to media reports, the...

June 03, 2016


Another deadly flood wave hits southern Germany

More deadly floods hit the state of Bavaria in Germany on June 1, 2016. The region was reportedly devastated, at least 5 people died, and several others went missing. A state of emergency has been declared in the Rottal-Inn, the worst affected district, by Michael...

June 02, 2016


Record-breaking floods continue in Texas, state of disaster declared for 31 counties

Another spell of severe weather brought intense thunderstorms, accompanied by heavy rainfall, to southeast Texas on the morning of June 2, 2016 (local time). Torrential downpours have triggered another wave of floods across the already soaked regions. While the...

June 02, 2016


The one-in-a-hundred years flooding wreaks havoc in France

Torrential downpours have been reported across portions of France over the last couple of days. The Seine-et-Marne and Loiret departments saw 20 days worth of rain over the last 72 hours, and red flood alerts were put in effect on June 1, 2016. Meteo France issued...

June 01, 2016


Record-breaking rainfall causes widespread flooding, 6 people dead in Texas, US

Extreme weather conditions continued in the US over the Memorial Day weekend. Severe thunderstorms accompanied by heavy rainfall have triggered widespread flash flooding across parts of the southern Plains. The flooding event in Texas claimed 6 lives so far and...

May 30, 2016


Tropical Depression "Bonnie" lashes South Carolina with over 200 mm (8 inches) of rainfall

Bonnie, a second named storm of the Atlantic 2016 hurricane season, made landfall near Charleston, South Carolina on May 29, 2016, and brought torrential downpours and flooding threats across a major part of the state. Over 203.2 mm (8 inches) of precipitation have...

May 30, 2016


Tornadoes, intense flash floods, and large hail continue ravaging the US Plains, no relief in sight

Extreme weather conditions continue to affect the Plains. An intense tornado swept the Bryan town in Texas on May 26, 2016, damaging 60 homes, and completely destroying 3 of them. At the same time, heavy rainfalls induced severe flooding across the state, disrupting...

May 27, 2016


Piton de la Fournaise volcano's first eruption in 2016, La Réunion

Piton de la Fournaise volcano on the French La Réunion island erupted on the morning of May 26, 2016, according to IPGP. Following the event, the Prefecture placed a level 2 alert into effect, closing all public access to the Enclos. The eruption is the first...

May 26, 2016


Violent tornado outbreaks continue, major damage in Dickinson Co, Kansas

The ongoing spell of severe weather in US produced another massive tornado in Kansas on May 25, 2016. A 0.8 km (0.5 miles) wide twister caused major damage in the Dickinson County and injured several people. Luckily, no fatalities were reported. A violent tornado...

May 26, 2016


Two new lava flows observed at Kilauea volcano, Hawaii

Eruptive activity of the Kilauea volcano continues with two new lava flows observed at the northeast and east flank of the Pu'u ' O'o cone on May 24, 2016. The northeast flank flow was about 1 km (3 281 feet) long while the flow on the east flank of the...

May 25, 2016


Widespread flooding and landslides leave 101 people dead and 100 missing, Sri Lanka

An intense storm that was affecting Sri Lanka since May 15, 2016, wreaked havoc across the country's districts, causing severe flooding and deadly landslides. According to the Disaster Management Center (DMC), the current death toll is 101 and another 100 people...

May 25, 2016


Heavy rainfall breaks a ten year old record in Kolkata, India

The cyclonic system over the Gangetic West Bengal brought intense thunderstorms accompanied by heavy rainfall to Kolkata, the capital of India's state of West Bengal on May 23, 2016. Abundant amounts of precipitation have set a new 24-hour rainfall record in the...

May 24, 2016


US Plains, Midwest and South face severe weather until the end of the week

A widespread outbreak of severe weather has been taking place across portions of the US Plains, Midwest and South since May 21, 2016. Intense thunderstorms accompanied with hail, strong winds and tornadoes are set to continue throughout the coming week. Isolated...

May 23, 2016


Tropical Cyclone "Roanu" to hit Bangladesh, heavy rainfall and strong winds affecting India

Tropical Cyclone "Roanu," formerly known as "01B," is intensifying as it prepares to make landfall over Bangladesh on May 21, 2016. The system which developed from an intense low-pressure storm that already wreaked havoc across parts of India and...

May 20, 2016


Wettest day in history of Vero Beach, Florida

Severe thunderstorms accompanied by heavy rainfall swept through Vero Beach, Florida on May 17, 2016. The day was recorded as the wettest day in the history of the city, as two months worth of rainfall was received in one day. The widespread flooding was also...

May 18, 2016


Heavy rainfall causes deadly landslides in Assam, India

Torrential rainfalls that have been sweeping portions of India for the last couple of days triggered deadly landslides in the districts of Karimganj and Hailakandi, Assam in Northeast India on May 18, 2016. Ten casualties have been reported so far. According to the...

May 18, 2016


Violent rainstorm ravages Nagaland, India

A strong rainstorm swept parts of Nagaland, India, on May 16, 2016. The reported damage includes numerous downed trees, power lines, and completely destroyed homes in several locations. Luckily, no fatalities have been reported. Dimapur, Kohima, and Zunheboto...

May 17, 2016


Intense thunderstorms produce 30 000 lightning strikes, New Zealand, tornadoes possible

Intense thunderstorms lit the skies as an active front swept across the New Zealand on May 16, 2016. A massive storm sprouted about 30 000 lightning strikes, which is more than 3 000 bolts in a period of only two hours. According to Met Service, more severe...

May 17, 2016


Heat wave firmly grips India, 340 people dead

The intense heat wave in India is holding a firm grip on the region since April 2016. At least 340 people have died so far, 102 of which in May only. Temperatures have locally risen above 45°C (113 °F), according to media reports, and a significant drop is...

May 16, 2016


Widespread flooding and landslides affect tens of thousands in Sri Lanka

Torrential downpours that have been lashing Sri Lanka since May 15, 2016 (local time), triggered floods and landslides across the affected areas and claimed 8 lives, so far. Tens of thousands of people were forced to evacuate their homes, and landslide warnings have...

May 16, 2016


Record low temperatures accompanied with snowfall across portions of Midwest and Northeast, US

Record low temperatures accompanied with snowfall were reported across portions of Midwest and Northeast, US, since May 14, 2016. According to the National Weather Service (NWS), below average temperatures will linger in the area until the middle of the week, when...

May 16, 2016


Southern China hit by prolonged heavy rainfall, at least 9 casualties reported

Severe rainstorms have been affecting southern China for several days, causing traffic disruptions and affecting the lives of millions of people across the area. So far, at least nine causalities have been reported while three people went missing, according to...

May 10, 2016


Severe thunderstorms continue to target central US, more tornadoes possible

A strong low pressure system over the central US will continue to produce intense thunderstorms, accompanied by tornadoes until the end of May 11, 2016, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). Large hail and strong winds are possible while tornado risk will...

May 10, 2016