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Intense rainstorm batters portions of South Australia, local flash floods reported

A spell of severe weather wrapped the south of Australia on May 9, 2016. Heavy rainfalls, accompanied by thunderstorms and strong winds, caused minor flash flooding and traffic disruptions across the affected areas. About 10 districts have been put on alert. The...

May 09, 2016


Large and growing crack in mountain causes power shut down in Logan Town, Pennsylvania

A large crack formed in a hillside near the Altoona shopping center in the Logan Town, Pennsylvania, a couple of weeks ago. The crack is steadily growing since and has caused 52 local business in the area to shut temporarily on May 5, 2016. Initially, the crack was...

May 06, 2016


Niigata Yake-Yama showing signs of increased seismic unrest, Japan

Niigata Yake-Yama volcano in Honshu, Japan, has been showing signs of seismic unrest recently, according to JMA. The number of volcanic earthquakes has been at a level of about 4 times the usual background level, and up to 23 earthquakes have been recorded in a 24...

May 06, 2016


Flash floods, severe thunderstorms and tornadoes to hit the southcentral US over weekend

Another spell of severe weather is in the store for the southcentral US over the coming weekend. Starting on May 7, 2016, strong thunderstorms are expected to develop over the region and spread toward the east by May 9. Hailstorms and strong winds will dominate on...

May 05, 2016


Bristol Island volcano showing first signs of activity since 1956

Data collected by the Landsat-8 satellite suggests the Bristol Island volcano, which hasn't erupted since 1956, may have entered a phase of increased activity in late April 2016. The clear weather view has shown a plume of gas and steam which may have contained...

May 05, 2016


Unprecedented toxic red algal bloom severely impacts Los Lagos, Chile

The southern area of Los Lagos, Chile, has been affected by the unprecedented red algal bloom over the last month. The phenomenon has caused thousands of local fishermen to protest the government's "insufficient" effort to alleviate the economic...

May 04, 2016


Radioactive vapors at Hanford nuclear site affect 26 workers, Washington

26 workers have now been affected by the radioactive fumes leaking from the Hanford nuclear site in the US state of Washington since April 17, 2016. After several years of radioactive waste leaking, the amount grew dramatically that day when 13 000 liters (3 500...

May 04, 2016


Widespread flooding in Kenya, massive building collapse in Nairobi kills 16 people

Torrential downpours over the last couple of days have caused severe flooding across parts of Kenya. The floods have affected more than 2 000 people across several counties and led to a major collapse of a residential building in Huruma, Nairobi, where 16 people...

May 02, 2016


Extreme weather floods the US South, tornadoes and large hail wreak havoc

Heavy thunderstorms accompanied with intense hail and tornadoes swept through the portion of the southern United States on April 29, 2016. Severe storms continued across the region on the following day, causing severe flash floods and threatening human lives and...

April 30, 2016


Thailand suffers strongest heat wave in last 65 years

Thailand is currently experiencing its longest heat wave in the last 65 years as average April temperatures climbed over 40 °C (104 °F). So far, 21 people died of heat-related conditions. Residents are strongly advised to remain indoors as much as possible...

April 29, 2016


Tons of dead fish washed ashore in central Vietnam

Tons of various species of dead fish washed ashore along the central coast of Vietnam over the last couple of days. The fish bodies show signs of poisoning and an investigation is being carried out to investigate the issue. The local authorities claim such an...

April 29, 2016


Unusually strong 'whiting event' in progress at Lake Kivu, Africa

Lake Kivu, one of Africa's greatest lakes, suffered an unexpected change in coloring during April 2016. The usually blue waters became milky, a phenomenon which attracted a lot of attention as the lake is known for storing potentially deadly amounts of gas....

April 27, 2016


Severe flooding leaves 4 dead, 300 affected in Ecuador

Following heavy rainfalls, two rivers overflowed their banks in Ecuador's Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas province on April 26, 2016, causing severe flooding. At least 4 people have lost their lives while another 4 remain missing, Ecuador's Risk...

April 27, 2016


An outbreak of Arctic air set to bring unseasonal chill across the UK

A blast of Arctic air is expected to cause an outbreak of icy weather across the UK throughout this week. Most areas will experience temperatures about 4°C (39.2 °F) lower than average for this time of the year. The cold will be locally accompanied by heavy...

April 25, 2016


Intense storm destroys over 1 100 homes and leaves at least 14 dead, Myanmar

An intense storm accompanied by golf-sized hailstones and gale-force winds was sweeping parts of northern Myanmar since April 19, 2016. The storm destroyed over 1 100 homes and killed at least 14 people. The death toll is still expected to rise. On April 23, the...

April 25, 2016


Widespread flooding displaces tens of thousands across Uruguay, more severe rainfall on the way

Extreme weather conditions continue to affect Uruguay. As of April 22, 2016, more than 10 000 people across all 19 departments of the country are currently displaced due to flooding. Over the last ten days, 10 people died in weather-related incidents. Heavy...

April 22, 2016


Torrential downpours and orange-sized hail damage 2 000 homes in Manipur, India

Severe thunderstorms accompanied by heavy rainfall and very large hail have been sweeping the states in northeastern India, since April 18, 2016. According to residents, more than 2 000 homes in Manipur and other buildings suffered extensive damage. No victims have...

April 21, 2016


330 million affected by severe drought and water shortage across India

Southern and Eastern India are struggling with the consequences of severe drought caused by an early season heat wave and the lack of relief from monsoon rain. Dangerously high temperatures have so far claimed over 160 lives while 330 million people are affected by...

April 20, 2016

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Strong eruption of Santa Maria produces moderate to strong ashfall, Guatemala

Santa Maria's Santiaguito lava-dome complex located in the western province of Quetzaltenango, Guatemala produced another strong eruption on April 19, 2016. The event was accompanied by moderate to strong ashfall affecting areas in the radius between 6 and 25 km...

April 20, 2016


CATDAT: Natural disasters caused over 8 million deaths and $7 trillion USD of damage since 1900

According to the CATDAT database, over 8 million deaths have been caused by natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods, storms, bush-fires and volcanoes since the beginning of the 20th century. The highest amount of damage has been caused by floods while the...

April 19, 2016


State of emergency declared after historic flooding claims 6 lives in Houston, Texas

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has declared a state of emergency in nine counties after record-breaking rainfall on April 18 caused unprecedented flooding in the Houston area. As of 17:00 UTC (12:00 CDT), April 19, 6 people have died as a result of severe flooding. The...

April 19, 2016


Major storm wreaks havoc across US, life-threating flood ongoing in Houston

A major storm has ravaged parts of the US in the period between April 15 and 17, 2016. Heavy snowfall and flash floods wreaked havoc across the affected areas, causing large traffic disruptions, power outages and evacuations. More than 0.3 m (1 feet) of snowfall was...

April 18, 2016


Tropical Cyclone "Fantala" now a major hurricane, threatening Mauritius

Tropical Cyclone "Fantala" developed into a major hurricane and is threatening portions of the Republic of Mauritius, as of April 15, 2016. The system will continue to intensify over the next two days, and strong wind warnings are in place for several...

April 15, 2016


More than 800 000 animals perished by dzud conditions in Mongolia

While spring conditions slowly set in Mongolia, 20% of the country is still left under a snow blanket, and 23 districts are experiencing white dzud (extremely snowy winter) or very similar circumstances. Because the conditions are unseasonably cold, there are...

April 15, 2016


Drought followed by severe food shortage in Malawi

Peter Mutharika, the President of Malawi, South Africa, declared a state of national disaster over a severe food shortage triggered by drought, on April 13, 2016. The recent drought episode in South Africa is thought to be the worst one in the last 100 years. Severe...

April 14, 2016


Video captures large sinkhole collapse in Central California

A large sinkhole formed in Madera, Central California on the evening of April 11, 2016 (local time) and was captured on video by the City of Madera Police Department. The sinkhole opened up as a part of the local roadway collapsed into a sewage line. An exact cause...

April 12, 2016


Severe flooding hits Malawi

After days of severe rainfall, the northern and central parts of Malawi suffered catastrophic flooding. Hundreds of people were displaced, as their homes collapsed under severe weather conditions. Traffic was severely disrupted, and at least ten people are feared...

April 11, 2016


Previously unknown, massive source of methanol identified

A team of scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) have identified the massive, previously unknown source of methanol in the ocean. According to the study, the phytoplankton, microscopic plant-like organisms, possess a surprising and unique...

March 23, 2016


2013/14 winter season in Europe most energetic since 1948

A new study, encompassing the modelled and measured data sets from Scotland, Ireland, England, France, Portugal, Spain and Morocco, show that the extreme weather conditions which occurred during the 2013/14 winter season, were the most energetic since at least 1948....

March 17, 2016


Deadly flooding continues in Angola

Less than a week after severe flash floods swept the city of Lubango, deadly floods hit the Cuanza Sul Province in Angola. At least 6 people died, and many were left missing. The flooding struck the Cuanza Sul Province between March 5 and 7, 2016. The Quissala and...

March 09, 2016


Extreme weather events expected to increase during 21st century on the island of Ireland

New research conducted by a team of scientists from the University of Maynooth, Ireland, suggests the extreme weather conditions in Ireland will be on the rise throughout the 21st century. The study encompassed over 150 years of data and highly advanced modelling to...

March 09, 2016


Sheveluch exhibiting heightened unrest - lava domes growing, hot avalanches and fumarole activity

The extrusive activity of the Sheveluch volcano in Kamchatka, Russia, shows signs of increasing, and some avalanches create several kilometers long pyroclastic flows and up to 5.1 km (17 000 feet) high ash plumes. The SW sector of the lava dome continues to produce...

March 01, 2016


Sudden stratospheric warming to bring a snap of cold weather over UK

Meteorologists from the UK Met Office have predicted a sudden stratospheric warming (SSW) will occur in early March 2016. The phenomena could affect the surface weather, increasing the risk of prolonged wintry conditions over parts of northern Europe and the UK. The...

March 01, 2016


Heavy flooding in the state of Sarawak, Malaysia

The Malaysian state of Sarawak on the Borneo Island suffered a third wave of flooding this year since another round of heavy rainfalls began on February 27, 2016. In total 631 people were evacuated at the peak of flooding. Luckily, no deaths or injuries occurred....

February 29, 2016


Floods, landslides and abundant snow across Italy claim 5 lives

Torrential downpours and snowstorms lashed Italy since February 27, 2016. Strong storms caused floods and a landslide, widespread power outages, and infrastructural damage. Five people were reported dead so far. The low pressure Atlantic front "Golia"...

February 29, 2016


The Aurora Australis research ship successfully rescued after strong blizzard strands it on East Antarctica

The Aurora Australis, a polar research ship was left stranded on February 25, 2016, after an intense blizzard hit Mawson Station on East Antarctica, a day before. 37 people have been rescued on February 26 and 31 remained onboard to refloat the vessel. A 94-meter...

February 27, 2016


Severe floods affect Jakarta, traffic disruptions and evacuations reported

Torrential downpours triggered severe flooding in Greater Jakarta, Indonesia, and surrounding areas on February 25, 2016. Traffic disruptions and infrastructural damage were reported across the affected areas, and 40 people were forced to leave their homes in...

February 26, 2016


Tropical Cyclone "Yalo" lashes French Polynesia and Austral Islands with strong rainstorms

The fourteenth tropical cyclone is active in the Southern Pacific Ocean. Tropical Cyclone "Yalo" formed on February 25, 2016, at 03:00 UTC, about 600 km (373 miles) west-southwest of Papeete, Tahiti. The system brought heavy rainfall and strong winds to...

February 26, 2016


Russia's Sheveluch erupts in a 6.4 km (21 000 feet) high ash plume

Sheveluch volcano in Kamchatka, Russia, erupted on February 24, 2016, Tokyo VAAC reported. Based on the satellite data, an eruption plume rose to approximately 6.4 km (21 000 feet) altitude and drifted northwest at a speed of 46.3 km/h (28.8 mph). On February 24,...

February 25, 2016


Catastrophic storm damage across Virginia, Carolinas, and Texas to the Gulf Coast, 26 confirmed tornadoes, US

A deadly storm system which already wreaked havoc across the South and East Coast, killing three people, continued moving north, sprouting tornadoes, accompanied by intense wind gusts and dangerous thunderstorms. 5 more people were reported dead while numerous...

February 25, 2016