Severe storms

A new round of severe weather to hit flood-affected southeastern Australia

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said it is monitoring a complex weather system that has the potential to bring more rain, thunderstorms, winds and damaging waves to southeastern Australia starting Wednesday, September 28, 2016. BOM's National...

September 26, 2016

Powerful storm rips through Shuswap, Canada

A major and unexpected thunderstorm swept through Shuswap in British Columbia, Canada on September 17, 2016. The storm uprooted trees, knocked down power lines, blocked roads and damaged numerous homes. Some of the houses were completely destroyed. The storm arrived...

September 19, 2016

Flooding leaves 135 dead, 395 missing and more than 100 000 displaced in North Korea

Heavy rains triggered by Typhoon "Lionrock" in combination with a low pressure system has caused widespread flooding in Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) from August 29 to 31, 2016. As of September 11, more than 133 people have been killed...

September 12, 2016

Record rain, wild electrical storms hit southeast Australia

A strong cold front moved through southeast Australia on September 8 and 9, 2016, producing severe thunderstorms, very heavy rain, and powerful winds. Some regions experienced the heaviest rain in six years. The worst of the storms are over now, but the Australian...

September 10, 2016

Heavy rain causes severe flash flooding in Greece, claims 4 lives

At least 4 people have died and one is missing after heavy rains caused heavy flooding in southern and northern parts of Greece on Wednesday, September 7, 2016. The floods destroyed homes and swept cars out to sea. The flooding hit towns and cities from...

September 08, 2016

Winter returns to New Zealand, arctic blast to reach the country Wednesday

Starting Wednesday, September 7, 2016, winter is set to return to New Zealand. Despite it being spring according to the calendar, one more big winter push is on the way late this week, bringing everything from cold temperatures and gusty winds to even low elevation...

September 06, 2016

Powerful hailstorm, flash flooding hits Colorado Springs

A strong summer storm hit the city of Colorado Springs, Colorado on August 29, 2016, forcing authorities to rescue people from cars and move heaps of hail with snowplows. 61 cm (2 feet) of hail was reported in some areas. Flooding across the town created a mess many...

August 30, 2016

Record-setting rainfall and flooding in southern Louisiana calculated with satellite data

An extremely severe rainfall event hit the states of Louisiana and southern Mississippi between August 8 and 15, 2016, when a very slow moving low pressure system continuously pulled tropical moisture from the Gulf of Mexico. This record-setting rainfall and...

August 15, 2016

Slow-moving low floods the US Gulf Coast, Javier to enhance monsoon in Desert Southwest

An intense low pressure in the upper levels of the atmosphere in combination with abundant amounts of tropical moisture have brought heavy rainstorms to portions of the US Gulf Coast, from Florida to southeast Louisiana over the last couple of days. Ex-tropical...

August 10, 2016

State of emergency declared after worst flooding since 1962 hits Skopje, Macedonia

At least 21 people were killed in flash floods caused by an extremely powerful storm that hit the country late Saturday evening, August 6, 2016. A state of emergency was declared in capital Skopje and neighboring districts. Hundreds of homes and vehicles were...

August 08, 2016

Worst flooding in last 50 years devastates Ellicott City, Maryland

Massive flooding hit the Ellicott City in Maryland on the evening of Saturday, July 30, 2016 (local time). The Governor Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency on the next day. At least two people died, and local infrastructure suffered severe damage, according to...

August 01, 2016

Record-breaking rainfall, destructive tornadoes and a spell of cold weather hits South Africa

A spell of unusually wet weather wrapped portions of South Africa over the last couple of days. Snowfall and record-breaking rains triggered severe flooding and landslides across the affected areas, prompting the authorities to issue adequate weather warnings. A...

July 27, 2016

Huge waves and strong winds wash away 10 m (33 feet) high seawall, New Zealand

A severe weather outbreak wreaked havoc in New Zealand over the weekend of July 23, 2016, as huge waves and strong winds battered the region of Wellington. A Porirua seawall has been washed away, while the Kapiti Coast beach was entirely immersed in the waves. A...

July 25, 2016

Extreme heat triggers heavy thunderstorms, UK

Colloquially, British summer is described as three nice days then a thunderstorm. It proved so again this week when the UK's hottest day of the year, July 19 (33.5 °C / 92.3 °F in Brize Norton, Oxfordshire), ended in heavy thundery weather in the...

July 21, 2016

Intense hailstorm damaged more than 2 500 homes in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

An intense hailstorm struck portions of Rio Grande do Sul state between July 13 and 14, 2016. Thousands of homes suffered extensive damage, and state of emergency was declared by the local mayors in Vale do Sinos, São Leopoldo and Novo Hamburgo where 700...

July 15, 2016

Another round of severe weather to hit the US Midwest

Another round of severe weather is expected over portions of the Northen Plains and Northern Mississippi Valley starting Wednesday, July 6 through Thursday, July 7 and Friday, July 8, 2016. Residents should prepare for heavy rain, damaging winds, large hail,...

July 06, 2016

Heavy rain triggers deadly floods and landslides, more than 30 missing in Uttarakhand, India

Heavy monsoon rains have triggered deadly floods and landslides in the Indian state of Uttarakhand, neighboring Nepal, on July 1, 2016. According to media reports, 18 bodies have been found so far. The number of casualties is expected to rise. The Press Trust of...

July 01, 2016