Severe weather

Tropical Cylone "Vardah" eyeing north-central India

Tropical Cyclone "Vardah" formed on December 7, 2016, in the southeastern Bay of Bengal. The, currently, slow-moving storm is eyeing the south-central India and is expected to make landfall on December 12. Heavy rainfalls, strong winds, and rough seas are...

December 08, 2016

Intense thunderstorm hits Sydney, New South Wales

An intense thunderstorm hit Sydney, New South Wales, on December 5, 2016, producing over 5 000 lighting strikes. Power outages and traffic disrputions were reported across the affected areas. The severe weather system wreaked havoc across Sydney. The BOM...

December 05, 2016

Worst flooding in 30 years hits southern Spain

Unprecedented amounts of rain have caused severe flash flooding in parts of southern Spain over the weekend, culminating on Sunday, December 4, 2016. At least two people have been killed. Meteorologists say a massive 200 liters of water per cubic meter fell in just...

December 05, 2016

Severe flooding hits central Vietnam, 10 000 homes flooded

Central Vietnam has been hit by heavy rainfall since late November 2016, resulting in severe flooding which killed at least 13 people by Sunday, December 4, 2016. The region saw up to 300 mm (11.8) of rainfall in recent days and more is in the forecast. The worst...

December 04, 2016

Supercell thunderstorms hit Queensland, 37 000 without power

Another severe storm pounded Queensland on December 3, 2016, producing large hail and major damage. Tens of thousands of homes reported power loss while numerous flights have been delayed. A system of supercells hit Brisbane on the afternoon of December 3 (local...

December 03, 2016

Destructive tornado hits Palos de la Frontera, Spain

A destructive tornado swept through the Spanish town of Palos de la Frontera during the afternoon hours of December 1, 2016. The tornado caused substantial damage, but there were no reports of injuries. According to media reports, the tornado formed around 17:45...

December 01, 2016

Meteotsunamis, an underrated hazard in the Great Lakes

A team of scientists led by the University of Wisconsin-Madison has found that small, 30 cm (1 foot), meteotsunamis happen more than 100 times per year on the Great Lakes, while larger ones of nearly 90 cm (3 feet) occur once per year on average. The timing of most...

December 01, 2016

Severe floods and landslides ravage the Eastern Caribbean

A slow-moving low pressure field brought heavy rainfall to the islands in the Eastern Caribbean since November 28, 2016. The rains triggered severe flooding and landslides across the affected regions. St Vincent and the Grenadines have suffered the worst severe...

December 01, 2016

Above-normal 2016 hurricane seasons

The Atlantic, eastern Pacific and central Pacific 2016 hurricane season have officially ended on November 30, and NOAA scientists said all three regions saw above-normal seasons. For the Atlantic, this was the first above-normal season since 2012 with 15 named...

December 01, 2016

Impressive tornadic waterspout near Destin, Florida

Around 11:00 local time on November 30, 2016, amidst tornado watches and waterspout reports in the area, a very large waterspout formed off the coast of Miramar Beach near Destin, Florida. It crossed the beach and moved inland, dissolved and reformed again. Winds it...

December 01, 2016

Intense storm sweeps Queensland, thousands report power loss

An intense storm hit the southeast Queensland during the afternoon hours of November 30, 2016 (local time). Downed trees and power poles were reported across the affected areas, along with several injuries. The severe storm system swept the Scene Rim, Logan, and...

November 30, 2016

Severe weather outbreak kills five in the US South

An intense system of storms battered the US South on November 29 and 30, 2016. Numerous tornadoes were observed across the affected regions, five people were reported dead and numerous others injured. A tornado was reported in Rosalie, northeast Alabama. According...

November 30, 2016

Tropical Cyclone "Nada" approaching India, landfall expected

Nada developed into a tropical cyclone on November 30, 2016, from a tropical depression over the southeastern Bay of Bengal. The cyclone is approaching India and will make landfall in the eastern part of the country over the next 36 hours. Heavy local rainfall and...

November 30, 2016

Saudi Arabia deserts covered in snow, followed by deadly floods

The deserts of Saudi Arabia were covered in snow at the end of November 2016, bringing joy to surprised Saudis who marked the occasion building snowmen. However, the weather soon turned very serious, and deadly. The first snowfall in northern parts of the country...

November 30, 2016

Severe thunderstorms, tornadoes to hit the South US

An outbreak of intense thunderstorms is expected across portions of the South US over the next few days. Heavy rainfalls, strong winds, and several tornadoes are possible. The thunderstorms will be fueled by the abundant moisture coming from the Gulf of Mexico,...

November 28, 2016

Large waterspout in the Gulf of Valencia, Spain

A very large waterspout, tornado over water, was seen in the Gulf of Valencia, Spain on November 27, 2016 and recorded by numerous witnesses. According to Ametse (Association Meteorologica del Sureste), a severe thunderstorm anchored in the Gulf of Valencia...

November 27, 2016

Tropical Storm "Tokage" (Marce) makes landfall over the Calamian Islands, Philippines

Tropical Storm "Tokage," in the Philippines known as Marce, has made landfall over the Calamian Group of Islands and is causing widespread rainfall over the northern Visayas and southern Luzon. Tokage formed as a tropical depression on November 23 and...

November 25, 2016