Santa Catarina floods and landslides leave 4 dead, 1 missing, Brazil

Santa Catarina floods and landslides leave 4 dead, 1 missing, Brazil

Heavy rains affecting the state of Santa Catarina in southern Brazil over the past few days caused floods and landslides in which at least 4 people were killed and one went missing. The state government said 26 municipalities have reported losses due to the storms of recent days and the cities of Rio Negrinho and Ascurra have declared a state of emergency.

Tropical Storm “Cheneso” leaves 9 people dead or missing, nearly 4 000 homes damaged or destroyed in Madagascar

Tropical Storm “Cheneso” leaves 9 people dead or missing, nearly 4 000 homes damaged or destroyed in Madagascar

Tropical Cyclone “Cheneso” formed around 12:00 UTC on January 18, 2023, as the fourth named storm of the 2022/23 South Indian Ocean cyclone season and made landfall around 07:45 UTC (10:45 LT) on January 19, north of the city of Antalaha in northern Madagascar with maximum sustained winds of 90 km/h (55 mph) and gusts up to 120 km/h (75 mph).

Record-breaking rain for Gisborne, New Zealand

Record-breaking rain for Gisborne, New Zealand

After a run of particularly wet weather for New Zealand’s Gisborne region, one location has beaten its record for the highest January rainfall since 1937.

Storm Gerard hits France with hurricane-force winds

Storm Gerard hits France with hurricane-force winds

A powerful low pressure system, named Storm Gerard by Météo France, brought heavy rainfall, strong winds, and thunderstorms to northern and western France on Sunday, January 15, and Monday, January 16, 2023, resulting in significant weather-related incidents and causing casualties and damage. This is the 22nd named storm of the 2022/23 European windstorm season, including two ex-hurricanes (Danielle and Martin).

Iowa hit by first January tornadoes in 56 years, U.S.

Iowa hit by first January tornadoes in 56 years, U.S.

On January 16, 2023, Iowa experienced a rare meteorological event as two tornadoes touched down in the eastern part of the state, marking the first January tornadoes in Iowa in 56 years. According to the National Weather Service (NWS), the last time Iowa saw January tornadoes was in 1967 — with a total of 13 tornadoes during the month. While tornadoes are a relatively common occurrence in Iowa, with peak season typically taking place in May, January tornadoes are a rare phenomenon.

Significant flooding risks in Queensland’s Central Coast, Australia

Significant flooding risks in Queensland’s Central Coast, Australia

Heavy rainfall and flooding continue to impact Queensland’s Central Coast. A Severe Weather Warning is current for heavy to locally intense rainfall between Ayr and St Lawrence, and adjacent inland areas, including Mackay, Proserpine and Bowen. Many catchments in northern and central Queensland are experiencing minor to major flooding, and dangerous flash flooding remains possible.

Winter storm to bring heavy snow to High Plains and Great Lakes, impactful freezing rain possible

Winter storm to bring heavy snow to High Plains and Great Lakes, impactful freezing rain possible

A winter storm is forecasted to form on Tuesday evening, January 17, 2023, in the eastern regions of Colorado before traversing northeastward through Thursday, January 19. This system is anticipated to bring copious amounts of snowfall to the High Plains region and western Great Lakes area, with the possibility of substantial freezing rain. Expect significant disruptions to travel in affected areas.