China stockpiling food at historically high levels

China stockpiling food at historically high levels

China is stockpiling food at historically high levels and now has more than half of the world's maize and other grains. By mid-2022, the country is estimated to hold 69% of the world’s corn reserves, 60% of rice, and 51% of wheat. At the end of 2021,…

Record snow cuts off Seattle from Washington state, U.S.

Record snow cuts off Seattle from Washington state, U.S.

Washington State Governor declared a State of Emergency on Friday, January 7, 2022, after a series of severe winter storms struck Washington State beginning on December 17, 2021, producing extensive rain and snow and causing hazardous driving conditions, flooding,…

Extremely heavy rains cause deadly floods in Oman and Iran

Extremely heavy rains cause deadly floods in Oman and Iran

Several days of heavy rains have caused severe floods across Oman and Iran in which more than 10 people lost their lives. Heavy rains have also affected United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. According to Oman's Civil Defence…

Sierra Snow Lab records snowiest December on record, California

Sierra Snow Lab records snowiest December on record, California

A prolonged period of heavy snow falling over the Sierra Nevada mountain range since December 10 dramatically increased its snowpack and by December 27 piled up to 455 cm (193.7 inches) at the UC Berkeley's Central Sierra Snow Laboratory. At the University of…

Extreme rainfall hits Brazilian state of Bahia, causing catastrophic damage

Extreme rainfall hits Brazilian state of Bahia, causing catastrophic damage

Weeks of heavy rainfall over the northeastern Brazilian state of Bahia (population 15 million) caused massive floods and damage, leaving at least 18 people dead, nearly 500 000 affected, and 35 000 displaced. Parts of the state, including capital Salvador, have…