Extreme Weather 2020

Nov 25 2020
After last year's record-busting heatwaves and wildfire season, Australia was hoping for a rather wet summer season this year with the onset of 
La Niña. 

La Niña is underway in the tropical Pacific. La Niña typically increases the likelihood of above-average rainfall across much of Australia during spring and early summer. However, with Summer still a while away, Sydney temperatures are set to soar over the weekend as NSW is headed for an early heatwave with temperatures inching toward the 50 deg C, (122 deg F) mark bringing with it the threat of another early start to another wildfire season.
21 Nov 2020
A snowstorm has battered parts of the Russian Far-East, causing power cuts, transport chaos and school closures. The storm hit the Primorsky region on Thursday. In the port city of Vladivostok, winds brought down frozen trees and ice-laden power lines. A state of emergency has been declared across the region. Rescue services and the army are scrambling to deal with the fallout. At least 150,000 homes have been left without electricity. "The situation with the electricity supply remains very difficult - the destruction is widespread," the deputy head of the region's government, Elena Parkhamenko, said. 

"It has never rained so much, it was something extraordinary." Mexican President: At least 27 people have died and thousands have been displaced or left homeless from record-breaking flooding in southeast Mexico and other countries in the area

At least 27 people have died and thousands have been displaced or left homeless from severe flooding in the states of Chiapas and Tabasco, in southeast Mexico, as a result of unprecedented downpours in the region, top officials said on Monday. "There was record rainfall. It had never rained so much. I am talking about the past 50 years in the case of Tabasco...

It was something extraordinary," Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who is from Tabasco, told reporters at his daily press conference. "Fortunately the rains have stopped and no showers are expected for the next few days," said Lopez Obrador. 

Hundreds dead or missing, millions displaced with hundreds of thousands more evacuated as torrential rains return to already rain-drenched Indo-Pakistan and Asia areas after a turbulent year of unprecedented rainfall
In July TBW reported the deluge continues, more than 10 million people have been displaced across a wide spread of Southern Asia as torrential rains continue to cause havoc in the area. According to a report in The Star Tribunethousands more are struggling to get food and medicine, nearly 600 people have died in India and Nepal. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, or IFRC, claimed a humanitarian crisis can not be avoided, saying that close to one-third of Bangladesh has already been flooded, with more flooding expected in the coming weeks.
Nearly six million people have been affected by flooding this year in East Africa. Data from the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said 1.5 million people have been displaced by the floods. The number of people affected has increased more than five-fold in four years. The number has gone up from 1.1 million in 2016 to nearly six million so far this year.

There are fears that the situation will worsen when the peak of the short rains in November to hit most countries in the region. Parts of the region are recording the heaviest rains in a century. In 2019, a big temperature differential between the east and west sides of the Indian Ocean was blamed for heavy rainfall.

The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) on Saturday updated data of human and financial losses caused by the rains and floods during the recent monsoon season, raising the death toll to more than 300, including over 100 children.

The NDMA said the countrywide death toll stood at 310 – 135 men, 107 children and 70 women. The report said that Sindh was worst affected province with 136 fatalities, followed by 116 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 16 in Punjab, 21 in Balochistan, 12 in Azad Kashmir and 11 in Gilgit-Baltistan.

Floods in Sudan have killed 102 people, many more missing and almost 50 injured and affected over 550,000 people with more than 100,000 people in need of assistance. The rains are likely to increase water levels in the Blue Nile River, which are at the highest they have been in 100 years.

The floods in Sudan have killed 102 people, injured 46 more and affected over 550,000 people in 17 of the country's 18 states, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has reported. "More than half a million people are affected by the floods in Sudan - the highest number of flood-affected people reported in the country in more than two decades," OCHA indicated. It added: "Some 102 people have died and 46 others have been injured, according to the latest figures from the government of Sudan.

Thus far, 17 of Sudan's 18 states are affected. Khartoum State is the worst affected, with more than 100,000 people in need of assistance." The UN organisation continued: 

More than 250 dead with many more injured or missing and thousands of homes damaged and millions affected after a week of torrential rainfall in Afghanistan and Pakistan as the Asian floods show no sign of stopping
The death toll from the recent flash floods in Afghanistan has increased to 151, as search and rescue operations continued in the affected areas on Friday.

The floods hit Parwan, Kapisa, Panjshir, Maidan Wardak, Logar, Paktia, Paktika, Nuristan, Nangarhar, Laghman, Khost and Ghazni provinces, reports TOLO News. The worst-hit province of Parwan has so far reported 93 deaths and 110 injured. According to government statistics, 1,500 houses were damaged in these provinces. Afghanistan’s Meteorological Department has forecast more rains in Nangarhar, Kabul and the Wakhan area of northern Badakhshan province in the next 24 hours. The government has said that relief efforts were also underway.

Flooding from heavy rains in Niger has killed at least 45 people this week and forced more than 226,000 from their homes. Prime Minister Brigi Rafini blames climate change for the carnage.
Flooding from heavy rains in Niger has killed at least 45 people this week and forced more than 226,000 from their homes, officials in the West African nation said Friday. Niger's western region has been hardest hit by days of rain that caused the Niger River to overflow, essentially shutting down the capital, Niamey. 

Dozens of mud homes have collapsed along the river in the Kirkissoye district and rice fields are submerged. Prime Minister Brigi Rafini, who visited the affected neighbourhoods and families, was outraged.

Earthwindmap showing rainfall on Pakistan is off the scale.

Three days of monsoon rains have killed at least 90 people and damaged 1,000 homes across Pakistan, the country's national disaster management agency said Tuesday, as another spell of heavy rain lashed the port city of Karachi. Streets and homes were flooded with sewage water in Karachi, where the drainage and sewage systems are outdated. Of the total of the rain-related casualties, 31 deaths were reported in southern Sindh province, while 23 people died in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, according to the agency. It said 15 deaths were reported in southwestern Baluchistan province and eight in Punjab province. Thirteen more people died elsewhere in northern Pakistan, including three in the Pakistan-administered sector of Kashmir.

The silly season arrives and 2020 is about to ramp up! A very dangerous record-breaking "long heatwave" set to shred nerves in the Western US, as rolling blackouts plunge two million Californians into darkness already and will no doubt fester into more anarchy and hate over the weekend
And now the height of summer has arrived (the silly season) for the poor folks of the Northern Hemisphere and the fun is about to start. We have already had a taste of what global warming/climate change can do to a country way back in January and February. Remember the Aussie fires? 3 billion animals dead or wounded, 25% of Australia's temperate forests destroyed and 60% of crops in the worst fires ever seen anywhere on a populated country.

If you are wondering how the weather is panning out so far in summer of 2020, well, July 2020 has tied for second-hottest July on record for the globe, according to NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information. What’s more, the Northern Hemisphere saw its hottest July ever — surpassing its previous record high set in 2019. 2020 is on course to be the hottest year ever recorded. 

Asian and African flooding update: Pakistan 64 dead, Bangladesh nearly 200 dead, India 43 dead, South Korea 26 dead, Ethiopia 30,000 displaced, Somalia 120,000 displaced and 6 dead: I have never witnessed rainfall quite like this in Indo Pakistan and Asia along with parts of Eastern Africa as I have this summer

Understandably the world is watching Covid-19, however, what is happening in Asia is unprecedented. I can honestly say I have never witnessed rainfall quite like this in Indo Pakistan and Asia along with parts of Eastern Africa as I have this summer. Incredible amounts of rainfall have affected untold millions in Eastern Africa, the Middle East, Arabia, Indo Pakistan and the Far East in June, July and now into August. Pakistan 64 dead. At least 64 people were killed, and dozens of others were injured in heavy monsoon rain-triggered flash floods and different rain-related incidents, during the last three days in different regions of Pakistan, said a report from the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Monday.

Summer in the Northern Hemisphere Covid-19 did not flee from the heat as promised: A hurricane and probably another 2 on the way, 2 tropical cyclones forming in the Pacific, ongoing Floods in Asia, Africa and temperatures humans shouldn't have to endure: Welcome to August
They promised it would die-off in the summer heat. Well, yesterday was the 2nd highest number of new cases in a day with a grand total of 286,000. 17 million people have been infected worldwide with a nearly 700,000 poor souls dead.
A few stories which you might have missed on the telly this week.
A life-threatening heatwave is happening right now in the Southwest of the US. Temperatures human beings should not have to endure will hit Southern California today. According to The National Weather Service (NWS) temperatures could reach 50C (122F). The BBC reported,  parts of Utah, Arizona and Nevada, including the city of Las Vegas, may also be hit with a heatwave of up to 50C (122F). It comes after a day of record temperatures in the region on Friday. 

Almost 40 people feared dead with at least 13 missing and 200,000 evacuated as more torrential rain hits Japan: Incredible amounts of rainfall have affected untold millions in Eastern Africa, the Middle East, Arabia, Indo Pakistan and the Far East in June and early July.
Almost 40 people are either confirmed or feared dead including 14 people at a nursing home after torrential rain in Japan triggered massive floods and mudslides, over the weekend. At least another 13 people are missing, a further 200,000 have been ordered to evacuate their homes as torrential rains continued to hit Japan’s southwestern island of Kyushu, with river banks at risk of bursting on Monday morning and new evacuation orders put in place.

Evacuation centres are under pressure maintaining social distancing preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Manic May: Locust swarms expand, migrating: Incredible amounts of rainfall, more than a million displaced: Hottest May ever tied: Unusually strong tornadoes: Some parts of the northern hemisphere experienced a return to winter: Could be the hottest year ever
Latest Desert Locust situation update: Rain causing swarms to expand. In a new development,  swarms are now migrating toward West Africa as the groups increase, new swarms are about to form in East Africa.
An absurd amount of water poured down all over the world in May and an incredible amount of rain fell on all areas suffering from locust swarms from Africa to India killing hundreds and displacing more than a million people. 
A second-generation of immature swarms have now started to form in northwest Kenya as of 9–11 June, this is a result of heavy rainfall and flooding in May which killed more than 240 people and displaced 100,000 Kenyans. Swarm formation will continue for about four weeks while the bulk of the swarms will form during the second half of June

The mercury is on the rise across India, as the nation braces for its first heatwave of 2020 while it remains under lockdown: Temperatures of 44 C (111 F) expected.
The mercury is on the rise across India, as the nation braces for its first heatwave of 2020 while it remains under lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A northward shift in the jet stream will allow the storm track to remain well to the north. This will allow spring sunshine to continue this week across northern and central India, as well as into parts of Pakistan.
Afternoon temperatures climbed well above 38 C (100 F) in parts of the country on Sunday. Hoshangabad, New Kandla and Surendranagar reported high temperatures of 44 C (111 F). Forecasters say during the upcoming stretch of hot weather this week, high temperatures near 38 C (100 F) or above can be expected in much of the country.

Tornado Outbreak Tears Across the South, Killing 32: Fresh misery atop a pandemic, spreads across the United States on Monday, leaving more than 1 million homes and businesses without power
Severe weather has swept across the South, killing at least 32 people and damaging hundreds of homes from Louisiana into the Appalachian Mountains. Many people spent part of the night early Monday sheltering in basements, closets and bathroom tubs as sirens wailed to warn of possible tornadoes. Eleven people were killed in Mississippi, and six more died in northwest Georgia. Three other bodies were pulled from damaged homes in Arkansas, South Carolina and North Carolina.

The storms blew onward through the night, causing flooding and mudslides in mountainous areas, and knocking out electricity for nearly 1.3 million customers in a path from Texas to Maine, according to poweroutages.us. Striking first on Easter Sunday across a landscape largely emptied by coronavirus stay-at-home orders, the storm front forced some uncomfortable decisions. 

Records tumble in parts of Queensland as 2 years worth of rain falls in just 2 days and making this month the wettest March ever in just 2 days: Young children see rain for their first time
The Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) parts of Queensland have recorded more rain in two days than their rainfall total for the past two years. "So far in March, Thargomindah airport has seen 201 millimetres. This is also making it the wettest month on record at this station," a BOM spokesman said. "Thargomindah airport, the past two years, has seen a combined total of 166mm of rainfall, so it's already eclipsed that just in two days." The wettest March had previously been in 2010 with 199mm.
Mr Kennedy said it was a similar story at Birdsville. "The past two years, its combined rainfall was 130mm and just in two days it's seen 125mm, so substantial rainfall." Rivers are experiencing major floods and homesteads are cut off as records tumble across the region.

Brazil: Nearly 3 months rainfall in 12 hours kills 18 people with more than 30 missing São Paulo: This is the second major flood event to hit Brazil within the last few days.
Nearly 3 months rainfall in 12 hours kills 18 people with more than 30 missing São Paulo. Credit Floodlist
At least 18 people have died and many more are missing after a storm and torrential rain hammered the coastal Baixada Santista region of São Paulo state, Brazil
State Civil Defence said that some areas recorded over 280mm of rain in just 12 hours (the average rainfall per month is 160.5 mm). Among the worst-hit are the cities of Guarujá, Santos and São Vicente. Roads have been blocked by fallen trees or landslides and houses damaged or destroyed. Dozens of people have been displaced, including 156 in Guarujá and 18 in São Vicente. Civil Defence said that as many as 30 people are missing, raising fears the toll could rise further.

One Maine Theme In February: (Apart from the coronavirus and locusts plagues) Floods. Flooding around the world broke record after record during the 2nd month of 2020
Torrential rain flooded Indonesia’s overpopulated capital on Tuesday for the second time this year, paralyzing wide areas and prompting rescue workers to evacuate people by boat from murky, brown waterways. Jakarta was hit by some of the heaviest rain since records began at the beginning of the year, causing floods that killed more than 60 people and displaced about 175,000. Several other minor floods have hit different parts of the city since. Indonesia’s weather agency linked the rains to tropical cyclones, but the agency head also said such extreme weather events were happening with greater intensity and more frequently. Jakarta and surrounding areas are home to more than 30 million people and extremely vulnerable to flooding. Parts of the city are below sea level and uncontrolled population growth has exacerbated the problem.

Thousands of homes flooded after three once-in-a-lifetime storms have hit the UK in the first two months of 2020: Some areas expecting a months rainfall today
The homes and businesses flooded in the UK are now in the thousands after three once-in-a-lifetime storms have hit the UK in the first two months of 2020, with yet another storm rolling in from the Atlantic today. Almost 2,000 homes had been flooded by Storm Dennis more than a week ago, and the rain has been relentless since last October.
Flooding in Shrewsbury could reach its "highest ever" level and will close off the city centre today as another one month worth of rainfall is expected. 

Canary Islands sandstorm: A massive sandstorm has turned Madeira and the Canary Islands daytime into dusk leaving thousands of European holidaymakers stranded
The Sandstorm Caught By NASA

A massive sandstorm has turned Madeira and the Canary Islands daytime into dusk, disrupting all flights leaving or incoming to be cancelled, leaving thousands of European holidaymakers stranded.
Spain's national weather service said winds of up to 120km/h (75mph) could buffet the Canaries through Monday. It is strong winds that have blasted the islands with a dense cloud of sand from the Saharan desert, some 500km (300 miles) across the Atlantic Ocean.

Here comes the next North Atlantic extra-tropical cyclone: Storm Ciara and Dennis will be followed by another intense North Atlantic storm which will batter Ireland and the UK this weekend
The third North Atlantic extratropical cyclone in as many weeks is expected to hit Ireland and the UK on Saturday with more hurricane-force winds and more flooding.

The new North Atlantic extratropical cyclone is rapidly organizing tonight, as confirmed by both surface analysis and satellite imagery. As more or less expected, the intensification rate has become quite significant this afternoon and the cyclone is now deepening of around 10-12 mbar per 6 hours. The system is emerging in the bombogenesis phase. All models suggest it will continue with rapid intensification until tomorrow evening when it approaches Iceland. Hurricane-force winds are expected across the southern parts of the island, and also south of the cyclone’s centre.

Severe thunderstorms struck New South Wales overnight, with 60,000 lightning bolts cracking across the sky and golfball-sized hail pelting parts of Sydney's west
Severe thunderstorms ripped across New South Wales overnight, with thousands of lightning bolts cracking across the sky and hail pelting parts of Sydney's west. A 37-year-old man died after he was struck by a gas bottle in Sydney's CBD.

Ausgrid reported "widespread power outages and damage" in Sydney and warned people to stay at least eight metres away from any fallen powerlines. Damaging winds of up to 101 kilometres per hour were recorded at Richmond, while 12 millimetres of rain fell over Orange in just 10 minutes.

Hailstones the size of golf balls also fell near Mittagong and Wollongong.

“This is a historic, unprecedented flood." The 3rd worst flood in our state’s history: Pearl River Mississippi reached 36.67 feet on 17 February, 2020, its third highest level on record.
Picture credit. Voice Of America
It is a growing theme to 2020 on both sides of the pond, floods, floods, floods!
Days of heavy rain caused rivers and dams in Mississippi and Tennessee to rise, prompting evacuations and some flood rescues. Among the worst hit areas is Jackson, Mississippi, where the Pearl River exceeded Major Flood stage and reached 36.67 feet on 17 February, 2020, its third highest level on record.
The state government of Mississippi moved quickly in anticipation of the flooding and declared a state of emergency on 15 February. Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves said: “This is a historic, unprecedented flood. 

Storm Dennis Bomb Cyclone Update: Record wind gust of 255.6 km/h (159 mph) hit Iceland: Met office issue 'Danger to life' warning: 2nd most intense storm in the North Atlantic ever: All-time-lowest pressure on record for a North Atlantic storm?
Record wind gusts of 255 km/h have been recorded in Iceland yesterday.
Hurricane winds of 255 km/h have been recorded by weather stations in Iceland. The weather station Hafnarfjall reported an incredible wind gust of 255.6 km/h (159 mph). Hafnarfjall is located around 40 km north of the capital Reykjavik.
The Met Office has issued a red weather warning for prolonged periods of heavy rain in south Wales on Sunday until 11:00 GMT. The alert means there is a "danger to life." to towns along the Wales West Coast.
Two people have drowned as Storm Dennis is set to bring more chaos TODAY with 70mph winds and further flood misery as hundreds of flights are cancelled. Storm Dennis set to bring 70mph winds as amber warnings still remain in place Teenager aged 18 has died after getting into difficulty in the sea off Kent 

Monster Bomb Cyclone: Storm "Dennis The Menace" Hurricane Force Colossus To Rival The Most Intense North Atlantic Storms on Record: The third named storm of 2020 in just six weeks (Another storm expected next weekend)
Storm Dennis "The Menace," is rolling toward Ireland and the UK and will bring more flooding for the storm-weary Brits with another month's worth of rainfall this weekend accompanied with hurricane-force winds.
According to Meteorologist Craig Ceecee, Storm Dennis is comparable to a category 5 hurricane, with winds approaching 160 mph,  almost 260 kmh. Thousands of homes are in danger of being flooded in Ireland and the UK this weekend.
The UK is preparing for the second weekend of weather disruption, as experts warn Storm Dennis could inflict more damage than Ciara, which flooded hundreds of homes last weekend. 

Storm Dennis: The next massive low-pressure monster: Storm Dennis hurtling toward the UK and Ireland: A National Severe Weather Warning for wind has been issued for much of England and Wales
Named by the Met Office, the impacts from this low-pressure system will bring widespread strong winds and heavy rain to to an already drenched UK. The system has developed in the North Atlantic and is tracking eastwards towards the UK and Ireland over the coming days, passing to the north of Scotland on Saturday.

A National Severe Weather Warning for wind has been issued for much of England and Wales, further warnings are likely to be issued in the coming days. Steve Ramsdale, Chief Meteorologist at the Met Office said: “Another spell of very wet and windy ​weather is expected for Saturday, although Storm Dennis is currently not expected to be as severe as Ciara disruption is still likely.

2020 North Atlantic crazy winter breaks another record: Norwegian Airline company Widerøe grounded by record low pressure: In its almost 90-year history never experienced this kind of weather, ever.
Airline company Widerøe has in its almost 90-year history never experienced this kind of weather, ever.
The past months have seen extraordinarily rough weather along the north Norwegian coast. Early this week came another extreme. The air pressure dropped to a level not seen in several decades. According to the Norwegian meteorological institute, the air pressure across major parts of the region was below 940 hectopascals, a level that makes flying unsafe.
The Widerøe company that serves most of the regional routes put almost its whole aircraft fleet on the ground. Our smallest aircraft type Dash 100, 200 and 300 can not fly with pressure lower than 948 hectopascals.

Here comes the next one: After storm Ciara blows its way across Eastern Europe after devastating the UK and Ireland, Storm Dennis is developing in the North Atlantic and will impact the UK on Saturday
As storm Ciara blows its way across Eastern Europe today Ireland and the UK are left to pick up the pieces, however, the next storm, Storm Dennis is developing in the North Atlantic and is barreling Eastwood and will impacting Ireland and the UK on Saturday. The rains and storms started in late September when Storm Lorenzo battered the British Isles, the storms and floods have been hitting the Brits hard since then.
Storm Ciara left the UK already flood weary people drenched with 6 weeks of rain in 24 hours.15-meter / 50-feet waves across smashed into Ireland and the UK while Network Rail claimed thousands of engineers had "battled horrendous conditions" after storm Ciara blew trees, sheds, roofs and even trampolines onto the tracks.

European storms continue: UK has 6 weeks rain in 24 hours: 15-meter / 50-feet waves hit Ireland and the UK: winds as high as 200 kph (124 mph): Up to 500,000 without power
A storm-battered Europe with hurricane-force winds and heavy rains, killing at least seven people and causing severe travel disruptions as it moved eastward across the continent Monday and bore down on Germany. After striking Britain and Ireland on Sunday, the storm moved on, leaving a trail of damage including power cuts for tens of thousands of homes across Europe. 

A woman and her 15-year-old daughter died in Poland after the storm ripped off the roof of a ski rental equipment building in the mountain resort of Bukowina Tatrzanska and sent it hurtling into people standing near a ski lift, police said. Three people also were injured in the incident.

After months of heat, drought and bushfires New South Wales is now being battered by rain, wind and flooding which is plaguing the state. Sydney suffered the worst downpour in recent history.
At least 134,000 NSW households were left without power on Sunday as utility companies scrambled to deal with the rain, wind and flooding plaguing the state. Ausgrid tweeted Sunday night that power was out for more than 110,000 of its customers across Sydney, the Central Coast and Newcastle."Crews are working in the rain and storms to make areas safe and restore power however some customers could be without power into this evening (Sunday) and tomorrow (Monday)," the utility company said in a tweet. It added later its crews were working to repair more than 2000 hazards, such as fallen powerlines."Crews will work through the night to get the power back on," Ausgrid tweeted.

The mighty Storm Ciara: 170 kilometres (106 miles) per hour in Germany: UK and Europe battered: Flight from New York to London 2 hours ahead of schedule due to powerful 800 mph (1,287 km/h) jet stream

A British Airways Boeing 747 arrived almost 2 hours ahead of schedule and possibly set a new subsonic record during it's New York to London trip during Storm Ciara. The plane was pushed along at more than 800mph, by an incredibly strong jetstream.

The incredibly powerful Storm Ciara has left the UK and is now battering north-west Europe, causing destruction with strong winds reaching speeds of 150km/h (93mph). Storm Ciara - known as Sabine in Germany and Switzerland and Elsa in Norway - has caused hundreds of flights to be grounded and rail services cancelled in Germany, France, Belgium, the Netherlands and the UK.

Ireland, UK and Western Europe brace for a battering: Storm Ciara brings hurricane force winds and flooding: Highest waves could exceed 15 meters / 50 feet: Wind gusts 100mph, (160 km/h)

Storm Ciara approaches Holland: Photo margriet.nl

Wind warnings are in place across Ireland and the UK this afternoon as Storm Ciara with hurricane-force wind gusts approaching 100mph, (160 km/h). Hundreds of flights into and out of European airports were cancelled as Britain's biggest storm in seven years swept into Scotland, with the rest of the UK being issued with several weather warnings. More flooding is guaranteed to an already flood drenched UK which has endured storms and flooding since late September 2019.

Rain is "breaking the back" of the horror bushfire season." Almost 3 times the average rainfall for February expected for Sydney this weekend: "Potentially life-threatening" flash flooding warning

Heavy rain across much of NSW is "breaking the back" of the state's horror bushfire season but also keeping emergency services busy with flooding along the coast. The Bureau of Meteorology warns torrential rain of up to 200mm is possible overnight in the state's central coastal area including greater Sydney, the Central Coast, Illawarra, Southern Highlands and the Blue Mountains. This could cause "potentially life-threatening" flash flooding and commuters are advised to delay non-essential travel in those areas, the bureau says. 

More Crazy Crazy Crazy Weather: Denver's 74 deg F, warmest in almost 100 years drops to below freezing and 5 inches of snow in 24 hrs mirroring what happened in Tasmania in Australia on Friday
Parts of the Salt Lake City metro saw more than a foot of snow on Monday, while the Denver metro saw freezing rain and two-to-five inches of snow as of Tuesday morning--after a high of 74 degrees Fahrenheit, (23 deg C). The last time it was that warm this time of year in Denver was 86 years ago
Up to 10 inches of snow has been measured in Peacock, Texas, which is about 90 miles south-southeast of Lubbock. A couple inches of snowfall has fallen as far southwest as El Paso, Texas, where slick roads have been reported. 
A family's Hobart holiday goes from 40C to snow in 24 hours Adrian Van Beek when his family decided to escape the hot Brisbane summer and take a holiday in Hobart but when they arrived, they were hit by opposite extremes. 

Family's Hobart holiday goes from 40 deg C (104 deg F) to snow in 24 hours: Hobart's temperatures spiked at 40C last Friday, close to its hottest ever of 41.8C in 2013 and then snow!
A family's Hobart holiday goes from 40C to snow in 24 hours Adrian Van Beek when his family decided to escape the hot Brisbane summer and take a holiday in Hobart but when they arrived, they were hit by opposite extremes.
Hobart's temperatures spiked at 40C (104 deg F) last Friday, close to its hottest ever day of 41.8C in 2013. "On the first day, we'd planned to go up the mountain, but it was so hot that we couldn't," Mr Van Beek told Nine.com. The next day, Mr Van Beek and family set off to enjoy a cooler day only to get caught in major snowfall and temperatures of -1C (22 deg F), on Mount Wellington overlooking Hobart. "When we drove up we saw there was snow already on the trees and on the grass, and then this cloud just came over us and we couldn't see anything, it was completely white, and 10 minutes later it was snowing," he said. "We were able to pick up the snow and throw it at each other."

More than a months rain falls in 24 hours: Torrential rain breaks records in North Queensland: A new fire rages out of control near Canberra with a new heatwave on the way
Torrential rain breaks records in North Queensland as 529mm of rain falls in 24 hours Rainfall records have been broken as unprecedented rainfall lashed North Queensland communities, closing businesses, schools and major roads. The average monthly rainfall in January for North Queensland is 405mm. 
North Queensland communities are bracing for more torrential rain, while the state’s southwest is baking in another summer heatwave. Water inundated backyards and lapped at doorsteps in Ayr, just south of Townsville after an extraordinary deluge dumped 458mm of rain in just 24 hours on Monday.

Record rainfall that began on 23 January has now claimed almost 50 lives with 4 missing in Greater Belo Horizonte Brazil: More than 14,000 forced to flee their homes
Massive floods and landslides hit Greater Belo Horizonte and interior parts of the state after record rainfall that began on 23 January 2020. Initially, fourteen fatalities were reported. Since then the figure jumped to at least 47, with 4 people missing. According to State Civil Defence, fatalities occurred in 14 municipalities in the state, with 13 deaths confirmed in Belo Horizonte, 6 in Betim, 5 in Ibirité and 4 in Alto Caparaó. At least 3 people are missing in Luisburgo and 1 in Conselheiro Lafaiete. A total of 14,609 people have been forced from their homes due to flood or landslide damage. Severe damage has left 3,386 people homeless, including 1,092 in Greater Belo Horizonte and 2,294 outside of the metropolitan area, referred to as the interior. On 27 January the Minas Gerais government issued a state of emergency for 101 municipalities.

Bone-Chilling! New cold records set in Russia: Magadan and Yakutia region suffer temperatures of -56C (-68.8F). ‘The wind chill sensation could go to -61°C
Not much ice will be melting a -56C (-68.8F). Every day of the past week in the Magadan region the frosts grew stronger, and over the past day, the air temperature dropped below the norm by 8.5 degrees. But in continental areas, temperature set new records.

In the village of Talon, on January 24, the temperature dropped to -46.2C (-51.1 F), which is 0.2 degrees below the previous record set in 1978. But these are not the lowest temperatures in Russia. In the east of Yakutia last night, frosts intensified to -56C (-68.8F). ‘The wind chill sensation could go to -61°C in this region.’

Deadly Storm Gloria batters Spain and France killing 9 with winds of up to 90 mph (144kmh) and waves up to 13.5 metres (44 feet) high. (spectacular video)
Nine people have died and four are missing after Storm Gloria continued to batter eastern Spain with high winds, heavy rain, snowfall and huge waves. The storm, which had left 220,000 people in the Tarragona region without electricity on Tuesday, began to shift away on Wednesday and is now battering southern France, however, some north-eastern and Balearic areas remained on orange alert. A man died of hypothermia in Carcaixent, Valencia on Wednesday, while a woman was killed in Alicante province when her home collapsed. 

After months of fire, heat and droughts Western Australia hit with floods (Three months rain in a few hours), dust storms and devastating hail storms, smashing cars and buildings
The Gold Coast has copped a soaking over the weekend - with over 300 mm falling in some suburbs. Roads were closed, cars and homes inundated, and more than 370 calls were made to the SES for help - but it still hasn't been enough to ease the drought in the South East. Most of the rain has soaked up into the ground rather than running off into our dams. The Seaway received another 60 mills between 2 and 3 o'clock this morning. Surf lifesavers are warning beachgoers to be mindful of submerged logs and debris that's been flushed out of our creeks and rivers.

Meanwhile, at least two people have been treated for minor injuries in Canberra after a 15-minute hail storm wrecked cars, buildings and left people running for cover. The storm is now heading to large swathes of NSW, Victoria and southeast Queensland, according to forecasters.

The insane Atlantic continues its angry broil! Atlantic waves smashed train windows in the UK: 200 flood alerts in place across the UK: Another explosive cyclogenesis over the Northwest Atlantic today
Screengrab Dawlish webcam showing Atlantic waves smashing train windows yesterday.
The insane Atlantic continues its angry broil! Hurricane strength winds on both sides of the Atlantic with worse to come over the weekend.
Shocking moment huge wave smashes train window on Dawlish rail line as dozens of flood alerts are issued across the UK and forecasters warn that temperatures are set to PLUMMET
A second storm smashed the UK yesterday just a day after Storm Brendan battered parts of the country with 78mph (126 km/h) winds in many places, leaving almost 200 flood alerts in place across the UK.

Yesterday's monster storm Brendan which battered Ireland and the UK has moved north but, the next has rolled in to replace it! The North Atlantic's incredibly active winter continues
Large waves hit the sea wall as high winds and heavy rain hit Britain as a train passes through Dawlish in Devon today
Yesterday's monster storm Brendan which battered Ireland and the UK has moved north but, the next has rolled in to replace it! High winds, heavy seas torrential rain, flooding along with gale-force winds are now battering Scotland, causing further travel disruption
The Met Office has predicted: Up to 6cm (2in) of snow could fall on higher ground Wind gusts could reach 60 to 70mph Further disruption likely, especially around coasts. A separate 24-hour yellow warning of strong southwesterly winds has also been issued for Tuesday.

81 dead and many missing after avalanches, flash floods and snow hit Pakistan and Afghanistan: Almost a 1,000 villages cut off without electricity and water by unprecedented snow in India
At least 57 people were killed and others were missing after avalanches in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir over the last 24 hours, senior government officials said on Tuesday. Two officials said many villagers were still stranded in the avalanches in the Neelum valley area following heavy rains that also triggered landslides. Many people were reported missing and feared dead as rescue efforts got underway, one of the officials said. Reuters

In Pakistan, where 30 people were reported killed, much of the damage struck southwestern Balochistan province. Imran Zarkon, chief of provincial disaster management, said 14 died there in the past 24 hours, mainly when roofs collapsed amid heavy snowfall. 

A powerful "Monster" bomb cyclone Brandan continues its explosive development and rapid intensification while moving towards the British and Irish Isle: Hurricane-force winds expected
As expected, a powerful bomb cyclone Brandan continues its explosive development and rapid intensification while moving towards the British and Irish Isles – Brendan is becoming a *monster*! Central pressure is already below 945 mbar, continues deepening. Gale force winds are being pushed towards western Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland, while conditions are expected to significantly worsen through the next hours as the cyclone moves closer. Expect hurricane-force winds and major waves to deliver life-threatening conditions. Very strong winds and severe gales will impact the UK and Ireland through Monday. 

The erratic jet stream is causing chaos on both sides of the Atlantic and the Pacific Northwest: UK and Ireland expect another violent windstorm: Massive storm in the Gulf kills 11
At least 11 people have died as a result of severe storms sweeping across parts of the southern US, bringing high winds and heavy rain. Deaths were reported in the states of Alabama, Louisiana and Texas. Hundreds of thousands of people have been affected by power cuts as a result of the storms, while homes have been destroyed and roads flooded. Several tornado warnings were in place on Saturday, with Alabama said to be most at risk. The storms have also brought the threat of ice and snow to parts of the Midwest. Hundreds of flights were cancelled on Saturday at Chicago's two main airports.

A humanitarian disaster is developing in Indonesia's capital Jakarta as the death toll from torrential rain rises to 60 with almost 200,000 people taking refuge in shelters
A humanitarian disaster is developing in Indonesia's capital Jakarta as the death toll rises to 60 with almost 200,000 people taking refuge in shelters across the massive urban conglomeration after whole neighbourhoods were submerged from torrential rain. Thousands of people are unable to return to water-logged homes with more torrential rain to come.
According to the Japan Times, floodwaters reached up to 2.5 meters (8 feet) in places. As much as 37 centimetres (14.5 inches) of rainfall was recorded in Jakarta and West Java’s hilly areas on New Year’s Eve, causing the Ciliwung and Cisadane rivers to overflow, Jakarta Gov.

A powerful winter storm with hurricane-strength winds develops over the Norwegian sea and northern Scandinavia just a day after recording record warm temperatures
The storm comes on the heels of a Norwegian heatwave which reached 66 degrees Fahrenheit (19 degrees Celsius) in the municipality of Sunndalsøra today, Jan. 2, 2020. This is the highest temperature on record measured in the month of January in the country, as well as the combined months of December, January, and February from previous years. Full Story
The image above shows the storm today, Jan. 2, 2020. The strongest wind gusts are expected on the coast of Nordfjord, Sunnmøre and in Romsdal. Additionally, blizzard conditions are expected in the mountains with wind gusts ranging from 55 to 74 mph due to cold air moving southwest from over the Norwegian Sea.
Almost 100,000 people were evacuated on Thursday after flash-flooding killed up to 21 people in Indonesia's capital city Jakarta with more heavy rain forecast for the coming days. Monsoon rains and rising rivers submerged at least 169 neighbourhoods and caused landslides in the Bogor and Depok districts on Jakarta’s outskirts, National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Agus Wibowo said. According to the Japna Times, floodwaters reached up to 2.5 meters (8 feet) in places. As much as 37 centimetres (14.5 inches) of rainfall was recorded in Jakarta and West Java’s hilly areas on New Year’s Eve, causing the Ciliwung and Cisadane rivers to overflow, Jakarta Gov.

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