Extreme Weather 2019

80 dead along with 43 missing from floods and landslides in the easternmost province of Papua Indonesia
Reuters: Authorities in Indonesia raised the death toll from floods and landslides in the easternmost province of Papua to nearly 80 on Monday as President Joko Widodo called for the urgent evacuation of victims from devastated communities.
The deadly floods and landslide struck at the weekend after torrential rain fell across the Cyclops mountain range, much of which has been stripped of tree cover by villagers chopping firewood and farmers cultivating plantations.
The death toll shot up to nearly 80 from 58 on Sunday as rescuers found more victims as they struggled to clear mud, rocks and shattered trees from the area near the provincial capital of Jayapura, including a 70 km stretch of road.

The worst flooding in more than 50 years devastates the Plains and the Midwest threatening to close a nuclear power station and is causing dams to fail
The worst flooding in more than 50 years is causing grave concern in the Plains and the Midwest, dams are failing and preparations were being made to shut down a nuclear power plant along the rising Missouri River.
According to the Weather Channell, a dam failed in Spencer, Nebraska, and another dam was at high risk of failing in north-central Nebraska.
The National Weather Service's Omaha office was forced to evacuate Friday due to the flood threat.
A Nebraska farmer was killed trying to rescue a stranded motorist.

Powerful Storm System pummels the US as the long harsh winter of 2019 has tightened its grip after record snowfall and record cold
NOAA’s GOES West satellite captured this GeoColor limb view of the powerful winter storm system that’s expected to intensify before sweeping eastward across much of the Central U.S. 
Blizzard warnings are already in effect from northeastern Colorado into southeastern Wyoming and across western Nebraska and southwestern South Dakota, according to the National Weather Service Weather Prediction Center (WPC). Heavy rains, severe thunderstorms, isolated flooding, heavy snow and blizzard conditions associated with this storm could lead to “extremely dangerous” travel conditions. In the areas mentioned above, the WPC warns that visibility will drop to near zero during the height of the storm.

A mind-boggling 18 trillion-gallons enough to fill 27 million Olympic-sized swimming pools has been dumped on California in less than 20 days
California, suffering a drought from last summers heat waves has received a mind-boggling 18 trillion-gallons, (I tried hard to convert this number into litres and failed miserably) but it is enough to fill 27 million Olympic-sized pools, in just 20 days this February, and the state's wild winter isn't over yet.
The totals are likely to increase this week as another storm rolls into the region on Wednesday night.
According to MSN Weather, A series of storms, including a moisture-packed atmospheric river that slammed the state last week, has brought consistent rainfall in February that has reached nearly half the volume of Lake Tahoe.
Temperatures will remain chilly through the week.

Record-breaking 2019 continues: Moscow suffers record snowfall: California city of 100,000 cut off from record snow: 100,000 without power
2019 is only 45 days old but we have had record heat, record cold, record rainfall and record snowfall all over the planet and weather records are being broken on an almost daily basis.
The newest area to suffer a record-breaking weather event is Moscow, the capital of Russia.
According to France 24, seven centimetres (2.8 inches) of snow fell overnight, according to the national meteorological service, with drifts reaching up to 45 centimetres (18 inches).
The Moscow meteorological service said the snowfall beat a record set in 1995 and amounted to almost a third of the average monthly figure, according to news agencies.
City authorities said they sent out more than 60,000 people to shovel the snow.

Atacama Desert, Chile, one of the driest places on Earth has so much rainfall a 60m (196ft) waterfall that had run dry for 10 years has been reactivated.
Heavy rains have wreaked havoc in northern Chile causing rivers to overflow and forcing residents from their flooded homes.
Extreme rainfall in the Andes claimed several lives and destroyed homes and roads.
In the Atacama Desert, normally one of the driest places on Earth, a 60m (196ft) waterfall that had run dry for 10 years has been reactivated.
As the rains start to die down, families are taking stock of the damage to homes.
Chile’s Interior Ministry declared a red alert overnight in the neighbouring provinces of El Loa and Antofagasta after several days of heavy rain and electric storms, which saw three people killed, roads cut off, houses damaged and bridges collapse.

Weather wars! This could be “one of greatest snow events in decades” Washington Gov. to declare a state of emergency as Maya arrives
Forecasters have said this could be “one of greatest snow events in decades”.
Winter Storm Maya arrived in the Northwest of the US, Friday.
Washington State is bracing for its second snowstorm this weekend and meteorologists are forecasting yet another to hit next week, leaving Washington Gov. Jay Inslee to declare a state of emergency as Maya arrived yesterday.
According to the Weather Channel, Seattle and other parts of Washington and the Pacific Northwest felt the full wrath of Winter Storm Maya as heavy snow fell Friday. In Washington, Gov. Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency as conditions worsened Friday afternoon.

The incredible record-breaking 2019 continues: Saskatoon Canada dipped to minus 42.6 deg C (minus 45 deg F) breaking a 112-year cold record
The incredible record-breaking weather just 39 days into 2019 continues with Canada’s midwest city of Saskatoon smashing a 112-year record cold record.
Temperatures in Canada’s midwest city of Saskatoon dipped to as low as minus 42.6 degrees Celsius (minus 44.68 degrees Fahrenheit) on Wednesday, breaking a 112-year record, according to Environment Canada.
Residents of Saskatoon, in the prairies of Canada’s Saskatchewan province, were bundled up tightly even on Thursday as temperatures remained frigid at minus 34.8 degrees Celsius.

2019: And the records keep tumbling! High temperatures of 80°F (27 deg C) in parts of Central Alabama as the mercury hits 15°F above Feb average
It has been unusually warm across Central Alabama this February.
The warmth is breaking several records across the state of Alabama.
Not only are we breaking record high temperatures, but the morning temperatures are also breaking records.
Anniston, Birmingham, Montgomery, and Tuscaloosa had record high minimum temperatures Wednesday (2/6/19).
A record high minimum temperature is basically saying we saw the warmest low temperature ever recorded on that day.



2019: And the records keep tumbling Parts of California breaks a 100-year record with 6ft, (almost 2 metres) of snow in just 24 hours
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And the records keep tumbling, yesterday reports came from Queensland that 1 year's rain fell in just 7 days after a month of a record-breaking heatwave.
Today the Weather Channel has reported 6ft, (almost 2 metres) of snow has fallen in just 24 hours in parts of California breaking a 100-year record.
The incredible amounts of snow have fallen throughout parts of the Mountain West since last Friday after a one-two punch from winter storms Kai and Lucian.
The Sierra Nevada, straddling the border between California and Nevada, has been particularly hard-hit, where one ski resort tallied 6 feet of snow in just one day.

Buckle up, folks: Just 840 hours into 2019 and we have had record heat, record cold, record snowfall and record rain along with a few plagues
Buckle up, folks...
We are just 35 days into 2019 and already the weather is smashing records around the globe with deadly regularity and NOAA are now claiming, 2019 may be the warmest year on record as a result of an El Nino event exacerbated by global warming.
This weekend the strongest Pacific storm of this winter season slammed California with heavy rain, significant snowfall, high winds and travel disruptions.

After record-breaking heatwave Parts of Australia now hit with once-in-a-century flooding as monsoon-burst dumps a months rain in hours
After Australia suffered its hottest month ever in January when heat records tumbled, they are now being hit with once-in-a-century flooding in part of the eastern Australian state of Queensland and looks set to worsen as the nation’s weather bureau on Saturday warned of more heavy rain in the area.
A normal monsoon-burst lasts a couple of days but this one has been going on for than a week now and it doesn't look like its going anywhere anytime soon.
Earlier today, one month's worth of rain fell over parts of Queensland.

Temperatures above 42-degrees Celsius (108 F) are causing overcrowding on Rio beaches as temps break 97 year old record in Brazil
Extreme heat has been affecting Australia and now southeastern Brazil.
Temperatures have spiked above 42-degrees Celsius (108 F).
In Rio de Janeiro, special measures are in place to help keep people and animals cool during the hottest summer in almost a century.
Rio's beaches have never been so crowded.
It is the only outdoor space for locals and tourists to find some relief from an unusual heat wave that started in late December.
"I am definitely happy that I am not in the snow, but is also very hot here," said American tourist Russ Franken.
"It's easy on vacation, but if I had to go, like, in public transportation to work every day, it would be terrible."

Almost a million kids without school as the UK grinds to a halt after the arrival of a "snow bomb" abandoned cars causing chaos on the roads
The annual chaos has hit the UK after a snowstorm has ground the country to a halt.
According to The Daily Mail, at least 2,000 schools across Britain serving nearly a million children are shut.
As the Met Office told motorists not to abandon their cars 100's of people have done just that and have abandoned their cars causing chaos on the roads.
As expected buses and train journeys have been cancelled leaving many people stranded.
In Devon and Cornwall, hundreds of motorists blocked roads after abandoning their vehicles following the arrival of 'snow bomb' - but the sea of cars, lorries and vans meant gritters and emergency vehicles failed to get through.

Now the floods! From colder than the Antarctic to Springtime in a couple of days as -40 deg F (-40 deg C) becomes 60 deg F (16 deg C)
From experiencing the coldest temperature ever recorded with lows colder than the Antarctic and even Mars, temperatures are expected to swing 40 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit, (up to 27 deg C) upward from the lowest levels amid the polar vortex invasion as the midwestern and northeastern United States are treated to a taste of March to start February.
According to AccuWeather, The warmth is also expected to surge across all of the Midwest, mid-Atlantic and into New England Sunday into early next week.

Its not quite a Polar Vortex but the UK has its coldest night of the year as temperatures dived to -15 deg C (5 deg F) in parts of Scotland
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The UK grinds to a halt, as usual, when it suffers its coldest night of the winter so far.
Temperatures dropped to -15 deg C (5 deg F) in Scotland in the early hours of Thursday, making it the coldest night of winter in the UK so far.
The coldest place in the country was Loch Glascarnoch in the Highlands.
The Met Office has upgraded its warning for snow in Wales, south-west and south-east England, including London, from 14:00 to 21:00 GMT on Thursday, with 3-7cm of snow forecast.

Insanely dangerous temperatures of -75 F -60 deg C and its going to get worse! Colder than the Arctic -82-deg F in Canada colder than Mars
Insanely dangerous temperatures as the polar vortex tightens its grip on the midwestern US, with AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperatures plummet to -75 F -60 deg C
The coldest weather in years will put millions of people and animals throughout the midwestern United States at risk for hypothermia and frostbite to occur in minutes during the final days of January. The deep freeze has commenced across the Upper Midwest with an AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperature of 75 degrees below zero Fahrenheit reported at Grand Forks, North Dakota, on Tuesday morning. The worst is yet to come for other parts of the Midwest as the polar vortex gets displaced from the Arctic Circle and dives into the region. In addition to the risks of frostbite and hypothermia, residents will be faced with high heating costs and the potential for frozen and bursting water pipes, dead car batteries and school closures.

"Mini-Ice-Age?" Midwest Cities Will be Colder Than Antarctica: Chicago coldest ever: Frostbite in minutes: People robbed of winter coats at gunpoint
Last July NASA warned us we could be entering a mini-ice-age as our sun enters its solar minimum, which ironically released the energy of a billion WWII atomic bombs with a C5-class solar flare a couple of days ago.
Last summer, the entire northern hemisphere suffered a massive heatwave from North America, Europe and Asia at the same time with warm records broken across the globe.
It's happening again, only this time, the entire Northern Hemisphere has been plunged into record cold.
In the U.S headlines such as CHICAGO COLDEST EVER? FROSTBITE IN MINUTES! -60° WIND CHILL MINNEAPOLIS, are dominating the news and weather websites.

Polar Vortex is coming and will bring bone crunching cold to the US and Canada with temperatures colder than the Arctic circle by Tuesday
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While Australia broils at temperatures reaching just shy of 50 deg C (122 deg F) the U.S. and Canada are about to be hit with lowest temperatures for many years as the mercury is set to drop to temperatures colder than the Arctic circle in and around the Great Lakes.
The Chicago area can expect temperatures of -44 deg C (-49 deg F) and with the wind chill factor, it will feel even colder.
According to AccuWeather, while the midwestern United States has been dealing with bitter cold, an even harsher and more dangerous stretch of cold is expected in the final days of January as the polar vortex plunges south.

Temperatures humans should not have to endure! North and South Hemisphere temps higher than 100 °C! 212 deg F apart as heat and cold waves continue
As temperature records continue to be broken across NSW, residents from Sydney to Menindee have warned the heatwave melting the state is yet to hit its peak, and in some parts is forecast to continue into next week without respite.
On Wednesday and Thursday, new maximum temperature records were set at 27 sites across NSW and the ACT, while some of the hottest overnight temperatures on record worsened the impact of the ongoing hot spell.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Walcha Council will use water from the Yarrowitch River in water carts to cool the bitumen pavement which is currently melting due to the extreme heat.
Meanwhile, Severe Weather Europe reported parts of Russia plunged towards -60 °C on Saturday night, while parts of Australia are in the middle of the summer and the unprecedented strong heat wave have seen temperatures approaching 50 °C. Yesterday, the difference between the two areas was over 100 °C! 212 deg F.

A massive "Atmospheric River" is set to dump nearly 10 feet, 3 metres of snow and nearly 2 months rain in 2 days on California
A massive "Atmospheric River" is set to dump nearly 10 feet, 3 metres of snow in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains and several inches of rain elsewhere in the state on Wednesday and Thursday, compounding the flood risk after earlier rainstorms blew through the state.
“The big one is rolling in late morning today, that’s for darn sure,” said meteorologist David Roth with the National Weather Service’s Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland.
Police in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara counties ordered evacuations Tuesday from areas damaged by last year’s wildfires because of the risk heavy rain would trigger mud and debris flows on charred hillsides.
According to Reuters, significant road closures and travel delays were possible in the Los Angeles area given risks of flash flooding and rockslides, the NWS reported.

Germany and Austria send in the troops and tanks to rescue homeowners in Europe as monster snowstorm blanket's more than half of United States
Germany and Austria send in the troops and tanks to rescue homeowners from neck-deep snow in Germany and Austria as the whiteout looked to continue past the weekend.
Police say three German skiers have been killed in an avalanche in the Austrian Alps and a fourth is missing.
The bodies of the men, aged 57, 36 and 32, were recovered Saturday evening near Lech, a few hours after the wife of one of the skiers reported them missing.
Police in Vorarlberg, Austria's westernmost province, said Sunday they had to call off the search for another German, age 28, because of heavy snow and the risk of avalanches.

10 feet more, than 3 metres of snow, more than the whole January average and record lows with -9F (-23C) in sunny Greece leaves central Europe in chaos

Austria is expected to face 10 feet, more than 3 metres of snow in the next few days as fierce winter weather continues to strike central Europe this week.
Parts of Austria have already had more snow this month than they usually do in the whole of January, with more snow expected before the weekend.
The tourist season in the Alps has also been hit with more than 1,000 miles of ski slope and 450 ski lifts closed because of the weather.
The cold weather has blasted Greece where temperatures reached record lows with -9F (-23C) recorded in the city of Florina on Tuesday night.

Southern Greece known for its Mediterranean warmth gets snow in record cold spell with temperatures reaching -23 degrees C, -9 deg F
Athens awakened to blankets of snow on Tuesday thanks to a storm system penetrating the south Mediterranean.
Meteorologists have named the weather pattern causing the extreme weather conditions as "Telemachos" after the mythical son of Odysseus.
As temperatures plunged to -23 degrees C, -9 deg F, authorities closed schools and courthouses.
Transport was also brought to a standstill and power cuts were noted in many regions.
Social media was abuzz with photographs of snow covering some of the city's famed landmarks, such as the Acropolis, while children enjoyed the "snow day".
Photo TransendingSnowBoarding And the records keep tumbling, yesterday reports came from Queensland that 1 year's rain fell in just 7 days after a month of a record-breaking heatwave. Today the Weather Channel has reported 6ft, (almost 2 metres) of snow has fallen in just 24 hours in parts of California breaking a 100-year record. The incredible amounts of snow have fallen throughout parts of the Mountain West since last Friday after a one-two punch from winter storms Kai and Lucian. The Sierra Nevada, straddling the border between California and Nevada, has been particularly hard-hit, where one ski resort tallied 6 feet of snow in just one day.

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