Extreme Weather 2019

Earth's weather is an incongruity this Christmas: Record warmth for Moscow and the UK: Delhi second-coldest Dec in 100 years: Antarctic ice-melt at an all-time high
Delhi faces second-coldest December for over a CENTURY: India gripped by ‘bone-chilling’ weather 
A wave of unusually cold weather is sweeping across large swathes of India, from remote Kashmir to Delhi, forcing people to seek shelter and light bonfires on the streets. Delhi has been hit with what local media described as ‘bone-chilling days’ this week. In the early hours of Friday, the temperature dropped to almost four degrees Celsius (39.2 degrees Fahrenheit). This December is now on course to become the second coldest in terms of daytime temperatures the capital has seen since 1901, with December 1997 holding the top spot.

A super-charged jet stream continues to send a barrage of storms to the UK since September with the latest storm arriving today during their general election

A super-charged jet stream has opened the gates to the fury of the Atlantic allowing a barrage of churning low-pressure systems to hurtle towards the UK since the end of September, causing unprecedented flooding and the devastation which is set to continue. As the nation reels from the latest barrage, Storm Atiyah, forecasters are warning of another mega-storm that will smash the flood weary country.
It joins a queue of frenzied low-pressure vortexes lined up in the Atlantic about to be steered toward the UK and western Europe by an unusually powerful jet stream. 

The first named storm "Atiyah" is set to impact Ireland, the UK, Western Europe and especially Iceland with hurricane-force winds and more rain
The first named storm is set to impact Ireland, the UK, Western Europe and especially Iceland who will suffer a life-threatening situation with a significant amount of snow (100-200 cm) and hurricane-force winds across the northern half of the country tomorrow.
The Icelandic Met Office has issued an orange alert for most of the island with a warning of severe gales. Transport disturbances are likely during the weather and delay in air traffic. Damages due to flying debris are likely and construction workers are encouraged to secure construction sites. Higher sea levels are anticipated due to storm surge with the possibility of small boats being damaged or detached from the dock.

Temperatures are expected to dive to -19 deg F (-28.1 deg C) in the U.S., which is 14 deg F, (7.5 deg C) colder than the North Pole at the moment
A massive drop in temperature is expected in the coming days for most of the U.S. and Canada as temperatures are expected to dive to -19 deg F (-28.1 deg C) which will be considerably colder than the North Pole, which is currently basking at a -5 deg F, (-20.7 deg C) temperature.
Cities and towns in North Dakota and northern Minnesota could bottom out in the teens or 20s below zero Wednesday morning. It will feel even colder when the wind is factored in, and wind chills up to 30 degrees below zero are possible in parts of the Northern Plains. Lows in the teens are forecast in the southern Great Lakes and Ohio Valley by midweek. Morning lows in the 20s are forecast in the mid-South and coastal parts of the Northeast by the middle of this week.

Heatwave? Hikers are rescued from the Tasmanian wilderness suffering from hypothermia after enduring freezing temperatures, thick snow and 100kph winds.
Kitchen Hut, Cradle Mountain, Tasmania ABC

Thick snow and freezing temperatures are the last thing you would expect when going for a walk in the Australian summer, especially with most parts of Australia suffering a + 40 deg C, (+ 104 deg F) heatwave and most of the east coast suffering unprecedented wildfires, however, rescue crews have recovered three hikers from the Tasmanian wilderness suffering from hypothermia after enduring freezing temperatures, thick snow and 100kph winds. The trio had been sheltering in Kitchen Hut, see the picture above, in the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park.

Tropical Cyclone 06A is heading to the area where unprecedented rainfall has recently killed hundreds in Eastern and Central Africa where already one million people are displaced 

Tropical Cyclone 06A will continue to track southwestward before making landfall Thursday evening. Its winds are then expected to quickly diminish to less than 30 mph as it moves across the area immediately north of Somalia’s capital city, Mogadishu, the storm is expected to bring torrential rain to an area of the world which is suffering unprecedented flooding, with hundreds dead and one million displaced from flooding earlier in the month. Another tropical system is forming south of the equator and is expected to impact northern Madagaskar.

Storm Ezekiel: Severe weather for the Western United States has transformed to precipitation in the East: Record amounts of snow dumped over parts of U.S.
With the addition of the new snow we picked up the week of Thanksgiving, Great Falls has now set a new record for snowfall in a calendar year! Great Falls has now seen 119.3" of snow since January 1st, which is more than the previous record of 116.5", set back in 1989. That's nearly double the normal yearly average, which is 63.5" inches. We've still got the whole month of December to go, which means we'll likely see that total rise a bit before the year wraps up. 3KRTV Record-Breaking Snowstorm Buried Twin Ports Over Thanksgiving Weekend when a snowstorm dumped more than 20 inches of snow on Northern Wisconsin.  

Unprecedented rainfall kills hundreds in Central Africa with nearly one million displaced and thousands of hectares flooded: Rainfall 300% above average
 An incredible downpour delivered two years of rainfall in just one day on the small East African nation of Djibouti as East Africa continues to suffer astonishing downpours which started in October. Apparently, rainfall from October to mid-November has been up to 300% above average in the Horn of Africa region affecting more than 250,000 people.
Meanwhile, flooding in nearby Kenya has affected more than 160,000 people since the onset of the rains in October, according to the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS). 

It's beginning to look like Christmas: Snow, rain and cold records tumble in the U.S. with Hundreds of Thanksgiving records smashed.
It's beginning to look like Christmas: Snow, rain and cold records tumble in the U.S. with Hundreds of Thanksgiving records smashed.
Mike and Paula Williams, the owners of EagleSong Family Peony Farm near Anchorage Alaska, have lived in their patch of land west of the Susitna River for 26 years, but they'd never experienced a snowfall quite like this. 46 inches of snow fell in the 36 hours they recorded - a half of a foot more than their previous unofficial record set back in 1994. The snowfall was so dramatic, they couldn't record it all with one yardstick. KTUU

Drought-hit South Africa is bracing itself for a fresh heatwave leaving farmers to worry about the effect on this season's crops with some areas hitting mid-40s C (113 deg F)

Drought-hit South Africa is bracing itself for a fresh heatwave leaving farmers to worry about the effect on this season's crops, which has a familiar ring to stories from all around the world in 2019. According to Saw's many parts of the country reached temperatures in the mid-40s (113 deg F) which are abnormally high temperatures. The South African Weather Service (SAWS) says the heatwave conditions persisting throughout the country are set to continue until next week Tuesday.

Storm Ezekiel with the strength of a hurricane, Winter Storm Dorothy and the East Coast Cyclone wallop most of the U.S. leaving many not feeling very thankful
Records are being smashed as a series of winter storms are making their way across the country and are expected to make travel conditions challenging, if not impossible, this Thanksgiving weekend.
In the West, a historically powerful and rare mid-latitude cyclone that developed over the Pacific on Tuesday, Nov. 26 has made landfall over southern Oregon and Northern California. This large low-pressure system developed rapidly, dropping more than 24 millibars, a measure of atmospheric pressure, over 24 hours—the lower the pressure, the stronger the storm. 

Ex-tropical storm Sebastien has transitioned into an overnight and is now re-organizing and is expected to bring severe winds into Ireland and southern England tonight and tomorrow morning along with the next batch of torrential rain which is expected to cause more flooding. The new threat comes just hours after rains of "historic" intensity hit France and Italy once again with almost half a year's rainfall in 48 hours.  Many parts of France and Italy are once again flooded after a 'historic' amount of rain hit Western Europe once again over the weekend. In France, four people died after massive flooding that has hit southeastern France since Friday, causing major damage in the region.

Greece joins the list of European flooding casualties: Deadly storm Gyrionis brings scenes of destruction with heavy rainfall and gale-force southern winds

The Greek Coast Guard said on Monday that two people were killed after their moored sailing boat sank in Antirio town, western Greece, amid severe weather. Thunderstorms swept Greece over the weekend causing flooding and disruption to sea transports. The storm Gyrionis created havoc in towns across the country. In Kineta, south of Athens, the Fire Service evacuated dozens of people from flooded homes. Heavy rain and debris have shut down both the Athens-Corinth highway, near Elefsina, and the old road connecting the two cities. Authorities say the highway to Athens was expected to open later in the morning.

Rains of "historic" intensity (the new buzz phrase in Western Europe) hit France and Italy once again with almost half a year's rainfall in 48 hours: Venice once again underwater
Credit French civil defence (securite civile) November 24, 2019, shows an aerial view of flooded areas following heavy rains in Le Luc, southeastern France.

 Many parts of France and Italy are once again flooded after a 'historic' amount of rain hit Western Europe once again over the weekend. In France, four people died after massive flooding that has hit southeastern France since Friday, causing major damage in the region, local authorities said. The historic Italian city of Venice is once again underwater just a week after the high tides caused its highest flooding on record.

The saturated and flood weary people of the UK and Western Europe brace for the next storm as extra-tropical system Sebastien is set to roll in on Tuesday
The saturated and flood weary people of the UK and Western Europe are in for more trouble as the next massive low-pressure system, ex-tropical storm Sebastien will roll into the region by Tuesday.
According to Severe Weather EuropeSebastien will begin deepening again and intensifying into a strong extra-tropical cyclone moving towards western Europe. It is now increasingly likely to deliver a severe windstorm and major waves into parts of S British Isles and NW France. Sebastien is now being affected by around 40 knots of deep-layer shear and cool sea surface waters of around 20 °C and will behave as an extra-tropical system today. 

An incredible amount of rainfall! 400 mm of rain in less than 48 hours (50% of the yearly average) to fall on parts of France and Italy this weekend
According to Severe Weather Europe, a large cyclone which is producing an intense windstorm across the Bay of Biscay today will become larger in size while moving into France. Strong southerlies will deliver huge amounts of very moist and unusually warm air mass from the Mediterranean northwards into the threat area. Forecast models are in very good agreement an extreme amount of rainfall will result, locally exceeding 400 mm of rain in less than 48 hours (50% of the yearly average) in the SE area! Significant flooding is expected. Various models are in very good agreement developing an intense rainfall event, with strongly enhanced orographic rainfall across the higher terrain of SE France and the western Alps, including NW Italy and NW Apennines. Combined with convective storms closer to the Mediterranean sea, very high rainfall sums are expected. 

It started raining in Sept and hasn't stopped since: Half the average rainfall of November falls in the last 24 hours causing the Met Office to issue another 45 flood alerts in the UK
Map Met Office showing torrential rainfall over the UK
The United Kingdom is once again being drenched with torrential rain as half of the average rainfall of November has fallen in the last 24 hours causing the Met Office to issue another 45 flood alerts to a very weary population.
The Met Office is expecting heavy rain and strong winds throughout Saturday and into Sunday, with 48-hour weather warnings currently in place for the south-west of England as of this morning.

Venice braces for more devastating flooding today: Almost 150 flood warnings across Britain after more heavy rain: Heavy snowstorms cause havoc across the southeast of France
The NOAA-20 satellite captured this image of Venice, Italy, on Nov. 14, 2019, after devastating floods disrupted essential services and seasonal tourism within the city. A local ordinance declared a state of emergency for the city and suspension of municipal services after Venice experienced a tide of 70 inches on the evening of Nov. 12. On Nov. 14, the Tidal Forecast and Reporting Center of Venice tweeted that it was experiencing a 47-inch tide at 10:36 a.m. local time and that they expect a tide of nearly five feet for Friday at 11:20 a.m. due to sirocco winds (hot, humid winds from Northern Africa) coming across the Adriatic Sea. The Tide Bulletin in Venice added that “abundant rainfall in the central-northern areas on Friday will give way to possible cyclonic precipitation on Saturday; the evolution of exact weather patterns remains uncertain.” 

Brutal Arctic Cold Surge Arrives Ready To Shatter Hundreds Of Mid-November Records In Most Part Of The U.S. (More Crops In Danger!)
An unprecedented powerful arctic cold front is plunging through the U.S. and will deliver the coldest air of the season to the central, southern and eastern United States, shattering scores of mid-November records in the process. The front was nosediving on Monday night through Texas, the Lower Mississippi Valley and the Tennessee Valley.
Earlier Reuters reported, every state east of the Mississippi River, with the exception of Florida, is expected to see at least one record-cold temperature through Wednesday, said Alex Lamers, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. “We’re seeing the potential for a freeze all the way down to the central Gulf Coast region, from Texas eastward,” he said by telephone from the National Weather Service Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland.

It started raining at the end of September and hasn't stopped since: Coincident? U.S. UK and Western Europe enduring their wettest year ever
The rain started in late September with Storm Lorenzo which brought strong winds to the west of Ireland before crossing the UK on 3rd October. Lorenzo was a mid-Atlantic hurricane but weakened rapidly as it tracked north-east past the Azores toward the west coast of Ireland. The storm followed a spell of unsettled wet weather across England and Wales during late-September causing disruption and flooding. Torrential downpours across parts of Wales, the Midlands and southern England on 1st of October also brought localised flooding and disruption, it has continued to rain in some areas since then with hardly a pause

Another Arctic Surge to Deliver Record breaking Mid-November Cold Next Week to Most of The U.S. Forecasters Expect Cold to Break 170 records
According to NOAA, October 2019 was rather cool across the contiguous U.S., ending as the coldest October in a decade. The nation’s soggy streak also continued, with a record-wet year to date. It is about to get worse. 
Next week's Arctic blast will be so cold, forecasters expect it to break 170 records across the US.
"The National Weather Service is forecasting 170 potential daily record cold high temperatures Monday to Wednesday,” tweeted Weather Channel meteorologist Jonathan Erdman. "A little taste of January in November." The temperature nosedive will be a three-day process as a cold front will charge across the central and eastern U.S. from Sunday into Tuesday. 

A “historic winter storm," bringing heavy snow and record cold to parts of western US! Frosty mornings and temperatures well below average in Europe next week
Photo KRTV.com
After a historic wet year in parts of the US, early winter is in place in other parts. The northern Rockies were blasted with the first big snowstorm of the season, which the National Weather Service forecasted as a “historic winter storm." Winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories were still in effect for parts of the northern Rockies, Cascades, and the Sierra Nevada early on Sunday morning as snow continued to fall. Highways across northwestern Montana experienced reduced visibility due to blowing and drifting snow over the weekend reports Accu Weather.

August heat records tumble in Phoenix Arizona as the mercury nudges toward 122 deg F (50 deg C)
Phoenix has broken another record - and not the good kind.
The National Weather Service tweeted that Phoenix had broken its heat record for Aug. 20 on Tuesday afternoon, reaching a high of 113 deg F (45 deg C) just after 2 p.m.
The previous record was 112 deg F (44.4 deg C) in 1986.
Isaac Smith, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, told The Arizona Republic that the unusually high temperatures were due to a high-pressure system.
Smith said this was the second time Phoenix saw record-breaking heat this month, with the previous being on Aug. 5 with a high of 115 deg F (46 deg C), breaking the previous 114-degree record high in 1969.

Huge storms across the planet cause chaos this weekend: Nearly 200 dead! Tornadoes in Europe: China hit by third-largest typhoon in its history: 107 dead in India
Credit Getty Images, Super typhoon Lekima makes China landfall this weekend.
Just a couple of weeks after a historic, record-breaking heatwave devasted Europe, a very rare summer storm has battered Europe this weekend.
Huge storms across the planet this weekend have been astonishing.
Very rare in Europe but increasing yearly, tornadoes raged from Luxembourg to Amsterdam causing chaos. In Alkmaar, just north of, Amsterdam home of The Big Wobble, the city's football team, AZ Alkmaar will be needing another venue in the coming weeks after part of the stadium roof collapsed due to the powerful winds.

"Throwing cold water on extreme heat hype," Just what are we to make of the weather?
Dr Joel N. Myers, AccuWeather Founder and CEO posted a very interesting piece on his website yesterday which got me thinking.
His post, "Throwing cold water on extreme heat hype," explained why he thought naming heatwaves in the same manner we name winter storms was a bad idea.
He claimed average temperatures have been higher in recent years but there is no evidence so far that extreme heatwaves are becoming more common because of climate change, especially when you consider how many heatwaves occurred historically compared to recent history.

North America's strange and bizarre summer continues: A new record low is broken as Minnesota drops to 37 degrees F, (2.5 deg C)
The crazy weather affecting the US in 2010 continues when a new daily low-temperature record was set in International Falls, where the mercury dipped to 37 degrees F, (2.5 deg C), breaking the record (38 degrees) set back in 1898.
The low temperature recorded in Minnesota on Tuesday morning is around 20 deg F cooler than it should be this time of the year.
Temperatures in the area don’t typically reach the 30s until late September, early October. Just 10 days ago, a  dangerous and deadly heatwave gripped more than half of the U.S.

A gargantuan heatwave hunkered down over the central and eastern United States on Saturday: Gripping more than half of the U.S.
A dangerous and deadly heatwave is gripping nearly more than half of the U.S.
Tens of millions are set to broil in record-setting high temperatures this weekend, with heat advisories or warnings in effect from the Midwest to much of the East Coast.
The heatwave is already blamed for at six least deaths.
Temperatures are expected to range from the mid-'90s to the triple digits, with the heat index making it feel as hot as 100 to 115 degrees (46 deg C).

Over 100 killed with many missing along with millions displaced from floods in India, Nepal and Bangladesh: Deadly monsoon-induced disasters
Floods have forced more than three million people from their homes across north and northeastern India, officials said on Monday, as the death toll in neighbouring Nepal and low-lying Bangladesh rose to 76 after days of heavy monsoon rains.
Worst affected is the northern Indian state of Bihar, where some 1.9 million people have fled their homes due to rising waters, a state government release said.
Television channels showed roads and railway lines in Bihar submerged, with people wading through chest-high, brown, churning waters, carrying their belongings on their heads.

More than one million people in Japan have been ordered to leave their homes amid warnings of landslides and floods.
More than one million people in Japan have been ordered to leave their homes amid warnings of landslides and floods.
Residents of the island of Kyushu were told to 'take steps to protect their lives' due to the heavy rain in the area.
One elderly woman in Kagoshima city died after a mudslide hit her home.
The entire populations of Kagoshima city, Kirishima and Aira were ordered to leave, while another 930,000 people in the south of the island were also advised to evacuate.
One woman in an evacuation centre told NKH: 'I live alone next to a river, and it's scary to think of water rising', while another described the volume of rain as 'terrible'.

After turbulent storms, floods, giant hailstone showers and lightning, sometimes all during the same day Europe is set to suffer a deadly heatwave
Intense heat is forecast across much of Continental Europe over the coming days.
Temperatures are expected to peak at close to 40°C on Thursday in Paris.
And it is unclear how long this heat wave will last.
June is typically a month of gentle warmth in Europe, marking the beginning of summer.
However, this year's June has been anything but gentle.
There have been turbulent storms, floods, giant hailstone showers and lightning - and sometimes all during the same day.
And now the thermometer is set to dramatically shoot up with an abnormally early heatwave forecast for next week.

The US suffered its 2nd wettest May ever and the wettest 12 month period ever with some cities suffering almost double the yearly average
As the disastrous summer continues for many parts of the US last month has been declared the 2nd wettest May ever.
While the continental United States recorded its wettest 12-month period in recorded history this year, historic flooding and record-shattering rainfall amount landed May 2019 as the second-wettest month in the United States according to a report by Accuweather.
Precipitation across the contiguous U.S. that accumulated over the June 2018 to May 2019 12-month period shattered the previous record for any 12-month period with 37.68 inches, 7.73 inches above average.
"The previous June-May record was 35.47 inches and occurred from June 1982 to May 1983.

Temperature humans shouldn't have to endure: Deadly heatwave in northern India climbs above the 50 deg C 122 deg F mark triggering warnings of water shortages and heatstroke
Temperatures in northern India have risen above 50 deg C, 122 deg F as the 2019 heatwave ramps up before the monsoon rain arrives.
A temperature of 50.6 deg C, 123 deg F was recorded in the Rajasthan city of Churu this weekend which is just .4 deg C short of India's highest ever recorded temp in 2016.
According to Yahoo.com, the heatwave has triggered warnings of water shortages and heatstroke.
All of Rajasthan suffered in severe heat with several cities hitting maximum temperatures above 47 Celsius.

A maximum temperature of 47-degree C, (117 deg F) in India's capital Delhi Friday, which residents had to endure with poor air quality from major pollutants
The national capital Friday sweltered under heat wave conditions with the mercury rising to the season's high of 44.8 degrees Celsius.
The city recorded a low of 28.4 degrees Celsius.
Humidity levels oscillated between 20 and 59 per cent.
The weather stations at Ayanagar and Palam recorded the mercury at 46 and 46.2 degrees Celsius respectively.
Private agency Skymet Weather showed the maximum temperature touched the 47-degree mark in the diplomatic enclave of Chanakyapuri.
The severe heat wave at isolated pockets reported in the Delhi-NCR region," the India Meteorological Department said.
The city is likely to record a high of 45 degrees Celsius and a low of 29 degrees Celsius on Saturday.

A warning of what's to come? Summertime kicks off in the Northern Hemisphere with Southwest US, Japan India and Pakistan all breaking heat-related-records
All-time high-temperature records were broken on Sunday in Japan as temperatures soared over 38 C (100 F).
Summerlike temperatures took over Japan on Sunday with temperatures rising to 39.5 C (103 F) on the island of Hokkaido, according to the Japanese Meteorological Agency.
This was the first time the temperature has ever risen past 38 C (100.4 F) in Hokkaido.
This high temperature also broke the record for the hottest temperature during the month of May in all of Japan.

More misery for the Mid-West with more record-breaking floods inundating parts of central US as the relentless deluge continues
Image sott.net

2019 has already been declared the worst agricultural disaster in modern American history with catastrophic flooding, which NOAA warns will continue through to the end of May and into June.
More record-breaking floods are inundating parts of central US as the relentless deluge continues.
Evacuations are underway as flooding is impacting areas across Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois and parts of Nebraska and Iowa.

Bizarre! NOAA puts strange positive spin on "drought free" US, with no mention of unprecedented flooding affecting farmers as April is crowned 2nd warmest ever
As many areas in the Midwest and the western U.S. are still experiencing snow with winter still biting well into May.
Thousands of American farmers are still unable to plant their crops due to saturated soil from record rain and snowfall with planting still remaining behind schedule in 17 of 18 key states for both corn and soybean compared to their 2014-2018 averages.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), however, has put a positive spin on the national disaster by claiming, "The U.S. moved closer to being drought-free in April," in its monthly evaluation of weather across the United States.

State of emergency for Canada with some water levels expected once every 1,000 years and the worst is yet to come in unprecedented flooding
Flood-weary communities in Manitoba, New Brunswick, Ontario, and Quebec are preparing for a critical weekend as rising water levels force thousands to evacuate their homes. Rain is expected in Ontario's cottage country, stretching east into Quebec and Atlantic Canada. Montreal, Ottawa and many smaller communities have declared states of emergency, prompting the federal government to deploy hundreds of soldiers to help with sandbagging and other relief operations. "We're all just putting our shoulder to the wheel in the most effective way, to make sure that the personnel and the resources are available to fight the immediate disaster," Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said. But worried residents are watching as water levels rise fast, with little respite in sight.

India and Pakistan horror! More than hundred dead along with hundreds injured after powerful storms unleashed dust, lightning, hail, rain and high winds
After enduring a heatwave of temperatures in the mid forty deg C for the last month, more than 100 people are dead in India and Pakistan after powerful storms unleashed dust, lightning, hail, rain and high winds.
The Times of India reported that at least 64 people had died during severe thunderstorms in India.
Most of those died from lightning strikes or electrocution.
Homes were damaged, trees uprooted and power lines knocked down in Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Rajasthan states.
There was also reported the damage to crops by heavy rains and hail.

Wesley is set to be one of the heaviest April snowstorms on record as a very miserable start to 2019 continues across the US
It is set to be a record-setter, storm Wesley is set to be one of the heaviest April snowstorms on record according to the Weather Channell.
Wesley is an intense winter storm taking aim at the Plains and upper Midwest.
More than a foot of snow is likely in parts of the Plains and upper Midwest.
Blizzard warnings have been issued in the Plains from Wednesday into early Friday.
This includes areas still dealing with flooding, including parts of the Missouri Valley.

2019 set to be a record year for flooding as mind-boggling-statistics blow away previous records for many countries and we are only into April
More than 2 months' worth of rain in just 8 hours as Brazil is the latest victim of severe floods which hit Rio de Janeiro yesterday.
Torrential rain left at least 10 people dead in Rio de Janeiro, officials said Tuesday, as emergency workers rescued people trapped by the downpour and clean-up efforts gathered pace.
The unusually heavy rain began Monday evening and continued into Tuesday, triggering widespread flash flooding that turned some streets into raging rivers, toppled trees and swept away cars as the state emergency agency declared a crisis.
The southern zone of the city, which includes the tourist hot-spots Copacabana and Ipanema as well as several impoverished favela areas, has been hardest hit.

At least 62 dead: Tens of thousands of people displaced: Almost 100,000 homes damaged or destroyed: 36% of Iran's roads damaged after floods
An Iranian state-linked charity says more than 25,000 homes have been destroyed in flash floods across Iran amid what authorities said were the heaviest rains recorded in the past decade.
At least 62 people have been killed since March 19, according to official figures, in floods that swept northern, central, and southern Iran and spread to western and southwestern parts of the country in recent days. Thousands of people from scores of villages and towns have been evacuated across the country as forecasters predicted more heavy rains in the next two days.

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

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.