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Extreme Rain Events Devastate Large Parts of China

Posted by feww on July 14, 2010

More than two months of extreme rain, flooding, landslides in China affect tens of millions of people

Hundreds, most probably thousands have been killed, millions of hectares of cropland destroyed, tens of millions of people have lost their homes and livelihoods.

Extreme Rain in China

Image created using data from the Multisatellite Precipitation Analysis at GSFC, which is  calibrated by the TRMM satellite, acquired July 6 – 12, 2010. Source: NASA E/O.  Click image to enlarge.

End of the Line!

Buses are blocked on a waterlogged street in Wuhan, capital of central China’s Hubei Province, July 13, 2010. (Xinhua/Chen Zhuo). Image may be subject to copyright. See fair use notice.

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Landslides Leave 55 Dead or Missing in Tajikistan

Posted by feww on May 8, 2010

Landslide and floods triggered by torrential rains kill at least 15, leave 40 missing, cause $100million damage

Torrential rains caused the Tebalei River to burst its banks resulting in widespread flooding and landslides, destroying 12 bridges, severely damaging at least 1,500 residential units in several districts of the southern Khatlon region. Many roads were destroyed by the floodwater, which also inundated fields and devastated 2,500 hectares of crop fields.

“Preliminary reports estimate the damage at over 100 million dollars. Russian servicemen from a Russian military base deployed in Tajikistan are rendering assistance in rescue operations.” Moscow Times reported.

US Govt Political Map of Tajikistan. Approximate location of the affected area is marked by Fire-Earth.

The causalities from flooding and mudslides in Tajikistan stands at 15 dead, with 40 people still missing, the republic’s Emergencies Ministry said in a statement.

Up to 100 people are believed to have been injured, and many others are reported on rooftops awaiting evacuation.

The area was devastated by a large quake measuring 8.0Mw, which struck on October 21, 1907 killing an estimated 12,000 people.

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Mudslides, floods in southern Tajikistan kill 16, 40 reported missing

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FLOODING: Kentucky governor declares a state of emergency

Posted by feww on May 4, 2010

Southern U.S. struck by deadly thunderstorms, tornados and flash floods since weekend, 25 dead

Kentucky  Governor Steve Beshear declared a state of emergency afetr  four people died in weather-related accidents on Monday.

“I urge individuals who encounter high waters to use extreme caution and avoid unnecessary contact with flood waters if at all possible,” he said in a statement.

Meanwhile President Obama signed a disaster declaration for Alabama on Monday, in response to the damage caused by tornados and flooding in two counties, the White House said.

Parts of downtown Nashville had to be evacuated Monday as Cumberland River overflowed after 2 days of violent thunderstorms, which triggered an extreme rain event.

At least 25 people have been killed in storm and flooding-related incidents throughout Tennessee, Kentucky and Mississippi.

The flooding Cumberland River that snakes through Nashville forced schools, offices, bars and clubs to shut down. About 1,500 tourists had to be evacuated from the famed Opryland hotel, where the floodwater reached the second in several wings of the building. Photo: AFP. Image may be subject to copyright.

At least 33cm (13 inches) of of rain fell in Nashville over the weekend, almost double the previous record of 17cm that fell in 1979 when Hurricane Fredrick struck.

One of Nashville’s two water treatment plants was submerged in floodwater, and Mayor Karl Dean urged  residents to cut their water use by 50 percent “using it only for drinking and cooking, or risk contamination of the city’s drinking water.” A report said.

The storm cut power lines leaving thousands of residents without electricity.

Meanwhile, about 13cm (5 inches) of rain fell over parts of Alabama overnight, causing extensive flooding As much as 5 inches of rain fell over some parts of Alabama overnight, causing flooding of roads in the Alexander City area in east central Alabama.

Roger McNeil of the National Weather Service in Mobile said Monday the worst flooding was , where there were reports of police having to rescue people from cars in flooded roads. There were no reports of any some areas.

Police reported many people caught in their cars on flooded roads, which had to be rescued. There was no report of fatality or injury.

2010 could prove to be one of the deadliest and costliest years on record for storms, flooding, landslide and other human-enhanced disasters. —Fire-Earth

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Landslide kills at least 10 in Kenya

Posted by feww on April 30, 2010

Kenyan landslide kills at least 10, many  reported missing

A landslide triggered by extreme rain killed 10 people in western Kenya,  the Kenya Red Cross (KRC)  reported.

The latest deaths raised the the number of victims killed by floods and landslides in Keny to 100 since January, KRC said.

At least 10 bodies have been recovered from a landslide disaster area in Kitony Village, Kaben Location, Tot Division in Marakwet East District.

It is feared that some people are still buried in the landslide. Kenya Red Cross Society team from North Rift Region is assisting the villages to dig into the mud. At least 10 people with critical head injuries are expected to be flown from the area for further treatment.

“Ten bodies have been retrieved from the landslide scene and 10 other people have been injured,” Nelly Muluka, communications officer for KRC, told Reuters by telephone.

“It is feared that some people have been buried in the landslide but we don’t know how many, maybe dozens,” she said.


Georgia landslide damaged Russian gas pipeline to Armenia

“Georgia has suspended the transit of Russian natural gas through Georgian territory today following landslides that reportedly damaged the pipeline carrying it to Armenia, RFE/RL’s Armenian Service reports.

“Georgian media reported that the landslides caused by heavy rains occurred in a mountainous area close to the Russian border. The head of Georgia’s National Oil and Gas Corporation, Zurab Janjgava, said repairs on the damaged section of the pipeline have begun and will take two or three days.” More …

Landslide in Bogota destroys houses, traps people under the rubble

A Landslide triggered by heavy rains destroyed at least a dozen houses, leaving many people trapped under the rubble. A second landslide, which occurred shortly after, trapped soldiers  who had come to the rescue of the first wave of victims.

At least 20,000 people have been left homeless Colombia since the country’s rainy season started, with 88 municipalities across 22 departments affected by the extreme weather events. The death toll stands at 8, as of posting.

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Rhode Island: Step Nearer Collapse?

Posted by feww on April 2, 2010

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Storm, Rain, Flooding and Unemployment

The ultimate cost of damage in RI could reach a billion, or more, but the military needs the money in Afghanistan.

Unemployment stood near 14 percent even before the deluge began. Many more people now fear losing their jobs and livelihood in the aftermath of the disaster.

President Barracks Obama has already declared a major disaster in all but one Rhode Island county.

The impact of worst flooding in the state’s history, however, may prove a lot costlier than money can afford. How many more seasons like this could Rhode Island survive the collapse?

U.S., the world, stake their future on High-Energy Strategies. Energy models’ simulations show all such strategies end in collapse. EDRO

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Landslide News

Posted by feww on April 1, 2010

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Frequency of landslide events increasing at an alarmingly accelerated rate

Middletown, Connecticut

About 100 feet of a parking lot of an  apartment complex fell into the river prompting the evacuation of 50 residents. A mudslide exposed the foundation of the block.

Maine, USA.

A substantial landslide caused a large chunk of land to slide from a steep embankment in Winslow, Kennebec County, Maine, USA. Mature trees that used to stand there now sticking up in the middle of the river.

New Hampshire

A landslide occurred in Greenville, New Hampshire, on Wednesday evening, the Fire Chief said, as a result of which a large chink of land fell into Souhegan River.

Landslide closes section of bikepath in Amherst, N.Y.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park,  North Carolina

A landslide in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park disrupted traffic on U.S. 441, the main highway over the mountains, about one mile south of the Tennessee-North Carolina line, AP reported.

East Tennessee has also experienced several recent rock and landslides, the report said.

“There have been four other landslides in the region: a major one in Maggie Valley that forced an evacuation of several homes, one that took out a road and a lot in the Water Dance development in Jackson County, one that took out a road and a lot in the Wildflower development in Macon County, and one in Macon County that could be partly to blame for destabilizing a home foundation.” Said a report.

Orange County, California

The two transition roads that were shut down on February 18, after a massive landslide dropped tons of earth and rocks on the roads were reopened, Caltrans officials said.

The westbound 10 connector to the northbound 57 freeway and the northbound 71 connector to the northbound 57 were blocked and Caltrans had to remove about 100,000 cubic meters of earth at a cost of $3.5 million to reopen them.

“The slope has been sprayed with a seed mix to make the slope look a little better and will provide for erosion control,” a Caltrans official  said.

Two killed in Cacuaco landslide

Two Angolan workers were killed in a landslide in Cacuaco district, Luanda, Angop reported.

The accident reportedly occurred when seven workers were repairing the main road in Cacuaco.

“The two workers got buried when part of the hill crumbled down and the SNB team found them already dead,” an official said.

The Lembah Anai tourist resort in West Sumatra has been struck by flooding and landslide.

Disaster Mitigation Agency coordinator in west Sumatra, Ade Edward, said landslides had struck at least 15 areas. “They damaged four houses and dozens of cars, but fortunately there were no casualties,” he said.

Parts of the highway were washed away after the Batang Anai River burst its banks. “The Batang Anai waterfall in the tourist resort, meanwhile, discharged three times its normal volume of water, carrying with it mud and rocks.”

Flooding also  severely damaged a nearby bridge, the report said.

3 Miners killed in Goldmine Collapse

Three miners died after a landslide blocked a tunnel in Itogon town in Benguet in northern Philippines, police said.

Passenger rail service restored after mudslide

“A mudslide Thursday about a mile north of Mukilteo covered one of the two main rail tracks through the area. Crews cleared the slide – which was 2 feet deep and about 50 feet long – later that day but the railway required a 48-hour waiting period before resuming passenger service to ensure safe operating conditions.”

Mudslide closes train tracks near Iowa prison in Fort Madison

A mudslide a few blocks from the Iowa State Penitentiary was discovered  by a train engineer. “The mud from a steep bluff covered at least 300 feet of track and was six to 10 feet deep.”

2 women buried alive in mudslide in Mahottari

“Two women were killed and 21 others injured when they were buried in a mudslide from a cliff at Hattilet-1 in Mahottari district on Friday.”  Mahottari is a part of Janakpur Zone, one of Nepal ‘s seventy-five districts.

Mudslide closes part of Hwy 30 (Oregon)

“A hillside broke loose after heavy rains, sending mud sliding onto Highway 30 and partially closing the road near St. Johns Bridge in North Portland on Wednesday, according to ODOT.”

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Homes On The Edge; Endangered By Mud Slide

A mudslide has closed a several lanes of Martin Way in Olympia, Washington

A mudslide covered all the Hudson Line tracks

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Snow, Dust, Rain and Fire

Posted by feww on March 6, 2010

Snow Blanketed Missouri to Canada

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True-color image captured by MODIS on NASA’s Aqua satellite on March 4, 2010. Credit: NASA

Middle East Covered by Sand Storms

Dust was still blowing over the Middle East on March 4, 2010,  when NASA’s MODIS captured this true-color image.  A 100-km wide sand plume extends from Saudi Arabia across southeastern Kuwait and into Iran. Credit: NASA

Heavy Rain in Queensland, Australia

A monsoon low-pressure system moved into Queensland, Australia  in late February and early March 2010, inundating a vast expanse of land with some areas reporting heaviest rainfall in 100 years. Color-coded image shows estimated rainfall amounts from February 24 to March 2, 2010. Amounts less than 50 millimeters appear in pale green, more than 450 millimeters  in dark blue. Image used measurements from many satellites and was calibrated with rainfall measurements from the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellite. Credit: NASA. Caption edited by FEWW

Widespread Fires, Smoke-filled Skies Across SEA

The skies over Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam were smoke-filled on March 5, 2010, when NASA’s MODIS captured this image. Hundreds of active fires in the region are outlined in red. Small fires are often lit by farmers to burn off stubble and weeds, while larger fires generating thick smoke plumes may be forest-clearing fires. Credit: NASA

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Floods Kill 32 on Portuguese Island of Madeira

Posted by feww on February 21, 2010

Storm, Floods, Mudslides Target another Popular Tourist Destination

Heavy Storm, Extreme Rain, Torrential Floods and Massive Mudslides Bring Disaster to Portugal’s Atlantic Island of Madeira

At least 32 people were killed and up to a 100 others injured on the island of Madeira after heavy storms brought a violent downpour to the Atlantic island, flooding the popular tourist destination the local government reported Saturday.

“The areas of Funchal and Ribeira Brava suffered from major floods and mudslides, and that’s where we have most of the 32 dead. Some people are also unaccounted for,” said Pedro Barbosa, deputy chief of the regional civil protection service in Madeira.

“Now the weather conditions have improved and we are starting to evaluate the damage,” he said, Reuters reported.

The rains caused large-scale flooding and massive mudslides throughout the island, blocking roads and forcing airports on the island to shut down.

The 120km-per-hour winds and floods uprooted trees, washed away bridges and roads, damaged or destroyed many homes and smashed dozens of cars on the island.

Funchal, the island’s capital (about 1,000km south of Portuguese capital, Lisbon), was probably the worst affected areas by the floods and mudslides in an unusually rainy February.

Cars are washed down a hillside by floodwaters near Funchal, the Madeira Island’s capital, Saturday, February 20, 2010. Photo: AP. image may be subject to copyright.

Saturday’s disaster was reportedly the deadliest on Madeira since October 1993, when storms and floods killed eight people.

NO GAS SOLD AT THIS STATION UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE! [Original caption: A man looks on with a camera while floodwaters flow through a gas station and the streets of downtown Funchal, Madeira February 20, 2010.  Credit: REUTERS/Duarte Sa. Image may be subject to copyright.

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Ongoing Seismicity, More Avalanches in Calif, Alaska

Posted by feww on February 19, 2010

Old Hazards Enhanced by ‘New’ Factors

Persistent low-level seismicity, extreme rain events in California and Alaska increases the frequency of avalanches, landslides

Just days after an avalanche in Alaska killed the President of ConocoPhillips Alaska operations and left his top financial aide missing, another avalanche closed the only highway between Anchorage and the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska a few hours ago,  KTUU reported.

The avalanche piled snow as much as 20 feet high in some places (Rich Jordan/KTUU-DT). Image may be subject to copyright. see Fair Use notice. Click image to enlarge.

In California, “the transition roads from the westbound Interstate 10 and northbound 71 Freeway to the northbound 57 Freeway” were shut down by Caltrans down after an entire hillside collapsed onto traffic lanes below, Daily Press reported.

The clean up may take up to a week as rain is expected over the weekend, California Highway Patrol officials were reported as saying.

Caltrans officials view a landslide that covered the connector road from the westbound 10 Freeway to the northbound 57 Freeway in San Dimas on Thursday (local time). (Keith Durflinger/Staff Photographer).  Image may be subject to copyright. see Fair Use notice.

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More Rain in the West, Snow in the East

Posted by feww on February 9, 2010

Another storm is expected to hit Southern California today

More rain would spell more mudslides and misery for the hill side communities in California.  The new system is likely to move in Tuesday with a 40% chance of showers starting Tuesday afternoon, lasting into Wednesday, the National Weather Service (NWS) said.

The storm is expected to be less severe than the ones that buffeted the area on Friday and Saturday, triggering mudslides which caused much destruction in the  foothills communities of the San Gabriel Mountains.

Forecasters say the coastal and valley areas should expect about  1.5cm (1/2 inch) of rain, with up to 4cm (1 1/2 inches)  in the mountains areas Tuesday through Wednesday.

So far about 31cm (12 inches) of rain has fallen in downtown Los Angeles, compared with a norm of 21cm (8 inches) during this time of year, NWS said.

Weather Forecast  (Click Images to enlarge and update)

Winter Weather Advisory

Storm Warning from NWS

As of posting, a winter storm warning is in effect for the following counties

  • In Oklahoma: Adair, Sequoyah and Le Flore.
  • In Arkansas: Benton, Sebastian, Washington, Carroll, Madison, Crawford and Franklin.

Winter storm will continue to impact much of the mid south tonight.

Snow will continue mainly north of a Wynne Arkansas to Lexington,  Tennessee line tonight. A mixture of snow, sleet, and rain will continue along interstate 40 from Forrest City Arkansas to the Memphis metropolitan area to Jackson and Decaturville, Tennessee. Rain will occur across north Mississippi.

Current NWS Weather Hazard Warnings (U.S.)

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GOES IR Satellite image of N America. Click to enlarge and update.

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Mudslide, California 012010

Posted by feww on January 21, 2010

Storms, Tornadoes, Falling Trees, Heavy Rain, Flooding and Mudslides …

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California: Powerful new storm sails ashore

More Evacuations Ordered As New Storm Hits Calif

By Car, on Foot or in a Canoe

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Decadal Temp Avg Up by 74 pct on 1990s

Posted by feww on December 9, 2009

Average decadal temp rose by 74 percent compared with the 1990’s

Decadal temp average rose by 0.4ºC in the last decade (2000 – 2009) compared with 3 decades 1961 to 1990, while the 1990s decade was 0.23 degrees higher.

Global Annual Mean Surface Air Temperature Change
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Line plot of global mean land-ocean temperature index, 1880 to present. The dotted black line is the annual mean and the solid red line is the five-year mean. The green bars show uncertainty estimates. [This is an update of Fig. 1A in Hansen et al. (2006)] January-September (9 months) mean is used for 2009 data. Credit: NASA/GISS.

Annual Mean Temperature Change for Hemispheres

Annual and five-year running mean temperature changes for the northern (red) and southern (blue) hemispheres. Credit: NASA/GISS.

Annual Mean Temperature Change for Land and Ocean

Annual and five-year running mean temperature changes for the land (green) and ocean (purple). Credit: NASA/GISS.

Global Mean Surface Temperature vs. Year and Month

Diagram should be self-explanatory. Credit: NASA/GISS.

2009 Likely to Be Fifth Warmest Year  on Record

This year is set to be the fifth warmest, and this decade the hottest ever on record —WMO

WMO head Michel Jarraud, speaking in Copenhagen, said 2009 was likely to be the fifth warmest year on record, and the first decade of this century the hottest ever.  Referring to the world’s worst hotspots, he added that Australia had experienced its third warmest year since 1850, “with three exceptional heatwaves.”

“I could go on. There was the worst drought in five decades which affected millions of people in China, a poor monsoon season in India causing severe droughts, massive food shortages associated with a big drought in Kenya,” he said.

Jarraud also referred to extreme floods throughout the world, including the deluge  in Burkina Faso, which broke a 90-year record, as well as  the third lowest summer Arctic sea ice cover on record, marking the trend for the third consecutive year.

When will a new record be set?

1998 was the hottest year on record, which coincided with a powerful El Nino. 2009 saw a new El Nino developing.

“It’s getting warmer and warmer. The warming trend is increasing.” Jarraud said.  “Its just a matter of years before we break the [1998] record.”

“It’s difficult to say [when a new record will be set] because of the variability. The first time there will be a strong El Nino the temperature will be greater than before.”

“Jarraud rejected a ‘climategate’ row over leaked emails from Britain’s [rent-a-scientist] University of East Anglia Climatic Research Unit (CRU), which showed some scientists’ efforts to boost the credibility of climate change at the expense of skeptics.”

The WMO temperature analysis used two U.S. data sources, as well as the British CRU. “The three separately show almost identical results,” said Jarraud.

“The fact that the record for the hottest year has not been broken since 1998 has helped fuel arguments from a small minority of scientists that climate change may not be as severe as feared.” Reuters reported.

UK MetOffice Hadley Centre’s head, Vicky Pope said the temperatures had “climbed slightly” in the past decade. “There hasn’t been a cooling [since the 1998 record.]”

Analyzed on a decadal basis, the temperature rose by 0.4 degrees Celsius in the last decade (2000 – 2009) compared with the average in the three decades 1961 to 1990, while the 1990s decade was 0.23 degrees higher, according to Pope.

“Essentially what’s happened is we’ve gone into [a permanent?] El Niño,” she said.  [El Niño weather pattern can cause havoc in global weather system.]

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Drought and Deluge: Major Mechanisms Of Collapse

Posted by feww on December 5, 2009

Of the Visible Mechanisms of Collapse Drought and Deluge Are Among Leaders

For most everyone it would be difficult to imagine dealing with about 2,800 mm of rainfall in 6 months; however, many Filipinos experienced such catastrophic deluge caused by 12 storm between May and November 2009.

It’s not known whether the Island of Luzon would ever recover from the 2009 tropical cyclones, or how much worse the next few seasons could get.

The consensus among our colleagues at EDRO is that the mechanisms of collapse will intensify globally.

Brief History of 2009 Tropical Cyclones that affected The Philippines

  • May 2 and 3, 2009. Tropical Storm Kujira brought torrential rains which triggered floods in  southern Luzon (northeast and central Philippines).
  • May 7. Typhoon Chan-hom (“Emong”) struck the northwest coast of Luzon with more heavy rains and yet more flooding.
  • June 12 – 22 and June 23 – 25. Typhoon Linfa and Tropical Storm Nangka [“Feria”] passed over the Philippines triggering more heavy rains, floods, and landslides. Many tornadoes worsened the impact of Nangka.
  • July 10 – 11. Tropical Storm Soudelor [“Gorio”] reduced to a tropical depression, Soudelor moved close to northern Luzon, producing more than 330 mm of rainfall which triggered flash floods and landslides in a dozen villages.
  • July 16 – 18. Typhoon Molave [“Isang”] passed close to northern Philippines causing yet more flooding in the region.
  • August 1. Tropical Storm Goni (Jolina) affected about 120,000 people, with a dozen dead or missing in 120 villages, 25 towns and 5 cities.
  • August 3 – 11. Typhoon Morakot [“Kiko”] left ten villages in the Philippines,submerged in up to 2-meters of  floodwater after the Pinatubo Dike overflowed. Morakot dumped over 2,500 mm of rain over parts of Taiwan.
  • September 9, 2009 Tropical Storm Mujigae [“Maring”] was lurking around in Soth China Sea near western Luzon causing more rainfall.
  • September 11 – 13. Typhoon Koppu [“Nando”] caused a 48 hour downpour over parts of Luzon and a   24 hour rainfall over Visayas and Mindanao,as it enhanced the impact of the southwest monsoon.
  • September 26. Typhoon Ketsana [“Ondoy”] triggered Manila’s worst flooding in living memory.
  • October 1. Typhoon Parma followed quickly after, churning Manila to Vanilla.
  • Late October 2009. Typhoons Lupit and Mirinae left trails of destructioon in theier wakes.

Rainfall from Philippine Typhoons – NASA EO

This image illustrates the rainfall in the Philippines from 12 named storms between May and October in 2009. Two storms, Ketsana and Parma, brought unusually heavy flood-inducing rain within a two-week span at the end of September and early October. Image includes only the rain when each of the 12 storms were active. The heaviest rainfall, in excess of 2000 millimeters (80 inches), is shown in dark blue.

The data for the image came from the Multisatellite Precipitation Analysis, which calibrates rainfall estimates from many satellites using rainfall measurements from the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellite. NASA Earth Observatory image by Jesse Allen. Caption by Holli Riebeek. Acquired May 2, 2009 – November 2, 2009. Released December 5, 2009 [Edited by FEWW]

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The Day Temps Plunged by 22°C

Posted by feww on September 8, 2009

Temp in Paraguay capital Asuncion plunged from 35°C to 12°C.

As a ferocious storm devastated parts of  northern Argentina and southern Brazil, temperature in Paraguay capital Asuncion plunged from 35°C to 12°C.

power cut due to a heavy storm in Brazil
A traffic warden (C) stands in an intersection following a power cut due to a heavy storm in Brazil. Photo: AFP. Image may be subject to copyright.

Winds of 120km/h, torrential rain and hail destroyed homes and crops killing about 20 people and injuring dozens more in Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. Uruguay was also hit by the freak storm.

Meteorologists said a severe depression caused by collision between tropical warm air and frosty air caused the freak storm.

In Argentina, the towns of Pozo Azul, San Pedro, Santa Rosa and Tobuna were reported as the worst affected areas, where a senior official called the devastation “incredible.”

Torrential rains flooded many areas across the entire region destroying hundreds of homes, causing traffic problems and cutting off electricity and phone service. Landslides were also reported.

“We’ve always had very strong winds and torrential rains here. But this was a phenomenon never seen before. Houses were completely destroyed,” a Brazilian official said.

“Damage was registered in the areas of Neembucu, San Pedro, Paraguari, Cordillera, Canindeyu and Caaguazu. Many crops were damaged,” an official in Paraguay told reporters.

“Whole houses disappeared,” a rescue official in Santa Rosa, Argentina said. “There are posts down, trees down, and there are more than 50 injured.”

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