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More Weather Records Shattered as Forecast

Posted by feww on February 19, 2011

Expect Frighteningly Hot Summer in 2011

In Global Climate Extremes INTENSIFYING

FIRE-EARTH forecast:

2011 Could Shatter 2010 Records

The wettest, coldest, driest, hottest, severest… could get even worse this year

Extremes of temperature, precipitation, drought and other climatic and weather events would continue to intensify throughout 2011, FIRE-EARTH forecasts.

It has, and it’s continuing to shatter more records …

United States

  • Dulles International Airport set a new record of 75 degrees, 2 degrees higher than previous record of 1981, said a report.
  • And “77 degrees at Reagan National Airport. That made Friday the warmest Feb. 18 recorded in Washington.”
  • Boston reported a high of 60 degrees.
  • A new record high temperature of 80ºF was set at Oklahoma’s Will Rogers World Airport on Thursday, The National Weather Service said.
  • Just a week ago, the mercury plunged to minus 31 degrees  a in Nowata breaking previous Oklahoma record of minus 27 degrees.
  • In North Carolina a record new high was set as mercury rose to 78 degrees at Raleigh-Durham International Airport,  23 degrees higher than normal for the date. The previous record stood at 75 degrees and remained unbroken since 1948, a report said.

Finland

  • “The record low temperature for this winter inched down a degree or so last night. Between Thursday and Friday a new record low for 2010-2011 of -41.3°C was measured in Salla’s village of Naruska in southeastern Lapland, the Finnish Meteorological Institute reports.”

Russia

  • Moscow region’s temperature fell to as low as minus 33.4 degrees Celsius in Klin, a 60-year record low for the region, a report said.

2011-2012: Record Shattering Period

Since January, many new rain and snowfall records have also been set, the latest of which was in Down Under.

Darwin, Australia recorded a total of 339.6mm of rain during the 24 hours ending at 9am Wednesday—an all time 24 hour rainfall record for the city.

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Flood Mega Disasters – Sri Lanka

Posted by feww on January 18, 2011

Disease, hunger and landmines threaten flood-stricken Sri Lankans: UN

Sri Lanka Flood Facts

  • Reported death toll: 40 [The actual figure may be much higher]
  • Number of injured: 51 [The actual figure may be much higher]
  • Number of people displaced: At least 400,000
  • Number of people affected: 1.5 million
  • Floods have submerged as much as a third of the country’s rice paddies destroying at least 21 percent of Sri Lanka’s total of 570,000 hectare.
  • At least 14 of the Pacific island’s 25 districts were inundated
  • The flooded areas experienced their heaviest rainfall since 1917, according to Sri Lanka’s Meteorological Department
  • Floodwaters may have dislodged tens of thousands of buried landmines, which were planted during the civil war with Tamil Tigers.
  • About 5,400 homes have been destroyed by floods and a further 22,000 damaged.

As nearly half a million Sri Lankans displaced by floods begin to return home they face risks from waterborne diseases, hunger and landmines,  a UN official said.

Widespread flooding caused by “the heaviest rains in a century,” has affected more than a million people and forced about 400,000 to flee their homes and seek refuge in hundreds of relief camps.

“Many of those hit by the flooding are farming families who have seen their crops wiped out.” Said a report.

“A lot of people affected were quite poor to start with and now they don’t have much, so there is a serious need to support them when they move back,” he United Nation’s humanitarian coordinator in Sri Lanka told AlertNet.

“We are particularly concerned about food as these communities are pretty vulnerable and their food stocks have been destroyed so their usual source of income won’t be a source of income for a while.”

Floods have destroyed at least 21 percent of Sri Lanka’s staple rice crop since Dec. 26, the Agriculture Ministry has said.

Widespread floods have inundated 14 of the Pacific  island’s 25 districts, “with the worst hit being Batticaloa, Ampara and Trincomalee on the east coast, where the majority of people have been affected.” The report said.

At Risk from Landmines

The U.N. team in Sri Lanka is concerned that floodwaters have dislodged tens of thousands of buried landmines, which were planted during the civil war with Tamil Tigers.

“There is an issue that some of the flooding may have dislodged UXOs (Unexploded Ordnance) and mines that had been under the surface or buried in river banks and which weren’t considered a risk as they were under the surface and now they will be a risk.” The UN coordinator said.

“The government is looking at re-surveying some areas to examine the level of damage and we are hoping to step up mine risk education.”

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