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Deadly Heat Wave Affects Third of U.S. Population

Posted by feww on June 30, 2012

Deadly storms pummel mid-Atlantic, knock out power to 3 million customers

A day of record-setting heat spawned deadly storms across Washington metropolitan area, leaving at least 7 people dead, and millions without power.

The storms cut power to about 3 million customers, or an estimated 10 million people, across Washington, D.C., Maryland, and the two Virginias.

West Virginia Gov. Tomblin has declared a state of emergency after storm damage which left more than half a million customers in 27 counties without power.

“The damage from today’s storms is widespread and in many places severe,” Tomblin said.

Record Breaking Heat

More than 20 million people were in areas under excessive heat warnings and almost a third of the population  in areas under heat advisories.

  • At least 1,000 high temperature records have been broken across the country in recent days.
  • The Washington area on Friday broke a record high temperature set 8 decades ago.  The early afternoon temperature at Washington Reagan National Airport rose to 104 degrees (40ºC) smashing the record 101 degrees set in 1934, NWS reported.
  • Norton, Kansas, was the hottest location in the U.S. with 118 degrees (47.8ºC), NCDC reported. Some 22 other locations across the state topped 110 degrees on Thursday.
  • Columbia, South Carolina and Nashville, Tennessee reached all-time records of 109 degrees  (42.8ºC) on Friday
  • Atlanta, Georgia and Louisville, Kentucky also saw temperature soaring to 104ºF (40ºC)
  • In addition to the fatalities caused by wildfires, which were intensified by the heat, at least a dozen people have died directly as a result of the intense heat including 3 children, two in Tennessee and a third in Missouri.

High Temperature Map of the U.S.

More than 1,000 high temperature records have been broken across the country in the last 7 days.

Daily Maximum Heat Index – Forecast

Indiana.  Oppressive heat is churning up storms across central Indiana with the entire region placed under a severe thunderstorm watch.

  • Storms knocked out power to at least 100,000 customers.
  • A record high temperature of 104 degrees was recorded at Indianapolis International Airport on Thursday, the highest ever in the month of June in the city, a report said.

Earlier, NWS issued Severe Thunderstorm Warnings for the region

SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS PRODUCE DAMAGING WIND IN EXCESS OF 60 MILES PER
HOUR...LARGE HAIL...DEADLY LIGHTNING...AND VERY HEAVY RAIN.

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Queensland Flood Update – 3 Jan 2011

Posted by feww on January 3, 2011

Two More Severe Thunderstorm Warnings Issued for Queensland

Rockhampton Deluge

Up to a half of the city of Rockhampton could be affected by a 9.4m surge of floodwater as Fitzroy River crests on Wednesday, threatening more than 4,000 homes.

Death toll from flood-related incidents in Queensland has climbed to three.

“This is a major natural disaster and recovery will take a significant amount of time.” Australian PM said.

“The extent of flooding being experienced by Queensland is unprecedented and requires a national and united response.”

“Given the scale and size of this disaster and the prospect that we’ll see waters sitting for potentially a couple of weeks. We will continue to have major issues to deal with throughout January,” Queensland state Premier Anna Bligh told reporters.

The cost of flood damage may have already exceeded $10billion, FIRE-EARTH estimates.


Image Source: Japan Meteorological Agency satellite MTSAT-1R via Bureau of Meteorology. Image posted at: Sunday 3 January 2011 11:26 UTC.  Click images to enlarge.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning – Southeast Queensland 1,

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) warns that, at 1:35 pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on weather radar near Toowoomba.


Source BOM. Click image to enlarge.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning – Queensland 1,

  • Issued at 1:39 pm Monday, 3 January 2011.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce very heavy rainfall, flash flooding and large hailstones in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Warwick, Toowoomba, Dalby, Roma, Kingaroy, Stanthorpe, Bollon, Oakey, Mitchell, Taroom, Rolleston and Springsure.

Links to Current Warnings

Additional Weather Warnings for Australia

Australia UV Index today


Source BOM. Click image to enlarge.

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Nature’s DoS Attack on Australia

Posted by feww on January 2, 2011

Australia’s “Day of Reckoning?”

Floods Spread Threatening Other Regions of Australia

[DoS Attack: Denial of Service Attack]

UPDATE @ 14:30UTC, SUNDAY JANUARY 2, 2011

Australian Bureau of Meteorology Queensland Regional Office has issued the following TOP PRIORITY FOR IMMEDIATE BROADCAST

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING

DAMAGING WIND, FLASH FLOODING, LARGE HAILSTONES

For people in parts of the Central Highlands and Coalfields, Central West and Maranoa and Warrego Forecast Districts.

Issued at 12:11 am Monday, 3 January 2011.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds, very heavy rainfall, flash flooding and large hailstones in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Charleville, Tambo, Springsure, Augathella and Mantuan Downs.

Emergency Management Queensland advises that people should:
* Move your car under cover or away from trees.
* Secure loose outdoor items.
* Avoid driving, walking or riding through flood waters.
* Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.
* Avoid using the telephone during a thunderstorm.
* Beware of fallen trees and powerlines.
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.

The next warning is due to be issued by 3:15 am.

Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau’s website at http://www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 219. The Bureau and Emergency Management Queensland would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly.


SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING Map. Source: BOM. Click image to enlarge.

MTSAT-1R image of Australia Region


Image Source: Japan Meteorological Agency satellite MTSAT-1R via Bureau of Meteorology. Captured: Sunday 2 January 2011 06:30 UTC.  Click images to enlarge.

Fires in Sizzling West Australia


Western Australia was plagued by high temperatures that climbed to more than 40ºC (104º F) over the Christmas holiday and beyond. Hot, dry conditions appear to have caused large wildfires west of Pemberton. This natural-color image was captured by
MODIS on NASA’s Aqua satellite on December 29, 2010.  Source: NASA-EO. Click image to enlarge. Download larger image (551 KB, JPEG)

Flooded Rockhampton in Queensland, Australia


An aerial view of partially submerged houses in flooded Rockhampton in Australia’s state of Queensland January 2, 2011. Large parts of Australia’s coastal northeast were flooded on Sunday in a spreading environmental disaster as thousands of residents fled their homes to avoid the runoff from a Christmas deluge.  REUTERS/Daniel Munoz
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Warnings for Queensland:

Tropical Cyclone: Tropical Cyclone Warnings and Information

Current Warnings for New South Wales

Tropical Cyclone: Tropical Cyclone Warnings and Information

Current Warnings for Victoria

Current Warnings for South Australia

Current Warnings for Tasmania

Current Warnings for Western Australia

Tropical Cyclone: Tropical Cyclone Warnings and Information

Current Warnings for Western Australia

Tropical Cyclone: Tropical Cyclone Warnings and Information

Current Warnings for Northern Territory:

Tropical Cyclone: Tropical Cyclone Warnings and Information

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