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Mega Deluge Submerges Southern Thailand

Posted by feww on April 2, 2011

UPDATE at 06:30UTC

Death Toll From Flooding and Landslide Reaches 35

Major flooding have hit the Thai provinces of Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, Surat Thani, Trang, Chumphon, Songkhla, Krabi and Phangnga, Satun and Narathiwat, displacing or affecting up to 2 million people and submerging about 150,000 hectares of farmland, Bangkok Post reported.

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At least 30 killed, 100 missing, 1.2 million affected as mudslides bury vast swathes of southern Thailand

Thai government has declared about 90 districts in 8 southern provinces  as disaster areas.

Many sensible countries are advising their citizens NOT to travel to Thailand.

Torrents of muddy water have killed at least 30 people, left more than a 100 missing and injured hundreds more. Up to a 1,000 homes, schools, offices, stores and temples, as well as thousands of roads and bridges have been destroyed or damaged, as of posting.

Tens of thousands of people , including many tourists, have been evacuated.


Muddy waters reached to the tops of palm trees, as deadly landslides destroyed homes and bridges and roads were washed away, leaving many areas cut off.” Source: AFP. Image may be subject to copyright.

Damage Estimate


Floodwaters have almost completely submerged all palm oil plantation areas as well as fruit orchards,
Bangkok Post reported. Image may be subject to copyright.
[NOTE:  rai = 1,600 m²]

Unseasonal Heavy Rain Floods Southern Thailand


A powerful storm over the Malay Peninsula dumped up to 1,300 mm (51 inches) over southern Thailand. TRMM satellite image shows rainfall for March 23–30, 2011. Source: NASA-EO

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California Rainfall Nears December Record

Posted by feww on December 22, 2010

Multiple Storms Hit SoCal: More than 150mm of Rain Soaks L.A.

Up to 6 inches of rain has soaked Los Angeles since the storms began on December 16

Nearby mountains have reportedly received up to 13 inches of rain.  The record for December rainfall in LA is 222.7mm (8.77) inches, NASA said.


Rainfall amounts over the state of California from December 18 to 20, 2010.  “This image is based on data from the Multisatellite Precipitation Analysis (MPA), produced at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. The MPA estimates rainfall by combining measurements from many satellites and calibrating them using rainfall measurements from the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellite.”  Southern California has experienced unusual weather this year, “where the spring and summer were cooler than usual, Santa Ana winds were calmer (making for a light fire season), and a one-day temperature record was set in September (117 degrees Fahrenheit). Extensive research suggests weather patterns become more volatile and extremes become more common as global temperatures warm,” according to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Source: NASA-EO.  Click image to enlarge.


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State of Emergency Declared

“Residences in La Canada Flintridge and 85 residences in La Crescenta [would be evacuated] due to the possibility of debris flows resulting from forecasted rain storms in the area.” L.A. County official reported.

  • California. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has  declared a state of emergency in several California counties [Kern, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo and Tulare] in the wake of the powerful storms that have caused flooding, mudslides and evacuations.
  • Utah, USA. “The Mayor of St. George, Utah, has declared a state of emergency in the area due to heavy rain and runoff causing the Virgin River and Santa Clara Rivers to flood,” a report said.
  • Nevada, USA. “Southern Nevada is in a state of emergency after rain-swollen creeks closed some roads in the Las Vegas area and a thick blanket of snow disrupted electricity to about 300 customers on nearby Mount Charleston,” a report said.

The ensuing floods and mudslides will wreak havoc across much of Southern California.

Near Real-Time Satellite Images

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