• January 2022 Global Weather Highlights

    From James Munley@21:1/5 to All on Thu Feb 10 18:24:04 2022

    January 2022
    At least 21 people have died after heavy snow trapped them in their vehicles in northern Pakistan (7th-8th ). As many as 1000 vehicles became stranded as would-be tourists reportedly rushed to view the winter snowfall in the hilltop town of Murree. The
    military is attempting to clear roads and rescue those still trapped. Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid said the crisis had been caused by the number of people travelling to the area, north of the capital Islamabad. More than 100000 cars had arrived in the
    colonial-era town in recent days, with social media in Pakistan flooded with pictures of people enjoying the snow. But by Friday, local media reported that tourists were getting stranded. On Saturday, the heavy snow and increase in vehicles prompted
    authorities to declare the region a disaster zone. Pictures and video on social media show cars trapped bumper to bumper, snow piled onto their roofs.
    Washington State Governor declared a State of Emergency, after a series of severe winter storms struck Washington State beginning on 17 December 2021, producing extensive rain and snow and causing hazardous driving conditions, flooding, and extended road
    closures on mountain passes and other roadways throughout the lowlands and high elevations statewide. Rain and snow hit the state in historic proportions again this week, setting the stage for swollen rivers and avalanche concerns Friday, the Seattle
    Times reports. As a result, nearly all of the major road and train routes connecting Seattle the rest of the state and country were shut down, cutting off the city from Portland and Western Washington from Eastern Washington. The last time the region was
    cut off so much was in 1996 after an atmospheric river closed mountain passes and Interstate 5, NWS meteorologist Ted Buehner said. This time, the culprit was a warm front that stalled over Western Washington from the 5th to 7th January, rather than
    moving past quickly, like usual, said NWS meteorologist Samantha Borth.
    A major winter storm affecting the eastern United States spawned multiple tornadoes in southwestern Florida (16th ), destroying at least 28 homes and damaging others. In addition, at least 7000 homes were left without power in Lee and Collier counties.
    Lee County officials said at least 62 homes are currently unlivable after the county was hit by an EF-2 tornado at 0735 LT on Sunday morning. The tornado may have completely destroyed 30 of 108 mobile homes near Fort Myers, according to a preliminary
    damage survey by the National Weather Service (NWS).
    A low-pressure system tracking south of the Great Lakes brought significant snowfall and blizzard conditions to parts of Ontario and Quebec, Canada (17th ), forcing authorities to issue the first blizzard warning for the City of Toronto since 1978. This
    system is a part of a large storm affecting the U.S. East Coast and central and eastern Canada. Environment Canada issued the blizzard warning forecasting up to 60 cm of fresh snow in some parts of the region and snowfall rates of 6 to 10 cm per hour.
    Toronto saw 37 cm by 0900 LT today and strong northwesterly winds gusting up to 50 km/h, resulting in areas of poor visibility.
    At least 4 people died and more than 120000 customers were left without power after a powerful Nor'easter hit the U.S. East Coas (29th-30th)t. More than 16 million people were placed under winter weather alerts. The storm rapidly intensified into a bomb
    cyclone on January 29 dropping heavy snow and producing hurricane-force winds. The heaviest snow was recorded in eastern Massachusetts where 30.9 inches was registered in Stoughton, about 32 km SW of Boston. Snowfall rates in Boston reached 2-4 inches
    per hour, but even higher rates were registered in Norfolk County. Numerous locations broke daily snowfall records on January 29, including Boston which tied the record for biggest 1-day snowfall with 23.6 inches. The storm total is 23.8 inches but 0.2
    inches fell on the 28th.
    Australia has equalled its hottest day on record after a remote coastal town reported temperatures of 50.7C (13th ). The temperature in Onslow, Western Australia, on Thursday matched a record set in 1962 in South Australia. Onslow and the surrounding
    areas could see records broken again with temperatures set to rise slightly on Friday. It comes after Western Australia reported large bushfires last month. One fire near Margaret River scorched through more than 6000 hectares of land, forcing
    evacuations. The Bureau of Meteorology confirmed on Thursday that Onslow equaled the record at 1426 local time (2226 GMT). According to local media, the average temperature in Onslow at this time of year is 36.5C. Two other towns, Mardie and Roebourne,
    reported temperatures of more than 50C on Thursday.
    Widespread flooding affected South Australia after parts of the state received more than a year's worth of rain in just three days (21 St-23 rd ). The Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) senior meteorologist Kylie Evans said there were a number of
    daily rainfall records set, including 181 mm at Winter Springs near Cowell, and 160 mm in Kimba, both on the 21st, and 86 mm in Kadina on the 23rd. There were also new January daily rainfall records set across a number of locations, including Wharminda
    with 71 mm, Yardea 70.4 mm, and Leigh Creek 93 mm. This rare rainfall event has been attributed to a slow-moving upper low pressure front across the Great Australian Bite, with a deep tropical moisture and a surface trough.
    More than 549 cities in Brazil are now under a state of emergency due to severe floods affecting the country over the past couple of weeks (14th ). Dozens of people have been killed and more than 133000 forced to evacuate their homes. In addition, 200
    cities in the state of Rio Grande do Sul are in a state of emergency due to droughts. The worst affected by floods are Minas Gerais and Bahia with 341 cities and 175 municipalities under a state of emergency. Minas Gerais is home to the country's 3 most
    at-risk tailings dams, renewing traumas in a region that has experienced two catastrophic dam collapses since 2015.
    Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay, the three major agricultural producers in South America, are currently experiencing a prolonged period of drought and low water levels in their main rivers (26th ). This is severely impacting harvests, as well as river
    transport of important summer crops, with maize and soybeans the main casualties. Many towns have posted their highest temperatures since records began, with some zones heating up to 45C.
    Floods and landslides caused by heavy rains affecting the state of Sao Paulo, Brazil, claimed the lives of at least 21 people and left more than 600 families without homes (28th -30th ). At least 9 have been injured and many more remain missing.
    A huge landslide triggered by the heaviest rainfall in Ecuador for almost 20 years has killed at least 11 people in the capital, Quito, officials say (31 st). Mud and rocks were carried down the slopes of the Pichincha volcano, which overlooks the city,
    engulfing a recreation ground and eight houses, and sweeping away cars. At least 32 people were injured. Weather experts said the amount of rain that hit the mountain was almost 40 times as much as forecast. 75 mm of rain fell in the La Gasca sector, the
    heaviest fall since 2003.
    Some 2800 people were stranded on a major highway connecting Turkey's southern provinces after rare heavy snowfall and blizzard conditions hit the province of Gaziantep late Tuesday and Wednesday, January 19, 2022. Heavy snow and blizzard conditions also
    affected other parts of the country, closing schools in 52 of Turkey's 82 provinces and isolating remote towns and villages. Some remote areas in the northeast are reporting up to 2 m (6.5 feet) of snow.
    Heavy snow and below-freezing temperatures affected Greece, including Athens and many Aegean islands, on the 24th, forcing authorities to close schools and warn the public to limit their movements. The temperatures across the country started falling on
    Saturday, followed by heavy snow and frost. While snow is common in the Greek mountains and in the northern part of the country, it's not usual in central Athens and on the Aegean islands. Rare snow was also reported on the island of Mykonos the 23rd.
    At least 6 people have been killed after a powerful winter storm brought hurricane-force winds to northern Europe, causing coastal surges and leaving hundreds of thousands without power (29th -30th ). This storm is known as Nadia in Germany and Malik
    elsewhere. The worst affected were the United Kingdom, Denmark, Poland, and Germany where homes and cars were destroyed, bridges shut, trains canceled and ferries docked as coastal surges led to flooding. Malik reached the Nordic region and northern
    Germany late on the 29th after moving in from Britain where it caused havoc with material damage and transport chaos, hitting Scotland particularly badly.
    Tropical Cyclone Cody formed today near Fiji as the second named storm of the 2021/22 South Pacific Ocean cyclone season (10th ). Cody's center passed south of the island without making landfall, but strong winds and prolonged heavy rains caused
    widespread floods and infrastructure damage, especially on the western side of Viti Levu. At 0000 UTC on 10 January, Cody's center was located about 255 km SW of Viti Levu, with maximum sustained winds of 74 km/h. At least one person was killed in Tavua
    Town, northern Viti Levu, and a number of people were forced to evacuate in northern and western Viti Levu due to floods.
    At least 34 people have died and dozens are missing after strong winds and heavy downpours wreaked havoc in Malawi and Mozambique as Tropical Storm Ana made landfall (24th ). Almost 16000 people in the south of Malawi were affected, according to the Red
    Cross, as search and rescue operations continue after the first cyclone of the region's season. Heavy flooding has forced the main hydropower supplier in Malawi to shut down, meaning much of the country was without electricity.

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