Severe storms

Southern Britain hit by Storm "Imogen"

Storm "Imogen" hit southern Britain with heavy rainfall and strong winds on February 8, 2016. Thousands of households reported power loss across the affected areas, and major traffic disruptions and delays are in place. The Met Office has issued an amber...

February 08, 2016

Winter Storm "Kayla" buries Midwest in snow, triggers tornadoes in the South, US

Large snowstorm and blizzard conditions slammed parts of Midwest and South US on February 2, 2016, causing traffic disruptions and road closures. At least 8 tornadoes battered the region, leaving a trail of destruction across the states. Winter Storm...

February 03, 2016

Violent storms wreak havoc across parts of western Europe

Intense storms wreaked havoc across parts of Europe over the last couple of days. A cargo vessel got stranded in the Bay of Biscay and rescue teams have only been able to reach it on January 29. 22 crew members were successfully evacuated a few days earlier. Video...

January 30, 2016

Remnants of Winter Storm "Jonas" bring coastal flooding and strong winds to parts of Ireland

The remnants of Winter Storm "Jonas" which wreaked havoc across the US East Coast have crossed the Atlantic Ocean and slammed into Ireland on January 26, 2016. The strong Atlantic low brought rainstorms accompanied with strong gales and caused coastal...

January 26, 2016

Major to historic winter storm impacts the mid-Atlantic and Northeast US

A major winter storm, known as Winter Storm "Jonas" and Blizzard 2016, hit the mid-Atlantic and Northeast, US, with heavy snowfall, blizzard and high winds on the morning of January 23, 2016. 9 people died so far in the weather-related incidents across the...

January 23, 2016

Severe thunderstorm batters parts of Australia

A severe thunderstorm accompanied with heavy rainfall hit parts of South Australia and New South Wales on the afternoon of January 22, 2016. One person died after being struck by a lightning and residents have been warned on remain on high alert. Severe weather...

January 22, 2016

Winter Storm "Jonas" to hit the US East Coast with heavy snowfall and strong winds, coastal flooding possible

Winter Storm "Jonas" is expected to hit parts of the US East Coast on January 22, 2016. The storm will continue throughout the coming weekend, bringing heavy snowfall and major ice accumulations accompanied with strong winds. Coastal flooding along some...

January 21, 2016

Powerful snowstorm causes major traffic disruptions in Japan

A powerful low pressure field brought heavy snowfall across parts of Japan on January 17 and 18, 2016. Extreme weather conditions caused widespread traffic chaos, and at least 250 people reported injuries while 10 000 were advised to evacuate Nemuro region on...

January 19, 2016

Intense thunderstorm spawns 3 tornadoes and a meteotsunami in Florida, US

Intense thunderstorms wreaked havoc across Florida in the early morning hours of January 17, 2016 (local time). A powerful storm spawned three confirmed tornadoes and a meteotsunami, bringing widespread coastal flooding and inflicting major damage to the affected...

January 18, 2016

Severe erosion devastates the beach in Hallands overnight, UK

Series of damaging storms that battered the UK over the last few weeks triggered a rapid erosion of the beaches along Devonshire coast. The beach in Hallands disappeared overnight as thousands of tons of sand, and small pebbles were washed away, leaving behind only...

January 16, 2016

Fierce storm knocks power lines and damages buildings in Sydney, Australia

A fierce storm hit Sydney, Australia on January 14, 2016. Powerful winds knocked down power lines, damaged buildings and caused traffic disruptions across the affected areas. One person died and another suffered serious injuries in a weather-related incident. A...

January 14, 2016

After record breaking heat, severe hailstorm pounds South Africa

An intense hailstorm hit Johannesburg, South Africa, on January 9, 2016, covering the grounds with a thick snow like layer, a sight quite unusual for the summer period. An outbreak of severe weather led to the collapse of a shopping center in Johannesburg suburb....

January 10, 2016

Subtropical storm developing in the Atlantic

An extratropical low pressure system developed in the Atlantic, north of Bermuda on January 8, 2016. There are chances the system could intensify into a tropical storm during the next week. Regardless of the development, it will produce dangerous marine conditions...

January 09, 2016

Heavy flooding affects drought-stricken California

Strong thunderstorms battered southern California since January 5, 2016. Heavy rainfalls, thought to be fueled by the El Niño phenomena, inundated streets and caused streams to overflow, disrupting traffic across the affected areas. Another strong storm is on...

January 07, 2016

Slow-moving low pressure system floods New South Wales, Australia

A slow-moving low pressure system near Port Stephens (Hunter Region), New South Wales, Australia produced very heavy rain between January 5 and 6, 2016, causing both riverine and flash flooding from the Central Coast to the Mid North Coast. The severe weather has...

January 06, 2016

Heavy downpours break January records in New South Wales, Australia

A spell of heavy rainfall drenched large portions of New South Wales (NSW), Australia on January 3, 2016. Some towns located on the South Coast reported breaking January rainfall records already, and Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) forecast more severe...

January 04, 2016

After wettest December on record, another round of severe weather to hit UK

December 2015 is already a record breaking month for rainfall in parts of the UK. The spell of wet weather spread across portions of north Wales and northwest England on December 26, 2015 brought flooding to the area already saturated with water. The highest amount...

December 29, 2015

Violent tornadoes produce massive damage in Texas, US

Severe weather conditions continued across Texas on December 26, 2015, as several violent tornadoes swept the area killing 11 people. The total death toll caused by extreme weather conditions in the US since December 23 is now 29. Only a few days after the storm on...

December 27, 2015

Deadly Christmas Eve storm wreaks havoc across Mississippi and Alabama, US

Major thunderstorms accompanied by tornadoes that battered portions of Mississippi and Alabama on December 24, 2015, claimed at least 15 lives and devastated homes across the area, making this Christmas a sad event for numerous people. According to the National...

December 26, 2015

Severe storm spawns a series of devastating tornadoes across South and Midwest US

A major storm accompanied with a series of deadly tornadoes battered the South and Midwest US on December 23, 2015. At least 7 people have been reported dead and many more injured. According to preliminary reports at least 14 tornadoes have touched the grounds...

December 24, 2015

Winter Storm "Echo" to keep a firm cold grip across the northern Plains and Upper Midwest, US

Winter Storm "Echo" which already blanketed the Cascades, Sierra, Rockies and Great Basin on December 15, 2015 is expected to bring heavy snowfall across the northern Plains and Upper Midwest on December 16, according to the National Weather Service (NWS)....

December 16, 2015

Devastating freak storm wreaks havoc across Sydney, Australia

An intense thunderstorm accompanied with heavy rainfall, damaging winds and large hail ravaged Sydney, Australia on December 16, 2015. The freak storm triggered flooding across the affected areas while strong winds and a tornado wreaked havoc, causing severe...

December 16, 2015

Intense low pressure system batters Aleutian Islands, Alaska with hurricane force

A massive low pressure system lurking in the Northern Pacific, off the Aleutian Islands, brought category 3 hurricane force winds across the area on December 12, 2015. The intense storm' central pressure estimated at 924 hPa is compared to a record low pressure...

December 13, 2015

NASA's IMERG images abundant rainfall over the Pacific Northwest

NASA's Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission in combination with other satellites have been gathering data on abundant amounts of rainfall which wreaked havoc across the Pacific Northwest over the last couple of days. The heavy rainstorms are caused by...

December 11, 2015

Severe Storm "Diddú", the strongest Icelandic storm in 25 years

A severe Storm "Diddú", the first-ever named Icelandic storm hit the island on December 7, 2015, bringing heavy rains, snow and hurricane force winds. No injuries have been reported thanks to an effective warning system, although some ares suffered...

December 09, 2015

A plume of deep moisture brings heavy flooding and landslides across the Pacific Northwest

Heavy rainfalls and strong winds battered the Pacific Northwest during December 7 and 8, 2015, triggering flooding and landslides across the area. A few areas have seen record amount of precipitation, according to the National Weather Service (NWS) and the...

December 08, 2015

"200-year flood" - Southern Norway immersed in heavy flooding

Severe Storm "Synne", known as Desmond in UK and Ireland, battered southern Norway with heavy rainfalls and strong winds during the weekend of December 5 and 6, 2015. Torrential downpours caused heavy flooding across the affected areas. Road and rail...

December 07, 2015

Violent storm set to bring hurricane force winds to Iceland and western Ireland

Iceland residents are bracing themselves for another strong winter storm, currently approaching with a central pressure of 955 hPa, Meteo Europe reports. The system is expected to bring hurricane force winds across the island by the end of December 7, 2015 (local...

December 07, 2015

The strongest storm in the last 18 years blasts Paraguay

The strongest storm in the last 18 years swept the Paraguay capital on December 4, 2015. Although powerful storm systems are not uncommon across Paraguay, the latest one severely affected a large part of the densely populated area, thus gaining on importance. 2...

December 07, 2015

Extremely dangerous Storm "Desmond" prompts red alerts across Ireland and UK

Storm "Desmond", UK MetOffice's fourth named storm of the season, is bringing very heavy rain and severe winds to parts of Ireland and UK on Saturday, December 5, 2015. Ireland's Met Éireann has issued a status red weather warning alert for...

December 05, 2015

Severe winter storm continues to wreak havoc across the US Midwest

Severe winter storm claimed at least 14 lives across the US Midwest over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, media reported. Tens of thousands of homes have been cutoff the power supplies and heavy traffic disruptions due to icy roads have been reported in the...

November 30, 2015

Northern Europe in the grip of severe weather

A spell of extreme weather characterized by strong winds, storm surge and heavy rainfall wrapped northern Europe over the last couple of days. Tens of thousands of people have experienced power outages across parts of Sweden, while portions of Germany, Ireland,...

November 30, 2015

Dangerous mesoscale storm spawns tornadoes and wreaks havoc across Parana, Brazil

A major tornado multivortex wreaked havoc across the western portion of the Brazilian state of Parana on November 19, 2015. The system has passed 12 cities causing major devastation along its way. Video credit: João Luiz Cassanelli A large storm system...

November 23, 2015

Dangerous weather wreaks havoc across US Plains, almost 40 tornadoes reported

Almost 40 unconfirmed tornadoes were reported to batter the US Plains, as of November 17, 2015. Major damage has been reported in Texas, while extreme conditions persisted in Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska, as well. Devastated homes, blown cars, traffic disruptions...

November 17, 2015

Northern Europe on alert for severe weather conditions

Winter season is clearly well on its way in northern Europe and Turkey, according to prevailing synoptic conditions. A spell of severe weather has been forecast across parts of UK, western Ireland, Faroe & Shetland islands, southwest Norway, northern Netherlands...

November 13, 2015