Severe weather

Phoenix dust storm of August 21, 2016 - Views from below, inside, and above

A big dust storm covered the Phoenix, Arizona area on Sunday evening, August 21, 2016. The storm rolled over central Phoenix and east Valley cities of Tempe, Chandler, Mesa, Gilbert and Apache Junction and nearby sections of Interstate 10. Andrew Deemer, a...

August 23, 2016

Mindulle hits Tokyo, leaves at least one dead and 29 injured

​Typhoon "Mindulle" made landfall near Tateyama on the Boso Peninsula in Chiba prefecture, Japan around 03:30 UTC (12:30 JST) on Monday, August 22, 2016. It had maximum sustained winds of 126 km/h (78.3 mph) and gusts as high as 180 km/h (112 mph) at the...

August 22, 2016

Typhoon "Mindulle" about to hit Tokyo with very heavy rain and damaging winds

Severe Tropical Storm "Mindulle" has reached typhoon strength during the late UTC hours of August 21, 2016. According to the current JMA forecast track, this system is expected to make landfall near Tokyo just after 03:00 UTC on Monday, August 22, 2016....

August 21, 2016

Massive monsoon gyre generates 3 tropical cyclones near Japan

What meteorologists are calling a massive monsoon gyre has produced three named tropical storms in the Northwest Pacific Ocean on August 19, 2016, and all three of them are simultaneously threatening Japan. The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) named them Mindulle,...

August 20, 2016

Louisiana floods - The worst natural disaster in US since Hurricane "Sandy"

At least 13 people have died and more than 30 000 have been rescued from water-logged homes and cars by August 19, 2016, after extreme amounts of rain dumped by a very slow-moving storm caused historic flooding in Louisiana. Although some regions are still under...

August 19, 2016

Tropical Storm "Dianmu" about to hit Vietnam, flash floods and landslides predicted

As of August 18, 2016, there are three tropical cyclones with fourth possibly developing in the Northwest Pacific Ocean, the most active basin on the planet. The biggest threat over the next 24 to 48 hours is Tropical Cyclone "Dianmu" which is forecast to...

August 18, 2016

Tropical Storm "Chanthu" hits Japan

Tropical Storm "Chanthu" made the first landfall in Japan's Chosi, Chiba prefecture around 18:30 UTC on August 16 (03:30 JST on August 17) and the second near Cape Erimo on the southern tip of the main island of Hokkaido around 08:30 UTC on August 17,...

August 17, 2016

Heavy floods in Sudan destroyed over 14 700 houses, claimed 114 lives since early June

As of August 16, 2016, heavy rains and severe flooding since early June have completely destroyed 14 713 houses and claimed the lives of at least 114 people in the African country of Sudan. The affected states include Kassala, Sennar, South Kordofan, West Kordofan...

August 16, 2016

Tropical Storm "Chanthu" approaching Japan with heavy rain and strong winds

Tropical Depression 09W formed on August 13 in the northwest Pacific Ocean and strengthened into a tropical storm named Chanthu by the end of the UTC day. Chanthu is now approaching Japan with heavy rain and strong winds and is expected to skirt the northeastern...

August 15, 2016

Record-setting rainfall and flooding in southern Louisiana calculated with satellite data

An extremely severe rainfall event hit the states of Louisiana and southern Mississippi between August 8 and 15, 2016, when a very slow moving low pressure system continuously pulled tropical moisture from the Gulf of Mexico. This record-setting rainfall and...

August 15, 2016

Historic flooding hits Louisiana: Parts of the state experienced a '1-in-1000-year' rainfall event

Heavy rain produced by a slow-moving storm started affecting portions of the US Gulf Coast on August 4, 2016. By Friday, August 12, parts of central Gulf Coast were under historic flooding. Florida was first to receive heavy rain, followed by southeastern Louisiana...

August 13, 2016

Nigeria on red flooding alert, more than 5 000 homes already destroyed in Kano

Nigerian authorities have warned residents of 11 states for imminent flooding after several rivers started overflowing on August 8, 2016. Although no specific dates were given, the warnings will remain in place through October and flooding is already very serious in...

August 11, 2016

Slow-moving low floods the US Gulf Coast, Javier to enhance monsoon in Desert Southwest

An intense low pressure in the upper levels of the atmosphere in combination with abundant amounts of tropical moisture have brought heavy rainstorms to portions of the US Gulf Coast, from Florida to southeast Louisiana over the last couple of days. Ex-tropical...

August 10, 2016

Strong winds and heavy rainfall threaten Baja California as Tropical Storm "Javier" eyes Mexico

After Earl lashed parts of Mexico with abundant rainfall and triggered numerous deadly landslides, another tropical storm is aiming the region. Newly formed Tropical Storm "Javier" is nearing the southern tip of Baja California Sur, and another spell of...

August 08, 2016

State of emergency declared after worst flooding since 1962 hits Skopje, Macedonia

At least 21 people were killed in flash floods caused by an extremely powerful storm that hit the country late Saturday evening, August 6, 2016. A state of emergency was declared in capital Skopje and neighboring districts. Hundreds of homes and vehicles were...

August 08, 2016

40 people killed as Tropical Storm "Earl" triggers severe flash floods and mudslides in Mexico

Tropical Storm "Earl" accompanied by intense rainfall caused flash floods and mudslides in mountainous regions of Mexico during the weekend of August 6, 2016. At least 40 people were killed, and the damage from the storm affected at least 200 people,...

August 08, 2016

Tropical Storm "Omais" to become a typhoon and affect Japan with high waves

Omais, the seventh tropical cyclone of the 2016 Pacific typhoon season, developed on August 4, 2016. The system will intensify and become a typhoon over the next 48 hours, and begin to weaken afterward. No watches or warnings have been issued. The storm may bring...

August 05, 2016