Severe weather

Powerful storm hits Hokkaido, Japan

Tropical Storm "Choi-wan" interacted with a mid-latitude trough and generated a strong extra-tropical low system on October 7, 2015. The system is currently packing extremely strong winds of typhoon strength that already began affecting parts of Hokkaido islan

October 08, 2015

A reinforced El Niño bringing dry weather to Australia

A strong El Niño continues to persist in the tropical Pacific Ocean, Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) reported on October 7, 2015. At the same time an emerging positive Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) is contributing to strengthening the phenomenon, causing a sig

October 07, 2015

Hurricane "Joaquin" racing toward Ireland and UK

Joaquin, now a category 1 hurricane, has left behind the waters of Bermuda, and is now crossing over on the other side of the North Atlantic, rushing toward Ireland and UK. Although the system is still of a hurricane strength it is expected to weaken significantly over

October 07, 2015

Typhoon "Choi-wan" forms in the western Pacific

Typhoon "Choi-wan", another tropical cyclone of the very active 2015 tropical season, continues to travel across the western Pacific, intensifying. This intensification will last only for the next 12 hours, and the storm strength is expected to ease significan

October 06, 2015

Raging floods sweep Cote d'Azur, France

Torrential rains swept the Cote d'Azur, southeast France on October 3, 2015, causing heavy flooding across the riviera. According to media reports, 16 people have been reported dead and at least 15 people went missing by the early afternoon of October 4. Strong rain

October 04, 2015

Typhoon "Mujigae" hits China: tens of thousands evacuated, 120 missing in the Philippines

Typhoon "Mujigae", known as Kabayan in the Philippines, was rapidly intensifying before it hit southern China early Sunday, October 4, 2015. Mujigae was bringing powerful winds and heavy rain as it approached China, prompting officials to issue red alerts.

October 04, 2015

Tropical Storm "Oho" forms near the Hawai'i

No rest for the Hawaiian residents is in sight, as a new tropical storm formed in the central Pacific region on October 3, 2015. Tropical Storm "Oho" is currently over 500 km (310 miles) away from the Hawai'ian Islands, Central Pacific Hurricane Center (CP

October 03, 2015

Joaquin lashes the Bahamas, historic flooding expected across southeast US

Major Hurricane "Joaquin" has weakened slightly as its eye passed near San Salvador island, and is now a category 3 hurricane, National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported. Although newest modeling results suggest the system most likely won't make landfall

October 02, 2015

Category 1 medicane system brings landslides and violent floods to Italy and France

Heavy rainfall and winds affected the islands of Sardinia in Italy and Corsica, France as the intense low pressure system moved over the Mediterranean on October 1 and 2, 2015. Landslides and violent floods have been reported across the affected areas.An intense low pre

October 02, 2015

Dujuan's remnant low bringing typhoon strength wind gusts to northern Japan

Despite Typhoon Dujuan's decrease to a remnant tropical low, it continues to heavily affect the Western Pacific, as of October 1, 2015. Heavy rainfall and strong winds have been reported across the north east area of Japan, causing traffic disruptions and power outa

October 02, 2015

Tropical Storm "Kabayan" hits Luzon, Philippines

Tropical Storm "Kabayan" has made landfall over Baler-San Luis, Aurora and is now crossing over central Luzon, Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) reported on October 1, 21:00 UTC.Kabayan developed as a tropica

October 01, 2015

Joaquin now extremely dangerous category 4 hurricane: Bahamas ravaged, life-threatening floods expected across US East Coast

Tropical Storm "Joaquin" that was lurking close to Bahamas, as of September 29, 2015 has now evolved into a major category 4 hurricane, and is currently passing over the Bahamas. Deadly flash floods and extreme weather conditions are expected across the

October 01, 2015

Typhoon "Dujuan" aftermath: Taiwan severely battered, hundreds of thousands evacuated in China

Typhoon "Dujuan" made its second landfall in eastern China, on September 29, 2015 after severely battering Taiwan the day before. Strong winds, heavy rainfall and landslides have ravaged affected areas, leaving behind two victims and 300 injured people so far.

September 29, 2015

Tropical Storm "Joaquin" formed off the coast of northwestern Bahamas

Another tropical storm formed in the Atlantic basin, on September 29, 2015, National Hurricane Center (NHC) reports. Tropical Storm "Joaquin" is currently located more than 600 km (373 miles) from the northwestern Bahamas, and is not expected to make landfall

September 29, 2015

Tropical Storm "Marty" threatens the west coast of Mexico

Tropical Storm "Marty" has been lurking off the coast of Mexico since September 27, 2015 and its track still carries an air of uncertainty. According to current forecasts it's not expected to make a landfall, prior to weakening to a remnant low, however on

September 29, 2015

Violent Typhoon "Dujuan" slams into Taiwan, second landfall expected in China

Typhoon "Dujuan", known as Jenny in the Philippines, made landfall in Taiwan, on September 28, 2015, Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) reported. The system slammed into the island with wind speeds over 200 km/h (124 mph) thus falling into a violent typhoon cat

September 28, 2015

Strong flash floods and landslides expected as Tropical Storm "Niala" approaches Hawai'i

Another named tropical storm has sailed the waters of central Pacific in 2015 hurricane season. Tropical Storm "Niala" formed on September 25, 2015 southeast of Hilo, Hawai'i and is now on the course toward the Big Island. Although the system is expected t

September 26, 2015

Tropical Storm "Dujuan" (Jenny) to become a typhoon as it approaches Philippines and Japan

A new tropical storm named "Dujuan" (known as Jenny in the Philippines) formed in the western Pacific on September 22, 2015. The Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) expects the storm to intensify to a typhoon category over the next 48 hours, and although no

September 23, 2015

Torrential downpours and heavy thunderstorms expected across Arizona, California and New Mexico

An upper level low, currently located a few thousand kilometers southwest of southern California is set to bring torrential downpours and heavy thunderstorms across parts of Arizona, California and New Mexico. The weather system is expected to combine with moisture-rich

September 22, 2015

A devastating tornado wreaks havoc across Charente-Maritime, France

An intense tornado formed in the south of Charente-Maritime in Poitou-Charentes region, France in the afternoon hours on September 16, 2015, causing extensive damage across the affected areas.The remnants of the former Tropical Storm "Henri" have been passing

September 16, 2015

Tropical Storm "Krovanh" threatens Mariana Islands, moving toward Japan

Another tropical storm has formed over the waters of North Pacific Ocean in the busy 2015 tropical cyclone season. Tropical Storm "Krovanh", formed early morning September 16, 2015, and is currently brushing the Mariana Islands. The system is expected to inten

September 16, 2015

Torrential downpours sweep southern California

Severe rainfall battered West Hollywood in southern California, US, on September 15, 2015. Substantial amount of precipitation triggered strong floods in the area, which prompted evacuations of over 100 residents, although no casualties were reported so far.Torrential d

September 16, 2015

Violent weather conditions across northern Italy leave 1 dead and 2 missing

Heavy rainfalls and hail brought by severe thunderstorm swept northern Italy on September 13 and September 14, 2015. Torrential rains caused floods and landslides, and left at least one person dead and 2 more missing.Severe flooding heavily affected areas along the Po r

September 14, 2015

Catastrophic flooding devastates eastern Japan

Tropical Storm "Etau" made landfall in central Japan around 01:00 UTC on September 9, 01:00 UTC and brought torrential rains that triggered disastrous flooding and landslides. As of September 13, 7 people have been reported dead, 15 are still missing, and at l

September 14, 2015

Tropical Storm "Linda" brings violent flooding to southern California

Heavy rainstorm, brought by Tropical Storm "Linda", accompanied with strong winds and hail is affecting southern California since September 8, 2015. Strong rainfall has caused widespread flooding across the affected areas claiming at least one life by Septembe

September 10, 2015

Tropical Storm "Henri" to bring heavy rainfall and strong winds to southeast Newfoundland, Canada

Tropical Depression "Eight" formed in the North Atlantic on September 9, 2015 and evolved into a Tropical Storm "Henri" around 03:00 UTC on September 10, National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported. Henri thus became the eight named storm of the 2015 At

September 10, 2015

Record-breaking rainfall: Etau drops over 500 mm (20 inches) of rain over parts of central Japan causing massive floods

Tropical Storm "Etau" hit mainland Japan on Wednesday, September 9, 2015 and rolled over the central part of the country, bringing strong winds and record-breaking rainfall which overflowed rivers and caused serious flooding and numerous landslides. By early

September 10, 2015

Tropical Storm "Etau" hits mainland Japan, heavy rain causes flooding and landslides

Tropical Storm "Etau" made landfall in Aichi prefecture, central Japan, around 01:00 UTC on September 9, 2015 (10:00 local time). Etau is bringing very heavy rain and causing floods and landslides. Weather officials issued evacuation advisories for several cit

September 09, 2015

Severe sandstorm hits the Middle East leaving at least 12 people dead by September 9

A massive sandstorm engulfed the Middle East on September 8, 2015, severely reducing visibility, killing at least 2 people and sending thousands to hospitals. By September 9, at least 12 peopble have been reported dead throughout Lebanon and Syria.As visible on Septembe

September 08, 2015

Typhoon "Kilo" and Tropical Storm "Etau" approaching Japan

Two tropical systems are currently approaching Japan - Typhoon "Kilo" and Tropical Storm "Etau". While long-lived Kilo, which formed in late August, some 1 000 km (620 miles) off the coast of Hawaii, is not expected to make landfall, Tropical Storm

September 07, 2015

Severe thunderstorms accompanied by baseball-sized hail hits central Italy

Severe thunderstorms accompanied by very large hail hit central Italy on September 5, 2015 prompting officials to declare the highest alert level for the risk of severe weather phenomena.The hardest hit was the city of Puzzuoli, near Naples, where baseball-sized hail re

September 06, 2015

Middle East dust storms more common in recent years, news media suggests

A storm with characteristics of both the 'shamal' - long lived and wide reaching dust storm - and 'haboob' - storm fronts that appear as walls of sand and dust - moved across Iraq, Iran and the Persian Gulf region in early September 2015. The storm

September 04, 2015

Hurricane "Kilo" becomes a typhoon after crossing the International Date Line

Hurricane "Kilo" formed over 1 000 km (621 miles) of the shore of Hawaii islands in the late August and has crossed an International Date Line between the eastern and western Pacific between September 1 and 2, 2015. It, thus, became known as a Typhoon "Ki

September 02, 2015

Heavy rainfall causes widespread flooding in northeastern India

Heavy rainfall has continued to batter northeastern India and has caused widespread flooding over the last couple of days. 736 000 people were affected by the severe weather conditions, 51 000 have been evacuated, and 18 people were reported dead across Assam, as of Aug

September 02, 2015

Massive hailstorm claims 4 lives in Mexico

A massive hailstorm that hit Mexico state on the night of August 30, 2015, has claimed 4 lives, and caused extensive damage across the affected areas, the local authorities reported.The streets of Coacalco have been covered with hail after an intense storm swept the mun

September 01, 2015