Severe weather

Extreme weather - Major nor'easter to affect northeastern US

The stage is being set for a major nor'easter to affect parts of the Northeast US Monday through Wednesday, January 26 - 28, 2015. This system, named Winter Storm "Juno", will be responsible for heavy snowfall and strong winds, with blizzard conditions pos

January 26, 2015

Tropical Cyclone "Niko" formed over the South Pacific Ocean

Tropical Cyclone "Niko" formed over the South Pacific Ocean late Tuesday, January 20, 2015 approximately 580 km (360 miles) northwest of Tahiti Island, French Polynesia and has gradually intensified.Niko is Summer's first South Pacific tropical cyclone, Ne

January 21, 2015

Winter storm system, cold surge developing southwest of Japan

Remnants of Tropical Storm "Mekkhala" and a developing mid-latitude low pressure area over East China Sea are expected to join through Thursday, January 22 just south of Japan. The system will slide parallel to the eastern coast of Japan bringing wide spread r

January 21, 2015

Intense storm leaves UAE deserts under blanket of hail

An intense hail storm struck parts of United Arab Emirates (UAE) on January 19, 2015 covering extensive stretches of desert country under a blanket of hail.“This instability in the weather is because of the low pressure coming from the Mediterranean region, which

January 20, 2015

Severe Tropical Storm "Chedza" flooded Madagascar and affected more than 50 000

Severe Tropical Storm "Chedza" made landfall north of Morondava, Madagascar between 15:00 and 16:00 UTC on January 16, 2015 bringing heavy thunderstorm rains across much of the country. Just a few hours before landfall, Chedza had a maximum average 10-minute w

January 19, 2015

Tropical Cyclone "Chedza" forms in Mozambique Channel, landfall over Madagascar today

Tropical Cyclone "Chedza" is forming from System 93S in the Mozambique Channel today. Infrared image taken at 16:00 UTC on January 15 by METEOSAT-7 showed the system moved away from the coast of Mozambique and into the Mozambique Channel and was getting better

January 16, 2015

Weeks of very heavy rainfall devastate Malawi and Mozambique, Africa

Weeks of very heavy rainfall caused widespread flooding which displaced more than 100 000 people in African countries of Malawi and Mozambique and devastated their crops and infrastructure. The number of displaced is expected to increase as severe weather will continue

January 15, 2015

Tropical Storm "Mekkhala" (Amang) intensifies over the Philippine Sea

The first tropical depression of the 2015 western Pacific season formed southwest of Guam on January 13 and intensified over the warm waters of the Philippine Sea into a tropical storm while headed toward the Philippines. Areas of Eastern Visayas and specifically Leyte,

January 15, 2015

"Bansi" forecast to peak as a Category 5 hurricane equivalent

Tropical Cyclone "Bansi" formed on January 11, 2015 north of La Reuniuon, Southern Indian Ocean, and rapidly intensified to a Category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson wind scale by early January 13. According to RSMC La Reunion, which monitors any tropical c

January 13, 2015

New round of severe weather to hit southern Australia

Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has issued new severe weather warnings for parts of southern Australia today, January 12, 2015. After a week of severe bushfires, South Australia has been hit particularly hard by heavy rain which started affecting the country on T

January 12, 2015

Tropical Cyclone "Bansi" to intensify and pass just north of Mauritius

Tropical Cyclone "Bansi" has formed north of La Reunion, Southern Indian Ocean, on January 11, 2015, and triggered a tropical cyclone warning class I in Mauritius, and a Yellow alert (pre-alert) in La Reunion Island. The cyclone is expected to continue moving

January 12, 2015

Two rapidly deepening Atlantic storms to affect UK

Two rapidly deepening Atlatic storms are set to pass just north of the UK by the end of the week bringing some very unsettled weather over the next few days, UK Met Office warned today.Northern Scotland is likely to see the strongest winds as the storms pass by on Frida

January 06, 2015

1.1 million affected by floods, landslides and high winds, Sri Lanka

An estimated 1.1 million people were affected by torrential rainfall, widespread floods, landslides, mudslides and high winds since December 19, 2014, the Disaster Management Centre of Sri Lanka said today. Over 6 400 houses are reportedly fully destroyed and an estimat

January 05, 2015

Tropical Storm "Seniang" affected about 500 000 people in Philippines, claimed lives of 54

Tropical Storm "Jangmi", locally known as "Seniang" formed east of Mindanao, Philippines on December 28, intensifying as it made landfall in Hinatuan municipality, Surigao del Sur province on December 29. Heavy rain has accompanied this system as it

January 05, 2015

Tropical Storm "Seniang" (Jangmi) leaves a trail of destruction, Philippines

​Tropical Storm "Jangmi", locally known as Seniang, made landfall near the town of San Agustin, Surigao del Sur province of northeastern Mindanao, Philippines early on December 29 (local time) and left a trail of destruction as it moved across the central pa

December 30, 2014

Tropical Depression "Seniang" to make landfall in Mindanao, Philippines

Tropical Depression "Seniang" has been named by PAGASA just prior to making landfall in Mindanao early Monday, December 29, 2014. Public Storm Warning Signal #1 (PSWS#1) was issued for much of eastern Mindanao and portions of Eastern and Central Visayas. PAGAS

December 28, 2014

Heavy rain, severe flooding and landslides displace 800 000 in Sri Lanka

Severe weather that started a week ago in Sri Lanka has claimed lives of at least 21 people by Saturday, December 27, 2014 and displaced more than 800 000 people. Officials from the Disaster Management Center said flood has affected the nation's north central and ea

December 28, 2014

Severe cold wave paralyzes northern India

Severe cold wave and dense fog are paralyzing northern India for the tenth consecutive day now. Unusual winter conditions are especially harsh in the state of Uttar Pradesh where at least 26 lives were lost on Tuesday, December 23. The total number of casualties has now

December 24, 2014

Rapidly intensifying winter storm turns deadly, Japan

A rapidly intensifying low-pressure mass, which started in eastern China earlier this week, is causing heavy snow, strong winds and high waves across the northern Japan today. By Wednesday morning, extreme weather events already claimed lives of at least 3 people.Japan

December 17, 2014

Major winter storm aims Japan, December 16 - 17, 2014

Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) said a rapidly developing low-pressure mass is expected to bring heavy rain, snow and strong winds which will affect almost entire Japan on Tuesday and Wednesday, December 16 and 17, 2014.Heavy storm conditions, high waves, floods,

December 16, 2014

Drought-stricken California battered with intense rain and winds

Drought-stricken California was battered with intense rain and winds since early Thursday morning, December 11, as well as parts of Oregon and Washington in what US National Weather Service (NWS) office in California forecasted as one of the strongest storms in terms

December 12, 2014

Hagupit weakens into tropical depression as it approaches southern Vietnam

Former Super Typhoon "Hagupit" weakened into a tropical depression as it approached southern Vietnam coast. During December 11 the system was moving to the west at 15 km/h (9 mph), developing maximum sustained winds of 55 km/h (34 mph).MTSAT visible/IR

December 12, 2014

Biggest storm in nearly a decade to affect Northern California and Oregon, US

Biggest Pacific storm system in nearly a decade is about to bring flooding and mudslide danger for Northern California and Oregon. An atmospheric river of moisture, also known as "pineapple express", is tapping moisture from the tropics ahead of round of

December 11, 2014

'Weather Bomb' - Explosive cyclogenesis in the Atlantic

A low pressure system underwent what is known as "explosive cyclogenesis" - or less formally became a "weather bomb" - when it intensified rapidly with a steep decline in pressure, between Greenland and Iceland late on Monday and early on Tuesday. Th

December 10, 2014

Tropical Storm "Hagupit" continues to weaken as it exits the Philippines

Former Super Typhoon - now a Tropical Storm "Hagupit", also known as “Ruby” in the Philippines, continues to weaken as it makes its way out from the Philippines, into the open waters of the South China Sea. Hagupit lashed the Philippines leaving

December 10, 2014

Typhoon "Hagupit" made landfall in Eastern Samar, Philippines

Eleventh typhoon of the 2014 Western Pacific tropical season - Typhoon Hagupit (locally called Ruby), made landfall at 13:15 UTC (21:15 local time) on December 6, 2014 near the cities of Oras and Dolores, in central Eastern Samar province in the Philippines as a

December 07, 2014

Super Typhoon "Hagupit" now a major threat for Philippines

Super Typhoon Hagupit, locally known as Ruby, is about to bear down on the Philippines this weekend. More than 30 million people will be impacted by this cyclone. Some areas in its path are still trying to recover from Haiyan, which will leave them more vulnerable to

December 05, 2014

Super Typhoon "Hagupit" targets the Philippines

Hagupit reached Super Typhoon status with sustained winds near 240 km/h (150 mph) and gusts up to 300 km/h (185 mph) early on December 3, 2014. Super Typhoon Hagupit is crossing very warm ocean waters of 30°C (86°F) and with light wind shear conditions, it will

December 04, 2014

Hagupit on the track to become super typhoon, Philippines on alert

Tropical Storm Hagupit strengthened into a typhoon early on December 2, 2014 with maximum sustained winds of 130 km/h (80 mph). Hagupit rapidly intensified, and is now Category 2 typhoon with maximum sustained winds of 160 km/h (100 mph), gusting up to 195 km/h (120

December 03, 2014

Morocco hit again by heavy rainfall and deadly floods

New rounds of torrential rains triggered floods that have killed 11 people in Morocco so far. Several thousand homes were damaged or destroyed, roads cut and power networks damaged. At least 250 villages had been cut off. The severe weather has spread to affect parts

December 03, 2014

New threat developing in West Pacific - Tropical Storm "Hagupit"

As Tropical Storm Sinlaku dissipates over Indo-China Peninsula, a new tropical threat is organizing near the Caroline Islands. This tropical disturbance is currently identified as Invest 95W, but it will soon become the next named system in the Western Pacific Ocean.

December 01, 2014

New round of severe weather and flooding for Morocco, Spain, France, Italy and parts of Balkan Peninsula

After delivering flooding rainfall to Portugal and most of the Spain, a strong storm system moves slowly to the east, bringing the threat for flooding rainfall to already saturated parts of the Mediterranean coast. A heavy storm triggered flash floods in south east

November 30, 2014

Tropical Storm Sinlaku made landfall at east Vietnam

Tropical Storm Sinlaku made landfall just north of Quang Ngai at east-central Vietnam late on November 29, 2014 with heavy rainfall and maximum sustained winds of 83 km/h, gusting up to 120 km/h. Binh Dinh, Phu Yen and Khanh Hoa provinces on the south central coast

November 30, 2014

Tropical Cyclone 02S threatens Mauritius and Reunion Islands

Second tropical cyclone of Southern Indian Ocean season formed in the Southern Indian Ocean early on November 28, 2014. The system is still designated as Tropical Cyclone 02S but it should be soon named as Tropical Cyclone Bansi. The new tropical storm is moving to the

November 29, 2014

Devastating supercell thunderstorm with fist sized hail hits Brisbane, Australia

A devastating supercell storm hit Brisbane city, Australia late Thursday, November 27, 2014 with torrential rain, destructive wind speeds of about 140 km/h and giant widespread hail. The storm made direct hit to central Brisbane making extraordinary damage and leaving m

November 28, 2014