Severe weather

Severe Tropical Cyclone "Pam" devastates Vanuatu, dozens feared dead in one of region's worst weather disasters

Severe Tropical Cyclone "Pam" was a massive and destructive Category 5 storm packing sustained winds of about 270 km/h (167 mph) and wind gusts of 320 km/h (198 mph) when it hit Vanuatu on Friday, March 13, 2015.The storm changed course at the last minute and

March 14, 2015

Rare subtropical storm formed off the southeast coast of Brazil, South Atlantic Ocean

A rare subtropical storm, with characteristics of both a tropical and a non-tropical system, formed on March 11, 2015 near east of the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul, the southeastern most state in Brazil.NOAA's GOES-East satellite provided imagery of the Atla

March 13, 2015

Severe Tropical Cyclone "Pam" triggers red alerts in Vanuatu

At 02:00 UTC on March 12, Severe Tropical Cyclone "Pam" (Category 4) was located about 950 km (590 miles) Northwest of Nadi, Fiji, RSMC Nadi Tropical Cyclone Center said. It had a central pressure of 935 hPa and average wind speeds of 185 km/h (114.9 mph) clos

March 12, 2015

Tropical cyclones "Olwyn" and "Nathan" threatening Australia

Two tropical cyclones are currently threatening Australia, Tropical Cyclone "Olwyn" and "Nathan". While Olwyn is expected to make landfall early Friday, March 13 (local time), "Nathan" is making a cyclonic loop near the eastern coast of Que

March 11, 2015

Severe sandstorm hits United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates (UAE) was hit by a severe sandstorm on March 10 and 11, 2015.Rainfall is also expected today and tomorrow across parts of the UAE, with the wet weather blowing in fresh winds that will raise dust and sand over open areas and reduce visibility, Emira

March 11, 2015

Severe Tropical Cyclone "Pam" intensifies on its way to Vanuatu

Tropical Cyclone "Pam" formed in the Solomon Islands in the Southern Pacific Ocean early on March 9, 2015 prompting tropical cyclone watch for all of the Solomon Islands.At 15:00 UTC on March 9, Pam's maximum sustained winds were near 83.3 km/h (51.7 mph).

March 10, 2015

Tropical Cyclone "Haliba" affecting portions of the Mascarene Islands

Tropical Cyclone "Haliba" formed in the southern Indian Ocean and is affecting portions of the Mascarene Islands (mainly Reunion Island). Inhabitants of this area should monitor the progress of this system, RSMC La Reunion said.Haliba is currently a Moderate t

March 09, 2015

New tropical cyclone threatens Mozambique and Madagascar

A new tropical cyclone in the Mozambique Channel is threatening Mozambique and Madagascar with heavy rainfall. The system will likely make landfall on Monday, March 9 on the central western coast of Madagascar as a Severe tropical storm (Haliba).According to RSMC La Reu

March 06, 2015

Record-breaking cold from the US Midwest to the South and the Northeast

As arctic air continues to surge southward behind a cold front sweeping across the Southeast US, forecasters are warning that all-time March record lows are likely to be broken Friday morning.In addition to monthly record lows, dozens of daily record lows will be threat

March 06, 2015

Tropical Cyclone "Glenda" strengthening in the Southern Indian Ocean

A tropical low pressure area designated as System 90S formed in the Southern Indian Ocean on February 21, 2015 and has been slowly organizing and consolidating. Three days later this system became Tropical Storm 14S and was named Tropical Cyclone "Glenda" toda

February 25, 2015

Persistent dust storms across the Arabian Peninsula

In late February 2015, a significant winter storm stirred up dust and sand across much of the Arabian Peninsula. The low-pressure system energized strong northwest winds that carried dust from as far as northern Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Kuwait to the shores of the Persia

February 25, 2015

Two major cyclones - Lam and Marcia - leave widespread damage as they move inland, Australia

Tropical Cyclone "Lam" crossed the mainland coast approximately 15 km (9.3 miles) east of Milingimbi, Northern Territory, Australia shortly after 16:30 UTC on February 19, 2015 as a 185 km/h (115 mph) Category 4 storm on the Australian tropical cyclone intensi

February 20, 2015

Marcia rapidly intensified, expected to reach Category 5 before landfall

Tropical Cyclone "Marcia" rapidly and unexpectedly intensified over the last 24 hours and is now a Category 4 storm on the Australian tropical cyclone intensity scale. Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) expects it to become a Category 5 storm before

February 19, 2015

Severe Tropical Cyclone "Lam" about to make landfall, Australia

The very destructive core of Severe Tropical Cyclone "Lam" continues on its SW track, parallel to the Wessel Islands and is expected to make landfall on the mainland coast between Milingimbi and Gapuwiyak (Northern Territory, Australia) overnight Thursday or

February 19, 2015

Tropical Cyclone "Marcia" formed over the central Coral Sea, Australia

Tropical Cyclone "Marcia" has developed over the central Coral Sea today, and is slowly strengthening, Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) reports.The system curved onto a southwesterly track during the day, and is expected to maintain this general motion t

February 18, 2015

Dangerous Tropical Cyclone "Lam" formed near Northern Territory, Australia

A dangerous Tropical Cyclone "Lam" formed in the Arafura Sea, between Australia and Indonesian New Guinea, on February 16, 2015. The system is expected to make landfall in Northern Territory, Australia on February 18 or 19 as a powerful Category 4 storm on the

February 17, 2015

Winter storm "Neptune" brings snow, high winds and bitter wind chill to Northeast US

After record breaking snow in parts of New England, another dangerous winter storm is approaching Northeast US. Winter storm "Neptune" delivers a triple threat of snow, high winds and bitter wind chills to areas still struggling to recover from a series of maj

February 15, 2015

Typhoon "Higos" formed over Northwestern Pacific Ocean

Typhoon "Higos", which started organizing late last week, continues to strengthen over open waters of Northwestern Pacific Ocean. The system is now located about 1 200 km (760 miles) east of Guam and is moving to the WNW at 7.4 km/h (4.6 mph).At 06:00 UTC toda

February 09, 2015

Nevada dust storm primary suspect for unusual "milky rain" phenomenon in northwestern US

Large Nevada dust storm, which occurred Thursday night into Friday, is the primary suspect for unusual milky white and gray rain that started falling on parts of northwestern US late last week. National Weather Service began reporting this unusual phenomenon on Friday,

February 09, 2015

Severe hailstorm hits KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa

A severe hailstorm has swept over KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa killing at least five people. The KwaZulu-Natal department of co-operative governance and traditional affairs (Cogta) is on high alert following recent severe weather and is monitoring the weather

February 08, 2015

Atmospheric river lashes drought-stricken California with rain and floods

As forecasted earlier this week, atmospheric river known locally as the Pineapple Express is sweeping down the West Coast US. The storm is dropping heavy rainfall, knocking down trees and power lines, delaying hundreds of flights and causing flash floods and traffic

February 07, 2015

Tropical Cyclone "Fundi" brings heavy rainfall over Madagascar

Tropical Cyclone "Fundi" formed over Mozambique Channel on February 6, 2015 bringing heavy rainfall to already soaked Madagascar.The system is located near the coast of southwestern Madagascar, about 629 km (391 miles) WSW of the capital Antananarivo.According

February 06, 2015

Northern California awaits heavy rainfall after driest January on record

Northern California is awating heavy rainfall late this week after one of the driest Januaries on record. San Francisco, for instance, received no measurable rain during last month for the first time in its recorded weather history that dates back to the 1850s.Moderate

February 04, 2015

Eunice reaches Category 5 hurricane equivalent, South Indian Ocean

Tropical Cyclone "Eunice" formed on January 28 over the open waters of South Indian Ocean and rapidly intensified. Eunice is a powerful storm, however, it is located far from any land.According to JTWC warning issued 00:00 UTC today, Eunice had maximum sustain

January 30, 2015

Tropical cyclones "Eunice" and "Diamondra" form over Indian Ocean

Two tropical cyclones have formed over Indian Ocean during last 48 hours. The first one formed on January 26 and was named Diamondra yesterday. The second one was named Eunice today.Diamondra is far from land and is expected to stay there until it dissipates in the comi

January 28, 2015

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