Severe weather

Extreme weather floods the US South, tornadoes and large hail wreak havoc

Heavy thunderstorms accompanied with intense hail and tornadoes swept through the portion of the southern United States on April 29, 2016. Severe storms continued across the region on the following day, causing severe flash floods and threatening human lives and...

April 30, 2016

An outbreak of Arctic air set to bring unseasonal chill across the UK

A blast of Arctic air is expected to cause an outbreak of icy weather across the UK throughout this week. Most areas will experience temperatures about 4°C (39.2 °F) lower than average for this time of the year. The cold will be locally accompanied by heavy...

April 25, 2016

Intense storm destroys over 1 100 homes and leaves at least 14 dead, Myanmar

An intense storm accompanied by golf-sized hailstones and gale-force winds was sweeping parts of northern Myanmar since April 19, 2016. The storm destroyed over 1 100 homes and killed at least 14 people. The death toll is still expected to rise. On April 23, the...

April 25, 2016

Extensive severe weather outbreak targets central United States

An extensive severe weather outbreak is targeting the central United States, with the highest risk on Tuesday, April 26, 2016, into Wednesday, April 27. Three rounds of severe thunderstorms are expected through next weekend. Severe thunderstorms with large hail,...

April 25, 2016

Tropical Cyclone "Amos" expected to make landfall over Tutuila, American Samoa

JTWC's forecast track for Tropical Cyclone "Amos" released 09:00 UTC on April 23 takes Amos just north of Upolu Island, Samoa early April 24 (UTC) and directly over Tutuila, American Samoa before 06:00 UTC on April 24. Potential impacts include river...

April 23, 2016

Fantala devastated Farquhar Atoll, triggered severe flooding in drought-stricken Kenya

Tropical Cyclone "Fantala," one of the strongest tropical cyclones on record for the Indian Ocean, passed two times over Farquhar Group of islands, Seychelles, causing significant damage to infrastructure and environment. In drought-stricken Kenya, more...

April 21, 2016

Torrential downpours and orange-sized hail damage 2 000 homes in Manipur, India

Severe thunderstorms accompanied by heavy rainfall and very large hail have been sweeping the states in northeastern India, since April 18, 2016. According to residents, more than 2 000 homes in Manipur and other buildings suffered extensive damage. No victims have...

April 21, 2016

Newly formed Tropical Cyclone "Amos" to remain nearly stationary over the Samoan Islands

Tropical Cyclone "Amos" (20P/JTWC) formed on April 20, 2016, north of Fiji, southern Pacific Ocean. The system is moving toward the Samoan Islands and is expected to remain nearly stationary over them through the week, increasing the potential for flash...

April 20, 2016

State of emergency declared after historic flooding claims 6 lives in Houston, Texas

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has declared a state of emergency in nine counties after record-breaking rainfall on April 18 caused unprecedented flooding in the Houston area. As of 17:00 UTC (12:00 CDT), April 19, 6 people have died as a result of severe flooding. The...

April 19, 2016

Super Cyclone "Fantala" starts a weakening trend, to turn toward Madagascar

Tropical Cyclone "Fantala" strengthened to a Category 5 equivalent hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. At 18:42 UTC on April 17, its maximum sustained winds reached 277.8 km/h (172.6 mph / 150 knots; JTWC) and made Fantala one of the...

April 19, 2016

Major storm wreaks havoc across US, life-threating flood ongoing in Houston

A major storm has ravaged parts of the US in the period between April 15 and 17, 2016. Heavy snowfall and flash floods wreaked havoc across the affected areas, causing large traffic disruptions, power outages and evacuations. More than 0.3 m (1 feet) of snowfall was...

April 18, 2016

Powerful Tropical Cyclone "Fantala" to make a U-turn just north of Madagascar

Powerful Tropical Cyclone "Fantala" strengthened to 240 km/h (149.6 mph) on April 17, greater than what was previously forecast. The storm is about to make a U-turn toward the southeast and slowly weaken. Strong wind warnings are in effect for Rodrigues,...

April 17, 2016

Violent tornado rips through the city of Dolores, killing 4 and injuring hundreds, Uruguay

A very destructive tornado ripped through the southwestern Uruguay city of Dolores on April 15, 2016, killing four people and leaving more than 200 injured. The tornado hit the city about 19:00 UTC (16:00 local time), overturning cars, shattering windows and...

April 16, 2016

Tropical Cyclone "Fantala" now a major hurricane, threatening Mauritius

Tropical Cyclone "Fantala" developed into a major hurricane and is threatening portions of the Republic of Mauritius, as of April 15, 2016. The system will continue to intensify over the next two days, and strong wind warnings are in place for several...

April 15, 2016

More than 800 000 animals perished by dzud conditions in Mongolia

While spring conditions slowly set in Mongolia, 20% of the country is still left under a snow blanket, and 23 districts are experiencing white dzud (extremely snowy winter) or very similar circumstances. Because the conditions are unseasonably cold, there are...

April 15, 2016

Over 40 killed in Saudi Arabia, Yemen floods

Over 40 people have been killed after heavy rains caused severe flooding in Saudi Arabia and Yemen this week. According to the General Directorate of Saudi Civil Defence, rains and flooding claimed lives of 18 people throughout Saudi Arabia and more than 900 had to...

April 14, 2016

Hailstones up to 10.8 cm in diameter ravage Wylie, Texas

A severe hailstorm hit parts of Texas Monday night, April 11, 2016, causing extensive damage to homes and cars. Hailstones up to 10.8 cm (4.25 inches) were reported in Wylie, northeast of Dallas. This region was hit by very large hail just a couple of weeks ago....

April 12, 2016