Severe weather

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 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

Tropical Storm "Sinlaku" leaves Philippines, heads toward Vietnam, Cambodia

Tropical Storm "Sinlaku" (Queenie) formed over the open waters of the South China Sea, after developing into a depression east of the Philippines. This is 21st tropical system of Northwestern Pacific season this year.The system is now heading west after

November 28, 2014

Bellow-average Atlantic and busy Pacific hurricane seasons draw to end

Hurricane season officially ends on November 30, and while the Atlantic season was relatively quiet, as predicted, the Pacific was at its most active in two decades, US meteorologists said.A number of weather conditions this year, such as strong vertical wind shear,

November 27, 2014

Severe weather system floods Morocco, heads toward France and Italy

The heaviest storms to hit southern Morocco in decades caused flash floods in much of the south at the foot of the Anti-Atlas Mountains, after three days of intense rainfall. Some areas received around 250 mm (10 inches) of rain in just a few hours.Around 100 homes

November 25, 2014

Polar air brings record low temperatures to US, crazy lake effect snow in the Midwest

A deep low pressure system centered over southeastern Canada will continue to push polar air over the eastern half of the US this week. Well below average temperatures will reach the Gulf Coast, with most of the Mid-Atlantic states barely getting above freezing on Wedne

November 19, 2014

Unprecedented amounts of rainfall devastate parts of France, Switzerland and Italy

Unprecedented amounts of rainfall battered parts of France, Switzerland and northern Italy in the last two weeks causing severe flooding and landslides throughout the region. The second round of powerful storms and widespread flooding hit the region over the weekend wit

November 17, 2014

Remnants of Super Typhoon "Nuri" affecting Aleutian Islands, Alaska

Remnants of Super Typhoon "Nuri" have moved across the Pacific and are now bringing hurricane-force wind gusts to Western Aleutian Islands, Alaska. What's left of Nuri has combined with polar jet and on November 8th became the strongest low-pressure system

November 07, 2014

Southcentral Europe hit by severe weather, heavy rain and floods

Parts of southern and central Europe were hit by severe weather over the last 5 days. The storm system already delivered heavy rainfall to parts of southern France, southern Switzerland, northern Italy, western Austria, western Slovenia and northwestern Croatia.

November 07, 2014

Tropical Cyclone "05B" formed in Bay of Bengal

The fifth tropical cyclone of the Northern Indian Ocean season formed in the Bay of Bengal early on November 6, 2014.Relatively high sea surface temperatures and moderate vertical wind shear will help it maintain strength and slightly intensify over the next two days as

November 07, 2014

Typhoon "Nuri" makes extra-tropical transition

According to JTWC's warning issued 03:00 UTC today, Nuri - the sixth super typhoon of 2014 - has now nearly completed its extra-tropical transition and is located approximately 240 km (149 miles) west-northwest of Chichi Jima, Japan. The system is expected to be a s

November 06, 2014

Category 2 Hurricane "Vance" targets western Mexico

Hurricane Vance is now located south of Isla Socorro in the Pacific Ocean and is moving northward toward western Mexico. In its report issued at 21:00 UTC on November 3, 2014, NHC reported maximum sustained winds of 175 km/h (110 mph) with gusts up to 215 km/h (135

November 04, 2014

Nuri became sixth super typhoon of 2014, heading toward Japan

Tropical Storm "Nuri" formed in the Philippine Sea on Friday, October 31, intensified into a typhoon the next day and started its rapid intensification phase. It became the sixth super typhoon of 2014 yesterday and is now located northeast of Philippines and s

November 03, 2014

"Vance" to become hurricane as it moves toward western Mexico

Tropical Depression 21E in the eastern Pacific Ocean strengthened overnight on October 30 and by morning October 31 it developed into Tropical Storm "Vance". The system is slowly organizing as it moves west-northwestward. Further strengthening is expected as

November 02, 2014

Tropical Storm "Nuri" formed in Philippine Sea

Tropical depression in the western North Pacific Ocean developed into Tropical Storm Nuri on October 31, 2014. At 09:00 UTC on October 31, 2014, Nuri had maximum sustained winds near 55 km/h (34 mph). It was centered about 391 km (243 miles) north-northwest of Yap. The

November 01, 2014

"Nilofar" dissipated over northeast Arabian Sea

The depression over northeast Arabian Sea moved northeastwards and weakened into a well-marked low pressure area over northeast Arabian Sea early on October 31, 2014. Moderate rainfall, squally winds and moderate to rough sea surge along and off Gujarat coast are

November 01, 2014

"Nilofar" rapidly weakens into tropical depression before landfall

Good news for residents of coastal areas near Pakistan/India border. Once a Category 4 Cyclone "Nilofar" has rapidly weakened in northern Arabian Sea as approaching north Gujarat coast becoming tropical depression before making landfall. By 09:00 UTC on

October 31, 2014

Tropical Cyclone "Nilofar" reached its peak intensity

Tropical Cyclone "Nilofar" in Arabian Sea has likely reached its peak intensity. It is currently the equivalent of a Category 3 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 185 km/h (115 mph) with gusts up to 232 km/h (145 mph).The system is moving northward at

October 29, 2014

Remnants of Tropical Storm "Ana" affecting British Columbia, Canada

After spinning just south south of Hawaii on October 17, producing high waves along some shorelines and prompting flood advisories what was left of Tropical Storm "Ana" hit British Columbia, Canada on Monday, October 27, 2014.Consequently, southeast winds were

October 28, 2014

Tropical Cyclone "Nilofar" intensifies in Arabian Sea, aims Pakistan and India

Tropical Cyclone "Nilofar" continues to intensify in Arabian Sea and is now a Category 2 storm with a maximum sustained wind speed of 168 km/h (105 mph) with gusts up to 204 km/h (127 mph). It is currently moving north-northwestward at speed of 11 km/h (7

October 28, 2014