Weather phenomena

A rare sight: Twin tornadoes form in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany

After severe thunderstorms and flooding that hit southern Germany last week, a rare weather phenomenon for Germany was observed and recorded in the country's north. On June 5, 2016, residents of Schleswig-Holstein, the northernmost of the 16 states of Germany,...

June 06, 2016

Rare form of transient luminous event over Oklahoma, US

An enormous swarm of sprites was observed across the top of a thunderstorm during a severe weather outbreak in Oklahoma, US on May 23, 2016. The phenomenon was recorded by amateur astronomer Thomas Ashcraft, almost 640 km (400 miles) away, SpaceWeather.com reports,...

May 27, 2016

Severe Nor'wester leaves dozens dead in Bangladesh

A severe Nor'wester left a large trail of destruction and at least 35 people dead across Bangladesh on Thursday, May 12, 2016. The storm uprooted hundreds of trees and flattened many tin and mud-built houses in at least 15 districts. Most victims died after...

May 13, 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

Large multiple-vortex waterspout filmed in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

A tornado formed in Fort Lauderdale, southeastern Florida on March 19, 2016, and soon turned into a large multiple-vortex waterspout. The rare event was filmed by several observers. The wind picked up boats, tossed garbage cans and left several cars damaged....

March 21, 2016

Sudden stratospheric warming to bring a snap of cold weather over UK

Meteorologists from the UK Met Office have predicted a sudden stratospheric warming (SSW) will occur in early March 2016. The phenomena could affect the surface weather, increasing the risk of prolonged wintry conditions over parts of northern Europe and the UK. The...

March 01, 2016

NASA's El Niño new animation study compares the 1997/98 and 2015/16 phenomenon

NASA's scientists produced a new animation showing the 2015 El Niño event unfolding the Pacific Ocean. Observed changes in the sea surface temperature (SST) vary greatly from those typical for the 1997/98 phenomenon; they are stronger and deeper. The La...

February 27, 2016

Rare triple waterspout caught on camera near New Orleans, US

A rare triple waterspout was spotted and captured on camera on Lake Pontchartrain near New Orleans, US on February 23, 2016. The large central waterspout has two smaller ones spiraling around it. Video courtesy News24 According to NOAA, there are two main...

February 27, 2016

2015/16 strong El Niño declines, but continues to influence the global climate

The 2015/16 El Niño has passed its peak and continues to decline gradually, according to the latest updates from the World Meteorological Organization (WHO) and Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM). Despite the weakening trend, it will continue to influence...

February 19, 2016

Intense thunderstorm spawns 3 tornadoes and a meteotsunami in Florida, US

Intense thunderstorms wreaked havoc across Florida in the early morning hours of January 17, 2016 (local time). A powerful storm spawned three confirmed tornadoes and a meteotsunami, bringing widespread coastal flooding and inflicting major damage to the affected...

January 18, 2016

New research reveals El Niño pattern in contradiction with top climate models

An international team of scientist has conducted a study of fossil corals and mollusk shells from the Pacific Ocean which has shown there is no link between the strength of seasonal differences and El Niño. This discovery seems to cast a shadow of doubt on...

December 16, 2015

NASA ready to observe 2015/16 El Niño in unprecedented details

The periodical El Niño weather phenomena, known to affect the climate of our planet every few years, causing and enhancing extreme weather patterns, has already received a lot of attention this year, and will be better observed from space than any other El...

October 21, 2015

Huge waterspout makes dramatic appearance over Genoa, Italy

A huge waterspout, accompanied with a strong thunderstorm, has made a dramatic appearance over the sea of Genoa Bay, Italy, media reported on October 20, 2015. Evgeny Drokov, who has been visiting Genoa with his family on a holiday trip, has taken impressive photos...

October 20, 2015

2015/16 US Winter Outlook predicts wetter and drier than usual weather across parts of US

NOAA's meteorologists predict this season's El Niño will have a significant impact on the 2015/2016 US winter by influencing the positions of the Pacific jet stream. In combination with cold air outbreaks from Arctic Oscillation and snow storms usual...

October 16, 2015

Rare tornadic feature for Australia: Waterspout forms off Bronte Beach, eastern Sydney

Professional storm chaser Daniel Shaw recorded a waterspout off Bronte Beach, in eastern Sydney, Australia on the morning of October 14, 2015 (local time). A rare tornado-like event lasted for about 10 minutes and gave an impressive view to its observers 20 km away...

October 15, 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...

October 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