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Brazil flood and mudslide deaths rise

January 14, 2011 Comments off

More than 420 people have now been killed by flooding and mudslides in south-eastern Brazil, officials say.

About 200 people have died in the town of Nova Friburgo, some 175 in Teresopolis and dozens more in Petropolis, media report. Thousands of people have been made homeless.

Rio de Janeiro Governor Sergio Cabral blamed local governments for allowing poor building and illegal occupations.

President Dilma Rousseff has toured damaged areas in Nova Friburgo.

She vowed that there would be “firm action” by the government.

Ms Rousseff was accompanied by Mr Cabral and other politicians and later left for a press conference in Rio, where she spoke of the “dramatic” scenes she had seen.

Expressing solidarity with the victims, she said: “The suffering of the people is very great.”

‘It was hell’

Heavy rain fell early on Thursday as rescuers resumed their search but l Read more…

Sri Lanka flooding forces more than 300,000 to flee homes

January 13, 2011 Comments off

Mudslides bring death toll to 21 as government says more than 1 million people affected by rains

    Sri Lankan rescuers evacuate residents of the eastern district of Batticaloa by boat as floods rise Sri Lankan rescuers evacuate residents of the eastern district of Batticaloa by boat as floodwaters rise. Photograph: AFP/Getty ImagesMore than 300,000 people have been forced out of their homes by flooding in Sri Lanka, with no sign of a let-up in the torrential rain on the island nation’s east coast. 

    Three more people were killed by mudslides today, bringing the death toll to 21, officials said.

    The government’s Disaster Management Centre said more than 1 million people had been affected by the rains, with 325,000 made homeless.

    Many villages remain cut off from supplies despite a huge relief effort i Read more…

2010 hottest year in Canada on record

January 13, 2011 Comments off
National temperatures exceeded average values by 3 C in 2010,  the warmest since record-keeping began in Canada in 1948.

National temperatures exceeded average values by 3 C in 2010, the warmest since record-keeping began in Canada in 1948.

Photograph by: Michael Aporius, Edmonton Journal

Environment Canada has quietly released its climate report for 2010, confirming that it was the hottest year on Canadian record books.

National temperatures exceeded average values by a whopping 3 C, the warmest since record-keeping began in 1948, says the report, posted on the department’s website Monday.

“All of the country was above normal, with most of Nunavut and northern Quebec at least 4 C above normal,” says the report, that highlights 2010’s northern heat wave on its map in red.

“An area over southern Alberta and Saskatchewan was the only part of Canada Read more…

1180 new snowfall records set in the USA this past week

January 12, 2011 Comments off

It’s been a very busy week for snow and also for lowest max temperature, thanks to our El Nino induced weather patterns, while the Pacific Northwest is seeing warmer conditions, the southeast and eastern US gets lots of snow thanks to the pattern.

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Snow in 49 states including Hawaii

January 12, 2011 Comments off

The idea of 50 states with snow is so strange that the federal office that collects weather statistics doesn’t keep track of that number and can’t say whether it has ever happened. The office can’t even say whether 49 out of 50 has ever taken place before.

 

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – According to national news sources, it is snowing in 49 states across the country including Hawaii where snow has fallen atop Mauna Kea on the Big Island.

Florida is the only state without fresh snow.

This shot of the mountain was submitted by Adrel Vicente via our Connect Now photos on Jan. 8.

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Snow present in 49 of the 50 U.S. states

Snow present in 49 of the 50 U.S. states

After big snow and ice events in the Southeast, Plains, and Midwest this week, 49 out of the 50 states currently have snow on the ground –  yes, even Hawaii, where snow falls in Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea all winter.

The only state that has avoided this icy blast is Florida.  Does that make you want to go on a nice, warm vacation to the Sunshine State?  You’re not alone.

Put another way, that means snow is present in 69.4 percent of the lower 48, which is more than double than December.  This is extremely unusual, though it’s hard to put a date on when this last happened because records aren’t kept on this kind of event.

The National Operational Hydrologic Remote Sensing Center combines ground reports and images from satellites in space to determine how much of the country is covered in snow.  That’s what you see in the image above.  The images tell how deep and widespread the snow is, and that’s important not only for images like this one, but also for computer weather models, which use the data to generate accurate forecasts. Such forecasts were very useful in predicting this week’s winter storms.