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El Nino May Bring Civil Unrest This Winter

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When an unusually powerful El Niño struck in 1997, civil conflicts erupted across the tropics, from Sudan to Peru — as floods, droughts and fires devastated crops, fisheries and livelihoods.

It wasn’t an isolated case, suggests growing evidence that links El Niño’s extreme weather with a spike in violent conflicts in tropical regions. As one of the strongest El Niño events in recorded history gains steam this fall, some experts are warning of the potential for more unrest to come – and the urgent need to take preventive action.

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Some fairly nutty and violent weather can occur during El Nino years.
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“Half the world’s population is exposed to a higher risk of violence this year,” says Solomon Hsiang, professor of public policy at Berkeley. “Now that we know what to expect, we shouldn’t necessarily sit back and watch sparks fly. There are a lot of things we can do.”

Civilizations That Withered in Drought

Collapses of entire civilizations have been linked to climate shifts, with examples that go back centuries. The Little Ice Age in the mid-1600s, for example, has been blamed for widespread wars and political crises that occurred around much of the world at the time.

 

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19.06.2013 Extreme Weather New Zealand Northland, [Waikato region] Damage level Details

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Extreme Weather in New Zealand on Wednesday, 19 June, 2013 at 08:08 (08:08 AM) UTC.

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A tornado reportedly touched down in Waikato for about 10 minutes this afternoon. The picture was taken at Paterangi, just south of Hamilton. While tornadoes weren’t in the forecast today, unstable and slow conditions had led to the funnel cloud and then short-lived tornado, head analyst Philip Duncan said. It was at the lowest end of the scale but was still capable of lifting pieces of roofing iron and break branches. Mr Duncan said funnel clouds may be spotted over the next couple of days, along with short, sharp, squalls which are similar to tornadoes but don’t spin. “This looks like a bit of a one-off as the north of New Zealand is still very much in a humid, mild, pool of unstable air – overnight it becomes more unstable but the air will get much colder and that limits the chances of further tornadoes” he said.

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New Zealand Braces for Coming Storm in the Next Three Days

By Reissa Su | June 19, 2013 1:16 PM EST

A storm is set to hit southern and central areas of New Zealand bringing strong winds, rain and snow.  Weather reports say the storm will likely stay in the country for the next three days due to the unusual but powerful combination of weather systems.

New Zealand braces for coming storm today

New Zealand’s Civil Defence urges people to prepare for emergency power outages and possible cuts to phone lines especially those living the South Island and central North Island.  The coming storm is said to be the worst one yet to hit winter so far.

Meteorologist Daniel Corbett for MetService media and communications said that people should brace for the cold winds the storm will bring.  The high amount of snowfall in Auckland two years ago may be unlikely to happen again, residents of the city are advised to remain alert since they cannot escape the coming storm.

Corbett said last Friday’s temperature barely went beyond 10 degrees Celsius.  Residents will be more than likely to experience the cold blast of winds.

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14.06.2013 Extreme Weather Malaysia Pulau Pinang, [Seberang Perai region] Damage level
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Extreme Weather in Malaysia on Friday, 14 June, 2013 at 10:25 (10:25 AM) UTC.

 

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More than 100 houses in Seberang Perai (SP) Utara, SP Tengah and SP Selatan were damaged in a thunderstorm last night. During the 7.30pm thunderstorm, the roofs of many houses were either flown away or damaged by strong winds. Seberang Jaya state assemblyman Dr Afif Bahardin said in his area alone, 68 houses suffered damages due to the thunderstorm. Among areas affected were Taman Tun Hussein, Taman Siakap, Taman Tenggiri and Permatang Rawa, he said. “I have advised those whose houses were damaged to lodge a police report to ease the process of providing assistance,” he told reporters, here, today. Seberang Perai Selatan police chief Supt Shafien Mamat when contacted by Bernama said police have received two reports so far. He added that according to reports received, 10 houses in Batu Kawan, Simpang Ampat and Taman Seruling had suffered damages. Other areas affected are Butterworth, Kepala Batas, Bukit Mertajam but no casualties were reported. However, in George Town two people were killed and five others injured when a giant antenna pole came crushing down in MaCalister Road during the thunderstorm, crushing a lorry and seven cars.

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Freak Storm Rips Through Penang

Freak Storm Rips Through Penang

Penang was in chaos yesterday as an hour-long thunderstorm wreaked havoc in several areas here, killing two people and injuring nine.

 

One of the dead was identified as 46-year-old Jahir Hussain Sulaiman, a co-driver of a lorry carrying liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) cylinders who was crushed by a falling pole. Jahir is believed to have died of head injuries after his lorry was hit by a 40m section of a pole which ran alongside the 21-storey Menara Umno in Jalan Macalister.

 

In Air Itam, 32-year-old farmer Wong Tze Chow died after being hit by a falling tree on his way home from work.

 

The 6:45pm thunderstorm resulted in traffic congestion all over the state. Six cars were seen crushed by the giant white pole, which officials said was a lightning conductor. Old trees all over the island were uprooted and fell on vehicles as well as private and public properties.

 

One of the victims, who wished to be identified as Nur, 26, said she was driving to her office in Prai Industrial Zone from here when she heard a loud crack on the left of the road. She said, “It was raining heavily and suddenly a huge tree crashed on the windscreen of my car. I rushed out from the car and I am grateful that I was not injured”.

 

 

 

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West Bengal storm kills eight

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18.04.2013 Extreme Weather India State of West Bengal, [Kolkata region] Damage level Details

Extreme Weather in India on Thursday, 18 April, 2013 at 16:51 (04:51 PM) UTC.

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At least eight people were killed in the storm that lashed parts of West Bengal on Wednesday evening, an official said here on Thursday. While three deaths were reported from the state capital Kolkata and adjoining districts Wednesday, five more deaths were reported from other parts of the state Thursday. The state government has announced a compensation of Rs.200,000 to the victims’ next of kin, an official said. The storm lashed Kolkata and other districts with a maximum wind speed of 116 km per hour, disrupting normal life as road, rail and air services were badly hit. Locally known as Nor’wester, the storm also uprooted hundreds of trees. A number of wall collapse incidents were reported from various parts of the city and the state.

 

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17.04.2013 Extreme Weather China MultiProvinces, [Xinjiang, western Inner Mongolia, western Gansu, central and northern Ningxia and northern Shaanxi] Damage level Details

Extreme Weather in China on Wednesday, 17 April, 2013 at 07:44 (07:44 AM) UTC.

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A strong sandstorm hit Kashgar, northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region on Tuesday, leaving the city shrouded in orange dust. The affected areas will include parts of southern Xinjiang, western Inner Mongolia, western Gansu, central and northern Ningxia and northern Shaanxi. From Tuesday, a cold front has caused sandstorms in northwest China, especially parts of Xinjiang and Inner Mongolia, the center said in a statement on its website. Sandstorms can cause health problems and may trigger or worsen illnesses like coughs and allergies, the statement warned. The cold front will bring low- to medium-strength rain to northern Xinjiang in the coming three days.

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Here are pictures from China’s Xinjiang region. A strong sandstorm moved in on Tuesday afternoon, blanketing much of the area with a reddish haze.

China’s National Meteorological Center said a cold front brought the sand from Xinjiang’s deserts into the cities.

Visibility is less than 100 feet. Cars are driving with their lights on and pedestrians cover their faces to keep out the wind and sand.

Weather authorities said this is the first sandstorm for the spring, and will stay around until Thursday.

 

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02.04.2013 Extreme Weather Serbia Municipality of Zitiste , [Zitiste -wide] Damage level Details

Extreme Weather in Serbia on Tuesday, 02 April, 2013 at 10:53 (10:53 AM) UTC.

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High winds described as a tornado struck the village of Torda in the Zitiste municipality over the weekend, causing damages on over 100 structures. Belgrade-based daily Blic is writing that there have been no casualties, but that the material damage is “enormous”. The storm ripped off roofs from houses, turned over vehicles, and ripped out trees. Police, firefighters, electric grid maintenance workers, and those from utilities companies of the municipality of Žitište, where the village is located, were all at the scene. Janos Dobai, head of the Local Community Office (MZ), told reporters that 80 households so far reported damage, while some 100 structures in all were affected. According to him, the village suffered damages worth “millions”. Zitiste Municipality President Dusan Micev said that the local authorities were organizing assistance to the village, but appealed on the provincial and state authorities to help. Torda is an ethnic Hungarian village that has some 1,400 residents who were celebrating Easter when the storm struck on Sunday.

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Tornado in Serbia damages more than 100 buildings

Tornado in Serbia has damaged more than 100 buildings. Tornado hit the Torda village in the Žitište municipality of Serbia, B92 mentions.

Tornado in Serbia ripped off roofs and knocked down trees. Tornado damage is estimated in the millions of dollars.

Related post: Serbia snow storm claims 4

Police and firefighters with disaster management team are working on the site.

Below is a you tube video of tornado in Serbian village Torda.

 

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Workers at Egypt's Ain Sokhna port are taking industrial action demanding employment contracts with port managers

22.03.2013 Extreme Weather Egypt Governorate of As Suways, [Red Sea ports] Damage level
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Extreme Weather in Egypt on Friday, 22 March, 2013 at 15:48 (03:48 PM) UTC.

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Egypt’s Red Sea Ports Authority on Friday shut four ports due to high-speed winds and sandstorms that swept several provinces, especially in coastal areas. The Egypt Meteorological Authority (EMA) says they prefer fishermen and motorists not engage in many outdoor activities under the low-visibility dusty skies, whose wind induces 3-metre high sea waves. The EMA registered wind speed at 35 kilometres per hour and forecasts that the weather will better by sunset on Friday. Temperature in Cairo on Friday records a moderate 26 Celsius (78 F) during the day, although it feels warmer due to the 35 percent humidity. By night it is expected to cool to 22 Celsius (71 F). Over Egypt’s coastal provinces and vital waterway, the Suez Canal, maximum temperatures range between 21 – 27 Celsius, however minimum temperatures forecast are 19 – 20 Celsius. While moderate in the north, Egypt’s southern provinces in Upper Egypt are experiencing a heat wave with daytime highs of 34 Celsius (93 F) in Luxor, expected to plunge to 22 Celsius by nightfall.

 

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Storm kills 2, causes damage in Sao Paulo

Today Extreme Weather Brazil Municipality of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo Damage level
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Extreme Weather in Brazil on Monday, 11 March, 2013 at 03:59 (03:59 AM) UTC.

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A heavy storm that began Saturday afternoon killed two people and caused landslides, flooding and traffic jams in Sao Paulo, the authorities in Brazil’s largest city reported Sunday. A 14-year-old girl was swept away by the current as runoff washed along Rua Vergueiro, which links the central Avenida Paulista with the southern part of the city, and a 32-year-old man who tried to help her was also swept away by the floodwaters, the Civil Defense authorities said. The bodies of the pair, who drowned, were recovered Sunday morning by local firefighters in the Liberdade neighborhood some distance from where the victims were last seen. The Military Police reported that several people required aid from Civil Defense, the Fire Department and police along the heavily traveled street. The Traffic Engineering Company, or CET, said that 132 stoplights were damaged and 15 trees fell over, some of them crushing nearby cars.

Several of the city’s tunnels were closed by authorities as a precaution and the roof of the food court area in the Shopping Continental mall in the Jaguare district collapsed without injuring anyone. Meanwhile, 16 neighborhoods lost their electrical service. The Congonhas airport, the city’s second largest and with a substantial number of domestic flights, was closed for almost an hour on Saturday evening and official alerts were declared in 38 zones in the metropolitan area. On Friday, a similar electrical storm in Sao Paulo caused 265 kilometers (164 miles) of traffic jams, the fourth-largest such problem in the city’s history, the CET said. A large number of automobiles were swept away by floodwaters in different spots around the city and along Avenida Paulista, which is the financial heart of Sao Paulo, buildings and businesses were without power for several hours. The weather report says that over the next few days the city will experience high temperatures, with sunshine in the morning and thunderstorms in the afternoon.

Storm kills 2, causes damage in Sao Paulo

BRAZIL STORM | 10 de marzo de 2013

A heavy storm that began Saturday afternoon killed two people and caused landslides, flooding and traffic jams in Sao Paulo, the authorities in Brazil’s largest city reported Sunday. Foto Epitacio Pessoa/AE vía EFE-UGI/File/Not for use in Brazil

Sao Paulo, Mar 10 (EFE).- A heavy storm that began Saturday afternoon killed two people and caused landslides, flooding and traffic jams in Sao Paulo, the authorities in Brazil’s largest city reported Sunday.

A 14-year-old girl was swept away by the current as runoff washed along Rua Vergueiro, which links the central Avenida Paulista with the southern part of the city, and a 32-year-old man who tried to help her was also swept away by the floodwaters, the Civil Defense authorities said.

The bodies of the pair, who drowned, were recovered Sunday morning by local firefighters in the Liberdade neighborhood some distance from where the victims were last seen.

The Military Police reported that several people required aid from Civil Defense, the Fire Department and police along the heavily traveled street.

The Traffic Engineering Company, or CET, said that 132 stoplights were damaged and 15 trees fell over, some of them crushing nearby cars.

Several of the city’s tunnels were closed by authorities as a precaution and the roof of the food court area in the Shopping Continental mall in the Jaguare district collapsed without injuring anyone. Meanwhile, 16 neighborhoods lost their electrical service.

The Congonhas airport, the city’s second largest and with a substantial number of domestic flights, was closed for almost an hour on Saturday evening and official alerts were declared in 38 zones in the metropolitan area.

On Friday, a similar electrical storm in Sao Paulo caused 265 kilometers (164 miles) of traffic jams, the fourth-largest such problem in the city’s history, the CET said.

A large number of automobiles were swept away by floodwaters in different spots around the city and along Avenida Paulista, which is the financial heart of Sao Paulo, buildings and businesses were without power for several hours.

The weather report says that over the next few days the city will experience high temperatures, with sunshine in the morning and thunderstorms in the afternoon.

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Feb. 25, 2013 — The world has suffered from severe regional weather extremes in recent years, such as the heat wave in the United States in 2011 or the one in Russia 2010 coinciding with the unprecedented Pakistan flood. Behind these devastating individual events there is a common physical cause, propose scientists of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). The study will be published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and suggests that man-made climate change repeatedly disturbs the patterns of atmospheric flow around the globe’s Northern hemisphere through a subtle resonance mechanism.

 

Meridional windfield over four different timespans. (Credit: Image courtesy of Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK))

 

“An important part of the global air motion in the mid-latitudes of the Earth normally takes the form of waves wandering around the planet, oscillating between the tropical and the Arctic regions. So when they swing up, these waves suck warm air from the tropics to Europe, Russia, or the US, and when they swing down, they do the same thing with cold air from the Arctic,” explains lead author Vladimir Petoukhov.

“What we found is that during several recent extreme weather events these planetary waves almost freeze in their tracks for weeks. So instead of bringing in cool air after having brought warm air in before, the heat just stays. In fact, we observe a strong amplification of the usually weak, slowly moving component of these waves,” says Petoukhov. Time is critical here: two or three days of 30 degrees Celsius are no problem, but twenty or more days lead to extreme heat stress. Since many ecosystems and cities are not adapted to this, prolonged hot periods can result in a high death toll, forest fires, and dramatic harvest losses.

Anomalous surface temperatures are disturbing the air flows….

 

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Heat Wave in Australia on Sunday, 10 February, 2013 at 06:29 (06:29 AM) UTC.

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Perth is officially in a heat wave with temperatures expected to hover around 40 degrees for the next few days. A maximum of 41 degrees was forecast for the city on Sunday, with the mercury expected to remain that high on Monday and Tuesday. But it won’t be beach weather. The Bureau of Meteorology says thunderstorms are likely to develop at the start of the week but will clear by Wednesday when the temperature slips slightly. Temperatures for the rest of the week are expected to remain around the low to mid-30s. With hot days and warm nights expected, the Health Department is reminding people of the risks associated with heat stress. People over the age of 65 and children younger than two years are especially at risk, as well as women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, people with heart disease or high blood pressure, and those on certain drugs such as medication for mental illness. People who work outside or who are not used to the heat, such as overseas travellers, may also be at a higher risk. Although the human body can cope well in temperatures less than 32 degrees, higher temperatures can make it hard for the body to cool itself, the department says. “The body loses heat by sweating, but when temperatures are consistently high, sweating isn’t enough to cool down adequately,” the department warns. The effects of heat stress can be mild and include muscle cramps, weakness and headache. Medical advice should be sought if a person experienced high body temperature, nausea, dry hot skin or a rapid heart rate, the department said. To avoid heat stress, people are reminded to remain hydrated, wear loose fitting clothing and stay indoors.