LONDON, UK — On Friday, Britain assessed the damage of a storm that killed two people, forced thousands from their homes and threatened the nation with the biggest tidal surge in 60 years before moving on to Europe.
Severe floods wreaked havoc on the UK’s east coast. Waves several stories high smashed against seaside barriers. In the seaside town of Hemsby, homes tumbled downhill and were carried away by the sea like children’s toys.
Winds killed one man in northern England and another in Scotland.
Biggest tidal surge in 60 years threatens UK, Europe
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Powerful cyclone takes aim at India coast
Tens of thousands of people fled their homes in coastal areas of eastern India and moved to shelters Friday, bracing for Cyclone Phailin, which is expected to be the fiercest cyclone to threaten the country since a devastating stormkilled 10,000 people in the Indian state of Odisha 14 years ago.
Satellite images of the storm showed it 310 miles off India’s coast in the Bay of Bengal. Those images also showed the system covering an area roughly half the size of India. Some forecasters have likened its size and intensityto that of Hurricane Katrina, which devastated the U.S. Gulf Coast in 2005.
If the storm continues on its current path without weakening, it is expected to cause large-scale power and communications outages and shut down road and rail links, officials said. There could also be extensive damage to crops.
MEXICO CITY — Another storm season has brought a fresh spate of death-dealing “natural” disasters to Mexico.
Simultaneously punching the Pacific and Gulf coasts this week, storms Manuel and Ingrid together have tallied nearly 100 deaths so far, with the body count certain to rise as isolated communities dig out and count their victims.
Though the weaker of the two cyclones, Manuel has been the far costlier. Hitting the Pacific resort of Acapulco and isolated mountain communities nearby as a tropical storm, it killed scores of people and destroyed many millions of dollars worth of property. Ingrid, a category 2 hurricane, claimed its own share of lives and wealth, but hit eastern lands long accustomed and adaptable to tropical fury.
As a tropical country Mexico is fated to endure such torments each year. But there is little natural in the extent of their impact.
Mexico storms: An unnatural disaster
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American Northeasterners, as you hunker down to weather winter storm Nemo, know that you are not alone.
Record-setting snowfall has been hitting many parts of the world, from China to the United Kingdom.
Snow even fell in unusual places like Turkey and Israel, paralyzing daily life, but also turning those countries into special-edition winter wonderlands.
Winter is here: The worst winter storms and blizzards around the world
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A huge dust storm collided with the coast of Australia Wednesday, leaving a massive trail of orange sand in its wake.
The rolling storm, known as a haboob, was captured in amazing photographs (see slideshow) showing the cloud of whirling sand swallowing everything in its path.
PHOTOS: Australia dust storm smashes into small town near coast
Last year was the hottest on record in the United States according to data released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration yesterday, and 2013 has already shown itself to be another year of extreme weather worldwide.
Just in the past ten days, Australia has seen record temperatures sparking wildfires (that can be seen from space), Turkey has been blanketed in snow, and Israel and the Palestinian territories have waded through major flooding.
PHOTOS: Extreme weather strikes worldwide, bringing floods, fire and ice
As Seen From Space: Photos of the Australian Wildfires
[Images: Chris Hadfield/NASA]
The wildfires are being fed by a “dome of heat” of record-breaking temperatures.
The temperatures are so high, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology had to add new colors to its interactive weather forecasting chart.
Read more: Dome of heat: Australian weather bureau adds new colors to its map
China is having it’s coldest winter in 28 years. Images: http://usat.ly/XJ9dOv
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From the Rio Grande to Patagonia, climate change has begun to grip Latin America. Some of the damage, such as melting glaciers and rising sea level, can already be seen — but scientists warn there’s worse to come. The toll could be devastating for countries struggling to lift their populations out of poverty. In this series, GlobalPost’s Simeon Tegel reports from the climate frontlines.
Read it here.
Many may have guessed this already, but the first half of 2012 was the warmest six months in a calendar year on record, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s data, released on Monday.
The NOAA reported that the average temperature for 2012, through June, was 52.9 degrees Fahrenheit, about 4.5 degrees higher than the long-term average for the same period.
The New York Times noted that that is “1.5 degrees warmer on average than the second hottest temperatures recorded, in 2006.”
The Guardian published highlights from the report:
- Most of the contiguous United States was record or near-record warm for the six-month period, except the Pacific Northwest.
- 28 states east of the Rockies hit record warm temperatures.
- 15 other states were top ten warm.
- The period was also drier than average with precipitation at 1.62 inches bellow the national average.
The BBC said the last year was the hottest since record-keeping began in 1985, according to government scientists.
More on GlobalPost: Heat wave spreads across US
The percentage of the contiguous US experiencing drought went up from 37 percent to 56 percent in the first six months of 2012, according to The Times. Colorado, which has been ravaged by wildfires, experienced a June that was 6.4 degrees higher than its historical average.
According to the NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center’s climate scientist Jake Crouch, the jet stream has remained far north of its usual location since December, contributing to the warmest winter and spring on record,USA Today reported.
More on GlobalPost: Power outages leave 2.1M without power in heat wave
More than 170 all-time heat records were broken or tied during the latter half of June, said the BBC. Forecasters now predict that hot weather could plague the Western US and Canada.
Crouch told Reuters, “It’s hard to pinpoint climate change as the driving factor, but it appears that it is playing a role.” He added, “What’s going on for 2012 is exactly what we would expect from climate change.”