World weather news, November 2013
- The 2013 Atlantic hurricane season, which ends today, was the season with the fewest number of hurricanes since 1982, according to NOAA. Overall, 13 systems spun up in the basin since 1 June, one more than average for the season. Hurricanes, however, were in short supply. Only two, Ingrid and Humberto, formed this season, compared to the average of six. Of those two, neither became major hurricanes. A major hurricane is defined as a storm that reaches Category 3 or higher. Typically, the Atlantic yields three major hurricanes per season. Though the tropics looked prime for an active season back in June, several factors developed which inhibited the strengthening of the storms. Above normal shear across the Gulf into the northwestern Caribbean hindered development when it combined with a lot of dry air. Additionally, cold water nosing southwestward in the eastern Atlantic and a significant amount of African dust further stifled the set up for stronger, longer-lasting storms.
World weather news, December 2013
- An blizzard hit Alberta, Canada, including the Calgary area. Locally, more than 60 cm of snow fell and resulted in dangerous travel conditions. Kootenay Pass, Alberta, received 61 cm of snow, while Paulson Summit received 44 cm . Amounts were lighter at Calgary International Airport, where 14 cm of snow were measured.
- The Canary Islands have experienced some flash flooding over the past few days. In the 24 hours from 0600 GMT/2nd 195 mm of rain fell at Valverde in Tenerife. 57 mm seen at La Palma’s airport in just six hours during 0600-1200 GMT on the 2nd. The average monthly rainfall for the island of Tenerife is just 44mm in December and the annual average rainfall across the Canaries ranges from 100-300 mm.
- A major storm has hit northern Europe, leaving at least three people dead, causing transport chaos and threatening the biggest tidal surge in decades. A lorry driver was killed when his vehicle was blown over in Scotland, while a man died when he was hit by a falling tree in Nottinghamshire. In Denmark, a woman died after a lorry turned over in high winds. In Germany, the port of Hamburg is bracing for a direct hit and a massive tidal surge. The hurricane-force storm Xaver hit northern Europe on Thursday, leaving tens of thousands of homes without power. Winds gusting up to 142 mph battered Scotland Two sailors were reportedly swept overboard from a ship 22 km (14 miles) off the southern Swedish coast, and air-sea rescue services failed to find them. In the low-lying Netherlands, the Eastern Scheldt storm surge barrier has been closed off for the first time in six years. Dutch authorities said they had issued the highest possible flood warning for four areas in the north and north-west of the country. Dutch airline KLM cancelled 84 flights from Amsterdam's Schiphol airport, while more than 120 were cancelled or diverted at Hamburg airport. Rail travel was badly affected, with all train services in Scotland cancelled because of debris on the lines and damage to equipment. Services in northern England were also hit. The Oeresund road and rail bridge between Sweden and Denmark - which links the Danish capital Copenhagen with the Swedish city of Malmo and features in the hit television series The Bridge - was due to close from 1500 GMT. Railway lines in Sweden and Denmark were closed, while Germany's national railway, Deutsche Bahn, warned of likely disruption across a swathe of northern Germany. Ferries to Germany from Sweden and Denmark were cancelled.
- A tidal surge has hit coastal towns on the east of Britain after thousands of people were evacuated from their homes. The North Sea surge, predicted to be the worst for 60 years, reached north Norfolk in the evening and made its way south through the night. Scotland is facing snow alerts after a fierce storm earlier battered the UK, claiming two lives. The Environment Agency, which covers England and Wales, has dozens of severe flood warnings in place. Many of the severe warnings - which mean "danger to life" - relate to areas in the east of England, where there are also about 200 lower-level warnings and alerts. 9,000 people have evacuated their homes in Norfolk, mainly in the Great Yarmouth area, where at least 26 properties have been flooded and a lifeboat station has been washed into the sea There are also yellow warnings for ice in parts of Northern Ireland and north-west England, and wind on England's east coast. Yellow warnings mean "be aware".
- An ice storm, which could be the worst to hit the United States in years, will unfold across portions of the southern Plains today. The most significant icing is expected from Texas to Kentucky. Widespread power outages are likely as ice weighs down tree branches and power lines, while treacherous travel develops in areas receiving freezing rain, sleet and snow. In some locations, the storm has the potential to allow one half of an inch or more of ice to accumulate on the ground and accrue on elevated surfaces. Power suppliers in the path of the ice storm are mobilizing in anticipation of major power outages. Entergy Arkansas, Inc., which serves nearly 700,000 customers in 63 counties of Arkansas, lies in the zone expected to receive ice for the longest duration.
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Last updated 6 December 2013.