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World weather news, June 2014

The first snow has fallen across the higher terrain of Victoria, Australia, and more is on the way. The first snow is typically closer to the beginning of June; however, the season will get off to a wintry blast this week as parts of the higher terrain, including many ski resorts, will receive up to 90 cm of fresh snow. The skiing season typically starts in June and ends by early October as the Southern Hemisphere transitions into spring.
A tornado-producing storm that hit central Indiana on Tuesday damaged several homes in Indianapolis and its outskirts, downed power lines and uprooted trees. It was one of several thunderstorms that sprang up in southwestern Indiana near Terre Haute and moved northeast toward Indianapolis, becoming more severe along the way. No injuries were reported. The twister, an EF1 on the 0-to-5 enhanced Fujita scale with an estimated wind speed of 100 mph, tossed a camper onto the roof of a home and destroyed the camper and about half of the roof, according to a storm survey team's report. Strong winds from the storm also damaged more than 200 cars at an car auction site.
The city of Melbourne (Australia) experienced the rare sight of the Yarra river bursting its banks after strong winds and rain lashed the Victorian capital. The Yarra breached its banks at Southbank, flooding footpaths and cycle routes and swelling to the extent that it came close to touching the bottom of the Queen Street bridge. Ponyfish Island, a bar which normally floats on the Yarra, has been swamped. The Bureau of Meteorology said that while Melbourne has experienced 7.8 mm of rain over the past 24 hours, rainfall “hasn’t been torrential.” The swelling of the Yarra has been primarily caused by winds of over 100 km/h, which, in an unusual phenomenon, pushed water from Port Phillip Bay back up the river, virtually causing it to flow in the wrong direction. As of 9.30am on Tuesday, the state’s north had seen the most rain, with Mount Buffalo receiving between 50-60 mm.
The combination of the stalled frontal boundary and abundant moisture from the monsoon across Indochina has led to days of heavy rainfall in southern and eastern China. The flooding has claimed at least 26 lives in southern China, with more people still missing. An estimate of 337,000 people have been evacuated from their homes with 115,000 needing urgent relief supplies, according to China's Ministry of Civil Affairs. The hardest-hit regions extend from Guangxi and Guangdong northeastward through Hunan, Jiangxi, northern Fujian and Zhejiang.
The extended California drought continues to worsen, with a third of the state now under exceptional drought conditions. About 25 percent of the state had been gripped by the highest level of drought for the last two months, but the most recent U.S. Drought Monitor report shows that the exceptional drought conditions expanded in coverage to 33 percent.
High water will continue to impact communities and barge operations along the upper Mississippi River into early July as more rain moves into the area. Low-lying areas not protected by levees, such as farmland, homes, businesses and some roadways, are being inundated as river levels surpass flood stage. Excessive rainfall, in some cases near a foot over the past month, has pushed the upper Mississippi River past flood stage from Minnesota and Wisconsin to Iowa, Illinois and northern Missouri.

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Last updated 27 June 2014.

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