World weather news, May 2015
- The twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi and parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and Azad Kashmir received heavy rain on Sunday and at least eight persons were killed in rain-related incidents. In Chitral, five members of a family were killed when a mudslide triggered by rain and lightning struck a house in the Shishi Koh Valley. Standing crops were also destroyed in the hail and windstorm. In Parachinar, four electricity pylons fell down after heavy rain.
- An avalanche of mud and debris roared over an alpine town in western Colombia before dawn on Monday, killing at least 58 people in a flash flood and mudslide triggered by heavy rains. The disaster hit around 3am local time (0800 GMT) in the town of Salgar, about 100 km south-west of Medellin. Dozens of rescuers supported by Black Hawk helicopters evacuated residents near the ravine for fear of another mudslide.
- A deadly dust storm developed over northwestern India resulting in at least 17 deaths and more than 60 injuries. The storm which was focused primarily over Rajasthan, also brought low visibility to Delhi for a time. The strong winds associated with the dust storm damaged homes and knocked down power lines. Travel was disrupted as visibility dropped to near zero for a time. A positive consequence of the dust storm was that temperatures were lowered briefly before another scorching day on Wednesday.
- A slow-moving, upper-level low has sparked rounds of flooding and severe thunderstorms from Greece into Turkey this week. The low brought hail and flooding to Greece on Tuesday before moving farther east on Wednesday. On Wednesday, flooding and hail was reported around Izmir, Turkey, bringing travel in the city of more than 4 million people to a standstill. In fact, some parts of the city were inundated by so much water that a raging river was seen pulling automobiles and anything else in its path down a narrow street.
- Fog season has officially hit south-east Queensland, with the region waking up to a thick blanket of white that affected flights at several airports. Brisbane was affected the most by the fog while parts of the Gold Coast were also blanketed. Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Michael Knepp said it was the start of fog season for the state, ahead of winter. "Typically, we do have a fog season in Brisbane and it runs between April and October," he said. "We have a storm season, a tropical cyclone season and now we're in fog season seeing some of the thickest fog of the year. "There is about eight fogs days each year and this is the first one." Visibility at Brisbane Airport was down to about 50 metres at the domestic and international terminals earlier this morning, with Archerfield airport in Brisbane and Amberley airbase, near Ipswich, also experiencing thick cover.
- A North Texas city that a few months ago was in a drought so severe that it had to recycle sewage water for drinking ordered residents on Thursday to evacuate certain areas due to flooding. Wichita Falls, about 125 miles northwest of Dallas, issued a mandatory evacuation order for hundreds of residents in vulnerable neighborhoods due to rising water levels on the Wichita River. Wichita Falls and other parts of Texas that had been in an extreme drought for about a year have had their water situation improve vastly this month due to storms that have helped to fill depleted lakes.
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Last updated 21 May 2015.