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Extreme Weather

  • Yet another very intense cyclone developed on January 9, 2020 and the beast is rapidly intensifying into an extra-tropical cyclone Bombogenesis.

    The polar stratospheric vortex is very intense these days and leads to numerous deep low-pressure areas/cyclones in the North Atlantic. Yesterday, a very large cyclone started developing with hurricane-force winds and spreading towards Iceland.

    The cyclone has continuing strengthening and deepening its central pressure with around 8-10 mbar / 3-hour rate.

    Rapid intensification is underway. The system will become a violent extra-tropical cyclone while nearing western Iceland on January 10, 2020.

    Severe winds and surface pressure over the North Atlantic are forecast until the late Friday night, while extra-tropical cyclone’s center will be moving north, just to the west of Iceland.

    The very deep cyclone’s center (below 940 mbar) will be moving just to the west of Iceland, resulting in downpours over southeast Iceland and heavy snowfall and blizzard over the Highlands.

    A period of very intense south-southeasterly winds developed around midday as the cyclone came closer to SW Iceland. In the evening, cyclonic winds are due across the Westflords region.

     Already on January 8, 2020, a very deep low pressure system engulfed the Faroe Islands:

     

  • A dust storm hit the northeast of the Argentinean province of Chubut

    The strong winds of up to 100 kmh damaged homes, uprooted trees and sent people fleeing for their lives as the sand decreased visibility to almost nothing.

    The entire east of Chubut suffered the greatest damage: winds that exceeded 120 kmh uprooting trees, destroying power lines, damaging homes and triggering total power outages.

    The storm enhanced the wildfire raging in the “El Doradillo” area near Puerto Madryn, during which at least 16 houses have burned down.

    In the Municipality of Trelew, people were asked to stay at home during the powerful storm that lasted about two hours.

    But it’s not the first time people living in Chubut experience such dramatic atmospheric events. And people say the problem is the government.

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    The weather has gone completely crazy again! There is a bomb cyclone highwayin the northern Atlantic Ocean; enormous amounts of snow have already fallen on Iceland (burying horses) and in Kazakhstan (people had to dig tunnels to reach their homes).

    And now, blizzard-like storms dumped tons of snow over Turkey and Norway, burying cars, houses and even trains in more than three to six meters (10-20 feet) of new snow in the last few days. That’s insane!

    Six meters of snow in Turkey

    Up to 70 villages are completely isolated from the rest of the world after six meters (20 feet) of freash snow accumulated in parts of Turkey.

    Eastern Anatolia was covered by impressive quantities of snow in some parts reaching up to 6 meters!

    Strong winds and snow drift blocked road traffic

    Norway and Finland buried in 3 meters of snow

    A heavy winter storm trapped around 50 people at a mountain pass in Norway and buried cars in 2-3 meters of snow.

    The road (E134 Haukelifjell) is still closed and and won’t reopen until tomorrow, at least. It represents the most important transport axis between Haugesund and Oslo.

    According to officials, many other mountain crossings are closed in the county of Hordaland, South Norway.

    Nobody has been hurt, but travellers have to wait for a weather change the roads to be cleared.

    Last Monday, a huge landslide buried the Oslo to Bergen train, after breaking the wooden structures built to protect the tracks and breaking down the power lines.

     

  • Tasmania's capital, Hobart, went from sweltering hot on Friday, January 31, 2020, to freezing cold on Monday, February 3-- all in one weekend.

    The city was the third hottest Australian capital behind Melbourne and Canberra on Friday, recording a blistering temperature of 40.4 C (104.7 °F).

    The hot and dry weather conditions worsened a bushfire at a plantation in the state's north, which reached an emergency level and put a dozen properties at risk.

    It was then downgraded in the evening as crews worked with easing conditions.

    One family experienced the sharp weather shift as they traveled to the mountain for a weekend holiday.

    "On the first day, we'd planned to go up the mountain, but it was so hot that we couldn't," said Adrian Van Beek, who came with his family from Brisbane to escape the summer heat.

    "When we drove up we saw there was snow already on the trees and on the grass, and then this cloud just came over us and we couldn't see anything, it was completely white, and 10 minutes later it was snowing."

    Van Beek remarked that for their first trip to Hobart, the situation was not what his family thought of and that it was "absolutely unexpected."


    "Our motivation to come down here was that temperatures in Brisbane during summer are hot anyway but excessively hot this year so we thought we'd head south and enjoy the weather down here."

    He added, "I expected it to be cool, but did I expect it to be -1 °C? No. Did I expect it to be 40 °C? Absolutely not."

    According to Simon McCulloch from the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM), hot temperatures are becoming more usual in Tasmania, and that the state has had around 16 days with 40 °C (104 °F) across records spanning 100 years.

    "Most of those days have happened this century, and three of them happened in 2019. There's certainly been more frequency of those higher temperatures in recent times," he said. 

    Hobart has had two of the said temperatures in January. On the other hand, the average February hot temperature is around 22 °C (71.6 °F).

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