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  • Biblical Floods Sweep Across Iraq and Saudi Arabia

     

    Immense rain dropped 127mm (5 inches)onto the streets of Mosul, or one-third of the year’s expected rainfall in less than 24 hours. Same in Saudi Arabia.

    In the town of Rabia, on the border with Syria, 187mm (7.4 inches) of rain was recorded.

    Iraq and Saudi Arabia floodings on March 2020. Picture via VK

    This much or more fell further north in the hills and mountains of northern Syria and Turkey.

    Video from Dahuk, Iraq on March 18, 2020:

     

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This storm system also brought 20cm (7.9 inches) of fresh snow in the mountainous Turkish province of Hakkari.

Iraq and Saudi Arabia floodings on March 2020. Picture via VK

This sort of rainfall creates landslides and flash floods. The result was thigh-deep flooding and boat rescue.

Heavy flash flooding in the city of Jizan, Saudi Arabia on March 19, 2020:

 

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This powerful storm also fed the headwaters of the Tigris. With the Euphrates, further west, the Tigris is the irrigation supply of Iraq.

 

  • Explosive Bombogenesis Engulfs Iceland

    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:

     

  • Massive Tornado Ravages Nashville Causing Extensive Damage

     

    A powerful tornado hit the city of Nashville, Tennessee on March 3, 2020, causing extensive damage. The twister has left at least 6 people dead, several others injured, and many buildings in crumbles.

    "The tornado damage in Nashville is heartbreaking. Residents are being evacuated right now," said NC5 reporter Chris Conte. "Sadly, the tornado damage in Nashville is only going to become profound as the sun comes up."

    The National Weather Service (NWS) confirmed the tornado northwest of Downtown Nashville around 06:39 UTC (0:39 LT), adding that the twister was on the ground for roughly 45 minutes, moving east about 72 km/h (45 mph) before moving through several counties in Tennessee.

    "This is an extremely dangerous tornado," NWS wrote. Nashville's Germantown neighborhood reportedly suffered some of the worst damage, where a gas leak forced an evacuation of the IMT building.

    The Nashville Fire Department (NFD) said officers and personnel are on the scene, responding to reports of about 40 structure collapses. Moreover, the Metro Nashville Police Department (MNPD) said there was major destruction in the Central downtown and East Precincts.

    Authorities reported at least 9 casualties and many injured.

     

  • Powerful dust storm sends people running for cover in Argentina

    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.

  • Snowmageddon Buries Turkey and Norway Under 10-20 Feet of Snow

     

    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.

     

  • Tasmanian Capital shifts from scorching hot to freezing cold in one weekend

    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).

  • Twin landspout tornadoes form in Morocco

    Twin landspout tornadoes formed in Oued Zem, Khouribga Province, Morocco during the afternoon hours (LT) of March 15, 2020.

    Landspouts are usually smaller and weaker than supercell tornadoes and do not form from a mesocyclone or pre-existing rotation in the cloud. On rare occasions, a landspout can be as strong as an EF-3 tornado.

     

     

  • Unprecedented cyclone over the Middle East, state of emergency declared in Egypt

    A powerful storm developing over Egypt on Thursday, March 12, 2020, is expected to move northeast posing threats to other Middle Eastern countries, including Jordan, Israel and Saudi Arabia. This is a very rare severe weather system, capable of producing very heavy rain and strong winds. Due to a severe risk of flooding, the Egyptian authorities have declared a state of emergency.

    The storm has already begun dumping heavy rains on parts of Egypt on Thursday, with flooding anticipated particularly in low-lying areas. Moreover, gusty winds will also accompany the storm, resulting in dust storms.

    As the storm moves northeastward Thursday night into Friday and Saturday, it will pose flooding risks further along its path.

    "Areas of heavy rain may create the potential for flooding across Syria and Israel in particular," said AccuWeather meteorologist Rob Richards.

    Prior to the storm's arrival in Egypt, the government has conducted proactive measures and declared a state of emergency on Wednesday, March 11.

    According to the minister of housing, utilities, and urban communities, Essam el-Gazzar, the demand for drinking water will be lessened in some places and could be disrupted if needed.

    The government urged people to remain indoors and announced a paid holiday on Thursday. Up to 70 mm (3 inches) of rainfall is possible, which surpasses the capacity in most cities. Motorists are also advised to avoid parking near trees or in low-lying areas.

    Areas expected to bear the brunt of the heavy rain are the North Coast and the Nile Delta, the lowest regions in the country.

    MetDesk said the storm will strengthen and by Friday, March 13, as it reaches the Sinai Peninsula. Inundations are likely on Sinai, the Gulf of Suez, and the Red Sea. Aside from bringing hazardous rain, the system may also spawn sandy winds, thunderstorms, and cold temperatures.

    Northern Egypt will face the most intense part of the cyclone on Saturday, March 14. Severe Weather Europe meteorologists said up to 100 mm (4 inches) of rain is expected in less than 24 hours in some areas across the area, which is rare for the region.

    A huge amount of dust and sand from the Sahara is expected to be blown by the storm as it travels to Israel and northern Saudi Arabia.

    The system will weaken as it moves across Iraq and Kuwait but will continue north into Turkey and Iran, bringing snow.

     

  • Violent Baseball Size Hailstorm Sweeps Across Oklahoma and Missouri

    Large hail caused major damage to cars in Oklahoma and Missouri.

    Some people reported seeing hails as big as baseballs as well as damage to homes and cars.

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    Frequent cloud-to-ground lightning with large hail again was the big issue as the storms pushed through.

    Missouri hailstorm March 27, 2020. VK

    Missouri hailstorm March 27, 2020 VK

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