Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the North Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone (tc) 05b (Vardah), located approximately 990 km SE of Visakhapatnam, 1090 km ESE of Machilipatnam and 250 km WNW of Port Blair is tracking northwestward at 04 knots.

Newsbytes:

Indonesia – Bad weather has continued to hit regions across the country, leading to overflowing rivers, landslides and floods that have resulted in thousands of people leaving their houses and farmers suffering crop failures. Heavy downpours in West Sumatra caused rivers in the northern part of the province to overflow and inundate hundreds of houses and farming areas, covering hundreds of hectares. Landslides have cut off access to major roads in Agam regency.

Hurricane Shift

Changing weather patterns may be placing the northeastern United States and Atlantic Canada under greater threat of more frequent and more powerful hurricanes in the future, according to a new study.

Researchers from Britain’s Durham University examined records dating back 450 years and found that average hurricane tracks have drifted northward from the western Caribbean, toward the Atlantic coast of northern North America.

The research suggests the carbon emissions that have accelerated since the late 19th century are the main drivers of the shifting hurricane tracks due to their effects on global weather systems.

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