Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the western Pacific Ocean: Tropical depression 02w (Two), located approximately 568 nm east-southeast of Manila, Philippines, is tracking west-northwestward at 09 knots.

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Israel – Heavy rains in the Negev and the Arabah area led to several blocked roads, including the exit from the city of Eilat. On Thursday, heavy storm clouds coming from the south are expected to bring more rains. In the region of kibbutz Neot Smadar next to the Arabah rode, 23 millimeters of rain have fallen so far. In the North, strong showers fell accompanied by hail, especially in the southern region of the Golan Heights and the Sea of Galilee.

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Georgia, USA – The National Weather Service (NWS) found a total of 33 tornado tracks in North and Central Georgia for between April 3 – 5. 26 of these tracks occurred on April 3, 2017. The NWS has confirmed 13 tornadoes in Central Georgia on April 3, 2017. The tornado outbreak produced two EF-2 tornadoes, seven EF-1 tornadoes, and four EF-0 tornadoes in Central Georgia. Four tornadoes occurred in Wilkinson County. One tornado was rated an EF-2 that struck Gordon, GA. The other EF-2 tornado pushed through Twiggs, Wilkinson, and Laurens county with maximum winds of 122 mph.

Illinois, USA – Two tornadoes touched down during severe storms Wednesday evening in Clark County: one in Enon and the other six miles west of Springfield. Neither resulted in injuries.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the South Indian Ocean: Tropical cyclone 05s (Dineo) has dissipated as it moved in over Mozambique and eastern South Africa, although heavy rains and winds associated with its remnants remain hazardous.

The storm has killed seven people in Mozambique and already displaced 130,000 people and 20,000 houses, as well as clinics and schools, have been destroyed. It’s now made landfall in South Africa, in parts of Mpumalanga and Limpopo.

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Israel – Winter storm buffets Israel with freezing rain, floods. Snow falls on Golan but not expected to reach Jerusalem, where temperatures forecast to hover above freezing. Flood warnings were issued for the Judean Desert and Dead Sea regions, and Israeli rescue units have warned citizens against approaching rivers in those areas either by car or foot. The Sea of Galilee rose one centimetre on Wednesday.

British Columbia, Canada – High temperatures in Prince George broke a weather record more than 100 years old this week, flooding homes and streets as ice from a recent deep freeze clogged up storm drains.

Saudi Arabia – Saudi authorities have reported the death of one person on Wednesday and the rescue of hundreds of others after severe flooding in Saudi Arabia’s Asir region. Flooding in the region caused road closures and the launch of warning sirens in Abha dam area.

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Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

No current tropical storms.

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Israel – Following a parched summer and fall, Israel was ravaged by wildfires a week ago, some of them deliberately set by terrorists. Now the Jewish state has a new weather-related challenge – a major winter storm that is bringing snow at high elevations, torrential rains at lower, coastal flooding and high winds. The storms — the first of the season — have brought sharp drops in temperature and winds of up to 56 mph, according to weather forecasts. Some 30 to 40 inches of rain fell Wednesday evening through Thursday, even more in northern regions — the result of low pressure over the Mediterranean Sea.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Israel

Raging fires have destroyed homes and caused mass evacuations in several different sites across Israel over the last 36 hours, spurred by unusually high winds and dry conditions. Blazes are raging in several different locations from northern Israel to the Jerusalem region.

On Wednesday they were battling a large fire in the Jerusalem hills, which forced residents of the village of Nataf, west of the capital, to evacuate their homes. Firefighters were battling the blaze, which had been stoked by strong winds, with 25 teams and four planes.

Meanwhile, firefighters in Zichron Yaakov continued to battle a massive blaze that had engulfed dozens of homes and prompted the evacuation of thousands of residents a day earlier.

Also Wednesday morning, firefighters battled a massive blaze that neared homes in the West Bank settlement of Dolev, northwest of Jerusalem.

On Monday a forest fire led to the evacuation of the Neve Shalom community outside Jerusalem.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

No current tropical storms.

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Israel – Heavy rains swept across Eilat overnight Thursday, causing serious flooding and forcing the local airport to announce an indefinite closure due to dangerous quantities of water on the runways. In just one night, an entire season’s worth of rain floods southern port city of Eilat, drenching the streets and forcing authorities to indefinitely shut down roads.

Egypt – At least nine people have been killed, four seaports closed and nine main highways brought to a standstill due to heavy rains and flooding in southern and eastern Egypt that began Thursday. In the southern Qena province, torrential rains and flooding have paralyzed the Qena-Sohag highway and overwhelmed local drainage and sewage systems. One local security source, said that several vehicles in the area — including buses — had been overturned by intense flooding.

Wildfires

Wildfires in Russia

According to analysis of recent satellite data, forest fires in eastern Russia currently cover more than 3.5 million hectares of forested land. An area larger than Belgium! And the fire season in Russia isn’t over yet.

This year’s forest fires are close to becoming one of the most devastating in recent Russian history. Usually around 5 to 6 million hectares of forest burn in a year. Russian meteorologists say that this summer in Russia will be warm and dry – weather fire fighters hate.

Russia is warming faster than the rest of the planet. According to a new report by Russia’s climate and environment agency, between 1976 and 2012 average temperatures in Russia rose 0.43°C (0.8°F) a decade – more than twice the global average of 0.17°C.

Extremely dry weather in Siberia is one of the impacts of climate change according to natural reserve rangers in Zapovednoye Podlemorye on lake Baikal. Wildfires release massive amounts of carbon which causes climate change which makes the fires worse. It’s a terrible cycle.

As a result, we face forest fires in one of the largest forested region in the world – the Russian Boreal forest. It’s also one of the most ‘biologically outstanding’ places in the world, home to a range of species – from wolves and brown bears to golden eagles and siberian accentors. These species suffered when a forest fire almost entirely engulfed the natural reserve in Baikal three days ago.

Wildfires – India

Forest fires this year destroyed or affected 11,774 hectares, including 6,856 hectares natural forest and 1,715 hectare plantations in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh.

Forests continue to be plundered by forest mafia and fire mongers who torch forests, mainly in the chir pine belt of Nahan, Solan, Mandi, Hamirpur, Shimla Dharamsala, for extracting resin as they believe trees yield more resin when on fire.

In the higher deodar and kail pine belt, fire mongers torch forests in the belief that the forest and ‘ghasnis yield more grass and fodder for the livestock. Even the forest mafia torch forests to destroy evidence of the stumps of the trees felled illicitly.

Wildfires in Israel/West Bank

Seven firefighting crews are working to put out a large wildfire burning in the Karnei Shomron area. The fire broke out on “Moshe Zar Hill” which is located between the settlements of Karnei Shomron and Ramat Gilad in the West Bank.

Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

5.7 Earthquake hits southeast of the Loyalty islands.

5.3 Earthquake hits Fiji.

5.2 Earthquake hits southern Xinjiang, China.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Fox Islands in the Aleutian Islands.

5.2 Earthquake hits off the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.1 Earthquake hits the Bougainville region, Papua New Guinea.

5.0 Earthquake hits southeast of the Loyalty islands.

5.0 Earthquake hits offshore Guatemala.

5.0 Earthquake hits the northern east Pacific rise.

5.0 Earthquake hits southern Israel.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Israel

Negligence is suspected of being a factor in a number of wildfires on Tuesday, including a forest fire that scorched hundreds of hectares outside Shlomi in the western Galilee.

Police and firefighters deployed helicopters and other aircraft to fight the blaze, which also damaged a power line, causing electrical failures in the area.

On the other side of the Galilee, a forest fire broke out in two spots next to the Jordan River near a popular rafting spot. The cause of this fire was not announced, and all visitors had to be evacuated from the area.

In Jerusalem, two forest fires broke out on Tuesday, where temperatures hit a high of 33 degrees. One broke out near the Mount of Olives, but firefighters managed to contain it before it could cause any damage or injuries. Another blaze began in the city’s Peace Forest near the Abu Tor neighbourhood. It, too, was contained, but residents of a nearby street had to be evacuated due to high levels of smoke.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

No current tropical storms.

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China – Landslides in east China’s Jiangxi Province after heavy rain over the past five days has claimed the lives of three people. Two people died in a landslide at the entrance of a tunnel on the Daqing-Guangzhou expressway in Longnan County, another person was killed in another landslide in Ganzhou city. More than 3,976 people have been relocated in Ganzhou and Ji’an cities.

Israel – Raging rivers in the desert: Negev and Arava down to Eilat set to be hit by rare intense flooding on Shabbat. According to the Water Authority massive floods are to hit the south this Saturday, and they are predicted to block off highways in the Negev and the Arava region. Primarily the floods are expected for the normally arid desert region of the Zin River, the Paran River and the Dead Sea Rivers, which for most of the year are dry riverbeds.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

Tropical cyclone 11p (Winston), located approximately 303 nm south-west of Suva, Fiji, is tracking south-southeastward at 09 knots.

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Israel – Following a week of unusually mild weather, winter returned to Israel this weekend as a large rainstorm struck from the north to the south, causing floods in the desert and dropping snow on the mountains in yet another round of apocalyptic weather in the Middle East. The Sea of Galilee, which is at a near-constant risk of depletion, fortuitously rose by 1.5 centimetres. In the southern Negev region, heavy rain has caused dangerous flash floods, washing out roads and stranding those unlucky enough to be caught in the storm.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

No current tropical storms.

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Ireland – Storm Jonas, which is responsible for at least 19 deaths in the US, will make its way to Ireland in the coming days prompting a flood warning from the Irish Met Office. Significant downpours are expected tomorrow, with heavy rain in all areas at times. That rainfall is expected to continue into tomorrow night and Wednesday morning.

Israel – Monday rainfall raised the level of the Sea of Galilee and shut desert roads over flash-flood fears as the nation braced for a chill night that blanketed many elevated areas in snow.

Thailand – Storms have hit the Southern islands including two popular tourist destinations – Kho Samui and Koh Phangan – causing floods and suspension of ferry services between Surat Thani and Koh Samui.

Disease

Swine Flu Outbreak in Israel

One woman has died of swine flu and another ten people have been hospitalized with the disease. Four of them are on artificial respiration.

The Health Ministry added that some of the sick have other conditions which make them more susceptible to flu complications. These include heart disease, diabetes, Down’s Syndrome and pregnancy.

Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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Tropical Cyclone (tc) 04a (four), located approximately 489 nm southeast of Masirah Island, is tracking northwestward at 05 knots.

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Somalia – Flash floods in Somalia have destroyed thousands of makeshift homes, as well as latrines and shallow wells, the United Nations said, predicting that up to 900,000 people could be hit by the strongest El Niño weather phenomenon in decades. The floods, which have made roads impassable and cut thousands off from aid, could reverse many of the humanitarian gains made in southern Somalia since 2011 when the Horn of Africa nation was devastated by famine. Some 3.2 million Somalis – one-third of the population – already needed life-saving aid and over one million were internally displaced before the rains began on Oct. 7.

Israel – Residents of Herzliya, Ra’anana and Kfar Saba in central Israel faced heavy floods Wednesday as a brief but intense winter storm swept the area, closing major roads and flooding whole neighbourhoods. Three days after a storm knocked out power for tens of thousands of Israeli homes, Wednesday’s downpour left some 15,000 households in the dark for the second time in less than a week.

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Environment

Heat Wave in Israel

Forecasters say high humidity levels to intensify heat; Jordan Valley gears up for temperatures up to 48º. A punishing heat wave wracking Israel was set to peak on Sunday, with temperatures projected to rise above 40°C (104°F) in some areas.

In the southern resort city of Eilat, vacationers were expected to brave a sweltering 46ºC (115ºF), while cities and towns in the Jordan Valley will endure a combination of high humidity and blazing heat, with temperatures up to 48ºC (118ºF). In Tiberias, temperatures are expected to climb to 45°C (113ºF). But with 35 percent humidity in the afternoon hours, it will feel more like 58° (136ºF). Meanwhile, at the Dead Sea, the 44ºC weather (111º F) will feel more like 48°C (119ºF) when factoring in humidity. Tel Aviv’s relatively benign 35°C (95ºF) will feel more like 45°C (113ºF), given a whopping 60% humidity rate. Elsewhere in Israel, temperatures were predicted to climb to 42ºC (108º F) in Beersheba, 39ºC (102º F) on the Golan Heights and 35ºC (95º F) in Haifa.