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|Wednesday 11 January 2017
Severe weather continues in Europe, but warming starting in the northern hemisphere
The centre of attention today has moved to Macedonia, where very low temperatures, snow stoms and hail have continued for a week now. As of 18.00EDT three deaths have been reported in this small country. Meteoalarm is giving Red Alerts for snow and ice in southern Germany, extremely low temperatures in northern Montenegro and southern Serbia, and a nasty mix of alerts for extreme cold, snow, ice, gales, heavy seas and avalanche risks continue across various parts of Europe. Croatia is experiencing high water levels on the Danube River.
While the cold winter weather has now contracted to southern Europe, and the Balkans in particular, Scandinavia is experiencing a sudden change to heat with temperatures up to 10 or 12° above normal, especially in the north. A similar sudden change is happening in North America where the eastern USA is experiencing temperatures 10 to 12° above average rising to 15° above average over far eastern Canada today.
You should also know:
- A fierce storm moved down the lower Clarence valley of NSW early this evening, dumping 51.2mm on Yamba in the hour and a half to 2o.30. Farther up the valley, Grafton recorded only 9.0mm.
- Massive rainfall last month following rain every month in the past year has greened Central Australia, as this report today from Old Man Plains Research Station, just south of Alice Springs, shows.
- Temperatures in NSW topped out at 46.0° at Bourke today, while in the Sydney basin Badgery's Creek recorded 42.8°. These ABC News reports go through some of the fall-out, from trains running at reduced speeds to a warning issued after higher-than-normal levels of toxic ozone gas were reported.
- Ausgrid has been restoring power to 23,000 premises in Sydney and on the Central Coast that lost power today as high demand caused blackouts. The cause is still unknown.
- The Dakar Rally continues to be beset by bad weather as today's stage, which moves from Bolivia into Argentina, was beset by torrential rain that flooded rivers, caused landslides, delayed logistics and led to cancellation of Thursday's stage.
- Tornadoes moved through the Otago region of South Island, New Zealand, this afternoon with trailers overturned and fences and windows damaged.
- While in NZ, a drought considered to be the longest in the country's history at two years, has finished in the area from Marlborough, through Canterbury to parts of Otago.
- More frequent severe weather due to climate warming has a major impact on hospitals, often ill-equipped to deal with it. This thoughtful article from The Conversation explores the details.