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Flash floods hit Greece

Heavy overnight rain on 15th November caused flash flooding in parts of Greece, particularly Mandra, Nea Peramos and Megara, west of Athens.

At least 15 people have been killed and it has caused widespread destruction in central Greece as people were unprepared for the fast-flowing torrents of red mud that flooded the roads and thousands of homes. The sheer force of the water moved vehicles, damaged walls and roofing.

 

WMO: 2017 expected to be third hottest year on record

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) released its provisional Statement on the State of the Climate this week, estimating that 2017 is likely to be one of the warmest years for global average surface temperature, with many high-impact events including catastrophic hurricanes, floods, heatwaves and droughts.  The Statement was released on the opening day of the United Nations climate change conference in Bonn.

Atlantic hurricanes: Irma and Maria

On Tuesday 5th September, Hurricane Irma developed into one of the Atlantic’s most powerful storms. The category 5 hurricane - highest category storm on the Saffir-Simpson scale (a commonly used scale that attempts to measure potential property damage from storm winds) - had wind speeds around 185 mph, matching those of Wilma in 2005 which killed 87 people and cost  billions of dollars in damage.

WMO: 2017 records

2017 expected to be third hottest on record 

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has released its provisional Statement on the State of the Climate. It estimates that 2017 is likely to be one of the warmest years for global average surface temperature, with many high-impact events including catastrophic hurricanes, floods, heatwaves and droughts.  The Statement was released on the opening day of the United Nations climate change conference in Bonn.

WeatherLive - The Ultimate day out for Weather Enthusiasts

Where? Central Hall Westminster, London
When? Saturday 4th November 2017

WeatherLive is a new event for the Society and is the ultimate day out for weather enthusiasts. This one-day conference in London will focus on three main sessions; photography, the 1987 storm and gardening in a changing climate. A host of respected speakers will present throughout the day, sharing experiences and knowledge include well-known names such as Michael Fish and Peter Gibbs. 

Typhoon Lan

Typhoon Lan (known as Typhoon Paolo in the Philippines) killed at least two people in Japan, with more than 200,000 households advised to evacuate on 22nd – 23rd October. The Typhoon was classified as a strong category 4 storm at its peak but making landfall as a category 2, it brought heavy rainfall, sustained winds of 100 mph, high waves and flooding to parts of Japan.