World Weather Review: August 2017

World Weather Review: August 2017

Sun, 10/09/2017 - 10:39
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The heatwave (nicknamed 'Lucifer' in Italy) continued to cause havoc in Europe with 11 countries being issued 'danger' warnings over soaring temperatures. Across Italy, Spain, Croatia, Hungary and Southern Europe temperatures were higher than 40°C which led to forest fires, droughts, evacuations and safety fears for the vulnerable.

On the 11th August 8 people, including two teenage girl scouts, died and more than 30 were injured as a result of falling trees in a series of severe storms that hit Poland. More than 170,000 people were left without power and 800 buildings were damaged in storms that hit mostly Poland's north and west.

On the 18th, severe thunderstorms tore through northwestern Austria. High winds toppled a large tent at a festival in St. Johann am Walde, killing two people and injuring dozens more.

At the end of August, 12 tornadoes were spotted over the Black Sea, narrowly missing a plane.

Mudslides killed at least 400 people in Sierra Leone, with 600 people still missing and 3,000 people homeless after part of Sugar Loaf mountain collapsed following heavy rain.

Typhoon Noru - the 5th named storm of the annual typhoon season, which formed in July - was the third-longest-lasting tropical cyclone of the Northwest Pacific Ocean on record (behind 1972's Rita and 1986's Wayne) and the most intense tropical cyclone worldwide in 2017. On August 5, Noru began to accelerate northeastwards towards central Japan, making landfall in Wakayama Prefecture and killing two people.

Across the south Asia more than 1,200 people are feared to have died and 40 million are estimated to have been affected by flooding in India, Nepal and Bangladesh. Click here for more information.

The above-average tornado season continued in the US, with 3 tornadoes around the Tulsa, Oklahoma, area injuring dozens in early August. An EF2 tornado triggered extensive damage around the area and was later followed by two EF1 tornadoes.

Hot and hazy conditions persisted in the northwestern United States into the second week of August, with temperatures 10°C above average in some places, sparking wildfires. Smoke from the fires sprawled across Canada and the Northwest. Seattle broke a six-decade-old record by having no rain for 52 straight days.

Tropical storm Franklin brought strong winds and rainfall to Mexico, reaching a category 1 hurricane status. Campeche, Mexico, received 159 mm of rain in a 24-hour period. Franklin was the first hurricane of the 2017 Atlantic season.

Hurricane Harvey bought “catastrophic” flooding to the US state of Texas at the end of August, in what could be the costliest storm in US history with damage estimated to be in the billions of dollars.  Harvey deposited the heaviest total rainfall from any tropical cyclone in the continental US in records dating back to 1950, topping the 48 inch storm total in Medina, Texas, from Tropical Storm Amelia in 1978.  Read more here >>

The Middle East had a brutal summer with some labelling it 'ungodly' as temperatures rose towards 51°C. In the Iraqi capital, every day but one has reached 48°C or higher in August. In Kuwait, where birds have reportedly dropped from the skies.

In China, Typhoon Hato killed at least 12 people, battering Hong Kong skyscrapers, flooding streets and forcing thousands to flee to shelters. Hato triggered Hong Kong’s most severe typhoon 10 warning, only the third time a storm of such power has hit the financial hub in the past 20 years.

Tropical storm Pakhar then brought strong winds and heavy rain to Hong Kong and Macau, just four days after Hato, caused serious flooding and damage in the territories and killed at least 10 people.