World Weather review: October 2017

World Weather review: October 2017

Wed, 08/11/2017 - 11:29
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Bundaberg in Queensland, Australia, suffered its largest one-day downpour in half a century on 2nd Oct, with more than 340 mm of rain falling causing flash flooding.

Storm Xavier swept across northern Germany killing at least 7 on 5th October.

Storm Nate killed at least 25 people in Coast Rica, Nicaragua and Honduras on 5th-6th Oct, causing heavy rain, landslides and flooding. It weakened to a tropical depression after bringing heavy rain to south-eastern US on the 7th and 8th, making landfall as a hurricane in Louisiana and Mississippi.

At least 37 people died from flooding and landslides caused by a tropical depression in northern and central Vietnam on 9th-12th, particularly the provinces of northern Yen Bai and Hoa Binh.

California continues to suffer deadly wildfires. On 14th as many as 16 active fires burnt over 214,000 acres. The wildfires have taken the lives of at least 40 people and have forced approximately 100,000 people to evacuate, with an estimated 5,700 homes and other structures have been destroyed.

Ireland experienced the worst of the weather associated with ex-hurricane Ophelia on the 16th, with winds of almost 100 mph damaging electricity networks and causing widespread disruption.

In mid-October, dozens were left dead and injured as hundreds of wildfires swept central and north Portugal, as well as the north-western Galicia region of Spain. At least 40 people were killed and 50 injured as the hot (>30°C), dry weather took its toll on the landscape. Conditions were worsened by Hurricane Ophelia as its strong winds fanned and spread the flames.

Typhoon Lan (known as Typhoon Paolo in the Philippines) killed at least two people in Japan, with more than 200,000 households advised to evacuated 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.

Five feet of hail and rainfall was deposited in minutes in the province of Cordoba in central Argentina on 26th October. Some of the hailstones were as big as tennis balls. It left roads closed and vehicles stranded, and there were reports of several injuries and damage to homes, cars and trees.

Powerful storms with winds up to 112 mph killed at least six people in Germany, Poland and Czech Republic as they were stuck by falling trees on 29th/30th October. Thousands of Poles and Czechs were left without power, rail services were suspended and the centre of Hamburg was flooded.