The surface of Greenland’s massive ice sheet has melted this month over an unusually large area, Nasa has said. Scientists said the “unprecedented” melting took place over a larger area than has been detected in three decades of satellite observation. Melting even occurred at Greenland’s coldest and highest place, Summit station. The thawed ice area jumped from 40% of the… Read more →
(multimedia) The strongest storm in 10 years has hit Hong Kong, with dozens in hospitals and hundreds seeking refuge in shelters.
BEIJING — The heaviest rainfall in six decades caused widespread havoc in this capital over the weekend, killing at least 37 people and forcing the evacuation of 50,000 others from waterlogged neighborhoods and villages, according to the state news media. More than six inches of rain fell overnight Saturday into Sunday, collapsing roofs, downing power lines and turning highway underpasses… Read more →
Thunderstorms with winds as strong as 60 miles (97 kilometers) per hour are erupting across the U.S. Northeast and have disrupted air traffic in New York, Newark and Philadelphia. Severe thunderstorm watches and warnings stretch from Indiana to the coastal waters off Massachusetts, and one storm has already dropped inch-sized hail and knocked down trees in western Pennsylvania, according to the Storm Prediction Center in… Read more →
(Reuters) – Corn and soybeans in the U.S. Midwest baked in an unrelenting heat wave on Monday with fears rising of big crop losses that will boost food and fuel prices and cut exports and aid from the world’s top shipper of the key crops. The condition of the nation’s corn and soybeans as of Sunday deteriorated even more than… Read more →
(multimedia) A catastrophic mudslide, caused by heavy rain, has killed at least one man and destroyed three homes in Johnsons Landing in British Columbia.
(multimedia) Paul Walsh, The Weather Channel VP of Weather Analytics, looks at the first half of 2012, and how this hot, dry summer will affect the US economy in the coming months. Found on The Weather Channel
(multimedia) Tokyo (CNN) – Extraordinarily heavy rains have left hundreds of people cut off and at least 28 dead on the southern Japanese island of Kyushu, local authorities said Monday, and more storms could be on their way. The torrential rain has wreaked havoc across three prefectures on Kyushu over the past several days, causing mudslides, flooding houses and swelling rivers… Read more →
The United States Department of Agriculture has declared natural disaster areas in more than 1,000 counties and 26 drought-stricken states, making it the largest natural disaster in America ever. The declaration—which covers roughly half of the country—gives farmers and ranchers devastated by drought access to federal aid, including low-interest emergency loans. “Agriculture remains a bright spot in our nation’s economy,” U.S…. Read more →
Torrential downpours caused flooding across the country today, closing a motorway, disrupting train services and leaving thousands of people preparing to evacuate their homes. The Environment Agency issued more than 40 flood warnings and over 120 less serious flood alerts as a month’s rain fell in just 24 hours. Motorists battled with treacherous conditions on the roads, and the M50… Read more →