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Publish Date: 7 December 2017
Bangladesh is one of the most flood-prone countries in the world due to its unique geographical location, topography and exposure to tropical cyclones. With 50% of the land less than 8 meters above sea level, and a coastline of some 600 km, coastal flooding is a common problem, as witnessed once again in 2017. However, loss of life in the densely populated South Asian nation has been greatly reduced by disaster risk reduction measures and early warning systems.
Publish Date: 12 October 2017
Every year, heavy rains cause floods across Niger. Since June, over 56 people have lost their lives with many more affected according to the Civil Protection Directorate at the Ministry in charge of Interior Affairs and Public Security. For these events, in particular for flash floods, national and local authorities were unprepared and were not able to alert the population at risk and to activate response plans.
Publish Date: 17 October 2017
Ophelia strengthened to a category 3 at its peak on 14 October. It was the farthest east (26.6°W) an Atlantic major hurricane has existed on record and the furthest north a major hurricane has existed this late in the calendar year since 1939.
Publish Date: 1 December 2017
Investments in forecasting and research yield more accurate predictions Today marks the official end of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season, which matched NOAA’s seasonal predictions for being extremely active. The season produced 17 named storms of which 10 became hurricanes including six major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5) – including the first two major hurricanes to hit the continental U.S. in 12 years.
Publish Date: 25 May 2017
Forecasters at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center say the Atlantic could see another above-normal hurricane season this year. For the upcoming Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1 through November 30, forecasters predict a 45 percent chance of an above-normal season, a 35 percent chance of a near-normal season, and only a 20 percent chance of a below-normal season.
Publish Date: 1 September 2017
The WMO Expert Team on Climate Impacts on Tropical Cyclones has issued a statement on possible linkages between Hurricane Harvey and anthropogenic climate change. The Expert Team consists of renowned international scientists and is a working group of the WMO World Weather Research Programme.
Publish Date: 12 September 2017
Hurricane Irma caused devastation in low-lying Caribbean islands, made landfall in Cuba as the first category 5 hurricane since 1924 and made landfall again in Florida, USA, on 10 September as a very dangerous category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson windscale. The US National Weather Service and US National Hurricane Center warned of life-threatening storm surge, floods, tropical storm force winds, torrential rain and tornadoes as large parts of Florida were paralysed by the storm.
Publish Date: 27 September 2017
HydroSOS is aimed at improving flood and drought preparedness Following weeks of floods that have devastated different parts of the world, leading hydrologists are working to develop the first worldwide hydrological monitoring and modelling system aimed at helping countries prepare better for floods and droughts. Scientists have converged in Entebbe, Uganda this week to scope out a four-year plan to deliver the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Hydrological Status and Outlook System (HydroSOS), an operational system capable of assessing hydrological variability on a global scale.
Publish Date: 28 August 2017
Unprecedented rainfall totals from tropical cyclone Harvey caused catastrophic flooding in southeastern Texas and southeastern Louisiana, leaving dozens of casualties, displacing thousands and causing huge economic disruption. Warnings and advisories from the US National Hurricane Center and US National Weather Service were pivotal in the disaster mobilization effort. Large parts of southeast Texas saw more than 30-35 inches (762-889 mm) with isolated amounts up to 42 inches (1067 mm) of rain since 24 August. Cedar Bayou in Texas received 51.88 inches of rain (1.3 meters), according to the U....
Publish Date: 17 August 2017
On 14 August 2017, the Afghanistan Meteorological Department (AMD) issued its first flood early warning for the country’s south and southeast regions. The following day, meteorological satellite images verified that AMD’s forecast was accurate: a devastating flood had occurred in Khost province.