A quiet 2009 for natural disasters

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 4:35 PM GMT on January 04, 2010

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It was a relatively quiet year globally for natural disasters in 2009. According to Munich Re insurance company, the death toll from 2009 natural disasters was approximately 10,000, well below the average 75,000 deaths per year seen over the decade of the 2000s. Damage from 2009 natural disasters was about $50 billion, compared to the decadal average of $115 billion, and far below the $200 billion in destruction wrought by 2008's natural disasters. The most costly disaster of 2009 was Winter Storm Klaus, which hit northern Spain and southwest France January 23 - 25, causing $5.1 billion in damage. The deadliest weather-related disaster was Category 2 Typhoon Ketsana, which killed 694 people in the Philippines and Southeast Asia. Category 2 Typhoon Morakot was a close second, with 614 fatalities, primarily in Taiwan. The deadliest natural disaster overall was the magnitude 7.6 earthquake that shook the Indonesian island of Sumatra on 30 September, killing nearly 1,200 people.


Figure 1. Cars being swept away by Ketsana's flood waters in a still frame from a dramatic YouTube video captured by medical students at the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center.

I'll be back Tuesday with my selection for the top global weather event of 2009: the Horn of Africa drought.

Jeff Masters

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I have a feeling it is really going to get cold here in Ft. Lauderdale. Just took a picture of a gecko passing my window. LOL.
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Jeeze. Its colder in FL than in the NM/CO border area!!!
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Quoting Grothar:
Issued by The National Weather Service
Miami, FL
2:56 pm EST, Mon., Jan. 4, 2010

... WIND CHILL ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 9 PM THIS EVENING TO 6 AM EST TUESDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MIAMI HAS ISSUED A WIND CHILL ADVISORY... WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 9 PM THIS EVENING TO 6 AM EST TUESDAY.

CLEAR SKIES AND LIGHT WINDS WILL CAUSE TEMPERATURES TO FALL RAPIDLY THIS EVENING ACROSS METRO AND COASTAL PALM BEACH AND BROWARD COUNTIES. TEMPERATURES DROPPING INTO THE MID 30S ACROSS METRO AND COASTAL PALM BEACH COUNTY AND UPPER 30S TO AROUND 40 ACROSS METRO AND COASTAL BROWARD COUNTY ALONG WITH WINDS OF 5 TO 10 MPH WILL BRING WIND CHILLS BELOW 35 DEGREES FOR MORE THAN 3 HOURS ACROSS THESE AREAS. WIND CHILLS MAY DROP BELOW 30 FOR A BRIEF TIME IN PARTS OF THE PALM BEACH METRO AREA.



It will be very cold. Grothar!!!!!
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Quoting TampaFLUSA:

Wow...its going to be even colder this weekend.

yes definately friday .. here in the panhandle there saying 16 with a real feel of 0 degrees.. ;)
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Thursday: A slight chance of rain before noon, then a chance of rain and sleet. Cloudy, with a high near 46. Breezy, with a east wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south between 15 and 20 mph. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Thursday Night: A 30 percent chance of snow, mainly before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30. Blustery, with a north wind around 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

wind around 20 to 30.. yikes!
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Issued by The National Weather Service
Miami, FL
2:56 pm EST, Mon., Jan. 4, 2010

... WIND CHILL ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 9 PM THIS EVENING TO 6 AM EST TUESDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MIAMI HAS ISSUED A WIND CHILL ADVISORY... WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 9 PM THIS EVENING TO 6 AM EST TUESDAY.

CLEAR SKIES AND LIGHT WINDS WILL CAUSE TEMPERATURES TO FALL RAPIDLY THIS EVENING ACROSS METRO AND COASTAL PALM BEACH AND BROWARD COUNTIES. TEMPERATURES DROPPING INTO THE MID 30S ACROSS METRO AND COASTAL PALM BEACH COUNTY AND UPPER 30S TO AROUND 40 ACROSS METRO AND COASTAL BROWARD COUNTY ALONG WITH WINDS OF 5 TO 10 MPH WILL BRING WIND CHILLS BELOW 35 DEGREES FOR MORE THAN 3 HOURS ACROSS THESE AREAS. WIND CHILLS MAY DROP BELOW 30 FOR A BRIEF TIME IN PARTS OF THE PALM BEACH METRO AREA.

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Maybe the love bug numbers will go down this spring,
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Quoting FLPandhandleJG:

Wow...its going to be even colder this weekend.
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Quoting RitaEvac:
Maybe these deep freezes will kill of the mosquito eggs, and other nuisance insects.

that would b nice.. b/c those mosquito's love me.. grrr
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Quoting RitaEvac:
Maybe these deep freezes will kill of the mosquito eggs, and other nuisance insects.


I hope so. My daughter and I were getting creamed by em just last week. Kinda odd using bug spray at the end of December, ehhh!
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Maybe these deep freezes will kill of the mosquito eggs, and other nuisance insects.
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Quoting Jeff9641:
As soon as the sun sets in Orlando the temps will drop fast. It's 48 right now and I'm thinks we could be sitting in the mid 30's by 8pm. It will be a long cold night with lows in the mid 20's. The thing that's impressive is number of nights below freezing in a row.


Yep same thing getting ready to happen all along the Gulf coast, highly unusual
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Quoting xcool:
yes go snow here to .go to nws website

hey xcool.. how u doing mane and hows ur new baby?
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Quoting Jeff9641:
As soon as the sun sets in Orlando the temps will drop fast. It's 48 right now and I'm thinks we could be sitting in the mid 30's by 8pm. It will be a long cold night with lows in the mid 20's. The thing that's impressive is number of nights below freezing in a row.

specially for the south and of course for FL..
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269. xcool
zip codes 70458
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268. xcool
yes go snow here to .go to nws website
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267. xcool
im call for 15c temp for slidell la this weeking .
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Bad news: Citrus crops in South TX expected to get wiped out with Arctic Blast later this week.
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Quoting NRAamy:
Yep, you don't want to let your oranges freeze...and I will not go any further with that one...

chicken....

;)


I see we are being careful to start the New Year,good girl.
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Get ready FL, its uh coming sooner than u think.. stay warm..Hope everyone has got there heaters check and ready to go..
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still doin' the trick! Now I get to lose the 20 pounds I gained after two back surgeries!!!!

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261. Skyepony (Mod)
Quoting Drakoen:


Do you have to submit the forecast for all the days before the 8 hours is up?


No you don't but you can. Many times I'll do for the week & come back most nights before midnight for the polished cast. I do better usually with that when I don't have time & end up with climo.
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Slideshow
Record snowfall blankets Seoul, South Korea

It's everywhere, it's everywhere, and it's coming to get YOU...

I'm off to walk dogs and then get a pizza; maybe more hot chocolate...sugar-free, sigh, phooey, yucky...
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Quoting NRAamy:
damn.....

;)

How you feelin' Jerry? so far still good?

:)


Not too bad...I'm walking without an aid now, but the cold is most definitely felt; people are commenting on how well I'm getting around. I should be at about 5 miles a day, over 2-4 walks, but it's a bit cold for all that...how about you? Neurontin still doing the trick?
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Quoting Skyepony:
~8 hours left to the start of Weather Underground's forecasting contest.. All ya'll constantly leaving us a forecast..lets see how good you are against the rest of us. First up is Burlington, VT. We forecast Tue-Fri for 2 weeks then move to another city. Sign up & enter here!
forecast summit sky sign up the first day enter forecast this am
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URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAMPA BAY AREA - RUSKIN FL
347 PM EST MON JAN 4 2010

...WIND CHILL ADVISORY TONIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY MORNING...

.COLD AND DRY AIR CONTINUES TO MOVE ACROSS THE AREA.

FLZ039-042-043-048>052-055>057-060>062-065-051400-
/O.NEW.KTBW.WC.Y.0003.100105T0400Z-100105T1400Z/
LEVY-CITRUS-SUMTER-HERNANDO-PASCO-PINELLAS-HILLSBOROUGH-POLK-
MANATEE-HARDEE-HIGHLANDS-SARASOTA-DE SOTO-CHARLOTTE-LEE-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...CEDAR KEY...CHIEFLAND...CRYSTAL RIVER...
INVERNESS...BUSHNELL...THE VILLAGES...BROOKSVILLE...SPRING HILL...
NEW PORT RICHEY...ZEPHYRHILLS...CLEARWATER...ST. PETERSBURG...
BRANDON...TAMPA...LAKELAND...WINTER HAVEN...BRADENTON...
WAUCHULA...SEBRING...AVON PARK...SARASOTA...VENICE...ARCADIA...
PORT CHARLOTTE...PUNTA GORDA...CAPE CORAL...FORT MYERS
347 PM EST MON JAN 4 2010

...WIND CHILL ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 11 PM THIS EVENING TO 9 AM
EST TUESDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TAMPA BAY AREA - RUSKIN FL HAS
ISSUED A WIND CHILL ADVISORY...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 11 PM THIS
EVENING TO 9 AM EST TUESDAY.

HIGH PRESSURE WILL KEEP A DRY AND COLD NORTHWEST FLOW ACROSS THE
AREA RESULTING IN WIND CHILL READINGS BETWEEN 10 AND 20 DEGREES
OVER THE NATURE COAST AND BETWEEN 20 AND 30 ELSEWHERE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

DRESS CHILDREN IN SEVERAL LAYERS OF WARM CLOTHING BEFORE SENDING
THEM TO SCHOOL.
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Wonderful, 12F at the DFW, TX AP on FR 1-8-10
Siberian/Actic air at its finest


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damn.....

;)

How you feelin' Jerry? so far still good?

:)
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Quoting TheCaneWhisperer:


Duration & Frost as well. Frost being the nail in the coffin.


Frost does some nasty things to plants. midnight to 8am is the critical time for covering plants.
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Quoting NRAamy:
Yep, you don't want to let your oranges freeze...and I will not go any further with that one...

chicken....

;)


You better believe it...one must know when to imply the simile, rather than complete it
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Quoting Patrap:
Something WUnderful is going to Happen...



I was there Christmas '04; Northshore so we didn't get quite what you got on the other side of the Lake. Imagine the Causeway with 2" of snow...be pluckin' Cajuns out da lake
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Yep, you don't want to let your oranges freeze...and I will not go any further with that one...

chicken....

;)
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Quoting NEwxguy:
Just protect your oranges down there,don't want the prices going up on my orange juice.They'll be out there spraying them with water,I bet.


Yep, you don't want to let your oranges freeze...and I will not go any further with that one...
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The GFS 18Z forecast run is underway. I hear it's not the most reliable run, should be finished in about 60-90 min. I am real curious to see the 00Z run later this evening will show, as the Southern Plains Arctic Outbreak clock is ticking :0).
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Quoting Patrap:
Something WUnderful is going to Happen...



Snow in New Orleans 3 times in 6 years woah woah, hopefully...
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My Aunt owned an orange grove up until this past year. She would always say 27 degrees or less for more than 4 hours will kill the fruit. She was lucky in 89. It was really windy, saved the gove.
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Just protect your oranges down there,don't want the prices going up on my orange juice.They'll be out there spraying them with water,I bet.
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Something WUnderful is going to Happen...

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Quoting TampaFLUSA:

25 and below is when the damage really begins to affect crops...


Duration & Frost as well. Frost being the nail in the coffin.
Quoting TheCaneWhisperer:


All time

Most likely about 5 degrees cooler. Your record is 21 set back in 1985. Most of Florida will be flirting with all time records Wednesday morning.

25 and below is when the damage really begins to affect crops...
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Quoting TampaFLUSA:

What do u think Tampa will be like?


Most likely about 5 degrees cooler. Your record is 21 set back in 1985. Most of Florida will be flirting with all time records Wednesday morning.
The thing that makes Florida's cold more miserable in some ways than up north is how drastic the change is. Sometimes it can be 72-80 degrees then a cold front comes through, dropping it down to a good 25 degrees for a low and 52 degrees for a high. Followed by the next day it can reach like 84 degrees for the high. Hard to adjust.
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Quoting TampaFLUSA:

What do u think Tampa will be like?


Upper 20s
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Quoting TheCaneWhisperer:



The January Record is 27 for West Palm. Looks like we'll be flirting with that.


The NAM MOS has 28 and the GFS MOS has 29.
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Quoting TheCaneWhisperer:



The January Record is 27 for West Palm. Looks like we'll be flirting with that.

What do u think Tampa will be like?
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only to get colder.. burrr
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Quoting Bordonaro:
Btwntx08..Everything you always wanted in an Area Forecast Discussion, dress warm. Wow, 24-36 hrs in the 30's, maybe a lil' snow!!


New Orleans, the high was 33!! for friday, that is cold!
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