Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, is currently experiencing what is perhaps the greatest flood ever to swamp a city so large in world history. This dynamic Asian megalopolis has a population of around 10 million within the city limits and a metropolitan population of at least 20 million. The flood is affecting virtually every resident and many have evacuated to provinces outside the flood zones.
weatherhistorian, • 8:30 PM GMT on October 29, 2011
The first substantial rains of the year inundated portions of central Texas over the past two weeks providing some welcome relief to a few areas. However, the drought remains the worst on record for most of Texas and New Mexico, and a dust storm reminiscent of the 1930s pummeled the Texas Panhandle and areas south of there to Lubbock just last week.
weatherhistorian, • 10:06 PM GMT on October 22, 2011
September was yet another busy month for global weather extremes. Highlights included the worst flooding in Pennsylvania and upstate New York since 1972 as a result of Tropical Storm Lee, devastating wildfires in Texas and Minnesota, the deadliest typhoon to hit Japan since 2004 (Typhoon Talas), and unusual heat in the United Kingdom and Argentina.
weatherhistorian, • 10:39 PM GMT on October 16, 2011
In this last blog of my series on tropical storm superlatives, I cover the Indian Ocean Basin which includes the Bay of Bengal where the world’s deadliest tropical storms occur, as well Australia’s cyclone superlatives. Both the east and west coasts of Australia are occasionally pounded by intense tropical storms that originate in the South Pacific and Indian Ocean respectively, but for the sake of simplicity I am lumping both sources that affect Australia in this single blog.
weatherhistorian, • 8:42 PM GMT on October 06, 2011