random news 2013 year of extreme weather in review

7:30pm UK, Tuesday 24 December 2013 Residents faced Christmas without power and travellers remained stuck at airports and stations after storms caused havoc across much of Britain.

The death toll from the violent weather rose to five and people heading home for the holiday had to battle with difficult conditions on roads and railways.

Some of the worst chaos was at Gatwick airport in West Sussex where a power outage at North Terminal led to cancellations and delays.

Police officers stepped in to calm passengers as they demanded to know more information about their plans.

http://news.sky.com/story/1186672/weather-police-calm-furious-air-travelers

24 December 2013 Last updated at 21:10 GMT

Published: December 23, 2013 http://www.wunderground.com/news/december-record-highs-historic-rainfall-20131223 The weekend before Christmas proved nightmarish for many travelers and surreal for holiday shoppers, as Winter Storm Gemini tied up air travel and record warmth forced East Coast residents to hang up their coats and don short sleeves instead.

Now, this freakish weather is being etched into the record books. Let’s step through some of the highlights, starting with the record warmth.

2013 in review: a year of increasing extreme weather events

John Vidal looks back at a year of record heatwaves, floods,  rainstorms and cyclones
2013 was the seventh warmest year on record and saw one of the strongest cyclones, some of the longest heatwaves and the most topsy-turvy weather experienced in decades.
Extreme weather in 2013 : An iceberg from a glacier in northern SvalbardExtreme Weather in 2013 : Typhoon Haiyan Seen Approaching The Philippines
Heat extremes dominated the year. The last four months of 2012 were abnormally hot in Australia but January 2013 was the hottest month ever measured on the continent,…Portugal, China, Hungary, Finland, and Britain, all recorded heatwaves, and the temperature in Death Valley, California hit 129.2F (54.0C), the hottest temperature ever recorded on Earth during June. Meanwhile, Shanghai had 24 days with temperatures at or above 35C in July and recorded 40.6C, the highest ever temperature recorded in 140 years of records in the city…Europe, overall, was warmer than usual but the heat turned quickly to massive rainstorms…Less high-profile were massive floods in Sudan, where more than 250,000 people were forced from their homes in August. The region around the capital, Khartoum, was particularly badly hit, with at least 15,000 homes destroyed and thousands of others damaged…
It was a very different story in the western-north Pacific however, where 30 major storms had been recorded by early November.  Thirteen of them were typhoon-strength, the biggest by some way being typhoon Haiyan, possibly the most powerful tropical cyclone to make landfall in recorded history. Haiyan smashed into the southern Phillippines, killing 6,000 people and wreaking massive damage…read the full article at the following link: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/dec/18/2013-extreme-weather-events

Ice storm forces rewrite of Top Weather Stories list

 By Tom Spears, OTTAWA CITIZEN December 23, 2013OTTAWA — David Phillips knew he was tempting fate when he announced the Top 10 Weather Stories of 2013 with 12 days left in December.

Would the weather let him off the hook by not throwing anything new at him?

“Nature doesn’t wait, doesn’t hold its breath,” he concluded Monday.

Sure enough, the ice storm that covered Toronto and much of southern Ontario is forcing him to rewrite his list. He said Monday the storm belongs at the No. 3 spot on the annual list. http://www.ottawacitizen.com/technology/storm+forces+rewrite+Weather+Stories+list/9318164/story.html

The 5 top U.S. weather stories of 2013

  • By Dennis Mersereau December 23 at 11:40 am

In the United States, the major weather stories of 2013 are somewhat contradictory. One the one hand, several horrible weather events occurred, from violent tornadoes in Oklahoma to record wildfires in the West to “biblical flooding” in Colorado. But the year also brought the fewest tornadoes in recent memory and a largely absent Atlantic hurricane season.

Overall, 2013 is likely to finish with 8 billion dollar weather disasters in the U.S., down from 11 in 2012 and 13 in 2011 but up from the 4 in 2010 and 6 in 2009. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/wp/2013/12/23/the-5-top-u-s-weather-stories-of-2013/

Tornado passes across south Oklahoma City, Monday, May 20, 2013. (AP Photo/The Oklahoman, Paul Hellstern)

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