Eerie photographs of a scorched, ‘apocalyptic’ Tasmanian wilderness
Bushfires started by lightning raged across Tasmania’s north and west from Jan. 13, affecting parts of the Australian state’s pristine World Heritage Area.
Hobart-based photographer Dan Broun explored the Central Plateau Conservation Area, shooting the blaze-affected region over a 36-hour period last weekend. He made quick visits in between bouts of extreme weather, including thunderstorms and lightning.
Burning through 18,000 hectares, the fires have fortunately only affected 1 percent of the total heritage area. It’s home to unique pencil pines, which can be more than 1,000 years old, alongside cushion plants and kangaroos Read more…
National Weather Service director warns of ‘potentially paralyzing’ storm
Louis Uccellini is first and foremost a weather geek. He co-wrote the most authoritative compendium on northeast winter storms, which was published in two weighty volumes by the American Meteorological Society (and this reporter proudly owns)
As the first director of the National Weather Service in many years to have a PhD in meteorology, when he says a storm is potentially historic, and “classic” in terms of its formation and impacts, one would be best to take heed.
During a press conference on Thursday from the National Weather Service’s forecasting hub in College Park, Maryland, Uccellini said the blizzard expected to begin in Washington, D.C., on Friday afternoon, and spreading northeastward from there, will be a “potentially paralyzing storm” that could be life-threatening. He said computer models are showing the potential for thundersnow in Washington and Philadelphia on Friday night, which would enhance snowfall rates. Read more…
This December was the warmest in India in over 100 years
According to the Indian Meteorogical Department (IMD), December 2015 was the hottest in India the last 115 years. The period between September and December 2015 was also the warmest since 1901, when IMD started recording data.
The mean temperature in December was 1.2 degree celsius above normal. It was preceded by been five hot Decembers in the last decade, in 2008, 2009, 2012 and 2006 respectively.
These above-normal temperatures are in accordance with global weather patterns. According to the meteorological experts, these high temperatures are due to global warming as well as the ongoing El Nino in the Pacific Ocean. “Because of global warming there is increased frequency of El Nino,” says Dr DS Pai, head of National Climate Centre, IMD. Read more…
Thousands of pink bottles wash up on English beaches
LONDON — Thousands of pink bottles full of detergent have washed up on picturesque beaches in Cornwall.
The National Trust is leading the clean-up effort around Poldhu Cove with teams of volunteers removing the bottles, believed to be filled with stain remover, from beaches. More bottles have been spotted further out to sea
Deadly earthquake strikes India’s Manipur state and Bangladesh
A 6.7 magnitude earthquake hit India’s remote northeast region. At least eight people were killed and 100 others were injured. India’s Meteorological Department said the epicenter of the quake was in Tamenglong region of Manipur state. The death and injuries were caused by falling debris in and around Imphal, the capital of Manipur state, police said. Parts of Bangladesh were also affected by the earthquake. [Additional reporting by The Associated Press]
Waterlogged scenes as the clean-up begins in flooded parts of England
Prime Minister David Cameron visited northern England Monday as a huge clean-up operation began after several days of heavy rain and flooding in the region. Pubs emptied out their contents, residents were whisked to safety, and helicopters brought supplies as large parts of Yorkshire and beyond took stock. 500 soldiers have been deployed to help.
27 flood warnings remain in place and the Environment Agency has said there needs to be a “complete rethink” of the country’s flood defences.