The Heat Is Online

Extreme Weather Profile: July - December, 2007

In July in southern China, the worst flooding in decades forced the evacuation of some 400,000 people, killing more than 150 more. . . While in Texas, more than a foot of rain fell in less than a day, stranding railroad passengers and forcing rescue crews to save more than 50 people more. . . While England was suffering through its second flood in less than a month, leaving some $4 billion in damages and 350,000 people without drinking water, temperatures in southern Europe soared, topping 107* F. in Hungary more . . . Meanwhile, officials announced that the temperature in Tibet is rising faster than anywhere else in the world, with warming rising at a speed of 0.3* Celsius every 10 years more . . . In Indonesia, flash floods and landslides inundated villages, destroyed bridges and drove thousands from their homes more . . . In the last week in July, temperatures in southern Europe soared, leaving more than 500 fatalities in Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria and Greece more . . . At the same time, as floodwaters began to recede in Britain, officials estimated the damages at over $6 billion more. . .

 

The heat in southern Europe was intensified by a wave of wildfires that swept through the region more. . . At the end of July, Britain's weather office announced that the summer of 2007 was the wettest in that country's recorded history more. . . At the same time, rising flood waters in China killed more than 500 people more. . . In Montana, a wildfire burned out of control, consuming more than six square miles of land more. . . While intense flooding in the southern Sudan displaced more than 12,000 people more. . . As continuous rains forced three major rivers to overflow, the flooding displaced thousands of people in Bihar province in India more. . . Storms linked to climate change have displaced some 200 million people in China, while drinking water shortages in drought-hit regions of the country have affected another million Chinese residents more. . .

 

As rains continued to swamp India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, officials reported that the flooding has displaced at least 20 million people in South Asia more. . . At the same time, officials declared a state of emergency in the Greek islands of Mykonos and Santorini when prolonged drought cut into drinking water supplies more. . . At the same time, flash floods destroyed buildings, washed away houses and displaced thousands of residents of Lagos, the capital city of Nigeria more. . . In central Vietnam, at least nine people died when the region received two feet of rain in four days more. . . In August, the UN reported the first half of 2007 was marked by a significant increase in weather extremes around the world, including heatwaves in Europe, flooding in Asia and snowstorms in South Africa more. . . The same period saw an increased outbreak of dengue fever in Asia, which claimed 98 lives in Myanmar alone more. . .


In August, the UN reported that the first half of 2007 saw a virtually unprecedented number of record-setting extreme weather events during that period more. . . In New York City, an intense downpour flooded subways, delayed flights and stranded thousands of commuters more. . . The same storm saw the first tornado ever recorded in the area tear through a southern section of Brooklyn more. . . At the same time, the temperate wine-growing central valley in Chile was hit by its first snowstorm in 50 years more. . . As Australia's relentless drought entered its ninth year, officials declared it was the worst such drought in that country in the past 1,000 years more. . . In mid-August, a series of storms and tornadoes swept through Ohio and Pennsylvania, cutting power to tens of thousands, tearing rooftops off buildings and uprooting trees more. . . Meanwhile, the toll from the record-setting floods in south Asia soared, reaching 575 fatalities and stranding 19 million people more. . . Those floods were followed by another round of downpours which killed 22 people in Pakistan and destroyed large areas of crops in Bangladesh more. . .

 

At the same time, a persistent drought in Ankara, the capitol of Turkey, left four million people with only about three months worth of drinking water more. . . In mid-August, a stifling heat wave with triple digit temperatures blanketed much of the US more. . . By Aug. 16, the heatwave had visited triple-digit temperatures for 10 consecutive days on the southern US, killing at least 33 people more. . . In North Korea, the heaviest rains in 40 years destroyed buildings, flooded wide areas of farmland and left 600 people dead more. . . While farmers in Senegal worried about a crop-destroying drought, the country was hit by torrential downpours that destroyed thousands of homes and killed more than 100 people more. . . With temperatures exceeding105*, a stifling heat wave in Japan killed seven people and stretched power supplies to the breaking point more . . . Tropical storm Erin dropped nearly 10 inches of rain on Houston and San Antonio, as anxious residents tracked the Caribbean progress of Hurricane Dean. The rain added to a storm-related death-toll that has taken 22 lives in Texas and Oklahoma since June more. . . In Minnesota, Wisconsin and Ohio flash floods washed away roads and bridges, forced nursing home evacuations and left 22 people dead more. . .

 

Hurricane Dean left a swath of destruction in the Caribbean, barely missing a direct hit on Jamaica and crashing into Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula more. . . Experts determined that Dean, which amazingly left no fatalities, was the third most intense Atlantic hurricane on record more. . . Meanwhile half way around the world, Typhoon Sepat hit the south coast of China, killing 14 people driving one million others from their homes more. . . Meanwhile, the death toll in the midwestern US rose to 26 as floodwaters in Ohio drove at least 1,000 people from their homes more. . .

 

In southern Greece, continuing drought enhanced by temperatures exceeding 100* F. triggered at least 170 wildfires which killed 51 people more. . . Meanwhile a new round of severe winds and intense rainstorms cut power to hundreds of thousands of people in the midwestern US more. . . In late August, intense flooding in Ethiopia displaced 100,000 people and contributed to the deaths of 17 others more. . . By the end of August, Phoenix had suffered through one of its hottest summers in history with 29 days at 110* F or higher more. . . The UK's Met Office reported that the summer of 2007 was the wettest in Britain since 1914 when records began to be kept more. . .

 

In early September, Hurricane Felix, packing winds of 160 miles-per-hour, slammed into the Honduran-Nicaraguan border. The Category 5 storm marked the first time in recorded history that two top-scale storms have made landfall in the same season more . . . At the same time, California struggled through the sixth day of a killer heat wave which cut power to hundreds of thousands and left at least 14 people dead more. . . In Tokyo, that city's strongest typhoon in five years killed one person, injured 69 others, snarled traffic and cut power to thousands more . . . In mid-September,

a powerful typhoon targeted eastern China, prompting the evacuation of 1.6 million people as ships and boats were called back to port. The storm lost power as it made landfall, but still left almost 2,000 villages without power more . . . Across West and Central Africa, torrential rains and flash floods displaced hundreds of thousands of people in 17 countries, leaving at least 200 casualties more. . . In southern India, an intense monsoon left dozens of villages underwater and killed 63 people more. . . Across Minnesota, torrential rains, hail and high winds cut power to thousands of people, shut down air travel and left one boy drowned more . . .

 

In Vietnam, more than 50 people were killed or missing after a typhoon, floods and landslides cut power and closed roads in what officials described as some of the worst flooding in decades more. , . At the same time, a massive typhoon crashed into the Chinese coast, cutting power to more than two million residents and forcing the evacuation of 1.6 million people and leaving more that $1 billion in damages more. . . As the torrential downpours continued in West and Central Africa, it destroyed crops from Senegal to Ethiopia more. . . In mid-October, persisting rains triggered floods that killed at least 45 people in Haiti, Costa Rica and other Central American countries more. . . While in Tunisia, rain swollen rivers overflowed, leading to at least 11 deaths more. . .

 

In the southern US, the worst drought in more than 100 years is threatening drinking water supplies at a number of cities more. . . In Atlanta, where drinking water supplies dwindled to 90 days' worth, officials were scrambling to come up with new sources more . . . even as Georgia's governor declared a state of emergency due to the drought more. . . Even as scientists warned of the emergence of of "mega forest fires" in the western US,, wildfires destroyed tens of thousands of acres in California, driving at least one half million people from their homes around San Diego and leaving more than $1 billion in losses more . . .


At the beginning of November, tropical storm Noel triggered mudslides and floods in the Dominican Republic and Haiti, killing more than 100 people and forcing some parents to choose which of their children to save from the surging waters more . . . At the same time, flooding drove hundreds of thousands from their homes in the Mexican state of Tabasco which was 80 percent submerged more . . . while in Vietnam, at least 67 people died in heavy floods more . . . October, 2007, saw more tornadoes than any other October on record in the US, with 87 twisters occurring in one three-day span more. . . As the Australian summer began, scientists announced that the country's long, dry spell had grown into a 1-in-1000-year drought more . . .

 

In mid-November, a category 4 cyclone drove more than 600,000 people from their homes, destroyed tens of thousands of dwellings in Bangladesh and killed more than 3,100 people more. . . As the drought in the southeastern US persisted, the reservoirs serving Atlanta and other parts of Georgia are turning into bacteria-laden "dead zones" more. . . Several days of intense rains left 163 people dead in Papua New Guinea, another 50 people missing and destroyed some 1,000 homes more. . .

 

In southern China, the country's rice belt, autumn rainfall dropped by 90 percent, threatening the country's crop production more. . . while in Cyprus, authorities called on the population to pray for rain as the country was caught in the grip of a 1-in-100 year drought more. . . In late November, a powerful typhoon slammed into the Philippines, leaving 17 people dead and forcing 200,000 people into evacuation centers more. . .

 

In early December, a stormed slammed into the Pacific Northwest, downing power lines, ripping off roofs and dumping more than 10 inches of rain on parts of Oregon in one day more. . . An ice storm walloped the US from Oklahoma to New England, leaving 14 people dead and nearly a half million people without power more. . . Days later, a second ice storm left a million people without power and three Midwestern governors declared states of emergency. A week later, thousands of homes in the US and Canada were still without power more. . .


In mid-December, a severe storm swirled through the Caribbean, triggering floods and mudslides in the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Puerto Rico, and leaving 25 people dead more. . .  In the US, the third major storm in two weeks killed fourteen people as heavy snow blasted the area from Texas to Minnesota more . . .   In late December, a long drought, the worst in a decade, cut drinking and irrigation water supplies in south China, one of the country's traditionally humid areas more. . .    Days of torrential rains killed 78 people in Indonesia on the third anniversary of South Asia's worst tsunami on record more. . .