The Heat Is Online

Extreme Weather Profile: January -- June, 2012

In the Midwestern US, record breaking warmth spread eastward across the nation's midsection in early January , with temperatures as much as 40 degrees F. above average  more . . .   With Texas gripped by the worst drought in the state's history, officials announced that as many as 500 million trees have perished more . . .   Forty people were killed and thousands made homeless when torrential rains dropped up to 10 inches on Tanzania in two days more . . .   In the Pacific Northwest, a massive snowstorm, with winds up to 100 miles per hour, dropped about a foot of snow on Washington state, slightly less than the state's record more . . .   One day after the near record snowstorm, an ice storm paralyzed Seattle, shutting down the airport and cutting power to more than 200,000 people more. . .   Intense January storms, stretching from Arkansas to Mississippi left at least two people dead and at least 100 injured in Alabama more. . .    In Eastern Europe, parts of Romania and Bulgaria were buried under a snowfall that dropped up to 10 feet in some areas more. . .   At the same time, a brutal cold snap in the region left more than 60 people dead, with fatalities in Serbia, Poland and the Ukraine among other places more . . .   In eastern Australia, record-setting summer rains forced the evacuation of more than 13,000 people more. . .

In early February, a massive snowstorm dropped six feet of snow on parts of Colorado, knocking out power to thousands of homes, closing highways and shutting down the Denver airport before moving east into Nebraska and Iowa  more . . .     An intense cold snap in Eastern Europe -- the second within a month -- left more than 600 people dead more. . .  At the end of February, a massive tornado left at least 12 people dead and millions of dollars in damages as it barreled through Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky  more . . .       Just three days later, a second round of devastating tornadoes swept through the midwestern and southern US, barreling up from the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes and destroying towns in Indiana, Kentucky and elsewhere  more . . .

In early March, Portugal endured multiple fires and ravaged crops as the country struggled through its driest February in 80 years more . . .     In eastern Australia, record-settiing summer rains forced the evacuation of more than 13,000 people more. . .      At the same time, Mexico suffered through its worst drought in 71 years, cutting crop production in some areas by 80 percent and raising fears of long-term food shortages  more . . .   In mid March, a state of emergency was declared in Louisiana when parts of the state received about a quarter's worth of annual rainfall in five hours more . . .    Overall, in the US, more than 7,000 new records were set in March during one of the hottest such months on record more . . .

In early April, the Dallas area was shattered by three tornadoes which flipped massive tractor-trailer trucks, cut power to thousands of homes and forced declarations of emergency by local officials more . . .  In London, the driest two-year period since 1884 forced authorities to impose strict water conservation measures, including limiting showers to 4 minutes  more . . .

  In the winter of 2011-12, Anchorage, Alaska broke a 57-year record for snowfall, receiving more than 133.6 inches -- or more than 11 feet -- in one season more . . .     By mid-April, the long drought in Texas and the southwest spread across the U.S., stretching into New England, an area which is traditionally free of drought more. . .     In Florida, persistent drought has triggered wildfires which consumed more than 90,000 acres -- even before the official fire season began more . . .     

In an explosion of turbulent weather, 112 tornadoes raked the US midwest -- in Oklahama, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa -- in one 24-hour period more . . .  In Britain, more than 35 million people were affected by water problems as the country struggled through its worst drought since 1976  more . . .  In late April, a massive storm dropped 10 inches of snow in one town in New York, and covered areas of Pennsylvania, Maryland and West Virginia as well more . . .                

In mid-June, early wildfires ravaged parts of the west, consuming some 60 square miles in Colorado and another 500 square miles in New Mexico   more . . .   At the same time, intense downpours from tropical storm Debby  cut Flordia's main east-west highway and dropped more than 26 inches of rain in two days on Florida, Georgia and other parts of the Gulf Coast more . . .   In late June, Duluth, Minnesota suffered its heaviest rainfall in history, leaving huge sinkholes, ripping up dozens of roads,  forcing hundreds of people from their homes and killing a number of  zoo animals more . . .    By late June, a spate of wildfires in Colorado, New Mexico and several other western states had consumed more than 1.3 million acres In Colorado, thousands of people were evacuated as firefighters confronted a two-mile wall of flame more . . .        At the same time, flash floods dropped more than 18 inches of rain on Bangladesh, leaving at least 100 people dead and stranding about a quarter of a million others  more . . .     With reservoirs drying up and  crops failing, both South Korea and North Korea are struggling through their worst drought since records began being kept more than 100 years ago   more . . .     Near the end of June, a wave of extreme heat left 93 million Americans under extreme heat advisories  from Kansas to the Carolinas  more . . .   At the end of June, record-breaking temperatures, which triggered hurricane-force windstorms, cut power to two million people from Indiana to New Jersey  more . . .