The Heat Is Online

Extreme Weather Profile: July -- December, 2012

In early July, a prolonged drought coupled with severe heat in the midwestern US threatened the country's corn crop more . . .   In early July, torrential rains triggered flooding in south Russia which washed away brick fences, overturned large trucks and left at least 150 people dead more . . .   In mid-July US officials declared the persistent drought a "natural disaster" in more than 1,000 counties in 26 states more . . .   In Japan, a year's worth of rain fell in two days, driving the evacuation of a quarter million people from their homes and leaving at least 26 people dead more . . .  In mid-July, NOAA reported that the drought in the summer of 2012 was the worst such drought in the US in 55 years more . . . In late July, Beijing was inundated by its heaviest rain in 60 years. The downpour left 37 people dead and stranded at leaswt 80,000 in the city's airport more . . .    By the end of July,  Indians were becoming desperate as the traditional monsoons failed to materialize and crops failed and grain prices skyrocketed more . . .  At the end of July, a series of fierce storms rolled through Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York  leaving more than 100,000 people without power  more . . .  At the same time, intense rains in North Korea triggered flooding which left 88 people dead and thousands more homeless  more . . .   

In early August in the Philippines 10 days of steady rain left 50 people dead and forced some 270,000 to flee their homes north of Manila more . . .   Days later, the same typhoon that swept through the Philippines roared into eastern China forcing the evacuation of nearly 2 million people more . . .  In late August as the temperature passed 104* F, Serbia struggled with an unprecedented 260 wildfires more . . .    In Algeria, torrential rains and high winds left 20 people dead and 56 people injured at the beginning of September  more . . .           

In mid-September, torrential rains inundated parts of Nevada and Utah, closing airports, stranding motorists and leaving several communities under water  more . . .   At the same time, relentless floods and landslides in northern India displaced more that one million people more . . .   In Nigeria, the worst flooding in at least 50 years left 140 people dead and displaced another 10,000 people from their homes more . . .       

In early October, a rare Midwestern snowstorm set records when it dumped 14 inches of snow in Minnesota more . . .    In mid-October, Scotland was drenched when it received a month's worth of rain in two days more . . .   At the same time, at least five tornadoes swept through Mississippi and Arkansas, leaving thousands of homes and businesses without power more . . .   At the end of October, Hurricane Sandy slammed into New Jersey and New York, leaving more than 8 million people without power and prompting a declaration of emergency from President Obama.  The massive hurricane, which measured 1,000 miles in diameter, closed air traffic across much of the US and left damages estimated at about $50 billion  more . . .

In early November, a powerful cyclone drove 150,000 people in India from their homes more . . .  In mid-November, torrential rains caused the Tiber River to overflow, inundating several suburbs of Rome more . . . .     In early December, a monster typhoon struck the southern Philippines, washing away bridges, isolating villages and leaving at least 902 people dead  and another 80,000 homeless  more . . .   In the northwestern US,  a series of storms dropped some two feet of rain, 40 inches of snow and generated winds exceeding 70 miles per hour in Washington, Oregon and parts of northern California  more . . .        

In late December, Moscow authorities warned people to stay inside and at least 45 people died and another 270 were hospitalized from an unseasonal severe deep freeze that swept across Russia  more . . .   At the same time, the US Army Corps of Engineers began clearing rocks from the bottom of the Mississippi River because they were impeding barge traffic on the drought-stricken waterway.  This year's drought has brought the river to its lowest level in more than 50 years  more . . .             

At the beginning of 2013, a severe deep freeze, the worst in more than 40 years,  killed more than 100 people in northern India more. . .