Aug
03
2010

Extreme heat, fires, and flooding

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Weather hazardCourtesy NOAA
In my previous post about our global warming trend you were told to expect more extreme rainfalls and record setting heat. Examples of each have recently made the news.

Globally, at least 14 different countries have reported all-time record high temperatures this year. AOL News

  • Moscow, Russia 102° F
  • Maryland and Virginia 105° F
  • Finland 99° F
  • Saudi Arabia &Iraq 125.6° F
  • Pakistan 128.3° F

Russia declares fires "a natural disaster"

"President Dmitry Medvedev called the fires "a natural disaster" Discovery News

Hundreds of thousands of firefighters, including army troops battled forest fires raging across central Russia in a heat wave that has killed more than 30 people.

Devastating floods in China and Pakistan

Over a thousan people have died or are missing in central and southern China in the country's worst floods in more than a decade. The huge Three Gorges Dam, designed to withstand a 10,000 year flood, was within 20m of overflowing.

Over a million people are effected by the flooding in Pakistan. In Swat alone, the floods have destroyed more than 14,600 houses and 22 schools.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

ARTiFactor's picture
ARTiFactor says:

In Pakistan, at least 1,400 lives have been lost so far, and more than three million people — nearly half of them children — have been uprooted. (New York Times)
Boston.com has 41 incredible photos of this natural disaster in Pakistan

posted on Sat, 08/07/2010 - 10:30am
ARTiFactor's picture
ARTiFactor says:

The government now reports an estimated 12 million people are affected (by flooding in Pakistan).

The official death rate remains at 1600, but is expected to rise dramatically once the full extent of this catastrophic event is known.

Figures keep changing at lightning speed. The Federal Flood Commission said Friday more than 248,000 homes had been destroyed or damaged. It now has raised this number to 650,000. VOANews.com

posted on Sat, 08/07/2010 - 11:40am
ARTiFactor's picture
ARTiFactor says:

Russia is still burning. To date, over 2000 homes have been destroyed and 52 lives have been lost. as wildfires continue across over 300,000 acres.
Boston.com also has 38 powerful photos of Russia's wildfires

posted on Sat, 08/07/2010 - 10:55am

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