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DEEP snow in Ebensee am Feuerkogel, Austria today, January 16
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Deep snow in Ebensee am Feuerkogel, Austria, January 16
These are events that happened across our planet in the middle of Northern Hemisphere Winter 2019. Changes are amplifying and will continue to do so through 2035.

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24-hour rainfall on Hawaii's Kauai last April confirmed as US record

Flooding along Kauai’s Hanalei Bay
Flooding along Kauai’s Hanalei Bay, as seen on April 15, 2018. Weather officials confirmed this morning that the torrential rains that resulted in flooding on Kauai last April set a new national record — the most rainfall in a 24-hour period.
Torrential rainfall that led to catastrophic flooding last April on the Hawaiian island of Kauai set a national record for the most rainfall in a 24-hour period, weather officials say.

The National Climatic Extremes Committee has verified the 49.7 inches recorded at Waipa Garden in the 24-hour period ending at 12:45 p.m. April 15, the Honolulu Star Advertiser reported.

"After considering the observation and the various surrounding factors, the NCEC determined the Waipa Garden observation to be valid, and it now stands as the 24-hour record precipitation for the United States," the NCEC said in a memo.

Brian Donegan, a weather.com meteorologist, said, "The previous U.S. 24-hour rainfall record was 43 inches at Alvin, Texas, from July 25-26, 1979, during Tropical Storm Claudette."

Comment: With nearly 50 inches in 24 hours, Hawaii may have broken the US rainfall record

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At least 10 people killed as heavy rain, floods and landslides hit Peru

Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra said Monday recent rains across the country have killed at least 10 people as 1,800 suffered losses. Rains have swollen and overflowed rivers that damaged bridges, highways, health centers, police stations, and educational institutions, an Andina news agency report said.

The weather also sent rocks from high mountain locations rolling down in dangerous mudslides. The central government is sending about 500 tons of food and other aid, and is transferring funds to repair infrastructure, Andina added. Aid is moving slowly, though, as roads are damaged.


Floods, fire and drought: Australia bearing the brunt of rise in extreme weather

australia flood
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Residents wade through floodwaters in the suburb of Hermit Park in Townsville this week.
Amid record temperatures, severe flooding and devastation of wilderness, the political message from the government is business as usual

The people of Townsville know about heavy rain, but this was new. Over the past fortnight, the northern Queensland city's 180,000 residents have been hit by a monsoon strengthened by a low-pressure front that dragged moist air south from the equator to Australia's top end.

It dumped an unprecedented 1.4 metres of rain in less than two weeks - roughly double what falls on London in a year.

The ensuing chaos has wrecked homes and caused hundreds of millions of dollars of damage to property. Two men have drowned and videos posted to social media have shown crocodiles climbing trees and taking to elevated highways in search of shelter.

But amid the deluge, not everyone heeded the evacuation advice.

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Burst dam kills 3 in West Java, Indonesia following heavy rainfall

A man checks out the condition of his housing
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A man checks out the condition of his housing complex in Pasir Jati, Bandung regency, West Java, on Sunday, following heavy rains on Saturday.
Heavy rains in Bandung, West Java and its surrounding areas on Saturday night caused the dam holding the Cinambo River in Pasar Jati, Bandung regency to burst, resulting in flooding that claimed three lives.

The flooding hit residential areas in Cigending subdistrict, Ujungberung district and several houses in the Endah regency complex, where eight people were dragged away by the strong currents.

The Bandung search and rescue (SAR) office said three people, including a baby, had been declared dead, while five people had been rescued.

The victims were identified as Phida, 40, Hani, 25 and Raifan, 1.

"The joint SAR team has moved all residents affected by the flooding to a safer location," Bandung SAR spokesperson Joshua Banjarnahor said on Sunday.


Up to 500,000 cattle die due to flooding caused by record rainfall in Queensland, Australia (UPDATE - with video)

Dead cattle at Eddington Station in western Queenand. Photograph: Rachael Anderson
© Rachael Anderson
Dead cattle at Eddington Station in western Queensland.
The Queensland government has announced an inquiry into the historic flooding in Townsville, as evidence mounts that local authorities failed to anticipate the extreme nature of the recent record rainfall.

The independent inquiry will look into "key preparedness and response elements" to the storms that dumped more than one metre of rain on Townsville in less than a week.

In the west of the state, graziers have been confronted with scenes described by one mayor as "hell", as it became clear up to 300,000 cattle had died in the floods. The premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, said the sight so many cattle that had died agonising deaths made her "sick in the stomach".

Comment: Update: The Guardian reports on the 11th of January:
In north-west Queensland it hadn't rained, any decent rain, for more than five years.

When the downpour finally came last week, graziers were elated. Now it's feared up to 500,000 cattle, mostly from severely drought-stressed herds, have been killed in widespread flood waters.

The full extent of the losses won't be known for weeks; some properties remain underwater and the flood waters are moving south. But the agricultural industry's peak body says the situation has already become "a massive humanitarian crisis", affecting an area twice the size of Victoria.

After a prolonged drought, some rural parts of Queensland received three years' worth of average rainfall in a week.

Dead cattle at Eddington station 20km west of Julia Creek, Queensland.
© Rachael Anderson
Dead cattle at Eddington station 20km west of Julia Creek, Queensland.

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2 dead, 100 rescued after floods in Saudi Arabia

Severe floods hit the Madinah Region in Saudi Arabia, 08 to 10 February, 2019.
© Said Civil Defence
Severe floods hit the Madinah Region in Saudi Arabia, 08 to 10 February, 2019.
Further severe flooding has affected parts of Saudi Arabia, displacing around 100 people and leaving 2 dead.

Saudi Civil Defence report flooding in Madinah Region from 08 February, 2019. Around 111 people were rescued by Civil Defence teams, many of them from vehicles stranded in flooding wadis. Flooding in the region also caused damage to homes and 14 families (around 100 people) have been displaced.

Civil Defence reported on 08 February that 1 person had died and another was still missing after flooding in the Al-ʿUla governorate of the Madinah Region. Search and rescue operations for the missing person continued and Civil Defence reported late on 10 February that they had found a body near a flooded wadi.

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Landslide kills 3 people in Kenya

Three people died during a landslide that buried them while they were working at a construction site in Maili Mbili area in Kisii.

While confirming the incident, Kisii police commander Martin Kibet stated that "the three had been contracted to expand the water and sewerage systems from Kegati, Kisii, Nyamira to Suneka when the incident occurred at about 4.30 pm on Friday."

"At Maili Mbili area within Bobaracho ward, a landslide occurred and three Kisii male adults namely Stephen Omenya, Robin Ratemo and Joseph Mokaya were completely buried under the soil and died instantly while four others escaped unhurt."

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Atacama desert, world's driest place suffers massive flooding in northern Chile

Heavy showers on high altitudes in northern Chile have caused dry river beds to become rushing torrents of water.

The flooding has left one dead, one child missing and over 1,200 homeless, according to officials.

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16 dead after landslides and floods in La Paz Department, Bolivia

Floods in Caranavi, La PAz Department, Bolivia
© Government of Caranavi
Floods in Caranavi, La PAz Department, Bolivia, February 2019.
At least 16 people have died in landslides in La Paz Department, Bolivia.

Heavy rain from 02 February caused 2 landslides along the Yolosita-Caranavi highway in Caranavi Province, burying several vehicles. Local authorities said that at least 16 people died and 53 were injured.

Rain in the area has also caused the overflow of the Coroico and Yara rivers. Flooding has been reported in 11 districts of the city of Caranavi, in particular La Costanera and 13 de Diciembre, prompting evacuations.

Schools have been closed in affected areas and a disaster emergency declared by the provincial government.

Comment: See also: Landslide after heavy rainfall kills at least 11 on Bolivian highway