Debbie’s Silver Lining: Cooler Waters and Less Coral Reef Damage

By: Bob Henson and Jeff Masters, 4:46 PM GMT on March 28, 2017

Tropical Cyclone Debbie roared into northern Queensland, Australia, early Tuesday local time, hurling giant waves, fierce winds, and a major storm surge into the sparsely populated coast. Landfall occurred near Airlie Beach at about 12:40 pm local time Tuesday. Debbie’s top sustained winds at landfall, averaged over 1 minute (as is standard practice for Atlantic hurricanes), were estimated at 105 knots (120 mph), near the midpoint of the Category 3 range on the Sa...

Hurricane Coral Reefs

Updated: 5:49 AM GMT on March 29, 2017

March Going Out with a Weeklong Roar of Severe Weather

By: Bob Henson, 7:00 PM GMT on March 27, 2017

Severe weather watches may be a daily occurrence into at least the first weekend of April, as upper-level energy continues to stream across the U.S. atop an increasingly rich supply of low-level moisture. Already, 2017 has been a noteworthy year for severe weather. Even after tornado reports for earlier decades are inflation-adjusted (in order to balance the more complete reporting of tornadoes in recent years), the total of 325 preliminary tornado reports through S...

Severe Weather

Updated: 7:09 PM GMT on March 27, 2017

Category 3 Tropical Cyclone Debbie Pounding Queensland, Australia

By: Jeff Masters and Bob Henson, 4:23 PM GMT on March 27, 2017

Tropical Cyclone Debbie is battering Northeast Australia’s Queensland coast with torrential rains and high winds as the storm heads west-southwest at about 5 mph towards an expected landfall near 3 pm EDT (19 UTC) Monday. Debbie intensified into a Category 3 storm with 115 mph winds on Monday morning U.S. time, and satellite images on Monday morning showed an impressive storm with a well-defined eye surrounded by eyewall thunderstorms with very cold cloud tops tha...

Hurricane

Updated: 4:41 PM GMT on March 27, 2017

Australia Braces for Debbie; Localized Tornado Outbreak Possible Sunday in TX/OK

By: Jeff Masters and Bob Henson, 5:17 PM GMT on March 26, 2017

Northeast Australia’s Queensland coast is bracing for the arrival of Tropical Cyclone Debbie, which intensified into a Category 1 storm with 80 mph winds on Sunday morning. Debbie is headed west-southwest at about 4 mph, and is expected to make landfall on Tuesday morning local time (Monday evening in the U.S.) The storm has quite favorable conditions for intensification, with light wind shear and warm ocean temperatures of 29 - 30°C (84 - 86°F.) However, satell...

Hurricane Tornado Severe Weather

Updated: 6:06 PM GMT on March 26, 2017

Weird Coastal El Nino Clobbers Peru: 80 Killed, $1.4 Billion in Damage

By: Bob Henson and Jeff Masters, 6:00 PM GMT on March 24, 2017

The world’s costliest flood disaster of 2017 is still unfolding across parts of coastal Peru, where extreme rainfall atop normally dry terrain has led to episodes of major flooding over the last few weeks. More than 110,000 people have been displaced by flooding since December, according to Reuters, and more than 80 deaths have been reported.

The death toll makes the floods of 2017 Peru’s deadliest floods since 2009 - 2010, when 158 people died in flo...

El Niño Flood

Updated: 10:43 PM GMT on March 24, 2017


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