Let's take a look at the severe weather conditions prevailing across the globe.
Flood threat from Spain to Italy during the weekend
The capital city of Spain, Madrid had experienced severe thunderstorms accompanied by hail during the past two days which caused travel disruptions. This scenario is likely to continue. A low pressure system over the Bay of Biscay will combine forces with a weather front which is running from parts of western and southern Europe and will result in widespread rain and thunderstorms across the region. Some of these thunderstorms may be severe and can cause flooding and destructive winds. Severe weather is expected over the weekend in parts of Northeast Spain, southern France, northern Italy and Switzerland.
Relentless California drought; water cuts to farmers
The state of California in USA has been reeling under severe drought for some time now. So much so that the states’ water regulators have ordered farmers and other strong water right holders to stop pumping water from the three major waterways in one of the prime farming region in the country. The orders include record cuts by prominent water rights holders.
Slow moving tropical storm Carlos brewing over the eastern pacific
A tropical storm Carlos is keeping meteorologists interested. Carlos is currently around 235 km south of Acapulco, Mexico. Carlos is packing sustained winds of 95 kmph and is moving very slowly northeastwards at 4 kmph. Heavy rain is expected to occur over the southern coast of Mexico over the weekend. Tropical storm Carlos would intensify and may become a hurricane on Sunday.
Cyclone Ashobaa causes historic flooding in Oman
A historic and unprecedented flooding has occurred in Oman. The warm waters of Arabian Sea enabled the cyclone to strengthen on Wednesday but Ashobaa weakened into a low pressure area after hitting the Oman coast. Torrential downpours have caused flooding in the region. Heaviest rain has been recorded in Masirah Island where over 225 mm of rainfall has occurred over a period of 24 hours. The average annual rainfall for Masirah Island is around 40 mm, so it is clearly seen that more than five years’ worth of rainfall has occurred in just 24 hours. Another area where major rainfall has occurred is the region from Sur to Filim where one whole years’ worth of rainfall has been recorded. Rain and thunderstorms will continue to spread inland across Oman. These thunderstorms will aggravate the flood situation across the coastline on Saturday. The flooding could be life threatening and will cause travel disruptions across the region.
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