Below is a series of posts outlining extreme and unusual weather events that have happened globally over the last few years.
In July 2021, severe flooding hit western Europe. The hardest hit country was Germany; towns were flooded and trainlines and roads swept away. The flash floods claimed 184 lives in Germany alone. The floods were a ‘catastrophe of historic proportion’. German politicians have urged the world to speed up its… >
Severe thunderstorms in London, England caused flash flooding of roads and underground stations. Some areas of London received a months-worth of rain in one day. Homes, businesses and roads were flooded and people were forced to evacuate. There were also travel delays across London. The Fire Brigade had over 1000… >
Record rains devastated China’s central Henan Province in July 2021. A years-worth of rain fell in Zhengzhou city in 3 days. Greenpeace East Asia has attributed the flooding to climate change. Sadly, 70 people lost their lives, as well as widespread damage to people’s homes, schools and hospitals.
In August 2021, wildfires burned through Greece. The largest fire on the Greek island of Evia forced thousands of people to evacuate their homes. The fires started in dry conditions, caused by the most severe heatwave Greece has seen in 30 years. Hundreds of firefighters, including volunteers from other… >
In June 2021, a record-breaking heatwave lead to the deaths of hundreds of people in Canada and Northwest USA. Lytton in British Columbia, Canada reached 49.6°C. Before this heatwave, temperatures in Canada had never exceeded 45°C. The heatwave led to the start of hundreds of wildfires which affected wildlife, killing… >
Victoria Falls is found on the Zimbabwe-Zambia border in Southern Africa. It is a natural wonder of the world for its sheer size and beauty. Known as ‘the smoke that thunders’ to locals, the waterfall flows at a rate of 700,000 cubic meters per minute during the rainy… >
In September 2021, Tropical Storm Ida bought record levels of rain to New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut in the USA. The rain swept away cars and caused power outages. It submerged the New York City subway and flooded basement homes. Unfortunately, at least 46 people lost their lives… >
On 7th April 2021, Slovenia recorded the coldest April temperature since records began. A weather station at Novi Vasi na Blokah reached freezing overnight temperatures of -20.6°C. This is even more surprising because 7 days earlier they recorded their hottest-ever March day. On the 31st March 2021, Ljubljana in Slovenia… >
In May 2020, Assam in India suffered from floods caused by heavy monsoon rains. The Brahmaputra river overflowed, flooding the area and destroying crops. 150,000 people were evacuated to relief camps and 149 people sadly lost their lives. In recent years, Assam has seen less rainfall overall. However, they have… >
In May, a forest fire that lasted for days caused Uttarakhand, India to burn. What may have started as a small fire has burned 10,000 square meters of Himalayan forest. Sadly, this caused two deaths. Wildfires are getting worse because climate change is causing longer, hotter summers.