Thursday, February 04, 2016

Weather Forecast–Climate Change Signs? Cities Issue Severe Weather Alerts

[The BitBag] Severe weather alerts have been issued in many cities and regions since the past week up to this day especially in the US, Australia and UK. The weather conditions have been getting worse lately. Are these signs of climate change?
Severe weather warnings were issued for north-west and north-east England, Yorkshire and large sections of southern Scotland as reported by the Met Office. “Yellow Warning” of ice was issued for much of Scotland at 10:57 on Tuesday, January 16. The warning is valid from 16:00 Tuesday, January 19 to 11:00 Wednesday, January 20, according to BBC. A widespread frost is expected across Scotland leading to icy stretches on untreated surfaces through Tuesday evening, night and well into Wednesday morning. The Met department asked people to be aware of the potential risky driving conditions. Also, a flood warning was issued for “Southwest” by the Environment Agency or by SEPA in Scotland and Natural Resources Wales in Wales on January 19 at 13:15.
Meanwhile in Australia, a fierce thunderstorm is moving towards south-western Western Australia, bringing damaging winds, heavy rainfall and large hailstones as it moves through Perth. The Bureau of Meteorology in Australia earlier issued a severe thunderstorm warning for areas including and between metropolitan Perth and Mandurah as the system passes through the state’s capital, reported 9News. The Bureau has warned that the storms may cause significant damage to homes and property, with flash flooding also a possibility. This includes people in, near or between the following towns, Mandurah, Busselton, Bunbury, Margaret River, Bridgetown, Katanning and Albany.
The widespread “severe weather warnings” point toward the extreme changes in the climate that is proving disastrous for the lives of people. A tornado in Manatee County, Florida in the US on Sunday had left two dead and five injured as well as wreaking havoc in the area, reported BitBag. Another freak EF2 tornado in Sarasota had destroyed properties worth millions. These freak weather conditions that sparked two
EF2 tornadoes, much powerful than the usual EF0 tornadoes are a sign of the changing climate.
Climate change fears have been growing since a lot of freak weather conditions especially excessive floods occurred during the last years. The French Riviera flash floods that left 19 dead in October is one such incident when the area received more than 10% of its average yearly rainfall in two days alone. In December, Tamil Nadu, the southern state of India was lashed by heavy rains leading to severe flooding that resulted in the deaths of at least 280 people and large scale damage. Northern England too had faced severe flooding December of last year, another case of extreme weather.