Hazard Highlights

December 24, 2015
  • Volcano - Sabancaya, Peru

    4 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Sangay, Ecuador

    3 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Dukono, Indonesia

    3 hours ago WATCH

  • Volcano - Sangeang Api, Indonesia

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Wildfires - Queensland, Australia

    47 minutes ago WATCH

  • Wildfire - N of Ravensthorpe, Western Australia - Australia

    23 minutes ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - N of Ravensthorpe, Western Australia - Australia

    23 minutes ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - NE of Esperance, Western Australia - Australia

    23 minutes ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - W of Grafton, New South Wales - Australia

    23 minutes ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - SW of Katoomba, New South Wales - Australia

    23 minutes ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - NW of Batemans Bay, New South Wales - Australia

    24 minutes ago INFORMATION

  • Volcano - Nevados de Chillán, Chile

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Asosan, Japan

    35 minutes ago ADVISORY

  • Wildfire - SW of Birao, Vakaga - Central African Republic

    38 minutes ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - NW of Malakal, Upper Nile - South Sudan

    39 minutes ago INFORMATION

  • Volcano - Reventador, Ecuador

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - W of Juan Jose Castelli, Chaco - Argentina

    1 hour ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - SW of Chos Malal, Neuquén - Argentina

    1 hour ago INFORMATION

  • Volcano - Aira, Japan

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Winter Storm - Western, United States

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Tropical Cyclone - Pawan

    3 hours ago WARNING

  • Tropical Cyclone - Ambali

    3 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Flood - Nebraska City, NE Region, United States

    3 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Fuego, Guatemala

    3 hours ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - SW of Diapaga, Tapoa - Burkina Faso

    3 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Flood - Carmi, IL Region, United States

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Central City--Greenville, KY Region, United States

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Highsurf - Advisory (Hawaiian Islands)

    5 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Tropical Cyclone - Belna

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Wildfires - New South Wales, Australia

    8 hours ago WATCH

  • Floods - Eastern Brazil

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Landslides - Cibitoke Province, Burundi

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Southern Angola

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • High Winds - Eastern Wyoming, United States

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Avalanche - Sierra Nevada, California, United States

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Winter Storms - Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Avalanche - Little Yoho National Park, Canada

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • High Winds - Southern Germany

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Winter Storms - Southeastern Germany

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • High Winds - Southern Argentina

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Uganda

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Djibouti City, Djibouti

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Landslides - Bududa, Uganda

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Landslides - Sironko, Uganda

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Cunene Province, Angola

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 6.0 - 164km WNW of Hihifo, Tonga

    17 hours ago WATCH

  • Drought - Eastern South Korea

    9 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Storms - Southeastern New Zealand

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • High Winds - Central New Zealand

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - England, United Kingdom

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Avalanche - Banff, Yoho and Kootenay National Park, Canada

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Avalanche - Gunnison and Aspen, Colorado, United States

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Avalanche - Northern Utah, United States

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Avalanche - Western Wyoming, United States

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Avalanche - Southeastern Idaho, United States

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Avalanche - Glacier National Park, Canada

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Wildfires - Valparaiso Municipality, Chile

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Bolivia

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Winter Storms - Western Peru

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Flooding - Northern Philippines

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - South India

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.7 - 173km NW of Hihifo, Tonga

    14 hours ago WATCH

  • Winter Storm - Alaska, United States

    12 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Mitchell, SD Region, United States

    14 hours ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.1 - 138km ENE of Bristol Island, South Sandwich Islands

    20 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Nishinoshima, Japan

    20 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.5 - 128km SSE of Pondaguitan, Philippines

    1 day ago WATCH

  • Earthquake - 6.0 - 63km NNE of Isangel, Vanuatu

    1 day ago WATCH

  • Drought - Southeastern United States

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southeastern Alaska, United States

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Drought - Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands

    1 day ago WARNING

  • High Winds - Eastern New Mexico

    1 day ago ADVISORY

  • Floods - Western and Northern DR Congo

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Nevado del Ruiz, Colombia

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Storms - Eastern Peru

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - Somalia and Kenya

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southern United States

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - High Plains United States

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Hawaii, United States

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southwestern United States

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Winter Storms - Central Asia

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Dengue Fever Outbreak - Pakistan

    2 weeks ago ADVISORY

  • Dengue Outbreak - Philippines

    3 months ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Popocatepetl, Mexico

    3 days ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Etna, Italy

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo/Uganda

    5 months ago WARNING

  • Dengue Fever Outbreak - Republic of the Sudan

    1 week ago ADVISORY

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Hazard Highlights
December 24, 2015

Active Central Pacific Hurricane Season Comes to a Close

PDC Global Hazards Atlas displaying 3-hour precipitation accumulation.

PDC Global Hazards Atlas displaying 3-hour precipitation accumulation.

The 2015 Central Pacific hurricane season officially ended on November 30, and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently released a summary of the historic season. Though it was forecast that the season would be “above-normal,” 2015 saw the formation of an unprecedented 15 tropical cyclones in the Central Pacific.

Activity this season started earlier than usual—in fact, Tropical Storm Ela was recorded (on July 9) as the “earliest tropical cyclone to develop to tropical storm strength in the Central Pacific during hurricane season” (NOAA). Of the named tropical cyclones that formed this season, eight became hurricanes (five of which were major hurricanes: Hilda, Kilo, Ignacio, Jimena, and Olaf) (NOAA).

Also recorded for the first time in history, three major hurricanes were part of a Central and Eastern Pacific outbreak—Kilo and Ignacio in the Central Pacific basin, and Jimena in the Eastern Pacific—all of which reached Category 4 intensity concurrently. According to NOAA’s report, prior to 2015, “two concurrent Category 3 hurricanes, let alone Category 4, had never been recorded in the central Pacific basin” (NOAA).

The Central Pacific hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30.

This Week in Hazards

  • Australia’s Northern Territory is expected to receive severe weather as a tropical disturbance moves slowly eastward and through the Gulf of Carpentaria (BOM Tropical Cyclone Advice #3). Warnings are in effect for the Daly, Tiwi, Arnhem, and Carpentaria districts, as damaging winds, heavy rainfall, abnormally high tides, and damaging surf are forecast (BOM). According to reports, rainfall totals over 200 millimeters (approximately 8 inches) have been recorded in the North West Coastal Rivers over the past 24 hours, and daily rainfall totals over 100 millimeters are likely over the next few days (BOM Flood Watch #2)
  • Severe weather is also affecting parts of South America (ECHO). As of December 21, at least 50 municipalities of Bolivia have declared a “state of emergency” due to heavy rains, flooding, and drought. Heavy rains and floods have affected an estimated 100,000 people in Paraguay, especially in the areas of Asuncion and Nanawa (ECHO, PAHO). In Uruguay, 954 people remain displaced (as of December 21) due to flooding in the departments of Salto, Artigas, and Paysandú.

Current Hazard Warnings

Flood: Tanzania, Kenya, Madagascar, United States (Midwest, Southeast, Oregon, Texas), Paraguay, Uruguay, Bolivia, Argentina, Peru, Scotland, England, Australia (Northern Territory)

Winter Storm: Canada (Nunavut), United States (Alaska, Western)

Avalanche: United States (Northwest)

Drought: Puerto Rico, Pacific Islands

Wildfire: Chile

Biomedical: West Africa

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