Hazard Highlights

December 24, 2015
  • Volcano - Dukono, Indonesia

    19 minutes ago WATCH

  • Volcano - Klyuchevskoy, Russia

    11 minutes ago ADVISORY

  • Flood - Harlan, KY Region, United States

    26 minutes ago WARNING

  • Flood - Victoria, TX Region, United States

    26 minutes ago WARNING

  • Floods - Central, United States

    18 minutes ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.1 - 10km SW of Kakching, India

    5 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Wildfire - SE of Champoton, Campeche - Mexico

    22 minutes ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - SW of Ciudad Altamirano, Guerrero - Mexico

    22 minutes ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Sabancaya, Peru

    45 minutes ago WARNING

  • Tornado - Kansas City, MO WFO Region, US

    47 minutes ago WARNING

  • Floods - Southern, United States

    56 minutes ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Aira, Japan

    55 minutes ago WARNING

  • Flood - Pecan Acres, TX Region, United States

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Flood - Greenville, TX Region, United States

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Flood - Osceola, AR Region, United States

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - North America

    1 month ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Hawaii

    1 month ago WARNING

  • Flood - Spencer, IA Region, United States

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Huron, SD Region, United States

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Asosan, Japan

    2 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Wildfire - NE of Pine Creek, Northern Territory - Australia

    2 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Flood - Caruthersville, MO Region, United States

    3 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Fuego, Guatemala

    3 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Baton Rouge, LA Region, United States

    4 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Popocatepetl, Mexico

    4 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Mineola, TX Region, United States

    4 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - St. Louis, MO--IL Region, United States

    4 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Louisiana, MO Region, United States

    4 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Camden, AR Region, United States

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Terre Haute, IN Region, United States

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Round Lake Beach--McHenry--Grayslake, IL--WI Region, United States

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Columbia, SC Region, United States

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Southeastern, United States

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Tonganoxie, KS Region, United States

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Grand Rapids, MI Region, United States

    6 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Defiance, OH Region, United States

    6 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Ligonier, IN Region, United States

    6 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - South Bend, IN--MI Region, United States

    6 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Three Rivers, MI Region, United States

    6 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Trinity, TX Region, United States

    6 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - South Lyon--Howell, MI Region, United States

    7 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Karymsky, Russia

    8 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.6 - 29km WNW of Foxton, New Zealand

    1 day ago WATCH

  • Volcano - Ebeko, Russia

    19 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.0 - 205km NNE of Ile Hunter, New Caledonia

    20 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.1 - 205km NW of Visokoi Island, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

    20 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Nevados de Chillán, Chile

    21 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Semeru, Indonesia

    21 hours ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.5 - 125km SW of Mapastepec, Mexico

    1 day ago WATCH

  • Volcano - Sangay, Ecuador

    1 day ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.9 - Southern Mid-Atlantic Ridge

    1 day ago WATCH

  • Earthquake - 5.6 - Mid-Indian Ridge

    1 day ago WATCH

  • Volcano - Reventador, Ecuador

    2 days ago ADVISORY

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Middle East

    1 month ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Asia Pacific

    1 month ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Latin America/Caribbean

    1 month ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Rincon de la Vieja, Costa Rica

    2 days ago WATCH

  • Storms - Thailand

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Storms - Pakistan

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Storms - India

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Storms - Western Australia

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Storms - Northern Brazil

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - Uganda

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - Somalia

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - DR Congo

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - Guatemala

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Extreme Heat - Mexico

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Storms - Mexico

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Storms - Southern Brazil

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Storms - Northern Vietnam

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Storms - Eastern Malaysia

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Storms - Peninsular Malaysia

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - West Java, Indonesia

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Yellow Fever - Nigeria

    5 months ago ADVISORY

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

    11 months ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Etna, Italy

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - Kenya

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - Ethiopia

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Africa

    1 month ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Europe

    1 month ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southeastern Africa

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southern Madagascar

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - Yemen

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southeastern United States

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southern United States

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southwestern United States

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - High Plains United States

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Northwestern United States

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Marshall Islands

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Mariana Islands

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Micronesia

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Measles Outbreak - Democratic Republic of the Congo

    4 months ago INFORMATION

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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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