Hazard Highlights

January 28, 2016
  • Volcano - Semeru, Indonesia

    8 minutes ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Sangay, Ecuador

    39 minutes ago WARNING

  • Winter Storm - Upper Midwestern, United States

    34 minutes ago WARNING

  • Winter Storm - Central, United States

    38 minutes ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Fuego, Guatemala

    59 minutes ago WARNING

  • Winter Storm - Northern Rockies and Plains, United States

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Dukono, Indonesia

    1 hour ago WATCH

  • Earthquake - 6.0 - 141km W of Abepura, Indonesia

    6 hours ago WATCH

  • Volcano - Sabancaya, Peru

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Warner Robins, GA Region, United States

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Upper Midwestern, United States

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - NE of Bor, Jungoli - South Sudan

    2 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - N of Nkawkaw, Eastern - Ghana

    2 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - S of Ndele, Bamingui-Bangoran - Central African Republic

    2 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Volcano - Shishaldin, United States

    2 hours ago WATCH

  • Tropical Cyclone - Tino

    3 hours ago WARNING

  • Wildfires - Victoria, Australia

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Winter Storm - Northeastern, United States

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - Niquen Commune, Chile

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Central, United States

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Aira, Japan

    3 hours ago WARNING

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

    3 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Taal, Philippines

    3 hours ago WARNING

  • Winter Storm - Northwestern, United States

    4 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Miami, OK Region, United States

    4 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Jackson, AL Region, United States

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Osceola, AR Region, United States

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Kuchinoerabujima, Japan

    5 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Asosan, Japan

    5 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Flood - Jamestown, NY Region, United States

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Paducah, KY--IL Region, United States

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 6.4 - 8km S of Indios, Puerto Rico

    1 week ago WARNING

  • Floods - Southern, United States

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - E of Corumba, Mato Grosso do Sul - Brazil

    5 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Winter Storm - Alaska, United States

    6 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Oconto, WI Region, United States

    7 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Defiance, OH Region, United States

    8 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Blountstown, FL Region, United States

    8 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Watertown, NY Region, United States

    14 hours ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.0 - 100km NE of Alotau, Papua New Guinea

    18 hours ago ADVISORY

  • High Winds - British Columbia, Canada

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Winter Storms - Manitoba, Canada

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Extreme Cold - New Brunswick, Canada

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Extreme Cold - Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • High Winds - Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Winter Storms - Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.2 - 166km E of Raoul Island, New Zealand

    20 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Floods - Southeastern, United States

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.3 - 178km ESE of Raoul Island, New Zealand

    21 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.0 - 124km SSW of Tual, Indonesia

    21 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Flood - Minneapolis--St. Paul, MN--WI Region, United States

    21 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Florence, SC Region, United States

    22 hours ago WARNING

  • Winter Storms - Northwest Territories, Canada

    22 hours ago WARNING

  • High Winds - Nova Scotia, Canada

    22 hours ago WARNING

  • Winter Storms - Nunavut, Canada

    22 hours ago WARNING

  • Winter Storms - Northern Ontario, Canada

    22 hours ago WARNING

  • High Winds - Prince Edward Island, Canada

    22 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Southwestern South Africa

    22 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Muscat, Oman

    22 hours ago WARNING

  • High Winds - Northern Rockes and Plains, United States

    22 hours ago WARNING

  • High Winds - Southwestern United States

    22 hours ago WARNING

  • High Winds - Germany

    22 hours ago WARNING

  • Winter Storms - Germany

    22 hours ago WARNING

  • Winter Storms - Finland

    22 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Northwestern Italy

    22 hours ago WARNING

  • Avalanche - Central Switzerland

    22 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Eastern Malaysia

    22 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - New South Wales, Australia

    23 hours ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - Angol Commune, Chile

    23 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Northeastern Peru

    23 hours ago WARNING

  • High Winds - Southern Argentina

    23 hours ago WARNING

  • Extreme Cold - Southern Brazil

    23 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Mozambique, Malawi, and eastern Zambia

    23 hours ago WARNING

  • Extreme Cold - Central Afghanistan

    23 hours ago WARNING

  • Winter Storms - Pakistan

    23 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Southern Mexico

    23 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - England, United Kingdom

    23 hours ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - Southern Switzerland

    23 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Wales, United Kingdom

    23 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Southwestern Iran

    23 hours ago WARNING

  • Avalanche - Northwestern United States

    23 hours ago WARNING

  • Avalanche - Idaho, United States

    23 hours ago WARNING

  • Avalanche - Wyoming, United States

    23 hours ago WARNING

  • Avalanche - Utah, United States

    23 hours ago WARNING

  • Avalanche - Montana, United States

    23 hours ago WARNING

  • Avalanche - California, United States

    23 hours ago WARNING

  • Extreme Cold - Western Canada

    23 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Central Peru

    23 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Peru

    23 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Southern Brazil

    23 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Samarinda City, Indonesia

    23 hours ago WARNING

  • Extreme Cold - Northern India

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Avalanche - Waterton Lakes National Park, Canada

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Extreme Cold - Southern Quebec, Canada

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Wildfires - South Australia, Australia

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.9 - Ascension Island region

    1 day ago WATCH

  • Volcano - Popocatepetl, Mexico

    1 day ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Reventador, Ecuador

    1 day ago ADVISORY

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

    7 months ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - Chillán commune, Chile

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Wildfires - Central Chile

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Storm - Northern Paraguay

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Storms - Cabo Delgado, Mozambique

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Avalanche - Glacier National Park, Canada

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Avalanche - Little Yoho National Park, Canada

    2 days ago WARNING

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

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Avalanches - Northern Pakistan

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Wildfires - New South Wales, Australia

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Avalanche - Northern India

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Winter Storms - Northern India

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - Zambezi Region, Nambia

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - Northwestern Angola

    2 days ago WARNING

  • High Winds - Western Peru

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Zimbabwe and Mozambique

    2 days ago WATCH

  • Floods - Northern Madagascar

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Central Asia

    2 days ago WATCH

  • Winter Storms - Western and Southern Afghanistan

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Hawaii, United States

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southern United States

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - High Plains United States

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southwestern United States

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Nishinoshima, Japan

    3 days ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Krakatau, Indonesia

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus – China

    4 days ago INFORMATION

  • Measles Outbreak - Democratic Republic of the Congo

    1 week ago INFORMATION

  • Yellow Fever - Nigeria

    1 month ago ADVISORY

  • Dengue Outbreak - Philippines

    2 weeks ago INFORMATION

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Hazard Highlights
January 28, 2016

‘Seasonally Suppressed Rainfall’ Continues Across Southern Africa

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PDC Global Hazards Atlas, centered on southern Africa, displaying PDC Active Hazards and accumulated rainfall over the past three days.

While parts of southern Africa received heavy seasonal rains, southeastern Africa is still experiencing “largely suppressed rainfall” (CPC). The compounded effects of poorly distributed seasonal rains since October, and the inadequate and erratic rainfall during January has exacerbated dryness across areas of Zimbabwe, southern Zambia, southern Malawi, Mozambique, and Madagascar.

The reduced rainfall and increased temperatures impacting crops and livestock in southern Africa have been attributed to El Niño, and (in December) the UN Food and Agriculture Organization warned that reduced agricultural output “could acutely impact the food security situation in 2016” (FAO). As of January 28, reports indicate that planting in affected areas has been delayed due to persistent drought conditions (CPC).

Over the next week, improvement in rainfall is expected over many of the areas currently experiencing abnormal dryness—in fact, parts of Zambia, Malawi, and Mozambique are forecast to receive above average weekly rainfall in excess of 3 inches (75 millimeters) (CPC). However, “seasonally suppressed rainfall” is expected for parts of Angola, Botswana, South Africa and Madagascar.

RVA Country Profile: Madagascar

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This Week in Hazards:

  • This week started out with the arrival of a “historic winter storm” in the United States, impacting states across the Mid-Atlantic and New England with severe weather, and blanketing eastern parts of the country with double-digit inches of snow (NOAA). The highest snow total was recorded in Glengary, West Virginia, where 42 inches of snow fell from January 22 to 24. The nor’easter (locally referred to as Jonas) also brought hurricane-force winds (gusts of 85 miles per hour were reported in Virginia), flooding, and storm surges (up to four feet) to some coastal areas (NASA EO).
  • Over the last two weeks, severe weather has impacted Indonesia, leading to floods and landslides in areas of Sumatra, Java, Bali, Kalimantan, and Sulawesi (ECHO). According to regional reports (as of January 24) more than 1,000 people have been evacuated due to flooding in South Sumatra and East Java, while 92 homes were damaged by flashfloods in Bali (ReliefWeb/AHA Centre).

Current Hazard Warnings

Flood: Indonesia, Australia (Queensland, New South Wales, Western Australia), Colombia, Scotland, England, United States (Southern)

Earthquake: United States (Alaska)

High Surf: United States (Hawaii)

Avalanche: Canada (British Columbia), United States (Alaska)

Drought: Bolivia, Micronesia, Puerto Rico (Eastern), United States (Western), Thailand (Northeast), Africa (Southern)

Wildfire: Chile

Biomedical: West Africa

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