Hazard Highlights

January 28, 2016
  • Wildfire - N of Malanje - Angola

    8 minutes ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - N of Dilolo, Katanga - Congo (Kinshasa)

    9 minutes ago INFORMATION

  • Flood - Tulsa, OK Region, United States

    9 minutes ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Sabancaya, Peru

    18 minutes ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Middle East

    2 weeks ago WARNING

  • Flood - Washington, DC--VA--MD Region, United States

    19 minutes ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Asia Pacific

    2 weeks ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - Mesa and Garfield Counties (Pine Gulch Fire), Colorado, United States

    18 minutes ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - SE of Salmon, Idaho - United States

    18 minutes ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - Los Angeles County (Texas Fire), California, United States

    18 minutes ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - Garfield County (Grizzly Creek Fire), Colorado, United States

    18 minutes ago INFORMATION

  • Flood - Jackson, MS Region, United States

    39 minutes ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 6.0 - 66 km ESE of Vikindu, Tanzania

    17 hours ago WATCH

  • Wildfire - N of Chernyshevskiy, Chukot - Russia

    1 hour ago INFORMATION

  • Volcano - Reventador, Ecuador

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Tropical Depression - Ten-e

    3 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Tropical Depression - Eleven

    3 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Wildfire - NE of Luiana, Cuando Cubango - Angola

    3 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - SE of Saurimo, Lunda Sul - Angola

    3 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Volcano - Dukono, Indonesia

    3 hours ago WATCH

  • Volcano - Fuego, Guatemala

    3 hours ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.6 - 147 km S of False Pass, Alaska

    4 hours ago WATCH

  • Tsunami (AK/BC/US West Coast) - 125 miles SE of Dutch Harbor, Alaska - 5.4

    4 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Volcano - Sangay, Ecuador

    4 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Sinabung, Indonesia

    4 hours ago WATCH

  • Volcano - Kerinci, Indonesia

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.6 - 55 km SSW of Surab, Pakistan

    11 hours ago WATCH

  • Volcano - Nishinoshima, Japan

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Tropical Depression - Six

    8 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Tropical Cyclone - Elida

    9 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - North America

    2 weeks ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Hawaii

    2 weeks ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.5 - 92 km SW of Basco, Philippines

    12 hours ago WATCH

  • Floods - North Korea

    11 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Kinston, NC Region, United States

    11 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Veracruz, Mexico

    11 hours ago WARNING

  • Tornado - Baotou City, China

    11 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Storms - Sri Lanka

    11 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Andalusia, Spain

    11 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Mali

    11 hours ago WARNING

  • Extreme Heat - Southwestern United States

    11 hours ago WARNING

  • Extreme Heat - Northern Texas, United States

    11 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Saskatchewan, Canada

    11 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Northeastern Spain

    11 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Northern Italy

    11 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - France

    11 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - China

    12 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Central Sulawesi, Indonesia

    14 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - South Sulawesi, Indonesia

    12 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Eastern Paraguay

    12 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Southern Brazil

    12 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Missions, Argentina

    12 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Sudan

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - South Sudan

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Floods - Somalia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Floods - Southwestern Niger

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - Northern Nigeria

    13 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Ethiopia

    13 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Pakistan

    13 hours ago WARNING

  • Extreme Heat - South Korea

    13 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - India

    13 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - India

    13 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Panama

    13 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Guatemala

    13 hours ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southern Haiti

    13 hours ago WARNING

  • Drought - Dominican Republic

    13 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Evia Island, Greece

    13 hours ago WARNING

  • Extreme Heat - France

    13 hours ago WARNING

  • Extreme Heat - Belgium

    13 hours ago WARNING

  • Drought - Northeastern United States

    13 hours ago WARNING

  • Drought - Midwestern United States

    13 hours ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southern United States

    13 hours ago WARNING

  • Drought - High Plains United States

    13 hours ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southwestern United States

    13 hours ago WARNING

  • Drought - Northwestern United States

    13 hours ago WARNING

  • Drought - Hawaii, United States

    14 hours ago WARNING

  • Drought - Marshall Islands

    14 hours ago WARNING

  • Drought - Micronesia

    14 hours ago WARNING

  • Drought - Mariana Islands

    14 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Mexico

    14 hours ago WARNING

  • Extreme Heat - Northwestern Mexico

    14 hours ago WARNING

  • Extreme Heat - Southeastern Canada

    14 hours ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.0 - 228 km SSW of Severo-Kuril’sk, Russia

    17 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Popocatepetl, Mexico

    1 day ago ADVISORY

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

    2 weeks ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Ibu, Indonesia

    1 day ago WATCH

  • Storm - Midwestern United States

    1 day ago INFORMATION

  • Floods - Bangladesh

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Floods - Western Yemen

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Floods - Pakistan

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Floods - Myanmar

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo

    1 month ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Africa

    2 weeks ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - Cusco Region, Peru

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Landslide - Idduki District, India

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - Trinidad and Tobago

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - Southwestern Laos

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Extreme Heat - Southeastern Mexico

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.1 - 4 km SE of Sparta, North Carolina

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Semeru, Indonesia

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Flood - Lumberton, NC Region, United States

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Aira, Japan

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Europe

    2 weeks ago WARNING

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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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