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Building Community Preparedness to Extreme Heat - A White House Webinar

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CLICK HERE - The White House - Preparing our Nation to Beat the Heat

The White House - NOAA - May 26, 2016

On May 26, 2016 at 2pm EDT, the National Security Council and the Office of Science and Technology Policy held a webinar focused on building community preparedness to extreme heat as part of FEMA’s PrepareAthon Extreme Heat Week. The webinar was planned as part of an interagency collaboration (including NOAA, CDC, FEMA, DOD, OSHA, SAMHSA, ASPR, NIH, EPA and others) to address the Grand Challenge of Disaster Reduction for heat waves as part of the Subcommittee on Disaster Reduction of the National Science and Technology Council.

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Climate Change Accelerating At 'Unprecedented' Rate

 A new report released by the World Meteorological Organization shows that climate change is accelerating at an "unprecedented" rate, warning that actions must be taken "before we pass the point of no return." (Photo : Getty Images )

Image: A new report released by the World Meteorological Organization shows that climate change is accelerating at an "unprecedented" rate, warning that actions must be taken "before we pass the point of no return." (Photo : Getty Images )

hngn.com - March 21, 2016 - Samantha Mathewson

A new report from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) suggests global climate change is advancing at an alarming and "unprecedented" rate.

Last year's extreme weather broke a series of records, including global temperatures, exceptional rainfall, devastating droughts, unusual cyclone activity and intense heat waves. And while 2015 proved to be the warmest year worldwide, 2016 is expected to far exceed those records.

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Over 20 Inches of Rain Triggers Historic Flash Flooding In Parts of the South

       

Sarah Yatcko, left, holds her son Tucker Neal as they are evacuated by boat with her father Jim Yatcko, by Bossier Parish Sheriff personnel during rising floodwaters in Bossier Parish, La., Thursday, March 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

weather.com - by Quincy Vagell and Chris Dolce and Jon Erdman - March 10, 2016

Torrential rainfall continues to swamp parts of the South, smashing March records, and triggering major flash flooding and worsening river flooding in parts of Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas and Mississippi. Heavy rain has also spread into parts of western Tennessee, western Kentucky, and western Mississippi.

More than 20 inches of rain had fallen near Monroe, Louisiana, by Thursday morning, prompting numerous rescues. The official airport reporting station in Monroe had picked up 18.96 inches of rain in less than two days by 12 p.m. CST Thursday. This is closing in on the record wettest month for that location set in October 2009 when 20.56 inches was recorded.

Major flooding has also swamped the Shreveport, Louisiana, area where up to 16 inches of rain has fallen. Elsewhere, double-digit rainfall totals have been recorded in east Texas, southern Arkansas, and northwest Mississippi.

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Snow Total Forecast - Winter Storm Jonas

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State of the Climate - 2015 - Ten Weather, Climate Disasters Exceeding $1 Billion Impacted the Nation

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The State of the Climate Summary Information is a synopsis of the collection of national and global summaries released each month.

In 2015, there were 10 weather and climate disaster events, each with losses exceeding $1 billion. These events included a drought, two floods, five severe storms, a wildfire event and a winter storm. Overall, these resulted in the deaths of 155 people and had significant economic effects. Further cost figures on individual events in 2015 will be updated when data are finalized later this year.

CLICK HERE - State of the Climate - 2015

 

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UN: Freak Weather a Warning to Step Up Climate Defences

             

Houses inundated in York, England after torrential rain caused rivers to burst banks. Damages are set to run into the billions of pounds (Flickr/ Alh1)

CLICK HERE - The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) - Facing the new abnormal

After severe flooding and shock tornadoes, now is time get serious about precautionary steps to counter climate impacts says UN disaster chief

climatechangenews.com - by Alex Pashley - December 30, 2015

Governments have been told to face a “new abnormal” of extreme weather after a wave of natural disasters wrought death and economic damage around the world in recent days.

Heavy flooding in Britain and South America, and devastating tornadoes in the US has laid bare the lack of official preventative measures, Margareta Wahlstrom, head of the UN’s disaster risk reduction agency said on Tuesday.

They highlighted how climate change-linked events were becoming harder to predict as the planet overheats, she said.

Implementing an UN-backed framework to protect people against climate impacts agreed by 187 states earlier this year was “critical”, the official at the Geneva-based agency said.

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Midwest Flooding - Slow Motion Disaster

             

In this aerial photo, floodwater covers Interstate 55, Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015, in Arnold, Mo.  Surging Midwestern rivers forced hundreds of evacuations, threatened dozens of levees and brought transportation by car, boat or train to a virtual standstill Thursday in the St. Louis area.  (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Dozens of counties in Missouri, Arkansas and Illinois declared disaster areas

Evacuations around St Louis as river levels set to rise again on Thursday

Floods swamp Missouri, Illinois; nine million people in risk areas

reuters.com - by Mary Wisniewski - December 31, 2015

Record flooding from rain-swollen rivers has washed out hundreds of structures in Missouri, Illinois, Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma, forcing thousands to flee their homes, and 9.3 million Americans still face flood warnings.

At least 28 people have died in the U.S. Midwest's extreme weather since the weekend, mostly from driving into flooded areas after storms dropped up to 12 inches (30 cm) of rain, officials said.

The days of downpours have pushed the mighty Mississippi and its tributaries to record highs or levels not seen in decades, the National Weather Service and local officials said.

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El Niño Strengthens Amid Warning Millions Could Face Hunger and Disease

             

Sea surface temperatures in October -- orange-red colors are above normal.

cnn.com - by Brandon Miller and Nick Thompson - December 30, 2015

If you're wondering why your white Christmas didn't arrive as scheduled this year, meteorologists have a two-word answer: El Niño.

This year's El Niño weather event -- characterized by warming waters in the eastern Pacific Ocean -- is already one of the three strongest ever recorded. NASA says El Niño conditions are still strengthening, and it could even rival the intensity of the record 1997 event that wreaked worldwide weather havoc.

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Multiple Fatalities Reported as Tornadoes, Severe Storms Slam South, Midwest

             

weather.com - December 24, 2015

Tornadoes and severe storms slammed parts of the South and Midwest Wednesday leaving at least 6 dead—including a 7-year-old boy in Mississippi—and injuring at least 40 others.

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CLICK HERE - Mississippi Emergency Management Agency - Updates - Shelters - Damages

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/large-tornado-moves-across-mississippi/

http://abcnews.go.com/US/tornadoes-storms-hit-south-midwest-leveling-homes-causing/story?id=35933244

http://www.cnn.com/2015/12/23/us/severe-weather/

 

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