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Dec
12
2013

Hazard Highlights

Severe Weather in the Americas

PDC Global Hazards Atlas displaying PDC Integrated Active Hazards and Day/Night Indicator

PDC Global Hazards Atlas displaying PDC Integrated Active Hazards and Day/Night Indicator

Curious about the time of day in other parts of the world? Take a look at the Day/Night Indicator in the image above. This layer displays the current day and night status of the world and is updated every 30 minutes.

Next, we check out the effects of a winter storm in the United States.

Winter Storm in the United States

PDC?s Global Hazards Atlas focused on the United States showing U.S. NWS Warnings and Watches

PDC?s Global Hazards Atlas focused on the United States displaying U.S. NWS Warnings and Watches

Severe winter weather, including freezing rain, sleet, snow, and heavy rain, hit most of central United States over the past week. As a result of the storm, nine states reported power outages including just over 285,000 people who lost power for a period of time. Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Tennessee declared states of emergency and Texas declared a state of disaster. (DOE)

According to the latest FEMA situation report, a cold front is currently moving south from Canada and is expected to cause widespread snowfall across northern United States and rainfall across the Southeast (FEMA).

For more information on current air temperature and wind speed turn on the Surface Air Temperature and METAR Stations layers as shown in the image below; these are global, continuously updating layers. METAR Stations is updated every 15 minutes and provides information on temperature (F), wind speed, and sky cover.

PDC?s Global Hazards Atlas centered on the United States displaying Surface Air Temperature and METAR Stations.

PDC?s Global Hazards Atlas centered on the United States displaying Surface Air Temperature and METAR Stations.

Severe Weather in Brazil

PDC?s Global Hazards Atlas displaying Rainfall 7-Day Accumulation (inches)

PDC?s Global Hazards Atlas displaying Rainfall 7-Day Accumulation (inches)

Over the past week the State of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil received an estimated 38 inches of rainfall. This heavy rain caused landslides and floods across the state. Local authorities declared a state of emergency and ordered precautionary evacuations. (ECHO 12DEC13) Other parts of Brazil also experienced severe weather including torrential rain in the State of Bahia that left 16 people dead and one missing (ReliefWeb).

According to the latest weather report, Rio de Janeiro has a medium to low chance of rainfall over the next few days.

Current Hazard Warnings

Drought: United States

Flood:?Brazil (Rio de Janeiro)

Severe Weather:?Canada (North Quebec, Nunavut, Newfoundland and Labrador), Malaysia

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