Severe Winter Weather Affects U.S. and Canada; Twin Cyclones in Indian Ocean
Winter Weather Brings Heavy Snow, Extreme Cold to North America
Most of North America was firmly in the grasp of severe winter weather this week as forecasts called for snow from the Northeastern United States to Central Plains (FEMA Daily Operations Briefing for 27JAN15, access), and blizzard conditions and extreme cold for parts of Nunavut, Ontario, Quebec, Newfoundland, and Labrador in Canada (GoC).
In the U.S., Winter Storm Juno brought heavy snow, high winds and coastal flooding from late January 26 to early January 28 (TWC). Travel bans on all major roadways in Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and New Jersey had been implemented in preparation for the storm (though most bans were lifted by midday January 27) and 7,700 flights were cancelled (NASA, EC). According to reports, parts of Massachusetts received up to 3 feet of snow, and most other states in the region reported receiving at least a foot of snow during the storm (NCEP).
Diamondra, Eunice Form in South Indian Ocean
The South Indian Ocean saw the formation of twin tropical cyclones, Diamondra and Eunice, this week While Diamondra has been officially downgraded to a subtropical cyclone as of January 29, Eunice is still going strong and forecast to intensify over the next 24 hours with wind speeds peaking around 160 miles per hour (140 knots) (NASA). As of the most recent warning (1500 UTC), Eunice is located approximately 637 nautical miles south-southwest of Diego Garcia with maximum sustained winds at 132 miles per hour (115 knots), and is currently not expected to pose a threat to land (JTWC Warning #5).
Tropical cyclone season in the South Indian Ocean begins in late October/early November and ends in May, with peak activity in mid-January/mid-February to early March (CPHC)
Current Hazard Warnings
Drought: United States (Pacific), Nicaragua (Northeast), Honduras (Southeast), Pakistan
Biomedical: West Africa
Severe Weather: Paraguay (Central, Southern), United States (Northeast), Greece (Northern), Finland (Central), Canada (Nunavut, Northern Manitoba), Kazakhstan (Northern)
Flood: Bolivia. Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi, Australia (Queensland), Peru
Tropical Storm: Eunice (Indian Ocean)
Volcano: United States (Hawaii)
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