Here are just a few of some of the top worst storms of 2010 ripped from the headlines.
Storm To Be Among Worst In 70 Years October 25, 2010 6:03 AM
A combination of strong thunderstorms, followed by violent and destructive winds, will make for one of the Midwest’s most dangerous storms in 70 years.
The temperature Monday hit the 70s under partly sunny skies. But when Tuesday morning comes around, the Chicago area will be slammed with furious thunderstorms as a cold front passes over the area.
Damaging winds will likely be a component of the thunderstorms, and there is a risk of tornadoes, CBS 2’s Mary Kleist reports.
The severe storms are expected to sweep into the area between 4 a.m. and 9 a.m. Tuesday, coming in the form of a squall line, which often means strong straight-line winds. The storms will be at their heaviest during the Tuesday morning rush.
The rain and severe storms will pass out of the area by midday, but at that point, high and dangerous winds will roar into the area.
The winds will maintain a sustained speed of 35 to 40 mph, and may gust to 55 mph or more. They will be most severe north of Interstate 88, particularly along the Wisconsin border, Kleist said.
The low barometric pressure in the system is contributing significantly to the severity of the storm. CBS 2’s Megan Glaros says the minimum pressure in the system could drop to an extraordinarily low reading of 960 millibars.
Over Lake Michigan, hurricane-force winds are possible.
Worst storm this century traps 300 motorists in Ontario as Canadian town of Sarnia turns into Narnia
By Daily Mail Reporter
Created 9:26 AM on 14th December 2010
The Canadian military is racing to rescue more than 300 motorists who are trapped on a highway in the worst storm to hit Ontario in 25 years.
Some people were trapped for nearly 24 hours with snow piled up so high they could not open the doors of their cars on Highway 402 outside the town of Sarnia.
The military has mobilised a CC-130 Hercules airplane, two Griffons helicopters and an array of snowmobiles and four-wheel drive SUVs for the rescue effort.
They have reached some motorists just in the nick of time.
Read more: HERE
Arizona slammed by winter storm, emergency declared
Jan. 21, 2010 07:03 PM
The Arizona Republic
A huge winter storm slammed into Arizona Thursday, flooding highways and forcing some evacuations, stranding travelers at the Phoenix airport, and prompting Gov. Jan Brewer to declare a state of emergency for the entire state.
The Arizona Department of Public Safety had reports of a tornado touching down near Desert Ridge. The National Weather Service said it touched down at 8:32 p.m.
The Arizona Republic has been unable to independently confirm impact.
A tornado watch was issued until 10 p.m. Thursday for Maricopa, La Paz, Yuma, and Pinal counties as the massive weather system moved east from California, and heavy winds forced the closure of Thursday night of one of the Valley’s elite collector-auto auctions.
Read more: HERE
Madeiras Worst Storm in 100 Years (20-02-2010) – fr.
China faces worst storms in decades, heat wave 9 July 2010 at 10:12
Weather is China’s headline news Friday 9 July, with the central government putting out an orange alert, one below the top level, as heavy rains hit central Hubei and Anhui Thursday and the same is expected for another 10 southern provinces. Torrential rains in Hunan Thursday left six people dead and three-quarters of a million people affected by flooding. The storms follow a massive heat wave last week which broke a 50-year temperature record in Beijing, reports Xinhua news agency.
Winter storms batter UK, with worse to come, say forecasters
Severe weather alerts in the south and flood warnings in Wales and the Midlands as snow blankets parts of north and Scotland
* guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 9 November 2010 11.19 GMT
Stormy wintry conditions continue to affect much of Britain with severe weather warnings in place for five southern counties and 14 flood warnings for Wales, the Midlands and the north-east.
Los Angeles, Southern California Face Worst Storm of Week
Rain, Mudslides Threaten Again; Heavy Snow in Arizona Mountains, Flash Floods in Phoenix. Blame El Nino.
Jan. 21, 2010
If you live near Los Angeles, in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, then you’ve heard the warnings. People who live in canyons prone to mudslides have been told to evacuate, and those who choose to say were asked to sign waivers releasing authorities from responsibility for their safety.
“Please, please, cooperate and obey the lawful orders of your police department,” said Charlie Beck, chief of the Los Angeles police department.
California was hit today with the fourth — and perhaps worst — in a series of storms that have come in from the Pacific Ocean since last weekend. Up to 3 inches of rain may fall before it all ends. Since Sunday, the National Weather Service has already measured more than four inches of rain in several inland locations. There have been waves of 15 to 20 feet along the Pacific coast.
Perfect Storm of Pollen Creating Allergy Sufferers Worst Nightmare
Pollen is always an aggravation, but this year is an all out pollen assault. It is so bad that “pollen” and “allergy” are two of the top 10 trending topics on Twitter. Experts are saying that 2010 is looking like a monster allergy season….the worst they’ve seen in years. The season is just starting; so while the Southeast is under attack now mostly due to the unseasonably cold winter, it won’t be long before most of the rest of the country is under pollen attack too. Dr. Mona Mangat, a Florida allergy specialist, says that she is triple booked with new allergy patients that are just suffering with the pollen.
Read more: HERE
CRANSTON, R.I., March 31, 2010
Northeast Hit by Worst Floods in 100 Years
Record-Breaking Rains Taper Off; R.I. Rivers Crest; Flooding Expected to Linger in New England for Days
Flooding on a scale rarely seen in New England forced hundreds of people from their homes and businesses Wednesday, overwhelmed sewage systems and isolated communities as it washed out bridges and rippled across thoroughfares from Maine to Connecticut.
Three days of record-breaking rains tapered to a drizzle, then stopped before the waters in hard-hit Rhode Island finally crested. But authorities across New England warned that the flooding – far worse than an indundation two weeks ago in the same areas – could linger for days.
Rhode Island experienced its worst flooding in more than 100 years. The swollen Pawtuxet River threatened to collapse a bridge in the town of Coventry, sending residents of a neighborhood fleeing. A stretch of the main East Coast highway, Interstate 95, shut down, and Amtrak suspended some trains on its busy Northeast lines.
“We’re definitely in unprecedented territory,” Cranston, R.I., Mayor Allan Fung told CBS’ “The Early Show” Wednesday.
September 2010 Storm Damage
On Thursday, September 16, 2010 New York was hit by one of the worst storms in the recent era; two tornados and a macroburst crossing Staten Island, Brooklyn, and Queens knocked over or damaged thousands of trees and caused hundreds of streets to be… more.
On Thursday, September 16, 2010 New York was hit by one of the worst storms in the recent era; two tornados and a macroburst crossing Staten Island, Brooklyn, and Queens knocked over or damaged thousands of trees and caused hundreds of streets to be closed. The storm left a swath of destruction that stretched uninterrupted from Park Slope through Bedford-Stuyvesant and Bushwick in Brooklyn, into Ridgewood, Queens and all the way through Queens to Bayside. This photo collection illustrates some of the damage caused by this powerful storm system.
September 17, 2010
9/18/2010 5:38:00 PM
Igor ‘one of the worst’ storms we’ve faced – Premier
SATURDAY, SEPT. 18, 5PM: The Premier today described Igor as “one of the worst hurricanes” in the island’s history, but said it would bring Bermudians together.
Dr. Ewart Brown told the island that Government is taking “all necessary precautions” to minimize casualties.
At a press conference he said: “Regardless of our differences, each of us will face the threat of Hurricane Igor together and we will overcome this challenge together as Bermudians.
“Your Government is taking all necessary precautions and will execute all necessary action to minimize loss of life and damage to property.
“We will need you to assist us and your neighbours wherever possible.
“With your help we will guide Bermuda safely through the storm and overcome its aftermath.”
In a prepared speech the Premier said: “It has often been said that Bermuda is a blessed nation, one that has been spared the worst that the world has to offer. We have much to be thankful for.
“Today we have been forced to recognize that the ocean is not so vast and Bermuda not so unique as to be separated from the awesome power of nature.
“Today we stand on the eve of the arrival of one of the worst hurricanes to ever threaten our shores.
New Jersey Says Weekend Storm Was Worst In History
SAMANTHA HENRY | 03/16/10 08:46 PM | AP
WAYNE, N.J. — The powerful nor’easter had moved out at sea, but flooding lingered Tuesday in many Northeast communities.
Many places from the mid-Atlantic to New England were still inundated with water, with tens of thousands of people lacking electricity and hundreds still in emergency shelters – some for a fourth day.
In Wayne, a flood-prone New York City suburb along the Passaic River, Abedin Shakiri was told by a utility worker that he probably wouldn’t be able to enter his house until Saturday. The 48-year-old Albanian came to the United States from Kosovo in 2000 as part of a refugee airlift, and bought virtually the first house he set eyes on – near the river.
“It’s a cheap area here,” he said. “It’s nice, when there’s no water.”
He did not know the neighborhood was prone to flooding when he bought. Of the previous owner, Shakiri said, “I didn’t ask; he didn’t tell me.”
Marie Philpot and her husband, Phil Weckesser of Woodland Park have had it with floods, saying this one – the worst they remembered in 14 years living along the banks of the Passaic River – would be their last.
Super Typhoon Megi Slams Philippines
Government climatologist Rosalinda de Guzman told AFP that Megi was the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines since Durian in 2006.
Mother Nature’s Fury: Hurricane-Strength, Raging Storms Slam Europe… UK on Storm Alert, France Hardest Hit, Declared ‘Catastrophe’ (video)
Posted By Vicki McClure Davidson on February 28, 2010
Winter storm batters France with hurricane-strength winds this weekend
More of Mother Nature’s fury… cold, raging storms are rampaging Europe, hitting France the hardest.
From Real Clear News: Fierce Storms in Europe Kill 51, Mostly in France:
A violent late winter storm with fierce rain and hurricane-strength winds ripped across western Europe on Sunday, battering France and four other countries, leaving at least 51 people dead.
The storm, named Xynthia, was the worst in France since 1999 when 90 people died.
Many of the 45 victims in France drowned, while others died when hit by parts of buildings or trees and branches that were ripped off by the wind. At least a dozen people were missing Sunday and 59 others were injured.
Three people died in Spain, one was killed in Germany and a child was crushed to death in Portugal. The storm also hit Belgium, but no deaths were reported there.
Nearly 900,000 people in France were without electricity. Rivers overflowed their banks in Brittany, while high tides and pounding waves swamped Atlantic Ocean communities. The threat of avalanches was high in the Pyrenees Mountains and the southern Alps due to wind and wet snow.
Sea walls broke in the town of L’Aguillon, where the ocean waters reached the roofs of some homes. Helicopters lifted people to safety throughout the day.
Traffic fears after worst storm in 50 years batters Perth
* Storm leaves 100,000 without power
* Trees uprooted, windows smashed
* Landslide at park crushes cars
* Perth storm in pictures
* Latest storm coverage at Perth Now
PERTH was plunged into chaos last night as wild thunderstorms ripped through the city with a ferocity not seen in decades.
Motorists have been warned to take care with more than 80 traffic lights still out of action after last night’s wild storms and more bad weather on the way.
Western Australian Police will be focusing on controlling traffic at major intersections where traffic lights are not working, including parts of Albany Hwy, Reid Hwy, Orrong Rd, Wanneroo Rd, Roe Hwy, Scarborough Beach Rd and Leach Hwy.
A landslide has closed the eastbound lane of Mounts Bay Rd between Winthrop Ave and Mitchell Freeway and people trying to access the Mount Hospital are advised to travel there via Thomas Rd and Kings Park Rd.
The storm that swept Perth yesterday afternoon has caused millions of dollars worth of damage, and more than 90,000 homes are still without power.
Storm damage bill hits $650m Perth Now, 31 Mar 2010
Power companies were scrambling to restore power, but said it could be days before some homes had electricity after extensive damage to their networks.
More storms are forecast today, but they are not expected to match the ferocity of the one that lashed the city yesterday.
Read more: HERE
D.C. area’s summer weather named worst in U.S.
September 24, 2010 – 6:08pm
If you spent time this summer saying, “this weather is the worst!” — a group of meteorologists agree with you.
The Weather Channel says the Washington D.C. area experienced the worst summer weather in the United States. The damaging thunderstorms that rolled through the region in late July and early August were the main reasons why.
The Weather Channel says the storm that hit the area on July 25 had winds of 90 miles per hour. This first storm crippled the region’s power companies, with some area residents left in the dark for nearly a week.
The storm that blew through the region on Aug. 5 hit the Del Ray section of Alexandria particularly hard, ripping large trees out of the ground and cutting power to over 60,000 residents.
The third storm mentioned was the Aug. 12 storm that dropped trees and cut power in Gaithersburg and Silver Spring. Winds were clocked between 80 and 90 mph during the storm.
The Weather Channel did not mention the Aug. 18 storm that caused severe flash floods during the morning commute.
When the region wasn’t taking a beating from thunderstorms, the sun was scorching.
According to the Weather Channel, the 92-day period from June through August was the hottest on record for the area, with July 2010 mirroring July 1993 as the hottest month ever recorded.
Reagan National Airport recorded 63 days of 90 degrees or higher, with temperatures reaching triple digits four different days.
The stretches of heat caused a drought in the D.C. area. The region was in a moderate drought until the storms of late July and early August, but with low rainfall totals in September, the region has slipped back into a drought.
The worst summer weather award comes after The Weather Channel called the 2010 winter the second-worst in the country.
The area might avoid making the winter list for a second straight year. The Farmer’s Almanac says the D.C. region won’t see snowfall as bad as 2010.
Active Atlantic hurricane season spared U.S. worst of storms
Posted: Nov 30, 2010 7:10 AM CST Updated: Dec 06, 2010 9:13 AM CST
The following is a news release from National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration.
(NOAA) – According to NOAA the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season, which ends tomorrow, was one of the busiest on record. In contrast, the eastern North Pacific season had the fewest storms on record since the satellite era began.
In the Atlantic Basin a total of 19 named storms formed – tied with 1887 and 1995 for third highest on record. Of those, 12 became hurricanes – tied with 1969 for second highest on record. Five of those reached major hurricane status of Category 3 or higher.
These totals are within the ranges predicted in NOAA’s seasonal outlooks issued on May 27 (14-23 named storms; 8-14 hurricanes; 3-7 major hurricanes) and August 5 (14-20 named storms; 8-12 hurricanes; 4-6 major hurricanes). An average Atlantic season produces 11 named storms, six hurricanes and two major hurricanes.
Large-scale climate features strongly influenced this year’s hurricane activity, as they often do. This year, record warm Atlantic waters, combined with the favorable winds coming off Africa and weak wind shear aided by La Niña energized developing storms. The 2010 season continues the string of active hurricane seasons that began in 1995.
But short-term weather patterns dictate where storms actually travel and in many cases this season, that was away from the United States. The jet stream’s position contributed to warm and dry conditions in the eastern U.S. and acted as a barrier that kept many storms over open water. Also, because many storms formed in the extreme eastern Atlantic, they re-curved back out to sea without threatening land.
Rain to keep pummeling SoCal, sparking flood fears December 20, 2010
LOS ANGELES – A storm walloped parts of Southern California with up to 7 inches of rain and spawned minor flooding and mudslides, but forecasters warn the bad weather’s real impact may be yet to come.
More than 3 additional inches of rain expected across the region by Wednesday will hit already saturated hillsides, increasing the possibility of mudslides and flash floods, said Stuart Seto of the National Weather Service.
The relentless rains that pounded southern California through the weekend also caused numerous traffic accidents, downed trees and forced the cancellation of several horse races.
The Pacific Coast Highway between Malibu and Oxnard was closed Sunday night because of a rock and mud slide. No one was hurt. It was unclear when the scenic stretch of highway, some 40 miles west of downtown Los Angeles, would reopen.
The weather service said rainfall accumulation could reach 20 inches in some isolated locations by Wednesday, when the first phase of the storm is expected to pass. After a brief respite, it is forecast to return late Christmas Day.
The system hit the state after a large storm front moving out of the Gulf of Alaska met with subtropical, moist air coming across the Pacific Ocean.
Worst storm on Staten Island in a generation
Published: Friday, September 24, 2010, 7:42 AM
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — The wild storm that whipped the city a week ago was of a magnitude not seen since Hurricane Gloria roared through in 1985.
So said Joseph F. Bruno, commissioner of the city’s Office of Emergency Management, which is overseeing the response and cleanup after parts of Staten Island, Brooklyn and Queens were pummeled by torrential rain and twisters.
2010 Tornado Totals
ZCZC STAMTS ALL
NWUS21 KWNS 152336
TORNADO TOTALS AND RELATED DEATHS…THROUGH TUE DEC 14 2010
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
0536 PM CST WED DEC 15 2010
…NUMBER OF TORNADOES… NUMBER OF KILLER
TORNADO DEATHS TORNADOES
..2010.. 2009 2008 2007 3YR 3YR 3 YR
PREL ACT ACT ACT ACT AV 2010 09 08 07 AV 10 09 08 07 AV
JAN 41 29 6 84 21 37 0 0 7 2 3 0 0 4 1 2
FEB 1 1 36 147 52 78 0 9 59 22 30 0 2 12 3 6
MAR 37 33 115 129 170 138 1 0 4 27 10 1 0 3 10 4
APR 197 139 226 189 167 194 11 6 0 9 5 2 3 0 3 2
MAY 290 304 201 461 252 305 7 5 44 14 21 4 3 10 4 6
JUN 428 325 270 294 128 231 12 0 7 0 2 6 0 4 0 1
JUL 174 129 118 93 69 93 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0
AUG 70 55 60 101 75 79 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0
SEP 60 57 8 111 52 57 2 0 2 0 1 2 0 1 0 0
OCT 122 – 65 21 86 57 0 1 0 5 2 0 1 0 3 1
NOV 63 – 3 15 7 8 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 2 0 1
DEC 2 – 48 46 19 38 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
—- —- —- —- —- —- — — — — — — — — — —
SUM 1485 1072 1156 1691 1098 1315 36 21 126 81 76 17 9 37 26 24
PREL = 2010 PRELIMINARY COUNT FROM NWS LOCAL STORM REPORTS.
ACT = ACTUAL TORNADO COUNT BASED ON NWS STORM DATA SUBMISSIONS.
TORNADO-RELATED FATALITY NUMBERS ARE ENTERED WHEN CONFIRMED BY NWS
Minnesota Tornadoes 2010: We’re #1!
Posted at 3:30 PM on August 16, 2010
Tornado Alley moved to Minnesota in 2010.
Maybe we should update the state slogan to say; “Welcome to the Land of 10,000 Lakes and 100 tornadoes.”
We all know it’s been an insanely busy severe weather year in Minnesota, but I about leaped out of my weather lab chair when I counted up the preliminary number of SPC tornado reports by state for 2010.
Minnesota leads the nation in the number of tornado touchdowns this year…by FAR.
Preliminary numbers show Minnesota has 122 tornado reports so far in 2010. The #2 state isn’t even close. Texas has reported 87 tornadoes so far in 2010.
That’s right folks; the frozen tundra of Minnesota has had 35 more tornado reports this year than Tornado Alley Texas.
UK fears worst winter weather since 1963
Transport secretary calls summit as Met Office predicts return of icy temperatures, further snow and transport disruption
Weather: The Economy’s Worst Enemy
Posted: December 20, 2010 at 6:19 am
The UK has recently been hit by record low temperatures. Most of its large airports are closed. The wintry weather has also moved to other parts of northern Europe. Some people will not get home for the holidays.
Many meteorologists predict this will be the coldest winter in history across the northern states in America. Others think that the chill will extend to the southern states, too. There have already been deep freezes, at least by local standards, in Florida and parts of the citrus crops there have been damaged.
The start of winter in Europe could be the beginning of a period of bad weather and snow that lasts until March. Brief periods of the trouble may not hurt the fragile economies in the US and Europe. However, extended periods of deep freezes and snow may.
It has been assumed by many economists that US and EU GDP will recover to 3% or better next year, despite high unemployment. The improvement will be driven by an up tick in business spending and consumer confidence which is marginally better than it was in the depth of the recession.
Recently, the most often mentioned reason that the recovery might halt is high fuel prices. Gasoline in the US costs $3 on average. The prices of petrochemicals, which will be passed along to many industries, and home heating oil are up. Whatever discretionary spending businesses and consumers might make could be undermined by the cost of fuel, the theory goes.
Read more: Weather: The Economy’s Worst Enemy – 24/7 Wall St. HERE
Here you have it, a gathering of some of the worst weather stories and weather storm headlines from 2010, and there are many more I’m sure to be posted, but I don’t have the resources to embark on such a project, which is why donations are accepted so we can tackle heavier projects to really help to make a difference. We hope your weather hasn’t been too bad, and if it has been, maybe 2011 might be a little better! Happy holidays everyone!