Tagged: extreme weather

2017 in top three hottest years on record, with record-breaking extreme weather - News

John Kerr Nov 07, 2017

This year will be the third hottest year on record, according to a new report released to coincide with a major climate summit in Germany. World Meteorological Organization’s provisional Statement on the State of the Climate reveals that the mean global temperature for the period January to September 2017 was approximately 1.1°C above the pre-industrial era.  As a result of … Read More

Typhoon Haiyan: how does it compare? - Shaken Not Stirred

Jesse Dykstra Nov 13, 2013

(note dates as of 8 Nov. 2013)   The Guardians’ Ami Sedghi has written a nice blog comparing Typhoon Haiyan, which has caused devastating damage and loss of life in the Philippines over recent days, to historical tropical storms;  Haiyan has been widely reported in the media as one of the largest tropical storms in history. Ami has also clarified the use … Read More

Climate change complicit in scorching heat, bushfires, flooding and tornadoes of disastrous Australian summer - Shaken Not Stirred

Jesse Dykstra Jan 29, 2013

From a natural disaster perspective, Australia is having a much worse year than New Zealand, despite our apparent penchant for earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, flooding, and the occasional crippling winter storm on this side of the ditch. To date, the Insurance Council of Australia has officially declared three natural disasters in 2013 (the Tasmanian bush fires, New South Wales … Read More

Tornadoes don't indicate extreme weather is increasing - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Dec 06, 2012

I popped out for a meeting this afternoon and came back to the office to discover a tornado had torn through the street I grew up in, Waimarie Rd, in Whenuapai, just a stone’s throw from the airforce base perimeter. My parents were out shopping at the time thankfully, but still can’t get back into Whenuapai where roads are closed … Read More

Kiwi science fiction with a message - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Aug 19, 2012

Book Review: The Aviator (The Burning World)  by Gareth Renowden Price US$4.99 (Kindle); NZ$6.00 (Epub).* File Size: 641 KB Print Length: 341 pages Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited Publisher: Limestone Hills Ltd (August 14, 2012) Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc. Language: English … Continue reading → … Read More

Flooding and Landslides Pummel the top of the South Island - Shaken Not Stirred

Jesse Dykstra Dec 15, 2011

Tourists stranded by floodwaters in Nelson. Source: The Nelson Mail Rain-laden clouds from the north Tasman sea settled over the top of the south island several days ago, and have been drenching the Nelson and Golden Bay regions ever since. Extreme rainfall has been recorded in Takaka, Richmond and Nelson, with the Kotinga gauge at Takaka recordind an unprecedented 423mm … Read More

Flooded Hard-Drives and Hondas: Economic Implications of Thailands’ Latest Natural Disaster - Shaken Not Stirred

Jesse Dykstra Oct 28, 2011

Flooding in Thailand Source: thesun.co.uk Global Economic Hub Thailand is a global manufacturing hub, and a leading exporter of automobiles, electronics, textiles, clothing and food. Exports of goods and services accounting for approximately 70% of Thailands’ GDP in 2010. Tourism has largely recovered following the Indian Ocean tsunami (which claimed more the 5000 lives in Thailand), accounting … Read More

Good Science Writing or Bad Press for Climate Change Scientists? - Shaken Not Stirred

Jesse Dykstra Dec 22, 2010

In a 20 December article from Associated Press (covered by stuff.co.nz) from science writer Seth Borenstein, I get the impression that climate change is assumed to be behind the high disaster toll in 2010. Here is a link to the article, entitled:  2010’s world gone wild: Quakes, floods, blizzards – this was the year the Earth struck back Read it yourself – … Read More