Named by The New York Times, the ‘The Great Flood of 2019’, the Midwestern United States experienced severe flooding in the spring of 2019. The flooding was primarily along the Missouri River flowing through the states of Nebraska, Missouri, South Dakota, Iowa and Kansas.
Storm Christoph made a large-scale impact over 2-3 days across many parts of the UK. Beginning on 20th January, the storm brought high winds and the equivalent of 2 months’ usual rainfall in just 2.5 days.
On 10th August 2020 the most violent modern day storm to date caused devastation across the states of Iowa and Illinois. The storm, called a Derecho due to its nature tore a 700 mile path from Nebraska through to Indiana.
Last week we shared our analysis of the devastating flooding in Central America following Hurricane Eta that came ashore in northeastern Nicaragua on November 3rd, at this exact time last week Hurricane Iota made landfall as a strong Category 4 only 15 miles south of where Eta hit, lashing its powerful winds and rain over populations that were still trying to recover from Hurricane Eta.
Hurricanes have become stronger worldwide during the past four decades, an analysis of observational data shows according to researchers in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)