EXTREME WEATHER IN 2013
Super Typhoon Haiyan
Homeless residents walk through the streets of devastated Tacloban City in the Philippines covering their noses from the smell of unburied bodies trapped in the wreckage.The super typhoon, which ravaged the Philippines in November, hit a death toll of over 5000 lives, with hundreds of thousands of Filipinos left hungry and without shelter. With maximum wind speeds of 315 km/h (195 mph), Haiyan is the most powerful storm ever recorded at landfall.
Rare Jerusalem Snowstorm
An Orthodox Jewish man stands in the snow in Jerusalem on 10 January 2013. Jerusalem was overtaken by a rare heavy overnight snowfall that turned the Holy City winter white and brought out excited children of all ages into the streets.
Massive Oklahoma Tornado
Carol Kawaykla pauses while looking for items in her tornado-ravaged home in Moore, Oklahoma three days after the town was hit by a massive EF5 twister. The strongest tornado in the US in almost two years, it left a path of destruction 17 miles (27 km) long and 1.3 (2 km) miles wide. The tornado surprisingly took only 24 lives.
Record Death Valley Heat
Craig Blanchard, an employee of the Park Service, stands in front of an unofficial temperature gauge showing 130 F (54 C) at the Furnace Creek Visitor Center at Death Valley National Park in California on 29 June 2013. California, Nevada and southern Arizona was overwhelmed by extreme heat as a high pressure system trapped hot air close to the ground.
Mozambique Mega Flood
Mozambique suffered torrential rainfalls on 15 January 2013 as seen in this picture of a washed out road in Maputo. Thousands of residents were evacuated from the flood drenched country and ultimately at least 113 people had been killed and over 185,000 people displaced by the record high waters.
New Zealand Drought
Dry mud-cracked land surrounds a shrinking water reservoir in Kiwitahi, New Zealand. During the country's summer early in the year, New Zealand fell into the grip of one of the worst droughts in a decade, with average rainfall levels in most regions well below average.
Mount Etna Awakens
Mt. Etna, Europe's most active volcano, spews lava during an eruption on 16 November 2013 as seen from Acireale, near the Sicilian town of Catania, Italy. This was the 16th eruptive event produced by Etna in 2013 but not the last; the eruptions continued into December. Although spectacular to watch from a safe distance, the eruption caused no damage.
Britain's Storm of the Decade
Waves crash violently at Porthcawl in on the coast of south Wales on 28 October 2013. Britain's strongest storm in a decade cancelled hundreds of flights, cut down power lines and disrupted commuter travel. In some areas, the 99 mph (159 km/h) winds cancelled rail services.
People walk on an island that reportedly emerged off Pakistan's Gwadar coastline in the Arabian Sea after a deadly magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck in the remote district of Awaran in Baluchistan province. Pakistani officials said the quake struck with enough force to create a small island lifted from the sea floor that's visible off the southern coast. This earthquake was the deadliest in 2013 with over 800 people killed and hundreds more injured.
Yosemite Rim Fire
Firefighter Jon Curtis keeps a close eye on a "slop over" fire that jumped a California highway during the so-called Rim Fire that burned out-of-control in and around Yosemite National Park during late August and early September. This blaze was the third largest in the state's history and consumed over 400 square miles (1030 square km) of protected wilderness.
October 17, 2013, will go down as one of the worst fire days New South Wales has seen in recent years. By 6:30 p.m. local time, 90 wildfires burned, 36 of them out of control and threatening communities near Sydney, Australia. Dry vegetation, high temperatures above 34° Celsius, and erratic winds gusting to 90 kilometers per hour combined to create extremely dangerous fire conditions.
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