I live in Boulder, Colorado where last September we saw “biblical” amounts of rain and lots and lots of flooding. Estimates are it will take three or four years to fully recover. Some people still haven’t been able to return to their homes. So, when I hear about other “biblical,” “record-breaking,” “historic” rainfall amounts, I perk up:
At least 36 people have been killed in Japan as landslides started by torrential rain hit the outskirts of the city of Hiroshima, including several children, police and local media have said.
“There was rain and thunder all night, beating down so hard I was scared to go outside,” a resident told Fuji TV. “I’ve never seen anything like this.”
Helicopters clattered overhead, lifting out survivors, as rescue workers searched through mud and piles of stones in residential areas about 5km from the city centre.
About 240mm of rain fell in the area in the 24 hours up to Wednesday morning, record-breaking levels equivalent to a month’s worth of rain in a usual August.
And then there’s this from Mexico City
A hailstorm of mammoth proportions hammered sections of Mexico City Sunday. Several feet of hail piled up, making some city roads impassable.
“Roads such as the North Loop [el Periférico Norte] were flooded by hail and flooding, so municipal and Federal District workers labored for hours to clear them, Notimex reported,” wrote CNN Mexico.
Mexico news organization Azteca Noticias called it a “historical hailstorm”.
Entry filed under: The Environment.