December 8, 2012

Storm Reports

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A year after floodwaters eroded sections of the Missouri River basin, exposing two petroleum pipelines and triggering their rupture, federal records suggest the same thing could happen to dozens of others. [Wall Street Journal]

For the third straight season there were 19 named storms in the Atlantic, which is the third-highest level of storm activity observed since 1851….Since 1851, only two hurricane seasons — 2005 and 1933 — have been busier than 2010, 2011, and 2012. [Climate Central]

A parade of strong weather systems dumped nearly 2 feet of rain, at least 40 inches of snow, and brought strong winds equivalent to a Category 4 strength hurricane to parts of California, Oregon and Washington. [Climate Central]

Radar-estimated accumulated precipitation in the West for the seven day period ending on Dec. 3, 2012. Credit: NOAA.

Typhoon Bopha, the strongest tropical storm to hit the Philippines this year, has slammed into a southern island, killing at least six people, destroying homes, cutting power and forcing the cancellation of flights and ferry services, officials said. 

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