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Major, catastrophic flooding hits Texas, at least two people dead as slow-moving storm dumps over 1 100 mm (43 inches) of rain
Major, catastrophic flooding is occurring across much of Southeast Texas, NWS said September 18, a day after Tropical Storm "Imelda" made landfall near Freeport, TX, adding that some areas could see up to 1 000 mm (40 inches) of rain through Friday,...... Read more »

Rising number of fatal landslides makes 2019 the worst year on record
A new update on landslides from the 2019 northern hemisphere monsoon season by Dr. Dave Petley, Vice-President (Research and Innovation) at the University of Sheffield, UK, showed how an unusually high number of landslides resulted in thousands of fatalities this...... Read more »

September 2019 Mumbai's wettest ever
The first 18 days of September 2019 recorded 921.7 mm (36.3 inches) of rains in Mumbai, India, breaking the previous record of 920 mm (36.2 inches) set on September 1954. Weather enthusiast and founder of Vagaries of Weather blog, Rajesh Kapadia, said that in a span...... Read more »

Imelda continues dumping heavy rain on parts of the Southeast Texas, already the 5th wettest tropical cyclone for the contiguous US
Tropical Depression "Imelda" formed on September 17 and strengthened into a tropical storm just before making landfall near Freeport, Texas. The storm continues to unleash life-threatening floods in the southeast part of the state, particularly in the...... Read more »

Very deep M6.2 and M6.0 earthquakes hit near the coast of Java, Indonesia
Two very deep earthquakes, registered as M6.2 and M6.0 by the USGS, hit near the coast of Java, Indonesia at 07:06 and 07:32 UTC on September 19, 2019. The agency is reporting depths of 611.8 km (380 miles) and 591.2 km (367 miles), respectively. EMSC is reporting...... Read more »

The Weekly Volcanic Activity Report: September 11 - 17, 2019
New activity/unrest was reported for 4 volcanoes from September 11 to 17, 2019. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 15 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Alaid, Kuril Islands (Russia) | Copahue, Central Chile-Argentina border | Nevados de Chillan,...... Read more »

Record 1 422 people killed in monsoon rains from June to September, India
At least 1 422 people died due to erratic rains in India from June to Septemeber - a record since the Union home ministry started keeping track in 2010. Over 1 800 extreme rainfall events this monsoon was recorded, the majority of which occurred in the first half...... Read more »

At least 33 people dead as floods submerge large areas of northern Thailand
Floods from torrential rains swept northern Thailand killing at least 33 residents, reports said on September 16. The violent rain was spawned by two tropical storms - Podul and Kajiki - which caused an impact on 28 provinces, with Isan region as the worst-hit area....... Read more »

Early snow hits Heilongjiang, China's coldest province
China's northernmost city of Mohe, Heilongjiang Province received new season's first snow on September 15, 2019. According to the local observatory, the snow came 25 days earlier than last year. €‹The area, which is considered the coldest in China,...... Read more »

Missouri River nears record runoff, Army Corps increasing water discharge, USA
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is increasing water discharge in the upper Missouri River dam system after recent heavy rains pushed the upper Missouri River near record runoff. The events are taking place just a few months before the river needs to be set for the...... Read more »

2019 IOD event developing into one of the strongest on record, Extreme rainfall expected in Eastern Africa
Dr. Saji N Hameed, one of the scientists who discovered Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) said recently 2019 is shaping up to be one of the strongest IOD years ever recorded. A strong IOD year indicates extreme rainfall in Eastern Africa from October to December, possibly...... Read more »

Strombolian explosions every 3 - 5 minutes, new scoria cone growing in the crater, Mount Etna
Eruption continues at Mount Etna's Voragine crater with strombolian explosions every 3 to 5 minutes. The explosions are ejecting coarse-grained material, which rises to several tens of meters above the crater rim, with some products falling onto the rims and...... Read more »

Tens of thousands in Chiba urged to evacuate due to possible mudslides, Japan
Just a week after a direct hit by Typhoon "Faxai," two cities in Chiba Prefecture released evacuation advisories to more than 47 000 residents due to possible mudslides. According to weather officials, torrential rains hit several parts of the prefecture...... Read more »

Over 300 trapped in a school after dam releases water causing floods in Rajasthan, India
More than 350 students and 50 teachers were stuck in a private school in Chittorgargh for two days after the discharge of waters from Rana Pratap Dam which caused floods in the area on Saturday, September 15, 2019. According to reports, the students had to remain...... Read more »

Giant hail, 3 months' worth of rain in 40 minutes hit parts of northern Algeira
The same weather system that left 6 people dead in Spain, affected northern Algeria by the end of the last week, dumping very heavy rain and giant hailstones. Algeria's capital received 40 mm (1.5 inches) of rain in 40 minutes on September 13, which is the...... Read more »

6 dead, 300 000 ha (741 000 acres) of prime agricultural land destroyed after worst storm in 140 years hit Spain
At least six fatalities have now been confirmed from the harsh weather that has been affecting southeastern Spain since September 11, 2019. Authorities are describing it as the worst storm since 1879 when floodwaters killed over 1 000 in Murcia and Orihuela. The...... Read more »

Shallow M5.1 earthquake hits Zhangye, China
A shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M5.1 (downgraded from M5.5) hit Zhangye, China at 12:48 UTC (20:48 LT) on September 16, 2019. The agency is reporting a depth of 18.5 km (11.49 miles). EMSC is reporting M5.5 at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). China...... Read more »