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Unusually Warm Conditions Prevail In The Midwest

Climate News: Midwestern USA
Jan 09. 2007
For the sixth time since early November, weekly precipitation topped 4 inches across the majority of the Pacific Northwest. Wetness-related concerns in Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio - where some weekly rainfall totals topped 2 inches - included saturated winter wheat fields and muddy conditions for livestock. Severe thunderstorms swept across the South on January 4-5, spawning at least a dozen tornadoes from Louisiana to South Carolina. Unusually warm weather prevailed in Hawaii, accompanied by strong trade winds (locally above 40 m.p.h.) and heavy showers in windward locations. Weekly temperatures averaged more than 4 degrees F above normal in Honolulu, Oahu, aided by a daily record-tying high of 84 degrees F on January 2. Meanwhile on the Big Island, Hilo netted 4.35 inches of rain (236 percent of normal) during the first 6 days of the year. Farther north, cold, mostly dry weather prevailed across most of the Alaskan mainland, while heavy precipitation continued in southern portions of the State. Juneau collected a daily-record total of 0.98 inch on New Year’s Eve, boosting its December precipitation to 9.37 inches (173 percent of normal). During the first 6 days of 2007, Yakutat received precipitation totaling 5.79 inches (208 percent of normal), including 24.8 inches of snow. In the Midwest, unusually warm weather prevailed for the fourth consecutive week. For the second week in a row, temperatures averaged at least 20 degrees F above normal in parts of the upper Midwest, threatening the quality of stored sugarbeets. January 6 was the 30th consecutive day with a high temperature of 32 degrees F or greater in Madison, WI, BREAKING ITS WINTER RECORD of 29 days.

Torrential Rains/ Floods
PERU - 20,000 Peruvians and 17,000 hectares (42,000 acres) of agricultural land are affected by the overflowing rivers, mainly the Huallaga and the Mayo river in the Amazon jungle. The flooding started in November. one of the causes for the flooding is the brutal deforestation in the Huallaga river basin which is destabilizing the river banks. People urgently require food, medicine, blankets, mosquito nets, among other things.
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