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Storms bring down trees, bring in thick fog

July 07, 2007
MASSACHUSETTS - UNUSUAL weather - including punishing storms and thick fogbanks - led firefighters, members of the Coast Guard and medical providers to respond to a spate of incidents on Friday. "The fog is PRETTY UNUSUAL to see in this area. It can cause dangerous conditions, just because people aren't used to it." "Today has just been weird. First it was really hot and humid, then we had the fog coming in off the water, now suddenly the rain. It's all just been kind of unpredictable." The National Weather Service reported dangerous thunderstorms with hail the size of nickels moving through the southern portion of Plum Island.

Torrential Rains/ Floods

LOUISIANA - Shreveport had a RECORD FOR RAINFALL on July 6. Between midnight Thursday and 5 p.m. the rainfall for the day stood at 4.09 inches. Shreveport had started the day with its annual rainfall in the red, a deficit. That's now history. "Nearly four inches of rain is definitely enough to bring us out of it. We're about two inches up now." Rain is in each day's forecast in some fashion for the next week or more.

JAPAN - Heavy rain continued to take its toll on southern Japan on Saturday, with a man drowning in a flooded rice paddy, and four others injured in flood-related accidents. Thousands had to evacuate their homes. By midday Saturday, a powerful weather front had dumped over 500 millimeters (20 inches) of rain on southern Japan since Wednesday. The Meteorological Agency warned of further landslides and flooding in southern Japan through the weekend.

DENMARK - 124 millimetres of rain ensured that June 2007 would go down as the nation’s WETTEST JUNE EVER. The average rainfall for June is 55 millimetres. The figures broke the old June mark of 123 mm set in 1946. It is yet another weather record for Denmark, where in the past year alone SIX MONTHS BROKE MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURE RECORDS and it was THE WETTEST WINTER EVER. The month started fairly warm and dry, but the last two-thirds were extremely wet. ‘It was a VERY UNUSUAL June.’ Most of the rainfall occurred in the night-time hours, as the average amount of sunshine was actually above normal for June at 220 hours, compared with the normal 209. Although the temperatures may have felt cool last month after a sunny May and record warm April, the average June temperature of 16° C was still 1.7° higher than the normal average.
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