Thursday, May 15, 2008
May Weather FX Blog
Weather knows no borders. It’s something I have said before now on-air, but never has it been more true than with the events of the past month. Just days after Cyclone Nargis hit Myanmar, China suffered its worst earthquake in over 30 years and in the United States an unusually severe, killer tornado season has begun. May 2008 will long be remembered as one of the worst months for natural disasters.

Cyclone Nargis will go down in history as one of the deadliest tropical cyclones of all time. With the unofficial death toll of 100,000 people and over 200,000 missing, it currently ranks as the 10th deadliest storm in world history, but as aid efforts continue to be blocked, that death toll could rise further making Cyclone Nargis second only to the Great Bhola Cyclone of 1970 which struck Bangledesh, killing close to half a million people.

With the onset of the Southwest Monsoon season, weather conditions across Myanmar will only worsen, heavy rain and flooding will compound the misery and increase the risk of disease for the hundreds of thousands of survivors.

This month on Weather FX, we focus on severe weather and in particular – severe thunderstorms. What makes some parts of the world more vulnerable than others? Why and how does a tornado form? Just how dangerous is lightning and where does it strike most? These are a few of the questions we hope to answer in this month’s show, at the same time we’ll give you some tips on how to stay safe when a severe thunderstorm is heading your way.

All across the northern hemisphere as the summer months beckon, we start to plan outdoor activities, anything from a simple family picnic, a golfing tournament, to a small village fete or a large town festival. The weather does not discriminate, affecting each and every one of us. We can’t prevent the weather, but we can go a long way to prevent placing ourselves in harms way…….

So, tune in to the show, then head outdoors to make the most of the coming months ... and, enjoy ...
Monday, May 5, 2008
Cyclone Nargis update
I sadly write that the numbers are finally coming in today and the world is now seeing the horrific images in the aftermath of Nargis. Over 15,000 are dead and it is estimated that those numbers are going to continue to rise. This is much more than I ever expected.

As I wrote a few days ago, minimal information had come out of the country the day after the storm made landfall. It only makes me wonder how much or how little information about this storm was disseminated within the country prior to landfall and could that information have helped to reduce the number of fatalities.

Here at the World Weather center we all share in the grief for the innocent lives lost in Myanmar and for the families who have lost everything. If you would like to be involved, there are many organizations that desperately need you help right now to bring aid to Myanmar. A few of those agencies can be found at
www.cnn.com/impactyourworld

I think it appropriate to end this blog as I did previously, to continue to stay prepared, informed and involved.

-- From Kevin Corriveau, CNN Senior Weather Producer/Anchor Click here to send your weather iReports or e-mail us at worldweather@cnn.com

Saturday, May 3, 2008
Cyclone Nargis
I write this blog with concern and frustration. Cyclone Nargis made landfall along the southwestern coast of Myanmar with sustained winds of over 210 kph.

This cyclone if compared to a storm in the Atlantic had the strength of a category 4 hurricane.

We’ve all seen what storms like Katrina and Sidr can do with their powerful winds and deadly storm surges.

So here at the CNNI Weather center, my colleagues and I knew a few days in advance that this was going to be a very bad situation.

The storm track would take this powerful cyclone along the very low lying, delta region of southern Myanmar.

When you combine that geography with the circulation of the storm major flooding is almost inevitable.

A storm surge of 3 – 5 meters was also expected to travel well inland with little elevation change to stop its progress. I do hate to sound pessimistic, but many years of experience watching these storms has given me reason to be very concerned for this region.

My frustration comes from the fact that there continues to be media lockdown in this country. Very little information if any is coming out. I did happen to see one article this morning from the Associated Press saying that an official from the country’s meteorology department spoke anonymously to a reporter about the expected deaths and injuries in the city of Yangon and the rest of the country. But so far that has been about it.

When no information comes out, then no one hears or sees the devastation and the need for aid.

-- From Kevin Corriveau, CNN Senior Weather Producer/Anchor Click here to send your weather iReports or e-mail us at worldweather@cnn.com
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