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Default November 2005 Global Weather Highlights




Moderate to severe long-term drought persisted throughout parts of the
Pacific Northwest eastward into the northern Rockies, with extreme
drought noted in Washington east of the Cascades. Meanwhile, severe to
extreme drought affected areas of the Great Lakes region, where some of
the worst conditions were observed in northwestern Illinois. More
severe drought plagued areas of northeast Texas.


Severe thunderstorms produced a deadly tornado near Evansville, Indiana
during the early morning hours of November 6. There were 23 fatalaties
from the tornado, with 19 of the deaths occurring in the Eastbrook
Mobile Home Park located just to the southeast of the city (Associated
Press). It was Indiana's deadliest tornado since the "Super Outbreak"
on April 3, 1974.


A major winter storm affected parts of Nebraska and the Dakotas during
the 27th-28th. Snowfall accumulations of 41-51 cm (16-20 inches) were
observed in parts of eastern South Dakota, while wind gusts exceeding
97 km/hr (60 mph) also accompanied the snow, creating blizzard
conditions. Thousands of power outages were caused by the combination
of strong winds and heavy snow. In South Dakota, about 8,000 utility
poles and 10,000 miles of transmission line were brought down by the
storm (Associated Press).

Greater Horn

Long-term drought continued in parts of the Greater Horn of Africa,
including southern Somalia, eastern Kenya and southeastern Ethiopia.
Across southeastern Africa, long-term drought affected parts of
Mozambique, southern Malawi and Zimbabwe. In Malawi, the World Food
Programme estimated that nearly 5 million people would need food aid
until March 2006 (OCHA).


In Sri Lanka, floods triggered by heavy rains killed 6 people and
damaged thousands of homes during mid-November. Flooding affected areas
that had been devastated by the tsunami that occurred on December 26,
2004 (Reuters).

Heavy rains brought flooding in adjacent areas of southern India during
the last two weeks of the month. In the state of Tamil Nadu, over 2
million people were affected by the flooding with at least 162
fatalities. Two of the worst-affected districts in the state were
Cuddalore and Nagapattinam (IFRC).


Typhoon Kai-Tak developed on October 29 in the South China Sea and
attained typhoon strength the next day. Kai-Tak moved parallel to the
coast of northern Vietnam while slowly weakening, finally coming ashore
near Vinh on November 2nd with maximum sustained winds near 85 km/hr
(45 knots or 50 mph). Up to 737 mm (29 inches) of rain drenched Quang
Ngai province, resulting in massive flooding. There were at least 15
deaths in Vietnam (Reuters).

Tropical Storm Tembin developed in the Philippine Sea on the 7th and
reached the northern Philippines by the 10th with maximum sustained
winds near 85 km/hr (45 knots or 50 mph). Temblin's primary impact was
torrential rain over Luzon. Temblin dissipated over the South China Sea
on the 11th.

Typhoon Bolaven developed in the Philippine Sea as a depression on the
13th, reaching typhoon strength by the 17th. Bolaven weakened
considerably as it approached the northern Philippines, tracking across
northern Luzon as a tropical storm on the 20th with maximum sustained
winds near 75 km/hr (40 knots or 45 mph). Heavy rainfall was the
primary impact from Bolaven.


Tropical Storm Gamma developed off the north coast of Honduras on the
18th from the regenerated Tropical Depression #27 which had initially
formed on the 13th in the eastern Caribbean Sea. Gamma dissipated on
the 20th, however, heavy rains in parts of Central America produced a
significant impact. In Honduras, flooding and mudslides killed 34
people, while 3 deaths were reported in Belize (AFP).


Delta existed as a tropical storm in the open waters of the central
Atlantic Ocean during November 23-28. Delta lost its tropical
characteristics on the 28th, transforming into an extratropical
cyclone. This storm system tracked across the Canary Islands and into
Morocco on the 29th. Winds gusted as high as 200 km/hr (124 mph) in
parts of Tenerife, causing wind damage. At least 7 deaths were
attributed to the storm (BBC News).

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