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Default July 2008 Global Weather Highlights

GLOBAL WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS

JULY 2008

UNITED STATES
Hawaii and Southeast Mainland

Moderate to severe drought conditions persisted across parts of the
Hawaiian Islands and the western, central, and southeastern parts of
the
continental U.S. Drought conditions depleted across parts of Alabama,
where extreme drought developed. Exceptional drought remained over
areas
that include southern Texas, the southern High Plains, and the
southern
Appalachians. As of August 5, 32% of the western U.S., 46% of the
South,
25% of the High Plains, 57% of the Southeast, and 28% of the
contiguous
U.S. were in moderate to exceptional drought, according to the U.S.
Drought Monitor.

West

A heat wave affected parts of the U.S. during mid-July through August.
In Denver, CO temperatures were above 32 C (90 F) for 24 consecutive
days (as of August 5), breaking the previous record set in 1874 and
1901
with 18 consecutive days (NWS).

Midwest

Severe storms ripped through parts of Illinois and Indiana during
August 4-5, producing 10 preliminary tornado reports, damaging winds,
and hail. The storms damaged 25 homes, prompted the cancellation of
more than 350 flights at O'Hare International Airport, left nearly
288,000 residents without power, and were blamed for the death of two
people (Associated Press/Reuters).

ASIA

Moderate drought conditions were present across parts of northern
Shaanxi, Shanxi, and the Inner Mongolia provinces.

In China, torrential rain fell across parts of the Anhui and Jiangsu
provinces during July 31-August 1, prompting dangerous floods which
forced more than 76,000 people to evacuate the area. According to
reports, the city of Chuzhou was under half a meter (20 inches) of
water. Two fatalities were reported in the Anhui province and it was
reported that the economic losses were 220 million U.S. dollars. The
floods also destroyed more than 24,000 houses (AFP).

Heavy monsoonal rain fell across northwestern Pakistan during the
first
week of August. The floods affected 82,000 people, destroyed more than
3,200 homes, and were responsible for 27 fatalities (Associated
Press).

AFRICA

In Togo, heavy rainfall produced deadly floods during the first week
of August. Nine fatalities were associated to the floods, which also
affected nearly 5,000 people (Associated Press).

EUROPE

Severe storms in northern France spawned a tornado, which collapsed
several homes and uprooted trees. The tornado was blamed for the
fatality of three people and for leaving 13 others injured (Associated
Press).

TROPICAL

Tropical storm Edouard developed as a tropical depression in northern
Gulf of Mexico on August 3. The storm strengthened to a tropical storm
later that same day, but reached its peak intensity of 104 km/hr (65
mph or 56 knots) before it made landfall along the upper Texas coast,
east of Galveston, on the 5^th . The storm brought much needed
precipitation to parts of Texas. Edouard weakened as it moved further
inland. No fatalities were reported.



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