Typhoon Rai has brought the Philippines to its knees



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Typhoon Rai has brought the Philippines to its knees

Typhoon Rai, in the Philippines, caused at least 388 deaths, devastating the central-southern regions of the Philippines. It was the most powerful storm of the year, with gusts of wind reaching 195 kilometers per hour. Communications and electricity have been interrupted in several areas.

A dramatic omen of the worst that is yet to come, the Economist defines it. Climate change will broaden the range of tropical cyclones, making millions more vulnerable to these devastating storms, according to a new study from Yale University and published in the journal Nature Geoscience.

Currently, these cyclones, or hurricanes, are mainly confined to tropical regions north and south of the equator. But the researchers say that rising temperatures will allow these weather events to form in mid-latitudes.

Icemageddon in Alaska with 20 degrees

Between New Year's Eve and January 1, 2022, anomalous heat of exceptional proportions is expected in various parts of the globe.

Alaska is in the throes of an abnormal heat wave, with temperatures in some places reaching 20 degrees at a time of year usually characterized by bitter cold. On Kodiak Island southwest of Anchorage, 19.4 degrees was recorded last Sunday, the highest temperature ever recorded in Alaska in December.

The new record follows a series of outliers recorded in previous days such as 18.3 degrees at Kodiak airport, 16.6 degrees in Cold Bay, and 13.3 degrees on Saturday 25 in Unalaska: it was the day of Warmest Christmas ever recorded in Western Aleutians.

Extreme weather conditions, the so-called Icemageddon »: after the heavy snowfalls, torrential rains arrived that left the region covered with slabs of ice as hard as concrete. Widespread power outages, road and office closures resulted.

The thick ice that formed on the roads made them dangerous for drivers, the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities warned. Ice is extremely difficult to remove once it has stuck to the pavement. Even though the air temperature was warm, as the roads were at sub-zero temperatures, the ice stuck to the surface.

The ice is expected to remain on the roads at least until March or April, Rick Thoman, of the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy, told the BBC.