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UK Superstorm

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Friday, February 14, 2014/Categories: natural history, photography, environment

The United Kingdom is experiencing the most severe weather the islands have received in several hundred years. The SE portion of Great Britain has had more rainfall in single downpours that can occur in a single month. Meteorologists have just declared January the wettest month on record and vast areas are inundated in southern Britain.

The cause of all these storms has been an extra-tropical cyclone that is positioned over the islands and parts of Western Europe. So far in February, the storm pulses are bringing the UK yet additional heavy rains as well as winds exceeding 100 miles per hour resulting in disrupted road and rail traffic and causing power outages affecting more than 700,000 people. An image of the cyclone was captured by the Terra Earth mapping satellite and offers a country-wide, remote sensing perspective of the UK and western France.

UK Extra-tropical Super-storm, February 12, 2014  (credit: TERRA EOS)

and the super-storms are predicted to continue.


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