Deadly tornadoes this year in Joplin, Missouri, and the southeastern U.S. can be linked to natural variability, La Nina and perhaps even climate change. This article examines tornado climatology from a different perspective, looking at the influence of land surface and soil moisture.
Floods in Pakistan threaten the nation’s infrastructure, energy security, political and economic stability and natural ecosystems. In this situation, sustainable development may be the only way to manage both natural and man-made disasters. This paper presents the effects of extreme weather events in Pakistan and their impacts on sustainable development.
The Global Precipitation Measurement Mission will offer a new generation of space-borne precipitation measurements, building on the success of the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission, launched in 1997. The advancements can help us understand the impacts and better predict the future behavior of extreme weather events like landslides, floods and cyclones.