Extreme Weather & Climate Events 2013

Over the past several months, the pattern for extreme events that we saw in 2012 continued into 2013. In early 2013, parts of the Southern Hemisphere witnessed record-high temperatures, with Australia experiencing its hottest month in January 2013 since record-keeping began more than a century ago. Meanwhile, the central and northeastern United States saw record snowfall and blizzard conditions. Precipitation continued to be extreme throughout the spring, with Spain seeing its wettest March on record and China experiencing its wettest May since 1973. At the same time, New Zealand saw its worst drought in three decades, and California experienced its driest year-to-date.;xNLx;;xNLx;To illustrate this pattern, the World Resources Institute put together a timeline of extreme climate and weather events in 2013, which builds on our previous 2012 timeline. We have by no means attempted to be comprehensive in listing events, but have aimed to include some of the most significant occurrences this year.;xNLx;;xNLx;[TO ACCESS EMBED CODE](http://multimedia.wri.org/2013_timeline_embed_code.txt);xNLx;;xNLx;[TO ACCESS 2012'S TIMELINE](http://insights.wri.org/news/2012/09/timeline-extreme-weather-events-2012)

Torrential rains hit Indonesia

Heavy monsoon rains impact more than 10 million residents in Jakarta, Indonesia. More than 40 people die, while more than 100,000 are left without homes. The heavy rainfall causes infrastructure problems, like a collapsed dike, that lead to a flooded central business district and train cancellations.

Flooding, heavy rains in Southeastern Africa

Two weeks of flooding of the Limpopo River results in nearly 70 deaths in Mozambique. As many as a quarter million residents must abandon their homes.

Australia's hottest month on record

January becomes the hottest month ever experienced in Australia, breaking a record (for both mean and maximum temperatures) in the 103-year record-keeping period.

Monsoon rains, flooding in Malaysia

More than a foot of rain falls on parts of Malaysia in January. At least seven people die and more than 23,000 evacuate. Hundreds of homes are destroyed.

Tropical storm Haruna hits Mozambique & Madagascar

Tropical storm Haruna starts in the Mozambique channel and makes its way to Madagascar by late February, leading to at least 26 deaths. Agriculture is heavily affected, exacerbating food security concerns. Emergency relief efforts are slow due to the weather.

Northeast United States covered in snowfall

States throught the Northeast United States experience massive snowfall and blizzard conditions. The largest snowfall from a single storm is recorded in Portland, Maine (31.9 inches), while the sixth-largest snowstorm hits Boston. Hamden, Connecticut witnesses 40 inches of snowfall from the same storm system.

Major winter storms affect Central United States

Heavy winter storms hit the central United States, affecting the Texas pandhandle, western Oklahoma, and other areas. Wichita, Kansas sees record snowfall, receiving 21.2 inches of snow in February (the previous record was 20.5 inches). Amarillo, Texas is covered in snow drifts, some greater than 10 feet in height.

China experiences second-warmest March on record

March 2013 is China's second-warmest March - after 2008 - since recordkeeping started more than half a century ago.

Wettest March on record for Spain

Spain experiences its wettest March on record, with precipitation levels more than three times the 1971-2000 average.

New Zealand experiences worst drought in 3 decades

Extreme drought hits New Zealand - deemed the worst drought in 30 years - leading to an estimated loss in export revenue of $820 million USD. Outdoor water use bans and fire bands are implemented, while cattle and sheep are slaughtered due to lack of water and food.

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