Severe winds of hurricane strength have raked the northern Adriatic region on Italy and Slovenia as a major Mediterranean storm sparred with cold air out of central Europe.
Weather observations taken at Trieste, Italy, showed many wind gusts of 75 to over 90 mph on Tuesday afternoon and evening, local time, with hurricane gusts continuing into Wednesday.
AccuWeather.com Facebook Fan Andrea C. stated "Here in Trieste is very windy with [gusts] over 80 mph. Alot of People wounded by debris".
Strong winds reaching at least 50 to 60 mph were also clocked near the coast elsewhere in far-northeastern Italy, neighboring Slovenia and into coastal Croatia.
Pressure pattern on March 1, 2011, during severe Bora winds along Adriatic shore.
The eastern shore of the Adriatic Sea is notorious for its high winds, which are known by the name Bora. The northeasterly Bora blows when cold high pressure pools over central and northern Europe, at the same time that much lower pressure holds sway over the Mediterranean basin.
Trieste itself is well-acquainted with the Bora. An outburst of this wind in 1956 was clocked at 125 knots, or about 145 mph.
Elsewhere, the same major storm poured more than 5 inches of rain over parts of southern Italy as it chilled eastern peninsular areas with cold rain and snow. Winds of hurricane strength blasted Monte Terminillo atop the Appenine Range.
After intense heat eased some for Thursday, it will once again bake Spain and France to close out this week and expand into Germany and Poland this weekend.
Another round of drenching and gusty thunderstorms is in store for areas from the central Plains to the Tennessee Valley through Thursday night.
While parts of India received torrential rainfall during June, impact from El Nino will reassert itself over the upper part of the Indian Ocean and Southeast Asia.
Winds and the Gulf Stream current are the likely catalysts behind strange jellyfishlike creatures, Man O' War, popping up on East Coast beaches over the past several weeks.
Strengthening Typhoon Chan-hom will threaten Guam this weekend, while the corridor from Shanghai to Tokyo could face impacts next week.
While the Philippines will escape Typhoon Chan-hom, the same cannot be said for newly-formed Tropical Depression 10W.
Heavy rainfall continued to cause flooding from MO and KS southward through TX. Both Fredonia and Yates Center, KS had over 18 inches of rain since June 25th. Victoria, TX set a daily rainfall record of 3.44 inches; the previous record was just 0.81 inches in 2002. Corpus Christi, TX also smashed a daily rainfall record of 1.30 inches from 2001 when 9.86 of rain fell.
Charleston, SC (1843)
An alligator carried by a thunderstorm fell onto Anson Street.
Philadelphia, PA (1901)
A daily minimum temperature of just 82 degrees.