A potentially dangerous tropical cyclone will threaten destructive wind and flooding rain along the central coast of Mozambique for at least the next two to three days.
The highest weather-related threat to life and property will involve a stretch of coast between Beira and Angoche, particularly in the area of Quelimane.
The intensifying cyclone, located in the Mozambique Channel, could reach hurricane status by Saturday.
Thursday, the nearly stationary center of Tropical Cyclone Eight, dubbed Funso by officials of Madagascar, was located about 100 miles southeast of Angoche, Mozambique, according to the Tropical Cyclone Center of La Reunion. Highest winds were estimated to be 40 to 45 mph.
Official forecast agencies such as the Tropical Cyclone Center and the Joint Typhoon Warning Center are calling slow movement, mostly to the west and southwest, over waters near the middle Mozambique coast through at least Sunday. Substantial intensification to a potentially dangerous storm of hurricane strength is also forecast.
Forecast tools available to AccuWeather.com meteorologists also imply a potentially dangerous storm by the end of the week.
One potentially dangerous aspect of Funso will be the slow movement, which could bring damaging wind and rain to bear on the coast for an extended stretch of time.
Elsewhere in the southern Indian Ocean on Thursday, a second tropical cyclone was also ramping up. Centered more than 500 miles east-northeast of Mauritius, Tropical Cyclone Ethel was strengthening as it tracked toward the south-southwest.
Although Ethel is forecast to steer well east of Mauritius itself, the distant, smaller island of Rodrigues could suffer damaging winds and flooding rain from Ethel late Friday into Saturday.
A dry and warm stretch of weather will continue for the U.K. after a stormy February that resulted in flooding.
Rain is in the forecast leading up to the start of the Formula 1 Season in Melbourne this weekend.
Airport and roadway delays are mounting as a snowstorm begins over the Midwest with its sights set on the Northeast later in the day.
Tropical Cyclone Lusi will bring the threat for flooding rains and damaging winds to parts of New Zealand late this week.
A spike in severe thunderstorms, capable of producing tornadoes, will follow a slow start to severe weather season in 2014.
This week will not offer any additional drought relief for the Los Angeles area.
Columbia, MO (1937)
(12th-13th) 12.8" of snow.
One of the "great" all-time early season "heat wave"s. At least five dozen cities had record highs. Among the most notable.... Location: New Record(F): Old Record(F)/Year: Baltimore Airport 85 73/1973 Greater Baltimore (city) 95* 76/1890 Binghamton, NY 71 62/1977 Chicago, IL 80 71/1977 Richmond, VA 89* 81/1973 Washington, D.C. Airport 88 75/1923 Washington, D.C. 89 73/1973 Allentown, PA 79 67/1929 Harrisburg, PA 84 72/1890 Raleigh/Durham, NC 90 82/1973 (earliest 90-degree reading on record) Philadelphia, PA 83 73/1890 Detroit, MI 75 66/1946 Roanoke, VA 86 78/1973 Norfolk, VA 87 80/1923 Greensboro, NC 86 74/1973 Atlantic City, NJ 85 74/1973 highest ever for so early in the season
ecord low temperatures in more than 3 dozen ities - in many cases the coldest weather of he entire winter season (a mild winter).