2013 has entered memory lane and we welcome 2014. Let’s look back at the top 10 meteorological and astronomical events of 2013.
10.) Comet ISON Fizzles On November 28, 2013
9.) Chelyabinsk Meteor
8.) June Alberta Flood
7.) September Colorado Flood
6.) April Argentina Flood
5.) Mexican Floods From Hurricane Ingrid and Manuel
4.) Yarnell Hill Fire
3.) Moore, Oklahoma Tornadoes
2.) June Indian Flood
1.) Super Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda Ravaging Philippines.
The much anticipated Comet ISON, which forecasted to be bright. It was discovered by Vitali Nevski and Artyom Novichonok on September 21, 2012. However, all hope for a great comet fizzled on Thanksgiving Day after it got too close to the Sun. Comet ISON fizzling starts at number 10. The Chelyabinsk Meteor has earned the number nine slot as it is the largest asteroid to impact Earth since Tunguska on June 30, 1908, which was also in Siberia. Number eight is the Alberta flooding, which ravaged Calgary. The flooding is the costliest natural disaster in Canadian history. The September Colorado Floods is number seven as heavy rain falls in the Denver and Colorado Springs area. It leads to massive flooding as an entire year’s worth of rain falls in a few days. The April Argentina flood is number six because some spots saw 16 inches of rain in two hours! Not surprisingly, it claimed 86 lives. The Mexican Floods take a spot at number five because despite an inactive East Pacific and Atlantic Hurricane Season, it claimed a total of 157 lives from heavy rain and flooding. It only takes one to be a bad season, no matter how inactive or active the season is. The Yarnell Hill Fire is number four as 19 firefighters were killed while trying to put the fire out. This shows that even a less active wildfire season can be deadly as it was the case in 2013. The Moore, Oklahoma Tornado Outbreak is number three because the monsterous tornado claimed seven children inside an elementary school. The June Indian floods have not gotten much coverage, but I thought it should be number two because it is the second deadliest weather event in 2013. Monsoons can be a blessing or curse for India. It is also the deadliest monsoon flooding in Indian history. Number one is no surprise, it is Super Typhoon Haiyan ravaging the Philippines as a powerful super typhoon with 165 mph winds with gusts as high as 250 mph. The typhoon produced deadly 25 foot storm surge and swamped Tacloban. As of January 2, 2014, 6,195 people have been killed with nearly 1,800 missing. The death toll could approach 10,000.
Here are my predictions for 2014 in the weather and astronomical world.
A more active Atlantic hurricane season. I am not giving out any number until April 2014. My reasoning is when there is an inactive season during the warm phase of the Atlantic, the next season is active. Think 1968, 1994, 1997, and 2009. The following seasons were active in 1969, 1995, 1998, and 2010.
El Nino returns, most likely a Modoki El Nino. Modoki El Nino is when the warmest water is in Central Pacific instead of off the coast of South America. The last El Nino was a Modoki El Nino, which was the 2009-2010.
A comet that is newly discovered becomes bright, like Comet Hyakutake did in 1996.
I hope for a better 2014.