Global Hazards - February 2006


Please note: Material provided in this report is chosen subjectively and included at the discretion of the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC). The ability to report on a given event is limited by the amount of information available to NCDC at the time of publication. Inclusion of a particular event does not constitute a greater importance in comparison with an event that has not been incorporated into the discussion. Data included in this report are preliminary unless otherwise stated. Links to supporting information are valid at the time of publication, but they are not maintained or changed after publication.


Global Focus

Landslide in the Philippines on February 17, 2006
Philippines Landslide
Global Hazards And Significant Events
February 2006
Flooding produced a devastating landslide in the southeastern Philippines on February 17. Additional information can be found below.

Drought conditions
Across the United States, significant drought extended from the Desert Southwest eastward through the southern Plains. Exceptional drought classification continued through parts of Texas and into adjacent sections of Oklahoma and Arkansas, which generated unusually severe fire potential across the region.
Drought Monitor depiction as of February 28, 2006
U.S. Drought Monitor
For comprehensive drought analysis, see the U.S. drought report.
Rainfall anomalies across Africa during December 2005-February 2006
Africa Rainfall Anomalies
A severe long-term drought continued throughout southern Ethiopia, southern Somalia, northeastern Kenya, as well as adjacent areas of eastern Uganda and Tanzania. Drought in Somalia was characterized as the worst in a decade (UNICEF). In all, an estimated 11 million people in East Africa and the Horn of Africa continued to face critical food shortages brought about in part by the continuing drought (IRIN). For the latest African analysis and forecast, see the Famine Early Warning System Network.
A large dust storm affected areas of North Africa and adjacent areas of the eastern Mediterranean region during late February, producing major reductions in visibility over a large area.
Satellite photograph depicting a large dust storm over north Africa on February 24, 2006
North Africa Dust Storm
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Heavy rainfall and flooding
Heavy rainfall in northern Iraq produced extensive river flooding that displaced an estimated 7,000 families. The most affected areas included the towns of Erbil, Sallahaddin, Kirkuk, Dyiala and Missan (IFRC).
Flooding in northern Iraq in early February 2006
Iraq Flooding
Flooding in the Saharan region of Algeria during February 10-11, 2006
Flooding In Algeria
In Algeria, rare heavy rainfall in the Sahara Desert region of Tindouf produced severe flooding. The rain fell during the 10th-11th in a desert region of Algeria not far from the Moroccan and Mauritanian borders. Approximately 50,000 people were affected, with one fatality reported (OCHA/AFP).
In Papua New Guinea, heavy rainfall produced significant flooding in the northwestern part of the country's Central Province during mid February. The flooding rendered an estimated 10,000 people homeless and caused one fatality (IFRC)
Flooding in Papua New Guinea during February 2006
Papua New Guinea Flooding
TRMM rainfall analysis in the Philippines during February 4-17, 2006
Philippines Landslide
In the southeastern Philippines, a deadly landslide triggered by heavy rainfall buried the village of Guinsaugon (population 1,400) on the 17th. As of the end of February 2006, there were 139 confirmed fatalities, 30 injuries and 980 people listed as missing (Government of Philippines).
The Philippine Geosciences Bureau estimated the landslide at 4 meters (13 feet) deep, covering an area of approximately 3 square kilometers (1.2 square miles).
Rainfall anomalies across the Philippines during February 2006
Philippines Rainfall Anomalies
Across eastern Indonesia, landslides and floods caused by torrential rain on the 21st killed at least 33 people in the city of Manado (OCHA).
In Yemen, heavy rainfall resulted in flash flooding on the 20th in the southwestern city of Dhamar. Floodwaters trapped around 1,900 people in their homes, and there were at least 5 deaths (AFP).
In Lesotho, rainfall characterized as the heaviest in nearly two decades destroyed nearly one-third of the crops in the ground ahead of the April harvest (OHCA).
Precipitation anomalies across Europe during February 2006
Europe Precipitation Anomalies
Across Serbia, heavy rain and melting snow produced significant flooding in the province of Kosovo in late February. Flooding in at least fourteen municipalities forced the evacuation of an estimated 200 families (around 1,200 people) from their homes (IFRC).
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Severe Storms
Radar animation depicting severe thunderstorms that affected New Orleans on February 3, 2006
New Orleans Thunderstorms
In the United States, severe thunderstorms produced two tornadoes that affected the New Orleans, Louisiana area during the early morning of February 2. The tornadoes affected neighborhoods ravaged by Hurricane Katrina, tearing off roofs, knocking down utility poles and collapsing at least one Katrina-damaged house.
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Tropical Cyclones
Tropical Cyclone Boloetse, which formed in late January, affected Madagascar for a second time in early February as it tracked southeastward from the Mozambique Channel during the 4th-5th. While the cyclone remained offshore, it tracked close enough to the coastline to displace over 6,000 people, as nearly 2,500 private homes were damaged or destroyed in the extreme southern part of the country (UNICEF).
Tropical Cyclone Boloetse over the Mozambique Channel on February 2, 2006
Tropical Cyclone Boloetse
Satellite image of Tropical Cyclone 12S on February 19, 2006
Tropical Cyclone 12S
Tropical Cyclone 12S developed in the south Indian Ocean, affecting Mauritius on the 19th-20th. Maximum sustained winds with the cyclone reached 85 km/hr (45 knots or 50 mph) before weakening as the system moved very slowly.
Tropical Cyclone Emma developed in the south Indian Ocean on the 27th and made landfall in Western Australia's remote Pilbara coast on the 28th with maximum sustained winds near 65 km/hr (35 knots or 40 mph). Heavy rain was the primary impact from the storm, although Emma's approach prompted precautionary shutdowns of mining, oil and shipping operations (AAP).
Satellite image of Tropical Cyclone Emma over Western Australia on March 1, 2006
Tropical Cyclone Emma


For 2006 basin tropical cyclone statistics, please refer to the following:
Australian Basin
North Indian Ocean Basin
Western North Pacific Basin
South Pacific Basin
South Indian Ocean Basin
Northeast Pacific Ocean Basin (Not Yet Available)
Atlantic Basin
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Extratropical Cyclones
No reports of significant extratropical cyclones were received during February 2006.
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Severe winter weather
A major winter snowstorm affected areas of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast during February 11-12, 2006. In New York City's Central Park, where record-keeping began in 1869, 68.3 cm (26.9 inches) of snow fell between 4 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday, breaking the previous all-time storm total record of 67.1 cm (26.4 inches) set during a December 26-27, 1947 storm.
Snow depth in the eastern U.S. on February 13, 2006
Eastern U.S. Snow
Satellite image of the 'Blizzard of 2006' on February 12, 2006
Blizzard Of 2006
In Hartford, CT, a snowfall total of 55.6 cm (21.9 inches) broke the old storm total record of 53.3 cm (21 inches) set in 1983. There were many reports between 25-51 cm (10-20 inches).

Citing This Report

NOAA National Climatic Data Center, State of the Climate: Global Hazards for February 2006, published online March 2006, retrieved on September 19, 2014 from http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/hazards/2006/feb.