Global Hazards - June 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

Northeast U.S. rainfall during June 22-28 2006
Northeast U.S. Rainfall/Flooding
Global Hazards And Significant Events
June 2006
A week of heavy rainfall in the northeastern United States produced widespread flooding. Additional information can be found below.
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Drought & Heat | Flooding | Storms | Tropical Cyclones | Extratropical Cyclones | Severe Winter Weather
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Drought conditions
Across the United States, significant drought extended from the Desert Southwest eastward through the Southern Plains. Exceptional drought classification persisted across Deep South Texas as well as southern Arizona. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina across southern Louisiana, the eight months since October 1, 2005 have been the driest in 111 years of record-keeping (Associated Press).
Drought Monitor depiction as of June 27, 2006
U.S. Drought Monitor
For comprehensive drought analysis, see the U.S. drought report.
Rainfall anomalies across Africa during June 2006
Africa Rainfall Anomalies
Wet-season rainfall alleviated dryness in parts of the Greater Horn of Africa during May and June 2006. Despite the welcome rainfall, long-term drought persisted in central and eastern Kenya as well as eastern Ethiopia and central Somalia. For the latest African analysis and forecast, see the Famine Early Warning System Network.
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Heavy rainfall and flooding
In southern China, rainfall rates on the order of 99 mm (3.5 inches) in two hours forced the Bashili River out of its banks, flooding 11 villages in Fujian province. In the southwestern province of Sichuan, a landslide prompted by heavy rainfall killed 11 people on the 19th in Shiji Village (Xinhua). On the 25th, flash flooding in the Hunan province of southern China killed 11 people (Associated Press). The Chinese government characterized the summer flooding as the worst in 30 years in parts of the country, with 349 weather-related deaths in June (Associated Press/AFP).
Asia precipitation anomalies during June 2006
Asia Rainfall Anomalies For June 2006
Rainfall anomalies across Africa during June 2006
India Rainfall Anomalies
In India, monsoon rainfall produced flooding and landslides in the northeastern states of Assam and Tripura. There were 8 reported deaths and 75,000 people displaced from their homes by the second week of June. Nationwide, an early onset of the monsoon season (late May 2006) resulted in 308 reported fatalities due to flooding by the end of June (AFP/DPA).
Map of flood-affected areas in Indonesia during June 2006
Flooding In Indonesia
In Indonesia, torrential rainfall produced flooding on eastern Sulawesi Island in the South Sulawesi province on the 19th-20th. In the hardest-hit district of Sinjai, at least two roads were blocked by landslides, and water and mud reached 2.1 meters (7 feet) high. There were at least 216 reported fatalities (Associated Press/Reuters/IFRC).
In the United States, persistent heavy rainfall deposited up to 280 mm (11 inches) of rain in the greater Houston, Texas area on the 19th. Widespread flash flooding was the result in south and east sections of the city. The Houston Fire Department rescued more than 500 people from flood waters with no serious injuries or fatalities reported (Reuters).
Radar estimated rainfall amounts in the Houston, TX area on June 19, 2006
Houston Flooding
Map depicting rainfall across the northeast United States during June 20-28, 2006
Northeast U.S. Rainfall
Across the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, exceptionally heavy rainfall occurred during June 22-28. Rain amounts exceeded 254 mm (10 inches) in some areas, with numerous daily and monthly rainfall records set. Flooding was widespread throughout the greater Washington, DC area, northward through parts of Pennsylvania and New York. As the Susquehanna River rose above flood stage, up to 200,000 people in the Wilkes-Barre, PA area were forced to evacuate. Regionally, there were 16 deaths blamed on the flooding, along with preliminary damage estimates exceeding $100 million (USD) (CNN/Reuters).
In northern Romania, heavy rainfall caused a deadly mudslide on the 21st that killed at least 9 people in the Bistriat Nasaud area (AFP).
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Severe Storms
Severe thunderstorms in Germany on the 29th produced large hail the size of tennis balls in Villingen-Schwenningen. About 100 people were injured, mostly from cuts to the head. One man drowned due to flooding near Offenburg (BBC News).
Satellite photo of severe thunderstorms affecting parts of Europe on June 29, 2006
Thunderstorms In Europe
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Tropical Cyclones
Radar animation of Tropical Storm Alberto on June 13, 2006
Tropical Storm Alberto
Tropical Storm Alberto developed as a depression in the northwestern Caribbean Sea on the 10th. The cyclone reached tropical storm strength the next day as it moved into the Gulf of Mexico. Alberto made landfall in Apalachee Bay along the Florida panhandle around midday on the 15th with maximum sustained winds near 85 km/hr (40 knots or 50 mph). The primary impacts from Alberto were heavy rainfall and flooding, with areas of western Cuba receiving as much as 305 mm (12 inches) of rain during the 10th-11th.
Alberto weakened into a depression as it trekked inland through coastal sections of Georgia and the Carolinas, depositing a swath of 75-130 mm (3-5 inch) rainfall amounts along its course. River flooding resulted in affected areas of the Carolinas.
Rainfall estimates across the southeast U.S. from Tropical Storm Alberto during June 2006
Alberto Rainfall
Satellite image of Tropical Storm Jelawat on June 27, 2006
Tropical Storm Jelawat
Tropical Storm Jelawat formed in the South China Sea on the 26th and made landfall in southeast China's Guangdong province on the 29th near Zhanjiang. Jelawat weakened below tropical storm intensity before landfall, with maximum sustained winds near 55 km/hr (30 knots or 35 mph). The primary impact from this system was heavy rainfall in areas of Guangdong and Guangxi provinces.


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
Atlantic Basin
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Extratropical Cyclones
No reports of significant extratropical cyclones were received during June 2006
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Severe winter weather
Unseasonably cold temperatures affected areas of Australia during June, with many locations breaking their all-time record minimum temperatures for the month. Averaged across the nation as a whole, it was the fourth coldest June in the post-1950 record. A complete summary of June climate across Australia is available courtesy of the Australian Bureau of Meteorology.
Temperature anomalies across Australia during June 2006
Australia Temperature Anomalies

Citing This Report

NOAA National Climatic Data Center, State of the Climate: Global Hazards for June 2006, published online July 2006, retrieved on November 27, 2014 from http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/hazards/2006/jun.