Turkey : Apocalyptic Hail and Flash Floods hit Istanbul

From Argiris Diamantis

July 27, 2017 … 18.00 hours …

Everything took place in half an hour. First it was dark. Then a very heavy flood began. Then the streets and the streets were flooded. People were wounded, trees were overturned, retaining walls collapsed. The windows of the cars exploded, and the dents in the hoods came to fruition. Some houses were flooded, some houses had holes in the outside, roofs were broken, windows were broken. The roads are closed, the drivers are tired of the traffic. It’s just a rat race … All this happened in Istanbul. In fact, a few hours ago the rains entered the border gates of Thrace and similar landscapes were seen there. But since our media centers in Istanbul did not see enough news value in the events they did not see from the window of the plazas, these pangs went through as a few lines of news, a subtitle. That is why some of the readers and the audience are not aware of this early warning. More painful and full of floods, they kept the same indifference when they shot Çanakkale after Istanbul. It is a matter to be considered … It is a cruel indifference, a hurtful selfishness, a destructive egocentrism … Those who are curious about İstanbul’s history know.

During the various periods, there were very violent storms and floods, which lifted the city almost from the middle, dismantled the trees in Kagithane and dragged into the Bosphorus. We have also witnessed the disasters that have caused deaths in many Eastern and Western countries, although not in Turkey in the last 10 years. Though not as violent as they were, it was a phenomenon of nature that we have not seen in recent times. As the water was withdrawn, the fog blew, the destruction appeared, and damage was detected, criticisms came to the fore. In addition to criticism that can be assessed in the context of urbanism, municipalism and environmentalism, discussions have started with preventive measures and the relevance of rescue efforts. Experts will discuss these. We will look at the media dimension. In this context, we received messages from our readers about the upcoming disaster not being announced in time. Some of our readers blamed official institutions, while others expressed that the media did not fulfill their duties. When I was investigating the matter, I saw it. On the morning of that day, General Directorate of Meteorology warned the citizens by making an official statement. The following statements were included in the statement: “Showers and thunderstorms are expected locally to be strong in the Dardanelles in the northern district of Thrace and Istanbul circles noisy downpour sudden flood, flood, lightning, hail local rainfall, rainfall immediate strong wind, is necessary to be careful and cautious response to concerns such as transport disruptions. ” I underline the expressions of ‘local floods’ and ‘sudden floods’. In other words, the meteorology shared the findings of the possible hadiths with the public; Agencies have been informed. Subject The last minute warning from Meteorology on morning 09.06 to the website of Sabah newspaper! Attention to this Daylight! It entered with the title. It’s been a long time. In the spotlight News to live in Thrace and Istanbul northern district of Çanakkale with circles drawn attention to possible events, meteorology emphasized that warn against sudden floods. The task of the media, yes, important issues that affect the lives of citizens in providing them with information flow; To inform them and to raise awareness. The morning newspaper has fulfilled this task. So, to warn citizens of all media organizations and say that we can fulfill the task of preparing for the upcoming natural phenomena adequately? Especially the television . Unfortunately no. In the wake of such a tradition, all media organizations had to go into alarm.

Posts sure that the reader without interruption until it reaches everybody and they should continue to stimulate the audience. This was captured been made with less people on the street to hail and floods, more people are prepared for this shock; Human and material damage would be less. I agree, we are talking about a very sudden and exceptional hadith. Maybe it was not expected to be so powerful and destructive. But none of this is an excuse. There is no guarantee that anyone in the future will suffer more and more violence. When it comes to human life and community health, it is necessary to take all the signs and probabilities into consideration and prioritize the related news. Read on this side and watchers can be prepared, forced to take precautions, disasters and disasters can be avoided with less damage. Our media can only come to the desired level in heavy snowfall news in the last few years. I do not think it will take long for him to develop himself and his reflexes in this regard. As a result, once the tree is down. We had a good time. I hope we get lessons.


South America faces Record Breaking Cold Wave

by Josélia Pegorim Updated 7/15/2017 

Throughout the week, snow-specific weather simulations by supercomputers have indicated the possibility of snowing in southern Brazil next Monday, July 17. The possibility of snow is being considered because of a mass of air of extremely strong polar origin that advances over the center-south of South America in the coming days.

During the week, the area with a greater chance of snow has increased and is being indicated not only for cities in Santa Catarina where the phenomenon usually occurs, such as São Joaquim, Urubici and Urupema, but also for lower altitude cities in the highlands and highlands of Rio Grande do Sul and Regions of the plateau in the south and in the north of Santa Catarina. The chance of snow in cities like Palmas and União da Vitória in southern Paraná can not be completely ruled out. In addition to the snow there is also chance of phenomena like frozen rain and icicle.
Day 17 is “the” day of snow because it is on this day that the center of the strong air mass of polar origin will be in the north of Argentina, and begins to inject the intense cold on the South of Brazil, and it is when we will have much humidity in the region. It is not enough to be very cold. It takes moisture to form the clouds.

The center of a polar mass is the coldest region. On the 17th, the intense cold will be the ball on the penalty mark, the South of Brazil the goal and the goalkeeper will be out of position to try to defend. On July 18, the ball enters with everything and over 100 on the South of Brazil. Cold indefensible, that will make the South Region freeze! On the 18th we will have strong frost and negative temperatures in the South and no longer the conditions to snow.

Snow in the province of Buenos Aires

Before arriving in Brazil, this strong wave of cold puts most of the areas of Argentina inside the freezer. On July 16 and the dawn of July 17, the icy air will be passing over the province of Buenos Aires and also enters Uruguay. Argentina’s national meteorological service issued a special warning on Friday, 14, warning of the possibility of snow in higher areas of the province of Buenos Aires that are in the south / southwest of the region. The region of the city of Buenos Aires should not be able to snow. 

For Uruguay, atmospheric simulations specific to snow indicate the possibility of occurrence of the phenomenon between dawn and morning of July 17.

Snow in Santiago, Chilean capital, records historical snow

The mass of polar air has already changed the weather in Chile. It snowed in areas of Santiago where it was not seen for more than 40 years. The last time the phenomenon was registered in the municipality of Maipú, one of the 32 communes that make up the city of Santiago, was July 21, 1971. The local press affirms that there was not a phenomenon of this magnitude 10 years ago.


SANTIAGO, July 15 (Xinhua) — Strong rains, electric storms, big waves and snowfalls affected 14 of 15 regions in Chile on Saturday, with the country’s National Emergency Office (ONEMI) issuing an alert.
Magallanes, at Chile’s southern tip, was the only part of the country that was not under a weather alert.

From early Saturday, strong waves hit the coast of the regions of Arica and Parinacota. A weather system formed over the southern region of Bio Bio, which saw electric storms, especially along the coast.

Chile’s meteorological direction issued an alert for electric storms in the regions of La Araucania and the coast of Aysen, while strong rains battered Maule.

Santiago and other towns around the capital reported snowfalls, while the provinces of San Felipe, Los Andes and Valparaiso are under a weather alert for sleet and frost.
Santiago also saw strong snowfalls for several hours, with temperatures dropping to minus three centigrade, leading to power cuts for 280,000 people.


rare snowfall in the Chilean capital Santiago has caused disruption and blackouts, leaving thousands of residents shivering in the dark.

About 250,000 people were hit by power cuts, officials said, mostly caused by snow-laden trees falling on cables.

One death was reported – of a worker trying to clear ice – and two other people were injured by a fallen power line, Chilean media said.

Meteorologists say it was the heaviest snowfall in Santiago since 2007.

It came as the city and surrounding region were enduring an unusually cold snap.

As well as the power cuts, the weather has caused traffic disruption in the capital and several sporting fixtures have been postponed.

The big freeze was not bad news for everyone, however, and thousands of children headed outdoors to build snowmen and throw snowballs.