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March 15, 2010 / Dave Gorham

Unabated Flooding

After losing two dams due to flooding waters last week the villages near Kyzyl-Agash in southern Kazakhstan are at a continued and increased risk of flooding. Recent floods have left 33 dead and widespread damage. Storms across central and southern Asia, like southern Europe and the southern United States, have been moving by one after the other and now, with melting snow and saturated grounds, it’s too much for local flood controls to handle.

The southern United States, southern Europe and now central Asia. Is there something familiar here? A connection, perhaps? All of these locations are relatively close to the area of 35-40 degrees North latitude – the domain of the southern jet stream this time of year. And this jet stream has been the steering current for a plethora of storm systems over the past several months: Flooding in California, flooding in the southeastern states of the U.S., flooding in Spain, France, Turkey, Kazakhstan.

It’s not a pleasant sight as flood waters recede. Kyzyl-Agash near Astana in southern Kazakhstan. Photo: Reuters

The dominance of the southern jet stream has lead to flooding from California, to Spain, to Kazakhstan. Image: ImpactWeather Gmaps 2.0.

Several frontal systems lining up over Europe and Asia. Image: ImpactWeather Gmaps 2.0

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