World Weather Disasters

The world weather disasters feature was first published in the International Journal of Meteorology in 1975 by A.J. Thomas. It ran until June 1995. It was resumed in October 2001 by R.S. Muirhead and has been published ever since. The importance of the world weather disasters feature is as follows: It reflects the global reach of both TORRO and the Journal of Meteorology. Also it seeks to establish whether or not weather extremes are on the increase around the world as global warming increases. Hopefully a long run of world weather disasters reports in the J.Met will determine whether or not extremes of weather are becoming more common.

The world weather disasters feature confirms that the scope of TORRO falls beyond tornadoes to cover other meteorological phenomenon. These include wind storms, large hail, heavy rain, blizzards, etc. The world weather disasters feature puts into perspective the U.K`s severe weather when compared with other parts of the world.

The main source of information for the world weather disasters feature is the newspaper Lloyds List. This newspaper is examined in the main Manchester city library. Lloyds List covers weather extremes more thoroughly than the B.B.C news or the perusal of a daily newspaper. Unfortunately there is no clear definition of a weather disaster.