Harvey finally downgraded


Floodwaters surround homes and vehicles in east Houston, Texas, USA, 28 Aug 2017 (Reuters)

Tropical Storm Harvey has been downgraded to a tropical depression but not before creating a new weather record in the United States.

Climatologists say Harvey is the worst rainfall event ever with 1318 mm (51.88 inches) of rain recorded at Cedar Bayou, Texas beating the previous mark of 1219 mm (48 inches) in Medina, Texas from Tropical Storm Amelia in 1978.

Thousands of residents could still be stranded and an estimated 40,000 homes have been destroyed by the storm in the Houston area.

Heavy rain is now moving over Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas and Tennessee with some areas expecting more than 200 mm.

Snow falls in Hawaii!


Snow covers the peaks of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea on Hawaii’s big island, 14 June 2016 (Photo by SSPL/NASA/Getty Images)

Although it seems unlikely given the tropical latitude of Hawaii in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, it can snow on some of the state’s highest peaks.

Snow fell on the peaks of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea on Hawaii’s big island this week.

Keep in mind both peaks are 13,000 feet (4,000 metres) above sea level.

Rain showers and thunderstorms developed at lower elevations.

Climatologists say snow can fall during any month of the year on Hawaii’s tallest mountains.