Powerful Storms Could Slam Largest European Ports This Week
FreightWaves View photos A series of intense storms could disrupt services at some of the busiest ports in Europe this week. Strong winds and rainfall as well as high surf could delay ships waiting to load or unload.View photos SONAR Critical Events: Monday, March 9, 2020, 4 p.m. EDT; Europe windstormsTwo systems are forecast to move across the continent starting late Monday, continuing through Thursday. Both storms may become very strong with unusually low barometric pressure as they move from the North Atlantic into the U.K. and then across Northern Europe.The main impact will be periods of tropical storm force winds of 40 to 50 mph (65 to 80 kilometers per hour) in some areas, with gusts potentially reaching 60 mph or greater. Windstorms can occur throughout the year in Europe but are most frequent between October and March, with peak intensity in the winter months.Since the impending storms will move fairly quickly, periods of heavy rain will be short-lived and major flooding is unlikely. However, downpours could cause isolated flooding in some western sections of the U.K. and parts of the mainland’s western coast. Coastal locations will have extremely rough surf along with some coastal damage and flooding due to large waves.The ports of Rotterdam, Antwerp and Hamburg — the three busiest container ports in Europe — are in the potential impact zone of the storms. FreightWaves SONAR, below, shows high concentrations of ships circled in red at these ports. They may be trying to load or unload before the first storm arrives.
This week’s storms could also slow freight flows and supply chains at the ports of London and Felixstowe in the U.K., as well as Bremen in Germany.
Besides likely disruptions in port operations, these storms could slow or stop freight movement on roads, rails and runways. Airports most at risk are Heathrow (IATA code: LHR) in London, Shiphol (IATA code: AMS) in Amsterdam, and Frankfurt’s am Main Airport (IATA code: FRA). The storms could also knock out electricity across many areas, with tree limbs and power lines blocking routes.
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Soggy Week Ahead In Several Large Freight Markets
The focus this week in the large freight markets is on wet weather, with no high-impact snowstorms on the horizon.The Set Up A low pressure system near the center of the country will produce mainly rain today and tonight from portions of the Plains to the Great Lakes. Some rain will spread to the lower Mississippi Valley along a cold front. Freezing rain, sleet or snow may be in the mix for places like Sioux Falls, Omaha and Des Moines, as well as Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and northern Lower Michigan. A thin glaze of ice may cover some roads, making them extra slick.View photos SONAR Critical Events and radar: Friday, Mar. 6, 2020, 10 a.m. EST (left); SONAR ticker: OTVI map (right)The system heads to the Northeast on Tuesday, producing periods of rainfall across most of the region during the day and night. Drivers may hit traffic jams during the morning rush hour in Ohio Valley locations, followed by evening rush hour delays on the Interstate 95 corridor.Heavy snowfall could develop on the northern side of the storm, with up to 6 inches of accumulation in the St. John Valley, just north of Caribou and Presque Isle. This will affect drivers on US-1. Some spots in northern Maine will see mainly sleet and freezing rain.
Impact On Freight
The rainfall in the Midwest and Northeast regions is not likely to cause flash flooding or river flooding, but it could slow down freight flows just a bit today and tonight in the Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana markets. Despite declines in outbound market shares (OTMS.CMH, OTMS.IND) over the past week, these markets rank 10th and 11th, respectively, based on the latest analysis from FreightWaves SONAR. Outbound tender market share measures the percentage of the nation’s outbound volume produced by each of the 135 markets.
Today, Columbus has 2.14% of the nation’s outbound freight, while Indianapolis has 1.92%. In the tree map below, markets with the highest market shares are in the largest squares and rectangles on the left; lowest values are toward the right side. The top number is the percentage change over a chosen time period – in this case the past week – and the bottom number is the market’s current share.View photos SONAR ticker: OTMS Tree Map Tonight and Tuesday the rain may have minor impacts in some of the largest markets such as Harrisburg and Allentown, Pennsylvania (OTMS.MDT, OTMS.ABE), as well as Elizabeth, New Jersey (OTMS.EWR). These markets rank third, fifth and eighth, respectively. The heaviest rainfall will likely hit the 16th-ranked Phoenix market, where localized flash flooding is possible. All of the markets mentioned, except for Columbus and Indianapolis, have higher market shares week over week. So the wet weather is heading through growing markets with increasing volumes, but impacts should be manageable for shippers, carriers and drivers.Have a great day, and be careful out there!Image Sourced from Pixabay See more from Benzinga © 2020 Benzinga.com. Benzinga does not provide investment advice. All rights reserved.
Blast of Arctic air to bring return of snow, January-like cold to northern Rockies, northwestern US Alex Sosnowski•Cold air has generally been on the retreat across much of the United States so far this March, but a fresh wave of Arctic air is poised to slash temperatures by 50-80 degrees Fahrenheit from their midweek highs, and it will have snowy consequences by this weekend.The interior Northwest and northern Rockies are notorious for dramatic temperature swings and although the upcoming setup will not break temperature plummet records, it should not disappoint extreme-weather enthusiasts.
|Electric Peak, Yellowstone National Park, Montana.|
The greatest temperature change in 12 hours for the U.S. was an 84-degree plummet at Fairfield, Montana, on Dec. 14, 1924. The temperature fell from 63 degrees above zero to 21 degrees below zero.
Temperatures are forecast to climb into the 40s, 50s and 60s during the middle of this week over the region.
However, as Arctic air blasts southward late this week and this weekend, temperatures will tumble and may struggle to get above zero over the higher terrain and may not get past the single digits and lower teens for high temperatures on Saturday.
„For many in the region, this will be a dose of January-like cold,” AccuWeather Chief Broadcast Meteorologist Bernie Rayno said.
Nighttime lows are likely to be at or below zero over a broad area of western and central Montana to northwestern Wyoming Saturday night.
The cold air will even spread to the coastal areas of the Northwest thanks to winds that turn from the east and northeast.
The average high temperature in Seattle for the middle of March is in the middle 50s. During this weekend, high temperatures may be held to the lower 40s to perhaps the upper 30s, or 10-15 degrees below average.
Precipitation will accompany the Arctic blast.
Snow will fall over the northern Rockies, adjacent High Plains and Cascades. However, snow will also fall outside of the higher elevations.
The surging Arctic air will cause snow levels to lower to the valley floors east of the Cascades and may even dip to a few hundred feet along the Washington and northern Oregon coasts this weekend.
Pakistan, northern India face renewed threat of flooding from rounds of showers, thunderstorms by Maura Kelly•After flooding and landslides caused numerous deaths in Pakistan late last week, parts of the country are bracing for the arrival of another potent storm system.The storm will track from southern Iran into Pakistan through Tuesday before arriving in northern Pakistan on Wednesday.Showers and thunderstorms will spread from eastern Afghanistan into far northern India, including the states of Himachal, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh by Wednesday.
Steadier and heavier rain is forecast for far eastern Afghanistan, northern Pakistan and into far northern India as the storm forces moisture into the meeting point of the Hindu Kush and Himalayan mountains.
By Friday, the storm will begin to move east. Rain and storms will begin to gradually taper off across Pakistan, but they will spread east along the Himalayas into northeastern India and Bhutan.
Through the second half of the week, isolated showers and thunderstorms are also expected to develop in parts of Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Jharkhand, Bihar and West Bengal of eastern India.
A couple of storms can drift into northwestern Bangladesh.
Rainfall totals up to 13-25 mm (0.5-1 inch) will be common across the region from this system, but totals can accumulate up to 25-50 mm (1-2 inches) in areas of heavier rain. An AccuWeather Local StormMax™ of 150 mm (6 inches) is possible in the mountains of Pakistan and far northern India.
Localized flooding will be possible in areas of poor drainage and in any downpours that develop through the second half of the week. Northern Pakistan will face the greatest risk after torrential rain caused flooding late last week and into this past weekend.
Flooding and landslides in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan were to blame for at least 17 deaths and officials in the province declared a weather emergency to help relocate residents displaced by the disaster, reported The Express Tribune.
Colder air arriving with the storm will cause precipitation to fall as snow in higher elevations, but it could also pose a risk to those displaced in the mountainous areas of Pakistan.
Flooding and chilly conditions will not be the only concerns as storms return to the area. Frequent lighting strikes will be dangerous for anyone caught outside during the unsettled period.
Residents are reminded to head inside at the first rumble of thunder.
Some of the wet weather may prove beneficial. Lengthy periods of rain could improve air quality across northern India where air pollution reaches dangerous levels during the drier season.
Occasional showers and thunderstorms are forecast to continue into the weekend near the mountains of northern India and Nepal.
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