Nov 2, 2015

Chapala Closing in on Yemen

Yemen
by
Bob Henson
,
Weather Underground
Steep hillsides surround the city of Mukalla on the central Yemen coast. Image: Google Images, via Stu Ostro, The Weather Channel
Steep hillsides surround the city of Mukalla on the central Yemen coast. Image: Google Images, via Stu Ostro, The Weather Channel

Chapala’s landfall may be far enough southwest to spare Mukalla from hurricane-force winds. However, there is a far bigger threat: Chapalla’s path is virtually certain to bring torrential rain to Mukalla and the surrounding mountains, raising the spectre of potentially disastrous floods and mudslides...Amounts could easily top one to two feet of rain in some areas, representing a number of years’ worth of rain in this desert regime. The immediate coast averages less than 2” of rain per year.