Days of torrential downpours on 14-16 May led to Bosnia & Herzegovina and Serbia having the worst floods since records began 120 years ago.
22 October 2020
14 May 2014
At least 40 people were reported to have died and tens of thousands had to evacuate when rapidly rising rivers surged into homes. Hundreds were also evacuated in Croatia.
It was reported that around three months worth of rain fell in just three days.
The infrared images show the average of the Meteosat-10 IR10.8 from 14-17 May. On the first infrared image (below, left) a cold-cloud structure clearly indicates a persistent cyclonic whirl. The area of low pressure which brought the rain persisted over the Balkans for days.
On the zoomed-in image cold-cloud clustering, at least partially due to orographic lifting which intensified the rainfall, can be seen. In particular there clouds coded as green, showing a persistent low temperature of 240 K, along the Dinaric Alps over Bosina & Herzegovina.
The animations, split over three days from 14–16 May, gives a clear indication of stronger precipitation over the area.
Hourly animation — 14 May 00:00–23:00 UTC
15-minute animation — 14 May 0:00–23:45 UTC
Hourly animation — 15 May 0:00–23:00 UTC
15-minute animation — 15 May 0:00–23:45 UTC
Hourly animation — 16 May 0:00–23:00 UTC
15-minute animation — 16 May 0:00–23:45 UTC
Before and after the floods, imagery from MODIS (NASA Earth Observatory)
Balkans floods: why did it rain so much? (Liam Dutton C4 blog)
Serbia and Bosnia floods: Worst floods to hit Balkans kill 40 and raise landmines threat (The Independent)
Bosnia and Serbia floods: Death toll rises (BBC)
Balkan Flooding (Met Office Blog)
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