Extreme weather refers to weather pattern deviations from the normal or usual weather occurrences of a geographical location.
Extreme weather according to Wikipedia is an events which includes unexpected, unusual, severe, or unseasonal weather; weather at the extremes of the historical distribution the range that has been seen in the past. Often, extreme events are based on a location's recorded weather history and defined as lying in the most unusual ten percent.
Most often, in my country Ghana, I believe in other places as well, little is heard about extreme weather and the devastating effects of extreme weather until there is such an occurrence. Although Ghana has had its fair share of extreme weather events, the one that readily comes to mind is the June 3, 2015 Accra floods. It was a continuous rainfall that started on the 1st of June and continued until the 3rd of June causing floods.
25 people directly lost their lives as result of the floods whiles thousands of people were reportedly displaced from their homes.
Sadly, during the flood there was also a fire outbreak from a fuel station which caused at least 200 more people to lose their lives. Whiles they were seeking shelter from the floods in and around the fuel station, reports had it that there was a leakages of petrol which caught fire and extended into other buildings thereby killing at least 200 people.
Countries and communities ought to consider extreme weather as a serious issue and put in place measures to contain extreme weather events as well as educate their populace very often. Often when there is an extreme weather events governments and community leaders come up with various innovations and policy, they promise to implement them but never do until there is another occurrence. Extreme weather and education on preventive measures should be a regular part of our schools. When theyounger ones understand the causses and effects of extreme weather before thay grow it is easier to deal with it.
Governments must set aside some funds for extreme weather education, control and management. Governments must set their priorities about extreme weather right. The Challenge may arise when most people may disagree with budgetary allocations for extreme weather because they may be of the view that government must pay attention to bread and butter issues. Governments must therefore educative citizens well before embarking on extreme weather plans and activities.
Nations that have expertise of extreme weather must also share their expertise with poorer nation who may not even have the resources to establish units that should ensure control or preventive measure of extreme weather. Extreme weather should be prevented. Kudos to the Burnet Newd Club for exposing me to extreme weather in this manner. Thank you