“The U.S. sizzled with record warmth” in May, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). May warmed to a record average 65.4 degrees in the Lower 48 states, breaking the high of 64.7 set in 1934, according to federal weather figures.
“May was 5.2 degrees above the 20th century’s average for the month.
“Weather stations in the nation broke or tied nearly 8,600 daily heat records in May, the NOAA reported. It hit 100 in Minneapolis on May 28, the earliest the city has seen triple digits.
“”The warmth was coast-to-coast,” said climate scientist Jake Crouch at NOAA’s Centers for Environmental Information…
“”The United Kingdom, Germany and other places also set May heat records, but overall global figures for the month are still being tabulated, Crouch said.
“It was especially warm at night in the U.S. during May. The overnight low temperature averaged 52.5 degrees nationwide. That broke the record by 2 degrees which “is unheard of” at this time of year, he said.””
Parts of Canada had a record warm May, too:
“Environment Canada has confirmed that last month was both the driest and warmest May on record for the Sunshine Coast.”
“Tait says a large piece of ice recently broke off the toe of the Llewellyn Glacier, at the south end of Atlin Lake, in B.C. He figures the piece was about a kilometre, or a kilometre and a half, long.”
Meanwhile on the East coast: “An unusually late frost is affecting blueberry crops across the province, with some farmers estimating 50 per cent of their fields were frozen and won’t produce fruit. Temperatures were at record-breaking lows in New Brunswick on Monday morning, causing irreparable damage to blueberry plants, many just starting to bloom.”
And while some parts of central and NW North America have been unusually dry – in some cases record-breakingly dry – parts of the east and south were absolutely inundated: “From Key West to Pensacola, Florida averaged 9.23 inches of rain in May, topping the 2009 record of 8.91 inches in measurements that have been logged since 1895.”
“The frequency of coastal flooding from high tides has doubled in the US in just 30 years, with communities near shorelines warned that the next two years are set to be punctuated by particularly severe inundations, as ocean levels continue to rise amid serious global climate change concerns.”
Tropical storms are slowing due to climate change – “A storm that sits still over one place for an extended period of time brings that much more wind and rain to that area. “Nothing good can come of a slower storm,” said Kossin.”
“It’s only the first week of summer, yet a heatwave is already set to hit Greece as of today, where temperatures will rise as high as 40 degrees Celsius.”
“In Bouake, Ivory Coast’s second city, the regular water supply trickled to a halt three months ago – a shortage that officials blame on a drought inflicted by global warming.”
“Rising average temperatures and increase in the number of heat wave events will adversely impact human health and crop yields across Pakistan, say researchers who participated in what they described as the first country-specific heat wave trajectory study.”
“Mumbai: If there is extremely heavy rainfall this weekend as forecast by the India Meteorological Department (IMD), it might set a record for the highest 24-hour June rainfall in recent years.”
“Torrential rain has flooded some townships in northern Shan State [Myanmar], sources said… Locals said almost no flood was occurred in the village before and the flood is occurred due to deforestation.”
“Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodthong says, “The rainfall on June 5 reached 147 millilitres, we think even more in Kamala. After the inspection, locals in Kamala all say that they have never seen flooding like this anytime during the past 20 years. “We have declared parts of Kamala a disaster area”.”
“In a bizarre incident, a Chinese woman has been spotted cooking fish on the hood of a car because the country is experiencing an intense heat wave, with mercury soaring to 40-degree Celsius. The incident took place in the city of Binzhou, located in eastern China’s Shandong province.”