“The severe drought that hit a large part of Ukraine may affect the country’s grain harvest, local media reported Monday citing experts.
“According to Interfax-Ukraine news agency, Tetyana Adamenko, head of the state weather forecasting center’s agricultural department, said that the drought is being observed on 25 percent of the Ukrainian territory.
“Three grain-producing regions in southern and eastern Ukraine were affected the most by the dry weather, Adamenko said, without specifying the projected damage to crops.
“Meanwhile, other local media, citing agricultural experts, reported that Ukraine may lose between 10 percent and 15 percent of its grain harvest due to the drought…”
“Volodymyr Bazhenov, CEO of Voda Kryma company located in Russian-occupied Crimea, says the annexed peninsula may switch to hourly water supply soon due to drought. According to Bazhenov, there is a “wild evaporation of water” in all Crimean surface reservoirs.”
“An unusually bad drought has forced Iraq to suspend the cultivation of rice, corn and other cereals that demand large amounts of water, the agriculture ministry said Monday.”
“…a new satellite image reveals the extent of unloaded rainfall in the nearby desert of Rub’ al-Khali [by Cyclone Mekunu], the world’s largest sand desert and (normally) one of the driest places on Earth. Salalah saw 11 inches of precipitation in just 24 hours, more than double its yearly average… there’s one novel feature… water lakes in the flat lowlands between the sand dune tops.”
“The South West Monsoon, which entered Karnataka [SW India] two days in advance has resulted in record quantum of rainfall received in the state during the month of June and it also deeply affected the normal life causing floods and damages.”
“Kolkata is reeling under a severe heatwave that saw temperatures hover around the 40 degree celsius mark today. With the mercury touching the 41 degrees Celsius mark on Monday, breaking a 10-year record for the month of June, the MeT office has predicted that temperatures may rise further.”
“Heavy rainfall, followed by flash-floods and multiple landslides in different villages of Thannamandi, including Khablan [Jammu and Kashmir], created havoc in the entire area.”
“Northeast India is inundated, again. Over the past few days, floods have hit several states, claiming the lives of at least 25 people and displacing hundreds of thousands of hapless citizens. In Assam, the biggest state in the region, the deluge has reportedly affected nearly 550,000 people.”
“Water overflows over Kanyin Dam spillway in Ayeyawady region [of Myanmar] due to heavy rain, causing water levels to rose ten feet above the spillway, sources said. The highest record of the water exceeded over the spillway was over 9.5 feet in 2011 and now it broke the record.”
Parts of Western Australia headed for their wettest June on record:
“Persistent drizzle is driving Christchurch [New Zealand] towards its gloomiest June ever, with less than an hour of sunshine a day and twice as much rain as usual.”
“Farmers beware: a build-up of warm water in the tropical eastern Pacific has lifted the odds for an El Nino forming late this [southern hemisphere] spring, the Bureau of Meteorology said.”
“The heat wave that rolled in across British Columbia over the weekend is set to continue for the next few days. Environment Canada has now issued a heat warning for many parts of B.C. High temperatures will reach the low 30s today and Tuesday, which is approximately 12 to 14 degrees above the average for the middle of June.”
“A powerful storm system that moved through northern Colorado Monday evening produced baseball-sized hail and powerful winds. The storm damaged cars and homes in the Boulder area, before moving northeast toward Fort Morgan, where 70 mph winds and baseball-sized hail wreaked havoc in Morgan County.”
“A record-breaking heat wave is sizzling across the US, bringing scalding temperatures and dangerous air pollution… The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation issued an Air Quality Health Advisory for New York City, Long Island, and much of the Hudson Valley in response to the rising temperatures on Monday, urging people to limit outdoor exercise and curb the use of emissions-spewing vehicles and appliances.”
“Temperatures at the surface of the tropical Atlantic Ocean have become remarkably colder than normal.”
“Heavy rains that started around 8:00 p.m. Monday evening flooded many parts of Accra [Ghana], leaving residents of the city in devastation.”