100% drought in New South Wales
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“The entire state of New South Wales is now impacted by drought, official figures show.

“A drier-than-expected June and July has left many farmers with failing crops, a short supply of water and diminishing livestock feed…

““This is tough,” the NSW primary industries minister, Niall Blair, said in a statement on Wednesday.

“‘There isn’t a person in the state that isn’t hoping to see some rain for our farmers and regional communities.””

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/aug/08/nsw-declared-100-in-drought-as-farmers-fear-relief-package-too-late


“[Typhoon Shanshan] could dump 350 millimetres (13.7 inches) of rain over the greater Tokyo region over the 24 hours by Thursday noon.”

https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2158789/flights-cancelled-typhoon-shanshan-churns-towards-japan


“Hurricane Hector developed in the eastern Pacific and is now cruising through the central Pacific. After Hector passes south of Hawaii it will continue tracking to the west and then northwest into next week. This will put it on a path across the International Date Line into the Western Pacific Basin where it would then be called Typhoon Hector.”

https://weather.com/storms/hurricane/news/2018-08-07-hurricane-hector-could-become-typhoon-western-pacific


Torrential rain leads to flooding in Chile:

http://www.t13.cl/noticia/nacional/inundaciones-y-desbordes-imagenes-del-sistema-frontal-sur-del-pais


“There are 17 large wildfires burning across the state and more than 14,000 firefighters working to put out the blazes, Cal Fire said on Tuesday. The two largest fires are the Mendocino Complex Fire — which itself is made up of two nearby fires that officials have combined — and the Carr Fire. The Mendocino Complex is now the largest fire in state history, and the Carr Fire is the 12th largest.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2018/08/07/us/california-fire-numbers/index.html


“”A relationship between Arctic sea ice and tornadoes in the US may seem unlikely,” says co-author Jeff Trapp, an expert in atmospheric sciences. “But it is hard to ignore the mounting evidence in support of the connection.” Previous research has found that low Arctic sea ice has helped to promote extreme weather events in certain regions of the world.”

https://www.sciencealert.com/the-loss-of-arctic-sea-ice-is-having-a-strange-effect-on-tornadoes-in-the-us


“Video released by the BC Wildfire Service shows fires raging near Telegraph Creek and Shovel Lake [Western BC].”

https://globalnews.ca/video/4373856/wildfires-continue-to-rage-in-western-bc


“If you were in Kodiak on Monday morning, it felt more like Hawaii than Alaska.”

https://www.alaskapublic.org/2018/08/07/kodiak-feels-tropical-at-78f-and-breaks-a-1941-record/


“Record-breaking extremes marked the summer weather of 2018 in the Arctic: July’s varied conditions left some northern residents scrambling for ways to escape heat and others looking for shovels to clear new snow off their steps.”

http://nunatsiaq.com/stories/article/65674arctic_experiences_summer_of_extreme_weather/


“Heat and humidity records have been broken over the past month [in Nova Scotia], but it’s not just the summer time that’s seen record-breaking temperatures.”

https://globalnews.ca/video/4375045/record-breaking-temperatures-in-nova-scotia


“The weather agency said approximately 50 to 75 millimetres of rain fell in the span of two to three hours across the area. Localized areas may have experienced higher amounts of rainfall… Hull noted the normal rainfall amount for the entire month of August in Toronto is 78.1 millimetres.”

https://globalnews.ca/news/4375547/toronto-storm-flooding-power-outages/


“As reported, part of the Skaftárjökull glacier [in Iceland] was measured to have collapsed by some eleven metres, indicating geological activity had melted a great deal of ice. This resulted in subsequent flooding through the southeast Iceland region.”

https://grapevine.is/news/2018/08/07/south-iceland-flooding-continues-part-of-route-1-closed/


“Record-breaking temperatures across Europe have forced people to sleep in a Finnish supermarket, uncovered a piece of World War II history in Ireland and are making it harder to battle the wildfires that have been raging in Spain and Portugal for days.”

https://abcnews.go.com/International/europe-battles-wildfires-amid-massive-heat-wave/story?id=57081024


“Swiss army helicopters began airlifting water on Tuesday to thousands of thirsty cows who are suffering in a drought and heatwave that has hit much of Europe.”

https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-europe-weather-swiss/swiss-army-airlifts-water-to-thirsty-cows-in-drought-hit-pastures-idUKKBN1KS1JZ


“Several recent deaths in the Italian city of Genoa are thought to be linked to the prolonged heatwave across southern Europe, with temperatures set to remain high across the country and ten cities on ‘red alert’ for health risks.”

https://www.thelocal.it/20180807/deaths-italy-summer-heatwave-genoa-liguria


“The heat wave which hit Spain last Wednesday has claimed eight lives, according to the latest figures released on Tuesday afternoon.”

https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/08/07/inenglish/1533640294_118319.html


“Istanbul 1st Regional Meteorology Director Ahmet Kocaman… warned that as global temperatures continue to rise, Turkey will also feel the heat. Recent bouts of heavy rainfall causing floods in the Black Sea and Marmara regions and droughts in other are also a result of climate change, Kocaman explained. Municipalities should take rigorous measures to protest against extreme weather conditions, he added.”

https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/2018/08/08/turkeys-temps-13-degrees-above-average-in-july-meteorologist-says


““More than 80 percent water and sewerage came in nullah from Islamabad [Pakistan]. In capital city, 168 mm rain was recorded at Saidpur,” he said.”

https://nation.com.pk/08-Aug-2018/torrential-rain-wreaks-havoc-in-twin-cities


“Thousands of people in Laos, whose homes were swept away when a dam burst, are sheltering in areas contaminated by landmines, humanitarians said, as floods and mud hamper aid delivery.”

https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2158756/thousands-displaced-laos-floods-risk-moving-landmines


An overview of recent climate mayhem:

https://qz.com/1349882/drought-wildfires-and-flood-images-from-the-uk-japan-and-the-arctic/


Read yesterday’s ‘Climate’ thread here.