“Record rainfall from Lane triggered devastating flooding and debris flows across Hawaii late this past week.
“While Lane failed to make landfall on the islands, this did not lessen the storm’s impact on the state.
“Preliminary rainfall totals of 2-4 feet were reported across the windward side of the Big Island with two locations recording even higher amounts.
“As of Sunday morning, local time, Mountain View has received the most rainfall with a preliminary total of 51.53 inches. That ranks as the third-highest rain total from a tropical cyclone in the United States since 1950.
“Nederland, Texas, holds the record with the 60.58 inches that fell during Hurricane Harvey in 2017.
“The most rain from a tropical cyclone in Hawaii’s recorded history is 52.00 inches from Hurricane Hiki in August 1950.
“Rainfall totals are expected to further increase, as additional downpours are in store into Monday.
“Hilo Airport observed its wettest four-day period on record from Wednesday, Aug. 22, to Saturday, Aug. 25, as 36.76 inches fell.”
“A drought affecting several countries in Central America has caused significant losses in crops, affecting more than two million people, warned the Food and Agriculture Organization and the United Nations World Food Programme… “Just when rural communities were recovering from the 2014 drought and the El Niño phenomenon of 2015, the strongest registered in the recent history, a new climate event hits the most vulnerable again,” said Miguel Barreto, Regional Director of WFP for America and the Caribbean.”
“British Columbia’s 2018 wildfire season is now the second largest on record, ranking below only last year’s catastrophic summer.”
“Smoke from British Columbia wildfires continues to linger over Nova Scotia, turning the sun and moon a hazy reddish colour.”
“We’re in August and people across the EU should be enjoying summer’s sweltering temperatures. But baffling images show Germany and Austria covered in snow as temperatures dropped up to 15 degrees from one day to another… And according to the Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics (CIMG) announced, higher mountain roads from Tyrol to Styria were inaccessible because of the sudden and equally bizarre weather.”
“Record low temperatures for August 27 were registered in many parts of the Czech Republic on Monday morning… The coldest place was Volary in the Šumava Mountains in South Bohemia, where minus 8.5 degrees Celsius was measured.”
“The largest glacier in the Alps has endured its warmest summer on record, shrinking twice as fast as previously thought, experts have said. The Aletsch Glacier in Switzerland, which is more than 23km (14 miles) long, has been melting at a rate of more than 10cm a day this summer.”
“Israel is entering its sixth official year of drought, the Water Authority said Sunday. Many of Israel’s lakes, riverbeds and aquifers are at unprecedented 100-year lows, with the Sea of Galilee dangerously close to its “black line,” the level below the intake pipes of the water pumps that send the lake’s water to nearby towns.”
“Flash floods have killed at least 11 people in the remote eastern Kunar province of Afghanistan, officials said on Saturday. Deputy governor Gul Mohammad told Anadolu Agency over phone that the floods caused by torrential rains have caused damage in the Ghazi Abad district of the province.”
“Educational institutions in Kangra and Chamba [Dharamshala, India] were closed on on Friday as heavy rains lashed the two districts. In Kangra, Dharamshala recorded its highest rainfall in 60 years for a day in August.”
“The hilly district of Idukki has been thrown back by 40 years following Kerala’s worst flooding in a century, Power Minister M.M. Mani said on Sunday.”
“Once-a-century rains that have pounded Kerala and displaced 1.3 million people are in line with the predictions of climate scientists, who warn that worse is to come if global warming continues unabated.”
“As the rain starts to recede from coastal Karnataka, the state has turned its attention to its north-eastern districts, where highly deficient rainfall through the monsoon season has increased the likelihood of a drought being declared.”
“Photos: Lives rent asunder by climate change in Bangladesh.”
“Thailand’s southern coastal province of Phang Nga has been declared a zone of disaster over torrential rains. Phang Nga provincial governor Sitthichai Sakda said on Saturday that the southern province on the coast of the Andaman Sea, about 760 km south of Bangkok, has been declared the zone of disaster caused by heavy downpours in the last few days. All seven districts ashore have been considerably damaged by flashfloods and mudslides.”
“Six people died in floods that submerged central and southern Taiwan after a tropical depression passed over the area on Aug. 23 and 24. The heavy rains caused the evacuation of thousands. Some areas received over three feet of rain.”
“The red rainstorm signal means heavy rain, exceeding 50mm in an hour, has fallen or is expected to fall over Hong Kong and is likely to continue. “Heavy rain will bring flash floods, and flooding is occurring or is expected to occur in watercourses. People should stay away from watercourses.”
“Heavy flooding caused by a typhoon and tropical storm in the eastern Chinese province of Shandong killed 14 people and caused 10 billion yuan ($1.45 billion) in direct economic losses this month, the China Daily said on Monday. China’s vegetable producing capital of Shouguang was among the worst hit, the paper said, with drones dropping antiseptic solutions to prevent a health crisis and workers draining the remaining water and burying animal carcasses in lime pits.”
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