“Japan is bracing for a “very strong” typhoon, with authorities warning of high waves, floods and landslides, including in areas hit by deadly flooding earlier this year.
“Typhoon Jebi, which at one stage was packing winds of up to 252km/h, has become the strongest tropical system so far this year.
“The storm is expected to make landfall on the country’s main island on Tuesday, according to Japan’s Meteorological Agency.
“”Maintaining its very strong power, the typhoon is forecast to approach Honshu,” the agency said.”
“Sydney’s driest start to a year since 1968 appears to be encouraging a trend that has nudged large flocks of corellas and other parrots to set up home in Sydney’s parklands in recent years, experts say… Richmond, on Sydney’s north-west, has not had such a dry beginning to a year since records began in 1928… For NSW… the year-to-date maximum temperatures continue to be “the largest on record by a pretty large margin”, Blair Trewin, senior bureau climatologist, said.”
“The tropical north Queensland town of Innisfail recorded just 12 millimetres of rain in August – more than 100 millimetres short of the average… The lack of rainfall was compounded by some of Queensland’s warmest-ever August temperatures.”
“The Australian government-funded Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority drastically scaled back surveys of coral bleaching in the middle of an unprecedented two-year marine heatwave, as its monitoring program almost ran out of money.”
“California has a problem to the tune of 129 million dead trees, spread across 8.9 million acres. That’s 6,450 times the number of trees in Central Park, truly “astronomical,” in the words of Heather Williams, a spokesperson for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.”
“Portland [Oregon] experienced its hottest August on record this year, driven primarily by high humidity that prevented the mercury from falling overnight.”
“In Seattle, it will go down as the second-hottest meteorological summer on record at Sea-Tac Airport by average high temperature, coming in at 77.9 degrees. The only hotter summer was the scorcher of 2015, which had an average high of 80.2 degrees.”
“August 2018 was full of notable weather events and statistics [for New Jersey]. Among them: Four towns in four different counties were saturated with 12 inches or more of rain during the month, which is almost three times as much rain as normal… August 2018 was not only very wet, but it was very hot. In fact, it could turn out to be the hottest August ever recorded in New Jersey.”
“Indian researchers have documented accelerated glacial melting at an Arctic fjord, a much-discussed factor projected to influence Indian monsoon with changing global climate. The frigid Arctic, which keeps losing ice due to global warming, is one of the batteries feeding the variations in Indian monsoons, over 7000 kilometres away.”
“The summer of 2018 looks set to be confirmed as the hottest ever recorded in England. Weather forecasters have revealed the mean temperature over the past three months currently stands at 17.2C – pipping the previous record high of 17C set back in 1976… temperatures have remained above average for much of the past month, pushing the season to a historic average high.”
“UK Farmers have criticised the lack of government action after environment secretary Michael Gove promised to help them after this summer’s heatwave and drought. The country experienced its driest early summer for nearly six decades, and the extreme conditions took their toll on harvests.”
“The Director Relief, Niger State Emergency Management Agency, Garba Salisu, says 14 persons have so far died due to flooding in different part of the state.”
“Iraq risks an extremist resurgence if it fails to tackle a critical drought and other climate-related security issues, according to a study presented to the UN Security Council and made public on Saturday. “The combination of its hydrological limitations, increasing temperatures and extreme weather events puts pressure on basic resources and undermines livelihood security for Iraq’s population,” the Expert Working Group on Climate-Related Security Risks warned in its report.”
“‘With the exception of coastal areas [of Oman] where temperatures will come down, the temperature in Dhofar region and other areas will remain the same,’ the official added. In a sign of continuing long-term climate change, 2015, 2016 and 2017 were confirmed as the three warmest years on record, according to the World Meteorological Organization. ‘This year, new temperature records have been set across the world with Quriyat getting the distinction of setting a new record – that for the highest minimum temperature ever observed on the planet.”
“At least 20 people killed in rain-related incidents in Uttar Pradesh [India]
.Heavy rain lashed different parts of Uttar Pradesh today throwing life out of gear in many cities. Incessant rain created flood like situation in western part of the state. 20 people lost their lives in rain-related incidents in the past 24 hours.”
“Flood-ravaged Kerala has seen a spurt in communicable diseases, as the administration struggles to prevent and contain them with a debilitated healthcare system. In August alone, the state government’s Integrated Disease Surveillance Project recorded 171 cases of leptospirosis with four deaths, against 46 cases with six deaths last August.”
“As Bangkok prepares to host climate change talks, the sprawling city of more than 10 million is itself under siege from the environment, with dire forecasts warning it could be partially submerged in just over a decade.”
“On Saturday… many villages in hardest-hit Cam Thuy, a mountainous district to the northwest of Thanh Hoa [Vietnam], were still submerged in muddy waters. Tran Duc Luong, vice chairman of the district, said the floods have isolated many villages and towns, inflicting great misery on local residents. As of Saturday, flash floods in Thanh Hoa had left six people dead and seven others missing, collapsed 120 houses, washed away three suspension bridges and inundated the houses of nearly 4,600 families.”
“Torrential rain has caused major flooding and prompted scores of evacuations in the China province of Guangdong on Sept. 1, 2018… “We estimate an AccuWeather StormMax™ of 380 millimeters (15 inches) in the eastern part of the Guangdong province,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Adam Douty said… The rain does not appear to be directly related to a particular typhoon or tropical storm.”
“This summer was officially the hottest on record [for Korea], beating the previous record from 1994… the country suffered sweltering heat for 31.5 days until the end of August, up from 31.1 days in 1994 and the most since statistics began in 1973… Several temperature records were… broken left, right and center, with 41 degrees Celsius in Hongcheon, Gangwon Province on Aug. 1, breaking the record of 40 degrees in Daegu on Aug. 1, 1942. Local heat records were set at 57 of 95 weather observation stations across the country.”