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“A massive, historic high pressure zone is bringing freakishly nice weather to Alaska…

“In Anchorage, for example, temperatures have remained above normal for 32 straight days, … On Saturday afternoon, Fairbanks’s pressure about three miles high reached its greatest intensity on record so late in the year.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2018/10/02/massive-historic-high-pressure-zone-is-bringing-freakishly-nice-weather-alaska/


And here are some facts, figures and insights on that from Twitter:

https://www.longroom.com/discussion/1197212/a-massive-historic-high-pressure-zone-is-bringing-freakishly-nice-weather-to-alaska


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“The new climate report from Roshydromet, Russia’s state agency on meteorology and environmental monitoring, leaves no doubt about the serious changes now unfolding in the Arctic parts of the country… it is the Kara Sea that over the last 30 years has experienced the most dramatic boost in air temperatures. Since 1998, the average temperatures in the area have increased with as much as 4,95 C degrees.”

https://thebarentsobserver.com/en/arctic-ecology/2018/10/place-russias-arctic-coast-has-most-dramatic-climate-change


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But, as luck would have it…

sending lots of commercial shipping up there will solve the problem. Yayyy!

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2181131-cargo-ships-through-the-arctic-may-cool-the-region-with-pollution/


“The United States is on the verge of breaking its record for the number of children who’ve died in hot cars within one year, the National Safety Council warned on Tuesday.

“Forty-eight children have died in hot cars this year — one less than the all-time high of 49 deaths, set in 2010, the organization said.”

https://abcnews.go.com/US/us-break-record-kids-whove-died-hot-cars/story?id=58233688


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“Tahoe City sizzled through its hottest summer on record in 2018, breaking the record it set last year.

“The daily average temperature during this past meteorogical summer, start of June to the end of August, was 62.4 degrees, breaking the record set last year of 62.2.”

https://www.sierrasun.com/news/local/tahoe-city-breaks-last-years-record-for-hottest-summer/


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“It’s the second day of October and this month is already one of wettest on record. In an update at 10 p.m., The National Weather Service said the 2.36” that had fallen Tuesday made it the wettest October day since recordkeeping began.

“The measurements for the Phoenix area come from a gauge at Sky Harbor International Airport.”

https://www.abc15.com/news/data/rain-record-in-phoenix-rosa-flooding-brings-record-rainfall


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“The National Hurricane Center noted that Tropical Storm Sergio was on the verge of becoming a hurricane in the Eastern Pacific Ocean and NASA’s Aqua satellite confirmed very powerful storms within.”

https://eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-10/nsfc-nft100218.php


“Hurricane Walaka was pounding Johnston Atoll and is on track to slam Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument next. At 11 p.m. Tuesday, Walaka remained a Category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph and higher gusts, moving north at 13 mph.”

http://www.staradvertiser.com/2018/10/02/breaking-news/hurricane-walaka-weakens-slightly-as-it-tracks-toward-johnston-atoll/


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“The weather has fallen quiet across Japan but in the wake of Typhoon Trami, which left four people dead, the next storm is gathering pace in the northwest Pacific.

“Super Typhoon Kong-rey is currently located around 1,000 kilometres south-southeast of Okinawa.”

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/10/super-typhoon-kong-rey-heads-japan-181002095330744.html


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“Centuries-old rainfall records are in danger of falling without significant relief across parched areas of southeast Australia in the next few months.

“An analysis of rainfall figures by The Weekly Times shows parts of the NSW Riverina, Mallee and Gippsland are tracking well below their driest years on record with just three months of 2018 remaining.”

https://www.weeklytimesnow.com.au/news/weather/rainfall-records-in-sight-as-dry-bites-across-southeast-australia/news-story/bf109bf78d4937a7d40a601413f15ad7


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Well, that’s a whole lot of crazy:

“Some Sydney residents have reportedly received homophobic letters signed “Jesus, The Messiah” that say the state’s current drought is a “curse” brought on by marriage equality.

“One resident, who lives less than 100 metres from Oxford Street in Darlinghurst, found the ominous note in his mailbox.

““Do you know why I have dried up your state?” the letter reads.

““You chose the curse last year when your nation collectively decided to vote ‘yes’ to that which I abhor.”

https://www.qnews.com.au/homophobic-letter-signed-jesus-blames-sydneys-drought-on-marriage-equality/


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“Torrential rains poured in Metro Manila, particularly Quezon City, on Tuesday afternoon, flooding several areas in the city…

“PAGASA told Philstar.com that 78.3 millimeters per hour of rain, classified as torrential, the highest rainfall intensity categorized by the state weather bureau, was measured in Quezon City.”

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2018/10/02/1856656/areas-quezon-city-flooded-after-torrential-rainfall-surpassing-ondoy-record


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“Daily downpours will heighten the risk for flooding across parts of southern India and Sri Lanka into this weekend.

“Parts of Kerala are still reeling from the worst flooding in decades that killed nearly 500 people in August.”

https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/tropical-downpours-to-renew-flood-threat-in-southern-india-sri-lanka-into-this-weekend/70006231


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“…just weeks before this latest disaster [in Sulawesi], a group of scientists predicted that tsunami impacts will indeed worsen due to sea-level rises related to climate change. “Our research shows that sea-level rise can significantly increase the tsunami hazard, which means that smaller tsunamis in the future can have the same adverse impacts as big tsunamis would today,” Robert Weiss, associate professor in the Department of Geosciences at Virginia Tech told DW.”

https://www.dw.com/en/climate-induced-sea-level-rise-to-worsen-tsunami-impacts/a-45730449


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Drought in W Afghanistan: “Diarrheoa, Acute Repository Infections (ARI), pneumonia, skin infections (due to poor hygiene) are major illnesses affecting women and children in the IDP settlements.

“Most of IDPs have come from Badghis province and some from Ghor and Faryab provinces, where access to quality Health care service has been seriously constrained.”

https://reliefweb.int/report/afghanistan/unicef-afghanistan-western-region-drought-response-humanitarian-situation-report


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“Dubrovnik is again a world record holder, but this time it has nothing to do with the tourism industry. Due to the unbelievable amount of rain that fell on the city early this morning Dubrovnik was officially the wettest city in the city over the past 24 hours with almost double the amount of rain of any other of the 6,000 world destination measured. An incredible 260 litres of rain per metre squared fell on the city in a five-hour period from 2.00 am to 7.00 am!”

https://www.thedubrovniktimes.com/news/dubrovnik/item/5383-today-dubrovnik-was-the-wettest-city-in-the-world-twice-as-much-rain-fell-in-a-few-hours-than-six-months-in-london


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“Insurers are at the vanguard of a movement to put a value today on the unpredictable future of a warming planet.”

https://www.wsj.com/graphics/climate-change-forcing-insurance-industry-recalculate/


Read yesterday’s ‘climate’ thread here.