Japan’s extraordinary meteorological year continues:
“Japan was bathed in unfamiliar heat for October on Saturday, marking a record 36.0 C in Niigata Prefecture due to a typhoon that brought warm air while moving across the Sea of Japan, the weather agency said.
“Some cities in Niigata, north of Tokyo, surpassed or matched the previous monthly record of 35.1 C, marked in 2013 also in the prefecture.”
“Two people died and one person is missing in South Korea as powerful typhoon Kong-rey hit the country yesterday, the government said.
“China’s observatory renewed a blue alert for Kong-rey, this year’s 25th typhoon, yesterday morning. The eye of Kong-rey is expected to unleash gales in north-east China.”
“Australia has just had its driest September on record, and the second driest month ever: the only drier month was April 1902… We’ve never gone through a tropical cyclone season without at least one hitting our coast, but Australia’s past may no longer be a reliable guide to our future… While we’ve always been a land of extremes, rapid warming since 1950 is starting to alter our weather patterns.”
“Torrential rain in Central America that caused floods and landslides have killed 12 people in just a few days, rescue and emergency authorities across the region said on Sunday… The rain destroyed houses and crops and forced thousands to leave their homes for temporary shelters.”
“Hurricane Sergio will double back toward the west coast of Mexico and southwestern United States with another round of flooding rainfall late this week. Sergio is currently a Category 1 hurricane located over 1,000 miles (1,609 km) away from the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula. Sergio’s current track toward the northwest away from land should not trick people into thinking it will remain out to sea.”
“Heavy rains hit the Valley Sunday, adding to one of its wettest Octobers in recorded history, officials said. Sunday’s rain broke Phoenix’s daily rainfall record for Oct. 7, said James Sawtelle, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Phoenix… On Tuesday, Hurricane Rosa’s remnants dumped 2.36 inches of rain on Phoenix by evening, making this month the third wettest October in recorded state history, officials said.”
“September was the hottest September on record in 10 places around the Tampa Bay area, according to the National Weather Service, including in Plant City, Tarpon Springs, Lakeland and Brooksville, where the average temperature was anywhere from two to five degrees above normal. And it was the hottest of any month ever on record in Tampa…”
“Florida Gov. Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency for 26 counties as Tropical Storm Michael gathers strength in the Caribbean and barrels toward the Florida Panhandle. The storm is on track to become a hurricane on Monday, bringing heavy rain to the western tip of Cuba, before making landfall on the northeastern Gulf Coast on Wednesday.”
“A misty, overcast Sunday will give way to hot, sunny weather this coming week that could break long-established daily records in Rochester, NY. Temperatures are forecast to rise to 74 degrees during the day Monday, 84 degrees Tuesday and 83 on Wednesday… This October, it’s the overnight lows that will be unusually high.”
“Massachusetts health officials reported an additional nine human West Nile virus (WNV) cases Friday, bringing the total to 38 for the year. This breaks the previous record of 33 human cases reported in 2012. “The forecast includes some warm fall temperatures,” said Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel, MD, MPH. “Mosquitoes might still be active and it remains important for people to use mosquito repellent and wear long sleeves to reduce exposed skin.””
“Britain could be about to experience the warmest October in seven years, with highs of around 25°C (77F) expected this week. According to the Met Office, low pressure towards the west will ‘drag in’ warmer air from the south and heat up the country as a result.”
“Record summer temperatures in Switzerland have heightened the danger of mountain rockslides, warns the Federal Office for the Environment. Several regions have already experienced higher than normal rockfall events in recent weeks… The record-breaking heat of the summer in Switzerland has been identified as the culprit, melting the permafrost that usually binds the rocks together.”
“Winter this year will generally be the warmest over the past 30 years, although it is expected sometimes days with 20-degree frost. This “Ukrainian truth,” said the head of the Department of applied meteorology and climatology of the Ukrainian research hydrometeorological Institute Vera Balabukha. According to her, this year’s winter can be much warmer than the climatic norm, it is expected that the average winter temperature will be 2 – 3 degrees.”
“With over 70 per cent of Bayelsa State’s landmass submerged under devastating floodwater, residents, especially farmers are counting their losses, which is running into billions of naira. The flooding caused by overflow of water banks and tributaries of the Orashi and Niger rivers, has left many farmers in dire straits as almost all farmlands along these routes have been washed off.”
“September this year has been the second hottest for Bahrain since 1902, with the mean temperature hitting 34.5C…”
“Forecasters say a tropical depression 1,040 km off the coast of southern Oman has developed into a tropical cyclone… the India Meteorological Department warned it could develop into a severe cyclonic storm with winds gusting to 135 kph… In May Cyclone Mekunu ripped through southern parts of Yemen and Oman, leaving a path of destruction, with 30 people dead and dozens more missing.”
“At least 8 persons have died, 11 persons are missing and 21,105 people have been affected due to the adverse weather conditions prevailing in Sri Lanka, according to the latest update from the Disaster Management Center.
“Nearly 1900 people of 466 families have been displaced as torrential rains lashed the country for the past two days…”
“Heavy rains in the northern and northwestern parts of Iran over the past two days claimed the lives of at least seven people, semi-official ISNA news agency reported on Saturday.”