Pictures of southern Spain’s flooding – “some of the worst weather in living memory”.
“400 millimeters (circa 16 inches) of rain fell in just 24 hours in the town of Ardales..”
“Many roads are blocked by flooding and rockfalls – particularly in the province of Malaga… footage circulating on social media shows historic city walls in Malaga being swept away as a result of the flood water.”
“Swathes of southern and central Italy are on high alert on Monday after a wave of extreme weather…
“A video shows vehicles half-submerged in an ice sheet formed by hail and rain, taken by residents who seem to be trapped inside their car.”
“Heavy rainfall, unusual for so early in the fall, fell in southern Israel Saturday, resulting in flash floods that made part of the main road to Eilat impassable and forcing the closure of the city’s airport…
“Police cautioned the public against anticipated flash floods in the upper Jordan Valley that runs through the West Bank, as well.”
“Eleven people have been killed since Sunday by fierce tropical storms in Yemen’s eastern Mahra province, a local official said, reports Anadolu Agency.
“Azzan al-Qumeiri, a member of the local emergency committee, said three bodies were recovered on Saturday as they had been washed away by floods in different places in provincial capital Al-Ghayza.”
“Torrential downpours caused extensive flooding across Qatar on Saturday with lengthy thunderstorms bringing parts of the Gulf state to a standstill.
“According to the Civil Aviation Authority, the suburb of Abu Hamor in the capital Doha, recorded 84mm of rain in less than 6 hours, making it the nation’s wettest October day on record.”
“The study found that concurrence of extreme drought and longer, more severe heatwaves is increasing in Gujarat, Central India and Peninsular India. The response of vegetation to a combination of drought and stress is complex, ranging from short-lived local mortality events to regional-scale death of forests. A variety of forest types have shown mortality in the face of concurrent heat and drought…”
“Baishui (glacier complex) is about as close to the equator as Tampa, Florida. And the impacts of climate change already are dramatic. The glacier has lost 60 percent of its mass and shrunk 250 meters (820 feet) since 1982, according to a 2018 report in the Journal of Geophysical Research. Scientists found in 2015 that 82 percent of glaciers surveyed in China had retreated. They warned that the effects of glacier melting on water resources are gradually becoming “increasingly serious” for China.”
“Many areas of Australia have seen a remarkable shift in the weather during October. Last month was the driest September on record for Australia as a whole and its driest calendar month since April 1902… Now, some parts of Australia have already doubled their average October rainfall, despite only being two thirds of the way through the month. Some pockets of southern WA, eastern NSW and northern Queensland have even picked up 3-4 times their average October rainfall.”
“Weather analyst Richard Green told Radio LIVE many parts of New Zealand are already feeling the effects of a lack of rain. “It’s mostly been in eastern areas, also North Canterbury, Hawke’s Bay and Wairarapa,” he said.
“He said it is very early for the dry conditions. “That is a concern as if we do have this weak El Nino summer it is usually the east that is the driest, so if it is dry already, then that is a worry.””
“Now, Alaska and northwestern Canada are seeing the “son of the Pacific blob,” Armel Castellan of Environment and Climate Change Canada said. “To see a blob sort of establish itself at this time of year is sort of surprising,” Castellan told CBC News. “It’s a symptom of the enduring or stagnant weather we’ve been having over the last four years.” Alaska is already seeing unseasonably warm temperatures, and northern British Columbia is still experiencing summer-like weather. Alaska just ended one of its warmest Septembers in 94 years…”
“An “extremely dangerous” and potentially life-threatening storm is barrelling towards Mexico during what has been called the eastern Pacific’s most active hurricane season on record.
“Hurricane Willa in the eastern Pacific has grown rapidly into a near-Category 5 storm, which could “produce life-threatening storm surge, wind and rainfall” in Mexico in the coming days.”
“Water, water, everywhere…and it continues to rain. With the wettest September in Texas history, now moving well into October, Texas has received historic rain amounts that have led to catastrophic flooding.
“This past week across Central Texas and the Hill Country, during a 48-hour period, 13-24 inches of rain was reported…”
Trinidad & Tobago’s catastrophic flooding continues:
“As thousands of citizens remain trapped in their homes by flood waters and shelters are filling up with those who had to flee their homes in the past 72 hours, heavy rainfall has started again, causing flooding in other parts of the country and keeping levels in other areas already affected high.”
“Chile’s Atacama desert is one of the driest places on earth, but home to an abundance of high-grade lithium deposits, existing in brine pools in the desert… United States-based miners Albemarle and Chile’s SQM celebrated deals with the Chilean government earlier this year, allowing them to increase lithium output. But the firms accuse each other of drawing more brine than allowed, which could affect future production in the area.”
“Climate change is already exacerbating domestic and international conflicts, and governments must take steps to ensure it does not get worse, the head of the International Committee of the Red Cross has said.
“Peter Maurer told Guardian Australia it was already making an impact and humanitarian organisations were having to factor it into their work far earlier than they were expecting.
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