“Multiple fires have been raging in California leaving at least 42 people dead and 150,000 displaced throughout the state. The Camp Fire in northern California has become the most destructive wildfire in state history, incinerating the town of Paradise.”
“Although President Trump has blamed “poor” forest management, the science says a phenomenon that one meteorologist dubbed “negative rain” played a part in sparking the wildfires.
“That “negative rain,” along with dry, windy conditions, has made Northern California ripe for devastating blazes. And as global warming escalates, it’s only going to get worse.”
“Fall 2018 in Texas brought massive amounts of rainfall across Texas. There was so much downpour, it broke the state’s record for the wettest two-month period on record going back to 1895.
“September and October each individually set a new record for the amount of precipitation during the respective months.”
“Another interesting stat is that 36 percent of our 2018 days have had measurable rain, or essentially one out of every three days. When you dig further into the weather data, we’ve had 20 days this year with an inch or more of rain (the all-time record is 21 days) with our largest daily rainfall total on in July 21st with exactly four inches that day. This year we’ve had 33.25 inches just on those 20 days alone, or nearly 60 percent of our total rainfall on only 6 percent of our total days this year.”
“Climate change is impacting the Caribbean hugely, with millions facing increasing food insecurity and decreasing freshwater availability as droughts become more likely across the region…
“In Haiti, for example, over half of the crops were lost in 2015 due to drought…”
“According to official rainfall data from the National Weather Service, many Big Island [Hawaii] rain gauges saw their wettest October on record, with most rain gauges still recording higher-than-average rainfall this year to date.”
“It is not just inland farmers who have been affected by drought [in Australia], with diminished rainfall and high temperatures now hitting the fishing industry…
“He said the lack of rain meant fish food — bugs, beetles and microbes — was not being washed into the estuaries and river systems that play a big role in the life of most commercial fish species.”
“Flash floods in Malaysia’s capital city brought roads to a standstill over the weekend.
“On Sunday, people in Kuala Lumpur battled flash floods in busy areas such as the Jalan Tun Razak tunnel and Jalan Loke Yew street, Malaysia’s state-run Bernama news channel reported. The floods, which followed almost two hours of heavy downpour, trapped five drives in the tunnel, Bernama added.”
“Cyclonic Storm Gaja formed this weekend in the Bay of Bengal and will track westward toward southern India in the coming days. Gaja is expected to strengthen into a severe cyclonic storm by Wednesday.. A track to the west and southwest into the middle of the week will take the strengthening cyclone toward the coastline of Tamil Nadu and bring impacts ranging from flooding rainfall and mudslides to damaging winds.”
“A six-year-old girl from Jonasi Village in Uzumba Maramba Pfungwe district [Zimbabwe] died recently after she was swept away while trying to cross a flooded stream following heavy rains that pounded the area and left some people homeless.”
“As Cape Town prepares for another summer on the brink of an environmental disaster, with fresh restrictions on water usage already in place, the head of South African tourism has called on the city to become a blueprint for water-scarce cities around the world.”
“The South African Weather Services on Tuesday warned residents of extremely hot conditions expected over the Cape Winelands, Central Karoo and the interior of the Garden Route in the Western Cape, as well as a heatwave over the eastern parts of the country, Northern Cape, Free State and North West provinces. The Gauteng Weather Service said the province had started experiencing extremely high temperatures from Monday…”
“The room in the house was completely flooded, when the youngest fell off the bed. In the midst of the floods that hit the area in recent days, the neighborhood Los Alamos de Virrey del Pino, La Matanza, Buenos Aires dawned on Tuesday with the saddest news.
“An eight-month-old baby drowned when he fell into the water that surrounded the bed where he slept with his mother…”
“The retreat of glaciers, which is compounded by global warming, threatens the main source of fresh water for residents in the nearby cities of EL Alto and La Paz — and the crops on which they rely.
“”If temperatures continue to rise, these high-altitude glaciers will also lose their mass of ice and there will only be snow on the summit,” said glaciologist Patrick Ginot. “This will happen all along the Andes.””
Yet more record for The Netherlands: “Tuesday will go down in the weather history books as the warmest November 6 on record, after the temperature hit 17.1 degrees at the De Bilt measuring station near Utrecht. In the south of the country it was even warmer and could top the 20.4 degrees recorded in Maastricht on November 6, 1955. The normal temperature in November is around 11 degrees.”
“Some 75 departments across France are to file for “agricultural disaster” status with the country’s farming ministry due to the devastating drought that has hit parts of France since June. According to the farming union FNSEA the damage caused by the repeated dry weather has caused between €250 million and €300 million in losses. Farmers have talked of individual losses of between 30 and 60 percent.”
“As the Arctic loses ice at dramatic rates, people in Qaanaaq, the northernmost town in Greenland, are finding their homes, livelihoods, customs and very survival at risk.”
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