“The past 60 days from mid-September into mid-November have seen five deadly weather disasters in the United States take a total of more than 130 lives.
“These five weather events include hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding and wildfires. One region in particular, the South, has been particularly hard hit by deadly weather this fall.”
“Here is a closer look at each of these memorable occurrences…”
“The “Camp Fire” in Northern California has scorched some 130,000 acres and is 35 percent contained, according to officials Tuesday night. In addition, the “Camp Fire” death toll has now reached 48. Statewide there are a total of 50 deaths.
“Some 9,000 firefighters have been battling the wildfires, which have become the deadliest and costliest in state history.”
“The U.S. Geological Survey has confirmed what many residents of the Carolinas already suspected: Hurricane Florence’s rainfalls brought with them record flooding. Preliminary data indicates that 18 USGS streamgages in North Carolina and 10 in South Carolina registered record-setting water levels, called peaks of record. Another 45 streamgages in North Carolina and 10 in South Carolina recorded streamflows…”
“Tuesday, Melbourne [Florida] broke an 80-year old record, hitting 88 degrees, thanks to a leftover summertime warm streak. The original record was set in 1938.
“The super heat comes as Brevard County residents are making preparations for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. Weather officials said the unseasonably warm temperatures will linger through the week…”
“The Gulf of Maine, the huge body of water that borders New England stretches, roughly bordered by Cape Code on the south and Nova Scotia on the north, is warming up fast – faster than almost any other part of the world’s oceans. Why? Geography of the land and geography of the ocean floor, which make the gulf acting “something like a bathtub,” plus the effect on currents of huge amounts of cold water from melting Greenland glaciers.”
“Researchers agree that polar bears represent a growing threat to Inuit communities, but say that is because climate change has pushed them closer to human settlements – not because the bear population is growing. “There seems to be a divergence between scientists and Inuit on the threat that climate change poses to this species,” said Andrew Derocher, a polar bear researcher at the University of Alberta.”
“Across the planet, shorebirds are in serious trouble. In the past 50 years their well-documented North American populations are estimated to have plummeted by at least 70 percent on average, and shorebirds elsewhere are hardly doing better, if not worse.”
“This week could see an ‘Indian summer’ marking the warmest mid-November days for 177 years with sunny spells of 17-18c. Today could be the warmest November 14 since records began in 1841 if highs beat the 17.7c recorded in Cwmbargoed, Glamorgan, Wales.”
“The Met Office also said a bitter last week of November could bring snow to the north of the country. Forecaster John Hammond told The Sun Online:
“”A huge area of high pressure will drive the Russian air towards us, and there is a chance that a few flurries of snow may drift in on the breeze. Frosty mornings will become routine.”
“The Greater Amman Municipality (Jordan) on Tuesday put its staff on “maximum alert” to deal with any potential disruptions as heavy rain is again expected until the end of the week.”
“Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC) has suspended work at all of its companies on Wednesday due to the extreme weather which has hit the country in recent days.
“Kuwait’s Minister of Public Works, Hussam Al Roumi, resigned on Friday because of the extensive damage to public property caused by heavy rains and floods.”
“A new study of geothermal records has shown that India has warmed about 1°C over the baseline mean temperature of the 19th century…
“The surface ground temperature history of the earth over the last millennium is captured in the uppermost 500 meters of the crust.”
“Over 16,600 families have been affected by heavy rains and subsequent flood this month in Batticaloa [Sri Lanka], with 242 families displaced.
“Students from the Vanthaarumoolai campus of the University of Batticaloa have launched makeshift teaching lessons for children living in camps with their parents, displaced by flooding.”
“A powerful photo shows a drought-stricken [Australian] farmer’s desperation as he ‘prays for rain’ on his devastated cattle farm.
“The image shows 83-year-old farmer Alf King kneeling and clasping his hands together on the parched earth of his farm just outside of Bingara, near the border of New South Wales and Queensland.”
“Following a weekend of heavy rains and widespread flooding, Dominica was placed on high alert on Tuesday due to a tropical wave which is now affecting the island.
“The Office of Disaster Management (ODM) warned the inclement weather will continue until early Wednesday. A Flood Warning was also issued early Tuesday morning after flooding was reported in several parts of the island.”
“Persistent rainfall in one of the driest places on Earth has had a disastrous effect on its ecosystem. Microorganisms in South America’s Atacama desert – known for its Mars-like dryness – have struggled to survive the sudden change in climate over recent years, a study has shown.”
“…the flood [in Buenos Aires] was caused by intense rainfall that fell in the space of a few hours.
“In Matanza last night there were 2298 evacuees in shelters.”
“Heatwaves appear to be sterilising male insects, a discovery that has serious implications in a world of rising temperatures and mass extinctions.
“A new study found heatwave conditions slashed sperm production in beetles by three quarters and halved the amount of offspring they could produce.
“With massive insect declines already recorded by scientists from Germany to Puerto Rico, the findings present another massive source of concern for scientists.”