“Heat records have been smashed across Queensland, with Proserpine in Queensland’s Whitsunday region hitting 44.9 degrees on Monday.
“Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Lachlan Stoney said Proserpine had exceeded its all-time record, which was in December 1995 when the town reached 42.9 degrees.
“Mackay also reached a record high on Monday recording 40 degrees, which is 1.5 degrees above the 1995 record while Mareeba exceeded is 2000 November record by .5 degree when it reached 39.5 degrees.
“The all-time record for Cairns was recorded as 40.5 in December 1995, but on Monday Cairns recorded 42.6 degrees.
“Innisfail also smashed all-time records on Monday and recorded 42 degrees, which breaks the December 1984 record of 40.3 degrees.”
“More than 70 wildfires are burning across Queensland as an extreme, unprecedented heatwave blasts the state. Record-breaking heat, unseasonable low humidity, dust storms and thunderstorms that may not bring rain are forecast in parts of the state in the week ahead. A massive blaze at Deepwater, north of Bundaberg, has razed thousands of kilometres of bushland and forced the evacuation of hundreds of people.”
“Sydneysiders are being warned to brace themselves for wild weather with heavy rainfall expected to cause flash flooding in the city and elsewhere across NSW. The Bureau of Meteorology on Monday issued a flood watch and severe weather warning with a low-pressure system likely to dump heavy rain on coastal areas from Wednesday morning.”
“Dunedin [NZ] has set a record for November rainfall. Niwa climate scientist Nava Fedaeff said Dunedin surpassed its previous wettest November record at 10pm on Saturday.
“The previous record of 146.4mm of November rainfall in Dunedin was set in 1951. Records began in Dunedin in 1918.”
“The Pygmy Killer whales are a tropical breed and it’s very rare to see them in New Zealand waters, Project Jonah spokesperson Daren Grover said. Mr Grover said it was likely that rising sea temperatures were encouraging some breeds to travel further out of their usual grounds. “Last year we had some record coastal temperatures. It could be the start of us seeing more unusual species visiting New Zealand shores.”
“While parts of southern Vietnam are still recovering from last week’s deadly flooding and mudslides from former Tropical Storm Toraji, destructive tropical weather is again impacting the area… Usagi is forecast to continue to track westward into southern Vietnam, eventually turning northwest into Cambodia on Monday night. It will unload heavy rainfall, raise the risk for mudslides and cause local wind damage.”
“Some 8.8 cm of snow fell in Seoul on Saturday, the biggest amount on record and a staggering quantity for the season’s first snow.
“The amount defied predictions by the Korea Meteorological Administration, which claimed snowfall is hard to predict because it is affected by subtle temperature changes near the ground.”
“China is witnessing the melting of its glaciers as global temperatures rise. A report released by international environmental protection organization Greenpeace shows that against the background of global warming, glaciers in China have been melting at a rapid pace since the 1990s. Compared with the 1950s, 82.2 percent of China’s glaciers are shrinking, and the entire area has decreased by 18 percent, according to the report.”
“The Humboldt Glacier in the Andes has been melting rapidly and will be gone before scientists even got a chance to study it fully.”
“The heavy rains of the last days and the downpour of this Sunday produced on the night of Sunday the overflow of several streams in Medellín [Colombia].”
“Winter Storm Bruce is bringing heavy snowfall to the central Plains region in the US, hitting some areas with whiteout or near-whiteout conditions. Chicago and Kansas City are under blizzard warning. And the wintry weather is seriously affecting post-Thanksgiving travel on one of the busiest travel weekends of the year in the US. Over 1,000 flights have been canceled and over 3,200 more delayed due to the weather conditions.”
“An unusual number of sea turtles have washed ashore in New England in the recent cold snap, many dead and appearing to have been “flash-frozen”.
“Many of the turtles are from a critically endangered species, Kemp’s ridley, Robert Prescott, director of Massachusetts Audubon Society’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, told the Cape Cod Times.”
“Environment Canada said Saturday that 13.2 cm of snow fell on Friday, which marks a new snowfall record for Nov. 23. The previous record was set in 1942 when 9.4 cm of snow fell…
“This year, Calgary has experienced a higher-than-average amount of snow for the month, already sitting at 23.7 cm as of Nov. 23.”
“Global warming is being blamed for Scotland’s worst salmon season in living memory. Some beats on famous rivers like the Spey and the Nith recorded not a single salmon caught during the entire season.
“Just two salmon were caught on the River Fyne in Argyll this year, where once more than 700 were caught each season.”
“Gwembe on Tuesday hit a record high temperature of 40 degrees Celsius…
“…the Zambia Meteorological Department has revealed.”
“As Zimbabwe’s farmers head to the fields to plant, the country is facing yet another dry growing season, meteorologists predict. But that has not persuaded Sikhathele Sibanda to grow something besides thirsty maize, despite government urging.”
“Over 200,000 people in 15 of Sudan’s 18 states have been affected by heavy rains and flash floods between June and early November, according to the Government’s Humanitarian Aid Commission (HAC).
“This is almost double the 122,500 people affected by floods the same time last year.”
“Saudi Arabia is set for another two days of heavy rainfall across different regions, according to a weather expert… these conditions will stretch across northern, southwestern and eastern parts of Saudi, likely causing flash floods in these regions…
“More than 30 people have been killed across the kingdom due to accidents caused by heavy rains and flooding, according to officials.”
“Heavy rains have battered Iraq over the past two days leading to intense flooding, the health ministry and United Nations said on Sunday, with a large number of dead and tens of thousands displaced. Women and children were among the 21 dead, health ministry spokesman Seif al-Badr told AFP, some of whom had drowned. Other victims died in car accidents, were electrocuted, or were trapped when their houses collapsed. At least 180 more were injured, he added.”
“It’s the end of November. Supposedly the thick of winter in the northern hemisphere. The chill should have set in, the woollens should have come out. But nothing of this sort has been happening for some years now. As we write this sitting in Delhi, it’s a clear sunny day, with the day temperature touching 28 degrees Celsius. Most of north India is the same… and it has been declared the warmest November the continent has ever seen.”