“If it seems like this winter has been especially weird in central and northeastern Wisconsin, it might be because of all the record weather events we’ve experienced.
“In a one-month span alone, we’ve enjoyed the warmest temperatures ever recorded for the day, been drenched by record-breaking January rains, shivered in some of the coldest temperatures ever recorded and trudged through historically heavy snowfalls.”
“More than 30 weather records were broken this week in regions across British Columbia due to low temperatures and large amounts of snowfall, said Carmen Hartt, a meteorologist for Environment Canada.”
“Before giving way to downpours and strong winds Tuesday, the heat record had been broken for this date three times in Melbourne [Florida], according to the National Weather Service.
“The previous record for Feb. 12 was set last year at 85 degrees. At noon, the record was tied and an hour later beaten twice. Temperatures continued to climb, reaching 88 degrees by 3 p.m.”
“Forecasters say a massive trough of low pressure loaded with energy from the Gulf of Alaska and a disturbance farther south in the Pacific will begin spreading across [Calfornia] Wednesday, gathering strength as it makes landfall… The moisture could produce as much as 10 inches of precipitation in isolated locations…”
“The National Service of Meteorology and Hydrology [of Bolivia] ssued a red-level hydrological alert for the flooding of at least 15 rivers that threaten to flood more populations in the North of La Paz and at least five departments of the country.
“The head of forecasts, Marisol Portugal, reported that the level of red hydrological threat, is declared when the level of the rivers reach critical heights that make the overflow imminent or when the floods have already started.”
“The National Meteorological Service of Argentina issued a report on Tuesday morning warning of a new heatwave that will affect Patagonia with high temperatures, which will last from Thursday, February 14 to Sunday, February 17, inclusive.
“As detailed, from Thursday 14 until the end of the forecast period (February 17) temperatures will be recorded that may exceed 35 ° C (95f).
“One of the rising uncertainties climate change is bringing to Zimbabwe: The rains have come much later, with the November rainy season beginning as late as January — and when it comes, there’s less of it, sometimes falling for just one day.
“”We’re experiencing the worst style of drought. If we receive rains, it will be like a cyclone: very violent, too windy. Very erratic. So you cannot bank on it. Things are changing every day.””
“Severe heatwave conditions along the length of the Queensland coast [Australia] have brought a record-breaking run of high temperatures to the southern inland town of Roma and unrelenting searing weather to Brisbane…
“The heatwave is impacting the volunteer ‘mud army’ helping with the flood clean-up effort in Townsville.”
“There are fires in NSW, a heatwave in south-east Queensland, the dust is still settling on Sydney and Canberra, and it snowed in Tasmania overnight. There has also been a bushfire emergency warning issued in the past few hours in Albany, Western Australia. How is all of this crazy weather happening at the same time?”
“A massive dust storm brought “hazardous” air to much of NSW on Wednesday, prompting health warnings from authorities as the cloud headed north to Queensland.
“The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage said air quality in the Illawarra and NSW south-west slopes was rated “hazardous” due to the haze, which has also shrouded Sydney.”
“Water is emerging as the biggest threat in the Tasman district [NZ] as “desperate” growers face tougher water restrictions earlier than ever. The financial impact on region of the big dry is expected to run into the millions, potentially outstripping the cost of the forest fire still burning in some of the hills and valleys around the plains.
“Tasman district mayor Richard Kempthorne on Wednesday said the cost to the economy had been assessed at $100m from a 35 per cent water restriction, so a 65 per cent cut would be “significantly greater”.”
“Britain is set to bask in glorious sunshine this Valentine’s Day as temperatures continue to push closer to the 60°F mark in the UK. Forecasters have said that some parts of the UK could reach up to 59°F as loved up Brits prepare for the most romantic day of the year.
“Temperatures have become a lot more mild this week after cold snaps across the UK left many Brits de-icing their cars and wrapping up warm before braving the great outdoors.”
“Warmer summers are causing Antarctic ice shelves to ‘bend’ and buckle under the weight of increased water that puts huge pressure on surface lakes, new research has shown.
“The latest study shows a direct link between surface melting and the weakening of Antarctic ice shelves, the first of its kind to be conducted in the field.
“The formation and draining of lakes that come from ice and snow melting can cause a floating Antarctic ice shelf to ‘flex’ and destabilise, scientists say.
“The extra pressure creates indents in the ice if sufficiently large, and subsequent draining process can then create so much stress that lake basins can weaken and break.”
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