“A weekend of unseasonable warmth brought record high temperatures for February to various locations across Sweden.
“The hottest spot in the country was Karlshamn on the southeast coast, with a temperature of 15.2C on Sunday. This was comfortably higher than the previous February record of 13C, which was reached in 1934 according to SMHI.
“Other parts of the Blekinge county also reached record highs, with temperatures of 14.8C in Ronneby and 11.6C in Hanö.”
“Monday February 25th is going down in the record books as both the warmest February day ever measured in the Netherlands, as well as the highest measured temperature in the meteorological winter.
“Monday therefore broke a monthly record as well as a seasonal record, Weerplaza reports… Gilze-Rijen was the warmest place in the Netherlands on Monday with a maximum of 19.1 degrees.”
“The unseasonably warm weather in Britain is expected to continue as forecasters predict temperatures could exceed Monday’s record-breaking high. The mercury topped 20C (68F) in several parts of the country on Monday – the warmest winter day since records began. Trawsgoed in Ceredigion, west Wales, experienced the highest temperature of 20.6C…”
“Bob Ward, a director at the centre for climate change economics and policy at the London School of Economics, explained that if we have another cold snap following the mild weather, “there is a danger it will kill a lot of wildlife that has emerged early due to the spring-like temperatures.”
“With daffodils reacting earlier than normal this year, because of the weather, and animals such as ladybirds, swallows and rooks all being spotted a month too soon, it shows that the change in climate is greater than ever before.”
“Euronews Belle Donati spoke to Joseph Dutton, from the E3G climate think tank in London, who warned we should be concern about the atypical temperatures. “This is not normal, this is a sign the climate is changing,” he said. Dutton explained that the warm February spell is due to the warming of the Arctic.”
“The weekend storm saw wind gusts reach a record 72 knots or 133km/h, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat told Parliament on Monday.
“He said the storm was the worst to hit Malta since October 1982 although, luckily, no one was injured. In that 1982 storm, which was “characterised by rain,” Dr Muscat said, four people had lost their life.”
“Greek authorities on Tuesday found the body of a 61-year-old farmer missing on the Aegean island of Crete after days of cold, torrential rain and gales, state television said. Crete, Greece’s southernmost island and one of its top tourism destinations, has been hit hardest by storms battering the country over the past few days, with roads, buildings and infrastructure damaged across the island and rivers flooding.”
“Monday’s unseasonably warm temperatures [Israel] will be replaced by another storm system that’s expected to hit the country in the late hours of the evening.
Rainfalls will spread from northern Israel all the way to center of the country while Mount Hermon will be hit by snowstorms.”
“South Africa is likely to harvest 20 percent less maize in 2019 compared with the previous season after drought conditions delayed plantings in some corn growing areas, a Reuters poll of five traders and market analysts showed on Tuesday.”
“Does it seem like it’s been unusually cold the last few weeks? Well, that’s because it has. With just a few days to go, this ranks as the coldest February in downtown Los Angeles since 1962.”
“Mother Nature delivered some snowy poetic justice for those of us with friends and/or family living in Arizona (you know, the ones who constantly remind us of how warm and nice it is out there in the desert).”
“This winter could be one for the record books in Marquette, Michigan. Sunday’s storm dropped 16 inches of the stuff, marking a new daily snowfall record for Feb. 24, according to the National Weather Service, and so far this season, the area has gotten over 200 inches of snowfall… The Marquette area even has seen more snow this season than the airport in Anchorage, Alaska, which has gotten 55.9 inches so far.”
“Ferocious winds from a potent “bomb cyclone” roared across the eastern United States, and 550,000 homes and businesses were still without power Monday.
“At midday, nearly 80 million people were under high-wind warnings or advisories across parts of 14 states, according to the National Weather Service. At least 1,200 flights were canceled Monday, according to FlightAware.”
“Video shared by the Niagara Parks Police in Canada shows heavy winds blowing ice over the retaining wall along the Niagara River near Lake Erie:”
“More than 50 record highs have been set in Florida this month, but that will come to an end this week thanks to a shift in the upper-level winds and increasing chances of rain.”
“Researchers, led by Frances Moore, professor of environmental science and policy at University of California-Davis, analyzed 2 billion tweets published between March 2014 and November 2016, to determine when people turn to Twitter to talk about the weather. Unsurprisingly, they found that there are far more weather-related tweets during unusual conditions, such as an exceptionally hot day in March or one in September that’s far colder than normal.
“But, they found that there was significantly less Twitter chatter when historically unusual weather conditions repeated within a few years. If a country experiences exceptionally cold weather for more than five years in a row, these conditions were no longer considered remarkable. And, overall, people’s perceptions of normal weather are based on by experiences from the past two to eight years.”