“Mysuru [India] witnessed the highest ever temperature for March on Thursday with the mercury touching 38 degrees Celsius.
“According to the Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSNDMC) data, temperature in the city hovered between 32 and 38 degrees on Thursday. According to private weather service providers, the temperature soared to 39 degrees. The earlier record for the highest temperature for the month was 37.8 degrees, recorded on March 30, 1931.”
“At least two people were killed and six more were missing after torrential rains and severe flooding in parts of Indonesia, the disaster agency said Friday, forcing the evacuation of hundreds of people.
“Heavy rain has pounded Indonesia for days, forcing the Citarum river — dubbed “the world’s dirtiest” — on Java island to burst its banks, and causing deadly flash floods in the eastern part of the sprawling Southeast Asian archipelago.”
“Incredible footage has captured the moment a giant landspout tornado hovered near a remote town during a storm. Sonia Handford was driving to work at Clifton, 150km southwest of Brisbane, when she saw the freak weather event on Thursday afternoon.
“‘I’ve never seen anything like this before,’ she told Daily Mail Australia.”
“New figures have revealed 100 per cent of New South Wales is in drought following an increase of one percent over the last month amid the country’s driest summer in 36 years. Lightning Ridge, a town in the state’s north west, has recorded its driest start to a year on record with data going back to 1888. Major rainfall deficiencies continue to grip the Eastern inland of the country including parts of Victoria, South Australia and Queensland.”
“A month-long oil spill from a Hong Kong-flagged freighter is threatening a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Solomon Islands, sparking outrage that little is being done to clean up the mess.
“The 650-foot-long Solomon Trader, owned by King Trading Ltd., ran aground on Feb. 5 on Kongobainiu reef at Rennell Island’s Kangava Bay, putting what UNESCO describes as the “largest raised coral atoll in the world” at risk.”
“These past three years of drought in Central America have destroyed crops of corn and beans, leaving families starving and causing Guatemala to declare a true state of emergency, said Catholic Relief Services officials.”
“The winter season has not yet ended but in Querétaro [Mexico], mainly in the Sierra region, there is an intense heat wave that exceeds 40 degrees in the shade.
“In most of the state, early mornings and mornings are very cold and after noon they are extremely hot.”
“The typically temperate climate [of Los Angeles] has been replaced by gloomy storms…
“Record rain — 0.94 inches — also fell on Los Angeles International Airport, surpassing the record for the date of 0.54 inches set in 1962. … Temperatures in the region have been running about 10 degrees below normal…”
“Flash flooding has turned the streets of a California town into raging rivers of rain runoff.
“Shocking images show the extent of flooding in Sonora, California on Wednesday and Thursday, when residents of the town near Yosemite National Park fled to higher ground. ‘With the torrential rains today, there are many roads in the county and the city that are flooded,’ the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office warned on Wednesday.”
“The weather last month was most unusual. The British record for the highest temperature in February wasn’t just broken, it was smashed, with a huge jump from 19.7C to 21.2C. Over the month it was the second warmest February on record. And yet it got off to a very cold start, with snow falling in northern, eastern and southern England.
“Sunshine was another big surprise. It was the second sunniest February since records began in 1929, with 44 per cent more sunshine than normal…”
“Last year marked Earth’s fourth-warmest global surface temperature since 1880 — the only years that recorded higher temperatures were 2015, ’16 and ’17 — and researchers have found that winters are warming faster than the other seasons…”
Climate change affecting the Netherland’s iconic ‘Elfstedentocht’ race:
“Following the heavy downpour which has hit most parts of the country, six people have been confirmed dead in floods that have rocked Chikwawa [Malawi].
“Confirming the development was Chikwawa police public relations officer, Constable Foster Benjamin who said one of the victims is a Health Surveillance Assistant…”
“Zimbabwe is facing its most devastating drought in four decades after recording its lowest rains in four decades regional hunger watchdog the Famine Early Warning Systems Network has reported.
“The extreme weather pattern will according to officials leave least 5 million people facing starvation, in Africa’s former bread-basket.”
“The Arctic is melting. The first ice-free summer is coming. The whole melting process is speeding up the warming of the entire Earth. And every autumn, a layer of extra clouds are forming over the ice-thinning Arctic that — researchers now believe — are speeding that melting up.”