“California’s 2018 is officially the worst year for wildfires in recorded state history, the Los Angeles Times reported on Saturday, citing the National Interagency Coordination Center’s year-end statistical analysis.
“The 1.8 million acres of California land that burned last year was more than any other state in 2018, and it far surpassed 2017’s tally of 1.3 million acres in California. California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Scott McLean confirmed to the Times that the wildfires were unprecedented.”
“For the second weekend in a row, severe thunderstorms hammered the south-central United States with damaging winds and tornadoes. Alabama received more severe storm damage one week after the deadliest tornado outbreak in six years.”
“If you thought it was really warm Sunday in the Daytona Beach area you … Temperatures soared to a high of 86 degrees…”
“If you thought it seemed like a long winter, you were right: Winnipeg’s river trail is on pace to set a record for the most number of days it’s ever been open.
“Saturday marks 72 days of skating on the Red River Mutual Trail, matching last year’s record-setting run for the ice trail. But Forks spokesperson Chelsea Thomson says there are at least a few days left for the trail, which runs along Winnipeg’s Red and Assiniboine rivers.”
“An area of ice the size of the UK and Ireland disappeared from the Bering Sea in February as scientists warned that the region was entering uncharted territory.
“Sea ice cover in the Bering Sea, which is between Alaska and Russia, dropped by two-thirds during February, according to the Colorado-based National Snow and Ice Data Center.
“It is the second year in a row the winter ice has hit a record low…”
40 degree heatwave across much of Mexico. Animals are Merida Zoo in the Yucatan being cooled down with flavoured, vitamine-enriched ice:
“The Armed Forces of Ecuador informed this Saturday, March 9, that they have evacuated some 700 families affected by the floods in Santa Ana, in Manabí, one of the cantons of the province flooded this Friday, March 8, 2019.
“It is the second flood in this province this week.”
“Flash flooding hit the small tourist town of Matarangi on the east coast of the Coromandel [NZ] on Saturday afternoon, as a slow, intense and localised thunderstorm passed through the area.
“Meteorologist Peter Little said while Metservice did not have a station at Matarangi specifically, a local gauge had reported 80-90mm of rain in about an hour.”
“A struggling Australian dairy farmer has opened up about how the worst drought in 100 years cost him his marriage, mental health and livelihood.
“Fifth generation dairy farmer Jason Maloney, 37, is forced to buy food for his cows because of the severe drought that is still plaguing on his farm in Croom in regional New South Wales.”
“A new regional record has been set as temperatures cracked 40 degrees in south-east Queensland during today’s heatwave. Brisbane was forecast to hit 36C today while Ipswich was set for temperatures up to 39C. Just after 1pm, Gatton had peaked at 40C, which a Weatherzone spokeswoman said was the highest temperature recorded at the site in March…”
“Severe flooding and blizzard covered 17 Iranian provinces, Mortaza Salimi, Chairman of the Relief and Rescue Organization of the Iranian Red Crescent Society, said…
“Flooding and blizzard affected a total of 83 cities and settlements in Hamadan, Mazandaran, Tehran, Ardabil, West Azerbaijan, East Azerbaijan and other provinces.”
“A powerful tropical cyclone could hit Mozambique by the end of the week, says the South African Weather Service (SAWS). Tropical Cyclone Idai has developed in strength and is forecast to make landfall by Saturday, March 16.”
“The number of people killed in heavy rains and flooding in southern Malawi has risen to 28, an official said on Sunday, while the estimated number of people affected has roughly doubled.
“Chipiliro Khamula, a spokesman for Malawi’s Department of Disaster Management in the Ministry of Homeland Security, said that 28 deaths had been recorded as of Saturday, as well as 124 injuries. “A total of 45,312 households (approximately 226,560 people) have been affected and assessments to establish the extent of the damage in all the 14 affected districts are underway” he said…”
“Last year (2018) saw six consecutive months of below average rainfall in England, causing many reservoirs to run dangerously low.
“This was no ‘one off’ event. The previous year, 2017, saw the driest 10-month period for more than 100 years.”
“The last four years were the hottest since global temperature records began, the UN confirmed Wednesday in an analysis that it said was a “clear sign of continuing long-term climate change.”
“…On Wednesday it incorporated the final weeks of last year into its climate models and concluded that average global surface temperature in 2018 was 1 degree Celsius (1.8 Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial baseline levels.”