“The National Weather Service deemed the storm a “cyclone of historic proportions.”
“As the blizzard developed, heavy snow lashed northern Colorado, including Denver, western Nebraska, eastern Wyoming, central South Dakota, and southeastern North Dakota.
“The storm strengthened over the High Plains on Wednesday with the rate of intensification resulting in bombogenesis, which occurs when the barometric pressure rapidly plummets, crashing more than the 0.71 of an inch threshold in a 24-hour period. The rare weather phenomenon is often referred to as a “bomb cyclone.”
…”There have been gusts to near 100 mph with the snow in Colorado Springs, Colorado.,” AccuWeather Dave Samuhel said.
“Snowfall totals so far are as high as 16 inches in the mountains of Colorado, with 7.1 inches reported in Denver and about 4 in the Boulder area. Many schools, including those in the Denver area, have already been canceled for Thursday,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Faith Eherts said.
“The storm also tangled with barometric pressure records across the southwest and middle of the nation. According to preliminary NWS data, Colorado and New Mexico broke all-time low barometric pressure records on Wednesday.”
“Tornado damage was reported in Chaves County, New Mexico, Tuesday night, according to the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office.
“The sheriff’s office said the rain-wrapped tornado moved into the town of Dexter and damaged several homes. Another tornado was reported near Loving, New Mexico, according to KOAT in Albuquerque.”
“Kansas City can’t get a break this winter — and we aren’t talking about snow or ice. It’s been cold, nonstop.
“It’s been 133 days since the high temperature reached 65 degrees at Kansas City International Airport, according to the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill. And with a high temperature of 62 degrees forecast Wednesday afternoon, Kansas City could break the record set in 1912 for most consecutive days with temperatures below 65 degrees.”
“A mild winter coupled with an excessively rainy 2018 [NE US] may lead to a surge in the number of ticks capable of transmitting Lyme disease this spring, according to researchers at Rutgers University.
“More blacklegged ticks will be out in force as temperatures begin to rise after thriving last summer and fall, and surviving the winter thanks to favorable weather.”
“”We see that the climate is changing [Oaxaca, Mexico] and in several health jurisdictions, such as the Isthmus, Costa and Tuxtepec, they register temperatures that are around 40 degrees.” In those jurisdictions where the greatest number of infectious diseases are reported, including food poisoning.
“Therefore, “it is recommended to avoid eating in street stalls that are not well regulated, lack hygiene and food are exposed to high temperatures and decompose quickly.”
“Intense rains in the north of the country are causing havoc as reported by various local media.
“In Piura [Peru], floods have already been recorded. According to the information, residents of Ayabaca are on alert because they are being affected by the heavy rains that have occurred during this Wednesday.”
“A storm has left a trail of destruction across Germany, and now there’s snow too. We show you how it’s affecting the country.
“From fallen trees blocking train lines and roads, to electricity being cut off, storm “Eberhard” has caused havoc throughout Germany. Gusts of up to 164 km/h [102mph] were recorded by forecasters on Sunday, accompanied by rain and snow.”
“Olive harvests [Italy] are in trouble because of anomalous weather patterns: this season, had the worst harvest in 25 years, a 57 percent drop from the previous season, to 185,000 tons, according to Coldiretti, the Italian farming group.
“Climate change is affecting global food production in a worrisome way. If you haven’t heard so far, coffee is in trouble, and so is chocolate… For the past 18 months, Italy has been through floods, drought, and freezing temperatures that cost the olive oil industry over $1 billion. “
“Warming in Spanish cities is twice the global average. The unusually dry and warm winter in Murcia is beginning to ring alarm bells in the agricultural sector… increased risk of desertification…”
“Africa is simultaneously experiencing hydro-climatological extremes on both sides of the spectrum, wet and dry.
“While fascinating and interesting from a meteorological perspective, both of these events pose a threat to one of the most populous continents on the planet.”
“At least 115 people have been killed in Mozambique, Malawi and South Africa after heavy rains affected 843,000 people across southeast Africa, officials and the UN said, prompting calls for emergency aid…
“Mozambique cabinet spokeswoman Ana Comoana said the “government has decreed a red alert due to the continuing rains and the approach of the tropical cyclone Idai…”
“An estimated 673,000 people in Somaliland are enduring an extreme state of drought and food insecurity and are unable to meet their minimum nutritional needs.
“Pregnant women and newborns are acutely vulnerable, with dehydration and nutrient deprivation linked to a range of pregnancy-related complications including premature births and developmental delays. The nine-year drought is exacerbating the region’s already high rates of maternal and newborn mortality.”
“In the world’s coldest capital, many burn coal and plastic just to survive temperatures as low as minus 40 degrees — but warmth comes at a price: deadly pollution makes Ulaanbataar’s air too toxic for children to breathe, leaving parents little choice but to evacuate them to the countryside.
“This exodus is a stark warning of the future for urban areas in much of Asia…”
“Philippines — Zamboanga Sibugay, known as the rice granary of the south, has been placed under a state of calamity as the dry spell continues to take its toll on the agriculture sector.
“The Sangguniang Panlalawigan approved on Tuesday the recommendation of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council to declare a state of calamity and allocate P20 million to help mitigate the impact of the dry spell.”
“Hot weather will linger in Australia for at least another three months, the country’s meteorology bureau said on Thursday, piling pressure on the rural sector in one of the world’s top exporters of commodities such as wheat…
“That comes after the summer that just ended in the country was the hottest since national records began in 1910, and among the 10 driest.”
“[Australia’s] supermarkets are having to rethink what fruit and vegetables they put on the shelves as growers in eastern states are hit by a range of natural disasters.
“Vegetables prices have soared in recent weeks due to the flooding in north Queensland, while drought in New South Wales is impacting on this year’s fruit harvest. For orchardists in the central west of NSW, the lack of rain and extreme summer temperatures have taken their toll.”
“Sydney has been smashed by a fierce storm cell, with golf-ball sized hail smashing parts of the city and heavy rain flooding streets.
“The south-west was worst hit, with flash flooding in areas including Bexley and Riverwood.”
“Tens of thousands of Australian school students are expected to walk out of class on Friday to demand governments take action on climate change.
“The Australian strikes are part of a global campaign by students for greater urgency from politicians in tackling what they see as the greatest threat to their future.”
“Sharp and potentially devastating temperature rises of 3C to 5C in the Arctic are now inevitable even if the world succeeds in cutting greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Paris agreement, research has found.
“Winter temperatures at the north pole are likely to rise by at least 3C above pre-industrial levels by mid-century, and there could be further rises to between 5C and 9C above the recent average for the region, according to the UN.”