“Hard to believe just five weeks ago we were shoveling snow; now we’re getting to get a taste of July!
“Temperatures zoomed well into the low-mid 70s Monday afternoon which not only knocked off the daily record high but a 75-degree reading at 2: 45 p.m. set a record for the warmest winter day ever recorded in Seattle! The only other time it’s been near this warm in winter was … last year. It hit 73 degrees on March 12, 2018. Huh.”
“”Temperatures upwards of 10 degrees above normal,” meteorologist Matt MacDonald said. “We’re going to be breaking several records and a lot of these records date back to the last 100 years. So this is quite an exceptional little heat spell.”
“The warmer-than-usual forecast comes a day after temperature records were broken across British Columbia, including a 72-year-old record in Pitt Meadows.”
“The governors of Nebraska, Iowa and Wisconsin have declared states of emergency. “This really is the most devastating flooding we’ve probably ever had in our state’s history, from the standpoint of how widespread it is,”
“Nebraska governor Pete Ricketts tweeted on Monday. “In 2011, it took 108 days for water to subside, and this year the water is 4-5 feet higher.””
“Add one more tornado to the total from Thursday’s severe weather. The National Weather Service in Birmingham said on Monday that it had confirmed that an EF0 tornado touched down March 14 in Calhoun County north of Ohatchee.
“That makes for a total of 16 tornadoes statewide. Fifteen of them struck central Alabama and one touched down in north Alabama.”
“California is preparing to mobilize National Guard troops to reduce the threat of wildfires by clearing hazardous dead trees…”
“Cyclone Trevor has slammed into the north Queensland coast with ferocious winds of more than 200km/h that are ripping trees from the ground.
“The powerful category three storm made “howling” landfall at 5pm just south of Lockhart River, one of a handful of towns on the Cape York Peninsula that has been urged to remain indoors until the storm passes.”
“The death toll from flash floods in Indonesia’s Papua region has risen to at least 80…
“People are frightened and some are blaming climate change according to Derek Windessy from Indonesia’s Red Cross. “Because it is still raining, raining and raining again. Last night still raining and some rivers throw up and flood through in the villages, so it’s hard,” he said. “Almost three days or four days. People cannot sleep well. And then they scare. So they need to move to the safety place now,” said Derek Windessy.”
“Davao City Government on Monday, March 18, conducted preemptive evacuation in several barangays ahead of Tropical Depression Chedeng, which has been forecast to make landfall over Davao Oriental or Davao Occidental.
“The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) has placed the entire Davao Region under Tropical Cyclone Warning…”
“Drought has been declared in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, despite an ambitious government scheme to replenish ground water supplies.
So what went wrong? BBC Marathi investigates. “This year we received rains for only two days. But this is unlikely to last us for the next 15 days. The government will have to provide us water via tankers,” says Nana Dudhare, the head of Akhatwada village in Khultabad district.”
“A gritty, quick-acting cop jumped into the menacing water current of Al Beeh Wadi to rescue three families – comprising Emiratis and Asians – stuck in the flash floods [in UAE], triggered by thunderstorms and heavy rainfall, in Ras Al Khaimah on Sunday night.”
“The Mesopotamian marshlands in southern Iraq were once the largest wetland ecosystem in Western Eurasia. But after years of drought and political turmoil, they’re in danger of disappearing.”
“A deadly tropical cyclone has destroyed as much as 90 per cent of the Mozambique city of Beira, raising fears for more than 500,000 people.
“According to the Red Cross, Cyclone Idai left devastation in its wake after it hit the major coastal city of half a million people on Thursday night with winds of up to 177 km/h (106 mph), before moving to Zimbabwe and Malawi.”
“As water supplies in Ghana’s capital grew increasingly erratic, Ms Beatrice Kabuki stopped customers from using her grocery store’s washrooms and installed a plastic storage tank at her home…
“Cities and towns in several other African nations including Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Ivory Coast have been plagued by similar water shortages in recent months, manifestations of a global supply squeeze brought on by drought, population growth, urbanisation and insufficient investment in dams and other infrastructure.”
“Monsoon-like conditions in North Yorkshire caused water to run from field into shed full of sheep.
“Environmental officials have put 20 flood warnings and 28 flood alerts in place across England today. Majority of alerts are in Yorkshire and the Midlands – and more rain is expected today in western parts.”
“Climate change and a rising population mean that England is facing the ‘jaws of death’, where demand for water could surpass the supply available in the next 25 years.”