“With March coming to an end, it has been 100 consecutive months where every month has been above normal.
“”Some months have seen temperatures in the area around Longyearbyen with as much as 12-14 degrees over normal,” says climate researcher Ketil Isaksen with the Norwegian Meteorological Institute.
“Since 1961, the average temperature at Longyearbyen airport has increased with 5,6 degrees Celsius. For comparison, measurements at the meteorological institute in Oslo show an increase of 2 degrees for the same period.
“The old saying “the Arctic heats twice as much as the rest of the world” is not accurate anymore. Climate changes impact on the Arctic is worse, up to six times higher than global temperature increase.
“Located at 76° North, Longyearbyen is the world’s northernmost permanent settlement.”
“Britain could see its hottest spring since records began with temperatures expected to soar well above average across the country through most of the season.
“By Thursday most of the UK will experience temperatures in the high teens, and they could even hit 20C in places with prolonged periods of sunshine, say forecasters.
“Spring temperatures could hit 26C…”
“Spain’s Costa del Sol has recorded the driest winter on record ever according to the national state weather agency AEMET. A measly total of 11-litres per square metre fell during the months of December, January and February – which are traditionally the wettest months.
“The measurement was made at the Malaga-Costa del Sol Airport and is the lowest on record since records began in 1942.”
“Mashi said: “It is very clear that, our environment [Nigeria] is in serious challenge of extreme weather events this year as a result of climate change, which is seen as the single most prominent risk.
““As such, 2018 was found to be one of the four warmest years on record, and was the warmest year without an El Nino. While 2019 as an El Nino year, has already began with pockets of extreme events in form of severe storms currently ravaging Mozambique and parts of Australia.”
“Nairobi has sent foodstuffs to the hunger-troubled counties of Turkana and West Pokot to save thousands of Kenyans who have been starving due to the long dry spell.
“A convoy of trucks carrying the relief food arrived in Turkana and West Pokot over the weekend. Despite this, many people still die of hunger every year.”
“Cyclone Idai’s death toll has risen above 750 in the three southern African countries hit 10 days ago by the storm, as workers try to restore electricity and water and prevent an outbreak of cholera…
“All numbers for deaths are still preliminary… Nearly 110,000 people are now in camps more than a week after Cyclone Idai hit…”
“South Africa is likely to harvest 16 percent less maize in 2019 compared with the previous season after drought delayed plantings, a Reuters poll showed on Monday.
“The government’s Crop Estimates Committee (CEC), which will provide its second production forecast for the 2019 crop on Tuesday…”
“Winter may technically be over, but the arrival of spring brought something rarely seen in the UAE – hailstones.
“The heavy shower of freezing rain fell on Fujairah and Umm Al Quwain yesterday morning as unstable weather – which yesterday brought sandstorms – continues to disrupt life in the UAE.”
“Massive floods in northern Iran over the weekend were so severe that the armed forces and Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps were deployed to deal with the crisis.
“With the IRGC now leading efforts to deal with the flood’s aftermath, the national emergency has illustrated cleavages in the government’s ability to respond to a natural disaster.”
“The worst drought in a decade, prolonged conflict and poverty have pushed families across Afghanistan to the brink.
“About 13.5 million people are severely food insecure – 6 million more than in 2017. This means they are surviving, for the time being, on less than one meal a day…
“Without donor support, Afghanistan would face “a humanitarian tragedy beyond what one could describe”.”
“Places like Ambala, Yamunanagar, Karnal, Rohtak, Panipat, Jind, Hisar, Sirsa in Haryana, while Moga, Patiala, Chandigarh, Ludhiana and Jalandhar [India] will record rains. From agricultural point of view, the sudden increase in wind speed due to thundershowers will damage major crops such as Wheat.
“Other crops such as Mustard and Potatoes that are presently under harvesting stage will face heavy loss.”
“Malaysians are having to battle dengue cases on the rise even as they face drying taps from the current heatwave.
“Dengue cases have shown a dramatic spike this year – up by about 150% from last year – and besides a change in the virus serotypes that is fuelling the increase, the weather pattern is of no help either.”
“The total area lost to wildfires in Riau [Indonesia] this year has increased to 2,719 hectares.
“The head coordinator of the Riau Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD), Edwar Sanger, said the wildfires were likely to keep spreading, as the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) in Pekanbaru was still detecting hot spots.”
“Indonesia’s National Disaster Mitigation Agency says the death toll from flooding in Papua province has risen to 112.
“Torrential rain triggered flash flooding and landslides over a week ago, causing Lake Sentani in Jayapura regency to overflow and numerous rivers to burst…
“…the search was ongoing for about 90 people still missing, while over 100 people were seriously injured by the disaster.”
“A vast cyclone has crashed into Australia’s northern coast, bringing torrential rains and winds of up to 250km/h (155 mph).
“Cyclone Trevor made landfall as a category four storm and officials have declared a state of emergency in some areas.”
“A second cyclone within 48 hours has brought destructive winds and torrential rains to coastal regions of Australia.
“Cyclone Veronica lingered about 95km (60 miles) off the nation’s north-west coast on Monday, officials said.
“Heavy rain and large waves whipped up by Cyclone Veronica threaten to cause widespread flooding in Western Australia, according to authorities.”
“We’ve had the benefits of the marine heatwave [New Zealand] – the hot summer days and warm seas. Now comes the downside – torrential rain…
“Even on our traditionally wet West Coast you can’t get more than half a metre of rain in the space of 36 hours without some extra help. In this case, that’s coming from the superheated Tasman Sea and a pipeline of tropical moisture extending from Australia and tropical cyclone Veronica, and former tropical cyclone Trevor.”
“New Zealand’s famous glaciers are looking “sad and dirty” after another brutally warm summer, says a scientist who took part in this year’s aerial stocktake.
“Each year, the Niwa-led snowline survey checks the health of about 50 glaciers across the Southern Alps.
“After the record-hot summer of 2017-18, scientists were struck by how many mountains had been stripped of ice and snow.”
“Record flooding along the Missouri River has impaired treatment of drinking supplies in Kansas City…
“…raising health risks for infants, the elderly and others with compromised immune systems, the municipal water service warned on Saturday.”
“Thousands of poisonous toads are invading Palm Beach, Florida homes like an Old Testament plague this weekend…
“‘With the warmer winter and then we had a rain two to three weeks ago, a torrential rain, that caused them to go into a breeding cycle,’ Mark Holladay, a lead technician with the extermination company known as Toad Busters, told WPTV.”
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