“March was a month full of record temperatures across Alaska:
“Juneau, in the southeast, saw an astounding 10 daily record highs. The city closed the month of March with seven days in row of record highs, from the 25th through the 31st. The 59-degree F record high there on March 31 was the second-warmest reading on record for the month.
“Utqiaġvik (formerly Barrow), in the northernmost tip of the United States, the thermometer rose above freezing for the third time on record in March, when it hit 33 on March 30. It ended up the warmest March on record there by more than six degrees F.
“Fairbanks notched its warmest March, with an average temperature more than 15 degrees F above normal. Kotzebue, in the northeast, logged its highest March temperature ever recorded…
“Deadhorse, on the coast in northeast Alaska, just went through a week-long stretch of temperatures more than 30 degrees F above normal. On Saturday, it was 40 degrees F above normal…
“Deadhorse posted one of the most remarkable records for the month. Its March temperature was about 25 degrees F above normal, which is the biggest temperature departure ever recorded during March in the United States.”
“…”There is no more vivid a display of how quickly our climate is changing than what’s happening right now in the Arctic,” meteorologist Jeff Berardelli tweeted, in a reflection on the many stories of this abnormal March in Alaska.
“”It’s a loud canary singing in a coal mine,” he concluded.”
“Satellite images are revealing how the landscape of Banks Island in the frozen north of Canada is being reshaped by land slumps triggered by global warming. The number of slumps, which normally start with landslides that then continue to move much more slowly over a period of years, has rapidly increased from 63 in 1984 to more than 4000 in 2013.
““It is clear that something really dramatic is happening,” says Antoni Lewkowicz of the University of Ottawa in Canada.”
“A month ago, the Bering Sea forewarned of a profoundly low maximum sea ice extent. The waters in the Bering Strait were already nearly ice-free, though scientists expected some ice to grow as more favorable weather patterns set in. But a month later, the ice is gone.
“What’s more, the ice should be here for months longer. “There should be ice here until May,” Lars Kaleschke, a climate scientist at the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, told Mashable in March.”
“Atop the 20,310-foot Denali in Alaska will find stunning glacier, incredible views and poop. Lots of poop. Since 1906, people have attempted to summit the peak leaving behind tons of feces on the mountain.
“Now, reports Elizabeth Weise at USA Today, that mountain of waste threatens to be unleashed as climate change warms the mountain and opens literal poop shoots in the surface of the glaciers.”
“There’s nothing the government can do about the millions of bushels of damaged crops in Iowa and other flooded states, since the Department of Agriculture has no program that covers the catastrophic and largely uninsured stored-crop losses from the widespread flooding that was triggered by the “bomb cyclone” that hit the region in mid-March.”
“Around one million calves are missing after the US state of Nebraska suffered a catastrophic ‘bomb cyclone’ which caused extreme flooding.
“Recent flooding in the Midwestern state is said to be the worst in 50 years, smashing weather records. The brunt of the weather hit the state around mid March, bringing hurricane-like winds and blizzard conditions.”
“In rural Honduras, farming has been many residents’ livelihood for generations. But now, rising temperatures and declining rainfall are killing crops and jeopardizing the farmers’ very survival.”
“Around 12,800 families have been affected by the rains of recent weeks in Paraguay, which have caused flooding of rivers and floods in Asunción, the capital, where the water level of the Paraguay River It stood today at 5.87 meters in height…
“The Government has set up several public shelters to house the victims, such as the military barracks of the First Infantry Division, in Asunción.”
“A storm with intense rain affected Tucumán [Argentina], especially in the south of the province where the streets became rivers, trees fell and the cars were washed away by the current.
“The precipitations broke out in the afternoon of Monday and stopped at midnight. The most committed areas were Juan B. Alberdi, Concepción and Aguilares where the large amount of water flooded streets and avenues.”
“Last month was one of the warmest Marches ever recorded in New Zealand, according to NIWA. In a climate summary released today, NIWA says the nationwide average temperature was 17.6°C in March, which is “above the 1981-2010 March average from NIWA’s seven station temperature series which began in 1909”.
“Last month tied for the second warmest March on record. A marine heatwave also persisted last month in the Tasman Sea and off parts of New Zealand’s coast.”
“Explosives were used in a dramatic operation to break up a frozen river in China’s northeastern Heilongjiang province.
“The controlled blast along a nearly 3km stretch of the waterway was conducted by officials trying to reduce the risk of flooding caused by ice jams when the river thaws in spring.”
“March in Hong Kong was exceptionally wet and warm with mean temperatures for the first three months of the year reaching an all-time high, forecasters have said. The mean temperature in March was 21 degrees Celsius (70 degrees Fahrenheit), 1.9 degrees higher than the climatological normal between 1981 to 2010, the Hong Kong Observatory said on Tuesday. The first three months of the year also saw record-breaking temperatures…”
“More than 42,000 Afghans have been displaced following flooding in the country within the past one month and most needs supplies, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported on Wednesday…
“More than 163,000 people have now been affected by floods, including those in the past week. A total of more than 42,000 people have been displaced since the beginning of year, according to the statement.”
“Authorities in Iran have ordered the evacuation of more than 70 villages in the southwestern province of Khuzestan…
“Ali Asghar Peyvandi, the head of Iran’s Red Crescent, said he feared many villages in Khuzestan “will be submerged” as flood waters moved south towards the oil-rich province. “With the possibility of dams overflowing, we have made preparations to accommodate 100,000 people,” he told state television.”
“More than 40,000 displaced people in northwestern Syria have seen their camps flooded by heavy rains in the past three days, a United Nations spokesman said Tuesday.
“Around 14 camps were affected in the northwestern province of Idlib, David Swanson of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs told AFP.”
“Thwaites glacier in West Antarctica is enormous and is often referred to as the most dangerous glacier on Earth. The glacier holds two feet of sea level but more importantly, it is the “backstop” for four other glaciers which holds an additional 10 to 13 feet of sea level rise. When Thwaites collapses, it will take most of West Antarctica with it.”
“At the bottom of the planet, a huge iceberg about twice the size of New York City is about to break away from Antarctica’s Brunt Ice Shelf…
“…there’s ample evidence that Antarctica’s ice mass is shrinking as the region warms. A 2018 study found that the continent has lost more than 3.3 trillion tons of ice since 1992.”