“The strongest cyclone ever to hit Mozambique has made landfall in the country’s north, five weeks after Cyclone Idai devastated its centre, according to meteorologists.
“Surpassing both Idai and the 2000 cyclone that had been the strongest to date, Cyclone Kenneth hit Cabo Delgado province with wind speeds of 140mph (225km/h), bringing the threat of extreme rainfall…
“The storm is expected to stall inland for several days and around one metre of rain is expected in the area north of the city of Pemba, more than the usual average for an entire year in the region…
“Cyclones of this magnitude are rare in the region, and two within just over a month was unknown until now.”
“…grazing conditions being experienced in most parts of the country [Namibia] amidst poor and below average rainfall led to 63 712 animals dying in six months, the Food Security Situation Report of March 2019 reveals.
“The ministry of agriculture released its follow-up report on food security on 4 April 2019, which assessed the crops’ prospects and livestock situation for 2019 to establish the country’s stance in terms of food security.”
“The city [Gadag, Karnataka, India] is witnessing its hottest summer in the last 78 years. The highest temperature ever recorded in the twin cities of Gadag-Betageri was in 1941, a maximum temperature of 41.1 degree Celsius.
“Thursday’s maximum temperature was 41 degree Celsius… The Met department predicts the mercury level to go up to 42 degree Celsius…
“…the city has turned into a virtual frying pan.”
“Cambodian authorities have ordered a one-hour reduction in the length of school days because of concerns that students and teachers may fall ill from a prolonged heat wave….
“The current heat wave, in which temperatures are regularly reaching as high as 41 Celsius (106 Fahrenheit), is one of the longest in memory.”
“April data over a hundred years show Hanoi experiencing a record high temperature of 38.9 degrees Celsius this year. The hottest time in Vietnam usually falls in June, but this April has seen a heat wave sweep the country, and Hanoi has not been spared… Hanoi peaked at 38.9 degrees (102 degrees Fahrenheit)
“…This surpassed the record of 38.5 degrees Celsius in April 1919, the national weather office said.”
“Torrential rain triggered flooding in parts of the Indonesian capital Jakarta overnight, the disaster agency said Friday (Apr 26), forcing the evacuation of residents.
“Heavy rain pounded the greater Jakarta area, causing the Ciliwung river to burst its banks, and prompting flash flooding in at least 17 communities.”
“In early 2019, many areas in Queensland received more than their annual rainfall in less than a week. The downpour led to millions of dollars’ worth of damage, including homes being destroyed and the loss of almost 500 000 cattle.
“This [satellite] image was captured a few days after the torrential rain, and shows the muddy waters flowing from the Burdekin River into the Coral Sea.”
“The province [of Chaco, Argentina] had declared the agricultural emergency for six months after the floods in January, but now the status will rise to disaster, said Governor Domingo Peppo.
“”The rain is affecting the harvest of cotton, of soybeans, and there are already one million hectares affected, ” he said.”
“Some 2.2 million people in the region known as the Central American dry corridor have been affected by extreme weather events -such as drought or flooding- and 1.4 million need food assistance, many of them Salvadorans from the eastern region, according to the United Nations Organization for Food and Agriculture and the United Nations World Food Program.”
“Strong storms killed at least five people in Texas and Louisiana and left severe damage across parts of both states Wednesday and Thursday…
“…including at Louisiana Tech University and its host city of Ruston, where the mayor says a tornado struck overnight.”
“[Canada’s] capital is in a state of emergency as the swollen Ottawa River continues to rise.
“Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson made the declaration Thursday afternoon, citing the still-rising river, and with an eye to yet another incoming system that is forecast to bring another 20-25 mm to the capital region. That’s on top of the rains of the past week, which have not only triggered flooding in Quebec and parts of eastern and central Ontario, they have also saturated the ground so thoroughly that it can’t absorb much more moisture.”
“Climate change results in warmer ocean temperatures, melting glaciers and more extreme weather patterns. Scientists have also observed its effects on the clams, snails, worms, crabs, urchins, starfish and more living on and in the deep seafloor off Alaska, as the ecosystem shifted from arctic to sub-arctic within the last few decades.”
“The Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard in the Arctic Ocean is home to majestic creatures like polar bears, Arctic foxes, and reindeer.
“Today, their icy home is melting, and that’s disrupting life in some strange ways. For instance, a new study suggests it’s causing reindeer to eat more seaweed.”
“Norway is having one of the warmest and driest Aprils in history.
“Forest fire hazard is on orange level in many parts of the country. The Norwegian Fire Protection Association (Norsk brannvernforening) now asks for a ban on the sale of disposable grills.”
“In Austria, the first signs of drought have already appeared in the east and north, raising fears of another bleak harvest. Rainfall is already down to just a quarter of the 10-year average in recent weeks.
“Potato growers are demanding a relaxation of pesticide regulations to better control numbers of wireworm, which they say are flourishing because of drought.”
“The world’s oceans have become more turbulent over the past 33 years, with higher waves and stronger winds, according to a new study by scientists at the University of Melbourne.
“Stormier oceans could raise the likelihood of coastal flooding and exacerbate erosion, increasing the vulnerability of settlements on the coast, study author Ian Young, a professor of ocean engineering, said. “There is a high probability that climate change is playing a role but exactly how this works is still not fully understood,” he added.”