Some light relief for Friday:
“…you can imagine the delight of a toddler seeing [rain] for the first time in South Australia.
“The heartwarming moment the 18-month-old from Petina was captured on video as he ran around his farm watching the puddles grow and feeling the drops fall on his tiny head.
“Imagine getting to 18 months old and never seeing rain…
“Adelaide has the driest start to the year on ever, with only 17.8mm falling since January 1. The previous record was 19.2mm, which was recorded way back in 1888.”
“Shops and homes have been flooded in Victoria’s north-east in a final burst of wild weather that delivered more than 100 millimetres of rain…
“The same band of rain had earlier dumped 69 millimetres of rain on Stawell, more than double the 30 millimetres the town received since January in its driest start to a year since 1996. Meanwhile, meteorologists are still trying to determine if a severe storm which flattened a caravan park in the south-west was a tornado.”
“Rain in parts of Australia’s wheat producing regions has brought relief to some parts of New South Wales, South Australia, but planting may fall 10%.”
“Hundreds of survivors of flash floods in Central Sulawesi’s Sigi regency [Indonesia] are having a hard time getting basic necessities, including fuel, while their mobility is hampered by damaged roads, leaving some districts isolated.
“Governor Longki Djanggola has declared a state of emergency in the area until Saturday.”
“Several districts in northern Sarawak [Malaysia] are facing extreme weather patterns. Limbang, Bintulu, Mukah and Daro districts are hit by floods while Mulu National Park is facing water shortage.
“Folk living near the national park in remote northern Sarawak are facing dry taps.”
“Temperatures in April were among the warmest on record in Hong Kong for the month, according to forecasters. In yet another “exceptionally warm” month…
“Hongkongers sweltered as the mercury rose to the highest for the month last Friday, with temperatures hitting a sizzling 31.5 degrees at the Observatory. The previous day, the daily mean temperature was 28.5 degrees, the joint highest on record for April.”
“So, why the sudden need for cold alerts [in Shanghai]? “More and more extreme cold weather has come into being during the past few years,” Chen Qi, Deputy Division Chief of Observation and Forecast Division of the bureau, explained…
“For example, in 2016 the temperature plummeted to -7 degrees Celsius (19 degrees Fahrenheit).
“The record-breaking cold weather froze a large number of water pipes in some older neighborhoods and caused all sorts of problems to the daily life of residents.”
“Tropical cyclone Fani, the most severe storm to hit the Indian subcontinent in two decades, has made landfall on the coast of the eastern state of Odisha…
“…officials were trying to evacuate the homes of 1 million people in its path.”
“Aid agencies have been struggling to get there by air after this isolated spot in Mozambique was pounded by Cyclone Kenneth and the days of torrential rain which followed have made it practically inaccessible.
“We decided to hire a boat and see if we could look for ourselves. It took us seven hours in rough seas to get there, and on our arrival we were struck by the devastation.”
“The Egyptian Meteorological Authority (EMA) issued an advisory on expected temperatures from 5 May to 10 May, the period which coincides with the first week of the holy month of Ramadan, saying that the country will see an intense heatwave starting Sunday.
“Temperature ranges… Southern Upper Egypt 40-42c (108f):
“The average number of days with temperature peaks that affect much of Spain has increased threefold from five days between 1975 and 2000 to more than 15 in the last five years.
“The worst waves recorded by the Aemet have been those of 2015, 2003 and 2012. In 2017 there were five different episodes. Extreme temperatures trigger mortality…”
“Although the outgoing winter saw normal rainfall of 210 liters per square meters, Schwarz’s field [in Germany] is already too dry for his vegetables.
“Corina Schube of DWD says that is because “the rainfall of the winter couldn’t compensate for the enormous deficit resulting from the extremely hot and dry summer in 2018. We are lacking between 200 and 300 liters of water per square meter.””
This is the death of seasonality, folks:
“Just when we thought it was over, Scotland is set for yet another cold snap as temperatures drop close to the lowest on record for the May bank holiday – just a year on from the hottest one ever recorded.”
“Record-breaking weather conditions blew hot and cold in Ireland last month with the coldest ground temperature on record registered in Cork, new data from Met Éireann has shown. Its synopsis for April conditions showed the lowest “grass minimum” was reported at Cork Airport on the 5th which, at -8.6 degrees, was the coldest for the month in at least 57 years.
“Somewhat conversely though, the highest maximum temperature – reported on the 20th at Oak Park in Carlow – of 22.9 degrees was the warmest in 44 years.”
“The wider Caribbean region is being warned to brace for a dry season that could extend well into July
“…weather experts in the region urge government to prepare for eventualities that could be compounded by events associated with the annual hurricane season.”
“If you thought 2018 was a wet year, you are correct. In fact, the State Climate Extreme Committee (SCEC) voted to accept the 2018 rainfall total of 123.45 inches at weather station Jocassee8 WNW located at Walhalla Fish Hatchery as the new official state annual rainfall record for South Carolina.”
“A slow-moving complex of storms continue to produce tornadoes, damaging winds, hail and flooding on Thursday, one day after two people were killed and at least 22 others injured by storms in Oklahoma.
“There were six reported tornadoes in Oklahoma and Texas on Wednesday, with 61 damage reports from Texas to Indiana.”
“Amid historic flooding in July 1993, the Mississippi River near Davenport rose to its highest level ever: 22.63 feet.
“That record is no more. The river hit 22.64 feet shortly before noon Thursday, the National Weather Service reported, and the water continues to rise.”
“Grenville-sur-la-Rouge residents are still barred from returning home one week after an evacuation order was issued due to a potential breach in the Chute-Bell hydroelectric dam.
“Those living close to the dam in the Laurentians were forced to leave in a hurry on April 25 when Quebec’s Public Security Ministry launched an emergency alert. The alert is still in effect until Friday night.”
“The calendar says May 2 but looking at Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, you might not believe it. Marquette County saw record breaking snowfall Wednesday.
“According to TV6’s chief meteorologist Karl Bonnak, Marquette had more than five inches of snow on the ground.
“”This is not good,” said Rhiannon Hintz, Northern Michigan University student. “It’s the first of May and it shouldn’t be happening.”
“Much of the U.S. has experienced a very wet start to the year, but California’s wet season ramped down dramatically in mid-April, and there are concerns for significant wildfire potential in parts of the West as the summer unfolds.
“A wet winter is not necessarily good news regarding the potential for wildfires in the summer, especially where summers tend to be dry. This is because the extra precipitation can lead to a more robust growth of grasses and other vegetation that can become fuel for fires as they dry out.”
“Permafrost in some areas of the Canadian Arctic is thawing so fast that it’s gulping up the equipment left there to study it.
“”The ground thaws and swallows it,” said Merritt Turetsky, a University of Guelph biologist whose new research warns the rapid thaw could dramatically increase the amounts of greenhouse gases released from ancient plants and animals frozen within the tundra.”