“April 2019 was the second warmest April on record for the globe according to four separate just-released analyses.
“NOAA said Monday that Earth had its second-warmest April, ranking only behind 2016. It also marked the 412th consecutive month and 43rd straight April that global temperatures have been above average.
“From January through April the global average temperature across all land and ocean surfaces ranks as third warmest, behind only 2016 and 2017.”
“The risk for heat-related illnesses will be elevated from northern Africa into parts of the Middle East this week as unseasonable heat builds over the region.
“Millions of people will be at risk as locations endure multiple days of extreme heat with high temperatures as much as 15 C (27 F) above normal.”
“The Royal Oman Police has airlifted essential supplies to the Wilayat Wadi Bani Khalid. This effort came in the wake of flash floods and torrential rainfall which hit Wilayat Bani Khalid the worst…
“Yesterday, the Directorate General of Meteorology announced that the Wilayat saw 39.4 mm of rain in 24 hours, which is higher than what was recorded in the entire month of May last year.”
“Less greenery has led to higher temperatures in Yangon [Myanmar]…
“…which recently saw a record high of 42.2 degrees Celsius.
“Record-breaking temperatures were noted at over 20 other weather stations across the nation.”
“Since 2005, the country [Nepal] has been losing around 200,000 hectares of forest area to forest fires annually.
“The country witnessed one of the worst wildfires in 2016, when nearly 1.3million hectares of forest area was destroyed.
“In 1990, Nepal’s total forest cover accounted for 45.4 percent. By 2000, the country’s total forest cover declined to 39.6 percent.”
“Heavy rain lashed Japan’s main island on Tuesday, disrupting rush-hour transport and prompting one city to advise residents to evacuate. The western city of Wakayama was deluged by a May record 55.5 millimeters of rain [2.2 inches] per hour in early morning…”
“Winter might be nine days away but Sydney is forecast to swelter through a week of temperatures as high as 27C – eight degrees above the average maximum for May…
“Combined with the hottest summer, and the hottest March on record, this means 2019 has been Australia’s hottest start to a year since records began.”
“A prolonged period of dry and warm weather is taking a toll on Australia’s water balance, with large swaths of agricultural land in drought and urban dam levels dropping around the country.”
“After the intense rains registered in the capital city
“…uncertainty grows among the residents and traders of Vía Argentina who fear new floods.”
“The high temperatures that have occurred in Caracas [Venezuela], during the month of May could be maintained for at least 15 more days…
“José Rojas, a resident of Los Chaguaramos, stated that he does not remember this kind of warm climate over Caracas in the past.
“Rojas added that this type of change is due to global warming and is “why we must create awareness in the citizenship, to save the planet.”
“The hot conditions… above 40 degrees Celsius with a temperature sensation close to 50 degrees, will continue affecting the Yucatecans [Mexico] during the next days…
“As we have reported, the heat wave that has been felt for more than 30 uninterrupted days [which is unprecedented], registering values above 37 degrees, has caused havoc in hundreds of Yucatecans…”
“Fresh off of March’s bomb cyclone and April’s unusually large storm, this week will feature yet another strong storm system that could flirt with Colorado pressure records.
“The sea-level pressure in a storm is a key measurement of a given storm’s overall intensity. The lower the pressure, the stronger the storm.”
“Rounds of severe thunderstorms and flash flooding will continue to impact parts of the Plains and Midwest into late week as disturbances in an active jet stream spread through those regions. An expansive swath of heavy rain is ongoing this morning from West Texas into parts of Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri, prompting numerous flash flood warnings.”
“Floodwaters overwhelmed a miles-long sandbag barrier over the weekend, drenching another community in the southern end of the Mississippi Delta. Volunteers, prisoners and others had stacked 100,000 sandbags and more than 600 wire flood-control baskets, trying to keep water out of hundreds of homes at Eagle Lake, north of Vicksburg.
“But water trapped inside a levee system keeps rising…”
“Parts of northern Minnesota and Wisconsin are blanketed with a fresh covering of snow.
“The National Weather Service says it’s the latest May snowfall on record of more than an inch in Duluth.
“That city had 2.4 inches Sunday. The deepest spot was Poplar in Wisconsin, where nearly 6 inches fell.”
“The governor of Washington has declared a drought emergency for nearly half of the state. A hot spring has lead to a snowpack of less than 50 per cent of normal for this time of year, Gov. Jay Inslee said in a statement.
“”I appreciate [the Washington State Department of] Ecology’s work with partners around the state to prepare for drought and to position us to quickly react to those in need,” said Inslee.
“”As the climate continues to change, we must be proactive in taking steps to plan for those impacts.””
“The spectre of wildfires looms in B.C., Alberta and Ontario — provinces that have been repeatedly scorched by catastrophic fires in recent years.
“Mike Flannigan, a professor of wildland fire at the University of Alberta, is warning that a dramatic rise in temperature and a changing climate have pushed things over the edge and will continue to cause unprecedented wildfires.”
“…An average of about 2.5 million hectares of land is charred every year during Canada’s annual wildfire season, he says.
“”That’s half the size of Nova Scotia, and it’s doubled since the early ’70s due to our changing climate,” said Flannigan, who’s also the director of the Western Partnership for Wildland Fire Science in Edmonton.”
“Most people think of global warming as happening to the atmosphere.
“But the warming oceans are playing a bigger role than people realize in shaping our planet because the ocean absorbs as much as 90% of the heat from global warming…
“…the ocean plays a direct role in changes to the glaciers and that ocean warming can be a mechanism for ice to melt much more quickly.”
“Miami? Underwater. Norfolk? Swamped. New York City? Fuggedaboutit.
“Top experts say that in a worst-case scenario, portions of these and other U.S. coastal cities could be lost to the sea by the end of the century as ocean levels rise because of global warming, a study released Monday said. In fact, on average, seas around the world could be as much as 6.5 feet higher by the end of the century if climate change continues unchecked.”
“Hurricane season doesn’t start until June 1, but the National Hurricane Center announced Monday evening that Subtropical Storm Andrea had formed.”
“Storms wreaked havoc across Germany, bringing with them a deluge of water, thunder and lightning …
“…and even a tornado.
“At least one person died during the extreme weather after a car skidded off an Autobahn in Bavaria.”
“The devastating effect of the drought in Namibia is clearly illustrated in the Namibia Agricultural Union’s (NAU) first quarter review for 2019.
“Bertha Ijambo, NAU economist, told Farmers’ Weekly that a challenging time awaited the country’s livestock producers, even if good rain was received during the next rainy season.”
““There is evidence that extreme weather events in South Africa are increasing… “Climate zones across the country are already shifting, ecosystems and landscapes are being degraded, veld fires are becoming more frequent, and overused natural terrestrial and marine systems are under stress.
“The report comes on the back of the record heavy rainfalls in KwaZulu- Natal which killed at least 85 people and left a trail of debris in the ocean.”
“Botswana has declared 2018/2019 a drought year as “unevenly distributed rains, dry spells, and heat waves resulted in crop failure and livestock condition deteriorating”.
“Last year, a global sustainability report warned that in 2019 Botswana would suffer its first major climate change crisis with an unprecedented drought and water shortage.
“Botswana thus becomes the latest African country to declare an ongoing drought.”
“At least 37% of the urban populace require food aid in Zimbabwe and, unlike in the past, aid will also be distributed in towns and cities.
“According to Famine Early Warning Systems Network in May, levels of acute food shortages are up because of poor rainfalls experienced last year.”
“Kenyans should brace for tougher times after inflation, insecurity and food prices rose sharply due to prolonged drought and unreliable rainfall.
“A report by the National Drought Management Authority states the price of maize has gone up from Sh2,300 per 90kg bag in January to Sh3,500 in April.
“This is a 30 per cent increase.”