“Parts of the Plains have picked up over a foot of rain in May.
“Some locations are threatening not only May monthly rain records, but also for any single month.
“These rounds of heavy rain have sent many rivers into flood.
“Record flooding is expected along additional stretches of the Arkansas River.
“Rainfall amounts have been staggering over parts of the Plains…”
“The low corn planting progress of 30% along with a wet planting season to date and a continued wet forecast played key roles in pushing corn 30 cents higher in just one week on May 17.
“Already at that date, market talk was suggesting reduction of 3 to 5 million corn acres and a 3- or 4-bushel lower corn yield due to late planting.”
“Augusta and Savannah, Georgia marked record highs for the month of May reaching a peak 101 degrees Fahrenheit on Sunday.
“The previous record for Augusta was 100F in 1926 and 100F in Savannah in 1953. Charleston and Columbia in South Carolina and Wilmington and Fayetteville North Carolina also hit triple digits – sweltering to 100 degrees on Sunday.”
“If it doesn’t feel like a typical Memorial Day in Phoenix, there’s good reason for it.
“Phoenix matched its lowest recorded Memorial Day high temperature in state history on Monday with a high almost 20 degrees below normal for the holiday.”
“The wettest region in Alaska is experiencing the first extreme drought recorded by the U.S. Drought Monitor, officials said. Scientists say the southernmost portion of Southeast Alaska has been in a drought for the last two years, The Anchorage Daily News reported Sunday.”
“An extended, severe drought in southern Veracruz [Mexico] has proved fatal for rare howler monkeys.
“A combination of extreme temperatures nearing 40 C and a three-month dearth of rainfall in the region has deprived the monkeys of access to sufficient water.”
“Heavy flooding in Paraguay has displaced 70,000 families and is threatening to further inundate the capital Asuncion in the coming weeks, the country’s weather bureau said.
“Water levels on the Paraguay River are rising at a rate of 4-5 centimeters (1.5-2 inches) every day and is only 46 cm (18 in) below a “disaster” level, according to official data from the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology.”
“NIWA says New Zealand is on track to record it’s fourth warmest autumn ever with some parts of the country logging record-breaking temperatures.
“The mild and dry conditions have meant good news for some of our produce growers, making it a good time to buy green vegetables.”
“Water restrictions will be imposed in Sydney [Australia] for the first time in a decade as dam levels drop during driest April and May since 1888.”
“At least five people have died and nearly 600 have been hospitalized as a heat wave grips Japan.
“Shortly after 2 p.m. Sunday, the temperature hit 103.1 degrees in the coastal town of Saroma on the island of Hokkaido, according to the Japan Times.
“The Meteorological Agency said that is the highest temperature at any observation point in Japan for the month of May.”
“Several coastal cities in southern Guangdong province including Shenzhen, Zhongshan and Zhuhai – as well as Hong Kong and Macau – experienced more than 12 hours of heavy rainfall.
“This resulted in severe flash flooding in the port city of Zhuhai, which recorded maximum overnight rainfall of 482.8 millimetres (19 inches) in one area.”
“Severe drought in Yunnan has damaged about a third of the province’s cane planting areas, said the report, and will reduce cane output by 2.23 million tonnes. The ongoing drought is expected to cause more damage, the report added. It has also impacted rubber production in the province.”
“Monday saw heat breaking several records in Ramagundam [India] as mercury touched new heights at 47.2˚C.
“The maximum temperature was not only the highest for the season but was also highest in last 10 years.
“Moreover, it was slightly behind the all-time high temperature for Ramagundam that stands at 47.3˚C, recorded on May 24, 1984.”
“Agumbe – long described as Cherrapunjee of South India because of its high rainfall is looking at a severe water crisis.”
“At least two children were killed by flash floods on Monday in Yemen’s eastern Maarib province, according to witnesses, reports Anadolu Agency.
“The flash floods were reportedly caused by unusually heavy rainfall in a number of Maarib’s southern districts.”
“Ellen Madson’s home is now rubble. Cyclone Idai swept through her Malawi village in March and left her with little but a mud-covered teapot. Like hundreds of thousands of people in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe she has been forced to start anew.
“Idai was “one of the deadliest storms on record in the southern hemisphere,” the United Nations has said. More than 1,000 people were killed.”
“A heat wave springing from North Africa has hit Turkey, bringing the average temperatures to the extreme levels. “The temperatures will rise significantly across the country, floating well above the seasonal norms,” said a statement by the Turkish Meteorological Service on May 27. “The temperatures are forecast to reach extremely high levels recorded in any month of May as of May 28,” it added.”
“The Chinese windmill palm tops a list of ornamental plants that are escaping from greenhouses and flourishing in the wild.
“British gardeners have reported that the palms are ‘self-seeding’ – reproducing without human help – and it is thought to be a matter of time before they become a familiar sight in woods and fields around the country.”
“…as global warming melts the polar sea ice, these marine hunters are increasingly being forced onto land.
“The risk is rising of conflict with the humans, who are also arriving in greater numbers as Russia develops oil and gas deposits and expands its military capabilities in the Arctic.”
““We found that the ice loss from [Antarctica’s] Ross Ice Shelf and flow of the adjoining grounded ice are sensitive to changes in processes along the ice front, such as increased summer warming if sea ice or clouds decrease,” said co-author Laurie Padman, a senior scientist at Earth and Space Research.”
“An unusually warm April followed a top 3 hottest March, and indicates that the Earth is headed for yet another top 3 warmest year on record. In addition, Arctic sea ice extent reached a record low for April, NOAA reports.
“This follows recent news that carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere edged past 415 parts per million for the first time in human history, likely becoming the highest level on record in at least 3 million years.”