“The Mississippi and Arkansas Rivers are set to rise to ‘record-breaking’ levels as the Midwest reels from ‘catastrophic’ flooding with more rain to come this week.
“As the nation reels from heatwaves, tornadoes, and storm warnings, the Midwest is about to be inundated with record flooding this week as several major rivers are forecast to reach historic levels.
“The Arkansas and Mississippi Rivers are expected to flood at record-breaking levels as a downpour of rain is forecast to drench the Midwest states on Tuesday and Wednesday.”
“A vicious storm tore through the Kansas City area, spawning tornadoes that left a trail of devastation, as the US reeled from a record run of twisters…
“The National Weather Service had already received at least 27 more reports of tornadoes on Tuesday, suggesting that the record for consecutive days would be broken once the official totals are in.”
“In Augusta, Macon, Savannah and Charleston, it was the earliest instance touching the century mark on record.
“Temperatures in this region have generally been about 15 degrees above average since the heat wave began.”
“A prolific hail storm pounded Nebraska Monday night and Tuesday morning, battering trees and clogging streets with up to a foot of ice in places.
“The severe weather rolled across the state, following the I-80 corridor for more than 300 miles, from the Colorado border to Iowa.
“Hailstones up to baseball-size were reported.”
“National Weather Service meteorologist Lucas Boyer says that as of 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Anchorage had received 2.08 inches (5.28 centimeters) of rainfall for the month. The previous record set in 1989 was 1.93 inches (4.9 centimeters). May is generally considered a dry month for Anchorage.”
“As the climate warms, glaciers are receding on a very human scale. At many trailheads and scenic vistas across the state, this retreat can be observed from one season to the next. It’s hard for hikers to keep up.
““Glaciated areas are changing so rapidly, if you want to see them, now’s the time,” warns Robert Sheldon.”
“…where I live, near Anchorage in south-central Alaska, the snowpack should be deep enough to support skiing for weeks to come.
“But this year, a record-breaking heatwave upended norms and had us basking in comfortable—but often unsettling—warmth.
“Across Alaska, March temperatures averaged 11 °C above normal. The deviation was most extreme in the Arctic…”
“Smoke from Alberta’s out-of-control wildfires has reached B.C.’s largest urban centre. Global B.C. meteorologist Mark Madryga said satellite imagery shows the haze began rolling into the Metro Vancouver area on Monday and thickened on Tuesday.”
“Otago and Southland’s autumn temperature records are on the verge of falling like autumn leaves this year [New Zealand].
“There are still a couple of days left in the season, but prolonged warm weather and less rain than normal means Niwa scientists believe Dunedin, Invercargill and Milford Sound are on track to post their warmest autumns on record.”
“New Zealand scientists are monitoring a possible “catastrophic” 3.5m Antarctic sea-level rise.
“GNS Science has been part of an international team of researchers mapping the sea floor under the Ross Ice Shelf…
“”Most of the ice in West Antarctica sits on ground below sea level and is particularly vulnerable to increases in ocean temperature,” GNS Science says.”
“Torrential rain hit many locations across southern, central and eastern China since May 25, 2019. Residents were trapped in floods and rescuers mobilised to evacuate villagers.”
“Dozens of Burmese star tortoises, an endangered species found only in Myanmar, have died at a sanctuary in Magwe Region due to the extreme heat of the past few weeks, a conservation official said.
“U Thein Lwin, administrator of Shwe Sett Taw Wildlife Sanctuary, said its staff had found 62 dead Burmese star tortoises, which were among the 650 tortoises released in the sanctuary in February.”
“The Death Valley in the Californian desert is said to be the world’s hottest place. Yesterday (May 28), though, it was a town in India’s water-deprived Vidarbha region that earned the title—even if only for a day.
“On May 28, Chandrapur city in the western state of Maharashtra recorded a maximum temperature of 47.8°C [118F], the highest in the world…”
“An intense heatwave is expected to hit Pakistan in the coming weeks due to a delay in the start of the monsoon season. According to weather website accuweather, the heatwave will start in the next few days and last into June.”
“Heavy winter rainfalls led to more wild brush growth than usual, increasing the chance of summer wildfires, says the Kurdistan Region’s Ministry of Agriculture.
“Brush is already becoming increasingly dry, with temperatures already surpassing 35 Celsius in May.”
“The temperature record for the month of May was broken in Istanbul on May 28 with 35.4 degrees Celsius.
“According to information from the Meteorology General Directorate, it was the highest temperature that the megacity saw [beating the previous record of] 34.5 Celsius degrees on May 27 of 1950.”
“Severe drought in Somalia is putting over two million people at risk of starvation and forcing thousands out of villages and into a relief camp outside the capital. The United Nations has called for emergency aid to help those in need, including nearly a million Somali children facing hunger. Mohamed Sheikh Nor reports from Mogadishu.”
“Morocco’s Directorate of National Metrology (DMN) has announced that another heat wave is likely to hit several cities across Morocco…
“…temperatures ranging between 34 and 43 degrees Celsius [109.4F].”
“May in Croatia has been very sparse on the sunshine front, and it seems another May weather record could be broken as the months with the lowest amount of sunshine hours. According to meteorologists May this year has seen only 60 percent of the normal amount of sunshine for May. And the forecast for the rest of this week certainly isn’t promising with more grey skies and rain predicted at least until Friday.”
“Last year’s Beast from the East and scorching summer hit bumblebee populations in Scotland and the UK, with numbers dropping to their lowest in the past six years.
“BeeWalk surveys, carried out by volunteers across the UK, show 13 of the country’s 24 species declined in 2018.”
“Atmospheric researchers at the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research have now developed a climate model that can accurately depict the frequently observed winding course of the jet stream…
“Using their new combo-model, they can now show that the jet stream’s wavelike course in winter and subsequent extreme weather conditions cold air outbreaks in Central Europe and North America are the direct result of climate change.”
“Ocean heat content (OHC) set a new record in early 2019, with more warmth in the oceans than at any time since OHC records began in 1940…
“Atmospheric methane concentrations have increased at an accelerating rate, reaching record highs in recent months… Arctic sea ice is currently at a record low for this time of year. Antarctic sea ice set new record lows in January, and is currently at the low end of the historical range…
“Based on temperatures in the first quarter, 2019 is likely to be the second or third warmest year on record for all of the surface temperature series. However, with only three months of 2019 available so far it is not out of the question that it could be the warmest year…”