“Communities along the swollen Arkansas River in Oklahoma and Arkansas are preparing for further flooding, with the mayor of Tulsa urging thousands of residents behind the city’s aging levees to be ready to evacuate in the event of a ‘worst-case scenario’.
“‘This is a flood of historic magnitude,’ said Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, joined by state emergency officials and officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency on Wednesday.
“Hutchinson said that he directed $250,000 in state funds toward the flood response. The Republican says he has also requested federal assistance from the Trump administration.”
“The severe weather that spawned tornadoes in Kansas and Missouri Tuesday also brought heavy rains that helped set a new record for the wettest May in Kansas City, according to the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill…
“This May’s rainfall total has also has made this month the third wettest month in Kansas City’s 131-year-history of collecting weather data.”
“…it’s not over yet.
“More heavy rain is in the forecast for today, and over 10 million remain under flood warnings from Oklahoma into Kansas, Missouri and Illinois. The greatest flash flood potential will be from Texas into Arkansas, where 2-4 inches of rainfall will be common.”
“More tornadoes ripped across the central US overnight and on Wednesday almost 40 million people remain at risk of severe weather across a vast area from Texas to New York…
“With tornado warnings as far east as New York City, a huge chunk of the US is caught up in wild weather and flooding that goes far beyond a typical year of seasonal storms.”
“Macon broke yet another high temperature record today, warming to 99 degrees this afternoon.
“This makes it 6 days in a row of record tying or breaking temps in Macon!
“We last saw a high of 100 degrees on both Sunday and Tuesday, which broke the all time record for high temperatures in Macon during the month of May.”
“Californians wish they were dreaming as record-breaking cold and wet weather hits… On Sunday and Monday, precipitation fell and temperatures dropped, establishing daily records across the southern two-thirds of the state, from Modesto to Death Valley…
“Downtown Los Angeles had a daytime low of 49 on Memorial Day, the first sub-50 day in the month of May since 1967.”
“Alberta farm incomes plummeted in 2018 due to a “brutal” combination of conditions that included severe drought, wild weather and global trade barriers.
“According to data released by Statistics Canada this week, realized net income of farmers in the province fell by 68 per cent to just $535 million in 2018…
“…a wet early spring gave way to an extended hot and dry spell that withered crops in the field, and was followed by an unseasonably early dump of rain and snow.”
“Residents across British Columbia and the Yukon Territory can expect this summer to feature long stretches of unusually warm and dry weather with temperatures occasionally challenging record levels. This may set the stage for large wildfires to erupt across the region that could have far-reaching impacts.”
“Marine mammal officials say a fourth gray whale has been found dead along Alaska’s shore. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says a young gray whale was spotted north of the Clam Gulch Recreation Area on the Kenai Peninsula.
“More than 60 dead gray whales have been found dead from Mexico to Alaska.”
“Tufted puffins, those adorable black and white birds with big orange beaks, experienced an unusual die-off in the Bering Sea in late 2016 through early 2017.
“Massive mortality events like this seem to be increasing, likely because of climate change, according to a new study running in PLOS ONE…
“Researchers found over 350 carcasses on St. Paul Island in the Bering Sea, Alaska, between October 2016 and January 2017. They estimate anywhere from 3,150 to 8,800 birds died in that time period.”
“The water will not go down before the middle of June.
“The news was given on Tuesday by the meteorological service of Paraguay , where it has been raining for weeks and the floods displaced 62 thousand families.
“The Paraguay River gives no respite to thousands of families. The rising river has caused extraordinary floods during the course of its journey of some thousand kilometers in the Paraguayan territory.”
“There is an island in the South Pacific called Henderson Island that used to be a beautiful white sandy beach island.
“It is now called the Garbage Island due to all the plastic that has floated upon its shores from the countries of China, Thailand, Indonesia, Europe, United States, Russia, South America, Japan, and the Philippines.”
“Days of extreme heat and rainfall skyrocketed [in Australia] last summer by several times the 30-year average, delivering the hottest summer on record in another clear signal of the risks posed by climate change, a report by the Actuaries Institutes has found.
“The latest Australian Actuaries Climate Index found the number of days of extreme heat over the 2018-19 summer was three times the 30-year average between 1980 to 2000.
“Meanwhile, the days of extreme rainfall in the wet tropics was up a massive 430 per cent.”
“Japan’s heatwave in July 2018 could not have happened without climate change. That is the unequivocal conclusion of a report released last week, as the country battles yet another record-breaking heatwave.
“The July 2018 heatwave, which killed 1,032 people, saw temperatures reach 41.1C, the highest temperature ever recorded in the country. Torrential rains also triggered landslides and the worst flooding in decades.”
“The heatwave conditions across India will peak on Monday, and continue until Tuesday. In Delhi, maximum temperatures may remain at around 45°C until next Tuesday.
“On Friday, the maximum temperatures of 45°C or more are likely over Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Maharashtra.”
““As we start to get drought stress hitting, there will be crop failures and a loss of livestock. It could cause people to migrate and if you can’t migrate, it might cause conflict as people will need to fight with their neighbours for food.”
“This will hit areas such as the fertile Indus Valley, which has been inhabited by human civilisations for many thousands of years and today feeds 237 million people.”
“Four years of drought is driving villagers from a desert region of Pakistan. Cattle are dying because of the lack of grass for grazing.”
“Kenya is facing one of the worst stretches of drought in years, causing underdevelopment, fights over water, and fears of starvation.
“However, a village in western Kenya is using a high-tech solution to water scarcity with so-called “digital wells” in a bid to improve local livelihoods and prevent waste.”
“Mozambique says it needs $3.2 billion to recover from a pair of powerful tropical cyclones that ripped into the southern African nation earlier this year and left hundreds dead, raising alarm about the effects of climate change on coastal nations.”
“On Sunday 26th May 2019, heavy rains hit several areas of Uganda including the Capital, Kampala. A number of areas flooded, roads cut off and a lot of property was destructed.
“Over eight people are believed to have lost their lives in the areas of Kikajjo, Lubowa and Lufuka all located in Masajja and Bunamwaya divisions (Kampala suburbs).”
“The [Cyprus] met office has issued the week’s second yellow weather alert for Thursday, warning temperatures will peak at 41C inland. The warning is in force from 11am until 4pm.
“The highest temperature on Wednesday was measured at Athalassa weather station, Kitas Weather reported, 42.1C. This is a new record for May, Kitas announced, while saying this record may be broken on Thursday.”
“Vital water supplies are at risk of running worryingly low as reservoirs are sucked dry in the wake of a baking hot spring that saw little rainfall [UK]… dramatic pictures reveal how these supplies are poised to run empty including one that is usually filled with 500 million gallons of water quickly turning into a bed of cracked mud.
“The Met Office said the rainfall during May was only 45 per cent of what one might expect during the month.”
“[There is] a shortage of seed for spring grain sowings in Sweden, thanks to last year’s drought-reduced harvest…”
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