“Yesterday on May 30, Prayagraj previously known as Allahabad [India] recorded the highest maximum ever that is 48.6, breaking an all-time record of 48.4°C [119.12F] set back in 1994…
“[The] heatwave will continue until the next week or so.”
“A menacing black glacier is bulldozing its way down a valley in northern Pakistan, threatening to cut off a vital road link to China and blocking melt-water that could flood villages below…
“…deposits of snow on the glacier have increased due to larger amounts of snowfall in the winter months over the past five years linked to climate change, he said.
“But Philippus Wester from the Nepal-based ICIMOD, who led the study, said that while some glaciers in Pakistan are stable and a few are even gaining ice, they will nonetheless all start to melt in time as the planet heats up.”
“Between June 28 and July 8, 2018, there was record widespread rainfall, particularly across western Japan, with some areas receiving more than 1,800 millimeters [71 inches] of precipitation.
“The death toll in the 2018 Japan floods came to more than 220 and according to Cabinet Office data, approximately 17,000 houses were either totally or partially destroyed, while 30,000 houses were flooded.”
“Several May temperature records have been broken with a winter blast hitting southern Queensland [Australia] overnight. Applethorpe, Oakey and Dalby have all had their coldest May mornings on record.
“The temperature plummeted to -6.1 in Applethorpe, –2.1 degrees below its previous record 13 years ago.”
“Perth has just posted its second-driest May on record and shivered through the coolest mornings ever experienced during the month. Perth has had 17.8mm of rain, against the May average of 89.4mm.
“The dry has extended across the state, with farmers forced to “dry seed”.”
“On Saturday, heavy downpours will continue across Guatemala and western portions of El Salvador.
“Portions of Mexico will be next in line for the threat of heavy rain, flooding and mudslides…
“…150-300 mm (6-12 inches) of rain is expected.”
“The angst on farmer Twitter is palpable. Across the Midwest, torrential rains have soaked the fields, leaving the sodden soil unsuitable for planting millions of acres with corn, soybeans, and other crops, presaging a terrible harvest.
“Seeds are usually in the ground this time of year. But thanks to floods, unrelenting rains, hail, and scores of tornadoes, the season is off to one of the worst starts in history.”
“Chicago broke its record Thursday for the most rainfall during the month of May with a full day to spare. As of Thursday afternoon, the total amount of rainfall was 8.25 inches for the month, according to the National Weather Service.
“The previous record for May was 8.21 inches, set in 2018. The average for May is 3.68 inches.”
“It’s been an unusually harrowing month for millions of Americans living in the path of a spate of tornadoes that have torn through the heart of the country.
“An incredible 225 tornadoes have been confirmed since 17 May, with eyewitness reports of around 500 tornadoes over the course of the month.”
“Shocking footage filmed in Pennsylvania shows hail stones the size of baseballs falling into a lake earlier this week. Hail was captured falling in large clumps over Lake Winola, with other surrounding areas including Lancaster County and Schuylkill County also reportedly being hit.
“Resident Ian Roberts shared video of himself wearing a hard-hat as he recorded massive chunks of hail splashing into the water.”
“This May is on track to be Georgia’s hottest May on record.”
“California regulators on Thursday approved allowing utilities to cut off electricity to possibly hundreds of thousands of customers to avoid catastrophic wildfires like the one sparked by power lines last year that killed 85 people and largely destroyed the city of Paradise.
“Utilities’ liability can reach billions of dollars, and after several years of devastating wildfires, they asked regulators to allow them to pull the plug when fire risk is extremely high…”
“Thousands of more people have been put on evacuation alert Thursday as smoke from out-of-control wildfires in northern Alberta billowed across the province. Edmonton was enveloped in smoke, prompting the Air Quality Health Index to jump to a 10+ Thursday afternoon.
“An estimated 10,000 people have already been evacuated due to the wildfires and smoky conditions while thousands more have been put on evacuation alert as at least three major fires have spread rapidly since Wednesday.”
“The drought in [Alaska’s] Southeast has gotten worse. Last week parts of the southern Panhandle dropped into the “extreme drought” range for the first time…
“Black Bear Lake is normally filled at this time of year due to snow melt. Not this year. “We did not have any significant snowpack this year,” said Mickelson. “The melting snow effect is pretty much going to be negligible going forward for us. The only way the lake will fill is if we get precipitation.””
“[Ireland] Farm incomes declined by more than a fifth last year because of severe weather including storms and drought.
“Figures published by Teagasc, the agriculture and food development authority, show that average incomes fell by 21 per cent, with drops across most farm types and annual decreases of up to 31 per cent on dairy farms.”
“The heat wave that closes the month of May in Galicia remains today and tomorrow in Ourense…
“…which is on the verge of recording the maximum temperature since there are measurements in a month of May.”
“Climate-change-related drought in Somalia could put 2.2 million people at risk of starvation this year, according to the United Nations.
“Justin Brady, UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs head for Somalia, told The Irish Times that the international community should be “very worried”… Mr Brady said the latest drought had come “out of the blue”, and badly affected farmers who rely on rain to grow crops.”
“Haustein and his colleagues calculated that the interplay of greenhouse gases and atmospheric pollution almost singlehandedly shaped 20th century climate.”
“Researchers asked leading experts on the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets to provide their best updated estimates for the future of these frozen masses as temperatures spike…”
“On their voyage to oblivion, a tribute of the icebergs of Greenland’s Ilulissat Icefjord.
“Stian Klo: “Our boat in the midst of the ice breaking off from the active Eqi Glacier. We had to stop a good 800m-1km away from the actual front of the glacier. There were terrifyingly intriguing sounds as it big chunks broke off every 20 minutes.””
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