“Through all of April and all of May, wave after wave of rain hit the nation right in the breadbasket, with April capping the wettest 12 months on record for the continental United States. The past 60 days, in particular, have coincided with planting season in much of the country.
“States across the Corn Belt led the way, nearing or breaking previous precipitation records. Midwest cities from St. Louis to Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., have reported unprecedented rainfall. Data for May will be released later this week and can be expected to set more records.”
“Tropical moisture from a remnant low near Mexico is beginning to push rain up into an already flood ravaged central US.”
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“Wet spring weather has pushed Lake Erie’s water level to its highest point in more than 100 years.
“The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Tuesday the shallowest of the Great Lakes hit the highest level of its period of record in May, surpassing the previous peak set in 1986. Lake Superior and Lake St. Clair also reached their highest levels for the month of May.”
“Over the last 40 years, Arctic sea ice thickness, extent and volume have declined dramatically.
“Now, a new study finds a link between declining sea ice coverage in parts of the Canadian Arctic and an increasing incidence of summer heat waves across the southern United States.”
“There were five heat-related records set in May and May was overall the hottest on record for Atlanta, Georgia.”
“Temperatures are so mild that today’s temperature is the coldest June 4 in Ottawa history.
“According to Environment Canada, the temperature recorded at the Ottawa Airport at 6:00 a.m. was 3.5°C. That’s nearly half a degree (0.4°C) colder than the previous record low, set in 1964. The average low for this time of the year is closer to 11°C.”
“Pierre Babinsky, director of communications and public affairs with the Insurance Bureau of Canada, confirmed the storm damage could impact rates, depending on the insurer.
“Babinsky said in 2018, insurers paid nearly $2 billion in settlements related to severe weather across Canada, a historically high amount.
“He advises tornado victims to get in touch with their insurance companies as soon as possible, and to carefully document everything.”
“Wildfires in Alberta, Canada, have burned more than 700,000 acres of land and have forced 11,000 people to evacuate, according to the province’s government…
“…there is no meaningful rainfall expected the rest of the week at Chuckegg Creek and Jackpot Creek.”
“Measurements collected using satellite radar altimetry and optical imagery suggest most of Patagonia’s ice sheets have been rapidly thinning during the past few decades.
“Outside of Antarctica, Patagonia’s ice fields are the largest in the Southern Hemisphere. But as the glacial reserves in Argentina and Chile melt, water drains into the ocean, fueling sea level rise.”
“A tornado has ripped through New Zealand’s North Island on Wednesday tearing roofs from houses and causing chaos on the roads.
“Fire and Emergency New Zealand confirmed at least 20 homes had been damaged, with two being declared uninhabitable by a Far North District Council building inspector.”
“Uneven rainfall, serious drought and flooding, and abrupt alternation of the two disasters are expected to hit China’s Yellow River basin this year, authorities said Tuesday… Regions along the Yellow River are bracing for possible flood and drought, strengthening dam checks and repair, and improving emergency plans to ensure flood control and drinking water safety.”
“Maharashtra [India], which is facing its worst-ever drought since 1972, is running out of fodder for more than 10 lakh heads of cattle that have been shifted to 1,501 cattle camps which have opened across the state.
“While the price of dry fodder has doubled to Rs 18-20 per kg, fresh green fodder has virtually disappeared.”
“The Middle East is experiencing its most severe drought in 900 years, according to NASA– one which is seemingly endless.
“The drought peaked between 2006-2010, and although 2007, 2009 and 2010 saw “normal” amounts of total rainfall, the region was still in drought.
“And therein lies the paradox. A combination of factors, including water management and when the rain falls, means there can still be drought and water scarcity even if it rains a “normal” total amount.”
“Hailstorms effective in northern Turkish province of Kastamonu since Tuesday afternoon damaged cars, houses and crops while causing flash floods in various locations…
“The province was hit by a severe hail in last September, damaging more than 20,000 vehicles and shattering windows of homes and businesses.”
“Yesterday’s rains were highly anticipated by most residents in the Mother City [Cape Town], but while the downpours were much-needed, the heavy rains took a toll on some roadways and homes in the Cape.
“The City received numerous complaints of flooding from various areas. Roads were badly flooded and emergency units needed to stay active overnight to ensure the safety of locals.”
“Marine heatwaves—defined as periods of unusual, above-average temperatures—are causing a range of effects, including species migration and non-native invasion, disruptions or closures to fisheries, and stress and death in aquaculture stocks.
“”Marine heatwaves have become longer and more frequent over the last century,” says Eric Oliver, professor in Dalhousie’s Department of Oceanography…”
“The Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced Tuesday that the average carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere during May rounded to 414.8 parts per million, or ppm —
“….the highest monthly number on record and the peak of 2019.”