“The combination of a slow-moving non-tropical storm and a weak tropical disturbance loaded with moisture will unleash torrential rain and raise new concerns for flooding over the south-central United States into this weekend.
“Hourly rainfall of 1-3 inches can occur with daily rainfall averaging 3-5 inches.
“However, there is the potential for some areas of the Interstate 10 and 20 corridors to receive a foot or more of rain from the multiple-day event that may last through the weekend.
“Both Wharton and Palacios, Texas, received 8 inches of rain in less than 12 hours on Wednesday…
“To complicate matters, heavy rainfall over the Central states and melting snow from the Rockies has created a surge of water from the Missouri and Arkansas rivers that is emptying into the Mississippi River and flowing southward.
“Over the lower part of the Mississippi Valley, this surge of water may occur at nearly the same time that heavy rain falls.”
“Thousands of heat-related deaths in major US cities could be avoided if rising global temperatures are curbed, new research has found.
“On current global heating trends, thousands of people are set to perish due to the heat every year across 15 major US cities, in an analysis by a team of British and American researchers.”
“A raging wildfire in central Washington triggered local evacuations and air quality concerns across the state.
“The fast-moving fire spread rapidly over Tuesday night, growing from 5,000 acres to more than 15,000 acres in Grant County.”
“The skies in Edmonton, Canada were recently so red and smoky that a local meteorologist told NASA “it looked like we were on Mars.”
“Now, that prodigious wildfire smoke has left Canada, streamed thousands of miles across the Atlantic Ocean, and passed over the UK. On Monday morning, the UK Met Office posted imagery of the North American wildfire smoke sailing over the island nation.”
“Go back to the 1850s and annual average temperatures in Oxford would have been around 9.5C-10C. Today, the annual averages are now about 10.5C-11C.
“This uptick is captured visually in the Oxford “Climate Stripe”, which represents each year’s temperature with a coloured line, going from deep blue (coldest) to deep red (hottest).”
“A car was overturned and roofs were destroyed when a tornado struck overnight in northwest Germany in the latest spate of storms in Northern Europe.
“Bocholt, a town in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, witnessed extreme weather conditions early Wednesday, with wind speeds of 181 to 253 kilometers per hour (112 to 157 mph).”
“Four people have been killed and more than 2500 stranded in the desert town of Ghat [Libya] due to mass flooding caused by heavy rainfall…
“The town has been left without power and water, adding more suffering to the people. Ghat Municipality has warned of a health disaster after sewage mixed with rainwater flooded the town’s residential areas.”
“Five people died and dozens were missing after heavy rains triggered a series of landslides in eastern Uganda.
“A statement from the office of Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda said on Wednesday “there are reports of displacement and destruction of property as well as missing persons” in the country’s mountainous Bududa district.”
“More than 2 million people could face starvation by the end of the summer, unless there are urgent efforts to respond to the drought in Somalia.
“Mark Lowcock, the UN’s humanitarian chief, said the country is facing one of the driest rainy seasons in more than three decades, and a “rapidly deteriorating humanitarian situation”.”
“When the temperature topped 120 degrees, residents of the northern Indian city of Churu stopped going outside while authorities started hosing down the baking streets with water…
“Nearly the whole country remained under a heat wave warning on Wednesday, with severe warnings for a swath of north and central India, including the states of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.”
“The south peninsular India recorded the hottest May days in its history.”
“Japan’s Kansai Airport has reported that it has recovered from its insurance program more than 75% of the losses it incurred as a result of Typhoon Jebi…
“The airport, which is located on a man-made island near the city of Osaka, was heavily impacted by Typhoon Jebi in September of last year after storm surge inundated its premises with several meters of seawater. The situation was further exacerbated when a large tanker crashed into the bridge that links the airport to the mainland…”
“May was a month of extremes for Geraldton [West Australia], with the city breaking three weather records, including its driest autumn. Between March and May, the Bureau of Meteorology recorded just 6mm of rain at Geraldton Airport, smashing the previous record of 16mm in 2006…
“Geraldton also had its driest May on record this year, with just 1.8mm landing in the rain gauge.”
“We’re a week into winter, but you can put aside your ugg boots and down jackets for a while, with a string of unusually warm, spring-like days ahead.
“After a short burst of cold weather, a run of unseasonably warm weather is on the cards for Sydney and the rest of south-east Australia.”
“New Zealand’s official climate agency has just declared autumn the fourth warmest on record. But by one climate scientist’s model, which combined sea temperatures as well as those on land, the autumn of 2019 took the top spot as the hottest on the books.”
“Another season of drought is in store for the northern extent of South America as the region stays mainly dry through August. “Drought conditions will continue across northern Colombia into Venezuela, Guyana and parts of the Brazilian state of Roraima with only minor relief, despite the opportunities for needed rainfall, “ Nicholls said.
“The long-term drought is already taking a major toll on the agriculture across the region. Up to 60 percent of the plantations in Cordoba, Colombia, have been severely impacted by the drought, according to Fresh Plaza.”
“Heavy rains have struck Guatemala City, turning streets into raging rivers and submerging cars. Footage shows a truck struggling to drive through flood waters and parked cars almost completely submerged in the streets of the city yesterday (June 5).
“The flash floods caused traffic disruption across the city and damage to stores and other properties.”
“Globally, there’s almost 10 inches of sea level rise by 2100 only from the smaller glaciers, whereas everybody thinks it’s only Antarctica and Greenland. But these relatively small glaciers in the world have an enormous impact.”
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