“Tornadoes and violent hailstorms killed six tourists including two children in northern Greece late Wednesday, police said.
“Estimates of the injured ranged from at least 30 to more than 100 after the sudden and violent storm hit Halkidiki, near the city of Thessaloniki, on Wednesday night.
“Trees were uprooted, vans flipped over and motorcycles scattered through the streets by gale-force winds, as rain and hail pelted the streets…
“…medics described the storm as ‘unprecedented’ for this time of year.”
“Hail the size of oranges has injured 18 people in an Italian Adriatic city, while a blaze in Sicily forced beach-goers to flee. Italian news agency ANSA quoted hospital officials in Pescara as saying that the hailstorm caused cuts and bruises, especially on the head…
“In other bad weather in Italy, a tornado swept through the area of Milano Marittima, knocking down some 200 century-old pine trees in the popular Adriatic Sea resort.”
“As extreme weather lashes the world and average temperatures rise, the world’s food security is in acute danger — and not by the year 2100. Just this week, the United Nations warned that climate crisis disasters are happening at the rate of one a week.
“The signs of danger already abound, including in Israel, where drought has been constraining crops for years. Yet the national emergency food reserves suffice only for weeks, to three months at the most. “
“Delhi is experiencing the maximum monsoon rainfall deficit in the country. With persistent high temperatures, the national capital has received a mere 13.8 mm of rainfall so far since June 1—88% below normal for this time of the year…
“…extended summer resulted in Delhi’s hottest June day ever as Palam station recorded a whopping 48°C on June 10.”
“At least three persons have lost their lives and over two lakh were affected in the second wave of floods that has gripped 11 districts of Assam since the last few days.
“Incessant rainfall across the state in the past 24 hours has led to rapid flooding, landslides and mudslides in several places.”
“Heavy rains and related flooding have affected 1.63 million people in southern and eastern China, according to China’s Ministry of Emergency Management.
“About 77,000 people have been evacuated, and at least four deaths have been reported. The worst-affected areas are reportedly in the central province of Hunan and Jiangxi province in the east.”
“”Most parts of [North Korea’s] western coast, and the central inland, are experiencing high temperatures,” KCNA said. “Serious drought conditions are ongoing.”
“State media said the area most seriously hit includes South Hwanghae Province, known as the rice basket of the country.
“North Korea’s meteorological administration said rainfall in May was 37 to 46.3 percent of the average. Weather conditions are increasing concerns of a food shortage in the country, according to Yonhap news agency.”
“Hot, dry weather will persist across Australia’s east coast until at least October, the country’s weather bureau said on Thursday, signalling no relief for drought-hit farmers in one of the world’s largest agricultural producers…
“The forecast would extend drought conditions that have devastated agricultural production across Australia’s east coast into a third year.”
“Hard coral cover on the Great Barrier Reef is near record lows in its northern stretch and in decline in the south, surveys by government scientists have found.
“A report card by the government’s Australian Institute of Marine Science says hard coral cover in the northern region above Cooktown is at 14% – a slight increase on last year but close to the lowest since monitoring began in 1985.”
“A new study in the journal Nature Geosciences reports that by the drought’s peak, a combination of factors—including lack of rain, extreme heat and overcrowding stressed out the forest—lead to mass die-offs.
“In total, almost 150 million trees have died in California since the drought began.”
“Louisiana on Wednesday declared a state of emergency as a storm in the Gulf of Mexico was fast developing into a category 1 hurricane and spinning towards the Louisiana coast.
“Experts are warning that the resulting storm surge could push the already swollen Mississippi River precariously close to the tops of levees that protect New Orleans – in what will be their greatest test since the catastrophic failure during Hurricane Katrina in 2005.”
“Recent surveys by the Central Caribbean Marine Institute have shown that algae growth on Cayman’s coral reefs is already at near critical levels. Wang said there is little likelihood the problem will go away.
““Right now,” she said, “we’re proposing [the increased sargassum] will have a big impact.””
“The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) said Dingwall in Easter Ross was among the places worst affected by the rain.
“Vincent Fitzsimons told BBC radio’s Good Morning Scotland programme: “Over a month’s worth of rain fell between teatime and nightfall, flooding the high street, while places nearby saw next to nothing.””
“The largest [Siberian] forest fires are reported in the Krasnoyarsk (68,000 hectares), Irkutsk (35,600 hectares), Zabaikalsky (10,800 hectares) and Amur (9,800 hectares) regions. Wildfires are also registered in six other regions. A total of 3,400 people and over 500 units of equipment are involved in extinguishing forest fires.”
“Historic, record-breaking heat isn’t the only environmental malaise that’s gripped Alaska this summer. So has wildfire smoke.
“An incredible satellite image taken on July 8 shows smoke spreading far and wide across Alaska as a spate of hot, dry weather causes the state’s wildfire season to kick into high gear.”
“Strange but true — the surface waters in the Beaufort Sea are outpacing Lake Superior when it comes to temperature this summer.
“In a flip-flop scenario, a monitoring buoy near Prudhoe Bay, north of Alaska, is recording temperatures better suited to Lake Superior, while the lake shivers in temperatures more suited to the Arctic Circle.”