“Amid the hottest month in recorded history, some records still stand out as absolutely jaw dropping. That’s definitely true of a measurement made in the Arctic this July.
“According to data released in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) monthly climate analysis, a weather station in Sweden north of the Arctic Circle hit a stunning 94.6 Fahrenheit (34.8 degrees Celsius) last month. As an isolated data point, it would be shocking. But coupled with a host of other maladies, from no sea ice within 125 miles of Alaska to the unruly fires ravaging Siberia, it’s an exclamation point on the climate crisis.
“The steamy temperature was recorded on July 26 in the small Swedish outpost of Markusvinsa, which sits on the southern edge of the Arctic Circle.”
“Wondering what an area of forest burning larger than Belgium looks like? Greenpeace Russia has been documenting the wildfires, to show their effect, size and catastrophic impact on all of us… we took a small helicopter and flew over the fires in the taiga…”
“Roads in Devon [UK] are flooding as 80mm [3+ inches] of rains falls on the county in a matter of hours – almost as much as would normally fall in the South West in the whole of August. The Met Office has issued a yellow warning running from 8am to 10pm today and events have been cancelled ahead of the stormy weather.”
“Flash floods caused by heavy rain have killed at least 46 people across Sudan in the past two weeks, a health official said Thursday.
“Health Ministry Undersecretary Suleiman Abdel Jabbar said the rain and floods have affected 16 of the country’s 18 states.”
“Following news that monsoon rain has claimed more than 300 lives across India, Myanmar and Pakistan so far this month, the risk for flooding will expand to India’s National Capital Region (NCR) into this weekend…
“Over 1 million other residents have been displaced with thousands of homes flooded, according to Aljazeera.”
“A southwesterly air current has brought heavy rainfall to central and southern Taiwan, with 3,566 people evacuated in Kaohsiung as of Thursday night.
“Over the past 24 hours, mountainous areas of Kaohsiung, including the city’s Taoyuan and Namasia Districts, have received over 400 millimeters of rain [nearly 16 inches]…”
“Krosa has already inundated Yanase in Kochi Prefecture on Shikoku with more than 869 mm (34 inches) of rain, as of Friday evening. Out of that total, 124.5 mm (nearly 5 inches) and 60.5 mm (2.38 inches) poured down in 3 and 1 hours, respectively…
“Through Saturday, the heaviest rain will spread from northern Chubu and western Tohoku to Hokkaido.”
“A spate of suspected water thefts is being investigated in a Queensland region [Australia] hit by with severe drought. Police have received three reports of water thefts from a lodge, a dam and a water main in the Darling Downs region – just west of greater Brisbane – in recent months.”
“Sydney is running down its water supply at the fastest rate on record, with dams expected to fall below half maximum capacity due to the worst drought on record, the government said on Friday.
““We have never seen these kind of inflows,” said NSW Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda Pavey.
““Catchments that have been historically reliable … are now facing a critical shortage of water,” she added.”
“Once deep in powder this time of year, Chile’s ski stations are fighting the ravages of climate change and pollution that have brought less and less snow to the central Andes. Just a few decades ago, the Andes mountain range could be buried under four metres of snow…
“But this year, it’s snowed only three times in the Chilean Andes, and never more than 30 centimetres.”
“Typically around this time of the year, just as the peak of hurricane season is approaching, the Mississippi River runs 3 to 5 feet high at New Orleans.
“This year, however, the river has flowed past the city at more than 11 feet above sea level for 292 days. It dropped below that level only this week.If a hurricane does come, it could push enough storm surge up the river to send floodwaters washing over the levees that protect New Orleans, officials say.”
“A standard river barge can hold about the same amount as 60 semitrucks. In early June, 642 of them had floated to a standstill near American Commercial Barge Line’s office outside Cairo, Ill.
“”That’s just me. That’s not the other fleets in the area,” said Mark Glaab, facility manager there. “That’s just ACBL.””
“Every summer, a toxic algae bloom turns part of Lake Erie green, and although the primary weather factors all point toward a record-breaking bloom in 2019…
“These highly-toxic algae blooms are so massive that their vibrant green colors are are easily spotted in Lake Erie from space.”
“After record-breaking hailstones fell from the skies over Colorado earlier this week, a powerful thunderstorm unleashed significant amounts of hail in Michigan on Wednesday.
“In this case, it was the accumulation of hail, not the mass of individual stones, that captured onlookers’ attention. In some places, as much as 18 inches of hail accumulated.”
““The drought had a major impact on streams,” says Wilkinson. “Water temperatures rose, oxygen levels dropped and freshwater biodiversity was restricted to smaller areas.
“This disturbance exceeded any worst-case scenario for climate change-induced warming but served as a useful indicator for how ecosystems might respond to a warming world.””
Sheesh, we *know*. We get it already. How many scientific bodies are going to confirm this?!