“This is the shocking moment a street in Madrid was turned into ‘hellish’ rapids following storms and heavy rainfall this afternoon.
“Vehicles can be seen being washed away by the gushing stream in the streets of Arganda, an area just south east of Madrid capital.
“The footage was tweeted by climate expert Mario Picazo.
“A strong thunderstorm has hit the southeast of Madrid,” he wrote, “These are the first images from the streets of Arganda, where the skies have collapsed in just a few minutes… wow!”
“A spectacular tornado has hit the outskirts of Malaga [Spain] tonight as scorching weather gave way to freak storms with torrential rain and thunderstorms.
“Footage of the phenomena has been posted on social media, with the emergency services receiving hundreds of calls.”
“Two people were injured in the Turkish town of Terme yesterday when a city bridge collapsed due to heavy rains.
“Torrential rains wreaked havoc in the Black Sea town over the weekend causing the bridge to collapse, local authorities said.”
“Eindhoven [Holland] is in the grip of its third official heatwave this year, with the temperature topping 30 Celsius for the third day in a row, weather bureau Weerplaza said…
“On Tuesday, when the temperature will top 30 Celsius nationwide, it will be the second official heat wave of the year. There have only been three previous national heatwaves in a single year since official records began in 1901 – in 1941, 2006 and 2018.”
“Another [UK] summer record has been broken with Monday being the hottest late August bank holiday ever, according to the Met Office.
“Temperatures hit 33.2C at Heathrow, up from 28.6C at Tibenham Airfield earlier in the day and smashing the previous record of 28.2C…
“Temperatures also hit a high of 33.3C at Heathrow on Sunday, while hundreds of thousands of people enjoyed what is thought to be the hottest Notting Hill Carnival ever in west London.”
“When record-breaking temperatures of 70°F were reached in 2012 (4°F higher than what was then considered average), the Puffins’ preferred prey were in short supply.
“The herring, haddock and hake (“forage fish”) that the Puffins feed their chicks may have perished or found refuge in deeper, cooler water not accessible to the puffins.”
“A relentless downpour dumping more than 9 inches of rain at some locations Sunday caused flash flooding throughout the Shoals [Alabama] that entered some buildings and delayed schools Monday in Cherokee.”
“A 13-year-old boy drowned Saturday during flash flooding in Missouri, according to local reports. John D. Wheeler, of Carl Junction, Missouri, was identified by police as the teen who died in the floods in Joplin, The Springfield News-Leader reported.
“Joplin is about a Springfield, the third biggest city in Missouri, is about 70 miles southwest of Springfield.”
“New Orleans residents showed how widespread the flooding was on social media. …A Flash Flood Warning was issued around 4 p.m. as 3-5 inches of rain dropped in less than two hours, sending water into homes, businesses and vehicles. New Orleans residents showed how widespread the flooding was.”
“The National Hurricane Center issued a tropical storm warning and a hurricane watch for Puerto Rico on Tuesday morning as Tropical Storm Dorian continues to move across the Caribbean toward the island…
“Puerto Ricans have been urged by their governor to prepare for the coming storm. Puerto Rico Gov. Wanda Vázquez Garced declared a state of emergency for the island on Monday.”
“Tropical Storm Ivo left two dead and communities across the country [Mexico] ravaged by floods, sinkholes, hailstorms and damaged infrastructure over the weekend.
“The deaths, a minor in Ahome, Sinaloa, and an adult male in Monterrey, Nuevo León, were both caused by electrocution.”
“As fires continue to rage in Brazil, nearly a million hectares (6,200 sq miles) of farmland and unique dry forest have been destroyed by weeks of blazes across the border in Bolivia, where the flames have now reached the country’s Amazon region.
““This is the biggest ever catastrophe for biodiversity in Bolivia,” said Fernando Vargas, an indigenous leader in the Isiboro Sécure Indigenous territory and national park, known as Tipnis by its Spanish acronym.”
“…Chile is home to 4% of the world’s and 80% of South America’s glaciers. Located in the Andes mountain range, they provide a vitally important water resource but are under threat from global warming. The host country of the UN’s COP25 international climate talks, Chile is working on a new inventory of its glaciers. With only half of the assessment carried out, the outlook is already worrying.”
Freaky winter heatwave for Chile:
“The heat in the southern hemisphere is typical of the first months of the year, but not in August. That is why the temperatures that were recorded in recent days in Chile have attracted attention in the meteorological services of the country and the entire continent, as temperatures reached 37 degrees.”
“It’s still winter, but you could be forgiven for thinking otherwise tomorrow with Perth [Western Australia] set to break the record for the hottest day ever in August.
“Bureau of Meteorology duty forecaster Daryl Vink said the forecast maximum of 28 degrees Celsius would be the hottest in 79 years.”
“Weather officials in Nagasaki prefecture, western Japan, said the heaviest rainfall in half a century hit parts of Tsushima city on Tuesday morning. Evacuation advisories were issued at 8a.m. to more than 5,200 residents in some districts of the city due to heightened risks of mudslides.”
“Heavy rains and floods have killed at least 62 people and injured 98 others in Sudan since July, the Health Ministry said. The disaster has affected almost 36,000 families in 17 of the volatile East African nation’s 18 states, acting Undersecretary of Health Sulaiman Abdul Jabbar told reporters late Sunday in Khartoum.”
“Climate change is altering the ability of the Southern Ocean off the West Antarctic Peninsula to absorb carbon dioxide, according to a Rutgers-led study, and that could magnify climate change in the long run.”
“This summer, Alaska has experienced record high temperatures and devastating wildfires. If such events become more frequent, how might that impact our northernmost forests?
“A team of researchers led by the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) projected that the combination of climate change and increased wildfires will cause the iconic evergreen conifer trees of Alaska to get pushed out in favor of broadleaf deciduous trees…”