“The temperature many kilometres up in the atmosphere above Antarctica is the highest it’s ever been for the time of year in records going back six decades.
“Three times since 2002 the atmosphere high above Antarctica has warmed rapidly, In contrast, there’s no record of a similar event in the previous 40 years, raising questions of a climate change connection.
“Niwa meteorologist Ben Noll said the temperature in the stratosphere above Antarctica was now about 60 degrees Celsius above normal.”
“Auckland [NZ] has broken a new record today for the most rain days in a single month – 29 days in August to be exact.
“And it doesn’t stop there –
“…tomorrow is also likely to bring patches of light showers meaning the new record will likely reach 30 rain days by the time the month is over.”
“Australia is bracing for a horror summer this year after experts warned of a perfect storm of conditions causing a spate of bush fires and mass fish deaths. The latest seasonal bushfire outlook has forecast above average fire potential across Australia – including the entirety of the New South Wales coastline.”
“…as CO2 and heat are absorbed, our oceans are changing, and so is their capacity to support ecosystems such as our Great Barrier Reef, and to continue to take up carbon dioxide into the future.
“Many big questions remain, especially as the most recent comparable atmospheric CO2 levels date back 3 million years.”
“The wildfires ripping through the Amazon rainforest in the heart of South America now threaten isolated Indigenous tribes, according to advocates.
“While most of the focus has been on the Amazon wildfires within Brazil’s borders, flames are also raging in the forests of Bolivia and in the rainforest between Bolivia and Paraguay.”
“Leaves in Alaska are changing colour and the rainy season is supposed to begin, but wildfires are raging on in an unusually long and fierce fire season that scientists say is linked to the far north’s long-term climate warmup… Usually, Alaska wildfires wind down by late July…”
“More than 10 rural municipalities have declared a state of agricultural disaster in Manitoba after a hot dry summer has left farmers struggling to feed their cattle.
“”We are in a dire situation here,” Arnthor Jonasson, the reeve of the RM of West Interlake, told CBC’s Marjorie Dowhos on Radio Noon Thursday.”
“Hurricane Dorian’s winds topped Category 2 strength late Thursday with the potential to become an “extremely dangerous” Category 4 storm as it barreled toward the southeastern United States, forecasters said…
“”It’s going to be this big, bad, intense storm — wherever it hits, it’s going to do catastrophic wind damage,” said Bill Karins, a meteorologist for NBC News.”
“Increases in both floods and droughts have been predicted for northern England, two new studies are warning…
“Britain will suffer some of the worst river flooding in Europe, according to a study published in Nature.”
“A report published on Thursday in the Climate of the Past scientific journal points to significantly hotter and drier conditions for grape harvests during the past 30 years. The findings delve way back into the dates of annual harvests since 1354…
“”We did not anticipate that the accelerated warming trend since the mid-1980s would stand out so clearly in the series,” said Christian Pfister…”
“This year’s average summer temperature [Switzerland] will be between 15 and 16 degrees, around 2 degrees higher than the norm between 1981 and 2010, according to the forecaster.
“The marked rise in summer temperatures is a sign of climate change, according to Swiss Meteo. Since the preindustrial period from 1871 to 1900, average summer temperatures have risen by around 2 degrees.”
“This is the distressing moment a farmer discovered his 20 cows dead after they had apparently been struck by lightning – freezing their blood in the process.
“The gruesome deaths are thought to have happened during a thunderstorm on the Geras Mountain in the Spanish municipality of Geras de Gordon…
“..neighbours claimed it is uncommon for lightning to strike cattle.”
“Muscovites suffered the coldest summer on record this year, which drove them indoors to the malls to escape the rains… Watcom CEO Roman Skorokhodov added:
““The weather forced people to head for shopping centres as centres of leisure activities and moved the traditional periods of demand for autumn clothes for the summer period.””
“According to research published last week by US scientists, hajj is set to become a danger zone. As soon as next year, they say, summer days in Mecca could exceed the “extreme danger” heat-stress threshold.
“The news comes just weeks after over 2 million people completed their journey of a lifetime.”
“Urban and medical experts have warned of a “sanitation emergency” as Pakistan’s economic hub experiences the “worst infestation of flies” to date while local politicians play catch with responsibility…
“The flies follow the torrential rainstorm that hit the southern port city a few weeks ago, leading to days-long power outages and flooding on major thoroughfares and streets as well as in the drainage system.”
“Drone footage above the ocean recorded by Mirror photographer Adam Gerrard has given more warnings with the situation threatening a global rise in sea levels – it’s stunning to watch but an urgent reminder of the emergency situation the world is now faced with.
“Greenland is the world’s largest island, almost three times the size of France.”