“Hurricane Dorian is a massive Category 5 hurricane Monday morning with sustained winds of 165 mph as it continues to batter the Bahamas in the Atlantic Ocean.
“Dorian, which came ashore on Elbow Cay of the Abaco Islands, is tied for the strongest Atlantic hurricane landfall on record, along with a hurricane on Labor Day in 1935 that struck the Florida Keys and moved up along the Gulf Coast of Florida.
“Winds are currently blowing at a sustained 165 MPH — the same strength that Hurricane Andrew had when it hit parts of the Miami metro area in 1992.
“Francis Charles, who rode out the storm in Hope Town, Elbow Cay, called the island “a wreck” late Sunday.
“”I have never seen anything like this in my life,” Jenise Fernandez, reporter with Miami ABC affiliate WPLG, told the station during their broadcast.”
“DENVER — We are in for a very toasty rest of this Labor Day weekend. Labor Day Monday will be hot and dry, with mid to upper 90s in store for the Denver area!
“(The record high for Monday is 95 degrees- and we should see 98. That will break the daily and monthly hottest temperature record for September).”
“According to the National Weather Service tweeted Saturday, Aug. 31, that the valley reached 109 degrees once again… This was the 24th day with temperatures over 105 degrees for the month of August, breaking the last record of 23 days set in 1969.
“Plus, the heat isn’t leaving any time soon.”
“We’re only one day into September and the temperature has already tied the all-time record high for the month, officials said.
““We have hit 100 degrees Fahrenheit at Salt Lake City airport, tying the all-time record high for the month of September,” said a tweet from the National Weather Service at 3 p.m.”
Hottest and driest summer on record for Anchorage, Alaska:
“In South America, the Amazon basin is ablaze. Halfway around the world in central Africa, vast stretches of savanna are going up in flame. Arctic regions in Siberia are burning at a historic pace.
“While the Brazilian fires have grown into a full-blown international crisis, they represent only one of many significant areas where wildfires are currently burning around the world. Their increase in severity and spread to places where fires were rarely previously seen is raising fears that climate change is exacerbating the danger.”
“Volunteers are in a race against time to save animals trapped by fires in Bolivia. Nearly 1.5 million hectares of tropical dry rainforest in Bolivia have been destroyed by wildfires which continue to spread out of control southward towards neighbouring Paraguay.
“Among the biggest victims are the large and diverse number of animals trapped in the flames.”
“Drought-hit regions of southern and eastern Australia got little if any relief during winter, with barely half the normal rainfall and the country still posting its warmest start to any year for daytime temperatures…
“For the first eight months of 2019, maximums are running the hottest on record and mean temperatures the second-warmest.”
“At least six deaths [in Thailand] have been blamed on Tropical Storm Podul with widespread flooding persisting today following a weekend of powerful storms.
“The death count rose again Monday in the hardest-hit provinces of Khon Kaen, Roi Et and Phitsanulok, where at least six people have reportedly died of causes ranging from drowning to electrocution… Thousands have been left stranded by rising floodwaters.”
“The main [Indian] Monsoon months of July and August have ended with a rainfall excess figure of 10%. This makes these two months the wettest India has observed since the last 25 years.
“As forecast by Skymet, August is ending on a seasonal rainfall surplus of 16%. This is the wettest August in last 23 years. Also, July was not far away with a monthly rainfall surplus of 5%.”
“Six bodies have been recovered after a tour group was swept away by a flash flood in a Kenyan national park.
“The incident at Hell’s Gate National Park on Sunday involved five Kenyan nationals, a local tour guide and a “foreigner”, officials said. One tourist is still missing and a search and rescue operation is continuing.”
“Sudan’s Deputy Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid, Ahmed Fadlallah reported new figures on the size of damage and losses due to rain and floods in the country on Friday. The death toll has risen to 78…
“The number of families affected is 65,322; 40,800 homes collapsed totally; 24,444 homes collapsed partially; 184 schools were affected; and 4,707 animals drowned.”
“…while tourists visiting Greenland might expect to see only infinite amounts of ice and snow, the sad reality is that at the moment, they will be confronted with a completely different landscape.
“One Getty photographer went to explore the landscape this summer and documented the impact of the heatwave during July and August.”
“The study’s authors are especially concerned about destabilization in the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, where warm water, imported by shifting wind patterns, is washing up against the ice shelves, causing melting even where air temperatures remain frigid.
“As the ice shelves grow thinner, the possibility arises that large stores of methane will escape…”