“…the heat hasn’t just been record-breaking, it’s been relentless. Over the 108 days between May 16 and Aug. 31, Hawaii saw 87 heat records tied or broken…
“Hawaii is seeing water temperatures about 2 degrees above normal, and the summer has seen a number of bouts without trades.
“Add a lack of rainfall and the higher humidity and you have the recipe for a really hot summer.”
“Last month was the hottest, driest August on record in Anchorage, with only one day at normal temperatures.
“National Weather Service records show that every day in August hit above-average temperatures — once as high as 12 degrees above normal — except for Aug. 21. Only four-hundredths of an inch of rain fell in Anchorage all month.”
“Dorian is now the fifth hurricane to reach category five—the highest level possible on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale—over the past four hurricane seasons in the North Atlantic.
“Between 1924 and 2019 there have been only 35 category 5 hurricanes in the North Atlantic. Having five such storms form over just the past four hurricane seasons is way beyond the average occurrence rate…”
“While attention has been focused on Hurricane Dorian as it ravages the Bahamas and menaces the Southeast coast of the U.S., another tropical system is threatening Mexico this week as hurricane season nears its peak. The National Hurricane Center said Tuesday that a disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico has become Tropical Storm Fernand, the sixth named storm of the season.”
“Speaking to the drinks business on Friday, Bollinger’s cellar master, Gilles Descôtes described the [Champagne] harvest as “very small”, adding that he believed that producers across the region would fail to reach the limit set by the Comité Champagne, while recording that Bollinger’s own vineyards, which amount to just under 180 hectares, had suffered a fall-off in yield by almost 20%.”
“Any advantages to European agriculture from a warming world will be outweighed by the losses from extreme events and environmental stress, leading to a probable large economic loss for farming in the next 30 years, research on the impacts of the climate crisis has found…
“Heatwaves this year and last year have exposed the vulnerability of agriculture…”
“”It is official, Port Elizabeth [South Africa] received the lowest total rainfall for August, on record,” said Garth Sampson, the SA Weather Service’s Client Liaison Officer for the Eastern Cape.
“”This is from records that date back to 1900.
“”The 3.0 mm measured during August broke the 1985 record of 4.7 mm for the month.”
“Similar records were recorded over other areas of the Eastern Cape…”
“Torrential rain in Penang earlier on Tuesday (Sept 3) caused several roads to be closed due to flash floods.
“The Star reported several roads in Bayan Baru and Bayan Lepas, as well as roads along Jalan Mahsuri, Jalan Mayang Pasir, Lebuh Mayang Pasir and Jalan Kampung Relau, were flooded due to the heavy downpour.”
“Typhoon Lingling is forecast to affect South Korea as early as Friday, with strong winds feared to cause the biggest damage, South Korea’s weather agency said Wednesday.
“The typhoon is slowly moving northward from seas east of Taipei but is expected to pick up speed and directly affect the country by Friday, according to the Korea Meteorological Administration.”
Ominous for Oz: “South East Queensland is expected to get a taste of summer this week due to hotter-than-average temperatures, with some parts of the region set to hit 36 degrees Celsius.
“The fire threat has also increased with residents near Cunungra, north west of the Gold Coast, on alert after a bushfire broke out near Sarabah Road this morning.”
“A Niwa scientist and a weather photographer are at a loss as to how to stem the retreat of New Zealand’s longest glacier in the Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park.
“The now 27-kilometre long Tasman Glacier has retreated by more than 7km since the early 1970s, and the terminus recession in recent years has shown no signs of slowing up.”
“Greenland’s massive ice sheet may have melted by a record amount this year, scientists have warned…
“Bangladesh, Florida, and eastern England are among many areas known to be particularly vulnerable to rises in sea level over the course of the century.”
“Dogs are being hospitalized left and right, all with a similar set of symptoms that appear anywhere from 15 minutes to several days after exposure. Many report effects such as seizing, diarrhea, vomiting, foaming at the mouth, and ultimately death.
“The earliest reports of blue-green algae poisoning in dogs go back all the way to the 1920s. However, in recent years, there seems to be an increasing number of fatalities. As a result, many have come to the conclusion that the rising temperatures from climate change are driving this trend.”
“Evidence from ancient rocks reveals the oldest die-off in our planet’s history most likely occurred among single-celled organisms more than 2 billion years ago.
“A recent analysis now suggests that deadly event was far bigger than any known loss of life that came after, even the dinosaur extinction.”