“In conclusion, it would seem that the summer of 2019 was the warmest such on record for the Hawaiian islands… What was remarkable was how many daily record highs were tied or broken.
“Why has it been so hot in Hawaii this summer?
“The simple answer is that the sea surface temperatures have been running about 1.0°C-1.5°C (1.8°F-2.7°F) above average.”
“Climate change has made record-breaking heatwaves all the more likely, both on land and beneath the ocean’s surface. As the world’s ocean sucks up carbon dioxide from the atmosphere — as well as most of the additional heat being trapped by global warming — it is undergoing some significant changes.
“Marine heatwaves — prolonged periods of unusually warm ocean temperatures — are one of those changes.”
“Intense rain on Monday delivered in two microbursts flooded homes, streets, and damaged roads in Everett, Washington…
“The city says the rain on Monday makes it the most intense rainfall the city’s ever experienced in its recorded history.”
“Our weather is about to take a turn for the wetter. Again. The first of three main rain waves rumbles across southern Minnesota overnight…
“The widespread persistent nature of heavy rainfall is causing problems across much of the U.S… 2019 so far is the wettest year on record across the 48 contiguous United States. And the past 12 months are also the wettest on record.”
“About 17% of all Bahamians are suddenly homeless after Hurricane Dorian wiped out neighborhoods and ripped houses off foundations. That’s 70,000 people who have lost almost everything…
“Residents are sleeping in houses that are still standing but aren’t necessarily safe.”
“[Spain’s] Aemet met agency was spot on today. With Majorca on amber, level two alert for heavy freak storms, the torrential rain, thunder and strong winds worked their way across the island from mid-morning, reaching Palma late afternoon and soaking the city…
“A number of waterspouts, tornadoes just out to sea were caught on camera.”
4 fatalities in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, after 3.5 inches of rain:
“Japanese utility company, Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco), is struggling to restore power to nearly half a million homes after blackouts caused by Typhoon Faxai, while at least two people have died from heatstroke because of a lack of electricity, media said on Wednesday.”
“Bushfires have caused significant damage across Australia since the start of September and concern is rising that the upcoming summer could further yield blazes thanks to frequent heat waves…
“Despite recent firefighting efforts, 80 blazes continue to burn in Queensland and more than 50 others in New South Wales as of Tuesday evening…”
Australian sheep flocks at 100-year lows:
“Drought is a recurring feature in Australia — the driest continent on earth — but the current dry period in the country’s eastern states is devastating for farmers, who are struggling to grow crops to feed their animals. …
“Last month parliament passed a A$5bn government assistance package for farmers…”
“NIWA warns the sudden stratospheric warming (SSW) affecting Antarctica could be the “strongest warming event on record”. It says the event “continues to unfold” and has “set high-temperature records in the stratosphere”.
“And it warns the SSW is already starting to affect New Zealand.”
“British homes have been plagued by an influx of moths this summer as the warm weather and changing consumer tastes have created the perfect breeding conditions.
“An estimated three and a half million households have been blighted by the pests, with the problem particularly intense in London and the south east of England. Millions of items of clothing are likely to have been destroyed by infestation.”
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