“The Northern Hemisphere just had its hottest summer on record since 1880, according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration data released Monday.
“NOAA found the average global surface temperature taken by thousands of thermometers, buoys and other sensors on land and sea tied with that of 2016 for the top spot, with a temperature anomaly of 2.03 degrees (1.13 Celsius) above the 20th-century average.”
“A late-summer heat wave that is expected to see temperatures reach 30 Celsius in Manitoba is not likely to set any daytime records. However, lingering heat through the overnight hours almost certainly will go into the record books.
“”One thing that’s unusual with this late-season warmth is how humid it is,” said Brad Vrolijk, a forecaster with Environment Canada.”
“A record high temperature of 94 degrees was documented in Kahului on Sunday, Sept. 15, breaking the old record of 92 degrees set for the same day in 1977 according to data compiled by the National Weather Service…
“Over the course of the last 29 days, there was only one day when temperatures did not tie or break old records in Hawaiʻi…”
“With high temperatures eclipsing 90 degrees every day so far this month, and above average temperatures expected to continue, the Baton Rouge area will very likely set its hottest September on record.
“In addition to weeks of above average temperatures, Metro Airport has only recorded rain on one day in September. This as the region heads into the historically driest time of the year.”
“Torrential rain in Norway has caused a river to burst its banks and sweep away more than 100 sheep, Norwegian police have said.
“Heavy rain on Monday (16 September) lashed the country’s western area, causing the river Surna to overflow. More than 100 sheep are presumed dead after being carried away by the water.”
“In photos: Storm wreaks havoc across eastern Spain.
“The torrential downpours caused rivers to burst their banks, dragging cars away and flooding entire streets…”
“The Zimbabwean government has declared a state of disaster in all urban and rural areas following a drought that has cut crop output by more than half, the Civil Protection Unit said in the Government Gazette.
“The drought has affected more than 5.7 million people, according to aid agencies…”
“Zambia, Africa’s second-biggest copper producer, may double power tariffs as the government seeks more costly imports to offset a shortfall from its drought-stricken hydropower dams.
“The southern African nation has an electricity deficit of more than 700 megawatts, about a quarter of total capacity, and wants to buy 300 megawatts from South Africa, Energy Minister Matthew Nkhuwa told reporters in Lusaka, the capital.”
““There is evidence that extreme weather events in South Africa are increasing, with heatwave conditions found to be more likely, dry spell durations lengthening slightly and rainfall intensity increasing.
““Climate zones across the country are already shifting, ecosystems and landscapes are being degraded, veld fires are becoming more frequent, and overused natural terrestrial and marine systems are under stress.””
“Over the past month, the annual slash-and-burn efforts to create agricultural land across Indonesia’s Sumatra and Borneo islands have led to nearly 1,000 wildfires that are generating thick clouds of smoke and haze now blanketing parts of Southeast Asia.
“Most of the blazes are illegal fires set to clear land for palm oil and pulpwood industries.”
“Australia’s biggest tea producer is reeling from two consecutive seasons of frost and drought, hampering its production in north Queensland…
“”Last year was a devastating year: two severe frosts over the whole estate, but no rain to follow up was the real problem,” he said.”
“A gas explosion has sparked a fire at a Russian lab that houses viruses ranging from smallpox to Ebola, authorities have said…
“The blast took place during repairs to a fifth-floor sanitary inspection room at the State Research Centre of Virology and Biotechnology – usually known as Vector – in Koltsovo, in the Novosibirsk region of Siberia, the centre said on Monday.”
“Thousands of flammable lakes are popping up all over Alaska and Siberia. That’s because rising global temperatures are creating these thermokarst lakes as well as the perfect storm for our changing climate.”
“Latest data released by a US institution, the NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL), sounds afresh alarm bells for the Artic and climate change. It adds further evidence corroborating an earlier hypothesis that predicts a catastrophic release of methane in the coming decades due to thawing Arctic permafrost.
“In a central Arctic location, a research site in the US state of Alaska, record-breaking level in methane concentration was recorded for this year. The sudden jump sent waves of uneasiness through social networks.”
“Approximately 3.9 million square kilometres of the Arctic Ocean are covered by sea ice this month, only the second time the annual minimum has dropped below four million square kilometres since satellite measurements began in 1979, the researchers said in a news release on Friday…
“…even with Arctic fall air temperatures below zero, heat stored in the water could continue to melt sea-ice from beneath for several weeks.”