“NASA says that on Sept. 18, Arctic sea ice reached the second lowest area on record after a summer with temperatures about 7 to 9 degrees above average.
“Satellites measured sea ice at 4.15 million square kilometers, or 1.60 million square miles, which actually tied the second lowest on record also set in 2016 and 2007…
“While temperatures are now expected to fall below freezing and sea ice could start reforming, the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) says that there is a chance that shifting wind patterns or a late-season melt could reduce sea ice extent even further.”
“Fall officially arrived with the autumnal equinox at 3:50 a.m. EDT Monday morning, but finding the colder weather more typical of autumn may be a difficult task, according to the latest three-month outlook from NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center.
“The CPC predicts that the entire country will have warmer than average temperatures from October through December. You read that correctly: No areas of the United States are forecast to have below average temperatures when averaged over that three-month period.”
““Yeah, we dried out pretty quick and soil started to dry out,” Brett Williams, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said. “So we had a very, very warm and very, very dry … July and things got really bad in August.”
“Williams said this September is solidly on track to be the hottest ever in Austin [Texas]. This month has already set a new record when it comes to triple-digit days: We’ve had 17, so far. Before this year, September 2011 held the record with 14 triple-digit days.”
“As their country falls apart, a hardy team of scientists in Venezuela is determined to transcend the political and economic turmoil to record what happens as the country’s last glacier vanishes…
“Scientists say Venezuela will be the first country in South America to lose all its glaciers.”
“Just four years after a major marine heat wave killed nearly half of this coastline’s coral, federal researchers are predicting another round of hot water will cause some of the worst coral bleaching the region has ever experienced.
“”In 2015, we hit temperatures that we’ve never recorded ever in Hawaii,” said Jamison Gove, an oceanographer with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. “What is really important — or alarming, probably more appropriately — about this event is that we’ve been tracking above where we were at this time in 2015.””
“Large numbers of bats are being found severely emaciated or starved to death in Australia amid a prolonged drought that is crippling their food supply, according to wildlife carers and environment officials…
“Volunteer wildlife carer Ashley Fraser said Tuesday that parts of the picturesque Gold Coast, a popular tourist destination, were currently “littered” with hundreds of dead bats.”
“A powerful typhoon has battered parts of South Korea, injuring dozens of people and knocking out power to about 27,000 houses.
“Typhoon Tapah earlier lashed parts of Japan’s southern islands with heavy rain and winds that caused flooding and some minor injuries.”
“The Northern Indian Ocean has generated a new tropical cyclone. NASA provided an infrared look a recently formed Tropical Storm Hikaa, moving through the Arabian Sea…
“Hikaa will strengthen slightly before making landfall in Oman after a day or so.”
“The Somali Region has suffered from chronic drought for several years, with the worst stretch recorded in 2016, from which many households have yet to recover.
“This year the short rainy season known as the ‘belg’, which typically lasts from March to May, once again failed to provide much-anticipated ground water. The livestock have already started to die.”
“In Austria, researchers are drilling into mountain glaciers in the Alps in search of data about the Earth’s climate thousands of years ago…
“One scientist involved in the work, Andrea Fischer, told Reuters news agency that glaciers on the eastern edge of the Alps Mountains are especially sensitive to climate change. She said the glaciers have been shrinking, making the examination process urgent.”
“Tropical Storm Lorenzo has formed a few hundred miles southeast of the Cabo Verde Islands. It’s heading “generally westward” over the Atlantic at about 16 mph.
“While Lorenzo won’t be a threat to land this week, it is expected to strengthen quickly, becoming a hurricane by midweek and potentially a major hurricane by the weekend.”
“Historically, the purpose of a family office has been to preserve and grow the wealth of their owning [high net worth] families or individuals.
“Now, however, over half of them “consider climate change to represent the single greatest threat to the world”, according to a new study released on Tuesday by UBS, a Swiss bank.”
“Year after year, heat records keep getting broken.
“As we head into fall, we can look back and see that the summer of 2019, according to scientists at NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, has just tied with the summer of 2016 for the hottest meteorological summer on record in the Northern Hemisphere.”
“Scientists from US space agency NASA compared different climate simulations of the initial phase of Venus, and the results showed habitable past of the Earth’s sister planet.
“The study presented last week at the European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC-DPS), showed that Venus contained water and maintained moderate temperatures for 2-3 billion years.”