“Hurricane Lorenzo is a powerful category four storm this evening, packing maximum winds of 145 MPH far out in the Atlantic Ocean. Lorenzo joins the heap of storms we’ve seen in the last couple of years to break some sort of a record…
“Meteorologists have never recorded such a strong hurricane so far east in the Atlantic Ocean. Lorenzo’s minimum central pressure of 939 mb is the lowest on record this far east, according to hurricane expert Philip Klotzbach. The hurricane’s maximum winds, which clocked in at 145 MPH on Thursday night, were also a record for so far east in the Atlantic.”
“The first week of Fall has felt anything but Autumn-like with record hot temperatures.
“Thursday afternoon’s high temperature of 97 degrees at Jacksonville International Airport was the latest 97 degree temperature reading in recorded history in Jacksonville [Florida].”
“A flash drought is rapidly developing across much of the Southeast [USA] and is likely to persist or worsen in October…
“…flash droughts can develop much faster, taking weeks to a few months rather than years, leaving less time to prepare for impacts such as crop losses, reductions in water supply and increased wildfire risk.”
“It’s been a world of extreme weather for parts of the Mississippi Delta this year. From too wet, to too dry, the Mississippi Delta can’t catch a break when it comes to weather. Warren County EMA Director John Elfer says the county has only had about 10 percent of the rain it usually has during September.”
Jet streams wobbling much?
“A significant winter storm will blast through the northern Rocky Mountains this weekend. “This has the potential to be a historically significant early-season snow event,” the National Weather Service in Great Falls, Montana, said.””
“Rising numbers of farmers in drought-stricken Honduras could be forced to leave their homes unless support for rural communities is ramped up to help struggling families better cope with extreme weather and climate change, U.N. officials have warned.
“Earlier this month, Honduras declared a national emergency…”
“Tying or breaking a record high temperature is impressive. Doing it several days straight? Even more notable. But to do it 20 days straight? That’s unheard of.
“But not this year in Hawaii. The Aloha State likely just wrapped up their warmest summer on record, obliterating records left and right and over and over again.”
“Australia’s east coast will swelter through at least three more months of hot, dry weather, the weather bureau said on Thursday, a dire forecast for the struggling agricultural sector.
“Australia’s largest and most lucrative rural crop, wheat, faces the biggest damage in the third consecutive year of drought.”
“The western Indian city of Pune was battered by 140 mm (5.5 inches) of rain in 48 hours this week, in what the Maharashtra state chief minister called an “unprecedented” level of monsoon rain.
“Last night in Pune there was a lot of heavy rain that developed into an unprecedented storm,” said Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday, in a video he tweeted.”
“Between the years 2016 and 2017 Somalia faced one of its most severe droughts due to consecutive poor rainy seasons which pushed the country to the brink of famine with over half of the population in desperate need of assistance…
“Fast forward to 2019, the rains came late and when they did come, they were not enough.”
“More than half of Europe’s endemic trees are threatened with extinction as invasive diseases, pests, pollution and urban development take a growing toll on the landscape, according to a study.
“Ash, elm and rowan trees are among those in decline…”
“The Arctic affects the world’s ecosystems – and weather systems. But the latest evidence suggests ice levels could be devastated within decades [optimistic!].”
“The Arctic has lost around 12.8% of its surface area every decade between 1979 and 2018, which, although “unprecedented for at least 1,000 years”, could shrink even more if no action is taken.”
“The number of meltwater lakes on the surface of the East Antarctic Ice Sheet is more significant than previously thought, according to new research.
“A study led by Durham University, UK, discovered more than 65,000 supraglacial lakes using high-resolution satellite imagery covering five million square kilometres of the ice sheet, including areas where surface melting was previously thought to be less intense.”