“Perth [Australia] has just posted its hottest September on record and the driest in 42 years, setting the scene for a sizzling spring and summer to come.
“The city’s average maximum for the month was 22.9 degrees Celsius, which is 2.6C higher than the September average of 20.3C…
“In fact, it was the warmest September on record for Western Australia as a whole, with the mean maximum 2.18C above average.”
“A red-hot weather map shows how Australia is set to sizzle through a blistering spring.
“The Bureau of Meteorology’s says all of the country’s mainland is ‘highly likely’ to exceed average temperatures from October to December.”
“The NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) says it could take weeks, potentially months, to contain about five fires burning across the north of the state.
“Around 150 firefighters from NSW and Queensland are battling the blazes around Armidale and Tenterfield.”
“The Chilean government has been left baffled by an unidentified flying object (UFO) that appeared to fly across the sky before falling to Earth and causing six fires.
“Residents of the Chilean port city of Dalcahue on the island of Chiloé reported seeing the UFO in the early evening last Wednesday (September 25).”
“While folks in Montana dig out from a historic “winter” storm, people in the South wonder how much longer this endless summer can last.
“Unfortunately for the region’s heat-weary residents – who endured one of the hottest Septembers on record – the warmth will continue even as the calendar turns to October on Tuesday. More than a dozen daily record highs could fall each day through Thursday…”
“A “200-year storm” along a narrow band from northern Minnesota into Northwestern Wisconsin brought flooding to parts of Aitkin, Pine, Carlton and Douglas counties Monday…
“Steve Gohde, hydrologist with the National Weather Service in Duluth, said radar indicated rainfall totals of between 5-6 inches within six hours…”
“Alaska is home to lush temperate rainforests, rivers full of migrating salmon, and plenty of rain, so water shortages seem unlikely in our northernmost state.
“But despite conceptions about the state, there have been some serious water shortages among some communities in Alaska.”
“Arctic sea ice is already disappearing rapidly but our research shows winter storms are now further accelerating sea ice loss…
“The research is based on data we gathered during an expedition on a small Norwegian research vessel, the Lance, that was left to drift in the Arctic sea ice for five months in 2015.”
“A major incident has been declared on the Isle of Man [UK] after people were trapped in their homes by flooding.
“Emergency services are at the scene in the village of Laxey, with a coastguard helicopter monitoring from above.”
“Three people were killed by falling trees Monday as storms carrying high winds swept across parts of central Europe. Train service was snarled and power outages were reported in some areas.”
“Cattle, hippos and elephants compete for water as drought affects the Okavango Delta in Botswana.
“According to farmers in the area, the government has promised to pump water into the delta in an effort to save the animals and the farmers’ livelihood but they are concerned this will just lead to more mud.”
“Detailed meteorological information about the region is available from the branch office of Zambia’s Agricultural Ministry in the provincial capital of Choma…
“”Our annual average is 800 to 1,000 millimeters of precipitation. This season, from November to April, it was 327 millimeters (13 inches),” says Zandonda Tembo, 38.”
“Several parts of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh continued to remain inundated on Tuesday as the toll in rain-related incidents since last week rose to 151, PTI reported.
“At least 111 people have died in Uttar Pradesh, while 40 deaths have been reported from Bihar…. The weather department said seven districts were expected to receive heavy rainfall in the next 24 hours.”
“Rescuers were scrambling on Tuesday to reach six people they feared were trapped after a bridge collapsed in Taiwan, smashing onto a group of fishing boats moored underneath.
“Dramatic CCTV images captured the moment the 140-metre long single-arch bridge came crashing down in Nanfangao, on Taiwan’s eastern coast… Taiwan was skirted by a typhoon on Monday night, which brought heavy rains and strong winds to parts of the east coast.”
“A gigantic iceberg about the size of greater London has calved from the Amery ice shelf in east Antarctica, according to expert monitors. The tabular iceberg, officially named D-28, separated from the ice shelf on 26 September.
“The iceberg is 1,636 square kilometres in size, or about 50 x 30km, the Australian Antarctic Division said.”
“Given the real threat of a sixth mass extinction event brought about by human-caused climate breakdown and habitat disruption, we wanted to find out how long the ocean ecosystem took to reboot after the last one.
“What we found has grave implications for the long-term outlook of marine ecosystems should we tip the critical base of its food chain over the threshold of extinction.”