“Dozens of people have died following a landslide caused by torrential rainfall in the western Cameroon city of Bafoussam, according to state media.
“Rescue teams were scouring the rubble of destroyed homes for survivors following the landslide on Monday night, state television said on Tuesday…
“Heavy rains have continued beyond the end of central Africa’s rainy season…”
“The worst flooding in two decades in the Central African Republic has left at least 28,000 people homeless, the country’s Red Cross said Tuesday, with the government calling the disaster a “huge natural catastrophe”.
“Torrential rains have pounded the country for several days, causing the Oubangui River and its tributaries to overflow.”
“Over in Ghana, unexpected rains in October continue to adversely affect parts of the country.
“Large areas of the north were submerged weeks back whiles a motorway connecting the capital Accra to the industrial hub of Tema got cut off due to floods.”
“Numerous people are feared dead after flooding caused a boat to capsize and thousands to flee their homes in Somalia…
“An estimated 182,000 people have been forced to leave their homes across the country early seasonal rains triggered torrential downpours to sweep across the country, particularly in southern areas.”
“More than two million Zambians are facing “severe” food insecurity after drought and flooding reduced harvests, the Red Cross said Tuesday.
“Southern Africa is grappling with one of the worst droughts in decades after months of erratic rainfall and record-high temperatures.”
“…parts of Zambia are expected to reach a heat wave threshold of over 40°C up to October 31, SADC has revealed.
“And Dr Kaseya Chiyen’i, who is Livingstone Central Hospital head of clinical care, has advised Zambians to wear loose bright cloths and drink water long before one feels thirsty.”
“The Eastern Cape has been declared a drought disaster area. The announcement on Tuesday by the premier, Oscar Mabuyane, will galvanise much-needed relief funding from the national government.
“It follows repeated calls from hard-pressed farmers and the DA for the declaration to be made.”
“Nature has thrown up an oddball challenge to Karnataka [India] this year. More than 130 of the 178 taluks in the state are either reeling under drought or affected by the worst flooding in more than a century during the southwest monsoon.
“The state government had recently declared 49 taluks as drought-hit, whereas 103 were designated as flood-affected in August.
“Near the peaks of Mount Everest – towering some 5.6 miles above sea level – the ancient Khumbu Glacier is melting. Never before in the last 70 years has the massive ice rock melted more quickly than it is now.
“It is losing thickness at an unprecedented rate – about 131 feet in the last 10 to 15 years, to be exact. And the Nepali communities surrounding the Khumbu are feeling the consequences.”
“Large numbers of underweight and undernourished native animals suffering from the drought are being rescued across the Central West [Australia].
“Animal rescue group WIRES said it has been overwhelmed by the number of kangaroos, koalas, possums, flying foxes, wallabies, bandicoots and birds at risk from the drought they are having to rescue across the state.”
“Parts of Australia are expected to swelter before the weekend with the potential for 80-year temperature records to be broken.
“A big high pressure system in the Tasman Sea and a trough across south Western Australia will see the mercury soar in the east of the country in the coming days.”
“Unofficial figures report that at least four people have died following the heavy rain that caused the current flooding and landslides in the country [El Salvador].
“According to media reports, three people died in separate incidents after they were swept away by floodwaters in the departments of Morazán, La Paz and La Unión; the fourth victim died as a result of wind damage in San Miguel.”
“Roxane Stafford was talking really, really fast, as if she could outrun the raging Kincade fire with words alone.
“She worried that she sounded maybe a little bit crazy — her term — but that’s what disaster will do to you.”
“The winds that tend to be the most intense are the cold Diablo and Santa Ana winds, Patzert said.
“That’s because cold air is heavy and it gains momentum as it plummets downslope from higher elevations toward lower pressure at sea level. Frigid, dry arctic air from Canada is being deposited by the jet stream in a large area of high pressure in the Great Basin.”
““So there’s a lot of warm air being shoved up into Alaska, and they’re getting record warm temperatures up there right now.
“That’s also then displacing the cold air from up there and moving it south into the central part of the United States.””
“A round of severe thunderstorms could sweep across parts of the eastern United States this Thursday, potentially hitting some communities in the southeast and Mid-Atlantic just in time for kids to go out trick-or-treating…
“This is the same storm system that’s responsible for bringing a solid dose of winter to the Rockies.” [jet streams just a tiny bit fucked].
“Greenland holds the second-largest reserves of fresh water on the planet, after Antarctica.
“But year in, year out, the Greenland ice cap has been melting, and that water is draining into the ocean, contributing to sea level rise.”