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Venice was hit Sunday by a record third exceptional tide in the same week while other parts of Italy struggled with a series of weather woes, from rain-swollen rivers to high winds to an out-of-season avalanche…

“…it marked the third time since Tuesday night’s 1.87-meter flood… that water levels in Venice had topped 1.5 meters. Since records began in 1872, that level had never been reached even twice in one year, let alone three times in one week.”

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/flooding-in-venice-venice-hit-by-record-third-exceptional-tide-in-one-week-2019-11-17/


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“Rising global temperatures are worrying truffle hunters around the Italian town of Alba, where the most prized specimens can fetch twice the price of gold.

“This particularly warm October, eight out of 10 white truffles unearthed by Carlo Olivero with his trusty 3-year-old dog Steel were dark, withered and dried out.”

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/11/18/italys-white-truffle-hunters-worry-about-climate-change.html


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“Several schools are closed across Austria as parts of the Alpine country deal with masses of snow, the threat of avalanches and flooding by swelling rivers and lakes…

“Schools stayed closed and helicopters scouted the nearby mountains for possible avalanches.”

https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/snow-flooding-austria-destroy-homes-cuts-off-villages-67099755


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“The UK Met Office said its Sheffield weather station has recorded its wettest ever autumn. It stated:

“With 15 days still to go, the site has already recorded 427.6 mm of rain. The previous record was set in 2000 with 425.2 mm of rain falling between September 1 and November 30 that year.”

https://www.thecanary.co/uk/2019/11/16/parts-of-the-uk-have-seen-the-wettest-ever-autumn-and-floods-could-continue-next-week/


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“Human-caused climate change is on track to make the Arctic Ocean functionally ice-free for part of each year starting sometime between 2044 and 2067, according to a study…

“Among the current generation of models, some show ice-free Septembers as early as 2026…”

https://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/science/arctic-ocean-may-be-ice-free-for-part-of-year-by-2044-finds-study/article30004982.ece


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“Dryers… which blast freshly harvested wheat and canola with warm air [Canada], are essential for farmers in the region as they attempt to salvage another poor harvest: weeks of rain and snow have left crops too wet to cut or sell otherwise.

““Too many more years like this and farmers here might not survive,” he says.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/nov/18/high-debts-and-low-yields-push-canadas-farmers-to-the-brink


“The Anchorage area [Alaska] saw its first significant snowfall Saturday, with totals in town starting at 5 inches and piling up to over a foot in Eagle River. Anchorage not only broke records for snowfall and precipitation amounts Saturday, but also tied the 1967 high-temperature record by reaching 45 degrees…”

https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/weather/2019/11/17/first-a-record-high-temp-then-record-snowfall-in-anchorage-saturday/


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“The heat wave that baked Southern California over the weekend led to broken temperature records in some areas, but forecasters said the region should get some relief by the middle of this week…

“This will be the first rainfall of the season, NWS meteorologists said. While the rains will bring cooler temperatures, the NWS warned of possible hazards.”

https://www.dailynews.com/2019/11/17/record-breaking-heat-sunday-will-turn-to-rain-storms-as-early-as-tuesday-for-la-oc-inland-empire/


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“[Hawaii‘s] November continues to be unusually hot, with high temperature records tied or broken 10 out of 14 days this month.

“Records were tied or broken Nov. 2, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10 and 11, with more record high temperatures set Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in Hilo, according to the National Weather Service.”

https://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/2019/11/16/hawaii-news/more-records-broken-during-steamy-first-half-of-november/


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“Fires raging across the Amazon this summer were not “normal” new research shows, counteracting claims made by the Brazilian government that they were “below the historical average”.

“Amazonian fires can occur in a number of ways but there is strong evidence this year’s wildfires were linked to an increase in deforestation…”

https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/amazon-wildfires-deforestation-jair-bolsonaro-climate-change-a9206371.html


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“Almost 90 per cent of Chilean fruit producers believe they face a fragile or unsustainable future because of the drought affecting large swathes of the country

“…according to a survey by fruit producer federation Fedefruta.”

http://www.fruitnet.com/eurofruit/article/180260/drought-leaves-chilean-growers-in-limbo


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“This is the shocking moment a tornado hit a Christchurch suburb [NZ], injuring two people.

“The twister hit Sydenham, just two km south of Christchurch’s city centre on Monday, tearing the roof off a local SaveMart and sending debris flying into the air.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7696549/Shocking-moment-tornado-rips-quiet-Christchurch-suburb-injuring-two-people.html


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“The Insurance Council of Australia has declared Sunday’s hail storm on the Sunshine Coast a “catastrophe” after receiving more than 5,000 claims and a damage bill reaching $40 million.

“It is expected more than half of the insurance claims will be for damaged vehicles with one car yard alone taking more than 200 cars after the powerful storm tore through the area on Sunday.”

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-11-18/sunshine-coast-hail-storm-damages-hundreds-of-cars/11713946


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“Following the weekend hailstorm, south-east Queensland will swelter through a midweek “low-intensity heatwave” as near 40-degree temperatures create another nightmare day for firefighters…

“The fire service ordered residents on the south-eastern side of Crows Nest, about 35 kilometres north-east of Toowoomba, to flee to an evacuation centre at Crows Nest Showgrounds.”

https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/queensland/near-40-degree-heatwave-to-fuel-qld-fires-toowoomba-water-supply-damaged-20191118-p53bo1.html


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“A weekend of intense heat in Western Australia has seen 36 locations, including Perth, record their warmest November day on record and now the hot air mass is on its way to the eastern states.

“Perth was among a group of cities and towns to post record temperatures for November as it sweltered through 40.4 degrees Celsius on Saturday… Meanwhile the Mid West town of Morawa hit 45C…”

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-11-18/wa-maximum-temperature-records-smashed-during-weekend-scorcher/11714368


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“Katherine’s record-breaking heatwave [Northern Territories, Australia] is set to continue as the town enters its 12th consecutive day above 40 degrees.

“The Bureau of Meteorology now says Katherine and lots of the region have entered “extreme heatwave” conditions… It has already smashed the previous record of 20 days above 40 degrees in any one year.”

https://www.katherinetimes.com.au/story/6496657/extreme-heatwave-enters-its-12th-day/


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“Heavy rains in October and November have brought more misery to India’s farmers

“…summer-sown crops such as soybean, cotton, rice and vegetables suffered rain and flood damage during the wettest June-September monsoon season in 25 years.”

https://in.reuters.com/article/india-crops/untimely-rains-hit-indias-summer-crops-delay-rural-economy-recovery-idINKBN1XR0EF


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““Stranded populations [Nigeria] are running short of food and those who can afford it are paying high sums to be transported to the other areas, putting their lives at risks while crossing the river or running for safety…

““Providing food is the main priority, along with water, shelters and emergency health services,” OCHA said in the statement.”

https://www.pulse.ng/news/local/flooding-displaces-40000-persons-in-borno-un/plgp14b


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