“Parts of central Israel saw record rainfall, with massive downpours flooding streets and swelling rivers. According to Ynet, 71 millimeters (almost 3 inches) of rain fell in Tel Aviv over the course of a two-hour period…
“Safed’s 126 mm (5 inches) of precipitation was the most in one day since record keeping began in 1939.”
“…floodwater after winter storm in Jabalia refugee camp in northern Gaza Strip.”
“A tornado was reported in the Mpumalanga town of Panbult [South Africa], between Ermelo and Piet Retief, on Friday evening… This follows reports of three separate tornados across South Africa in November.”
“Facing catastrophic hunger, Zimbabwe will import corn from Mexico, Ukraine and neighbouring South Africa to help feed as many as eight million of its citizens — over half the population
…after drought withered crops last year and threatens to do the same in 2020.”
“North India including Delhi recorded the coldest December day in last 119 years since the year 1901 when record-keeping began. Delhi also witnessed cold wave conditions as the minimum temperature settled at 2.4 degrees Celsius, five notches below normal.
“Three days ago, the national capital experienced its coldest day in December in 119 years with the day temperature recording 9.4 degrees Celsius.”
“Thailand’s Office of the National Water Resources is warning that water stored in the country’s large and medium size dams is now dropping to the minimum useable level, urging measures from local agencies to ease the impact on the public.
“This warning goes out with another three months of dry season hanging over Thailand’s head.”
“Psephurus gladius, a Chinese paddlefish living in the Yangtze River, was declared extinct, according to a paper from Chinese experts at the Yangtze River Fisheries Research Institute…
“It represents another animal declared extinct in the Yangtze River in recent years. The baiji, or Yangtze River dolphin, a type of freshwater dolphin, and reeves shad were both classified as functionally extinct.”
“The death toll from flooding in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta has risen to 66, authorities say, with two people still missing after the megalopolis was hit by some of the most powerful monsoon rains seen in years.
“Jakarta and its surrounding areas have been pounded by torrential downpours since New Year’s Eve, causing flooding and landslides that forced thousands to flee their homes.”
“Western Australia’s first tropical cyclone of the summer has developed off the northern coast with heavy rain and strong winds to batter the Kimberley region… It could also intensify into a category two storm.”
“The fires have swept through major dairy areas along the New South Wales south coast, where many producers have faced a three-year drought, and East Gippsland in Victoria.
“Bushfire-affected regions account for about a third of the country’s milk output, data from industry group Dairy Australia shows.“
“Sydney’s West was the hottest place on Earth today [Saturday] as temperatures soared to a sweltering 48.9C as the state is ravaged by devastating bushfires.
“Penrith hit the scorching temperature around 3pm on Saturday, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.”
“The department responsible for coordinating Australia’s response to disasters and emergency management has closed its doors [in Canberra] due to poor air quality…
“The capital’s air quality was the worst of any major city in the world on Monday morning, as winds carried in smoke from bushfires in NSW.”
“Parts of the state [of South Australia] – including Adelaide – could weather some of its coldest January days, according to the Weather Bureau. Today areas like Adelaide, Clare, Woomera and Coober Pedy will break the record for the coldest high temperatures in January as a cloud band slowly moves over SA.”
“After record-breaking rains ruined upper Midwest wheat harvests, drought now threatens the nation’s grain growing farther south.
“Lack of rain during the fall left farmers in Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas — where the majority of the nation’s winter wheat is grown — struggling to get their plants to grow.”
“…in the small town of Sunndalsøra on the Tinngvollfjord… the temperature reached 19C (66.2F) last week, smashing the previous Norwegian record for January.
“The Norwegian Meteorological Institute confirmed the record. Meteorologist Martin Granerød said the temperature was equivalent to a warm summer’s day in northern Norway.”
“Two different species of Arctic seals have been found on Irish beaches in recent days. Seal Rescue Ireland has shared pictures and videos of the two seals, which commonly wouldn’t be found in Ireland.
“The first hooded seal, also known as cystophora cristata, was discovered on a Beach in Cork on Thursday, which is ‘very rare’.”
“‘In terms of more local effects, there are a number of hazards relating to glaciers and thawing permafrost that we expect to increase.
“For instance, if glaciers retreat they leave steep mountain flanks uncovered so there is debris and rocks that are set to destabilise. So, we expect more rockfalls or debris flows from such areas.””