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You may recall that Hawaii had a very unusual summer in 2019, which saw over 200 high temperature records broken or equalled.

It was an extremely wet January for much of Hawaii Island, with numerous gauges recording record rainfall for the first month of year, especially in East Hawaii…

What’s amazing is these records are being broken with just half a month’s rainfall, essentially, because it really didn’t rain that much in the second half,” said Kevin Kodama, senior service hydrologist for the weather service…

“The gauge at Hakalau, about 14 miles north of Hilo, measured an eye-popping 46.09 inches of rain, eight times its January norm…”

https://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/2020/02/08/hawaii-news/january-rainfall-records-shattered-in-east-hawaii/


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“With high temperatures that [Japan ice] festival-goers put down to climate change, organisers were forced to truck in powder from distant towns for their signature sculptures in an unheard-of ice crisis.

“”This lack of snow is unprecedented,” said Yumato Sato, an official in charge of organising the snow festival…”

https://www.spacedaily.com/afp/200210025831.6fx649lz.html


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Aucklanders [NZ] are being asked to cut their shower times in half as the city struggles with how fast water is being consumed.

High temperatures are resulting in record-breaking water usage and rural residents, who rely on rainwater, are seeing waits of up to a month to get their tanks filled.”

https://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/climate-news/119360650/auckland-water-shortage-residents-urged-to-take-shorter-showers


Fierce winds are toppling power poles and torrential rains are causing dangerous floodwater surges as wild weather batters eastern NSWas rivers fill and overflow, emergency services are being stretched to their limits to conduct rescue operations for those stranded by rising floodwaters.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7982339/Storm-hits-Sydney-Flash-flooding-heaviest-rainfall-decades.html


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”Unprecedented” is the word that keeps being tied to the apocalyptic weather Australia has faced over the past few months

“While the country is still grappling with the economic reality and human devastation caused by the fires, it’s easy to think the worst of this disaster is over. But unfortunately other extreme weather may yet occur this summer and these will also require safety preparations and rapid responses.”

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/feb/10/fires-and-floods-australia-already-seesaws-between-climate-extremes-and-theres-more-to-come


[Zimbabwe’s] |Minister of Industry and Commerce Nqobizitha Mangaliso Ndlovu has expressed shock at the ravaging drought in parts of Plumtree his home area after he visited his fields this weekend in the area and found his crops in a serious wilting and drying state.”

https://www.zimeye.net/2020/02/10/minister-gets-shocked-by-drought-effects-on-his-doorstep-only-now-where-was-he-all-this-time/


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At least three people have died and an estimated 200 others have been displaced following heavy rains and flash floods in Gauteng [South Africa].

“The disaster management centre in the province says the total cost of the damage caused by Saturday’s downpours, which caused road closures, accidents and forced some people to evacuate their homes, is not yet known.”

https://ewn.co.za/2020/02/09/3-killed-hundreds-displaced-in-gauteng-flash-floods


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Four rare mountain gorillas, including a pregnant female, have died in Uganda after being hit by lightning, a conservation group says.

“The three adult females and a male infant were found in Uganda’s Mgahinga National Park with “gross lesions” on their bodies indicating electrocution.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-51425617


Rail operator Deutsche Bahn said Sunday it was halting long-distance train services in many parts of northwestern Germany because of disruptions caused by Storm Ciara, which also hit other countries in Europe… Several airports in Germany also had to cancel flights as the storm swept in from the north.”

https://www.thelocal.de/20200209/deutsche-bahn-halts-rail-services-throughout-germany-as-storm-intensifies


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Some areas [of the UK] had a month and a half’s rainfall in 24 hours as gusts of more than 90mph swept the country on Sunday, with 178 flood warnings in place.

“Flights, ferries and trains were cancelled or delayed and drivers faced difficult conditions as flood water, fallen trees and other debris closed roads.”

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/feb/10/uk-weather-thousands-without-electricity-as-storm-ciara-batters-britain-snow-ice


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I wonder if anyone can shed some light on this. We are in an era of weakening and distorted jet streams, thanks to the diminishing temperature gradient between the Arctic and the lower latitudes – so why the speed records [we saw another last Feb]?

Does sluggishness in one part of the jet stream compress and speed up another part?

Experts are hailing a British Airways flight as the fastest subsonic New York to London journey.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-51433720


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A “bomb” cyclone with a central pressure of 929 millibars (mb) has formed between Greenland and Iceland, while another deep low pressure area has opened up over the Canadian province of Nova Scotia.

“A “bomb” cyclone is defined as a low pressure area that deepens by at least 24mb in 24 hours.”

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/02/bomb-cyclones-form-ocean-200208094707807.html


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“The National Weather Service says Friday’s outbreak of tornadoes across Maryland and Virginia was “unprecedented,” with six twisters striking within one hour amid severe storms…

Five tornadoes touched down across Maryland on Friday. Since 1950, only four tornadoes had struck in the state during February.”

https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/what-we-know-about-the-unprecedented-tornado-outbreak-in-maryland-virginia/2212836/


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A gust of 209 mph was recorded atop a California peak on Sunday, a potential record that wowed forecasters monitoring a cold storm moving south through the state.

“The blast of wind was captured around 7:45 a.m. by an instrument at 9,186 feet on Kirkwood Mountain south of Lake Tahoe…”

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-02-09/potential-record-gust-california-peak-kirkwood-mountain-south-lake-tahoe


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“...this winter, no one was prepared for the aftershocks of the second major wildfire to hit Sonoma county [California] in three seasons – one that prompted widespread mandatory evacuations and panic.

“No one was prepared for the after-effects of weeks of power shutoffs, a preventative measure during high fire weather… Business owners still reeling from the cancelled bookings and loss of business…”

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/feb/08/guerneville-wine-country-climate-crisis-business


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“From the Tigris to the Indus and the Yangtze to the Nile, rivers were essential to the emergence of human civilisation. Millennia later, hundreds of millions of people still depend on rivers to quench their thirst, grow food and make a living.

“And yet we are rapidly destroying the planet’s river systems, with serious implications for our economies, societies and even our survival.”

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/what-can-be-done-stop-worlds-rivers-going-extinct-121186


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“It seems I am ever the contrarian.

While all eyes are pointed north towards Wuhan, the epicentre of a new coronavirus, and the possibility of a pandemic, my eyes are turned firmly south, towards the Antarctic and melting ice.”

https://www.scmp.com/comment/opinion/article/3049695/coronavirus-might-be-worlds-immediate-challenge-antarctic-heat


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