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“A week of torrential downpours is underway across the Southeast and lower Mississippi Valley.

“With saturated ground and swollen rivers, the three-month outlook calls for the likelihood of major river flooding this spring in some of the same areas hard hit by last year’s historic floods.”

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/rain-flooding-alabama-southeast-mississippi-valley-this-week/


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“Heavy flooding in our area is breaking records.

This month is off to its wettest start in Tri-Cities history [Bristol, Tennessee].

“The conditions even forced sewage spills.”

https://wcyb.com/news/local/record-breaking-rainfall-forces-sewage-spills-resident-shares-concern


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“The city of Naples [Florida] warmed to 89 degrees this afternoon, eclipsing the previous record high for Feb. 10 of 86 degrees set in 2018.

Temperatures near 90 degrees are well above the seasonable average for early February in Naples.”

https://www.nbc-2.com/story/41682824/naples-breaks-record-high


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This is the warmest winter [North Carolina] the National Weather Service has recorded since 1887, Badgett told McClatchy News. It’s on track to be in the top five warmest winters overall.

“Temperatures are also averaging 6 degrees above normal, and there have been few cooler-than-normal days, making snow chances slim, Badgett says.”

https://www.newsobserver.com/news/state/north-carolina/article240154518.html


The mildest winter on record is possible in many parts of the Lower 48 and Europe, and it’s directly connected to an Arctic weather pattern…”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2020/02/10/record-arctic-oscillation/


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“...in the summer of 2012 the village flooded, along with nearby Hebden Bridge and much of West Yorkshire’s Calder valley [UK]. It was a “one-in-100-years” freak occurrence, residents were told. On Boxing Day 2015 it happened again…

“On Sunday morning it happened once more after torrential rainfall caused the Calder to swell to five metres (16ft) – a metre higher than the previous record…”

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/feb/10/yorkshire-residents-criticise-delays-to-flood-defence-scheme


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The winter of 2019-20 also looks set to break a number of dubious records, including being the warmest winter on record – with temperatures currently 2.5 degrees higher than the winter of 2006–07, which holds the record.

High-speed wind records across the country [Switzerland] have also been broken.”

https://www.thelocal.ch/20200211/roads-closed-planes-grounded-as-record-breaking-storms-sweep-switzerland


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Two male badger cubs at a zoo in [Irkutsk] Siberia have woken from their winter slumber weeks earlier than usual this year because of an unseasonably mild spell of weather

“On Monday, the temperature rose to 2 degrees Celsius. It was minus 24 C on the same day last year.”

https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/02/11/siberias-mild-winter-wakes-badger-cubs-from-hibernation-a69231


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Turkey’s eastern provinces are struggling with record cold.

“In some places, temperatures dropped to minus 40 degrees Celsius… Eastern Turkey is usually the coldest part of the country in winter, but even for these areas, the reported values are unusually low.”

https://www.novinite.com/articles/203103/Unusual+Cold+Weather+in+Turkey%3A+Temperatures+Dropped+to+-+40C


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Residents of Baghdad rushed to have snowball fights or take photographs Tuesday as the Iraqi capital woke carpeted in white by only its second snowfall in a century.

“The last recorded snowfall in the city was in 2008, but it was a quick and mostly slushy affair — and prior to that, it had been a century since Baghdad saw any flakes.”

https://www.bangkokpost.com/world/1855239/ultra-rare-snowfall-carpets-baghdad


Zimbabwe’s government is scrambling to increase corn imports as more than 40% of the population don’t have access to enough food after the worst drought in four decades halved the harvest.”

https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/hunger-increases-in-zimbabwe-as-drought-hits-corn-harvest-chart-1.1388271


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Massive swarms of locusts sweeping across much of east Africa have reached Uganda and Tanzania, the United Nations has said, threatening millions more people with hunger in an already fragile region.

“Tanzania has detected swarms in its northern border areas close to Mount Kilimanjaro…”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/feb/10/food-fears-grow-as-swarms-of-locusts-reach-uganda-and-tanzania


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The heatwave “setting in” across most of the NT [Australia] and including Katherine is most unusual for February

“With a record of 39 degrees, Katherine’s maximum is expected to blow past that to 41 in the next few days.

“It comes as a time of grave concern about the poor wet season in Katherine…”

https://www.katherinetimes.com.au/story/6625402/february-heatwave-across-the-nt-tipped-to-break-records/?cs=1459


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Queensland [Australia] is set to endure more flood damage as multiple storms are set to dump a deluge on the state.

“A cyclone has also been identified by meteorologists over Noumea and is tracking down the state’s southeast coast. The worst of the cyclone is expected to hit on Thursday.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7988641/Fears-grow-missing-couple-washed-away-floodwaters-Queensland.html


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The heavy downpour that struck São Paulo [Brazil] from late afternoon on Sunday, February 9th, has caused destruction and chaos during the day.

“The storm caused rivers to overflow, dozens of floods, landslides and brought the city to a halt. The water level only began to lower in the early hours of Tuesday, February 11th.”

https://www.euronews.com/2020/02/11/brazil-heavy-rains-cause-floods-and-mudslide-in-sao-paulo


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Penguin colonies in some parts of the Antarctic have declined by more than 75% over the past half century, largely as a result of climate change, researchers say.

“Scientists discovered that colonies of chinstrap penguins — also known as ringed or bearded penguins — have dropped dramatically since they were last surveyed almost 50 years ago.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/02/10/world/chinstrap-penguin-decline-scli-intl-scn/index.html


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Half of the one million animal and plant species on Earth facing extinction are insects, and their disappearance could be catastrophic for humankind, scientists have said in a “warning to humanity”.

“”The current insect extinction crisis is deeply worrying,” said Pedro Cardoso, a biologist at the Finnish Museum of Natural History…”

https://www.bangkokpost.com/world/1855069/half-a-million-insect-species-face-extinction


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Unprecedented warming will dominate the coming decade, according to a new study, which said every year is likely to rank among the planet’s 10 hottest.

“Global temperatures are already consistently breaking records, with 2016 the warmest ever followed by 2019, data from the World Meteorological Organization show.”

https://www.bloombergquint.com/business/get-used-to-record-breaking-heat-because-it-s-here-to-stay


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