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Last month was the hottest January on record over the world’s land and ocean surfaces, with average temperatures exceeding anything in the 141 years of data held by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration…

“The record temperatures in January follow an exceptionally warm 2019…”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/feb/13/january-hottest-earth-record-climate-crisis


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New Zealand’s largest city is on the cusp of its longest-ever dry spell, as a total fire ban is declared for the entire North Island, home to millions of people.

“According to the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (Niwa), on Saturday, Auckland will mark 40 days of no rain – breaking the previous record from 2013, when no rain fell for 39 days.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/feb/14/auckland-set-to-break-record-for-longest-ever-spell-without-rain


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The temperature reached a scorching 39.7 degrees today at the Cairns Racecourse [Queensland, Australia] at 2.39pm. That is 0.2 degrees above the all-time maximum temperature record for Cairns in February, recorded at the airport on February 21 last year.”

https://www.cairnspost.com.au/news/cairns/cairns-heatwave-nighttime-temperatures-close-to-breaking-record/news-story/9185f305ba98d59a864b31c8b85752e3


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The Sunshine Coast [Australia] bore the brunt of heavy falls overnight, however, with 232 millimetres [over nine inches] recorded at the airport since 9am Thursday – its highest daily total on record

“Multiple schools across the Sunshine and Gold Coasts told their students to remain home on Thursday because of flooding or road closures.”

https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/queensland/coasts-cop-record-rain-and-flooding-as-searchers-find-kayaker-s-body-20200213-p540i5.html


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Thailand is scaling back production forecasts for key agricultural commodities because of a drought, dealing a further blow to the country’s struggling economy.

“Rice, rubber and sugar are among the crops that help to sustain 11 million jobs, drive consumption and color the political mood of the rural population.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-02-13/thai-agriculture-reels-from-drought-in-blow-to-ailing-economy


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At least seven people remain missing following Thursday’s avalanches in central Daykundi province [Afghanistan], a local official said.

“The fatalities bring the death toll from avalanches and flash floods in the country in the past two months to 72.”

https://www.trtworld.com/asia/avalanches-in-afghanistan-kill-21-people-33786


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In Tarif, on [Saudi’s] border with Jordan, the temperature hit minus 5 degrees Celsius, according to the weather services.

“It dropped to minus three in Hail further southeast, and minus 2 in Arar on the border with Iraq.”

https://www.khaleejtimes.com/photos/world/saudi-arabia-shivers-from-record-cold-spell-1


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A lunar landscape is taking shape in the far south of Madagascar. Not a single drop of rain has fallen on this part of the country since the end of September 2019.

“Two regions are particularly affected: Androy and Anosy, where the heat has dried up the plantations and where food reserves are almost exhausted, plunging nearly 500,000 people into a nutritional crisis…”

https://www.afrik21.africa/en/madagascar-drought-drives-730000-people-to-food-insecurity/


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Over 1,000 animals died on a farm north of Cape Town, South Africa in recent months. This is as a result of the severe drought affecting the Kahalari Desert.

“The situation is more serious as the local flora and fauna, which are used to protect climatic conditions, struggle to survive.”

https://www.africanews.com/2020/02/13/over-1000-animals-die-in-drought-stricken-southern-africa/


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At about 3pm yesterday, a huge swarm of locusts entered Uganda from Kenya’s Kasai region and officials estimate it to comprise more than 40 million insects.

“They said the locusts entered through Nakasepan Village in Amudat Sub-county, Amudat District. Two hours later, another swarm entered through Komoret in Amudat.”

https://allafrica.com/stories/202002130851.html


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Meteorologists who have analysed radar images say they have ‘high confidence’ the Isle of Wight did experience a tornado last night (Wednesday).

“MeteoGroup – a private weather organisation based in Europe – have shared this radar image…”

https://onthewight.com/meteologists-have-high-confidence-it-was-a-tornado-that-hit-cowes/


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Storm Dennis exploded into a “bomb cyclone” during the early-morning hours on Thursday as the looming weather system poses a new windstorm threat for Europe

“…just days after deadly Storm Ciara triggered widespread travel disruptions from the United Kingdom to Germany.”

https://www.accuweather.com/en/severe-weather/storm-dennis-to-batter-europe-this-weekend-as-hard-hit-communities-recover-from-ciara/679116


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As pretty much all roads in the country are closed right now due to the extratropical cyclone rolling over Iceland, it bears mentioning that some places are getting hit harder than others.

“Reykjavík is on lockdown until 15:00 today, as the storm is moving from the southwest, but other parts of South Iceland are contending with even worse conditions.”

https://grapevine.is/news/2020/02/14/south-iceland-struggles-in-the-face-of-extratropical-cyclone/


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Maine’s climate is not only changing due to global temperatures increasing overall, but the rate at which it is changing is speeding up, according to researchers at the University of Maine…

£Winters are getting warmer…”

https://bangordailynews.com/2020/02/13/news/hancock/maine-is-getting-wetter-stormier-and-warmer-with-coast-warming-fastest-researchers-say/


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Days of torrential rain across the Southeast [USA] left residents to deal with rising rivers, falling trees, weakened dams and mudslides Thursday as storms finally subsided…

“The rains were expected to create the worst flooding in Jackson since 1983. That’s the second-highest crest on record, below an epic flood in the spring of 1978 that created widespread damage”

https://www.usnews.com/news/us/articles/2020-02-13/flooding-forces-alabama-school-system-to-shut-down


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Swaths of Southern California, including downtown Los Angeles, could be heading toward one of the driest combined starts to a year on record if the Golden State doesn’t start getting some rain, the National Weather Service said Thursday…

“…a persistent high-pressure ridge hovering over the eastern Pacific Ocean has kept wet weather at bay for much of January and early February.”

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-02-13/rainfall-in-february-looks-bleak-is-california-heading-for-another-drought


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“Given São Paulo [Brazil] sits on the Tropic of Capricorn, heavy tropical rainfall is not unusual. Summer traditionally consists of hot, sunny days finished off with a heavy thunderstorm in late afternoon. But Monday morning’s rain was something different.

“In just 24 hours, 66 per cent of the expected rainfall for the whole month of February was dumped on the city.”

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/the-poor-pay-as-brazil-veers-between-drought-and-deluge-1.4173001


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And in case you missed it:

Scientists in Antarctica have recorded a new record temperature of 20.75 degrees Celsius (69.35 Fahrenheit), breaking the barrier of 20 degrees for the first time on the continent, a researcher said Thursday.”

https://www.sciencealert.com/antarctica-just-smashed-a-new-balmy-heat-record


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“After two years of ground field studies that began in 2018 at an Alaskan lake site with a methane hotspot, we found abrupt thawing of the permafrost right underneath the hotspot,” said Elder.

“”It’s that additional contribution of permafrost carbon – carbon that’s been frozen for thousands of years – that’s essentially contributing food for the microbes to chew up and turn into methane as the permafrost continues to thaw.””

https://www.technologynetworks.com/applied-sciences/news/millions-of-methane-hotspots-detected-in-arctic-330799


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