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A riverside town in Worcestershire [UK] was underwater today after flood defences finally failed in the face of unprecedented flooding and the ever-rising River Severn

“Firefighters have been scrambled to the town to evacuate residents, with paramedics on scene to assist the vulnerable and elderly. Emergency workers also tried in vain to pump floodwater back into the Severn.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8044865/River-Severn-finally-begins-consume-Bewdley.html?fbclid=IwAR3ChqDdV_mbqO3axTHhFkAcTGxUQPY7u_5VWE6ZMGcyNOqnKvDKwj7anQQ


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“France has already seen record-high February temperatures – but more normal winter weather is on the way with widespread storms and snow predicted from Tuesday evening.

“French weather forecaster Météo France is predicting storms and a sharp drop in temperatures starting on Tuesday evening…”

https://www.thelocal.fr/20200225/snow-rain-and-thunderstorms-heading-for-france-after-record-breaking-winter-temperatures


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Tomato prices in Kenya have skyrocketed in recent weeks, with some parts of the country paying up to seven times more. The price rises follow months of heavy rains across East Africa.”

Video:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-africa-51634204/climate-change-why-are-tomato-prices-in-africa-increasing


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A small group of desert locusts has entered Congo, marking the first time the voracious insects have been seen in the Central African country since 1944, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Agency said Tuesday as U.N. agencies warned of a “major hunger threat” in East Africa from the flying pests.”

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2020/02/26/world/science-health-world/east-africas-huge-locust-outbreak-spreads-congo-first-sighting-since-1944/#.XlZUyaj7TIU


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“During the Kharif season this time, due to too heavy rainfall and floods, over 91,000 hectares of paddy crop had suffered extensive loss. Now, during the Rabi season too, the planting of seedlings [Bengaluru, India] has slumped to record low, and is estimated to be only around 16 percent of the normal area under paddy cultivation.”

https://www.daijiworld.com/news/newsDisplay.aspx?newsID=678290


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Five people have died and thousands were forced from their homes after severe floods in Indonesia while an earthquake also rattled the country today

“The heavy rains came only weeks after 70 residents of the low-lying megacity died in some of Indonesia’s worst flooding in recent memory.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8045929/Indonesia-floods-kill-five-people-leave-thousands-homeless.html


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Ex-tropical cyclone Esther is tracking an unpredictable path across northern Australia and could re-intensify later in the week, with the Bureau of Meteorology describing it as “a remarkable system”

“Bureau of Meteorology duty forecaster Angeline Prasad said the low was now expected to move into Western Australia’s Kimberley region on Thursday morning, before potentially re-intensifying into a cyclone…”

https://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2020-02-26/bom-says-ex-tropical-cyclone-esther-could-reintensify/12001432


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A brief but ferocious storm has flooded shops, uprooted trees and sparked fires after smashing Perth [Australia] on Tuesday afternoon.

“The Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe thunderstorm alert for the greater Perth area on Tuesday afternoon as wind speeds of up to 126km/h [78 mph] were recorded at Kalannie at 4.17pm.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8042367/Water-bursts-ceiling-Woolworths-supermarket-monster-storm-batters-Perth-downing-trees-cars.html


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Flood waters in a rural Queensland town have shut a main highway and are expected to continue rising throughout the week

“But as St George faced floods, drought-stricken farmers just down the road had barely received a drop of rain.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/feb/26/queensland-flooding-highway-shut-and-residents-cut-off-as-flood-waters-rise


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February 2020 is officially the 2nd wettest February on record, knocking February 2019 to the #3 slot. So far, there has been 11.39” that’s fallen in Chattanooga (with locally higher amounts in surrounding areas).

“11.31” fell February 2019 in Chattanooga. The wettest February ever on record was 1939 with 12.30” of rainfall.”

https://newschannel9.com/weather/stormtrack-9-blog/february-2020-now-2nd-wettest-february-on-record


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For many parts of the United States this winter has been one of the warmest on record.

“In fact, as the climate heats up, winters are warming faster than any other season. We recently asked how people around the country are seeing the effects of this in their everyday lives. Here’s a sample of what we heard back.”

https://www.npr.org/2020/02/26/807564180/from-allergies-to-declining-business-warming-winters-affect-everyday-life


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Experts warn the entire world heading towards a climate crisis, but the Pacific edge of the Arctic Ocean is already feeling its effects.

“A new study reveals the region underwent a ‘sudden and dramatic shift’ from 2017 to 2019′ that experts fear is irreversible and may be ‘a sign of what is to come.'”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8044385/Climate-change-causing-sudden-dramatic-shift-Pacific-Arctic-experts-warn.html


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Glacier algal blooms on the Greenland Ice Sheet are so extensive that their presence in the surface ice is thought responsible for widespread darkening along the western margin of the ice sheet

“…known as the ‘dark zone’ that has appeared in satellite observations over the last two decades.”

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/02/200225114419.htm


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When the weather warms as in the current Antarctic summer, nutrients become available and the algae spores germinate.

“This triggers an algal bloom which causes streams, patches, or small pockets of pink to emerge and creates the ‘watermelon’ phenomenon… It reflects sunlight due to its colour, which can speed up the rate of melting in the local region.

“The Ukrainian scientists say: ‘Such snow contributes to climate change, because the red-raspberry colour snow reflects less sunlight and melts faster.

“‘As a result, more and more bright algae are formed in the snow.'”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8041795/Watermelon-snow-Remarkable-pictures-Antarctic-turning-RED.html


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