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“The popular saying “April showers bring May flowers” might not be the case this year.

The northeastern United States experienced an unusual Mother’s Day weekend as most restaurants remained closed amid coronavirus concerns and a historic polar vortex packing snow shattered temperature records.”

https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/polar-vortex-unleashes-rare-may-snow-shatters-historic-low-temperature-records/737126


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There are more than a dozen wildfires raging across Florida, burning property and prompting evacuations, as excessive heat and dry weather take its toll on the state.

“Florida is known for its hot weather, but this year has been exceptionally torrid. In April, South Florida hit June-like temperatures.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/05/10/weather/record-temperatures-florida-wildfires/index.html


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The state [Alaska] saw several record or near record high temperatures on Saturday and will likely see more on Sunday.

“The Juneau Airport reached 76 degrees on Saturday. This is not only the first 70 degree or higher temperature for the year, it also breaks the previous May 9 record of 73 degrees set in 2014.”

https://www.ktuu.com/content/news/Record-high-temperatures-near-record-warmth-and-green-up-570355991.html


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A high of 86 was recorded at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, according to the National Weather Service in Seattle. The previous record there for May 9 was 83 degrees, set last year.

““Most places, it was probably a record-breaking day,” Burg said of the Puget Sound region, which featured mostly sunny skies.”

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/weather/seattle-area-sees-record-breaking-heat/


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As forecasters predict higher-than-normal chances of large fires in Northern California this year — as well as the usual risk of “large significant” burning in Southern California — fire authorities are growing increasingly concerned over their ability to muster a large, healthy force of firefighters in the face of COVID-19.”

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-05-10/coronavirus-coming-wildfire-season


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“It has not had much attention, with the world focused on the coronavirus, but deforestation has surged in the Amazon rainforest this year, raising fears of a repeat of last year’s record-breaking devastation – or worse.

“Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon hit a new high in the first four months of the year…”

https://www.straitstimes.com/world/americas/amazon-deforestation-surges-fuelling-fears-of-more-wildfires


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Photographs of Hawke’s Bay [NZ] taken from space almost a year apart show the effects of its drought

“December through February is typically the driest period in north and central New Zealand, but according to Nasa, the 2019-2020 summer season was especially dry, leaving the entirety of North Island in severe meteorological drought.”

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12330834


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The NSW government has pledged a $310 million emergency relief boost for drought-affected farmers and communities.

“Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said renewing support measures will give certainty to regional drought-affected communities so they can make important stock and business decisions.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8304239/Massive-310million-relief-package-announced-drought-affected-Aussie-farmers-communities.html


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Taichung city in central Taiwan has recorded the hottest day of May since 1900 as the temperature reached 36.9 degrees Celsius at Sunday noon, the weather department said.

“The island’s weather department issued heat alerts to 11 counties and cities across the island Sunday.”

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-05/10/c_139045795.htm


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A massive dust storm was whipped up in the Delhi-NCR region on late Sunday morning as strong winds frequented the skies in the national capital.

“Bringing some relief to the citizens from the intense heat, rains soon followed…”

https://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-massive-dust-storm-hits-delhi-ncr-accompanying-rains-bring-relief-from-summer-heat-2824259


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Fifty people lost their lives in Yemen’s temporary capital of Aden due to the chikungunya fever, according to an anonymous government official late on Saturday.

“More than 3,000 people were infected… It is believed that the disease came about because of swamps caused by a flood disaster on April 21.”

https://www.trtworld.com/middle-east/fifty-people-die-in-yemen-from-mosquito-borne-disease-36179


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Torrential rains have triggered devastating floods and landslides across East Africa in recent weeks, aggravating an already challenging situation as countries in the region battle the coronavirus pandemic.

“The destruction caused by the heavy rainfall has killed hundreds of people in Kenya, Uganda, Somalia, Rwanda and Ethiopia and has also forced hundreds of thousands from their homes.”

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/05/east-african-countries-count-losses-devastating-floods-200509081445481.html


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Properties have been flooded after thunderstorms hit parts of south and west Wales on Saturday

“BBC weatherman Derek Brockway said the storms marked the start of a cold front bringing “arctic winds” across Wales.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-52602177


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The newsletter Melting Glaciers, which has just been published online, reveals that glaciers in Iceland have been rapidly retreating for 25 years, and that glacier downwasting is among the most obvious consequences of global warming.

“The newsletter describes an alarming trend…”

https://icelandmonitor.mbl.is/news/nature_and_travel/2020/05/09/icelandic_glaciers_rapidly_retreating/


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As climate change contributes to a surge in disease outbreaks across the world, scientists warn that current rates of environmental degradation and biodiversity loss will lead to more deadly pandemics like the coronavirus.

“The total number of disease outbreaks has more than tripled each decade since the 1980s.”

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/05/09/coronavirus-wildlife-habitat-destruction-will-cause-more-pandemics.html


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