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“It was a remarkably cold winter across the High Arctic, at least compared with the abnormally mild winters in many recent years. But the weather pattern has reversed this spring and unusually warm air is surging toward the North Pole, paving the way for the Arctic ice melt season to commence.

“The sudden pulse of warmth is one of many observed in the Arctic in recent years, which research shows are increasing in frequency due to rapid climate change, accelerating the loss of sea and land ice.

“Above freezing temperatures are showing up in the Central Arctic about one month earlier than average this week, according to Ted Scambos, a senior research scientist at CIRES…”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2020/05/14/arctic-temperature-spike-sea-ice/


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The seasonal ice melting in the Yakutia and Krasnoyarsk regions of Russia caused a rise of water level in Siberian rivers, triggering floods in towns and villages.

“Ice jams on the Lena river led to the water rising two metres higher than the critical level.”

https://www.republicworld.com/world-news/rest-of-the-world-news/massive-floods-hit-siberia.html


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Scientists warned on Thursday that a catastrophic tsunami is most likely to happen because of climate change increasing the risk of a massive landslide in an Alaskan fjord.

“A glacier that supports a steep, mile-long slope along one flank in Prince William Sound is slowly retreating due to warmer temperatures.”

https://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/25695/20200515/retreating-glacier-increases-risk-tsunami-threat-alaska-within-few-decades.htm


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A wildfire in Southwest Florida continued to grow in size Thursday evening, forcing hundreds of residents from their homes along a stretch of Interstate 75.

“A 20-mile stretch of the interstate, also known as Alligator Alley, that had been closed overnight was reopened about 2:30 p.m. Thursday.”

https://weather.com/news/news/2020-05-14-florida-wildfires-close-interstate-force-evacuations


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Fires are raging in the coastal state of Guerrero in south-central Mexico and smoke from the fires drifts over most of the state.

“On May 12, 2020, the Comisión Nacional Forestal of Mexico reported 15 active forest fires throughout the state. The fires have been difficult to control because of strong winds.”

https://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/goddard/2020/fires-rage-in-the-state-of-guerrero-in-mexico


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June 1 is the official start to Atlantic hurricane season, but a weather system forming now may make this the sixth straight year with a tropical system forming before that date.

“”This system is likely to become a tropical or subtropical storm by late Friday or Saturday when it is located near the northwestern Bahamas,” the National Hurricane Center said.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/05/15/weather/tropical-storm-arthur-forecast-weekend-friday/index.html


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Europe is set for a sweltering and tinder dry summer this year, posing trouble for farmers, utilities and transportation on inland waterways.

“That’s the conclusion of scientists at the Copernicus Climate Change Service, who published the seasonal outlook this week.”

https://www.bloombergquint.com/business/europe-seen-sizzling-this-summer-with-below-average-rainfall


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“As temperatures are expected to hit and even exceed 40 degrees Celsius in many parts of the country this weekend…

“…a National Observatory of Athens (NOA) scientist said Greece may be in for the hottest May heatwave in at least 50 years.”

https://www.ekathimerini.com/252699/article/ekathimerini/news/greece-bracing-for-hottest-mid-may-heatwave-in-50-years


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Temperatures in many [of Turkey’s] provinces and locales in the interior and western region may approach or even top record levels

“Adil Tek, head of an Istanbul-based earthquake institute, said this year the average temperature in Istanbul from January to May 13 broke a 109-year temperature record, and an early summer can be expected.”

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/turkey/turkey-soaring-weekend-mercury-record-hot-may/1840945


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Israel is on high alert as wildfires are expected across the country due to abnormally high temperatures, Israel Fire and Rescue Services (IFRS) Commissioner Dedi Simchi said Friday morning.

“According to Simchi, starting this weekend, a heatwave is expected to hit the country, with extremely high temperatures and low humidity.”

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/wildfires-expected-in-israel-amid-extreme-heatwave-628135


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24 people have been killed and more than 283,000 others have been displaced by floods in Somalia, according to figures released by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Somalia.

“The figures also indicated that 28 districts and more than 701,000 people in the Horn of Africa nation have been affected by the floods.”

https://africa.cgtn.com/2020/05/14/24-killed-more-than-280000-displaced-by-floods-in-somalia-un-office/


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A shocking video has shown the streets of Delhi covered in white hailstones, with some Indians saying it is a sign of the end of the world.

“In the clip, ice covers the roads and has settled despite sweltering 45C (113F) temperatures forecast for this coming weekend.”

https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/weird-news/apocalyptic-scenes-hail-storm-india-22029777


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“The Mekong animates a vast swathe of Asia, from the snow-packed mountains of south-western China from which it springs, to Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam in the lower portion of the basin. As it meanders along its 4,500km route, it feeds and waters some 66m people. Yet the river is ailing.

Last year the water in the Mekong fell to its lowest level since records began…”

https://www.economist.com/asia/2020/05/16/south-east-asias-biggest-river-is-drying-up


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Almost one million Rohingya people in the world’s largest refugee camp are facing the added threat of a cyclone as the first cases of Covid-19 are confirmed, Oxfam warned today.

“The cyclone, which is likely to form off the coast over the weekend, could bring further suffering and destruction to the camps on top of a potentially devastating health crisis.”

https://reliefweb.int/report/bangladesh/cyclone-threatens-cox-s-bazar-first-covid-19-cases-are-confirmed-oxfam


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A tropical downpour caused flash floods on roads in Pattaya, eastern Thailand, today (May 14). Motorists and pedestrians had to battle through the deluge which left some parts submerged in knee-deep water…

“Tropical storms have been sweeping Thailand for the last few weeks as the country enters its scorching summer season with temperatures reaching 42C.”

https://ca.news.yahoo.com/tropical-storms-cause-flash-floods-110000634.html


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“Heavy rainfall throughout the week has caused floods and landslides in several provinces, as the rainy season is expected to be last longer than initially forecasted.

A downpour lasting from Tuesday afternoon to Wednesday morning led to floods in Lebak regency [Indonesia]…”

https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2020/05/14/floods-landslides-hit-regions-as-rainy-season-prolonged.html


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Northern Samar, Bicol region [Philippines takes direct hit from Typhoon Vongfong

“Typhoon, equivalent to Hurricane Category 4, brings gusts of up to 212 km/h… Power outages reported in provinces that saw its wrath, while country deals with effects of coronavirus pandemic…”

https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/philippines/video-philippines-takes-direct-hit-from-typhoon-vongfong-1.1589494609570


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