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The failure of two dams in Michigan driven by heavy rainfall late Tuesday has brought record-setting flooding to nearby communities as thousands of residents evacuate their homes

““This is one of those nightmare scenarios that meteorologists hope never happen,” meteorologist Eric Holthaus wrote in a tweet. “We are in a climate emergency.””

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/05/20/catastrophic-flooding-underway-as-dam-failures-in-michigan-force-evacuation.html


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Days of torrential rain left parts of Cynthiana, Kentucky, under water on May 20, as the south fork of the Licking River overflowed.

“Ben Childers captured aerial footage of the flooding across Cynthiana, which received nearly 6.5 inches of rain over five days ending on May 20.”

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/torrential-rain-leaves-parts-cynthiana-092610223.html


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As the US continues to be pummeled by the coronavirus pandemic, a fresh looming threat is set to complicate efforts to contain the outbreak – an unusually fierce hurricane season

“Penn State researchers’ best guess is there will be 20 named storms, eight more than the 30-year average, which would make 2020 one of the most active years for hurricanes on record.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/21/hurricane-us-coronavirus-covid-19-floods


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Grass fire outbreaks have risen across Wales, with numbers up by a thousand on 2019 figures, a fire service has said.

“Mid and West Wales Fire Service said in its area there had been a 24% increase over the past eight weeks.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-wales-52736015/wildlife-suffers-as-lockdown-grass-fires-rise


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“Dramatic infrared footage shows the extent of a huge forest fire [UK] that was declared a ‘major incident’ after flames engulfed an area the size of 250 football pitches.

“The blaze has continued to rip through 150 hectares of Wareham Forest in Dorset on the hottest day of the year so far.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8340545/Dramatic-infrared-drone-footage-shows-extent-Wareham-Forest-fire.html


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The effects of global warming are becoming evident even in Belgium. 2018 was exceptionally warm and dry and the summer of 2019 also broke many weather records, with temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius and an increasing shortage of precipitation ….

“2020 will already belong to the list of years with the longest periods of drought, and we are only at the beginning of the growing season.”

https://geneticliteracyproject.org/2020/05/20/facing-record-breaking-temperatures-belgium-field-tests-drought-tolerant-corn-varieties/


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As a majority of Andalucian communities prepare to enter into Phase 2 of the de-escalation plan and relax their measures, temperatures will be climbing and reaching as high as 38 degrees Celsius in some areas.

“The Costa del Sol will undoubtedly experience high summer-like temperatures.”

https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/05/20/spains-costa-del-sol-and-andalucia-expect-sky-high-temperatures-of-up-to-38-degrees-this-weekend/


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Today in Morocco, they have predicted a heat wave with temperatures that will far exceed 40 degrees [104f]

“According to the National Meteorological Directorate (DMN), this heat wave is fearsome in the interior plains, the Souss, the south-east and the south of the country.”

https://www.bladi.es/marruecos-meteo-hoy-jueves,4128.html


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Around 5,000 hectares (12,400 acres) of farmland and forests were destroyed by wildfires, which swept across northern Cyprus last Sunday, wiping out around 90 percent of the regions 2,000 monumental olive trees.

““The extent of the destruction is unbelievable,” and added, “the situation is depressing, most tragic.””

https://www.oliveoiltimes.com/world/monumental-olive-trees-in-cyprus-destroyed-by-wildfires/81709


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Israel is experiencing an extreme heatwave that could last until the end of the week, with temperatures expected to remain at 104 degrees Fahrenheit in many regions…

“This comes as the country is re-opening after 2 months of COVID-19 lockdowns.”

https://weather.com/news/news/2020-05-20-middle-east-heat-wave-cripples-israel-amid-post-covid-reopening


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“Kenya –

Grandmother Millicent Agata’s small farm has disappeared entirely under the floodwaters of a swollen Lake Victoria, forcing her family to join tens of thousands of other Kenyans seeking shelter from the worst floods in three generations.”

https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-climate-change-kenya-floods/kenya-floods-uproot-families-disrupt-fishing-farming-communities-idUKKBN22W1V7


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Rescue teams searched for survivors in eastern India and Bangladesh on Thursday, a day after the most powerful cyclone in over a decade devastated coastal villages, tore down power lines, and left large tracts of land under water.

“The full extent of the casualties and damage to property inflicted by Cyclone Amphan would only be known once communications were restored, officials said.”

https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-asia-storm-india/cyclone-leaves-trail-of-devastation-along-coast-of-eastern-india-bangladesh-idUKKBN22X0JM


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Historically, eight out of ten deadliest tropical cyclones in the world have originated over the Bay of Bengal. Bay of Bengal occupies 0.6% of the global ocean area, but is responsible for 50% of all cyclone-related deaths

“Experts say that the triangular shape of the Bay of Bengal acts as a funnel and causes massive storm surges, whenever a cyclone approaches.”

https://weather.com/en-IN/india/news/news/2020-05-20-cyclone-amphan-india-bangladesh-bay-of-bengal-hotbed-cyclones


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A rare tornado has ripped through several villages on Indonesia’s Sumatra island, killing at least two people, damaging hundreds of homes, and fatally knocking over a cow..

“The powerful winds damaged 245 homes in three villages and knocked out power to most of the area…”

https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/tornado-indonesia-kills-damages-hundreds-homes-70803970


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The Bureau of Meteorology has warned a potentially dangerous storm which is rare for autumn is set to hit the West Australian coast on Sunday.

“Bureau spokesman Neil Bennett said a similar event in June 2012 resulted in more than 600 calls for assistance and left 170,000 homes without power.”

https://www.watoday.com.au/national/western-australia/dangerous-and-rare-autumn-storm-headed-for-wa-coast-on-sunday-20200521-p54v8p.html


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Record-breaking rainfall has lashed parts of Queensland’s north, prompting flood warnings in some areas

“Some rain gauges received more than half a metre of rain during the 48 hours to 9am today, including 524mm at Bulgan Creek, near Tully…

“At Bingil Bay, 454mm was recorded – the highest two-day total in 29 years and its highest during May since records began in 1926. The two-day deluge included 302mm in 24 hours, a new record for May Weatherzone said.”

https://www.9news.com.au/national/weather-warning-storms-heavy-rain-for-queensland-new-south-wales-and-victoria-wind-warning/222c181a-35af-464a-a864-50191421cc6f


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Siberia is sizzling in a heatwave as locals say a swathe of this vast Russian region went straight from winter into a roasting summer, skipping spring.

“Temperatures have touched 106F (41C) in the Altai Mountain foothills, with May records broken in many locations and residents stifling as they stay home seeking to fend off the threat of coronavirus.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8340017/Siberia-hit-record-105-8F-heatwave-Russian-region-skips-spring.html


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“Here we go again.

Just a few weeks after a series of early season heat waves spiked temperatures over 100 degrees in Phoenix, Arizona and baked much of the Southwest in record high temperatures, more excessive heat could be in store this weekend into next week across the region.”

https://www.weathernationtv.com/news/sizzling-early-season-heat-en-route-for-west-again/


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The English fire in the Fort a la Corne forest is larger than the city of Saskatoon

“On Wednesday morning, Environment Canada sent out an air quality advisory for a large area of the province, including Prince Albert, Saskatoon, Melfort, Wakaw and Tisdale.”

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/wildfire-now-larger-than-city-of-saskatoon-1.5576829


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“You may have noticed that we’re getting less snow in winter as the climate warms. But how much?

The latest estimate is that the maximum amount of snow that collects on the ground each year in non-alpine areas of North America has been decreasing by 46 billion tonnes per decade since 1980, a new study reports.”

https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/snow-climate-change-1.5577270


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The natural environment in which we live is the other dominant influence on our health and wellbeing.

“Temperature, weather and the climate have always affected our health, even as we have become better at building shelters and homes to protect ourselves from the elements.”

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/may/21/our-environment-has-always-affected-our-mortality-should-we-add-climate-change-to-death-certificates


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