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“Parts of the Arctic are set to experience intense heat over the next few days as sea ice in the region falls to record lows. Meteorologists say temperatures in parts of Siberia could reach well into the 90s over the next few days.

“Savage heat for several days incoming for Siberia. Again,” tweeted Scott Duncan from utility company EDF Energy.

“Duncan said the minimum temperature in some parts of Arctic Siberia will not drop below 68 degrees Fahrenheit for several days, what some countries refer to as a “tropical night,” according to a series of tweets.

“Truly mind-blowing. Records likely to fall,” he wrote.”

https://www.newsweek.com/arctic-savage-temperatures-tropical-nights-siberia-95-1519745


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It rained 40.9 millimetres yesterday in Iqaluit… It’s also the wettest July week on record. The rain started on Friday and is expected to clear up at the end of the week, on Friday. So far it’s rained over 60 millimetres this week. The average rainfall for July is 51 millimetres.

““It’s rare,” said Phillips. “I wouldn’t call it a monsoon, maybe a Nunavut monsoon.””

https://nunatsiaq.com/stories/article/iqaluit-sees-record-breaking-rainfalls-this-week/


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“…ancient climate records show that Nevada was even hotter and drier in the past than it is today, and that one 4,000-year period in particular may represent a true, “worst-case” scenario picture for the Southwest and the Colorado River Basin…

At that time, the long-term hot and dry climate of the region was linked to warm Arctic seas and a lack of sea ice…”

https://phys.org/news/2020-07-vegas-arctic.html


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Large wildfires can make their own weather, and the Hog Fire in California’s Lassen County has been busy doing exactly that

“Twice in two days, the Hog Fire has helped produce its own thunderstorms, which then dumped rain on the flames below. Hail even pelted the wildfire Tuesday…”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2020/07/22/hog-fire-thunderstorms/


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For the fourth day in a row, Norfolk International Airport [Virginia, US] reached 100 degrees.

“According to the National Weather Service in Wakefield, this is the first time in the stations history, which started in 1874, that Norfolk has had four consecutive days above 100 degrees.”

https://www.wtkr.com/weather/norfolk-breaks-a-nearly-150-year-old-record


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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has unanimously voted to shut down the state’s iconic Apalachicola oyster fishery after years of drought and other pressures have devastated wild oyster beds…

“”Right now, there’s no boats out there,” says local fisherman Shannon Hartsfield. “There’s nobody harvesting any oysters right now.””

https://www.npr.org/2020/07/22/894074674/floridas-oyster-beds-devastated-by-years-of-drought-other-pressures?ft=nprml&f=1003


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“Tropical Depression Seven strengthened into Tropical Storm Gonzalo on Wednesday, according to the National Hurricane Center…

This is the earliest that a storm has received a name starting with the letter “G” since the United States began using a named-storm system in 1953. On average, the seventh named storm in a season is on September 16.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/07/22/weather/tropical-storm-gonzalo-forecast-earliest-named/index.html


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Argentina’s production estimates for both wheat and maize in 2020/21 have been reduced due to lack of rainfall, causing major droughts across the country

“There are prolonged droughts in two of Argentina’s three main growing regions, Cordoba and Santa Fe. The third key region, Buenos Aires, did have minimal rainfall in early July, but this offered very little respite.”

https://ahdb.org.uk/news/how-argentinian-drought-could-affect-global-markets-grain-market-daily


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“Amazonia experiences seasonal fires each year. More than 90% of the fires are distributed across the southern boundary of Amazon Basin where the vegetation dominated by savannas are flammable in the dry season. In recent decades, however, more fires have been reported in the Amazon forests.

The 2019 Amazon fires surged to a record high.”

https://phys.org/news/2020-07-climate-shift-forest-loss-scientists.html


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China’s national observatory Thursday renewed a yellow alert for high temperatures, as a heat wave has engulfed southern parts of the country…

“In some of these regions, temperatures may even hit 40 degrees Celsius, the center said.”

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-07/23/c_139234213.htm


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Chinese regions as far apart as Sichuan in the southwest and Gansu in the northwest are at heightened risk of natural disasters in the coming days amid another round of torrential rain, the country’s weather bureau said on Thursday.

“Parts of the eastern coast, including the Bohai Bay region, Shandong and the province of Jiangsu also face hurricane-force winds…”

https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-china-floods/china-says-more-disasters-expected-as-torrential-rains-continue-idUKKCN24O0PV


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“…the Three Gorges Dam in Hubei Province is now holding back water from the Yangtze River, China’s longest, at a level topping 162 meters as of Tuesday afternoon.

The dam was built to hold 145 meters of water.”

https://asia.nikkei.com/Economy/Natural-disasters/Anxiety-grows-as-water-level-in-Three-Gorges-Dam-increases


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Greek firefighters brought in reinforcements from across the country on Wednesday to help control a large forest fire fanned by strong winds near the seaside village of Kechries in the eastern Peloponnese, fire brigade officials said.

“Authorities said they had been forced to evacuate a residential settlement as the blaze, burning through pine trees, came close to a military camp where explosives were stored.”

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-greece-fire/greek-firefighters-battle-forest-blaze-near-seaside-village-idUSKCN24N1RU


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The years 1990-2016 rank among the worst periods of flooding in Europe in five centuries, according to an assessment of historical letters, annals and legal records.

“The period has seen intense floods such as those in England in 2009 and 2002’s devastating flooding in Dresden in Germany, Prague in the Czech Republic and across central Europe.

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2249489-recent-decades-of-european-floods-are-among-the-worst-in-500-years/


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Something to look forward to:

Boris Johnson has ordered the Army to prepare for a perfect storm of coronavirus, flu outbreak, floods…

“…and Brexit this winter.”

https://metro.co.uk/2020/07/23/army-alert-flu-brexit-floods-coronavirus-set-hit-winter-13027123/


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Destructive and unsustainable fishing has caused a crash in shark numbers across many of the world’s coral reefs, upsetting the ecological balance of the critical marine ecosystems, a major study has found.

“The loss of sharks was putting further pressure on coral reefs around the world that were already under threat from global heating, scientists said.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jul/23/sharks-functionally-extinct-at-20-of-worlds-coral-reefs-as-fishing-drives-global-decline


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“If we were to make a projection about the future based on this past, the take-home-message is: Tropical marine ecosystems which includes coral reefs will be the first major victims of rapid global change.

“The evidence that this process of destruction has already begun has been documented.””

https://phys.org/news/2020-07-extreme-environmental-conditions-massive-global.html


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