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A nearly all-encompassing heat wave has spread across the highest reaches of the globe… Arctic sea ice as a whole is currently at the lowest mark on record for this time of year

“Heat is expected to remain strong in northern Canada and return in full force to Siberia later this week, so the records are unfortunately nowhere close to over yet.”

https://earther.gizmodo.com/its-not-just-siberia-as-record-heat-spreads-across-the-1844517909


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Alaska has been experiencing some very rainy summers compared with records going back a century, scientists warn, adding that the winters have “lost” almost three weeks a year to summer.

“The precipitation augurs ill for the permafrost underlying about 85 percent of the state…”

https://www.haaretz.com/science-and-health/.premium-climate-change-briefs-it-s-raining-it-s-pouring-alaska-s-permafrost-is-thawing-1.9021769


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The sultry summer of 2020 [Ottawa] has so far set a string of daily temperature records — the latest Sunday — and is so far smashing average temperature records for this month.

“With four days to go, “it could be an all-time warmest July on record,” Environment and Climate Change Canada senior climatologist David Phillips said…”

https://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/ottawa-is-on-track-for-the-hottest-july-on-record-and-theres-no-real-relief-in-sight


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“The heat this month has kept coming and coming and now has tied a record for its persistence.

On Monday, Washington notched its 25th day hitting at least 90 degrees, tying the record for the most such days in a month. Tuesday, it seems destined to surpass it.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2020/07/27/washington-dc-july-record-heat/


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Minnesota’s latest mega-rain event drenched parts of southern Minnesota Saturday night

“The amount of deep tropical moisture in the air mass over Minnesota Saturday was at near-record levels… Doppler rainfall estimates suggest around 10 inches fell between rain gauges in Sibley County.”

https://www.mprnews.org/story/2020/07/27/minnesota-latest-megarain-event-drops-8-to-10-inches


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“It was 12 miles wide, invisible to the naked eye and traveled across six counties to Florida’s largest city. And it’s still unclear who — or what — was responsible.

The mysterious plume of methane, estimated to total 300 metric tons, was released north of Gainesville between May 2 and May 3…”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-07-27/no-one-is-owning-up-to-releasing-cloud-of-methane-in-florida


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Just a day after Tropical Storm Hanna dumped a foot and a half of rainfall in Texas and parts of Mexico, the tropics are roaring to life once again.

“A wave of low pressure meandering westward, located about halfway between Cabo Verde and the Windward Islands, is likely to develop into Tropical Storm Isaias…”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2020/07/27/new-tropical-storm-is-likely-form-atlantic-hyperactive-hurricane-season-continues/


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“With the end of July drawing near, it is looking likely that not a single typhoon will form in the month.

“It would be the first typhoon-free July since the Meteorological Agency started taking records in 1951.”

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2020/07/27/national/likely-typhoon-free-july-first-since-records-began-1951/


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Just 17mm of rain has been recorded in Adelaide at West Terrace, which is about one quarter of the average (66.3mm) for July.

“With little more rainfall on the horizon, climatologist Dr Naomi Benger says this month will likely be among the lowest on record.”

https://www.fiveaa.com.au/news/adelaide-is-having-its-driest-july-in-almost-a-century/


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Intermittent bouts of torrential rain continue to pound wide areas of Japan due to unstable atmospheric conditions

“The risk of landslides has increased.. Rainfall of more than 50 millimeters per hour is possible… In the 24 hours through Wednesday morning, up to 200 millimeters of rain is expected.”

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20200728_09/


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Heavy rains are putting the Yangtze River at risk of repeating the devastating floods of 1998 which left more than 4,000 people dead and 14 million homeless.

“The latest natural disaster comes in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic and an escalating trade war with the US.”

https://multimedia.scmp.com/infographics/news/china/article/3094790/china-floods/index.html


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Floods caused by heavy monsoon rains in two of India’s poorest states have displaced or affected 8 million people and killed 111 since May, authorities said on Tuesday, at a time when coronavirus cases have swelled there.

“The Brahmaputra river in the northeastern state of Assam is flowing above the “danger level” in many places…”

https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-india-floods/floods-coronavirus-hobble-two-of-indias-poorest-states-idUKKCN24T12B


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Climate change has hastened glacial melting across the Hindu Kush Himalaya region, home to some of the world’s tallest peaks, including Mount Everest.

“According to India’s first assessment of climate change, the country’s glaciers—and water resources—will be at further risk without local actions.”

https://eos.org/articles/a-future-of-retreating-glaciers-in-the-himalayas


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About 36 people are reported to have died after torrential rain triggered flash floods and urban flooding in Pakistan.

“An emergency has been imposed at hospitals across Karachi, where paramilitary forces are helping traffic police in rescuing commuters amid traffic jams, flooding of roads and destruction of infrastructure.”

https://www.ucanews.com/news/dozens-dead-in-pakistan-as-heavy-rain-causes-floods/88925


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Flash floods have ravaged swaths of war-torn Yemen, leaving dozens dead and destroying thousands of homes, security officials and an aid group said Monday.

“At a time when Yemen is already mired in escalated fighting, widespread hunger and a major coronavirus outbreak, the spate of torrential rains is exacerbating the world’s worst humanitarian disaster.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/torrential-rains-wreak-destruction-in-yemen-killing-dozens/2020/07/27/c1df373a-d02b-11ea-826b-cc394d824e35_story.html


Floods in Uganda have submerged two oil wells in Buliisa district, triggering fear among the residents… According to John Mugungu, a resident of Kityanga cell, oil could mix with the water that residents are collecting for domestic use.”

https://www.newvision.co.ug/news/1523477/residents-worried-floods-sweep-oil


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The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has expressed regrets over the death of a mother and her four children in Abuja [Nigeria] on Saturday, after torrential rainfall in Gwagwalada area council that swept away some houses.

“”We want people to know that flood this year has been predicted and whatever we can do to save lives we will do”.”

https://www.channelstv.com/2020/07/27/mother-four-children-killed-in-abuja-flood/


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Rising temperatures and droughts have made trees in Germany more vulnerable to attacks by bark beetles and other insects.

“That’s led to a nearly sixfold jump in trees destroyed by pests over the past two years.”

https://www.dw.com/en/germany-forest-dying/a-54330242


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A total of 63 forest fires were recorded nationwide in Greece between 19:00 on Sunday and the same time Monday, the Fire Brigade reported, according to ANA.

“They involved 586 firefighters and 220 fire engines, 17 mountain units on foot, 4 water-bombing aircraft, 2 helicopters, and were assisted by volunteer firefighters, local water trucks, and heavy machinery.”

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/society/41048-63-forest-fires-burning-across-greece-during-the-last-24-hours.html


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Wildfires currently burning across Russia have doubled in size over the past week, the state-run TASS news agency reported Monday, citing a source in the Federal Forestry Agency.

“”Over the week, the total area of ​​forest fires has more than doubled,” TASS quoted its source as saying.

““The most difficult situation is developing in Siberia and the Far East.””

https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/27/russias-wildfires-double-in-size-within-week-tass-a70989


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The pristine white of Antarctica’s coast and low lying areas are turning red and green in its summer months as algae bloom across the ice and snow.

“The microscopic plants are forming carpets about 20mm deep in the ‘warmer’ waters of the frozen continent where snow and ice turn to slush in temperatures just above 0oC.”

https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/science-and-technology/2020/07/algae-is-turning-coastal-antarctica-red-and-green-and-it-could-have


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