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New Zealand has had its warmest winter since records began more than 100 years ago, according to official climate data.

“The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research’s (Niwa) Seven Station Temperature Series, which began in 1909, shows the 2020 winter was 1.14C above average.

“Niwa forecaster Ben Noll said that seven of the 10 warmest winters on record in New Zealand have now occurred since 2000. “It just showcases the trajectory that we are on,” he said.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/sep/03/new-zealand-experiences-warmest-winter-on-record


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Spring is well and truly here with Australia experiencing its warmest early September day in years.

“Cobar, in Central West NSW, saw temperatures reach 28.4C today, a 13-year record for the inland town.”

https://www.9news.com.au/wild-weather/spring-weather-warmest-start-to-september-in-years/2250a1f4-054f-4cbe-a9b5-4bf82ac188f6


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Western Australia has posted its warmest winter on record, largely driven by unprecedented heat in the state’s north.

“According to the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM), WA’s mean maximum temperature was 2.38 degrees Celsius above average, while the mean minimum temperature was 0.81C above average.”

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-09-02/western-australia-posts-warmest-winter-on-record/12618714?fbclid=IwAR37SDTsfIINNOTguyJk6k99j0F0wVGd9mQUZLoBok7sH8E8QdViyPTqzwI


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Eastern Japan recorded its highest average temperature for the month of August since 1946 when records were first kept, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.

“The average temperature for the Kanto-Koshin, Hokuriku and Tokai regions in Eastern Japan in August was 2.1 degrees higher than in an average year, the JMA said Sept. 1.”

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/13690327?fbclid=IwAR1qq6NHpwJrLrovJYy-qljHDM8849IB7GnRe8_bL3XiIMJ605HNJFngkfw


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A cargo ship carrying 43 crew and nearly 6,000 cattle sank off Japan after reportedly losing an engine in rough seas caused by Typhoon Maysak, a survivor has said.

“The Filipino crew member, named as Sareno Edvarodo, a 45-year-old chief officer, was rescued late on Wednesday after Japanese navy P-3C surveillance aircraft spotted him wearing a life vest and waving while bobbing in the water.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/sep/03/typhoon-maysak-ship-with-43-crew-and-nearly-6000-cattle-missing-off-japan


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Two powerful typhoons are hurtling toward the Korean Peninsula, threatening to bring more flooding and devastation to an area that has already been battered by one of the wettest monsoon seasons in recent history.

“Typhoon Maysak — which is currently equivalent to a Category 4 hurricane — is expected to make landfall on the southern part of the Korean Peninsula Wednesday night, local time.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/09/02/asia/typhoon-maysak-korea-intl-hnk/index.html


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Bangladesh has experienced intense flooding covering at least a quarter of the country as it goes through monsoon season… along the Jamuna River… high danger levels have been reached or surpassed…

One of the areas affected is the Pabna district, home to the construction site of Bangladesh’s two nuclear power reactors at the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant.”

https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/73381


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Flash floods triggered by heavy rains have killed 15 people and damaged scores of houses in Pakistan’s scenic northwestern Swat Valley, a spokesman said.

“It comes as rescuers assisted residents in the port city of Karachi, where last week’s rains wreaked havoc that killed dozens.”

https://www.expressandstar.com/news/world-news/2020/09/02/flash-floods-kill-15-in-popular-tourist-destination-in-pakistan/


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Nearly 120,000 people have been displaced by flash floods caused by heavy rains across Chad in the month just ended.

“At least 32,000 of the affected persons are in N’Djamena, the country’s capital city, according to IOM’s Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM). DTM data further indicate a total of 7,122 households have been affected.”

https://reliefweb.int/report/chad/nearly-120000-people-displaced-least-10-dead-after-flash-floods-chad


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A heatwave that arrived in Turkey last week will continue as meteorologists warned temperatures may rise further…

“Weather experts warn that temperatures may be the highest in decades for September in central parts of the country, particularly in the Aegean region and landlocked parts of the Black Sea region.”

https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/nationwide-heat-wave-to-continue-until-weekend-in-turkey/news


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Last month, Cyprus witnessed the hottest August on record with the daily average temperature recorded in Nicosia reaching a blistering 39.5 degrees Celsius.

“The second highest daily average for the month was recorded in August 2010 when average temperatures recorded standing at 39.3֯ C.”

https://www.financialmirror.com/2020/09/02/cyprus-records-hottest-august-ever/?fbclid=IwAR07UCMXKa6vlhRisqvnwHkcAeT81mtp8exOh6OkMoldUSftw6R66metUiI


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The largest and most symbolic glacier in the Dolomites could vanish within 15 years because of global heating, Italian scientists have warned.

“The 3,343m Marmolada, located on the border of the Trentino and Veneto regions and known as the Queen of the Dolomites, has already lost more than 80% of its volume over the last 70 years.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/sep/01/marmolada-queen-of-dolomites-glacier-could-vanish-within-15-years


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“…rain has been welcomed in parts of Argentina ravaged by wildfires. About 22,000 of them are burning, in at least a dozen provinces – including one of the most biodiverse regions in the country.”

Video:

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/09/argentina-devastated-widespread-wildfires-200901161839311.html


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Record-high temperatures are expected across California for the holiday weekend, increasing fire risk and exacerbating poor air quality

““This is an exceptionally dangerous event, especially considering the holiday weekend and the ongoing pandemic,” warned the NWS forecast office in San Diego. “This event will be hotter than the recent mid-August heat wave. Temperatures this high, and this widespread, are rarely ever seen in this area.””

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/sep/02/california-heatwave-wildfire-smoke-air-quality-covid-19


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“With flames racing across hundreds of square miles throughout Colorado and California this summer… residents can’t help but wonder what our beloved forests will look like in a few decades.

“A new University of Colorado Boulder-led study offers an unprecedented glimpse, suggesting that when forests burn across the Southern Rocky Mountains, many will not grow back and will instead convert to grasslands and shrublands.”

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/09/200902182415.htm


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“…the National Weather Service reported the hottest August on record for Las Vegas, with a record-breaking average temperature of 95.6 degrees…

“Last month broke the previous average high record of 94.4 degrees recorded in August 2018.”

https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Las-Vegas-records-hottest-August-ends-15537577.php


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Chicago’s meteorological summer didn’t set too many records as it happened, but higher-than-normal temperatures each month stacked up to make for the hottest summer on record

“The average temperature for the months of June, July and August was 76.7 degrees, besting the average temperature of 76.4 degrees set in 1955…”

https://www.chicagotribune.com/weather/ct-chicago-record-hottest-summer-20200901-q6t2ljksongkpfgoy5aqkuj5am-story.html


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“Meteorological summer (June, July & August) is now in the rear view mirror – and this was certainly one for the record books.

Summer 2020 was the hottest on record in Tampa going all the way back to 1890. This was assisted in large part by a record hot and unusually dry month of July.”

https://www.wfla.com/weather/meteorological-summer-2020-the-hottest-on-record-for-tampa-bay-area/


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“Tropical Depression Fifteen strengthened slightly Tuesday afternoon and the National Hurricane Center upgraded it to Tropical Storm Omar. Just hours earlier, a vigorous tropical disturbance in the Caribbean became Tropical Storm Nana, according to the hurricane center.

The record-breaking hurricane season continues to churn out storms. Nana and Omar are the earliest 14th and 15th named storms in the Atlantic basin, respectively, each breaking a record from the 2005 season.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/09/01/weather/tropical-storm-nana-forecast/index.html


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The Bering Sea ice cover during the winters of 2018 and 2019 hit new lows not seen in thousands of years, scientists reported on Wednesday, adding to concerns about the accelerating impact of climate change in the Arctic…

“[Scientists used analysis of] …peat land, which holds organic compounds from plants dating back millennia, on the remote St. Matthew island off Alaska.”

https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/winter-sea-ice-in-bering-sea-reached-lowest-levels-in-millennia—study/46008626


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As Arctic warming accelerates, permafrost thaw hits Alaska mine

“The multinational company that operates the Red Dog Mine in Northwest Alaska says that thawing permafrost linked to global warming has forced it to spend nearly $20 million to manage its water storage and discharge.”

https://www.highnorthnews.com/nb/arctic-warming-accelerates-permafrost-thaw-hits-alaska-mine


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“Today is the start of the Northern Hemisphere autumn in meteorological terms. Summer 2020 had a major impact on ice shelves and glaciers,” WMO spokesperson Clare Nullis told a twice-weekly UN briefing.

“The summer of 2020 has been marked by many new temperature records.”

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/europe/from-arctic-to-alps-summer-impacted-ice-shelves/1960113


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