Today’s thread is dedicated to Nancy of South Dakota.

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Israel on Friday experienced its hottest recorded day ever — meaning in at least 100 years.

“The southern coastal resort city of Eilat recorded an unprecedented 48.9°C (120°F) high, Channel 12 reported.

“After Thursday saw Jerusalem record its highest ever temperature, Friday’s figures edged that one out, setting a new record of 42.8°C (109°F).”

https://www.timesofisrael.com/hottest-day-in-israeli-history-as-eilat-and-jerusalem-record-unprecedented-highs/


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The highest ever recorded temp in Cyprus, 46.2C was clocked on Friday at the visitor centre of the forestry department at Athalassa, Nicosia.

“The previous record for Cyprus was August 1, 2010 when it hit 45.6C at the Athalassa radiosonde station.”

https://cyprus-mail.com/2020/09/04/highest-ever-recorded-temperature-46-2c-clocked-at-athalassa-eac-consumption-also-hits-all-time-high/


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Several of Turkey’s southern provinces saw the hottest September temperatures in history, according to the country’s meteorological department on Sept. 3.

“Adana registered 45.1 degrees Celsius (113.1 degrees Fahrenheit) which is the highest temperature in the province as the previous hottest September was recorded in 1994 with 43.2 degrees Celsius…”

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkeys-south-records-hottest-september-in-history-157958?fbclid=IwAR3cn0vKgtrIuJ0JT40CHPxNn2TOAHXcvlTOPs8si1Pg8I5XRtzE4S7m_JE


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Another body was recovered on Friday in the aftermath of devastating floods that hit Turkey’s northern province of Giresun last month, bringing the death toll to 11…

“Some 157 people were rescued from imminent death and 12 among them were injured when unprecedented floods hit Giresun…”

https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/death-toll-rises-to-11-in-giresun-floodsin-northern-turkey/news


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In two regions of Ukraine, the forest fires continue to rage. Initially, 400 hectares were engulfed in flames in the Kharkiv region and 1.200 hectares in the Luhansk region; however, the fire area extended hour after hour due to strong gusts of wind and covered more territory.

“The force of nature led to tragic consequences and numerous destructions…”

https://112.international/ukraine-top-news/burnt-village-a-victim-three-suffered-all-details-about-large-scale-fires-in-kharkiv-luhansk-regions-54418.html


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Over what can only be described as a bizarre, all-kinds-of-everything August – we [in Cork] had close to record levels of rain, above-average temperatures and the most sun recorded at any weather station across Ireland.

“And if that wasn’t enough – we finished out the month with two named storms within 48-hours – bringing the worst daily rain-fall to hit Leeside in decades.”

https://www.corkbeo.ie/news/local-news/corks-weird-summer-weather-set-18870074


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“If two named storms and three areas to watch sound like a bit much for this hurricane season, that may just be the start of what’s likely to be an active September in the tropics.

The Atlantic is brimming with tropical activity, with the potential for several more storms to form in the next two weeks alone.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2020/09/03/nana-belize-atlantic-hurricanes/


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Monday night was lit — and then some — at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Okla. Nearly 30,000 lightning flashes… Hail up to 2 inches in diameter and 75 mph winds were reported

“A meteorologist at the National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center in Norman described the scene as “some of the most intense lightning storms I’ve ever witnessed.””

https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2020/09/03/oklahoma-lightning-onslaught/


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August was a blisteringly hot month in St. George, Utah, with the warmest day on record for the area at 115°F.

“Now, it turns out the heatwave that was August has seeped into September and an excessive heat watch is in effect for this upcoming weekend.”

https://www.thespectrum.com/story/news/2020/09/03/st-george-cedar-city-hottest-august-temperatures-record-southern-utah-weather/5705565002/


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“The holiday weekend is starting off with hot weather for the history books. Temperatures reached 114 degrees at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport on Friday afternoon, setting a record…

Friday also marks the 51st day that Phoenix has seen temperatures reached more than 110 degrees. That’s an all-time record we’ve been adding to since the previous record was 33 days.”

https://www.azfamily.com/weather/extreme_heat/phoenix-breaks-record-with-high-temperature-of-114/article_79f61e2c-eefb-11ea-b408-fb7046ab0a44.html


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With California’s second-, third- and fourth-largest wildfires on record still actively burning, a searing heat wave beginning Friday threatens to set back firefighting efforts, lead to potential rolling electricity service blackouts and smash all-time temperature records throughout the state.

“Heat warnings and advisories are also in effect for parts of Arizona, Nevada and Oregon.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2020/09/04/california-heat-wave-fires/


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A record amount of the world’s largest tropical wetland has been lost to the fires sweeping Brazil this year

“The enormous fires — often set by ranchers and farmers to clear land, but exacerbated by unusually dry conditions in recent weeks — have engulfed more than 10 percent of the Brazilian wetlands, known as the Pantanal, exacting a toll scientists call “unprecedented.””

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/04/world/americas/brazil-wetlands-fires-pantanal.html


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The central Japan city of Sanjo registered a temperature of 40.4 C on Thursday, a national record high for September, as a wide area along the Sea of Japan coast witnessed extraordinary heat.

“The Japan Meteorological Agency said the intense heat in the city in Niigata Prefecture may have been caused by a Foehn wind — a warm, dry gust periodically descending the leeward slope of a mountain.”

https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2020/09/7fa4a66cf006-temperature-tops-40-c-in-central-japan-city-record-high-for-sept.html


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Super Typhoon Haishen is roiling the unusually warm waters of the Western Pacific Ocean, having reached the equivalent of high-end Category 4 intensity, with 155 mph maximum sustained winds.

“The storm rapidly intensified on Thursday Eastern time, vaulting from Category 2 to super typhoon status with sustained winds of 150 mph or greater in about 24 hours.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2020/09/04/super-typhoon-haishen-japan-korea/


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With rising population and declining arable land, China may be staring at a major food crisis

“…this year rain-triggered floods and drought earlier, have threatened China’s Three Gorges Dam, disrupted rice, wheat and other crops production in South China, and in the Yangtze River basin. Floods have affected 54.8 million people, causing economic loss of US$ 20.8 billion.”

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/international/world-news/with-rising-population-and-declining-arable-land-china-may-be-staring-at-a-major-food-crisis/articleshow/77942570.cms


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The town of Kunri, Pakistan, is famous for chili farming and is home to one of the largest chili markets in the world. But in recent years, extreme heat and flooding have destroyed much of farmers’ harvests, impacting the livelihoods “of about 30,000 people,” one trader said.

“Farmers expect to save just 30% of their chili crops this year…”

https://www.businessinsider.com/chili-pepper-market-kunri-pakistan-climate-change-2020-9?r=US&IR=T


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Pakistan’s sprawling Karachi ‘broken’ by monsoon floods. Record rains inundated Pakistan’s largest city, paralysing city authorities as people were left to fend for themselves…

“”What we need most right now is clean drinking water and vegetables. You can’t make a meal out of oil or just packets [of dry food],” said Azhar Abbas, a shopkeeper…”

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/09/pakistan-sprawling-karachi-broken-monsoon-floods-200903112227304.html


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The Indian Ocean was on full alert again today as an oil supertanker caught fire off the coast of Sri Lanka and began spilling oil late evening on 3 September

“The vessel, the MT New Diamond, is a Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC) and was reportedly carrying 2 million barrels of oil. This is double the amount of oil that is putting the entire Red Sea region at risk with a deteriorating, abandoned Yemeni tanker.”

https://www.forbes.com/sites/nishandegnarain/2020/09/03/new-oil-spill-fear-in-indian-ocean-with-sri-lanka-supertanker-fire/?fbclid=IwAR3cn0vKgtrIuJ0JT40CHPxNn2TOAHXcvlTOPs8si1Pg8I5XRtzE4S7m_JE#4ac6f567235b


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Sudan’s Security and Defence Council has declared a national state of emergency for three months because of floods that have killed 99 people this year and designated Sudan a natural disaster zone…

The rates of floods and rain for this year exceeded the records set during the years 1946 and 1988, with expectations of continued rising indicators…”

https://www.nambuccaguardian.com.au/story/6911467/sudan-declares-flood-state-of-emergency/?cs=5461


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There have been more fires alerts around the world this year than last year, spelling dire consequences for health, biodiversity, and the economy — and human actions are mostly to blame.

““The world witnessed the devastating consequences of the fires last year, from billions of wildlife lost and people losing their homes and livelihoods, not to mention the impact on climate,” said Fran Price, global leader for forests at WWF. “And yet, here we are again.””

https://news.mongabay.com/2020/09/around-the-world-a-fire-crisis-flares-up-fueled-by-human-actions/


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A joint research team led by Prof. Cong Zhiyuan from the Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research (ITP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) found that Arctic sea-ice loss intensifies aerosol transport to the Tibetan Plateau

“…the aerosol optical depth (AOD) presented a significant annual peak in April each year. In this time period, South Asia also experiences intensive forest fires and burning of agricultural wastes.”

https://phys.org/news/2020-09-arctic-sea-ice-loss-aerosol-tibetan.html


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Researchers came to study Russian Arctic glacier, but found only big lake… The glacier used to be the second biggest in the whole Ural region. It was 2,2 km long…

“That is all history. When a group of researchers arrived on site mid-August, the MGU glacier was no longer there.”

https://thebarentsobserver.com/en/climate-crisis/2020/09/researchers-came-study-russian-arctic-glacier-found-only-big-lake


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