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Night-time temperatures of 15-16 degrees Celsius in Norway are not normal for the time of year. The northern part of the country in particular has had an unusually warm start to October.

Bodø, the capital of the North Norway county, registered a temperature of 16.5 degrees on the first day of the month, an all-time record for the location…

There is a clear trend. North Norway has had the most warming generally, including in the autumn,” Met Norway researcher Helga Therese Tilley Tajet told NRK…

It is concerning that heat record after heat record is being broken. September was the warmest (September) ever measured globally,” she added.

https://www.thelocal.no/20201008/north-norway-has-had-a-very-warm-start-to-october


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Russia’s Siberian Waters See Record Ship Traffic as Ice Melt Accelerates.

“The Arctic has gone through its warmest summer on record, and with the ice melting, more ships than ever are sailing along Russia’s Siberian coast, underscoring its role as a growing energy transport corridor and potential as a new ocean trade route.”

https://www.wsj.com/articles/russias-siberian-waters-see-record-ship-traffic-as-ice-melt-accelerates-11602180850


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Fife Airport in Glenrothes [Scotland] recorded a rainfall of 105.6mm water area within 12 hours – the equivalent of a one in 1000 year probability event happening overnight.

“Ross Speirs, service manager, said: “The rainfall we had was way above anything that I have seen in such a short period of time.””

https://www.fifetoday.co.uk/news/politics/council/fife-floods-rainfall-airport-was-1-1000-years-probability-2996384


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UK wheat production slumped by 38pc to 10.1m tonnes after a year of extreme weather took its toll on the 2020 harvest, according to official estimates…

“Some East Anglian cereal farmers reported their worst-ever harvests this year after a challenging season which began with continuous rain in autumn and winter, leaving many crops struggling to establish roots, followed by a prolonged dry spell in spring – including East Anglia’s driest May on record – and a heatwave in the summer.”

https://www.edp24.co.uk/business/farming/defra-publishes-estimate-for-2020-harvest-yields-1-6875085


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Southern France digs out from devastating flash floods

“People work among tree branches on the beach of Saint-Laurent-du-Var after storm Alex brought record rainfall in places, causing heavy flooding that swept away roads and damaged homes…”

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https://uk.reuters.com/news/picture/southern-france-digs-out-from-devastatin-idUSRTX80LUN


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A rare October heatwave ramped up over Israel on Thursday, bringing blazing temperatures to many parts of the country as an alarmingly hot summer and fall continued to grip the region…

“October heat waves are uncommon but not unprecedented, though they appear to be increasing in recent years… Experts say the number of hot days in the region is increasing, as well as the length of the hot season, due to global warming.”

https://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-hit-with-rare-october-heatwave-as-sweltering-summer-refuses-to-fade/


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September 2020 was the hottest September ever experienced in Bahrain since [record-keeping began in] 1902, Bahrain’s ministry of transportation and telecommunications’ meteorological directorate said.

“Hot and humid weather dominated Bahrain during the month due to the moist easterly to southeasterly winds, the directorate said in its monthly weather report.”

https://www.saudigazette.com.sa/article/598914/World/Mena/Last-month-was-Bahrains-hottest-September-in-118-years


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Floods have displaced thousands of people in Kanara sub-county, Ntoroko district [Uganda]. According to the Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS), the majority of the affected residents prefer to live near the lake because they do fishing.”

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https://www.newvision.co.ug/news/1528856/floods-displace-thousands-people-ntoroko


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Natural calamities have rendered over 16,000 people homeless in Koyra [Bangladesh] in the past 11 years

“”The pain that riverbank erosion has caused over the past decade is immense. I have lost everything to the natural calamity — my home, my livelihood,” says Rabiul Islam, a resident of Koyra upazila in Khulna… This year, Cyclone Ampan also caused huge destruction to the coastal upazila…”

https://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/nation/2020/10/08/6k-families-homeless-as-rivers-swallow-land-in-khulna


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Over 11,000 people have been evacuated to safety in central Vietnam which has been hit by severe flooding following prolonged rains. The entire region has been battered by torrential downpours for the last three days.

Some areas in Quang Tri Province and neighboring Thua Thien-Hue Province have received 980mm of rain [38.6 inches]. Rainfall of 180 mm a day is considered heavy.”

https://e.vnexpress.net/news/news/over-11-000-evacuated-as-floods-ravage-central-vietnam-4173976.html


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A typhoon approaching Japan could bring heavy rains to the Tokyo region over the weekend, weather officials said Thursday, urging residents to take precautions early…

“In the 24 hours through noon Saturday, rainfall of up to 400 millimeters [15.7 inches] is projected for the Tokai area…”

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2020/10/09/national/typhoon-chan-hom-japan/


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Wild weather continues to lash parts of Australia as heavy downpours, thunderstorms, hail, ferocious winds and flash flooding create havoc.

Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania have copped the brunt of the conditions in recent days following the formation of a La Nina event and a massive low pressure system spanning much of the country… South Australia has copped the biggest soaking with Adelaide forecast to reach its average October rainfall of 44mm just eight days into the month on Thursday.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8816899/Monthsworth-rain-fall-one-Australia-wild-weather-batter-east-coast.html


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An arriving La Nina climate system could spell another brutal summer for the South Island’s fast-melting glaciers [New Zealand], a scientist says.

“The warning comes as a new study highlights how these postcard pieces of our stunning natural landscape have already shrunk in just four decades.”

https://www.odt.co.nz/star-news/star-districts/la-nina-spells-another-dire-summer-south-islands-melting-glaciers


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Bolivia declared a state of disaster due to wildfires ravaging forested and agricultural areas in the eastern part of the country, President Jeanine Anez said on Thursday.

“In 2019, wildfires destroyed more than 6 million hectares in the Bolivian Amazon… “We are declaring a national disaster due to drought and fires,” Anez, the country’s interim leader, said during a press conference. “We are facing a serious threat and we do not want what happened last year to happen again.”

https://uk.reuters.com/article/instant-article/idUKKBN26T3FO


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As Glass Fire burns, Wine Country residents grapple with future: ‘I just can’t deal with this anymore’.

“Bobby Hougen can’t do it anymore. Staying up all night during high fire danger. Trapped inside as smoke clogs the air. Living with go bags packed with pictures, diplomas and a memento from his late grandfather… He hopes to resettle in the Sacramento area, more affordable and less fire-prone, by the end of the year.”

https://www.sfchronicle.com/california-wildfires/article/As-Glass-Fire-burns-Wine-Country-residents-15626541.php


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More than half of Colorado is experiencing extreme drought conditions, with some stretches of the mountains and Western Slope going through the highest level of drought conditions, according to the latest state drought monitor this week.

“And there may only be little relief in sight, with another another weekend of warm and dry conditions across the state…”

https://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/local-news/colorados-dry-conditions-worsen-with-nearly-60-of-state-in-extreme-drought


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People in Louisiana are bracing themselves for flooding and dangerously high winds for the sixth time this year, as 2020’s extraordinary hurricane season sent yet another major storm in the state’s direction, amid Earth’s accelerating climate crisis…

“Delta is expected to hit areas around the city of Lake Charles that were devastated when Hurricane Laura tore through the region in August…”

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/oct/08/hurricane-delta-louisiana-winds-flooding


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The number of climate change-driven disasters and extreme weather events costing in excess of a billion dollars, has beaten the annual US record in the first nine months of 2020 – with another two months of wildfire and hurricane season still to come

“Six of those events – unprecedented wildfires in the American West, a drought and heatwave across the west and central belt, a Midwest derecho, then Hurricanes Sally, Laura and Isaias – have all happened in the past three months.” [The patches of blue in the photo are blue tarps, covering roofs still damaged by Hurricane Laura]. 

https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change-crisis-wildfire-hurricanes-heatwave-weather-damage-cost-b886125.html


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Why are so many trees falling in storms?

“Climate change, droughts, storms, invasive species, and disease are just some of the factors that threaten the health of trees…

““Climate change is having a huge impact on these trees,” said Holman. “With the weather being the way that it is, there’s more stress on the plants…””

https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/10/08/metro/why-are-so-many-trees-falling-during-storms/


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University of Adelaide scientists have shown how droughts are threatening the health of wetlands globally.

“Published in the journal Earth-Science Reviews, the scientists highlight the many physical and chemical changes occurring during droughts that lead to severe, and sometimes irreversible, drying of wetland soils.”

https://www.newswise.com/articles/droughts-are-threatening-global-wetlands-new-study


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The ozone hole that typically grows over the Antarctic each September and October has become one of the largest and deepest in recent years — just one year after scientists recorded its smallest size since it was discovered…

“NASA said last year’s ozone hole was particularly small because of unusual weather patterns that cause warmer stratospheric temperatures over Antarctica.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/10/08/world/antarctic-ozone-hole-scn-trnd/index.html


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