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Unseasonably high temperatures are being forecast this week throughout Siberia. The latest freak weather follows a summer of unprecedentedly warm weather in the remote region.

“Roman Vilfand, of the Hydrometeorological Center in Moscow, told reporters that Western Siberia’s weather was 6 to 10 degrees Celsius warmer than normal for the season, while Central Siberia will be 8 to 15 degrees warmer.

“In 2017, the average temperature in Siberia was around -15 degrees Celsius, with extremes as low as -30. Speaking to the TASS news agency, Vilfand added that, “In the Novosibirsk, Tomsk, and Omsk regions, daytime temperatures will be positive, [which is] incredible warmth [for the time of year].””

https://www.rt.com/russia/506198-siberia-abnormally-warm-winter/


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Temperature maps from Russian meteorology service Roshydromet show that the islands of Severnaya Zemlya located north of the Siberian mainland were as much as ten degrees Celsius warmer than normal for the season.

“… the Russian archipelago of Severnaya Zemlya had the biggest temperature anomaly on the planet.”

https://thebarentsobserver.com/en/2020/11/october-heat-arctic-archipelago-was-10-degrees-warmer-normal


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All-time November snow records have been broken for parts of the [Canadian] Prairies

As official snow totals now start to funnel in, the highest snow so far has been reported in Kindersley, Saskatchewan. That’s with a preliminary tally of a whopping 47.6 cm. Not only did that make for the largest two day snowfall for the city, but also the snowiest November day ever recorded.”

https://www.theweathernetwork.com/ca/news/article/hazardous-impacts-expected-from-crippling-snowstorm-on-the-prairies


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It’s not just the record snow [Nevada], but also the extreme cold. Several cold records were broken all across the area, both at night and during the day.

Just a few short days ago, we were talking about setting record high temperatures across the area.”

https://mynews4.com/news/local/record-cold-and-snow-plunge-into-northern-nevada


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The mild weather [in the central and Eastern US] has shattered records in numerous cities and could put some locations on the path to experience their warmest November on record

“On Monday, highs were in the 70s along much of the Eastern Seaboard, approaching the 80-degree mark in spots.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2020/11/09/record-warmth-central-eastern/


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Green Bay [Wisconsin] has set an all-time high temperature for November to top off a record-setting warm stretch in the state.

“The National Weather Service says we hit 75 degrees in Green Bay on Nov. 9. That breaks the previous record of 74 degrees set in 1999.”

https://www.wbay.com/2020/11/09/green-bay-sets-november-high-temperature-during-record-warm-stretch/


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Extreme weather events took the spotlight again in October as the nation saw raging wildfires, record hurricane activity and record snowfall in some parts of the USA

“Some state standouts include California, which had its hottest October on record…”

https://phys.org/news/2020-11-wildfires-historic-hurricanes-october.html


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Wildfires Are Close to Torching the Insurance Industry in California:

“The last time Cal Fire created a map delineating areas of severe fire risk was in 2007. Since then, California has experienced 15 of the 20 most damaging fires in its history, including five this year alone.

“Moreover, wildfires before 2007 mostly affected forest, open grasslands, and the few houses that stood at the edge of what foresters call the wildland-urban interface. Recent fires have encroached on territory once thought to be safe, razing suburban block after suburban block.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2020-11-10/wildfires-are-torching-california-s-insurance-industry-amid-climate-change


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From Miami Lakes to Brickell, tow trucks were working overtime after Tropical Storm Eta left neighborhoods flooded, cars stranded, and even some toppled trees

“The South Florida Water Management District has had pumps running for the last week. anticipating between 10 to 15 inches of rain from Eta.”

https://miami.cbslocal.com/2020/11/09/etas-rains-miami-brickell-avenue/


‘Worst storm in decades’: Central America reels from floods and landslides.” Photos:

https://www.reuters.com/news/picture/worst-storm-in-decades-central-america-r-idUSRTX88DPT


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At least 27 people have died and thousands have been displaced or left homeless from severe flooding in the states of Chiapas and Tabasco, in southeast Mexico, as a result of unprecedented downpours in the region…

“There was record rainfall. It had never rained so much. I am talking about the past 50 years in the case of Tabasco … It was something extraordinary,” Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who is from Tabasco, told reporters…”

http://www.china.org.cn/world/Off_the_Wire/2020-11/10/content_76893179.htm


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2020 has broken yet another extreme weather record: the most named tropical storms ever in an Atlantic hurricane season.

“Early Tuesday morning, Subtropical Storm Theta formed in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, according to the National Hurricane Center, making it the 29th named storm — a weather system strong enough to warrant an official designation — of the season.

“This beats the previous benchmark of 28 storms set in 2005.”

https://www.vox.com/2020/11/10/21558470/theta-eta-hurricane-2020-tropical-storm-atlantic-record


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Raging rivers of mud sweep through towns and villages in Crete flooding hundreds of homes with residents clambering onto rooftops amid torrential rain on Greek island

“It is the third time in less than a month that the area has been hit by flooding. Heavy rainfall is expected to continue through Thursday.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8933793/Raging-rivers-mud-sweep-towns-villages-Crete-wrecking-hundreds-homes.html


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A month after the announcement of the hottest September in Turkey’s 93 sites, Turkish officials declared new high-temperature records for October in 33 regions of the country

“…we saw record-breaking changes in temperatures in October in 33 sites,” said Hüseyin Toros, an academic from Istanbul Technical University… He listed “the melting of the icebergs in the North Pole and the high-pressure areas” as the reasons for this record.”

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/hottest-october-record-breaks-in-33-sites-of-turkey-159873


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Months of torrential rain in northern Congo has left some 83,000 people battling the effects of flooding, the World Food Programme said Monday

“The WFP announced it was making $1 million available in emergency funding for those worst affected as it responds to the worst flooding seen in the area in two decades.”

https://www.macaubusiness.com/wfp-earmarks-funds-as-flooding-hits-thousands-in-congo/


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Scorching heat swept across some parts of Zimbabwe on Sunday and Monday, with Masvingo and West Nicholson in Matabeleland South recording extremely high temperatures that broke records set 60 years ago

“In an interview yesterday, the department’s head of Public Weather Service, Mr Tichaona Zinyemba, said high temperatures recorded indicated the effects of climate change.”

https://www.herald.co.zw/heat-wave-breaks-60-year-old-record/


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Cape Town faces an 80% higher chance of another “Day Zero” drought by the end of the century if greenhouse gas-emissions keep rising at current rates, research showed on Monday, as the South African city races to safeguard water supplies…

“Following a 2018 drought in South Africa that nearly caused Cape Town’s taps to run dry, known as Day Zero, officials have been working to avert further water crises.”

https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/cape-town-day-zero-future-emissions-climate/


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Bangladesh sees record rainfall in nine months: in a shift from the usual weather pattern, Bangladesh has witnessed around 50 percent more rainfall in the first nine months of 2020, compared to the average rainfall in the corresponding period during the last 30 years…

“Experts claim the massive rainfall this year was due to a warm air mass, which is a consequence of global warming.”

https://www.freshplaza.com/article/9266390/bangladesh-sees-record-rainfall-in-nine-months/


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Glaciers in China’s bleak Qilian mountains are disappearing at a shocking rate as global warming brings unpredictable change and raises the prospect of crippling, long-term water shortages, scientists say.

“The largest glacier in the 800-kilometer (500-mile) mountain chain on the arid northeastern edge of the Tibetan plateau has retreated about 450 meters since the 1950s…”

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/11/09/china/china-glaciers-melting-climate-change-intl-hnk/index.html


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North Korea is making all-out efforts to prevent forest fires, state media said Wednesday, as the dry weather puts the country’s deforestation problem at greater risk.”

[This is after a freakishly heavy monsoon].

https://en.yna.co.kr/view/AEN20201111004400325


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Snake-shaped tornado tears village [Indonesia] apart:

“A menacing, snake-shaped tornado appeared in the sky above Yogyakarta, Indonesia on November 5. Locals were initially unworried about the twister, but minutes later were terrified when the twister touched down.” Video:

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/snake-shaped-tornado-tears-village-102427175.html


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Thousands of people were evacuated from their homes in storm-battered parts of the Philippines Wednesday as the third typhoon in as many weeks barrelled towards the country.

“Vamco was expected to graze Catanduanes Island — which was devastated by Typhoon Goni less than two weeks ago — before making landfall on the most populous island of Luzon later Wednesday…”

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20201111-thousands-flee-as-yet-another-typhoon-menaces-philippines


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More than 8,000 properties across South Australian remain without power after storms lashed the state, with a heatwave now expected across the country.

“At one stage more than 32,000 of its customers lost electricity with the storms also sparking a spate of scrub fires caused by 300,000 lightning strikes.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8935863/Thousands-homes-left-without-power-freak-storm-battered-South-Australia.html


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Record-breaking rain and flooding has plunged the New Zealand city of Napier into a state of emergency.

“The North Island city renowned for its art deco architecture had 242.4mm of rain between 9am on Monday and 9am on Tuesday – its wettest day since 1963 and second-highest ever.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/nov/10/worst-rain-for-57-years-floods-new-zealand-city-of-napier


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Loss of permafrost – a global cause for concern:

“[This melting of permafrost], driven by global warming, is happening not just on the Siberian tundra, but throughout a northern hemisphere area of about 23 million square km, or twice the size of the US.

“Found mainly in the Arctic regions, from Russia to Canada, permafrost is also present in the high mountain terrain right across the Alps.”

https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/loss-of-permafrost-a-global-cause-for-concern/46145716


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Some of the world’s most valuable ecosystems [mangrove forests] are facing a “triple threat” to their long-term durability and survival, new research shows.

“The study found that mangrove forests, their large biodiversity and the coastal protection they provide are under pressure from three distinct threats – sea-level rise, lack of mud and squeezed habitats.”

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-11/uoe-nri110920.php


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A rapidly warming climate will spell disaster for swathes of life on earth, including many bird species.

“A new study reveals some birds which are dependent on specific abundant food sources at certain times of year may not be able to adapt fast enough to the change to seasonal patterns the climate crisis is bringing.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change-birds-great-tits-extinct-b1720406.html


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