“As temperatures rose across the entire county [California], Cal Poly recorded its highest ever daily winter temperature, smashing the previous record, according to PG&E meteorologist John Lindsey.
“Lindsey tweeted Friday afternoon that temperatures reached 93 degrees Fahrenheit at Cal Poly’s weather station — busting a previous record of 90 degrees set on Jan. 16, 2014.”
Southern California faces rare January wildfire threat from hot, dry and windy weather: “The hot, dry and windy conditions are predicted to lead to dangerous fire weather conditions in Southern California for several more days.
“The forecast for the next week is a forbidding one as a moderate to strong event unfolds between Monday and Wednesday.”
Firefighters were still working Friday to put out a wildfire near Guide Rock, Nebraska, that was fueled by winds up to 50 mph and spread over eight miles.“
“A handful of farms were evacuated, and two highways were closed at the height of a fast-moving blaze sparked by a burn pile Thursday afternoon.”
Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) reported record breaking wind speeds in Saskatchewan on Thursday morning.“
““A new provincial January max gust record was set with this storm, Bratts Lake had a gust to 143 km/h [88.9 mph],” ECCC said on Twitter.”
319 days straight Buffalo has not seen a day below 15 degrees… The last record with consecutive days above 15 degrees was 318 days.“
“In November 2020, Buffalo Broke the record had the highest record for November 9. The previous record was 70 degrees, Buffalo hit 76! July 2020 holds the record for the hottest month of all time in Western New York.
“December 2020, we broke the record for the amount of snowfall on the 26th with over 18 inches.”
“January is a month when Britons turn to salads after the Christmas blowout. But now, on top of the disruption caused by Brexit and Covid, even the weather is conspiring against dieters by causing shortages in UK supermarkets.
“The UK’s supply of salad staples such as lettuce and tomatoes has been hit by Storm Filomena, the worst snowstorm to hit Spain in 50 years.”
There is a very big problem in our country after the torrential rains which flooded a lot of regions across Bulgaria. And it’s not about the dangerous high waters, it’s about the thousands of tons of waste that rivers have dragged to the hydro-electric powerplants around the country…“
“This is, to put it mildly, an environmental catastrophe…”
Russian meteorologists are bewildered by the extraordinary weather developments in the country. The year 2020 became the by far warmest ever in 130 years of measurements.“
““The average air temperature on Russian territory was simply exceptional,” a statement from the weather research service Roshydromet reads.”
Black Sea region winter wheat entered dormancy with unfavorable conditions. “
“The main growing regions from eastern Ukraine through southwest Russia sustained a harsh drought in the summer and fall of 2020…
“Fast forward through the winter and it has been unusually warm… [but now] an arctic blast is coming.”
Wettest January on record for Tamil Nadu [India]; more rain likely:“
“Post cessation of Northeast Monsoon on 31st December 2020, an unusually heavy wet spell has lashed most parts of Tamil Nadu. Historic record rainfall has been recorded at many places including the state capital Chennai.”
Singapore’s rainfall of 648.4mm in just the first two weeks of January ranks the month as the second wettest since rainfall records in Singapore began in 1869, displacing January 2004’s 600.9mm. “
“The wettest January on record was in 1893, with total rainfall of 818.6mm.”
Four local government units (LGUs) in the third district of Negros Occidental [Philippines] have declared a state of calamity in their respective jurisdictions, following series of flooding in the northern part of the province in the past two weeks…“
“Meanwhile, the damage and production losses to the agro-fishery sector was now pegged at almost P60 million…”
An out-of-control and fast-moving bushfire is threatening lives and homes in Perth’s southeast [Australia].“
“The blaze was reported at 11.13am on Saturday and an emergency warning was issued for parts of Oakford, Casuarina, Banjup, Hammond Park, Forrestdale, Aubin Grove, Wandi, Wellard, Anketell and Oldbury.”
Forest fires fills streets with smoke in Valpraíso, Chile, January 15th 2021 – Wild fires raging in the region of Valpraíso, Chile, including Quilpe, turn the skies orange and fills the city with smoke and ash.”“
Torrential floods cascade through Villa Giardino, Córdoba, Argentina, January 15 2021.“
“Over 100mm [4 inches] of rain in two hours causes torrential flooding in Villa Giardino, Córdoba, Argentina.”
Indigenous Cacataibo of Peru threatened by land grabbing and drug trade: “The Santa Martha Indigenous territory is one of the nine Indigenous Cacataibo communities between Huánuco and Ucayali in Peru.
“Increasing numbers of outsiders are invading the territory and deforesting large swaths of Indigenous land, largely to grow coca which is used to make cocaine.”
A new study has indicated that the ability of plants to absorb atmospheric carbon could be halved within the next two decades if global temperatures continue to rise at the current rate. “
“The ability of Earth’s plant life to absorb and use atmospheric carbon could be reduced by as much as 50% over the next twenty years, should global temperatures continue to rise unabated.”
Earth’s global average surface temperature in 2020 tied with 2016 as the warmest year on record, according to an analysis by NASA.“
“Continuing the planet’s long-term warming trend, the year’s globally averaged temperature was 1.84 degrees Fahrenheit (1.02 degrees Celsius) warmer than the baseline 1951-1980 mean, according to scientists at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York.”
Also, a quick update on those mind-bogglingly hot temperatures around the Black Sea, a major grain-production area, of course, and now due an Arctic blast. These are still not covered in the English-speaking press unfortunately:
3 national records of highest January temperature fell: Turkey with 31.6C at Abana (near Kastamonu)-national record broken by 4.1C!, Russia with 24.0C at Adler (part of the city of Sochi) and Georgia with 25.3C at Batumi.
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