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Historic Day: First April Snow Cover in Split Ever Recorded.

“The first April snow cover in Split was recorded on Tuesday night as weird spring weather ripped across Croatia

“The peak of the ice wave hit Dalmatia last night at around 9 pm. Snow fell on the entire Split area, including Kaštela. In Inland Dalmatia and Dugopolje, the snowfall was up to 20 centimeters!” [Photos]

https://www.total-croatia-news.com/lifestyle/51943-april-snow-cover-in-split


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After the heat records observed last week, cold records for the month of April were broken this Tuesday in the northern half of France

“In Beauvais (Oise), where Météo France measured 24.8c degrees [76.6F] six days ago, -6.9c degrees [19.6F] were recorded in the early morning hours on Tuesday. The previous record for April was in 2017 (-5.4 degrees).”

https://www.francebleu.fr/infos/meteo/meteo-des-records-de-froid-pour-un-mois-d-avril-battus-ce-mardi-1617699499


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83 degrees [28.3c]: Twin Cities [Minnesota] smashes high temperature record Monday… Welcome to July. On April 5.

“A record warm air mass blew into Minnesota today. Southern Minnesota is basking in temperatures in the 80s, with 70s all the way north to Canada.”

https://www.mprnews.org/story/2021/04/05/82-degrees-twin-cities-smashes-high-temperature-record-monday


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Several fires break out as Utah sees first Red Flag warning of the year

“Utah is under its first red flag warning of the year. The warning comes earlier than usual and indicates it could be a very busy summer for wildfires.”

https://kslnewsradio.com/1946246/utah-red-flag-warning-2021/?


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“We’re less than a week into April, but the Phoenix area is already seeing record-breaking heat.

The first five days of the month in Phoenix were the warmest on record, according to the National Weather Service.

https://www.12news.com/article/weather/phoenix-sees-warmest-start-to-april-on-record/75-43548dda-08ac-418b-8067-2012814d154b


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California is on the brink of drought – again. Is it ready?

“California is at the edge of another protracted drought, just a few years after one of the worst dry spells in state history left poor and rural communities without well water, triggered major water restrictions in cities, forced farmers to idle their fields, killed millions of trees, and fueled devastating megafires.”

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/apr/06/california-is-on-the-brink-of-drought-again-is-it-ready


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A California prosecutor filed 33 criminal charges Tuesday against the troubled Pacific Gas & Electric for a 2019 wildfire officials blamed on the utility.

“The Sonoma County district attorney charged the utility with felony and misdemeanor counts in the October 2019 Kincade Fire north of San Francisco.”

https://www.voanews.com/usa/californias-pacific-gas-electric-charged-2019-wildfire


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This Tuesday it was announced in a preliminary way that the La Primavera forest fire [Mexico] that occurred over the weekend consumed between 4,500 and 5,000 hectares

“…in addition… it led to a health alert in the metropolitan area of ​​Guadalajara and surrounding municipalities for three days, due to the high atmospheric pollution.”

https://www.jornada.com.mx/notas/2021/04/06/estados/incendio-en-bosque-de-zapopan-consumio-cerca-5-mil-hectareas/


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Unseasonably hot and dry weather will continue for some parts of New Zealand this week after a record-breaking Easter weekend.

“Records were broken in Timaru on Sunday when the temperature gauge hit 30.8C [87.4F]… It was the warmest day the town has ever recorded for the month of April, with records dating back to 1885.”

https://www.odt.co.nz/star-news/star-districts/star-south-canterbury/more-warm-temperatures-expected-week-niwa


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‘When I woke, the house was full of water’: daunting cleanup follows Timor-Leste floods

At least 157 people were killed – 130 in Indonesia and 27 in Timor-Leste, including 13 in Dili. Dozens more are missing.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/apr/07/when-i-woke-the-house-was-full-of-water-daunting-cleanup-follows-timor-leste-floods


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South Korea recorded its highest average temperature for March last month, with Seoul seeing its earliest cherry blossom bloom on record…

“According to the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA), last month’s average temperature was 8.9 C [48F]… The previous records were 8.1 C in 2018 and 7.9 C in 2020.” 

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20210406000911


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Taiwan imposes water rationing as drought worsens… More than one million households and businesses in Taiwan’s heavily industrialised central regions were put on water rationing Tuesday, as the island battles its worst drought in 56 years.

“The shortage is expected to particularly impact the water-intensive microchip manufacturing sector…”

https://phys.org/news/2021-04-taiwan-imposes-rationing-drought-worsens.html


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A heavy rainstorm destroyed 19 houses, a children’s playground, and two markets with 60 stalls in front of the Paramax casino in Poipet City, Cambodia on Sunday.

“The hour-long rain which started at about 4pm on the day of Qingming Jie, or Tomb Sweeping Day, also caused five people to suffer injuries and seek treatment.”

https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50834452/heavy-rainstorm-destroys-properties-and-injures-five/


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Inside Thailand’s fight against toxic annual wildfires – ‘it’s just getting worse and worse’

“”It’s very bad, we do not have enough water for the wildfires,” Captain Sakchai Chooim, our pilot from Thailand’s ministry of natural resources, tells me over the radio.”

https://news.sky.com/story/thailands-fight-against-toxic-wildfires-that-kill-tens-of-thousands-every-year-1226718


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Nepal is experiencing its worst fire season in almost a decade, officials said Tuesday, as huge blazes rage across the country’s forests, engulfing the Himalayan nation in a shroud of brownish haze…

Air quality in the capital Kathmandu was ranked on Tuesday as the worst in the world…”

https://phys.org/news/2021-04-nepal-worst-wildfires-decade.html


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Himachal [India] fighting forest fires after prolonged dry spell:

“The prolonged dry spell this year has sparked off fires in the chir pine forests of the lower hills of Himachal Pradesh with 845 such incidents reported in April in Shimla, Solan, Mandi, Sirmaur, Bilaspur, Kangra and Hamirpur districts.”

https://www.hindustantimes.com/cities/chandigarh-news/himachal-fighting-forest-fires-after-prolonged-dry-spell-101617693978424.html


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March was India’s third warmest in 121 years in terms of monthly average maximum temperature, the India Meteorological Department on Monday said…

“”The all India average monthly maximum temperature during March 2021 with 32.65 degrees Celsius [90.77F] is the warmest in the last 11 years, and third warmest in the last 121 years behind 2010 and 2004…”

https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/india-saw-third-warmest-march-in-121-years-imd-101617629027282.html


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Powerful wind storm hits Qatar

[Monthly heat heat records have been falling all over the Middle East, you may recall].

Video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6UUv2wsPO0


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Russian region hit by oil spill at Bashneft field… A major oil spill from an infield pipeline has reportedly left a spring in central Russia heavily polluted.

Russian authorities have been reporting rising numbers of environmental accidents since the start of this year.

https://www.upstreamonline.com/environment/russian-region-hit-by-oil-spill-at-bashneft-field/2-1-991460


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Half of global methane emissions come from aquatic ecosystems – much of this is human-made

“In our paper… we show as much as half of global methane emissions come from aquatic ecosystems. This includes natural, human-created and human-impacted aquatic ecosystems — from flooded rice paddies and aquaculture ponds to wetlands, lakes and salt marshes.”

https://www.australiantimes.co.uk/news/half-of-global-methane-emissions-come-from-aquatic-ecosystems-much-of-this-is-human-made/


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Climate change shrinks marine life richness near equator: study [not a hugely surprising finding]…

“While numerous factors like overfishing have impacted tropical species, the study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found a strong correlation between species decline and rising temperature.”

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-climate-change-oceans-life-idUSKBN2BS1Y4


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