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This summer was Europe’s hottest on record as Mediterranean heat soared. Europe experienced its hottest summer on record this year and temperatures in the Mediterranean smashed records by large margins, the European Union’s Copernicus Climate Change Service said Tuesday.

“Like much of the Northern Hemisphere, Europe was battered by extreme weather events over recent months, including record levels of rain that triggered deadly floods in Germany and Belgium, and heatwaves that contributed to wildfires in the south of the region.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2021/09/07/europe/europe-hottest-summer-climate-intl/index.html


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You may recall from my previous thread that summer 2021 was Russia’s hottest ever. “Russia’s 2020 temperatures were a record 3.22 degrees Celsius above the historical average, according to a new draft report by Environment Ministry experts published on Tuesday.

The spike represents the first time temperatures have been over ​​3 C higher than the norm since measurements began…”

https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/09/07/russias-2020-average-temperatures-broke-all-records-ministry-a74988


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Norway: On 8th September Drammen with 28.6C [83.5F] broke the national record of the highest temperature ever for September.

“The previous record was 28.5C set at Austad in 1906, Meraker in 1957 and Drammen in 1991.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1435692196976599040


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Scotland records highest September temperature since 1906 weeks before COP26 climate conference. [Glasgow has had its hottest summer on record.]

“The Met Office confirmed a high of 28.6C [83.5F] had been reached in Charterhall in the Borders on Wednesday, making it the warmest September day north of the border for 115 years.”

https://inews.co.uk/news/scotland/scotland-september-temperature-cop26-climate-change-environment-1190061


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Wales records hottest September night ever as unseasonal heatwave continues.

“The record was set in Aberporth, where a minimum temperature of 20.5°C [68.9F] was recorded for a 24-hour period leading up to Wednesday, September 8. The Met Office also described this as a “tropical night” as temperatures remained over 20°C.”

https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/wales-heatwave-september-hottest-night-21514403


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European Heat Wave: With a 24 hours minimum temperature of 26.3C / 79.3F (format 18 to 18 UTC), Pointe de Socoa on 7 September set the highest minimum temperature ever recorded in September in continental France.

“The minimum temperature of 26.3C at Pointe de Socoa is also its highest minimum in history for any month…”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1435317552918536199


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Flash flooding in south west France after record rainfall. Two months’ rainfall fell in just three hours on one town in south west France, leading to flash flooding as storms hit the country.

Agen in the Lot-et-Garonne département recorded 129.6mm [5.1 inches] of rain in less than three hours, the highest ever recorded in the town, according to French weather forecaster Météo France.”

https://www.thelocal.fr/20210909/flash-flooding-in-south-west-france-after-record-rainfall/


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Flash floods following torrential rains have left a swath of destruction across Sudan.

Entire farms and villages have been swept away, the capital Khartoum has been hit hard, and essential road links disrupted, while there are concerns that floods will also inundate the camps hosting thousands of South Sudanese refugees.”

https://www.dabangasudan.org/en/all-news/article/sudan-rainy-season-villages-and-farms-swept-away-by-flash-floods


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From locusts to cyclones: The human cost of interlinked disasters.

“The huge locust swarm which hit the Horn of Africa in the Spring of 2020, and Cyclone Amphan, which struck the border region of India and Bangladesh in May that year, might not seem, on the face of it, to be connected…”

https://news.un.org/en/story/2021/09/1099162


August 2021 is the hottest August ever experienced in Bahrain since record-keeping began in 1902. It was 1.7°C above normal.”

https://twitter.com/WeatherBahrain/status/1435508870621839362


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Heatwave, drought and war leave Nagorno-Karabakh short of water…

““We haven’t seen rain in over 50 days and temperatures have peaked at a steady 30 degrees Celsius. Add to that the 70 to 80 thousand cubic meters more consumed monthly by the 15,000 new residents of the capital fleeing war and you get what we’re seeing…””

https://eurasianet.org/heatwave-drought-and-war-leave-nagorno-karabakh-short-of-water


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Three new heatwave hotspots in India put large population at immediate health risk…

“North-Western, Central, and further to south-central region of the country are the new hotspot of intense heatwave events over the past half-century, a study, which found an increase in deadly Indian heat waves in recent years, stated.”

https://www.livemint.com/news/india/three-new-heatwave-hotspots-in-india-put-large-population-at-immediate-health-risk-study-11631017071853.html


Hong Kong set a new territorial monthly record today 8th September. With 37.4C [99.3F] Sheung Shui tied the record set at Ping Chau in September 2008.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1435648252402151432


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Rapidly-intensifying Typhoon Chanthu headed for Taiwan and southern China.

“Typhoon Chanthu has rapidly intensified in the past 36 hours from a tropical depression into a severe typhoon… with maximum wind speeds of up to 233 kilometers per hour (145 miles per hour). It is likely Chanthu will expand into a super typhoon in the coming hours.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2021/09/08/asia/typhoon-chanthu-taiwan-china-intl-hnk/index.html


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Massive flooding hits Chongqing [China]…

“Following the heavy rainfall, major floods occurred in Minjiang, Tuojiang and Jialing rivers, three Yangtze tributaries. The flood in Qujiang exceeded the warning level, forming the Jialing River’s No 2 flood at 8 am on Monday. Yangtze is the longest river in China.”

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202109/07/WS61372027a310efa1bd66dec6.html


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Japan’s Shikoku region hit by torrential rains.

“…120 millimeters [4.7 inches] of rain fell in Kaiyo Town, Tokushima Prefecture, in the hour to 11:10 a.m. on Wednesday. It added that in the hour to 11:30 a.m., 71 millimeters of rain fell in Minami Town in Tokushima Prefecture, and 44 millimeters fell in Muroto City, Kochi Prefecture. Mudslide alerts have been issued for both areas.”

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20210908_12/


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Floods submerge thousands of houses in Indonesia’s Kalimantan.

“Floods have submerged 15,439 houses and affected 25,443 people in 13 sub-districts of Katingan district, Central Kalimantan province… “The rains that have fallen since the last few days have caused the Katingan and Samba rivers to overflow,” the agency’s spokesperson Abdul Muhari said.”

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/asiapacific/2021-09/08/c_1310175871.htm


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One dead and four missing people… swept away by an alluvium of stones , mud and part of the vegetation that descended by the La Estancia river of the Río Negro parish of the Baños de Agua Santa canton [Ecuador].

The event occurred after heavy rain…”

https://www.elcomercio.com/actualidad/ecuador/aluvion-danos-zona-turistica-banos-tungurahua.html


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Mexico: Flooding kills 17 hospital patients – most of whom were being treated for COVID-19.

“Torrential rain caused the River Tula in the state of Hidalgo to burst its banks on Tuesday, resulting in floods and power outages in the hospital and surrounding area.”

https://news.sky.com/story/mexico-flooding-kills-17-hospital-patients-most-of-whom-were-being-treated-for-covid-19-12401852


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Rare lightning sparks ‘apocalypse’ fears during Mexico earthquake.

“A rare natural light show flashed across Mexico’s sky after a powerful 7-magnitude earthquake rocked the country. Mexico City and beach resort Acapulco were shaken by the quake late on Tuesday (7 September).”

https://www.independent.co.uk/tv/climate/mexico-earthquake-lightning-acapulco-storm-v2b7d20ec


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Gulf Oil Spill Shows Risk From 18,000 Miles of Abandoned Pipe.

“The spill, roughly three miles from the Louisiana coast, is believed to have sprung from an abandoned 12-inch pipeline that still had oil inside. It appeared on Tuesday to have been contained, but not before it created an oily slick 14 miles long.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-09-07/gulf-oil-spill-shows-risk-from-18-000-miles-of-abandoned-pipe


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Half of NJ under flood and tornado watch a week after devastation from Storm Ida.

“More than half of New Jersey is under a flash flood watch, according to the National Weather Service (NWS), with tornadoes in the forecast, too. The alert comes as the Garden State recovers from the damage caused by the Ida storm just last week.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/news/flood-storm-ida-tornado-new-jersey-b1916660.html


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Storms Pack Tennis Ball-Sized Hail, Cause Thousands to Lose Power Across Chicago Area.

“As severe weather continues to move through the Chicago area, some southwestern suburbs are reporting wind gusts in excess of 70 miles per hour, along with tennis ball-sized hail, and thousands remain without power.”

https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/storms-pack-tennis-ball-sized-hail-cause-thousands-to-lose-power-across-chicago-area/2607045/


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Idaho’s drought could get much, much worse…

“We need snow this winter.  We need a lot of snow this winter.  Last winter we had a fairly average snowpack.  Then things went sideways in spring.  It rarely rained.  This coming winter we need a lot of snow and we need some rain in spring.  Without it…”

https://newsradio1310.com/idahos-drought-could-get-much-much-worse/


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Northwest deer dying of drought-related viral disease.

“More white-tailed deer are dying in the Northwest of viruses… lab testing has found more white-tailed deer than normal have been infected with either bluetongue or epizootic hemorrhagic disease, known as EHD.”

https://www.kuow.org/stories/northwest-deer-dying-of-drought-related-viral-disease


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California’s wildfire season is ‘far from over’ as multiple massive blazes rage, official warns.

“This season is far from over,” Cal Fire Chief Thom Porter cautioned Tuesday. “We are on par with where we were last year. That’s sobering and that is the new reality.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2021/09/08/weather/us-western-wildfires-wednesday/index.html


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Wildfire burn scars can intensify and even trigger thunderstorms, leading to catastrophic flooding – here’s how…

“Wildfire burn scars are often left with little vegetation and with a darker soil surface that tends to repel rather than absorb water.”

https://theconversation.com/wildfire-burn-scars-can-intensify-and-even-trigger-thunderstorms-leading-to-catastrophic-flooding-heres-how-163164


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How Wildfire Smoke Raises Infectious Disease Risk.

“As fires blanket growing swathes of the West, scientists are beginning to understand more about how their smoke affects the transmission and severity of COVID-19 and other illnesses, and how it differs from that of other types of air pollution.”

https://www.the-scientist.com/news-opinion/how-wildfire-smoke-raises-infectious-disease-risk-69166


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Climate change and pollution make allergies worse: ‘Like pouring salt on the wound’…

“Pollutants such as ozone, nitrogen dioxide and fine particulate matter produced by automobile exhaust and industrial power plants can ramp up allergens circulating in the air, making you sicker in the process.”

https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/pollution-climate-make-allergies-worse-140035228.html


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Avocados, vanilla and many other wild crops face extinction.

“…vanilla, which is native to South and Central America, is the fastest spice that is going extinct; second is wild cotton with 92 percent of the fluffy staple fiber disappearing. Three out of five wild avocado species are at risk, while 23 percent of wild potato species are going extinct.”

https://thehill.com/changing-america/sustainability/climate-change/571407-avocados-vanilla-and-many-other-wild-crops


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