The U.S. just had its hottest summer on record. The United States had its hottest summer on record this year, narrowly edging out the previous milestone that was set 85 years ago during the Dust Bowl.
“The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Thursday that the average temperature this summer for the contiguous U.S. was 74 degrees Fahrenheit, or 2.6 degrees warmer than the long-term average.”
9th September 2021 was another historic day in the Death Valley with another world record beaten.
“The station located at the Badwater Basin recorded a 24 hours minimum temperature of 102F/38.9C which is the highest minimum temperature ever recorded in the world in September.”
California has driest year in more than a century.
“The extreme drought that affects 88% of the State has forced to ask citizens to reduce their energy consumption for five hours in the afternoons to guarantee the proper functioning of the network.”
Fast-moving lightning storms over bone dry California raise fears of wildfires…
“The National Weather Service (NWS) said the fast-moving thunderstorms with scant rain over parts of northern California raised the risk of wildfires throughout the region.”
Lakes Powell and Mead may never recover… Depleted by drought, Lakes Powell and Mead were doomed from the beginning.
“A glimpse into the history of the Colorado River Basin system, how it was designed and the impacts of climate change shed light on why it was destined to fail.”
Crops Struggle As A Record-Dry Summer Follows A Record-Wet Spring For Parts Of The Eastern Plains [Colorado]…
“What’s hurting the most this summer is proso millet, which was the third-largest crop for Washington County, according to 2017 data from the USDA. “In our area for the most part, it’s a disaster,” Schneekloth said.”
Seattle Experiences Driest Spring and Summer Ever Recorded in 77 Years.
“Since scientists started record-keeping at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, it has been the driest spring and summer ever witnessed in 77 years, as per National Weather Service. Just about 6.78 inches of rain has been estimated there since the 1st of March…”
New York City residents have been spotting bloated rat carcasses washing ashore after Hurricane Ida drenched the city…
“The deaths may come from the city’s combined sewer system that overflows into local bays when the system overwhelms, taking rats, water, and waste with it.”
Floating tombs, caskets vex grieving Louisiana residents after Ida floods cemeteries…
“Early assessments show damage to almost all of the 27 cemeteries in Ida’s path. “
“Most had tombs displaced, like those at Bertrandville and Ironton Cemeteries in Plaquemines Parish.”
Flooding north of Mexico City leaves streets submerged.
“Two days after flooding claimed at least 14 lives north of Mexico’s capital, the streets of Tula remain submerged as full reservoirs upstream continued releasing more water.”
At Least 1 Dead, 10 Missing in Landslide Near Mexico City.
“A section of mountain on the outskirts of Mexico City has given way, plunging rocks the size of small homes onto a densely populated neighborhood and leaving at least one person dead and at least 10 missing.”
‘We had little choice’: volunteers clear up after German floods.
“…many Ahrweilers are dealing with the psychological effects. “Whenever it rains we all get a bit jittery,” he said. “Several of our staff are having to deal with the fact that they are now patients themselves, being treated for trauma.””
19 weather stations in Spain set historical heat records in August…
“To all these records we must add another two: six main meteorological stations registered the highest minimum temperatures in history , which gives an idea that the heat wave did not stop even at night.”
Málaga wildfire causes evacuation of 940 people and claims life of firefighter.
“A worsening wildfire that kept advancing through forest land and prompted the evacuation of nearly 1,000 residents has claimed the life of one firefighter, authorities in southern Spain said late on Thursday.”
Two killed as tornado rips through Italian island of Pantelleria.
“Two people have been killed and nine injured after a tornado tore through the Italian island of Pantelleria in the Mediterranean, leaving a path of destruction. The whirlwind ripped off roofs and flipped over at least six cars, with residents describing the scene as “apocalyptic”.”
‘The climate crisis is a reality for all of us’: Africa’s unreported summer of extremes…
“Over the past few months, there have been deadly wildfires in Algeria, devastating flooding in countries including Uganda and Nigeria and severe drought conditions in southern Madagascar, driving widespread famine in the island nation.”
9th September was the hottest September day ever in the Central African Republic. With 36.5C [97.7F] the capital Bangui beat the previous national monthly record of 36.1C which was set at Ndele.
“This is the 81st national monthly record of max. temperature of 2021 vs. 6 of minimum temperature.”
At least nine dead in Burkina floods: official.
“Floods and other natural disasters in the West African state of Burkina Faso have claimed at least nine lives and injured 87 people since August, authorities said Thursday.”
Why India’s August was unbearable despite monsoon…
“The country saw its lowest August rain in 12 years this year (24% lower than the long-period average or LPA). The month was also the third hottest August in the past 120 years.”
Heavy rainfall triggers landslide on Rishikesh-Badrinath Highway.
“A landslide occurred on the Rishikesh-Badrinath National Highway as heavy rainfall continued to lash parts of Uttarakhand for the third consecutive day.”
Climate change and construction combine to disastrous effect in the Himalayas.
“This summer flash floods and landslides in India left people bereaved and displaced. Activists say poor urban planning, driven by tourism and urban growth, is exacerbating the impact of the climate crisis.”
On 10th September Sheung Shui in Hong Kong recorded 38.1C [100.58F] beating again the territorial record high of September.
“It will be a very long and intense heat wave throughout Guangdong and Guangxi Regions of China with many monthly records at stake.”
Typhoon Conson kills 14 in Philippines, as another cyclone looms.
“At least 14 people died and seven remain missing after Typhoon Conson made landfall, crossing the Philippine archipelago’s central region earlier this week, while authorities prepared Friday for the arrival of Typhoon Chanthu in the country’s north.”
Super Typhoon Chanthu makes landfall in the Philippines before tracking toward Taiwan.
“Chanthu, known as Kiko in the Philippines, was one of the strongest storms this year, with sustained winds of 260 kph (160 mph) before landfall — equivalent in strength to a Category 5 Atlantic hurricane at its peak.”
Vietnam prepares troops, warns of floods as storm approaches.
“Vietnam put 500,000 soldiers on standby, readied evacuation plans and ordered vessels to stay in port on Thursday, state media reported, as flood-prone provinces braced for the arrival of Tropical Storm Conson in the coming days.”
Frost freezes bumper crops in West Australian Wheatbelt.
“Extensive frost damage in Western Australia’s Wheatbelt has dashed some farmers’ hopes of one of their best grain harvests on record. Temperatures dropped below freezing for several hours in grain-growing regions late last week…”
Climate change means Australia may have to abandon much of its farming.
“The findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change suggest Australia may have to jettison tracts of the bush unless there is a massive investment in climate-change adaptation and planning.”
Russia’s Yakutia province governor warns of more deadly wildfires next year.
“According to the Russian Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology, the wildfires in Yakutia accounted for almost 80% of the country’s total. Fires tear through Russian forest land every year, but they have become more intense in recent seasons amid unusually high temperatures…”
Polar bears are inbreeding as climate change melts away Arctic ice, scientists say.
“Climate change is rapidly melting sea ice in the Arctic, causing “large-scale changes” in how polar bears are able to function, according to a new study. In Norway, scientists found, the bears are inbreeding as the species fights to survive.”
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