The number of extremely hot days every year when the temperature reaches 50C has doubled since the 1980s, a global BBC analysis has found.
“They also now happen in more areas of the world than before, presenting unprecedented challenges to human health and to how we live.”
Why We’re Experiencing So Many Unusually Hot Summer Nights [USA]…
“Minimum temperatures were the hottest since 1895 for every state on the West Coast and parts of the Northeast. “
“Most other states neared their record highs for overnight temperatures this meteorological summer (June through August).”
Colorado Springs breaks high temperature record for third consecutive day.
“Colorado Springs broke the record high temperature for the third day in a row Saturday afternoon, this time reaching 98 degrees F at 3:14 p.m., according to the National Weather Service in Pueblo.” [This is also beats the September heat record set just last year].”
Lake Erie algal blooms to increase with warmer temperatures, stronger storms.
“…experts anticipate that algal blooms will increase as climate change brings warmer temperatures and stronger storms to Ohio.”
Kamloops Fire Centre [BC, Canada] sees record-breaking number of hectares burned this year.
“This past wildfire season was the worst on record for the Kamloops Fire Centre with nearly 500,000 hectares burned. This year saw the greatest number of hectares burned, with the second-largest being 2017 with 109,320 hectares…”
‘It’s a reality’: Biden calls for urgency in California as climate crisis fuels wildfires.
“Joe Biden travelled to California on Monday to survey wildfire damage as the state battles a devastating fire season that is on track to outpace that of 2020, the state’s worst fire season on record.”
3rd person dies in Mississippi highway collapse…
“The collapse on Highway 26 outside Lucedale in George County, which occurred during torrential rain brought by Hurricane Ida caused seven vehicles to crash into the washed-out roadway.”
Storm Nicholas makes landfall in Texas after becoming category 1 hurricane…
“The storm, putting a majority of the coastline under tropical storm warnings, is expected to bring up to 20 inches of rain to parts of the Gulf Coast and poses a threat of flash flooding and urban flooding.”
Spain wildfire: almost 1,000 emergency workers fighting blaze.
“Almost 1,000 firefighters and emergency workers are battling one of the most intractable Spanish wildfires in recent years as the blaze rages for a sixth day, after devouring at least 7,400 hectares of land in the southern region of Andalucía and forcing the evacuation of more than 2,600 people.”
August 2021 in Cyprus was once again extremely hot with a temp. anomaly of +2.5C above the 81-10 baseline. This is the 14th consecutive warmer than average in Cyprus.
“All past 14 months had positive anomalies between +0.5C and +3.5C above average. Staggering.”
Abuja midnight flood [Nigeria] kills top intelligence officer, two others…
“Eyewitnesses said he and his car were swept away by the rampaging flood, adding that residents in the area, tried without success, to stop the DSS operative from driving through the flooded area…”
Official: Sudan floods have killed more than 80 since July.
“Flooding has killed 84 people and injured another 67 since the start of the rainy season, said police Brig. Gen. Abdul-Jalil Abdul-Rahim, spokesman for Sudan’s National Council for Civil Defense.”
Israeli government report sounds alarm over record Red Sea temperatures, marine trash.
“An annual national monitoring study conducted in the Gulf of Eilat… found rising surface sea temperatures, concentrations of trash on the seabed that are 1,000 times greater than those in the Mediterranean Sea, and considerable damage to corals caused by a massive storm in March 2020.”
15 people still missing after devastating Black Sea floods…
“Heavy rains and ensuing flash floods in the country’s north almost a month ago left at least 82 people dead. The province of Kastamonu was the most affected where 71 people lost their lives.”
Turkey’s longest river Kızılırmak hit by drought threat.
“As the drought grips Turkey’s bodies of water, the Kızılırmak river is in danger of becoming the next victim. Parts of Turkey’s longest river dried up in Sivas, where its source is located.”
Lake Van water levels keep dropping in Turkey.
“The shoreline of Lake Van, Turkey’s largest lake, has begun a steady retreat, and replenishing precipitation seems to no longer maintain the basin’s water levels…”
‘A Miserable Existence’: Farmers Feed Animals Cardboard As Kazakh Drought Bites.
“Kazakh farmers have taken to feeding their animals a sludge made of cardboard and water amid a drought that they say is the worst in living memory. It’s estimated that thousands of animals have died, plunging farmers into poverty…”
Water inflow into Iranian dams declines 47% yr/yr…
“The sudden increase in temperature in Iran and the decline of rainfalls across the country have caused severe drought in the current year so that the energy ministry is implementing new programs for managing water and electricity consumption.”
Afghan farmer exodus exacerbates rural crisis for Taliban rulers…
“The solar-powered well that helped irrigate Mohammad’s land has dried up, as have two nearby streams. This year’s drought was so bad that Mohammad’s family ran low on drinking water. “This summer we decided to leave.””
Lightning strike kills 14 in north-west Pakistan…
“The incident took place in Torghar, a mountainous region of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, where torrential monsoon rains and landslides have caused havoc since Wednesday.”
Record rain wreaks havoc in Delhi; roads, airport flooded.
“Driven by Saturday’s rain — the Safdarjung observatory received 124.2 [4.9 inches] mm rainfall till 5.30pm — monsoon this year broke a 46-year-old record. According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the city has received 1136.8mm rain so far…”
Heavy rain affects life in coastal Odisha; Bhubaneswar, Puri register all-time high record.
“According to rainfall recorded between 8.30 a.m. on Sunday and 7.30 a.m. on Monday Puri received 341 mm [13.4 inches] of rainfall shattering a 87-year-old record by a huge margin. On September 20, 1934, had Puri received 210.8 mm rainfall.”
Pune: Low pollution during lockdown linked to warmer seas, say studies [ie loss of global dimming warmed waters around India].
“Three recent studies… have linked last year’s Covid-19 lockdown in March to an abnormal increase in the surface temperature of both bodies of water.”
Houses submerged by floods in Indonesia [photos]…
“Aerial photo provided by Indonesia’s National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) shows houses submerged by floods due to high intensity of rain-fall and the overflow of Katingan river in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia, Sept. 12, 2021.”
Scientists scramble to harvest ice cores as glaciers melt.
“Scientists are racing to collect ice cores – along with long-frozen records they hold of climate cycles – as global warming melts glaciers and ice sheets. Some say they are running out of time. And, in some cases, it’s already too late.”
Why a Warming Arctic Has the U.S. Coast Guard Worried About the Rest of the Country…
“That sea ice decline has critical effects on climate and weather, says oceanographer Larry Mayer, director of the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping at the University of New Hampshire, and the lead scientist on the Healy expedition.”
Europe’s gas shortage could make the whole world pay more to get warm this winter.
“Natural gas prices have surged more than 35% in the past month, as worries grow there is not enough gas stored up for the winter should temperatures be especially cold in the northern hemisphere.” [Another La Nina is brewing, so they might be in places].
World Faces Growing Risk of Food Shortages Due to Climate Change.
“Food supplies will struggle to keep pace with the world’s growing population as climate change sends temperatures soaring and droughts intensify, according to a report from Chatham House… Food prices are already near a decade high…” [Photo is from Madagascar; currently in famine after four years of drought].
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