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B.C.’s record-breaking rainfall generates ‘mind-boggling’ data: Environment Canada. Armel Castellan, warning preparedness meteorologist, described the latest weather event as part of a “parade of storms” that have drenched B.C. since September.

“That month, many areas saw precipitation in excess of 300 per cent of normal, he said, and in October, the excess ranged between 200 and 240 per cent of normal along the coast. The District of Hope saw its wettest day on record on Sunday with rainfall adding up to 174mm [6.9 inches]…”

https://globalnews.ca/news/8375229/bc-atmospheric-river-data-environment-canada/


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Canada rains cause city evacuation, shut down major oil pipeline.

“Officials in Merrit, British Columbia, order residents to leave as floodwaters ‘inundated two bridges’ and forced waste water treatment plant to close.”

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/11/15/canada-rains-cause-city-evacuation-shut-down-major-oil-pipeline


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14 November was a very hot day in California but even more so in NW Mexico. With 43.0C Cazanate recorded one of the latest 43C [109.4F] ever in the Northern Hemisphere.

“The latest was set just 1 year ago with 43.1C at San Francisco, in the same area, on 20 Nov 2020.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1460314153759830019


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Arizona Snowbowl delays opening day ‘until further notice’ due to warm weather, no snow.

“It’s tough to ski or snowboard with no snow, which is why Arizona Snowbowl has delayed its opening day until the weather cooperates and brings some fresh powder or it becomes cold enough to make enough artificial snow.”

https://news.yahoo.com/arizona-snowbowl-delays-opening-day-052150566.html


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Small farms battle speculators over centuries-old water rights in drought-stricken Colorado…

“The centuries-old irrigation system sustains a unique and ancient culture that today faces unprecedented threats. Rising temperatures, declining snowpack, and record drought attributed to climate change dried up some acequias, forcing families to fallow fields and sell cattle.”

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/article/small-farms-battle-speculators-over-centuries-old-water-rights-in-drought-stricken-colorado


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Drought makes Utah farmers wary of the future…

“Extreme drought conditions since March have hit Utah farmers hard, and they say the outlook for the future is worrisome after one of the hottest summers on record in Utah. The drought conditions have caused some farmers to lose up to 60% of their allotted water, Riley said.”

https://universe.byu.edu/2021/11/15/drought-makes-utah-farmers-wary-of-the-future/


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Western Nebraska wildfire rages on.

“The Gering Fire Department said firefighters were called out to Buffalo Creek around 11:30 a.m. Sunday and immediately called for backup from other local and state agencies. On Sunday evening about 2300 acres were burned, but number tripled to around 1,500 acres by Monday morning.”

https://www.knopnews2.com/2021/11/15/buffalo-creek-fire-is-expanding/


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How will Idaho recover from a record-breaking drought season?

“From the shortest growing season in the Magic Valley in seven decades to reservoirs emptying rapidly, Idaho may continue to feel the effects of one of the most severe drought seasons in state history. As winter approaches, Idaho water systems are left with little to nothing in terms of an “emergency supply” available for next year.”

https://www.ktvb.com/article/weather/severe-weather/idaho-drought-recovery/277-0180b8e3-cfd1-4846-9f38-5ce0a795b653


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Multiple Tornadoes Touch Down in Conn. During Rare November Storm.

“The modern tornado record goes back to 1950. Until Saturday, a tornado had never been recorded in Connecticut during the months of November or December.

https://www.nbcconnecticut.com/weather-news/multiple-tornadoes-touch-down-in-conn-during-rare-november-storm/2652025/


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Videos: Streets in Medellín and Bello [Colombia] turned into streams after heavy rains…

“Citizens recorded several moments in which the streets of their neighborhoods became streams of water, taking everything in their path, including motorcycles.”

https://www.infobae.com/america/colombia/2021/11/14/videos-calles-en-medellin-y-bello-se-convirtieron-en-arroyos-tras-fuertes-lluvias/


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Arctic walrus the ‘size of a fridge’ spotted in Northumberland [UK] on the hunt for food…

“”It is certainly unusual to see walruses around the UK, especially several individuals in the same year including Wally who stayed on our coasts for quite some time.””

https://inews.co.uk/news/arctic-walrus-size-fridge-spotted-northumberland-on-hunt-food-1302143


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…drought is already wreaking havoc in the Andalusian countryside [Spain]…

“The Guadalquivir basin is suffering a critical situation because compared to the average of the last 25 years, it registers 17% less accumulated precipitation, 57% less contributions to reservoirs and up to 20% less than average volume, standing today at 26.2% of its total capacity.”

https://www.diariodesevilla.es/agr_andalucia/agropecuario/sequia-causa-estragos-campo-andaluz_0_1628539242.html


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Malaga’s second forest fire in a day…

“Malaga’s second forest fire in a day broke out next to the neighbourhood of La Corta on Saturday, November 13. The fire, which was visible from various points in the surrounding area, affected an area of woodland according to municipal sources.”

https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/11/14/malagas-second-forest-fire-in-one-day/


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Italian Firefighters Rescue Stranded Residents Amid Flooding in Sardinia.

“Italian firefighters rescued several people isolated by flooding in Sardinia on November 14, during storms that forced the closure of schools and public buildings in Cagliari.”

https://www.yahoo.com/news/italian-firefighters-rescue-stranded-residents-032948431.html


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Croatian island hit with record rainfall overnight as Mediterranean cyclone sweeps in…

“…an extreme 265 litres of rain per square meter [10.4 inches] fell on the island of Žirje by 1 a.m. with as much as 192 mm [7.6 inches] falling in 6 hours. Šibenik Meteo said on Sunday that over 300 litres fell per square metre with more than 2,000 lighting strikes.”

https://www.croatiaweek.com/croatian-island-hit-with-record-rainfall-overnight-as-mediterranean-cyclone-sweeps-in/


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Drought, overpumping cut Morocco river link to sea…

“”It’s the first time ever that the Moulouya has stopped flowing into the sea,” said Mohamed Benata, a retired agronomist. “The flow has been weakened by over-pumping of the water. It’s pretty dramatic.””

https://phys.org/news/2021-11-drought-overpumping-morocco-river-link.html


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North African climate change threatens farming, political stability.

“Tunisian olive farmer Ali Fileli looked out over his parched fields and crushed a lump of dry, dusty earth in his hand. “I can’t do anything with my land because of the lack of water,” he said. Fileli is just one of many farmers who have been left high and dry by increasingly long and intense droughts across North Africa.”

https://today.rtl.lu/news/science-and-environment/a/1817362.html


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Niger: The Drought-Hit Niger Villagers ‘Walking On Water’ Too Hard to Reach.

“In the remote plains of Niger, much of daily life revolves around collecting water from parched wells that have fallen victim to climate change. A documentary sets out to show how community members are pulling together to build a well…”

https://allafrica.com/stories/202111150162.html


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Floods overwhelm Lagos communities [Nigeria], wreck 25 vehicles.

“Residents and commuters around the Oko Oba, Ekoro, Akowonjo, and Egbeda areas of Lagos State, were on Sunday grounded for hours after floods took over the communities.”

https://punchng.com/floods-overwhelm-lagos-communities-wreck-25-vehicles/


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Floods, sewage and crocodiles: the crisis of the Gambia’s sinking city.

“Life in Tobacco Road, a poor neighbourhood in the low-lying coastal capital, has never been easy, but it is becoming more and more difficult… “We need help,” Bah says simply…”

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2021/nov/15/climate-crisis-cop26-failure-will-sink-gambian-capital-banjul-as-sea-levels-rise


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Cricket ball-size hailstones obliterate Lydenburg [South Africa]…

“Residents were able to assess the true damage in the early light of day on Monday November 15. But nothing could have prepared them for the utter havoc left in the wake of the storm… The South African Weather Service classified the hailstorm on Sunday November 14 as a superstorm.”

https://lowvelder.co.za/758648/cricket-ball-size-hailstones-obliterate-lydenburg/


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Scorpion stings kill three and injure hundreds more after storms hit southern Egypt.

“Three people have died and 450 others were injured after being stung by scorpions in the city of Aswan [usually one of the driest places on earth], according to officials. The attacks happened after rainfall, thunder, dust storms, and snow hit the region in the south of Egypt.”

https://news.sky.com/story/scorpion-stings-kill-three-and-injure-hundreds-more-after-storms-hit-southern-egypt-12467857


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Massive Forest Fire in Northern Israel Forces Hundreds to Evacuate.

“A fire broke out early Sunday in a forest near the northern city of Ma’alot-Tarshicha, forcing authorities to evacuate some 100 homes near the blaze. Some 15 firefighting teams and six planes arrived at the scene to fight the flames.”

https://hamodia.com/2021/11/14/massive-forest-fire-in-northern-israel-forces-hundreds-to-evacuate/


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Wildfires destroy agricultural areas in Lebanon.

“The fires, started on Saturday, have spread in different villages in Mount Lebanon including Bekaata, Achkout and Beit Mery while destroying vast agricultural areas in Lebanon’s southern villages of Kfar Roummane, Jarmaq, Choukin, Zebdin, Kfarseer and other areas.”

https://dailynewsegypt.com/2021/11/14/wildfires-destroy-agricultural-areas-in-lebanon/


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Jordan dam reserves at all-time low as water crisis looms.

“Amid a delay in rainfall, Jordan’s major dams are either completely empty or facing critically low water levels, putting the country on the verge of an unprecedented drought crisis should dry weather conditions persist.”

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1967216/middle-east


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Drought threatens disaster as Iraqi farmers forced to leave land.

“Iraqi wheat farmer Khamis Ahmad Abbas lost it all when his battle with drought forced him to abandon his land, pushing him into unemployment. Experts have warned that record low rainfall, compounded by climate change, are threatening social and economic disaster in war-scarred Iraq.”

https://www.dailysabah.com/business/economy/drought-threatens-disaster-as-iraqi-farmers-forced-to-leave-land


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[This summer’s] record high temperatures in central Asia highlight need for climate action…

“Distressing videos and news showed livestock dying on pastures in the western provinces of Kazakhstan due to water shortages and lack of natural feed. Protests erupted in the northern region of Kyrgyzstan as farmers demanded water to irrigate their crops.”

https://www.unescap.org/blog/record-high-temperatures-central-asia-highlight-need-climate-action


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Queensland, Australia… Townsville’s wettest November: Record rainfall totals as BOM warns of ongoing flood risk…

“Records were also broken just south at Alva Beach which recorded its highest November rainfall total since records began 25 years ago, with 180mm [7.1 inches] falling within a few hours.”

https://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/towns-wettest-november-record-rainfall-totals-as-bom-warns-of-ongoing-flood-risk/news-story/3bae82999cb71c2213327afc908a47cb


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Global heating is destroying rock art tens of thousands of years old, experts warn…

“Dr Daryl Wesley, a multidisciplinary archaeologist from Flinders, told the forum about the destruction wreaked by Cyclone Monica, one of Australia’s most severe tropical cyclones, which smashed through Arnhem Land in 2006.”

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2021/nov/16/global-heating-is-destroying-rock-art-tens-of-thousands-of-years-old-experts-warn


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Melbourne endures its coldest four-day stint for mid November in 167 years [of record keeping].

“Temperatures in Melbourne have stayed below 15.5C [59.9F] for the past four days — from Friday to Monday — averaging a maximum of just 14.4C. The four-day stint is the coldest period this late in the year ever recorded, Weatherzone’s senior meteorologist Brett Dutschke said.”

https://www.9news.com.au/national/melbourne-endures-its-coldest-four-day-stint-for-mid-november-in-167-years-while-canberra-endures-coldest-spell-in-99-days/164d13fa-ded6-4ab2-9508-c66466dc5ed6


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Increased frequency of extreme ice melting in Greenland raises global flood risk…

“The new study, led by the University of Leeds… reveals that Greenland’s meltwater runoff has risen by 21% over the past four decades and has become 60% more erratic from one summer to the next.”

https://www.theindependentbd.com/post/270217


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Thawing Permafrost Changes Business and Security in the Arctic.

“14 military leaders from 11 European and North American states discussed security in the High North at the annual Arctic Security Forces Roundtable on Wednesday this week… Increased ground temperatures and thawing permafrost will have negative effect on 55 percent of the infrastructure in Arctic coast zones by 2050.” [Sounds optimistic to me!]

https://www.highnorthnews.com/en/thawing-permafrost-changes-business-and-security-arctic


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The UN climate process is designed to fail…

“The problem is political. The world leaders at COP26 all endorsed the need for radical action. But the political pressures they are under are actually a recipe for inaction… Domestically, politicians have good reason to fear that the cost of decarbonisation will be electoral defeat or social unrest.”

https://www.ft.com/content/ae6a8e8f-94db-4f06-a377-343a84e9be4d


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