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Heavy flooding has left at least 18 people dead and more than 280 injured in the northeast region of Brazil, officials say. The floods have affected nearly 40 cities throughout the state of Bahia, Gov. Rui Costa told reporters in the city of Ilheus, one of the worst-hit.

“This is a massive tragedy. I can’t remember seeing anything like this in Bahia’s recent history, given the amount of cities and houses involved. It’s truly terrifying, there are so many houses and streets that are completely under water,” Costa said.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2021/12/26/americas/brazil-bahia-flooding-w/index.html


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Brazil: Two dams give way as heavy rain swamps the northeast.

“Authorities have issued flash flood warnings after two dams collapsed in the northeastern state of Bahia. City authorities in the towns of Jussiape and Itambe have warned residents to find safety.”

https://www.dw.com/en/brazil-two-dams-give-way-as-heavy-rain-swamps-the-northeast/a-60261697


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Christmas Day was scorching hot in Northern Mexico with incredible temperatures at mid/high elevations:

“Monclova 615m/2017ft 36.0C/96.8F record
Torreon 1123m/3684ft 32.5C/90.5F
Saltillo 1790m/5873ft 31.8C/89.4F record.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1475218266599706628


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Christmas roast: temperatures soar in Texas and US south-east. Warm weather could make this the hottest December on record for many cities in the region…

In some areas, records have already been broken: Wichita Falls in Texas hit 91F (33C) Friday, and Grandfield, Oklahoma, reached 89F. Both beat their Fourth of July high – back at in the middle of summer.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/dec/25/christmas-temperature-us-texas-records-south-east


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Christmas weekend whiteout storm closes 70-mile stretch of California interstate and causes 20-car pile-up in Nevada – with Weather Service warning more snow is coming…

“Rockslides caused by heavy rain closed more than 40 miles of coastal Highway 1 in the Big Sur region south of the San Francisco Bay Area.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10345829/Major-storm-dumps-snow-closes-mountain-routes-California.html


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Rare California ‘tornado’ touches down in Santa Barbara: Rips up trees and damages cars.

“Metal car port awnings at an apartment complex in the Goleta area were ripped off while trees were also knocked down by the apparently brief but ferocious storm at around 10pm on Saturday evening.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10344633/Rare-California-tornado-touches-Santa-Barbara-damaging-cars-knocking-trees.html


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A year of extreme weather in the American west – in pictures.

“Droughts, wildfires, bomb cyclones: it was a year of extremes…

“Scientists say it is likely just a taste of what’s to come if the climate crisis continues on its current course.”

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/dec/26/american-west-extreme-weather-climate-crisis-in-pictures


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What the numbers tells us about a catastrophic year of wildfires [Western US] …A historic drought and record-breaking heatwaves combined to spark blazed that burned nearly 7.7m acres this year…

“…a troubling new trend emerged: fires are getting harder to fight.”

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/dec/25/what-the-numbers-tells-us-about-a-catastrophic-year-of-wildfires


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A mix of drought in Canada’s prairies and flooding on its Pacific coast have brought about crop production and shipping woes now leading to international shortages of fries and mustard.

“Keith Currie of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture told AFP: “There’s a lot of angst in the farming community.” Some farmers have lost everything, others are considering quitting…”

https://phys.org/news/2021-12-mustard-fries-short-due-canada.html


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Big contrasts in Alaska:

“From very low temperatures in the Panhandle with the first 0F/-17.8C at Ketchikan AP in 10 years to the extreme mildness in Unalaska >50F/10C and the rain in parts of inner Alaska.

“Sounding at Bethel was an impressive +9.2C at 850hpa.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1475142879299485696


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Freak weather patterns threaten UK nature as thousands of trees and plants are left devastated, National Trust warns.

“Wildfires, Storm Arwen and extreme weather events have left our natural world in a precarious position at the end of this year, the National Trust has warned. Heatwaves and heavy rain are becoming ‘more frequent and more intense’ in Britain due to climate change.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10346329/Freak-weather-patterns-threaten-UK-nature-National-Trust-warns.html


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Motorists stranded as Mombasa [Kenya] hit by flash floods.

“Residents of Mombasa have had to count the losses after flash floods destroyed property and derailed businesses in the county. The rains that started on Christmas Day, December 25, left commercial and residential areas submerged as people were unable to move around the city.”

https://nation.africa/kenya/counties/mombasa/mombasa-hit-by-flooding-after-heavy-rains–3663854


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Iran’s Meteorological Organization has reported that the precipitation rate during autumn was not very favorable, being considered one of the driest seasons in the past 50 years.

“The amount of rainfall that poured over the country in the past month (November 20–December 21) was 17.9 mm, which shows a decrease of 44.2 percent compared to the long-run average of 32 mm.”

https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/468413/Long-term-rainfall-down-by-34-in-autumn


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Pakistan faces growing threat of melting glaciers.

“Communities in northern Pakistan say melting glaciers are putting their homes and livelihoods in danger. The country has more than 7,000 glaciers, more than anywhere in the world except the polar regions.” [Video]

https://theglobalherald.com/news/pakistan-faces-growing-threat-of-melting-glaciers/


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As its glaciers melt, Nepal is forced into an adaptation not of its choosing.

“Climate change is causing the glaciers in Nepal’s Himalayan region to melt at an alarming rate, threatening fragile ecosystems, vulnerable communities, and billions of people downstream who rely on the rivers fed by the ice pack.”

https://news.mongabay.com/2021/12/as-its-glaciers-melt-nepal-is-forced-into-an-adaptation-not-of-its-choosing/


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Alarm bells over shifting rainfall pattern [India].

“The post-monsoon rainfall from October through November across Karnataka this year was the highest in the last 50 years. This accentuated the growing concerns that the shifting monsoon patterns being witnessed in recent years is induced by climate change…”

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/karnataka/alarm-bells-over-shifting-rainfall-pattern/article38042818.ece


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Christmas Day witnessed so many heat records around the world and the island of Diego Garcia (US Base) in the Chagos Archipelago wasn’t an exception.

With 97F/36.1C it recorded its hottest December temperature ever. This is formally part of the British Indian Ocean Territory.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1475270419678740484


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The death toll due to the floods in Malaysia is now at 48 people, while five people are still missing, said Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani.

“He said Selangor remained the state with the highest number of deaths, with 25 victims…

“followed by Pahang (20) and Kelantan (three).”

https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2021/12/27/igp-flood-death-toll-at-48-five-still-missing/2031353


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Flood kills two as extreme weather strikes parts of Sumatra

“Heavy rainfall over the past few days has caused flooding and landslides in several areas of South Sumatra and Riau, killing at least two people and affecting hundreds of others.”

https://www.thejakartapost.com/indonesia/2021/12/27/flood-kills-two-as-extreme-weather-strikes-parts-of-sumatra.html


Perth has recorded its hottest Christmas Day on record, with parts of the Western Australia reaching almost 50C [122F]. The state capital’s previous Christmas Day record was 42C in 1968… Just before 4pm, temperatures peaked at 42.8C.

https://www.9news.com.au/national/western-australia-weather-hottest-christmas-day-in-50-years-recorded/e2bba1d0-ef7b-447c-9de0-491fe57b4d0d


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Australian Heat Wave: Hottest day in history for Jurien Bay in Western Australia with 46.0C [114.8F] on Christmas Day right on the coast. Previous record was 45.2C in January 1991.

“Monthly record at Kalbarri with 46.5C. Another scorching day on 26 December in Perth with 43.5C.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1475067016654503938


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Don’t let La Nina fool you, Black Summer could be around the corner [Australia]…

“As the sirens sound this summer for floods and cyclones, which are becoming more intense with climate change, we must be mindful of what increased fuel loads will mean in future hot and dry summers.”

https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/don-t-let-la-nina-fool-you-black-summer-could-be-around-the-corner-20211221-p59jdf.html


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A classic winter pressure pattern and brutal cold air (below -45℃ at 5000m) are bringing record-breaking heavy snow to western Japan.

“Chizu had 43cm in just 6 hours [16.9 inches]…

“Wadayama had 64cm [25.2 inches] in 24 hours. Over 100cm of snow is likely into the next 48hours.”

https://twitter.com/sayakasofiamori/status/1475116949177012224


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Unprecedented die-offs, melting ice: Climate change is wreaking havoc in the Arctic and beyond.”

“Forces profound and alarming are reshaping the upper reaches of the North Pacific and Arctic oceans, breaking the food chain that supports billions of creatures and one of the world’s most important fisheries.

https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/science/2021/12/26/unprecedented-die-offs-melting-ice-climate-change-is-wreaking-havoc-in-the-arctic-and-beyond/


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‘Eye-watering’ costs of 2021’s environmental disasters revealed – as leaders urged to make climate change a priority.

“The 10 costliest climate-related disasters of 2021 led to over £120bn worth of damage, according to a new report by Christian Aid.”

https://news.sky.com/story/eye-watering-costs-of-2021s-environmental-disasters-revealed-as-leaders-urged-to-make-climate-change-a-priority-12504051


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