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Apologies for the last minute pivot but there is so much going on with the climate that I have to document it today. The economy can wait until tomorrow – plenty going on there, too, but it’s not as pressing.

1st January 2022 is historic: Thousands of records are being broken across the globe from Europe to USA to South America.

“As promised by your author, today it’s the hottest day in Paraguayan history with 45.6C [114.1F] at Sombrero Hovy. (Presidente Hayes province).”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1477354244453900296


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Brutal heatwave brings Middle East temperatures to South America.

“The heat is more extreme in central and northern Argentina, Paraguay and southern Brazil with marks that in some parts of neighboring countries are reaching during the afternoon exceptionally high values of 45ºC to 47ºC [116.6F], more common during the summer of the Middle East.

https://metsul.com/brutal-onda-de-calor-traz-temperatura-de-oriente-medio-na-america-do-sul/


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Search teams with cadaver dogs are looking for two missing people in the snow-covered debris of devastating wildfires that ripped through parts of Colorado…

“For those who escaped the flames, heavy snowfall has compounded the misery… Winter grassland fires are rare in the US state, but experts have warned similar events will be more common in the coming years as climate change warms the planet.”

https://news.sky.com/story/colorado-hit-by-snow-after-wildfire-destroys-nearly-1-000-homes-12507292


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From a polar vortex to December tornadoes, Nebraska saw plenty of weird weather in 2021…

“…the year was bookended by firsts: February brought the state’s first rolling blackouts as a result of record cold, and December brought that month’s first derecho anywhere in the nation and Nebraska’s first tornado swarm in the final month of the year.

https://norfolkdailynews.com/state/nebraska/from-a-polar-vortex-to-december-tornadoes-nebraska-saw-plenty-of-weird-weather-in-2021/article_44912868-59cf-52eb-ae31-a7eb78ce3627.html


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Falcon Lake, Texas, records 37,2°C / 99°F: the highest January temperature in US history!

“…Meanwhile, extremely hot air has shifted along the coast of the Gulf Coast and severe storms above Midwest and Southeast are bringing floods, winds, and tornadoes, while from northern parts of the central USA, blizzard conditions are already reported and near the Canadian border…”

https://mkweather.com/breaking-falcon-lake-texas-372c-99f-the-highest-january-temperature-in-us-history/


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More incredible records this 1 January in USA: Alabama 86F Monroeville DCP – New State January record.

“FL 89F -1F from State record; MS 86F -1F from State record; GA 85F -2F from State record; LA 85F -2F from State record etc. Potentially big Storms are coming!”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1477427551870009348


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Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear declared a state of emergency on Saturday as powerful storms ripped through the state causing flash floods, power outages and property damage, including from a possible tornado in Hopkinsville

“The storms come just three weeks after deadly tornadoes tore through the region…”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10361355/Kentucky-storm-brings-flooding-lost-power-possible-tornado.html


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Memphis hit record warm temps, strong winds, freezing cold & snow fleets in one weekend… Joe and Leslie Cianciolo had to get out of different elements on short notice, while out for a walk Saturday.

““Hail, and wind, it was just Armageddon. It was just really bad and we were just kind of scrambling to find somewhere to hunker down,” they said.”

https://www.fox13memphis.com/news/local/memphis-hit-record-warm-temperatures-strong-winds-freezing-cold-snow-fleets-one-weekend/L3YHNKNUCJDP7PSCWNVI36UWPI/


As expected, December 2021 came to a close as the warmest December on record in Tulsa… Overall, December 2021 shattered the previous record, which was set in 1931, by 5 degrees.

https://ktul.com/news/local/december-ends-as-the-warmest-on-record-in-tulsa


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2021 Was Boston’s Warmest Year on Record.

“2021 is in the books and as we look back on a year filled with extreme weather across the nation, we can add Boston to that list of extremes, as well! With a mean temperature of 54.4 degrees at Logan Airport, it was enough to overtake the previous record (which only stood for nine years) of 54.2 degrees from 2012…”

https://www.nbcboston.com/news/local/2021-was-bostons-warmest-year-on-record/2603147/


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Scotland records hottest EVER New Year’s Day as Scots enjoy spring-like temperatures.

“The previous record of 14.5C (58F) had stood for 30 years… But in today’s bright sunshine, the mercury soared to 15.9 (61F) at Achnagart in Sutherland, rounded up by the Met Office to 16C.”

https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/scottish-news/8224284/scotland-records-hottest-ever-new-years-day-2022/


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The UK is having the warmest New Year’s Day on record, with new high temperatures set for the second day in a row, the Met Office says.

“St James’s Park in central London saw temperatures of 16.3C (61.3F) on Saturday as 2022 was ushered in.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-59847641


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Chivenor in Devon has provisionally set a new record for the highest minimum temperature recorded on New Years Day and in the month of January in England and the UK.

The recorded minimum temperature was 13.2°C, exceeding the previous UK January record of 13.1°C set in 2016.”

https://twitter.com/metoffice/status/1477279263565004802


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Sands of time are slipping away for England’s crumbling coasts amid climate crisis.

“A 2020 report by the Committee on Climate Change, on which Hall sits as an expert on coastal erosion and flooding, found 1.2m homes at significant risk…”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/jan/01/sands-slip-england-crumbling-coasts-erosion-rising-sea-levels


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2021 ended with the 117th national monthly heat record of the year. And it was Portugal with 26.4C [79.5F] at Zambujeira, warmest December day in Portuguese history.

“New record also in the autonomous island of Madeira with 28.4C at Porto Moniz.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1477265030328508416


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Barcelona records a heat record in the first weekend of 2022.

“The heat wave with which 2022 has already started has already left a record in Barcelona: the maximum temperature recorded in a month of January, at least in the last century. According to data from the Observatori Fabra, the city reached 21.9ºC [71.4F] on Saturday, January 1.”

https://www.metropoliabierta.com/vivir-en-barcelona/barcelona-record-calor-1-enero-2022_47795_102.html


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More on Europe: Croatia had its warmest January day on record with 21.6C [70.9F] at Knin, beating the 21.4C set Pazin, Sibenik and Sisak.18.2C in Slovenia, 20.0C in Bosnia, 19.2C in Switzerland, 18.8C in Austria and >15C in Benelux.

“Freeze and below average only remained in Italian Plains.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1477386733088092162


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Czechia and Slovakia didn’t miss the party. New January records in Slovakia: Dudince 15.7C [60.3F]; Sliač 13.8C; Poprad 12.1C.

“Warmest 1 January also for Czech Republic and Denmark.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1477373717688815616


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The Climate Crisis Has Not Skipped Israel: 2021 Fourth-hottest Year on Record.

“The Meteorological Service recorded heat waves in almost every part of the past year, and found that the number of days with rainfall dropped – hurting Israel’s water reserves significantly.

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-the-climate-crisis-has-not-skipped-israel-2021-fourth-hottest-year-on-record-1.10509605


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Major entertainment venues… were closed for the day as the UAE received record-breaking rainfall…

“The UAE records an average of 100 mm of precipitation every year. However, since Thursday, December 30 2021, the Saih Al Salam region in Dubai, which includes Al Qudra Lakes and the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, has recorded 141.8 mm of rain.”

https://www.khaleejtimes.com/weather/weather-uae-records-highest-annual-rainfall-over-new-years-eve-weekend


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Oman: six killed as torrential rain floods wadis.

“Flooding in Oman, triggered by heavy rainfall that began on New Year’s Eve, has killed six people and left several towns completely cut off… The meteorological office said moderate to heavy rains would continue until January 5…”

https://www.thenationalnews.com/gulf-news/2022/01/01/oman-two-killed-as-torrential-rain-floods-wadis/


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Floods Hit Large Swaths Of Drought-Stricken Iran…

“In the eastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan, the flood has caused enormous material damage, leading to the closure of schools, shops and offices. The province was already suffering from lack of clean water amid a drought.”

https://www.iranintl.com/en/202201012016


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China saw record high temperatures and more extreme weather events last year.

“The China Meteorological Administration says the nationwide average of 10.7C was around one degree higher than normal; The year also saw higher than average rainfall in some places, droughts in others and devastating floods in Henan province.”

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/science/article/3161871/china-saw-record-high-temperatures-and-more-extreme-weather


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Thousands flee as floods worsen in Malaysia.

“Thousands more people have fled swamped homes as heavy rains exacerbated flooding in seven Malaysian states, officials said Sunday, with over 125,000 people evacuated in total since mid-December… Some 50 people have been killed so far…”

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20220102-thousands-flee-as-floods-worsen-in-malaysia


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Polar Bears forced to migrate from America to Russia because of climate change.

“On Boxing Day, temperatures soared to a record 19.4C on the island of Kodiak – the highest December reading ever recorded in Alaska… In this part of America, where the average annual temperature has risen by 4.8°C in the last 50 years, one of the most visible signs of global warming is the mass exodus of polar bears.”

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/world-news/2022/01/01/polar-bears-forced-migrate-america-russia-climate-change/


Arctic Lightning Linked to Climate Change… Researchers now recognize lightning as another tool to understand our warming planet, as new data reveals that strikes in the Arctic have skyrocketed in the past decade.”

https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/arctic-lightning-linked-to-climate-change


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2021 World Statistics part – Records beaten: Stations worldwide which beat their all time highest temperature: 404; Stations worldwide which beat their all time lowest temperature: 54

“Countries which beat/tied their all time high: 10; Countries which beat/tied their all time low: 1”

[La Nina years are supposed to be cooler! Picture is from the Kazak steppes, which heatwave and drought turned into a mass-grave for wild horses this year.]

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1477818818663796737


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