Brutal heat in Mexico – on 2nd March the temperature reached 45C/113F at Magiscatzin.“
“This is historic because it’s the earliest 45C ever recorded in North America climatic history, one day after the earliest 40C in US history. This heat is mind blowing for the first days of March.”
At least 10 people are dead as severe storms bring tornadoes and flooding to South, sweep across Northeast [US].“
“The storm spurred wind gusts strong enough to topple tractor-trailer trucks, leaving more than 1 million people without power and threatening to bring more torrential rain, tornadoes and heavy snow.”
The South’s winter of tornadoes could be just a prelude to storm season.“
“Record winter tornado activity has been taking place in the past three months in parts of the Deep South and central United States, fueled by springlike warmth. Now, as those regions enter what’s traditionally the stormiest stretch of the year, residents already weary and recovering from violent conditions face fresh threats of severe weather.”
‘Weird’ winter weather and reminders of a warming planet.“
“The recent climate divergence within the US led at one point to a remarkable, 100°F (38°C) disparity between the country’s warmest and coldest locations. Which added yet another footnote to what’s been a winter of weather in the northern hemisphere variously described as “wild,” “weird,” “crazy” and “freakish.””
Warmest February on record in Baltimore.“
“February 2023 goes does as the warmest February on record in Baltimore. The average temperature for February 2023 is 44.7 degrees… According to the Climate Prediction Center, there’s a good chance temperature will trend cooler and below average through mid March.”
Wettest winter on record erased drought in eastern Minnesota.“
“Mark Twain is credited with some astute weather quotes. And while we may not have a flood yet in most of Minnesota, the amount of moisture we’ve received this winter has reached record levels across most of our state.”
California’s snowpack is approaching an all-time record, with more on the way.“
“Statewide snowpack Friday measured 190% of normal, hovering just below a record set in the winter of 1982-83, officials with the Department of Water Resources said during the third snow survey of the season. The surveys are conducted monthly during the winter at Phillips Station near South Lake Tahoe.”
Stranded in California’s Heavy Snow.“
“Record snowfall and freezing temperatures have altered the landscape and lives of millions of people in California in recent weeks… Rescues were continuing farther south in the San Bernardino Mountains, where about 10 feet of snow had accumulated around the houses and roads…”
Argentina melts in late-summer heat wave as records tumble [an unprecedented ninth heatwave and their hottest summer on record by far]…“
“Some towns and cities have posted temperatures as high as 40 degrees Celsius (104°F), with Nueve de Julio and Ezeiza breaking records for the month. Buenos Aires itself hit 38 degrees Celsius [100.4F], breaking a record [for the month of March] previously set in 1952.”
Uruguay’s water supply continues to be compromised today by the persistence of the drought, according to the administration of Obras Sanitarias del Estado.“
“The agency began to publish a weekly report on the effects of the heat wave in the country, where the ban on the use of water for non-priority purposes remains in force.”
UK droughts already threaten disastrous breeding year for frogs.“
“The recent warm spell brought the first sightings of frog spawn in Bedfordshire, but amateur recorders have expressed alarm at the state of breeding sites. Last year’s drought and relatively low winter rainfall has left many favoured ditches and ponds less than half full.”
February 2023 in Belgium (Uccle Observatory as reference) was record dry. Average temperature was 5.9C [42.6F],+1.7C above normal.“
Total precipitation was 13.3mm (normal 65.5mm);it was the driest February in history. Winter as a whole had an average temperature of 5.0C, +0.9C above normal.”
Towns in south of France halt new building projects due to drought…“
“Nine municipalities in the south of France have announced that they will not issue any new building permits… According to reporting by 42 Mag, officials said that the areas concerned already have high populations, and the priority is to ensure adequate access to water for those already living there.”
“This Winter Was One of the Warmest on Record, Meteo Reports. The winter of 2022-2023 was the warmest on record in northern Greece and the third-warmest for other parts of the country, according to data collected by the network of 53 weather stations set up by the National Observatory of Athens weather service.”
Record heat waves are all over these days; Africa is not an exception with 43.6C [110.5F] at Garoua in Cameroon, over 43C at Yola in Nigeria, 43C also at Birni N Konni in Niger. Over 42C also in Chad and in Togo.“
“In Egypt temperatures are expected to rise to near 40C in the next few days.”
Mozambique: Severe Tropical Storm Freddy and Floods.“
“More than 232, 000 people have been affected by floods and Tropical Storm Freddy-induced rainfall and flooding… Continued rainfall in central and southern Mozambique and surrounding countries is adding to current flooding threatening critical road infrastructure, crops, housing, and public buildings like schools and health facilities.”
Horn of Africa drought is set to become the region’s worst on record.“
“The Horn of Africa may soon see its worst drought on record, as forecasts predict dry weather during this year’s March-to-May rainy season. This would be the sixth consecutive failed rainy season in parts of Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia since the end of 2020.”
As Kenya’s Crops Fail, a Fight Over GMOs Rages.“
“The record-breaking drought is forcing Kenya to confront a controversial topic: whether the country should grow genetically modified (GM) crops. These are plants that have had genes from another organism inserted into their DNA to give them a new trait, such as disease or drought resistance.”
Giant hailstones as big as tennis balls, torrential rain and floods have hit parts of the UAE, as changing weather conditions were felt in the country.“
“The reports of hail in Fujairah and flooding in Khor Fakkan come after the National Centre of Meteorology issued warnings of rain and strong winds that could reach speeds of up to 40kph earlier this week.”
Abnormal warmth is affecting most of North Africa and Asia with records temperatures all over.“
“Yesterday 30.2C in Turkey, 36.5C in Libya,34.4C in Israel; Today hottest day in history tied at Mangalore in India with 39.6C [103.3F]. Next days >30C in Central Asia and historic heat wave in China.”
Flooding in Jakarta: A Call to Increase Climate Change Awareness.“
“Within the last three years, the flood intensity has gotten worse. In early January 2020, heavy overnight rain caused flash floods with the highest inundations so far: 5 feet and 7 inches. That’s five inches over the average height of an Indonesian citizen. The severe flood almost submerged our first floor. Flooding is now no longer an annual disaster…”
Teenage boy bitten by crocodile as hundreds evacuated from flooded NT communities [Australia].“
“More than 700 people from three communities will be relocated by air to Katherine and then take buses 300km north to temporary accommodation in Darwin this week. Evacuees are expected to be housed in temporary accommodation…”
NIWA releases record-breaking stats for summer’s extreme rain, winds and storm surges [NZ].“
“New Zealand may be facing a new normal of floods, droughts, high temperatures and extreme cyclones, according to a new report by the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research. Niwa’s February climate summary said the country experienced one of its worst weather disasters last month.”
Growers count cost as Cyclone Gabrielle buries New Zealand vineyards in silt.“
““We were expecting a flood, what we got was got a tsunami of mud and trees,” Barber, who owns Petane Wines in Hawke’s Bay’s Esk Valley, said. Nothing had prepared the family for the scale of Gabrielle, which the government has called New Zealand’s biggest natural disaster this century.”
State of emergency declared in Vanuatu after second cyclone in a week.“
“A state of emergency was declared in Vanuatu as category 4 Cyclone Kevin brought gale-force winds and torrential rain to the Pacific nation battling its second major cyclone in a week. Cyclone Kevin passed over the capital Port Vila late on Friday…”
Global warming may be accelerated by an ocean tipping point.“
“The oceans play a fundamental role in limiting global warming by absorbing carbon dioxide emissions from the atmosphere. However, according to a new study led by the University of Texas at Austin, intense warming in the future will likely lessen this crucial ability, leading to even more severe climate change.”
Climate graphic of the week: Glacial lakes flood risks rise…“
“Glaciers are sensitive to rising temperatures, and “glacial lake outburst floods” from the melting ice are a “major hazard and can result in significant loss of life,” a paper published in the journal Nature recently concluded.”
Earth’s lungs on fire: Fires in boreal forests carbon ‘time bombs’.“
“Wildfires across the Northern Hemisphere have been raging increasingly more over the summers of the past two decades, particularly in boreal forests, and have created historic amounts of climate-changing carbon dioxide emissions in 2021, according to a new study.”
Tropical deforestation significantly reduces rainfall: study.“
“From the Amazon to the evergreen forests of Africa and Southeast Asia, large-scale deforestation threatens reductions in rainfall across the tropics, according to new research. The threat is most acute in the Congo Basin…”
Here is the 36-month running-mean for the Earth Energy Imbalance through the end of 2022, expressed in terms of Hiroshima Nuclear Bombs per Second.“
“The planet heated at a rate of 10.1 Hiroshimas per Second over the last 36 months, tying the record high set in September, 2021.”
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MIAMI — South Florida’s unseasonably warm weather will continue for another day Friday when wind gusts are expected to pick up during the day……Temperatures are expected to reach the mid-80s Friday, according to Warren.
Saturday could bring more near-record warmth with temperatures expected to soar into the upper 80s
As reported …not HOT but let’s just say warm…need not alarm the public…
Near record warmth….not mentioning record nighttime temperatures….
Unfortunately, we are entering a new paradigm and what folks don’t realize this we are having now is from emissions that were burned a decade or two ago..not the emissions being emitted today….another fact that is often overlooked is the time lag effect..
But we need more proof…thank you for the coverage of the planet…afraid it doesn’t reach the general public
Vince, you are welcome. My impression is that the climate situation is palpably deteriorating now with heat records falling like dominoes and erraticism becoming a motif.
A word about your last post on energy/radiation balance.
So-called ‘ climate sceptics’ who claim that the earth is hardly warming, if at all, and come up with all sorts of confusing ‘ scientific’ assertions just don’t want to get this through. This remains highly surprising because they like to invoke the ‘ laws of thermodynamics’. Surely then the discussion becomes very simple an object to which more heat is added than is emitted warms up!
Since the satellite measurements of Ceres a measuring instrument of Nasa, it all becomes very insightful and reduced to a simple series. From there, at best you can argue about the how and where in complex systems.
….The rate at which the Earth is warming has more than doubled in 20 years
To see how much the earth is warming, we subtract the increase in warming from the sun and cooling from radiated heat (green lines in Figure 2). It turns out that global warming is accelerating. Around 2005, the net warming was 0.4 W/m2. By 2019, that rose to 1.1 W/m2, more than doubling. According to the latest measured data, warming has continued to increase in the last 1.5 years. On average, warming increased by 0.5 W/m2 every 10 years (black dotted line in Figure 2). Is that a lot? If the whole earth were covered with a layer of water 1 metre deep, at 1 W/m2 it would warm up 1 degree in 48 days.
Thanks, Zip. I gave up arguing with “climate sceptics” a long time ago.
When you have a vast body of scientific enquiry, dealing with something as complex as the climate system, there are always plenty of angles of attack for opportunists looking to sow doubt. You wind up playing an endless game of whack-a-mole.
In any case, most of them are either locked into some contrarian ego-trip where proving themselves right is more important than being a bit humble and objective, or worse, they are in the pockets of vested interests. And of course some of them are just stupid people who regurgitate what they hear on certain right-wing news channels; while others are plain bonkers.
I found an hilarious site on Twitter the other day called Electroverse. It cherry-picks and posts news about unusual cold and snowfall events exclusively to argue the case for global cooling: https://electroverse.co/
Still, it has 25.4k followers and I only have 507, so who am I to criticise. 😂
JP I learned something from your site today. when going back over previous posts. You mentioned a “black swan” event.
Scratching my head, I had to look it up, and found that to much of the world it means a “surprise”. I had never heard of it before, so thank you for educating me. Here black swans are not only native birds, but ubiquitous.
As for climate-deniers, don’t think there are too many left here. It was such a huge issue during the last federal election campaign, and given the results – plenty of swinging voters swung in droves towards candidates with climate-change policies. By the same token, once having voted, the country feels all comfy now at getting back to BAU and not paying much attention anymore, because “the govt are doing something about it” LOL
We are only getting good-news stories, playing on jingoism, our scientific, engineering heroes applauded with their clever tech solutions, getting medals up there with the first responders in natural disasters @Home & Away 🙂
A public attitude of “We’ve got this!”
Glad to have thrown up something new for you, Rain. We even have a “grey swan” in the lexicon now:
“… a term used to describe a potentially very significant event whose possible occurrence may be predicted beforehand but whose probability is considered small. In other words, it is a risk with a potentially large impact but a low perceived likelihood of happening. Because there is a slight chance the event will occur it should be anticipated, particularly as it could shake up the world economy and stock market.”
Lol re Home & Away. I never understood how those utterly banal Aussie soaps became such a huge cultural phenomenon. I do have a soft spot for Kylie Minogue though. 😆
“Lol re Home & Away. I never understood how those utterly banal Aussie soaps became such a huge cultural phenomenon. I do have a soft spot for Kylie Minogue though. 😆”
I guess they are no more banal than ‘EastEnders’ or ‘Coronation Street’ ?
I read once that the Home & Away’s ‘Summer Bay’ on-location filming, was on a beach near Melbourne in the winter months when they could have the beach closed. The cast and crew were always freezing their butts off in the icy winter winds. LOL
Yes, parts of southern Australia do have a winter, while counter-intuitively, the southern ocean is relatively warm and pleasantly swimmable in the winter, but the air temp can be very cold with an icy wind chill. In summer, its vice-versa, the water is often quite chilly. (Meant to be anyway!) Because of the north-south Great Eastern Current which the whales follow, and made famous in ‘Finding Nemo’ 🙂
But back to topic, those US summer temps in their southern winter, are a worry for next summer. Along with the Californian mountains snowpack – its meant to melt slowly throughout the spring months, right? Not melt/avalanche all at once, like it did in Pakistan & India’s mountain spring heat waves last year 🙁
“! guess they are no more banal than ‘EastEnders’ or ‘Coronation Street’?”
Good point, Rain. Perhaps “banal” is the wrong word. “Lightweight” may be better and perhaps “innocent” is kinder.
We’ll just have to wait and see what happens to that now vast Californian snowpack. Hopefully the release is a gradual one. 😬