“Gulf Coast temperatures surge to highest levels ever observed…
“Houston and New Orleans were among the many locations that observed their hottest weather on record, reaching 109 and 105 degrees, respectively. The all-time high in New Orleans came amid an unprecedented August in which it has set calendar-day record highs on 20 of 28 days.”
“Historic: The 105F [40.6C] recorded yesterday at Pensacola in Florida tied the highest reliable temperature ever recorded in Florida in August.”
“The forecast for [storm] Idalia is alarming: a so-called rapid intensification as it tracks through the Gulf of Mexico, tapping into some of the warmest waters on the planet ahead of making landfall in Florida this week.
“If it does so, it would join a growing list of devastating storms like Hurricane Ian — which leveled coastal Florida and left more than 100 dead — to rapidly intensify before landfall in recent years.”
“Louisiana’s Tiger Island Fire, largest in state’s history, doubles in size.
“The Tiger Island Fire burning in Beauregard Parish, the largest wildfire in Louisiana’s history, doubled in size over the weekend. State fire officials reported on Sunday that the fire expanded to cover a staggering 33,000 acres, up from an estimated 15,000 acres on Friday.”
“Flash Flooding in West Virginia Prompts Dozens of Rescues.
“Between three and six inches of rain fell in the Upper Kanawha Valley area, near Charleston, with radar picking up more than eight inches of rain in some areas.”
“Nova Scotia Floods Cost Insurers More Than C$170 Million.
“An atmospheric river event that led to significant flooding in parts of Nova Scotia on July 23, 2023, is estimated to have caused over C$170 million (US$125.5 million) in insured damage, according to initial estimates from Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc. (CatIQ), according to the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC)…”
“Extraordinary heat in all the Americas. “SIX NATIONAL/TERRITORIAL monthly records fell…
“DOMINICA 36.6C [97.9F] Canefield Hottest day in history of Dominica; MARTINIQUE 35.7C Carravelle; Also monthly record 32.2C Fond St Denis; SABA 33.5C Int. Airport all time record tied.”
“28 days of August and South America has been breaking records every day:
“37.5 [99.5F] Grand Santi FRENCH GUIANA Territorial August record tied; 36 Zanderj SURINAME national August record tied; 36.6 Lethem GUYANA station monthly record tied… BRAZIL: 40.4 Sao Joao do Piaui; 39.6 Boa Vista.”
“This is not just some high June anomaly from too little Saharan dust anymore..”
[Leon Simons is talking about North Atlantic sea surface temperatures and having a little dig at Michael Mann in the process here].
“Scientists voyage to Greenland’s melting sanctuary…
“After the warmest July ever recorded at Summit Camp atop Greenland’s ice sheet, the expedition members sailing the country’s east coast are acutely aware of the urgency. “The risk that we have here is the disappearance of the complete ecosystem,” Eric Marechal, director of research at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), tells AFP…”
“Trains cancelled and roads closed as new floods hit Norway.
“Torrential rain over the weekend has led to trains being cancelled and roads closed across eastern Norway. As the week begins, red-level warnings have been issued for several regions due to a heightened risk of floods.”
“German district on alert as hail storm like ‘steel balls’ hurts locals and destroys homes…
“The district office of Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Bavaria, southern Germany, has declared a disaster for the municipality of Bad Bayersoien, home to around 1,300 residents, following the devastating weather.”
“Torrential rain and flooding hits Austria…
“Just a few weeks after heavy rain caused devastating floods in the southern Austrian provinces of Carinthia and Styria, extreme weather is causing major problems once again. Experts at Geosphere Austria (formerly the ZAMG) issued a rain and thunderstorm warning for several regions across the country on Monday.”
“Big contrasts in Europe:
“While Western Europe witnessed a sharp cooling (Zermatt Switzerland 1600m asl from 31.2C to snow), Eastern Europe is with intense heat. Record heat for late August in Moldova and Ukraine with 39C [102.2F]+ and similar if not hotter tomorrow.”
“Climate change set to worsen snow shortages on Europe’s ski slopes, says study.
“At current rates of greenhouse gas emissions, which would see Earth’s surface warm nearly three degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, 90 percent of Europe’s ski resorts will eventually face critical shortages of natural snow, researchers said Monday.”
“Watch: landslide closes major train route from France into Italy.
“A landslide has wreaked havoc on transport in the east of France with trains to and from Italy impacted and roads in the area shut. A 700 m³ rockfall happened on Sunday evening (August 27) when boulders rolled downhill into a stretch of the RD 1006 road in the Savoie department.”
“Landslides and floods have washed away roads overlooking Lake Como in northern Italy where it is feared that severe storms could cause ‘disaster’.
“The Poppea cyclone struck from Northern Europe on the Ligurian Sea and is set to tear across all of the country’s northern regions.”
“Mallorca emerges from devastation left in the wake of severe weather…
“This past Sunday the island was shaken by strong storms and hurricane-force winds that left a total of 366 incidents in the Balearic Islands, 332 in Mallorca, up to 8.30pm. The emergency services will provide updated information during the day.”
“July 2023 in Tunisia was exceptional:
“With an average temperature of 32.6C [90.7F] and an anomaly of +4.0C vs 1991-2020,it was by far the hottest month ever recorded. 20 out of the 27 stations broke monthly (or absolute) record of highest temperature and 15 that of the highest minimum.”
“Ten wildfires have erupted in five Tunisian provinces in the past 24 hours, forcing the evacuation of 11 families, the Tunisian civil protection services said on Monday…
“Triaa stated that civil protection units are actively engaged to rapidly contain the fires and safeguard populated areas. The extent of the damages remains to be assessed.”
“Weird weather: Torrential rain in Haifa in August.
“Watch: Rain falling near Haifa’s southern beaches and the Carmel beach caught residents by surprise; The weather ‘has been a little crazy lately’… residents who looked toward the Mediterranean Sea could also see a spectacular waterspout.”
“At least 13 people were killed in Tajikistan following flash floods triggered by heavy rains, the Emergencies Committee of the Central Asian nation said on August 28.
“The deaths occurred in Vahdat and Rudaki districts, east and south of the capital, Dushanbe, which were hit by storms and heavy rains, authorities said, adding that the flash floods also damaged roads.”
“Authorities accelerated evacuations from settlements along a river on Sunday as raging floods inundated large swaths in northeast Pakistan, with over 100,000 fleeing.
“The River Sutlej, which flows through northern India and Pakistan, is running high as India is releasing more water towards downstream areas in Pakistan following the massive rains, officials said.”
“Heavy rains, floods inundate China; Hunan province sees record rain, thousands evacuated.
“Chinese weather forecasters on Monday warned several provinces to expect torrential rain and flash floods over the next two days as unrelenting downpours wreak havoc on the country.”
“Never ending record heat in Japan. Today 28 August more historic records fell, especially in Hokkaido:
“33.8 Shizunai [92.8F]; 33.4 Mitsuishi; 31.5 Urakawa… All broke their all time records of highest temperature. There is no end in sight to the record heat in any foreseeable future.”
“Laos pulls the plug on crypto mining electricity supply after drought.
“Laos state-owned electricity distribution company Électricité du Laos (EDL) has announced that it will suspend electricity supply to crypto mining operations in the country, citing various reasons such as the struggle to generate enough power amid drought conditions.”
“Exceptional winter heat wave in Western and Southern Australia with temperatures anomalies up to +16C above average.
“Several records for August were broken like: 35.4C [95.7F] Eyre; 35.3C Red Rocks Point; 34.4C Eucla; 33.3C Mount Magnet; 33.0C Forrest; 31.3C Southern Cross.”
“Four signs spring has sprung in Sydney … but it’s not all good news.
“…oceans have warmed, contributing to record-breaking heat. The city’s monthly temperatures have been almost 2 degrees above average… This summer, ocean temperatures around Australia are likely to hit extreme heat levels…”
“Australia’s south-east could be in for a marine heatwave that is literally off the scale, raising the prospect of significant losses in fishing and aquaculture.
“The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast a patch of the Tasman Sea off Tasmania and Victoria could be at least 2.5C above average from September to February, and it could get hotter.”
“Exceptionally high temperatures at the South Pole:
“The temperature of -32.5C recorded today ties the August record which was also set on 3 August 1963. In July the South Pole already beat the July record as well.”
“‘Antarctic sea ice has transitioned to a different state with less volume overall, shorter presence’…
“Indications are that this transition is due to anthropogenic global warming. How can we assess? Via mapping of the impacts of changed forcing on the formation, evolution and melt of Antarctic sea ice.”
“El Niño’s storm clouds gather over global food prices.
“…“complacent” investors have yet to price in how the spell of extreme weather will influence commodity and financial markets, said Zanna Aleksahhina, grains analyst at commodities research group Mintec.”
“Low oceanic oxygen: ‘It’s hard to imagine, but a fish can drown’…
“… for certain fish that ply the waters of the world’s oceans, exceptionally high ocean temperatures can be a death knell, decreasing the levels of dissolved oxygen in the sea they need to survive.”
“August 2023 Globally so far is heading towards another record. According to JRA-55 Reanalysis 1-24 August anomaly is +0.66C vs. 1991-2020.
“67% of the countries broke at least 1 heat record (unprecedented). The most above average country is Paraguay, the most below are New Zealand & Denmark.”
“Here is your random unprecedented climate statistic of the day:
“The hottest 2-meter daily air temperature recorded globally from 1979 to 2022 was 16.924°C.
“So far this year there have been 42 days with a global average hotter than 16.924°C, including yesterday at 16.986°C.”
“‘Off-the-charts records’: has humanity finally broken the climate?
“Extreme weather is ‘smacking us in the face’ with worse to come, but a ‘tiny window’ of hope remains, say leading climate scientists… The issues with models meant “we may be seriously underestimating the dangers ahead”, said Cordero. “We are flying partially blind on what to expect for climate extremes.””
“Exxon Predicts World Will Miss Climate-Change Targets.
“Exxon Mobil says the global effort to curtail greenhouse-gas emissions isn’t on track to keep the planet’s temperature from rising beyond an increase of 2 degrees Celsius by 2050… The Houston-based oil company faces dozens of lawsuits across the U.S. accusing it of climate-change deception, seeking billions in damages.”
You can read the previous “Climate” thread here. I’ll be back tomorrow with an “Economic” thread.
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