“Climate Change Is Threatening Food Staples. Just Look at Tomatoes…
“The world’s most popular vegetable (though botanically a fruit) is a perfect example of how global warming and increasingly erratic weather affect farming. From frosts and floods to hailstorms and scorching heat waves, growers in Italy — Europe’s top processed tomato supplier — have seen it all this year. And it’s not good.”
“The world’s oceans are simmering. Some 48% of the ocean experienced marine heat waves in August…
““The most staggering thing over my career of 30 years as a researcher, is that the things I thought were coming in 50 or 100 years, they’re here now,” says Alistair Hobday, a biological oceanographer and a research scientist at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia’s national science agency.”
“For the first time on record, storms have reached top-tier Category 5 strength in every tropical ocean basin in the same year.
“A combination of human-caused climate change and El Niño have heated ocean waters to record levels in 2023, setting the stage for this meteorological feat. The Copernicus Climate Service of the European Union confirmed that the global ocean reached its warmest level on record in August.”
“Hurricane Lee’s ‘hyper-intensification’ in Atlantic is rewriting rules for powerful storms.
“Hurricane Lee is rewriting old rules of meteorology, leaving experts astonished at how rapidly it grew into a goliath Category 5 hurricane. Lee could also be a dreadful harbinger of what is to come as ocean temperatures climb, spawning fast-growing major hurricanes that could threaten communities farther north and farther inland, experts say.”
[after some brief cooling caused by hurricane Franklin], up 0.06°C yesterday, reaching a new high for 2023 of 25.37°C [77.7F].“North Atlantic sea surface temperatures are spiking again
“The climate casino is getting very fake-concerned about their 25.40°C over/under fake bet.”
“Shetland has today [Friday] broken its highest maximum temperature record for September.
“The mercury has risen to show a scorching 22.1°C [71.8F] in Baltasound… A 1953 record of 19.4°C at the Lerwick Observatory was also broken, when the the temperature reached a new high of 20.2°C.”
[picture is mine, taken at 8pm yesterday with my youngest swimming nearby; you can see NI from Islay on a clear day].“It’s been the hottest September day on record in Northern Ireland, with 28C [82.4F] recorded at Castlederg in County Tyrone
“This breaks the previous record of 27.6 Celsius on 1 September 1906 in Armagh… On Thursday, we missed out on breaking the September maximum temperature record by less than half a degree.”
“UK experiencing longest September heatwave.
“Britain’s Meteorological Office said on social media that “today’s provisional highest temperature was 30.9C [87.6F] at Cavendish, in Suffolk”. “This marks the 5th consecutive day when temperatures have exceeded 30C and is the first time this has ever happened in September in our records,” the Met Office added. The previous record was three consecutive September days.”
“Belgium records first-ever September heatwave.
“Belgium officially registered its first-ever September heatwave on Friday (8 September), as temperatures in Brussels topped 25 degrees Celsius (77 Fahrenheit) for a fifth straight day, the country’s meteorological agency said.”
“Extraordinary heat in France today with again 39C [102.2F]. 78 records were broken or tied. (see list by Meteociel-total now near 500 plus 600 in august >1000 records in few week in France !). 35.1C Paris didn’t beat the record though today.
“In NORWAY: 27.5 Stavanger monthly record.”
“Spain sees staggering 552 temperature records broken this summer…
“August in particular was a scorcher, beating the average highs of August 2003, the record until this year, according to figures from Spain’s state meteorological agency AEMET. August of this year tied with August 2003 in terms of average temperature but 2023 had higher maximum temperatures.”
“Inside the horror of Europe’s biggest wildfire [Greece].
“The carcasses of an untold number of animals are strewn about, the survivors with nowhere to go. I spent four days in and around this burning forest, learning the stories of a world turning to ash.”
[picture is of the plain of Thessaly; now temporarily a giant lake].“Floods in Greece: Death toll rises to 10
“Hundreds of villagers are stranded in central Greece after floods hit the region, killing at least ten people. Helicopters plucked people from rooftops and military personnel rescued families in rubber boats from floods.”
“Greece’s record rainfall and flash floods are part of a trend – across the Mediterranean, the weather is becoming more dangerous…
“These unprecedented flash floods were triggered by rainfall from the arrival of Storm Daniel on Monday September 4 which also affected Turkey and Bulgaria. The following day, in the village of Zagora, a record-breaking 754mm [29.7 inches] of rain fell in just 18 hours, leaving parts of the region of Thessaly in crisis and unable to respond.”
“Extreme heat wave in the Sahel, Red Sea and Middle East area with 49C in Saudi Arabia,47C in Egypt and 46C in Israel. Monthly Records:
“CHAD: 45.9 [114.6F] Faya NATIONAL SEPTEMBER RECORD; SAUDI ARABIA 49.0 Yenbo tied; EGYPT: 45 Asyut; 44.6 Hurghada; 44.1 Ras Sedr; 42.6 Nekhel; IRAN: 39.2 Esfahan.”
“Türkiye braces for hotter-than-usual Sept. amid climate change concerns…
“As of Wednesday night, flash floods in Istanbul, Türkiye’s largest city, and the neighboring province of Kirklareli had claimed at least seven lives, with more than 30 others injured… The southern province of Hatay reported a temperature of 50 degrees Celsius [122F] on Aug. 15, marking the country’s highest-ever temperature on record.”
“August 2023 in Russia was the warmest on record with widespread positive anomalies almost in the whole country.
“Summer 2023 as a whole was the 3rd warmest on records after 2021 and 2016. (right map).”
“Huge storm causes chaos in Grozny, Russia.
“The storm wreaked havoc a few hours ago in the capital of the Chechen Republic, leaving extensive material damage.”
“A warning shot: One city in the Himalayas shows why climate change is a top priority at the G20…
“Shimla proudly sits 2,200m (7,200ft) in the mountains. But the Queen is crumbling – and she’s a warning shot to the rest of the planet… Heavy rainfall and cloudbursts have swept rivers into towns, with roads and bridges washed away. The torrent of extreme weather in Shimla wiped out an entire congregation.”
“Record heat wave in China is leaving dozens of records beaten yesterday:
“35.2 [95F] Xin Barag; 32.8 Pikou; 32.4 Sujiatun; 31.7 Changhai; 27.3 Bairi; 27.3 Hekazhen… Today dozens of records (see list below) including Hangchun, Liaoyuan and Anshan. Remarkable 35C In Inner Mongolia.”
“Xi Visits Flood-Hit North China as Deluge Pummels South.
“Chinese leader Xi Jinping visited areas of northern China that were hit by deadly floods earlier this summer for the first time — a journey that comes as the southern tech hub of Shenzhen recorded the most rain in more than 70 years [of record-keeping].”
“Hong Kong’s heaviest rain since records began 140 years ago has left two people dead and more than 100 injured…
““I’ve never seen scenes like this before. Even during previous typhoons, it was never this severe. It’s quite terrifying,” said Connie Cheung, 65, an assistant nurse in Hong Kong.”
“Record rain in parts of Japan after tropical storm.
“Parts of Japan have been deluged by their heaviest daily rains since records began, officials said Saturday, with reports of more than 100 landslides after a tropical storm. The city of Mobara, Chiba Prefecture, recorded 392 millimeters [15.4 inches] of rain overnight into Saturday…”
“The forest fire currently engulfing Central Kalimantan [Indonesia] worsens the air quality in the area.
“The Education Office of Palangka Raya City reminded the students in the city to wear masks at school. To monitor the air quality in Palangka Raya, Vico reminds the public to download the ISPUnet application launched by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry.”
“‘Occupied by the US’: wildfires renew Native Hawaiian call for sovereignty.
“At a time of climate crisis, dwindling resources and unfettered capitalism, the decades-long Native Hawaiian struggle for sovereignty has gained a renewed sense of urgency following the August wildfires that incinerated west Maui.”
“Ecuador’s capital, Quito, recorded 22 forest fires in 24 hours…
“The Municipality of Quito has deployed 150 members of the Quito Fire Department. In addition, together with the municipal institutions, with the support of the Armed Forces and the National Police, 220 troops, five helicopters, 41 tankers, 14 vans, and an ambulance, among others, have been deployed.”
“Brazil is bracing for new storms just days after a devastating cyclone killed at least 41 people in the country’s south…
“Flooding from the earlier storm submerged whole neighborhoods in Rio Grande do Sol, forcing many people to climb onto roofs while awaiting rescue. More than 10,500 people were forced to leave their homes in 83 municipalities hit by the cyclone.”
“Historic heat wave in Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico up to 111F. Dozens of monthly records fell, some with 3F/4F margins. Main ones:
“Texas: 111 [43.9C] Sherman; 106 Amarillo; 105 Hereford; 108 Borger; 104 Dalhart; 108 Childress; 106 El Paso… New Mexico: 99 Clayton; 106 Roswell; 102 Deming… Oklahoma: 108 Gage.”
“It’s not your imagination: Denver really is setting more high-temperature records…
“Nearly 50% of Denver’s daily record-high temps — 178 of 366 — have been set since 2000. One-third have been set since 2010, and more than 12% — 46 daily record highs — have been set since 2020. For comparison, about 19% of Denver’s daily record-low temps have been set since 2000…”
“Heat wave in D.C. area is most intense on record this late in year.
“Thursday was the final day of widespread record highs in the Washington-Baltimore region, and the late-season heat wave solidified its place in the record books. No heat wave this late into September has been this hot.”
“Canadian wildfires could keep burning through winter, minister says.
“Warm, dry conditions in Canada could ignite new wildfires in September and it is possible that some of the blazes could remain active through the winter season, Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson said on Thursday.”
“‘Sleeping giant’ drought [British Columbia] threatens more disasters after record Canada wildfires.
“…officials in the Canadian province have warned that a persistent drought in the Canadian province is a “sleeping giant” which could usher in a fresh set of natural disasters, including devastating floods in the coming months.”
“This Alberta glacier is in a melting ‘death spiral,’ scientist says.
“The Peyto Glacier in Banff National Park is one of the longest-studied glaciers in the world and has been deteriorating since about the year 2000. Researchers say the extent of the loss has recently accelerated, with hot weather and fires accelerating the glacier’s death.”
“Antarctica warming much faster than models predicted in ‘deeply concerning’ sign for sea levels…
“Scientists analysed 78 Antarctic ice cores to recreate temperatures going back 1,000 years and found the warming across the continent was outside what could be expected from natural swings.”
[unsurprising that there’s so much water vapour around with the hot atmosphere and oceans]…“August 2023 had the highest global dew point for any August since 1940
“The monthly average dew point was just behind the July 2023 value for the highest of any month in the year.”
“Warming trends will likely result in major disturbances of networks of forest fungi…
“”Climate change is reducing the amount of carbon the trees fix and likely has cascading effects on how much carbon they can provide to their ectomycorrhizal fungi,” continues Fernandez. “This is likely causing a shift towards low biomass species, resulting in the breakdown of networks between trees.””
[picture is Arnie Schwarzenegger in ‘Total Recall’]…“How mapping Mars could help us live there
“NASA researchers are currently spending a year in a simulated Mars habitat in Texas, in preparation for the space agency’s ambitious plan to land the first astronauts on Mars as early as the 2030s, while the European Space Agency is preparing for the first round-trip from Earth to Mars at the end of the decade.”
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