Ocean heat record broken, with grim implications for the planet
The oceans have hit their hottest ever recorded temperature as they soak up warmth from climate change, with dire implications for our planet’s health.
The average daily global sea surface temperature beat a 2016 record this week, according to the EU’s climate change service Copernicus.
It reached 20.96C (69.73F) – far above the average for this time of year.
Brazil Could Break All-Time High Temp Record in Waning Days of Winter
The potentially record-breaking temperatures could create life-threatening conditions and decimate the country’s coffee yield
A heat dome, created when high pressure funnels and traps heat under a particular area, is set to hover over some parts of the country for several days, creating potentially life-threatening conditions, according to the Brazilian Report.
Wednesday will be San Antonio’s 105th day in a row with temperatures above 90 degrees
A lot has been written about how hot this summer has been in San Antonio, most notably how the city has reached the 100-degree mark 74 times in 2023, including a record 23 days in a row from July 30 to Aug. 21.
Quite possibly the worst part, though, is that it’s been plenty hot with no real breaks from the heat. Wednesday will be the 105th-straight day with high temperatures above 90 degrees. The last time temperatures failed to reach 90 was June 7, when the mercury only rose to 88 degrees.
[San Antonio Express-News]
111F/44C yesterday at Rio Grande Village, Texas.
Similar or even higher temperatures are expected in Texas the next few days, near or at record levels for late September.
October might start breaking October records specially at El Paso and near the Mexican border.
Thousands of Central Valley water wells risk failure
Even though California enacted sweeping legislation nearly a decade ago to curb excessive agricultural pumping of groundwater, new research predicts that thousands of drinking water wells could run dry in the Central Valley by the time the law’s restrictions take full effect in 2040.
Ravaged by floods and fires, Greece struggles on the front lines of our climate reality
And as the weather becomes more extreme, so does the public anger. NBC News traveled the length of the country to speak to scientists, political leaders and people rebuilding their lives after the catastrophic events, and witnessed what looks to be a new era of climate politics taking hold in Greece and perhaps other democracies in the world.
Ozark County community without internet and telephone service weeks after storm hits the area
Six weeks after storms hit Ozark County some still don’t have internet or phone service.
Steven Rehnberg said, “Without the internet, we’re dead in the water.” [We all can relate!]
Videos capture deadly tornado whirling through eastern China
At least 10 people have died and over 500 people have been relocated after tornadoes hit Suqian and Yancheng, two cities in China’s eastern Jiangsu province.
Libya floods, mapped: How heavy rainfall wiped out a city
Record rainfall was recorded in the hours leading up to the floods on Sept. 10, with winds reaching 80 mph in some parts of the country. For many, this was just another downpour, but for the 90,000 residents of the Mediterranean port city of Derna, it became a catastrophe they had to fend off by themselves. Two poorly maintained dams in the outskirts of the city failed, sending millions of cubic meters of floodwater all through downtown and washing entire neighborhoods into the sea.
While the disaster has been widely blamed on climate change-induced violent weather, survivors and experts point at the complicity of local authorities in what they say was a fatal failure of public infrastructure during decades of corruption and neglect.
“It was apocalyptic. Apocalyptic. It’s the first time we’ve seen a catastrophe like this, even on TV. Half a city, gone,” said al-Shaari, who found himself “walking on bodies, stepping on dead people” the next morning, as he joined the desperate efforts to pull out survivors.
[Infrastructure failure meets climate change.]
Spain hailstorm destroys nearly $43 million worth of crops as it hits nearly 100% of some farmers’ harvests
“[The storm] caused devastating damage to crops,” the association said, according to a translation, “some of which were on the verge of being harvested.”
Spain’s meteorological agency for the Valencia region warned on Sunday that the storm would move “quickly,” but that it would bring “very heavy rainfall and large hail,” according to a translation. “Strong gusts of wind” and more than 1,300 lightning strikes were also recorded. The hail was bigger than 1 Euro coin.
The ‘Forever’ Glaciers of America’s West Aren’t Forever Anymore
Climate change is melting the ice on Mount Rainier. The environmental effects will be widespread, a Park Srvice study warned.
Once, there were 29. Now at least one is gone, maybe three. Those that remain are almost half the size they used to be.
Mount Rainier is losing its glaciers. That is all the more striking as it is the most glacier-covered mountain in the contiguous United States.
The changes reflect a stark global reality: Mountain glaciers are vanishing as the burning of fossil fuels heats up Earth’s atmosphere. According to the World Glacier Monitoring Service, total glacier area has shrunk steadily in the last half-century; some of the steepest declines have been in the Western United States and Canada.
Floods, Winds and Temperature Extremes Challenge Rail Lines
The environmental risks to railroads are rising, but the measures to reduce the danger will be costly.
While abnormal temperatures and high winds cause their own problems, unusually large amounts of rain are considered the most dangerous.
“Extreme rainfall events can be fantastically destructive,” said Scott Cummings, the assistant vice president for research and innovation of MxV Rail, the research subsidiary of the American Association of Railroads.
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