“Global Sea Surface Temperatures keep running record high.
“Based on the previous two strong El Niños, it might take another full year until temperatures dip below the pre-2023 records again.”
“November 2023 is about 0.8°C warmer than November 2022 was.
“The 12-month running global temperature mean will go through the roof. It will keep going through the roof for months!”
“It’s been a quiet year for Arctic sea-ice as its Southern twin has been getting all the headlines. So here’s an update:
“As of Nov. 28, Arctic sea-ice extent is 5th lowest on record at 620,000 km² above the record low set in 2016, the last El Niño year. Next year will be “fun.””
“Ski homes lose some lustre as high interest rates, wildfires scare off buyers [Canada].
“Sales of winter recreational properties fell by double-digits in most regions. Many potential recreational homebuyers in Canada’s most popular ski regions stayed on the sidelines this year, deterred by high interest rates and the worst wildfire season on record, says a new real estate report.”
“As global warming continues to shrink glaciers and ice fields in Glacier National Park [Montana], another feature is growing on the landscape — small lakes from the melting ice and snow.
Flathead Lake Biological Station scientist Joe Vanderwall has been studying these new bodies of water with great interest.”
“Oregon regulator to investigate PacifiCorp’s request to limit wildfire liability…
“That request came four months after an Oregon jury found PacifiCorp must pay at least $87 million in compensatory and punitive damages for four wildfires that damaged more than 2,400 properties over Labor Day in 2020.”
“New York City‘s Central Park has gone nearly two years without an inch of snow in a single day, doubling the previous record.
“Nearly 22 months, or 652 days, have passed since more than an inch of snow fell at the location, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). The previous record for no snow was 383 days in 1998.”
“El Paso continues to shatter heat records.
“As the calendar prepares to flip to December, most El Paso trees are still holding their leaves – the result of the warmest autumn on record following a record-hot summer. El Paso’s average monthly temperature has been at least 5 degrees above the 1991-2020 normal temperatures every month since July.”
“Louisiana suffered worst wildfires in century as flames threatened towns, destroyed timber.
“Louisiana Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain will ask the Legislature for $43 million to beef up firefighting equipment and personnel after the state suffered its worst wildfire season in a century, wiping out 62,000 acres of mostly forestland.”
““We just don’t have enough water”: Louisiana crawfish farmer on unprecedented drought…
“For sixth generation farmer Christian, little to no rain means high expenses. The low water levels are leading farmers like Christian to pump more water from his wells to properly irrigate the crops. Christian is pumping on average five times more water from his wells than the previous season causing his electricity bill to rise.”
“Arson, logging and water theft: The avocado industry deforests Mexico.
“…the cost is being paid by the ecosystems of the states of Michoacán and Jalisco, with widespread logging and fires to clear the way for plantations, the theft of water from rivers and streams and violence against environmental leaders.”
“Record after record…now it’s PANAMA.
“Yesterday 35.6C [96.1F] in the town of Santiago, it’s the highest temperature ever recorded in November in the town. November is usually very rainy in Panama but with El Niño has been much warmer and drier than usual.”
“Bolivia wildfires: Locals care for animals affected by blazes.
“In a year that has seen around 3 million hectares (11,583sq m) of Bolivian land burnt by wildfires, some of the country’s animals have been left exposed. President Luis Arce has called on South America’s international community to provide aid to Bolivia – where a chunk of the Amazon rainforest sits.”
“Winter arrives in Northern Europe, with dangerous roads in Germany and record lows in Scandinavia…
“To the north, Scandinavia was also experiencing unusually cold temperatures for November… Several locations on Norway’s west coast recorded record lows for the month on Monday, according to public broadcaster NRK.”
“Copenhagen gets coldest November night for a century.
“A temperature of 15 degrees Celsius below zero [5F] was registered in Denmark on Tuesday night, the lowest recorded in November for 30 years, while an even older record was broken in capital Copenhagen.”
“With two days to go, November is set to be the wettest on record [Netherlands].
“So far rainfall has reached 150 millimetres and that, coming on top of October’s rainfall, means autumn 2023 is also likely to be one of the wettest on record… This autumn has also been extremely warm.”
“Algarve faces “worst ever” water shortage.
““This year, the Algarve is worse than last year, it’s in the worst situation ever. We’ve never been like this. It’s a new path we’re treading,” said APA vice-president José Pimenta Machado at the national meeting of water management organisations (ENEG), which kicked off on Monday…”
“Hundreds of fish die in Costa Vicentina rivers [Portugal].
“The lack of water in the south of Portugal is causing problems in streams and rivers, most markedly this week along the Costa Vicentina: in Aljezur hundreds of fish have died in recent weeks due to the impact of the drought, recent bad weather and summer fires…”
“Barcelona raises water bills due to long-running drought.
” Water bills will rise sharply in Barcelona and neighbouring cities due to a long-running drought in Spain’s northeast as the costs of desalination and water purification rise… As Catalonia endures its worst recorded drought, officials announced last week that part of the region, including Barcelona, was entering a pre-emergency phase.”
“A potentially dangerous Atmospheric River will take aim at northern Italy and the northern Balkans (Slovenia, Croatia) later this week with very heavy rain and localized but highly impactful flooding possible given already elevated streams and saturated soils.”
“Effects of storm continue to impact Ukraine, likely 12 dead.
“Wide swathes of Ukraine are still without power, and the number of dead resulting from the historic storms has risen to 12, with an additional 23 injured, including two children, Interior Minister Ihor Klymenko said on Nov. 29.”
“Black Sea storm disrupts Russian and Kazakh oil exports.
“A severe storm in the Black Sea region has disrupted up to 2 million barrels per day (bpd) of oil exports from Kazakhtsan and Russia, according to state’s officials and port agent data. Oil loadings from Novorossiysk and the Caspian Pipeline Consortium (CPC) terminal in nearby Yuzhnaya Ozereyevka have been suspended since last week.”
“Powerful storm paralyzes daily life in Marmara region [Turkey].
“Fierce storms and torrential rain, which have battered the Black Sea over the past weeks, have now wreaked havoc in the Marmara region, bringing daily life to a standstill… The storm also disrupted maritime traffic as the Istanbul Strait was closed for both directions, and ferry and boat services were canceled.”
“November breaks heat records in South Africa — a clear reminder of what’s to come in a warming world…
“Meteorologist Annette Botha, from Vox Weather, told Daily Maverick temperatures reached record-breaking highs this week – above 40°C in the Northern Cape, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal and the Free State, and the high 30s in Gauteng and North West.”
“The Water Mafia crisis sees South Africa’s most vital resource under threat.
“In a disturbing parallel to the notorious ‘construction mafias’, water or tanker mafias—criminal syndicates thriving on the country’s water crisis—are sabotaging water infrastructure for profit. These groups are capitalising on government failures, ensuring taps remain dry, and creating a state of dependence on their costly services.”
“Death toll from Kenya floods surges as thousands left homeless…
“The death toll from floods that have devastated many parts of Kenya has almost doubled to 120, a government official said on Tuesday. More than 89,000 households have also been displaced and are being sheltered in over 112 camps, top interior ministry official Raymond Omollo said in a statement.”
“Record heat allover Asia: Today 34C [93.2F] QATAR and BANGLADESH, for both it’s unprecedented for this time of the year.
“In SAUDI Arabia yesterday even the capital Riyadh 620m asl rose to 33.2C. 32C in JORDAN.”
“More crazy warmth in Central Asia: 26.6 Guzar [79.9F] UZBEKISTAN 524m asl; 25.0 Shymkent KAZAKHSTAN 600m asl; MINUMUM temperatures up to +18C.
“This is absolutely exceptional; most of those areas should be freezing. November 2023 in some stations will be +8C/+9C vs 1991-2020. An insanity.”
“Extremely high temperatures this month also in the Southern parts of VIETNAM.
“The islands, including the disputed Spratly Islands, have recorded MINIMUM TEMPS. between 26C and 29C [84.2F] every night including a Tmin of 29.4C at Huyen Tran the highest ever recorded in Vietnam in November.”
“Scorching hot day at San Jose PHILIPPINES.
“Tmin 27.8 [82F]; Tmax 36.0, insanely hot for November but this feat also sent San Jose to be the Asian hottest station today. It’s EXTREMELY rare, if ever happened, that the Asian daily highest temperature happens in the Philippines.”
“‘This is unusual’: areas burnt in Black Summer already bushfire prone again [Australia]…
“Large areas of Queensland, NSW and the NT are at increased risk of bushfire in coming months, the Australasian Fire Authorities Council (AFAC) says, as are some areas of Tasmania, Victoria, SA and WA. Forested areas burnt during Black Summer have regrown rapidly…”
“Parts of Queensland triple their monthly rainfall average in a day.
“October was Queensland’s driest since 2006, but a rainy November has sent wet weather records tumbling… parts of the state are looking at the wettest November on record, with some areas already collecting more than three times their average monthly rainfall in a single day.”
“Chris Bowen warns global heating will fuel political instability in annual climate statement [Australia].
“The climate change minister, Chris Bowen, will declare runaway global heating remains a national security threat and predict that countries vulnerable to sea level rise will look to Australia to provide “mobility with dignity” as the climate crisis deepens.”
“Record day in the French Southern and Antarctic Lands:
“35.0C [95F] yesterday 27 November in the Juan de Nova Island is the highest temperature ever recorded in November in the territory which includes some tropical, temperate and polar islands/lands.”
“This Antarctic glacier dramatically retreated. Then, its ice shelf totally collapsed (satellite image).
“In 2.5 years, Cadman Glacier retreated 5 miles before its ice shelf collapsed… “We were surprised to see the speed at which Cadman went from being an apparently stable glacier to one where we see sudden deterioration and significant ice loss,” team lead Benjamin Wallis, a glaciologist at the University of Leeds…”
“Climate crisis, extreme weather drove 27 million children into hunger in 2022.
“…children made up nearly half the 57 million people pushed into crisis levels of acute food insecurity or worse across 12 countries because of extreme weather in 2022, according to data from the IPC hunger monitoring system. Out of the 12, countries in the Horn of Africa were most affected.”
“One in 3 children – or 739 million worldwide – already live in areas exposed to high or very high water scarcity, with climate change threatening to make this worse, according to a new UNICEF report.
“Further, the double burden of dwindling water availability and inadequate drinking water and sanitation services is compounding the challenge, putting children at even greater risk.”
“Every Bitcoin transaction uses, on average, enough water to fill “a back yard swimming pool”, a new study suggests.
“That’s around six million times more than is used in a typical credit card swipe, Alex de Vries of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, calculates. The figure is due to the water used to power and cool the millions of computers worldwide Bitcoin relies on.”
“Climate scientist reflects on year of disastrous weather, and what’s to come.
“Unrelenting wildfires in Canada and Hawaii. Catastrophic floods in Libya. Sweltering temperatures across the globe. These climate disasters, which once would have happened every decade or longer, all took place in 2023.”
You can read the previous “Climate” thread here. I’ll be back tomorrow with an “Economic” thread.
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