“How abnormally hot have the last 4 months been?
“Below is a graph of the average surface temperature for the period August-November, covering the years 1940-2023, using the newly released ERA5 data available from http://climatereanalyzer.org.
“The answer is f&%king abnormally hot!
“Tornado causes destruction in Leitrim village [Ireland].
“A tornado has caused damage to vehicles and buildings in Leitrim village in County Leitrim… Footage and photographs posted online show the aftermath of a “freak” event that has left some residents having to seek alternative accommodation.”
“A Cambridgeshire market town has been deluged by flooding after the River Great Ouse burst its banks following days of persistent heavy rain.
“Aerial photographs showed how St Ives and the surrounding area were underwater today following torrential downpours associated with Storm Elin and Storm Fergus.”
“Drought in Spain – five million people could face water restrictions next year if rain shortages continue.
“The President of the Junta, Junama Moreno, has warned that Andalusia could suffer “economic ruin” as a result of droughts in the region.”
“Exceptional heat in Spain with up to 29.7°C [85.5F] in Partaloa, north of Almeria! If reliable, this would [unofficially] be the highest temperature ever recorded in Spain in December!
“Also 27.7°C in Valencia Airport and 27.3°C in Valencia Observatory, both are monthly records.”
“Today was the hottest day ever recorded for the winter period since records began in 1947 [Gibraltar].
“According to Met Office Gibraltar, the Rock hit a historic high of 25 degrees [77F], impressive given it is early December. It should remain settled overnight with a low of 13.”
“Insane record summer weather in December: MOROCCO: 31.0 [87.8F] Oujda; 30.1 Kasba Tadla; 29.5 Beni Mallal; ALGERIA: 29.9 Maghnia; 28.4 Sidi Bel Abbes; 28.2 Saida.”
“How climate change, Kais Saied, and rising temperatures sparked Tunisia’s energy crisis…
“This summer, a heat wave strained Tunisia’s power grid, compelling STEG to institute blackouts in much of the country. Temperatures reached as high as 50C [122F], roiling vital industries from olive oil to wine and accelerating the wildfires that struck five Tunisian governorates. Yet the threat to infrastructure as fundamental as the power grid stands out.”
“At least 15 people have died in landslides in the city of Bukavu in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), local sources said Monday.
“The city, which is the capital of South Kivu Province, has been hit by torrential rainfall which has caused landslides that have buried several houses… the landslide occurred around midnight Sunday.”
“Dozens feared dead after landslide buries informal copper miners in Zambia.
“Government officials say as many as 38 miners might have been buried under the landslides at the mine near the city of Chingola, on Zambia’s copper belt, although they aren’t certain of the exact number… The disaster happened Nov. 30 when heavy rain caused landslides…”
“South Africa: Residents of Johannesburg struggle to cope as heatwave sweeps across.
“People across South Africa are grappling with a scorching heatwave sweeping across the country, as temperatures have soared over the past two weeks caused mainly by rising levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere… the intense heat is likely to persist for more months.”
“Record heat again at Agalega, Mauritius. 35.2C [95.4F] broke the record of highest temperature in December and stands 0.1C from its all time high set earlier this year.
“Every single of the past 8 months, the island broke its monthly record and did so several times in each month.”
“Abnormal heat in Middle East keeps going on: Yesterday the Saudi town of Madinah (altitude 636m asl) broke its record of the highest temperature ever recorded in December with 33.1C [91.6F].
“No months ended colder than average in the whole 2022 and 2023 in the area.”
“Makkah streets flooded as heavy rains lash region.
“Videos surfaced online showing streets in Makkah flooded as heavy rains lashed the region. The NCM has issued a yellow alert in several parts of the country… Several videos from Arab Storms show cars trying to get past flooded streets with water reaching window level near some parked vehicles.”
“Multiple Climate Reports Warn of Water Conflict in South Asia.
“The region is expected to suffer the most significant impacts of changing water availability this century. Yet tight-fisted governments are quibbling at COP28 over climate financing.”
“Cyclone Michaung points to a looming urban crisis [India].
“Climatologically, two or three tropical cyclones (TC) form over the northern Indian Ocean during the post-monsoon season (October-December). Chennai reported in excess of 500 mm of rain within 36 hours. The warming of oceans due to the human-induced climate crisis will probably lead to stronger TCs.”
“The hidden death toll of flooding in Bangladesh sends a grim signal about climate and health…
“The sheer scale of the destruction made 2022 an outlier year, but data from the past few decades signals that the historic monsoon was part of a larger trend: Climate change is making South Asia’s rainy season more intense and inconsistent.”
“Storm hitting Chinese ports is a wakeup call for climate risk to markets.
“As Typhoon Doksuri aimed toward mainland China, major southeast ports were forced to turn away dozens of vessels for days. The storm, supercharged by the warm July waters of the Pacific, delivered Beijing’s worst flooding in more than 50 years, shuttering factories, ruining crops, collapsing homes and displacing tens of thousands of people.”
“There has been a mind-boggling 83°C (149°F) range between today’s lowest minimum and highest maximum temperatures in China.
“This is one of the largest temperature contrasts ever recorded for a single country.”
“RECORD HEAT SE ASIA:
“CHINA PROVINCIAL RECORDS: 32.0 [89.6F] Xinhui, Guangdong Province; 29.8 Wencheng, Zhejiang Province. Also 30 more stations records broken… THAILAND 36.6 Uttaradit record tied: LAOS 36.5 Attapeu 0.2C from Lao National heat record. Thai & Lao national records will fall.”
“Freak of nature is what East Asia is experiencing; it will turn out to be the most extreme event in history.
“34.4 [93.9F] Kaohsiung TAIWAN Dec record; 32.0 Wetland Park HONG KONG record; 100+ records in CHINA inc. 29.9 Guangzhou and 32.6 Luodian (Guizhou province record).”
“Dozens of records also in JAPAN (see list below), South Korea (23.1C Jeju barely missed the national record) and also PHILIPPINES with a new monthly record at Manila Airport with 34.3C [93.7F].
“Thousands of records beaten in few days, but that’s nothing to what it’s coming next weekend.”
“Incredible footage has captured the moment a 1800-kilometre dust storm blasted WA, consuming the state’s north and bringing cool relief to the desert…
“The unusual summer pattern brought gusty southerly winds that blew through the desert and off the Kimberly coast, kicking up dust as they rolled through.”
“Australia: Record December heat in Sydney as temperatures hits 43.5C [110.3F].
“Parts of Australia are facing extreme heat, with temperatures hitting a record-breaking 43.5C (110F) in Sydney. The temperature, recorded at Sydney Airport on Saturday, was the highest temperature recorded at the same weather station since records began in 1929.”
“Planning to use drugs at a festival on a scorching summer day? Here’s why extreme heat might make MDMA riskier…
“Drug experts raised concerns ahead of the sold-out Epik festival which took place at Sydney Olympic Park on Saturday, cautioning revellers against the dangers of taking illicit drugs in extreme heat. Reports have since emerged that four festival patrons were taken to hospital…”
“Severe hailstorm hits Timaru, causing flooding and forcing businesses to close [NZ]
“It’s too early to count the cost of damage following a severe hailstorm that hit Timaru on Tuesday morning, with flooding leaving affected business and homeowners mopping up the mess. The storm, which hit Timaru just before 9am…”
“Hundreds of people affected after torrential rain and flooding in French Polynesia.
“French Polynesia’s main island of Tahiti has been mopping up at the weekend following several days of torrential rains which triggered mass flooding late last week. It caused over 260 houses to be affected, including two taken away and two bridges to have collapsed.”
“Warm nights in the tropics are nearly all over because of the record SST’s.
“The Marshall Islands in the Pacific Ocean also tied its December record of highest minimum temperature with 83F/28.3C at Majuro on 3 December, after tying the all time high with 85F few months ago.”
“Nature’s silent scream. Rampant fires have engulfed the Pantanal in Brazil, one of the world’s largest tropical wetlands and home to endangered species and indigenous communities…
“Luciana Leite, a biologist and climate campaigner, points out that the Pantanal is an important carbon sink, playing a fundamental role in regulating the climate of South America.”
“Exceptional heat waves are also sweeping all the Americas from Mexico to Chile.
“MEXICO: Temperatures still reaching 40C [104F] and MINIMUM of 28C [82.4F] in the Southwest. CHILE – scorching heat even at high elevations: 38.3 Tranque Lautaro 1135m asl; 35.7 San Pedro de Atacama 2400m.”
“Panama Canal drought to delay grain ships well into 2024.
“Bulk grain shippers hauling crops from the U.S. Gulf Coast export hub to Asia are sailing longer routes and paying higher freight costs to avoid vessel congestion and record-high transit fees in the drought-hit Panama Canal, traders and analysts said.”
“Exceptional warmth across several states of USA.
“Record heat in parts of LOUISIANA. 84F [28.9C] at Nattchitoches, Galliano and Lafayette broke (Galliano)/tie their December highest temperatures on records. Monthly records have fallen this month in Florida, Louisiana, Oregon and North Dakota.”
“Drought vs deluge: Florida’s unusual rainfall totals either too little or too much on each coast.
“In Florida, this year has been a tale of two states as far as rainfall totals, with the southeast coast deluged by sometimes-record rainfall and much of the Gulf of Mexico coast facing a drought. Counties up and down Florida’s west side are under new water use restrictions…”
“Tornado outbreak ravages the country for third December in a row…
“Tornadoes can happen during any month of the year in the United States, but emerging research suggests that as the climate warms, an increasing number of tornadoes may strike during traditionally cooler months… Nashville and the town of Clarksville were hardest hit.”
“Gigantic Wave in Pacific Ocean Was Most Extreme ‘Rogue Wave’ on Record…
“Unfortunately, a 2020 study predicted wave heights in the North Pacific are going to increase with climate change, which suggests the Ucluelet wave may not hold its record for as long as our current predictions suggest.”
“Cop28 draft climate deal criticised as ‘grossly insufficient’ and ‘incoherent’…
“Some countries are despairing that the text does not require a full phase-out of fossil fuels. Cedric Schuster of Samoa, chair of the Alliance of Small Island States, said: “We will not sign our death certificate. We cannot sign on to text that does not have strong commitments on phasing out fossil fuels.””
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