“2023: The Hottest Year on Record, Signals ‘Catastrophic Future’.
“In an unprecedented revelation, the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) announced that 2023 has been the hottest year on record. The average global temperature recorded stood at 1.48 degrees Celsius above the preindustrial benchmark.
“Further, every single day of the year was at least one degree warmer than the pre-industrial era, suggesting temperatures may have surpassed any recorded in the last 100,000 years.”
“As scientists, we are increasingly being asked to tell the public the truth about the crises we face in simple and direct terms.
“The truth is that we are shocked by the ferocity of the extreme weather events in 2023. We are afraid of the uncharted territory that we have now entered. This [report] summed up our experience of 2023, as it happened:”
“World’s oceans break record for highest temperatures five years in a row: study…
“Compared with 2022, the previous hottest year ever recorded, the upper 2,000 meters of the Earth’s oceans have absorbed a larger amount of heat, which is “equal to boiling away 2.3 billion Olympic-sized swimming pools,” Cheng explained.”
“For those keeping track, yesterday’s global Sea Surface Temperatures reached yet another new record, at 6.23σ above the 1982-2011 mean.”
“Another year of (preliminary) data. The Northern Hemisphere mid latitude oceans absorbed a lot more solar radiation, as albedo decreased further.
“+4 W/m² is the same order of magnitude as the forcing of all greenhouse gases added to the atmosphere in the past 270 years!”
“Snowpack is shrinking across the Northern Hemisphere.
“Snowpack is shrinking across the Northern Hemisphere thanks to climate change, and many communities could soon face a “snow-loss cliff,” according to the most comprehensive assessment yet.”
“Big warming in GREENLAND. The temperature at the 3200m asl of the Summit Camp rose to -11.7C [10.9F] (hourly data) which ties its record of highest temperature ever recorded in January.
“At sea level temperatures as high as +11.6C at Narsarsuaq.”
“December saw some rivers in the UK record their highest ever flows, provisional data reveals, as further rainfall from Storm Henk heralds flooding across the UK.
“One river, the Itchen in Southampton, reached double its highest ever recorded flow… other rivers that broke records included: the Abhainn a’Chnocain at Elphin, Sutherland; Congresbury Yeo at Iwood, Somerset; the Stinchar at Balnowlart, Ayrshire; the Swift at Churchover, Warwickshire…”
“Eton mess: start of school term delayed as flooding causes toilets to back up.
“Eton college has been forced to delay the start of school term after the toilets in its boarding houses backed up because of flooding in the Thames Water sewers caused by recent heavy rains. The £46,000-a-year private school apologised to parents…”
“Hot, Dry Spring Forecast Ups Risks for Crops in Southern Europe.
“Southern Europe is likely to experience blistering and dry weather for a key part of the growing season, potentially leading to problems for farmers and businesses that rely on steady water flows.”
“Greece Charges Tourists ‘Climate Crisis Resilience’ Tax…
“Last summer, Greece experienced a number of historic natural disasters. Record rainfall caused a massive flood that destroyed homes, bridges, roads, livestock and crops and left at least 17 dead. A massive heat wave caused wildfires that destroyed over 1,500 square kilometers and left 20 people dead.”
“Hundreds dead as Congo River basin submerged by generational floods.
“Ferry Mowa, a hydrology specialist at the DRC riverways authority, part of the transport ministry, said his office had flagged the high water level in late December… On Wednesday, the river reached 6.20 meters (20.34 feet) above sea level, just shy of the 1961 record of 6.26 meters…”
“Insane July temperatures tonight in Central Asia with temperatures of 10C/15C [59F] at dawn not only in Turkmenistan but even in Kazakh highlands at 800m asl.
“24 hours Tmin of +11.1C at Shymkent is the highest MIN in January in Kazakhstan. Records in Mongolia too.”
“Climate crisis casts a shadow over K-P’s agriculture sector [Pakistan].
“Pakistan’s northern areas are well known for producing some of the country’s finest variety of fruits and vegetables. In recent times however, the drastic changes in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s (K-P) weather conditions and rainfall rate have come as a bolt from the blue for its agriculturalists…”
“Another exceptional record in SE Asia. Huyen Tran in the Spratly Islands, VIETNAM had a MINIMUM temperature of 28.0C [82.4F], which ties the highest minimum temperature ever recorded in Vietnam in January.
“The heat has been intense and relentless despite being the coolest days of the year.”
“Fires razed nearly 1 million hectares (2.47 million acres) of lands and forests in Indonesia in 2023, as the country suffered from unusually scorching weather due to El Niño and burning for new plantations…
“The size of the 2023 fires represents a fivefold increase from the 204,894 hectares (506,300 acres) of burned lands in 2022.”
“Relentless record heat in Oceania and SE Asia: 2024 highest was retouched with 47.9C [118.2F] at Marble Bar [Australia]. 33.3C MINIMUM at Laverton is its highest minimum on record.
“Again, MICRONESIA and VIETNAM had their January hottest nights on record 28.3C and 28.0C. 3rd time.”
“Marble Bar [Australia] is on track to register four straight weeks of daily temperatures above 43ºC [109.4F], possibly setting a new extreme heat record in a town already world famous for its relentless summer temperatures.
“Marble Bar made international headlines in the 1920s when it registered 160 consecutive days above 37.8ºC (100ºF) in 1923-24, a world record that still stands to this day.”
“Sydney sweats through muggiest day on record.
“If you were feeling extra hot and sweaty in Sydney on Thursday morning despite the temperatures barely touching 30 degrees, don’t fear – there’s a record-breaking reason why. The hourly dew point observation in Sydney, the best indicator of how muggy the day is, reached the highest on record.”
“2023 declared New Zealand’s second hottest year…
“Niwa meteorologist Chris Brandolino said the country is experiencing hotter temperatures and more extreme weather events… In addition, the persistent marine heatwave surrounding the motu alongside climate change are, on average, driving up the mercury.”
“Hawke’s Bay breaks wind and rainfall records in 2023, including one that had stood for 144 years…
“The report shows Napier recorded its highest-ever annual rainfall in 2023 since Niwa records began in 1870, with 1363mm of rain, or 173 per cent of normal, falling at Niwa’s Hawke’s Bay Airport station.”
“Extreme heat wave in East Antarctica driven by record-breaking ‘atmospheric river,’ analysis finds.
“This record-shattering event set a new all-time high-temperature record of -9.4°C on 18 March 2022 near Concordia Station on the Antarctic Plateau in East Antarctica… The extreme temperatures were driven by an intense ‘atmospheric river’… transporting heat and moisture from the subtropics deep into the Antarctic interior.”
“Highly infectious form of bird flu confirmed for first time in Antarctic seals.
“Scientists working for the UK’s Animal Plant Health Agency detected the variant of the H5N1 virus in samples taken from dead elephant and fur seals on the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia. Dozens of animals are known to have died, with many more likely to have succumbed in remote bays and out at sea.”
“SOUTH AMERICA HEAT WAVE: 45 DEGREES; Rivadavia Argentina managed to touch the 45C [113F] mark.
“But even more remarkable the extraordinary hot nights in PARAGUAY, with MINIMUMS temperatures close the January South America record: 31.4C Filadelfia, 31.2C Mariscal Estigarribia.”
“2023 in Brazil was the hottest year on record, driven by an insanely hot second half where every single month was the hottest on records with thousands records smashed all over no-stop (and going on in 2024).
“A year like no other.”
“Northern Hemisphere also with record heat.
“CENTRAL AMERICA: temperatures in the coldest part of the year already touched 40C [104F] in Mexico, 39C in Guatemala, 38C in Honduras, 37.5C in Costa Rica. In NICARAGUA record at Juigalpa with 35.4C. Widespread records in the Caribbean.”
“Hurricane waves hitting Americas grow 20% per decade: Study.
“The U.S., Mexico and countries in the Caribbean are being battered by hurricane-induced ocean waves that have grown in areal size by 80% over the past 40 years, a new study has found… Globally, the area of ocean waves increased by 6% per decade from 1979 to 2022.”
“U.S. struck with historic number of billion-dollar disasters in 2023.
“An unprecedented number of billion-dollar disasters — 28 in total — struck the U.S. in 2023, as the remarkably warm year wrapped up with a record-warm December. “For millions of Americans impacted by a seemingly endless onslaught of weather and climate disasters, 2023 has hit a new record for many extremes,” said NOAA Chief Scientist Sarah Kapnick.”
“At least five dead and 600,000 without power as storm hammers much of the US.
“Tornadoes swept across the midwest and south of the country, blizzards were felt in the northwest, and parts of the east of the country were threatened with flooding. In the northeast of the country, New Jersey governor Phil Murphy declared a state of emergency…”
“Minnesota notched its hottest December in the era of modern record keeping, beating the previous record, set in 2015, by a staggering 5 degrees Fahrenheit.
“Data released on Tuesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration showed that statewide average December temperature was 30 degrees — 17 degrees warmer than the 20th century average…”
“Indigenous Peoples and local communities report ongoing and widespread climate change impacts on local social-ecological systems…
“We provide compelling evidence that climate change impacts on Indigenous Peoples and local communities are ongoing, tangible, widespread, and affect multiple elements of their social-ecological systems.”
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