“Annual (Nov-Oct) Sea Surface Temperature anomalies over the Northern Hemisphere mid-latitudes from 1855 to 2023.
“Something has changed.”
[Aerosol demasking in Leon Simons’ view]
“EUROPEAN CLIMATIC HISTORY REWRITTEN… Hundreds of records are being pulverized in Spain, Portugal, France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria…
“ANDORRA already beat its national record for January with 20.5C [69F] at Les Salines (1445m) and still rising. Temperature is typical of June!”
“Exceptional warmth day and night in Western and Central Europe. Alpine area records:
“AUSTRIA: 17.9 [64.2F] Imst; 16.6 Landeck; 15.1 Prutz; 14.0 St Jakobi; 13.6 Nauders; 11.0 Brenner; SWITZERLAND: 11.1 Samedan; GERMANY Highest Tmins: 11.2 Geldern; 11.1 Reinstetten.”
“Last year, temperatures in Slovenia were the highest on record since measurements started, surpassing the previous record year of 2022, the country’s Environment Agency (ARSO) said Wednesday.
“It also said last summer was the third wettest in the country’s history. It was marked by record floods…”
“Waterfall of records destroyed in SWITZERLAND AND FRANCE.
“Including Le Luc, Montpellier and Nimes. Also 21.9C [71.4F] Faro PORTUGAL January record tied. Tomorrow it will be much warmer with near 30C in Spain and 25C in France and hundreds of records.”
“Too hot, too dry, too wet: climate change hits Italy’s winemakers hard…
“…last year, southern Italy was hit by incessant rain in May and June, leading to a proliferation of the fungus Plasmopara viticola, which thrives in warm, humid conditions. This fungus… causes grapevine downy mildew and wreaked havoc.”
“35 more [January] records today in SPAIN and many more coming next days.
“This includes stations like: 23.2 [73.8F] Cuenca; 22.1 Teruel; 20.8 Soria; 17.0 Navacerrada 1894m above sea level.”
“Libya’s September flood requires $1.8 billion in recovery funds, report says…
“The report by the World Bank, United Nations and European Union said the disaster affected about 1.5 million people or 22 percent of Libya’s population, and cited figures from the UN humanitarian agency OCHA of 4,352 confirmed deaths with 8,000 still missing.”
“Double heat wave in AFRICA North-South: Insane winter heat in MOROCCO: 32.4C [90.3F] Taroudant January record smashed (and it will be like this all week!).
“SOUTH AFRICA 46.1c [115F] Vioolsdrif similar or hotter tomorrow.”
“Relentless record heat in the Gulf of Guinea. Hottest January day on record in Ivory Coast beaten again with 39.6C [103.3F] at Dimbokro.
“Hundreds of records have been falling in every country from Liberia to Congo for the past 8 weeks, nearly every day, due to unusual low levels of humidity.”
“Liberia’s president ‘OK’ after heat curtails inauguration ceremony.
“Liberia’s new president, Joseph Boakai, has recovered from an episode of heat-induced faintness that caused him to cut short his inauguration speech on Monday before being led off the podium, his party’s spokesperson said.”
“Record heat again the MALDIVES.
“33.4C [92.1F] today in the Northern atoll of Hanimadhoo tied the highest temperature ever recorded in the country in January. Very few countries worldwide this month haven’t beaten any record.”
“Snowless winter in Himalayas – another sign of climate change. Lack of snow could mean water shortages for millions across Asia…
“The cryosphere – snow, ice, and permafrost – in the Hindu-Kush Himalayan region that stretches from from Afghanistan to Myanmar is the world’s most crucial water tower, serving as the water source for large parts of Asia.”
“Kupwara villagers stage protest against water scarcity [Kashmir]…
“Dozens of vehicles were stranded Wednesday after the residents of Tikker area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district blocked the Kupwara-Karnah road to protest against the Jal Shakti Department for failing to provide them tap water for the last one week.”
“Never ending record heat in SE Asia: Today 37.0C [98.6F] at Dawei in MYANMAR broke the January record of highest temperature.
“Since the first day of the month, records have been falling all over SE Asia ever single day.”
“Another insane month in Bangkok, Thailand. January should be cold season, yet not a single minimum temperature dropped below 25C, and the coldest day average was 28.8C [83.8F]!
“This after the hottest December on record. It’s by far the hottest “cold season” any place on earth has ever had.”
“Tropical Cyclone Kirrily upgraded to ‘severe’ category three storm as it approaches Queensland coast…
“The cyclone was updated to a category three storm on Thursday afternoon and was predicted to cross the Queensland coast later in the night. A category three is considered a “severe tropical cyclone” and can attract very destructive winds of up to 224 km/h [140 mph].”
“Birdsville breaks Queensland record for hottest January day with 49.4C [120.9F] temperature.
“Birdsville residents watched the mercury hit 49.4 degrees Celsius at 2.30pm on Thursday, surpassing the town’s and the state’s previous January heat record of 49C. The town also recorded its hottest-ever overnight temperature…”
“Record snowfall in central Japan on Wednesday has forced domestic flights and rail connections to be canceled, while dozens of vehicles were stranded on roads that have become impassable.
“The cold air front and low atmospheric pressure moving across the Sea of Japan has seen historic amounts of snow throughout the day in Gifu and Shiga prefectures…”
“Record snow continues in Juneau [Alaska]; fierce wind chills hit the north.
“The capital city set a snowfall record on Monday and received more heavy snow Tuesday, bringing the snow total since Sunday to more than 28 inches. For January, they’ve seen an astounding 61.1 inches and are now up to 80.8 inches for the season.”
“Historic California rain could foreshadow more extreme rainfall in coming weeks…
“More than a month’s worth of rain fell in a span of three hours in San Diego on Monday… there is growing concern for multiple rounds of heavy rain targeting these same areas in California and other parts of the West beginning later next week…”
“Water-guzzling ‘hot drought’ in the West is unprecedented in at least 5 centuries, study suggests…
““What we’re seeing is that megadrought conditions are being amplified by anthropogenically driven (human caused) temperature increases,” said Karen King, lead author of the study and assistant professor in physical geography at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.”
“Dangerous flooding engulfing East Texas and Lower Mississippi Valley.
“Parts of East Texas and the Lower Mississippi Valley are on their way to picking up 10 inches or more of rain in a week, leading to serious flooding and prompting widespread flash flood watches and warnings.”
“In Mexico, Xalapa’s chronic water scarcity reflects a deepening national crisis.
“Residents of Xalapa, the capital of Veracruz, Mexico, have been struggling with a worsening water shortage that often leaves people without daily access to household water for washing. The problem is nationwide, in 30 of 32 states, forcing residents to purchase and recycle water and postpone bathing.”
“Records keep falling in COLOMBIA: 39.2 [102.6F] Neiva; 38.9 Girardot… Both broke again their records of highest temperature ever recorded in January and it looks it will keep getting hotter.
“In the past 7 months the heat in Colombia has been relentless, breaking records non-stop.”
“Colombia to declare a natural disaster over wildfires.
“Earlier this month, Colombia’s Environment Minister Susana Muhamad warned the country was at grave risk of forest fires that could worsen deforestation. Climate change has been blamed for driving a record drought that has hit all nine countries in the Amazon basin – including Colombia…”
“Devastating drought in Amazon result of climate crisis, study shows…
“…the drought was made 30 times more likely to happen by global heating. The return of the natural El Niño climate phenomenon is associated with drier conditions but played only a small role, the scientists said. The climate crisis is supercharging extreme weather across the planet…”
“Storm floods streets, sweeps away cars, leaves people stranded and knocks down trees in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
“Heavy rains caused flash floods in several parts of the capital of Minas Gerais. In Conceição do Mato Dentro, houses and stores were flooded. BR-040, in Nova Lima, was closed due to flooding of the road.”
“Another all time record in ARGENTINA.
“Historic 42.6C [108.7F] at Trelew [Patagonia] hottest day on record. More records are coming, the worst has yet to come.”
“Falklands confirms new avian influenza (bird flu) case, gentoo penguins on Sea Lion Island.
“On Thursday 18 January, swabs from 3 dead gentoo penguins from Sea Lion returned positive results for highly pathogenic avian influenza. Several gentoo chicks (20-30) and a few adults (1-4) were observed dead or symptomatic.”
“Scientists chart the growing weather extremes on maritime Antarctic islands.
“Scientists at British Antarctic Survey have found that the number of warm weather events in the South Orkney Islands has significantly increased in frequency over the last 75 years… Atmospheric rivers… picked up and then transferred a great amount of heat and water vapor from tropical or subtropical ocean.”
“Brewing crisis: How climate change is reshaping coffee production.
“…scientist Sarada Krishnan and Hanna Neuschwander, strategy and communications director of World Coffee Research, shed light on the grim and profound impact climate change is having on coffee production.”
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