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30th September 2022 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

Arctic Ocean acidifying up to four times as fast as other oceans, study finds. Scientists ‘shocked’ by rate of change as rapid sea-ice melt drives absorption of CO2 – with ‘huge implications’ for Arctic sea life…

“Rapid loss of sea ice in the Arctic region over the past three decades has accelerated the rate of long-term acidification, according to the study, published in Science on Thursday.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/sep/29/arctic-ocean-acidifying-up-to-four-times-as-fast-as-other-oceans-study-finds


Discovery of ‘fingerprint’ confirms alarming predictions of Greenland ice sheet melt…

“It is now more than clear that the melting of the Greenland ice sheet is accelerating, said Sophie Coulson a postdoctoral fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Coulson is the lead author of the study that led to the findings, which were published in the journal Science.”

https://www.nbcnews.com/science/environment/discovery-fingerprint-confirms-alarming-predictions-greenland-ice-shee-rcna50029


Fiona reshaped Prince Edward Island’s coastlines, stoking fears for the Island’s future [incidentally, I am right now being buffeted by the remnants of storm Fiona; my lights keep flickering, so I am hoping the power hangs on until I get this thread out].

“A picture of how much post-tropical storm Fiona has reshaped Prince Edward Island [just north of Nova Scotia, Canada] is beginning to emerge — and in some cases, whole coastlines made of sand and stone have been erased.”

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/pei-fiona-coastal-climate-change-1.6599408


Pacific Northwest heat wave was a freak, 10,000-year event, study finds…

““The event was just so extreme even after accounting for climate change, which has added about a degree-and-a-half Celsius or three degrees Fahrenheit to Pacific Northwest temperatures since 1960,” she said. “Temperatures were still in many places on the order of 30 degrees higher than average for that time of year during the heatwave.””

https://www.opb.org/article/2022/09/28/pacific-northwest-heat-wave-2021-oregon-summer-weather-heat-dome-climate-change/


Exceptionally hot day in the Canadian Province of Alberta and in the US State of Montana.

In Montana up to 93F at Havre, the latest 93F in history of the station. In Alberta several stations above 90F/32C with provisional peaks of 33.7C/93F at Ralston. Similar tomorrow.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1575257869049552897


Driest September on record for Twin Cities; drought widens in Minnesota…

“In the Twin Cities we’ve only seen 23 one-hundredths (.23) of an inch of rain, the least amount in September on record… The dry conditions are affecting local landmarks, including Minnehaha Falls in Minneapolis, where the water heading into the falls has dropped off significantly.”

https://www.mprnews.org/story/2022/09/29/latest-drought-monitor-shows-dry-conditions-expanding-warming-trend-in-temperatures


Drought-Hit Mississippi River Puts US Farm Trade Flow at Risk.

“American farmers are facing yet another supply-chain headache just as harvest season gets into high gear: A shrinking Mississippi River. The critical trade route for US crops and fertilizer used to grow them has had such a steep drop in water level that vessel traffic is being limited.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-09-28/drought-hit-mississippi-river-puts-us-farm-trade-flow-at-risk


At least 12 confirmed dead as the scope of Hurricane Ian’s devastation comes into focus.

“At least 12 people have died after Hurricane Ian tore across Florida with such ferocity that President Joe Biden said it could be the deadliest in state history. Biden said that while the death toll remained unclear, early reports suggest the loss of life could be “substantial.” …“I spoke with the commissioners, and they are worried,” he said.”

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/hurricane-ian-continues-batter-florida-weakened-category-1-storm-rcna49924


Hurricane Ian’s rainfall was a 1-in-1,000 year event for the hardest-hit parts of Florida [record storm surge, too].

“Radar estimates suggest well over 12 inches of rain fell in just 12 to 24 hours in a wide swath from Port Charlotte to Orlando. In some of the hardest-hit locations, Hurricane Ian produced 1-in-1,000-year rainfall, according to data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration… Hurricane Ian’s rainfall was at least 10% wetter because of climate change…”

https://edition.cnn.com/2022/09/29/weather/hurricane-ian-1000-year-rainfall-climate/index.html


Eighteen people are missing after a boat carrying Cuban migrants sank off Florida due to Hurricane Ian, further underlining the human cost of the storm.

“US border patrol said on Wednesday that it responded to a migrant landing in Stock Island, in the lower Florida Keys, Reuters said… Three more people were rescued in the water and taken to hospital…”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/sep/29/hurricane-ian-florida-boat-cuban-migrants


Haiti: An island nation whose environmental troubles only begin with water.

“As Haiti plunges into the worst social unrest the nation has seen in years, shortages abound. One of these is water. But in Haiti, water scarcity has deeper roots, that connect to virtually every other aspect of the environment. Haiti’s ecosystems today… are under stress due to regional and global transgressions of the nine planetary boundaries.”

https://news.mongabay.com/2022/09/haiti-an-island-nation-whose-environmental-troubles-only-begin-with-water/


Couple contaminate drought-stricken town’s water supply by dyeing waterfall blue for gender reveal party… Brazilian environment ministry says the couple may have polluted the Queima Pé river…

“The environment ministry in Brazil is investigating a couple that dyed a waterfall blue for their gender reveal party, likely contaminating the water supply of a nearby town.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/news/brazil-waterfall-blue-gender-reveal-b2177704.html


UK Woodland creatures could see their food supplies drop this winter as trees around the country are being put under immense stress and are struggling to survive due to climate change, the National Trust has warned.

“The UK experienced record-breaking temperatures earlier this year, including a high of 40C in July, which contributed to drought and early fruiting of nuts and berries.”

https://www.itv.com/news/2022-09-28/animals-could-face-lack-of-food-as-trees-under-stress-from-climate-change


Red kite chicks born during droughts are scarred for life…

“…a new study has revealed how climate change poses a hidden threat by permanently damaging the development of chicks born during droughts. This could undermine the recovery of the species and is a sobering reminder of the challenges that a warming world will confront species with, even those which seem to be doing well for the time being.”

https://phys.org/news/2022-09-red-kite-chicks-born-droughts.html


Paris officials to run emergency exercise simulating a 50C [122F] day in the city.

“This simulation, which was announced on Wednesday, is set to take place in October 2023, and it would plunge two parts of one arrondissement (which has not yet been decided) into the fictitious scenario to test the city’s capacity to respond to such a crisis.”

https://www.thelocal.fr/20220929/paris-officials-to-run-emergency-exercise-simulating-a-50c-day-in-the-city/


Fire-stricken French forest clearing and regeneration plans begin…

“Two months after the devastating fire in July, teams from the Office national des forêts (ONF) are drawing up ways to restore the damaged 1,036 hectares of the 2,030-hectare Teste-de-Buch forest.”

https://www.connexionfrance.com/article/French-news/Fire-stricken-French-forest-clearing-and-regeneration-plans-begin


A month of rain in 24 hours: flooding alert in south-west France.

“In the west of Pyrénées-Atlantiques, 60-80mm of rain is expected to fall, with 100-110mm in some places. This equates to a month of rain in less than 24 hours. Around 20mm has already fallen over the department today.”

https://www.connexionfrance.com/article/French-news/A-month-of-rain-in-24-hours-flooding-alert-in-south-west-France


A man has died after torrential rainfall and storms flooded the Adriatic Sea port town of Rijeka in northern Croatia.

“Huge amounts of water drenched the entire town on Wednesday evening, submerging streets and flooding homes and drainage systems. Officials said 130 litres per square metre [over five inches] of rain fell in two hours — the equivalent of an average month of rain.”

https://www.euronews.com/2022/09/29/man-dies-after-torrential-rain-floods-croatian-port-town-of-rijeka


Portugal drought: Fruit growers’ harvest gloom after months of dry weather…

“”This year is going to be bad, it’s very bad, all the apples are very damaged,” said Luís Veiga, an apple grower in Carrazeda de Ansiães, situated 150 kilometres east of Porto and one of the municipalities worst hit by the drought. “We haven’t even earned enough to cover the expenses.”

https://www.euronews.com/2022/09/29/portugal-drought-fruit-growers-harvest-gloom-after-months-of-dry-weather


Morocco Ends Subsidy on Avocado, Watermelon Cultivation Amid Water Crisis.

“As Morocco navigates severe, growing water stress, the country’s Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and the Ministry in charge of the budget decided to lift their irrigation subsidy on the cultivation of avocado, watermelon, and citrus fruit.”

https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2022/09/351563/morocco-ends-subsidy-on-avocado-watermelon-cultivation-amid-water-crisis


Floods along Nigeria’s borders with Niger, Chad, and Cameroon have killed hundreds of people and left tens of thousands homeless, according to local authorities.

“The most affected areas in Cameroon and Nigeria are agricultural districts that supply the majority of food in the region, particularly rice fields. There is a looming health and nutrition crisis.”

https://foreignpolicy.com/2022/09/28/floods-west-africa-nigeria-niger-chad-cameroon-food-supply/


Climate Migration: Blind and homeless amid Somalia’s drought…

“Somalia has long known droughts, but the climate shocks are now coming more frequently, leaving less room to recover and prepare for the next. Pastoralists and farmers who have known for generations where to take cattle, goats and camels when the usual water sources run dry have been horrified by this drought that has seen four straight rainy seasons fail.”

https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/climate-migration-blind-homeless-amid-somalias-drought-90671588


Hikers Evacuated as Firefighters Battle Blaze in Galilee, Gain Control of Fire in Jerusalem Hills.

“More than 40 firefighting crews battled on Wednesday to put out a forest fire that started in the Galilee panhandle in the afternoon. Eight planes joined the firefighting crews, who were still trying to contain the blaze on Ramim Ridge, near Kibbutz Manara, Wednesday evening.”

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/2022-09-29/ty-article/.premium/firefighters-battle-blaze-in-galilee-gain-control-of-fire-in-jerusalem-hills/00000183-85a4-d633-a1cb-fdac148e0000


Lebanon’s dwindling rain leaves farmers struggling for water.

“…where government neglect didn’t kill Harf Beit Hasna, the combination of climate change and economic disaster now threatens to. In recent years, rainfall in Lebanon has decreased, straining even the most water-rich country in the Middle East.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/lebanons-dwindling-rain-leaves-farmers-struggling-for-water/2022/09/30/6bc92b06-4088-11ed-8c6e-9386bd7cd826_story.html


Türkiye’s Lake Van recedes further amid drought…

““Water levels are about 4 meters (13 feet) lower than the levels three decades ago,” Professor Necmettin Elmastaş from Bitlis Eren University says. Along with ancient structures, microbialites, sedimentary deposits resembling vertical rocks formed over thousands of years also emerged as the waters receded.”

https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/turkiyes-lake-van-recedes-further-amid-drought/news


Pakistan’s natural disaster to become a ‘nutrition disaster’…

“…a massive food crisis looms – 3 million livestock (and 700,000 cattle have drowned, imperiling the livelihood of millions). The International Rescue Committee (IRC) estimates that crops over 3.6 million acres have been damaged, including 65% of the nation’s major food crops. In addition, 45% of agricultural land is lost.”

https://www.dailysabah.com/opinion/op-ed/pakistans-natural-disaster-to-become-a-nutrition-disaster


Heat is increasing day by day in SE China.

“Today 29th September the temperature reached 38.0C [100.4F] at Zhenghe in Fujian Province, 37.4C at Ningdu in Jianxi Province (already with yellow alert for the heat) and 37.2C at at Jingning and Yunhe in the Zheijiang Province.” [ExtremeTemps says intensifying heatwave very likely to bring China’s first 40C in October].”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1575413016799191040


Research shows oil field flaring emits nearly five times more methane than expected…

“”Our findings indicate that flaring is responsible for five times more methane entering the atmosphere than we previously thought,” says Genevieve Plant, lead author and assistant research scientist at the University of Michigan.”

https://www.npr.org/2022/09/29/1125894105/oil-field-flaring-methane-report


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28th September 2022 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

Worst melt year on record for Swiss glaciers, data shows.

Swiss glaciers have recorded their worst melt rate since records began more than a century ago, losing 6% of their remaining volume this year or nearly double the previous record of 2003, monitoring body GLAMOS said on Wednesday.

“The melt was so extreme this year that bare rock that had remained buried for millenia re-emerged at one site while bodies and even a plane lost elsewhere in the Alps decades ago were recovered. Other small glaciers all but vanished.”

https://www.reuters.com/business/environment/worst-melt-year-record-swiss-glaciers-data-shows-2022-09-27/


Germany lost one of its few remaining glaciers this summer [only four left now] as exceedingly warm weather ate away Alpine ice at a faster pace than feared, a scientific report released today showed.

“The Bavarian Academy of Sciences said the state’s Southern Schneeferner had lost its official status as a glacier due to rapid melting of its once sprawling ice sheet.”

https://www.rte.ie/news/environment/2022/0926/1325608-germany-glaciers-latest/


Unexplained leaks in two Russian gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea are spewing out greenhouse gas emissions, raising fears that the disruption could cause a climate calamity – although to what extent is still unclear.

“… since both Nord Stream pipelines contained mostly methane, “the potential for a massive and highly damaging emission event is very worrisome”, McCabe said.”

https://www.reuters.com/business/environment/nord-stream-gas-leaks-raise-climate-fears-impact-hard-quantify-2022-09-27/


Three people killed by lightning in Bulgarian capital.

“More than 800 lightning have hit Sofia in less than an hour on Tuesday evening, according to meteorologists, while heavy rain flooded underpasses in the capital’s centre and cut electricity in some of Sofia’s suburbs and nearby villages.”

https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/three-people-killed-by-lightning-bulgarian-capital-2022-09-27/


Man dead after record-breaking storm causes flooding in southeastern Spain. Storm hammered Spanish region with lightning, strong winds and record-breaking rain overnight…

“Spain’s meteorological service AEMET said up to 40.6 mm (1.5 inches) of rain fell in just 10 minutes — the most intense period of precipitation in Murcia since measurements began.”

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/europe/man-dead-after-record-breaking-storm-causes-flooding-in-southeastern-spain/2694814


It’s official: 2022 has been Malaga’s hottest summer ever since records began.

“The upward trend is clear: the world gets warmer every year and Malaga is no exception… Aemet have just confirmed it: the average maximum temperature in the months of June, July and August was 31.8C [98.2F], the highest since records began in 1943.”

https://www.surinenglish.com/malaga/summer-temperatures-20220926111513-nt.html


Drought prompts Portugal to restrict water use at more hydropower dams…

“Heat and little rain have left around 40% of mainland Portugal in extreme drought while the rest of the territory is classed as facing a severe drought, according to the Portuguese Institute of Meteorology (IPMA)… Now, a total of 15 dams across the country [out of a total of 60] have been ordered to temporarily suspend their electricity production.”

https://www.reuters.com/business/environment/drought-prompts-portugal-restrict-water-use-more-hydropower-dams-2022-09-27/


Underwater heat ‘inferno’ ravages Mediterranean corals.

“In the temperate shallows of the Mediterranean, once-vibrant red and purple coral forests that provide a crucial haven for biodiversity now stand bleached and brittle, transformed into skeletons by record summer temperatures, scientists say… Dive surveys just two months earlier found an intact landscape, lush with violet-fringed fans of gorgonian coral.”

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20220927-underwater-heat-inferno-ravages-mediterranean-corals


23 dead, 104 communities sacked, 116,084 displaced as floods ravage Benue [Nigeria]…

“Executive Secretary of Benue State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, Dr. Emmanuel Shior, made the disclosure, yesterday, during his update on the flood situation in the state… Shior explained that responders from the agency were still profiling more victims, lamenting that the state government was already overwhelmed by the situation.”

https://www.vanguardngr.com/2022/09/23-dead-104-communities-sacked-116084-displaced-as-floods-ravage-benue/


No fewer than 18,406 persons have been displaced by flood in 14 local government areas of Borno [Niger], according to the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA)…

““Most of the displaced persons are seeking shelter in primary schools in neighbouring communities. They are now in need of shelter kits, mats, blankets and food items,” she said.”

https://gazettengr.com/floods-displaced-18406-persons-in-borno-sema/


Drought is killing Kenya’s endangered wildlife.

“Kenya’s worst drought in four decades has killed almost 2% of the world’s rarest zebra in three months, and 25 times more elephants than normal over the same period. It is starving Kenya’s famed wildlife of normal food sources out in the open and driving them into deadly conflict with people as they roam wider…”

https://wtvbam.com/2022/09/27/drought-is-killing-kenyas-endangered-wildlife/


Yemen Floods Killed 63; Affecting 231,000 People…

“The report stated that about 5,000 families were affected in the Marib governorate alone after the floods destroyed the camps for the displaced, while more than 28,000 families were distributed among 13 governorates, the majority of which are under the control of the Iranian-backed Houthis.”

https://www.yemenonline.info/special-reports/6728


Is Flooded Pakistan on The Verge of a Water Crisis?

“…Just like the floods have made thousands silent forever, it is not far away that water scarcity will be another grim reaper. Adding fuel to the fire, the present political leadership appears to be more concerned about conspiracies than predicaments of poor impoverished civilians.”

https://www.thefridaytimes.com/2022/09/27/is-flooded-pakistan-on-the-verge-of-a-water-crisis/


Most flood-hit families sleeping in tents as winter sets in [Pakistan]…

“As more than half (54 per cent) of the families hit by massive floods in the country are sleeping outside, in tents or makeshift shelters, often no more than flimsy plastic sheets, the catastrophe has rendered around 3.6 million workers jobless, badly impacting the livelihood of more than 33m people.”

https://www.dawn.com/news/1712362/most-flood-hit-families-sleeping-in-tents-as-winter-sets-in


Over 10,000 evacuated as Yamuna [river, Delhi, India] flows above danger mark.

“The river’s levels crossed the danger mark of 205.33mm early on Tuesday, and jumped to 206.38 metres by 7pm, a spate largely due to an unusually sustained spell of rain in northwest India, including Haryana and Delhi… To be sure, it is fairly unusual for the river to swell this much this deep into September.”

https://www.hindustantimes.com/cities/delhi-news/over-10-000-evacuated-as-yamuna-flows-above-danger-mark-101664303453487.html


Brutal temperature anomalies in most of China and Mongolia which is living an incredibly hot September.

“Today 27th September the temperature is reaching 37C [98.6F] again in NW China while the Mongolian highlands reached 30.7C at Khovsgol. Record heat will persist and spread into October.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1574695702743191555


Fresh rain warnings as BoM says flooding in NSW ‘to continue for months’…

“Jane Golding, a senior forecaster …warned people needed to be alert… “We’ll see a pretty similar summer to what we saw last year, more wet days than normal, [but] because the catchments are so saturated they’re going to flood a lot more easily than last year.””

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/sep/26/fresh-rain-warnings-as-bom-says-flooding-in-nsw-to-continue-for-months


Sixth heat record of September set [Kahului]…

“A sweltering stretch in Kahului rolled on as temperatures reached 92 degrees on Monday, tying the record set on the same day in 2014 and 2020, according to the National Weather Service… Kahului also set a record on Sunday with temperatures of 95 degrees…”

https://www.mauinews.com/news/local-news/2022/09/sixth-heat-record-of-september-set/


Three fourth of USA are with summer like conditions today. A Harsh heat wave is underway in the West with peaks of 112F/44C yesterday in California and Arizona.

“Today temperatures are well into the 90s (32C-34C) in many stations of Utah,Idaho and Oregon. Tomorrow will be similar.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1574874316356853769


Spokane [Washington] sets heat record for latest 90-degree day.

“In 141 years of record keeping, Spokane had never reached 90 degrees this late into the year – until Tuesday. Before then, the farthest into the calendar year the temperature reached 90 degrees or higher was Sept. 25, 1952, when it was 93, said Miranda Cote, meteorologist at the National Weather Service Spokane.”

https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2022/sep/27/spokane-sets-heat-record-for-latest-90-degree-day/


How New Mexico’s Largest Wildfire Set Off a Drinking Water Crisis.

“Instead of replenishing reservoirs, the downpours are flooding a burn scar left by the blaze known as the Calf Canyon/Hermits Peak fire, releasing contaminants into private wells and overwhelming Las Vegas’s main water supply with ashy sludge.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/26/us/new-mexico-las-vegas-fire-water.html


To save water in Texas, these nonprofits are paying farmers to leave it in reservoirs.

“As Texas faces an increasingly fraught environmental future from climate change, a new approach to conservation is growing… some conservation organizations, mostly nonprofits, and agencies are stepping up to help conserve water by using a new strategy — paying farmers to leave the water in the ground and consume more sustainably.”

https://www.texastribune.org/2022/09/26/water-trades-texas-climate-change-drought/


Hurricane Ian: Cuba left without power as intensifying storm heads to Florida.

“Cuba’s electricity grid has collapsed, leaving the entire country without power in the wake of Hurricane Ian, as residents in Florida braced for the arrival of what is expected to be a catastrophic Category 4 storm. The western end of Cuba was hit by violent winds and flooding on Tuesday…”

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/sep/27/hurricane-ian-florida-tampa-cuba


Crazy amounts of water spouts spotted across New York.

“The weather has been crazy over the last 48 hours and that has caused an abnormal amount of water spouts on lakes across New York State. According to Mike Chejka from WIVB, there were 46 confirmed waterspout sightings along the two lakes since Sunday afternoon. 46!!

https://wyrk.com/water-spouts-new-york/


Windows were broken in several homes during a piteraq in Tasiilaq, Greenland, on the night of Sunday. A total of 47 residents were evacuated.

“Piteraq is a gravity-driven wind in Greenland, which blows down from the high ice plateaus and down towards the east coast. Material damage to homes and boats is also reported. The wind is icy cold and strong… in Greenlandic piteraq means “that which attacks you”.”

https://www.highnorthnews.com/en/47-evacuated-greenland


Droughts, Ukraine war push global grain stocks toward worrying decade low.

“The world is heading toward the tightest grain inventories in years despite the resumption of exports from Ukraine, as the shipments are too few and harvests from other major crop producers are smaller than initially expected, according to grain supply and crop forecast data.

Poor weather in key agricultural regions from the United States to France and China is shrinking grain harvests and cutting inventories…”

https://www.reuters.com/markets/commodities/droughts-ukraine-war-push-global-grain-stocks-toward-worrying-decade-low-2022-09-26/


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26th September 2022 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

Tonight the temperature at Dalatangi E-Iceland rose to 24.1°C [75.4F] – the highest post-autumn equinox temperature ever recorded in Iceland.

“(Former record 23.5°C at Dalatangi, 1 October 1973).”

https://twitter.com/hungurdiskar/status/1573806279843258369


…as storm Fiona circulation draws in an atmospheric river, 100 mm rain is forecast for the tip of the southern Greenland ice sheet…

https://twitter.com/climate_ice/status/1574016921544056832


Extreme rain at Kobbefjord Research Station [Greenland] has flushed the bridge at the station away! The river is uncrossable… Interesting part of the field season left… Crazy weather.

“Photos by Claus Stampe Spile, who was on a hike…”

https://twitter.com/NuukNERO/status/1573959848991014913


‘It is surreal’: Canada’s Atlantic coast residents describe devastation as Fiona wipes away homes and knocks out power for thousands.

“In Channel-Port aux Basques, houses were washed away, Mayor Brian Button said in a Facebook video Saturday. Huge waves reaching the eastern shores of Nova Scotia and southwestern Newfoundland caused “severe coastal flooding” at the town, the Canadian Hurricane Centre said Saturday night.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2022/09/24/weather/hurricane-fiona-canada-saturday/index.html


A state of emergency has been declared in Florida as Tropical Storm Ian heads towards the US coast and is forecast to become a major hurricane.

“Governor Ron DeSantis expanded a previous warning on Saturday to cover the whole state and urged people to prepare for landfall. It activates the state’s national guard and frees up emergency funding.”

https://news.sky.com/story/florida-emergency-declared-with-tropical-storm-ian-set-to-strengthen-as-it-heads-towards-us-coast-12705050


Fiona destroyed most of Puerto Rico’s plantain crops — a staple for people’s diet.

“Puerto Rico’s plantains — a key staple in residents’ diets — were among the crops hit so hard by Hurricane Fiona that the island likely won’t be able to produce any for the upcoming holiday season.”

https://news.wjct.org/national-news/national-news/2022-09-24/fiona-destroyed-most-of-puerto-ricos-plantain-crops-a-staple-for-peoples-diet


At least seven people have been killed in western Venezuela after heavy rains swept away a group of people at a religious gathering, the state’s governor said.

“Around 40 members of the Methodist Church, a Protestant religious group, had gathered in Tachira state on Friday when heavy rains suddenly caused flooding, governor Freddy Bernal said on Twitter on Saturday.”

https://www.trtworld.com/americas/deadly-flooding-hits-venezuela-religious-gathering-61104


Potato farming in Scotland ‘under huge threat from climate change’. Worst drought farms have seen in decades is hampering conditions.

“Ben Shoreman said his farm in East Lothian had received less than a third of its usual rainfall during the summer months. “It’s been soul destroying,” he said. “It doesn’t cost us any less to put it in or any less work or hours.”

https://news.stv.tv/east-central/climate-change-potato-farming-in-scotland-under-huge-threat


Heatwave kills 12,000 trees planted in Gloucester.

“Gloucester City Council announced in February that it would plant 12,800 saplings across the city as part of its aim to become carbon neutral. Councillors have since been told that 95% of them – about 12,100 – have died. The council blamed the trees’ demise on the “unprecedented” hot and dry weather.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-63012933


Autumn has arrived in the UK – but the season is not like it used to be…

““Trees and bushes have got really stressed because of the drought. Their response is to put all their efforts into producing more seeds, because that helps them pass their genes on to the next generation,” he says. “It may be their last gasp for getting progeny.””

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/sep/25/autumn-uk-milder-season-flora-fauna


Get ready for autumn of high-risk violent storms in France.

The Mediterranean Sea was up to 6C warmer than usual this summer, making the south of France particularly vulnerable to heavy downpours… Experts warn that the particularly dry soil, which struggles to absorb rain, creates a serious flooding risk.”

https://www.connexionfrance.com/article/Practical/Environment/Get-ready-for-autumn-of-high-risk-violent-storms-in-France


Spain’s Canary Islands recorded its heaviest rainfall ever Sunday as storm Hermine hit the archipelago overnight, accumulating up to 165 liters [6.5 inches] of rain per square meter.

“According to meteorologists, weather stations across the Canary Islands had never recorded so much rain during the month of September, breaking an all-time record.”

https://www.laprensalatina.com/storm-hermine-brings-record-rainfall-in-spains-canary-islands/


Exceptional cold on 25 September in the Balkans and Northern Greece.

“Florina (617m asl) dropped to -1.4C [29.5F] a new record low for September (previous -1.0C in Sept 1977) and the village of Vovousa (1024m) to -1.6C,the lowest ever recorded in September in Greece in an inhabited place.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1574144136235597825


Nigerian Farmers Lament as Floods Wash Away Rice Fields, May Bring Poor Harvests…

“There are fears among stakeholders that the flooding currently wreaking havoc on rice farms in producing areas will affect harvest in this year’s rain-fed circle…. thousands of hectares of rice farms in Taraba, Jigawa, Kano, Benue, Niger, Kogi, Kebbi, among other producing states up North, have been reportedly washed away.”

https://saharareporters.com/2022/09/24/nigerian-farmers-lament-floods-wash-away-rice-fields-may-bring-poor-harvests


Amid drought, Somalis flee to neighbouring countries.

“Thousands of Somalis are fleeing to neighboring countries following escalating drought which has triggered an acute food shortage, the United Nations has noted while appealing to the world to chip in and assist the Horn of Africa nation… Most of those who have fled have settled in Kenya…”

https://www.garoweonline.com/en/news/somalia/amid-drought-somalis-flee-to-neighbouring-countries


At least 11 people, including eight police and a local chief, have been killed in drought-stricken northern Kenya by cattle rustlers whom they had been chasing, police said Sunday…

“Kenya, the most dynamic economy in East Africa, is in the grip of the worst drought in four decades after four failed rainy seasons wiped out livestock and crops… theft of livestock or quarrels over grazing and water sources are common…”

https://www.voanews.com/a/killed-by-cattle-rustlers-in-north-kenya-/6762541.html


Dirty air in the Middle East caused by humans, not by natural dust storms – study…

““Our research has demonstrated that hazardous fine particulate matter, which is distinct from the less harmful coarse desert dust particles, is largely anthropogenic in origin and is a leading health risk factor, as well a significant contributor to climate change,” Osipov asserted.”

https://www.jpost.com/environment-and-climate-change/article-718134


Pakistan floods raise fears of hunger after crops wrecked.

“This summer’s flooding, caused by monsoon rains nearly triple the usual ferocity, wiped out huge swaths of crops, leaving already impoverished families struggling to obtain food. Farmers and officials warn that Pakistan could now face serious food shortages at a time when the government is strapped for cash and world food prices are high.”

https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/pakistan-floods-raise-fears-hunger-crops-wrecked-90509334


Lightning and heavy rains kill 36 in northern India in one day… Authorities say climate breakdown is driving surge in deadly monsoon season weather events…

“Officials said 39 people had been killed by lightning in the past five days, prompting authorities to issue new guidelines advising people how to protect themselves during a thunderstorm.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/sep/24/northern-india-lightning-heavy-rains-deaths


Central Asia Heat Wave: Impressive anomalies persist in Siberia with temperatures today again above 30C [86F] as far north as 55N of latitude in Kurgan and Omsk Oblasts, unprecedented that late.

“In Central Asia near 40C north of 40N of latitude in Turkmenistan (also exceptional).”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1573663014489817088


Tropical Storm Talas impacted central Japan with record-breaking heavy rains Saturday although it had a minimum TS intensity.

Shizuoka had 405mm [16 inches] in 12 hours, making it the all-time record, and 140% of its monthly rainfall for September. Talas killed two people in the nation.”

https://twitter.com/sayakasofiamori/status/1573986561011912704


Typhoon Noru: Five rescuers dead as typhoon hits Philippines [Noru’s intensification was shockingly rapid].

“The typhoon caused gusts of up to 240kph (149mph) on Luzon, where more than half of the country’s 110 million population live… A [woman], standing on top of the rooftop of her home, shouted that the country’s leaders needed to “focus on climate change”.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-63023891


“Australia is still with a persistent heat wave in the North: on 25th September the city of Darwin, Northern Territory. had a minimum temperature of 27.4C [81.3F, the highest ever recorded in September.

“Record of highest minimum also at Marble Bar Western Australia, with 24.8C.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1573970968908898306


“The ongoing flood emergency in New South Wales is expected to continue due to a new trough forecast to bring further wet weather across the state from Monday.

“The towns of Warren and Wee Waa, in the state’s north, are cut off by road and expected to remain that way for days.”

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/sep/25/nsw-flood-emergency-forecast-to-continue-as-towns-cut-off-by-road


Wellington’s winter wettest on record, new figures show [New Zealand]…

“The figures released by Greater Wellington Regional Council’s environmental science team on Monday, show rainfall amounts exceeded many of the previous highest totals recorded across the entire region. The wettest month was July. Rainfall in that month was up 200% on long-term seasonal averages.”

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/weather-news/129992070/wellingtons-winter-wettest-on-record-new-figures-show


Chevak stunned by food losses after Western Alaska storm: ‘We’re gonna have to start over’…

“The historic storm that slammed into Alaska’s west coast last weekend was a dramatic blow to food security in Chevak, where people are reeling after the storm destroyed boats, gear and many of the tools they use to hunt and fish for their main sources of food.”

https://www.ktoo.org/2022/09/23/chevak-subsistence-losses-merbok/


Wildfires Quietly Threaten a Crucial Water Source in the West [USA].

“Kampf and her team set out to determine whether more wildfires are burning at high elevations. The answer is unequivocally yes. And the consequences are dramatic: Snow in wildfire-burned areas is completely melting 18 to 24 days earlier than average. Climate change is already fueling an increase in the length, frequency, and severity of the wildfire season.”

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2022/09/wildfires-melting-snow-climate-change/671549/


Termites Love Global Warming So Much That They May Make It Worse, Says Study.

“The results are striking: We found termites eat deadwood much faster in warmer conditions. For example, termites in a region with temperatures of 30°C will eat wood seven times faster than in a place with temperatures of 20°C. Our results also point to an expanding role… as climate change increases their potential habitat across the planet.”

https://www.sciencealert.com/termites-love-global-warming-so-much-that-they-may-make-it-worse-says-study


The sting of climate risk is in the tails.

“…the range of possible outcomes has proven to be increasingly “fat-tailed”: extreme weather events such as heatwaves, severe storms, and floods are more likely than normal statistical distributions would predict. None of this bodes well for future political stability or economic prosperity.”

https://news.cgtn.com/news/2022-09-25/The-sting-of-climate-risk-is-in-the-tails-1dChRmD19a8/index.html


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23rd September 2022 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

Fiona will lash parts of Canada as region’s strongest storm on record.

Canada’s Atlantic provinces are bracing for the strongest storm they have experienced on record as Hurricane Fiona barrels through the North Atlantic, set to hit the area Friday night into Saturday….

The low-pressure system itself could set a record for lowest air pressure anywhere in Canada. Models are simulating a storm with an air pressure between 930 and 935 millibars. The lowest barometric pressure ever observed in Canada was 940.2 millibars at St. Anthony in Newfoundland on Jan. 20, 1977. Typically, the lower the pressure, the stronger the storm.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2022/09/22/canada-fiona-hurricane-storm/


Hurricane Fiona: ‘The important thing is we’re alive’

Now a Category 4 storm, the deadly Hurricane Fiona has wrecked parts of Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. Residents describe what it’s like to return to their village to find their homes destroyed.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-us-canada-63003336


After devastating floods and many areas left without power (no AC, no fans), Puerto Rico is with a heat alert:

“Today the combination of high temperatures (low 90s) and high humidity can drive the heat indexes as high as 114F (46C).”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1572996404280266752


At least seven people have died and one was injured in El Salvador after rains triggered landslides, authorities said on Thursday.

“The Civil Protection unit maintains an orange alert in 29 coastal municipalities of the country and a yellow alert throughout the territory as rains continue to affect the country.”

https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/least-seven-dead-after-landslides-el-salvador-2022-09-22/


California bans insurers from dropping customers in wake of largest wildfire.

“California temporarily banned insurance companies on Thursday from dropping customers in areas affected by recent wildfires, a day after evacuation orders were lifted for residents near a two-week-old blaze that’s become the largest in the state so far this year.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/sep/22/california-insurance-protection-wildfires


Ranchers’ rebellion: the Californians breaking water rules in a punishing drought.

“The ranchers collected water for a week, risking fines of up to $500 a day. With wells going dry and ponds emptying, they viewed the penalties for taking water as a small tradeoff to protect their animals and livelihoods.”

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/sep/22/california-ranchers-water-rights-diversions-fish


California should expect a ‘fourth dry year’ as drought persists.

“Water managers are now preparing for a “fourth dry year,” as well as more unpredictable weather and wildfires associated with climate change, DWR Assistant Deputy Director John Yarbrough said during a meeting of the California Water Commission.”

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-09-22/a-fourth-dry-year-likely-in-california-officials-say


Summer 2022 was Seattle’s driest summer on record.

“With summer officially coming to an end, and no rain expected, the National Weather Service in Seattle said this summer is officially the driest on record. NWS Seattle said the city recorded a total of .5 inches of rain this summer.”

https://komonews.com/news/local/summer-2022-was-seattles-driest-summer-on-record


Wildfires ‘no longer seasonal’: New federal task force meets in Utah, aims to combat changing fire risk.

“A new federal wildfire commission formed last year met for the first time in Salt Lake City last week with an eye for fighting blazes that are starting to spark 365 days a year, regardless of traditional wildfire seasons… The Wildland Fire Mitigation and Management Commission was established in December…”

https://www.sltrib.com/news/2022/09/21/wildfires-no-longer-seasonal-new/


Memphis hits 100F degrees one day before autumn… Fall may be a day away, but it still feels like the middle of summer in Memphis…

“WREG Weather Expert Tim Simpson said this was the 18th day Memphis has hit 100 degrees this summer and the latest the Bluff City has experienced a triple-digit temperature in 150 years of measuring weather in Memphis.”

https://wreg.com/weather/weather-weather/memphis-hits-record-100-degrees-1-day-before-autumn/


More than 300 all-time heat records were broken in the US this summer…

“…data shows the long, lingering heat waves that blanketed much of the country were unprecedented as the climate crisis pushes temperatures into record territory… As sweltering as things may have felt during the day, the heat after the sun went down was even more unusual…”

https://edition.cnn.com/2022/09/21/us/summer-heat-records-us-oregon-texas-california-dg/index.html


How the climate crisis is fueling the spread of a brain-eating amoeba.

“The death of a child in Nebraska this summer put the rare but deadly Naegleria fowleri – more commonly known as brain-eating amoeba… underscored a troubling new reality – climate change is encouraging the amoeba to pop up in parts of the US where it isn’t typical, such as the north and west.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/sep/21/brain-eating-amoeba-climate-crisis-naegleria-fowleri


Alaska’s newest lakes are belching methane.

“Two things happen as the permafrost layer thaws beneath lakes: microbial activity increases and pathways form in the permafrost. At …thermokarst lakes in the Arctic, microbes digest dead plants and other organic matter in the previously frozen soil in a process that produces carbon dioxide and methane. More rarely, permafrost thaw can form “chimneys” under lakes that allow methane and other gases—previously trapped deep underground—to escape.”

https://phys.org/news/2022-09-alaska-lakes-belching-methane.html


Arctic warming could increase isoprene emissions…

“Although most isoprene is emitted by Earth’s boreal and tropical forests, researchers estimate that the Arctic and subarctic tundra could become a larger source of this compound in the future… If that happens, this isoprene increase could alter the rate of Arctic warming in unexpected ways.”

https://cen.acs.org/environment/atmospheric-chemistry/Arctic-warming-increase-isoprene-emissions/100/i34


Reservoirs [used for hydroelectric production] in Norway remain at record low levels…

“Norway’s reservoirs are up 0.7 percent overall compared to last week. Still, it’s bad news on the whole as reservoirs are at record low levels, the latest statistics from the Norwegian Directorate of Water Resources (NVE) show.”

https://www.thelocal.no/20220921/reservoirs-in-norway-remain-at-record-low-levels/


The UK government’s tree planting scheme is at risk because of the drought, the chief plant health officer has warned.

“Arid conditions have caused heat stress in the young saplings and caused them to become susceptible to disease, Nicola Spence said at the world’s first international plant health conference, held in London on Wednesday.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/sep/21/drought-threatens-uk-mass-forestry-scheme-tree


Drought measures extended into October in south-east France.

“Authorities in south-east France are to extend anti-drought measures until at least mid-October, they have said, with a continued ban on activities such as watering the garden as the ‘crisis’ level alert remains.”

https://www.connexionfrance.com/article/French-news/Drought-measures-extended-into-October-in-south-east-France


Spain Faces Threat of Dry, Hot Autumn With Dams at Record Low…

“Spanish meteorological agency Aemet said the upcoming fall is likely to be warmer and less rainy than usual in the whole country. Temperatures in September have already surged to more than 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit), setting another record.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-09-21/spain-s-hydropower-reserves-drop-to-5-year-low-before-drier-fall


Africa: After the drought comes the flood…

Across Africa, extreme weather events have increased in recent years, with sometimes devastating consequences. A recent report by the World Meteorological Organization points to severe flooding in South Sudan, Nigeria, the Republic of Congo and the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2021 — and extreme drought that led to forest fires, particularly in northern Africa.”

https://www.dw.com/en/africa-after-the-drought-comes-the-flood/a-63201190


Floods sweep away 1,500 corpses from cemetery in northern Nigeria.

“The governor of Niger state, Abubakar Sani Bello, confirmed the news, saying a nearby river was littered with corpses. The floods followed days of rains in the area and other neighborhoods and affected the 60-year-old cemetery in the town of Mariga.”

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/africa/floods-sweep-away-1-500-corpses-from-cemetery-in-northern-nigeria/2691628


Wildfire hits Türkiye’s popular resort town Marmaris again…

“Last summer, blazes fed by strong winds and scorching temperatures tore through forests in Türkiye’s Mediterranean and Aegean regions, including Marmaris, killing at least eight people and countless animals.”

https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/wildfire-hits-turkiyes-popular-resort-town-marmaris-again/news


Flood-hit Pakistan should suspend debt repayments, says UN policy paper…

“Pakistan’s largest creditors include Chinese lenders, to whom Islamabad owes more than $30bn accumulated through Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative, along with countries such as Japan and France, the World Bank and commercial bondholders.”

https://www.ft.com/content/31061741-16a1-49fe-a495-6d7dbd3c886a


Authorities in a suburb of the Indian capital [Gurugram, New Delhi] where many companies have offices and executives have their homes, ordered schools to close and urged residents to work from home on Friday after heavy rain brought widespread flooding

“This month, authorities in the tech hub of Bengaluru in southern India had to use tractors to rescue residents of upmarket housing estates after torrential rain flooded several parts of that city.”

https://www.reuters.com/world/india/heavy-rain-india-brings-floods-business-district-near-capital-2022-09-23/


The ‘Asian water tower’ is brimming — with glacial melt water.

“Groundwater stores on the Tibetan plateau have risen recently, but the bad news is that thawing snow and ice are the source… Terrestrial water storage over the Tibetan Plateau is projected to sustain large net declines by 2060.”

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-022-02989-x


Central Asia Heat Wave: Today 22nd September temperatures still exceed 30C [86F] in parts of Siberia. Exceptional heat in the Caspian Sea area with nearly 40C [104F] at Esenguly in Turkmenistan.

“Over 35C also in Xinjiang, NW China. The heat will persist the whole week.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1572952105840787457


‘Red alert’ in China as drought dries up country’s biggest lake.

“The central Chinese province of Jiangxi has declared a water supply “red alert” for the first time as a prolonged drought dried up much of the water in the country’s biggest lake… levels in Poyang Lake [fell] from 19.43 metres to 7.1 metres over the last three months.”

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/9/23/red-alert-in-china-as-drought-dries-up-countrys-biggest-lake


Australia between record heat in the North and heavy rain in the East.

High temperature records today with 42.7C [108.9F] at Derby in Western Australia, a monthly record and only 0.4C from the Australian September record. It’s also the hottest Australian day ever prior to the spring equinox.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1572905315720634369


An east coast low is continuing to lash southeast Australia after monster rainfall totals of 250mm were recorded over the space of just three hours [9.84 inches]…

Sky News meteorologist Alison Osborne described Thursday night’s rainfall totals as “mind-boggling” as the rain band moved away from Queensland but continued to hit NSW on Friday afternoon.”

https://www.news.com.au/technology/environment/chaos-in-queensland-and-nsw-due-to-severe-storms/news-story/442522667e3df869569284c010360f30


Hundreds of millions will be forced to migrate if water shortages worsen…

“Unicef reports that at least 700 million people are at risk of displacement due to severe water shortages up to 2030. Most will simply move to the nearest country that can support them. This will in turn stress these neighbours, and conflicts will result… By 2025 half of the world’s population could be living in areas of inadequate water supply.”

https://www.thenational.scot/community/22540274.hundreds-millions-will-forced-migrate-water-shortages-worsen/


Insecticides – A Licence to Kill.

“Today’s industrial agriculture relies on insecticides. These chemicals cause massive damage to the environment. Worldwide, the most common insecticides are neonicotinoids… Deployed to destroy pests, they also harm human health.”

https://www.dw.com/en/insecticides-a-licence-to-kill/a-62840737


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21st September 2022 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

Brazil’s sprawling Amazon region has seen more forest fires so far this year than in all of 2021, official figures show, as environmental and Indigenous rights groups continue to plead for more protection of the critical rainforest.

“Greenpeace Brazil spokesman Andre Freitas called the latest figures a “tragedy foretold.””

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/9/19/tragedy-foretold-brazil-sees-surge-in-amazon-fires


As war, drought hit global crops, Argentina gambles on GM wheat…

“Many environmental and consumer groups have resisted GM wheat, fearing unforeseen side-effects from changes to the genome in a grain used in bread, pasta and other staples. Genetic modifications have long been used in soy and corn, used predominantly for animal feed.”

https://www.reuters.com/markets/commodities/war-drought-hit-global-crops-argentina-gambles-gm-wheat-2022-09-20/


Temperatures reached 95 degrees in Kahului on Thursday, breaking the old record of 94 set on the same day in 2019, according to the National Weather Service.

It’s the third time this month that Kahului has tied or broken a heat record [multiple daily records set in August, too]. Temperatures also reached 93 degrees on Sept. 4, tying the record set in 2016, and 93 degrees on Sept. 6, tying the record set in 2019.”

https://www.mauinews.com/news/local-news/2022/09/kahului-sets-third-heat-record-of-month/


Typhoon Merbok, fueled by unusually warm Pacific Ocean, pounded Alaska’s vulnerable coastal communities at a critical time…

“Merbok built up over unusually warm water. Its waves reached 50 feet over the Bering Sea, and its storm surge sent water levels into communities at near record highs along with near hurricane-force winds. Merbok also hit during the fall subsistence harvest season.”

https://theconversation.com/typhoon-merbok-fueled-by-unusually-warm-pacific-ocean-pounded-alaskas-vulnerable-coastal-communities-at-a-critical-time-190898


Rare September rains bring respite to drought-stricken inland California.

“Much-needed rainfall and thunderstorms are hitting central and northern parts of California, bringing relief to places that typically see little precipitation in September. An upper-level low-pressure system, an occurrence more likely in winter, is churning off the coast of Northern California. It follows unprecedented heat across much of California at the start of September…”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2022/09/20/california-heavy-rain-drought-fires/


20th September – except Montana, North Dakota and the NE coast, USA is living a full summer day.

Harsh heat in Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, Iowa, Arkansas, Tennessee at record level for this time of the year up to 103F/39.4C at Lincoln NE and West Memphis AK and 102F at Booneville MO.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1572342444783550470


Streets, railroad tracks and playground equipment are melting and buckling amid record temperatures – Climate change is wreaking havoc on U.S. infrastructure…

“These heat waves are shattering records for intensity, frequency and duration — and inflicting a mounting toll, not just on people, animals, crops, water supplies and more, but on infrastructure that wasn’t built for this sizzling new normal.”

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/streets-railroad-tracks-and-playground-equipment-are-melting-and-buckling-amid-record-temperatures-11663687643


This is why D.C.’s sunrises and sunsets have had a reddish hue.

“The sun’s usually bright and vibrant colors at sunrise and sunset in recent days were replaced by dim and soft reddish hues in the sky. The culprit? Western wildfire smoke in the atmosphere that filtered the sunlight reaching the ground.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2022/09/19/smoky-hazy-sky-western-wildfires/


Drought decimates Texas’ key cotton crop.

“On Sutton Page’s ravaged cotton fields, there is almost nothing left to pick. The Texas farmer managed to salvage maybe a fifth of his crop, but the rest was lost to the severe drought that has taken a steep toll across the region.”

https://phys.org/news/2022-09-drought-decimates-texas-key-cotton.html


Hurricane Fiona batters Turks and Caicos as Puerto Rico fights flooding.

“Hurricane Fiona has blasted the Turks and Caicos Islands as a Category 3 storm after cutting a path of devastation through the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico – where most people remained without electricity or running water.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/sep/20/hurricane-fiona-turks-and-caicos-puerto-rico


Meteorologists warn of potential major tropical storm building in Caribbean… currently being referred to as “Invest 98L”…

“Fiona is hitting Turks and Caicos on Tuesday and is expected to reach Category 4 status before getting to Bermuda later this week. Another system, Tropical Storm Gaston, formed on Tuesday in the north Atlantic, but is forecast to have little impact on any land.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/news/hurricane-tropical-storm-florida-hermine-gaston-98l-b2171616.html


Climate change drives record North Atlantic marine heat wave… threatens marine life…

“”Climate change is making every marine heatwave warmer than the last,” according to NOAA research scientist Dillon Amaya, who studies marine heat waves at NOAA’s Physical Sciences Laboratory… “The North Atlantic is currently something like four degrees Celsius warmer than normal, or at least parts of it are…””

https://www.axios.com/2022/09/21/marine-heat-wave-north-atlantic-record-climate-change


Plastic and debris in Arctic fox poo in Iceland.

“Man-made debris such as plastic is ubiquitous in the world and the Arctic is no exception.

“This type of pollution in the Arctic is likely to grow in the future due to an increase of tourism, a poleward expansion of fishing and shipping activities resulting from climate warming.”

https://www.miragenews.com/plastic-and-debris-in-arctic-fox-poo-in-iceland-858065/


A strong waterspout causes flooding in several municipalities of Granada, Spain…

“A waterspout caused flooding on Tuesday in the municipality of Pedro Martínez, in the Eastern Mountains of Granada, as well as in the towns of Pinos Puente, Zujaira and Casanueva, in the region of La Vega, where the overflow of ramblas and streams occurred.”

https://www.20minutos.es/noticia/5061957/0/una-fuerte-tromba-de-agua-causa-inundaciones-en-varios-municipios-de-granada/


Bathers moan as sea temperature reaches record high [Mallorca]…

“According to the Port Authority the record was broken on August 11 off the coast of the island of Dragonera with a temperature of 31.34 degrees and then again on August 25 31.36 degrees, an all-time record… There is growing concern over the high water temperatures in the Mediterranean because of their impact on wildlife.

https://www.majorcadailybulletin.com/news/local/2022/09/20/106007/mallorca-news-boiling-mediterranean.html


The hottest summer on record in Mallorca and Formentera comes to an end…

“…the highest temperature ever recorded on the islands was 44.5 degrees, in Formentera and Montuïri on 13 August… The head of the Aemet confirmed that there have been three heat waves in Mallorca and two in Ibiza…”

https://www.majorcadailybulletin.com/weather/weather/2022/09/19/105959/mallorca-hottest-summer-record-comes-end-maximum.html


While most of Europe is with an early cold spell with local frosts at low elevations, Northern Africa is sizzling with near record heat for late September.

“Temperatures are still rising above 45C [113F] in Central Algeria, over 43Cin Libya and above 40C in Southern Tunisia.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1571901951717314560


Nigeria battling floods ‘beyond control’ as warning given of dams overflowing.

“Authorities are blaming the floods this year on water overflowing from local rivers, unusual rainfalls and the release of excess water from Lagdo dam in neighbouring Cameroon’s northern region.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/sep/19/nigeria-battling-worst-floods-in-a-decade-with-more-than-300-people-killed-in-2022


Pakistan Floods: ‘Colossal’ Reconstruction Ahead…

“”It is said that in the story of Noah that it rained for 40 days and 40 nights, and I mean that’s the sort of scale we are looking at here,” Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said, referencing the biblical story of the man who built an ark when flood waters came.”

https://www.voanews.com/a/pakistan-floods-colossal-reconstruction-ahead/6754718.html


Long-term impacts of ‘terrible’ fire season in Pakistan’s mountains…

A severe and prolonged heatwave hit India and Pakistan earlier this year, and Pakistan received 62 per cent less rain than normal in March… These tinderbox conditions resulted in wildfires raging across forested regions of Punjab, Kashmir, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan for days.”

https://www.eco-business.com/news/long-term-impacts-of-terrible-fire-season-in-pakistans-mountains/


Chinese researchers clone an Arctic wolf in ‘landmark’ conservation project.

“Researchers in China have cloned a wild Arctic wolf — and they’re hoping the controversial genetic technology can now be used to help save other species under threat as the world edges toward an extinction crisis.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2022/09/20/china/china-clone-arctic-wolf-conservation-intl-hnk-scn/index.html


China’s record-breaking drought hits major rice-growing regions, risks for drinking water and animal conservation.

“National Meteorological Centre issued a drought warning for the 33rd straight day on Monday, with Jiangxi province suffering ‘severe’ drought for 69 days this year… Concerns that the lack of water will also threaten aquatic animals in Poyang Lake, including the Yangtze finless porpoise…”

https://www.scmp.com/economy/economic-indicators/article/3193157/chinas-record-breaking-drought-hits-major-rice-growing


Endless heat in China.

“Currently two heat waves persist in the country: one in the NW with temperatures still hovering 35C in Xinjiang and one in the South with 38.7C both in Yunnan and Sichuan Provinces,38.2C in Guizhou Province and 37.9C in Guangxi. And the heat will go on….”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1572262590616862721


China’s August coal imports from Russia, Indonesia soar as heatwave spurs power use…

“As severe drought and heatwave hit western and southern China from late July, coal-fired power plants geared up production to meet the spiking demand for air conditioning and the supply gap from hydropower stations.”

https://www.cnbc.com/2022/09/20/chinas-august-coal-imports-from-russia-indonesia-soar-as-heatwave-spurs-power-use.html


It’s 20th September but the stifling heat and the records are still daily routine in Japan.

“On 19th September 18 stations beat or tied their highest minimum temperatures for September. Impressive Tmin of 28.0C [92.4F] at Hamochi. Heat records have been broken by hundreds since June.

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1572133461850136577


Frigid Winter in Japan Set to Intensify Global Energy Squeeze.

“Japan is predicting its winter will trend colder as La Nina stretches into a third year, increasing the need for heating fuels in the world’s second-biggest importer of liquefied natural gas… Japan imports almost a fifth of the world’s LNG…”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-09-20/frigid-winter-in-japan-set-to-intensify-global-energy-squeeze


Tourist town Kalbarri [Western Australia] still reeling from Cyclone Seroja, 18 months later.

“Kalbarri is still struggling from the effects of Cyclone Seroja that hit the popular tourist town 18 months ago. Iconic bird park Rainbow Jungle remains closed, as does several popular restaurants and cafes, 14 businesses in total.”

https://www.6pr.com.au/tourist-town-kalbarri-still-reeling-from-cyclone-seroja-18-months-later/


Parts of Australia’s east coast could be hit by ongoing flooding within days, just a week after the official declaration of a rare third La Niña.

“A low-pressure system is forecast to cause widespread rain and storms across much of the inland south-east from Wednesday and possible major flooding from already full waterways across southern Queensland, inland New South Wales and northern Victoria.”

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/sep/21/heavy-rain-forecast-for-australias-east-coast-as-third-la-nina-brings-fears-of-renewed-flooding


Farmers in North West NSW see crops inundated by flooding, with more rain on the way.

“The river broke its banks on Friday and saw Doug Grant’s farm inundated with water, wiping out his lucerne crops. His farm was flooded this time last year and the cumulative events were taking a toll. “We’ve had floods here for the last two years and this would be my fourth or fifth flood,” Mr Grant said.”

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-09-20/north-west-nsw-farmers-count-cost-more-flooding/101456716


Warmer winters lead to lower crop yields.

“Experts at the John Innes Centre have found a correlation between early winter temperatures and crop yields for some economically significant crops. The researchers combined laboratory work with fieldwork to conduct their study…”

https://www.earth.com/news/warmer-winters-lead-to-lower-crop-yields/


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19th September 2022 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

As Climate Tipping Points Near, Scientists Plan for the Unthinkable. “Extreme climate change risks are under-explored,” Luke Kemp, a researcher with the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk at the University of Cambridge, warned at a pioneering conference on the theme at the University of Exeter this week.

“Climate scholars have strong incentives to err on the side of least drama,” he noted. “You don’t want to be branded an alarmist.”

https://news.trust.org/item/20220916125450-kybs9


Retail potato prices jump 60% in Britain, farmers say the worst is still to come.

“Norfolk potato farmers… warned that the summer’s drought – combined with producers abandoning potatoes for more lucrative crops amid increasing energy costs – will mean retail prices continue to climb through the autumn.”

https://www.potatonewstoday.com/2022/09/17/survey-retail-potato-prices-jump-60-in-britain-farmers-say-the-worst-is-still-to-come/


Drought and Disease Have Decimated Many of France’s Beloved Foods This Year.

“In the 30 years since Laurent Lours began making Salers cheese—a specialty semihard cheese typical of central France, famous for its notes of grass and hazelnuts—he has never experienced a drought quite like the one that set in this summer.”

https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/drought-disease-decimated-many-france-190000398.html


Impressive cold shot following record hot start to September

It hit 40°C [104F] a few days ago in France and now we have heavy snow falling below 1500m in the northern Alps.”

https://twitter.com/ScottDuncanWX/status/1571158512570343426


Very cold nights in many regions of Italy with temperatures near freezing even at low elevations both in the North but also in the Central regions. For some stations it was the coldest night ever recorded prior to the autumn equinox.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1571417304587436032


‘I lost everything’: Italians count cost of deadly flood in Marche.

“Eleven people so far confirmed dead in floods that have forced climate crisis onto agenda before next week’s election… The storms, widely described as a “tsunami” and “apocalypse”, turned streets into rivers, tipped cars upside down and felled trees.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/sep/19/i-lost-everything-italians-count-cost-of-deadly-flood-in-marche


Vehicles Float in Flooded Roadway as Torrential Rain Hits Catalonia.

“Vehicles floated in a flooded roadway in Mataró, Spain, as the Meteorological Service of Catalonia reported over 100 mm (3.9 inches) of rainfall in the area on Friday, September 16. Firefighters reported rescuing people from vehicles inundated by floodwater.”

https://www.news.com.au/national/vehicles-float-in-flooded-roadway-as-torrential-rain-hits-catalonia/video/413804b87538d293193e65c978dcbf16


The water temperature of Mediterranean Sea has never been so high at this time of year.

This leads to a significant potential increase of extreme precipitation via (at least) 2 factors: more evaporation and increased atmospheric instability.

Global warming is changing the intensity of singular events.”

https://twitter.com/curvadelvento/status/1571153961402392576


No fewer than 29 more people have lost their lives to flood-related incidents in Jigawa [Nigeria] as waters continue to submerge communities in various parts of the state.

This brings to 92 the death toll from such circumstances, police authorities in the north-western state have said… The floods also took a toll on infrastructure in the state as some roads were cut off…”

https://www.channelstv.com/2022/09/18/jigawa-records-29-new-deaths-as-toll-from-flooding-tops-90/


Fire tornado caught on camera [Namibia], several injured…

“One of the injured is Mayor Enrico Junius, who sustained 60% burn wounds, while another person sustained 100% burn wounds. Both were flown to South Africa for medical treatment. The fire covered an area of about 8 to 10 kilometres (km), and it also caused damage to about four or five farms in the surrounding area.”

https://www.thesouthafrican.com/news/watch-fire-tornado-caught-camera-video-breaking-news-18-september-2022/


Madagascar: Fears World’s Smallest Primate May Have Quietly Gone Extinct.

“The world’s smallest primate, Madame Berthe’s mouse lemur, may have gone extinct as large swathes of its forest home are cleared for crops, scientists studying the species in western Madagascar warn. The lemur – which weighs little more than a dormouse when mature – was first discovered in 1992.”

https://allafrica.com/stories/202209190019.html


Bird sanctuary Lake Seyfe in central Türkiye dries up after drought.

“Before drying up, Lake Seyfe Bird Sanctuary was home to over 187 bird species, including 27 endangered bird species, as well as endemic plants… Lake Seyfe in central Türkiye’s Kırşehir province has turned into a salt flat since July following a severe lack of precipitation…”

https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/bird-sanctuary-lake-seyfe-in-central-turkiye-dries-up-after-drought/news


Record heat non-stop in Turkey with temperatures over 40C [104F] every day:

“Today the city of 38.7°C Samsun on the Black Sea coast rose to 38.7C,its hottest September day on records. Very hot also in Georgia with 37.0C at Kutaisi.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1571549968011333633


Record heat wave in Russia. Thanks to a hot air mass + fohn winds temperatures rose near 40C in the Caucasus: 39.3C [102.7F] at Majkop (Adygea Republic) and 39.0C at Tihoreck (Krasnodar Krai).

“Hot also on the coast at Sochi with 34.5C. Tomorrow the heat will move to Chechnya and Dagestan.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1571570554443911169


“Super floods” in Pakistan have left 3.4 million children in need of “immediate, lifesaving support,” according to UNICEF.

“The floods — caused by record monsoon rains and dubbed by one minister as “the worst humanitarian disaster in a decade” — have impacted 16 million children in total, UNICEF’s Pakistan Representative Abdullah Fadil said following his visit this week to the country’s southern Sindh Province.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2022/09/17/asia/pakistan-flood-death-roll-rise-dengue-fears-intl-hnk/index.html


A landslide triggered by heavy rains has killed at least 22 people and injured 10 in western Nepal.

“Rescuers battled against torrential rains to pull out bodies from the wreckage of homes buried by a landslide. Police spokesperson, Dan Bahadur Karki, said the latest calamity occurred in Achham district, about 450 km (281 miles) west of the capital city of Kathmandu.”

https://von.gov.ng/nepal-landslide-kills-at-least-22/


Stifling heat persists in China, Koreas and Japan. Today 39.8C [103.6F] at Pengshui in China, 39.3C at Qiyang.

“In South Korea and Japan still hot and humid nights and days with temperatures again above 35C. Temperatures will remain very high for a couple of more days. Humidity will be extreme.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1571468328509788160


Rare ‘special warning’ issued as violent typhoon makes landfall in Japan.

“More than 7 million people urged to take refuge as Typhoon Nanmadol hits south-west of country… The storm officially made landfall at about 7pm local time… It was packing gusts of up to almost 150mph and had already dumped up to 500mm of rain in less than 24 hours on parts of the south-western Kyushu region.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/sep/18/japan-typhoon-landfall-special-warning


Record heat again in [northern] Australia.

Some more monthly records of highest maximums and highest minimums temperatures were set today: Victoria River Downs Northern Territories Max. 41.1C / 106F (previous record 40.8C); Willis Island Queensland Tmin 26.3C (previous record 25.8C).”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1571434506535727110


Farmers in north-west New South Wales are preparing to be cut off after the Namoi River broke its banks, inundating rural towns and sparking several flood rescues.

“The Bureau of Meteorology has issued flood warnings for the river, including major flooding at Wee Waa and Gunnedah after the river peaked early on Sunday.”

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/sep/19/nsw-floods-flooding-farmers-prepare-to-be-cut-off-wee-waa-gunnedah-namoi-river-flood-rescues


Cold wintry spell in Chile.

A historic snowfall was recorded in the city of Osorno, where real snow accumulation (not snow pellets/graupel) is extremely rare and almost unheard in the city center. Some cm of snow covered parts of the city.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1571167223145762816


Tropical Storm Madeline formed in the Pacific Ocean off the western coast of Mexico Saturday afternoon…

“The outer bands of the storm are expected to interact with the remnants of Tropical Storm Lester and produce torrential downpours. More than 10 inches of rain are possible in Guerrero, Michoacán and Oaxaca.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2022/09/17/weather/tropical-storm-madeline-saturday/index.html


At least three people have died and 25 have been injured in a landslide caused by heavy rains during the last hours in Cambronero, in western Costa Rica, as confirmed by the Red Cross.

“…among the injured there are 19 in stable condition, while one is in critical condition and five others are in serious condition. “Work continues at the scene,” it added.”

https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/world/three-killed-25-injured-in-landslide-in-costa-rica/ar-AA11XyII


Torrential rains in Guadeloupe in the Caribbean, being battered by tropical storm Fiona with accumulations up to 483 mm [19 inches] in 24 hours.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1571530630667685889


Flooding and landslides in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Fiona knocks out power to island…

“The storm was causing “catastrophic flooding” in Puerto Rico early on Sunday evening, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said. Several landslides had been reported, government officials said. The storm forced the closure of roads while a highway bridge in Utuado town in the island’s center had been washed away by a flooding river.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/sep/18/hurricane-fiona-puerto-rico


Vast amounts of damage is being reported across the island of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Fiona came ashore on Sunday afternoon.

“Roads were turned into raging torrents while even newly constructed bridges following Hurricane Maria in 2017 were washed away. Earlier on Sunday, President Joe Biden gave approval for a state of emergency to be declared.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11225581/Terrifying-moment-BRIDGE-swept-away-Puerto-Rico-Hurricane-Fiona-brings-flooding.html


Lady Gaga has cut short her final Chromatica Ball world tour performance in Miami after a lightning storm forced her from the stage.

“The Born This Way singer shared an emotional video on Instagram, apologising to her 53 million followers and telling them it wasn’t safe for the show to carry on as “even when the rain sort of stopped there was lightning that was striking right down to the ground, so close to us”.”

https://news.sky.com/story/lady-gaga-forced-to-stop-final-chromatica-ball-show-due-to-lightning-strikes-12700573


Six years after Hurricane Matthew tore through North Carolina, hundreds of residents are still waiting for their homes to be rebuilt…

“Waiting on an unfinished modular home in nearby Pikeville, Mr Artis is among hundreds of low-income homeowners enrolled with the North Carolina Office of Recovery and Resiliency who are living in temporary accommodations years after the 2016 storm and Hurricane Florence in 2018.”

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-09-18/hurricane-matthew-north-carolina-disaster-recovery/101440132


Endless summer: Heat wave building over nation’s heartland with record-breaking temperatures…

“…Temperatures will resemble summer-like weather as a dome of high pressure establishes itself over the country’s mid-section… Cities in the heat zone include: Dallas; Oklahoma City; Kansas City, Missouri; Tulsa, Oklahoma; For Smith, Arkansas; Des Moines, Iowa; and St. Louis, Missouri.”

https://www.foxweather.com/weather-news/september-heatwave


The Colorado River is drying up — but basin states have ‘no plan’ on how to cut water use.

“One month after states missed a federal deadline to propose ways to drastically cut their use of water supplied by the Colorado River, water managers who met for a seminar in Grand Junction said they still didn’t have comprehensive solutions ready to help bolster the imperilled river system.”

https://www.cpr.org/2022/09/17/colorado-river-drought-basin-states-water-restrictions/


New storms turn Death Valley National Park into a soggy mess of closed roads again.

“”Need more proof it’s been a crazy summer for weather and travel? Look no further than Death Valley National Park… “Road crews are exhausted from clearing, and then re-clearing, the same sections of roads,” the NPS release said.”

https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/death-valley-national-park-flooding-roads-closed/index.html


Western Alaska confronts damage after historic storm…

“For years, scientists have expressed concern that climate change has set the stage for greater impacts from large nontropical cyclones in Alaska. Warmer summers and oceans have caused a greater-than-normal seasonal loss of sea ice, which makes the region more vulnerable to ocean inundation.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2022/09/18/alaska-storm-typhoon-merbok/


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