17th July 2019 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

“Almost six million people are under threat from rising flood waters across South Asia, where hundreds of thousands of people have already been displaced as a result of heavy monsoon rains.

“The flooding comes as India was still reeling from a weeks-long water crisis amid heavy droughts and heatwaves across the country which killed at least 137 people.

“Experts said the country has five years to address severe water shortages, caused by steadily depleting groundwater supplies, or over 100 million people will left be without ready access to water.

“In Afghanistan, drought has devastated traditional farming areas, forcing millions of people to move or face starvation, while in Bangladesh, heavy monsoon flooding has marooned entire communities and cut-off vital roads. Especially at risk are the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees living in fragile, makeshift camps along the country’s border with Myanmar.

“This is the sharp edge of the climate crisis. What seems an urgent but still future problem for many developed countries is already killing people in parts of Asia, and a new refugee crisis, far worse than that which has hit Europe in recent years, is brewing.”


“Monsoon flooding and landslides continued to cause havoc in South Asia on Tuesday, with the death toll rising to 78 in Nepal

“…authorities in neighboring northeastern India [are] battling to provide relief to over 4 million people in Assam state, officials said.”


“The city of Bathinda [India] today got flooded after it received record 178 mm [7 inches] of rain, which poured continuously for six hours. Residents were at the receiving end with the town’s drainage system choked following the heavy spell of rain.

“Most of the roads in the town were flooded with rainwater, which entered many localities and damaged household items.”


“Even as incessant rainfall and rivers in spate have flooded large parts of north Bihar [India], spectre of drought is looming over some other parts of the state due to abysmally low rains.

“The state received 401 mm of rainfall against the normal of 342 mm from June 1 to July 15, and yet farmers of many districts are unable to transplant paddy in their fields due to low rainfall.”


“Drought-ravaged towns [in Australia] face having to rely on a massive convoy of water trucks at a cost of millions of dollars a month just to survive, as the drought crisis rages on with no end in sight.

“Ten areas in regional New South Wales and southern Queensland are at high risk of running out of drinking water — a dire moment dubbed “day zero” — within the coming year.”


“This wallaby and deer sharing food may look cute, but the reason for them doing it is heartbreaking. This video shot by Jenny Hillman in Stanthorpe, Queensland, shows the dire conditions this region is experiencing.”



“Thirteen people in central Nigeria died after a three-storey residential building collapsed after torrential rain, emergency workers said on Tuesday. Rescue crews sifted through the rubble overnight after the building in the city of Jos came down on Monday…

“The collapse came after three days of pounding rain.”


“A downpour that fell for two hours Monday in Cartagena [Colombia] generated all kinds of emergencies. Since the flooding of many neighborhoods, caused by the overflow of canals and where the water rose more than a meter, to damage the power grid that affected the heroic and neighboring municipalities.”

[Spanish language]


“…4.02 inches of rainfall was reported in 90 minutes near Ypsilanti, Michigan.

“There will continue to be a risk for flooding from any of the slow moving downpours that Barry will produce over the Midwest overnight on Tuesday, moving into New York and Pennsylvania after midnight. Locally damaging winds cannot be ruled out with any thunderstorm as well,” Strait said.”


“The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released its latest weekly Crop Progress and the holding pattern continues for U.S. corn and soybean farmers as the condition of corn and soybean remains significantly below average.

“The weather is not making it any easier as farmers wonder about the status of their late-planted crops.”


“Miami’s low temperature Sunday morning did not dip below the mid-80s. The low was 84 degrees at Miami International Airport, tying the city’s all-time warmest low temperature.

“For reference, 84 degrees is the average high in New York City in mid-July.”


Tornadoes are surprisingly common in England but very rare in Scotland:

“”He said: “As I was driving past the garden centre, I noticed the clouds were looking a bit strange so I pulled into a farm entrance.

““This is when the funnel started to take shape. It was quite eerie as there was no wind and everything was calm, yet the cloud was spinning.”



More 40c+ (104f) weather headed for France:


“An extended drought is forcing French officials to restrict water usage in nearly two-thirds of mainland France, with the hardest-hit regions limiting consumption to little more than drinking and sanitation.”


““Time to sound the alarm,” said Mr Mestre. “Only 10 days of extreme heat were enough to collapse, melt and form a lake at the base of the Dent du Géant and the Aiguilles Marbrées.”

“He added: “This is truly alarming … glaciers all over the world are melting at an exponential speed.””


“The statement read: ‘In Bastia [Corsica], extremely intense rain has been observed, reaching 30mm (1.2 inches) in six minutes, 80mm (3.1 inches) in 30 minutes and 120mm (4.7 inches) in an hour. Waterspouts have degenerated into tornadoes.’”


“An environmental vicious circle is taking hold in Russia and other parts of the Arctic as permafrost – the frozen ground beneath a quarter of the Northern Hemisphere and almost 20% of Earth’s landmass – thaws.

“Rising temperatures are causing the ice that binds soil, rocks and sand in the ground to disintegrate, setting in motion a process that releases greenhouse gases.”


“The fear is that flames burning on the rim of the depression will weaken the permafrost and cause a major enlargement of the Batagai or Batagaika ‘megaslump’, seen as a wonder of Siberia…

“Reports say the destruction of the tundra is ‘alarming’ in the Verkhoyansk district of Yakutia region, also known as the Sakha Republic.”


“Wildfire activity is moving north. Of the 26 new fires reported over the past two days in Alaska, ten were above the Arctic Circle… Fifteen new fires were reported across Alaska Monday.

“Twenty-three fires are actively burning in the Tanana Zone today, with a total of 30 fires reported this year.

“In addition to the fires in Alaska, on July 10 a satellite detected heat signatures in Greenland that were consistent with those seen at wildland fires.”


“”Due to rising temperatures, the glaciers of Greenland are receding. At the same time sea ice is melting. Every year, billions of liters of meltwater are released into the ocean.”

“The enormous volumes of fresh water released in the Arctic not only raise the sea level, they also have the potential to change the system of global ocean currents—and thus, our climate.”


““If this July turns out to be the warmest July (it has a good shot at it), it will be the warmest month we have measured on Earth!” tweeted Michael Mann, a climate scientist at Pennsylvania State University.

“Like June, July has featured some notable high-temperature extremes, including in Nunavut, Canada, the northernmost permanently inhabited location on Earth.”


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16th July 2019 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

“Weather watchers are focused on the world’s most northerly community, which is in the middle of a record-breaking heat wave.

“”It’s really quite spectacular,” said David Phillips, Environment Canada’s chief climatologist. “This is unprecedented.”

“The weather agency confirmed that Canadian Forces Station Alert hit a record of 21 C on Sunday. On Monday…

“…it’s the latest anomaly in what’s been a long, hot summer across the Arctic…

“Records have been falling — not by fractions, but by large margins.

“It could be related to changes in the jet stream, [which] has slowed in recent years and has become more unstable, sometimes looping much farther north or south than normal.”


“During winter, temperatures in the frozen city of Yakutsk, Siberia, can plummet as low as –60C.

“But summer has landed and brought with it an unusually warm spell of weather, making the Russian city almost as hot as the Spanish resorts of Majorca and Benidorm.

“Built on permafrost – soil or rock that is frozen for more than two consecutive years – “the hidden gem” is located in a deep valley 60 miles south of Yakutsk surrounded by lush forestry.”


“Greenland’s ice sheet is sliding way more than previously thought, according to a new study… The researchers even found that Greenland’s main continental ice sheet slides more than parts of the incredibly fast-moving glaciers on the periphery, such as Jakobshavn in west Greenland.”


“As of July 14, 2019, the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) recorded an Arctic sea ice extent of 7.905 million square kilometres.

“That is currently the lowest daily average since record-keeping began in 1979 – lower than the previous record of 7.96 million km² extent, seen in 2011, and lower than the 7.98 million square km² extent from 2012, the year we saw the lowest summer minimum extent in the record books.”


“A Swiss glacier is meting so swiftly that it has been covered with tarpaulin to try and slow down the rate. Parts of the Gurschengletscher glacier are blanketed with tarps near the peak of Mount Gemsstock, standing at 2,961 m high.

“The glacier in Andermatt, Switzerland, is just the latest to be given this treatment in a bid to stop it retreating.”


“Water restrictions are in place in 55 departments across France, and “crisis” levels have been reached in areas of 20 departments…

“The latest drought warnings come exactly one month after violent hailstorms battered the Drôme department. Some 50,000 insurance claims, totalling an estimated €250million have been filed, for damage caused by the storms.”


“The last wave of heat that we experienced in our community [Spain] has affected the birds a lot. Especially swifts.

“Within a week , up to 1,000 swifts arrived at the Brinzal Nocturnal Recovery Center in Madrid.

“The reason? The high temperatures made them fall from their nests.”


“Authorities evacuated dozens of citizens from flooded homes in western Greece on Sunday, a few days after seven people were killed by a violent storm in the north of the country.

“Such severe storms are unusual in Greece, where summers are usually hot and dry.”


“At least 24 people are feared dead after flash flooding and landslides triggered by heavy rain in Pakistan-administered Kashmir on July 15, according to local officials.

“”At least 24 people were swept away and have gone missing,” said Saeedur Rehman Qureshi from the State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) for Azad Jammu and Kashmir.”


“More than 100 people have been killed and millions more affected by devastating floods and landslides across India, Nepal and Bangladesh.

“In the Indian state of Assam, among the worst hit areas, agencies were working on a war footing to deal with the situation, the chief minister, Sarbananda Sonowal, said.”


“China has seen a record high of rivers reporting floods since this year’s high-water season began, the Ministry of Water Resources said Sunday.

“A total of 377 rivers across the country have reported floods exceeding alarm levels, over 80 percent more than the annual number of such rivers registered since 1998 when severe floods hit China…”


“One year after heavy rains brought about the worst flooding in Japan’s Heisei Era, memorial services were held across western Japan last week remembering the 275 victims who lost their lives.

“But this year’s unprecedented downpours are bringing severe flood warnings that could exceed last year’s torrential rains in west Japan.”


“Japan’s Meteorological Agency said on Monday that central Tokyo has only seen less than three hours of sunshine over an 18-day stretch, setting a new record since 1988. The lack of sunshine affects crop production and drives up vegetable prices. According to government statistics, wholesale price of cucumber is about 50 percent higher than in previous years.”


“Tropical Storm Barry made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane and submerged parts of Louisiana in over a foot of water.”



“The type of severe air turbulence that sent dozens of Air Canada passengers to hospital Thursday could become a lot more common in the future due to climate change.

“Finding suitable flight paths to avoid turbulence is also becoming increasingly challenging for airlines as warming temperatures create larger storms and as the jet stream shifts northward…”


“NASA is the second institution to confirm that it was Earth’s hottest June, as the Copernicus Climate Change Service had already determined that June 2019 was the warmest such month on record for Europe and globally.”


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15th July 2019 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

Just a short one today; my apologies but work is pressing.

“Dozens of people have died in Nepal and a million have been affected in north-east India following heavy rains that triggered landslides and flooding across parts of south Asia.

“More than 50 people have been confirmed dead and 30 more remain missing in Nepal, where rescue efforts have been hampered by continued bad weather, which has blocked key highways and destroyed phone lines.”


“Heavy monsoon rains in India’s northeast Assam state displaced more than a million people from their homes and flash floods killed at least 10 in the past 72 hours, state authorities said on Saturday, warning the situation could worsen in coming days.”


“Lightning, rain-triggered flooding and landslides have killed at least 16 people in Bangladesh as parts of the South Asian country were deluged by heavy monsoon rain, officials said on Saturday.

“Thirteen were killed in lightning strikes while the rest died in flooding and landslides…”


“Across New South Wales and Queensland’s southern downs, country towns are approaching their own ‘day zero’, as water supplies dry up in the drought…

“Ten towns, including major centres, are considered to be at high risk of running out within six months, if it doesn’t rain and if water infrastructure isn’t improved.”


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12th July 2019 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

“The heaviest average rainfall to lash a swathe of southern and eastern China in more than half a century brought torrential rain and floods that destroyed houses, damaged crops and forced the evacuation of nearly 80,000 people, state media said.

“Even more rain is expected, state broadcaster CCTV said today, after average rainfall in the affected areas this week was recorded as 51 per cent higher than in the corresponding periods of previous years, and the largest since 1961.

“Aerial footage and images released by Xinhua News show rows of half-submerged buildings and flooded streets in some of the worst-hit areas including southeastern Jiangxi province and neighbouring Hunan.”


“Even before the intense flooding of the past week, their children were already sick and malnourished. “My children are suffering from fever, but we don’t have any medicine,” Kawser says. “We are living in real hardship here.”

“Hafiz and his family are among one million ethnic minority Rohingya Muslims living in the overcrowded refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar…”


“A train of 50 wagons filled with water from Jolarpet arrives at Chennai [India] on July 12, 2019. Chennai has been grappling with an acute water crisis over the past four months. The southern metropolis is facing a daily water deficit of at least 200 million litres, and the four reservoirs supplying to the city have run dry. “



“Catherine Head and colleagues at the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) studied reefs in the remote Chagos Archipelago of the British Indian Ocean Territory before and after two ocean heatwaves with unusually high sea temperatures, which came 12 months apart.

“Surveying of the seafloor between 2015 and 2017 found that the high sea temperatures led to the loss of 70 per cent of the hard corals.”


“A THIRD blast of hot Saharan air is expected to hit [Spain’s] Costa Blanca this weekend, with temperatures today already reaching 40.7 degrees in Xativa.

“Interior municipalities – such as Orihuela and Alcoy – are expected to experience the brunt of the heat.”


“Parts of Scotland and northern England could face flooding as up to a month’s worth of rain may fall in the space of two hours. The Met Office has issued a thunderstorm warning for much of Scotland, bar the west coast, and large swathes of northern England and the Midlands, including East Anglia.”


[Maui had a very intense, prolonged heatwave in June]

“Thousands of people on Maui have been ordered to evacuate two towns in the path of a spreading wildfire, Hawaiian officials and media said. The 1,200 hectare (3,000 acre) brush fire in the island’s central valley was uncontrolled on Thursday night, Maui’s mayor, Mike Victorino, told a news conference. Firefighters were monitoring it overnight but it was too dangerous to battle it in the dark, he added.”


“A mudslide provoked by heavy rains caused the deaths of four children and three adults in the community of Santo Tomás Chautla, Puebla [Mexico], yesterday.

“The torrential downpour that struck the area late Wednesday afternoon weakened the side of a hillside, causing a piece of it to break away directly over a dwelling located on the hill.”


“Louisiana has withstood devastating hurricanes before, but authorities are urging residents not to underestimate the danger and destruction Tropical Storm Barry threatens as it gets closer to the coast Friday.

“”Look, there are three ways that Louisiana floods: storm surge, high rivers, and rain. We’re going to have all three,” Gov. John Bel Edwards said.”


“Vehicles were trapped in floodwaters across much of the Baltimore region Thursday night after storms produced torrential downpours and flash flooding. …

“Widespread flooding made roads impassable in parts of eastern Baltimore County, the National Weather Service said.”


“Some Great Lakes water levels hit record highs in June and are only expected to keep climbing, prompting concern from Michigan officials for waterfront communities already flooded.

“Lake Superior, Lake St. Clair, Lake Erie and Lake Ontario set record high monthly mean water levels in June, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reported this week.”


“Sue Mauger has tracked non-glacier stream temperatures in Cook Inlet [Alaska] for years. And she says she hasn’t seen readings like these. “We saw the highest recorded temperature we’ve ever measured… 81.7 degrees on the Deshka River.”

““So really, so far beyond what is comfortable for salmon and also at least five degrees warmer than any [recorded temperature] previously,” she said.”


“Lining the fjords of Greenland are remnants of Viking-era Norse outposts that flourished for less than 500 years before they were mysteriously abandoned.

“And now this lost culture is experiencing a second disappearance, triggered by climate change.”


“High temperatures and relentless sun throughout the spring have caused Arctic sea ice volume to plummet, nearly setting a record low for the month of June. Sea ice extent has also plummeted, setting a new record low as of July 10.”


“A record start to summer ice melt in Greenland this year has drawn attention to the northern ice sheet… But what about at the other icy end of the planet? …Like Greenland, the Antarctic ice sheet is losing ice and contributing to unabated global sea level rise.

“But there are worrying signs Antarctica is changing faster than expected and in places previously thought to be protected from rapid change.”


“…climate change is not our only existential crisis. Biodiversity loss deserves just as much of our attention. We are, in fact, living during the sixth mass extinction in the history of the Earth.

“According to a recent report by the UN’s Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, an estimated 1 million species are currently at risk.”


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11th July 2019 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

“Tornadoes and violent hailstorms killed six tourists including two children in northern Greece late Wednesday, police said.

“Estimates of the injured ranged from at least 30 to more than 100 after the sudden and violent storm hit Halkidiki, near the city of Thessaloniki, on Wednesday night.

“Trees were uprooted, vans flipped over and motorcycles scattered through the streets by gale-force winds, as rain and hail pelted the streets…

“…medics described the storm as ‘unprecedented’ for this time of year.”


“Hail the size of oranges has injured 18 people in an Italian Adriatic city, while a blaze in Sicily forced beach-goers to flee. Italian news agency ANSA quoted hospital officials in Pescara as saying that the hailstorm caused cuts and bruises, especially on the head…

“In other bad weather in Italy, a tornado swept through the area of Milano Marittima, knocking down some 200 century-old pine trees in the popular Adriatic Sea resort.”


“As extreme weather lashes the world and average temperatures rise, the world’s food security is in acute danger — and not by the year 2100. Just this week, the United Nations warned that climate crisis disasters are happening at the rate of one a week.

“The signs of danger already abound, including in Israel, where drought has been constraining crops for years. Yet the national emergency food reserves suffice only for weeks, to three months at the most. “


“Delhi is experiencing the maximum monsoon rainfall deficit in the country. With persistent high temperatures, the national capital has received a mere 13.8 mm of rainfall so far since June 1—88% below normal for this time of the year…

“…extended summer resulted in Delhi’s hottest June day ever as Palam station recorded a whopping 48°C on June 10.”


“At least three persons have lost their lives and over two lakh were affected in the second wave of floods that has gripped 11 districts of Assam since the last few days.

“Incessant rainfall across the state in the past 24 hours has led to rapid flooding, landslides and mudslides in several places.”


“Heavy rains and related flooding have affected 1.63 million people in southern and eastern China, according to China’s Ministry of Emergency Management.

“About 77,000 people have been evacuated, and at least four deaths have been reported. The worst-affected areas are reportedly in the central province of Hunan and Jiangxi province in the east.”


“”Most parts of [North Korea’s] western coast, and the central inland, are experiencing high temperatures,” KCNA said. “Serious drought conditions are ongoing.”

“State media said the area most seriously hit includes South Hwanghae Province, known as the rice basket of the country.

“North Korea’s meteorological administration said rainfall in May was 37 to 46.3 percent of the average. Weather conditions are increasing concerns of a food shortage in the country, according to Yonhap news agency.”


“Hot, dry weather will persist across Australia’s east coast until at least October, the country’s weather bureau said on Thursday, signalling no relief for drought-hit farmers in one of the world’s largest agricultural producers…

“The forecast would extend drought conditions that have devastated agricultural production across Australia’s east coast into a third year.”


“Hard coral cover on the Great Barrier Reef is near record lows in its northern stretch and in decline in the south, surveys by government scientists have found.

“A report card by the government’s Australian Institute of Marine Science says hard coral cover in the northern region above Cooktown is at 14% – a slight increase on last year but close to the lowest since monitoring began in 1985.”


“A new study in the journal Nature Geosciences reports that by the drought’s peak, a combination of factors—including lack of rain, extreme heat and overcrowding stressed out the forest—lead to mass die-offs.

“In total, almost 150 million trees have died in California since the drought began.”


“Louisiana on Wednesday declared a state of emergency as a storm in the Gulf of Mexico was fast developing into a category 1 hurricane and spinning towards the Louisiana coast.

“Experts are warning that the resulting storm surge could push the already swollen Mississippi River precariously close to the tops of levees that protect New Orleans – in what will be their greatest test since the catastrophic failure during Hurricane Katrina in 2005.”


“Recent surveys by the Central Caribbean Marine Institute have shown that algae growth on Cayman’s coral reefs is already at near critical levels. Wang said there is little likelihood the problem will go away.

““Right now,” she said, “we’re proposing [the increased sargassum] will have a big impact.””


“The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) said Dingwall in Easter Ross was among the places worst affected by the rain.

“Vincent Fitzsimons told BBC radio’s Good Morning Scotland programme: “Over a month’s worth of rain fell between teatime and nightfall, flooding the high street, while places nearby saw next to nothing.””


“The largest [Siberian] forest fires are reported in the Krasnoyarsk (68,000 hectares), Irkutsk (35,600 hectares), Zabaikalsky (10,800 hectares) and Amur (9,800 hectares) regions. Wildfires are also registered in six other regions. A total of 3,400 people and over 500 units of equipment are involved in extinguishing forest fires.”


“Historic, record-breaking heat isn’t the only environmental malaise that’s gripped Alaska this summer. So has wildfire smoke.

“An incredible satellite image taken on July 8 shows smoke spreading far and wide across Alaska as a spate of hot, dry weather causes the state’s wildfire season to kick into high gear.”


“Strange but true — the surface waters in the Beaufort Sea are outpacing Lake Superior when it comes to temperature this summer.

“In a flip-flop scenario, a monitoring buoy near Prudhoe Bay, north of Alaska, is recording temperatures better suited to Lake Superior, while the lake shivers in temperatures more suited to the Arctic Circle.”


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10th July 2019 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

“The year-long period ending in June was the wettest 12-month span in U.S. records that go back to 1895. This breaks a remarkable record that was set just a month earlier.

“For the 48 contiguous U.S. states, precipitation averaged 37.86 inches from July 2018 to June 2019. The previous record for any 12-month period was 37.68 inches, recorded from June 2018 to May 2019. No other year-long spans on record have averaged more than 37 inches for the entire nation.”


““Our greatest concern is for torrential rain that would result in significant flooding…” Kottlowski said. “A second concern we have is for storm surge flooding.”

“AccuWeather sees the greatest threat for flooding rainfall to be in southern Louisiana, where an AccuWeather Local StormMax™ of 24 inches is expected.”


“At least 300 people have been evacuated in Kearney, Nebraska due to severe flooding, according to the city’s emergency management coordinator Darrin Lewis… Wood River is expected to crest at a historic 17.7 feet Wednesday morning, which could cause more flooding and require additional water rescues…

“The city, which has a population of more than 30,000, received close to 9 inches of rain Monday night.”


“145,321 acres: That’s the size of the largest wildfire burning this year, according to a map from Alaska Wildland Fire Information, the state’s interagency effort to track fires. All told, there are 782,681 acres on fire in the United States, and more than 550,000 of them are in Alaska.”


“Russia’s Emergencies Ministry confirmed on Tuesday that 24 people died in the Irkutsk Region floods.

“”According to the data as of 17:00 Moscow time, nine persons are missing and 24 people died [in the floods],” the ministry’s regional branch told TASS… A total of 10,800 houses in 107 communities that are home to over 34,000 people, including more than 8,000 children, were flooded from late June when floods started in the Irkutsk Region in East Siberia.” 


“Parts of Japan are bracing for more flooding after downpours triggered deadly mudslides and flooding last week. Kanoya recorded 472.5 mm (18.60 inches) in a single day and more than 600 mm (25 inches) over a three-day period during last week’s flooding event.

“A slow-moving storm system is set to unleash widespread heavy rainfall across southern and central Japan from Wednesday into Friday, renewing the risk for flooding and mudslides for millions of people.”


“Aerial photo taken on July 10, 2019 shows the medical workers rescuing people in Liuzhou City, south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

“Due to sustained torrential rain in recent days, the water level of Liujiang River hit a record high of 0.76 meters above its warning level on Wednesday.”


“Floods killed three people and left three missing as torrential downpours pelted central China’s Hunan Province, local authorities said Tuesday. The casualties were reported in the hard-hit Youxian County, which has experienced heavy rain since last Saturday.

“As of 1 p.m. Tuesday, over a dozen places in the county had recorded precipitation of more than 300 mm [12 inches].”


“Flooding in India’s northeastern state of Assam has affected over 62,000 people, India’s official broadcaster All India Radio (AIR) said Tuesday…

“According to officials several rivers are currently flowing above the danger level in the flood hit areas.”


“With global warming, the Himalayas, along with several other glaciated regions across the planet, are expected to experience a drastic reduction in ice mass and rapidly retreat.

“A new study tracing Himalayan glacier melt from 1975 to 2016 found that the melt rate has actually doubled since the turn of the century, suggesting a heightened risk of flooding for vulnerable regions.”


“Treating patients will “depend on God’s mercy” if water supplies in India’s fourth-largest metropolis aren’t replenished shortly, said Ravisankar, the chairman of Sudar hospitals, a chain of four clinics with 150 beds.

“Piped water at his hospitals has already dried up, and even the more expensive water trucks he now relies on may be unavailable soon in the state of Tamil Nadu.”


“Even the normally sensible and restrained meteorologists at Aemet [Spain] described the phenomenon as being similar to “opening the door of a hot oven”, as at around 17.00 temperatures suddenly rose by 13 degrees from 28C to an all-time record for the location of 41.6C.

“Locals describe the afternoon as horrific…”


“Torrential rain and hail brought severe flooding to parts of northeastern Spain on Monday evening, killing at least one person.

“The extreme weather left government officials puzzled after four times more rain than forecast fell suddenly in the Navarra region, causing the river Cidacos to burst its banks.”


“The condition of French cereal crops declined sharply last week, farming agency FranceAgriMer said on Friday, suggesting a negative impact from a record-breaking heatwave in the European Union’s biggest grain producer.

“Grain markets have been assessing the effects of scorching temperatures in western Europe, which included a record high of 45.9 degrees Celsius (114.6°F) in France.”


“Turn on the tap – and nothing comes out? Around Germany most people know this only from burst pipes or repair work. But in the second dry summer in a row – and following record-breaking temperatures in June – regions like Lusatia in the eastern German state Brandenburg face a problem: If it continues to rain so little, water supplies could become scarce.

“This is completely new for Germany…”


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