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

“September 2019 was the planet’s warmest September since record keeping began in 1880, said NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) on October 16…

“Global ocean temperatures during September 2019 were tied for second warmest on record, according to NOAA, and global land temperatures were the warmest on record.”

https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/eye-of-the-storm/september-2019-earths-warmest-september-on-record/


“September was the warmest ever recorded in North America… September was also the 417th consecutive month [globally] with temperatures above the 20th century average.”

https://www.courthousenews.com/north-america-wilted-in-hottest-september-on-record/


“Recent climate maps show a large amount of heat blanketing the entire polar region, with temperatures ranging from 1 C to 6 C above the norm predicted for the next month.

“So perhaps it’s not a surprise that several high temperature records recently tumbled at the Canadian Forces Station at Alert, on Nunavut’s Ellesmere Island, located some 2,000 kilometres north of Iqaluit…

“Environment Canada predicts that the warm temperatures in northern Canada are likely to continue through December…

“Sea ice is at its lowest recorded level for this time of year, judging from the satellite record, according to tracking by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.”

https://nunatsiaq.com/stories/article/arctic-warm-spell-continues-from-september-into-october/


“For the 5.4 million people who live in Russia’s permafrost zone, the new climate has disrupted their homes and their livelihoods. Rivers are rising and running faster and entire neighbourhoods are falling into them. Arable land for farming has plummeted by more than half, to just 120,000 acres in 2017…

“Siberians who grew up learning to read nature’s subtlest signals are being driven to migrate by a climate they no longer understand.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/long_reads/climate-change-refugees-siberia-permafrost-melt-a9146616.html


“The indigenous Sami people have lived across Norway, Finland, Russia and Sweden in the Arctic region for thousands of years. Their traditions and way of life are intimately connected to the Arctic north.

“But a warming planet is putting that under threat…”

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/10/swedens-indigenous-sami-people-threatened-climate-change-191016104501593.html


“The water level of a Highlands loch likely dropped to its lowest in at least 750 years in May this year, according to archaeologists. Loch Vaa, near Aviemore, had been mysteriously losing water since September last year…

“The Scottish Environment Protection Agency suggested the loch had suffered due to a “relatively dry” winter.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-50067632


“A tornado has torn through the southern French town of Arles, ripping off roofs and throwing caravans onto their sides.

“The swaths of destruction on Tuesday left several people injured and forced 60 people to evacuate from a nearby campsite.”

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/10/roofs-ripped-houses-tornado-tears-french-town-191016092304274.html


“Abdel-Rahman, who tends to the villa for its owners who come for weekends or holidays, had been dozing off when he noticed an orange glow coming through the window.

“”It was like judgment day. Terrible, absolutely terrible,” he says, watching a video of the fire [Lebanon] across the street from the house.”

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/10/judgment-day-lebanese-devastated-wildfires-191016170006745.html


“Indonesia is under a “blanket of smoke” amid wildfires that threaten humans, wildlife and the global climate, researchers say.

“The wildfires—some started by “slash-and-burn” methods for turning forests into farmland—happen yearly in Indonesia, but 2019’s fire season has been particularly damaging…”

https://phys.org/news/2019-10-indonesia-blanket-wildfires.html


“Subaru Corp.’s operations at its sole vehicle assembly plant in Japan have been halted since Wednesday afternoon because supply chains were disrupted by Typhoon Hagibis, the automaker has said.

“Subaru has been offering support, including staffers, to parts suppliers damaged by the typhoon.”

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/10/17/business/corporate-business/subarus-gunma-plant-halted-typhoon-suppliers/#.Xag9SOhKjIU


““Land clearance and degradation is one of the greatest crises facing Australia and the world,” says Bill Hare, the chief executive and senior scientist with Berlin-based Climate Analytics.

““It undermines the basis for food production, is causing species loss and ecological decline, destroys climate resilience, degrades water resources and reverses carbon storage on the land.””

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/ng-interactive/2019/oct/17/stripped-bare-australias-hidden-climate-crisis


“A new study out Monday seems to confirm an unpleasant reality: Potentially toxic algae blooms in the world’s freshwater lakes have become more intense over the last 30 years.

“And while climate change may not be the only reason why blooms have gotten worse, rising temperatures are likely making it harder for lakes to recover from them.”

https://www.gizmodo.co.uk/2019/10/toxic-algae-blooms-really-have-become-more-intense-study-finds/


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

“‘Blooming’ might be the last word to associate with the Arctic, yet pictures below show meadows bursting with life as brightly-coloured flowers blossom in lush green grass…

“The photographed area is 70th parallel north – with a distance to North Pole of only 1043 miles – where Russia has its northernmost residential settlements of Western Siberia.

“There, in bleak Arctic tundra summer-2019 expedition organised by Tomsk State University found oases of rich vegetation formed in places of actively thawing permafrost.”

http://siberiantimes.com/other/others/news/poppies-dandelions-and-daisies-bloom-in-never-before-seen-arctic-oases/


“A study published October 15 in PLOS Biology documents an ecosystem-wide reproductive collapse around Zackenberg in 2018. Most plants and animals, including everything from arctic foxes to tiny Dryas flowers, failed to reproduce that year, because an extremely snowy winter left much of the ground covered with snow well into summer…

“Climate scientists predict that, as the globe warms, parts of the Arctic will see more precipitation and more extreme seasonal fluctuations.”

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/extreme-snowfall-arctic-greenland-plants-animals-reproducing


“Willis, Fenty, and a crew of other scientists and pilots are flying the edge of Greenland’s vast ice sheet to figure out how the ocean eats away at the ice, speeding or slowing its slide into the water, where it melts, raising sea levels worldwide”

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2019/10/greenland-ice-oceans-melting-fast/


“While coastal communities in New England are still recovering from costly beach erosion due to last week’s coastal storm, another one could be on the way this week — and it’s expected to intensify rapidly.

“Some models are even suggesting this possible nor’easter could strengthen so quickly it could become a “bomb cyclone.””

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/10/15/weather/noreaster-coastal-storm-northeast-bomb-cyclone/index.html


“The last instance of such a snowstorm this early was Oct. 9, 2005 in North Dakota. Prior to that event, it had been 130 years so, the cold plus snow is something that only happens once or twice a century,”

Critically, by the time the storm struck around 11th October, one-third of corn and one-fifth of soybeans had yet to reach full maturity, meaning that grain and pod fill were not fully completed.”

https://www.thefencepost.com/news/unusual-north-dakota-snow-storm-cripples-corn-and-soybean-harvests/


“The fall foliage may be dull, but parts of the James River [Virginia] are slightly brighter this October thanks to the “flash drought” that has gripped much of the Southeast for the past month.

“East of Hopewell, the largest blooms of algae detected in the James in several years are spreading as a lack of precipitation and higher-than-normal temperatures combine to produce ideal conditions for the organisms.”

https://www.virginiamercury.com/2019/10/16/large-algae-blooms-are-spreading-in-the-james-blame-the-drought/


“After a lengthy confirmation process, it’s now official. Colorado has a new hottest recorded temperature on record.

“The Colorado Climate Center — the governing body for official state meteorological records — confirmed that a 115-degree reading taken this summer is now officially the state’s hottest temperature ever recorded.”

https://www.denverpost.com/2019/10/15/colorado-record-hottest-temperature/


“New figures from the Office of the Texas State Climatologist at Texas A&M University show that the Lone Star State just concluded its warmest end-of-summer on record.

“According to data from the National Centers for Environmental Information, September was the warmest ever on record, based on 125 years of data.”

https://today.tamu.edu/2019/10/15/texas-just-experienced-its-warmest-september-ever/


“The number of children who have died from heatstroke this year after being left or getting trapped in hot cars is among the highest on record.

“So far in 2019, 49 children have died from vehicular heat stroke, according to the National Safety Council, a nonprofit safety group.”

https://www.wsj.com/articles/child-hot-car-deaths-are-near-record-high-this-year-11571181952


“The bizarre weather that resulted in torrential rainfall across Ireland and flooding in Cork, Tipperary and Limerick also caused an apparent mini-tornado in Waterford.

“Residents of Stradbally in Co Waterford are adamant they suffered a mini-tornado as an powerful Atlantic weather front swept in.”

https://www.independent.ie/weather/bizarre-localised-minitornado-damages-homes-during-torrential-rain-38600200.html


“Aided by strong winds and unseasonably high temperatures, the fires ate their way through dense forest near the towns of Meshref and Damour in Chouf and swept into the residential areas overnight on Monday, leading many families to flee their homes.

“Videos shared on social media showed hellish scenes of fires sweeping along roadways, releasing hails of embers onto onlookers.”

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/10/hellish-scenes-wildfires-engulf-lebanon-191015191252866.html


“The director general of meteorology, India Meteorological Department, M. Mohapatra, explains in an interview why the current monsoon season was unique…

“The month of September was the wettest ever… The current season saw the most delayed withdrawal of monsoon ever.”

https://www.livemint.com/news/india/global-warming-is-behind-extreme-rains-imd-chief-11571157861949.html


“Hakone, in Kanagawa Prefecture, saw a staggering 922.5 mm [36 inches] of rain that day alone…

“Levees all along the Tama, which stretches over 138 kilometers between Tokyo and Kanagawa Prefecture, were designed to withstand precipitation levels seen only once in every 200 years.

“But at the Ishihara observation station in the capital’s Chofu area, water levels had hit their highest-ever record of 6.24 meters by 11 p.m. on Saturday, far exceeding the 5.9 meters threshold the levees were built to withstand.”

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/10/16/national/flooding-tama-river-tokyo-crisis-typhoon-hagibis/#.XabuPkZKjIU


“Cold temperatures on Wednesday and rain that is expected in the coming days are feared will take a further toll on areas of northeastern Japan and elsewhere that are still reeling from the impact of Typhoon Hagibis…

“The Japan Meteorological Agency warned of heavy rain from Friday through Saturday in northeastern and eastern Japan.”

https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20191016/p2g/00m/0dm/088000c


“Australia will be split in two weather wise, with near record temperatures in the north but conditions so cold and angry in the south there’s a risk of thundersnow later this week.

“A pulse of polar will sweep across Victoria and Tasmania at the same time as elevated fore danger in northern Australia and a possible severe tropical storm that could rock through south east Queensland.”

https://www.news.com.au/technology/environment/polar-pulse-in-south-east-could-lead-to-thundersnow/news-story/2d6811d0dba6323c4fc454f89a6ab5b7


“Drought stricken farmers [NSW, Australia] have been dealt another blow as it has been revealed soil laced with toxic chemicals and plastics has been dumped on their land by the government.

“Lead, fire retardants, and mercury were found in recycled soil given to farms in New South Wales – exposing farmers, their families, and crops to the toxic chemicals, according to The Daily Telegraph.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7577319/Drought-stricken-farmers-dealt-blow-toxic-chemicals-dumped-land.html


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

“Switzerland’s glaciers have lost a tenth of their volume in the past five years alone — a melting rate unmatched during observations stretching back more than a century, a study showed Tuesday.

“Measurements on 20 Swiss glaciers have shown that melt rates this year have reached “record levels”, according to the annual study on the state of the glaciers, published by the Cryospheric Commission at the Swiss Academy of Sciences.

“The study, released amid growing global alarm over climate change, found that intense heatwaves over the summer in Switzerland had dashed hopes that an exceptionally snow-filled winter would limit the glacier melt this year.”

https://www.thelocal.ch/20191015/swiss-glaciers-shrink-10-percent-in-five-years-study


“The body of a middle-aged gas retailer, identified as Kingsley Ejike, has been discovered along the flood plain in Magodo, Lagos State.

“The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the torrential rain that started on Friday till the late hours of Saturday has submerged some houses and cut off some roads within the community on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.”

punchng.com/magodo-residents-body-found-after-weekend-rains-in-lagos/


““The current drought in Angola has exposed the devastating impact of commercial cattle farming on communities in Gambos.

“”Traditional cattle farmers have lost their best grazing land and now watch helplessly as their children and families go to bed on empty stomachs,” said Deprose Muchena, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for Southern Africa.”

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2019/10/angola-drought-and-commercial-cattle-farming-exposes-tens-of-thousands-to-devastating-hunger/


“The climate crisis is driving alarming levels of hunger in the world, undermining food security in the world’s most vulnerable regions, according to this year’s global hunger index…

“Rates are categorised as “alarming” in Chad, Madagascar, Yemen and Zambia. Nine countries have worse scores today than in 2010 – the Central African Republic, Madagascar, Venezuela, Yemen, Jordan, Malaysia, Mauritania, Lebanon and Oman.”

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2019/oct/15/higher-temperatures-driving-alarming-levels-hunger-report-climate-crisis


“Firefighters in Lebanon were struggling on Tuesday to contain massive wildfires raging in several areas across Mount Lebanon.

“Director-general of Civil Defense Raymond Khattar described the wildfires raging in Chouf, Aley and Metn as the worst fires to hit Lebanon in decades.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/wildfires-burn-out-of-control-in-lebanon-and-syria/2019/10/15/309dba2a-ef31-11e9-bb7e-d2026ee0c199_story.html


“Last December Sydney was hit with the worst hailstorm in 20 years and experts warned more were on the way.

“‘We’re likely to see storms that bring large hailstones, tornadoes, heavy rain, localised flash flooding and damaging winds,’ NSW SES Deputy Commissioner Rob McNeill told the Sydney Morning Herald.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7572809/Australians-brace-storms-bringing-massive-hailstones-flooding-TORNADOES.html


“In Australia, the only thing as certain as drought is the subsequent calls by politicians to build new dams. Right on cue, the prime minister announced a $1bn commitment for new dams on Sunday.

“But if new dams can solve Australia’s water problems, why didn’t the government build more dams last time? Or the time before that? It may seem obvious, but building new dams doesn’t make it rain…”

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/oct/15/the-only-thing-as-certain-as-drought-in-australia-is-the-stupid-calls-to-build-new-dams


“An evacuation center in Tokyo turned away two homeless people as a deadly typhoon approached on the weekend, prompting widespread criticism and a promise from the prime minister on Tuesday that it would not happen again.

“Staff at the evacuation center at a school in Taito Ward refused to let the two in on Saturday because they did not have addresses in the area…”

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/10/15/national/tokyo-storm-shelter-faces-outrage-turning-away-two-homeless-amid-record-breaking-storm/#.XaWlZkZKjIU


“Rescuers on Tuesday raced against the clock to save people still missing after a catastrophic typhoon killed at least 69 people and paralyzed numerous areas over the weekend.

“At least 10 were unaccounted for as of Tuesday afternoon, after Typhoon Hagibis brought record-breaking rainfall to huge swaths of the country…”

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/10/15/national/typhoon-hagibis-death-toll-rises-least-64-rescuers-race-clock-find-survivors/#.XaWrXEZKjIU


Hawaii’s record-breaking heatwave has been going on since May:

“The hot streak continued for Kahului as the town recorded four consecutive days of record-matching or recordbreaking temperatures. The four-day streak included Friday’s record of 94 degrees…”

https://www.mauinews.com/news/local-news/2019/10/no-letup-in-heat-records-for-kahului/


“Power lines are suspected to have been involved in a major wildfire that led to evacuation orders for 100,000 people and was blamed for two deaths in Los Angeles County last week, authorities said Monday.

“The Saddleridge Fire ignited in a 50- by 70-foot area beneath a high voltage transmission tower on Thursday…”

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/power-lines-may-be-fault-raging-fire-near-los-angeles-n1066106


“Hopi farmers have sustained themselves and their crops by diligently reading their arid Mesa surroundings.

This summer, however, their millenia-old forecasting techniques failed them and not for the first time in recent years…”

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2019/10/climate-change-killing-thousands-of-years-indigenous-wisdom/


“A new study that looked at glacier loss over all Peruvian mountain ranges reports a reduction of almost 30 percent in the area covered by glaciers between 2000 and 2016.

“Tropical glaciers exist around the equator at altitudes higher than 13,000 feet (4,000 meters), and Peru is home to 92% percent of all areas covered by glaciers in the tropics.”

https://earthsky.org/earth/disappearing-peruvian-glaciers


“Tropical Depression Fifteen formed on Monday near the western coast of Africa in the far eastern Atlantic Ocean, a region where tropical cyclone formation is very rare this time of year.

“This tropical depression was over 200 miles southeast of the Cabo Verde Islands as of Tuesday morning, moving northwestward in the general direction of those islands.”

https://weather.com/storms/hurricane/news/2019-10-14-tropical-depression-fifteen-tropical-storm-nestor-eastern-atlantic


“The Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S), implemented by the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts on behalf of the European Union, has announced record temperatures for September on a global level, making it the fourth month in a row to be close to or breaking a temperature record.

“The last four months have been exceptionally warm on a global level. June 2019 was the warmest June on record, July the warmest month ever recorded in this data set, and August 2019 settling for the second warmest August.”

https://theecologist.org/2019/oct/15/record-temperatures-reveal-long-term-heating


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14th October 2019 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

“Hagibis was packing winds of 180 km per hour (112 mph) near its centre and gusts of up to 252 kmph (156 mph), broadcaster NHK reported the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) as saying on Saturday…

“The storm brought record-breaking rainfall to many areas, including the popular resort town of Hakone, which was hit with 939.5 mm (37 inches) of rain over 24 hours.”

https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-asia-storm-japan-factbox/factbox-by-the-numbers-japans-typhoon-hagibis-compared-to-killer-1958-storm-idUKKBN1WT0DF?il=0


“The death toll from Typhoon Hagibis rose to 47 on Monday as search-and-rescue teams continued to operate in flood- and landslide-hit areas of central and eastern Japan…

“At a disaster task force meeting, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the government will do its utmost to support those affected by the typhoon and its after-effects…”

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/10/14/national/typhoon-hagibis-monday/#.XaRHmUZKjIU


“Every day, Mumbai dumps 80 – 110 metric tons of plastic waste into drains and water channels…

“…creeks, rivers and the sea along Mumbai’s 437.71sqkm coastal stretch is under threat with plastic waste as a major source among municipal solid waste.”

https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/plastic-waste-flowing-into-sea-major-problem-in-mumbai/story-X7Kd5TrL46iRzIVQSreYbJ.html


“Heavy rains currently pounding parts of Mandera County has claimed one life and left a man fighting for his life at Elwak Sub County Hospital.

“Wargadud Township Chief, Adow Abdi Mohamed… expressed fears of a possible cholera outbreak in the area since most toilets have been washed away. “We are a risk of contracting waterborne diseases like cholera since floods have washed away toilets,” he said.”

https://mobile.nation.co.ke/counties/boy-killed–man-injured-in-Mandera-floods/1950480-5309530-dvkoo5/index.html


“Save the Children warned of a major emergency in the Horn of Africa, as nearly 13 million people face critical levels of hunger following a succession of failed rains. Half of the affected people, an estimated 6.5 million, are children.

“The region is now experiencing the lowest cumulative rainfall totals since 1981… Despite efforts by aid agencies… the hunger situation in the Horn of Africa is rapidly deteriorating.”

https://reliefweb.int/report/ethiopia/hunger-levels-soar-horn-africa-region-faces-driest-summer-over-35-years


“Sunday was the warmest October 13th ever recorded at Prague’s Klementinum, the oldest Czech monitoring station.

“The temperature reached 23.3 degrees Celsius, a tenth of a degree more than 1791. Seventeen monitoring stations in the Czech Republic exceeded 25 degrees Celsius.”

https://www.praguemorning.cz/the-hottest-october-13th-since-1791/


“France is battling to save champagne after rising temperatures threaten to ruin the grape varieties used to make the fizzy beverage…

“Meanwhile, grapes have already been affected by soaring heat by producing more sugar, causing a boost in alcoholic content.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7567991/France-battles-save-Champagne-amid-warnings-rising-temperatures-just-2C.html


“With the Colorado Low which lashed the province since Thursday now out of the region, storm reports submitted to Environment Canada are truly giving scope to just how significant a storm it was.

““Leading up to its arrival, we were talking about how this could be a major event, but it’s nearly unbelievable some of the snowfall totals we’re hearing about considering the time of year it is,” says CMOS Accredited Weathercaster Chris Sumner Sunday morning.”

https://chvnradio.com/news/staggering-snowfall-totals-throghout-southern-manitoba


“Wildfires have been raging across southern regions of the US state of California, forcing mass evacuations.

“Though they are now beginning to abate, they have left considerable devastation in their wake.”

Photos:

https://www.dw.com/en/california-wildfires-leave-widespread-destruction/g-50811707


“Heavy rain and subsequent flooding in Baja California Sur (north-western Mexico) on 12 October, has resulted in one death and injured 4 in Los Cabos…

“As of 14 October, red alerts for extremely heavy rain have been issued for Baja California Sur and north-western states. Heavy rain and thunderstorms will continue to affect north-west Mexico over the next 24 hours.”

https://reliefweb.int/report/mexico/mexico-floods-echo-daily-flash-14-october-2019


“Heavy rains were recorded in recent days in much of Uruguay…

“The National Traffic Police Directorate reported that nine national routes remain cut by the floods of ravines and rivers

“…in the departments of Colonia, Canelones and Maldonado.”

https://www.teledoce.com/telemundo/nacionales/las-intensas-lluvias-que-afectaron-uruguay-provocaron-inundaciones-y-varios-problemas-en-diversas-partes-del-pais/


“The season has already been a record breaker and BOM state manager Bruce Gunn said there was little relief in sight…

“The BOM report said days spent in heatwave conditions across Queensland continued to rise, year-on-year. “We’re seeing around about 29 more days of very high fire danger or greater compared to what we saw in 1950,” Mr Gunn said.”

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-10-14/queensland-weather-outlook-summer/11599934


“The residents of one of Australia’s most drought impacted towns has been left with no choice but to drink their own treated sewage as existing sources run dry.

“The town of Tenterfield sits three hours drive from Brisbane in far north NSW and has been given a deadline of just 74 days before they will be completely without water – meaning the taps will stop working around Christmas.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7565917/Residents-drought-ravaged-town-Tenterfieldwill-forced-drink-treated-SEWAGE.html


“The federal and New South Wales governments are investing $1bn in water infrastructure for rural and regional communities impacted by the devastating drought in NSW.

““Our response to the ongoing drought impacting rural and regional communities is comprehensive and committed,” the prime minister, Scott Morrison, said in a statement on Sunday.”

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/oct/13/nsw-to-get-a-new-dam-as-part-of-1bn-drought-emergency-boost


“Antarctic ice shelves are being destabilised by hidden, upside-down ‘rivers’ of warm water that course below the shelves and melt them from underneath, new research shows…

“”We’re seeing a new process, where warm water cuts into the shelf from below,” says one of the team, glaciologist Ted Scambos from the University of Colorado Boulder.”

https://www.sciencealert.com/upside-down-rivers-are-now-melting-antarctic-ice-shelves-from-underneath


“Global warming has been fueling droughts since the early 20th Century, when soils started drying out at the same time across parts of North and Central America, Eurasia, Australia and the Mediterranean, new research shows.

“The researchers say the surprising early-century findings provide the clearest signal yet that human-caused greenhouse gas emissions have been changing the hydroclimate…”

https://goodmenproject.com/featured-content/global-warming-was-already-fueling-droughts-in-early-1900s/


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3rd October 2019 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

“With hibernation fast approaching, a grizzly bear family is spotted searching for fish near the shores of Canada’s Knight Inlet. They’re emaciated.

“The heartbreaking images, captured by a Canadian photographer, have sparked concern from wildlife observers. They worry whether the bear and two cubs will even make it through hibernation.

“It also shines light on another victim of the climate crisis and the depletion of wild salmon population.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/10/03/americas/emaciated-grizzly-bears-knights-inlet-canada-trnd-scn/index.html


“The first two days of the month featured record warmth from New Orleans to New York City as millions sweltered in conditions more typical of July. Temperatures in the 90s F were widespread across the region…

“The extreme temperatures on Wednesday forced some school districts across the region to dismiss classes early or to cancel classes entirely.

“On Tuesday alone, over 30 cities set new all-time high temperatures for the month of October.”

https://news.yahoo.com/summerlike-heat-smashes-october-temperature-000900590.html


“…scorching temperatures in the D.C. area Wednesday broke the all-time heat record for October. Thermometers in the city hit 97 degrees a little after 1 p.m., breaking a record that had stood since Oct. 5, 1941.”

https://thehill.com/homenews/news/464068-washington-dc-breaks-october-heat-record


“Rainfall totals in the Southeast have been less than 40% of their normal average in the past 60 days, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, jointly produced by NOAA, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.”

https://www.wsj.com/articles/flash-drought-hits-south-as-record-heat-continues-into-fall-11570058348


“This is the first time in 50 years that Gruber won’t make any money on his corn crop.

“”I’m starting to pay attention to some of this climate change they are talking about,” he said. “Now if you don’t have irrigation, you can’t grow anything,” he said.”

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/heat-wave-record-breaking-temps-threaten-southern-crops-2019-10-02/


“…the weather service also noted Tuesday was the second-wettest October day ever, trailing one 19th century day by a few hundredths of an inch. Des Moines has already exceeded its normal annual rainfall total by nearly seven inches with three months to spare, and more rainfall is expected Wednesday afternoon and evening.”

https://eu.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/2019/10/02/des-moines-rain-rainfall-tuesday-october-1-precipitation-record-shattered-by-two-2-inches/3840187002/


“Lorenzo is a special storm. It shattered all types of records in its journey across the Atlantic Ocean and was the strongest hurricane we’ve seen this far east and north.

“It is also just really weird to be talking about the second tropical cyclone in the past two years to head to Ireland.”

https://www.forbes.com/sites/marshallshepherd/2019/10/02/hurricane-lorenzo-completed-extratropical-transitionwhat-does-that-mean/#783d5e946707


“France’s ongoing battle with drought means that 79 out of metropolitan France’s 95 departments will continue to have some form of water restriction in place during the month of October…

“…large swathes of central, southern and eastern France that were badly hit by suffocating temperatures and a lack of rain this summer – are all still undergoing a “water crisis”.”

https://www.thelocal.fr/20191002/drought-forces-water-restrictions-until-november-across-much-of-france


“At least nine people were killed and several others missing after Typhoon Mitag lashed South Korea with heavy rain and strong winds, authorities said Thursday.

“The storm hit southern parts of the country on Wednesday night, prompting flood warnings and triggering landslides in affected areas.”

https://phys.org/news/2019-10-typhoon-lashes-south-korea.html


“Australians will bake in temperatures of up to 40 degrees heading into the weekend, as heatwave conditions raise the risk of bushfires but could also send crowds flocking to the beach for the first time since last summer.

“Sydney was expected to reach a scorching 34C tomorrow…”

https://www.9news.com.au/national/heatwave-conditions-for-south-eastern-states-weather-news/8e3f5a64-13e1-4495-a6e6-b22c72ac3f8d


“A cascade of impacts including rising sea levels, heatwaves and back-to-back tropical cyclones has created 400km of dead and badly damaged mangroves in the Gulf of Carpentaria, a scientific monitoring trip has discovered.

“Prof Norman Duke, of James Cook University, spent 10 days monitoring 2,000km of coastline from a helicopter, as well as conducting land-based checks at 32 estuaries along the coastline between Weipa, Queensland, and Cape Barrow in the Northern Territory.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/oct/03/shocked-scientists-find-400km-of-dead-and-damaged-mangroves-in-gulf-of-carpentaria


“While the rest of the world wakes up to the climate emergency, people in Oceania have been living it “for decades”, a new report says. In low-lying nations such as Tonga, Samoa, Papua New Guinea and Fiji, many have already died from climate-related extremes.”

https://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/climate-news/116239262/in-lowlying-nations-of-oceania-people-are-already-dying-of-climate-change-report-says


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2nd October 2019 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

“Dangerous, record-breaking heat is taking over the South and Midwest.

“These cities not only broke daily records, but broke the record for hottest October day:

— New Orleans: 95 degrees

— Nashville: 98 degrees

— Indianapolis: 92 degrees

— Huntington, West Virginia: 95 degrees

— Pensacola, Florida: 96 degrees

— Mobile, Alabama: 96 degrees”

https://abcnews.go.com/US/flooding-threatens-millions-mexico-michigan-record-heat-continues/story?id=65975247


“West Palm Beach received just 1.39 inches of rain last month, making it the driest September in more than a century.

“From Pensacola to the fringes of Biscayne Bay, many Florida cities experienced their driest September on record as tropical systems bypassed the Sunshine State.”

https://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/20191001/parched-florida-west-palm-beach-had-its-driest-september-on-record


“Dozens of cities across the country [USA] experienced their hottest September in more than a century of recordkeeping. The September record heat even stretched into Alaska and Hawaii.

“All told, more than 100 cities nationwide had a top-three-warmest September and more than 50 locations experienced their hottest September on record.”

https://weather.com/safety/heat/news/2019-09-30-record-hot-september-2019-cities


“Instead of a monsoon, people in Flagstaff are calling the weather pattern this summer a “nonsoon.” It was the driest on record.

“Typically from mid-June through September, the Southwest United States experiences a shift in wind patterns and rain from the tropical coast of Mexico. The period of storms is usually a relief for farmers and anyone living near a fire-prone forest. Not so much this year.”

https://fronterasdesk.org/content/1201856/nonsoon-brings-record-low-rainfall-flagstaff


“Great Falls [Montana] saw a morning low temperature of 9 degrees Tuesday morning, according to preliminary readings by the National Weather Service, which would shatter a previous low for the 1st of October set in 1959… Areas to the northwest also saw record low daily temperatures…”

https://eu.greatfallstribune.com/story/news/2019/10/01/great-falls-shatters-record-low-temperature-start-october/3832892002/


“With more rain days than dry ones, Winnipeg [Canada] endured the second wettest September on record (since 1872).

“Rainfall totals in September 2019 totaled 153.1 mm, just shy of the 156.2 mm registered in 1872.”

https://globalnews.ca/news/5974613/winnipeg-endures-second-wettest-september-on-record-parts-of-manitoba-start-october-with-snow/


“Prime Minister Hubert Minnis called Dorian “an unprecedented destructive force of wind and rain and sea surge.” It tore into the islands of the northern Bahamas with 185 mph sustained winds gusting to 200 mph and beyond.

“Then it stalled. Lingering in place, its cataclysmic force shredded buildings, flipped trucks, tossed trailers like dice and shoved up to 20 feet of seas inland.”

https://eu.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/10/01/hurricane-dorian-bahamas-works-recover-month-after-cat-5-storm/3828752002/


“As winds started to blow, authorities closed numerous streets and roads in Portugal’s Azores islands in preparation for Hurricane Lorenzo, which is expected to hit the mid-Atlantic archipelago early on Wednesday.

“The hurricane, packing 100-mph (155-kph) winds, is likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions…”

https://uk.reuters.com/article/storm-lorenzo-azores/azores-shuts-roads-schools-as-hurricane-approaches-idUKL5N26N03R


“More rain and winds are expected in parts of the country later this week as the remnants of ex-Hurricane Lorenzo arrive in the UK.

“The storm – the most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the far east Atlantic – will have lost most of its power by the time it arrives on Thursday. It comes after torrential rain brought flash flooding and led to some places being evacuated on Tuesday.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-49890229


“Across Switzerland, reports of rockfalls are piling up. Some have blocked streets, others have destroyed infrastructure. In the most catastrophic events, millions of cubic tons of rock have crumbled off mountains and crushed tourists.

“Last week in the Italian Alps, authorities closed roads and evacuated residents after warnings that a large part of the Planpincieux glacier was at risk of collapsing.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/oct/02/things-are-getting-unstable-global-heating-and-the-rise-of-rockfalls-in-swiss-alps


“Seven people were killed and 11 others injured in separate incidents of roof collapse due to torrential rains in Pakistan’s east Punjab and northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) provinces on Tuesday, local reports said…

“According to the country’s National Disaster Management Authority, over 230 people were killed and 180 others injured in rain-triggered accidents in the country from July to September this year.”

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-10/01/c_138441959.htm


“Last month was the warmest and driest September in Singapore on record at the climate station in Changi, the Meteorological Service Singapore said on Tuesday (Oct 1).

“The monthly mean temperature last month was 29°C, 0.2 degrees warmer than the previous record set in September 1997.”

https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/september-was-warmest-driest-record-singapore-met-service


“Typhoon Mitag hit Jeju Island [South Korea] on Wednesday, bringing 100-250 millimeters of rain to most parts of the southernmost island. Floods and damage have been reported in the eastern part of Jeju. More than 250 flights to and from the island have been canceled. As of 10 a.m. Wednesday, a wind shear alert has been in effect at Jeju Airport.”

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20191002000605


“Get ready to sweat as “near record high temperatures” look set to envelop south eastern Australia.

“Parts of Sydney and Adelaide will sail past 30C later in the week, while 40C is forecast for regional South Australia.”

https://www.qt.com.au/news/near-record-temperatures-set-to-scorch/3844156/


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