25th May 2020 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

An unprecedented heat wave has the Arctic in its grips, resulting in temperatures hitting 86 degrees Fahrenheit this week.

“Warm air traveled up from Siberia that would have typically been consumed by melting snow, but the area had a record warm winter this year.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8348823/Unprecedented-heat-wave-hits-Arctic-raising-temperatures-86-degrees-week.html


““I’m Siberian-born and lived here for 60 years, I don’t remember a single spring like this,” The Siberian Times quoted journalist Sergei Zubchuk as saying.

““There was no spring, no weeks-long gentle rise of temperature. Somebody just clicked a ‘hot air’ switch on at the end of April, and summer began,” Zubchuk said.”

https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/05/25/siberia-in-midst-of-freak-heat-wave-a70369


Delhi’s residents sweltered in a heatwave on Sunday, with the maximum temperature hitting five degrees above normal for the second consecutive day, and no respite forecast for the plains until at least May 28, prompting a red alert in the capital as well as Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan.”

https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/red-alert-issued-as-heatwave-intensifies-in-northern-india/story-mN7acE4BahtYIwnyzxSsLM.html


The flood situation in Assam worsened on Sunday as three more districts were hit by the deluge following heavy rainfall…

“Incessant rain washed away a state highway at Singri which connects Agia to Lakhipur road inundating several villages under Lakhipur revenue circle in Goalpara district.”

https://www.telegraphindia.com/states/north-east/flood-situation-worsens-in-assam/cid/1775518


More than 90 people have been killed and tens of thousands left homeless after Cyclone Amphan slammed into coastal towns and cities in India and Bangladesh.

“Authorities are now working to help communities already stricken by the coronavirus, but are hampered by damaged power and communication lines.”

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/05/bangladesh-struggles-aid-cyclone-stricken-communities-200523184111824.html


After a record-high sea surface temperature observed in some pockets of Bay of Bengal triggered a change in the atmosphere and gave strength to cyclone Amphan that wreaked havoc in coastal Orissa and West Bengal, it is now posing a threat to coral reefs.”

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/record-hot-sea-surface-bleaches-corals-along-tn-coast/articleshow/75927201.cms


Agricultural losses caused by the torrential rainfall that drenched Taiwan over the past few days had risen to NT$19.80 million (US$657,552) around the country as of Sunday

“In terms of produce category, rice accounted for the hardest-hit at 455 hectares, followed by corn, bellfruit, bitter melons, peanuts and bananas, the COA said.”

https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3939796


Australia has been lashed by a ‘once-in-a-decade’ storm with extreme weather on both sides of the country wrecking homes and leaving thousands without power…

“The combined weather system lashed a 745-mile stretch of the west coast including Perth… Wind speeds reached 82mph at Cape Leeuwin, the fastest for the month of May since 2005.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8352485/Cars-lifted-roads-buildings-reduced-rubble-Australia-hit-rare-weather-event.html


The Australia Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has reported the coldest May day on record for Blackall and Windorah in central west Queensland.”

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/05/temperature-records-broken-australia-queensland-200523104653370.html


The fire season in parts of eastern Australia has lengthened by almost four months since the 1950s, with climate change a prominent driver in the trend, the Bureau of Meteorology says…

“…the South Coast of NSW and eastern Victoria now see fire weather arriving three months earlier, occurring towards the end of winter rather than the end of spring.”

https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/fire-season-extends-by-almost-four-months-in-parts-of-australia-20200525-p54w28.html


Firefighters with air support were suppressing a lightning-sparked wildfire Sunday in southeastern Colorado that had burned more than 11,818 acres over the past four days…

“A separate fire of unknown origin was burning nearby about 120 acres northeast of the Cherry Canyon fire. Neither fire was controlled Sunday night.”

https://www.denverpost.com/2020/05/24/colorado-wildfires-2020-las-animas-county-update/


On Sunday, crews continued to fight a 50 hectare forest fire in Porters Lake, Nova Scotia.

“Since the fire began on Saturday afternoon, around 150 homes were evacuated – affecting over 1,000 residents.”

https://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/forest-fire-forces-evacuation-of-1-000-people-closes-highway-in-n-s-1.4951761


Following the record breaking temperatures for May, the Kitas Weather portal [Cyprus] reported on Sunday lunchtime that snowflakes had fallen on Saturday night in Troodos

“The storms in Troodos were accompanied by hail, which caused damage to crops in several areas…”

https://cyprus-mail.com/2020/05/24/snowflakes-recorded-in-troodos-on-saturday-night-video/


With strong winds, Sunday was a disastrous day for the island [of Cyprus] in terms of fires with firemen called to 26 fires from 6am until 6pm, while seven fires also caused much damage in the north.

““It was one of the worst days so far,” spokesman for the forestry department Andreas Christou said.”

https://cyprus-mail.com/2020/05/25/one-of-the-worst-days-ever-as-26-fires-fought-on-sunday/


The heat wave that baked Israel all of last week may yet be declared the longest on record, with scorching temperatures lasting six days…

“…a leading expert on climatology and climate change says it is probable that sizzlers like this will become more common in the future.”

https://www.timesofisrael.com/long-intense-and-dangerous-heat-waves-likely-to-become-more-common-expert-says/


New analysis has revealed that the Gulf region has the most hot and humid weather anywhere on Earth – and it is set to get warmer still.

“More than half of the most extreme temperature and humidity readings recorded on land have occurred on the Arabian Peninsula, the study revealed.”

https://www.thenational.ae/uae/environment/the-gulf-is-the-world-s-hot-spot-for-extreme-temperatures-study-reveals-1.1023884


Dubai was lashed by rain, hail and dust storms on Sunday as unseasonal weather swept through the country.

“Downpours were recorded across the emirate as residents picked up their camera phones to capture the UAE’s latest bout of wet weather.”

https://www.thenational.ae/uae/environment/uae-weather-dubai-hit-by-hail-thunder-and-heavy-rain-1.1024088


On May 20 there was heated debate about what should be done about thousands of people displaced or drowned and businesses and livelihoods destroyed by flooding around Lake Victoria

“Heavy rains have left many areas around the lake basin, including the Ugandan capital Kampala, flooded. The lake itself has risen to its highest ever level since 1964.”

https://www.independent.co.ug/cover-story-lake-victoria-floods/


Re the magnetic shift outlined in the article below, Geoscience Update is reporting that:

For the last few weeks, vast sections of the Thermohaline current between Africa and South America have been going silent, yielding no indication of a magnetic field whatsoever.

“This has been elevating the temperatures of the ocean dramatically. Some of the indirect currents have pushed some of this heat southward into Antarctica.”

https://www.firstpost.com/tech/science/scientists-worried-over-earths-weakening-magnetic-field-swarm-satellites-to-investigate-8400551.html


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22nd May 2020 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

Torrential downpours have pounded the Mid-Atlantic, with more than 7 inches of rain falling in one day on parts of North Carolina and Virginia, putting residents at risk of flash floods and dam failure.

“More than 13 million people were under flash-flood watches Thursday, with rivers in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Michigan and Illinois at flood stage.”

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/weather/torrential-rains-pummel-mid-atlantic-13-million-risk-flash-floods-n1211926


On May 17, 2020, heavy rain began pouring over the Tri-Cities region of central Michigan and, after two days, it provoked significant flooding in Midland County.

“The accumulating rainfall led to catastrophic dam failures that swelled rivers and streams and inundated several nearby communities.”

Satellite images

https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/146752/muddy-flooding-in-michigan


Aging dams will increasingly fail as climate change makes extreme precipitation and storms more frequent and intense, scientists warn.

““A lot of the country’s infrastructure systems were built during a time when these kind of weather events were considered rare and didn’t present a significant threat,” said Hiba Baroud, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Vanderbilt University.”

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/05/21/more-dams-will-collapse-as-aging-infrastructure-cant-keep-up-with-climate-change.html


“On Wednesday, there was a high temperature of 104 which tied a previous record set back in 1927 on the same day. Tuesday had a record high of 108 degrees and broke the previous record of 105 set in 2003.

Kearney said San Angelo is warmer this time of year, compared to previous years.”

https://eu.gosanangelo.com/story/weather/2020/05/21/san-angelo-breaks-record-high-temperatures-storms-still-store-weather/5235404002/


A raging wildfire in a remote area east of Prince Albert has grown to more 400 square kilometres — a 10 per cent increase from Tuesday.

“The Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency (SPSA) says ground crews and aircraft are fighting the blaze.”

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/sask-fire-grows-400-square-kilometres-1.5578525


Following the five-day heatwave that broke records for mid-May, Thessaloniki [Greece] was hit with heavy rain and wild weather on Thursday.

“The fire service received at least 50 calls to pump water out of basement homes and businesses in the port of Thessaloniki.”

https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/05/22/flooding-reported-in-thessaloniki-due-to-heavy-rain/


At least eight people were confirmed dead after River Lhubiriha in Kasese District in western Uganda burst its banks, according to the Uganda Red Cross Society

“A family of five people is still unaccounted for according to a report by the national broadcaster, UBC TV. The heavy flooding also resulted in the destruction of property and some roads being cut off.”

https://africa.cgtn.com/2020/05/21/at-least-eight-people-killed-in-flooding-in-western-uganda/


The World Bank on Thursday approved a record $500 million in grants and low-interest loans to help countries in Africa and the Middle East fight swarms of desert locusts that are eating their way across vast swaths of crops and rangelands.

“Four of the hardest-hit countries – Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda – will receive $160 million immediately…”

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-world-bank-locusts/world-bank-approves-record-500-million-to-battle-locust-swarms-idUSKBN22X1XW


““The largest rainfall accumulation had fallen over the Bay of Bengal on May 18 while Amphan was at category 5 on the Saffir-Simpson scale,” said Owen Kelley, a researcher at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., who created a rainfall image.

GPM data revealed Amphan generated over 914 mm or 36 inches of rainfall…”

https://blogs.nasa.gov/hurricanes/2020/05/21/amphan-northern-indian-ocean-5/


Wide swaths of coastal India and Bangladesh were flooded and millions were without power Thursday as Cyclone Amphan, the most powerful storm to hit the region in more than a decade

“…killed over 80 people and cut a path of destruction that is still being assessed.”

https://phys.org/news/2020-05-deadly-cyclone-destructive-path-india.html


The main airport feeding the city of Calcutta has been completely inundated with flood water and showed severe structural damage.”

https://news.sky.com/video/cyclone-calcutta-airport-devastated-by-flooding-11992433


Sky News suggests that loss of global dimming from pollution contributed to Amphan:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TI_EuVPUjiE


Because of cyclone Amphan, all the moisture is concentrated around it while dry, north-westerly winds are blowing over the rest of the country which causes temperatures to peak gradually,” said Sunita Devi, who is in-charge of cyclones at IMD.

“Not just the rest of May but even June could be very hot in many parts of India.”

https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/heat-wave-in-northwest-central-and-south-india-as-cyclone-amphan-exits/story-mrULcjv11dfTWl2my43vMO.html


“Disasters wreak havoc on fighting the pandemic,” said Bhuputra Panda, associate professor of Public Health Foundation of India.“

“The possibility of increasing the rate of transmission rises sharply” as it becomes almost impossible to maintain social distancing, personal hygiene, wearing mask and even quarantine centers are converted into cyclone shelters.””

https://www.bloombergquint.com/global-economics/millions-face-risk-of-virus-contagion-in-storm-hit-south-asia


Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau (CWB) today (May 22) issued heavy to torrential rain advisories for 20 out of Taiwan’s 22 cities and counties, while school and office closures have been announced in Miaoli, Kaohsiung, Chiayi, and Pingtung due to a stationary front which could bring “disastrous rainfall” to those areas.”

https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3938571


The [Australian] Bureau of Meteorology has said the violent storm that tore through the Geelong suburb of Waurn Ponds early Wednesday morning was a tornado, marking a rare weather event for Victoria

“There are around 60 tornadoes every year in Australia, most of them in NSW and Queensland, with only one or two recorded in Victoria each year.”

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-05-22/weather-event-that-tore-through-geelong-was-a-tornado/12277512


Globally, 2020 is turning into one of the warmest years on record.

“The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Japanese Meteorological Agency (JMA) and Europe’s Copernicus Programme all agree that April 2020 is now the second warmest month of April seen since record-keeping began in the late 1800s. In all, only 2016 saw a January through April with warmer temperatures around the globe.”

https://www.theweathernetwork.com/ca/news/article/second-warmest-on-record-2020-still-on-track-to-be-warmest


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21st May 2020 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

The failure of two dams in Michigan driven by heavy rainfall late Tuesday has brought record-setting flooding to nearby communities as thousands of residents evacuate their homes

““This is one of those nightmare scenarios that meteorologists hope never happen,” meteorologist Eric Holthaus wrote in a tweet. “We are in a climate emergency.””

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/05/20/catastrophic-flooding-underway-as-dam-failures-in-michigan-force-evacuation.html


Days of torrential rain left parts of Cynthiana, Kentucky, under water on May 20, as the south fork of the Licking River overflowed.

“Ben Childers captured aerial footage of the flooding across Cynthiana, which received nearly 6.5 inches of rain over five days ending on May 20.”

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/torrential-rain-leaves-parts-cynthiana-092610223.html


As the US continues to be pummeled by the coronavirus pandemic, a fresh looming threat is set to complicate efforts to contain the outbreak – an unusually fierce hurricane season

“Penn State researchers’ best guess is there will be 20 named storms, eight more than the 30-year average, which would make 2020 one of the most active years for hurricanes on record.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/21/hurricane-us-coronavirus-covid-19-floods


Grass fire outbreaks have risen across Wales, with numbers up by a thousand on 2019 figures, a fire service has said.

“Mid and West Wales Fire Service said in its area there had been a 24% increase over the past eight weeks.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-wales-52736015/wildlife-suffers-as-lockdown-grass-fires-rise


“Dramatic infrared footage shows the extent of a huge forest fire [UK] that was declared a ‘major incident’ after flames engulfed an area the size of 250 football pitches.

“The blaze has continued to rip through 150 hectares of Wareham Forest in Dorset on the hottest day of the year so far.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8340545/Dramatic-infrared-drone-footage-shows-extent-Wareham-Forest-fire.html


The effects of global warming are becoming evident even in Belgium. 2018 was exceptionally warm and dry and the summer of 2019 also broke many weather records, with temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius and an increasing shortage of precipitation ….

“2020 will already belong to the list of years with the longest periods of drought, and we are only at the beginning of the growing season.”

https://geneticliteracyproject.org/2020/05/20/facing-record-breaking-temperatures-belgium-field-tests-drought-tolerant-corn-varieties/


As a majority of Andalucian communities prepare to enter into Phase 2 of the de-escalation plan and relax their measures, temperatures will be climbing and reaching as high as 38 degrees Celsius in some areas.

“The Costa del Sol will undoubtedly experience high summer-like temperatures.”

https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/05/20/spains-costa-del-sol-and-andalucia-expect-sky-high-temperatures-of-up-to-38-degrees-this-weekend/


Today in Morocco, they have predicted a heat wave with temperatures that will far exceed 40 degrees [104f]

“According to the National Meteorological Directorate (DMN), this heat wave is fearsome in the interior plains, the Souss, the south-east and the south of the country.”

https://www.bladi.es/marruecos-meteo-hoy-jueves,4128.html


Around 5,000 hectares (12,400 acres) of farmland and forests were destroyed by wildfires, which swept across northern Cyprus last Sunday, wiping out around 90 percent of the regions 2,000 monumental olive trees.

““The extent of the destruction is unbelievable,” and added, “the situation is depressing, most tragic.””

https://www.oliveoiltimes.com/world/monumental-olive-trees-in-cyprus-destroyed-by-wildfires/81709


Israel is experiencing an extreme heatwave that could last until the end of the week, with temperatures expected to remain at 104 degrees Fahrenheit in many regions…

“This comes as the country is re-opening after 2 months of COVID-19 lockdowns.”

https://weather.com/news/news/2020-05-20-middle-east-heat-wave-cripples-israel-amid-post-covid-reopening


“Kenya –

Grandmother Millicent Agata’s small farm has disappeared entirely under the floodwaters of a swollen Lake Victoria, forcing her family to join tens of thousands of other Kenyans seeking shelter from the worst floods in three generations.”

https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-climate-change-kenya-floods/kenya-floods-uproot-families-disrupt-fishing-farming-communities-idUKKBN22W1V7


Rescue teams searched for survivors in eastern India and Bangladesh on Thursday, a day after the most powerful cyclone in over a decade devastated coastal villages, tore down power lines, and left large tracts of land under water.

“The full extent of the casualties and damage to property inflicted by Cyclone Amphan would only be known once communications were restored, officials said.”

https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-asia-storm-india/cyclone-leaves-trail-of-devastation-along-coast-of-eastern-india-bangladesh-idUKKBN22X0JM


Historically, eight out of ten deadliest tropical cyclones in the world have originated over the Bay of Bengal. Bay of Bengal occupies 0.6% of the global ocean area, but is responsible for 50% of all cyclone-related deaths

“Experts say that the triangular shape of the Bay of Bengal acts as a funnel and causes massive storm surges, whenever a cyclone approaches.”

https://weather.com/en-IN/india/news/news/2020-05-20-cyclone-amphan-india-bangladesh-bay-of-bengal-hotbed-cyclones


A rare tornado has ripped through several villages on Indonesia’s Sumatra island, killing at least two people, damaging hundreds of homes, and fatally knocking over a cow..

“The powerful winds damaged 245 homes in three villages and knocked out power to most of the area…”

https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/tornado-indonesia-kills-damages-hundreds-homes-70803970


The Bureau of Meteorology has warned a potentially dangerous storm which is rare for autumn is set to hit the West Australian coast on Sunday.

“Bureau spokesman Neil Bennett said a similar event in June 2012 resulted in more than 600 calls for assistance and left 170,000 homes without power.”

https://www.watoday.com.au/national/western-australia/dangerous-and-rare-autumn-storm-headed-for-wa-coast-on-sunday-20200521-p54v8p.html


Record-breaking rainfall has lashed parts of Queensland’s north, prompting flood warnings in some areas

“Some rain gauges received more than half a metre of rain during the 48 hours to 9am today, including 524mm at Bulgan Creek, near Tully…

“At Bingil Bay, 454mm was recorded – the highest two-day total in 29 years and its highest during May since records began in 1926. The two-day deluge included 302mm in 24 hours, a new record for May Weatherzone said.”

https://www.9news.com.au/national/weather-warning-storms-heavy-rain-for-queensland-new-south-wales-and-victoria-wind-warning/222c181a-35af-464a-a864-50191421cc6f


Siberia is sizzling in a heatwave as locals say a swathe of this vast Russian region went straight from winter into a roasting summer, skipping spring.

“Temperatures have touched 106F (41C) in the Altai Mountain foothills, with May records broken in many locations and residents stifling as they stay home seeking to fend off the threat of coronavirus.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8340017/Siberia-hit-record-105-8F-heatwave-Russian-region-skips-spring.html


“Here we go again.

Just a few weeks after a series of early season heat waves spiked temperatures over 100 degrees in Phoenix, Arizona and baked much of the Southwest in record high temperatures, more excessive heat could be in store this weekend into next week across the region.”

https://www.weathernationtv.com/news/sizzling-early-season-heat-en-route-for-west-again/


The English fire in the Fort a la Corne forest is larger than the city of Saskatoon

“On Wednesday morning, Environment Canada sent out an air quality advisory for a large area of the province, including Prince Albert, Saskatoon, Melfort, Wakaw and Tisdale.”

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/wildfire-now-larger-than-city-of-saskatoon-1.5576829


“You may have noticed that we’re getting less snow in winter as the climate warms. But how much?

The latest estimate is that the maximum amount of snow that collects on the ground each year in non-alpine areas of North America has been decreasing by 46 billion tonnes per decade since 1980, a new study reports.”

https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/snow-climate-change-1.5577270


The natural environment in which we live is the other dominant influence on our health and wellbeing.

“Temperature, weather and the climate have always affected our health, even as we have become better at building shelters and homes to protect ourselves from the elements.”

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/may/21/our-environment-has-always-affected-our-mortality-should-we-add-climate-change-to-death-certificates


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20th May 2020 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

A few hundred miles south of the Arctic Circle, the small town of Boguchany in Siberia, Russia, had its hottest April on record. On April 25, the temperature soared to 31° Celsius (87.8° Fahrenheit), even though it should be much cooler at this time of the year.

“Other parts of Siberia, and the greater continent of Asia, also experienced record heat. On April 27, the temperature in Tokmak, Kyrgyzstan, reached 35.1°C (95.2°F), while at Ayding Lake, China, the temperature peaked at 43.5°C (110.3°F). Over the past few months, Europe has also been dealing with abnormal heat during its warmest winter on record.”

https://news.mongabay.com/2020/05/siberia-experiences-hottest-spring-on-record-fueling-wildfires/


In the convoy that this week set out from Sabetta, the LNG terminal in Yamal, are LNG tanker “Christophe de Margerie” and icebreaker “Yamal”. It is the first voyage across the Northern Sea Route this year. It is the earliest voyage of its kind ever.”

“Like previous years, the Russian Arctic saw average air temperatures far beyond normal.”

https://thebarentsobserver.com/en/2020/05/years-first-convoy-breaking-its-way-through-russian-arctic-ice-course-china


About a hundred firefighters fought a wildfire in Norðurárdalur valley, West Iceland, yesterday and overnight. The fire was reported between 5 and 6 pm yesterday, near Glanni waterfall.”

https://icelandmonitor.mbl.is/news/news/2020/05/19/wildfire_in_west_iceland_overnight/


Already, fast-melting Bering Sea ice is threatening spotted seals and other marine mammals.

“Warming Gulf of Alaska waters wiped out cod eggs in 2019, causing a crash in cod stocks. Record warm waters in the Yukon River last summer killed thousands of migrating salmon with heat stress.”

https://www.alaskapublic.org/2020/05/19/marine-heatwaves-will-cripple-salmon-cod-and-pollock-at-twice-the-rate-previously-predicted-study-says/


Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer declared a state of emergency for one county after two dams failed in the area — following heavy rains and flash floods across the state.

“Both the Edenville and Sanford Dams breached Tuesday night, the governor said in a news release, and urged residents to evacuate the affected areas in Midland County immediately.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/05/19/us/michigan-dam-collapse/index.html


Chicago just notched its wettest May on record — for the third May in a row. At least 8.37 inches of rain has come down so far this month and, with a third of the month still to go, that tally is expected to grow.

“This year’s historic May rainfall broke the record of 8.25 inches set in May 2019, which had surpassed May 2018′s 8.21 inches, the previous record holder.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2020/05/19/chicago-may-rainfall-record/


In its 2020 harvest report, industry body Wines of Argentina stated that “nothing about the 2019-2020 season has been usual”.

“The first point of note was the heat. With the exception of Cafayate and some other high altitude areas, Argentine vineyards experienced “historically high temperatures”.”

https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2020/05/argentina-experiences-unusual-and-early-harvest/


Severe storms have ripped through homes In Victoria [Australia], with hail and winds leaving a path of destruction, tearing off roofs and bringing down fences.

“A line of extreme weather burst into Geelong just after midnight on Wednesday, lashing the southwest coast and leaving four families homeless.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8338869/Like-war-zone-Carnage-super-storm-rips-Geelong-wild-east-coast-weather.html


The Queensland Beekeepers’ Association has used World Bee Day to call for a financial lifeline, warning crops will fail if starving bees don’t make it through winter.

“An unprecedented combination of drought and bushfires has left little food in the wild and many commercial beekeepers have been forced to hand feed their insects to keep them alive.”

https://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2020-05-20/world-bee-day-bees-starving-drought-feeding-sugar-honey/12263374


India and Bangladesh evacuated millions of people from the path of the most powerful storm in 20 years, which is expected to hit on Wednesday evening and has raised fears of extensive damage to houses and crops.

“The authorities’ move to save lives was complicated by continuing efforts to curb the coronavirus pandemic and enforce social distancing.”

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/05/bangladesh-india-brace-amphan-largest-cyclone-20-years-200520022755647.html


Scorching temperatures during a record-breaking heatwave continue to be felt throughout Israel on Tuesday, with power outages across the country causing many to be stranded in elevators.

“The Israel Electric Corporation reported a record high demand in the early afternoon hours, surpassing its ppeak in July of last year.”

https://www.ynetnews.com/article/rkbCkcZo8


The dry spell that’s scorching parts of the European Union’s eastern wing is devastating harvests and exacerbating what’s expected to be the region’s deepest economic downturn since at least the fall of communism.

“In parts of Romania and Poland, the drought is the worst in a century.”

https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/100-drought-hits-poor-eu-040000584.html


Part of Antarctica is already green due to blooms of algae living on the snow. As the continent warms, more of it may turn green

“A warmer climate would melt more Antarctic snow and destroy some of the algae’s habitat. But it would also mean more areas of slushy snow further inland, so there could be a net increase.”

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2243918-algae-is-now-growing-on-melting-antarctic-snow-due-to-climate-change/#ixzz6Mye3RgZ3


Japanese scientists doing groundbreaking research in Antarctica say warm seawater flowing deep beneath a glacier may hold the key to rising sea levels rather than warmer air melting the ice sheets

“Simulations have shown that a collapse of the glacier’s tongue would induce an outflow of ice from adjacent continental areas into the ocean, leading to a rise in global sea levels by about 4 meters.”

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/13353378


“…new data published today suggests that the COVID pandemic will barely make a dent on manmade climate change.”

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davekeating/2020/05/19/it-turns-out-covid-isnt-helping-the-climate/#c675a07273ea


We have been shown repeatedly, and yet do not learn, that we live within nature, subject to its laws and limits and brutality, and that many of the fortresslike features of modern life that we once assumed were unshakable and unmovable turn out to be very fragile and vulnerable indeed.”

https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2020/05/welcome-to-the-end-of-the-human-climate-niche.html


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19th May 2020 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

Freakishly warm air has billowed up from Siberia over the Arctic Ocean and parts of Greenland, and the heat will only intensify in the coming days. The warmth is helping to spread widespread wildfires and to kickstart ice melt season early, both ominous signs of what summer could hold.

“The Arctic has been on one recently. Russia had its hottest winter ever recorded, driven largely by Siberian heat. That heat hasn’t let up as the calendar turns to spring. In fact, it’s intensified and spread across the Arctic.

“Last month was the hottest April on record for the globe, driven by high Arctic temperatures that averaged an astounding 17 degrees Fahrenheit (9.4 degrees Celsius) above normal…”

https://www.gizmodo.co.uk/2020/05/the-arctic-is-unravelling-as-a-massive-heat-wave-grips-the-region/


Sweden reported its biggest ever earthquake caused by mining on Monday at an iron ore mine north of the Arctic Circle run by state firm LKAB.

“The quake measured magnitude 4.1, the Department of Earth Sciences at Uppsala University said.”

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-sweden-quake/sweden-reports-its-biggest-ever-quake-caused-by-mining-in-arctic-idUSKBN22U1QM


The hot weather expected this week [in the UK] is likely going to encourage swarms of Blandford flies, which can cause painful, puss filled bites and typically target sensitive areas

“Many areas are being hit, including Oxfordshire where the Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust reported that its minor injury units have seen a ‘significant increase’ in patients with bites from the bugs.”

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/bloodsucking-flies-target-crotches-thrive-22044139


Over 100 firefighters are still battling a fire that’s affected 150 hectares of Wareham Forest [UK].

“Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue declared the situation a major incident last night.”

https://www.wessexfm.com/news/dorset-news/3105895/update-100-firefighters-still-on-scene-at-wareham-forest-blaze/


[Re Covid-10] The honest answer is that nobody knows.

“”What we do know is that other coronaviruses that normally circulate in human populations, they peak in the winter and tip down in the summer and disappear. We hope that this one will behave the same, but we are sceptical about whether that’s going to happen or not,” explains Professor Semenza.”

https://www.euronews.com/2020/05/18/how-climate-change-facilitates-deadly-diseases


Across the Mediterranean with its tantalising beaches, a record heatwave has hit countries just as they cautiously ease COVID-19 lockdowns, stoking hopes the new season will help fight the virus

“On Sunday, the temperature climbed to a sizzling 42.5 degrees in Paphos, the hottest ever recorded in Cyprus during May.”

https://www.bangkokpost.com/world/1920232/virus-confined-med-states-wilt-in-record-heat-wave


Experts believe that the extreme heatwave besetting Israel, which might give 2020 the dubious title of “warmest year in history,” is a direct result of climate change… Prof. Shanas pointed out that the average temperature is twice as warm as the global average.

“If we look at future predictions, all of Israel will become a desert by the end of the century,” he said.”

https://www.ynetnews.com/business/article/SyJweZbjI


Flooding in central Somalia has affected nearly 1 million people, displacing about 400,000 people, the United Nations said Monday, warning of possible disease outbreaks because of crowding where the displaced are seeking temporary shelter…

“The area is still recovering from floods last year that displaced more than 500,000 people.”

https://phys.org/news/2020-05-central-somalia-million-people.html


“Millions of people in India and Bangladesh are in the path of a super cyclone which is due to make landfall in less than 36 hours…

Super Cyclone Amphan became the strongest storm ever recorded in the Bay of Bengal on Monday night, after intensifying with sustained wind speeds of up to 270 kilometers per hour (165 miles per hours)…”

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/05/19/asia/super-cyclone-amphan-india-banglash-intl-hnk/index.html


It is becoming increasingly evident that hurricanes, typhoons, and tropical cyclones worldwide are becoming stronger and potentially more deadly as the globe warms due to the climate crisis, according to a new study.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/05/18/weather/climate-change-hurricane-tropical-cyclone/index.html


[Taiwain’s] Ministry of Defense dispatched amphibious vehicles and inflatable boats to flood prone areas around the country today as meteorologists warned of possible disaster level rains this week.

“A heavy rain advisory warning was issued by the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) at 9:00 pm Monday forecasting heavy rain starting from Monday night to Tuesday…”

http://taiwanenglishnews.com/taiwan-prepares-for-possible-deluge-as-plum-rains-expected-to-fall-for-at-least-a-week/


A squad of climate-related factors is responsible for the massive Australian coral bleaching event of 2016. If we’re counting culprits: it’s two by sea, one by land.”

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/05/200518144953.htm


Environmental agencies have reported an uptick in deforestation during lockdowns, as well as increases in poaching, animal trafficking and illegal mining worldwide.

“The trends are alarming, environmental experts say, and could be hard to reverse… in Ecuador, indigenous and afro-descendent communities have reported increased illegal mining in the Choco and Amazon rainforests.”

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20200518-why-lockdown-is-harming-the-amazon-rainforest


The lack of drinking water was exacerbated today in Caracas, the capital of Venezuela, amid a heat wave and at the beginning of the third month of the quarantine imposed to contain the spread of the coronavirus

“…which caused 541 infections and 10 deaths in the country.”

https://www.grupolaprovincia.com/amp/internacionales/caracas-sin-agua-potable-en-medio-de-la-pandemia-de-coronavirus-y-una-ola-de-calor-496524


The agricultural conditions known as a “dust bowl”, which helped propel mass migration among drought-stricken farmers in the US during the great depression of the 1930s, are now more than twice as likely to reoccur in the region

“…because of climate breakdown, new research has found.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/may/18/us-dust-bowl-conditions-likely-to-reoccur-great-plains


At least one person was killed and nine were injured when a possible tornado struck a small town in central Louisiana.

“The tornado, which has not been confirmed by the National Weather Service, was reported on Sunday evening near Prudence Highway in Church Point.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8332913/One-woman-dead-nine-injured-suspected-tornado-rips-central-Louisiana.html


Tropical Storm Arthur moved out to sea Monday after dumping heavy rain on North Carolina as forecasters warned that the first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season could continue to whip dangerous surf and rip currents for another day or more along the East Coast.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8331807/Tropical-Storm-Arthur-hits-North-Carolina-coast-rain.html


With nearly two weeks remaining in the month, Chicago is poised to smash the record for wettest May on record thanks to a series of heavy rainfall events

“The all-time record that the city could potentially break hasn’t exactly stood for very long. According to NBC 5 Storm Team Meteorologist Paul Deanno, the record was set in 2019, with 8.25 inches of rain falling during the month.”

https://www.nbcchicago.com/weather/chicago-poised-to-shatter-record-for-wettest-may-of-all-time/2274029/


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18th May 2020 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

A powerful cyclone that formed in the Bay of Bengal is headed directly for the India-Bangladesh border, bringing with it the potential for major destruction and upheaval in two countries that are still battling the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Cyclone Amphan has strengthened to the equivalent of a strong Category 4 Atlantic hurricane, or a super typhoon in the West Pacific.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/05/18/asia/cyclone-amphan-india-bangladesh-intl-hnk/index.html


The mayor of the small town of Jipapad in the Philippines’ Eastern Samar province that was severely devastated by Typhoon Vongfong raised frantic appeals for help on Saturday, saying his constituents had no more food and clean water.

“Floodwaters rose as high as a two-story house and most of the town’s 13 villages remained underwater on Saturday morning, he said.”

https://cebudailynews.inquirer.net/310836/ambo-leaves-samarenos-crying-for-help-4-dead


In the midst of economic shocks and border closures caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the Pacific region has yet again been ravaged by a Category 5 cyclone [Harold]

“…that left a trail of destruction across four Pacific island countries in a span of four days from April 5 to 8.”

https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/moment-reckoning-coronavirus-meets-climate-change-200423105300035.html


A day full of showers and thunderstorms culminated in significant flooding Sunday evening as rain overflowed the Chicago River and rendered some local roadways impassable

““The water is only going to continue to rise even after the rain stops because the ground is so heavily saturated — the water has nowhere to go,” weather service meteorologist Matt Friedlein said.”

https://chicago.suntimes.com/2020/5/17/21261850/flash-flood-warning-chicago-weather-rain


A tornado touched down Friday evening in Saratoga County, New York, the National Weather Service confirmed on Saturday.

“The tornado touched down in Wilton, New York at 6 p.m. Friday near the intersection of Nichols Road and Woodard Road and tracked easy for about two miles…”

https://www.masslive.com/weather/2020/05/tornado-confirmed-in-new-york-state-during-friday-night-storm.html


Tropical Storm Arthur crawled closer to the North Carolina coast Sunday evening, amid threats of some minor flooding and rough seas as the system moves off the Southeast seaboard.

“Arthur formed Saturday in waters off Florida, marking the sixth straight year that a named storm has developed before the official June 1 start of the Atlantic hurricane season.”

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/tropical-storm-arthur-inching-closer-to-north-carolina-latest-path-track-forecast-today-2020-05-17/


More than 500 calls were made about gorse fires in Northern Ireland in April, four times the volume the Fire and Rescue Service normally anticipates.

“And this weekend 48 fire fighters and support teams have been in Co Down tackling a wildfire that is burning underground as well as destroying all in its path above ground.”

https://www.belfastlive.co.uk/news/belfast-news/castlewellan-fire-48-firefighters-support-18262651


Crews have been tackling flames which have ravaged through a forest in East Sussex.

“East Sussex Fire and Rescue, along with crews from West Sussex and Kent, raced to the Ashdown Forest overnight as sections of the open space had been engulfed by fire.”

https://www.kentlive.news/news/sussex-news/gallery/dramatic-pictures-show-crews-battling-4140326


The prolonged period of dry weather in the Czech Republic has resulted in what experts are calling the ‘worst drought in 500 years.’

“Scientists are using ESA satellite data to monitor the drought that’s gripped the country. Recent maps, produced by the Dutch company VanderSat, show the extent of the recent drought in the Czech Republic.”

https://www.praguemorning.cz/czech-republic-drought-visible-from-space/


Beaches across Greece have flooded with people again on Sunday, on the third day of the heatwave that had meteorologists perplexed over how early in the season temperatures reached 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) in some areas.”

https://greece.greekreporter.com/2020/05/17/greeks-return-to-the-beaches-amidst-record-high-temperatures/


Cyprus is experiencing the hottest May on record as an extreme heatwave grips the island pushing temperatures past 40° Celsius for the fourth consecutive day.”

https://www.financialmirror.com/2020/05/18/cyprus-wilts-under-hottest-may-on-record/


Sunday saw all-time high temperatures in provinces throughout western Turkey, including in southern Antalya, southwestern Muğla, Burdur and Isparta, and northwestern Bursa.

“The director of the 4th Regional Directorate of Meteorology, Latif Gültekin, said the temperatures Saturday and Sunday set all-time record highs for May in Antalya, Muğla, Burdur and Isparta.”

https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/cities-across-turkey-see-highest-may-temperatures-ever-breaking-75-year-old-records/news


The extreme heatwave in Israel will continue until the end of the week, with no let-up from sweltering temperatures even at night, according to a warning by the Israel Meteorological Service (IMS) on Sunday, amidst one of the most severe heatwaves in Israel in decades…

“Israel’s Fire and Rescue Services are on high alert as the threat of wildfires remains high due to the combining factors of high temperatures, low humidity levels and fierce winds.”

https://www.theyeshivaworld.com/news/headlines-breaking-stories/1861345/death-by-heatstroke-record-breaking-electricity-use-fires-amid-worst-heatwave-in-israel-in-decades.html


Zimbabwe’s second biggest city of Bulawayo limited access to tap water to just one day a week on Friday as reservoir levels fall to dangerously low levels amid the country’s worst drought in years.

“After a devastating drought in 2019 and patchy rains this year, water shortages have worsened in Bulawayo…”

https://www.voazimbabwe.com/a/bulawayo-limits-water-drought/5423706.html


“…heavy rains in the area of western Uganda swept away homes, schools, submerged farms, cut off bridges and left several roads inaccessible

“…affecting 24,760 houses and an estimated 173,000 people, according to a disaster committee interim assessment report.”

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2020/may/16/people-are-desperate-floods-and-rock-slides-devastate-western-uganda


Already navigating the coronavirus pandemic and the worst invasion of desert locusts for more than 25 years, parts of East Africa are now being devastated by flooding.

“Heavy rains over the last month have led to overflowing rivers and lakes and mudslides, with Kenya particularly impacted.”

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/05/18/coronavirus-floods-and-locusts-kenyas-triple-whammy-of-crises.html


Dozens of Tajiks affected by some of the worst flooding and mudslides in years have blocked a key road in a rare instance of public protest in the authoritarian Central Asian nation.

“The protesters halted traffic on May 17 along the Bokhtar-Dushanbe road, which connects the nation’s capital with the center of Khatlon Province.”

https://www.rferl.org/a/tajik-villagers-block-road-to-protest-lack-of-government-aid-following-floods/30617168.html


Spring wildfires across Siberia have Russian authorities on alert for a potentially devastating summer season of blazes after an unusually warm and dry winter in one of the world’s climate-change hot spots.

“Some of the April fires in eastern Russia have already dwarfed the infernos from this time last year…”

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/wildfires-ravaged-siberia-last-year-this-spring-the-blazes-are-starting-even-bigger/ar-BB14aKYp


Scientists found that the magnetic north is experiencing some kind of shift, making its way towards Siberia. For a while, it was unexplained, until today as they believe that conflicting magnetic blobs may have caused the shift.”

https://www.econotimes.com/Scientists-believe-the-shift-in-magnetic-north-is-caused-by-conflicting-magnetic-blobs-1582746


Using a combination of satellite sensors, scientists recently found that Denman Glacier has been retreating both above and below the water line. That one glacier in East Antarctica holds as much ice as half of West Antarctica, so scientists are concerned about its stability.”

https://scitechdaily.com/scientists-concerned-as-denman-glacier-retreats-both-above-and-below-the-water-line/


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