Climate 23rd May 2019 Arctic Ice at Record Lows

“This past April, the circumpolar world saw the lowest Arctic sea ice extent, or coverage since record-keeping began 40 years ago…

“April 2019 marked the 18th consecutive April during which Arctic sea ice extent was below average, the data centre found… And nearly all of the oldest ice, four years old or more, which once made up about 30 per cent of the sea ice within the Arctic Ocean, is gone.

“As of mid-April 2019, the older ice made up only 1.2 per cent of the ice cover.”

“This rapid wandering of the north magnetic pole has caused some problems for scientists and navigators alike. Computer models of where the north magnetic pole might be in the future have become seriously outdated, making accurate compass-based navigation difficult….

“In fact, the pole is moving so quickly that scientists responsible for mapping the Earth’s magnetic field were recently forced to update their model much earlier than expected.”

“As Earth’s temperatures continue to rise, freshwater ecosystems in the Arctic are becoming unusually warm — too warm for many native species.

“According to a report, the trend could cause regional extinctions, resulting in a tremendous loss of biodiversity in Arctic lakes and rivers.”

“Climate change that has warmed the world’s oceans has prompted a “worrying” northward migration among some communities of the smallest organisms in the sea: plankton.

WThat is the conclusion of new research published Thursday in the journal Nature examining the make-up of plankton communities across the northern hemisphere.”

“A third gray whale has been found dead in Alaska. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says a gray whale was spotted Tuesday on Kodiak Island. Carcasses also were found this spring near Cordova and south of Anchorage…

“However, they’re part of an unusually high number of gray whale deaths along the West Coast.”

“It has been nearly 120,000 years since Earth was this warm, and 40,000 years since some ice-swathed Arctic lands have seen the sun.

“This is one conclusion of a study published recently in the journal Nature Communications, in which researchers carbon-dated plants collected at the edges of 30 ice caps on Baffin Island, in the Canadian Inuit territory of Nunavut.”

“Wildfire season is getting longer in Alberta every year with climate change, scorching land and polluting the air with thick smoke…

“…there are fears a major fire west of the city could wash burned material into the rivers, impacting the drinking water supply for the city’s 1.4 million residents.”

“It’s shaping up to be a dry summer for B.C.’s streams and rivers, with the province warning that provincial snowpacks are verging on 40-year lows for mid-May.

“The B.C. River Forecast Centre says that snow levels have dropped significantly since the beginning of the month due to persistently hot weather and rapid melt.”

“Officials are hoping for the best but preparing for the worst as flood waters rise on the Arkansas River.”

“A tornado hit the Missouri capital as people slept late Wednesday night — part of a deadly spring storm system that has ravaged the central United States over the past several days, unleashing twisters, drenching rain, flash flooding and hail.

“More than 150 miles southwest of Jefferson City, the storm killed at least three people earlier Wednesday in Golden City, Missouri.”

“Five days of snow in February. A week in late May with lows in the 50s. A year’s worth of rain in five months. Go home, Mother Nature. You’re drunk.

“Las Vegas has seen some strange weather so far in 2019, with colder, wetter conditions than people are used to in one of North America’s hottest, driest cities.”

“Hot and muggy weather resulted in record high temperatures for parts of the state, including a sweltering 96 degree temperature recorded at Kahului Airport.

“If the preliminary data from the National Weather Service is verified, that would break the previous record of 94 degrees set back in 1993. It would also be the hottest temperature recorded in Kahului for the month of May.”

“Seven months since Hurricane Michael’s category 5 winds twisted over Florida – and two weeks until the 2019 hurricane season begins – Mexico Beach is still in the clean-up phase from the strongest storm to ever hit the area.

“Last month, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration upgraded the hurricane to a category 5, making it one of only four storms on record to hit the continental United States at that intensity.”

“Tens of thousands of trees planted to mitigate the environmental impact of the High Speed Rail 2 (HS2) route have died following the UK’s 2018 summer drought.

“More than one-third of saplings planted in 2017-18 had to be replaced a year later, bosses admitted, as they said putting in new plants was cheaper than keeping the old ones alive.”

“It has been one of the wettest and coldest months on record in Croatia, but it looks like after the unsettled weather of May is behind us the whole region could be in for a summer to remember.

“AccuWeather, the much respected well-known American meteorological service, has released the weather forecast for this summer in Europe. And according to forecasts we are in for a baking hot summer.”

“‘…long-duration’, ‘intense’ and ‘persistent’ heatwaves will spread from Spain and Portugal all the way to eastern Europe and will bring sweltering temperatures for months.

“The high heat is forecast to arrive in June and will be much stronger than last year, which saw record-breaking recordings.

“Spain is facing ‘multi-day’ heatwaves and could see temperatures reach a life-threatening 43C or even higher.”

“The Khomas region [of Namibia] is experiencing its worst drought in 90 years, according to official rainfall figures released by the Namibia Meteorological Service this week.

“The region received less than a third of its normal quantity of rainfall over the past rainy season from October last year to the end of April this year.

“The bulk of the north-central regions of the country received about a third of their normal seasonal rainfall.”

“A tropical cyclone that battered Madagascar for several days last month killed at least 34 people, according to a statement by the disaster management on Thursday.

“The National Disaster and Risk Management Bureau had previously said that at least 15 people died after cyclone Bingiza swept through the Indian Ocean Island’s southern and northern regions from February 14 to 19.”

“After four successive deficit monsoons and droughts, we do not need a large deficit in rainfall for it to have the same impact as a drought. An unevenly distributed monsoon with a small departure from the forecast can have a devastating impact on rural India.”

“Salem [India]: Coconut farmers in the district are staring at a bleak future with the trees withering away due to severe drought.”

“”Here there’s four dams that are only a quarter full and one dam that’s completely empty,” he said.

“”The rain was so steady but we didn’t get any heavy falls … so the water didn’t run into dams.

“”When there’s green grass but no water you’ve got to work as hard as being in a dry drought.”

“Mr Gardiner said many people in the community had been finding the situation challenging.”

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Climate 22nd May 2019 Extreme Weather for Central US

“Vicious weather brought damaging tornadoes and heavy rains to areas of the central United States already dealing with floodwaters that prompted scores of water rescues over the past two days.

“There were at least 30 preliminary reports of tornadoes in the central US on Tuesday, most of the twisters occurring in Kansas and Missouri.

“Over the past five days there have been 130 tornado reports, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Storm Prediction Center.”

“America is celebrating its fourth best winter season in history, with more than 59 million skiers visiting resorts across the country.

“Remarkable snow conditions are largely to thank after the wettest winter on record in the USA meant many of the country’s ski resorts experienced their snowiest season ever. The freak weather front, which blasted the country for almost six weeks at the start of 2019, led to a number of resorts announcing they would likely remain open until as late as July.”

“This winter, April showers have brought May snowfall and record low temperatures. Denver broke a 128-year record low maximum temperature record on Tuesday.

“With a high of just 39 degrees, it broke the previous record for the previous coldest May 21 high temperature – snapping the old record of 40 degrees from way back in 1891.”

“A big-time heatwave is set to impact the Southeast into early June. Most locations in states like Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida, and Alabama will see highs in the 90s and even the 100s for more than a week straight. Many daily record highs will be broken; some all-time record highs for the month of May could fall as well.”

“Emergency officials [Alberta, Canada] said Tuesday that approximately 5,000 people have been evacuated from the Town of High Level, portions of Mackenzie County…

“”Unfortunately, the dry conditions in northern Alberta are forecast to continue for the foreseeable future with the fire danger possibly increasing later this week,” Premier Jason Kenney told reporters in a morning briefing…”

“For the past two weeks, large parts of Mexico have been going up in flames. Wildfires blazing across the country have darkened the skies, choking the atmosphere with smoke so thick it can be seen from space.

“As CGTN’s Alasdair Baverstock explains, evacuations have been ordered as firefighters battle the flames.”

“Researchers at the University of São Paulo (USP) in Brazil have shown that atmospheric pollutants restrict tree growth and the ecosystem services provided by trees, such as filtering pollution by absorbing airborne metals in their bark, assimilating CO2, reducing the heat island effect by attenuating solar radiation, mitigating stormwater runoff, and controlling humidity.”

“Officially, the Atlantic hurricane season does not begin until June 1, and notionally ends on Nov. 30. However, the formation of Andrea marks the fifth year in a row—dating to Tropical Storm Ana in 2015—that a named storm has formed before June 1.

“This is unprecedented. “

“Rain didn’t just fall in 2018, it piled up into a record breaker.

“Scientists say the health of America’s largest estuary declined last year due to the effects of record-breaking precipitation.”


“The floods of 2009 and 2015 in north-west England were the worst for more than 550 years, according to groundbreaking analysis of lake sediment in the region.

“Residents have long suspected that the devastating floods were the worst in living memory, but this confirmation – from an analysis of lake sediment layers – provides a unique window on to the history of flooding in one of the wettest parts of England, and reveals the global climate crisis.”

“The climate-related catastrophes ranging from floods, prolonged drought, violent wind and extreme temperatures that have ravaged different parts of [Uganda] have caused fears of looming famine.

“The recent flood disaster occurred in Buyende District in Busoga sub-region on April 23.

“It left 15 people dead, several injured and at least 100 families displaced. Property worth millions of shillings was also destroyed.”

“Egypt’s Meteorological Authority said on Tuesday that the current heat wave in the country will peak over the upcoming three days, reaching highs of 45 degrees Celsius [113f] on Thursday.

“Temperatures are expected to increase by an average of 5 to 6 degrees during the peak of the heat wave.”,-reach–degr.aspx

“A car owner in India has gone to extreme lengths to protect her vehicle from the punishing summer, as the mercury in the western city of Ahmedabad crosses 45 degrees Celsius [113f].

“An image of her car being shared on social media showed her Toyota sedan completely slathered with cow dung to keep it cool in the hot weather, local media reported.”

“A severe drought is baking parts of China, with southwestern Yunnan province and northeastern Jilin province getting the worst of it… Crops have been damaged…

“”The corn kernels burst out even in the cornstalk, just like popcorn,” said Liu Yueming, a technician in the promotion of scientific cultivation in the province.

“”It felt like the surface temperature was as high as 60 C. It’s a catastrophe.””

“Extreme weather events, severe drought in some parts of northern Australia and devastating floods in north Queensland have delivered a $107 million hit to beef producer Australian Agricultural Company’s profit.

“The company’s full-year results released on Wednesday revealed the vast flood in the Queensland Gulf country earlier this year killed about 43,000 head of cattle, just under 10 per cent of AACo’s herd, and cost the company an estimated $47 million.”

“The heat stress in 2016 was the worst on record, causing mass bleaching and large reductions in coral cover at Christmas Island, Ashmore Reef and Scott Reef.

“This was also the first time mass bleaching was recorded in the southern parts of the inshore Kimberley region, including in the long oral history of Indigenous Australians who have managed this sea-country for thousands of years.”

“Thermal images taken by a NIWA scientist during this year’s aerial survey of South Island [NZ] glaciers have revealed in extraordinary detail how heat in the surrounding landscape is affecting the ice.

“The long-term records show about 30% of New Zealand glacier coverage has been lost and hundreds of individual glaciers have disappeared altogether. This year there has been very little accumulation and some glaciers were only just clinging on to the sides of mountains, Dr Lorrey said.”

“Glaciers and ice sheets in Antarctica have thinned and weakened dramatically over the past quarter-century, leaving 24% of the ice in the western part of the continent seriously weakened and in danger of collapse.

“In some places on Antarctica, glaciers have thinned by approximately 400 feet (122 meters).

“This staggering loss has little to do with weather fluctuations; rather, it unfolded over decades as Earth’s climate warmed, scientists reported in a new study.

“And that ice loss is accelerating.”

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Climate 21st May 2019 April Was Second Warmest on Record Globally

“April 2019 was the second warmest April on record for the globe according to four separate just-released analyses.

“NOAA said Monday that Earth had its second-warmest April, ranking only behind 2016. It also marked the 412th consecutive month and 43rd straight April that global temperatures have been above average.

“From January through April the global average temperature across all land and ocean surfaces ranks as third warmest, behind only 2016 and 2017.”

“The risk for heat-related illnesses will be elevated from northern Africa into parts of the Middle East this week as unseasonable heat builds over the region.

“Millions of people will be at risk as locations endure multiple days of extreme heat with high temperatures as much as 15 C (27 F) above normal.”

“The Royal Oman Police has airlifted essential supplies to the Wilayat Wadi Bani Khalid. This effort came in the wake of flash floods and torrential rainfall which hit Wilayat Bani Khalid the worst…

“Yesterday, the Directorate General of Meteorology announced that the Wilayat saw 39.4 mm of rain in 24 hours, which is higher than what was recorded in the entire month of May last year.”

“Less greenery has led to higher temperatures in Yangon [Myanmar]…

“…which recently saw a record high of 42.2 degrees Celsius.

“Record-breaking temperatures were noted at over 20 other weather stations across the nation.”

“Since 2005, the country [Nepal] has been losing around 200,000 hectares of forest area to forest fires annually.

“The country witnessed one of the worst wildfires in 2016, when nearly 1.3million hectares of forest area was destroyed.

“In 1990, Nepal’s total forest cover accounted for 45.4 percent. By 2000, the country’s total forest cover declined to 39.6 percent.””

“Heavy rain lashed Japan’s main island on Tuesday, disrupting rush-hour transport and prompting one city to advise residents to evacuate. The western city of Wakayama was deluged by a May record 55.5 millimeters of rain [2.2 inches] per hour in early morning…”

“Winter might be nine days away but Sydney is forecast to swelter through a week of temperatures as high as 27C – eight degrees above the average maximum for May…

“Combined with the hottest summer, and the hottest March on record, this means 2019 has been Australia’s hottest start to a year since records began.”

“A prolonged period of dry and warm weather is taking a toll on Australia’s water balance, with large swaths of agricultural land in drought and urban dam levels dropping around the country.”

“After the intense rains registered in the capital city

“…uncertainty grows among the residents and traders of Vía Argentina who fear new floods.”

“The high temperatures that have occurred in Caracas [Venezuela], during the month of May could be maintained for at least 15 more days…

“José Rojas, a resident of Los Chaguaramos, stated that he does not remember this kind of warm climate over Caracas in the past.

“Rojas added that this type of change is due to global warming and is “why we must create awareness in the citizenship, to save the planet.”

“The hot conditions… above 40 degrees Celsius with a temperature sensation close to 50 degrees, will continue affecting the Yucatecans [Mexico] during the next days…

“As we have reported, the heat wave that has been felt for more than 30 uninterrupted days [which is unprecedented], registering values ​​above 37 degrees, has caused havoc in hundreds of Yucatecans…”

“Fresh off of March’s bomb cyclone and April’s unusually large storm, this week will feature yet another strong storm system that could flirt with Colorado pressure records.

“The sea-level pressure in a storm is a key measurement of a given storm’s overall intensity. The lower the pressure, the stronger the storm.”

“Rounds of severe thunderstorms and flash flooding will continue to impact parts of the Plains and Midwest into late week as disturbances in an active jet stream spread through those regions. An expansive swath of heavy rain is ongoing this morning from West Texas into parts of Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri, prompting numerous flash flood warnings.”

“Floodwaters overwhelmed a miles-long sandbag barrier over the weekend, drenching another community in the southern end of the Mississippi Delta. Volunteers, prisoners and others had stacked 100,000 sandbags and more than 600 wire flood-control baskets, trying to keep water out of hundreds of homes at Eagle Lake, north of Vicksburg.

“But water trapped inside a levee system keeps rising…”

“Parts of northern Minnesota and Wisconsin are blanketed with a fresh covering of snow.

“The National Weather Service says it’s the latest May snowfall on record of more than an inch in Duluth.

“That city had 2.4 inches Sunday. The deepest spot was Poplar in Wisconsin, where nearly 6 inches fell.”

“The governor of Washington has declared a drought emergency for nearly half of the state. A hot spring has lead to a snowpack of less than 50 per cent of normal for this time of year, Gov. Jay Inslee said in a statement.

“”I appreciate [the Washington State Department of] Ecology’s work with partners around the state to prepare for drought and to position us to quickly react to those in need,” said Inslee.

“”As the climate continues to change, we must be proactive in taking steps to plan for those impacts.””

“The spectre of wildfires looms in B.C., Alberta and Ontario — provinces that have been repeatedly scorched by catastrophic fires in recent years.

“Mike Flannigan, a professor of wildland fire at the University of Alberta, is warning that a dramatic rise in temperature and a changing climate have pushed things over the edge and will continue to cause unprecedented wildfires.”

“…An average of about 2.5 million hectares of land is charred every year during Canada’s annual wildfire season, he says. 

“”That’s half the size of Nova Scotia, and it’s doubled since the early ’70s due to our changing climate,” said Flannigan, who’s also the director of the Western Partnership for Wildland Fire Science in Edmonton.”

“Most people think of global warming as happening to the atmosphere.

“But the warming oceans are playing a bigger role than people realize in shaping our planet because the ocean absorbs as much as 90% of the heat from global warming…

“…the ocean plays a direct role in changes to the glaciers and that ocean warming can be a mechanism for ice to melt much more quickly.”

“Miami? Underwater. Norfolk? Swamped. New York City? Fuggedaboutit.

“Top experts say that in a worst-case scenario, portions of these and other U.S. coastal cities could be lost to the sea by the end of the century as ocean levels rise because of global warming, a study released Monday said. In fact, on average, seas around the world could be as much as 6.5 feet higher by the end of the century if climate change continues unchecked.”

“Hurricane season doesn’t start until June 1, but the National Hurricane Center announced Monday evening that Subtropical Storm Andrea had formed.”

“Storms wreaked havoc across Germany, bringing with them a deluge of water, thunder and lightning …

“…and even a tornado.

“At least one person died during the extreme weather after a car skidded off an Autobahn in Bavaria.”

“The devastating effect of the drought in Namibia is clearly illustrated in the Namibia Agricultural Union’s (NAU) first quarter review for 2019.

“Bertha Ijambo, NAU economist, told Farmers’ Weekly that a challenging time awaited the country’s livestock producers, even if good rain was received during the next rainy season.”

““There is evidence that extreme weather events in South Africa are increasing… “Climate zones across the country are already shifting, ecosystems and landscapes are being degraded, veld fires are becoming more frequent, and overused natural terrestrial and marine systems are under stress.

“The report comes on the back of the record heavy rainfalls in KwaZulu- Natal which killed at least 85 people and left a trail of debris in the ocean.”

“Botswana has declared 2018/2019 a drought year as “unevenly distributed rains, dry spells, and heat waves resulted in crop failure and livestock condition deteriorating”.

“Last year, a global sustainability report warned that in 2019 Botswana would suffer its first major climate change crisis with an unprecedented drought and water shortage.

“Botswana thus becomes the latest African country to declare an ongoing drought.”

At least 37% of the urban populace require food aid in Zimbabwe and, unlike in the past, aid will also be distributed in towns and cities.

“According to Famine Early Warning Systems Network in May, levels of acute food shortages are up because of poor rainfalls experienced last year.”

“Kenyans should brace for tougher times after inflation, insecurity and food prices rose sharply due to prolonged drought and unreliable rainfall.

“A report by the National Drought Management Authority states the price of maize has gone up from Sh2,300 per 90kg bag in January to Sh3,500 in April.

“This is a 30 per cent increase.”

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Climate 20th May 2019 Wildfires Out of Control in Alberta

“The wildfire danger for the entire Slave Lake Forest Area is extreme due to extremely dry and windy conditions. These weather conditions can cause fires to burn intensely and spread quickly, and are expected to increase the spread of wildfires through Monday.

“Most of northern Alberta is under a fire ban, fire permits are currently suspended in the impacted areas, and an off-highway vehicle restriction is also in effect…

“A 25,300 hectare wildfire that is burning approximately 25 kilometres southwest of High Level is the biggest of four wildfires that are burning in the area. High Level has only received 4 per cent of the average precipitation that is expected in April and May and has experienced the same dry pattern that has impacted much of western Canada this spring.”

“The mayor of Muskoka [Ontario, Canada] says the full impact of the flood isn’t known yet while a number of seasonal residents have forgone the long weekend trip north this year due to flood damage.”

“For decades now, climate experts have warned that climate warming would cause an acceleration to the Earth’s water cycle. Is there evidence that this is happening?

“Yes, there is quite a bit actually… extreme rainfall events have increased in intensity over the past 50 to 60 years, and climate model projections expect that trend to increase. Another connection to changing climate is Arctic Amplification.”

“Numerous rounds of showers and thunderstorms will travel along this narrow channel/boundary resulting in unneeded precipitation across the major crop production centers.

“The epicenter looks to be centered over the western corn/soybean belts.

“This will continue to create disruptions and planting delays for farmers across these regions. Additionally, shippers will continue to face challenges with logistics due to river system closures from high waters along the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers.”

“Severe storms have been hammering the central United States as moisture from the Gulf of Mexico, a strong contrast of air masses and instability from upper level impulses keep thunderstorms forming throughout the weekend.

“Over 45 tornadoes have been reported in the states of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska since Friday.”

“A high-pressure system is generating temperatures that exceed 41 degrees in the shade in much of the state of Yucatan.

“In Puerto Progreso, in the north, as well as in Chocholá, Oxkutzcab and Ticul in the southern part, temperatures reached 41.2 degrees, the highest recorded was in the municipality of Peto.”

“Parts of south-eastern Brazil have been drenched with torrential rain, causing flash flooding.

“More than 240 millimetres [9.5 inches] fell on Friday and Saturday, totalling a month’s worth of rain in just 24 hours.

“The rain forced road closures, while water inundated shops and homes.”

“For the first time in recorded history, none of Australia’s southern capital cities have reached 100 millimeters [3.9 inches] of rainfall.

“Since the start of 2019, Melbourne has received just 77mm of rainfall compared to Adelaide on 80.6 mm, Perth with 75.2 mm and Hobart on 93.8mm.

“Unseasonably warm weather has also hit Melbourne the the city being bathed in pre-winter warmth with a run of eight days above 20C.”

“Heavy rain continued to lash Kyushu on Monday after stranding more than 300 people on a mountain on Yakushima island over the weekend.

“The Meteorological Agency warned torrential rain may cause landslides and floods, and issued a caution on the threat of tornadoes and lightning strikes across Japan through Tuesday.

“Rainfall in Miyazaki Prefecture from Friday to Monday morning exceeded 400 millimeters [15.7 inches], with the city of Nichinan logging 81.5 mm per hour by 5 a.m. — a record for May.”

“South Korea vowed Monday to move quickly on its plans to provide $8 million worth of humanitarian aid to North Korea while it also considers sending food to the country that says it’s suffering its worst drought in decades…

“North Korea’s state media said last week that the country was suffering its worst drought in more than a century amid reported food shortages.”

“…unpredictable demand is not all Vietnam’s salt farmers are up against…. farmers are also contending with climate change.

“Shifting weather patterns have upended work in an industry that depends on sunny, dry days for maximum production.

“”If the weather is good, we can work for six months. If it rains, we all go hungry,” said Nguyen Quang Anh, who has laboured in the fields for two decades.”

“[Taiwan’s] Ministry of National Defense said Monday it has put nearly 40,000 soldiers on standby in the event of disasters…

“…caused by a weather front that was bringing torrential rain to most of the country.

“The Central Weather Bureau earlier in the day issued an extremely heavy rain warning for northern Taiwan.”

“Two weeks after the cyclone struck Odisha state on India’s east coast, travelling at 200 km (124 miles) an hour and forcing the evacuation of more than one million people, Hussein is struggling to pick up the pieces and rebuild his home.

“As well as having no electricity, not enough clean drinking water and no tree cover, thousands like Hussein are now exposed to heatwave conditions with temperatures of 40 degrees Celsius.”

“In Oman, images out of Muscat’s international airport showed very strong downpours on Sunday evening. Visibility was reduced to several hundred metres and flights were delayed while the storms moved through.

“A bit further south in Oman, the town of Sur has picked up 66mm of rain in the last 48 hours. This is well above average for the month of May when the town would normally only see about 1.7mm.”

“In an ordinary year, the villagers would be observing the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, fasting from sunrise to sunset and praying, but this year, life seems extraordinarily difficult.

“Many are trying to rebuild their lives nearly a month since Cyclone Kenneth ripped through the northern coast, where the majority of Mozambique’s Muslims live.

“The country’s central region was still reeling from Cyclone Idai that made landfall over two days in mid-March causing devastation across three Southern African countries, killing over 1,000 people.”

“Half of Zimbabwe’s national herd is at risk of being wiped out by drought if no mitigatory measures are put in place to avert the situation, farmers and livestock experts have warned.

“The national herd is estimated to be 5,2 million, but the future of the livestock industry is very bleak owing to diseases, critical shortages of stockfeed and dipping chemicals as well as the devastating effects of the El Nino-induced droughts.”

“Drought has turned parts of these plateaus arid [Morocco], and when water becomes scarce, tensions rise.

“Several clashes have been reported by local media in recent months, as the herders seek pasture.

“The battle is also playing out on social networks.

“Videos show hooded men presented as nomadic herders, equipped with sticks and swords, attacking villagers.”

“The situation in Errenteria and nearby towns [Basque country] worsened at dawn as a result of an intense storm that fell after 7.00 hours.

“For about half an hour, the heavens unloaded so dramatically that the drains could not cope.

“The central streets of the town were covered with a sheet of water that in some points reached a height of about thirty centimeters.”

“Britain is set for its hottest summer ever as forecasters predict three months sun. The sizzling temperatures are expected to start mid-June with highs of 30C, making way for even hotter temperatures like we saw last year.”

“Scientists have warned that Britain’s average temperature could rise by 3-4C by 2100 and even more after that, bringing increasingly hot and dry summers that will kill many native trees.

“This means that species such as oak and beech will be replaced by imported trees such as Chinese mahogany, Vietnamese golden cypress, Montpellier maple and even eucalyptus.

“All are being tested by the Forestry Commission, one of the country’s biggest landowners.”

“The air in the flasks shows that the concentration of methane in the atmosphere had been steadily rising since 1983, before leveling off around 2000…

““And then, boom, look at how it changes here,” Dlugokencky says, pointing at a graph on his computer screen.

““This is really an abrupt change in the global methane budget, starting around 2007.””

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Climate 17th May 2019 North Korea Experiencing Worst Drought in 100+ Years

“North Korea is experiencing its worst drought in over a century, according to its state media, days after the United Nations’ World Food Programme (WFP) expressed “very serious concerns” about the situation in the country.

“In the year to Wednesday, the country received just 56.3mm of rain or snow, the Rodong Sinmun newspaper reported on Friday, the lowest since 1917.

“Water was running out in the country’s lakes and reservoirs, said the paper.”

“Searing heat in China’s southwest is causing havoc in the world’s largest rubber futures market after forcing the nation’s top plantation owner to cease tapping.

“The heatwave scorching Yunnan province, which supplies half the country’s natural rubber production, has created hazardous working conditions and raised the risk of pests, prompting Jiangcheng Rubber Co. to stop tapping this week.”

“As torrential rain is falling across northern Taiwan, photos of the flooding have started to surface on social media…

“As of publication time, 10 CWB weather stations are reporting between 194 mm to 368 mm [14.5 inches] of rain today, including four in Taoyuan and six in Hsinchu.”

“Each year, millions of Bangladeshis are being forced to migrate from their rural homelands to cities because of climate change related issues, according to Dhaka University’s Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit.

“These numbers are increasing. More than 10 million Bangladeshis will lose their livelihoods in the next decade, estimates Dr Huq.”

“The Asian Monsoon, which brings rains that sustain billions of people in India, China, Pakistan, Thailand and other countries, is seeing a weakening trend that’s unprecedented in at least the past 448 years, according to a new study based in part on tree ring records.

“The culprit, the study finds, is aerosol pollution from coal-fired power plants along with other sources.”

“Between July and September 2019, 2.2 million people, almost 18 percent of [Somalia’s] total population, are expected to face severe food insecurity.

“The projected food insecure caseload is 40 percent higher than the estimate at the beginning of 2019, as drought conditions are severely affecting crop and livestock production and disrupting livelihoods.

“Household resilience has been undermined by recurrent climatic shocks, overstretched social support networks and declining humanitarian assistance.”

“Flooding in Tanzania has killed five people and forced about 2,500 to flee their homes after a week of torrential rain in the country’s south, an official said Friday…

“”The damage from these floods is enormous,” Salome Magambo, the district’s administrative secretary, told AFP.”

“At least 15 people died at the start to the rainy season in Bamako, the capital of Mali, following heavy overnight rain that flooded several parts of the city on Thursday (May 16). Torrential rain started to fall at around 3 a.m. and stopped around 8 a.m. with residents waking to flooded streets, floating cars and damaged shops.

“The spokesman for the Ministry of Internal Security Amadou Sangho said the flooding had caused serious damage and rescue teams were also deployed.”

“Zimbabwean villagers in Muzarabani, which is situated along the Zimbabwe-Mozambique border, have sent a distress call to the government, appealing for food aid following erratic rainfall that has led to crop failure.

“More than 16,000 families need aid after villagers failed to harvest enough food.”

“Paraguay has been inundated by frequent heavy rains that started at the end of April and have continued into this week.

“In some locations across the country, it has rained nine out of 17 days, with some areas receiving well over 80 millimetres daily.

“The early days of heavy rain led to widespread flooding and evacuations as well as a state of emergency being declared.”

“The high temperatures reached 51 degrees this Wednesday in the state of Zulia [Venezuela], and created one of the highest thermal sensations ever recorded before.”

“Yucatán [Mexico] is about to equal its historical record of 28 consecutive days with extreme temperatures , as a result of the intense heat wave that has prevailed since last month, caused by a persistent anticyclonic system.”

“Scientists are predicting a “large to very large” Gulf of Mexico dead zone this year. It may even wind up being the largest on record.

“Experts discussed their forecast at a Thursday morning meeting of the Mississippi River/Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia Task Force, a coalition of state and federal leaders working under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.”

“Dozens of grey whales have been found dead along the U.S. West Coast in recent weeks and some scientists believe the cause lies far to the north, in the heated-up Arctic waters off Alaska.

“Dead whales examined so far have been malnourished, and the current hypothesis is the animals failed to eat enough last year in their summering grounds in the Bering and Chukchi seas off Alaska.”

“While scientists prowl the Plains in search of monster storms, others are looking at broader-scale trends that show tantalizing clues about how Tornado Alley may be shifting both geographically and temporally as the climate changes.”

“On Thursday, Omaha set a record high for the date, with the temperature peaking at 95 degrees. The previous record for May 16 was 93 degrees set in 1944 and 1939. Another warm day is on tap Friday…”

“…this record-wet year has occurred against a longer-term backdrop of climate warming and increasing precipitation.”

“Record-breaking warm temperatures a few weeks before the hunt meant organizers [Yukon, Canada] had to make several last-minute adjustments.

“First, the location of the hunt was moved because of the melting snow.

“The lack of snow also meant snowmobiles were no longer an option. Instead, the students and teachers turned to a unique mode of transportation, not typically used when hunting. They rode fat bikes.”

“This is new knowledge for us,” says Bjarte Bogstad. He is marine researcher at the Norwegian Institute of Marine Research. It is the first time that spawning cod has been registered in the waters of the North Atlantic island.

“”This can probably be connected with climate change and the warmer water,” Borstad says in a comment to the Barents Observer.”

“The spate of wildfires across Scotland is having a devastating impact on wildlife and the environment, conservationists and farmers have said…

“Duncan Orr-Ewing, the head of species and land management at RSPB Scotland: “This is something that has been brewing for quite some time.

“These wildfires have become very regular and with climate change there is an anticipation that we will get drier springs.””

“Footage shows how torrential rain and hail battered the town of Lavinio in Italy , causing flash flooding and stranding several drivers on Thursday.”

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Climate 16th May 2019 Antarctic Rapidly Destabilising

“Ice losses are rapidly spreading deep into the interior of the Antarctic, new analysis of satellite data shows.

“The warming of the Southern Ocean is resulting in glaciers sliding into the sea increasingly rapidly, with ice now being lost five times faster than in the 1990s. The West Antarctic ice sheet was stable in 1992 but up to a quarter of its expanse is now thinning. More than 100 metres of ice thickness has been lost in the worst-hit places.

“A complete loss of the West Antarctic ice sheet would drive global sea levels up by about five metres, drowning coastal cities around the world. The current losses are doubling every decade, the scientists said, and sea level rise are now running at the extreme end of projections made just a few years ago.”

“Britain is basking in glorious spring sunshine today while Corsica shivers under a thick blanket of snow. Scotland has already had its hottest day of the year with the mercury hitting 77F (25.2C) this afternoon, while large parts of northern England enjoy warmer-than-usual temperatures too…

“Meanwhile parts of the Mediterranean are covered in snow, with popular summer holiday destination Corsica battling temperatures of just 37F (3C).”

“Swimmers at the Lusshardtsee lake about 60 miles south of Frankfurt in Germany thought they’d found respite from the blazing sun one Sunday afternoon last summer.

“Unknown to them, however, sweltering ground temperatures were forcing a column of moist air upwards to feed a weather phenomena scientists call a convective storm.

“Just before 4 p.m. on July 15, thunder, lighting bolts and torrential rain hit and sent startled bathers dashing for shore.”

“An unprecedented heatwave last year hit Swedish farmers hard, but for the country’s wine-producers it was good news.”

“Rain and thunderstorms will spread over much of Italy and the Balkans into Thursday as a slow-moving storm system moves over the region.

“Flooding was reported in parts of eastern Italy, Slovenia and Croatia as downpours struck the region on Monday.

“Damaging winds downed trees and caused power cuts in Zagreb, Croatia, Sunday night into Monday. Strong winds also blasted the port city of Split, Croatia, according to Aljazeera.”

“A series of deadly attacks across northern Mozambique has shaken the region in the aftermath of a cyclone disaster.

“According to the local anti-corruption NGO, Centre for Public Integrity (CIP), at least 13 people have been killed in attacks this month in remote villages across Cabo Delgado province, which was badly damaged by flooding after Cyclone Kenneth hit the coastal nation in late April.”

“Already under the whip from a perfect storm of rampant inflation, cash and fuel shortages, higher taxes, collapsing domestic demand, lower global commodity prices, and severe drought…

“…business in Zimbabwe is now being forced to grapple with a new crisis — load-shedding.

“In part, this is drought-induced with generation from Kariba Dam…”

“The more interesting point that should be mentioned here is this that spring rainfalls in the current year (started March 21, 2019) broke the record the same as in the year 2016.

“This time, more destructive flash floods happened that turned into a national crisis across the nationwide.”

“With 40 percent of India facing drought conditions and 500 million people severely affected this summer, an alarm is being sounded by the media, academia, environmental activists, and even politicians…

“…India is on the brink of an acute water crisis.”

“A severe drought is affecting southwest China’s Yunnan Province, with swathes of crops damaged. Bad meteorological conditions have brought much less precipitation in Yunnan.

“As of Tuesday, 273,280 hectares of crops had been affected, with 91,160 hectares suffering damage. Drought has been reported in 110 monitored sites in Yunnan, meteorological authorities said. The northwest, middle and south of Yunnan are in severe drought.”

“These high intensity storms have been tied to the very warm sea surface temperatures in the Indian Ocean.

“Temperatures of 30°C are occurring more often and over longer periods of time. This is a result of gradual warming on a global scale, which has resulted in a net increase in ocean temperatures.”

“This year’s first heat advisory was issued for Gwangju [Korea] on Wednesday, the earliest on record. The Korea Meteorological Administration issued the advisory at 3 p.m. as temperatures hit 33 degrees Celsius…

“The previous earliest heat wave advisory was issued for the northeastern part of Gyeonggi Province on May 19, 2016. The early heat wave suggests that another record summer lies ahead.”

“Health authorities in Montreal are adding 13 more people to the list of victims of last summer’s heat wave, and are urging the city to do more to diminish heat across the densely populated urban neighbourhoods that are home to the most vulnerable.

“At least 66 people died as a result of extreme heat on the island of Montreal between June 30 and July 8, 2018…”

“Chilly temperatures just won’t go away this year in some areas of the U.S.

“Marquette, Michigan, has seen its second-longest streak of temperatures below 70 degrees.

“Cool temperatures and wet conditions have delayed the planting of crops in some locations.”

“It might be May but there is a winter storm warning for part of California, where up to 3 feet of snow might fall. In what is more like a January weather pattern, a strong storm will push through California over the next couple of days.”

“The historic second opening in a year of the Bonnet Carré Spillway last week has sparked concern about the effects it will have on Lake Pontchartrain, after marine wildlife washed ashore following the first opening…

“Officials in Mississippi and Louisiana have been debating whether that contributed to the deaths of 45 dolphins and 25 turtles that washed ashore earlier this year.”

“Yesterday, the National Meteorological Service warned of a heat wave in a large part of the Mexican Republic with hot to extremely hot daytime temperatures, such as those registered in the states of Michoacán and Guerrero that reached 45 ℃ and, in the specific case of Puebla, During this week there was a record of maximum temperatures that reached 40 ℃.”

“Smoke from a series of wildfires have reached Mexico City…

“…officials have declared a state of emergency and are urging people to stay indoors…

“Photos from recent days show the city, which has long battled pollution, engulfed by smoke and ash:”

“Thawing glaciers are contributing to a rise in global sea levels and scientists are making clear how rapid and disastrous the consequences could be.

“According to the latest research published in the journal “Nature,” scientists from the University of Zurich found that ongoing glacial mass loss accounts for 25 to 30 percent of the total observed sea level rise in recent times.

“The data indicates that between 1961 and 2016 global glaciers lost more than 9,000 billion tons of ice…”

“Donald Trump’s interior secretary hasn’t “lost sleep over”, the record-breaking levels of pollution heating the planet, he told US lawmakers in an oversight hearing”

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