“It’s already been a rough start to 2019 along the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers in places like Nebraska and Iowa, where lots of “bomb cyclone” snow and rain has led to record flooding, but the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts that things are going to get worse and more widespread as spring continues.
“The extensive flooding we’ve seen in the past two weeks will continue through May and become more dire and may be exacerbated in the coming weeks as the water flows downstream,” said Ed Clark, director of NOAA’s National Water Center in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. “This is shaping up to be a potentially unprecedented flood season, with more than 200 million people at risk for flooding in their communities.”
“North America’s apple producers are bracing for new losses, and scientists are probing possible causes. Apples are one of the continent’s most valuable fruit crops, worth some $4 billion last year in the United States alone.
“Growers are eager to understand whether rapid or sudden apple decline, as it is known, poses a serious new threat to the industry.”
“Temperatures soared to record-breaking heights on Wednesday, making for a memorable first day of spring. A whopping 79 new records were set across the country, with majority being in Western Canada…
“The warmth was even felt all way up north, where Yoho Lake in the Northwest Territories hit 21.8 C — an all-time March record for the community.”
“High temperatures are setting records in Southeast Alaska this week…
““We’ve hit just numerous record high temperatures for the day but also we’re breaking a lot of the monthly March records,” said Kimberly Vaughan, forecaster with the National Weather Service in Juneau.
““So it’s the warmest March temperature we’ve ever seen.””
“As the impacts of climate change march on, peak volumes of sea ice continue their downward spiral. According to NASA, this past year was no exception to the rule.
“This winter, the peak volume of Arctic sea ice receded enough to tie the seventh lowest level of all time [volume worse, I would imagine]… ‘While this year wasn’t a record low, the maximum extent still points to there being a sustained decline in winter sea ice,’ continued Webster. For the Arctic, steady melting has stretched beyond the seasonal ice ebb and flow of ice and into trends once considered static.”
“According to Met office statistics Northern Ireland had recorded its wettest March on record by the 18th of the month. And the rainfall has been playing havoc with roads, sports and farmers.
“A number of country lanes have become all but impassable while fields have become flooded right across the county.”
“There were hundreds of corpses washed up on the side of the road; others bobbed past his stranded car, carried by the torrents of floodwater towards the sea. But what will forever haunt Graham Taylor were the screams and sounds of sobbing that echoed through the dark night from those clinging to life in the upper branches of nearby trees…
“He speculated the government’s early estimate of 1,000 dead would prove to be woefully short. “I’m guessing, but it is well into the thousands – four, five, six thousand”, he said.”
“Massive hailstones destroyed houses and cars in KwaZulu-Natal [South Africa]. The recent hailstorm which hit many parts of Newcastle on Thursday has caused destruction, with reports indicating Lennoxton and Fernwood are the areas worst hit, reports Newcastle Advertiser.
“Residents awoke to damaged cars and houses, caused by hailstones believed to be the size of golf balls and bigger, which broke through car windscreens and windows, causing extensive damage.”
“Barmer district in Rajasthan is evidence of alarming changes in ecological indicators across the Thar desert [India]. While total rainfall received in the region has registered an increase, its uneven distribution during monsoon season has affected crops putting farmers in distress…
“This strange phenomenon where the district has registered an increase in average rainfall over the years but also had to face drought almost every year in the last decade has posed a challenge in this largely rainfed agricultural region.”
“A teenager in Malaysia had a rude awakening on Wednesday morning (20 March), when she woke up to find a 3-metre-long python coiled around her neck, The Star has reported…
“It is not uncommon for snakes to leave their natural habitats during hot weather to look for cooler areas. In January this year, a heatwave in Australia also caused a spike in sightings of snakes in residential toilets.”
“Last year, 11 high-temperature records were broken, including the highest average mark for the month of May at 28.3 degrees. The earliest ever hot weather warning in a year was also issued that month.
“This winter was the hottest on record for Hong Kong… Between December and last month, there were only three “cold days” for Hong Kong, marking a winter with the least number of such periods since records began in 1884.”
“Heavy rain from Trevor is anticipated to sweep across more of the Northern Territory and into northeastern South Australia and southern Queensland Sunday and into Tuesday. Rainfall along this swath can total 100-200 mm (4-8 inches) with an AccuWeather Local StormMax™ of 300 mm (12 inches).
“In the desert locations such as Birdsville, these totals would mean that a nearly a year’s worth of rain can pour down in one to two days. With the soil unable to absorb that much rain, the rapid runoff can lead to major flooding.”
“Severe thunderstorms thrashed parts of Melbourne on Friday night, causing building damage and flash flooding with the outer east the hardest hit.”
“The problem of families affected by the floods is becoming more acute. The problem of the communities affected by the floods [in Paraguay] becomes more acute as the days go by.
“In Paso Barreto and Puentesiño (Concepción), Coronel Martínez (Guairá) and Presidente Hayes families clamor for assistance with food.”
“Insurers have warned that climate change could make cover for ordinary people unaffordable after the world’s largest reinsurance firm blamed global warming for $24bn (£18bn) of losses in the Californian wildfires.
“Ernst Rauch, Munich Re’s chief climatologist, told the Guardian that the costs could soon be widely felt, with premium rises already under discussion with clients holding asset concentrations in vulnerable parts of the state.”
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“Parts of Northern Australia are being evacuated as the region braces for two cyclones to make landfall in the coming days — one of which has the potential to be the region’s most powerful storm in years.
“Cyclone Trevor is expected to strengthen and hit the Northern Territory on Saturday as the equivalent of a category 3 or 4 Atlantic hurricane, bringing with it destructive winds up to 155 miles per hour (250 kilometers per hour), heavy rain and storm surges.
“To Trevor’s west, Cyclone Veronica has strengthened to the equivalent of a category 3 hurricane since Wednesday. It is expected to peak in intensity off-shore, before making landfall Sunday as a weaker system.
“Authorities have declared a state of emergency in the Gulf of Carpentaria ahead of Trevor’s arrival. The Northern Territory is now undertaking the largest evacuation ahead of a cyclone in its history, Chief Minister Michael Gunner said at a Thursday press conference.”
“Mass burials are being planned as the death toll rises from the Sentani flash floods in Indonesia’s Papua Province [Indonesia].
“Disaster agency officials said the death toll had climbed again with 104 people now confirmed dead, 160 injured and 79 others still missing. With 40 victims who had not yet been identified, the Jayapura Regent decided that the victims would be buried en masse.”
“Expedition operators are concerned at the number of climbers’ bodies that are becoming exposed on Mount Everest as its glaciers melt. Nearly 300 mountaineers have died on the peak since the first ascent attempt and two-thirds of bodies are thought still to be buried in the snow and ice…
“”Because of global warming, the ice sheet and glaciers are fast melting and the dead bodies that remained buried all these years are now becoming exposed,” said Ang Tshering Sherpa, former president of Nepal Mountaineering Association.”
“According to the Groundwater Department, the state [of Kerala] in India is heading for a severe drought [after historic flooding last year], with the groundwater level in most parts of the state recording a sharp decline from 75 cm to 2 m.
“The water level in Palakkad, Kasargod, Kozhikode, Idukki and Alappuzha were the worst-hit.”
“Sporadic, below average rains and persistent drought since 2016 sees an estimated 1.7 million people in critical need of humanitarian assistance in Somaliland, a figure ballooning by hundreds of thousands in recent months.
“Communal water resources are drying up at an alarming rate…”
“Zambia and Zimbabwe reduced hydropower output from Kariba Dam, because a drought has reduced water levels.
“The amount of water allocated for power generation is being cut to 36 billion cubic meters from 38 billion cubic meters, while electricity supplies will be reduced to 890 megawatts from 1,476 megawatts, the Zambezi River Authority said in an emailed statement on Thursday. Water is currently five meters above the minimum-operating level, it said.”
Meanwhile, not far away:
“New satellite imagery is giving us a look at the scope of a massive flood, described as an “inland ocean” up to 30 miles wide in places, that has developed in Mozambique following the landfall of Tropical Cyclone Idai late last week. Hundreds of people have died as a result of the cyclone and its flooding across Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi, and officials there fear the total death toll will top 1,000.”
“Emergency teams are running out of time to save thousands of people in Mozambique trapped since last week by rising floodwaters. Torrential rain is hampering efforts to reach survivors marooned in trees and on roofs.
“Aid agencies warned that their chances of survival without clean water or food were narrowing since cyclone Idai hit the southern African country’s coast a week ago.”
This doesn’t augur well for summer. Portugal very vulnerable to wildfires:
“With extended forecasts showing little or no chance of rain, it has been revealed that more than half of [Portugal] is currently in a state of drought. The Government has already requested water tankers prepare to supply worst affected areas with their most urgent water supplies. According to latest data, the Western Algarve is the hardest hit by the current lack of rainfall, and has been classified as being in a state of extreme drought.”
Tinder dry conditions over in parts of Spain, too:
“Just 10mm of rain between December and February and hardly a drop in March [region of Murcia].”
“The cows and horses would have come for the last blades of grass. Now their bones are scattered on the cracked earth, victims of drought that wiped Santiago’s weekend playground Lake Aculeo [Chile] from the map.
“Lake Aculeo’s demise is so sudden and complete it seems as if someone had pulled a giant plug and let all the water out.”
“Volcan Chimborazo, Ecuador: When the springs dried up the local indigenous leaders raised their eyes to the heavens. They knew what they would find. Up above, the glacier that capped Chimborazo volcano was receding.
“But something equally dramatic was happening further down the slopes of Ecuador’s highest mountain. And the consequences for the indigenous population living there are far-reaching.”
“Honduran conservationists are worried.
“A deadly insect that wiped out more than a quarter of the Central American country’s conifers between 2013 and 2017 is back. The southern pine beetle — or gorgojo, as it is known locally — appears in large numbers during droughts brought on by El Nino, a climatic phenomenon that occurs every few years and can be a threat to agriculture and even drinking water sources.”
“After years of drought-like conditions, parts of Southern California have seen some of the wettest days in years — and in some cases in decades — this winter.
“Following the record rainfall, much of Southern California’s Anza-Borrego desert is now experiencing a super bloom of wildflowers, including poppies, primroses and lilies, which are now drawing tens of thousands of spectators from across the state.”
“March in Denver is known for big snow storms, rapidly changing weather and, usually, an early taste of spring-like warmth.
“But it’s usually not known for the persistent, bitter cold that’s enveloped the region all month long. With an average temperature of 29.7 degrees through Monday, Denver was running more than nine degrees below average for the month, according to the National Weather Service in Boulder.”
“Historic river flooding persisted throughout the north-central United States following a ‘bomb cyclone’ that struck the region last week. The recent storms triggered massive snowmelt and dropped heavy rain that have both overwhelmed rivers and waterways…
“Also on Tuesday, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds extended the disaster proclamation to an additional five counties impacted by the recent flooding. The governor has issued proclamations for 41 of Iowa’s 99 counties.”
“Oregon’s first notable wildfire of 2019 is currently burning. Yesterday, it was still officially winter…
“While the warmer-than-normal weather has been a relief after a particularly cold and snowy February, it’s alarming that the year’s first significant wildfire arrived so early.”
“All-time March record highs were smashed in parts of Alaska, western Canada and Washington State in an end-of-winter warm spell that sent temperatures soaring to heights never seen this time of year so far north.
“Tuesday’s high in Klawock, Alaska, about 200 miles south-southeast of Juneau, topped out at 70 degrees… it was the earliest in the year any Alaska location had reached 70 degrees by a whopping 12 days…”
“…much of Alaska, Europe, central Russia and the Far East had temperatures that were 7.2°F above average or higher. Additional areas with record warm February temperatures include parts of Alaska, Central America, the Barents Sea, the Southern Ocean off Australia’s southeastern coast, the Indian Ocean, the East China Sea as well as parts of northeastern Brazil.”
“Global ocean temperatures reached their second highest temperature on record in February at 60.6°F. As a result of warming on both land and at sea, NOAA said there is a persistent decline in the amount of sea ice.”
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“The National Weather Service says Seattle’s high temperature of 79 degrees makes it the warmest March day on record since 1894.
“The National Weather Service said on Twitter that the temperature was recorded Tuesday afternoon. The previous record was 78 degrees on March 29, 2004.
“On Monday, Seattle hit 76 degrees, which was the earliest ever in the calendar year that Seattle has been that warm.
“The weather service says other cities in Western Washington including Olympia, Bellingham and Hoquiam also broke daily record high temperatures on Tuesday.”
“Vancouver wasn’t the only city that experienced historic temperatures.
“Yesterday, 32 warm weather records were broken across the province [of British Columbia].”
“As the season of extremes comes to a close, it is only fitting that it ends with a round of record-setting high temperatures.
“Parts of Southeast Alaska will soar to mid-summer levels of warmth with enough sunshine to warrant sunglasses and a thick layer of sunscreen.”
“The flooding that devastated the U.S. Midwest is likely to last into next week, as rain and melted snow flow into Kansas, Missouri and Mississippi, the National Weather Service said…
““It’s already not looking good downstream for the middle and lower Mississippi and Missouri (rivers) into Kansas, Mississippi and Missouri,” Bob Oravec, a meteorologist with the NWS’s Weather Prediction Center, said early Wednesday.”
“Dominican Republic faces worst drought in decades.”
20c weather in Scotland in March doesn’t seem so weird when the UK has already reached 21c in February:
“Scots are set to bask in glorious sunshine and highs of 20C this week after a miserable bout of wet and windy weather. Warm air is set to blow in from the Azores in the mid-Atlantic, which means temperatures could be around 10 degrees warmer than normal for this time of year.”
“No, you didn’t just imagine it. With ten days still to go, this March is already the rainiest on record across huge swathes of southern Sweden.
“People in Gothenburg have spent the past three weeks enduring a record 134 millimetres of rain and drizzle.”
“Mr Lomenen also accused the county government of failing to mobilise resources to supply food to affected families.
““The national and county governments knew that Turkana [Kenya] is a drought-prone area and locals have been surviving on relief food. We raised the matter with both governments but no one wanted to listen to us,” Lomenen said.”
“Mozambique’s port city of Beira is reeling from the damage inflicted by Cyclone Idai. So far 200 people have been confirmed dead in the southern African country, but the death toll could be much higher.
“Those who survived the disaster have had little reprieve to mourn the loss of their loved ones or salvage the little that is remaining of their belongings. They are in desperate need of food, shelter and clothing…”
“The climate crisis that is driving sea level rises and more extreme rainfall is making deadly storms like the one that hit southern Africa more severe, according to experts.
“Cyclone Idai, the tropical storm that ravaged Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, has been described as the worst weather-related disaster to hit the southern hemisphere…”
“The Malaysian government will despatch water tankers to Kedah if the dry and hot spell persists, said Water, Land and Natural Resources Minister Dr Xavier Jayakumar.
““There are several areas that have water-treatment issues, particularly in the north like Kedah and the agencies have already gone there.”
“The death toll from flash floods and landslides that tore through Indonesia’s Papua region has topped 100 with dozens more still missing, the disaster agency said on Wednesday.
“Nearly 10,000 people have moved to shelters while at least 104 victims are confirmed to have died and 79 are unaccounted for…”
“Cyclone Trevor is expected to restrengthen significantly once in the Gulf of Carpentaria, reaching Category 4 strength (equivalent to a Category 3 or 4 hurricane).
“The potential exists for Trevor to reach Category 5 strength prior to reaching the coast of Northern Territory.”
“Since 1999, Americans have experienced twice as many record highs as record lows, according to a data analysis performed by the Associated Press.
“The conclusions were drawn after studying 424 weather stations in the Lower 48 that had consistent temperature records dating back to 1920. The study counted the number of times daily hot temperature records were either broken or tied, then compared them to the cold records set; in a stable climate, the numbers would have been roughly the same.”
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“”Cyclone Idai has had a “massive and horrifying” impact on Mozambique’s port city of Beira, the Red Cross says.
“”It made landfall on Thursday with winds of up to 177 km/h (106 mph), but aid teams only reached Beira on Sunday.
“”People have been rescued from trees, homes have been destroyed and roofs were ripped off concrete buildings, head of the Red Cross assessment team, Jamie LeSeur, told the BBC.
“”The cyclone has killed at least 150 people across southern Africa.
“”More than 80 people have died in eastern and southern Zimbabwe, information ministry head Nick Mangwana told Reuters news agency…
“Malawi has also been badly hit. The flooding there, caused by the rains before the cyclone made landfall, led to at least 122 deaths, Reliefweb reports…
“A state of disaster has been declared in Zimbabwe. President Emmerson Mnangagwa has returned home early from a trip to the United Arab Emirates to “make sure he is involved directly with the national response”, the authorities say.”
“Zimbabwe is facing one of its greatest famines after below normal rains this farming season. Silobela is in one of the country’s most arid parts with villagers resorting to gold panning to augment their incomes.
“Added Mpofu: “There is serious food insecurity in my constituency that there is need of food aid. The villagers need help soon.””
“The Northern regions of Namibia are facing a drought situation of a magnitude that goes beyond anything seen in recent years. Octogenarian Hertha Nelenge of Okahao constituency in the Omusati region says she cannot remember ever seeing a drought of such proportions.
“Unlike many others, 79-year-old Saki Lungameni of Ondobe constituency in the Ohangwena region has not given up hope.”
“Millions of people in the Horn of Africa are suffering from a prolonged drought that is coinciding with the United States’s proposal to slash funding for lifesaving food aid… Climate change is also dramatically impacting crop yields in some of the poorest areas of the world.
“The number of extreme climate-related disasters including severe heat, droughts, floods and storms has doubled since 1990, according to The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World report released by the United Nations last year.”
“Since April 2018, Afghanistan is experiencing an increase in the frequency and severity of drought due to a rise in temperature and decrease in the amount of rainfall during monsoon season. Most areas in Afghanistan have experienced between four to six consecutive seasons of far below average rainfall over the last three years…
“According to Integrated Food Security Phase Classification analysis, as of September 2018, 9.8 million people (43.6 per cent of the rural population) were estimated to be in Food Crisis and Emergency…”
“A Level 2 heatwave alert has been issued for parts of the Malaysian state of Kedah, as a heatwave grips the country… If the situation worsens and temperatures exceeds 40 degree Celsius for at least three consecutive days, a Level 3 alert will be raised.
“This would allow the federal government to declare a state of emergency.”
“Flash floods and mudslides triggered by days of torrential rains tore through mountainside villages in Indonesia’s easternmost Papua province, killing at least 58 people, wounding scores and forcing more than 4,000 from their homes…
“…that number of dead and injured may increase since many affected areas had not been reached…”
“Tropical Cyclone Trevor is expected to intensify to a category three system before it crosses Queensland’s Cape York Peninsula on Tuesday night…
“The Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said the cyclone was now a category two, and was rapidly intensifying into a category 3 as it moved towards the Far North Queensland coast.”
“Record rainfall for the Gold Coast as more than 300mm [12 inches] lands on the city…”
“The conditions indicate one of the most extreme droughts of the last 20 years in Yucatán [Mexico], as high temperatures prevail, which causes most of the territory to be very dry, as a result of the lack of rain.
“Faced with this situation it is advisable to take all kinds of precautions, avoiding throwing cigarette butts on the roadsides, as well as glass containers. Also, people must report any fire to 911, even if it is a small one.”
“After not hitting the 70-degree Fahrenheit mark in February for the first time on record, another temperature phenomenon has occurred in Los Angeles.
“For the first time since Nov. 15, temperatures in downtown Los Angeles reached 80 degrees.”
“Western Canada is in for what could be record breaking temperatures for March this week.
“Meteorologists are saying this could be one of the earliest pattern of warm weather B.C. and the rest of western Canada has seen.”
“Fairbanks, Alaska, had record breaking heat Sunday afternoon with temperatures reaching 47 degrees, a single degree above the previous record from 1981…”
“Two people have been killed in Nebraska as the submerged state grapples with the worst flooding its seen in 50 years.
“Rainfall and swollen rivers, left in the wake of the ‘bomb cyclone’ winter storm swirling through the US, has left Nebraska inundated with water, neighborhoods completely submerged, and bridges ripped apart. Governor Pete Ricketts declared a state of emergency in 53 counties.”
“As this winter languishes, with storms dropping record snowfall across the state [of Wyoming] and ushering in frigid temperatures, the state’s wild herds are suffering…”
“Despite record cold air temperatures, soil temperatures averaged slightly warmer than normal in Illinois this winter. Consequently, the arctic conditions are expected to have little effect on overwintering field crop insect pest populations.”
“Stretching across the canal basin, this raft of rubbish is grim testimony to our throwaway culture. Plastic bottles, food packaging, polystyrene, carrier bags and even car tyres have formed the floating island in the shadow of the BBC headquarters in Salford.
“The eyesore in the Manchester Ship Canal is a frequent sight following bad weather such as the heavy rainfall brought by Storm Gareth.”
“Flood warnings are in place across the UK after some areas saw a month’s worth of rain in the space of just 24 hours. Alerts for snow, ice, wind and rain were lifted on Sunday after a spell of bad weather brought a mixture of snow, heavy rainfall and strong gales to the start of the weekend.”
“As the frozen Antarctic landscape at the bottom of the world adjusts to an ever hotter planet, we keep finding more mysterious phenomena beneath and within the ice. Now, there are “ice quakes” to add to that list…
“As for the quakes at the wet station, it’s not the first time scientists have observed diurnal cycles of seismicity on an ice shelf like this – but it’s never before been linked with ice-shelf melting and surface hydrology, which is what the researchers propose is going on here.”
“Earth is now the warmest it’s been in some 120,000 years. Eighteen of the last 19 years have been the warmest on record. And concentrations of carbon dioxide — a potent greenhouse gas — are likely the highest they’ve been in 15 million years.
“The consequences of such a globally-disrupted climate are many, and it’s understandably difficult to keep track. To help, here’s a list of climate-relevant news that has transpired in 2019, from historically unprecedented disappearances of ice, to flood-ravaged cities. As more news comes out, the list will be updated.”
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“Manila has been hit by its worst water shortage in years, leaving bucket-bearing families to wait hours to fill up from tanker trucks and some hospitals to turn away less urgent cases.
“Taps are dry from four to 20 hours per day in the homes of about half of the Philippine capital’s roughly 12 million people due to rolling outages driven by a dearth of rain and inadequate infrastructure.
“”I have learned to take a bath using only seven pitchers of water,” Ricardo Bergado told AFP as he lined up with his buckets. “I even save the bath water to flush our toilet.”
“…”This is the worst (water shortage) we have experienced. It almost happened last year but we were saved by heavy rains brought by storms,” Dittie Galang, Manila Water communications manager, told AFP.
“Better known for flooding from its frequent typhoons, the Philippines is experiencing a dry spell that led to reserves being severely depleted.”
“Just six months ago, Kerala suffered the worst instance of flooding in recent memory, where in just the period between 1 August and 19 August, 2018, the state received rainfall at a level that was 164% (amounting to 771 mm) over the normal average for that window.
“Fast forward to today — in what is surely cruel irony — the state now faces a prolonged period of drought, as many of our major rivers have begun to dry up on account of miserly rainfall in aftermath of the floods.”
“Deputy Governor Peter Lotethiro, Woman Rep Joyce Emanikor and Turkana Central MP John Lodepe have appealed to the national government [of Kenya] and relief agencies to intervene urgently to save thousands of the region’s residents from starvation.
“Mr Lotethiro said at least 800,000 of the county’s 1.2 million people in the six constituencies need food urgently.”
“A powerful tropical storm made landfall in Mozambique on Thursday evening, battering a coastal city with heavy rain and wind at speeds of up to up 170 km an hour and injuring several people.
“Cyclone Idai dumped more water and brought destruction on areas where scores of people have already been killed and tens of thousands displaced by floods over the past week.”
“”The floods came very quickly and we had no time to rescue anything, most of my property went with the floods,” she said. “What was important was to save lives…
“”We cannot go back soon because the water has not receded and so the house has been destroyed. So we will hang around the camp until the situation normalises. We have no other choice.””
“Weatherzone senior meteorologist Jacob Cronje said: ‘The reasons for the above average temperatures are the complex interactions between weather systems.’ ‘This is interesting and unique because is it widespread, affecting nearly the entire country.’ …Meanwhile, previous summer in Australia was the warmest on record and was among the ten driest summers. Bureau climatologist Dr Lynette Bettio said: ‘The heat we saw this summer was unprecedented.”
“Massive hailstones, lightning and torrential rain have battered Australia’s east coast overnight resulting in thousands of power outages and dozens of cancelled flights.
“Efforts to clear water, branches and debris and restore power to homes in the Greater Sydney area have begun after some suburbs were pummelled with up to 120mm of rain and golf-sized hailstones. Dangerous thunderstorms were detected near Blacktown and Riverstone, the Bureau of Meteorology said on Thursday evening.”
“High temperatures have been blamed for the deaths of hundreds of fish in two south coast waterways [Australia]. The Department of Primary Industries is investigating the fish kills at Meringo, near Moruya, and Wallagoot Lake at Tathra.”
“Producers and authorities were surprised that there was a water deficit in the Caribbean region, where an increase in rainfall was expected due to the presence of El Niño.
“The most affected area is the southern Caribbean and particularly the Valle de la Estrella and Sixaola, where there is an 85% deficit of water compared to the historical average of this time, said the regional director of the MAG, Nelson Kooper.”
“Many people are still living in hotels six months after Hurricane Florence made landfall…
“Florence dumped record amounts of rainfall, causing massive damage and power outages. Fifty-three people died from the storm, and thousands of families were forced from their homes. Many of those families are still unable to get back to their homes, and funding ran out Tuesday.”
“Historic flooding is swamping parts of Nebraska, western Iowa and southeast South Dakota, shattering records in at least six locations, so far.
“Some flood protection systems have been compromised, bridges washed out and evacuations ordered in a number of locations in central and eastern Nebraska. Evacuations have also been ordered just across the border in western Iowa.”
“The ridge in the jet stream is expected to begin building into western Canada this weekend. Temperatures will begin their steady climb on Saturday for much of British Columbia, Alberta and parts of Saskatchewan. By Monday and Tuesday the upper ridge will strengthen giving spring-like, and even summer-like, warmth to close out the final days of the winter season. There will be several places that will flirt with some record breaking high temperatures for several days.”
“Winter Storm Ulmer was a massive low-pressure system that became a bomb cyclone on Wednesday, March 13. A bomb cyclone refers to a strengthening area of low pressure that undergoes bombogenesis, meaning its minimum surface pressure drops at least 24 millibars in 24 hours or less…
“Unofficial all-time low-pressure records were set or tied in at least four locations, Pueblo, Colorado, Alamosa, Colorado, Amarillo, Texas, and Clayton, New Mexico.”
“Chinese and American scientists in joint research found that the past 30 years are the warmest time in the past 2,000-year period, due to the effect of anthropogenic greenhouse gas.
“The scientists were able to read the well-dated and quantitative air temperature record through the research on a sediment core collected at a small alpine lake in subtropical southwest China’s Yunnan Province.”
“Thousands of schoolchildren worldwide have abandoned classrooms for a day of protest against climate change. India, South Korea, Australia and France are among the countries where teenagers are already on strike.
“The day of action is expected to embrace about 100 countries. They are inspired by Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg, who protests weekly outside Sweden’s parliament.”
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“The National Weather Service deemed the storm a “cyclone of historic proportions.”
“As the blizzard developed, heavy snow lashed northern Colorado, including Denver, western Nebraska, eastern Wyoming, central South Dakota, and southeastern North Dakota.
“The storm strengthened over the High Plains on Wednesday with the rate of intensification resulting in bombogenesis, which occurs when the barometric pressure rapidly plummets, crashing more than the 0.71 of an inch threshold in a 24-hour period. The rare weather phenomenon is often referred to as a “bomb cyclone.”
…”There have been gusts to near 100 mph with the snow in Colorado Springs, Colorado.,” AccuWeather Dave Samuhel said.
“Snowfall totals so far are as high as 16 inches in the mountains of Colorado, with 7.1 inches reported in Denver and about 4 in the Boulder area. Many schools, including those in the Denver area, have already been canceled for Thursday,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Faith Eherts said.
“The storm also tangled with barometric pressure records across the southwest and middle of the nation. According to preliminary NWS data, Colorado and New Mexico broke all-time low barometric pressure records on Wednesday.”
“Tornado damage was reported in Chaves County, New Mexico, Tuesday night, according to the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office.
“The sheriff’s office said the rain-wrapped tornado moved into the town of Dexter and damaged several homes. Another tornado was reported near Loving, New Mexico, according to KOAT in Albuquerque.”
“Kansas City can’t get a break this winter — and we aren’t talking about snow or ice. It’s been cold, nonstop.
“It’s been 133 days since the high temperature reached 65 degrees at Kansas City International Airport, according to the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill. And with a high temperature of 62 degrees forecast Wednesday afternoon, Kansas City could break the record set in 1912 for most consecutive days with temperatures below 65 degrees.”
“A mild winter coupled with an excessively rainy 2018 [NE US] may lead to a surge in the number of ticks capable of transmitting Lyme disease this spring, according to researchers at Rutgers University.
“More blacklegged ticks will be out in force as temperatures begin to rise after thriving last summer and fall, and surviving the winter thanks to favorable weather.”
“”We see that the climate is changing [Oaxaca, Mexico] and in several health jurisdictions, such as the Isthmus, Costa and Tuxtepec, they register temperatures that are around 40 degrees.” In those jurisdictions where the greatest number of infectious diseases are reported, including food poisoning.
“Therefore, “it is recommended to avoid eating in street stalls that are not well regulated, lack hygiene and food are exposed to high temperatures and decompose quickly.”
“Intense rains in the north of the country are causing havoc as reported by various local media.
“In Piura [Peru], floods have already been recorded. According to the information, residents of Ayabaca are on alert because they are being affected by the heavy rains that have occurred during this Wednesday.”
“A storm has left a trail of destruction across Germany, and now there’s snow too. We show you how it’s affecting the country.
“From fallen trees blocking train lines and roads, to electricity being cut off, storm “Eberhard” has caused havoc throughout Germany. Gusts of up to 164 km/h [102mph] were recorded by forecasters on Sunday, accompanied by rain and snow.”
“Olive harvests [Italy] are in trouble because of anomalous weather patterns: this season, had the worst harvest in 25 years, a 57 percent drop from the previous season, to 185,000 tons, according to Coldiretti, the Italian farming group.
“Climate change is affecting global food production in a worrisome way. If you haven’t heard so far, coffee is in trouble, and so is chocolate… For the past 18 months, Italy has been through floods, drought, and freezing temperatures that cost the olive oil industry over $1 billion. “
“Warming in Spanish cities is twice the global average. The unusually dry and warm winter in Murcia is beginning to ring alarm bells in the agricultural sector… increased risk of desertification…”
“Africa is simultaneously experiencing hydro-climatological extremes on both sides of the spectrum, wet and dry.
“While fascinating and interesting from a meteorological perspective, both of these events pose a threat to one of the most populous continents on the planet.”
“At least 115 people have been killed in Mozambique, Malawi and South Africa after heavy rains affected 843,000 people across southeast Africa, officials and the UN said, prompting calls for emergency aid…
“Mozambique cabinet spokeswoman Ana Comoana said the “government has decreed a red alert due to the continuing rains and the approach of the tropical cyclone Idai…”
“An estimated 673,000 people in Somaliland are enduring an extreme state of drought and food insecurity and are unable to meet their minimum nutritional needs.
“Pregnant women and newborns are acutely vulnerable, with dehydration and nutrient deprivation linked to a range of pregnancy-related complications including premature births and developmental delays. The nine-year drought is exacerbating the region’s already high rates of maternal and newborn mortality.”
“In the world’s coldest capital, many burn coal and plastic just to survive temperatures as low as minus 40 degrees — but warmth comes at a price: deadly pollution makes Ulaanbataar’s air too toxic for children to breathe, leaving parents little choice but to evacuate them to the countryside.
“This exodus is a stark warning of the future for urban areas in much of Asia…”
“Philippines — Zamboanga Sibugay, known as the rice granary of the south, has been placed under a state of calamity as the dry spell continues to take its toll on the agriculture sector.
“The Sangguniang Panlalawigan approved on Tuesday the recommendation of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council to declare a state of calamity and allocate P20 million to help mitigate the impact of the dry spell.”
“Hot weather will linger in Australia for at least another three months, the country’s meteorology bureau said on Thursday, piling pressure on the rural sector in one of the world’s top exporters of commodities such as wheat…
“That comes after the summer that just ended in the country was the hottest since national records began in 1910, and among the 10 driest.”
“[Australia’s] supermarkets are having to rethink what fruit and vegetables they put on the shelves as growers in eastern states are hit by a range of natural disasters.
“Vegetables prices have soared in recent weeks due to the flooding in north Queensland, while drought in New South Wales is impacting on this year’s fruit harvest. For orchardists in the central west of NSW, the lack of rain and extreme summer temperatures have taken their toll.”
“Sydney has been smashed by a fierce storm cell, with golf-ball sized hail smashing parts of the city and heavy rain flooding streets.
“The south-west was worst hit, with flash flooding in areas including Bexley and Riverwood.”
“Tens of thousands of Australian school students are expected to walk out of class on Friday to demand governments take action on climate change.
“The Australian strikes are part of a global campaign by students for greater urgency from politicians in tackling what they see as the greatest threat to their future.”
“Sharp and potentially devastating temperature rises of 3C to 5C in the Arctic are now inevitable even if the world succeeds in cutting greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Paris agreement, research has found.
“Winter temperatures at the north pole are likely to rise by at least 3C above pre-industrial levels by mid-century, and there could be further rises to between 5C and 9C above the recent average for the region, according to the UN.”
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