31st July 2020 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

Tropical storm Isaias is now a hurricane.

“With maximum sustained winds of 80 mph, Hurricane Isaias is moving northwest from about 45 miles southeast of Great Inagua Island, according to the National Hurricane Center…

“Where Isaias will hit and how intense it will be was still uncertain Thursday evening.

“Some forecast models show a weak storm hitting the southern coast of Florida, while others show a much stronger storm lashing the east side of the state and moving toward the Carolinas.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/07/31/weather/hurricane-isaias-forecast/index.html


Strong winds and heavy rains lashed the island of Puerto Rico on Thursday, July 30, as Tropical Storm Isaias made its way through the Caribbean… Puerto Rico’s electricity authority, Autoridad de Energía Eléctrica, on Thursday said 46 percent of the island’s 1.47 million residents were without power…

““Isaias has been terrible to us, so much rain our island is flooded,” Ortiz said.” [On the plus side, this will have eased the drought].

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/isaias-terrible-tropical-storm-floods-192442807.html


““Currently, Atlantic surface waters are the fourth warmest they’ve been since NOAA began keeping records in 1982.

“The only years water has been warmer are 2005, 2010, and 2017, which bore witness to Hurricanes Katrina and Maria, two of the most devastating natural disasters to strike the Atlantic basin,” according to the National Geographic.”

https://www.caribbeannationalweekly.com/caribbean-breaking-news-featured/storm-ravaged-caribbean-islands-struggle-with-ominous-hurricane-season/


“Summer’s temperatures have been record-hot in an of the United States that isn’t usually associated with blazing heat.

At least five locations from upstate York to Maine had an average temperature that was the hottest on record from June 1 through July 27, or nearly the first two-thirds of summer.”

https://weather.com/news/weather/news/2020-07-30-new-england-new-york-record-hot-summer-so-far


Unforgiving heat has baked Phoenix this month, not only scorching the afternoons but also failing to cool down at night

“Overall, low temperatures during July are running the highest on record for the city, where weather records date to the late 1800s. The July average temperature for Phoenix of 98.6 degrees is also the highest on record for any month.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2020/07/30/phoenix-hottest-month-july/


“Reports filed by NGOs including the Socioenvironmental Institute (ISA) and Greenpeace Brazil say that a major invasion of indigenous reserves and conservation units in the Amazon is underway, prompted by miners well backed with expensive equipment supplied by wealthy elites.

“Miners are emboldened, say the NGOs, by the inflammatory anti-indigenous and anti-environmental rhetoric of the Jair Bolsonaro administration…”

https://news.mongabay.com/2020/07/goldminers-overrun-amazon-indigenous-lands-as-covid-19-surges/


The Hong Kong Observatory is planning to raise a strong wind signal No 3 on Friday night, replacing a monsoon signal in a rare move as a tropical cyclone is forming over the South China Sea.

“The weather forecast agency said the monsoon depression over the central and northern parts of the sea was strengthening…”

https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/society/article/3095538/hong-kong-observatory-hoist-strong-wind-signal-no3-tropical


The ancient walled city of Xi’an appears to be the latest victim of the massive flooding that has ravaged much of China over the past two months

“Multiple videos dated July 30 show many roads turned into rivers with water up to waist level.”

https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3977898


Flash flood events in the Western Himalayan rivers doubled between 1980-2003 due to increases in extreme rainfall, according to a new study.”

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/flash-floods-doubled-in-western-himalayan-rivers-between-1980-2003/articleshow/77268146.cms


“Devastating floods in northeast India have killed dozens of wild animals, including rare one-horned rhinos.

About 60 percent of the Kaziranga National Park in the state of Assam is underwater… Park authorities say climate change and the building of dams have worsened their effects.”

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/07/india-floods-devastating-toll-wild-animals-200730152718639.html


Yemen is in the eye of a “perfect storm” of economic shocks, conflict, floods, a plague of desert locusts – and now the coronavirus….

“Caught in the crossfire, farmers have had to abandon their plantations to drought, disease and destruction, says Yemeni journalist Mohammed al-Hakimi…”

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/yemen-war-hunger-famine-coronavirus-2020-date-palms-hodeidah-a9646226.html


Temperatures in Middle East top 50C every day for a week

“Iraqis rarely have electricity for 24 hours of the day, making air conditioning a rarity even if they can afford it, and many are struggling to keep vital equipment such as refrigerators running, on small, expensive supplementary generators.”

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/temperature-in-middle-east-tops-50c-for-a-week-ktgvdjsg9


The Algerian authorities announced on Sunday that 6,000 hectares of forests have been destroyed in 923 reported fires since June, state-run Algeria Radio reported.

“These fires have affected 46 percent of forests and bushes, with an average of 17 fires triggered a day…”

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-07/29/c_138265284.htm


During the day, it is expected that thermometers can even reach 43ºC in the Cordoba area of ​​the Guadalquivir valley, 42ºC on the banks of the Ebro in Zaragoza and more than 40ºC in the rest of the basin from Navarra to the Huesca depression and Lleida [Spain].”

https://elpais.com/espana/2020-07-30/llega-el-peor-dia-de-la-ola-de-calor-con-42-grados-en-zaragoza.html


“A wildfire fanned by soaring temperatures tore through a pine forest in southwestern France on Thursday, burning down at least one house and forcing dozens to flee their homes…

The southwest of France experienced particularly hot weather on Thursday, with the nearby town of Saint-Jean-de-Luz setting its new temperature record of 41.9C.”

https://www.thelocal.fr/20200731/dozens-evacuated-as-wildfire-hits-south-west-france-town


The UK broke six records for temperature highs last year in evidence of the increasing influence of global warming on the British climate, the Met Office said yesterday.

“Last July saw a new all-time high temperature of 38.7C, recorded in Cambridge…

“…while in February a new winter record-high of 21.2C was recorded in Kew Gardens, the first time 20C has been reached in the British winter.”

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/07/31/uk-broke-six-high-temperature-records-2019-met-office-reveals/


One quarter of the UK’s native mammals are classified as being at “imminent risk of extinction” and conservationists are calling for urgent action to save them…

“Among those species listed as being at risk of extinction in Britain are the water vole, hedgehog, hazel dormouse, wildcat and the grey long-eared bat.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/animal-extinction-uk-red-list-beaver-red-squirrel-wildcat-bat-biodiversity-crisis-a9645276.html


“…research indicates that within the next few decades, climate change will further boost the amount of freshwater moving into the Arctic, which will ultimately flow into the North Atlantic Ocean.

“This influx of freshwater will disrupt ocean currents and heavily influence temperatures in northern Europe.”

https://www.earth.com/news/arctic-freshwater-will-disrupt-the-north-atlantic-climate-system/#


“Mark Serreze… who now directs the National Snow and Ice Data Center, has confirmed that the two ice caps on the Hazen Plateau of Canada’s Ellsmere Island have disappeared.

“They’re the victims of human-caused warming that has occurred three times more rapidly in the Arctic than anywhere else.”

https://www.discovermagazine.com/environment/going-going-gone-two-arctic-ice-caps-have-disappeared


Seems very optimistic indeed to me:

The combined impacts of human-caused sea level rise, storm surges and high tides could expose an extra 23 million people to coastal flooding within the next 30 years, even with relatively ambitious cuts to greenhouse gas emissions, a new global study has found.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jul/31/extra-23-million-people-could-face-coastal-flooding-within-30-years-even-with-emission-cuts-study-says


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30th July 2020 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

More on the astonishing heat in the Middle East:

“Baghdad surged to its highest temperature ever recorded Tuesday. Tuesday’s preliminary high of 125.2 degrees (51.8 Celsius) in Iraq’s capital city shatters its previous record of 123.8 degrees set on July 30, 2015, for any day of the year.

“On Wednesday, Baghdad followed up with a temperature of 124 degrees, its second-highest temperature on record. On Monday, it had reached 123 degrees…

“Weather records expert Maximiliano Herrera tweeted that a location about 30 miles east of Beirut registered Lebanon’s highest temperature on record Tuesday, 113.7 degrees (45.4 Celsius)

“…additional locations in Iraq and Saudi Arabia also set records.

“Herrera added that on Wednesday, Damascus, Syria’s capital city, tied its hottest temperature on record, hitting 114.8 degrees (46 Celsius).”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2020/07/29/baghdad-iraq-heat-record/


“…scorching temperatures are set to hit parts of Europe over the next few days.

“Spain has issued a weather warning and said a heatwave could start from Thursday with temperatures predicted to rise to over 40℃ in the south and some central regions, according to Spain’s public weather agency Aemet…

“In France, temperatures could reach up to 40ºC in the southwest from Thursday, according to the country’s weather agency.”

https://www.euronews.com/2020/07/29/western-europe-bracing-itself-for-sizzling-summer-temperatures-in-coming-days


The ultra-high ocean temperatures that have helped brew all the humidity around here and set off a record number of tropical storms also appear to be luring sharks to near-shore waters in the Northeastern United States

“…it was a great white that attacked and killed Julie D. Holowach, 63, of New York City, on Monday.”

https://www.inquirer.com/news/shark-attack-maine-new-jersey-shore-long-island-20200729.html


A weather pattern change this week will shift record heat to the West, keep the nation’s heartland strangely cool for mid-summer, and wring out rounds of locally heavy rain from the Plains to parts of the East

“By later this week, this expansive dome of high pressure aloft will set up over the Desert Southwest, and push as far north as Canada’s Northwest Territories.”

https://weather.com/forecast/national/news/2020-07-28-weather-pattern-change-west-heat-plains-cool-wet


Nearly one-third of the fish in the Brazilian Amazon state of Amapa have such high levels of mercury caused by illegal mining that they are dangerous for human consumption, according to a new study…

https://www.deccanherald.com/science-and-environment/study-finds-dangerous-mercury-levels-in-amazon-fish-867390.html


Water prices in NSW and Victoria’s southern Murray-Darling Basin surged last year as drought tightened its grip, prompting outcry from some farmers and irrigation industry representatives who accuse market investors who do not own land of predatory practices.

“The water market is worth an average of $1.5 billion but surged to $3.5 billion last year as supply dried up during the drought.”

https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/serious-distrust-in-murky-murray-darling-water-market-sinks-farmers-20200730-p55gvz.html


Many rivers originate in China and flow their way down into 18 different countries. Having this as an advantage, China is exploiting its resources to create an extensive dam infrastructure which will regulate where and how much water flows into its neighbouring countries.

“This benefit acts as a weapon to China.”

https://www.siasat.com/china-is-battle-ready-in-water-war-and-the-world-should-prepare-1933467/


The massive floods which have ravaged China over the past two months have inflicted a heavy toll on the communist country in terms of damages to property and direct economic losses, with the vaunted Three Gorges Dam seemingly inadequate in reducing these effects and the death toll remaining suspiciously low.”

https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3976456


Torrential rain flooded more than 100 homes, dozens of vehicles and railroads in Daejeon [South Korea]…

“…killing at least two people in the country’s fifth-largest city

“In Daejeon’s Munhwa-dong, Jung-gu, some 80 millimeters of rain fell in just one hour from about 4 a.m. on Thursday.”

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20200730000571


Landslides triggered by heavy rains killed nine more people in Nepal this week, raising the Himalayan nation’s death toll from floods and landslides to 160 since late May, a government official said on Wednesday…

“At least 58 are still missing and 87 injured, he said.”

https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-southasia-floods/landslides-sweep-kill-nine-people-in-remote-nepal-village-idUKKCN24U1OU


As Kasese district [Uganda] grapples with the huge aftermath of floods and landslides that ravaged the area thrice in May, cases of diarrhoea have been reported in some areas in the district

“The incidence has been attributed to the breakdown of the water and sanitation systems, especially the boreholes and pit latrines, which were destroyed and washed away when the rivers flooded and overran the areas.”

https://www.newvision.co.ug/news/1523649/diarrhea-outbreak-worries-kasese


The area encompassing Alaska’s capital city is on track to break summer rainfall records, a state weather expert said

“The last summer to break records was 2014, when Juneau had 14 inches of rainfall, Moore said.”

https://www.adn.com/nation-world/2020/07/29/juneau-on-track-for-a-summer-rainfall-record/


Wildfire smoke from fires raging in Siberia is spilling into Southcentral Alaska skies, creating a haze that is lingering over the region

“Fires in Siberia and eastern Russia have released a record-breaking amount of carbon into the atmosphere as peat soils burn, according to NASA. With permafrost thawing and temperatures rising in the Arctic, fires have burned almost nonstop in the Arctic Circle since April.”

https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/weather/2020/07/29/wildfire-smoke-from-siberia-keeps-drifting-into-alaska-and-may-continue-to-do-so-for-weeks/


In the closed Siberian city of Zheleznogorsk in the bankrupt factory contains about 180 tons of chlorsilane, which could trigger an environmental catastrophe, according to a Telegram channel state Duma Deputy Sergei Natarov…

“…chlorsilane… is a liquid that smokes in air and explodes when exposed to water.”

https://thesaxon.org/siberia-may-be-faced-with-a-terrible-natural-disaster/23349/


Climate change hits back at Svalbard, coal mine flooded by melting glacier.

“After days with record heat at Svalbard, the penetration of water from the above melting glacier is now flooding Norway’s only operating coal mine that supplies the country’s only coal-power plant.”

https://thebarentsobserver.com/en/industry-and-energy/2020/07/coal-mine-flooded-melting-glacier


[As well as a record day-time high in Longyearbyen], the overnight low temperature failed to fall below 62.2 degrees (16.8 Celsius) on the 25th, setting a record for the warmest low temperature

“The ice cap in Svalbard has the highest surface mass loss of any Arctic ice sheet so far this summer and hit a record for surface snow and ice melt on July 25, when temperatures spiked…”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2020/07/29/arctic-climate-change-hastens/


Common chemicals nicknamed ‘forever chemicals’ for their tendency to stick around in the environment for a disconcertingly long time have been detected in Arctic seawater

“…researchers were able to detect 29 different PFAS coming in and going out of the Arctic Ocean…”

https://www.sciencealert.com/a-worrying-forever-chemical-has-been-detected-in-arctic-seawater-for-the-first-time


“It’s not the news you want to hear during a global health crisis.

“In a new theoretical study appearing in Nature Scientific Reports, a pair of statistical researchers have warned that rampant human consumption has sent us on a tailspin towards a rapid “catastrophic collapse” — which could happen in the next two to four decades.”

https://nypost.com/2020/07/29/humanity-likely-faces-rapid-catastrophic-collapse-study-warns/


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29th July 2020 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

New data from NOAA indicates that the first half of 2020, which is the period from January through June, was the second warmest on record globally. Records go back to 1880.

“According to the report, the globe averaged about 2 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th century average for the period.”

https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-blogs/climatechange/second-warmest-first-half-of-a-year-on-record-globally/784607


Sea ice extent reaches historical low in July: The sea ice retreat has been especially pronounced off the Siberian coast, leading to a virtually ice-free Northeast Passage by mid-July along nearly all of Russia’s Arctic coastline from the Bering Sea in the east to the Barents Sea in the west, researchers said…

“Since the beginning of July, a high-pressure cell has settled over the East Siberian and Chukchi Seas, accompanied by unusually warm temperatures – up to 10 C above average – over the Central Arctic.”

https://thebarentsobserver.com/en/arctic/2020/07/sea-ice-extent-arctic-reaches-historical-low-july


“Known to locals as the “gateway to the underworld,” Batagay is the largest thaw slump on the planet.

“Once just a gully on a slope logged in the 1960s, the scar has expanded year by year, as the permafrost thaws and meltwater carries off the sediment. Now more than 900 meters wide, it epitomizes the vulnerability of permafrost in the Arctic…”

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/07/siberia-s-gateway-underworld-grows-record-heat-wave-thaws-permafrost


Scientists, emergency managers and Juneau [Alaska] residents are bracing for an event at the Mendenhall Glacier that could flood a nearby lake and river again. The now-yearly phenomenon is caused by climate change.

“The important vocabulary word for this story is jökulhlaup… an Icelandic word for a glacial dam release or flood.”

https://www.alaskapublic.org/2020/07/28/a-glacial-dam-near-juneau-could-burst-any-time/


In our analysis, we find more than US 800 Superfund sites would be at risk of extreme flooding under low rates of sea level rise within the next 20 years.

“These extreme floods could pose risks to ongoing remediation activities, lead to recontamination of areas considered clean, and affect the health of people living near these facilities “

https://blog.ucsusa.org/jacob-carter/extreme-floods-and-superfund-sites-a-pending-disaster-for-underserved-communities


The National Weather Service said the city of Portland had its warmest night on record Monday… 

“The NWS said the previous record was 76 degrees set on July 22, 2011 and again on July 21, 2019.”

https://www.wmtw.com/article/portland-has-warmest-night-on-record-national-weather-service-says/33443811


As predicted yesterday:

On Tuesday, Washington, D.C., notched its 26th day hitting at least 90 degrees, topping the previous record for the most such days in a month.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2020/07/27/washington-dc-july-record-heat/


“It hasn’t been your imagination: July has been a very wet month.

Vero Beach already set a rainfall record for the month, according to the National Weather Service, Melbourne…

“Through July 27, Vero Beach saw 14.29 inches of rain, breaking the record of 13.72 inches for the entire month set in 2007.”

https://eu.tcpalm.com/story/news/local/florida/2020/07/28/vero-beach-sets-record-rainfall-july/5524763002/


Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands along with the northern islands of the Lesser Antilles are under tropical storm advisories. CNN Meteorologist Pedram Javaheri has who will be impacted the worst from the latest tropical system.”

Video:

https://edition.cnn.com/videos/weather/2020/07/29/daily-weather-forecast-tropical-cyclone-storm-depression-hurricane-isaias-severe-heat-wave-hot.cnn


“…the Amazon’s short-eared dog will likely suffer severe habitat loss from deforestation.

“Forest loss will affect an estimated 40% of its habitat in non-protected areas, and more than 60% within some interfluves, or specific regions between rivers.”

https://news.mongabay.com/2020/07/for-the-amazons-only-wild-dog-deforestation-is-a-very-real-threat/


Nearly 45 million people in 13 countries in southern Africa are food-insecure as a result of drought, floods and the impact of coronavirus, the region’s bloc said.

“The tally has risen almost 10 percent over last year, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) said in a report on Tuesday.”

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/07/45-million-people-food-insecure-southern-africa-200728135258919.html


Massive floods will sweep through many parts of Nigeria between September and October, a Federal Government agency warned on Tuesday.

“The Nigeria Hydrological Services Agencywhich gave the red alert, advised residents of flood-prone areas to begin relocation because heavy rains will precipitate the flooding leading to destruction of property and likely loss of lives.”

https://thenationonlineng.net/massive-floods-coming-to-lagos-others-agency-warns/


Moroccan farmer Hamid had pinned his hopes on selling his sheep for the Eid al-Adha feast, to make up for a year of drought and the economic paralysis linked to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

“But snap domestic travel restrictions imposed by the North African country’s authorities onSunday after a surge in new infections has cast a pall over trade…”

https://news.yahoo.com/hit-virus-drought-rural-moroccans-tighten-belts-eid-065236440.html


“The week got off to a blazing start in Baghdad, Iraq, with a temperature reading of 50.6 C (123.1 F) on Monday. But on Tuesday, the temperature climbed even higher.

According to preliminary reports from the area, the temperature in Baghdad reached 51.7 C (125 F) in the afternoon, surpassing the all-time record high temperature of 51.2 C (124 F) for the city.”

https://www.yahoo.com/news/temperature-soars-124-ancient-desert-204217413.html


Already contending with shocking levels of famine and a burgeoning coronavirus crisis, war-torn Yemen’s woes are being compounded by the likely effects of climate breakdown

“…exceptionally heavy rainfall and flooding have killed dozens and destroyed thousands of homes…”

https://www.independent.co.uk/independentpremium/yemen-flooding-rain-climate-change-coronavirus-cyclones-famine-a9642991.html


Mumbai surpassed its July 2014 record (1,468.5mm) for the all-time high monthly rainfall on Tuesday with intermittent intense rain spells taking the monthly rain tally to 1,474.3 mm from July 1 to July 28 5.30pm…

“…the city had surpassed its July average rain target of 840 mm in the first 15 days…

https://www.hindustantimes.com/mumbai-news/mumbai-records-its-wettest-july-breaks-all-time-high-monthly-rain-record/story-9HrxP2n7JHZoxdj75zU4FI.html


Despite the purported “flood reduction” effects of the Three Gorges Dam downstream, Chongqing was hit by the crest of a massive flood on Monday (July 27), inundating parts of the megacity, as well as other nearby municipalities…

“This latest flood is the largest yet seen this year by the Three Gorges Dam. The Yangtze River Basin is now entering what is normally the period of heaviest rains…”

https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3975669


Japan’s land ministry says the Mogami River in Yamagata Prefecture has overflowed its banks late Tuesday due to record rainfall in the country’s northeastern part. The ministry is calling on residents to be on the highest alert.

“Weather officials say more than 200 millimeters of torrential rain was recorded… At least 15 rivers in the prefecture overflowed at one point.”

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20200729_04/


Torrential rain and floods hit countries around the world.”

Pictures:

https://www.straitstimes.com/multimedia/photos/in-pictures-torrential-rain-and-floods-hit-countries-around-the-world


The Mekong River Commission (MRC) has issued a severe drought warning for southern Laos, northeast Cambodia and the Central Highlands of Vietnam amid low rainfall

“The drought is being felt along the length and breadth of the Mekong Delta… Rainfall for the Lower Mekong Basin (LMB) in May and June was about 70 percent lower than a year ago when the region was already in drought.”

https://english.cambodiadaily.com/environment/severe-drought-warning-for-laos-cambodia-and-vietnam-167281/


Nearly 3 billion animals were affected by Australia’s worst wildfire season that burned from last July through March, scientists announced Tuesday — a figure almost three times higher than original estimates

“”This ranks as one of the worst wildlife disasters in modern history,” Dermot O’Gorman, the organization’s chief executive officer, said in a statement.”

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/australian-wildfires-declared-among-worst-wildlife-disasters-modern-history-n1235071


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28th July 2020 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

A nearly all-encompassing heat wave has spread across the highest reaches of the globe… Arctic sea ice as a whole is currently at the lowest mark on record for this time of year

“Heat is expected to remain strong in northern Canada and return in full force to Siberia later this week, so the records are unfortunately nowhere close to over yet.”

https://earther.gizmodo.com/its-not-just-siberia-as-record-heat-spreads-across-the-1844517909


Alaska has been experiencing some very rainy summers compared with records going back a century, scientists warn, adding that the winters have “lost” almost three weeks a year to summer.

“The precipitation augurs ill for the permafrost underlying about 85 percent of the state…”

https://www.haaretz.com/science-and-health/.premium-climate-change-briefs-it-s-raining-it-s-pouring-alaska-s-permafrost-is-thawing-1.9021769


The sultry summer of 2020 [Ottawa] has so far set a string of daily temperature records — the latest Sunday — and is so far smashing average temperature records for this month.

“With four days to go, “it could be an all-time warmest July on record,” Environment and Climate Change Canada senior climatologist David Phillips said…”

https://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/ottawa-is-on-track-for-the-hottest-july-on-record-and-theres-no-real-relief-in-sight


“The heat this month has kept coming and coming and now has tied a record for its persistence.

On Monday, Washington notched its 25th day hitting at least 90 degrees, tying the record for the most such days in a month. Tuesday, it seems destined to surpass it.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2020/07/27/washington-dc-july-record-heat/


Minnesota’s latest mega-rain event drenched parts of southern Minnesota Saturday night

“The amount of deep tropical moisture in the air mass over Minnesota Saturday was at near-record levels… Doppler rainfall estimates suggest around 10 inches fell between rain gauges in Sibley County.”

https://www.mprnews.org/story/2020/07/27/minnesota-latest-megarain-event-drops-8-to-10-inches


“It was 12 miles wide, invisible to the naked eye and traveled across six counties to Florida’s largest city. And it’s still unclear who — or what — was responsible.

The mysterious plume of methane, estimated to total 300 metric tons, was released north of Gainesville between May 2 and May 3…”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-07-27/no-one-is-owning-up-to-releasing-cloud-of-methane-in-florida


Just a day after Tropical Storm Hanna dumped a foot and a half of rainfall in Texas and parts of Mexico, the tropics are roaring to life once again.

“A wave of low pressure meandering westward, located about halfway between Cabo Verde and the Windward Islands, is likely to develop into Tropical Storm Isaias…”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2020/07/27/new-tropical-storm-is-likely-form-atlantic-hyperactive-hurricane-season-continues/


“With the end of July drawing near, it is looking likely that not a single typhoon will form in the month.

“It would be the first typhoon-free July since the Meteorological Agency started taking records in 1951.”

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2020/07/27/national/likely-typhoon-free-july-first-since-records-began-1951/


Just 17mm of rain has been recorded in Adelaide at West Terrace, which is about one quarter of the average (66.3mm) for July.

“With little more rainfall on the horizon, climatologist Dr Naomi Benger says this month will likely be among the lowest on record.”

https://www.fiveaa.com.au/news/adelaide-is-having-its-driest-july-in-almost-a-century/


Intermittent bouts of torrential rain continue to pound wide areas of Japan due to unstable atmospheric conditions

“The risk of landslides has increased.. Rainfall of more than 50 millimeters per hour is possible… In the 24 hours through Wednesday morning, up to 200 millimeters of rain is expected.”

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20200728_09/


Heavy rains are putting the Yangtze River at risk of repeating the devastating floods of 1998 which left more than 4,000 people dead and 14 million homeless.

“The latest natural disaster comes in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic and an escalating trade war with the US.”

https://multimedia.scmp.com/infographics/news/china/article/3094790/china-floods/index.html


Floods caused by heavy monsoon rains in two of India’s poorest states have displaced or affected 8 million people and killed 111 since May, authorities said on Tuesday, at a time when coronavirus cases have swelled there.

“The Brahmaputra river in the northeastern state of Assam is flowing above the “danger level” in many places…”

https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-india-floods/floods-coronavirus-hobble-two-of-indias-poorest-states-idUKKCN24T12B


Climate change has hastened glacial melting across the Hindu Kush Himalaya region, home to some of the world’s tallest peaks, including Mount Everest.

“According to India’s first assessment of climate change, the country’s glaciers—and water resources—will be at further risk without local actions.”

https://eos.org/articles/a-future-of-retreating-glaciers-in-the-himalayas


About 36 people are reported to have died after torrential rain triggered flash floods and urban flooding in Pakistan.

“An emergency has been imposed at hospitals across Karachi, where paramilitary forces are helping traffic police in rescuing commuters amid traffic jams, flooding of roads and destruction of infrastructure.”

https://www.ucanews.com/news/dozens-dead-in-pakistan-as-heavy-rain-causes-floods/88925


Flash floods have ravaged swaths of war-torn Yemen, leaving dozens dead and destroying thousands of homes, security officials and an aid group said Monday.

“At a time when Yemen is already mired in escalated fighting, widespread hunger and a major coronavirus outbreak, the spate of torrential rains is exacerbating the world’s worst humanitarian disaster.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/torrential-rains-wreak-destruction-in-yemen-killing-dozens/2020/07/27/c1df373a-d02b-11ea-826b-cc394d824e35_story.html


Floods in Uganda have submerged two oil wells in Buliisa district, triggering fear among the residents… According to John Mugungu, a resident of Kityanga cell, oil could mix with the water that residents are collecting for domestic use.”

https://www.newvision.co.ug/news/1523477/residents-worried-floods-sweep-oil


The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has expressed regrets over the death of a mother and her four children in Abuja [Nigeria] on Saturday, after torrential rainfall in Gwagwalada area council that swept away some houses.

“”We want people to know that flood this year has been predicted and whatever we can do to save lives we will do”.”

https://www.channelstv.com/2020/07/27/mother-four-children-killed-in-abuja-flood/


Rising temperatures and droughts have made trees in Germany more vulnerable to attacks by bark beetles and other insects.

“That’s led to a nearly sixfold jump in trees destroyed by pests over the past two years.”

https://www.dw.com/en/germany-forest-dying/a-54330242


A total of 63 forest fires were recorded nationwide in Greece between 19:00 on Sunday and the same time Monday, the Fire Brigade reported, according to ANA.

“They involved 586 firefighters and 220 fire engines, 17 mountain units on foot, 4 water-bombing aircraft, 2 helicopters, and were assisted by volunteer firefighters, local water trucks, and heavy machinery.”

https://www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/society/41048-63-forest-fires-burning-across-greece-during-the-last-24-hours.html


Wildfires currently burning across Russia have doubled in size over the past week, the state-run TASS news agency reported Monday, citing a source in the Federal Forestry Agency.

“”Over the week, the total area of ​​forest fires has more than doubled,” TASS quoted its source as saying.

““The most difficult situation is developing in Siberia and the Far East.””

https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/07/27/russias-wildfires-double-in-size-within-week-tass-a70989


The pristine white of Antarctica’s coast and low lying areas are turning red and green in its summer months as algae bloom across the ice and snow.

“The microscopic plants are forming carpets about 20mm deep in the ‘warmer’ waters of the frozen continent where snow and ice turn to slush in temperatures just above 0oC.”

https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/science-and-technology/2020/07/algae-is-turning-coastal-antarctica-red-and-green-and-it-could-have


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27th July 2020 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

21.9 ° C at Eureka, Nunavut, Arctic Canada (79.98 ° N) yesterday July 25, new absolute record for all months at the station

“…beating the 21.4 ° C of June 27, 2020, and also ahead of the 20.9 of July 14, 2009.”

https://mobile.twitter.com/EKMeteo/status/1287365742099398657


It was hotter today on Svalbard than in the Norwegian capital, Oslo. So much so, that the previous temperature record from 1979 was smashed

“…the temperature soared to 21.7C (71.06F)…”

https://www.lifeinnorway.net/hottest-ever-day-recorded-in-arctic-svalbard/


Wildfires which have scorched parts of Siberia this summer on the back of a prolonged heatwave wave spread to a remote Russian nature reserve on Saturday.

“The fire has been raging in the forest of the Denezhkin Kamen Nature Reserve for a week… Strong winds and lack of natural water resources for firefighters have exacerbated the spread of the fires at the reserve.”

https://www.republicworld.com/world-news/rest-of-the-world-news/wildfires-hit-siberian-nature-reserve.html


Rapidly melting Arctic permafrost poses the greatest threat to major Russian energy producers’ infrastructure and financial indicators, according to a new Morgan Stanley report …

““Climate change in permafrost areas, which account for about 60% of Russian territory, leads to the release of large amounts of methane and carbon dioxide, reduces soil stability and creates risks for infrastructure…”

https://thebarentsobserver.com/en/industry-and-energy/2020/07/melting-arctic-permafrost-threatens-russian-energy-firms-bottom-line


Soybeans in Russia embody a trend that’s sweeping the globe: warming weather is pushing crops further toward the poles than they’ve ever grown before. In the U.S., North Dakota has transformed into a major corn grower, and the U.K. has seen a rapid expansion in wine grapes.

““You can see the climate is changing — there’s more warmth and the crops that didn’t grow here before can now be successful,” Bochkovsky said.”

https://vestnikkavkaza.net/articles/Russia%E2%80%99s-permafrost-is-melting-and-its-farmers-are-cashing-in.html


Rising water temperatures in the Great Lakes, especially in Lakes Erie and Ontario, may sound like good news for swimmers, but the spike is having a big impact on commercial fishing and shoreline erosion.”

Video:

https://news.yahoo.com/growing-concerns-over-record-temperatures-231542184.html


Lake Tahoe’s not as clean, not as clear, as it used to be when he moved here over two decades ago.

“”The thing that we’re noticing more and more is down on the rocks,” Meunier said. “You’re getting this strange algae on the rocks.””

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/famously-clear-lake-tahoe-has-been-polluted-by-climate-change/


Hurricane Douglas bore down on Hawaii on Sunday packing torrential rains and damaging winds as it churned just east of the islands in the central Pacific, forecasters said, with one local leader urging residents to be prepared for the worst.”

https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-storm-douglas-hawaii/rare-hawaiian-hurricane-packing-strong-winds-and-rains-approaches-islands-idUKKCN24R0S8


The number of fires in Brazil’s Pantanal, the world’s biggest tropical wetlands, more than doubled in the first half of 2020 compared to the same period last year

“The sharp increase in fires comes amid domestic and international concern over Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s calls to clear land in order to drive economic development…”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/number-of-fires-increases-in-brazils-pantanal-wetlands/2020/07/26/cebb97b0-cf71-11ea-826b-cc394d824e35_story.html


The Sahel region, an arid expanse below the Sahara Desert where Burkina Faso is located, is one of the hardest-hit areas in the world by climate change.

“About 80 percent of the Sahel’s farmland is degraded with temperatures rising 1.5 times faster than the global average, according to the World Economic Forum.”

https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/caught-climate-crisis-armed-violence-burkina-faso-200529144536869.html


This is the terrifying moment a powerful tornado rips through a British town toppling trees, flattening fences and ripping tiles off roofs.

“The twister touched down in Northampton at around 8pm on Saturday evening as high winds and storms battered the area.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8561475/Amazing-moment-powerful-TORNADO-rips-British-town.html


Authorities in Portugal put the entire country on a state of alert on Monday due to the high possibility of wildfires.

“High temperatures in recent weeks have left many forested areas bone dry… Temperatures in the shade some inland areas were forecast to reach 37 degrees Celsius (98.6 Fahrenheit) on Monday.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/portugal-placed-on-wildfire-alert-as-temperatures-climb/2020/07/27/acb673a6-cfe9-11ea-826b-cc394d824e35_story.html


Temperatures are expected to reach 40°C (104F) in southern Italy this week

“”The North African anticyclone will cause a sharp rise in temperatures, especially around midweek, where peaks of 38-40°C are likely to be expected.””

https://www.thelocal.it/20200727/scorching-heatwave-arrives-in-italy-with-temperatures-set-to-hit-40c


A severe storm hit western Croatia and Zagreb last night at around 9 pm, causing big floods in the center of the capital

“Numerous cars were trapped underwater or entirely submerged, basements and family houses, shops, cafes were also affected.”

https://www.total-croatia-news.com/news/45284-zagreb


Heavy rains on Friday brought this picturesque city near Makkah in western Saudi Arabia to a standstill, flooding roads and trapping cars, media reports said.

“Online footage showed a number of cars submerged in rain-soaked streets.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_Pbp74UeMg


Heavy rains and flash flooding hit almost all Yemeni provinces in the last couple of days, killing at least 14 people and washing away dozens of houses, local media and local officials said on Sunday.

“The largest death toll was recorded in the western province of Hodeidah, where 13 people died…”

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1710456/middle-east


The monsoon season in Nepal started last month, then took a turn for the worse on Sunday

“Countries across South Asia are suffering some of their worst monsoon rains in years. Weeks of downpours have caused devastating flooding and landslides…”

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/07/south-asia-monsoon-130-people-killed-nepal-floods-200725112334617.html


“China warned that the worst of the deluges that have led millions to be evacuated may be yet to come, after a third wave of floods formed in the upper reaches of the Yangtze River on Sunday.

“The flood control and flood fighting situation is severe,” China’s water resources ministry said in a statement. “The new peak may appear later.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-07-27/china-says-worst-of-flooding-still-to-come-as-situation-severe


The risk of deadly downpours has risen Japan in recent years due to global warming, adding to people’s worries this summer, on top of the new coronavirus pandemic.

“Heavy rains, floods and landslides this month have destroyed more than 1,000 residential buildings, killing at least 78 people across Japan…”

https://asia.nikkei.com/Economy/Natural-disasters/Climate-change-brings-Japan-more-deadly-downpours


Taipei, July 24 (CNA) Temperatures in Taipei reached their highest level in recorded history in the city when the mercury hit 39.7 degrees Celsius on Friday afternoon, according to Central Weather Bureau (CWB) data.

“The previous high in the city was 39.3 degrees recorded on Aug. 8, 2013.”

https://focustaiwan.tw/society/202007240019


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24th July 2020 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

New York City, after years of being considered a humid continental climate, now sits within the humid subtropical climate zone. The classification requires that summers average above 72 degrees Fahrenheit — which New York’s have had since 1927 — and for winter months to stay above 27 degrees Fahrenheit, on average.

“The city has met that requirement for the last five years, despite the occasional cold snap. And the winters are only getting warmer.

“For example, from January through March this year, the average temperature in Central Park was 42.5 degrees Fahrenheit, the second warmest on record, said Art DeGaetano, director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Northeast Regional Climate Center.

“The record was set in 2012, at 43.1 degrees.

“Spring, meanwhile, arrived two weeks early this year. Magnolia and cherry trees bloomed in early March, a pleasure usually reserved for April.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/24/nyregion/climate-change-nyc.html


Tropical Storm Hannah is heading toward Texas. The system, which formed in the Gulf of Mexico as Tropical Depression Eight on Wednesday night, strengthened into a tropical storm late Thursday.

It is the earliest H-named storm in an Atlantic basin hurricane season.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/07/24/weather/tropical-storm-hanna-gulf-of-mexico/index.html


“The most active part of the hurricane season is still weeks away, but experts’ predictions for a busy season appear to be holding true, with the National Hurricane Center now monitoring two systems.

Tropical Storm Gonzalo, which formed Wednesday, is expected to become the first hurricane of the season by Friday night.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/07/23/weather/tropical-storm-gonzalo-first-hurricane-of-the-season/index.html


The first hurricane to threaten the United States since the start of the coronavirus pandemic is presenting new challenges to Hawaii officials long accustomed to tropical storms

“Late Thursday, Hurricane Douglas was 1,025 miles (1,810 kilometers) southeast of Hilo and packing maximum sustained winds of 130 mph (215 kph).”

https://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/hurricane-douglas-bears-hawaii-pandemic-flares-71957088


July 23, 2018, was a day unlike any seen before in Japan. It was the peak of a weekslong heat wave that smashed previous temperature records across the historically temperate nation… Tens of thousands of people were hospitalized due to heat exhaustion and heatstroke…

A disaster it was. But a natural one? Not so much.”

https://slate.com/technology/2020/07/climate-change-deaths-japan-2018-heat-wave.html


“The rainy season front over western Japan was gaining force Friday…

Northern and southern Kyushu will see 300 millimeters [12 inches] of rainfall during the 24 hours through 6 a.m. Saturday…

“Earlier this month, deadly torrential rain and flooding in Kumamoto Prefecture left more than 60 people dead…”

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2020/07/24/national/kyushu-heavy-rain-forecast/


Heavy downpours with strong winds have hit South Korea, causing flash floods that killed three people and left scores of people stranded in floodwater.

“The Central Disaster Management Headquarters said three people were found dead in their cars Thursday night, submerged in rain water in the southern port city of Busan.”

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20200724000271


At least 45 million people have been affected by floods, the worst in decades. The China Labour Bulletin reports that the government has overlooked rural areas.

“Migrant workers have been forced to return to their villages to help in relief efforts. Low-income households have been impoverished. Around 20 million low-paid workers are still unemployed.”

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Post-COVID-19-flooding-causing-misery-for-millions-of-migrant-workers-50641.html


Bangladesh could be plunged into a humanitarian crisis as it undergoes the most prolonged monsoon flooding in decades while it is still recovering from the effects of super-cyclone Amphan

“Bangladesh’s ministry for natural disasters has estimated that a third of the country is already underwater, with heavy rains set to continue until the end of July.”

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2020/jul/24/a-critical-situation-bangladesh-in-crisis-as-monsoon-floods-follow-super-cyclone


“”In our research, we captured both direct and indirect causes of African vulture loss, but extended this work to identify a wider range of cultural and physical factors in the environment that promote poisoning.

“This allowed our group to identify specific tactics that would discourage people from participating in the crime of vulture poisoning.””

https://phys.org/news/2020-07-african-vulture-poisoning-global-disease.html


This weekend will be marked by the heat wave that will leave temperatures above 40 degrees in some parts of Spain

“In the province of Córdoba, temperatures will reach their maximum on Sunday, where they will reach 44 degrees [111f] in the capital and in other areas, such as in the municipality of Montoro or Almodóvar del Río, according to AEMET prediction.”

https://www.20minutos.es/noticia/4333830/0/alerta-extremadura-sevilla-cordoba-temperaturas-42-grados-ola-calor-fin-semana/?autoref=true


Firefighters are battling out of control forest fires in Greece. Locals and tourists have been evacuated as fires continue to rage near the city of Corinth in the eastern Peloponnese for a second day.

“The city’s mayor says the flames are out of control and has called for a state of emergency to be declared in the region.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-53517026


A vast number of the 5,000 trees planted across North Somerset [UK] this year have died

“… community and environment service manager John Flannigan said: “We planted the trees in probably the wettest ever February. We had perhaps the driest spring we’ve ever had. That combination has had an impact on the trees we planted.”

https://www.somersetlive.co.uk/news/somerset-news/lockdown-extreme-weather-kill-hundreds-4358330


“I almost don’t dare report this, but we’re expecting up to 16C in Longyearbyen [Svalbard],” Norwegian state meteorologist Charalampos Sarchosidis told NRK, “and it could be warmer than 20C during the weekend.”

““Normal” summer temperatures on Svalbard are around 6C, but climate change keeps changing things, and now it may be warmer in the Arctic than in Oslo…”

https://www.newsinenglish.no/2020/07/24/coldest-summer-in-nearly-30-years/


A series of newly released images from Greenpeace International show megafires burning through the Krasnoyarsk region of Siberia, Russia

“The fires are being helped by unusually warm temperatures, including a reading of more than 38° Celsius (100° Fahrenheit) in the town of Verkhoyansk — the hottest on record inside the Arctic Circle.”

https://news.mongabay.com/2020/07/photos-show-scale-of-massive-fires-tearing-through-siberian-forests/


The temperatures at Verkhoyansk are part of a larger trend across western Russia this summer, with small communities throughout the region reporting temperatures that are smashing local records that have stood for decades

“For scientists the world-over these record-breaking temperatures are alarm bells…”

https://theconversation.com/heat-waves-wildfire-and-permafrost-thaw-the-norths-climate-change-trifecta-142220


The East Antarctic Ice Sheet could be in more danger of collapsing than previously thought, National Geographic reports.

“The ice sheet is the world’s largest, holding 80% of the planet’s ice.”

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/07/antarctic-ice-sheet-collapse-could-add-3-metres-sea-level-rise


Worldwide emissions of methane have hit the “highest levels on record”, according to an international team of scientists.

“The finding comes from the latest update to the Global Methane Budget, an international collaboration that estimates sources and sinks of methane around the world.”

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/07/scientists-concerned-by-record-high-global-methane-emissions


Kala-azar, or visceral leishmaniasis, is just one of many vector-borne diseases proliferating in recent years.

“In July, the UN Environment Program released a report stating that warmer temperatures are fostering disease transmission both by increasing the population of vectors – including sandflies, mosquitos, and ticks – and by lengthening the season that the vectors are present.”

https://www.wired.co.uk/article/climate-change-tropical-disease-spread


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