Climate 11th April 2019 60,000 Evacuated from Ahvaz in Iran

“Authorities ordered tens of thousands of residents of the southwestern Iranian city of Ahvaz to evacuate immediately on Wednesday as floodwaters entered the capital of oil-rich Khuzestan province, state television reported…

“Governor Shariati called on young men in the areas, which have an estimated population of between 60,000 and 70,000, to “help us in building dykes and to assist in the evacuation of women, children and the elderly”.

“”The Dez and Karkheh rivers have for the first time joined each other near Ahvaz and are now flowing towards the city,” Shariati told state TV, adding this was unprecedented.”

“Another round of dangerous weather is on the way across the Middle East, with impacts ranging from flooding rainfall to damaging thunderstorms.

“Unfortunately, parts of Iran will once again be at risk for flash flooding and mudslides following weeks of deadly flooding and destruction throughout much of the country.”

“More than 137,000 people in Somalia have been forced to flee their homes during the first quarter of 2019, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) has said.

“The organisation says the displacement of families is rising in the Horn of Africa nation with conflict and drought being the main causes. Based on UNHCR data, NRC says the situation for vulnerable people in Somalia is getting worse every month.”

“The death toll from a storm that crashed into southeast Africa last month has risen above 1,000, with more than 4,000 cases of cholera reported among survivors in Mozambique, the hardest-hit country.

“The United Nations has described Cyclone Idai as “one of the deadliest storms on record in the southern hemisphere”.”

“Heavy rains that have been falling in Angola since August 2018 [led to] the deaths of 209 people, 100 of them by electric shocks, according to government figures released today…

“…and… also destroyed 3,829 homes, damaged another 6,038 and flooded 13,897. The force of waters also destroyed 85 churches (flooded 16), 98 schools (34), nine medical centers (one damaged).”

“Residents of a hillside Rio de Janeiro favela risk finding hungry caimans at their front door after the city was hit hard by heavy flooding caused by torrential rain [a month’s worth in four hours].

“The cold-blooded creatures belong to a resident of the Rolas favela in western Rio, and escaped on Tuesday when a wall holding them in burst when struck by a flash flood… The unusually heavy rain,which began late Monday and continued into Tuesday, has killed at least 10 people, officials said.”

“Marabinos [NW Venezuela] had to endure, almost to the edge of despair, an intense wave of heat that was generated in parallel with the fourth mega blackout, which affected the whole country again on Thursday, April 10 from midnight on Wednesday.

“”I can not find tranquility anywhere. Today the heat has been terrible and not even under the bushes can be. This is unbearable, I do not know how long we will endure it, “said Ender Castillo, education worker after arriving home after a day suspended by the power failure.”

“More than 3,400ha of agricultural lands, almost all of it in the Central Highlands of Vietnam, have been hit by drought according to the Directorate of Water Resources. If there is not much rain soon, another 76,160ha will be threatened. But the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting has forecast 20-40 per cent less than average rainfall in the Central Highlands and southern areas this month. Many places will have unusually hot weather.”

“The early onset of the dry season in the Northern Marianas has resulted in several wildfires on Saipan and Tinian {SW Pacific]…

“The unusual start of the dry season is being blamed for the spate of fires, as both Saipan and Tinian received less than an inch of rain during March. Rainfall has been abnormally low in the CNMI since January and low levels are set to continue through April and May.”

“It’s not springtime now in Alaska, it’s “break-up” — the end of safe travel on ice.

“And in an era of climate change, break-up has been coming too soon, especially this year.

“…People travelling on frozen rivers by A.T.V. or snowmobile are falling through; some have died…”

“It was a wild and destructive March… The Lower 48 has already seen two billion-dollar weather disasters this year, and Alaska is baking.”

“A study uses new research techniques to reveal alarming information about climate change in Canada’s north.

“A study confirms that recent climate warming in the central Yukon region has surpassed the warmest temperatures experienced in the previous 13,600 years, a finding that could have important implications in the context of current global warming trends.”

“Warm spring temperatures on Tuesday, upwards of 80 degrees Fahrenheit in Denver, gave way to frigid 20s, heavy snow, gale-force winds and life-threatening conditions, the National Weather Service said.

““It is a bomb cyclone, the second we’ve had,” said Brian Hurley, a meteorologist with the weather service’s Weather Prediction Center in Maryland. “This is like a slow-moving snowstorm inside a hurricane.”

“Wind gusts upwards of 100 mph were reported Wednesday in eastern Colorado, Hurley said.”

“…in Iowa, where many communities are still recovering after last month’s massive floods, there are concerns about what will happen when all the fresh snow melts…

“”We don’t have a place to eat. We don’t have a place to get coffee. We don’t have gas. We don’t have — I mean, there’s nothing. There’s nothing,” Crain says.”

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Climate 10th April 2019 March Was World’s Second Warmest on Record

“According to a monthly report from the World Meteorological Society, this past March was the world’s second warmest on record, continuing a trend of record temperatures in the past several years.

“In some areas of eastern Europe temperatures soared to as much as 3 degrees Celsius over average temperatures logged throughout the last 30 years while temperatures in Australia rose to their highest ever recorded in March.

“According to Australia’s Meteorological Bureau, as a result of high temperatures and a lack of rainfall, arid regions also contended several large brush fires — scientists expect fires to worsen as temperatures rise and create dryer conditions across the globe…

“Record-setting temperatures come on the heels of the WMO’s State of the Global Climate report released late last month which details a myriad of concerning trends contributing to changing climates across the globe.”

“Without the climate change caused by human activity, simultaneous heatwaves would not have hit such a large area as they did last summer. This is the conclusion of researchers at ETH Zurich based on observational and model data… ETH researchers have concluded that the only explanation of why heat affected so many areas over several months is anthropogenic climate change.”

“Germany’s Rhine River could be impassable to ships again this summer if Europe has another drought, a once-rare weather phenomenon that’s becoming more likely with an increase in the temperature.”

“Two-thirds of the ice in the glaciers of the Alps is doomed to melt by the end of the century as climate change forces up temperatures, a study has found.

“Half of the ice in the mountain chain’s 4,000 glaciers will be gone by 2050 due to global warming already baked in by past emissions, the research shows.”

“Cyprus has already experienced the second wettest seven months since 1901, and with more rains forecast over the next two weeks, the bets are on that the year’s rains may match the record year of 1968/69.

“The Climate Watch Advisor Group of UN’s World Meteorological Organisation announced that in the next two weeks the Eastern Mediterranean is expected to be affected by rainfall up to 90% more than the average for the time of year, with an increased possibility of floods.”

“Millions of Kenyans are in the grip of an unprecedented and devastating food crisis.

“The National Drought Management Authority says the current drought is worse than in 2011, with some areas experiencing the failure of three rain seasons in a row. At least 2.6 million people are experiencing crisis levels of food insecurity. The number could increase to 3.5 million in need of targeted assistance by August.”

“The heavy downpours and massive flooding in most parts of Iran’s southwestern province of Khuzestan have reached an alarming level.”


“Three people died and around 42 were injured as heavy storms and rains hit Peshawar Tuesday night. The torrential rains damaged properties in Peshawar and its surrounding areas causing roofs and walls of houses to cave in. Heavy rain that began Tuesday evening triggered flash floods, turning some streets into raging rivers, toppling trees and causing electricity outage as number of feeders tripped in different areas.”

“Indians are beginning to feel the pinch as temperatures soar across the country.

“During the summer of 2018, at least 40% of urban Indians paid over Rs3,000 ($43) in monthly electricity bills, according to a recent survey by Gurugram-based home services startup UrbanClap. That’s nearly half of India’s average monthly per capita income (Rs6,600) last year.”

A spreading drought has emerged as a new risk for Thailand’s cooling economy in addition to domestic political tension and slower exports.”

“The number of people killed after days of torrential rain triggered flash floods and landslides on Indonesia‘s Sulawesi island has climbed to 59 with 25 others missing, a disaster official said Friday.

“Rescuers recovered more bodies as floodwaters and rainfall subsided in several areas…”

“More than 20 former fire and emergency chiefs from multiple states and territories say Australia is unprepared for worsening natural disasters from climate change and governments are putting lives at risk.

“In a statement issued before a federal election date is announced, 23 former emergency services leaders and senior personnel have called on both major parties to recognise the need for “national firefighting assets”, including large aircraft, to deal with the scale of the threat.”

“The Murray-Darling Basin has recorded its driest two-year spell in a century, according to new data from the Bureau of Meteorology. Many parts of the basin have only seen a year’s worth of rain across the past two years.”

“Torrential rain left at least 10 people dead in Rio de Janeiro, officials said Tuesday, as emergency workers rescued people trapped by the downpour and clean-up efforts gathered pace. The unusually heavy rain began Monday evening and continued into Tuesday…

“”I’ve never seen or witnessed anything like this. I’ve seen it happen elsewhere but never here,’ Guillerme de Oliveira, 59, told AFP.

“‘I’m really amazed at all of this.'”

“Fires like the one that razed Paradise in November burn thousands of pounds of wiring, plastic pipes and building materials, leaving dangerous chemicals in the air, soil and water.

“Lead paint, burned asbestos and even melted refrigerators from tens of thousands of households only add to the danger, public health experts say.”

“Much of the Eastern Plains is under a red flag warning Tuesday as temperatures approach record highs, weather forecasters say. “Very warm with record-breaking temperatures possible today,” according to a forecast by the National Weather Service in Boulder.”

“A potentially record-breaking storm is going to squeeze the warmth out of spring as it brings blizzards, howling winds and plunging temperatures across the Great Plains and increases flood threats from the Canadian border to the Gulf of Mexico.”

“It’s been a rough winter in Caribou, Maine, and as a result, another weather record may soon fall here.

“For 150 days, since Nov. 10, 2018, at least an inch of snow has been on the ground in this city of about 8,000 people in the northern part of the state. If this streak reaches 156 days, a new record will be set.”

“Damage from flooding in March 2019 is estimated at US$8 billion from events across the globe, according to Aon’s “Global Catastrophe Recap – March 2019.”

““The major catastrophe events of March highlighted the continued vulnerabilities which exist in both developed and emerging markets,” commented Michal Lörinc, senior catastrophe analyst at Aon’s Impact Forecasting.”

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Climate 9th April 2019 Glaciers Melting Much Faster Than Previously Thought

“Earth’s glaciers are melting much faster than scientists thought. A new study shows they are losing 369 billion tons of snow and ice each year, more than half of that in North America.

“The most comprehensive measurement of glaciers worldwide found that thousands of inland masses of snow compressed into ice are shrinking 18 percent faster than an international panel of scientists calculated in 2013.

“The world’s glaciers are shrinking five times faster now than they were in the 1960s. Their melt is accelerating due to global warming, and adding more water to already rising seas, the study found.”

“Unusually high March temperatures lopped weeks off Alaska’s long winter and reflect a warming climate trend, state climate experts say. March is normally reliable for dog mushing and cross-country skiing.

“However, extreme warmth melted snow and made ice on waterways hazardous for travel in the state. Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city, didn’t record a flake of measureable snow.”–warm-alaska-20190404-story.html

“Some Lane County [Oregon] residents continued to evacuate from their homes Monday as record rainfall and melting snow led the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to increase water releases at dams along the Willamette River…

“Andy Bryant, a hydrologist with the National Weather Service in Portland, on Monday said it was the wettest April day on record for the city.”

“”An atmospheric blocking pattern [eastern Canada] will develop and persist through at least April 20th,” says Weather Network meteorologist Dr. Doug Gillham, who calls the pattern “eerily similar” to both last April and April 2016.

“”This will bring colder than seasonal temperatures April 10-20 from the eastern Prairies to the Maritimes – and no sustained warmth is in sight.”

“Two storm systems moving through the Northeast [US] early this week will pound part of New England with copious amounts of heavy, wet snow several weeks into the spring season. While May-like warmth graces the mid-Atlantic through Tuesday, a strong and persistent area of high pressure over east-central Canada will prevent the warmer air from surging farther to the north..,”

“Old Man Winter isn’t giving up without a fight.

“A potent storm is expected to bring blizzard conditions to portions of the northern Plains and Upper Midwest this week, where some spots could see as much as 2 feet of snow, according to the National Weather Service…

“The heaviest snow will be in Nebraska, South Dakota and Minnesota.”

“Severe weather hitting the Arklamiss [Arkansas] over the weekend.

“The record-breaking heavy rain left many streets closed in Union County, Arkansas. “It’s probably the worst I’ve seen in quite a while as far as flash flooding,” says Lt. Christopher Lutman, El Dorado Police Department’s public information officer.”

“A combination of record rains in 2018 and hurricane damage appears to have thrown the wetlands out of balance, with ponds, lakes and streams rising, particularly in Washington County, Florida. In some areas, particularly around the ponds, residents say it’s the highest they have ever seen it.

“The result is dozens of flooded homes and altered habitat, even as work crews try to clear out the logs to bring the water level back down.”

“Heavy rains that fell since Monday afternoon left one dead and sowed chaos in the streets of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil . According to the Military Police of the state, around midnight, a man died in the neighborhood of Gávea…

“On local television, neighborhoods in the southern zone, the most affected, were completely flooded by rain.

“The water dragged several cars, caused chaos with major blocked avenues and caused the fall of some trees and other damage.”

“It is going to feel more like winter than spring in parts of northern Europe this week as Arctic air sends temperatures tumbling. The biggest shock will be felt from the Netherlands to Poland and Slovakia, where temperatures soared well above normal on Monday… Warm weather is not expected to return anytime soon, as another blast of cold air may strike northern and eastern Europe next week.”

“The first snow of 2019 in Sierra del Carche (southern Spain) fell two weeks into spring.”

“Crews from Greece’s electricity distribution agency DEDDIE were called in to restore power to the area around Athens’s Syntagma Square on Monday afternoon after a medium-voltage power line stopped working due to bad weather, the state-run Athens-Macedonian News Agency reported.”

““Risks include drought conditions that could curtail agricultural output, especially if the country’s grain-growing counties are affected,” the bank said.

“The so-called long rains season from March till May hasn’t started in most of the country. Agriculture accounts for close to a third of Kenya’s annual economic output.”

“World Animal Protection’s disaster response teams have arrived in Mozambique and Malawi and are providing urgent care to up to 200,000 animals that have been affected by the floods that have devastated Southern Africa…

“People have been forced to abandon their animals, which they rely upon as livestock, as well as much loved family pets, while being evacuated by the government and humanitarian organizations.”

“At least a total number of 77 schools were destroyed due to devastating floods in various provinces across Iran, a non-governmental organization said on Monday…

“Unprecedented heavy rains in various parts of Iran that began in northern Iran on March 19 and went on in west and south caused floods, dams’ outpouring, river floods and landslides.”

“In the last 24 hours, violent dust storm activities occurred over many cities like Pilani, Sikar, Jhunjhunu, Churu, Bikaner and Jaipur [India], the official informed. These areas witnessed a heavy dust storm followed by rain and thundershowers. Places like Jaipur, Sikar, Alwar and Bharatpur also observed similar weather conditions.”

“Khargone in West Madhya Pradesh recorded the hottest day-time temperature of 44.5°C on Monday.

“In addition, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) reported that the maximum temperatures were appreciably above normal by up to 5°C at many places in Rajasthan, West Madhya Pradesh, Madhya Maharashtra and Vidarbha.”

“The sharp weather shift came a day after Sydney experienced one of its warmest autumn days since 1859, with parts of the state reaching 32C. Weatherzone’s Ben Domensino said snow was forecast to reach down to 700 metres above sea level in Tasmania and 1300 metres in Victoria.”

“More heavy rain is set to fall on the West Coast and Otago headwaters [New Zealand], which could trigger slips, flooding, road closures and detours tomorrow…

“Severe weather battered the region late last month, causing widespread flooding. South Westland’s Waiho River bailey bridge was washed away in the torrential rain, cutting off access between Fox Glacier and Franz Josef. “

“Some of the rubbish spilling out into the Tasman Sea from an old rubbish dump on the West Coast will not be able to be collected, scientists say.

“Heavy rainfall and flooding caused the historic Fox Glacier landfill to become exposed last month, with rubbish spilling out into the wider environment. Rubbish has spread along about 300 kilometres of the coast from Okarito to Martins Bay in Fiordland.”

“Glaciology experts have issued evidence that a large section of the Brunt Ice Shelf in Antarctica, which is home to the British Antarctic Survey’s Halley Research Station, is about break off…

“The iceberg, measuring over 1,500 square kilometers — which is twice the size of New York City — is expected to break away from the Brunt Ice Shelf within the next few months, reports New Atlas.”

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Climate 8th April 2019 Another Bomb Cyclone Heads for Midwest

“Just three weeks after one of the most intense storms on record pounded the Plains and Midwest, another “bomb cyclone” of similar strength is in the forecast. The spring storm seems poised to dump even heavier snow and could be followed by another round of significant river flooding.

“For the past few days, various forecast computer models have shown a blizzard of epic proportions for the north-central Plain States and Upper Midwest. Every time a model is updated, the storm depicted seems to get even more intense. At this point, it seems likely that some of the same areas impacted by devastating flooding just weeks ago are about to get slammed by an historic blizzard Wednesday through Friday.”

“The slow-moving system that just generated almost 200 reports of damaging storms produced two tornadoes in Texas and one in Mississippi in addition to flash flooding up through Arkansas, which at one point saw 8 inches of rainfall over a very short time period.

“That system today is pushing farther east, with severe storms possibly stretching from the Deep South up into Virginia. Damaging winds, large hail and potential tornadoes remain the key threats. Flash flooding is likely in the South as well.”

“According to the National Weather Service, Kauai’s north shore received almost 50 inches of rain, setting a new national record for most rainfall within a 24-hour period.

“Harrowing images of the aftermath showed the extent of the storm’s damage, which included bison displaced onto the beach from a flooded ranch and houses drowning under muddy brown water.”

“This Monday we could have the highest temperature values ​​recorded, since there are possibilities that in some areas of the region [of Sonora Mexico], especially the center and south, can reach up to 40 degrees.”–20190407-0080.html

“The heavy rains that occurred in the last hours generated floods and landslides in the municipalities of Corinto and Caloto, north of the department of Cauca [Colombia]…

“The La Cristalina, Chaguadas, La Paila and El Jagual rivers increased their levels, so the authorities adopted the corresponding measures in the event of a major emergency.”

“Civil defense officials have reported that heavy rains in northeastern Brazil have killed at least three people and displaced 3,600, while apparently unrelated flooding far to the south in Paraguay has forced some 20,000 people from their homes.”

“Heavy rains have affected in recent days much of the Magallanes Region [southern Chile], which has generated more than a mishap at different points. As happened, for example, in Puerto Natales, where there have been heavy rains, which have resulted in floods, which have been generated in different sectors.”–continua-caida-de-lluvia-genero-inundaciones-en-puerto-natales

“An Autumn heatwave will sweep parts of the east coast [of Australia] this week with temperatures above 30 degrees… The unseasonable heat is expected to remain until Wednesday… However, parts of Queensland will continue its summer-like conditions with the temperature to be in the mid-30s for the week… Meanwhile, northern coastal areas of the Northern Territory are bracing for torrential rain and 100 kilometre damaging winds.”

“The temperature in downtown Shanghai on Sunday climbed to 30.5 degrees Celsius, making it the hottest April 7 since the city’s meteorological records began in 1873. 

“As the eastern Chinese metropolis was still celebrating a tourism boom on the last day of the Qingming Festival holiday, the unprecedented heat caught many residents and tourists off guard, and the streets were full of people holding their overcoats at hand.”

“In the last 24 hours, dry weather and clear sky conditions prevailed over most parts of Rajasthan [India], paving way for hot winds. Many places in the state were under the grip of heat wave like condition, with mercury settling above 40 degree-mark…

“Yesterday, Phalodi recorded 43.6˚C, followed by Kota 43.4˚C, Bhilwara 41.8˚C, Jaipur 41.3˚C and Tonk 42.9˚C.”

“Authorities in Iran are evacuating six more towns in the flood-hit south-western province of Khuzestan, Iranian state TV has reported. Gholamreza Shariati, the provincial governor, said rescue teams were taking residents to nearby shelters on Saturday, including three army barracks.

“The evacuation orders came as a new round of flooding was expected… Shariati said emergency discharges from dams and reservoirs were adding to the high floodwaters, but such measures were essential to prevent catastrophic breaches, with river waters continuing to rise upstream from the province.”

“Kurdistan Region – High water from heavy rains and overspill from Dukan Dam has swept away tourism infrastructure along the Little Zab River. Further downstream, hundreds of people have been evacuated and aid agencies report problems accessing flooded areas.

“Water in the Dukan Dam reservoir reached the bell-mouth spillway this week, for just the second time since the dam was constructed in 1959.”

“Hundreds of thousands of people are in need of food, water and shelter after Cyclone Idai battered Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi.

“As of Sunday, at least 847 people had been reported killed by the storm, the flooding it caused and heavy rains before it hit. Following is an outline of the disaster, according to government and United Nations officials…”

“As eastern Zimbabwe struggles with the aftermath of floods that have killed nearly 270 people and destroyed homes and roads, other parts of Zimbabwe are facing a very different crisis: too little water. Lake Chivero, the main source of water for the capital Harare, is at just 60 percent of its usual capacity at this time of year, following poor rains, said Richard Kunyadini, Harare City Council’s water manager. The city’s two other dams, Harava and Seke, are just 7 percent full, he said.”

“Nigeria has been in the grip of an intense heatwave over the past few weeks, with meteorologist saying there is no relief in sight until the seasonal rains set in next month.

“The extreme heat has been in place since March, with the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) saying last week that the heatwave has been affecting most parts of the country…”

“Water. It’s everywhere. As a country with clean water supply all around the archipelago [Malta], it’s easy to take it for granted. But the current situation for our groundwater is anything but refreshing… Put simple, we’re sucking up too much water.”

“Heavy rainfall early on Saturday led to roads and bridges flooding in the Cretan prefecture of Iraklio. In Lasithi meanwhile, floodwater trapped several people in their homes, taxing the EMAK rescue services and regional firefighting services who received numerous calls…

“The bad weather also caused problems in other parts of [Greece], with damage reported in the Peloponnese and blackouts in several parts of Attica including Neos Voutzas and Mati, the towns that were ravaged in last summer’s disastrous wildfire.”

“…in 2013, the outlet glacier of the Vavilov Ice Cap began sliding at an unbelievable pace.

““The fact that an apparently stable, cold-based glacier suddenly went from moving 20 meters per year to 20 meters per day was extremely unusual, perhaps unprecedented,” said University of Colorado Boulder glaciologist Michael Willis. “The numbers here are simply nuts. Before this happened, as far as I knew, cold-based glaciers simply didn’t do that…couldn’t do that.””

“Severe and erratic weather patterns across the world could be down to increasing air temperatures in the Arctic, according to new research.

“More intense storms and cold snaps in northwestern Europe could be caused by the North pole warming faster than anywhere else in the world. This change, along with greater rainfall in the region, is causing physical changes like ocean circulation which are destabilising a wide variety of localised weather effects across the world.”

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Climate 5th April 2019 Huge Wildfires Rage in South Korea

The article doesn’t mention it but I would guess that the record-breaking heat Korea experienced last year is a factor. April seems very early in the year for this kind of conflagration:

“South Korea has declared a national emergency in response to one of the largest wildfires on record.

“At least one person has died and more than 4,000 people have been evacuated.

“Thousands of soldiers have been helping firefighters from across South Korea extinguish the flames in the country’s north-eastern mountainous region, close to the border with North Korea.

“Although the main fire has been brought under control, others are still burning, officials say.”

“One of the consequences of Bangladesh’s long struggle with the elements is a spike in the number of families leaving rural areas and heading for major cities such as Dhaka and Chittagong, where children’s rights are frequently violated.

““There are already something like six million climate refugees in Bangladeshi cities and that number is growing fast,” Mr. Ingram said. He described “brutal surroundings” where children “are forced to essentially fend for themselves, while many children are “pushed into very hazardous forms of child labour.”

“For more than a week, parts of India have been gripped by a heatwave that has sent temperatures soaring up to six degrees Celsius above average.

“The heat has mostly affected central and northwestern India, with cities across the states of Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Rajasthan seeing daily highs of over 42C.”

“An Afghan official says at least seven people have been killed as heavy rains and flooding swept through the country’s western Herat province.

“Heavy snowfall across Afghanistan this winter had cut off many areas, raising fears of severe floods in the spring. So far this year, 63 people have died as heavy rains and flooding swept away their homes.”

“Rescue operations are under way across Iran as the death toll from severe flooding has reached more than 60. There are new warnings that dams in some areas could overflow, causing more devastation.

“Tens of thousands of people have been displaced, and many are in urgent need of food, water, tents and blankets.”

“A lack of rain in Kenya’s Turkana region has left a million people with severe food shortages.”


“As part of a report on the severe drought blighting Madagascar, Aid-Zone spoke to health workers and locals in the south of the country about the daily challenges they face.

“”We have no money to buy food. I give my baby anything I can find, but when I can’t find anything, he doesn’t eat,” insists one mother while holding her son.”

“Last week, the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) decried the escalating heat waves ravaging the country with the temperature in most parts, including coastal areas, hovering far above 35 degree Celsius…

“NiMet has also noted that the beginning of 2019 continued where 2018 left off with extreme weather which has claimed lives and destroyed livelihoods. Available records indicate that nearly half a million people were affected by flooding in eight states of the country with at least 108 deaths. Now, NiMet predicts that these events will continue this year. This is frightening…”

“Alarm bells are already ringing as at least ten reservoirs are currently less than half full, a third of the country is in a state of severe meteorological drought, and swathes of southern Portugal are already experiencing extreme meteorological drought.

“Last month, most of mainland Portugal was experiencing meteorological drought, with the amount of territory in a state of severe or critical conditions rising month-on-month due to the below-average rainfall.”

“Communities along the Darling River in Australia are on the verge of collapse as the long-term drought continues to dry up the waterway, which hasn’t flowed for more than 200 days.

“Much of the New South Wales’ river’s tributaries have run dry and the main waterway is dangerously low and contaminated with blue-green algae. The algae has deteriorated the water quality so much large quantities of dead fish were discovered floating on the surface earlier this year because of the lack of oxygen.”

“After wet weather in February, very dry weather in March into the early April has resulted in the return of drought conditions to the islands [of Hawaii], with severe drought for part of leeward Kauai.”

“Even longtime Californians might be surprised to learn of modern-day glaciers in the state. But the fact is remnants of the Lyell Glacier, in Yosemite National Park, are about to disappear. Glaciers sculpted Yosemite’s spectacular granite monoliths and its waterfall-laden valley. The glaciers demise tells us much about our changing world.”

“Record-shattering floods across the Midwest have devastated parts of the region, with thousands of residents now facing a long and expensive recovery.

“But even in areas that managed to avoid the worst of the damage, local experts are worried about a range of environmental hazards — from drinking water to Superfund sites — that pose a serious threat to public health. With flooding predicted to worsen throughout the region due to climate change, those risks won’t dissipate when these floodwaters recede.”

“Expect warmer and rainier-than-usual weather this April in the Tri-Cities [Washington], says the National Weather Service. It should be a welcome change for Tri-City residents. March broke a record for cold weather that has stood for more than 100 years, plus a record for snow that has stood for more than half a century.”

“Much of Saskatchewan experienced the driest March on record, with only four per cent of the normal precipitation falling in Regina, according to data from Environment and Climate Change Canada.

“Regina only saw 0.8 millimetres of precipitation in the month. That made for the driest March in 133 years of record-keeping for the city. Estevan, Moose Jaw, La Ronge and Meadow Lake also experienced their driest years ever since records were kept in each of those weather stations.”

“Falling snowflakes in the Arctic are trapping extra heat, which could be enough to speed up the melting of sea ice. The effect could mean Arctic seas become ice-free up to 20 years earlier than expected.

““It’s counter-intuitive because we think of snowflakes as being cold, but they’re slow-falling ice particles that act like blankets,” says Frank Li of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.”

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Climate 4th April 2019 Transpolar Drift Faltering Badly

“The dramatic loss of ice in the Arctic is influencing sea-ice transport across the Arctic Ocean. As experts from the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research report in a new study, today only 20 percent of the sea ice that forms in the shallow Russian marginal seas of the Arctic Ocean actually reaches the Central Arctic, where it joins the transpolar drift; the remaining 80 percent of the young ice melts before it has a chance to leave its “nursery.” Before 2000, that number was only 50 percent.

“According to the researchers, this development not only takes the planet one step closer to an ice-free summer in the Arctic; as the sea ice dwindles, the Arctic Ocean stands to lose an important means of transporting nutrients, algae and sediments…

“”Our study shows extreme changes in the Arctic: the melting of sea ice in the Kara Sea, Laptev Sea and East Siberian Sea is now so rapid and widespread that we’re seeing a lasting reduction in the amount of new ice for the transpolar drift. Now, most of the ice that still reaches the Fram Strait isn’t formed in the marginal seas, but comes from the Central Arctic. What we’re witnessing is a major transport current faltering, which is bringing the world one major step closer to a sea-ice-free summer in the Arctic,” says first author Dr. Thomas Krumpen, a sea-ice physicist at the Alfred Wegener Institute.”

““Could a thaw of permafrost begin decades sooner than many people expect in some of the Arctic’s coldest, most carbon-rich regions, releasing trapped greenhouse gases (GHG) that could accelerate human-caused climate change?”

“Ipso facto, signage needs to be posted in northern Siberia with big bold red lettering: “Caution… Area Subject to Massive Release of Greenhouse Gases and Runaway Global Warming!””

“Yakima, Washington, experienced the coldest March on record, according to data from the National Weather Service. The average temperature was 35.9 degrees at the Yakima airport, which was 7.3 degrees below normal.

“The previous coldest March was 37.1 degrees in 1955, the weather service said.”

“Whitehorse, Yukon, had more warm days than Toronto this March…

“The average high temperature during March in Whitehorse, Yukon (+4.7ºC) was warmer than the average high recorded in Toronto (+3.1ºC), according to meteorologist Dr. Doug Gillham. “March was an historic month across most of northern Canada with several places, including Yellowknife, recording their warmest March on record. Inuvik, N.W.T., was a whopping 14.4ºC warmer than normal for the month,” said Gillham.”

“A new study has predicted that climate change will result in millions more people, especially in Europe, being exposed to mosquito-borne diseases in the coming decades.”

“Floods, droughts, heatwaves and other climate-related extremes caused economic losses of €453 billion between 1980 and 2017, claiming the lives of more than 115,000 people across Europe.

“According to data published by the European Environment Agency (EEA) on Tuesday (2 April), the 33 European Economic Area countries have experienced a collective loss of €13 billion a year since the turn of the decade.”

“UK Food prices rose at the highest rate for nearly six years in March, data showed on Tuesday, as increased commodity prices and adverse weather took their toll.

“The British Retail Consortium said …that last year’s erratic weather, including the so-called Beast from the East and then the prolonged summer heatwave, last year meant that many UK crops, such as onions, potatoes and cabbages, had lower yields than normal.”–/food-prices-soar-as-last-years-heatwave-hits-home–3823476.html

“After an exceptionally dry winter and weeks of unseasonably high temperatures…

“…Portugal is assembling a record number of firefighters and water-dropping aircraft as it braces for a potentially difficult wildfire season.”

“The death toll from major floods in Iran over the past 15 days has risen to 62, the head of the Iranian Legal Medicine Organisation has told local media.

““Seventy-eight intercity roads have been blocked, as many as 2,199 rural roads and 84 bridges have been washed away,” Behnam Saeedi, a spokesman for the National Disaster Management Organisation, told state TV. “Across 15 provinces, 141 rivers burst their banks and around 400 land slides were reported.”

“The government said the flooding had damaged nearly 7,500 miles (12,000km) of roads, or 36% of the country’s entire network.”

“Many states across India are rapidly coming under the influence of heat waves.

“The central and western regions have consistently crossed the 40°C mark this week. Going forward, The Weather Channel forecasts suggest that Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Odisha will continue witnessing 40°C-plus temperatures for the rest of the week.”

“About 42 percent of India’s land area is facing drought, with 6 percent exceptionally dry–four times the spatial extent of drought last year, according to data for the week ending March 26, 2019, from the Drought Early Warning System (DEWS), a real-time drought monitoring platform.

“Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Maharashtra, parts of the North-East, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and Telangana are the worst hit. These states are home to 500 million people, almost 40 percent of the country’s population.”

“According to the Department of Agriculture of the Philippines… the weather phenomenon has so far affected 164,672 farmers and 177,743 hectares of land as of Tuesday. Agriculture Secretary said:

“”Everyday that passes where there is no rain, there will be greater damage, and so the total damage to crops, mainly rice and corn, has breached the 5-billion level.””

“As the Pilbara coast recovers from severe Tropical Cyclone Veronica which flooded the region last week, another potential cyclone brewing in the Top End is threatening to wreak further havoc… A tropical low formed about 500 kilometres north-north-east of Darwin yesterday and is forecast to move into waters off Western Australia.”

“Rainfall from ex tropical cyclone Trevor continues to travel south through South Australia’s channel country rivers and is expected to cause major flooding, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

“The rainwater, from the Northern Territory and Queensland, is expected to make its way to Lake Eyre in coming weeks or even months.”

“Events linked to global warming have damaged the Great Barrier Reef to such an extent that the ability of its corals to recover from shocks has been severely disrupted.

“According to a study published in the journal Nature, the replenishment of new coral fell by a staggering 89 percent following two severe mass bleaching events in 2016 and 2017, which were caused by significant spikes in water temperature.”

“Trees growing near the South Pole, sea levels 20 metres higher than now, and global temperatures 3C-4C warmer. That is the world scientists are uncovering as they look back in time to when the planet last had as much carbon dioxide in the atmosphere as it does today.

“Using sedimentary records and plant fossils, researchers have found that temperatures near the South Pole were about 20C higher than now in the Pliocene epoch, from 5.3m to 2.6m years ago.”

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