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16th September 2022 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

Hottest summer on record for Europe and China during Northern Hemisphere’s 2nd-hottest summer.

“The summer of 2022 was the hottest on record for Europe and China, the second-hottest for North America and Asia, and the fifth-hottest June-to-August period for planet Earth since record-keeping began in 1880, NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) reported September 14.

“NASA ranked June through August as tied with 2019 for the warmest on record globally.”


Last Month Was the Hottest August Yet in North America and Europe.

“The extreme weather and high temperatures that dominated August, evaporating rivers and eliminating ice, pushed the month to record-breaking status for both Europe and North America, according to a new report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.”


Austria’s famous Dachstein glacier to be closed off for skiing this winter…

““There will be no autumn or winter skiing on the Dachstein this year,” Georg Bliem, the director of Planai-Hochwurzen-Bahnen told Kleine Zeitung on Wednesday. For years now, the glacier has been steadily melting in summer. The year 2022 has been no exception…”


Another record fell in this European warm spell:

The minimum temperature at Fahy in Switzerland, located at 598m above sea level, was 19.4C [66.9F]; the highest ever recorded in September (data from 1981). Quite remarkable considering we are in the middle of the month.”


Wildfire still raging in southwestern France, more evacuations.

“A wildfire raging since Monday in southwestern France prompted authorities to evacuate an extra 500 people on Wednesday, bringing the total to over 1,000 in an area already hit this summer by huge blazes.”


Severe drought results in widespread crop failure along Po River [Italy].

“At least 20,000 hectares of farmland along the Po River, Italy’s longest waterway, are facing crop failure caused by the worst drought in decades across the European continent this summer. The runoff of the Po, located in northern Italy, has dropped to historic lows, allowing sea water to enter the river system.”


Several people are missing [at least eight dead] and dozens of vehicles have been swept away as catastrophic floods hit Italy’s Marche region following SIXTEEN inches of rain in just seven hours.

“Cantiano recorded the huge amount of rain, the second worst on record for Italy behind Liguria region’s 496mm (19 inches) of rain in six hours at Montenotte in October 2021… It is the latest in a long series of extreme-weather events which have happened in Italy this summer. The total number is 1,642 this summer… five times the amount of a decade ago.”


Flooding causes “enormous damage” [Manteigas, Portugal]…

“Areas that had already been devastated by summer fires have now been hit with severe flooding and landslides. The intense rain that fell during the early hours of the morning dragged land and debris from burned areas of Serra da Estrela and caused damage in the parish of Sameiro, Manteigas, according to civil protection and municipal sources.”


AFRICA/SIERRA LEONE – New catastrophic floods…

“The heavy floods that hit the country do not seem to have any respite. After the rains recorded several times in August 2022 (see Fides 2/9/2022), there are new losses caused by the disastrous torrential rains of September 10 in the western region of Sierra Leone.”


At least 130 killed in floods in Sudan…

“The National Council for Civil Defence said the floods have killed a total of 134 people, left 120 others injured, and damaged or destroyed more than 128,000 homes so far this wet season. Water can be seen engulfing villages and roads in footage of the flooding aired on state television.”


Pakistan floods: Medicine shortages threaten health crisis…

“Aid organizations say more medicine is urgently needed to stop the spread of waterborne diseases after the flooding. Pharmacies are out of painkillers, antibiotics, and medicines for skin and gynecological issues, diabetes and eye infections.”


Central China’s Hunan Province Faces Severe Drought.

“South Central China’s Hunan province, one of the nation’s top rice producing areas, is expected to suffer severe drought in the early fall as no rain and higher-than-average temperatures are forecast for the next 10 days, according to the local water resources department.”


After passing through the Japanese Ryukyu Islands, typhoon Muifa has made a landfall near the city of Shanghai in China.

Weather is SE China south of its landfall will be extremely hot for many days and we can’t exclude temperatures returning near 40C [104F] in Fujian Province.”


Another terribly hot day (and night) in Japan with minimum temperatures up to 29C and dozens of stations above 35C [95F].

More records were set of both highest Tmins and Tmaxes in the past 2 days. Unprecedented heat for mid-September. See list below by JMA.”


‘Localise everything’: after floods, Northern Rivers residents [NSW, Australia] join forces to build disaster resilience.

“Northern Rivers residents are learning to use chainsaws, sandbag their homes and clear landslips safely as communities band together to ensure they are prepared for future natural disasters after this year’s devastating floods. Their efforts have a new sense of urgency after the Bureau of Meteorology declared a La Niña event is under way…”


Argentina corn planting stalled as ‘great drought’ fears rise…

“The vast Pampas plains of the South American nation are hitting the start of the corn planting season after almost no rainfall in some four months. Forecasts predict more dry weather ahead with scarce showers… Argentina is the world’s top exporter of processed soy oil and meal and an important producer of corn, wheat and barley.”


Latin America and Caribbean face growing climate change risks…

“In Brazil climate change is threatening crop loss and productivity, while changes in rainfall, heat waves and droughts are upsetting grain production and trade in Argentina, the report added… while water stress is complicating Chile’s mining, agriculture and hydropower operations, said Moody’s.”


A 33-year-old travel manager who suffered debilitating chest pain and weight loss was eventually diagnosed with life-threatening fungal infection Valley fever that is spreading across America.

“Desiree Chan, who lives in Los Angeles, was struck by the pain as she got out the bath just before New Year’s Eve in 2020… Valley fever is spreading in the United States thanks to climate change, with cases doubling to 20,000 annually over the last five years.”


Moth outbreak in New Mexico further weakening trees amid drought…

“The concern, officials said, is that defoliation weakens the trees, making them vulnerable to subsequent attacks by bark beetles that may kill the treetops or even entire trees… Officials also warned that people should avoid touching or handling the insects.”


Drought, supply chain woes and toxic chemicals create a ‘perfect storm’ for Massachusetts water systems…

This summer has been particularly brutal, they say. It has made many people in the water industry wonder whether it’s time to fundamentally rethink how cities and towns provide this service to residents and businesses. “We are getting to a breaking point”“.


40 confirmed dead in Eastern Kentucky floods

“At his weekly press conference, Gov. Andy Beshear confirmed there are 40 confirmed dead due to July’s historic flooding in Eastern Kentucky… All drinking-water systems are now operational; 22 systems were down immediately after the flooding.”


Alaska is facing its strongest storm in over a decade.

“That 2011 Alaskan storm, with wind gusts over 90 mph, left behind a wide swath of destruction. Like Merbok, the 2011 system was an extratropical storm… This week’s storm will not only rival the 2011 event but is expected to reach a magnitude unlike any other for the month of September.”


Arctic sea ice extent was down another 29k km² today and has not yet had a day of net refreeze. 2012 is the only year in JAXA’s series still competing by these terms.

“2012 drops 0.9k km² tomorrow, then gains 36k km² the day after that.”


Scientists propose controversial plan to refreeze North and South Poles by spraying sulphur dioxide into atmosphere.

“A fleet of 125 military air-to-air refuelling tankers would release a cloud of microscopic sulphur dioxide particles at an altitude of 43,000ft (13km) and a latitude of 60 degrees in both hemispheres, slightly shading the Earth’s surface beneath.”


Marine heat waves are on the rise… Climate change is causing intense warming of Earth’s oceans more often and for longer, posing big risks to the animals and plants that live there…

“A 2020 study in the journal Science concluded that marine heat waves have increased more than 20-fold as a result of climate warming.”


2022’s supercharged summer of climate extremes: How global warming and La Niña fueled disasters on top of disasters…

“Let’s take a closer look at how climate change and natural weather patterns like La Niña influence what we’re seeing around the world today…”


A Biodiversity Crisis: Food Webs Worldwide Are Collapsing…

““The modeling showed that land mammal food webs have degraded much more than would be expected if random species had gone extinct,” Fricke said. “Rather than resilience under extinction pressure, these results show a slow-motion food web collapse caused by selective loss of species with central food web roles.””


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14th September 2022 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

Hong Kong sees record for hottest day in September broken twice.

The Hong Kong Observatory said a temperature of 35.4 degrees Celsius (95.7 Fahrenheit) was recorded on Tuesday afternoon, “once again breaking the record for highest temperature in September” since the city started keeping records in 1884.

“The previous hottest September day of 35.3C (95.5F) was set just last Monday, toppling a record that had stood since 1963.”


Endless heat also in Japan with more September heat records broken.

“Yesterday new records were set at Kousa 36.3C [97.3F] and Aki 34.4C, while today Aki rose further to 34.6C and Miki to 34.7C. More records possible tomorrow as well.”


Rare ‘triple dip’ La Niña declared.

“The Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has announced that the weather phenomenon La Niña has formed for the third consecutive year in the Pacific. This is only the third time since records began that there have been three consecutive La Niña events.”


For the first time in three years, the El Niño probability is greater than the La Niña probability in long-range ENSO forecast.

“Remember El Niño? That’s when a bunch of ocean heat content stored in the equatorial Pacific is released and there is a spike in global temperatures.”

[Source: https://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/analysis_monitoring/lanina/enso_evolution-status-fcsts-web.pdf]


‘Unprecedented times’: floods ranked as Australia’s costliest ever disaster.

“Perils has upped its insured loss estimate for this year’s flooding in Queensland and NSW to $6.3 billion, making it a record catastrophe loss for the Australian insurance industry… “This event is now the largest insured catastrophe loss event experienced in Australia,” Perils Asia-Pacific Head Darryl Pidcock said.”


Hawaii’s prolonged drought is pushing native species to the brink.

“Nearly all of Hawaii is currently experiencing some degree of drought, from “moderate” to “exceptional,” according to federal monitoring data. While this year is not as severe as the 7-year dry period that ended in 2015, it falls in line with a larger pattern of declining inundation in Hawaii over the last 30 years.”


Mountain glacier in Chile’s Patagonia collapses amid high temperatures.

“Higher temperatures and rainfall that weaken ice walls caused part of a hanging glacier to break off at a national park in Chile’s Patagonia region in an event captured on video by tourists. In a video that went viral Monday, a glacier that sits atop a mountain about 200 meters (656 feet) high rumbled and broke off at Queulat National Park…”


Summer Heat Waves Caused Several Glaciers to Collapse.

“In the Italian Dolomites, the heat wave led to a total glacier collapse on July 3 after temperatures climbed to 50 degrees Fahrenheit… In Asia, a heat wave caused a July 8 glacier collapse in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan… A third glacier — central Switzerland’s St. Annafirn Glacier — is not long for the world as a result of the summer heat waves.”


Megadrought in the American south-west: a climate disaster unseen in 1,200 years.

“The west is now in uncharted territory, as once singular conditions become the norm. Its mightiest reservoirs – Lake Mead and Lake Powell – are at record low levels and steadily shriveling. Prolonged, triple-digit heatwaves are making cities like Phoenix, Arizona, and Las Vegas, Nevada, almost unlivable during summers.”


Air quality plummets as smoke from roaring wildfires chokes US west.

“California firefighters are battling large blazes across the state as the west’s fire season heats up, covering swaths of Oregon, Washington, California and Canada in heavy smoke that has also traveled across the US.”


In Utah, drying Great Salt Lake leads to air pollution.

“Air pollution in Salt Lake City was so bad last year it set off the fire alarms in Elizabeth Joy’s clinic. Joy, a family and sports medicine doctor, said that her patients had to be evacuated as part of the emergency response.”


Northeastern U.S. hit by rare drought killing crops, sparking fires.

“It’s barely September, but crops are withering and brown leaves carpet the ground. Forests are bursting into flames. An iconic river is, in some places, little more than a mud-choked stream. This isn’t the U.S. West… It’s the Northeast… for farmers from New York to Maine, the dry weather has been nothing short of disastrous, and rainfall last week provided little relief.”


West Palm Beach breaks record of consecutive days with 90-degree temperatures…

“On Monday, West Palm Beach broke a record for a string of 90-degree days, according to the National Weather Service. The old record of 71 consecutive 90-degree days was set in 1951. Monday’s high temperature in West Palm Beach was 93. The streak of 90-degree days began on July 3.”


Dominica did it again!

With a temperature of 36.3C [97.3F] the Canefield Airport, near Roseau,set a new national record of highest temperature for any month, beating the 35.9C which was set few days ago at the same place.”


Now it’s starting. Never seen so vast tree mortality in Finland!

“All the blue dots are dead trees, a majority likely from last summer. The European spruce bark beetle, and other bark beetles, are gaining ground and quickly.”


Shocking pictures show Peak District reservoirs [UK] are at record low.

“The water levels in Peak District are still historically low after the drought was declared in Derbyshire last month. Summer in the county has been the driest in 50 years with the temperatures reaching almost 40 degrees.”


France saw record temperatures for September hit the country, notably the southwest, amid a heatwave drifting up from Morocco, the Meteo-France weather service said Monday.

“The thermometer hit 39.1 degrees Celsius (102.4 degrees Fahrenheit) at Mont-de-Marsan in the southwestern Landes department and 39C at nearby Dax.”


Also: “New NATIONAL RECORD for heat in September in France in progress with 40.7°C in Begaar in the Landes! It has never been so hot in September in France!”


New wildfires rage in southwestern France amid record temperatures.

“Hundreds of people have been evacuated in southwestern France as new wildfires rage amid record September temperatures. Around 540 people in the Gironde region have been moved from their homes after blazes broke out on Monday.”


European Heat Wave: Records were set also of highest minimums yesterday in Spain with the first tropical September night at Valladolid (700m asl) with Tmin of 21.0C [70f]. Record also at Toledo (530m) with 23.8C and at Granada AP 23.2C.

“Today very hot in Catalunya with 38.0C at Cabanes.”


The wildfire that broke out last Thursday (8 September) in the Granada municipality of Los Guájares continues to rage and level one of the Emergency Plan for Forest Fires in Andalucía has been declared.

“After a “complicated” night that means the districts of Acebuches and Ízbor, in the municipality of El Pinar in Granada province are cut off, it was hoped that the rain would help dampen the flames.”


Morocco Dam Water Levels Decrease to 25% Amid Severe Droughts…

“…this decrease in Moroccan dams’ water levels can be attributed to the historically low rainfalls the country has witnessed in the past year. This summer, the dry climate stemming from the alarming drought period caused several wildfires in the country’s northern regions.”


Warning: Nelson Mandela Bay metro drought could drag on for another six years.

“The catastrophic six-year drought gripping Nelson Mandela Bay metro could last for another six years, according to South Africa Weather Service.”


UN warns cholera outbreak in Syria is a threat to the region.

“…the source of infection is believed to be linked to people drinking unsafe water from the Euphrates River and using contaminated water to irrigate crops, resulting in food contamination… the outbreak is an indicator of severe water shortages in Syria.


We are near mid-September but it’s still extremely hot in the Middle East. Temperatures have been reaching peaks of over 48C [118.4F] in the past days between Kuwait and Iraq and will keep doing so for the next 3 days. Very rare for this time of the year.


Dust storm uproots tents of flood victims already made homeless in Pakistan.

“A dust storm in Sehwan town in Pakistan’s Sindh province on Monday uprooted hundreds of tents pitched at roadsides by people made homeless by the recent floods, as a fresh spell of rains expected in the middle of the month begins to set in, officials said.”


‘We are drowning’: Pakistan floods push toxic lake over edge…

“…for the people living around Lake Manchar, the largest freshwater lake in Pakistan, the monsoon has compounded an environmental catastrophe that has been breaking up their community for a decade… The lake was once a haven for marine life, home to almost 32 species of fish including carp, catfish, tilapia, spiny eel and snakehead. Now, according to Maula Bakhsh, as few as six species are left.”


As Pakistan floods and India curbs rice exports, Africa braces for high prices.

“The devastating floods in Pakistan, which plunged great swaths of agricultural land under water – coupled with India’s decision to curb its rice exports – risk exacerbating food insecurity in the African countries most dependent on imports from Asia.”


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12th September 2022 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

Global Drought Saps Hydropower, Complicating Clean-Energy Push. Record drought across the globe this year dried up rivers and reservoirs and sapped the world’s largest source of renewable electricity: hydropower.

“The dip in electricity generated by the flow of water across dams in China, Europe and the U.S. stifled power production. In some places, it has caused factories and smelters to shut down for weeks on end.”


Climate change could worsen supply chain turmoil…

“…one clear trend is that natural disasters like droughts, hurricanes and wildfires are becoming more frequent and unfolding in more locations. In addition to the toll of human injury and death, these disasters are likely to wreak sporadic havoc on global supply chains.”


The ancient subarctic forests at risk from climate change and war.

“… as subarctic temperatures rise, this vital ecosystem is losing stability with swelling fire activity, thawing permafrost and insect infestations. More tree cover has been lost to fire in the boreal region over the past decade than anywhere else on Earth.”


Methane Explosions Strike the Frozen Ground in Siberia Sparking Wild Theories About their Origins.

“Massive craters in the frozen ground of Siberia strike the Russian landscape of Yamal and Gydan Peninsula. The origin of such incredible morphologies is due to powerful explosions of methane gas from the frozen ground. Here we try to give a comprehensive explanation of such peculiar and violent events occurring in the Russian Permafrost.”


Endless heat wave in Mongolia and Siberia…

In Siberia exceptional 34.9C at Priargunsk (record), record tied at Simanovsk with 30.2C. More heat today.”


The transition in just 30 years of the Chukchi Sea from a late summer sea-ice dominated regime to open water dominated is a stunning example of change

“…with huge implications for climate, ecosystems, food security, industrialization, national security, etc.”


How unusual was the Alaska flip from dry early summer to wet late summer? It was “off the charts” unusual.

Brilliant idea by WorldClimateSvc: compare ratio of totals.

“July/August typically 1.77 times as wet as May/June. 2022 more than 4 times as wet. Whoa!”


Seattle broke the record for the most 90-degree days in a year on Saturday, when the temperature reached 92 degrees.

“Saturday’s temperature was also a daily record for Sept. 10. There have been 13 days that reached 90 degrees or above in Seattle in 2022, according to the National Weather Service.”


Oregon wildfire explodes in size as multiple blazes rage across the West, forcing evacuations and worsening air quality.

“An outburst of wildfires that broke out over the past week amid triple-digital temperatures across the West have forced thousands of evacuations and choked the air with smoke as strong winds complicated firefighting efforts.”


Every cloud has a silver lining! California firefighters are able to beat back huge wildfire after Tropical Storm Kay brought nearly a year’s worth of rainfall in 10 hours…

“‘Fire activity has been greatly reduced due to the moisture from Kay,’ a statement from Cal Fire, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, said.”


US heatwave hits supermarket produce sections.

“High temperatures in the Western U.S. are hitting the produce industry, damaging crops, shrinking shipments and leaving fewer leafy greens and fruits on supermarket shelves.”


Tourism is sucking Utah dry. Now it faces a choice – growth or survival…

“Fueled by the climate crisis and the overuse of dwindling water resources, the drought threatens the safety and sustainability of the spectacular sights; at the same time, tourists and the industries that cater to them contribute to an unfolding crisis in the cherished lands that brought them there.”


Flash floods hit Chicago metro area, stranding cars.

“The National Weather Service on Sunday issued a flash flood warning for part of northeastern Illinois including Chicago’s northern metro area, after heavy rains flooded viaducts, stranded cars, and sent water surging into basements.”


The Gulf of Maine is simmering, but its lobsters seem fine — for now…

“The Gulf of Maine has been a hotspot for ocean warming, increasing at a rate of 0.8 degrees Fahrenheit each decade in the last 40 years — about three times the global average. At higher water temperatures, lobsters hit what is known as a “stress threshold,” where they become more vulnerable to disease and less likely to reproduce.”


Rocky path revealed between Swiss glaciers in extreme melt season.

“A rocky Alpine path between two glaciers in Switzerland is emerging for what the local ski resort says is the first time in at least 2,000 years after the hottest European summer on record… this year’s ice melt is around three times the 10-year average, meaning bare rock can now be seen between the Scex Rouge and the Zanfleuron glaciers at an altitude of 2,800 metres…”


Extraordinarily intense late season heat in France the European model suggests highs close to 40C [104F] in SW France – tomorrow – totally unprecedented for mid-September.

This follows an astonishing summer in Europe, the warmest on record eclipsing 2003 [an El Nino year].


40.6 °C [105.1F] Cordoba Aeropurto [Andalusia, Spain], 33 days over 40 °C from May to September.


The Olive Oil Capital of the World, Parched.

Spain’s Jaén Province, home to one fifth of the world’s supply of “green gold,” copes with climate change and threats to its way of life… Drought has ravaged dozens of crops throughout Europe — corn in Romania, rice in Italy, beans in Belgium, and beets and garlic in France. Among the hardest hit is the olive crop of Spain…”


Heatwave batters Spain’s Mediterranean mussel crop…

“With the country hit by a long and brutal heatwave this summer, the water temperature in the Ebro Delta, the main mussels production area of the Spanish Mediterranean, is touching 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit). And any grower who hasn’t removed their molluscs in time will have lost everything.”


Tornado Hits Village in Northern Moravia [Czech Republic], Causing Millions of Crowns in Damage…

“A tornado hit the small village of Hrabetice in northern Moravia on Saturday afternoon. Seven fire response units attended the scene, according to Petr Kudela, spokesman for the Moravian-Silesian Fire Brigade.”


Senegal’s pink lake threatened by flood after heavy rains…

“After days of torrential rain, salt miner Moussa Diare could only watch in despair as flood waters breached a meters-wide gap on the banks of Senegal’s Pink Lake and washed away thousands of dollars’ worth of salt mounds he had gathered. “This is the first time I’ve seen this…”


South Sudan declares disaster in flood-affected areas.

“South Sudan’s government has declared flood-affected parts of the country as national disaster areas and appealed for assistance. Friday’s appeal came after torrential rains in the Upper Nile and Bahr el-Ghazal regions.”


‘Never seen climate carnage’ like Pakistan floods, says UN chief…

““I have seen many humanitarian disasters in the world, but I have never seen climate carnage on this scale,” Guterres said on Saturday in the port city of Karachi on his second day of a visit in Pakistan. “I have simply no words to describe what I have seen today,” he said.”


Authorities in southern Pakistan plan to breach the country’s Indus Highway, a key transport link, to allow water to flow and prevent flooding in the town of Dadu, officials said on Sunday

“There are at least three points in Dadu district where the Indus Highway is submerged, with traffic suspended for weeks, while Pakistan’s other highway connecting the north and south has also been badly hit by the flood waters.”


Melting glaciers, water scarcity, exodus: How climate change reality is biting Ladakh villages [Kashmir, India]…

“…the experience of water scarcity in Kulum has been enough to alarm Ladakh’s district authorities and NGOs, serving as a warning for what the future of the region could hold if measures to mitigate climate change are not immediately put in place. Like most of Ladakh, Kulum is glacier-fed…”


Climate woes, farm distress and agriculture future in Meghalaya [NE India]…

“Previously, climate change had dethroned Cherrapunji as the wettest place on the Earth and made Mawsynram, 10 kilometres away, the wettest place. But what did the climate chaos mean for the farmers, agriculture and food security? I was soon to find out.”


Nepal: 5 killed, 7 missing in flash flood, landslide in Darchula…

“At least five people were killed and seven others went missing in incidents of landslide and flash flood triggered by heavy rainfall in Darchula district of far-western Nepal, police said on Saturday. Due to incessant rains since Friday night, two people were killed in floods in Mahakali and Lasku Rivers and three others were buried in landslides.”


Battered by increasingly fierce cyclones, farmers along Bangladesh coast struggle to repay loans…

“When the super cyclone Amphan made landfall in Bangladesh in May 2020, 55,000 houses were destroyed in the country. Wasim Ali, 45, lived in one of them. The tidal surge that the storm whipped up swept away his house and razed his small one-acre farm in Protapnagar in Bangladesh’s southwestern Satkhira district.”


China’s heatwave eases but drought far from over, weather watchers warn.

“Water levels have been falling in Poyang Lake at a record rate… Emergency management authorities in Jiangxi province in the country’s east said pipes draining water from Poyang Lake would be extended for another 40 metres (131 feet) by next weekend…”


The northernmost tip of China was hit by a heat wave today.

“The new Barkhor (48.13N) and Xinbaerhuzuoqi reached 35.0C [95F], which was the first 35C in September in local history and the northernmost 35C in China in September.


Swiss Re said global geopolitical tensions, macroeconomic developments and climate change have heightened demand for risk protection and will lead to increased premiums.

“The reinsurer plans to further grow its natural catastrophe portfolio, where the market is forecast to grow to $48 billion from $35 billion in the next four years, it said on Monday.”


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9th September 2022 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

In a Warmer World, Half of all Species Are on the Move. Where Are They Going?

A new computer modeling tool provides a more accurate analysis of species range shifts under climate change – and it’s even bleaker than expected… current models can produce inaccurate, and overly optimistic results, because they fail to consider a key question: can a species realistically reach a suitable climate before it’s too late?”


Mercury pollution makes ducks more likely to get bird flu: study.

Ducks are believed to be superspreaders of bird flu in part because they travel so far as they migrate. Ducks contaminated by mercury pollution are significantly more likely to get bird flu, a study found Wednesday, pointing towards another way that human-driven changes to the natural world increase the risk of viruses spreading.”


Increase in heat waves, wildfires to worsen air quality, UN agency warns…

“Evaluating the close links between climate change and air quality while focusing on increasing heat waves and wildfires, the report highlighted that climate change could exacerbate surface ozone pollution, leading to “detrimental health impacts” for millions.”


‘Nothing left to burn’: Wildfires blaze through the Arctic.

“Arctic wildfires that sparked above the 66th parallel north unleashed an estimated 16 million tonnes of carbon in 2021 – roughly equal to the annual carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of Peru – according to a report by the Copernicus Climate Change Service.”


N/Eastern Europe between record cold and heavy rains these first days of September:

“Yesterday Kaliningrad, Russia and Minsk, Belarus had their earliest frosts on record. Today Finland dropped as low as -7.5C in Ylivieska AP. Deluges in Poland this morning:about 150mm in 4 hours.”


This year’s blistering summer in Europe was the hottest on record…

“Recorded temperatures from June through August were 0.4 degrees Celsius warmer than 2021. August was particularly brutal, with average temperatures 0.8 degrees Celsius hotter than 2018, the service said, also the hottest on record.”


Drought declared across whole of Wales after months of dry weather takes its toll.

“A drought has been officially declared across the whole of Wales after an extended period of low rainfall made reservoirs run worryingly dry. Natural Resources Wales (NRW) have today, September 8, confirmed that all parts of Wales have now moved to drought status.”


Thirteen departments in the south of France were still on an orange alert due to flooding on Wednesday.

“The torrential rain left numerous localities under water and forced the mobilisation of hundreds of police and firefighters. It also instilled fear and panic among residents of the region. “We were really scared, really scared, I was scared to die,” said one man who lives in the city of Nîmes.”


Two foreign holidaymakers have died in a lightning strike at the same beach in Majorca.

“One of the men died instantly at a beautiful white sand cove called Cala Mesquida near Capdepera in the north-east of the island. The other victim, believed to be unknown to the first, started convulsing and died around 40 minutes afterwards…”


At least 10 people have been killed by recent floods occasioned by torrential rainfall in Nigeria’s northern state of Bauchi, a local relief agency official said Wednesday.

“Several houses and hectares of farmlands were also destroyed by the floods which have affected 19 out of the 20 local government areas in Bauchi…”


Flood victims loot humanitarian aid in rain ravaged Blue Nile state.

“In a statement released after the looting, the group said that an MSF humanitarian convoy had been stopped by young men on the road between Manaqil town and Al Jamusi before being looted. The residents of the area looted mosquito nets, blankets, plastic sheets, mats, kitchen pots, and buckets loaded in four of the seven trucks.”


At least 16 dead as heavy rains trigger landslides in Uganda.

“At least 16 people died in western Uganda after heavy rains in the Kasese district on Tuesday night caused a landslide early Wednesday, according to tweets from the Uganda Red Cross. Most of the recovered bodies were women and children, the red cross said.”


Iranian authorities have confirmed the arrest of 25 people during a protest on August 24 against a cut in water supplies in the western Iranian city of Hamedan.

“Mohammad Ali Mohammadi, the governor of Hamedan, accused the detainees — who were attending three different demonstrations — of creating insecurity and panic among the public. Water cuts in Hamedan have led to weeks of street protests.”


Exceptional heat in Siberia & Kazakhstan moving East. Records set today:

“KAZAKHSTAN: Ust Kamenogorsk 38.5 [101.3F]; Ryskulova 37.3; Kokpekty 37. RUSSIA: Biysk 37; Chemal 36.3; Krasnochekovo 36.5; Turochak 35.9; Zmeinogorsk 35.6; Minusinsk 35.5; Alajskaya 35.3; Barnaul 34.4; Tastyp 34.9; Ermakovskoe 33.4.”


Forest Fires Turn into Yet Another Stress Test for Kazakhstan…

“The fires which broke out on Sept. 3 in the Auliekol district… shocked the nation… As a Kostanai native, I can say high temperatures as it was last week are not usual for the region. 36+ Celsius degrees probably means climate change is real and that it might get worse next year.”


Family’s makeshift coffin reveals horror of catastrophic flooding.

As the catastrophic flooding in Pakistan continues and the floodwaters refuse to drain away, there is nowhere to give the dead a dignified burial. CNN’s Anna Coren takes a look at how people are coping as the death toll climbs.”


Bengaluru [India] braces for more torrential rains as IMD issues red alert.

“Following a brief respite from severe flooding, Bengaluru is once again gearing up for more heavy rain on Wednesday even as authorities stepped up efforts to evacuate people and pump water out of inundated areas.”


Rain and floods hamper earthquake rescue mission in China.

“The search for dozens of missing people has been hit by rain, flash floods and mudslides days after a strong earthquake rocked mountainous southwest China and killed at least 82… China’s state-run Global Times news outlet reported on Tuesday that more than 50,000 people have been relocated following the earthquake.”


Seven drown in flooded South Korean parking lot as typhoon death toll rises…

“The seven people had become trapped by rising waters while attempting to move their vehicles, according to the ministry report. Local broadcaster YTN showed footage of a wrecked car being pulled out of an underground garage where muddy waters blocked its entrance.”


Lament for a mountain… When fire destroyed the forest on the mountain in Miryang, South Gyeongsang Province [South Korea], last May, the whole country experienced grief and shock

“I am at a loss to understand how such a beautiful and grand mountain turned into ashes… Due to the worsening phenomenon of global warming, forest fires have been rampant all around the world.”


Another brief but very intense heat wave in South America: on 8th September the temperature rose to 41.4C [106.5F] at Cooperativa Ferhein in Paraguay. 40C also in Bolivia, Brasil and Northern Argentina. Temperatures should start dropping from tomorrow.”


A crying baby sloth was reunited with its mother on Wednesday after the pair were separated following their rescue from wildfires in Bolivia.

“Heartfelt video captures the moment the mum tenderly reunites with her baby, bending down in what appears to be a hug and a kiss. Fleeing the wildfires ravaging the region, the sloths arrived at Trinidad. According to reports, the mother and child were then temporarily separated after fleeing dogs.”


No September on record in the West [US] has seen a heat wave like this.

“The heat wave that’s been gripping California and other parts of the West for 10 days and counting is the most severe ever recorded in September, weather experts have said — confirming what California’s governor is calling the “hottest & longest on record” for the month.”


Driest, wettest, hottest: Sacramento’s troubling trifecta of extremes.

“California’s capital experienced its hottest day ever observed Tuesday — hitting an unprecedented 116 degrees and exceeding previous September records by a landslide of seven degrees… In the past 12 months… the state capital experienced its wettest day on record last October, an event bookended by a record-long dry stretch that wreaked havoc on agriculture throughout California’s Central Valley.”


Tropical Storm Kay could bring a year’s worth of rain in drought-stricken southern California in the next hours…

“The Imperial Valley region, home to one of the nation’s most productive farm belts, is bracing for serious damage. All of Imperial County is in severe drought, according to the US Drought Monitor, and has been since early spring — but getting all the rain they’ve missed out on at once will not help with recovery.”


Rash of 1,000-year floods snuck up on victims, forecasters…

“Across the country this summer, storm victims and forecasters alike found themselves surprised by a rash of extreme weather events, living through a season populated by 1,000-year floods that suddenly became routine. The Kentucky catastrophe was just one of a half-dozen of the superstorms that hit the country from mid-June to the end of August.”


Oregon’s largest wildfire tops 100,000 acres, still 0% contained.

“The Double Creek Fire, burning in Eastern Oregon’s Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, nearly doubled again in size Wednesday, due to hot, dry conditions and gusty winds. Fire officials reported Thursday morning that the fire has now grown to 100,977 acres. And it’s still 0% contained.”


7th September was another exceptionally hot day in Canada.

Temperature reached 38.9C [102F] at Val Marie in Saskatchewan (monthly record destroyed); records also at Coronach with 37.3C and at Makota 36.9C. In Alberta also very hot: 37.6C Onefour, 36.5C Pakowki Lake and 36.3C Irvine.”


Fort St. John, British Columbia, saw the warmest summer on record this year at 1.8 degrees Celsius above average temperatures.

This is calculated by the overall mean temperature for the months of June, July and August… This summer’s average temperature in Fort St. John came in at 16.8 degrees Celsius, according to Terri Lang.”


The climate crisis has driven the world to the brink of multiple “disastrous” tipping points, according to a major study.

It shows five dangerous tipping points may already have been passed due to the 1.1C of global heating caused by humanity to date.

“These include the collapse of Greenland’s ice cap, eventually producing a huge sea level rise, the collapse of a key current in the north Atlantic, disrupting rain upon which billions of people depend for food, and an abrupt melting of carbon-rich permafrost.”


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7th September 2022 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

Ice usually stops melting in Greenland by September. Not this year… Greenland just experienced its largest September melt event on record, the kind typically seen in the middle of summer

““This event demonstrates how global warming does not only increase the intensity but also the length of the melting season,” Maurice van Tiggelen, a polar scientist from Utrecht University in the Netherlands, said in an email.”


‘Doomsday glacier,’ which could raise sea level by several feet, is holding on ‘by its fingernails,’ scientists say [Antarctica].

“The Thwaites Glacier, capable of raising sea level by several feet, is eroding along its underwater base as the planet warms. In a study published Monday in the journal Nature Geoscience, scientists mapped the glacier’s historical retreat, hoping to learn from its past what the glacier will likely do in the future.”


Fears for platypus populations after flooding in Queensland and NSW.

“There are fears that platypus populations might have been wiped out by recent floods in greater Brisbane, sparking new calls for the species to be nationally recognised as threatened… “With this sequence of extreme droughts, fire, floods, you are going to have areas where the platypus is going to go extinct,” researcher Gilad Bino said.”


Large parts of Amazon may never recover, major study says.

“Environmental destruction in parts of the Amazon is so complete that swathes of the rainforest have reached tipping point and might never be able to recover, a major study carried out by scientists and Indigenous organisations has found.”


Hottest day on record in the Caribbean country of Dominica: Today 5th September the Airport of Canefield, near the capital Roseau, rose to 35.9C [96.6F], a new all time record for any month in the country.

“Very hot also in Dominican Republic and other Caribbean islands.”


Another record set yesterday 5th September in the Caribbeans:

Hottest day on records in Santo Domingo, capital of Dominican Republic with a max. temperature of 37.7C [99.9F].

“For some Caribbeans Islands, September is the hottest month of the year.”


Temperatures in parts of the San Francisco Bay Area have hit record numbers as state officials warn of blackouts throughout the state as Californians deals with intense heat.

The temperature in Livermore, located in the eastern part of the Bay Area, reached 116 degrees on Monday, the highest temperature ever recorded in the Bay area, according to the National Weather Service.”


Historic day in California! After 97 years Sacramento beat its all time heat record with 116F/46.7C. The Death Valley reached 125.2F/51.8C

MORE ALL TIME RECORDS: Ukiah 117; Merced 115; Napa 115; Stockton 115 tied; Santa Rosa 114; San Jose AP 109.


USA Heat Wave:6 September Records in Colorado and Utah:

Colorado: Delta 102; Grand Junction 101; Limon 99; Wray 104 tied; Burlington 100 tied, and Utah: St George and White Reef 111F SEPTEMBER STATE RECORD TIED; SL City 105; Ogden 103; Brigham 100; Heber 99 tied; Vernal 98 tied; Logan 99 tied.”


In one of Kansas City’s hottest summers, thousands face brutal utility bills and shutoff threats… The number of disconnection notices sent to customers by utility company Evergy has nearly doubled over the last year….

“The metro has experienced several extreme heat waves this summer… The region also experienced unusually warm nighttime temperatures.”


With Nebraska experiencing an historic drought, water levels in the Missouri River have fallen significantly — exposing the remains of a ship that sank in 1870.

“The North Alabama was a steamboat that hit a snag and sank to the bottom of the river near Goat Island on the border between Nebraska and South Dakota more than 150 years ago…”


Rhode Island streets turn to rivers amid nearly 11 inches of rain…

“More than 10 inches of rain fell just south of Providence, R.I., on Monday, causing the National Weather Service to issue a flash flood warning. Storms passing over the same areas repeatedly dumped rain for hours, turning city streets into rivers.”


Denmark encumbered by record drought…

“Normally, August provides 82.1 mm of rain nationally on average, but this August only 46.6 mm fell. That has pushed the Drought Index up to 9.4 out of 10 at the moment. Take into consideration that the average index figure for this time of year is just 3.7. And the previous record was at 7.6.”


Drought costs Walloon agriculture €200 million [Wallonia, Belgium]… Notably, grasslands suffered around €100 million in damages and €35 million was lost to failed corn harvests. Streel says that the first harvest was extremely dry, with poor yields.”


Hungary Sees Hottest Summer Since 1901.

“Hungary has this year seen its hottest summer since 1901, the country’s Meteorological Service (MOSZ) said Monday… According to MOSZ, this year’s summer was 0.5 degrees hotter than the summer of 2003, which held the previous record.”


Drought and disease threaten renowned date palms in Africa’s hottest oasis.

“The date palm orchards at Kebili oasis used to form green, fertile islands in an arid landscape. But now many of the trees are dying, and dry, bare and fruitless trunks stretch up into a clear blue sky… The southern Tunisian oasis has endured a decade of drought.”


Chad’s heaviest rains in 30 years leads to ‘catastrophic’ floods…

“Floods are not uncommon during the west African country’s rainy season, which usually runs from May to October in its central and southern regions. But this time, the rains came early and were more abundant, quickly overwhelming drainage channels and ponds.”


Senegal: At least three killed in floods caused by heavy rains in Dakar.

“The center of Dakar had already been severely affected by these floods on August 5, killing one person and triggering the Disaster Relief PlanORSEC plan… On Friday August 6, about 126 millimetres of rain fell in just six hours in Dakar.”


Drought likely to push parts of Somalia into famine by end of year, warns UN…

“Somalia has been pushed to the brink by the unprecedented failure of four consecutive rainy seasons, which has forced several hundred thousand people from their homes and placed huge pressure on a country already weakened by decades of conflict.”


Climate change leaves Iraq’s ‘breadbasket’ with less water, wheat, and farmers…

“Iraq is known as the land of two rivers, with the Tigris and the Euphrates crossing its plains and irrigating its rich earth, creating a lucrative agricultural sector. But recent droughts are forcing farmers and their families, left without income, to uproot their lives. Water scarcity is notably rising in the northern province of Nineveh…”


Historic heat wave in the Caucasus and the Caspian Sea areas. On 4th September more monthly records fell in Armenia, Kazakhstan, Georgia and Russia and also in the Gilan Province of Iran.

“Kiashahr 36.0C; Astaneh Ashrafieh 38.1C…

Rasht, Iran 39.4C [102.9F] all time high for any month!


After record floods, now Pakistan has to worry about economy…

“… beyond the human losses, the country’s economic managers have the most challenging task ahead as floods ravaged the country’s road and communication network, damaged an incalculable number of houses, and destroyed millions of hectares of crops.”


Intense flooding has submerged parts of India’s tech capital Bangalore, inundating multimillion-dollar homes, wrecking slum housing and cutting off transport links to offices…

“The disruption in Bangalore, known as India’s Silicon Valley, highlights the vulnerability of even relatively prosperous cities in the region to extreme weather and exposes chronic infrastructural deficiencies.”


China registers hottest August since records began…

“Southern China last month sweltered under what experts said may have been one of the worst heatwaves in global history, with temperatures in parts of Sichuan province and the megacity of Chongqing soaring well above 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) for days.”


Hong Kong recorded Monday its hottest September day since records began in 1884, with the mercury hitting 35.3 degrees [95.5F] at the Hong Kong Observatory headquarters in Tsim Sha Tsui.

“The weather watchdog said a dry continental airstream is bringing generally fine weather to southern China, with an easterly airstream is expected to affect the coast of southern China midweek this week.”


China’s drought intensifies global coal shortage.

“China’s drought has sent coal prices surging as traders anticipate the lack of hydroelectric generation will force it to burn more coal to meet electricity demand this winter. China’s rising coal consumption threatens to worsen a worldwide shortage…”


Super Typhoon Floods Giant Korean Steel Plant Halting Production.

“A powerful storm that lashed South Korea’s southern coast earlier this week has left one of the country’s biggest steelworks shuttered, spurring concerns over the nation’s production… The typhoon that battered South Korea early Tuesday left at least six people dead and created flooding and power outages.”


Typhoon Hinnamnor missed Japan, but it triggered the Foehn effect, bringing some record-shattering heat.

Kanazawa had 38.5C [101.3F] Tuesday, tying the all-time record high which was set 120 years ago!


Another extraordinary month for global methane growth, coming in at 1908.74 ppb, with an annual *growth rate* setting a new record of 160.6 ppb (assuming a fixed half-life of 110 months).

“Here is a graph of annualized *growth* since 1985.

What if the half-life was increasing?”


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5th September 2022 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

Death Valley hits 127 degrees [52.8C], setting record for hottest September day on the planet…

“The national park, famous for being one of the hottest places on the planet, set a new record for the hottest September day anywhere on the planet when its Furnace Creek thermometer hit 127 degrees on Thursday.”


Unrelenting September heat wave grips California and western U.S…

On Saturday, numerous cities in the Intermountain West endured their highest temperatures on record not only for Sept. 3 but for the entire month. Salt Lake City (which hit 103 degrees), Pocatello, Idaho, (102 degrees), and Great Falls, Mont. (102 degrees) were among them [Reno at 104F, too].”


US feels heat as 26 cities report hottest summers ever — on par with 1936 Dust Bowl.

“Data from the Southeast Regional Climate Center (SERCC) showed the average temperature nationwide was around 74 degrees, putting it on par with summer 2021 and the 1936 Dust Bowl. Persistent heat waves made 26 cities across the US — including: Newark, NJ; Tampa; Salt Lake City; San Antonio, Texas, and Cheyenne, Wyoming — report their all-time warmest summers.”


DRIED UP: Texas cities in fear of running out of water…

“Texas’s situation is sufficiently dire that in July, a majority-Republican panel on the state legislature voted unanimously to require the state water planning board to consult with the state climatologist as it advises cities in planning to meet the state’s water needs in the future.”


Northern California wildfire wipes out neighborhood with frightening speed…

“The lightning speed with which the Mill fire — fueled by extreme heat and winds — swept into a residential community and caused such destruction underscores the growing toll of wildfire in California. It is the latest fire — coming after blazes in wine country, Paradise, Greenville and elsewhere — to bring major property losses inside established communities.”


*PROVINCIAL SEPTEMBER RECORD* – With a preliminary Tx of 39.6°C [103.3F], Lytton broke the British Columbia’s September heat record of 39.0°C set in 1988 (several stations). That’s just 0.4°C below the national Sept. record set in Morden, MB (1906) & Lost River, SK (1940).”


A flash flood emergency in northwestern Georgia is at least a 1-in-200 year event…

Portions of Chattooga and Floyd counties have received 10-13 inches, with more rain coming. These amounts have resulted in catastrophic flash flooding and a Flash Flood Emergency continues in that area,” the National Weather Service office in Atlanta said Sunday.”


Parched Cape feels effects of ‘critical’ drought: ‘This is the driest I’ve seen it’…

“”I’ve never experienced it like this,” he said, sounding tired — tired of the long stretches of heat, tired of watching his crops fail to thrive, tired of losing his tomatoes to wildlife desperate to fill their dry mouths with moisture.”


Dutch homes built on wooden piles are rotting after severe drought…

“Like most buildings built before 1970 in this marshy country, the Netherlands’ national museum rests on a foundation of wooden poles – about 8,000 of them. But as dry summers caused groundwater levels to plunge, the poles were exposed and fungi began to rot the foundations.”


Forest fire breaks out at northern Germany’s highest peak.

“Hundreds of tourists were evacuated after thick smoke engulfed an area south of the summit of the Brocken mountain. Located in the Harz National Park, the area has seen several wildfires this year.”


This is is a report of the shocking experience we had while visiting the Harz national park in Germany, now two weeks ago.

“We wish to share the devastating effects of climate change on the spruce tree forests in the Harz that we witnessed from a front row seat.” [Well worth a watch.]


A glaciologist left speechless on Griesgletscher [Swiss Alps, near the border with Italy]: In the middle of the ice, the bedrock is visible in a crevasse.

“In only very few years from now, the ice will be gone here, thus splitting the glacier in two parts. The agony of a glacier!”


Heatwaves force early Spanish wine harvests, nighttime picking…

“Forced to start harvesting a few weeks earlier in the season due to brutal summer temperatures and drought influenced by climate change, some Spanish vineyards such as this family business outside Madrid have also switched to nighttime grape picking to avoid working in the sweltering August heat.”


The last permanent lagoon of Doñana [Andalusia, Spain] dries up due to drought and overexploitation of aquifers.

“The lagoon of Santa Olalla, the largest permanent lagoon in Doñana and the last one that has maintained water in August, “has ended up drying up” and these days “has been reduced to a small puddle in the center, where waterfowl no longer come”, as warned by the Higher Council for Scientific Research.”


Floods in Bulgaria: Karavelovo without Electricity and Water, Bogdan Cut Off from the World, Volunteers are Helping.

“48 hours after the water disaster that befell the villages along the Stryama river, the situation remains dire. The huge amount of rain, which literally flooded several villages in Karlovo region, destroyed agricultural production and forced the evacuation of people, reports BNT.”


You can see footage of that here:


One killed in N Kazakhstan forest fire, 2,000 displaced.

“One rescuer was killed in a huge forest fire spanning up to 43,000 hectares in northern Kazakhstan, RIA reported on Sunday, citing the Ministry of Emergency Situations. The wildfire broke out in Kostanay Province on Friday and spread quickly…”


Record heat again today in Turkey, Caucasus & Central Asia with monthly more records:

“TURKEY: Cizre 46.7 [116F] yesterday; Diyarbakir 42.6; Artvin 41.5;
RUSSIA: Buynaksk 36.8; Cerlak 35.9; Tatarsk 33.6
GEORGIA: Kutaisi 41.6 [107F] – national Georgia September record
KAZAKHSTAN; Kazalinsk 41.0 tied; Irtyshsk 37.3”


It’s not just Western USA, but also the usual suspects Middle East and North Africa are boiling this first days of September.

“Yesterday Kannaqin in Iraq rose above 50C [122F]; Today Some monthly records were broken in Algeria; Beni Abbes 45.9C,Touggourt 45.7C and Bechar 42.4C.”


Pakistan authorities breach lake to save other areas from floods…

Authorities in flood-hit Pakistan have breached the country’s largest freshwater lake [Lake Manchar], displacing up to 100,000 people from their homes but saving more densely populated areas from gathering flood water, a minister said.”


The World Food Program warns the catastrophic floods in Pakistan are exacerbating the food crisis in neighboring Afghanistan, where nearly half the population – is facing acute hunger…

Several provinces in Afghanistan also have been hit by heavy rains and severe flooding in recent weeks. The United Nations reports thousands of homes and large areas of farmland have been destroyed.”


Annual floods hit Bangladesh hard, reduce purchasing power…

Unprecedented floods in Bangladesh have affected around 7.2 million people. Since Bangladesh is dependent on India for the import of oils, cereals, iron, steel and so on, annual floods affect the purchasing power of the nation, leading to an economic balance between Bangladesh and India.”


Everything has gone. The Indonesians living in flooded homes…

“On the northern coast of Central Java, Indonesia, villages are hit hard as sea levels rise, one of many effects of climate change. The occupants have had to raise their houses by several feet with cement or earth so that seawater does not come in. Others can only be accessed when the tide is low, trapping people inside for hours at a time.”


The no-heat wave days in China were only 2: On 3rd September the heat re-started both in the SE (monthly record at Chongwu in Fujian with 35.5C / 96F) and in the NW where Turpan (Xinjiang) will be above 40C / 104F for several days.

“Another extremely hot month ahead for China?”


Empty Peanut Shells Are the Latest Casualty of China’s Drought…

“Nutless pods are a consequence of alternating drought and excessive rains during key planting and growth periods. That’s bad news for China, the world’s biggest grower, after farmers already shrunk the planting acreage… World’s biggest grower may see output tumble 30% this season…”


The water level of the Yangtze River in Wuhan has reached an unprecedented low point in the same period in more than 150 years!”


“A wing dam was exposed in the Yangtze River near Yingwuzhou Yangtze River Bridge due to few rainfall and continuous high temperatures in Central China’s Hubei Province recently.”


Japan experiences second-hottest summer on record.

“The Meteorological Agency released a report based on data from June to August. It says the average temperature was 0.91 degrees Celsius warmer than usual. The figure is the second-highest since record-keeping began in 1898. The highest was in 2010.”


Three dead, including a minor, is the balance left by the heavy rains on Saturday night and early Sunday morning in Acapulco, Guerrero.

“In addition, landslides are reported on roads in three municipalities, as well as a fallen tree and two collapsed walls… Flooding was also reported in avenues and streets of the port, leaving vehicles stranded by heavy rainfall in this tourist destination.”


Heavy Rains Cause Flooding in Costa Rica…

“Locals were affected by an intense downpour and a thunderstorm, which caused major flooding. Flooded streets, trapped cars, and roofless houses are some of the events reported on Friday afternoon. Authorities estimate that the phenomenon lasted about one hour and caused a very intense rainfall in a very short period.”


Svalbard Airport had its warmest Arctic summer (JJA) in a series which runs from 1889… Also the Arctic research station Ny-Ålesund had its warmest summer on record. The same had our remote weather station at Isfjord Radio…

“The warm summer has, among other things, contributed to very large glacier melting on Svalbard.”


We’ve Lost 35 Percent of Forests in the Past 300 Years…

“Globally, 35 percent of forests have been lost in the past 300 years. Of those that have survived, 82 percent have been compromised by human activity… From 2015-2020, an estimated 10 million hectares worldwide were deforested each year.


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