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

South Africa floods: deadliest storm on record kills over 300 people

“Some parts of KZN have received more than 450mm (18in) in the last 48 hours,” said Dipuo Tawana, a forecaster at the national weather service – nearly half of Durban’s annual rainfall of 1,009mm.”


Eight weather stations in KwaZulu-Natal set new record highs for 24 hours’ rainfall on Tuesday, preliminary data from the South Africa’s Weather Service shows

“At Margate on the South Coast, 311mm [12.2 inches] of rain was recorded – more than doubling a record set 25 years ago.”


Images of Hell: The death and destruction in the aftermath of the KZN floods.

“KwaZulu-Natal counts the cost of the floods that have ravaged the province – in pictures.”


Turkey’s forest losses spike in 2021, a year of country’s worst fires.

“Forest fires, exacerbated by the fallout from climate change, threaten Turkey’s evergreen land. The country saw 226,845 hectares of forests damaged or completely burned between 2012 and 2021, with more than 61% of this loss taking place in 2021 alone.”


Dust storm covers Iraq for second time in a week…

“While sand and dust storms are not uncommon during the Iraqi spring, they are expected to become even more frequent “due to drought, desertification and declining rainfall”, said the director of Iraq’s meteorological office, Amer al-Jabri.”


From headwaters to deltas, Central Asia’s rivers are running dry.

“Two new papers by Chinese scientists, looking at opposite ends of the region’s two major river basins, confirm that climate change is leaving a mark on Central Asia with profound economic consequences.”


Exceptional heat in the Arabian Peninsula with a scorching 45.7°C [114.3F] recorded in Owtaid in the United Arab Emirates, 0.1°C below the national April record, but we are early in the month! Also 43.9°C in Joba in Oman 🇴🇲 yesterday, at record level for mid-April!”


Heatwave to hit Ahmedabad [Gujarat, India] from Friday…

“Amdavadis, get ready to brave the next heatwave. According to the India Meteorological Department, the city will experience a heatwave from Friday… The city’s maximum temperature was recorded at 41.5°C [106.7F]…”


‘We have no money’: Mumbai’s fisherwomen say the heatwave is hurting their livelihood.

“As a few customers eyed the fish on display like exhibits in a museum, Patil blamed a sudden spike in Mumbai temperatures for a drop in fish-catch volumes, arguing she should be compensated for her falling income due to the erratic weather.”


Erratic flash floods in Haors [Bangladesh] alarming…

“… we’re increasingly witnessing a change with such floods coming early and damaging semi-ripe crops before harvest, causing farmers financial losses in huge amounts. We are now seeing flash floods in late March and early April…”


Tropical storm Megi: Philippines death toll rises to 123 as landslides bury villages.

“The death toll from landslides and floods in the Philippines rose to 123 on Wednesday with scores missing and feared dead, officials said, as rescuers dug up more bodies with bare hands and backhoes in crushed villages.”


Back-to-back northern NSW floods [Australia] take toll on mental health of SES volunteers.

“There are fears for the mental health of frontline volunteers who helped northern New South Wales through back-to-back floods, with the stress and burden of the deadly events taking a toll.”


As Australia’s climate changes, a tropical disease advances…

“Japanese encephalitis is rare and mostly asymptomatic. In 99 percent of cases it passes through the body without causing symptoms. But of the unlucky 1 percent, nearly a third die, and about half the survivors are left with permanent problems.”


Record levels of pollen are leaving millions of Australian struggling with asthma and hay fever like never before.

“Professor Janet Davies of Queensland University of Technology’s School of Health told Today on Thursday people are at a higher risk of suffering extreme asthma symptoms while pollen levels through the roof across Australia.”


Honduran officials alarmed over water shortage in capital…

““The situation in Tegucigalpa is a true humanitarian crisis, because without potable water there is no life,” Sanaa director Leonel Gomez said. Amid drought, he blamed the shortage on the failure of “previous bad administrations” to develop a plan for managing the resource.”


Mexico’s Heat Wave Puts Migrants at Risk.

“The Guatemalan entity warned about the impact that high temperatures could have on people transiting through the desert area. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Minex) warned about the risks to the life and health of migrants in irregular transit in the face of the heat wave…”


Hawaiʻi County Declared Disaster Area Due To Drought…

“Officials say the deadline to apply for the emergency drought loans is December 8, 2022… “Farmers may contact their local Farm Service Agency office for additional information on assistance that may be available to eligible applicants,” HI-EMA said.”


Heat record set two days in a row [Maui]…

“It’s the third time this month that Kahului has either tied or broken a heat record. Temperatures also hit 88 degrees on Sunday, breaking the old record of 87 set on the same day in 2017, and 87 degrees on April 5, tying the record set on the same day in 2019…”


In Drought-stricken West [US], Officials Weigh Emergency Actions.

“Federal officials say it may be necessary to reduce water deliveries to users on the Colorado River to prevent the shutdown of a huge dam that supplies hydropower to some 5 million customers across the U.S. West.”


Destructive wildfires rage in New Mexico, Colorado.

“Firefighters scouted the drought-stricken mountainsides around a New Mexico village as they looked for opportunities to slow a wind-driven wildfire that a day earlier had burned at least 150 homes and other structures while displacing thousands of residents…”


Lightning-sparked forest fires set to increase in North America.

“Ninety per cent of forest fires in the boreal forests of northern Canada and Alaska are triggered by lightning with research showing weather conditions play a huge role in determining which strikes are fire-starters. As the climate warms, these weather conditions are expected to become more prevalent…”


Tornado that injured 23 in Texas was an EF-3 with 165 mph winds, National Weather Service says.

“The EF-3 was one of two tornadoes that struck the county in central Texas Tuesday… In total, 61 homes and two churches were damaged in the tornado’s path, Blackburn said during a Wednesday evening news conference.”


Climate Change Worsened Record–Breaking 2020 Hurricane Season.

“Climate change helped fuel stronger, wetter storms during an unusually active Atlantic hurricane season in 2020, a new study finds. The cyclones produced significantly more rainfall than they would have in a world without global warming.”


US indigenous communities to receive $46m to address global heating.

“The funds are part of a historic five-year investment plan under Joe Biden’s bipartisan infrastructure law, intended to improve climate resilience and adaptation in tribal territories. Some communities will have to relocate because of rising sea levels and storm surges.”


Driven by climate change, thawing permafrost is radically changing the Arctic landscape…

“Massive lakes, several square miles in size, have disappeared in the span of a few days. Hillsides slump. Ice-rich ground collapses, leaving the landscape wavy where it once was flat, and in some locations creating vast fields of large, sunken polygons.”


Our food system isn’t ready for the climate crisis…

“All our food systems – agriculture, forestry, fisheries and aquaculture – are buckling under the stress of rising temperatures, wildfires, droughts, and floods. Even in the best-case scenario, global heating is expected to make the earth less suitable for the crops that provide most of our calories.”


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

India’s Northwest Reels Under Unusual Early Heat Wave.

“An unusually early heat wave brought more extreme temperatures Monday to a large swath of India’s northwest, raising concerns that such weather conditions could become typical.”


Delhi Heatwave Beats 72-Year Record As Temperatures Soar In Early April.

“Bearing the brunt of a stifling heatwave, Delhi on Monday recorded a maximum temperature of 42.6 degrees Celsius [108.7F]… it’s the first time… that Delhi has recorded such a high temperature in the first half of April, the weather department said.”


At 19.8°C, cold desert Keylong records its hottest [April day on record] – 19.8C / 67.6F.

“The previous highest temperature in cold desert Keylong was recorded at 19.6°C on April 20, 2012… the comparatively colder regions like Lahaul – Spiti are also bearing the brunt of what is said to be the impact of global warming.”


As mercury soars in Rajasthan, people reel under acute water crisis in Jaipur.

“Scorching heat in this blistering summer has made the lives of several people a living hell in the desert state, Rajasthan. Compounding the worries of the common man is the acute water shortage which has afflicted various parts of Rajasthan including state capital of Jaipur.”


Early summer, heat wave hit wheat production: Farmers.

“Nagpur: Early onset of summer and heat wave, which are being attributed to climate change, have taken a toll on wheat output this year apart from leaving its effect on a number of other crops, said farmers…”


Kashmir – Unusual dry Spring triggering forest fires.

“The ‘unusual’ dry weather in March and April this year and comparatively less snow is being termed as a likely cause for increasing forest fires in north Kashmir… the two forest ranges of Bandipora… have reported at least six fire incidents in March alone.”


North Korea says forest fire broke out in Mount Kumgang area over weekend.

“North Korea said Tuesday a forest fire broke out on Mount Kumgang in the eastern Kangwon Province over the weekend, damaging hundreds of hectares of forests and facilities. The fire started at about 3:20 p.m. Saturday on a hill near Kuryong Pool…”


Exceptional heat wave in East Asia with temperature rising to 31C [87.8F] in Japan and North Korea.

Record hot in China for early April as well: Weifang 34.5C; Nanjing and Hangzhou 33.0C; Shanghai 32.0C; and Tianjin 31.7C among others.”


Incredibly warm air is gripping Japan.

“In Miyako city, the high rose to 31.0℃ (88F) Monday. That’s 16℃ (31F) hotter than normal, and the earliest thirty degree mark on record for the Tohoku region.”


Dozens killed in Philippines landslides and floods as tropical storm Megi hits.

“At least 24 people have been killed in landslides and flooding across central and southern Philippines, authorities said Monday, after tropical storm Megi dumped heavy rain and disrupted travel ahead of the Easter holidays.”


Cyclone Fili: Daunting storm likely to hit vulnerable East Cape [New Zealand].

“As the Fijian cyclone Fili draws closer to New Zealand, the flood-stricken region of Tairāwhiti is again the target of heavy rains, strong winds and rough seas. Some 300mm [11.8 inches] of rain is expected to fall over the next 24 hours – three times the normal rainfall for the month of April.”


Chile announces unprecedented plan to ration water as drought enters 13th year…

“A city can’t live without water,” Claudio Orrego, the governor of the Santiago metropolitan region, said in a press conference. “And we’re in an unprecedented situation in Santiago’s 491-year history where we have to prepare for there to not be enough water for everyone who lives here.””


Storm leaves heavy damage in Posadas, Argentina [and Asuncion, Paraguay flooded out again]…

“Plenty of water in a short time. The highest rainfall record was in Posadas, where between Sunday and Monday almost 172 millimeters [6.8 inches] fell. This instability and intensity of the rains affected more than 10 neighborhoods of the missionary capital.”


Extreme Fire Risks Rise Across Texas Tuesday From Massive Storm.

“Key shale-oil fields, slaughterhouses and cattle ranches are facing an extreme wildfire threat from a historic spring storm set to lash Texas with bone-dry gusts and the northern Great Plains with heavy snow.”


Area near Little Rock, Arkansas, hit by ‘large, extremely dangerous’ tornado.

“A storm system lashing states from Oklahoma into the Midwest brought tornadoes and hail to Arkansas Monday… several tornado warnings were issued and the weather service’s Storm Prediction Center said there were five tornado reports in Arkansas.”


Rare, record-breaking April snow blankets Portland area.

“Most of the Portland metro region awoke Monday to a blanket of more than an inch of snow… It’s the first measurable snow in April recorded at the Portland International Airport since records began being kept there in 1940.”


Oats Hit Record High With Canadian Prairies Staying Dry.

“Breakfast is getting more expensive with prices for the staple grain oats jumping to an all-time high on Monday amid persistent dry weather in the Canadian Prairies. Oat futures in Chicago jumped 1.6% to a record $8.075 a bushel.”


Wildfire in Greece burns vast swathes of forest land…

“A team of 150 fire fighters and 45 fire engines are trying to put out the blaze along with volunteers from local municipalities. However, strong winds are hampering the mission.”


Heavy floods ravage Turkey’s Kars city.

“A heavy rainstorm over the weekend has caused severe flooding in the Kurdish city of Kars in northeast Turkey, with widespread damage being incurred to locals and their properties. Bese Budak, a woman from the city, is one of many whose house has been severely damaged by the flooding in the neglected neighborhood.”


Morocco’s Wheat Production To Hit Record Low In 2022.

“Morocco’s wheat and barley yields are to witness a sharp fall in the 2022-2023 agriculture season, with production going down by more than 70% from last year… Extreme drought continues to weigh down on the country’s natural resources…”


South Africa: Torrential Rain Causes Flash Floods and Landslides in KwaZulu-Natal Province.

“The record-breaking rainfall [update: at least 20 killed; major highways closed; huge rainfall totals] was caused by severe weather that struck the country after several months of relative calm. A number of residents took to social media to depict the horrific impact of the weather event…”


Climate change drove extreme rain in southeast Africa storms: study.

“A string of deadly storms pummelled Madagascar, Malawi and Mozambique with more intense rainfall because of climate change, new research found Monday. Three tropical cyclones and two tropical storms hit Southeast Africa in just six weeks in the first months of this year…”


Kenya: Govt Paints Grim Picture Over Worsening Drought Situation in Turkana.

“Drought conditions being experienced in Turkana county will continue, with vegetation and livestock conditions deteriorating. The county is at an alarm stage with the pastoral areas being classified as being at an emergency stage with worsening trends.”


More than a million cattle have died due to the ongoing severe drought in Ethiopia’s Somali region.

“The drought, which is said to be the worst …in 40 years, has severely affected the region’s pastoral farming community, state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporate (FBC) quoted Somali region president Mustafa Muhammed as saying.”


Iraq’s farmers pushed off land as drought and heat cripple crops.

“Until a few years ago, farming in southern Iraq was “as lucrative as oil”, Qasim Abdul Wahad remembers, and his one-hectare farm plot in the Governorate of Basra produced enough to feed his family of eight. Now dust kicks up under his feet as he walks through his land…”


‘Black carbon’ threat to Arctic as sea routes open up with global heating.

“Arctic shipping is not only made possible by the climate crisis, it is adding to it too. More ships mean a rise in exhaust fumes, which is accelerating ice melt in this sensitive region due to a complex phenomenon involving “black carbon”…”


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

Atmospheric levels of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, increased by a record amount for the second year in a row in 2021, according to US government data.

“The concentration of methane in the Earth’s atmosphere jumped by 17 parts per billion (ppb) in 2021, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administation (Noaa) monitoring found, the largest annual increase recorded since modern measurements began in 1983.”


Machynlleth farmer says tornado lifted lambs into the air [Wales].

“A business owner claims a “tornado” caused thousand of pounds worth of damage to her farmhouse. Deilwen Breese from Pennal, near Machnynlleth, said the powerful winds lifted her lambs in the air and pulled up trees near her property.”


Meningitis killed Greenland shark found off coast of Cornwall, postmortem shows.

“Meningitis is caused by a viral or bacterial infection. The same Pasteurella bacteria has been found to cause meningitis in humans but it is extremely rare… Its gastrointestinal tract will reveal if there are microplastics present…”


Dogs poisoned by hashish washed up on Marbella beaches by the storm [southern Spain, worst in 40 years].

“The drug has a strong smell which attracts them but if they eat it they can suffer very serious symptoms which can even lead to death… Drug traffickers heading to the shore in boats had previously thrown the packages into the water because they had been spotted by the police.”


Rains Drive Biggest South African Locust Infestation in Decades; Parts of country had heaviest rain on record in December…

“The infestation, which started in September, has spread to three provinces – the Eastern Cape, Northern Cape and Western Cape – and 80 million rand ($5.4 million) has already been spent combating it.”


As rains in South Sudan start again, communities face more flooding amid a growing hunger crisis…

This is the latest in an unprecedented cycle of climate disasters, as cycles of extreme drought followed by heavy rainfall have caused devastating floods for the fifth consecutive year in South Sudan.


Four people have been killed due to a heavy sandstorm in Iraq, according to hospital records.

“Tuz Khurmatu Hospital said in a statement on Friday that it had received dozens of cases complaining of respiratory problems due to the sandstorm, confirming the death toll… The hospital said it is possible to receive more cases.”


Extreme heat wave in India and Pakistan with unprecedented temperatures that early in April.

“Another 46.5C [115.7F] in Pakistan. In India 45.8C [114.4F] at Akola; incredible 45.3C at Ganganagar; 44.4C at Jaisalmer; 43.0C at Varanasi; 42.0C at Delhi AP; 43.4C also in the United Arab Emirates.”


10-fold rise in intense forest fires in India from 2000 to 2019, study points to climate change…

“India ranked seventh among countries most impacted by climate change in 2019, according to the Global Climate Risk Index, and now a study by the Council on Energy, Environment and Water has found that India’s forests are a major casualty.”


According to scientists, retreating glaciers and seismic movement resulted in the 2021 glacial disaster in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli.

“A portion of the Nanda Devi glacier had broken off, triggering an avalanche and a deluge claiming the lives of hundreds and damaging hydroelectricity project sites.”


Exceptional heat wave in Central Asia with record heat for this time of the year:

“On 7th April Mongolia rose to 26.2C [79.1F] at Orkhontuul; the capital Ulan Bataar (1729m) to 21.0C [70F]; In Tajikistan 35.7C [96.3F] at Ganjina in Tajik (563m); in China 35.0C in Turpan; in Kazakhstan 30.5C at Almaty (847m).”


The Taiwan Water Shortage Dilemma…

“What seems to be happening in Taiwan is the severity of drought is increasing,” said Nneka Chike-obi, a director of sustainable finance at Fitch Ratings. “It’s not just that they are getting less rain, it’s that they are incredibly dry for longer periods of time…”


In charts: Sydney’s record-breaking 2022 rainfall.

“Sydney has received an unprecedented amount of rain so far this year… The state has been hit by repeated flooding in recent months, with the northern rivers area devastated by two deluges within weeks and Sydney drenched in its wettest March on record.”


‘This is an emergency’: Australia’s extreme weather crises spark anger at climate inaction.

Unprecedented rainfall and record heat have marked a concerning start to 2022, with mounting calls for leaders to tackle the climate crisis… Meanwhile… corals on the Great Barrier Reef bleached en masse for the sixth time – and the first instance the event has occurred in a La Niña year.


This summer’s heat wave in La Plata, Argentina confirmed as the hottest in a hundred years of record-keeping…

“The Faculty of Astronomical and Geophysical Sciences of the UNLP carried out an intensive study… As they explained, there were two intense heat waves: the first between January 9 and 11, and the second between January 13 and 16, when the temperature exceeded 41 degrees [106F].”


Brazil has set a new grim record for Amazon deforestation during the first three months of 2022 compared with a year earlier [up 64%], government data shows

“Al Jazeera’s Monica Yanakiew… said the new data was especially worrying because Brazil is in the midst of its rainy season… “So there should be less activity, there should be less deforestation,” said Yanakiew.”


Death Toll Rises To 13 In Flooding In Colombia.

“The number of miners killed by a flash flood in northwest Colombia earlier this week has risen to 13, local officials have said. Heavy rains caused a river to overflow Wednesday, swiftly inundating a mining camp in a rural part of Abriaqui, a town in the Colombian department of Antioquia…”


Chile sues BHP, Albemarle, Antofagasta over water use.

“The Chilean government of ecologist and feminist President Gabriel Boric is suing mines operated by giants BHP (ASX: BHP), Albemarle (NYSE: ALB) and Antofagasta (LON: ANTO) over alleged environmental damage caused in the northern Salar de Atacama salt flats, the world’s driest place on earth.”


Companies are draining Mexico’s water supply amid drought: Activists.

“Mexico is currently undergoing massive droughts throughout most of its territory, with some pointing out the role large companies are playing in the recent water shortage crisis… activists have called for the authorities’ intervention in what they call a systemic plundering of the natural resource.”


California’s recent heat wave shattered high-temp records across the state.

“The heat wave that billowed across the Bay Area this week broke records in multiple locations across the region, according to the National Weather Service… High-temperature records were also broken in Southern California.”


A warm, dry March worsened record drought conditions in the West [States].

“March 2022 marked the third month in a row where precipitation was below average across the contiguous U.S., which led to an expanding drought and areas of record dryness throughout the West. March also brought several rounds of severe weather that pounded parts of the nation.


Drought and high winds have sparked wildfires in a pair of Western Corn Belt states.

“Nebraska Farm Bureau President Mark McHargue tells Brownfield a large fire started Thursday morning in South Central Furnas County. “We’ve had ranchers texting me this morning that they’ve been trying to get their cattle out of the way to make sure they’re out of the path of the fire.””


Minnesota’s winter winds set records; Gusty days in Duluth have doubled in recent years.

“It’s not just a Duluth phenomenon. In the Twin Cities, winds gusted to 30 mph or higher on 46 days this winter, blowing away the previous record of 32 gusty days… Something has happened since 2011, the beginning of much gustier times in Minnesota…”


After rounds of tornadoes across the South, storm system threatens North Carolina, Virginia and Florida next.

“After dozens of tornadoes rolled through the South, another storm system is threatening to deliver powerful winds and possibly more tornadoes Thursday to the coasts of North Carolina and Virginia along with parts of Florida.”


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

Extraordinary heat wave in Northern Africa/Middle East:

Chad: 45.8C [114.4F]; Senegal and Niger: 45.5C; Libya: 44.8C; (unprecedented for this time of the year); Algeria: 43.5C (record heat for this time of the year); Israel and Jordan: 42.0C (also record heat for this time of the year).”


Tap dreams: rural arid Africa sits on water it cannot reach…

“Hydrogeologists trained at locating groundwater are in short supply, experts say. If water is found, some of the most reliable aquifers can be 400 metres down, ten times the depth of the Tata Bathily wells. Drilling a hole that deep costs about $20,000.”


The perilous road to recovery in Madagascar’s cyclone-hit east.

“Al Jazeera travelled along Madagascar’s ravaged coast, where residents feel left behind weeks after the deadly storms… at least 46,000 residences have been destroyed or damaged across the island during this cyclone season.”


Melting snow has caused severe flooding in several regions of Kazakhstan, forcing hundreds of people to flee their homes and killing livestock.

“Emergencies Minister Yury Ilyin said on April 6 that 185 residential buildings and 78 summer houses were affected by heavy flooding in the country.”


Climate Change Is Making Afghanistan’s Hunger Crisis Worse…

“The fallout from the Taliban’s takeover, coupled with the drought and soaring wheat prices thanks to Russia’s war with Ukraine, means that some 10 million people — more than a quarter of Afghanistan’s population — are near famine.”


Global warming behind India’s hottest March on record, Minister informs Lok Sabha…

“At an average 33.1 degrees, the median maximum temperature of March was at an all-time high of about 1.8 degrees above normal when compared to the reference period of 1981-2010.”


Indonesia’s Riau province declares state of emergency ahead of fire season…

“Even before the onset of the dry season — since the beginning of the year, in fact — fire hotspots and incidents have spread in the province, according to the provincial office of Indonesia’s weather and climatology agency, the BMKG.”


How Orangutans Changed Their Behavior After Devastating Fires…

“A recent paper in the International Journal of Primatology documents these behavioral changes and shows, says study author and University of Zurich primatologist Maria van Noordwijk, “These fires really have a long-term effect.””


Little more than three months into 2022, Sydney has already weathered its annual rainfall.

“This current deluge has added to a growing pool of evidence gathered by scientists showing that weather patterns are shifting as the climate warms, leaving Australia’s east coast generally hotter and dryer, at least until the rain sets in.”


Sydney flooding: Evacuations as Australian city receives a month’s rain in one night.

“Residents in parts of Sydney in Australia were ordered to evacuate to safety on Thursday after torrential rains lashed the east coast. Sydney received nearly a month’s rain in just one night.”


A seven-month-old baby and four women were charred to death in a forest fire that engulfed an indigenous Guatemalan town, authorities said on Monday.

“Firefighters said the blaze erupted in the San Pedro Jocopilas municipality of the Quiché province, about 150 km northwest of Guatemala City.”


Heat wave in Mexico 2022: These 14 states will have temperatures of up to 45 degrees [113F] this April 7.

“A very hot environment is expected …in the north and center of Campeche, north and northwest of Guerrero, the south of Jalisco, the west and south of Michoacán, south and southeast of Nayarit, north of Sinaloa, south of Sonora and the center and west of Yucatan.”


Extreme heat wave in Mexico and Southern Texas. On 6th April 110F/43.3C was reached at Rio Grande and Falcon Lake in Texas.

This should tie the earliest 110F ever recorded in the USA (=6 April 1989 at Mecca and Ontario AP, CA). Mc Allen with 108F broke its April heat record.”


The Texas drought is the worst in years. Are we on the brink of widespread disaster?

“Texas is in the worst drought conditions since 2011, when 95% of the state was in drought. Eleven years ago, parched conditions caused over $7 billion in crop and livestock losses, sparked wildfires, pushed power grids to the limits… As of March 29, 88% of Texas was in drought conditions.”


Developers are flooding Arizona with homes even as historic Western drought intensifies.

“California just experienced its driest January and February ever, and the snowpack is dangerously low. As the West enters its third year of drought, water sources are drying up, and restrictions on the Colorado River are now hitting all sectors of the Western economy, including homebuilding.”


Colorado’s top wind gusts were over 100 mph. How long will the wind stick around?

“The National Weather Service reported two gusts topping 100 mph Tuesday. A reporting station 8 miles south-southeast of Fraser recorded a gust of 116 mph, and one 7 miles southwest of Frisco reported 103 mph.”


Two people killed as violent storms rip across Georgia and Texas.

“Violent storms killed at least two people, one in Georgia and another in Texas, on Tuesday as hail, strong winds and tornadoes tore across the south, where authorities warned a second day of dangerous weather of violent weather could follow.”


Hail the size of golf balls shatter car windows in Florida.

“Central Florida may be getting ready for some storms, but people in Sebring are already cleaning up. Hail the size of golf balls hit the area on Monday. Photos show the damage the hail caused, including smashing out the back window of cars!”


West London river ‘dries up’ completely in spring heatwave as wildlife struggles to survive.

“A river in West London has dried up completely and the wildlife has been left in danger due to the unprecedented amount of sunshine London has had at the start of spring. Environmental teams have battled hard over the last few days to refill the waterway…”


North Italy suffers over 100 days of drought.

“Springtime brings the so-called ‘Caldaia di Maggio’ to Barolo, a noise similar to a kettle simmering that is caused by evaporating water in the soils. This year, however, it’s unlikely that this phenomenon will occur. Drought is affecting the entire north of Italy…”


A whopping [approx eight inches] of rain fell in the region [of Murcia, southern Spain] last month, the highest since records began in 1962, leading to landslides and widespread havoc.”


Axarquia beaches destroyed during worst storm in 40 years on the Costa del Sol [Spain]…

“The waves have reached the promenades of Torrox, Algarrobo, Vélez-Málaga and Rincón de la Victoria, hitting numerous beach bars and washing away installations including showers, litter bins, parasols, sun loungers and children’s playgrounds.”


Climate-warming microbes thrive in drying peatlands…

“During the study, a large amount of nitrifiers were found in both dry and wet peatlands. This is a sure sign of climate change that has temporarily drawn down the water table and introduced oxygen in wet peatlands.”


The world’s ‘plastic flood’ has reached the Arctic.

““All spheres” of the Arctic, from seafloors to rivers to remote areas of ice and snow, are now littered with “high concentrations” of waste plastics, scientists have said – and the situation is worsening.”


Disappearing Arctic Sea Ice Might Spell Doom for Plankton…

“Previous hypotheses stated that as the seas warmed, these organisms, which are dependent on the sun to survive, would become more numerous. However, a new study published in Nature Geoscience presents evidence that contradicts that widely held belief, making it clear there are other factors that will affect the plankton population…”


New link between greenhouse gasses and sea level rise.

“A new study provides the first evidence that rising greenhouse gases have a long-term warming effect on the Amundsen Sea in West Antarctica. Scientists from British Antarctic Survey (BAS) say that while others have proposed this link, no one has been able to demonstrate it.”


You can read the previous ‘Climate’ thread here. I’ll be back tomorrow with an ‘Economic’ thread…

And btw, a quick note on yesterday’s: some feedback re my lead story about the potentially disastrous, global effects of Western sanctions on Russia and China made me want to reaffirm that I post a patchwork quilt of articles in order to shed light on the totality of our situation; I am in no way endorsing the perspectives of individual journalists and articles. 

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

The Gulf Stream continues to slow down, new data shows, with freshwater creating an imbalance in the current, pushing it closer to a Collapse point.

“There is growing awareness that the Gulf Stream and the overall Atlantic circulation are nearing a critical point of collapse. As you will see, there is an increased influx of freshwater from the melting sea ice, that can be linked to these changes.”


Record-setting cold snap hits Europe, stunning spring crops.

“A historically intense April cold snap has descended on Europe, with temperatures plummeting to 20 to 30 degrees (11 to 18 degrees Celsius) below normal. The record-breaking cold has triggered harsh frosts, shocking early-blooming plants and crops in several countries.”


Cyprus is sweltering under an extremely hot spell this month, following the coldest March on record, said the meteorological service.

“Cypriots find themselves in the unusual predicament of violently transitioning from winter weather to summer in weeks, going from record freezing temperatures to unusually balmy climes.”


March was twice as wet as normal in Mallorca…

“Record maximum rainfall days were recorded in March at the weather stations at Ibiza airport (19 days), Formentera (18) Palma Portopi, Lluc (20 in both) and Palma airport (18 days). Last month also brought the lowest number of hours of sunshine since records began.”


Bees Desert the World’s Oldest Farms in Morocco Amid Severe Drought.

“Morocco is experiencing an unprecedented drop in the number of bees due to a mass die-off of bees, threatening biodiversity and hundreds of livelihoods… This year’s severe drought prompted Morocco to dedicate MAD 130 million ($13 million) to a scheme aimed at supporting farmers.”


Algeria feels the cost of drought and war…

“Maghreb countries have long grappled with food insecurity. Climate change has exacerbated this problem, with increasingly regular droughts alternating with large-scale floods that destroy agricultural infrastructure and crops.”


Iran’s Capital Faces Serious Water Shortage In Coming Months.

“Iran has been suffering from drought for at least a decade and this year officials have been warning of a further decrease in precipitation. In 2021, large-scale water protests took place in two important provinces…”


Karachi [Pakistan] remains parched as temperatures soar.

“As the onset of sweltering summer coincides with the holy month of Ramazan, Karachi is once again faced with an intense water shortage that has left taps running dry in many low and middle-income neighbourhoods.”


Northwest India continues to swelter under grip of heatwave [after India’s hottest March on record].

“Delhi is expected to touch 40 degree Celsius on April 7 and 8 and go up to 41 degree Celsius on April 9 and 10, said the India Meteorological Department (IMD). In pic, a girl quenches her thirst on a hot day in Delhi.”


March 2022 in Hong Kong was extremely warm. Average temperature was 25.0C [77F], 3.1C above the 91-20 norm and was the hottest March on record.

“Rainfall was 92.7mm ,+23% above normal. In Southern China there were anomalies as high as +6C above average.”


Historic cold spell in Thailand: After the cool days, April low records were broken in the Eastern part of the Gulf. In some cases tonight was the first non-tropical April night on records.

“Exceptional record at Koh Sichang with 17.7C [63.9F], first below 20-19-18C in April at the same time.”


Hundreds of thousands of fish dead after NSW floods.

“Hundreds of thousands of fish have died after recent flooding in northern New South Wales caused “severe deoxygenation” of rivers, with researchers alarmed at discovering carcasses of species that traditionally tolerate lower oxygen levels.”


British father and son, 9, killed in Australian mountain landslide…

Like much of Australia’s east coast, the Blue Mountains has been lashed by weeks of heavy rain. Some walking tracks have been closed “due to flood damage and ongoing rockfall risk”, according to NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service website.”


The arrival of a three-day rain bomb will force Sydneysiders to bid farewell to the sun from Wednesday, as a tropical cyclone threatens to wreak havoc in southeast Queensland.

“Millions in NSW were allowed a short reprieve from wet and dreary conditions early this week after suffering through the wettest March on record.


“…the endless summer in New Zealand keeps beating records even this month. Temperatures are still above 27C [80.6F] in the North Island and next nights are expected to be very mild, locally with Min. temperatures above 18C.”


Record heat in New Caledonia a French Territory in Oceania. Today 4 April the capital Noumea rose to 36.1C [97F], destroying the previous April record of 33.2C (Apr 1957).

“…and only 0.7C from its all time record (Jan 1986) and from the April Caledonian record (Kone in 1954).”


Japan flocks to cherry blossom parties in a time of climate change…

“Cherry trees are responding to warmer weather by reaching full bloom far sooner than average. Records tumbled last year: nearly half of Japan’s designated observation cherry trees peaked early, breaking official records that began in 1953.”


Landslides Kill At Least 16 People in Rio de Janeiro State in the Aftermath of Massive Flooding and Heavy Rain.

“Residents of the Baixada Fluminense and Costa Verde regions of the Brazilian state experienced the weekend’s catastrophic events after record-breaking rainfall of more than 800 millimeters [31.5 inches], as per the natural disaster monitoring site Floodlist dot com.”


Peru drought: Lima could run dry by 2050.

“The consequences of drought caused by global warming are only too evident in Peru, where melting glaciers mean the water which used to supply local communities is drying up fast. It is already affecting major cities too.”


Bird populations in Panama rainforest in severe decline, study finds…

“There are very few long-term studies on population trends for tropical birds, and the report provides insights into how species are coping with habitat loss and the climate crisis… Of the declining species sampled, 35 out of 40 lost more than 50% of their initial abundance.”


I’m a Scientist in California. Drought Is Worse Than We Thought…

“Many people have a rather simplistic view of drought as a lack of rain and snow. That’s accurate — to an extent. What it doesn’t account for is human activity and climate change that are now dramatically affecting the available water and its management.”


Temperatures in Northern California will soar into the 90-degree range this week, marking this year’s second big early-spring heat wave, forecasts suggest.

“The National Weather Service predicts highs in the upper 70s Monday and Tuesday in Sacramento will ratchet up, first to 80 degrees by Wednesday and then to 92 degrees by Thursday.”


Empty canals, dead cotton fields: Arizona farmers are getting slammed by water cuts in the West.

“On the drought-stricken land where Pinal County farmers have irrigated crops for thousands of years, Nancy Caywood stopped her pickup truck along an empty canal and pointed to a field of dead alfalfa.”


A Utah town is running dry. Its solution stoked an age-old water war…

“Local officials have landed on a controversial solution – siphoning it from under an undeveloped valley to the north in neighboring Beaver county… the proposal has united environmentalists, ranchers, tribes and officials from other counties in opposition.”


Round three of tornadoes coming to the South [after an unprecedentedly active March].

“As we enter our third week in a row with the potential for severe weather, it’s starting to feel a bit like a broken record. It’s not only the third week in a row with the potential for severe weather, but it’s also happening in the same places over and over.”


‘It’s now or never’: World’s top climate scientists issue ultimatum on critical temperature limit…

“The U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said it is “almost inevitable” that humanity will briefly surpass the critical temperature threshold of 1.5 degrees in this scenario, but it could return below this level by the end of the century.”


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2nd April 2022 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

March set tornado record for second year in a row [US]… solidifying a trend toward more severe weather earlier in the year…

Meanwhile, more severe storms happening further east in the country could mean more disastrous and deadly tornado outbreaks are possible. Scientists suspect the climate crisis…”


2 dead in Florida as severe weather, tornadoes wreak havoc across South. Where are storms headed next?

“Severe storms and tornadoes blasted across the South on Thursday, killing at least two people in the Florida Panhandle, damaging homes and businesses in several states and leaving tens of thousands powerless.”


Gainesville [Florida] breaks all-time rainfall record for month of March set decades ago.

“Gainesville saw more rain in the month of March this year than ever before, dating back more than 100 years from when data first was collected. The weather throughout the month forced the cancellation of several events throughout the region…”


Florida commissioner suggests killing manatees might help save the marine species.

“A commissioner in Brevard County is facing intense criticism from marine advocates after he suggested allowing people to kill manatees as a way to control their population – similar to hunting deer and bears in some states – and to protect the seagrass, a vital food source for the marine species.”


‘Heartbreaking’ wildfire near Smoky Mountains nears 4,000 acres, only 5% contained.

“Sevier County Mayor Larry Waters said 11,000 homes had been evacuated throughout the day. The Hatcher Mountain Fire has impacted 100 structures and 3,700 acres, not including spot fires across the county. Five firefighting vehicles have been damaged.”


From upper 30s to low 90s, Las Vegas weather in March is madness…

“The coldest temperature recorded at Harry Reid International Airport was 37° on March 11. A little more than two weeks later, the highest temperature, 93°, was recorded on March 26 — the all-time March record.


Sacramento’s driest-ever start, Sierra snowpack at historic low as California drought persist…

“Statewide snowpack through Friday, at an average of 10.6 inches of snow-water equivalent, marked just 38% of the historic normal for the date, according to the California Department of Water Resources. The northern Sierra Nevada range was at just 28% of normal…”


California Braces for Another Cataclysmic Wildfire Season.

“Blazes burned more than 3 million acres last year—nearly the size of Connecticut… Warning signs are flashing red: California faces another scary year for extreme wildfires… California hillsides are turning brown with dead and dying grass — potential kindling for the next inferno.”


Double Disaster: Wildfires Followed by Extreme Rainfall Are More Likely with Climate Change.

“At 3:30 A.M. on January 9, 2018, half an inch of rain poured down on the charred slopes of the Santa Ynez Mountains in coastal southern California. The flames of the Thomas Fire—at the time the largest wildfire in state history—had swept through the previous month, leaving the soil and vegetation scorched and unable to soak up the onslaught of water.”


How melting glaciers triggered a 100-metre tsunami in British Columbia [Canada].

“In one catastrophic moment, slopes the ice had once held together failed, triggering a 50-million tonne landslide — roughly equal “to the combined mass of all Canadian automobiles,” as the authors put it. More than half of that rock slammed into the two-kilometre-long alpine lake at almost 175 kilometres per hour…”


Scotland and Northern Ireland each recorded their sunniest March on record (records back to 1919), according to provisional Met Office statistics…

“Northern Ireland had a massive 90% more sunshine than its long-term average for the month, with a total of 192.5 hours of sunshine in the month.”


Scarborough residents [UK] stunned after ‘mini-tornado’ tears through Eastfield and rips roof from Plaxton.

“Trees were uprooted at several sites in Eastfield…

“The “mini-tornado” then headed down Cayton Low Road where a few moments later it hit Plaxton and ripped off the corrugated asbestos roof.”


Europe faces a future of extreme droughts…

“Poring over climate records dating back to 1766, researchers discovered that the 2018 to 2020 European drought was unprecedented in its intensity… Using climate model simulations the researchers show that Europe needs to brace itself for increasingly long and similarly intense droughts.”


Water restrictions on way for south-east France in early drought alert. ‘Alpes-Maritimes’ prefecture is preparing to issue a decree placing the department on drought alert after six months of little to no rain.


Climate Crisis: No sign of relief for drought-hit northern Italy.

“The European Commission’s Copernicus Emergency Management Service has said in a report that it sees no sign of relief coming soon for drought-hit northern Italy. The severe drought, which has hit the Po River basin especially hard, is related to a persistent lack of precipitation since December.”


Drought and pandemic travel bans leave Okavango Delta canoe captains struggling to make a living…

“A prolonged dry spell that dried channels in Botswana’s Okavango Delta and then the Covid-19 pandemic have hit tourism workers with twin shocks that many say they will struggle to overcome, raising fears of an increase in wildlife crime.”


Study shows lesser snowfall and greater rainfall in Himalayas in last few years: Dr Jitendra Singh.

“The Minister said that increased rainfall in place of snowfall during spring would lead to early exposure of glaciers, enhanced glacier melt rate as well as could accelerate the frequency and magnitude of avalanches and flash floods.”


This March was India’s hottest in 122 year [ie since records began]…

“Last month was the hottest March in India’s recorded history since 1901, India Meteorological Department (IMD) data has revealed… [it] recorded 33.1ºC as its average monthly day temperature, surpassing all past heat records for the month.”


A second heatwave could hit northern, central and western parts of the country in April, experts warned even as India weathered an unusually strong hot spell in March.”


NSW floods: drone footage shows scale of devastation in Lismore [Australia].

“Communities across the New South Wales northern rivers, Australia, have been hit by major flooding for the second time in a month, with Lismore’s flood levee overflowing and the rising waters forcing people across the region to evacuate.”


Distraught farmers in catastrophe zones [Australia] fight for $75,000 flood disaster grants.

“A clause designed to “stop wealthy Pitt St farmers” from accessing emergency aid is preventing others desperately in need of help, critics say. Some farmers… are still fighting to access $75,000 primary producer disaster grants.”


Record-breaking big dry comes hard on heels of a very big wet [NZ]…

“The West Coast has sizzled its way into the record books, Hokitika recording its driest March on record… What makes the past month all the more remarkable, is it comes on the back of the second-wettest February on record, which followed the driest January on record in Hokitika.”


World Court hears Chile vs Bolivia suit on Silala river rights.

“Chile asked judges at the World Court on Friday to award it “equitable and reasonable” use of the waters of the Silala river, which runs from Bolivia into Chile, in the latest dispute between the South American neighbours.”


The Oldest Mummies in the World [Chile] Are Rotting and Sprouting Mould.

“Climate change is bringing rain and humidity to usually dry and arid Northern Chile, causing ancient mummies to decompose as they are exposed to increased moisture and the elements.”


South America Cold Spell: March ends with record monthly low temperatures in several stations:

“Argentina: Rosario 1.2C; Catamarca 5.3C; Concordia 3.2C; Santiago Del Estero 2.7C; Villa de Maria 0.1C; Chepes 1.8C; Paso de Los Libres 5.5C;

“…and Brazil: Bage 3.9C; Alegrete 5.0C.”


Floods and landslides in Rio de Janeiro…

“A level 4 alert was raised as homes were flooded, destroying possessions. Power and gas supplies were turned off with warning sirens sounded. Roads were closed with traffic stopped as roads became impassable.


Half of Mexico Suffers Heatwave With Temps Over 40 Degrees °C [104F].

“A heatwave with a “warm to hot and very hot environment” will cause temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius and affect half of Mexico’s territory, in the east and southeast of the country, including the Yucatan Peninsula reported Thursday by the National Water Commission.”


‘Flash Droughts’ Coming on Faster, Global Study Shows…

“Globally, the flash droughts that come on the fastest — sending areas into drought conditions within just five days — have increased by about 3%-19%. And in places that are especially prone to flash droughts — such as South Asia, Southeast Asia and central North America — that increase is about 22%-59%.”


Antarctica ‘should not be taken for granted’ scientists declare, amid extreme weather uptick.

“Antarctica, the world’s coldest, windiest and driest continent, has often been referred to as a stable ‘sleeping giant’, but increasingly extreme temperatures, together with unusual rain and ice shelf shifts, remind us that it must not be taken for granted, the UN Weather Agency (WMO) warned on Friday.”


Warmer summers and meltwater lakes are threatening the fringes of the world’s largest ice sheet [East Antarctic]…

“”Due to climate change, air temperatures in Antarctica will continue to rise and our study suggests that this will lead to an increase in the number and volume of supraglacial lakes, which will in turn put some East Antarctic ice shelves at risk of meltwater-driven collapse.””


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