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18th May 2023 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

‘The city was underwater’: quarter of a million Somalis flee flooded homes.

“Floods have caused almost a quarter of a million people to flee their homes after the Shabelle River in central Somalia broke its banks and submerged the town of Beledweyne, even as the country faces its most severe drought in four decades, according to the government.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2023/may/17/city-underwater-quarter-of-million-somalians-flee-homes-floods


Return of destructive Budalang’i floods after Lake Kanyaboli breaks dyke [Kenya]…

“800 households in Budalang’i have been submerged after the Lake Kanyaboli dyke collapsed. The affected villages are Mabinju, Budala, Rukala, Runyu, Bulwani and Iyanga in Bunyala South ward.”

https://nation.africa/kenya/counties/busia/return-of-destructive-budalang-i-floods-after-lake-kanyaboli-breaks-dyke–4238104


The food crisis in East Africa is expected to hit a new peak in July with one person dying of hunger every 28 seconds between now and then, Oxfam has warned.

“Climate-induced drought, compounded by ongoing conflict and high food prices, has left over 40 million people across East Africa facing severe hunger – up by nearly two-thirds from last year…”

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/global-health/climate-and-people/horn-of-africa-drought-food-crisis-hunger-famine/


Muscat – Large parts of Oman are under the onslaught of a heatwave with daytime temperatures touching a high of 47° [116.6F] in Sohar on Sunday.

“According to the Met Department’s weather bulletin for Monday, the mercury was expected to hit a high of 47° again in places like Suwaiq and Madha, and 46° in Rustaq.”

https://www.zawya.com/en/life/oman-in-grip-of-heatwave-as-mercury-touches-47-in-several-areas-a8f5pr6q


Rains and windstorms have claimed at least 7 lives and injured nearly a dozen people in the country’s most populated region Punjab [Pakistan].

“During the windstorm in Lahore, over 100 feeders tripped which caused power outages in parts of the provincial capital. Heavy thunderstorms along with torrential rains battered several areas of Pakistan…”

https://en.dailypakistan.com.pk/18-May-2023/7-dead-several-injured-as-rain-windstorm-lash-parts-of-punjab


Scorching heatwave grips Odisha [India]…

“Odisha experienced scorching temperatures with 18 locations recording a maximum temperature of 40 degrees Celsius [104F] on Tuesday. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted that this intense heatwave will persist for another five days.”

https://www.livemint.com/news/india/scorching-heatwave-grips-odisha-cities-soar-over-40-degrees-emerges-as-hottest-region-11684298182182.html


Communities struggle as climate impacts threaten public wellbeing and livelihoods [Nepal].

“Lack of rainfall for about six months, dry spells and extended rainfall in monsoon, snowfall in Kathmandu Valley in April, growing wildfire incidents and dry landslides are among the weather events Nepal witnessed this year.”

https://asianews.network/communities-struggle-as-climate-impacts-threaten-public-wellbeing-and-livelihoods/


A searing heatwave in parts of southern Asia in April was made at least 30 times more likely by climate breakdown, according to a study by international scientists.

“Unusually high temperatures of up to 45C (113F) were recorded last month in monitoring stations in parts of India, Bangladesh, Thailand and Laos.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2023/may/17/climate-breakdown-made-southern-asia-heatwave-at-least-2c-hotter-study-finds


Moody’s Sees Malaysia Heatwave Risking Food Inflation, Rate Hike.

“Malaysia may raise its key interest rate yet again should the heatwave gripping Asia worsen the nation’s already elevated food price pressures, according to Moody’s Investors Service.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2023-05-16/moody-s-sees-malaysia-heatwave-risking-food-inflation-rate-hike


SE Asia with another blistering heat wave: Today the Vietnamese capital Hanoi rose to 41.3C [106.3F] with several stations above 40C.

“Bangkok Thailand is also approaching its historical record set earlier this month. The record heat in the region started in early March and it sets to worsen.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1658826247567294464


Historic heat wave in East Asia: The Korean Peninsula rose above 35C [95F] breaking records for May and the whole spring.

“In South Korea 35.5C at Kangnung (tied the May record),34.4C at Sokcho and 33.5C Donghae all break monthly records. Over 33C also in North Korea. Japan is next…”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1658437003979964417


35 weather stations in Japan experienced the hottest May day on record Wednesday. Ibigawa reached 35.1℃ / 95F, setting a new record for the entire Tokai region in May.

“Heat will remain into Thursday.”

https://twitter.com/sayakasofiamori/status/1658760071478923264


Another record from the Caribbeans: The Dutch Caribbean island of Saba rose to 32.4C [90.3F], its hottest May day on records.

“It had previously beaten its record for April few weeks ago. Juancho Yrausquin Int. AP is very maritime (left):since 1970 it never dropped below 20C.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1659016488576065537


The scorching reality of Jalisco [Mexico]: an unprecedented surge in forest fires.

“Forest fires in Jalisco state have surged dramatically this year, causing extensive damage to large swathes of land, with the number of incidents rising from 585 to 707 in just a week, from May 4 to May 11. These fires have devastated over 71,062 hectares of forested area…”

https://www.vallartadaily.com/the-scorching-reality-of-jalisco-an-unprecedented-surge-in-forest-fires/


Complications arise in the West as early heat wave causes snowpack to melt rapidly…

“The rapid melting is causing some complications, with rushing water from mountain ranges such as the Sierra Nevadas, the Colorado Rockies and the Cascades posing danger for flooding, mudslides and landslides.”

https://abcnews.go.com/US/complications-arise-west-early-heat-wave-causes-snowpack/story?id=99363173


US makes rare wheat imports from Europe after drought ravages crops.

“At least two cargoes of Polish grain have arrived in Florida this year, with more expected over the next few months, according to people familiar with the matter, who asked not to be identified because the deals are private.”

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/small-biz/trade/exports/insights/us-makes-rare-wheat-imports-from-europe-after-drought-ravages-crops/articleshow/100318286.cms


Wildfires burn millions of acres in Canada, send oil prices higher…

The fires have burned about 478,000 hectares, or 1,800 square miles, across Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan as of Monday — 10 times the average area burned for this time of year, according to the NASA Earth Observatory.”

https://www.cnbc.com/2023/05/17/wildfires-burn-millions-of-acres-in-canada-send-oil-prices-higher.html


Canada called for foreign help Wednesday to combat wildfires burning out of control and spreading across vast swathes of the western half of the country…

In recent years, western Canada has been hit repeatedly by extreme weather, the intensity and frequency of which have increased due to global warming.”

https://www.voanews.com/a/canada-seeks-foreign-help-to-fight-spreading-wildfires/7097961.html


Another insanely warm day in Canada with temperatures again >18C [64.4F] at Lupin (65N) in Nunavut.

Lupin has lost all its snowpack, 70cm melted in few days, while this time of the year melting shouldn’t have even started an its average snowpack in mid May is between 40cm and 90cm.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1658993086746296322


Hottest days are warming twice as fast as average summer temperature in north-west Europe – new research.

“On July 19 2022, the UK experienced its highest ever temperature. At 40.3℃ (Coningsby, Lincolnshire), the temperature surpassed the previous record of 38.7℃ (Cambridge) – a record that had been set a mere three years previously. My new study shows that this is part of a long-running trend…”

https://theconversation.com/hottest-days-are-warming-twice-as-fast-as-average-summer-temperature-in-north-west-europe-new-research-205500


The death toll from the ‘apocalyptic’ floods in northern Italy has risen to nine with more heavy rain being forecast for this weekend.

Thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes in the popular holiday region of Emilia-Romagna after torrential rain on a ‘biblical’ scale.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-12096569/Death-toll-floods-Italy-climbs-nine-womans-body-dragged-12-miles-river.html


Torrential Rain Overflowing Rivers, Cause Chaos in Bosnia, Croatia.

“Heavy rain that has been falling since Sunday has made troubles in north and northwestern Bosnia, flooding hundreds of objects and cutting off road infrastructure. A state of natural disaster has been declared in Una-Sana Canton, one of ten cantons in Bosnia’s Federation entity, after heavy rain.”

https://balkaninsight.com/2023/05/17/torrential-rain-overflowing-rivers-cause-chaos-in-bosnia-croatia/


Southern Europe braces for summer of drought…

“With temperatures climbing into summertime, scientists warn that Europe is on track for another brutal summer, after suffering its hottest on record last year – which fuelled a drought European Union researchers said was the worst in at least 500 years. So far this year, the situation is most severe in Spain.”

https://www.rte.ie/news/world/2023/0517/1384022-europe-weather/


The drought has overwhelmed Tunisian producers.

“Four consecutive years of drought have gotten the better of Tunisian producers and forced them to abandon several crops in favor of others, also motivated by government measures in this direction. Selmi Mohameddhia, a Tunisian agronomist, comments on the situation.”

https://www.freshplaza.com/europe/article/9530236/the-drought-has-overwhelmed-tunisian-producers/


Tropical forests are losing their carbon storage capacity…

“According to a new study led by Colorado State University (CSU) and supported by the National Science Foundation, climate change will significantly affect the carbon storage capacities of tropical rainforests, with persistent drying caused by reductions in rainfall leading to carbon loss from the most fertile soils.”

https://www.earth.com/news/tropical-forests-are-losing-their-carbon-storage-capacity/


Why Natural Disasters Seem Worse Than Our Direst Predictions…

In a world where everything seems measurable and quantifiable, scientists can’t provide forecasts with the level of visceral detail that the average person needs to grasp the enormity of the changes unfolding before our eyes. Rather than dismissing the fears of climate scientists as “alarmism,” we should take their manifest alarm seriously.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/energy/2023/05/17/climate-change-why-disasters-seem-worse-than-the-direst-predictions/b1498e6c-f4f8-11ed-918d-012572d64930_story.html


World likely to breach 1.5C climate threshold by 2027, scientists warn.

“The world is almost certain to experience new record temperatures in the next five years, and temperatures are likely to rise by more than 1.5C above pre-industrial levels, scientists have warned… it would represent a marked acceleration of human impacts on the global climate system, and send the world into “uncharted territory”, the WMO warned.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2023/may/17/global-heating-climate-crisis-record-temperatures-wmo-research


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16th May 2023 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

Temperature of 37 deg C [98.6F] in Ang Mo Kio matches Singapore’s all-time highest daily mark hit 40 years ago.

“The mercury hit 37 deg C in Ang Mo Kio on Saturday, tying the all-time mark for the highest daily maximum temperature in Singapore, which was recorded in Tengah on April 17, 1983.

It is also the highest recorded temperature for the month of May, and the hottest day in 2023.”

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/temperature-hits-40-year-record-high-of-37-deg-c-in-ang-mo-kio-on-saturday


China braces for record-breaking temperatures as major cities issue heat advisories.

China is gearing up for another summer of scorching temperatures as major cities issued heat advisories this week, with Beijing experiencing temperatures in the mid-thirties on Monday… Since March, China has already been experiencing heatwaves in various parts of the country including in the Yunnan province which is known historically for its mild weather.”

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/china-braces-record-breaking-temperatures-121847294.html


Eastern India is under a terrible heat wave with temperatures surging above 46C [115F].

It’s also an area notorious for high humidity, relentless heat persisting at night and heat indexes/THI which might exceed 55C [131F] . Next 3 days will witness dangerous levels of heat.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1658087119372312576


Cyclone Mocha Strikes Myanmar…

“As Cyclone Mocha approached Myanmar on May 14, 2023, winds roared as fast as 175 miles (280 kilometers) per hour, enough to make it a category 5 storm… Mocha’s powerful winds tied with Cyclone Fani for being the strongest on record in the North Indian Ocean basin, according to Jeff Masters with Yale Climate Connections.”

https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/151343/cyclone-mocha-strikes-myanmar


Cyclone Mocha may have killed ‘hundreds’ in Myanmar’s Rakhine.

“Rescue and relief efforts are under way in northwestern Myanmar and neighbouring Bangladesh after Cyclone Mocha crashed ashore, with one humanitarian group working in the affected area saying hundreds had been killed and some Rohingya camps destroyed.”

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2023/5/16/cyclone-mocha-may-have-killed-hundreds-in-myanmars-rakhine


Northern Rivers [NSW, Australia] told to brace for flash flooding, again.

“The NSW SES is warning anyone planning on travelling to the area to be mindful of the potential for severe rainfall that could lead to flash flooding… More than 30,000 people in the Northern Rivers have faced significant flooding events over the past three years since the onset of the prolonged La Nina, with last year’s floods the worst on record.

https://au.news.yahoo.com/northern-rivers-told-brace-flash-033627592.html


Scientists warn Maugean skate, Tasmania’s ‘thylacine of the sea’, one extreme weather event from extinction.

“Scientists have warned an ancient fish species that has survived since the time of the dinosaurs could be one extreme weather event from extinction after its population crashed by nearly half in seven years.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2023/may/16/scientists-warn-maugean-skate-tasmanias-thylacine-of-the-sea-one-extreme-weather-event-from-extinction


More abnormal warmth in Antarctica.

“+8.4C [47.1F] at San Martin Base, an Argentine Base located in the Peninsula and 7.6C at Esperanza, where the snow depth is now 15cm,  down from 40cm few days ago. It’s almost winter in Antarctica but locally we are observing snow melting.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1657786213711990786


It’s another abnormally warm month in Argentina which is living so far an exceptionally warm 2023, every single month.

“Temperatures are still surging above 30C [86F] in Central Northern areas with dry and sunny days and cool nights. The drought is persisting and it’s a matter of concern.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1658145983266447362


Florida’s citrus crop forecast lowest in nearly 100 years, recent hurricanes are a major factor.

“The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Friday issued a forecast that said Florida growers this season are on pace to fill 15.65 million boxes of oranges, which would be the lowest total since the 1934-1935 season. The new forecast also was down from an April projection of 16.1 million boxes.”

https://www.wftv.com/news/local/floridas-citrus-crop-forecast-lowest-nearly-100-years-recent-hurricanes-are-major-factor/XHCFELG5VNEEHO2MPMQ5D5X5EA/


Record-breaking heat scorches the western US and Canada as wildfires continue to rage.

“The West has taken a dive straight into summer, with temperatures well above those normally seen even at the end of July… Several cities across British Columbia set new monthly records Sunday, including Lytton, which topped out around 97 degrees; hotter than the average temperature Phoenix, Arizona, experiences around this time of year.

https://edition.cnn.com/2023/05/15/weather/pacific-northwest-canada-heat-wildfires-monday-wxn/index.html


Canadian PM Trudeau visits Alberta as wildfires rage.

“Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited Alberta on Monday as raging wildfires prompted mass evacuations and reduced energy production in Canada’s main oil-producing province, where meteorologists expect virtually no rain for 10 days or so.”

https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/canada-pm-trudeau-visit-alberta-wildfires-rage-2023-05-15/


Canada’s Far North sizzles under unrivalled heat, sets monthly record…

An extreme example of the extraordinary heat occurred in Arviat, Nunavut, along the shores of Hudson Bay. The 21.2°C [70.2F] reading recorded on Saturday is so far above-and-beyond what was previously experienced. Never before had a 10°C even been recorded there, and that temperature smashed the previous monthly record of 14.5°C set back on May 26, 2001.”

https://ca.news.yahoo.com/canadas-far-north-sizzles-under-180604087.html


90-mile-long ice jam in rural Alaska brings near-record flooding to several towns along Yukon River.

“Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy has declared a disaster in several communities due to ongoing flooding along the Yukon River caused by a massive ice jam. The NWS in Fairbanks said warmer temperatures across the eastern Interior, combined with an above-normal snowpack in the higher elevations, have caused a significant increase in snowmelt.

https://www.foxweather.com/weather-news/ice-jam-flooding-alaska-yukon-river


A state of emergency was declared in Russia’s far eastern Khabarovsk region on Monday, amid forest fires that have raged in other parts of the country.

““Today, I signed an order on the introduction of a state of emergency due to forest fires throughout the Khabarovsk Territory,” Khabarovsk Governor Mikhail Degtyarev said in a message on Telegram.”

https://www.yenisafak.com/en/world/russias-khabarovsk-region-declares-emergency-over-wildfires-3664309


Dozens of ‘frost quakes’ hit a Finnish town in just 7 hours.

“Fears are growing that seismic activity known as frost quakes or ice quakes – which can cause huge cracks in roads and houses – are becoming more frequent because of climate change.

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2373185-dozens-of-frost-quakes-hit-a-finnish-town-in-just-7-hours/


Denmark Is Mysteriously Tremoring. No One Knows Why…

“…by ruling out a ground-based shock—like an earthquake—or a large and relatively nearby explosion, we’re left to look at the atmosphere. This means that there was potentially some sort of significant atmospheric event strong enough to cause a 2.3 magnitude tremor on land in a specific island location. And we don’t know what it was.”

https://www.popularmechanics.com/science/environment/a43892547/why-is-denmark-tremoring/


Andalucía brings forward date of high risk wildfire season by two weeks.

“The start of the extreme risk season for forest fires has been brought forward to 16 May in Andalucía, instead of 1 June. The decision was made at a meeting of the advisory committee of Plan Infoca, the Junta’s specialist wildfire prevention and fire fighting brigade, and the regional government minister Antonio Sanz on Friday.”

https://www.surinenglish.com/andalucia/andalucia-brings-forward-date-for-high-risk-20230515104812-nt.html


‘The country is becoming a desert’: Drought-struck Spain is running out of water.

“Spain is running out of water. After a long and painful drought, the country has been hit by an unusually early heat wave, evaporating even more of the “blue gold” it still has left in its reservoirs.”

https://www.france24.com/en/europe/20230513-the-country-is-becoming-a-desert-drought-struck-spain-is-running-out-of-water


Croatian army steps in as heavy rains flood homes, roads and schools.

“Rescue teams and hundreds of soldiers were deployed Monday to help people in parts of Croatia hit by floods. Heavy rain in recent days caused some rivers to overflow their banks, flooding homes, roads and public buildings in some towns.”

https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/croatian-army-steps-heavy-rains-flood-homes-roads-99326834


Rwanda prioritizes relocation of disaster-stricken households, post-floods reconstruction.

“Last week, heavy rainfall caused significant 137 casualties and injuries in the northern, western, and southern provinces of Rwanda. Since heavy rainfall, battered Rwanda causing landslides and deadly floods on May 2-3, the government initiated an emergency response, including evacuations and temporary relocations to camps for affected residents.”

https://www.africanews.com/2023/05/15/rwanda-prioritizes-relocation-of-disaster-stricken-households-post-floods-reconstruction/


22 people killed in Somalia floods: UN.

“Flash flooding in central Somalia has killed 22 people and affected over 450,000, the UN’s humanitarian agency OCHA said Sunday, after the Shabelle River burst its banks, forcing tens of thousands out of their homes.”

https://uk.finance.yahoo.com/news/22-people-killed-somalia-floods-125129803.html


Climate change is making crabs lose their sense of smell — and seafood may never be the same… and when crabs pay the price, so do humans…

“…as the ocean becomes more acidic due to climate change, crabs lose part of their sense of smell because the neurons responsible for sensing odors shrink and they have fewer receptors in their version of a nose (an organ called their antennules).”

https://www.salon.com/2023/05/15/climate-change-is-making-crabs-lose-their-sense-of-smell–and-seafood-may-never-be-the-same/


Oceans have been absorbing the world’s extra heat. But there’s a huge payback.

“… the ocean has acted like the planet’s air conditioner, relentlessly absorbing extra heat. “But that air conditioner isn’t just passive. It is not a free service. Adding that heat has come with ocean acidification, rising sea levels and changes in the frequency of extreme weather.””

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2023/may/15/oceans-have-been-absorbing-the-worlds-extra-heat-but-theres-a-huge-payback


The terrifying math of the incoming El Niño…

“We are, right now, living in a dangerously warmed climate. That means two things: first, that climate adaptation—infrastructure and policy decisions focused on mitigating the harm that our new, perennially warming climate is causing—is not some far-off question. We need to be preparing for the next unprecedented heat wave, flood, fire, or wind event as though it were coming this summer—because it very well might be.

“Second, and more fundamentally, it means there is no margin of safety left, if there ever was one.”

https://canadiandimension.com/articles/view/the-terrifying-math-of-the-incoming-el-nino


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13th May 2023 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

Cyclone Mocha threatens world’s largest refugee camp on Myanmar-Bangladesh border.

“Cyclone Mocha is predicted to make landfall on Sunday near the Bangladesh-Myanmar border, according to India’s meteorological office, packing winds of up to 175km/h (108mph).

The office predicted a storm surge of between two and two-and-a-half metres (six to eight feet) for the low-lying coastal region, which on the Bangladeshi side is home to sprawling camps hosting hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees. Most of them fled there after a military-led crackdown in Myanmar in 2017.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2023/may/13/cyclone-mocha-threatens-worlds-largest-refugee-camp-on-myanmar-bangladesh-border


Singapore schools relax rules on uniforms as Asia battles record sweltering temperatures.

“Singapore’s education ministry says schools can explore ways to help students manage the heat, such as allowing pupils to wear physical education attire. Temperature records continue to be shattered across Asia…”

https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/health-environment/article/3220372/singapore-schools-relax-rules-uniforms-asia-battles-record-sweltering-temperatures


Malaysia keeps eye on food supply as heatwave seen until August…

“The situation remains under control for now, but the net food importer is prepared to “ramp up the emergency response” should things take a turn for the worse, said Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad, the country’s minister for natural resources, environment and climate change.”

https://www.businesstimes.com.sg/international/asean/malaysia-keeps-eye-food-supply-heatwave-seen-until-august


Record heat is near allover in the tropics these weeks: Borneo, both Indonesian and Malaysian parts is also with record high temperatures and Singapore is not spared.

“The tiny country has never exceeded 37C [98.6F] in its history, yet these days is exceeding 36C regularly (36.2C today).”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1656971892291432451


“And finally …the Philippines too

“Yesterday 11 May the southern city of Zamboanga in Mindanao Region, rose to 37.4C [99.3F], which is its hottest May day on records and 2nd hottest day overall behind the 37.9C set in April 2020.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1656917127247323138


El Nino May Slash Thai Rice Crop and Spur Inflation Across Asia.

Thailand, the world’s second-biggest rice exporter, is asking farmers to grow only one crop this year — instead of the usual two — as a likely El Nino looks set to reduce rainfall. Rice is highly water-intensive and is dependent on irrigation and enough precipitation…”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2023-05-12/el-nino-may-slash-thai-rice-crop-and-spur-inflation-across-asian-economies


Scarce drinking water in North Korea during severe spring drought.

“…satellite evidence shows that many of the country’s reservoirs have shrunken, sometimes dramatically, over the past year. State media reported Tuesday that a lack of water could make food shortages worse, and there was a “nationwide effort” to try to save crops from damage.”

https://www.rfa.org/english/news/korea/drought-05102023090141.html


Are New Zealand’s marine heatwaves a warning to the world?

“… New Zealand’s waters are changing, and those who watch them closely – anglers and divers, fish farmers and scientists – have reported unusual signs: mass deaths, disappearing species, changing animal behaviour.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/ng-interactive/2023/may/13/are-new-zealands-marine-heatwaves-a-warning-to-the-world


Whales in the Southern Ocean are becoming increasingly thinner due to global warming, suggests study…

“”Right whales are 25 percent thinner than they were in the 1980s. This is bad for the whale population, because it means that the newborn whale calves have a higher risk of dying. Fortunately, the right whales in the Southern Ocean are not endangered, but if this continues, they could become so,” he says.”

https://phys.org/news/2023-05-whales-southern-ocean-thinner-due.html


‘Sea butterfly’ life cycle threatened by climate change may impact Southern Ocean ecosystem…

“Dr Clara Manno, a researcher at the British Antarctic Survey and the corresponding author of the study published in Frontiers in Marine Science, said that the decrease in pteropod populations in the Antarctic Ocean could have significant consequences for the food web and carbon cycle.”

https://www.newswise.com/articles/climate-change-imperils-sea-butterfly-lifecycle


How the invasion of a tiny insect is altering Antarctica’s soil & its ecosystem…

“Antarctica’s Signy Island, half of which is always covered in ice, has been dealing with an unwelcome guest, a flightless midge, for years. Now, it has become a big problem as the tiny insect has spread to a much larger area with multiplying populations.”

https://www.downtoearth.org.in/news/wildlife-biodiversity/how-the-invasion-of-a-tiny-insect-is-altering-antarctica-s-soil-its-ecosystem-89266


It’s near winter in Antarctic Peninsula but temperatures are extremely above average.

“The Chinese Base called Great Wall on the King George Island rose to +8.1C [46.6F],with temperatures rising above +5C also in the Peninsula. At least 15 stations are above freezing.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1657084094931427333


Brazil’s Haddad raises concerns about economic situation, drought in Argentina.

“Brazilian Finance Minister Fernando Haddad expressed serious concerns on Thursday that Argentina’s economic challenges and a major drought there could affect the country’s “political destiny” and usher in an extremist government.

https://www.reuters.com/world/brazils-haddad-raises-concerns-about-economic-situation-drought-argentina-2023-05-11/


More record heat from South America.

“In Chile insane heat with several stations in 3 provinces (Atacama, Coquimbo and Valparaiso) >35C / 95F today (up to 36.7C at Tranque Lautaro) altitudes until 1500m above sea level. In Brazil yesterday monthly heat record at Ze Doca, Maranhao State with 36.9C.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1657123343550619657


Severe storms have devastating impact on Central California crops.

“…In the mountains above, one of California’s largest snowpacks on record is starting to melt. According to forecasters, high temperatures in the coming weeks could prove catastrophic. “You kind of get an overwhelming sense of doom in a way,” said Lakeshore Dairy farmer Brandon Goedhardt. “How do you stop this?”

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/california-crops-storm-impact/


Farmers Set to Abandon US Wheat Crops at Highest Rate Since 1917…

“Years of dry conditions on the US Plains have taken their toll on America’s famed fields of grain. Some wheat plants this season were so stunted by a lack of moisture that they won’t produce so-called heads of grain, leaving little reason to harvest them. Farmers can instead file crop-insurance claims for failed acres, or choose to plant something else.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2023-05-12/wheat-futures-jump-in-chicago-as-drought-shrinks-us-crops


Wildfire smoke from Alberta and British Columbia reaches US.

“Much of Canada and parts of the US are blanketed by smoke as wildfires in the province of Alberta continue to rage. As of Thursday, there are 75 active wildfires in Alberta, 23 of which are considered out of control.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-65566072


Canada: extreme ‘heat dome’ temperatures set to worsen wildfires…

“Florida-based meteorologist Jeffery Berardelli told the Guardian that recent projections show a higher pressure system developing over the Canadian Prairies that is “stronger than anything we have seen” since records started four decades ago.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2023/may/12/western-canada-record-temperatures-heat-dome-wildfires


Incredible warmth in Northern Canada with temperatures totally unprecedented for this time of the year.

Nunavut rose to 20C [68F] nearly 2 weeks earlier than its previous earliest. Almost 30C in Northwest Territories. From tomorrow British Columbia will catch the first 35C of the year.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1657205007375126528


[Alaska] USA, the Castner glacier is retreating too fast.

“The ice cave is slowly collapsing in on itself after so much warm water poured into its crevasses due to last summer’s high temperatures. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), ‘the state is warming at a rate two to three times the global average’ due to climate change.”

https://www.msn.com/en-my/news/others/usa-the-glacier-castner-is-retreating-too-fast/ss-AA1b5s4g


Surprise! This year’s hurricane season started with a storm in January…

“Forecasters agreed in retrospect that a curiously robust system that formed between Nova Scotia and Bermuda on January 16, 2023, did indeed qualify as the first tropical cyclone of this year’s Atlantic hurricane season… eight of the past nine hurricane seasons began before the ‘official’ start date on June 1.”

https://www.theweathernetwork.com/en/news/weather/severe/2023-atlantic-hurricane-season-started-in-january-subtropical-storm-


Snow falls in Spain after long drought and early heat wave.

“The freak snowfall happened in La Raya, a mountainous area of Asturias, while hailstones and heavy rain fell in Mediterranean parts of Spain including Catalonia and Valencia after months without a drop of precipitation [a lot of the arid south still without precipitation though].”

https://www.reuters.com/business/environment/snow-falls-spain-after-long-drought-early-heat-wave-2023-05-12/


The Spanish government has approved a €2.2bn (£1.9bn) plan to help farmers and consumers cope with an enduring drought that has been exacerbated by the hottest and driest April on record.

“The measures, described as unprecedented by the government, were
signed off by the cabinet on Thursday. They include €1.4bn of funds from the environment ministry to tackle the drought…”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2023/may/11/spain-approves-unprecedented-drought-recovery-plan


Spain plans to ban outdoor work during periods of extreme heat.

“The measure will be enforced when the state weather agency AEMET issues red or orange alerts. These heat alerts are frequently issued when temperatures hit the high 30s or over 40C, posing a risk for citizens outdoors or for the environment.”

https://www.euronews.com/green/2023/05/12/spain-drought-working-outdoors-during-extreme-heat-will-soon-be-made-illegal


Horn of Africa’s double whammy of famine – and floods.

“The drought in the Horn of Africa could raise the risk of food shortages, even though some areas have also been devastated by floods, aid organisations have warned. Since October 2020, the region has been in the midst of its worst drought in 40 years, with people in some areas suffering a sixth consecutive failed rainy season, while others have been affected by floods.”

https://www.thenationalnews.com/weekend/2023/05/12/horn-of-africas-double-whammy-of-famine-and-floods/


“Keep cool… According to the National Centre of Meteorology (NCM), temperatures will reach an eye-watering 45ºC in certain parts of the UAE this weekend.

“The highest temperature recorded in the UAE on Wednesday, May 10 was 43.8ºC [113F] in Mezaira, Abu Dhabi. The lowest? 19.9ºC in Al Foah, also in the emirate of Abu Dhabi.”

https://whatson.ae/2023/05/uae-weather-temperatures-to-hit-45oc-this-weekend/


Big warming in India and Pakistan: Asia rose to its 2023 new highest with 47.0C [116.6F] at Jacobabad and Dadu in Pakistan.

“India is also warming with heat waves expected in several States after a last cool morning in Madhya Pradesh (Malanjkhand 15.7C ,Rewa 16.5C new records for May).”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1656659687683805185


‘Feels like oven’: Memes go viral as heatwave grips India.

“Several parts of Gujarat are reeling under heatwave conditions, with Patan city in the northern region recording 45.4 degrees Celsius [113.7F] on Thursday, said officials of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) here… Meanwhile, netizens are finding relief from scorching weather via memes on social media.”

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/humour/social-humour/feels-like-oven-memes-go-viral-as-heatwave-grips-india/articleshow/100186417.cms


Greenpeace: real area of forest fires in Russia ten times bigger than official statistics.

“According to the ISDM-Rosleskhoz space observation system the real area of Russia’s forest fires since the start of the year constitutes 5.2 million ha, whereas the official report only mentions 0.59 million ha, Greenpeace reports.”

https://novayagazeta.eu/articles/2023/05/11/greenpeace-real-area-of-forest-fires-in-russia-ten-times-bigger-than-official-statistics-en-news


A few personal notes: I was just at a NASA team meeting for 3 days in DC. The scientific findings are so fucked up.

Experts on tropical rainforests told me privately that they think the Amazon has already passed its tipping point. Let that sink in. The world needs to know.” [Dr Peter Kalmus, NASA climate scientist]

https://twitter.com/ClimateHuman/status/1656512546830950400


Dark clouds on the horizon: The most accurate measurements yet of black carbon in the atmosphere…

“With our improved measurements, we now estimate that current climate models may be underestimating the absorption of solar radiation due to black carbon by a significant 16%.

https://phys.org/news/2023-05-dark-clouds-horizon-accurate-black.html


Methane (CH₄) is a potent greenhouse gas. Here are the most recent monthly observations (upper right corner)…”

January 2023 – 1921.7 ppb
January 2022 – 1907.4 ppb

+ Data
@NOAA_ESRL
https://gml.noaa.gov/ccgg/trends_ch4/
More info on trends: https://pnas.org/doi/abs/10.1073/pnas.1814297116

https://twitter.com/ZLabe/status/1656818892407177218


April 2023: Earth’s 4th-warmest April on record.

Global oceans had their warmest April on record, and the Southern Hemisphere had its warmest month on record, beating March 2016.

https://yaleclimateconnections.org/2023/05/april-2023-earths-4th-warmest-april-on-record/


As Ocean Oxygen Levels Dip, Fish Face an Uncertain Future.

“Global warming not only increases ocean temperatures, it triggers a cascade of effects that are stripping the seas of oxygen. Fish are already moving to new waters in search of oxygen, and scientists are warning of the long-term threat to fish species and marine ecosystems.”

https://e360.yale.edu/features/as-ocean-oxygen-levels-dip-fish-face-an-uncertain-future


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11th May 2023 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

Climate change: Warning signs across the world suggest the situation is already out of control [nice overview of recent events]…

“The world’s climate scientists recently warned that the predicted impacts of global warming are happening faster and more strongly than previously expected. Tumbling weather records around the world do indeed show climate change accelerating.”

https://www.scotsman.com/news/opinion/columnists/climate-change-warning-signs-across-the-world-suggest-the-situation-is-already-out-of-control-dr-richard-dixon-4137765


Flash flooding in parts of south-west England following torrential rain has led to a major incident being declared in Somerset [UK].

“Heavy thunderstorms on Tuesday evening resulted in Devon and Somerset fire and rescue declaring a major incident in the Galhampton, North Cadbury, and South Cadbury areas.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2023/may/10/somerset-major-incident-declared-after-flash-flooding


Warning of downpours and hail as wettest start to year on record continues [Netherlands]…

“2023 has been the wettest year on record so far, with 372mm of rain falling at the central weather station in De Bilt, Utrecht, up to and including May 9… So far this year the thermometer at De Bilt has passed the 20C mark on just four days.”

https://www.dutchnews.nl/news/2023/05/warning-of-downpours-and-hail-as-wettest-start-to-year-on-record-continues/


Extreme weather caused record amount of damage last year: Insurers.

“Extreme weather caused a record amount of damage in the Netherlands last year at over 886 million euros. The Dutch Association of Insurers reports this in its Climate Damage Monitor on Thursday. By far the most damage (714 million euros) was caused by the tree storms that left a trail of destruction in February 2022.”

https://nltimes.nl/2023/05/11/extreme-weather-caused-record-amount-damage-last-year-insurers


Swiss village of Brienz told to flee imminent monster rockslide.

“Residents of the tiny Swiss village of Brienz have been told to pack their bags and leave immediately. The reason: two million cubic metres of rock from the mountain above them is set to come loose and crash down to the valley in the next few days… Switzerland’s Alpine regions are especially sensitive to global warming.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-65533681


The French Pyrenees-Orientales department, which borders Spain’s Catalonia autonomous region, will be officially declared to be in a drought “crisis” level from 10 May…

“There are currently more than 40 departments in France, amounting to nearly half the country, which is officially at “alert” or “vigilance” levels of drought. The Pyrenees-Orientales will become the fourth district to declare a “crisis” drought level.”

https://www.euronews.com/2023/05/10/southern-france-region-to-declare-crisis-drought-level-from-wednesday


Scorching heat today in Spain and Morocco again. Temperatures at exceptional levels at Taroudant with 42.9C / 109.2F (3 hourly max) in Morocco. Also over 40C at Guelmin. In Spain Seville rose above 37C again. Tomorrow it will be another extremely hot day.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1655973376811212803


Dozens of fruit growers arrested in Spain over illegal wells as drought grips the country.

“Spanish Civil Guard statement said a four-year investigation had uncovered 250 illegal wells and ponds in the in a drought-stricken area Axarquia district east of Malaga, along the Mediterranean coast. In addition to the dozens arrested, 44 people are under investigation in the alleged scheme…”

https://edition.cnn.com/2023/05/09/europe/spain-drought-illegal-wells-intl/index.html


Europe’s Drought-Riven Future Is Here, Decades Earlier Than Expected.

“…the heat doesn’t stop in Spain; hotter and drier weather is becoming the norm across Europe. The water battle brewing in Letur is a harbinger of conflicts that will play out elsewhere, and whatever happens to Spain’s farming industry — a major source of groceries for its neighbors — will be felt throughout the region.”

https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/europe-drought-riven-future-decades-050012132.html


Severe drought spreads in Portugal, officials seek EU help.

“Around 90% of mainland Portugal is suffering from drought, with severe drought alone affecting one-fifth of its territory, twice as much as in March and nearly five times the area reported a year earlier. Some parts are in an extreme drought situation, which did not exist at the same time in 2022.”

https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/severe-drought-spreads-portugal-officials-seek-eu-help-2023-05-10/


Cape Verde’s drought shows vulnerability to climate change.

“Cape Verde is highly susceptible to the effects of climate change as evidenced by the recent four-year drought, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said Tuesday as its team visited the Portuguese-speaking country between May 2-9.”

https://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/tea/rest-of-africa/imf-cape-verde-highly-prone-to-climate-change-effects-4229652


At least 16 people killed in multiple landslides in eastern DRC.

“Ten people were killed in a landslide in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo’s Lubero territory in North Kivu province overnight on Wednesday, local authorities have said – additional victims of recent heavy rains that have killed hundreds in floods in the broader region.”

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2023/5/10/at-least-sixteen-killed-in-landslide-in-eastern-dr-congo


Over 5,500 still missing in flood-hit east Congo: local official.

“Democratic Republic of Congo, May 9 (Reuters) – More than 5,500 people are still unaccounted for in an area in east Democratic of Congo where floods killed more than 400 people last week, a local official said on Tuesday, as shaken survivors waited for food aid.”

https://www.nasdaq.com/articles/over-5500-still-missing-in-flood-hit-east-congo:-local-official


Rwanda floods, landslides fueled by climate change…

“Richard Munang, deputy regional director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Africa office, believes that temperature rise is increasing the frequency of extreme weather events. While the globe has warmed to 1.1C, he notes that Africa is “warming up at twice the global average,” and that “extreme events” will only get worse.”

https://www.dw.com/en/extreme-weather-climate-shocks-flooding-taking-a-toll-on-african-nation-rwanda/a-65556250


Heavy floods in Yemen kill at least 24…

“In its regular agrometeorological early warning bulletin last week, the UN Food and Agricultural Organization said that heavy rainfall and flash flooding would continue to imperil mountainous and coastal areas, affecting thousands of residents.”

https://www.arabnews.com/node/2300586/middle-east


Methane leaks from oil and gas infrastructure in Turkmenistan had a greater impact on global warming last year than the carbon emissions from all of the UK, new satellite data has revealed.

“Environmental intelligence company Kayrros analysed data from a network of satellites tracking methane emissions across the world.”

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-12062649/Fossil-fuel-fields-Turkmenistan-responsible-mind-boggling-methane-emissions.html


At least 21 dead as wildfires rage across Urals and Siberia…

“Wildfires have raged in the Kurgan region of the Urals and in Siberia all week. Local media reported that most of the dead were older people unable to leave their homes. According to local authorities, many of the deaths occurred on Sunday in the village of Yuldus…”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2023/may/10/many-dead-as-wildfires-rage-across-urals-and-siberia


Poaching surges as wildfires force animals out of forests [Nepal]…

“Forests in Rautahat are home to tigers, blue bulls, deer, wild boars, elephants, and monkeys, among others, according to the forest office. Illegal poaching activities are being reported from Chetanagar, Chandrapur, Gaidatar, Rangapur, and Balari forest areas.”

https://asianews.network/poaching-surges-as-wildfires-force-animals-out-of-forests/


Deadly combo of extreme heat and air pollution grips parts of Southeast Asia…

“Heat waves can be deadly on their own, but parts of Vietnam and Thailand have also been blanketed in thick smog in recent weeks. Experts say the combination of extreme heat and poor air quality can lead to upticks in respiratory, cardiovascular and kidney diseases — impacts that will only worsen as climate change intensifies…”

https://www.nbcnews.com/science/environment/deadly-combo-extreme-heat-air-pollution-grips-parts-southeast-asia-rcna83419


Central Vietnam faces water shortage as El Nino [+ unprecedented heat] drains reservoirs…

“At the Cau Do Water Plant, which provides about 80% of clean water for Da Nang’s population of more than 1 million people, salinity in recent days has reached approximately 1,000 mg/liter, making it difficult to collect water.”

https://e.vnexpress.net/news/news/environment/central-vietnam-faces-water-shortage-as-el-nino-drains-reservoirs-4603489.html


Black Summer bushfire smoke likely triggered record flooding [Australia].

“The vast plumes of smoke that billowed from the Black Summer bushfires increased cloud cover over the Pacific, cooled sea surface temperatures and likely influenced the formation of the rare triple La Nina weather pattern, which brought record-breaking floods to Australia.”

https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/black-summer-bushfire-smoke-likely-triggered-record-flooding-20230511-p5d7j7.html


Mind blowing temperature of 37.3C [99.1F] at Tranque Lautaro in Chile. It’s near winter and it’s 1300m above sea level. And next days it will stay there .

“3 provinces with temperatures above 35C for several days and even at 1000m-1500m asl. Historic event.

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1656031243857698816


Chile rushes to quench record-breaking drought with water investments.

“Chile’s public works ministry (MOP) is looking to speed up investments in water infrastructure, as much of the country experiences a drought that has lasted over a decade.”

https://www.bnamericas.com/en/news/chile-rushes-to-quench-record-breaking-drought-with-water-investments


Central America with endless hot and dry conditions.

Today Panama rose to 39.5C [103.1F] at Guarumal, its hottest May day on records and just 0.5C from the hottest temperature for any month (recorded in 1998).”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1656051081254764544


“Endless record heat in Central America and the Caribbeans: Today the city of Santa Cruz in Costa Rica rose to 39.7C [103.5F], only 0.3C from the record set during the mega drought of 1979 and few decimals from the Costa Rican hottest day on records.

“More Records of highest minimums too.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1656439389755457537


Forest fires have consumed more than 4,500 hectares in the Yucatán Peninsula so far this year.

“The beginning of spring and the heat waves that have been recorded during the last few weeks in the Yucatan Peninsula have favored the creation of forest fires, which have destroyed 4,552 hectares of jungle.”

https://www.theyucatantimes.com/2023/05/forest-fires-have-consumed-more-than-4500-hectares-in-the-yucatan-peninsula-so-far-this-year/


Endless record heat in Central America and the Caribbeans. Dominican Republic again:

Santiago de los Caballeros rose to 36.2C [97.2F] yesterday, setting a new record for the month of May.

“Almost all the area has been with record heat for weeks.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1656264869761499139


14,000 Abandoned Oil and Gas Wells in the Gulf of Mexico Are Spewing Methane.

“A study published in Nature Energy found that there are 14,000 orphaned oil and gas wells in waters throughout the Gulf of Mexico’s waters and in Alabama, Louisiana, and Texas. Plugging the wells would prevent environmental damage, but that could cost up to $30 billion.”

https://gizmodo.com/14-000-abandoned-oil-and-gas-wells-in-the-gulf-of-mexic-1850416009


US already struck by 7 separate billion-dollar weather disasters through April.

“The first four months of the year have been costly and record-breaking regarding weather and climate disasters… The disasters comprised of five severe storm events, one winter storm and one flooding event. The total cost exceeded $19 billion and resulted in 97 deaths, data from NOAA reports.”

https://news.yahoo.com/us-already-struck-7-separate-151806257.html


Seven Eastern States Had Their Warmest-Ever Start in 2023.

“Delaware, Florida, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia all had their warmest January to April on record, data from NOAA’s U.S. climate report show. Other Eastern states—Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, South Carolina and West Virginia—posted their second-warmest period.”

https://www.wsj.com/articles/its-been-a-warm-2023-for-the-eastern-u-s-78337cc3


Parts of U.S. and Canada brace for potentially historic heat wave.

A heat wave that looks like the historic June 2021 event is getting underway in parts of northern Canada. It will eventually spread to British Columbia and Alberta, as well as into the northern United States.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2023/05/10/canada-northern-hemisphere-fire-heat-drought/


Wildfires in Alberta off to an exponentially fast start compared to recent years…

“With temperatures expected to rise significantly by this weekend and into next week, a provincial state of emergency has been declared as weather conditions threaten to aid in fire growth and worsen the situation.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2023/05/10/americas/canada-alberta-wildfires/index.html


‘Like Nagasaki’: devastating wildfires will only get worse, new book warns…

“The world has entered an unprecedented era of wildfire danger, Vaillant argues in his upcoming book Fire Weather: A True Story from a Hotter World which chronicles the devastation of Fort McMurray and warns of a hotter, more volatile future.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2023/may/10/fire-weather-john-valliant-new-book-alberta-wildfire


The ocean is hotter than ever: what happens next?

““We are probably looking at a string of record highs over the next year or so,” says Josh Willis, an oceanographer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. “This coming year is gonna be a wild ride if the El Niño really takes off.”

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-023-01573-1


Sea Surface Temperatures starting to increase again!

Last time temperatures where this high was during the Eemian period, when sea levels 6-9 meters higher than today!

Daily records could continuously be broken for another year, like with the past two strong El Niños.”

https://twitter.com/LeonSimons8/status/1656347517234053156


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9th May 2023 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

Scorching heat shattered temperature records across portions of Southeast Asia over the weekend as the region baked under a historic heat wave…

“In Vietnam, the national high-temperature record was set when the mercury in Hoi Xuan topped out at a staggering 111.4 F (44.1 C)…

“In neighboring Laos, the country’s new high all-time record high of 110.3 F (43.5 C) was set in the city of Luang Prabang. The Laotian capital of Vientiane also pulverized its all-time record when the mercury hit 108.5 F (42.5 C)…

“The history books were rewritten again on Sunday as the countries continued to sizzle under unprecedented heat.

Just one day after setting a new national heat record, Vietnam managed to get even hotter on Sunday. The high temperature in Tuong Duong soared to a record-breaking 111.6 F (44.2 C) on Sunday.

In Laos, Luang Prabang hit 110.3 F (43.5 C), tying the national record it had set the day before.

https://www.aol.com/weather/brutal-southeast-asia-heat-wave-160057001.html


SE Asia Heat Wave: Cambodia had its hottest May day on records on the 6th with 41.6C [107F] at Kratie and at Ponhea Kraek.

“In Cambodian history,only April 2016 saw higher temperatures. Record heat again in Bangkok with 31.1C at Don Muang (30.9C Metropolis) highest ever Tmin in Bangkok.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1655532255941369860


Historic heat in China with the hottest day ever in Hainan Province: 41.5C [106.7F] Changjiang.

“Lingao with 41.2C, Tianyang with 40.9C also broke their all time records. Haikou with 39.2C its monthly record. More tweets coming with the records in Thailand.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1654864977776324613


Four missing as heavy rains hit east China’s Fujian.

“The four missing cadres were among more than 2,000 local officials taking part in flood control and rescue work in Xinluo District, where cumulative rainfall was 247.8 mm [9.8 inches] by 7 am Sunday, breaking a record set since 1961 for the highest daily precipitation in May.”

https://www.shine.cn/news/nation/2305075091/


This year’s severe heatwave, a threat to the people and food supply in Bangladesh.

“Temperatures across Bangladesh have hit record highs as the country swelters in the heatwave currently sweeping across much of Asia. Dhaka recorded its highest temperature in six decades last month, at 40.6°C, with meteorologists warning that heatwaves like this are becoming more common.”

https://india.mongabay.com/2023/05/this-years-severe-heatwave-a-threat-to-the-people-and-food-supply-in-bangladesh/


Frequency of intense heatwaves to rise further.

“The frequency of intense heatwaves and extreme weather events are expected to increase in the coming years, especially in parts of northwest, central, east India and Pakistan, in view of the climate crisis, experts have said.”

https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/experts-warn-of-increasing-frequency-of-intense-heatwaves-and-extreme-weather-events-in-northwest-central-east-india-and-pakistan-101683485401077.html


Five-hour rain fury leaves Saurashtra villages flooded [Gujarat].

“At this time of the year, Osam Hill, famed for its picturesque waterfall, in Patanvav village near Dhoraji is a mere sun-baked site with searing rocks. But locals on Saturday witnessed something unseen in recent history when water hurtled down the hill, creating a setting that’s only seen in monsoon.”

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/rajkot/five-hour-rain-fury-leaves-villages-flooded/articleshow/100045222.cms


Hottest may day ever in Botswana yesterday with 36.1C [97F] at Mababe on the highlands in the NE of the country. Record heat have been no stop in the area for weeks.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1655176277303730176


DR Congo floods: More than 400 killed in ‘worst flood we have ever had’…

More bodies were recovered on Monday after floods devasted two villages – Bushushu and Nyamukubi – in the Kalehe territory of the country. It comes days after torrential rain, which began on Thursday, triggered landslides and caused rivers to break their banks.”

https://news.sky.com/story/dr-congo-floods-more-than-400-killed-in-worst-flood-we-have-ever-had-12876294


Iraqi locals leaving dry areas due to extreme water scarcity

“Haydar Mohamed… is part of a growing wave of climate migrants in Iraq, a country that is on the frontlines of the global warming crisis. Years of dire water scarcity left him no choice but to move, said the father of five. “If you don’t work,” he said, “you don’t eat.””

https://www.iraqinews.com/iraq/iraqi-locals-leaving-dry-areas-due-to-extreme-water-scarcity/


Tornado slams Mersin [Turkey], injures 13.

“The southern province of Mersin has been hit by tornadoes, leaving more than a dozen people injured, as storms and heavy rainfall continue to make their way across the country’s lower parts.”

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/tornado-slams-mersin-injures-13-182953


New Heatwave To Hit Several Provinces across Morocco Starting Monday.

“A new heatwave is set to hit several Moroccan provinces on Monday and Tuesday, with temperatures reaching up to 43 degrees Celsius [109.4F], the Directorate General of Meteorology (DGM) announced on Sunday.”

https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2023/05/355337/new-heatwave-to-hit-several-provinces-across-morocco-starting-monday


Spain and Portugal Experience Hottest April Ever Recorded…

“Average temperatures in the Iberian Peninsula in April were 3C above the average between 1991 and 2020, according to a separate statement on Monday by Spanish meteorological agency Aemet. Maximum temperatures during the month were 4.7C above average, with 38.8C recorded at the airport of the southern city of Córdoba on April 27.”

https://time.com/6277906/spain-portugal-hottest-april-on-record/


Drought spells ‘catastrophe’ for Spain’s olive harvest.

“An ongoing drought and soaring temperatures have unleashed fears of an olive “catastrophe” in Spain, the world’s largest producer of olive oil, which suffered a very difficult year in 2022. “It’s barely rained since January. The ground is very dry,” worries Cristobal Cano, secretary general of the small farmers’ union…”

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20230509-drought-spells-catastrophe-for-spain-s-olive-harvest


Italy must learn to live with drought-inducing weather – minister.

“Agriculture Minister Francesco Lollobrigida told Reuters… Italy needed to build more basins to capture rainwater, urgently patch up leaky water networks, repair dams and consider removing traditional, but thirsty crops away from increasingly arid areas.”

https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/italy-must-learn-live-with-drought-inducing-weather-minister-2023-05-08/


It’s not just SE Asia: Central America is under harsh heat:

“Honduras: 41.4C [106.5F] Choluteca, station monthly record,0.6C from national record for May… Nicaragua: 40.2C Chinandega… Costa Rica: 39.2C Barco Quebrado. Record High Tmin 28.6C… Panama: 38.1C Guarumal; Tmin of 28.0C Los Santos.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1654929474125717504


12 tornadoes hit the US Heartland overnight, fuelled by record-breaking temperatures.

“Twelve tornadoes were reported across four states overnight, heavily damaging roofs and some outbuildings in Missouri. Tornadoes touched down in Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota on Saturday.”

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/12-tornadoes-hit-heartland-overnight-211359257.html


Arviat, Nunavut [Arctic, Canada] currently sitting at 13°C (prelim high 13.9°C). Daily record smashed, and close to May record of 14.5°C.

It is by far the earliest 10+°C on record (May 19, 2017).

https://twitter.com/Pat_wx/status/1655678196367659013


Alberta asks for help from military to battle wildfires.

“As of Monday afternoon, 94 wildfires were burning across Alberta, including 27 considered out of control. More than 29,000 people have been asked to evacuate their homes. The province declared a state of emergency over the weekend due to the wildfires.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-65529437


Wildfires have engulfed large areas in Russia’s Ural mountains and in Siberia this week, with authorities promising to swiftly contain them.

“A total of over 54,000 hectares of forests in the Sverdlovsk region in the Urals were on fire as of Monday morning, according to local authorities. More than 4,800 firefighters have been battling the blaze, with some 6,000 volunteers helping them.”

https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/wildfires-rage-russias-ural-mountains-siberia-99171971


Warming-stoked tides eating huge holes in Greenland glacier.

“…scientists worry that the phenomenon isn’t limited to this one glacier, raising questions about previous projections of melting rates on the world’s vulnerable ice sheets. The rapid melt seen in this study was in the far northwest of Greenland on Petermann Glacier.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/ap-greenland-washington-monument-scientists-antarctic-b2335087.html


Climate change: Arctic ‘greening’ is accelerating global warming in more ways than one – Professor Isla Myers-Smith…

“As temperatures increase, tundra ecosystems are in sharp transition. Plants are ‘greening up’ earlier and there has been a marked increase in certain species such as shrubs, the trees of the tundra.”

https://www.scotsman.com/news/opinion/columnists/climate-change-arctic-greening-is-accelerating-global-warming-in-more-ways-than-one-professor-isla-myers-smith-4133950


Ex-tropical cyclones to hit Marlborough more often as warmer seas open the door…

“Dr Julie Jakoboski, an oceanographer with MetOcean who works closely with the Moana Project, said there were many different factors behind the behaviour of tropical storms and cyclones, but the warming oceans around the country would likely increase the frequency and severity of storms making landfall in New Zealand.”

https://www.stuff.co.nz/marlborough-express/news/300873992/extropical-cyclones-to-hit-marlborough-more-often-as-warmer-seas-open-the-door


Student missing in New Zealand’s Abbey Caves as Auckland declares flooding a state of emergency…

“In the country’s largest city, Auckland, schools have been evacuated, roads and parks are flooded and people have been told to prepare to leave homes if flash flooding occurs. Fire and emergency crews said they had responded to more than 200 calls, most of them in Auckland.”

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2023-05-09/new-zealand-student-missing-in-cave-auckland-floods/102322190


Queensland weather leaves Oakey shivering through coldest May morning on record.

“Queenslanders are shivering before winter has even arrived, with inland regions recording their coldest May morning on record. The mercury hit a low of -5.6 degrees Celsius [21.9F] in Oakey around 6.30am, but wind chill and other factors made it feel more like -9.5 degrees.”

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2023-05-09/queensland-cold-weather-oakey-record/102319966


Hottest May day on records in the Australian Territory of Cocos Islands (in the Indian Ocean) with 32.0C [89.6F].

The islands have one of the world’s most stable climates and hold the world record of the smallest temperature variation in one calendar year.

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1655653990812512256


Underwater heat waves could be reshaping the weather around the world…

“Data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows that the most pronounced marine heat wave is unfolding off the coast of South America near Peru, but there are also noticeable events in the eastern Atlantic, north-central Pacific, southwestern Pacific and Indian oceans.

https://news.yahoo.com/underwater-heat-waves-could-reshaping-183230764.html


Sandstorms are a growing menace, here’s how we can minimise their impact…

“The move of dust from Earth to atmosphere is a natural process, however, over the past century, global annual dust emissions have increased by 25% to 50%, primarily due to the combination of land use and climate change. Increasing desertification.”

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2023/05/five-key-areas-being-blanketed-by-sand-and-dust-storms-what-s-needed/


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6th May 2023 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

Update:

Laos [today] had by far its hottest day in history with 43.5C [110.3F] at Luang Prabang, [beating the record of 42.7C it set just last month]. The capital Vientiane 42.5C also pulverizes its all time record.

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1654831902551932930

History was rewritten today… in Vietnam. The country just recorded its hottest May day ever with 43.1C [109.6F] at Tuong Duong.

“Records (even for any month) fell by dozens and tomorrow it can be worse. The harshest heat wave on records for SE Asia will just get worse..”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1654484227923095553


Vietnamese abroad boil as heat wave cooks Southeast Asia…

“… it’s impossible to completely avoid the heat that’s swept over Thailand and neighboring countries… According to CNN, temperatures in Thailand reached over 45 degrees Celsius [113F] for the first time in history around 10 days ago.

https://e.vnexpress.net/news/trend/vietnamese-abroad-boil-as-heat-wave-cooks-southeast-asia-4599487.html


Breaking News: Laos did it again! With a temperature of 42.3C [108.1F] Luang Prabang just recorded the highest temperature ever recorded in Laos in May and the 2nd highest after the all-time record set last month.

“In the next days that record can fall. 8th week of this heat wave in SE Asia – unprecedented.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1654099873027817472


SE Asia is living an extreme heat wave. For many areas it ‘s the harshest heat wave in history. Records are being destroyed in several countries, starting with China. 4 provinces >40C [104F] and hottest day in history for any month:

41.4 Ceheng; 41.9 Longling; 41.1 Xilin.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1654453819076476932


The heatwave phenomenon in the country [Malaysia] not only restricts the daily activities of the public but has also affected the yield of farmers and rubber smallholders…

“Jamal said that previously he could earn between RM800 and RM900 per week from his 1.2-hectare rubber plantation, but could only make RM500 now due to the “extraordinarily” hot weather.”

https://www.thesundaily.my/local/hot-weather-also-affects-farmers-rubber-smallholders-yields-CL10937555


Records are falling non-stop in all Continent these days; Yesterday another record in Oceania:

“The Solomon Islands had their hottest May day in history with 35.1C 95.2F] at Honiara Airport. The Solomon Islands have never had a month colder than average since September 2015!”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1654380413023059968


Record low Antarctic sea ice is another alarming sign the ocean’s role as climate regulator is changing…

“We are winding up a clockwork spring without knowing exactly when, how fast and how it will unspool. Ocean heating is not so much a canary in a coal mine but a thrashing shark we’ve inadvertently (at least initially) hauled up into our fishing boat.”

https://theconversation.com/record-low-antarctic-sea-ice-is-another-alarming-sign-the-oceans-role-as-climate-regulator-is-changing-204680


Southern Hemisphere keeps beating records

In Argentina crazy 22.4C [72.3C] in the far South at Rio Gallegos, 3C above the previous record. In New Zealand summer night temperatures. New records for May: 18.6 Whitianga; 18.8 Tauranga; 17.4 Hamilton; 18.3 Auckland AP; 17 Kelburn; 17.1 Nelson.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1654585511946645504


Climate shocks could push 3 million Brazilians into extreme poverty, says World Bank.

“Climate shocks could push millions of Brazilians into extreme poverty by 2030, a report by the World Bank on Thursday said… The poorest of the South American nation would be affected by natural disasters, especially floods and droughts, rising food prices and reduced labor productivity, the report says.”

https://www.reuters.com/business/environment/climate-shocks-could-push-3-million-brazilians-into-extreme-poverty-says-world-2023-05-04


Not all parts of the Amazon will survive future droughts, study says.

“As climate change continues to choke off rainfall, many parts of the Amazon are facing a higher probability of dying off from drought than previously thought. A recent study found that the western and southern Amazon will struggle to survive…”

https://news.mongabay.com/2023/05/not-all-parts-of-the-amazon-will-survive-future-droughts-study-says/


“Records can be broken either of highest max. temperatures or highest minimums. Central America, the Caribbean, Colombia and Venezuela are under an intense heat wave.

Yesterday Costa Rica tied the record of its highest reliable minimum temperature on records with 28.6C [83.5F] at Cipanci.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1654567286982733825


This year is getting off to a hot start. According to the National Weather Service in Jacksonville, many areas in Georgia and NE Florida have had the hottest start of the year on record…

“Winter had an unusually warm period and spring continues to see record warm days. Cities all across central Florida and the east coast have never had such a hot start to any year on record.

https://www.news4jax.com/weather/2023/05/05/hottest-start-to-year-on-record/


Summer-Like Heat This Weekend for the Central U.S.

“A strong upper-level ridge will heat up the Plains and Midwest this weekend (ABOVE). With this high pressure building, we will see the potential for record warmth. Cities from Davenport to Kansas City could break record highs this weekend, with some spots creeping into the 90s!”

http://www.weathernationtv.com/news/high-pressure-brings-heat-to-the-central-us


Dust storms 20 times deadlier than experts thought. A study published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, took a closer look at mortality and dust storm data…

“The new numbers, compiled from multiple sources, show 2,322 deaths due to dust storms over ten years. Arizona ranks near the top…. Daniel Tong, one of the study’s authors… said he anticipates dust storms becoming more common across the country.”

https://www.12news.com/article/weather/dust-storms-20-times-deadlier-than-experts-predicted/75-ac8d0f8f-3070-4968-82e5-aa560a7a33d8


Exceptionally warm day in NE British Columbia! Record levels for early May.

“29.4°C [84.9F] Dawson Creek; 29.3°C Fort St. John; 29.0°C Prince George 28.7°C Quesnel; 28.5°C Chetwynd; 28.3°C Blue River [7 Tx > 25°C in a row!], Clearwater & Mackenzie; 27.6°C Fort St. James; 27.5°C Golden.”

https://twitter.com/ThierryGooseBC/status/1654659483673702401


More than 13,000 people in Western Canada evacuated as wildfires rage across region amid hot weather and high winds.

“At least 78 wildfires are burning across the western province, 19 of which are burning out of control… “Temperatures have been 10 to 15 degrees above normal for a little while now,” Tucker said. “We still don’t have green grass and leaves all over the province, which means that the ground is very dry.””

https://edition.cnn.com/2023/05/05/weather/alberta-canada-wildfires-evacuations/index.html


UK cannot take freshwater for granted…

“Scotland has been so short of rain that The Scottish Environment Protection Agency issued a scarcity report for central, western and northern Scotland… parts of Devon face restrictions that could last until December, while Cornwall also remains under hosepipe bans first brought in last summer. Water companies are looking to desalination plants.”

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/uk-cannot-take-freshwater-for-granted-t58nkv8zz


Melting glaciers in Alps threaten biodiversity of invertebrates, says study.

“Invertebrates living in the cool meltwater rivers of the European Alps could lose most of their habitat and disappear, as the mountain range’s glaciers melt at an unprecedented rate due to climate change… Although they are often overlooked, these animals are crucial for alpine ecosystems.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2023/may/04/melting-glaciers-in-alps-threaten-biodiversity-of-invertebrates-says-study


Parts of Emilia Romagna still under floodwater [Italy].

“…despite an improvement in weather conditions as the authorities started assessing the damage caused by two days of unprecedented rainfall following months of severe drought. “Never has so much water fallen in 36 hours,” Regional Governor Stefano Bonaccini told Radio 24.”

https://www.ansa.it/english/news/general_news/2023/05/04/parts-of-emilia-romagna-still-under-floodwater_98e33c18-129f-4294-96b8-d0be8f06381b.html


Spain’s Valencia registers driest spring since 1927. Not a single drop of rain fell on the city of Valencia in April, Spain’s meteorological agency says…

“Adding to the concern, Valencia has not seen any rainfall since March 5 – exactly two months ago. In the broader region of Valencia, some areas have not received any rain since Feb. 8.

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/europe/spain-s-valencia-registers-driest-spring-since-1927/2890106


Residents in southern Spain face drinking water shortage amid persistent drought.

“Local residents in villages to the north of Cordoba are receiving water deliveries by truck after record temperatures and drought caused a drinking water basin to dry up… It has not rained in the villages north of the city of Cordoba for months…

https://www.euronews.com/2023/05/05/residents-in-southern-spain-face-drinking-water-shortage-amid-persistant-drought


Record Spring Heat in Mediterranean Almost Impossible Without Climate Change.

“Man-made climate change made the mass of hot air that brought scorching heat to Morocco, Algeria, Portugal and Spain at the end of April at least 100 times more likely to happen and would have been almost impossible in a cooler world, according to scientists… records were broken by large margins.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2023-05-05/record-spring-heat-in-mediterranean-almost-impossible-without-climate-change


Tunisia: Need to Announce State of Drought As Natural Disaster in Tunisia, Adopt Urgent Plan to Manage Crisis.

“Expert in water resources and climate change Raoudha Gafrej called on Thursday to officially announce the state of drought as a natural disaster experienced by Tunisia, stressing the importance of setting up an urgent national plan to manage the current water crisis.”

https://allafrica.com/stories/202305050109.html


…the village of Aioun Al Atrouss in Mauritania rose to 47.0C [116.6F], which ties its record of the hottest May day ever (May 1996 and May 2009) and ties its 2nd hottest day ever (> 80 years of data) only behind 15 June 2001 (47.6C).”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1654209008796835840


Congo: nearly 200 people killed in flash floods in eastern DRC.

“At least 176 people have died in flash floods in an eastern territory of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a regional governor said on Friday, as heavy rain destroyed buildings and forced aid workers to gather mud-clad corpses into piles.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2023/may/05/congo-corpses-pile-up-after-deaths-in-floods


Uganda. Eight killed in Kisoro landslides.

“…after their homes were buried in a mudslide triggered by torrential rains, the Red Cross said on Wednesday, as emergency workers and local residents shoveled through the mud in search of bodies… Uganda, like the rest of East Africa, has been experiencing heavy rains.”

https://www.africanews.com/2023/05/04/uganda-eight-killed-in-kisoro-landslides/


Hottest May day on records beaten again in Mauritius: yesterday the island of Agalega rose to 34.6C [94.3F], beating its own record again after just few days.

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1654237715288985601


Pakistan, still recovering from last year’s floods, braces for more flooding this year.

“Last fall, Fatima Laghari’s home in Sindh, Pakistan, was swept away in catastrophic floods from “monster monsoons” that deluged the country for months. A Red Crescent humanitarian aid team came through to give her essentials and a tent for temporary shelter. Six months later, she’s still living in that tent.”

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/pakistan-more-floods-expected-2023/


Freak hailstorms batter Delhi after heatwave, raising concerns over erratic weather.

“Parts of India are experiencing freak low temperatures along with unseasonal rain and hailstorms in mid-summer just weeks after record-breaking heat. Delhi along with some areas of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, and Madhya Pradesh have seen hail and rainfall at 10-15 times the typical level this week.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/news/india-weather-delhi-rain-heatwave-b2332517.html


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