5th August 2019 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

“A severe drought afflicting an [Australian] Outback town has left the community with only a few weeks until the water supply completely runs out.

“Stanthorpe, on Queensland’s southern border, is suffering from what locals have described as the ‘worst drought in living memory’.

“Residents have been warned that Storm King Dam, which supplies the town’s water, is just weeks shy of using the last of its reserves.”


“Temperature Temperatures were above average (0.51°C to 1.2°C above average) or well above average (>1.2°C above average) nearly everywhere across New Zealand

“….with the most unusually warm temperatures in the interior South Island and parts of Manawatu-Whanganui.”


“At least seven people have died due to heat-related causes in Japan since Friday

“…including an infant who was left unattended in a parked car for hours in Toyama City, local officials and police said Saturday, as a heat wave, with temperatures climbing as high as 38 C, gripped wide areas of the country.”


“Powerful typhoon Francisco is heading toward the Japanese archipelago and is expected to make landfall in southern Kyushu in southwestern Japan early on Aug. 6, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.”


“Lekima is expected to become a typhoon by Tuesday as the storm slowly tracks toward the southern Ryukyu Islands. Additional strengthening is forecast from Wednesday into Friday allowing Lekima to become a large and powerful typhoon with winds equal to a Category 2 hurricane in the Atlantic or Pacific oceans.”


“At least five people have died and 13 others are reported missing after Tropical Storm Wipha slammed into Vietnam’s northern coast, authorities said on Monday.

“The worst hit province was Thanh Hoa, where three people were killed and 12 were reported missing, according to a statement by the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention.”


“Philippines – A strong tornado lashed across a village in Marogong, Lanao del Sur over the weekend and destroyed houses, a school building and a mosque.

“Photos from the 5th Marine Battalion Landing Team show the tornado’s trail of destruction.”


“The latest estimate from the University of Thai Chambers of Commerce (UTCC) shows the drought disaster this year has affected some 1,330 square kilometers of farmland, most of which is rice farms, with initial damage estimated at about 10 billion baht… The overall damage is expected to escalate to 37 billion baht should the drought extend through September…”


“The public water supply [Chennai, India], the supposed alternative for his customers, has been reduced to a trickle by a withering drought.

“But the shortages also reflect a pervasive problem across India: water management by the authorities.”


“”There used to be a lot of grass for our animals to graze on,” said Hashu, a woman from the Rabari community [Kutch, India], whose face is sculpted by deep wrinkles.

“”Now there is no fodder or water and we can only watch our animals die.””


“More youths in Gokwe North [Zimbabwe] are turning to gold panning for survival following an unyielding cropping season which has left over 50 000 people in the area in need of immediate food aid.

“Gokwe North District Administrator, Isaac Mutambara has said the more energetic and enterprising youths have now turned to the rich gold panning practice in the Zenda area in Gokwe for survival as drought continues to take its toll on the rural population.”


“We found that over the 66-year period, sardines arrived off the coast of Durban [South Africa] increasingly late—at a rate of 1.3 days later per decade… the ocean water is warmer.

“Sardines can tolerate a maximum surface temperature of 21°C. But this temperature isn’t being reached consistently at the same time every year due to changes in ocean temperature.”


“A marine biologist is taking notice of stunning images of tropical fish photographed by an amateur diver in the warming waters off Nova Scotia’s southern shore…

“As the weather gets warmer, the tropical species are remaining in the region for longer periods of time, though most are likely dying off in late fall as waters grow cold…”


““Lake Ontario’s outflows were increased to 10,400 cubic metres per second in early June. This is equivalent to the record high outflows recorded from June 14 – August 7, 2017,” said Christine Phillibert, Water Resources Manager. “High outflows from Lake Ontario are expected to help provide some relief to shoreline residents while still considering the effects on the St. Lawrence.””


“It’s dry in the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia and Alaska. Very dry.

“A contiguous stretch of over 2,000 miles of Pacific coastline is experiencing drought conditions ranging from “abnormally dry” to “extreme drought,” according to U.S. and Canadian Drought Monitors.”


“The Bering Sea and its coastal communities are feeling the effects of a pair of recent warm winters. Biologists and others who are following the changes closely are still working to understand what the long-term consequences might be.

“”There is an ecosystem-wide shift in the northern Bering Sea,” said biologist Gay Sheffield, of Nome, speaking during the Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission meeting in Utqiagvik this week.”


“A Cambridge scientist has warned that the “decaying” of the Greenland ice sheet risks pushing up the sea level and threatens coastal cities around the world.

“Peter Wadhams, professor of ocean physics and head of the Polar Ocean Physics Group at the University of Cambridge, said he had observed first hand drastic changes to conditions in the Arctic.”


“When a forest burns, the carbon emitted gets reabsorbed when the vegetation grows back. But the Arctic fires are burning through a sensitive ecosystem, one that’s usually verdant, cool, and wet. Once burned, the peat there won’t store carbon again on any meaningful timescale.

““The peat accumulates over centuries or millennial,” Yu said. “Part of that can be burned off in days or weeks.””


“This month, the Academic Lomonosov will be towed 3,000 miles to the Chukotka region of Russia, next to Alaska, to provide steam heat and eventually electricity to the small coastal goldmining town of Pevek. It is the flagship of Russia’s drive to bring nuclear power to the Arctic…

“…the floating plant took more than a decade to build at high cost and has been dubbed the “nuclear Titanic” over safety concerns.”


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31st July 2019 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

Still the biggest story:

“Extreme heat bowled over Europe last week, smashing records in its wake. Now, the heatwave that started in the Sahara has rolled into Greenland — where more records are expected to crumble in the coming days…

“Greenland is home to the world’s second-largest ice sheet. And when it melts significantly — as it is expected to do this year — there are knock-on effects for sea levels and weather across the globe.

“2019 could come close to the record-setting year of 2012, said Jason Box, professor and ice climatologist at the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland. During that “melty year,” he said, Greenland’s ice sheet lost 450 million metric tons — the equivalent of more than 14,000 tons of ice lost per second.

“What happens in Greenland will be felt across the world.

“Box said that this year’s melt is flooding the North Atlantic with freshwater, which could affect the weather in northwestern Europe. The result could be stronger storms, he added, citing flooding in the UK in 2015 and 2016.

“”Whatever happens in Greenland radiates its impact down,” he said. One of the most remarkable things about the 2019 heatwave is not just the number of records it broke across Europe — but the margin by which it did so…”


“Norway’s glaciers are dispearing amid record heatwave, setting off climate alarm…

“Record high temperature that happened in Norway over the past few days led to big melting of glaciers…

“…some of them might disappear in several years, public broadcaster NRK reported Tuesday.”


“As Scotland sweltered in record atmospheric temperatures last week marine scientists were investigating the rise of a lesser-known but equally life-threatening heatwave.

“Ocean heatwaves are a phenomenon which have, in recent years, led to the death of a mass of marine life in warmer climes. Now colder countries like Scotland are facing up to the impending threat of this.”


“The worst floods in living memory have devastated parts of the UK after more than a month’s worth of rain fell in just a few hours. Bridges collapsed as roads turned to raging rivers while dozens of homes were flooded.

“Farm animals were stranded in water-deluged fields and a number of people had to be treated for minor injuries from flying debris.”


“The UK’s 10 hottest years on record have all occurred since 2002, the Met Office has said. Its statistics stretching back to 1884 reveal a worrying trend, as the planet as a whole deals with the climate crisis.

“In a further indication of how the climate is heating up, the records show that none of the UK’s 10 coldest years have occurred since 1963.”


“With temperatures in the vicinity of 40°C, people [in Belgium] are not the only ones suffering from the heat:

“…some fruits and vegetables have also been scorched by the sun, and harvests could be affected. Apples have been hit particularly hard.”


“A heatwave in Europe is causing low water levels on the River Rhine — one of the continent’s most important shipping routes — which could weigh further on Germany’s vulnerable economy, experts have told CNBC.

“Last year, low water levels on the Rhine made parts of it unnavigable.

“This caused production to come to a halt in places, increased manufacturing costs and disrupted supply chains in the industrial heartland of Europe. There are signs a repeat performance could happen this summer…”


“Many cities and towns in New England have had more 90-degree days than Boston.

“For instance: Windsor Locks, in Connecticut, has had 18 such days this month, the most there in any month on record.

“Most climate sites are experiencing one of — if not the — warmest Julys on record.”


“The record temperatures [in the Potomac River] have not resulted in any advisories to stay away from the water.”


“Temperatures have been above average across Alaska every day since April 25. None of the nearly 300 weather stations scattered about Alaska have recorded a temperature below freezing since June 28, the longest such streak in at least 100 years.”


““Every year, the ocean is getting closer and higher. I think we’ve got a year – maybe two – before the water takes us too,” said Pineda, 24. “It won’t be long.”

“Golden beaches once helped transform this fishing community on the Gulf of Fonseca [Honduras] into a thriving tourist destination. Nowadays, however, there are barely a few metres of sand left, and rising water levels and tidal surges have wiped out roads, homes and businesses.”


“Temperatures soared to a scorching 97 degrees in Kahului on Monday, setting a record for the hottest temperature ever in the month of July and tying the all-time high for the Kahului Airport station.

“Monday’s temperature broke the previous record of 93 set on the same date in 2015.”


“Two hurricanes, one of them a Category 3, are moving toward the Hawaiian islands — one heading straight for the island chain and another tracking slightly south. Hurricane Erick, the larger of the storms, is not expected to make landfall but parts of Hawaii could see increased wind gusts and rain as Erick slides south of the Big Island on Thursday.”


“Rising ocean temperatures have killed one-third of coral reefs near Guam, University of Guam researchers said Monday. Their study found that between 2013 and 2017, Guam experienced warm water that killed off 34 percent of coral.

“”Never in our history of looking at reefs, have we seen something this severe,” Laurie Raymundo, UOG marine lab director and marine biology professor, said…”


“Japan is experiencing its highest temperatures since records began, with the mercury hitting 41.1C earlier this month in Kumagaya, a city in Saitama prefecture about 40 miles north-west of Tokyo.

“This broke the previous record of 41C in Ekawasaki on the island of Shikoku on August 12 2013. Thousands of people in Japan have been rushed to hospitals…”


“While dengue is most common in tropical and sub-tropical climates such as Bangladesh, India and Brazil, fears are growing it could spread to parts of the world not typically affected by the fast-growing disease including the southern United States, inland Australia and coastal areas of China and Japan.

“A recent study found that rising global temperatures caused by the climate crisis could see the female aedes aegypti mosquito which carries dengue — along with other diseases such as chikungunya, yellow fever and Zika — migrate to those parts of the world.”


“Strong winds and heavy downpours hit Hong Kong as Tropical Cyclone Wipha approaches. Footage shows commuters walking in the streets of Kowloon City under torrential rain earlier today (July 31). Authorities have warned that that the heavy rain may bring dangerous flash floods. Schools and care centres have been closed as a precaution measure.”


“More than 570,000 people in central China’s Hunan Province have been affected by drought, resulting from heatwaves and a lack of rainfall while other areas have difficulty getting drinking water, local authorities said on Tuesday…

“42,600 people are in need of living assistance, among which 36,600 have difficulty accessing drinking water…”


“With fires raging for days, immense clouds of smoke reached large population centers, including Russia’s third biggest city, Novosibirsk. Authorities declared emergencies in several regions.

“”The smoke is horrible,” pensioner Raisa Brovkina told state television after being hospitalized in Novosibirsk.

“”I am choking and dizzy,” she added.”


“Evidence linking extreme heat and aggression confirms the general understanding expressed in our colloquial language of “hot headed,” “so hot my blood boils.”

“One standard deviation of temperature increase leads to a 4% increase in interpersonal violence and 14% increase in group violence. This has significant implications for domestic violence and impacts on women and children.”


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30th July 2019 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

“Gigantic forest fires have regularly raged through the vast expanses of Russia’s Siberia, but the magnitude of this year’s blazes has reached an exceptional level with fears of a long-term impact on the environment.

“As fires sweep across millions of hectares enveloping entire cities in black smoke and noxious fumes, environmentalists warn of a disaster threatening to accelerate the melting of the Arctic.

“More than 3.2 million hectares (7.9 million acres) were in the grip of fires on Monday, mainly in the vast regions of Yakutia in the north and Krasnoyarsk and Irkutsk in Siberia, authorities said.”


“The alert concerns flooding in Baikalsk – where evacuation has begun – and concerns that toxic mudflows can dump poisonous sludge from a former pulp and paper mill into the lake’s pristine waters.

“Pools of liquid sludge containing lignin poses a huge threat to the life in Baikal with warnings of an ‘ecological catastrophe’.”


“Record temperatures for the summer in Iceland measured the second day in a row yesterday, when the daytime high reached 26.9° C (80.4° F) at Hjarðarland in Biskupstungur, South Iceland…

“…and 26.7° C (80° F) by Gullfoss waterfall.”


“The highest temperature ever recorded in the UK – 38.7C – has been confirmed by the Met Office. The measurement, taken at Cambridge Botanic Garden last Thursday, was subject to quality control and analysis by meteorologists over the weekend.”


“Thousands of chickens died in last week’s heatwave at a Red Tractor-endorsed farm that supplies major supermarkets including Tesco and Sainsbury’s…

“Critics said the chickens would have suffered terribly before dying.”


“…international community has been urged to intervene and curb a recurrence of hunger that killed 260 000 people in East Africa in 2011. More than 15 million people are in need of aid as drought hits parts of Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia again.

“An international agency accused the international community of complacency and failure towards ensuring that a catastrophe that occurred eight years ago did not happen.”


“Glaciers as old as 20,000 years on Turkey’s second highest peak have begun to melt faster, worrying environmentalists. 

“The Cilo-Sat Mountains are the eastern extension of the Taurus mountain range that runs east to west along Turkey’s Mediterranean coast and southern border.”


“PESHAWAR: At least 10 people died while 29 others were injured during the five days of torrential rains in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (K-P)…

“…stated a report released on Monday by the provincial disaster management body on the devastation wrought by the monsoon rains. Meanwhile, fresh flooding and torrential rains have washed away roads and bridges in different parts of the province.”


“At least 127 people were killed and an astounding eight million displaced after rivers in Nepal burst their banks in the latest monsoons and swept through villages in the eastern Indian state of Bihar…

““Millions have been badly hit after the flood situation worsened over the past week,” said Bishop Cajetan Francis Osta of Muzaffarpur, the worst affected area.”


“In a year when record heat is scorching Europe and the heaviest rain in decades has inundated parts of the U.S. Midwest, the Asia Pacific region is suffering from its own maelstrom of extreme weather.

“Drought, and floods in some areas, have devastated the livelihoods of thousands of people, and damaged crops in an area that produces most of the world’s palm oil, natural rubber and rice, and more than a third of its sugar.”


“Indonesia is stepping up efforts to prevent a repeat of haze that blanketed much of Southeast Asia four years ago by deploying thousands of firefighters and emergency response teams in its main palm oil- and rubber-producing regions.

“Authorities have declared a state of emergency in some provinces…”


“Japan is now sweating under a murderous heatwave after a historic lengthy rainy spell earlier this month, raising fresh concerns over Tokyo’s preparedness to protect athletes and spectators from the heat at the Olympic Games this time next year.

“The government said on Tuesday (July 30) that 11 people died and 5,664 people were taken to hospital with heat exhaustion symptoms in the week ending Sunday.”


“The longest Mississippi River flood on record is finally coming to an end, as several locations in flood for months have dropped, or will finally drop, below flood stage in the coming days in Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Illinois.

“In Vicksburg, Mississippi, the river dropped below flood stage over the weekend for the first time since mid-February.”


“This week’s expected heat wave in Regina [Saskatchewan] started with a record-low temperature. According to Environment Canada meteorologist Terri Lang, the mercury in Regina dropped to 3.6 C on Monday morning.

““That beats the old record of 3.9 (Celsius) set in 1925 with records starting in 1883,” Lang said.”


““It’s definitely climate change,” Natali said. “It’s accelerating, and the past couple years have been particularly bad. The past winters have been warm. There has been rain when there should be snow, the ground hasn’t been frozen in this area.” And, she added, “the ground surface didn’t freeze until mid-January this year.”

“In addition to being unsafe, ground collapse also emits more methane.

““In undisturbed tundra, we have never seen nitrous oxide emissions, or nitrous oxide, another greenhouse gas. It’s more than 100 times more potent than carbon dioxide,” Natali said.”


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29th July 2019 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

“Nordic countries are experiencing searing temperatures as Europe’s record-breaking heatwave moves north, with Norway on Saturday equalling its 1970 record, and many areas recording ‘tropical nights’.

“Laksfors in northern Norway on Saturday recorded a temperature of 96F (35.6C), equalling the national record set in Nesbyen (a very long way to the south) in 1970, the country’s meteorology service said on Twitter.

“The Norwegian Meteorological Institute also said it had recorded ‘tropical nights’ in 20 different locations in southern Norway, meaning that temperatures stayed above 20 degrees throughout the night.

“The tropical heat was also felt around other parts of the Nordics and in neighbouring Sweden, with most extreme heat in the country’s far north.”


““What these heat waves do is help propagate any ongoing drought conditions that started earlier this month, this summer or even earlier which in turn yields to a higher threat for wildfires,” Roys said.

“According to Roys, this is the second straight year in which drought conditions have become a problem across western Europe.”


“Last week’s conditions were described as “weather on steroids” by Dr Karsten Haustein, of Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute.

““The UK could have reached 40C [104f] last week, but cloud cover during the afternoon prevented it. What this short but intense episode has shown is that the potential for 40C is there.”


“A mini-tornado killed a woman motorist near Rome’s Fiumicino airport… Italy’s main agricultural body, Coldiretti, said orchards, whole fields of tobacco, sunflowers and maize as well as greenhouses had been wrecked, leaving losses worth millions of euros.

“Austria’s APA news agency, citing hail insurers, said airborne ice clumps as big as tennis balls pummeled the provinces of Styria, Carinthia and Burgenland.”


“Today is arguably the craziest day of weather in this crazy summer of 2019 [Croatia]. We went to bed with firefighters battling a huge fire near Sibenik which temporarily closed to main A1 motorway from Zagreb to Split. We awoke to 50 firefighters another huge fire near Zarace on Hvar, as 50 firefighters battles the blaze successfully.

“Rain came to assist the heroic Sibenik fighters, and the situation is now under control. But that rain continued. And how. You can see more of the crazy weather in our earlier roundup, including three waterspouts on Krk and fallen trees in Split.”


“A year after Greece’s deadliest wildfire tore through coastal towns near Athens, killing 102 people, the road to normality for survivors is long and scarred by scorched homes and barren land.

“The resort of Mati, a wooded area overlooking sparkling sea east of the capital, was popular with children at summer camps. On the first anniversary of the disaster, it resembles a ghost town.”


“Yemeni officials say at least six people were killed when floods swept through much of the country’s south following heavy rainfall.

“The officials said Saturday that at least three people are still missing in the Abyan and Shabwa provinces hit by heavy rains over the past 24 hours.”


“The average rainfall for every region of India is deficient, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD). Measuring from June 1, the overall deficit is 16 percent.

“Maybe more tellingly, 56 percent of the land area of India is short of the expected fall for this point in an “average” season.”


“Persistently dry weather in parts of Asia and Oceania has caused the most severe droughts in years, raising fears of economic and social impacts on the regions’ communities.

“Thailand is now facing reduced production — and therefore exports — of rice, and Australia, usually an exporter of wheat, is rushing to import the commodity.”


“The [Indonesian] government would need to seriously address the threat posed by drought as it could lead to the risk of crop failures and furthermore affect food prices, a researcher at he Center for Indonesian Policy Studies (CIPS) Galuh Octania said…

“Hence, she said, the government must be aware of the possibility of soaring food prices.”


“Central America remains one of the world’s most dangerous regions outside a warzone, where a toxic mix of violence, poverty and corruption has forced millions to flee their homes and head north in search of security.

“But amid a deepening global climate crisis, drought, famine and the battle for dwindling natural resources are increasingly being recognized as major factors in the exodus.”


“Valley temperatures [California] are only going to get hotter, expected to peak at 108 degrees Sunday, then drop to a high of around 104 in some places Monday. Temperatures in Fresno on Saturday rose to 104 degrees as of 4 p.m., the National Weather Service reported. Fresno area temperatures Sunday won’t be far from a 110-degree record high for July 28, set in 1980.”


“A forest ranger from the Police Benevolent Association of New York States took aerial video showing the scale of destruction from Alaska’s wildfires in 2019.”


“A number of local residents reported “haze hanging over the city”. Some complained that in addition to the unpleasant smell of burning they has itchy throat. “I do not know whether this is due to smog or just the heat, but the street is really very stuffy, there is not enough oxygen.

“Every time you inhale so that you are like standing near the fire, and it is impossible to move away from the ‘fire’ because such air is everywhere,” the citizen of Naberezhnye Chelny [Siberia] says.”


“Residents of Tulun in Russia’s Far Eastern Irkutsk region are being evacuated as new flash floods are feared, the regional department of the Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations reports.

“”Emergencies ministry’s specialists, police as well as the administration of municipalities are warning and evacuating residents of the areas that are at risk of flooding,” it said.”


“Extreme global temperatures are pushing the human body “close to thermal limits”, according to a climate scientist. Record-breaking heat has swept through Europe this week with temperatures topping 40C in a number of countries. However, in places such as South Asia and the Persian Gulf, people are already enduring temperatures reaching up to 54C.

“Despite all the body’s thermal efficiencies, these areas could soon be uninhabitable…”


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25th July 2019 European Heatwave Special

I’m away tomorrow so here’s a quick recap of this afternoon’s events in Europe:

Germany set an all-time heat record for the second day in a row:

“An all-time record temperature was measured in Germany for the second day running on Thursday, with 40.9 degrees Celsius measured in the northwestern town of Lingen, a spokesman for the German Weather Service said.”


So did The Netherlands:

“The Netherlands hit a new high temperature record of 41.7 degrees on Thursday, meteorologists said, as a heatwave turned large parts of Europe into a furnace.”


And so did Belgium:

“Belgium has also set a new national heat record for the second time in as many days as temperatures shot up to 40.6C in the northeast of the country.”


Paris recorded its hottest ever day:


And so did Edinburgh:


The UK has had its second hottest day in history and its hottest ever July day, with 38.1C (over 100F) recorded in Cambridge.


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25th July 2019 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

“A historic heat wave is bringing unprecedented temperatures to Western Europe, and is poised to expand northeastward to Scandinavia and into the Arctic by late this weekend.

“Once above the Arctic Circle, the weather system responsible for this heat wave could accelerate the loss of sea ice, which is already running at a record low for this time of year.”


“Huge wildfires are continuing to burn across the Arctic, and have now released more carbon dioxide in 2019 than in any year since satellite records began nearly two decades ago.

“Temperatures have been well above average in the region, and fires erupted in boreal peatlands across Siberia around 9 June. Normally the fires would last a few days, but this year some vegetation and peatland has been ablaze for a month and a half.”


“As we sailed north over a week last June, there was no sea ice in sight.

“And rather than signs of international maneuvering or preparations for oil drilling, I encountered a sort of stunned silence among the people who have long lived in the “high north” and are still coming to terms with the region’s rapid, climate-induced changes.”


“The UK is expecting its hottest day on record on Thursday, with temperatures of up to 39C (102.2F) forecast in southern and eastern England. The current record is 38.5C (101.3F) from August 2003.”


“… the the German Meteorological Service announced its highest temperature in recorded history, of 104.9 degrees Fahrenheit (40.5 C).

“The Germany weather agency noted that this brand new record might last for one day. That’s because there’s substantially more heat to come.”


“High in the French Alps on the famed Mont Blanc mountain range, it is not hard to find evidence of the toll of global warming.

“Visitors arriving from the last tramstop before the 4,809-metre summit are forced to take 20 steps more each year to reach the retreating “Mer de Glace”, or Sea of Ice glacier, France’s largest.”


“Despite it being the hottest day of the year without a drop of rain in sight, the Triftbach stream took Zermatt by surprise on Wednesday when it transformed into a gushing torrent of grey water for a while. News website 20 Minuten was able to source footageexternal link from readers…

“A pocket of water in the glacial zone above the stream – invisible from the surface – could have emptied itself…”


“Two years ago it seemed rain would never return to Cape Town. Now it doesn’t seem like it will stop.

“For residents of Qandu-qandu the end of the drought is certainly not all good news. They thought they were safe from flooding but then the canal behind their shacks overflowed, flooding their homes. 71-year-old Thandiwe Ngcakuna left her two-roomed shack to find shelter at her neighbour at 2am in the morning.”


“According to the Fire Department, eight people died this Wednesday, July 24th, as a result of the heavy rainfall that has been affecting the Metropolitan Region of Recife [Brazil] since dawn.

“The storm also brought down walls and trees and caused several flooding points, hindering bus traffic. In some cities, classes from the municipal network have been canceled.”


“Hundreds have been evacuated after flash floods and landslides devastated areas of Düzce province in northwest Turkey, local press reported on Wednesday.

“The bodies of five of seven missing people have been recovered since record-breaking levels of rainfall caused floods on the Melen river on July 17 and 18, hitting 124 villages and later causing landslides.”


“In the absence of a functional sewerage system, water entered the homes and shops of citizens [Lahore, Pakistan], who spent the day pushing it out of their homes.

“On top of this, power outages were reported across multiple areas of the city, which added to the miseries of the people.”


“Lightning has killed at least 39 people during thunderstorms and heavy rains lashing eastern India where thousands of people are stranded on high ground, an official said Wednesday.

“Disaster Management official Amod Kumar Sharan said the deaths occurred on Tuesday, raising the overall death toll in Bihar state to 123…”


“The water level in the Mekong river in this northeastern border province is only about 1.50 metres high, possibly the lowest level in almost 100 years, according to local media reports.

“As the dry spell continues, the water in the Mekong river has dropped by about 10-20 centimetres per day. It is now only about 1.50m high, about 11 metres below the spill-over point on the river bank.”


“Indonesia’s rice crop is at risk of damage from an unusually long dry weather spell that’s gripped several producing regions, raising prospects of elevated imports for a second year…

“The drought has prompted President Joko Widodo to order steps to mitigate the impact and consider artificial rain as an option.”


“A wildfire in Idaho was ignited by a strike of lightning on Monday and quickly burned over 110,000 acres by Wednesday morning.

“The fire is burning on the Idaho National Laboratory site, located close to Idaho Falls. The blaze is being called the Sheep Fire for its proximity to a nearby dirt access road called Sheep Road.”


“Over the past two millennia, the world’s climate has gone through its fair share of ups and downs, but what is happening right now stands out in stark contrast.

“Two new papers have demonstrated that peak warming and cooling events before the Industrial era – such as the so-called Little Ice Age and the Medieval Warm Period – were vastly smaller in scope than today’s global reach of human-induced warming.”


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