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1st June 2023 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

Extraordinary day in China: 44.4C [111.9F] at 900m above sea level, 116 monthly records broken/tied (more than 500 in 3 days), of which 39 had their hottest day for any month.

“That’s plus hundreds of records of highest Tmins and many more set earlier this month. Nearly 1000 records only in China.”


Courtesy of Macao Meteorological Service this totally insane MINIMUM temperatures [up to 31.9C / 89.4F] at Macau today, the warmest night ever seen in climatic history not just for May but for any month.

“Macao climatic data is >140 years old in the Observatory.”


‘Granary of China’ braces for more wheat-damaging rain.

“China’s largest wheat-growing province of Henan is expected to be hit by more rain in the coming days, state forecasters said on Thursday, complicating efforts to harvest grain already damaged by wetter than normal weather in late May.”


What Japan is living is historic: Heat records fall every single day (and night, records of highest Tmins also fall):

“Today again temperatures up to 33C [91.4F] with the most important records include: 32.9C Kiire; 31.7C Shibushi. More records coming; that’s like a daily routine.”


Historic day in Myanmar. Records of highest temperatures in history keep falling: 42.3C Hkmati / 108.1F] (Sagaing State) new all time high, record was set yesterday; 41.8C Myitkyna (Kachin State) new all time high, previous 41.5C in May 1979.”


‘Perfect storm of chaos’: A week after Typhoon Mawar, most of Guam still without basic services.

“One week after typhoon Mawar ripped through the US territory of Guam, most parts of the island were still without power, water, and internet, with residents frustrated by the government’s slow response to the crisis.”


Pigeon Hole flood evacuees living in Yarralin tent camp [NT, Australia] with no date to return home.

“Three months after the remote Northern Territory community of Pigeon Hole was severely flooded, residents are still living in tents and have no clear idea about when they will be able to return home.”


Hokitika, New Zealand, has just had its wettest May since [records began in] 1866.

“Hokitika weather observer Mark Crompton said as well as being the wettest May there since the town was founded, it was also one of the warmest. For the month, Hokitika measured 609mm of rain — more than double the May average of 271mm.”


A flood-hit resident of Waihi Beach has described returning home to find water rising inside and says it has never flooded like this in his 30 years of living there…

“The council estimates 60mm of rain fell in an hour, causing flooding that forced up to 50 people from their homes, with 27 people evacuated and elderly residents rescued by firefighters…”


Peru battles record dengue outbreak, in a warning for a warming world.

“Peru is taking extraordinary measures such as banning households from filling vases with water, as it battles its worst dengue outbreak on record, a crisis that experts have linked to increased rainfall and warmer temperatures as the climate changes… As of Monday, the South American nation has recorded more than 110,000 probable cases of dengue this year…”


The farmers dealing with water shortages even before historic Colorado River deal.

“Nancy Caywood worries about water constantly. Water – or the uncertainty of it – has kept the 69-year-old Arizona farmer awake at night since supplies began dwindling about two decades ago due to chronic overuse and drought in the American west.”


100-year flash flood leaves Hereford, Texas, underwater.

“After months of severe drought, the floodgates have opened for many areas of the High Plains, creating new challenges. Hereford, Texas, one of the largest cattle feeding areas in the U.S., saw historic rainfall this month when 8-10 inches of rain accumulated in the Texas Panhandle town.”


Spokane [Washington] just had the warmest May since the National Weather service began tracking temperatures in 1881…

It is the fourth time the city has broken a highest average monthly temperature record in two years. Since 2021, records have been set for May, July, August and October.”


Driest May weather on record; Farmers find creative ways to protect crop.

“The Philadelphia area received less than a quarter of an inch of rain all month. On average, we should be finishing up with a little over three inches. “With a spring like this year, we’re watering every day, whereas in the past it may be only two to three times a week,” Jarvis said.”


Bermuda receives record May rainfall.

“The wettest May in 74 years has been recorded by the Bermuda Weather Service. A succession of “very large and wet” low-pressure systems kept a conveyor belt of rain pushing across Bermuda from May 22, according to Michelle Pitcher, the BWS director.”


‘Unprecedented’ Nova Scotia wildfires expected to worsen, officials warn.

“Officials in the province of Nova Scotia say unprecedented wildfires that have forced thousands from their homes will keep growing despite the “water, raw muscle power and air power” deployed by fire crews.”


This exceptionally warm May in Canada has been breaking records since the first to the last day and today it ends with many more stations having their hottest May day in history:

“33.7C [92.7F] Bathurst; 33.6C Charlo; 33.0C Gaspe; 32.6C Onatchiway; 28.8C Wabush lake (tied); 30.7C Lac Benoit.”


How bout hanging out on the beach in balmy 30°C [86F], in the Arctic, overlooking the sea ice. Just beware the polar bears sharing that sweet spot with you. Here’s the south end of Hudson Bay on May 30th.”


Warm spell in Iceland.

“Yesterday with fohn winds the temperatures in the North rose as high as 22.0C [71.6F] between 4am and 5am in the morning!

Some stations with short POR broke their records of warmest May temperatures.


Two firefighters airlifted to hospital as crews battle wildfire near Cannich in Scottish Highlands.

“It comes after the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) warned of a “very high risk” of wildfires across the country due to the warm weather. Emergency crews were alerted to the fire at a farm near Cannich on Sunday afternoon.”


England ‘not ready’ to respond to extreme heatwaves this summer – and resources are at ‘breaking point’.

“In addition to excess deaths, they are warning of economic shocks and a “breakdown in public services” should the country experience more very high temperatures either this year or in the future. Last July, the UK recorded a temperature above 40C [104F] for the first time ever…”


Storms lash drought-hit Spain.

Experts said the torrential rains—which tend to trickle off instead of seeping into the ground—were insufficient to end the deficit in Spain’s water reservoirs. Spain’s reservoirs, which store rainwater for use in drier months, were at just 47.5 percent of their capacity during the final week of May, down slightly from 47.7 percent during the previous week…”


Extreme rainfall in Turkey floods streets, properties.

“Torrential rains have paralyzed daily life in Türkiye, while vehicles were submerged in rainwater and floods damaged citizens’ properties in several provinces.”


Heavens finally open over Nelson Mandela Bay [South Africa] — city on track for record May rainfall.

After eight years of drought, the rain finally came. Garth Sampson from the South African Weather Office said last week the metro had received 167.6mm. This surpassed the previous record for autumn rain, set in 2007, of 165mm.”


Cyclones and Interest Rates Fuel an African Debt Crisis…

“This year, cyclones and torrential rains lashed Mozambique, Malawi and eastern South Africa, destroying crops and infrastructure in what’s becoming an annual pattern.”


Iran’s share of Helmand River water blocked by Afghanistan’s dams: Images.

“Satellite images reveal how the interim government in Afghanistan is blocking the flow of Helmand River, a lifeline for residents of Iran’s Sistan and Baluchestan Province, into the other side of border, by building several dams on the river.”


Concerns voiced over water shortages [Pakistan]…

“Serious concern at the water shortage in the country echoed during the meeting of National Assembly Standing Committee on Water Resources… The Committee reviewed water scarcity and continued conflict between Sindh and Punjab as a Special Committee led by Khalid Magsi also failed to present any solution to the conflict on water distribution and losses.”


‘In a hot oven’: India heatwaves take a toll on most vulnerable.

“Recurring heatwaves in India’s capital New Delhi have taken their toll on construction worker Mamta as she labours and sweats through a gruelling 12-hour work day. “In the afternoon, the situation is terrible. You feel like you are in a hot oven,” Mamta told Al Jazeera…”


India didn’t miss the “party” of record heat. The 7 sister States are with extreme heat wave and records level in some areas.

The town of Imphal in the State of Manipur today had its hottest May day on records and tied its all time record of the hottest day in history with 35.8C [96.4F].”


Monster heat wave in Russia and adjacent countries. In the Caspian area, temperatures rose >40C in Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan.

Minimum temperature was 29.4C [84.9F] at Turkmenbashi! Absolutely unprecedented heat, never seen before. The heat spread all over in Siberia to the Arctic Circle.


Record heat also in Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan. The Azeri capital Baku rose to an impressive 36.9C [98.4F] in its Bine Airport, this is the warmest May day in history of the capital.

“In the Republic of Georgia hottest May day on records at Bolnisi with 33.0C (534m above sea level).”


Earth past its safe limits for humans, scientists say.

“The research, published in the journal Nature on Wednesday, identified eight earth system boundaries that included climate, biodiversity, water, natural ecosystems, land use and the effect of fertilisers and aerosols. Human activities had pushed seven of these boundaries beyond their “safe and just limit” into risk zones…”


Reduced emissions during the pandemic led to increased climate warming, reveals study…

The results show that a complete phasing out of fossil fuel combustion in favor of renewable energy sources with zero emissions could result in rapid “unmasking” of aerosols, while greenhouse gases linger.


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30th May 2023 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

“Extreme heat events have now become the new normal.

“Since the first day of 2023, extreme heat events have increased the threat to human health and the environment… Unlike gradual global warming which many people expect, extreme heat events have raised temperatures to historical highs in many places.”


Shanghai has recorded its hottest day in May in 100 years at 36.7C (98F), shattering the previous high by a full degree.

“Scientists say global warming is exacerbating adverse weather with many countries experiencing deadly heatwaves and temperatures hitting records across Southeast and South Asia in recent weeks.”


Insane Heat wave in China

“Over 130 stations in 10 provinces broke their May records including Shanghai with 36.7C. 43.0C [109.4F] at Qiaojia in Yunnan, 41.1C at Ningnan in Sichuan. 40C was recorded at 1254m asl at Dongchuan! Zhaotong, Puge and Zhaoiue had their hottest days for any month.”


More Records in Japan:

“Yesterday highest minimum temperatures for May beaten in 4 stations, the most important: 20.9C [69.6F] Agenosho (Yamaguchi); 18.6C Kyogo (Tokushima). More records can fall today. In the past 15 months Japan beat heat records every single month, many months by hundreds.”


The heat in Thai capital Bangkok is unprecedented. In May 2023 so far the average monthly temperature has been 33.3C [91.9F], the hottest on records.

“Min temperatures are still near 30C and max. near 40C and things might get worse next days and records will fall again. THI will rise >55C [131F].”


Bangladesh inequality on the rise thanks to climate change, Covid, inflation: UN expert.

“Bangladesh must focus on reducing income inequality as climate change, high inflation and the persistent effects of the pandemic have sank millions into the ranks of the “new poor”, according to a United Nations poverty expert.”


Study: Highest glacier on Everest melting at alarming rate.

“There is rising anxiety about temperatures as the climbing community gets ready to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the ascent of Mount Everest. The world’s tallest peak is seeing either rising glacier melting or increasingly severe and unreliable weather.”


Two million litres of water drained from reservoir in search for phone dropped by Indian official taking selfie.

“The waterlogged phone was recovered, but would not switch on… India is one of the world’s most water-stressed countries and extreme temperatures have led to severe water scarcity, causing crop losses, forest fires and power cuts.”


An unusual thunderstorm and hailstorm in Gujarat caused by a cyclonic circulation over Rajasthan on Sunday claimed nine lives, state government officials said on Monday.

“Meanwhile, the IMD officials said that this summer, the state has received 34.7 mm rains so far, which is about ten times higher than normal.”


At least three killed in shooting at Iran-Afghan border.

“Two Iranian border guards and one Taliban fighter have been killed after shooting broke out near a border post between Iran and Afghanistan, sharply escalating rising tensions between the two countries amid a dispute over water rights.


Man dead, child missing as flash floods hit parts of Jordan.

“Security personnel found the body of a man in his 30s who was swept away in flash floods while in his vehicle in the Al Shammia area in northern Aqaba late on Sunday night. Speaking to the Jordan News Agency, Petra, Aqaba Governor Khaled Hajaj on Monday said that a search and rescue team had been formed last night to locate the young man.”


Weekend fires sweep across Israel as nation suffers under heatwave…

“Fire and Rescue Commissioner Eyal Caspi prohibited the lighting of fires in open areas throughout the country for 24 hours from 8a.m. – including parks, forests and nature reserves – out of concern that the fires would spread under heavy wind conditions.”


Disappointing weather takes its toll on Gaza wheat crop.

“Shifting weather patterns and disappointing rains in Gaza mean Palestinian farmer Itaf Qudeih has managed to harvest only a quarter of the wheat she once grew on her land. “The wheat was taller and the grain was bigger, it is now very weak. The late winter influenced the crop and the quantity of the produce,” said Qudeih, 60…”


Mind blowing heat wave in Russia: From 37C [98.6F] at Verhkhniy Basksan in the Caucasus to 33.1C at Kuminskaya lat 58N to 32.4C at Saim at 60 latitude (record smashed).

“But also tropical nights north of lat 57N. Tmin 20.6C Nozovka lat 57 20.7C Sorocinsk lat 52. Unprecedented.”


Due to heavy rains, several streets in Resita [Romania] were flooded, and the waters took up several cars. Firefighters on the free shifts were called in to intervene.

“ISU Caraș-Severin showed images of the moment when streams of water made a mess on Mihail Kogălniceanu Street in Reșița, after a breaking of clouds.”


Inside the Italy mega storm that killed four and caused a houseboat to capsize in a lake…

“A boat packed full of British tourists capsized during a catastrophic storm over Italy’s Lake Maggiore yesterday. Local reports say the vessel, believed to be a houseboat, capsized after a “whirlwind” struck the lake…”


Drought-struck Barcelona quenches thirst with costly desalination.

“Where once the population of Barcelona drank mostly from its rivers and wells, Spain’s second city now relies upon a labyrinth-like mesh of green, blue and purple pipes inside an industrial plant to keep it from going thirsty amid a prolonged drought.”


Wildfires in Nova Scotia are ‘out of control’ and forcing 16,000 people from their homes…

“Officials say the fires, which span a total of more than 25,000 acres and have been deemed “out of control” by officials, have destroyed multiple buildings and caused huge plumes of smoke to tower over the region.”


More and more exceptional warmth in Canada: By far the country with the highest positive temperature anomalies this month, one month for the history.

“Incredible heat in Northern Ontario: 32.2C/90F Fort Severn; 31.0C Peawanuck; 28.4C at Churchill Manitoba in the Hudson Bay.”


Insurance giant halts sale of new home policies in California due to wildfires.

“The insurance giant State Farm, America’s biggest car and home insurer by premium volume, will halt the sale of new home insurance policies in California, citing wildfire risk and inflation of construction costs.”


Peru: State of Emergency in 131 Districts, El Niño Phenomenon.

“On Sunday, the Peruvian government proclaimed a state of emergency for a period of 60 days across 131 districts in response to the potential arrival of the El Niño phenomenon, deemed as an “imminent danger”.”


Uruguay, hot and dry, adds saltwater to public drinking supply…

“The Paso Severino reservoir, which provides freshwater to more than half the country’s 3.4 million people, is down to 5 percent of capacity. So the State Sanitary Works Administration secured permission this month to exceed the legal limits for sodium and chloride…”


Among the scary heat waves which are battering large swathes of the globe these weeks, North Africa’s is probably the worst.

“Today some Tmin/Tmax: Matam, Senegal 32.0/47.0 [89.6F/116.6F]; Kayes, Mali 35.5/46.9; Yelimane, Mali 36.6 (!)/45.8. Brutal daily averages >40C [104F]. And it can get even worse.”


Record heat doesn’t spare the Maldives.

“For 2 days in a row ,yesterday and today, the atoll of Hanimadhoo in the North, rose to 34.6C [94.3F], which is the highest temperature on records in May in the country,1 decimal above the record set on 1 May 2016 at the same site.”


Australians have woken up to freezing temperatures, with some towns recording their coldest May morning on record.

“Widespread frost was reported in parts of Queensland, Northern Territory, New South Wales and Western Australia on Sunday morning.”


Climate change could trigger gigantic deadly tsunamis from Antarctica, new study warns.

“By drilling into sediment cores hundreds of feet beneath the seafloor in Antarctica, scientists discovered that during previous periods of global warming — 3 million and 15 million years ago — loose sediment layers formed and slipped to send massive tsunami waves racing to the shores of South America, New Zealand and Southeast Asia.”


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27th May 2023 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News


Faya Largeau just hit 48C [118.4F]. This is the highest reliable temperature ever recorded in Chad. The previous record of 47.6C was set at the same place on 22 June 2010.”


A towering cotton tree which has stood for several hundred years in Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown, has been brought down by a heavy storm.

“President Julius Maada Bio said the tree fell after a downpour on Wednesday night. He described it as a “great loss to the nation”.”


As drought withers Tunisian fields, state feels financial pinch.

“As rains failed, Tunisian farmers watched their crops wither this spring, harvesting early to salvage some as animal feed and piling costs on a state struggling to afford wheat imports with bakeries running out of bread.”


Rescue operations continue as floods kill two children in eastern Algeria…

“The floods have trapped dozens of citizens in their homes, schools and cars. Houses were also damaged or destroyed, vehicles swept from roads and transport severely disrupted… In Tunisia, authorities said that a female farmer died on Wednesday in Kasserine, in the west of the country, after heavy floods swept her away.”


Jordan’s Bedouins take on the struggles of climate change…

““My family used make a living through herding sheep and camels. But as [it] started raining less, it became difficult to keep the animals and sustain a living. We had to move to the village and sell our animals,” al-Zalabeih told Al Jazeera.”


Dust storm sends over 180 to hospital in Kirkuk…

“Dust storms are not uncommon in Iraq but are becoming more frequent due to drought, desertification, and rising temperatures. Iraq is one of the countries most affected by climate change.”


At least 13 people have been killed and dozens injured in torrential rains and flash floods that have struck a dozen provinces in Afghanistan.

“The worst-affected areas were in the central province of Ghor, a remote and impoverished region where at least six people died.”


Searing heatwave grips plains of Sindh.

“A severe heatwave has gripped the plains of Sindh where several cities witnessed daytime temperatures above 45 degrees Celsius on Friday, the Pakistan Meteorological Department said, adding that the maximum temperature was recorded in Mohenjodaro where the mercury touched 48.5 degrees Celsius [119.3F].


First cheetah cubs born in India in more than seven decades die in heatwave…

“The first cub died on Tuesday, prompting veterinarians in the national park in Madhya Pradesh state to closely monitor the mother and her three remaining cubs. The cubs appeared weak on Thursday afternoon – a day when temperatures reached 47C (113F) – and authorities intervened to help the cats.”


Vietnamese cities cut public lighting to save energy amid heatwave…

“In the capital, Hanoi, street lights are being turned on 30 minutes later and turned off 30 minutes earlier than usual, the ministry said. Half the street lights along some major thoroughfares and in public parks have been completely turned off.”


BREAKING: Super Typhoon Mawar has strengthened even further. Winds are now 185mph with a minimum central pressure of 897mb!

“That makes it the strongest tropical cyclone in the West Pacific during the month of May on record [and the world’s most powerful storm since 2021].”


Auckland has had 91% of its annual rainfall – and it’s not even June…

“The average rainfall for January 1 to May 26 was 397mm – that means the city has had 2.5 times its usual rainfall for the same period of time. That 1019.2mm [40.1 inches] of rain made itself felt, causing landslides, destroying roads and permanently affecting communities all over Auckland.”


Bird flu fells nearly 9,000 marine creatures in Chile [I wonder if the extremely warm sea temps off Peru and Chile are exacerbating this]…

“Since the beginning of 2023, more than 7,600 sea lions, 1,186 Humboldt penguins — an endangered species that breeds only in Chile and Peru — and several otters, porpoises and dolphins have been found dead along the coast, the Sernapesca service said in a statement.”


US Judge says fire retardant drops are polluting streams but allows use to continue.

“BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A judge ruled Friday that the U.S. government can keep using chemical retardant to fight wildfires, despite finding that the practice pollutes streams in western states in violation of federal law.”


300 dump trucks traverse Florida neighborhood each day to restore dunes decimated by Hurricane Ian.

“Beach defenses, millions of years in the making, took Hurricane Ian half a day to tear apart in Barefoot Beach, Florida. The dunes were decimated. Now, the small neighborhood and preserve is rebuilding…”


Killer ‘brain-eating’ infection sparks alert as disease spreads throughout the US.

“A deadly infection that targets the human brain is spreading in the United States as result of climate change. The microbe Naegleria fowleri amoeba causes a rare brain infection called primary amoebic meningoencephalitis (PAM), and is now being found in new areas of the US.”


Tick-borne disease that kills up to 15% of sufferers just claimed its first life in the US this year — and experts warn the virus is becoming more common due to climate change.

“Robert J. Weymouth, a 58-year-old from Topsham, Maine passed away due to complications from the Powassan virus, which caused severe neurological problems…”


How climate change is giving the world’s worst diseases a deadly boost…

“Experts predict that continuing changes and shifts in the globe’s weather patterns could heighten the threat posed by humanity’s most dangerous infectious diseases, making this the deadliest fallout of climate change, rather than extreme temperatures or flooding.”


Climate change appears to be disrupting the hibernation of female Arctic Squirrels, scientists say, and that could affect mating season.

“…scientists have found that as temperatures rise, female ground squirrels are emerging up to 10 days earlier than they used to. Researchers think it has to do with earlier thawing of the soil.”


Arctic amplification is destabilizing the delicate balance of the ecosystem.

“The Arctic, a hotspot for climate change, is once more grabbing headlines. This remote region is warming faster than any other part of the world, creating a domino effect called Arctic amplification. ESA-developed satellites are stepping up, offering vital data that shed light on this complex phenomenon and its far-reaching implications for people and wildlife alike.”


In this Arctic Town [Longyearbyen, Svalbard], Movements Triggered by Water Pose the Biggest Challenge…

“The biggest issue is not permafrost, it’s the water. We have more rain now than we used to, and when you add water, things start to move — electric poles, buildings, and even our one road, which is of course built on permafrost.”


Another incredible record in the Arctic Russia.

Kolguyev Island, which is in the Barents Sea, (lat. 69N) on 25th May beat its May record of highest temperature again with 22.1C [71.8F], that’s nearly 4C above the previous record.


Water shortage warnings already in place for half of Scotland.

“Half of Scotland has been placed in “early warning” for water shortage after a significant drop in rainfall this spring. Levels in Loch Maree in Wester Ross are now so low that the surrounding area is under a yellow alert even though summer has yet to start.”


Northern Ireland experienced its hottest year on record in 2022, according to a Stormont report…

“Climate records, the Northern Ireland Environmental Statistics Report 2023 states, “suggest that the mean annual temperature has been steadily increasing since the end of the 19th century”.”


Northern Italy floods leave museums submerged and ancient frescoes damaged.

“As Emilia Romagna begins the herculean task of clearing up after flooding that left 15 people dead, the damage to the region’s rich culture and heritage is coming to light. Museums, libraries and churches have been inundated with water and mud ruining antique books, manuscripts and frescoes.”


A man was killed after torrential rain caused flash flooding in the southern Italian province of Avellino on Thursday…

“The mayor of Contrada, Pasquale De Santis, told Ansa, “There was only twenty minutes of rain preceded by a hailstorm, but of exceptional strength.” …The area has been repeatedly hit by severe flooding during storms and families in the nearby village of Celzi had to be rescued using rubber dinghies in the last major floods in November 2023.”


Villages in north-east Catalonia [Spain] were left flooded and streets covered in ice and hail following a storm on Wednesday.

“Eyewitness footage shows cars stranded in the streets of Sant Hilari Sacalm. The recent storms come as Spain registered the driest start to a year since records started.”


…torrential rains caused a strong and sudden flood in Molina de Segura (Murcia, Spain), which trapped numerous drivers in their vehicles and generated scenes of panic…

“The episode of heavy rains has left in the province of Castellón some rainfall records that have made May 2023 the rainiest in history in the area.”


Dangerous slowing of Antarctic ocean circulation sooner than expected.

“Climate change-driven shifts in the circulation of waters to the deepest reaches of the ocean around Antarctica, which could reverberate across the planet and intensify global warming, are happening decades “ahead of schedule”, according to new research.”


Wildfires sparked ‘the Great Dying’ on Earth 250 million years ago, Chinese study confirms

“Study led by Chinese Academy of Sciences researchers finds frequent, intense wildfires may have led to the collapse of terrestrial ecosystems. Largest mass extinction event in the end-Permian period wiped out nearly 90 per cent of marine and land species on Earth.”


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25th May 2023 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

Heatwave hit Europe’s Arctic coast… Record temperature for May at Mehamn airport on Norway’s coast to the Barents Sea…

“…Nyrud in the Pasvik valley measured a peak at 25.3 degrees Celsius [77.5F], actually higher than the Mediterranean coast of Spain and Italy…

In Teriberka north of Murmansk, the temperature reached 25.1°C [77.2F], beating the 69-year-old May record for the Russian Barents Sea coast.


Weather alert: ‘Extremely high risk’ of wildfires in parts of Sweden.

“Sweden’s weather agency warned of an “extreme” risk of forest fires in parts of the country, as helicopters were called in to water bomb a blaze south of Stockholm… Fire bans are currently in place in large parts of the Blekinge, Kronoberg, Gotland, Västmanland, Stockholm and Uppsala regions.”


Geneva airport briefly closed as climate activists protest private jet fair.

“Geneva’s airport was briefly closed to flights on Tuesday as climate activists stormed a private jet fair on a nearby tarmac by ripping down or scaling fences, handcuffing themselves to landing gear and other material, and scuffling with police and security before being hauled away.”


France bans short-haul flights in effort to fight climate change…

“The change, which came into effect on Tuesday, will mostly rule out air trips between Paris and regional hubs such as Nantes, Lyon and Bordeaux, with connecting flights unaffected.”


Southern Europe flooded as northern half bakes.

“The weather in Europe seems to have flipped around. Southern Europe had been baked in scorching temperatures during spring, and in Spain and Portugal record high temperatures were set in April… But now southern Europe has been hit by storms and drenched in torrential rain as low pressure dominates…”


Schools shut as torrential rains hit southeastern Spain…

“…torrential rains swept over the coastal southeast on Tuesday following a long drought, leaving behind flooded basements, submerged cars and closed-off roads… Some locations in the Valencia region saw more rain in a few days than they had in the previous six months combined… The town of Ontinyent in Valencia broke the record for the highest accumulated rainfall in one day in May in the past 100 years…


Malaga needs a whole month of rain to alleviate current drought crisis.

“While recent downpours have been important, they have not been enough to make up for the serious water deficit accumulated over the past year. The heaviest rains that have fallen since last Thursday have also been on the coast, away from the main reservoirs.


Europe’s water war: Reality on the front lines of drought.

Brussels, Madrid and Andalusia are embroiled in a fight over the drought-stricken Doñana National Park… The long-simmering conflict is boiling over ahead of Spanish municipal elections later this week, as regional conservative politicians seek to cast themselves as the farmers’ allies, promising water supplies that activists say are long gone.”


Thousands of active landslides in Emilia Romagna – expert. Consequences of torrential rain and deadly floods continuing…

“Last week’s torrential rain and deadly floods in Emilia Romagna have led to thousands, not hundreds, of active landslides, Paride Antolini, the president of the region’s geologists’ guild, said on Wednesday.”


Stifling heat also in Northern Africa: 47C [116.6F] again at Faya Largeau in Northern Chad ties the Chadian national record for May again.

“In Northern Niger 46.3C at Bilma, 1C from the May record. Agadez (500m asl) Tmin 33.1C Tmax 45.0C.”


Namibia in grips of drought.

“Large parts of Namibia are experiencing severe or extreme drought conditions following the end of the 2022/23 rainy season, the Namibia Meteorological Service is reporting in its latest monthly rainfall bulletin.”


Endless record heat in Southern Africa highlands; Today in Botswana 35.3C [95.5F] at Mababe (931m asl).

“South Africa: 33.3C Augrabies Falls (635m); 33.2C Twee Rivieren (879m); 32.6C Upington (839m); 31.6C Van Zylsrus (938m). This heat is unprecedented for this time of the year and won’t stop.


Afghanistan’s denial of Iran’s water rights destroying agriculture, wetlands.

“As the long-running water dispute between Iran and Afghanistan drags on, experts warn that it is taking a heavy toll on agriculture and water bodies, especially the wetlands in southwestern Iran.”


Locust invasion in Afghanistan’s breadbasket threatens wheat harvest.

“The northern “breadbasket” of Afghanistan is battling a potentially devastating outbreak of locusts that threaten to eat their way through up to a quarter of the country’s annual wheat harvest, the UN has warned.”


There are fresh warnings about soaring heat in south and south-east Asia as a UN report warns global temperatures will very likely hit new records within the next five years.

Parts of Pakistan nudged 50 degrees Celsius on Sunday, with Jacobabad hitting 49C [120.2F].”


Sweltering heat wave hits Sri Lanka; climate change will likely bring more.

“As a heat wave sweeps across Asia, Sri Lanka continues to issue heat warnings to the public as the country experiences much higher than normal temperatures coupled with high humidity and threatening health impacts.”


Not a single month in years has passed without record heat in China and this May is not an exception: after the records earlier this month.

On 28-31 May Yunnan will experience days among its hottest in history. 42/43C likely and 35C+ above 1000 asl. Stay tuned.”


Heavy Rain Alert! Shenzhen Breaks Historic Rainfall Record…

“According to Shenzhen Weather on Weibo, the maximum one-hour rainfall in Bao’an District reached an astonishing 142.2 millimeters [6 inches], surpassing all previous records in the city’s history. Additionally, within a 30-minute period, an impressive 108.2 millimeters of rain poured down, further emphasizing the magnitude of this extraordinary event.”


Typhoon Mawar – live: Storm ‘reintensifies’ as it heads to Philippines after slamming Guam with floods…

“Mawar made landfall at local time 9pm but the island was battered by heavy rains and powerful winds of up to 240 kph [149mph] for hours yesterday, that uprooted trees, blew away roofs, and brought the US territory to a standstill.”


Record heat is near allover in the tropics and French Polynesia is not an exception:

“Exceptional high temperatures for late May in the territory these days with up to 33.6C [92.5F] at Atuonam, Hiva Oa Island,in the Marquesas Islands.”


Disaster for the Antarctic sea ice extent which is well at its all time low for May.

And the abnormal warmth of this month seems never ending in the Peninsula and Islands.

Today: 8.4C [47.1F] San Martin Base; 6.1C Esperanza; 4.8C; Palmer and Vernadsky; 4.3C Rothera Point; 4.2C Marambio.”


Uruguay is facing the worst drought in more than 70 years and Montevideo’s main reservoir has water for only ten days.

“The lack of rain led to the worst water deficit since 1949, affecting the supply of thousands of homes and causing poor water quality.”


Cash-Strapped Argentina Needs Rain Now to Save Crops From Drought.

“Argentina’s farmers need precipitation to arrive within the next three weeks to stand any chance of emerging from a disastrous drought that has shriveled harvests and slashed agricultural exports… Farmers are struggling to recover from three consecutive years of drought.”


Endless record heat in Costa Rica,an heat wave 2 months long. Today historic 40.0C [104F] at Cerro Huacalito, never 40C was recorded that late and it’s just 0.1C from national May record of 1998. 39.9C at Palo Verde.

“29.3C in the capital San Jose (1150m).”


Unusual Ocean Anomalies are being detected in the North Atlantic, impacting the Atlantic storm systems as we head into the Summer season…

“As you can see, based on reconstructed data going back over 170 years, there has not been an ocean anomaly as strong as in April across the North Atlantic.”


Climate change is moving hurricane risks farther inland.

“Researchers say climate change and rapid development are moving danger zones farther inland, putting more people in harm’s way. This is troubling news for the many North Carolinians still reeling from the impact from Hurricane Florence in 2018. That storm dropped over three feet of rain – the state’s wettest hurricane.”


North Carolina just had its warmest start to the year on record.

Seven eastern states, including North Carolina, this year experienced the warmest Jan.-April on record, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports… North Carolina also experienced one of the wettest starts to the year we’ve had, according to NOAA’s May report.”


Cold snap may have wiped out Upper Valley apple crop [New Hampshire]…

“Following New Hampshire’s dry April, which was one of the hottest on record (the second hottest in Vermont), cooler-than-usual temperatures settled in this month… On May 27th a federal weather station at the Lebanon Municipal Airport registered a low of 23 degrees [-5C], an all-time record not just for that date, but for any day within the month of May in the last half-century.”


Maritime farmers holding breath as record-dry spring wrings region.

Right now, conditions are not ideal. Parts of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia experienced the driest April on record, according to a report from Environment and Climate Change Canada. “Below to much below normal” snowfall levels this winter only made things worse.”


Great Plains Drought Hits Hay Crops…

“Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas are typically among the top 10 hay-producing states, according to U.S. Agriculture Department data, and swaths of each state are experiencing extreme drought…”


Half of Phoenix, Arizona, would end up in the ER if the city has a blackout during a heat wave, study finds.

“The research, published today, estimated that around 800,000 residents would need emergency care for heat-related conditions like heat stroke. That would overwhelm the city’s 3,000 emergency department beds, the study said. And with Arizona’s strained healthcare system, about 13,000 people would die…”


Despite deal, Colorado River’s long-term water crisis remains unsolved.

“Experts say much larger reductions will be needed in the coming years to close the gap between water supply and demand, and to adapt to diminishing flows due to climate change. The agreement, which has yet to be approved, offers a stopgap solution…”


Heavy rains in Canada offer relief from wildfires but could lead to flooding.

“Heavy rains have brought relief to western Canada, in what crews hope could be a “turning point” in a protracted fight against wildfires, but officials also warned the much-needed downpour could lead to catastrophic flooding – and fresh blazes from lightning strikes.”


A Tumultuous Spring Breakup [Yukon]…

““Although ice jams happen every year, this year was much worse than average,” said Brader. Flooding to this extent may occur every 10 to 20 years in some locations, he said, but preliminary data indicate that the flood at Circle was near the record level of 1945.”


U.S. Military Sees Growing Threat in Thawing Permafrost.

Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks visited Alaska this week to see how climate change is undermining infrastructure at Arctic military bases. Fox, Alaska, is a tiny town, but on Monday it hosted one of the Pentagon’s senior officials for a unique tour.”


CEO of biggest carbon credit certifier to resign after claims offsets worthless…

“It comes amid concerns that Verra, a Washington-based nonprofit, approved tens of millions of worthless offsets that are used by major companies for climate and biodiversity commitments, according to a joint Guardian investigation earlier this year.”


Current climate path will lead to collapse of life on Earth, say scientists…

“Opening the Innovation Zero Congress in London, Professors Johan Rockstrom and David King said our current path will lead us to certain disaster, destroying rainforests and marine life while making vast areas around the tropics uninhabitable for humans.”


Has this ever happened before? Record high Sea Surface Temperatures; Record high global air temperatures; Record low global sea-ice extent…

“All happening for the same day, May 23rd 2023. Normally heat flows around the planet and not all records break at once.”


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23rd May 2023 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

Climate change helps dangerous fungi to better ‘infect and invade’ humans, experts warn. Climate change is accelerating the spread of dangerous fungi, pushing the organisms to adapt to better “infect and invade” people, senior American health officials have warned.

“Although fungal pathogens have long affected humans, experts on Wednesday said the threat is increasing due to global warming…

“Since many of these fungal pathogens typically exist in nature, they’re not as well adapted to human or mammalian body temperatures at 37 degrees centigrade,” said Dr Michael Kurilla, a director of the US National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, a department within the National Institutes of Health.

““But with global warming, they are actually adapting… [it is] becoming much easier for fungi to colonise and infect and invade citizens, as well as other mammalian species,” he told an online briefing.”


Medics say ‘world is not prepared’ for highly contagious fungal disease as first cases found.

“Medics have issued a warning that “the world is not prepared” for a highly contagious fungal disease as the first two known cases were confirmed. Two women in the USA, aged 28 and 47, have been confirmed as having the drug-resistant ringworm, also known as tinea.”


Global heating will push billions outside ‘human climate niche’…

“The world is on track for 2.7C of heating with current action plans and this would mean 2 billion people experiencing average annual temperatures above 29C by 2030, a level at which very few communities have lived in the past. Up to 1 billion people could choose to migrate…”


Wildfires in peat an added challenge for Alberta firefighters…

“Peat, which researchers say has been drying out due to the changing climate, is contributing to how deep wildfires are getting and how long they could potentially smoulder. There are concerns over the manpower that will be needed to completely extinguish the fires.”


Smoke from Canadian fires is pouring into the US and could linger for days.

“Air quality alerts have been posted as of early Friday across several states, including Nebraska, Washington, Montana and Wisconsin, with a special weather statement about air quality in Wyoming.”


Despite record snowpack in the West, early melting could lead to water scarcity.

“Timing is everything when it comes to snowpack melting… This shift in the timing of water availability is moving toward earlier in the springtime, with less snow melt and water availability later in the summertime, implying an impending water scarcity later in the year.”


Once ‘paradise,’ parched Colorado valley grapples with arsenic in water.

“…decades of climate change-driven drought, combined with the overpumping of aquifers, is making the valley desperately dry — and appears to be intensifying the levels of heavy metals in drinking water.”


Great Salt Lake is still blowing dangerous dust.

“After historic snowfall over the winter, Utahns are breathing a sigh of relief about the Great Salt Lake. But they’d better not breathe too deeply — it still is blowing an immense amount of dangerous dust pollution along the Wasatch Front.”


Kansas farmers abandon wheat fields after extreme drought.

“Farmers in Kansas, the biggest U.S. producer of wheat used to make bread, are abandoning their crops after a severe drought and damaging cold ravaged farms. They are intentionally spraying wheat fields with crop-killing chemicals and claiming insurance payouts…


Local sea temperatures break records [Caymans]…

“The news comes as officials here begin hosting a series of public meetings to discuss the new draft Climate Change Policy. Reinforcing the fact that Cayman needs to prepare for the impact of a warming planet, the seas around the Cayman Islands reached almost 30°C, a temperature level never previously recorded this early in the year.”


Hurricane season starts next week. Forecasters are already watching a system in the Atlantic…

“Colorado State University released its first forecast for the season back in April and are calling for slightly below-average activity, in large part due to current neutral conditions for the El Niño Southern Oscillation.”


Further draft restrictions for drought-hit Panama Canal.

“With rainfall dropping by 50% compared to recent averages from February to April, the Panama Canal Authority has been forced to institute two draft restriction measures… Lake Gatun, which is in the centre of the canal, could hit historic lows by July.”


Indigenous communities in Argentina’s Chaco fear another heavy fire season in 2023…

“We couldn’t see the sun for a whole month because of the clouds of smoke. For an entire month, between October and November (2022), we didn’t see the sun,” said David Sarapura, from the Indigenous Kolla Tinkunaku community in Argentina. “It was awful,” Sarapura said…”


‘We can’t escape the reality’: France is preparing for 4°C of warming by 2100…

“France is preparing for 4°C of global warming by the end of the century as countries fail to deliver on targets that would keep temperatures below Paris Agreement goals. Environment minister Christophe Béchu told French newspaper JDD that his government was no longer betting on limiting temperatures to 1.5°C or at least well below 2°C.”


‘Roads have disappeared’: Italy begins cleanup after catastrophic floods…

“Emilia-Romagna remained on red alert on Sunday after catastrophic flooding that claimed 14 lives and left more than 36,000 people homeless. The emergency, which wreaked havoc across 100 cities and towns – many still under water – prompted the prime minister, Giorgia Meloni, to return early from the G7 summit in Japan.”


Climate experts warn extreme floods unlikely to solve drought problem across Europe.

“Europe’s long winter drought has created a dry and impermeable soil that is no longer able to properly absorb rainfall water. The exceptional wave of rain that’s been hitting Europe will do little to reduce the impact of a dry summer across the continent.”


Long lasting drought led to crop failures in the Maghreb.

“Drought conditions were particularly intense in March, negatively affecting the photosynthesis of winter cereals since the flowering stage, and accelerating ripening in April at the expense of primary production. This resulted in a downward revision of yield forecasts and in high probability of crop failures for several cereal-producing regions of the Maghreb.”


Scorching heat today in Chad, Sub Saharan Africa: In the northern village of Faya Largeau the temperature reached 47C [116.6F] which ties the record of highest reliable temperature ever recorded in May in Chad.”


Thousands missing after deadly DR Congo floods.

“Local authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo report that 5,000 people are still missing two weeks after torrential rains triggered floods and landslides in South Kivu province, destroying villages and farms, and killing more than 400 people.”


Eastern Cape floods | Residents endure sewage spills, power cuts.

“Eastern Cape communities are still recovering from torrential rain that wreaked havoc and left many people displaced. Residents have also been struggling with raw sewage spilling into their homes, something made worse by the ongoing rain.”


Contrasts in Southern Africa: First taste of winter and frosts in South African highlands.

Abnormal warmth in Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Madagascar with temperatures still at 34C/36C [96.8F]. If they hold until June, they will break national heat records for June (Mauritius too).”


Record of high temperatures keep falling in tropical islands due to record warm oceans.

“In the past days Mauritius: 19 May – 31.2C [88.2F] Rodrigues Island May record tied (=2 May 2016); 17 May – 31.0C Plaisance Airport (-0.3C from record); June is also expected to break records easily.”


“Record after record, this time it’s the Tromelin Island, in the Indian Ocean, part of the “French Southern and Antarctic Lands” Territory.

“31.7C [89.1F] on 19 May is the highest temperature on records in May there, beating the record set in May 1976 by 1 decimal.”


Iraq’s climate migrants flee parched land for crowded cities.

“The United Nations ranks Iraq, still recovering from decades of dictatorship and war, as one of the world’s five countries most impacted by some effects of climate change… Water scarcity is extreme in the country of 42 million that endures blistering summer heat and regular dust storms.”


India scorched by extreme heat with monsoon rains delayed.

“Swathes of India from the northwest to the southeast braced for more scorching heat Monday, with New Delhi under a severe weather alert, as extreme temperatures strike parts of the country.”


SE Asia Heat Wave; Harsh heat with temperatures up to 42.3C [108.1F] today in China at Yuanyang. The heat will slow down few days and return worse than ever later.

In Laos highlands, extraordinary 36.6C at Viengsay (913m asl), hottest day in history beaten again! [100+ years of data].”


At the same time, cold air is bringing a strong cooling of 15-20C to the south, causing a wide range of intense weather…

From 5:00 to 8:00 on May 22, the three-hour precipitation at Guilin AWS reached 300.1 mm [12 inches], and the hourly rain intensity reached 160.6 mm, breaking the historical record of hourly rain intensity in Guilin urban area.


An extraordinary heat wave is ongoing today in SE Asia: records are being obliterated (yes, again!) between Laos and Vietnam, especially at high elevations.

“The famous “cold” town of Sa Pa (1581m asl) in Northern Vietnam had a record overnight Min. temperature of 23.1C [73.6F].”


Singapore’s farms are feeling the heat, as recent higher temperatures have damaged some crops and depleted livestock yields…

The temperature hit 37 degrees Celsius [98.6F] in Ang Mo Kio on May 13, equalling a 40-year record for the highest daily maximum temperature here. Temperatures in several locations across the country also exceeded 36 degrees Celsius.”


2 found dead, 3 still missing after waterfall surge in Pingtung [Taiwan]…

“When the tourists were climbing down a cliff, the waterfall suddenly surged due to torrential rain, the Pingtung Bureau of Fire and Emergency Services said… The mountainous area in Wutai recorded 155mm [6.1 inches] of rainfall in just two hours on Saturday.”


If you feel like 2023 has been particularly wet in the upper North Island [New Zealand], you’d be right!

“This graph shows the annual rainfall accumulation at Auckland Airport since 1964. As you can see, 2023 has been an extraordinary year for rainfall so far.

“The extreme rainfall of January 27/28 which caused damaging impacts to the Auckland region can be seen driving the rainfall accumulation skyward.”


And more records, now from Samoa.

“Faleolo International Airport, located in the Upolu Island, rose to 34.8C [94.6F], which ties its highest temperature ever recorded in May and stands just 0.4C from the Samoan May record high set at Asau on Savaii island.”


Guam’s governor has urged residents to stay at home, warning the island could take a direct hit from Typhoon Mawar, which is strengthening as it heads towards the Pacific territory…

““The triple threat of cat 4 typhoon force winds, torrential rains and life-threatening storm surge are all expected for Guam and Rota,” the weather service said in a Tuesday morning update.”


“The last time Guam was severely hit by a typhoon was in December 2002, and the lowest air pressure in history was 927.8hpa in November 1900. If Typhoon Mawar passes through Guam… it will become the strongest typhoon in local history!


Why a warming world is costing you precious hours of sleep… A study estimates people are already losing an average of 44 hours of sleep per year…

“Humans are already losing shut-eye in warm environments, especially at the beginning of the night… Nights have warmed faster than daytime temperatures in many places around the globe.”


Global loss of wildlife is ‘significantly more alarming’ than previously thought, according to a new study…

Humans have already wiped out huge numbers of species and pushed many more to the brink – with some scientists saying we are entering a “sixth mass extinction” event, this time driven by humans.”


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20th May 2023 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

Breaking News!!!

Today, 2023 surpassed 2016 as the year with the hottest 60°S-60°N global sea surface temperatures (SST) since record keeping began in 1982.

While 2016 was at the end of a record El Niño, the SST impact from the coming 2023 El Niño has not yet left its mark.


And just how far above the 1982-2023 sea surface temperature average for the North Atlantic is the year 2023?

“Here is another graph of the North Atlantic sea surface temperatures, this one giving the average temperature Jan. 1 – May 18, for each year 1982-2023.

The North Atlantic has warmed almost a full 1°C during this very brief period.”


World’s Oceans, Atmosphere Are Simmering as El Niño Approaches.

“The planet is simmering, both on land and at sea, and that could signal more record temperatures for the remainder of 2023, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. At sea, global average surface temperatures set a record high for April at 60.8 degrees Fahrenheit…”


Global heating has likely made El Niños and La Niñas more ‘frequent and extreme’, new study shows…

“Dr Wenju Cai, lead author of the study from Australia’s CSIRO science agency, said the models showed a “human fingerprint” from 1960 onwards. This meant climate change had likely made both El Niños and La Niñas “more frequent and more extreme,” he said.”


Bering Sea 2019 Heatwave Produced Extreme Change.

“The Bering Sea region is front and center for federal fisheries researchers after the 2019 heatwave produced extreme change in the marine ecosystem. That’s according to Bob Foy, the Juneau-based science and research director of the Alaska Fisheries Science Center, or AFSC for short.”


Record heat in Alaska yesterday

“Winds turned from East and caused a sharp temperature rise. Sittka Airport with 82F/27.8C had its warmest May/Spring day on records (prev. 80F on 30 May 1964). Even warmer at Klawock with 86F/30C. Kudos to Rick Thoman from Fairbanks for the graph.”


Oldest town in Yukon almost wiped out by ice jams and flooding.

“The historic town site of Forty Mile is the latest area in the Dawson City, Yukon, region to be impacted by ice jams and extreme flooding. A large ice jam on the Forty Mile River sent water and ice into the site, knocking buildings and structures off of their foundations.”


Alberta, Canada, wildfires show no sign of slowing, experts say.

“The province of Alberta, Canada, home to more than four million people, is under a state of emergency, as nearly 100 wildfires burn, dozens of them out of control… this year, Alberta was subject to both record-breaking heat and below-average rainfall.”


One left: British Columbia’s last chance on northern spotted owls…

“Logging is not the only reason northern spotted owls are now a hair’s breadth away from extirpation in British Columbia. Invasive barred owls, which are native to eastern North America but have been moving westward, are also muscling out spotted owls, and more frequent and intense forest fires due to climate change are adding pressure.”


Frost-bitten: Vineyards assess crop damage after record-low temps [Ohio]…

“‘Frost’ is a word no farmer wants to hear in the month of May, but that’s exactly what many farmers across Northeast Ohio found when they woke up. Hundley Cellars in Geneva is perhaps one of the hardest-hit. “Frost this late in the season is devastating,” co-owner Tracy Hundley said.”


Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Panama are also living one of the harshest heat waves in histories with temperatures at record levels for 6 weeks.

“Yesterday 38.8C [101.8F] at Juigalpa Nicaragua, 0.2C from its hottest day on records. Tmins of 27.6C in Costa Rica. 38C also at Neiva, Colombia.”


It’s another record warm month in Argentina.

“Next days unusually high temperatures reaching 30C [86F] will be recorded in NE Argentina, Northern Uruguay and Rio Grande do Sul State of Brazil. This “summery” autumn will end just as it started: with abnormal warmth.”


Ireland ‘not ready’ for droughts and forest fires as temperatures to hit record highs.

“Ireland is set to face some extreme weather events, increasingly hot summers, and weather more common in the Mediterranean, experts have said. Dr Chris Mays, lecture at University College Cork, told the Irish Daily Mail that it wouldn’t be surprising if Ireland experienced a summer like no other this year.”


Villages evacuated as ‘very large’ wildfire ravages south-west Spain.

“Hundreds of civilian and military firefighters are tackling a wildfire in south-west Spain that has burned across at least 7,500 hectares (18,500 acres) of land and forced the evacuation of more than 500 people since it began on Wednesday evening.”


It’s wintry white…in Spain! Mega hail storm leaves streets blanketed in ice as freak weather hits the country with summer around the corner.

“Terrifying footage from Los Palacios y Villafranca, nestled in the Seville province, captured the fury of Mother Nature firsthand. Cars were mercilessly lashed with giant hailstones while powerful winds tore leaves from their branches, turning the town into a scene of wintry chaos.”


Exceptional weather becomes the new norm in exposed Italy.

“Storms, avalanches, floods and drought have slammed Italy over the past year, killing dozens of people, as once exceptional disasters become a regular part of life, leaving the government scrambling to find answers.”


Impressive temperature contrasts today in the Mediterranean. Within Algeria, from more than 44C [111.2F] in the South to an incredibly cold afternoon in the North:

At Setif (1015m) it was raining with just above 7C [44.6F] this afternoon. More East, hot sirocco and 42C at Sirte, on the Libyan coast.”


‘Hard to be homeless in this heat’: India’s brutal summer is here.

“India has started experiencing what could be another extremely hot summer, similar to last year when the country saw a devastating heatwave that led to widespread human suffering and affected workplaces, informal workers, landless labourers, marginalised communities, agriculture, and the overall economy.”


Survivors wait ‘in hell’ after Cyclone Mocha pummels Myanmar…

“From the Rohingya camp of Thet Kae Pyin, Si Thu told Al Jazeera that about 95 percent of the shelters had been obliterated and that at least 400 Rohingya were believed to have lost their lives. Survivors, he said, were now facing a dramatic increase in the price of food and basic goods, as well as urgent medical and sanitation needs.”


SE Asia Heat: Another day with temperatures near record levels in Central Thailand, from Bangkok to Patthaya and even Koh Samui, which all beat their records earlier this month.

“In few days showers and thunderstorms should lower max. temperatures but further increase the humidity.”


New Anti-Heatstroke Curbs May Boost Hong Kong Developer Costs. Hong Kong’s new anti-heatstroke guidelines for employers took effect this week, as rising temperatures around the region put pressure on authorities to protect the health and safety of workers vulnerable to extreme heat.”


Extreme weather hitting China in May.

“Various regions of China are experiencing abnormal weather this month, including extreme heat, rainfall and drought. In some parts of the country, these conditions have followed one another in quick succession, in what are known as “compound events”.”


Unprecedented heat wave likely to hit Korea this summer.

“A scorching heat wave is likely to hit the Korean Peninsula this summer beginning next month, the state weather agency forecast on Friday. The possibility of unprecedented heat is due to high-pressure systems and the return of a stronger El Nino.”


While Okinawa and Amami entered the rainy season Thursday, the rest of the nation [Japan] saw unusual heat.

52 weather stations had the hottest May day on record. Fukui had 34.9℃ [94.8F], which is nearly 12℃ higher than normal, and the highest for May since records began in 1897!”


Wildfire’s Toxic Legacy Leaves Children Gasping for Air Years Later [NSW, Australia]…

“The children’s ongoing symptoms, their families say, all followed weeks of exposure to bushfire smoke either before birth or during their early months of life. According to the parents, some of the babies were born prematurely with blackened placentas.”


Extreme weather and rising premiums make parts of regional Australia ‘uninsurable’.

“Jane Brookman says she has been punished for having the wrong postcode. Her farm cottage in the northern rivers region of New South Wales, has not been directly affected by floods or bushfires. But, with Inverell just down the road and Lismore four hours away, it is now considered a high-risk area.”


More cold in SE Australia. Today 19 May Griffith in New South Wales dropped to -2.3C [27.9F] which is a new record low for May.

Narrandera was close with -2.6C (record -2.8C). This is the exact area which broke records of high temperatures in March.”


Uh, the Antarctic sea ice anomaly continues to grow and is really a pronounced outlier for this time of year in our satellite record…


+ View other perspectives (including a narrower graph zoom):

Antarctic: Sea-Ice Concentration/Extent/Thickness


Over Half Of All Lakes Have Seen Water Level Drops, Study Finds.

“According to a new study published in Science on Thursday, over half of the world’s largest lakes have seen a decline in lake water storage due to climate change and unsustainable human consumption, putting the world’s already low amount of available freshwater at risk.”


Is climate change causing a resurgence in infectious diseases? Climate change is the greatest health threat of the 21st century. It is not only endangering the lives of millions by driving inhospitable weather conditions across the globe, but also heightening the risk of outbreaks of deadly diseases.

“In altering the characteristics of the environment in which animals habitually live, both in terms of temperature and the availability of water and food sources, the danger of infections spilling over from animals into humans is high.”


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