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

‘Scary’ new data on the last ice age raises concerns about future sea levels. A new study shows an ancient ice sheet retreated at a startling 2,000 feet per day, shedding light on how quickly ice in Antarctica could melt and raise global sea levels in today’s warming world…

“The rapid retreat found on the Eurasian Ice Sheet far outpaces the fastest-moving glaciers studied in Antarctica, which have been measured to retreat as quickly as 160 feet per day. Once the ice retreats toward the land, it lifts from its grounding on the seafloor and begins to float, allowing it to flow faster and increase the contribution to sea level rise.

“…researchers say ice marching backward hundreds of feet in a day could trigger a collapse of modern-day glaciers sooner than previously thought. That could be devastating for global sea levels.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2023/04/05/antarctica-ice-melt/


More records of high temperatures in the Antarctic Plateau: Dome C II rose to -26.9C [-16.4F] which is a new record for April, data starts in 1980 if we merge Dome C and CII series…

“The previous monthly maximum was -29.8 °C on April 2, 1996; In the nearby old Dome C AWS site instead, on April 24, 1991 -28.3 °C was recorded.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1643602182992715780


For interest: “This Is What Antarctica Looks Like Naked Beneath All The Ice.”

https://www.iflscience.com/this-is-what-antarctica-looks-like-naked-beneath-all-the-ice-68321


Researchers correlate Arctic warming to extreme winter weather in midlatitude and its future.

Study shows that melting Arctic ice may lead to unpredictable winter weather across the globe… while the “Warm Arctic-Cold Continent” pattern will continue as the climate continues to warm, Arctic warming will become a less reliable predictor of extreme winter weather in the future.”

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2023/04/230405112124.htm


Bay of Fundy temperatures hit record high in 2022.

“Ocean temperatures measured in the Bay of Fundy were higher than normal last summer, and reached its highest on record at a station outside Saint Andrews, according to a long-term monitoring study which measures ocean temperatures at different depths.”

https://ca.news.yahoo.com/bay-fundy-temperatures-hit-record-174051196.html


Spectacular contrasts in the United States today.

“Look at Nebraska: Freezing or just above freezing in most areas (Kearney 34F now) and 90F [32.2C] at Falls City in the SE corner of the State. January to July weather in 3 hours driving!

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1643328542615142404


Washington DC , US capital with 80F/27C at 9:20pm in the evening on a April 5th. Absolutely exceptional, it would be a mid July evening. Temperature won’t probably drop below 70F/21C until dawn.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1643790316904800261


Warming temperatures trigger earliest spring on record in parts of eastern US.

“Parts of central Texas and the Louisiana coast, southern Arkansas, southern Ohio, the D.C. area, New York City, and the New Jersey coastline all clocked their earliest spring on record, said Theresa Crimmins, director of the National Phenology Network…”

https://grist.org/health/warming-temperatures-trigger-earliest-spring-on-record-in-parts-of-eastern-us/


Wildfires raging across Central Florida amid drought conditions.

“There were as many as 18 active wildfires across Volusia County on Wednesday. Firefighters from as far as the Florida Panhandle are assisting on the ground as the region is dealing with a lack of rain and moderate-to-severe drought conditions.”

https://www.fox35orlando.com/video/1203552


Missouri tornado kills at least five as search effort continues.

“Residents who emerged to survey the damage found trees toppled on cars and and roofs ripped from homes. Search and rescue efforts continue. Millions of Americans from Texas to the Great Lakes region were under a tornado watch on Wednesday.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-65194158


Deadly and destructive Delaware tornado was state’s widest on record.

“The tornado that left one person dead and carved a 14-mile path of destruction through Bridgeville and Ellendale, Del., on Saturday was the state’s widest twister on record and one of its two strongest, the National Weather Service said in a damage survey released Monday.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2023/04/04/delaware-tornado-bridgeville-ef3-widest/


Another Utah resort has set an all-time snowfall record as spring storms continue to bring feet of fresh powder to the state’s mountains.

“Snowbird hit 785 inches (and counting) at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, breaking the previous mark of 783 inches set in 2010-11. Resort officials said they began officially measuring snowfall totals in 1971.”

https://ksltv.com/537716/snowbird-breaks-all-time-snowfall-record/


Mexico is with intense heat even at high elevations:

The town of Pachuca de Soto, Hidalgo State, at 2400m of elevation, rose to 32.5C [90.5F] a new record high in April and 0.5C from its all time high.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1643424073068756992


Peru is living a relentless heat wave under the influence of “coastal Nino” with ocean temperatures abnormally warm.

“Minimum temperatures are the highest since 1983, with min above 23C/25C [73.4F/77F] for days/weeks including Lima Callao Airport.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1643753269448298497


“Declaration of state of emergency for Argentina’s citrus is not of much help at all”…

“Argentina’s citrus export sector is facing strong headwinds due to the worst drought in 94 years, a heatwave, currency crises and 102.5% year-on-year inflation increase that has seen a doubling in prices of most consumer goods in February 2023.”

https://www.freshplaza.com/europe/article/9517965/declaration-of-state-of-emergency-for-argentina-s-citrus-is-not-of-much-help-at-all/


Temperatures in France set to plummet: protect your plants.

“…the dramatic shift could cause the loss of agricultural produce for farmers across the country – with up to 30% of blooming fruit trees being destroyed by the change.”

https://www.connexionfrance.com/article/French-news/Temperatures-in-France-set-to-plummet-protect-your-plants


Harsh wintry spell in Europe for the 4th year in a row in early April.

April records low in Spain: -4.5C Vitoria; -6.6C Burgos. Up to -7C [19.4F] at low elevations in Poland and -4.9C in Italy (colder tomorrow). Also, 100% of Austrian stations below 0C in April for the first time since 2003.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1643638300534620161


While most of Europe is freezing, an exceptional warm spell is giving a tropical night in the area of the Black Sea.

“Temperatures rose above 31C [87.8F] in Turkey and near dawn are still hovering 26C in the Northern coast with strong fohn: temperatures much above a typical July night.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1643418349458554880


The northern part of the Balearic island of Menorca was hit by a small tornado [or ‘cap de fiblo’] generated by a strong hailstorm…

“The rare event was observed from different points of the coast according to local reports… In October 2018, Menorca experienced the most destructive ‘cap de fiblo’ in living memory. It …caused numerous material damages and left a large part of the island without any electricity supply for two days.”

https://euroweeklynews.com/2023/04/04/small-tornado-hits-northern-part-of-the-balearic-island-of-menorca/


Madeira registers the hottest march ever..

“The Portuguese Institute of the Sea and the Atmosphere reveals this Tuesday, April 4, that the Autonomous Region of Madeira recorded the “hottest ever” March and almost the driest month ever.”

https://www.madeiraislandnews.com/2023/04/madeira-registers-the-hottest-ever-march.html


Amid Heatwave, Power Collapses in Abuja [Nigeria]…

“The power supply in Abuja has become extremely erratic amid the current heatwave being experienced across the country. Legit gathered that most parts of the city centre and satellite towns in Abuja hardly get 2 hours of power supply in a day.”

https://www.legit.ng/business-economy/energy/1528877-amid-heatwave-power-collapses-abuja-aedc-management-struggles/


Summer heat doesn’t leave neither South America nor Southern Africa. Today harsh heat in South Africa: 40.4 [104.7F] Vioolsdrif; 38.7 Vredendal; 38.5 Koingnaas; 37.7 Lamberts Bay.

RECORD: Botswana had its hottest April day on records with 38.4C [101F] at Tubu and more heat is expected tomorrow.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1643661249492799488


For Uganda’s Vanishing Glaciers, Time Is Running Out.

“A trek through tropical forest, mud fields, and scree reveals the last remnants of the once-sprawling ice fields in Uganda’s Rwenzori Mountains. Their loss has profound implications for local communities, uniquely adapted species, and scientists studying the climate record.”

https://e360.yale.edu/features/rwenzoris-mount-stanley-africa-glaciers-climate-change


Drying wetlands and drought threaten water supplies in Kenya’s Kiambu County.

“Prolonged drought in Kenya has caused a water crisis, threatening local livelihoods and biodiversity; one of the badly affected areas is Kiambu County, a region normally known for its high agricultural productivity.”

https://news.mongabay.com/2023/04/drying-wetlands-and-drought-threaten-water-supplies-in-kenyas-kiambu-county/


In southern Ethiopia, drought kills livestock amid fears of what comes next.

“After three years of failed rains, the animals in the southern Ethiopian village of Kura Kalicha are dying. Dozens of decomposing cattle carcasses lie on the parched earth, their flesh picked over by scavengers. Jilo Wile, a local government official, fears the villagers will be next to succumb to the drought.”

https://www.reuters.com/world/africa/southern-ethiopia-drought-kills-livestock-amid-fears-what-comes-next-2023-04-06/


At least 21 people including six children have died in Somalia’s flash flooding over the last week, according to the U.N. humanitarian agency.

“Nearly 100,000 people have been affected by the heavy rains and flash floods that hit the previously drought-stricken area in the Bardhere district of the Gedo region of southern Somalia, according to the U.N.’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.”

https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/21-dead-somalias-flash-floods-agency-98378631


1 killed, 10 injured as flash floods wreak havoc in Takhar [Afghanistan].

“Heavy rains-induced flooding killed at least one person and injured 10 others and inundated large swathes of farmland in northern Takhar province…”

https://pajhwok.com/2023/04/05/1-killed-10-injured-as-flash-floods-wreak-havoc-in-takhar/


Heavy rains, hailstorms destroyed wheat worth Rs23bn [Pakistan]…

“The Punjab agriculture authorities estimate that 5 to 6pc of wheat crop worth Rs23bn has been damaged due to recent heavy rains and hailstorms in many districts of the province… leading to the lodging (falling of plants to the ground) of around 50pc of the standing crops. Farmers, however, estimate the lodging ratio up to 70pc.”

https://www.dawn.com/news/1745900/heavy-rains-hailstorms-destroyed-wheat-worth-rs23bn


Seven tourists were killed and 13 others injured in a major avalanche in India’s northeastern state of Sikkim, local police said Tuesday…

“Some of the survivors were in critical condition and rescue operations are ongoing, senior police official Tenzing Loden Lepcha told CNN… Lepcha told CNN that avalanches were unusual at this time of year, and blamed unseasonal rain and snow in the area.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2023/04/04/asia/india-avalanche-sikkim-intl/index.html


Glacial Melt is Dispossessing Nepal’s Indigenous Communities.

“…in one late summer in the 1990s, for the first time in memory, Fuchhme dried up to a worrisome extent. A team of inhabitants trudged up the gully above the village to investigate what had happened to their only source of water, only to find that the glacier had retreated off the sheer headwall, causing an acute water shortage.”

https://thediplomat.com/2023/04/glacial-melt-is-dispossessing-nepals-indigenous-communities/


Cambodia’s water shortages blamed on extended dry spell…

“Cambodian authorities have told businesses to cut down on water usage and asked farmers not to plant a second rice crop amid a chronic water shortage in Phnom Penh which has been blamed on an extended dry spell. Residents have also been told to stock up on clean drinking water…”

https://www.ucanews.com/news/cambodias-water-shortages-blamed-on-extended-dry-spell/100898


Strong winds stoke wildfires in South Korea for 3rd day.

“South Korean firefighters are struggling to contain the wildfire in South Chungcheong Province as it continues to rage for the third day due to strong winds in the area… The fire, which broke out on Sunday following a dry weather warning in the region, still continues despite the deployment of some 1,800 firefighters and 19 fire choppers…”

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/asia-pacific/strong-winds-stoke-wildfires-in-south-korea-for-3rd-day/2862986


‘More rats than they have seen’ – Cyclone-damaged areas face rodent plague [NZ]…

“Weeks on from Cyclone Gabrielle, some North Island communities still face road closures, abandoned homes, slips and a long recovery. In Piha, that has also meant more rats. Pest Free Piha operations manager Peter Hosking said it had become a real issue.”

https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/487488/more-rats-than-they-have-seen-cyclone-damaged-areas-face-rodent-plague


December’s methane numbers just came out and we have yet another new all-time record high for December’s methane at 1924.99 ppb.

“The global annual mean rate of surface methane stayed the same at 160.1 ppb, after falling slightly for 3 months from a high of 160.9 ppb.”

https://twitter.com/EliotJacobson/status/1643675893267824640


The March, 2023 numbers just came in and CO₂ hit an all-time high at 421.00 ppm.

“You might remember last year the climate casino had a bet with 421.00 as the over/under and CO₂ maxed out at 420.99. Folks who bet the over lost a lot of fake dollars. Well, we’re there now.”

https://twitter.com/EliotJacobson/status/1643676853440499712


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4th April 2023 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

The mind-blowingly hot global sea-surface temperatures are somehow continuing to go up even higher into uncharted territory… reaching 21.1°C (70.0°F) for the first time. Just wow.”

Source: https://climatereanalyzer.org/clim/sst_daily/

https://twitter.com/EliotJacobson/status/1642959291547291648


Ocean warming intensifies viral outbreaks within corals…

““Our work provides the first empirical evidence that exposure to high temperatures on the reef triggers dinoRNAV infections within coral colonies, and we showed those infections are intensified in unhealthy coral colonies,” Howe-Kerr said.”

https://news.rice.edu/news/2023/ocean-warming-intensifies-viral-outbreaks-within-corals


Another Casualty of Climate Change: Dissolved Oxygen.

“With an atmospheric carbon dioxide level about the same as today’s, “the Pliocene is the last time we had a stable, warm climate globally,” says Catherine Davis, an oceanographer… The Pliocene had something else climate experts are predicting for our future: massive oxygen minimum zones (OMZs)—largely lifeless stretches of ocean severely lacking in oxygen.”

https://hakaimagazine.com/news/another-casualty-of-climate-change-dissolved-oxygen/


Arctic scientists are set to start drilling to save samples of ancient ice for analysis before the frozen layers melt away due to climate change, mission organisers said on Monday.

“Italian, French and Norwegian researchers have set up camp in Norway’s Svalbard archipelago in what they called a race against time to preserve crucial ice records for analysing past environmental conditions.”

https://www.france24.com/en/environment/20230403-arctic-scientists-race-against-the-clock-as-ice-memory-melts-away


Global Wheat Supplies Under Threat From Dry Canadian Fields.

“A dry spell is parching Canadian farmland when growers most need moisture to plant the wheat and canola crops that help feed the world… Swaths of key spring wheat regions including Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba have received less than 60% of average precipitation since Sept. 1, according to Canada’s agriculture ministry.”

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/global-wheat-supplies-under-threat-200803162.html


From Record Heat to Brutal Cold – Big Temperature Swings in the Country [US].

“In the southern half of the country we are going on multiple weeks of much above average temperatures and in many cases, record setting temperatures… The Northern Plains have been dealing with a never ending winter and unfortunately this week looks no different.”

https://www.weathernationtv.com/news/from-record-heat-to-brutal-cold-big-temperature-swings-in-the-country


Deadly storms and tornadoes kill at least 32 people in several US states…

“A monster storm system struck at least eight states over the weekend, prompting at least 50 preliminary reports of tornadoes. The states affected include Indiana, Iowa, Illinois, Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Delaware and Alabama.”

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2023/apr/02/deadly-storms-tornadoes-kill-people-several-us-states-tennessee


Here’s what we know about how climate change is influencing tornadoes…

“There is “ample evidence” of increasing tornado risks during less typically stormy seasons, for example, said John Allen, an associate professor of meteorology at Central Michigan University. This winter brought record tornado activity across much of the South [and] tornadoes are becoming more common outside parts of the Midwest known as “tornado alley.””

https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2023/04/02/tornadoes-climate-change/


Hurricane Ian hit Cat 5 in Gulf, was Florida’s most expensive storm. Official final numbers.

“Hurricane Ian is officially the most expensive storm in Florida’s history, with a price tag of $109 billion in damage. That’s the staggering loss from tens of thousands of homes and buildings in Southwest Florida damaged by Ian’s fierce winds and storm surge — and more than a thousand totally wiped away.”

https://news.yahoo.com/hurricane-ian-hit-cat-5-151426716.html


It keeps getting worse: Florida property insurance rates set to jump up to 60%…

“In December, as state lawmakers returned for their second special session in less than a year to deal with property insurance, the analogies for the state of the market for some reason all reverted to medical. “We’re just trying to triage,” said Senator Linda Stewart. “Just trying to stop the bleeding,” said Representative Fred Hawkins.”

https://www.wftv.com/news/local/it-keeps-getting-worse-florida-property-insurance-rates-set-jump-up-60/H2VSAYGFSNEBDGXAMFIESJP4B4/


Phoenix sees coolest temperatures in 25 years, Flagstaff sets wettest March record…

“Flagstaff not only experienced above-average precipitation, the city’s Pulliam Airport recorded the wettest March since records have been documented, beating the next wettest March in 1970 by more than a one-half inch.”

https://ktar.com/story/5479671/phoenix-sees-coolest-temperatures-in-25-years-flagstaff-sets-wettest-march-record/


California’s historic snowfall will lead to historic floods, officials say…

“The parade of winter storms that pummeled the West Coast dropped all that snow and erased drought from almost 75% of the state. One year ago, 100% was in drought, with 93% reporting in the severe stages. But all that low-elevation rain saturated soils and swelled creeks and rivers, leaving snowmelt nowhere to go in the spring and summer.”

https://www.foxweather.com/extreme-weather/historic-california-snowfall-floods


It’s business as usual in Argentina: New month = New records; very hot today in the North with 37.3C [99.1F] at Saenz Pena Aero, new record for April.

“Also 36.2C at Formosa and Resistencia and 35.5C at Las Lomitas. Heat records have been falling by hundreds in Argentina for the past 5 months.

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1643049404960579585


Rising Atlantic Ocean Engulfs Fishing Town in Brazil – the coastline is receding as much as 18 feet a year at the mouth of a river in Atafona.

“Sônia Ferreira struggles to remember what this deserted fishing community near Rio de Janeiro looked like when she moved here some 50 years ago—mostly because a good chunk of it is now at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.”

https://www.wsj.com/articles/rising-atlantic-ocean-engulfs-fishing-town-in-brazil-b1d69c2d


Last month was the wettest March on record in Ireland, according to provisional data from Met Éireann.

“There was an average of 173.3 millimetres of rainfall around the country – 169% of the 1981-2010 Long-Term Average (LTA). The forecaster said the previous wettest March was in 2019, with the rainfall records going back 83 years.”

https://www.rte.ie/news/weather/2023/0403/1368010-weather/


Buildings Crumble High in the Alps as Permafrost Thaws…

“In the past few years thawing permafrost has threatened dozens of huts, access trails and cable car poles, caused millions of dollars to be spent on damages and preventive measures and prompted some experts to question the sustainability of certain high-altitude outposts and activities.”

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/buildings-crumble-high-in-the-alps-as-permafrost-thaws/


Delaying the inevitable: Italy’s desperate attempts to revive snowless ski resorts.

“Italy’s attempts to revive its snowless ski slopes are becoming futile. Monte Cimone, a popular ski resort in Italy’s Apennine Mountains, invested €5 million in artificial snowmaking before the winter season in an attempt to stave off the impact of global warming. The money was largely wasted.”

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/delaying-inevitable-italy-desperate-attempts-150512614.html


‘More of the same’: These European villages are preparing for another year of extreme drought…

One of the regions suffering the most is Catalonia. The Sau reservoir is at 9 per cent of its total capacity and drinking water for the six million people who live in Barcelona’s metropolitan area is at risk.”

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/more-same-european-villages-preparing-060033233.html


Wildfires force evacuations across Valencia region.

“Several forest fires broke out across the Valencia region on Sunday, signalling that wildfire season has well and truly arrived early this year in Spain… Up to six fires were reported across the region on Sunday, with an orange alert declared for high temperatures, and the blazes affected the areas of Altea…”

https://www.thelocal.es/20230403/forest-fires-across-valencia-region-cause-evacuations-and-rescues


Murcia farmers double irrigation as expensive crops wither in the heat…

“This time last year, the region of Murcia was buried under a deluge of torrential rain that may have lowered spirits somewhat but worked wonders on the area’s crops. Fast forward 12 months and the landscape couldn’t be more different: virtually no rain has fallen yet this year…”

https://murciatoday.com/murcia_farmers_double_irrigation_as_expensive_crops_wither_in_the_heat_2077224-a.html


Scorching heat in the normally breezy Cape Verde Islands under the hot winds called “bruma seca” from the Sahara (it’s like the “calima” of Canary Islands).

36.7C [98.1F] at Praia is the hottest day ever recorded in April in the country and one of the hottest ever year round.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1642639505311105024


At least 21 killed, several missing in eastern DR Congo landslide.

“The bodies of eight women and 13 children were discovered after the landslide hit a river in the locality of Bolowa on Sunday as people were washing clothes and cleaning kitchenware… the mudslide may have been triggered by days of heavy rainfall.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2023/4/3/at-least-21-killed-several-missing-in-eastern-dr-congo-landslide


More than a dozen gold miners killed in flooded pits in Burundi…

The miners had been trapped in flood water after the pits collapsed on Friday night amid torrential rainfall. The bodies of two other miners who were missing and presumed dead have not been recovered, he said, urging artisanal miners to avoid pits during the rainy season.”

https://www.trtworld.com/africa/more-than-a-dozen-gold-miners-killed-in-flooded-pits-in-burundi-66706


Mozambique cholera cases rocket to over 19,000 following lethal Cyclone Freddy.

“Weeks after ‘zombie storm’ Cyclone Freddy hit Mozambique for a second time, the still-flooded country is facing a spiraling cholera outbreak that threatens to add to the devastation. There were over 19,000 confirmed cases of cholera across eight of Mozambique’s provinces as of March 27…”

https://www.itv.com/news/2023-04-02/mozambique-cholera-cases-rocket-to-over-19000-following-lethal-cyclone


Ethiopia’s Controversial New Hydroelectric Dam Has Neighbors On Edge.

“…other countries, such as Egypt, are concerned about the effects the dam will have on its water supply. With no agreement over the management of the dam having been reached, the project could have a dramatic effect on the region’s energy and water security.”

https://oilprice.com/Alternative-Energy/Hydroelectric/Ethiopias-Controversial-New-Hydroelectric-Dam-Has-Neighbors-On-Edge.html


New study reveals ‘invisible’ glacier loss in the greater Himalaya.

“A new study involving scientists from the University of St Andrews reveals that the mass loss of lake-terminating glaciers in the greater Himalaya has been significantly underestimated due to the inability of satellites to see glacier changes occurring underwater.

https://news.st-andrews.ac.uk/archive/new-study-reveals-invisible-glacier-loss-in-the-greater-himalaya/


March 2023 in South Korea was exceptionally warm: Average temperature was 9.4C, which is 3.3C above the 1991-2020 norm and was the warmest March on records.

“Dozens of records were beaten all along the month, even more than once in the same stations, including Seoul.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1642497915670110208


Dry spell leads to wildfires across South Korea.

“Firefighters were scrambling Monday to contain wildfires across South Korea as a dry spell led to blazes in multiple regions, including on a mountain popular with hikers in central Seoul. A fire broke out Sunday morning on Mount Inwang, a popular outdoor destination in Seoul’s Jongno district, and spread rapidly…”

https://www.macaubusiness.com/dry-spell-leads-to-wildfires-across-south-korea/


March 2023 in Japan was extremely warm: With a temperature anomaly of +2.75C above the 1991-2020 it was the warmest March on records (data from 1898).

“Hundreds of records were broken throughout the month, even multiple times in the same stations.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1642842413982011393


Waterborne diseases surge among Vanuatu children after cyclones… It is expected to take years for Vanuatu to fully recover from the effects of March’s cyclones…

“Cyclones Judy and Kevin, which hit Vanuatu at the beginning of March, affected 80 percent of the Pacific island nation’s population of more than 320,000 people, including 125,500 children, according to Vanuatu’s NDM Office.”

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2023/4/4/waterborne-diseases-surge-among-vanuatu-children-after-cyclones


Ozone-depleting CFCs hit record despite ban: Study.

“Despite being banned under the Montreal Protocol, the five chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) measured increased rapidly in the atmosphere from 2010 to 2020, reaching record-high levels in 2020, according to the study published in the journal Nature Geoscience.”

https://phys.org/news/2023-04-ozone-depleting-cfcs.html


Either all the forecasts from every major international meteorological organization are wrong or we are heading into El Niño territory by June, strong El Niño by Fall.

https://twitter.com/EliotJacobson/status/1642960372998242305


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

California’s snowpack soars to record high after 17 atmospheric rivers.

“The latest in the long onslaught of storms that began in December has pushed California’s snowpack to its highest level on record. This week’s storm dumped another one to two feet in the Sierra Nevada helping this season eclipse 1982-83, the previous record-holder.

“The water stored in the state’s snowpack is 235 percent of normal, according to the California Department of Water Resources, surpassing 234 percent in 1982-83. By far, the central and southern Sierra have seen the most unusual amounts of snow, with their snow water content 233 percent and 298 percent of normal, respectively.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2023/03/30/california-snowpack-record-sierra/


San Diego experienced the coldest March it’s had in almost 90 years.

“…figures released Friday by the National Weather Service. That’s nearly 4 degrees below normal. The average temperature in San Diego in March 1935 was 54.5 degrees. The coldest March on record occurred in 1880, when the average temperature was 52.1.”

https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/weather/story/2023-03-31/cold-march-san-diego


1,000 Years of Tree Rings Show Just How Hardcore the 2021 Pacific Northwest Heat Wave Was.

“…the largest rates of temperature change have occurred in the last decades of the 1900s. “While the 2021 value substantially increases the period’s average anomaly, even without its inclusion, the period from 1979—2020 CE is still the warmest on record,” the team wrote.”

https://gizmodo.com/2021-pacific-northwest-heat-wave-tree-rings-science-1850280268


Winter wheat in Kansas struggling with drought.

“Dennis Todey of the US Department of Agriculture Midwest Climate Hub in Ames, IA, says the best chance of precipitation this spring is in the areas currently experiencing extreme drought to exceptional drought. Still, he says it’s going to be very hard to eliminate the drought in those areas.”

https://drgnews.com/2023/03/30/kansas-winter-wheat-struggling-with-drought/


At least 3 dead, dozens hospitalized after violent tornadoes devastate central US…

“The first death was reported in North Little Rock, Arkansas after a violent tornado devastated the area Friday afternoon, Madeline Roberts, a spokesperson for Pulaski County, confirmed to CNN. There were at least 50 hospitalizations reported in the area and more were expected…”

https://edition.cnn.com/2023/03/31/weather/severe-storms-south-central-us-friday/index.html


2023 seeing hottest start ever on record – Orlando has seen eight days with temps 90+…

“According to climate data, the average first day with 90 degrees usually arrives by April 9. But in 2023, the first 90-degree day popped up a month earlier on March 3. Since then, most of the reporting stations have experienced 90+ days several times by the end of March.”

https://www.clickorlando.com/weather/2023/03/30/thats-so-hot-2023-seeing-hottest-start-ever-on-record/


Ecuador landslide death toll rises to 23; rescuers continue to look for 67 missing people.

“Almost a week since the landslide in Ecuador, as rescue teams continue to search for missing people, the number of dead has risen to 23. As per the latest figures, 67 people remain missing, while 37 people are injured.”

https://www.wionews.com/world/ecuador-landslide-death-toll-rises-to-23-67-people-still-missing-577871


“[Incipient El Nino at work here] Ecuador: Adverse weather forecast nationwide through at least April 4.

“Adverse weather is forecast nationwide through at least April 4. As of March 31, Ecuador’s National Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology (INAMHI) has issued a weather warning for rainfall and thunderstorms across the country through late April 4.”

https://crisis24.garda.com/alerts/2023/03/ecuador-adverse-weather-forecast-nationwide-through-at-least-april-4


Rains in Peru: despair in Lambayeque and Piura due to flooding of houses, streets and avenues.

“The population affected by the heavy rains in the city of Chiclayo, in the Lambayeque region, have been desperately asking the authorities to remove all the water accumulated in houses, streets, avenues and other public areas. “There are mosquitoes, mosquitoes, everything”…”

https://www.infobae.com/peru/2023/03/30/lluvias-en-peru-en-vivo-lambayeque-y-piura-al-borde-del-colapso-por-nueva-activacion-de-quebradas/


Floods in Brazilian state of Acre affect 40,000 people.

“The Acre River hit the 17.22-meter mark Thursday morning, the highest level since historic flooding in 2015, when it reached 18.4 meters… Six municipalities in Acre are in an emergency situation: Rio Branco, Assis Brasil, Brasiléia, Epitaciolandia, Xapuri and Sena Madureira.”

https://www.la-razon.com/mundo/2023/03/31/inundaciones-en-estado-brasileno-de-acre-afectan-a-40-000-personas/


Incredible numbers from Buenos Aires, Argentina:

This March 2023, which should be part of meteorological autumn, was not just 2.1C hotter than the previous hottest March, but tied Jan 1989 and Dec 2013 as its hottest month on records overall.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1641972183609094145


Argentina Debuts ‘Dollar Malbec’ to Aid Exports Amid Drought.

“Argentina is rolling out a temporary, subsidized exchange rate for wine and other agriculture products in an elaborate bid to boost exports and foreign reserves as the worst drought in a century exacerbates a looming recession.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2023-03-31/argentina-unleashes-dollar-malbec-to-help-exports-amid-drought


Met Office data shows March was England’s wettest in 40 years [February was the driest in 30 years]…

“Dr McCarthy added, “While the rainfall has been notable in England and Wales, it hasn’t been enough to fully recover the deficit of rain over the last 12 months.””

https://news.sky.com/story/met-office-data-shows-march-was-englands-wettest-in-40-years-12846657


Spring Starts With a Chill in Europe After Second-Mildest Winter [Cold Aprils are becoming a theme; I recall in particular the frosts that devastated French vinyards in April 2021 and to a lesser extent in 2022; Spain had huge snowfalls in late April 2022]

“The frigid weather of the past week is a stark change from the previous mild months. Only the winter of 2019-2020 was warmer, according to the Copernicus Climate Change Service. That helped Europe avoid rolling blackouts that some governments warned about…”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2023-03-31/spring-starts-with-a-chill-in-europe-after-second-mildest-winter


Several injured as 2 Swiss regional trains derail in storm.

“Two regional trains in Switzerland derailed in separate incidents, injuring more than a dozen people Friday after a storm brought high winds and strong rains to the small Alpine nation, police said. The incidents occurred at Lüscherz and Büren zum Hof…”

https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/injured-2-swiss-regional-trains-derail-storm-98271962


Austrian glaciers last year retreated “more than ever”, the country’s Alpine Club said Friday, as climate change threatens glaciers around the globe…

“”Never before in the history of the Alpine Club’s glacier measurement service, which dates back to 1891, has there been a greater loss of glaciers,” it said.”

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20230331-austria-glaciers-retreat-more-than-ever-measurement


Macron unveils water-saving plan as France faces record drought.

“The summer of 2022 in France was marked by scorching temperatures and record droughts and the unusually dry winter has failed to recharge groundwater supplies. Such events are predicted to become more and more common… The government therefore wants to reduce the entire country’s waster usage by 10 percent by 2030.”

https://www.thelocal.fr/20230330/macron-unveils-water-saving-plan-as-france-faces-record-drought


Amazing Spain again. Which summer you choose?

36.8C Canary Islands (34.0C / 93.2F at 3am at Agaete!) or 29.8C Mallorca and Ibiza (26.9C Airport is also record); Also Communities of Andalucia 32.6C; Murcia 32.8C; Valencia 32.3C; Catalonia 30.8C… It’s March…

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1641830910608769025


Is Cyclone Freddy’s record-breaking devastation the new normal?

“Thousands have been displaced by weather-related disasters in Southern Africa, which are becoming more brutal and frequent… Tropical Cyclone Freddy, which struck Southern Africa between February and March, broke multiple records for both power and duration.”

https://issafrica.org/iss-today/is-cyclone-freddys-record-breaking-devastation-the-new-normal


Torrential rains in Yemen cause floods and cut off towns.

“Since last April, flash floods in Yemen have damaged already poor infrastructure across the country, including roads, water sources and healthcare centres. Last summer, at least 10 500-year-old buildings collapsed in Sanaa’s historic Old City, a Unesco World Heritage site.”

https://www.thenationalnews.com/gulf-news/2023/03/30/torrential-rains-in-yemen-cause-floods-and-cut-off-several-towns/


Schools closed in 9 provinces as rain, snow grips Türkiye.

Türkiye is grappling with extreme weather emergencies as torrential rains once again cause floods in the southern quake-hit province of Hatay’s Iskenderun district, while heavy snowfall forces schools to close in nine out of all 81 provinces in the country.”

https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/schools-closed-in-9-provinces-as-rain-snow-grips-turkiye-181989


Iraq’s first sandstorm of the year blankets Baghdad.

In 2022, Iraq experienced more than a dozen sandstorms, an unprecedented number that was attributed to desertification. Iraqis who ventured outside on Friday afternoon were greeted with the increasingly familiar ochre sky and unbreathable air typical of sandstorms…”

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20230331-iraq-s-first-sandstorm-of-the-year-blankets-baghdad


Rajasthan sees rain, hailstorm for 6th time in March…

“This was the sixth spell of rainfall, hailstorm and lightning in the state. Farmers have already suffered crop damage due to inclement weather. The wheat crop has been badly damaged.”

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/jaipur/raj-sees-rain-hailstorm-for-6th-time-in-march/articleshow/99130770.cms


Endless heat wave in Thailand:

“Today, with rare hot dry winds, the humid coastal resort town of Krabi rose to a record high of 39.6C [103.3F]. In Southwestern Thailand only Trang has ever recorded higher temperatures than this.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1641819192956448769


Thai forest fires worsen pollution that’s left 2 million ill.

“Raging forest fires in northern Thailand are threatening to worsen the country’s air pollution, which has sent nearly 2 million people to hospitals with respiratory illnesses since the beginning of the year.”

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2023/03/31/asia-pacific/thailand-forest-fires-pollution/


Hundreds of heat records fell today in Koreas, China and Japan:

South Korea: 25.6 [78.1F] Jinju; 25.3 Wando; 25.1 Tongyeong… North Korea: 23.4 Singye; 23.2 Pyonggang; 23 Yangdok; 22.8 Ryongyon; 22.5 Sariwon; 22.5 Chunggang… Japan: 24.8 Sasebo; 24.4 Kawasoe; 23.4 Miri; 22.9 Tokusa; 21.9 Akana.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1641772834526511107


South Korea grapples with one of its worst water scarcity crises.

“More than 1 million people in South Korea are currently facing a water crisis, as two main reservoirs that supply the Jeolla province – about 440km south of Seoul – run dry. A drought has ravaged the region, known for its pristine landscapes, for about four months now…”

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/asia/south-korea-water-scarcity-drought-water-tanks-seafood-supply-affected-3385501


Crazy day [E China]! Today, 81 stations broke the March record (nearly half of the stations in Liaoning broke the record), and Yangshan, Liaoning, was the highest in Northeast China at 27.8C [82F].

“The cold Daxing’an Mountains also raised the March record by 2-6C!”

https://twitter.com/yangyubin1998/status/1641772989833428992


Another insane warm day in Siberia/Far East Russia with dozens records beaten with huge margin.

“Most important: 22.0 [71.6F] Aginskoe; 21.8 Aksa; 21.6 Ulety; 21.1 Chita; 20.9 Priargunsk; 20.8 Borzja; 20.1 Sretensk; 18.4 Bagdarin… Records broken these weeks in Asia amount to many thousands.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1641800267699027971


Perth traffic: Peak-hour gridlock after record rainfall causes roads to flood.

“Bureau of Metrology duty forecaster Jessica Lingard said Perth 35mm of rain had hit gauges since 9am on Thursday. The average rainfall for March in Perth is 19.9mm.”

https://www.perthnow.com.au/news/traffic/perth-traffic-peak-hour-gridlock-after-record-rainfall-causes-roads-to-flood-c-10209598


La Niña ending and Southern Annular Mode to blame for Australia’s delayed summer, record hot March, says meteorologist.

“”We do see a warming trend quite consistently for Australia as we do globally,” Dr Trewin said. “One of the things that means is the average temperatures we see in early autumn we might have seen at the end of summer 50 years ago.”

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2023-04-01/australias-delayed-summer-la-nina-sam-blamed-for-hot-march/102148990


New Zealand’s extreme summer has bitten another chunk out of our postcard glaciers – some of which have now largely vanished.

“Scientists had been expecting to find devastation when they recently took to the skies to run their 46th annual health-check of our mountain wonders following a scorching West Coast summer: and that’s just what they found.”

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/melting-wonders-how-extreme-summer-took-another-big-bite-out-of-nzs-glaciers/YOOHGQFVLJAN5OT2ELXEWZHUL4/


A Heat Wave at -37˚C? That’s Bad News at the South Pole…

““The culprit for the unusually high temperatures [at the South Pole] is likely to be a shift in the southern jet stream, the undulating high-altitude current that carries warm air masses far into the south while bringing colder air masses farther north,” wrote Dr. Michael Wenger in a recent post on Polar Journal.”

https://explorersweb.com/south-pole-heat-wave/


What caused the record-low Antarctic sea ice in austral summer 2022?

“…”We found that the combination of stronger positive sea surface temperature anomalies in the Maritime Continent during July–September 2021 and the preceding near-strongest positive-phase Southern Annular Mode during August–October 2021 induced a deepened and southwestward-shifted Amundsen Sea Low, causing sea ice retreat via horizontal wind anomalies,” explains Prof. Li.”

https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/984656


Arctic’s ‘Last Ice Area’ may soon disappear during summer months…

“New research reveals that the “Last Ice Area” north of Canada and Greenland has disappeared during the summer months in the past and it will do so again, perhaps sooner than we think… we are quickly approaching a tipping point…”

https://www.theweathernetwork.com/en/news/climate/impacts/arctic-last-ice-area-may-soon-disappear-during-summer-months


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

Melting Antarctic ice predicted to cause rapid slowdown of deep ocean current by 2050…

“The research suggests if greenhouse gas emissions continue at today’s levels, the current in the deepest parts of the ocean could slow down by 40% in only three decades.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2023/mar/30/melting-antarctic-ice-predicted-to-cause-rapid-slowdown-of-deep-ocean-current-by-2050


Thawing permafrost poses environmental threat to thousands of sites with legacy industrial contamination…

“Here we identify about 4500 industrial sites where potentially hazardous substances are actively handled or stored in the permafrost-dominated regions of the Arctic. Furthermore, we estimate that between 13,000 and 20,000 contaminated sites are related to these industrial sites.”

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-023-37276-4


Ocean temperatures soared to new ‘pretty alarming’ highs off Nova Scotia in 2022.

“Ocean temperatures off Nova Scotia hit record highs last summer, eclipsing the record-breaking temperatures set in the Atlantic a decade earlier. “It’s pretty alarming,” said Fisheries and Oceans Canada research scientist Chantelle Layton.”

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/ocean-temperatures-soared-pretty-alarming-record-highs-nova-scotia-2022-1.6793904


New York City on pace for least-snowy season since recordkeeping began in 1869.

“According to the National Weather Service, only 2.3 inches of snow has fallen in New York City this season as of Tuesday. The record for the least amount of snow stands at 2.8 inches from 1972-73.”

https://www.foxweather.com/weather-news/new-york-city-least-snowy-season-ever


Average ice cover on the Great Lakes this year ties for third-lowest on record.

“Average ice cover on the Great Lakes dropped to one of the lowest levels on record this winter as the region has witnessed warmer than normal temperatures. Less ice sets the stage for the lakes to warm up sooner earlier in the year, and researchers say that could affect water quality and the food web.”

https://www.wpr.org/average-ice-cover-great-lakes-ties-third-lowest-record-year-superior-erie-michigan


‘Super weird’ spring keeps pothole patchers busy [Michigan]…

“Drastic swings in temperatures send meltwater into cracks in the street, which freeze when it cools down again and breaks pavement loose, he said. The worst ones are on the city’s busy thoroughfares, where heavy traffic shortens the lifespan of any patch the street crews apply.”

https://news.yahoo.com/super-weird-spring-keeps-pothole-123500251.html


A dangerous spring for severe weather gains momentum…

“In its Day 4 outlook issued Tuesday, March 28, the NOAA/NWS Storm Prediction Center (SPC) is flagging much of the Plains and Midwest for a potential outbreak of severe weather on Thursday and Friday.”

https://yaleclimateconnections.org/2023/03/a-dangerous-spring-for-severe-weather-gains-momentum/


California faces a second day of heavy rain and snow, adding to record snow levels and flooding concerns.

“The multiday storm comes as the state has already been slammed by at least 12 atmospheric rivers that have delivered a barrage of rain and snow in recent months. Waterlogged California will continue to see rain through the day Wednesday and Thursday…”

https://edition.cnn.com/2023/03/29/weather/california-storm-forecast-wednesday/index.html


‘The worst drought ever’ [Negril, Jamaica]…

“”This is the worst drought situation that I have ever seen. The drought is so much on us that the grass is brown instead of green,” stated Samuels. He said schools and health centres are of concern and the corporation is prepared to assist, should assistance be requested.”

https://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/the-worst-drought-ever/


In Brazil’s northern states, 6 people died in floods and landslides triggered by heavy rains.

“…a state of emergency (OHAL) was declared in some cities due to the downpours that have been effective since last week. Authorities reported that 6 people have lost their lives in floods and landslides, and more than 50 thousand people have been negatively affected by the situation.”

https://www.trt.net.tr/espanol/ciencia-y-tecnologia/2023/03/28/inundaciones-y-deslizamientos-de-tierra-se-cobran-vidas-en-brasil-1966068


Argentina becoming net importer of soybean to feed its grain processing industry.

“Argentina’s soybean imports are expected to more than double this season due to the devastating impacts of the historic drought on the country’s 2022/23 harvest, the country’s Rosario grains exchange said in a report.”

https://en.mercopress.com/2023/03/28/argentina-becoming-net-importer-of-soybean-to-feed-its-grain-processing-industry


Argentina seems a factory of heat waves and this is the last of the season. Temperatures in the North are at record levels for end of March, >38C [100.4F] at Reconquista /Santa Fe Province.

“13 stations above 35C. The heat will end in the next 2 days but will persist in Central Chile.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1641191930338869252


UK government ‘strikingly unprepared’ for global warming.

“The UK government is “strikingly unprepared” for the effects of global warming leaving vital sectors, including agriculture, vulnerable even if emissions are cut, its independent climate advisers have warned.”

https://www.ft.com/content/fff530b6-1ab2-41fa-b981-4fe851eb5dc8


France sees growing divide over irrigation reservoirs.

“This weekend’s clashes between police and protesters in the small French town of Sainte-Soline reflect growing anger over water reservoirs that are meant to help farmers to irrigate their crops in times of drought. But farmers who do not use reservoirs and environmentalists say the reservoirs will simply worsen water shortages.”

https://www.france24.com/en/tv-shows/science/20230328-france-sees-growing-divide-over-irrigation-reservoirs


Historic hot day in France with 9 stations above 30C [86F] and 28 above 29C! and dozens of records smashed.

“As forecast long time ago by your author,the hottest was indeed Navarrenx with 30.8C.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1641085138376306689


Madrid’s Urban Forest Isn’t Taking Root.

“Extreme weather and tree die-offs have hampered the Spanish capital’s plan to establish a 75-kilometer woodland, turning a “tree cemetery” into a political flashpoint… For the past three years, the Castilian plain on which Madrid sits has experienced summer heat waves and reduced rainfall in autumn and winter…”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2023-03-29/extreme-weather-hampers-madrid-s-urban-forest-plans


More than 60 forest fires ravage Asturias as Spain´s Military Emergency Unit joins over 500 others working on ground.

“…many of the fires are small in size and in areas of scrubland, but others pose a much greater risk and resulted in people having to flee their houses. The condition has been made much worse due to the bad weather conditions, which has resulted in strong gusts of winds and high temperatures of up to 29 degrees Celsius [84F].”

https://euroweeklynews.com/2023/03/30/more-than-60-forest-fires-ravage-asturias-as-spains-military-emergency-unit-joins-over-500-others-working-on-ground/


Exceptional heat in SW Europe: 6 stations in Portugal yesterday rose above 30C [86F], many of which beat their monthly records for March.

31.5C [89F] at Santarem is the 2nd hottest day ever recorded in March in Portugal just 0.1C behind the 31.6C of Amaraleja of 31 March 2005. List from IPMA.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1641039922751500289


Canary Islands see record high temperature for March at 37.7ºC [99.9F].

“On Wednesday, March 29th, the weather station in La Aldea de San Nicolas in Gran Canaria registered a temperature of 37,7ºC, setting a new record for the highest temperatures registered in the Canary Islands archipelago in the month of March.”

https://www.guidetocanaryislands.com/canary-islands-see-record-high-temperature-march-37-7-c/


As announced yesterday, today Morocco really exaggerated 39.8C [103.6F] at Agadir Airport under harsh hot wind of chargui. It’s the highest temperature ever recorded in March at Agadir.

“Blazing hot also at Taroudant, Tiznit, Guelmin, Marrakech, Zag… all above 36C.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1641142778078822400


Tunisia cuts off water supply at night amid severe drought…

“Cutting off water without prior announcement, in areas of the capital Tunis, Hammamet, Sousse, Monastir and Sfax, threatens to fuel social tension in a country whose people suffer from poor public services, high inflation and a weak economy.”

https://www.reuters.com/world/africa/tunisia-cuts-off-water-supply-night-amid-severe-drought-2023-03-28/


Severe drought in Namibia a cause for concern.

“A major part of Namibia is experiencing an acute drought, with the situation particularly serious south of the capital, Windhoek, with little or no rain received during the 2022/23 rainy season. According to Thinus Pretorius, chairperson of Namibia’s Livestock Producers’ Organisation, some parts south of Keetmanshoop had not received any rain.”

https://www.farmersweekly.co.za/agri-news/africa/severe-drought-in-namibia-a-cause-for-concern/


Somalis displaced by long-term drought struggle to celebrate Ramadan.

“As the sun sets, families gather together to break their fast with generous dinners and special treats. But faced with the country’s longest drought, many people are struggling to make ends meet. Five consecutive failed rainy seasons has withered local crops and millions of livestock that are central to people’s diets have died.”

https://www.africanews.com/2023/03/29/somalis-displaced-by-long-term-drought-struggle-to-celebrate-ramadan/


Kenya: At Least 7 People Killed in Gilgil Flash Floods After Heavy Rainfall

“At least seven people were killed in flash floods at Oljorai area, Gilgil following heavy rains Monday night. According to Gilgil Sub-County Police Commander, Francis Tumbo, scores others have been injured in the incident.”

https://allafrica.com/stories/202303280359.html


Storm kills 4 people, injures several in war-torn Syria…

“The heavy winds forced Syrian authorities to close all ports on the Mediterranean Sea while in the war-torn country’s rebel-held northwest, dozens of tents collapsed in settlements housing people displaced by Syria’s 12-year conflict.”

https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/storm-kills-4-people-injures-war-torn-syria-98212471


Massive water shortages likely months after unprecedented floods [Pakistan]…

“In the coming Kharif season, beginning on April 1, the country is heading towards a ‘massive water shortage’, somewhere between 27 per cent and 35 per cent, only months after unprecedented floods submerged large swathes of lands across Sindh and southern Punjab, Irsa sources told Dawn.”

https://www.dawn.com/news/1744764/massive-water-shortage-likely-months-after-unprecedented-floods


Thai authorities on Thursday ordered urgent action to stop the spread of a fire that overnight engulfed forests on two mountains in a province northeast of the capital Bangkok.

“Firefighting vehicles had been deployed to extinguish the blaze, which broke out Wednesday night in Nakhon Nayok province, 114 kilometers (70 miles) northeast of Bangkok…”

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/ap-thai-bangkok-chiang-mai-b2310655.html


As hydropower dams quell the Mekong’s life force, what are the costs?

“… over the past few decades, the construction of hydropower dams has undermined the river’s capacity to support life: more than 160 dams operate throughout the Mekong Basin, including 13 on the river’s mainstream, with hundreds more either planned or under construction.”

https://news.mongabay.com/2023/03/as-hydropower-dams-quell-the-mekongs-life-force-what-are-the-costs/


China’s industrial recovery and warm weather drive Q1 smog surge – ministry.

“…unfavourable weather contributed to the smog, with temperatures hitting record highs for the time of year in some parts of the north, making it harder for pollution to disperse. The lack of cold air contributed to smoggy weather in the north in early March…”

https://www.reuters.com/business/environment/chinas-industrial-recovery-warm-weather-drive-q1-smog-surge-ministry-2023-03-28/


Urandangi residents consider future as outback Queensland town ‘wiped off map’ by floods.

“Founded in 1885 as a hub for the Northern Territory and Queensland droving industries, the country town remains an important centre, servicing outlying cattle stations, tourists and the dozen locals who love the simple outback life. But it could be the last time residents tread its streets after record floods destroyed everything.”

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2023-03-30/floods-wipe-urandangi-queensland-off-the-map/102154618


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28th March 2023 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News

Vientiane did it again! 40.2C [104.4F] today in the capital of Laos and hottest March day on record.

“More record heat waves coming to all East Asia from China to Koreas in few days with hundreds more of records coming.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1639985259537215493


Phnom Penh suburbs facing water shortages…

“Prek Pnov district governor Them Sam An said district authorities have been distributing water for more than two months, especially to those in Kork Roka, Poan Saing and Ponhea Poan. “We are concerned about the water shortage and we are trying to help the people.”

https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501262696/phnom-penh-suburbs-facing-water-shortages/


The brutal heatwave in Thailand continues unabated.

“Today temperatures again up to 41.5C [106.7F] at Bua Chum with also near 40C on the Gulf (39.5C Chachoengsao). High humidity and Tmins up to 28C (Bangkok and Rayong) make the heat hard to stand. No relief in sight.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1640335025517240320


Yushan in central Taiwan breaks record for latest snowfall.

“Yushan, the highest mountain in Taiwan, set a record on Sunday (March 26) morning for the latest-ever snowfall recorded by the Yushan weather station since it was established 80 years ago… According to CWB data, Yushan had not seen any snowfall this winter from December to February, which is the longest Taiwan’s highest mountain has ever gone without snow, per CNA.”

https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/4847150


North China to See More Sandstorms in Coming Months.

“The ongoing dusty weather that has impacted vast parts of northern China will continue in the coming months, one of the country’s top meteorological officials said, noting that climate change had contributed to the acceleration of such severe and frequent weather patterns.”

https://www.sixthtone.com/news/1012575


-48.4°C [-55.1F] in Delyankir, Siberia today.

This is very cold for late March anywhere in Russia. Oymyakon has a record of -49.6°C on Mar. 28, 1998. Verkhoyansk has a record of -50.1°C on Mar. 29, 1942 (there was a dubious -54.5°C [after correction] recorded on Apr. 2, 1896).”

https://twitter.com/ThierryGooseBC/status/1639683220295004162


Record warmth in the Volga area [of Russia] with many stations breaking their March records yesterday:

“Russia: Ersov 20.2 [68.4F]; Orenburg 19.4; Sorocinsk 18.5; Samara 19.6; Culpanovo 18.3; Ulyanosk 19.4; Kazakhstan: Kulsary 25 [77F]; Novy Ushtogan 24.2; ; Taipak 23.5; Chapaevo 22.2; Uralsk 22.1; Dzhambejty 21.5.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1640300777196474368


West Bengal has 23% more forest fires after no-rain winter…

“The “exceptionally rare” surge for Bengal, said experts, could be attributed to a rainless winter – more than four months of no rain – and corresponded with a 215% rise in forest fires around the country in the same period.”

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kolkata/west-bengal-has-23-more-forest-fires-after-no-rain-winter/articleshow/99019807.cms


Record Heat Waves Push India Closer to Limit of Human Survival…

“While temperatures as high as 50 degrees Celsius (122 Fahrenheit) are unbearable in any condition, the damage is made worse for those of India’s 1.4 billion population who are stuck in tightly packed cities and don’t have access to well-ventilated housing or air-conditioning.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2023-03-27/record-heat-waves-push-india-closer-to-limit-of-human-survival


Severe water scarcity in Skardu as key dam falls to dead level [Pakistan].

“The citizens of Skardu are expected to suffer from severe water shortages as the water level in Sadpara dam, a key dam in the region, has dropped to a dead level, Dawn reported. The Sadpara dam, city’s sole water source, supplies water for irrigation, drinking, and other uses as well as for producing electricity.”

https://www.devdiscourse.com/article/international/2395763-severe-water-scarcity-in-skardu-as-key-dam-falls-to-dead-level


At Least 9 Dead And 74 Injured As Heavy Rains, Flash Floods Rip Through Afghanistan…

“Recently, nine Afghan provinces have been deeply impacted by the extreme weather conditions, including Nuristan, Zabul, Nangarhar, Kunar, Faryab, Balkh, Uruzgan, Nimroz, and Laghman.”

https://www.republicworld.com/world-news/rest-of-the-world-news/at-least-9-dead-and-74-injured-as-heavy-rains-flash-floods-rip-through-afghanistan-articleshow.html


Floods disrupt life in Iraq…

“The governorates of Dhi Qar, Najaf, Babylon, Anbar, Diwaniyah, Wasit, Maysan and Salah Al-Din announced earlier on Sunday the suspension of work due to the heavy rains. Videos and pictures of torrential rains and floods that hit Iraqi cities including the capital, Baghdad, went viral on social media.”

https://www.iraqinews.com/iraq/floods-disrupt-life-in-iraq/


Footage of floods in Al Dinawiyah, Iraq

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https://twitter.com/Arab_Storms/status/1640371910482485250


“Heavy rains and torrents sweep across the Yemeni city of Mukalla

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https://twitter.com/Om_SeaGateWeath/status/1640320798488424455


Eastern Cape floods claim three lives, divers search for missing person…

“The heavy downpours have left a trail of destruction to infrastructure, households, and businesses. Zimkhita Macingwane, O.R. Tambo District Municipality spokesperson, said in Port St Johns, 10 bridges have been washed away…”

https://www.news24.com/news24/southafrica/news/eastern-cape-floods-claim-three-lives-divers-search-for-missing-person-20230325


Temperature to exceed 40°C [104F], NiMet warns [Nigeria]…

“The statement partly reads, “parts of Kebbi, Sokoto, Zamfara, Taraba, and Adamawa are expected to record temperatures greater than 40°C. While most parts of the Northern cities are expected to record temperatures between 35°C to 40°C, this includes parts of Oyo, Kwara, FCT, Nasarawa, and Benue.””

https://punchng.com/temperature-to-exceed-40c-nimet-warns/


Water Scarcity On Nigeria’s Coast Is Hardest On Women: 6 Steps To Ease The Burden…

The effects of climate change are evident in the region. They lead to crop failures, erosion and loss of livelihoods due to extreme weather events such as droughts and floods. The coastal region of Nigeria is particularly at risk…”

https://menafn.com/1105863346/Water-Scarcity-On-Nigerias-Coast-Is-Hardest-On-Women-6-Steps-To-Ease-The-Burden


Drought ravages durum crop in North Africa…

“Vegetative health maps show most of the region is experiencing below average crop growth… That doesn’t bode well because last year was a disaster for Morocco. Farmers in that country harvested 789,000 tonnes of durum in 2022, a 68 percent drop from the previous year.”

https://www.producer.com/news/drought-ravages-durum-crop-in-north-africa/


Pray for rain: Spanish farmers hold unique Mass amid drought.

“When Josep Altarriba looks across his parched fields, the Spanish farmer can’t remember a time of such widespread drought in Catalonia. If it doesn’t rain in the next two weeks, he says there’s little chance of saving the harvest.”

https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/pray-rain-spanish-farmers-hold-unique-mass-amid-98137549


Weather tracker: Spain edges towards record March heat…

“The heat is expected to build through the week with temperatures more widely reaching close to or just over 30C. If these temperatures are achieved, the March temperature record could be exceeded. Highs of 28C are forecast for Madrid this Wednesday, threatening the March temperature record of 27.1C.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2023/mar/27/weather-tracker-spain-edges-towards-record-march-heat


The era of ‘mega forest fires’ has begun in Spain. Is climate change to blame?

“…As our climate warms, wildfires are burning more frequently and intensely. They are also starting earlier in the season, as seen in Spain. Like much of Europe, Spain has experienced a hot, dry winter.”

https://www.euronews.com/green/2023/03/27/the-era-of-mega-forest-fires-has-begun-in-spain-is-climate-change-to-blame


Tourist villa pools in Tuscany may run dry in summer due to water curbs…

“Acquedotto del Fiora (ADF), the aqueduct serving a third of Tuscany through a network more than 8,000 km (5,000 miles) long, will outlaw the use of regular drinking water to fill private swimming pools open to guests between June and the end of September.”

https://www.reuters.com/business/environment/tourist-villa-pools-tuscany-may-run-dry-summer-due-water-curbs-2023-03-27/


‘Very precarious’: The European countries facing another year of drought…

“Europe and the Mediterranean region could experience another extreme summer this year. The European Commission says that it could be an even drier summer than in previous years with the precipitation in the coming weeks crucial to determining what happens.”

https://www.euronews.com/green/2023/03/28/very-precarious-the-european-countries-facing-another-year-of-drought


Here we are again in USA: Endless wintry weather in the North/Northwest and abnormally warmth in the SE, a pattern which has been persistent throughout 2023 so far.

“Yesterday Mayport in Florida (near Jacksonville) with 91F [33C] had its hottest March day on record.(POR since 1955).”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1640422687301353472


Mississippi tornado recovery will likely take years, officials say.

“Long-term recovery from Friday’s deadly, devastating tornado in Mississippi will likely take years, US government officials have cautioned as communities throughout the deep south state destroyed by the storm sought reassurance they would not be forgotten.”

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2023/mar/27/mississippi-tornado-damage-rolling-fork


A way of life is all but extinguished by New Mexico’s largest wildfire.

“Nearly a year after the Hermits Peak/Calf Canyon fire destroyed adobe homes that had survived for centuries, and millions of acres of forestland that sustained many, families are still struggling to find their footing.”

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/way-life-extinguished-new-mexicos-largest-wildfire-rcna75953


Even Sonoran Desert plants aren’t immune to climate change.

“In North America’s hottest, driest desert, climate change is causing the decline of plants once thought nearly immortal and replacing them with shorter shrubs that can take advantage of sporadic rainfall and warmer temperatures.”

https://news.ucr.edu/articles/2023/03/27/even-sonoran-desert-plants-arent-immune-climate-change


They grow America’s strawberries. A vicious flood made them climate migrants…

“In the early hours of 11 March, pummeling rains wore down a levee on the Pajaro River, unleashing a torrent. [Theresa] Barajas, 50, had escaped with her daughter and grandson under the blare of sirens. But the floods swallowed the town – and perhaps their future here.”

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2023/mar/27/california-farm-workers-pajaro-california-flooding


New winter storm could push California’s snowpack to record high.

Here we go again. After a several-day break in the rain, snow and wind across California and the West Coast, another intense storm system is poised to slam into the region late Monday night into Tuesday.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2023/03/27/california-storm-rain-wind-snowpack-record/


‘We are very vulnerable’: cyclone-hit Vanuatu pins climate hopes on UN vote.

Last month, twin cyclones tore through Port Vila, the capital of the Pacific nation of Vanuatu. The category-four storms left corrugated iron roofs crumpled like leftover wrapping paper, flooded the streets with waste-ridden mud, cut residents off from water and electricity for several days, and sent many fleeing to hastily established evacuation centres.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2023/mar/28/we-are-very-vulnerable-cyclone-hit-vanuatu-pins-climate-hopes-on-un-vote


Campaigners have warned that this year’s El Niño ocean cycle could bring ‘unimaginable heat’ after three years of the world-cooling La Niña effect.

“Forecasters have predicted that the El Niño weather cycle will return later this year – and campaigners and observers have warned that it could push the world past crucial climate change barriers.”

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/unimaginable-heat-will-this-years-el-nino-cause-a-global-warming-surge-152020834.html


These Flesh-Eating Bacteria Are Thriving Because of Climate Change.

“Infections caused by a type of deadly, flesh-eating bacterium are becoming more common and widespread as ocean temperatures rise because of climate change. And without intervention to halt global warming, such cases are likely to continue increasing and spreading…”

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-flesh-eating-bacteria-are-thriving-because-of-climate-change-180981882/


As Antarctica’s penguins struggle with record low sea ice, one species is adapting — and it offers lessons to us all…

“While Adélie and chinstrap penguins remain stuck in their ancient ways come hell or warm water, the much more flexible gentoo penguins are ranging further and further south. And as they show willingness to chase new prey or abandon a nest to increase the odds of long-term survival, their numbers are exploding.”

https://nbcpalmsprings.com/2023/03/27/as-antarcticas-penguins-struggle-with-record-low-sea-ice-one-species-is-adapting-and-it-offers-lessons-to-us-all/


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

A 1952 Landslide Hints at Early Permafrost Thaw in the Arctic.

““We can look at slopes that are moving today, and we can speculate how they’re going to fail,” Svennevig said. “But the best way is to actually look at what has failed and how.” The team reopened the case of the deadly 1952 landslide and made a surprising discovery: Climate change may have primed the disaster.

““Potentially, this is the first death that we can tie directly to climate change in the Arctic,” Svennevig said.”

https://eos.org/articles/a-1952-landslide-hints-at-early-permafrost-thaw-in-the-arctic


Southern atmospheric rivers are melting the Arctic sea ice; it may never recover…

“With warmer El Niño conditions expected to return later this year, significantly raising global temperature, the north polar ice cap could break its own record for lowest extent this fall.”

https://news.mongabay.com/2023/03/southern-atmospheric-rivers-are-melting-the-arctic-sea-ice-it-may-never-recover-study/


Supercharged El Niño Could Speed Up Southern Ocean Warming…

“Using the latest climate models, scientists have shown that enhanced El Niño events will likely speed the heating of deep-ocean waters around Antarctica, with the potential for accelerated melting of the continent’s land-held ice.”

https://eos.org/articles/supercharged-el-nino-could-speed-up-southern-ocean-warming


More than half NSW forests lost since 1750 and logging ‘locking in’ species extinction, study finds.

“More than half of the forests and woodland in New South Wales that existed before European invasion are now gone and more than a third of what’s left is degraded, according to new research… Many species that depended on forests were now being sucked into “an extinction vortex”…”

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2023/mar/24/more-than-half-nsw-forests-lost-since-1750-and-logging-locking-in-species-extinction-study-finds


Mouse numbers rising in SA as strong rainfall, grain yields create ‘perfect storm’ for plague.

“An expert says a mouse plague could be brewing in regional South Australia, as a result of several years of heavy rainfall and a record-breaking grain crop across the state. Former dryland and sheep farmer, now apiarist, Ian Cass said the mouse plagues of 1993 and 2011 were some of the worst he experienced in his Riverland home.”

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2023-03-24/mouse-plague-warning-sa-riverland-farmers/102135634


Another avalanche of heat records in Japan.

“124 monthly records fell yesterday,102 of highest Min. temperatures and 22 of highest max. including min. 17.4C and max. 26.0C [78.8F] at Hamamatsu (data since 1883). Japan is totalling nearly 800 monthly heat records broken this month!

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1639456502963396610


The strong sandstorm sweeping China recently has affected over 560 million people in a wide range of areas, said China’s National Forestry Grassland Administration on Thursday.

“Statistics show that sandstorm weather has swept China four times since March, more than the 3.3 times in 2020 over the same period.”

https://www.ecns.cn/cns-wire/2023-03-23/detail-ihcmtmyf9997005.shtml


Severe hailstorm lashing into the city of Ganzhou, Jiangxi Province yesterday, this is what it looks like from high rise.”

https://twitter.com/Ericwang1101/status/1638795589403172864


Hottest March day on records for the Southern Thai tourist city of Phuket with 38.0C [100.4F] today.

“There is no end in sight of this heat wave for Thailand and Laos, but further north China, Vietnam and Taiwan will start cooling from tomorrow.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1639273365964828673


PHUKET: Pa Khlok Municipality has issued a warning and published a set of guidelines on fire safety and fire extinguishing at garbage dumping grounds amid continuing fires in the area.

The warning was posted after a fire at a landfill which was then followed by two wildfires and one residential fire within two days.”

https://www.thephuketnews.com/warning-issued-amid-continuing-fires-in-pa-khlok-87583.php


India braces itself for intense heat waves.

“Widespread heat waves in India are anticipated after the country recorded its hottest February since [records began in] 1901. Projections show that a sizable part of South Asia will experience heat stress conditions.”

https://www.dw.com/en/india-braces-itself-for-intense-heat-waves/a-65104034


Himalayas: The climate time bomb threatening India…

“For the past decade, the region has experienced natural disasters every year: landslides, avalanches, glacier collapses and even “cloudbursts” – sudden storms that can destroy a valley in a few minutes. In 2013, some 10,000 Hindu pilgrims died there during sudden bad weather while praying at a religious site. The bodies of almost 4,000 of them were never found.”

https://www.france24.com/en/tv-shows/reporters/20230324-himalayas-the-climate-time-bomb-threatening-india


Pakistan women farmers feel the impact of last year’s floods.

“Last year, monsoon rains unleashed flooding that destroyed wide swaths of agricultural land in Pakistan. Many women who depend on farm work in Sindh province told DW they still cannot earn a living.”

https://www.dw.com/en/pakistan-women-farmers-feel-the-impact-of-last-years-floods/video-65109998


Nearly 14 people have perished with thousands displaced and property destroyed due to flash floods caused by heavy rains in southern Somalia…

“Humanitarian agencies have raised concerns over a likely deterioration of the living conditions, particularly for internally displaced persons (IDPs) living in overcrowded settlements with inadequate shelter.”

https://newsaf.cgtn.com/news/2023-03-25/At-least-14-killed-by-flash-floods-in-Somalia-UN-1irFbpzJKk8/index.html


Equatorial Guinea has confirmed another eight cases of the “highly virulent” Marburg virus. Margburg virus causes Ebola-like symptoms… It currently has no vaccine or treatment…

There are two known current outbreaks of Marburg on the continent with another on the east African country of Tanzania, which this week announced eight cases of Marburg, including five deaths.”

https://news.sky.com/story/marburg-virus-eight-new-cases-of-highly-virulent-ebola-like-disease-found-in-equatorial-guinea-12840739


If Nigeria’s experience on devastation caused by flooding last year is anything to go by, the recent warning by the Director-General of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mustapha Ahmed, about projected severe flooding this year should not be toyed with

“…the Director-General disclosed that 178 LGAs in 32 states and the FCT had been predicted to experience severe flooding in 2023.”

https://guardian.ng/opinion/heeding-the-flood-warning-in-32-states/


Morocco and Algeria facing water shortages.

“Recent data from the European satellite Copernicus reveal a severe drought in the Maghreb region, affecting countries of great importance such as Morocco and Algeria. The absence of the liquid element is a serious setback for the population of this area…”

https://atalayar.com/en/content/morocco-and-algeria-facing-water-shortages


Italy to cut rice output as drought looms for second year…

“Italy cultivates about 50% of the rice produced in the European Union and is the world’s only grower of types most suitable for risotto such as Arborio and Carnaroli. Some 94% of Italy’s crop is grown in the northern regions of Lombardy, around Milan, and Piedmont, around Turin.”

https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/italy-cut-rice-output-drought-looms-second-year-2023-03-24/


Spain’s drought devastates olive oil output, drives world prices up.

“Drought in Spain, the world’s largest olive oil producer, is likely to halve the country’s output this year compared with the previous year, official estimates from the European Commission show, pushing prices up. Spain usually supplies about 40% of the world’s output…”

https://www.reuters.com/markets/commodities/spains-drought-devastates-olive-oil-output-drives-world-prices-up-2023-03-24/


Over a thousand people flee as forest fire engulfs 3,000 hectares in Spain…

“Ximo Puig, the president of the Valencia region that incorporates Castellon, told reporters the fire was “very early in the spring, very voracious from the beginning.” Puig added that the effects of climate crisis “are undeniable, so the perspective of firefighting must be considered on an annual basis.””

https://www.trtworld.com/europe/over-a-thousand-people-flee-as-forest-fire-engulfs-3-000-hectares-in-spain-66441


Big contrasts again in Europe with the cold turning exceptional in Scandinavia with up to -37.5C [-35.5F] in Finland and -36.8C in Sweden.

“To the contrary, >30C [86F] again in Spain and 27C in Bosnia, Serbia and Croatia. Frosts in the coming days will be a problem for fruits trees in the Balkans.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1639340304971989021


Amsterdam Airport Cutting Flights Due to Global Warming.

“Government officials in the country announced earlier this month that restrictions would be imposed on all international flights leaving the Netherlands, in order to cut carbon emissions and help achieve climate goals.”

https://www.travelpulse.com/news/airlines/amsterdam-airport-cutting-flights-due-to-global-warming.html


First Nation residents left living in hotels months after floods [Manitoba, Canada].

“More than 900 evacuees from Peguis First Nation in Manitoba are still unable to return home nearly a year after flood waters ravaged their community. With hundreds of homes still unlivable, many families have been left living in hotels for months on end.”

https://www.cbc.ca/player/play/2186384451724


At least 21 dead after tornado-spawning storms roll through Mississippi. One town is ‘gone,’ resident says…

“The National Weather Service confirmed a tornado hit the towns of Silver City as well as Rolling Fork, which one resident described as obliterated following the storm’s devastating path. “I’ve never seen anything like this,” Rolling Fork resident Brandy Showah told CNN. “This was a very great small town, and now it’s gone.””

https://edition.cnn.com/2023/03/25/weather/us-severe-storms-saturday/index.html


Utah breaks record for state’s largest snowpack ever.

“…the Great Salt Lake has greatly benefited with the epic snowfall totals and has already risen two feet since hitting its historic low set in November 2022 [Very good news, as arsenic, mercury and lead from the increasingly dry lake-bed were at risk of being picked up the by the wind to form poisonous dust clouds].

https://www.fox13now.com/news/local-news/utah-likely-to-break-record-of-largest-snowpack-ever


Snowpack in southern Sierra hits all-time record levels. How deep is that?

“As of Friday, the snowpack in the southern Sierra Nevada was at 286% of normal — the highest figure ever, easily eclipsing the region’s benchmark of 263% set in 1969. In a tweet, the UC Berkeley Central Sierra Snow Lab said this year recently surpassed 1982-83 as the second-snowiest on record since measurements began in 1946.”

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2023-03-24/snowpack-in-southern-sierra-at-all-time-record


San Francisco resident spots ‘flying’ couch amid intense weather conditions: ‘Terrified’.

“The San Francisco Bay Area has been dealing with some pretty intense weather conditions lately. Some are even calling it the region’s worst storm season in recent history. For weeks now, residents have endured frosty temperatures, near-constant rain and record-breaking winds…”

https://uk.finance.yahoo.com/san-francisco-resident-spots-flying-couch-amid-intense-weather-conditions-terrified-212911050.html


Much of West Coast faces ban to fish salmon amid low stocks.

“…ocean salmon fishing season is set to be prohibited this year off California and much of Oregon for the second time in 15 years after adult fall-run Chinook, often known as king salmon, returned to California’s rivers in near record-low numbers in 2022.”

https://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/drought-plagued-west-coast-faces-salmon-fishing-ban-98098596


Rapidly melting glaciers could provoke water crisis in Peru.

“Tropical glaciers are constantly melting due to their geographic location, which makes them more sensitive to temperature increases and other climatic changes, he said. A total of 70 percent of these types of glaciers worldwide are located in Peru… over the past 50 years, Peru has lost 40 percent of its tropical glacier mass.”

https://www.laprensalatina.com/rapidly-melting-glaciers-could-provoke-water-crisis-in-peru/


Structural collapses, landslides, flooding amid heavy rain in Guayaquil [Ecuador]…

““We’re experiencing a climate event with very strong electrical storms,” said Viteri, adding that this weather event “is going to complicate things a little more, according to information from the National Weather and Hydrology Institute (Inamhi), and could last until Saturday.””

https://www.laprensalatina.com/structural-collapses-landslides-flooding-amid-heavy-rain-in-guayaquil/


Another brutal heat wave in Chile with widespread temp. >35C [95F] even at high elevations.

“Some remarkable temperatures yesterday: Huechun (610m asl) 37.3C Central Region; Tranque Lautaro (1135m) 36.1C Atacama Region; Iglesia Colorada (1687m) 32.6C Atacama Region.”

https://twitter.com/extremetemps/status/1639290606810804226


UN conference hears litany of water disasters linked to climate crisis.

“Water is at the heart of the climate crisis, with an increasingly dire carousel of droughts, floods and sea level rise felt “making our planet uninhabitable”, the secretary general of the United Nations, António Guterres, has warned.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2023/mar/23/water-un-conference-climate-crisis-disasters


Why climate ‘doomers’ are replacing climate ‘deniers’…

“…a group of people believe that the climate problem cannot, or will not, be solved in time to prevent all-out societal collapse. They are known, colloquially, as climate “doomers.” And some scientists and experts worry that their defeatism — which could undermine efforts to take action — may be just as dangerous as climate denial.”

[If climate change weren’t just one facet of what looks to me like an all-encompassing systemic predicament with our modern way of life inherently unsustainable and fundamentally incompatible with a healthy biosphere, and it could realistically be tackled via carbon capture, vast amounts of solar panels and wind turbines etc. etc. then these charges might hold some water.

But even then, there are still fairly few dyed in the wool doomers and even fewer of those evangelise. Plenty are still engaged in activism, so not at all paralysed or defeatist. I wonder if there is some projection going on with the climate scientists attacking “doomism”, because they themselves suspect on some level that we are up a certain creek without a certain paddle.]

https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2023/03/24/climate-doomers-ipcc-un-report/


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