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Extreme weather news and discussion

Posted: Fri Jun 11, 2021 6:54 pm
by weatheriscool
This will be the thread we will talk about floods, tornadoes outbreaks, and historic heat and cold. Along with drought! ;)

Re: Extreme weather news and discussion

Posted: Sat Jun 12, 2021 7:38 pm
by caltrek
How Many People Has Climate Change Killed Already?
June 1, 2021

https://grist.org/climate/how-many-peop ... d-already/

Introduction:
(Grist) Every year heat kills tens of thousands of people. Their breathing grows shallow, their heart rates flutter, their muscles spasm, and then they die. Heat killed over 100,000 people in 2018, when high temperatures broiled the European Union.

A new study suggests that climate change was responsible for many of those deaths. The paper, published Monday in Nature Climate Change, scrutinized summertime deaths in 43 countries between 1991 and 2018 — the largest collection of heat mortality data ever assembled.

The researchers estimate that higher temperatures driven by greenhouse gas emissions caused more than half the heat-related deaths in several countries, including Thailand, Peru and the Philippines. On average, climate change was at fault for 37 percent of heat-related deaths. The world has only warmed around 2 degrees Fahrenheit so far, but that’s already enough to kill roughly 100,000 people every year, if you apply this paper’s estimate to the entire world.

There are, however, some pretty big holes in the data for anyone trying to do that kind of extrapolation. There’s simply no data on heat-related deaths from huge swaths of the world, including major population centers in equatorial Africa, and India. “The main point of this paper is that the map is mainly empty!” wrote Friedi Otto, a climate scientist at the University of Oxford who was not involved in the study, in an email. And Otto’s own research suggests that that heat is particularly deadly in these places that don’t have sophisticated systems to record the cause of deaths.

In other words, reality could be worse than the estimates. “The countries where we do not have the necessary health data are often among the poorest and most susceptible to climate change, and, concerningly, are also the projected major hotspots of future population growth, ” according to Dann Mitchell, a climate scientist at the University of Bristol, in a piece accompanying the study.

Re: Extreme weather news and discussion

Posted: Wed Jun 16, 2021 9:14 pm
by weatheriscool
Hoover Dam's massive reservoir hits record low, with no end to drought in sight
Source: Reuters, Nexstar Media Wire

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The drought that has brought Lake Mead low has gripped California, the Pacific Northwest, the Great Basin spanning Nevada, Oregon and Utah, plus the southwestern states of Arizona and New Mexico and even part of the Northern Plains.

Farmers are abandoning crops, Nevada is banning the watering of about one-third of the lawn in the Las Vegas area, and the governor of Utah is literally asking people to pray for rain.

Firefighters are facing worsening conditions this summer – after nearly 10,000 fires in California alone during the last wildfire season burned 4.2 million acres (1.7 million hectares), an area nearly as large as Kuwait.

Droughts are a recurring natural hazard but made worse recently by an accumulation of extremely dry years for most of this century. Scientists say human-influenced climate change has exacerbated the situation.
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Read more: https://www.westernslopenow.com/news/ph ... -in-sight/

Re: Extreme weather news and discussion

Posted: Thu Jun 17, 2021 12:04 pm
by wjfox

Re: Extreme weather news and discussion

Posted: Thu Jun 17, 2021 3:32 pm
by caltrek
Historic Heat Wave Expands Across California, Wildfire Risk Builds
by Andrew Freedman
Updated June 17, 2021

https://www.axios.com/heat-wave-expands ... 9d4d5.html

Introduction:
The record-breaking heat wave roasting the West is expanding its grip on Thursday, with the focus of the triple-digit heat shifting into California — particularly the Central Valley and desert regions.

Why it matters: Across the West, the combination of record heat, preexisting drought conditions, and dry lightning strikes from afternoon thunderstorms threatens to ignite numerous wildfires Thursday.
  • Fires have already been burning in Montana, Arizona and other states affected by the heat wave.
  • More than 40 million people across the West and Southwest are likely to see temperatures in their area exceed 100°F during the next several days.
  • Climate change is making this event more severe than it otherwise would be, based on numerous scientific studies on similar extreme weather events.

Re: Extreme weather news and discussion

Posted: Fri Jun 18, 2021 3:49 pm
by weatheriscool
Record-shattering heat wave bakes western US, raising drought and fire concerns
Source: The Guardian

Katharine Gammon
Fri 18 Jun 2021 02.00 EDT
This week the temperatures hit 106F (41C) in Billings, in northern Montana. In Arizona, animals were scorching their paws on blistering asphalt. In Texas, authorities asked residents to limit cooking and cleaning to preserve a creaking power grid.

These were just some of the scenes emerging from one of the most excruciating heatwaves to ever hit the western United States this early in the year. From California to Montana, a staggering 40 million people are experiencing temperatures of 100F (38C) or hotter this week, and 50 million were under excessive heat warnings and heat advisories.

For many it is merely a hint of things to come as the planet warms amid the global heating crisis and such extreme events become more and more common.

Many cities across the American west have opened cooling stations and hydration stations to keep people safe from the dangerous temperatures – and the hottest months of the year are still expected to come.
Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/202 ... ought-fire

Re: Extreme weather news and discussion

Posted: Tue Jun 22, 2021 12:28 am
by Yuli Ban

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Posted: Tue Jun 22, 2021 6:33 am
by weatheriscool
Tornado sweeps through suburban Chicago, causing damage
Source: AP
CHICAGO (AP) — A tornado swept through communities in heavily populated suburban Chicago, damaging more than 100 homes, toppling trees, knocking out power and causing multiple injuries, officials said.

At least five people, including a woman who was in critical condition, were hospitalized in Naperville, where 16 homes were left “uninhabitable” and dozens of other homes were damaged when a tornado touched down after 11 p.m. Sunday, said city spokeswoman Linda LaCloche.

More than 120 other reports of property damage had been received by 5 a.m. Monday in the suburb of 147,500 people that’s about 25 miles (40 kilometers) west of Chicago. Those were expected to grow as residents surveyed the damage, she said. About 450 power outages were reported.

“We’re lucky that it wasn’t worse,” LaCloche said Monday morning. “We have a lot of utility poles and electrical wires down, and tree damage.”


Read more: https://apnews.com/article/chicago-envi ... a17a1bcbcd

Re: Extreme weather news and discussion

Posted: Tue Jun 22, 2021 8:23 pm
by Yuli Ban

Re: Extreme weather news and discussion

Posted: Thu Jun 24, 2021 4:14 pm
by wjfox
Insane.