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Britain's climate getting warmer, sunnier and wetter - Met Office

sun-dried tree london
© REUTERS/Dylan Martinez/File Photo
A tree is seen in a sun-dried and parched Clapham Common, during hot weather, amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, in London, Britain August 12, 2020.
Recent decades in Britain have been warmer, wetter and sunnier than in the last century, with last year the third warmest on record, a report by climate scientists said on Thursday.

The report points to how Britain's climate is already changing as experts warn that extreme weather events, such as floods, heatwaves and droughts, will increase across the world due to the effects of global warming.

"Average temperatures for the UK continue to climb, with nearly a degree of warming when comparing the most recent 30 years with the preceding 30-year period," said Mike Kenson, lead author and senior climate scientist at the Met Office.

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Snowflake Cold

Tim Ball receives the lifetime achievement in climate science award

Dr. Tim Ball
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Tim Ball is presented the Lifetime Achievement in Climate Science Award from The Heartland Institute at the Thirteenth International Conference on Climate Change. Tom Harris, executive director of the International Climate Science Coalition, presents the award.


Comment: Have a look at this Adapt 2030 Iinterview:

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Interview with Laura Knight-Jadczyk and Pierre Lescaudron

 Earth Changes and the Human-Cosmic Connection



Snowflake

Cold wave brings rare snow to 13 Brazilian cities in the state of Rio Grande do Sul - Also to Northern Argentina and Uruguay

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At least 13 cities in the Brazilian State of Río Grande do Sul Wednesday recorded snowfalls, a rare event for the region, but one that has come to be due to this year's harsh winter temperatures.

Snow was recorded in cities such as Pelotas, São Francisco de Paula, Gramado, Carlos Barbosa, Bagé, Herval, Piratini, Caxias do Sul, Marau and Farroupilha, it was reported.

The wave of cold air that passes through southern Brazil brought snow to at least 13 cities in Rio Grande do Sul, in addition to frozen rain.

According to Somar Meteorologia, there was snowfall in Pelotas, São Francisco de Paula, Gramado, Carlos Barbosa, Bagé, Herval, Piratini, Caxias do Sul, Marau and Farroupilha, where children took to the streets to celebrate and build up snowmen, which are very foreign to the area.


Comment: Northern Argentina and Uruguay also experienced this rare snowfall:
In the last few hours, snowfall has been occurring in places where it is unusual for this type of weather to appear.




Boat

Thousands displaced by floods in 4 states of Myanmar - Almost 22 inches of rain in 48 hours

Red Cross deliver relief supplies to flood hit areas of Kayin State, Myanmar, July 2021.
© Myanmar Red Cross Society
Red Cross deliver relief supplies to flood hit areas of Kayin State, Myanmar, July 2021.
Days of heavy rain have caused flooding in Shan, Rakhine, Kayin and Mon states in Myanmar.

Myanmar's Department of Meteorology and Hydrology (DMH) reported heavy rain from 25 July. Mawlamyine in Mon State recorded 553 mm of rain in 48 hours to 27 July.

In a 24 hour period to 27 July, areas of Rakhine State saw particularly heavy rain, including Maungdaw (243 mm) Kyaukpyu (242 mm) and Thandwe (388 mm). Neighbouring parts of Bangladesh also saw heavy rain during this time, resulting in floods and landslides in Cox's Bazar District.


According to the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA Centre) as many as 48,500 people have been affected or displaced by the floods across the 3 states.


Fire

Three dead and ten stranded as wildfire rages across southern Turkey

Smoke and flames rise after a forest fire broke out

Smoke and flames rise after a forest fire broke out
Three people have died in a massive wildfire in southern Turkey, where firefighters battled the massive blaze for a second day on Thursday.

Efforts to rescue 10 stranded people near the resort city of Antalya were ongoing, the country's AFAD disaster agency said.

More than 100 other people had to be evacuated, required medical treatment or suffered damage to property as a result of the fire.


Fire

'Out of control': Greek wildfire rages through forest near Athens

Firefighters battle a wildfire in Dionysos, north east of Athens, on July 27, 2021.

Firefighters battle a wildfire in Dionysos, north east of Athens, on July 27, 2021.
Greek authorities have evacuated several areas north of Athens as a wildfire swept through a hillside forest and threatened homes near the country's capital.

The fire, which started on Tuesday morning, is "out of control," Dionysos mayor Yannis Kalafatelis told Greek radio.

The town located about 30 kilometres northeast of Athens is among those affected, along with neighbouring Stamata and Rodopoli.

74 firefighters were deployed on the ground to try and contain the fire, which sent smoke over Athens.

Five water-dropping planes and five helicopters were being used to fight the blaze.


Boat

Flood flows on the Buller River were the largest of any New Zealand river recorded in almost a century

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Flood flows on the Buller River this month were the largest of any New Zealand river in almost 100 years, Niwa measurements show.

Flow rates on the river during the flooding on the West Coast earlier this month were more than 10 times the usual rates, scientists found.

Niwa hydrodynamics scientist Richard Measures said records showed even greater flooding of the Buller River in 1926.

"It's not the largest river in New Zealand but it does experience the biggest flood flows," he said. "The flood levels through the Buller Gorge are incredible."

Niwa environmental monitoring technician Mike O'Driscoll used a radar gun from the Westport and Orowaiti bridges to measure the speed of the Buller River at its surface on July 17, the height of the recent floods.


Cloud Lightning

Two women hit by lightning on Snowdon mountain summit, Wales

The women were rescued from Snowdon's summit on Wednesday afternoon
© LLANBERIS MOUNTAIN RESCUE TEAM
The women were rescued from Snowdon's summit on Wednesday afternoon
Rescuers say two women are "very lucky" to be alive after they were hit by lightning on the summit of Snowdon, Wales' highest mountain.

The pair were in a five-strong group by its 3,560ft (1,085m) peak when they were struck just after 13:30 BST.

Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team was called out by North Wales Police to help rescue them.

The team said one woman "was falling in and out of consciousness", while the other had minor injuries.

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Powerful 8.2 magnitude earthquake hits off Alaska - Strongest to hit state in 56 years

Alaska earthquake map
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A powerful 8.2 magnitude earthquake has struck off the coast of Alaska, triggering a tsunami warning.

The shallow quake hit 56 miles (91 kilometers) southeast of the town of Perryville, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said, with a tsunami warning in effect for south Alaska and the Alaskan peninsula.

The US government issued a tsunami warning for Alaska's southeast, while authorities in Hawaii also issued a tsunami watch.

'Hazardous tsunami waves for this earthquake are possible within the next three hours along some coasts,' the US Tsunami Warning System said in a statement.

Perryville is a small village about 500 miles from Anchorage, Alaska's biggest city.

An emergency alert sent to people's phones read: 'The National Weather Service has issued a TSUNAMI WARNING.

'A series of powerful waves and strong currents may impact coasts near you. You are in danger. Get away from coastal waters. Move to high ground or inland now. Keep away from the coast until local officials say it is safe to return.'


Comment: No tsunami but it was the strongest felt in the state since the 1964 event described above.

And this may herald the arrival of a cluster of strong quakes elsewhere.


Fire

Massive wildfires ravage Lebanon's north forcing residents to flee

Smoke billows from a fire in Qoubayat, Lebanon
© Reuters / Mouarbes Jean
Smoke billows from a fire in Qoubayat, Lebanon on July 28, 2021.
Multiple fires have broken out in northern Lebanon, devastating pine forests and threatening multiple villages. The blazes have forced some residents to flee their homes, while at least one firefighter died battling the flames.

Hot weather and strong winds have descended upon the country's northern province of Akkar, fueling multiple wildlife fires. On Wednesday, a massive wildfire broke out close to the town of Qoubayat, the largest Christian settlement in the region.

Footage from the scene shows the flames spreading extremely rapidly across wooded mountains, consuming iconic Lebanese pine forests. The blaze quickly approached the town, as well as other villages in the area.