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Hong Kong records hottest September day in 50 years, air pollution levels 'serious' for second day

© SCMP/Hong Kong Environmental Protection Department
Hong Kong recorded its hottest September day in more than half a century on Tuesday as the influence of Typhoon Megi brought ­"serious" levels of air pollution to the city for a second day.

Temperatures hit a high of 36 degrees Celsius in Happy Valley as ­Taiwan felt the full force of the tropical cyclone, which is forecast to bring gloomy weather to Hong Kong over the next six days.

The Environmental Protection Department issued a warning after the Air Quality Health Index in Tuen Mun and Tung Chung hit 10+ on Tuesday afternoon, its highest level. That indicates a serious health risk.

It was the second day the city recorded such severe levels of air pollution.

The index in Central reached 10, and it climbed to nine in Yuen Long and Causeway Bay, indicating a "very high" health risk.

The department advised children, the elderly and people suffering from heart or respiratory illnesses to stay indoors as much as possible.

Typhoon Megi, named after the Korean word for catfish, made landfall in Taiwan but was ­forecast to spare Hong Kong. The storm however created stifling conditions in the city on Tuesday, with low visibility and a max­imum temperature at the Observatory's headquarters of 34.9 degrees, constituting the hottest September day since 1963, when September 5 saw the same ­location record 35.2 degrees.

Comment: Temperatures around the world, like the weather, are becoming more extreme. See also:


Climate Swindle - Who wants to be a carbon trillionaire?

© Corbett Report
Eat your heart out, Al Gore. Being a carbon billionaire is so passé now that we're in the age of the $100 trillion climate swindle. So the real question is who (or at least which corporate front) will be the first carbon trillionaire? Will it be a carbon eugenics promoting Rockefeller or a global government promoting Rothschild, or a carbon divesting Saudi government, or one of the shady hedge funds that are spearheading weather derivatives and other Enron-developed financial instruments to try to cash in on the carbon fraud?

Whatever the answer, one thing is for certain: you won't see this question asked (let alone answered) in the establishment gatekeeping press. Instead you will see endless iterations of the accusation that anyone who disbelieves in the woo woo pseudoscience of climate catastrophism is funded by the very Big Oil oiligarchs who stand to benefit from the debunked climate scare.

Both mainstream press and pseudo-alternatives religiously trot out hit pieces from attack sites like Desmogblog to smear scientists and avoid actual scientific debate (which, for the record, the alarmists always lose). Conveniently left out of this chapter-and-verse reliance on Desmogblog is the fact that it is a PR front itself whose primary benefactor is a convicted money launderer. More to the point, they can't even research or accurately report on the most basic facts. I should know; when I started my ClimateGate.tv website with a free WordPress template and about $5/month of GoDaddy hosting they produced a laughable article claiming that the website was a tv station that was being funded by Big Oil.

No, there's not time at all in the mainstream press to raise even the slightest question about the hundreds of billions that are already being pumped into the carbon scam from government and institutional investors around the world or the tens of trillions that are expected to be spent in the coming decades. Instead, all of the media coverage is focused on the other side of the issue: who funds those who critique this (demonstrably incorrect) "consensus" on global warming?

A perfect case in point is the "exposé" that was published in the LA Timesand InsideClimate News last year alleging that Exxon had the entire global warming puzzle solved as far back as the 1970s...and then actively worked to cover up that information. Never mind that they didn't actually withhold any of their research or findings from the public, and never mind their conclusion (namely, that the massive uncertainty surrounding climate variables meant that they had no clear picture of what is actually happening in the climate) was neither well-informed nor cause for panic; the narrative was already set.

A massive "#ExxonKnew" campaign was organized around the reports and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's claim that he would organize a posse of state AGs to investigate and prosecute Exxon for...something. Unsurprisingly, that campaign has disintegrated, not least because "investigators simply don't know what a climate model is."

Snowflake Cold

Heavy, late summer snowfall in Canada and surprise blizzard hits Yellowstone national park

© YouTube/Adapt 2030 (screen capture)
In the last official days of summer Alberta received over a foot of snow and another blizzard dumped snow in Yellowstone national park. Montana and the areas near Glacier national park also had unusual snows, and low temperatures. Little reported in US news, Russian Television took up the story. Now we need to get US weather information from foreign media outlets and social media.

Comment: Early snowfall for Erzurum, Turkey


Early snowfall for Erzurum, Turkey

Winter arrives early in eastern Turkey
Winter arrived early in eastern Turkey's Erzurum province as the city center saw the season's first snowfall on Friday as temperatures in the city fell below one degree celsius.

Snowfall is not unusual for Erciyes, Kösedağ or Arkut, the mountain regions of Turkey in September. But the change in weather still came as a bit of a shock to inhabitants of the highest city of Turkey when they woke up to their city center covered in a layer of snow.

The major ski centers in the country have also already recorded the season's first snow. The snow depth in Erzurum's Palandöken Ski Center now stands at 12 centimeters, while another ski resort, Kartalkaya, has also received significant snowfall.


Heavy, late summer snowfall for Alberta mountains and foothills; a foot of snow

Snow at Lake Louise posted by Instagram user @rowanskeencotton on Sept. 20, 2016
We're still a day-and-a-half away from the start of the fall season, but it sure doesn't look that way in Alberta's mountains and foothills.

According to the Prairie and Arctic Storm Prediction Centre of Environment Canada, wet snow started falling near Banff and Highway 93 early Tuesday morning.

As of 4:30 p.m., Environment Canada confirmed to Global News that areas in Banff received 32 centimetres of snow, while areas near Sundre received at least 30 centimetres.

Albertans have taken to social media with their updates on the wintry weather.

Tom Graham shared his snow photos early Tuesday morning in the Kananaskis Valley.


Surprise snowstorm brings blizzard to Yellowstone National Park

© ching.1002 via Instagram
Christmas has come early at Yellowstone National Park after a surprise snowstorm granted visitors an unexpected opportunity to capture stunning photos of the blanketed national park.

Four to eight inches of snow were forecast to fall up until late Monday night with further snowfall also expected early Tuesday as temperatures dropped to 32 degrees Fahrenheit (0 degrees Celsius).

A recent study carried out by the Yellowstone Center for Resources noted that the annual amount of snowfall and number of days of snow cover at the park were declining significantly.
This is not the first time, however, the park has been hit by a freak snowstorm. In 2014 snow came even earlier to the region, sweeping across the park at the end of August.

September temperatures in Yellowstone - which extends into Wyoming, Idaho and Montana - usually range between 37 degrees Fahrenheit and 68 degrees Fahrenheit while the average total snowfall for the month is half an inch.

The unexpected wintry blast hasn't deterred snap-happy enthusiasts who braved the conditions to capture some spectacular photos of America's first national park. The unexpected wintry blast hasn't deterred snap-happy enthusiasts who braved the conditions to capture some spectacular photos of America's first national park.


Extreme weather hits UK; intense thunderstorm, flash flooding, 'tornado' reported in Sheffield

Nicola Lees stopped at the side of the road in Beckwithshaw, outside of Harrogate, Yorkshire, England to take this picture of sheet lightning.

Flash floods also strike Manchester supermarket and city centre

Residents reported a "tornado" touching down in Sheffield last night amid a night of extreme weather across the UK.

Conditions varied hugely across the country, with a high of 34.4C in Gravesend making Tuesday the hottest the day of 2016, and hottest September day since 1911.

During the evening, a number of Sheffield's residents filmed what appeared to be a tornado unfurling on the outskirts of the city.

Extreme weather was experienced across the country. Manchester City's Champions League tie with Borussia Monchengladbach was cancelled due to the heavy downpour.

In addition to the Etihad Stadium, an Asda supermarket in Greater Manchester had to be closed after torrential rain caused a flash flood in the shopping aisles.

People were also forced to wade through knee-deep water in the centre of Manchester. Residents awoke to sink holes in Manchester's streets.


Hottest September temperature for Europe recorded in Spain

© Wikicommons
The solar tower plants in Sanlucar la Mayor, Spain had plenty of fuel on September 5th when the temperature at a nearby site may have set a new European monthly heat record of 46.4°C (115.5°F) on September 5th if valid.
An intense heat wave has occurred in recent days in the Iberian Peninsula with a site in Spain, Sanlucar La Mayor, measuring 46.4°C (115.5°F) on Monday, September 5th. This (if verified) would be the hottest temperature ever observed anywhere in Europe during the month of September. THE SANLUCAR LA MAYOR TEMPERATURE IS APPEARING DUBIOUS. HOWEVER, THE 45.7°C (114.3°F) REPORTED FROM MONTORO, SPAIN MAY BE RELIABLE AND THUS A NEW SEPTEMBER HEAT RECORD FOR EUROPE REGARDLESS. Portugal broke its September monthly heat record with 45.0°C (113.0°F) at Lousa Airport on September 6th. A few days earlier amazing heat also prevailed in the Middle East with Mitribah, Kuwait reaching 51.2°C (124.2°F) on September 4th. This would be the 2nd hottest temperature ever reliably measured on Earth during the month of September. Here are some more details.

The daily climate table for September 5th at Sanlucar La Mayor (population 15,000) located in southern Spain about 30 miles (50 km) due west of Seville.

Cloud Precipitation

Sun weakens further; more unusual cold weather events

Sun weakens further with more abnormal cold weather events

August is still not over but more northern hemisphere snows appear over Russia and USA, with volcanic eruptions on a 100 year cycle in Iceland along with early arrival of Northern Lights in August.

Cloud Precipitation

Colorado Springs uses snowplows to clean up heaps of hail

© Christian Murdock/The Gazette
Hail as deep as two feet lies in the front yards of home along Logan Avenue between Platte Avenue and Bijou Street after a storm hit Colorado Springs, Colo., Monday, Aug. 29, 2016.
A strong summer storm that walloped Colorado Springs forced authorities to rescue people from their stranded cars and move heaps of hail with snowplows.

More rain is possible Tuesday after the deluge Monday flooded roadways and left hail piled up on sidewalks. Eight people were rescued from their cars after they got stuck in the deep water, and hail swamped a basement apartment.

National Weather Service meteorologist Eric Peterson tells The Gazette of Colorado Springs that 2 to 3 inches of rain fell on some parts of the already soggy city. Most areas got between 1 and 2 inches Sunday, leaving the ground saturated before the latest storm hit.

An area near Peterson Air Force Base got just over 4 inches of rain between Sunday and Monday evening.