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New Zealand is headed for its warmest winter on record

New Zealand is headed for its warmest winter on record

This sort of specific reporting in New Zealand is very rare and when it comes out is hard to find and is not usually in the top headlines Mass bleaching of native sea sponges in Fiordland shocks scientists For the first time there has been a mass bleaching of native sea sponges in Aotearoa, raising alarm about the impact climate change is having on marine ecosystems. A healthy, unbleached native sea sponge (left) and a bleached sea sponge (right). Photo: Dr Valerio…

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Surface temperature tops 60°C in India?

Surface temperature tops 60°C in India?

Excuse me if I express light skepticism. These are satellite figures. How accurate are they? When I asked the Met Service here in Wellington why my measured temperatures constantly differed from their reported temperatures the answer was they were based on a MODEL and largely reflected the EXPECTED temperatures. I wouldn’t mind betting that the measured land temperatures will be lower. 60C? I’m skeptical.  For what is worth this is not “spring”.Early May brings extremely hot temperatures. Surface temperature tops…

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Extreme weather: Wildfires in the US; extreme heat in India

Extreme weather: Wildfires in the US; extreme heat in India

Map Shows Wildfire Outbreak Sweeping Across US Amid Megadrought New data from NASA’s Fire Information for Resource Management System (FIRMS) shows an outbreak of wildfires sweeping across the country.  FIRMS’ interactive map shows wildfire activity is expanding in the country’s Southeast, Midwest, and Southwest regions amid one of the worst megadroughts in 1,200 years.  National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) released an update Wednesday that said more than 3,700 wildland firefighters and personnel are assigned to eleven major fires.  “The Southwest area continues to…

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Floods in South Africa

Floods in South Africa

South Africa Deploys 10,000 Troops As “Flood Disasters” Leave Hundreds Dead South African authorities have “activated” 10,000 soldiers to help with emergency relief efforts in the flood-stricken KwaZulu-Natal Province after floods killed at least 443 people. KwaZulu-Natal premier Sihle Zikalala released a statement that six days of heavy rains, triggering “flood disasters” now “rank as being among the worst catastrophes to befall the province of KwaZulu-Natal in a long time.” He confirmed Monday, the death toll now stands at 443, adding that 63…

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Extreme heat at BOTH poles

Extreme heat at BOTH poles

Antarctica, Arctic undergo simultaneous freakish extreme heat Both of Earth’s poles saw their temperatures rise more than 70 and 50 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than average, respectively, experts reported. A view of icebergs in Grandidier Channel during a Turkish research expedition on Dismal Island in Antarctica on Feb. 9.Sebnem Coskun / Anadolu Agency via Getty Images file Earth’s poles are undergoing simultaneous freakish extreme heat with parts of Antarctica more than 70 degrees (40 degrees Celsius) warmer than average and areas…

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UNDERREPORTED: Catastrophic floods in Australia

UNDERREPORTED: Catastrophic floods in Australia

 I woke to the following this morning. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10587219/Sydney-weather-BOM-issues-evacuation-orders-rain-bomb-strikes.html So, I checked across NZ media – RNZ, Stuff, Newshub – NOTHING! You might think that what was happening across the Ditch was really important.  But then I checked the Australian media. Even in the Sydney Morning Herald it was not top of the headlines. There has been some coverage on Australian television. Lismore may not survive future floods Australians: THIS MAN NEEDS YOUR HELP RE: FLOODS; PLEASE CIRCULATE THIS VIDEO It…

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The protesters at NZ parliament survive a wild night’s weather to the Speaker’s chagrin

The protesters at NZ parliament survive a wild night’s weather to the Speaker’s chagrin

Occupiers of NZ Parliament survive wild weather in Wellington Here is mainstream media reporting Covid-19 protest at Parliament enters sixth day The number of protestors joining the crowd at the anti-mandate demonstration is steadily growing, after a subdued start to the day. More people joined the protest yesterday, taking numbers up to about 1000, but rain last night drove numbers down to about 500. Photo: RNZ Hundreds of people are on the parliament lawn, though some have been driven away by the…

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Temperature contrast of 88.7°C in Siberia

Temperature contrast of 88.7°C in Siberia

INSANE 85°C (153°F): Second largest temperature contrast EVER MEASURED in RUSSIA on December 8 2021 – Record held by CONTIGUOUS US with daily temperature difference of 88.7°C on January 20,1954 Dec 10, 2021 A staggering difference of 85°C or 153°F! That temperature contrast in Russia is just completely crazy! This insane difference is one of the largest temperature contrasts ever recorded for a single country. Moreover, sub -60°C is rare and has not been observed outside Greenland plateau in the…

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