Study finds warm springtimes in Hudson Bay lead to hot summers further south Arctic sea ice has diminished drastically over the last 40 years. Now a study shows that the southern half of the US may be suffering from more summer heatwaves as a consequence. , a climatologist at Illinois State University, and colleagues used satellite data to measure the ebb and flow of Arctic sea ice in the Hudson Bay region since 1979 and compared this with heatwave frequency across the US. Their results, , show that summer heatwaves were far more common across the southern US in the years when the Hudson Bay basin experienced a warm spring and reduced sea ice.
As relentless rain wreaks havoc in the farm belt, many struggle to cope Even with half of the houses on her street underwater, Dina Barker looked at the numbers and calculated that it was worth holding out. The rate at which water was pouring out of the rain-swollen Keystone dam less than 10 miles up the Arkansas River had been enough to submerge most of Barker’s neighbourhood in Sand Springs, Oklahoma, last week. But her house sits on a small rise just feet from the pop-up lake that rose in hours as the surging river broke the town’s flood walls.
It feels like we’ve been getting rained on for two months just practically nonstop. And again today it’s nonstop It was growing like two feet every hour. Fast. Now you can’t even see the house. It’s completely engulfed
The roads were so bad all winter and into the spring that there was just no way to get that corn out
Witness: crane ‘fell straight through’ apartment building
Names of injured and woman who died not known
A woman died and at least six people were injured when a crane collapsed on to an apartment building in Dallas amid severe thunderstorms early on Sunday afternoon. Dallas Fire-Rescue spokesman Jason Evans told reporters first responders searching the building found a woman inside an apartment who was later pronounced dead.
NEW VIDEO from an eyewitness at the apartment complex on the east side of the Dallas skyline badly damaged by a falling crane in this afternoon’s severe thunderstorm. (Warning about the language.)
Soaring temperatures hit most of country with mercury topping 50C in some parts Weekend showers provided a much-needed but partial respite to parts of India sweltering in a brutal heatwave. In Bihar, however, one of the poorest areas of the country, 49 people died on Saturday in just 24 hours.
Environment Agency brings in high-volume pumps in a bid to lower water levels in Wainfleet High-volume pumps are being used to reduce flood waters in a Lincolnshire town where nearly 600 homes have been evacuated. Police have advised residents in around 590 properties in Wainfleet and neighbouring areas to evacuate amid concerns about flood defences along the river Steeping.
A warning has been issued for Tuesday and Wednesday with some flooding likely. , and gusty are additional hazards. Stay
The UK, with Sweden, Latvia and Germany, is now regarded as a high-risk area for forest fires Grass fires and burning haystacks have always been a feature of British summers when between the rains the UK had occasional heat waves. But now the has moved us into a different league. It is not just southern Europe that can expect serious forest fires. Along with Sweden, Latvia and Germany the UK has been added to the high-risk areas included in the . Observations show that tense wildfires are happening over a longer period across Europe. In the first four months of this year the service recorded 1,233 fires above 30 hectares in extent, more than for the whole of 2018. Some of them were in Scotland where large areas have been particularly dry.
Mount Etna, Europe's tallest and most active volcano, erupted on Friday, spewing lava and volcanic ash into the sky above Catania. The overnight eruptions led to rivers of lava streaming down the south-eastern slope of the Sicilian volcano. Mount Etna has seen an increase in seismic activity in recent days
Spate of storms exacerbated by cold, wet weather in California, has put 34 million people under severe weather warnings It’s been an unusually harrowing month for millions of Americans living in the path of a spate of tornadoes that have torn through the heart of the country. An incredible 225 tornadoes have been confirmed since 17 May, with eyewitness reports of around 500 tornadoes over the course of the month. May is the height of tornado season but the current spate of storms has been exacerbated by cold, wet weather in California that has spawned tornadoes once weather systems pass east over the Rockies.
The Senate on Thursday passed a bipartisan deal that would provide more than $19 billion in disaster aid funding to parts of the United States hit by hurricanes, flooding, earthquakes and wildfires, following months of negotiation, NBC News reports.
‘Orchard of France’ is badly hit by extreme weather that has killed two people France will declare a state of natural disaster after rain and hail storms lashed a swathe of the south-east on Saturday, devastating crops. The flash storms, which brought hailstones as big as pingpong balls to some areas, killed two people in France and Switzerland, and injured at least 10 others.
Woman dies after sightseeing boat sinks as bad weather also damages vessels at annual Bol d’Or regatta A woman has drowned in Lake Geneva when her sightseeing boat sank as a violent storm battered parts of Switzerland on Saturday, police said. A man who was in the same boat was able to swim to another vessel from where he fired “two flares”, Joanna Matta, police spokeswoman for the canton (region) of Geneva, said.
Military helicopters are drafted in to repair broken bank of River Steeping in Wainfleet Hundreds of homes have been evacuated in a Lincolnshire town following severe flooding as the local MP warned that residents are “by no means out of the woods yet”. Residents in at least 590 homes in Wainfleet and Thorpe Culvert were told to leave as waters continued to surge on Saturday.
Military helicopters are drafted in to repair broken bank of River Steeping in Wainfleet People are being evacuated from their homes following severe flooding in Lincolnshire. Those living in 290 properties in Wainfleet will be moved after concerns were raised over flood defences on the River Steeping.
New UK research predicts extremes of weather will hit food production Global heating could bring many more bouts of severe drought as well as increased flooding to Africa than previously forecast, scientists have warned. New research says the continent will experience many extreme outbreaks of intense rainfall over the next 80 years. These could trigger devastating floods, storms and disruption of farming. In addition, these events are likely to be interspersed with more crippling droughts during the growing season and these could also damage crop and food production.
In anticipation, Cal Fire has identified 35 top-priority projects to thin vegetation in vulnerable communities Last November, the deadliest wildfire in California history killed 85 and . Now California’s fire season is starting to heat up again – and officials are bracing for the worst. As California grappled with a record-breaking heatwave last week, the state saw 236 wildfires – one of which grew to more than 2,500 acres before it was largely contained. So far this year, California has faced 1,746 wildfires, burning through more than 15,500 acres of land.
A landslide sweeps across a road in China's Fujian province, in the south-east, pushing cars before it. Days of rain have caused havoc, affecting hundreds of thousands of people and submerging vast swathes of farmland. More than 60 people are feared dead.
Arctic ice melt has weakened the jet stream, and over the last week a low pressure system has been trapped above eastern Britain For the last week Britain has been encircled by a gigantic loop in the jet stream, the result of which has been some remarkably wet weather for the east of the country. While welcome for , it is a stark warning of weather patterns to come.