Climate Risks: the Hottest Global July, CA Drought Worsens, and More!



Weather Around a Climate Change World: August 19, 2014: Nepal and India are experiencing killer landslides related to the extreme Asian monsoon; Europe’s cooling down; and there’s a heat wave in the US heartland, reports meteorologist Jon Plotkin at Decoded Science.

And the Heat Goes On:

OO Globally, July Was The Fourth Hottest July On Record says NOAA, and the January-July period was the third-warmest such period on record. You might have felt cool; much of the world did not.

California Dryin’ :

Someone told me that she was so depressed driving through the Central Valley recently, filled with signs and dried out land, that she took an early exit to get away from it. Source:

OO On Top Of Withering Drought, California Smashes Heat Records
For the first half of 2014, California has been on average 4.6 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than normal, and 1 degree warmer than the previous record set in 1934.


California continues to dry out. Source: US Drought Monitor

OO California Has Hottest Start to Year While Midwest Chills – as CA record-breaking heat helped drought and wildfires.

Source: NOAA

US: Lots and Lots of Rain – boy, did it rain a lot recently, reports Andrea Thompson at Climate Central. Torrential rains fell from Seattle to Long Island, flooding not only highways, houses and parking lots, but also Twitter with images of cars covered nearly up to their roofs and stranded drivers.


OO Long Island NY Town Gets 12 Inches+ Of Rain
During East Coast Downpours
sending emergency boats and police scuba teams to flooded roads — something that could happen more frequently with more severe downpours as the planet warms up.

OO Colorado Rockies: Climate Change Means an Uncertain Water Supplysays a new report.


Alaska: Marine Economy Takes A Dive As Ocean Acidity Rises says a new study reports Kieran Cooke at Climate Central. The new study, funded by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration(NOAA), says growing acidification of Alaska’s waters, particularly those off the southern coast, threatens the state’s whole economy.

OO Mega Drought Threatens To Drive Up Olive Oil Prices – southwest Spain is experiencing its worst drought since record keeping began 150 years ago — and agricultural crops, especially olives, are suffering badly.

Losing Homes:

OO Solomon Islands Town To Relocate As Climate Pressures Mount

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About melharte

Mel (Mary Ellen) Harte is a biologist (PhD) and climate change educator. She co-authored the free online book, COOL THE EARTH, SAVE THE ECONOMY, available at www.CoolTheEarth.US, and writes the CLIMATE CHANGE THIS WEEK column at the HuffingtonPost. Living summers in the alpine Rockies, she is on the frontlines of watching what climate change can do. Her diagnostic digital photographs of wildflowers have appeared in numerous publications.
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