Mark Przepiora

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26
2015

As Earth’s warmest winter on record ends, Spring starts with snow storms in North America

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Just as Spring rolled around last week, we learned that Winter 2014 was the warmest winter on record. According to weather.com, “NOAA says that December through February … was 1.42 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th-century average for all land and ocean areas. This tops the previous warmest winter of 2007 by 0.05 degrees Fahrenheit.” Despite the fact that eastern North America experienced a cold winter, western North America, Europe and Asia experienced widespread above-average temperatures.

This was little consolation to residents of the northeast United States, where the first day of Spring was greeted by snow storms. Some areas picked up 6 بوصات من الثلوج, with temperatures dropping 10—15 degrees Fahrenheit (5.5—8.3 degrees Celsius) below normal temperatures for this time of year. Two people died in a car crash caused by poor driving conditions, and others were injured as cars were seen flipped on their heads in separate incidents. ما يقرب 600 flights were cancelled, and just as many were delayed, leaving passengers frustrated.

Meanwhile, in Northern Australia, Cyclone Nathan ripped through the coast causing residents to flee inland, و The Spanish city of Castellon experienced heavy rainfall which flooded the city, forcing emergency workers to rescue people from their homes and cars. The storm was expected to move to the Mediterranean Sea which meteorologists predicted would experience gale force winds. This warning became reality a few days later, with Italy, the Balkans, and Turkey bracing for a travel-disrupting storm. The heavy rainfall in Turkey may lead to flooding in several coastal cities.

Heavy rain in northern Brazil and Peru also caused flooding, creating giant sinkholes in Brazil, and landslides in Peru. An incredible video shows a bus full of Brazilian passengers being rescued from a sinkhole moments before the bus is swept away by the fierce river. The landslides in Peru claimed the lives of at least seven people, when an avalanche buried part of a town. Unfortunately, BBC News reported that torrential storm clouds would remain over Brazil and Peru, and that they would reach even the Atacama desert which on average receives only about 15 millimeters of rain per year.

A few days later there was finally some good news for the northeast United States, where at least 6 inches of snow finally began to melt in Boston, which had covered some parts of the city for months.

If you would like to see all of our headlines from the past week, please click here.


أغسطس

12
2012

Making the 2012 heat wave matter

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Aljazeera.com reports that...

There have been two, maybe three, landmark heat waves in the history of man-made global warming. The first was in 1988 and it put the concept of global warming on the map. Then as now, the eastern two-thirds of the United States broiled beneath ferociously high temperatures, while relentless drought parched soil and withered crops across the Midwestern farm belt.

But in Washington, the underlying problem was being named for the first time. On June 23, NASA scientist James Hansen testified to the US Senate that man-made global warming had begun. The New York Times reported his remarks on page one; the media at home and abroad followed suit. By year’s end, “global warminghad become a common phrase in news bureaux, government ministries and living rooms around the world.

Read more at www.aljazeera.com


أغسطس

10
2012

Typhoon Saola death toll rises to 44 as storms hit China

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Thehindu.com reports that...

The death toll from Typhoon Saola rose on Friday to 44 in the Philippines and Taiwan as storms and Typhoon Damrey made landfall in China, where two died and about 770,000 were evacuated.

Read more at www.thehindu.com


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13
2012

China rainstorms kill dozens in Gansu province

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Bbc.co.uk reports that...

Some 40 people are now reported to have died in rain and hail storms in north-western China.

Read more at www.bbc.co.uk


أبريل

03
2012

استعراض ستة أسابيع: شباط / فبراير 21 – نيسان / أبريل 3, 2012

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Whereas the USA and Canada saw winter return with a vengeance in mid-to-late February, by the middle of March it experienced far more erratic weather, مع droughts, موجات الحرارة, العواصف and then, just as suddenly in some areas, more snowfall. Meanwhile, the cherry blossom trees of Washington, DC bloomed weeks early due to the unusually warm weather. Indeed, Spring’s early arrival allowed farmers in New Jersey to get into the fields two weeks early but forced them to deal with an increase of crop-eating insects due to the mild winter. Overall, it was a very warm March, with dozens of record temperatures being set.

In other parts of the world, the warm weather had troubling effects. In Morocco, droughts caused the country’s cereal harvests to falter. Northern Mexico experienced its worst drought in 71 سنة, causing a severe shortage of food and water across the country. Meanwhile, Vietnam braced itself for Tropical Storm Pakhar, و Fiji experienced flash floods. However, just when it had seemed that Spring had come for good, citizens of western Serbia experienced large snowfalls, and in Scotland snow fell just days after record-breaking heat waves.

Thus, to call the weather over the past six weekserraticseems like an understatement. It’s a period that has seen record heat waves and snow storms, and droughts and floods, often in the same places.

Click here to view all weather events during this six-week time period.


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24
2011

Monthly Climate Summary: نيسان / أبريل 2011

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جفاف. Wildfires. Wind. Hail. Tornadoes. Flooding.

نيسان / أبريل 2011 was a month defined by extreme weather conditions, particularly in the United States. Texas followed its driest March in over 100 years with its fifth driest April. Higher temperatures and absent rainfall were blamed for power outages at refineries, a spike in rabies reports, and wheat crop losses. By month’s end, 94% of the state was experiencing severe to exceptional drought conditions. اقرأ المزيد.


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23
2011

World loses one-third of total global food production

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The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) released a study on food production last week that concluded 1.3 billion tons of food is lost each year.  That’s one third of total global production.  This inefficiency in food production and consumption reflects wasted energy and consequently unnecessary GHG emissions. [...] What does food waste mean in terms of climate change?  “When we throw away 40%, 40% of resources invested goes for naught, for nothing” said Bloom.  He estimates that “2% of all US energy goes to food we’re throwing away.” The vast amount of water, oil, and other resources that go into farming are squandered, and the gears of industrial agriculture spin with no purpose. اقرأ المزيد.


أبريل

11
2011

Welcome to our new website

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Welcome to the new Global Warming Foundation website. Check back soon for additional information about the new features we will provide for our visitors!


أبريل

07
2011

Storm fells tree along Augusta’s famed Magnolia Lane

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-04.07.11- There’s a gap in the stately row of trees that line one of the most famous drives in America, the aftermath of thunderstorms that swept through Augusta early Tuesday and damaged other parts of the course, جداً. اقرأ المزيد


أبريل

07
2011

Drought hits southern U.S. pretty hard

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-04.07.11- The drought may be over in California, but large portions of the Southwest, southern Plains, Florida and the Southeast are all still enduring severe to extreme drought conditions. اقرأ المزيد