Houston set a new record this week, to finish off a record hot summer. This news comes as Texas is in the grips of a severe drought, and fires ripped through the state just last week. Meanwhile in Canada, a second hurricane made landfall in less than three weeks! Hurricanes typically hit Canada once every year or less, and two in three weeks is unprecedented. Maria made landfall in Newfoundland on Friday. Meanwhile, a new typhoon, Roke, heads toward Japan. That storm is to come on the heels of Talas, which left at least 38 people dead last week.
Monsoons are not unusual, but their behaviour this week is. They failed to retreat from Pakistan, causing devastating flooding. Similar flooding in Thailand is responsible for the deaths of 98 people.