Friday, 17 June 2016

The weird climate - 06/15/2016

Greenland was hotter than New York City last week
Greenland, the Arctic nation that is basically one huge ice cube, is feeling rather balmy lately.
15 June, 2016

The island experienced the highest temperatures ever recorded on June 9, when air temperature in Nuuk, the capital city, soared to 75 degrees F. While that may seem like no sweat, the average high for this time of year between 1961 and 1990 was just 44 degrees F, and even Greenland’s hottest month rarely broke 50.

But that was then. That record-breaking day in June was hotter in Nuuk than it was in New York City, while a heat wave in April saw warmer weather in Greenland than in Boston.

All this hot air caused Greenland’s sea ice, which is the size of Texas, to begin thawing nearly six weeks before normal this year. The rapid melting of over 12 percent of the ice sheet was so unusual in April that Danish Meteorological Institute scientist Peter Langen said they “had to check that our models were still working properly.”

It’s a bad omen of what’s to come as climate change ramps up: Scientists predict that if the Greenland ice sheet melted entirely, global seas would rise by more than 20 feet.

Granted, Greenland has a lot of ice, and melting all of it could take a few hundred years. By then, Greenland — and most coastal areas — will be gone for good.

Weather turns tropical across Siberia as abnormal summer heat roasts six regions

Temperatures of up to 35C force exodus to river and lake beaches

By The Siberian Times reporter
14 June 2016
Over the next two days southern Siberia will remain abnormally hot, some 7C higher than average. Picture: @ekaterinarabotaem

The abnormally hot weather has seen temperatures some 8C above average across a vast swathe of southern Siberia. 

On 12 June - Russia Day - new records were set in Novosibirsk (30.4C) and  Tomsk (31.5C), and in Tuva Republic (31.7C).

The Saudi Arabian-like heat wave, still ongoing, has stretched to the east of Krasnoyarsk region, with the highest temperature being 35C.  

Freak weather as winter returns to Khanty-Mansi and Yamalo-Nenets autonomous regions.

2 June, 2016

Residents of Surgut, Noyabrsk, Novy Urengoy and other cities woke on 1 June, the first day of summer, to find it looked more like Chirstmas. Picture: Vita Golovyuk

The Siberian stereotype says its always cold here, but this is a fallacy. Usually. Elsewhere, for example in Chita, the temperature is 24C, and in many regions there are growing risks for forest fires.

But as these pictures show, in some areas of western Siberia, the thermometers have plunged to around zero. Residents of Surgut, Noyabrsk, Novy Urengoy and other cities woke on 1 June, the first day of summer, to find it looked more like Chirstmas. 

Extreme cold freezes waterfall in Brazil

Fri, 10 Jun 2016 16:44 UTC

© Marilia Oliveira/Prefeitura de Upurema

Temperatures are already below zero in 42 Brazilians cities - and it will get colder in the next few days

Winter is coming. For real.

Brazil has already seen snow in 2016. In the state of Santa Catarina thermal sensation dropped to -22°C (-7.6°F). It was enough to freeze a cascade in the city of Morro das Torres. As you might imagine, this kind of event is not so frequent in Brazil - and it became an instant touristic attraction.

Weather forecasts say that temperatures will continue next to zero in the next few days. In 42 cities in the states of Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina (in the extreme South of the country), temperatures will remain below zero. 

June snowfall for Mauna Kea in Hawaii

An unusual combination of conditions brought snow to the peaks of Mauna Kea on Hawaii's big island, forecasters said.

Hawaii's tropical weather doesn't extend to the state's highest peak, but 
late Monday, a cold pool of air made temperatures drop below freezing. About the same time, thunderstorms moved over the island, high enough to bring Mauna Kea a dusting of snow.
The unusual event -- it does occasionally happen in winter -- provided some unique pictures of the mountain's observatory for June. 

Forecasters said the wetter than usual trade winds will continue through Wednesday with rain expected 

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