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Australia’s most populous state, New South Wales, is being consumed by wildfires, with 67 burning and so much smoke that it can be seen blowing all the way to New Zealand more than 2500 miles away, and experts are warning that conditions are poised to deteriorate even further, with the city of Sydney at risk for the first time, and the government has declared a state of emergency in the region for the next week. Meanwhile, here in the U.S., a massive arctic front has shifted south, bringing bone-chilling cold and snow to the middle of the country today, with more than 67 million Americans are under winter weather alerts and hundreds of cold temperature records could be broken.
Why This Matters: This is more than just uncomfortable weather — it is dangerous. This type of “catastrophic” wildfire risk has never happened before in New South Wales — and the public is being warned not to be dismissive — with officials explaining that these conditions mean that lives are at risk. The same is true for bitter cold here — with snow from the Dakotas to New England over the course of the week, and it is not even mid-November — due to changes in the jet stream. Politicians should not take this extreme weather lightly. Just ask the now-defeated Governor of Kentucky, Matt Blevin, who back in January criticized school and business closures due to record cold in Kentucky and he was lambasted for it. Look what happened to him.
This is a record-setting drought — the past 12 months have been among the driest on record for large parts of Australia — particularly at the border of New South Wales and Queensland—the epicenter of the fire outbreak last week.
Lake effect snow will hit the Great Lakes region and interior Northeast, where up to 1 foot of snow is expected in some areas 14 to 20 inches of snow is not out of the question.
In Eastern Canada, Quebec’s Islands are Disintegrating Into the Sea
The Washington Post recently published the next article in their series entitled “2 Degrees C: Beyond the Limit” — this one is about the Magdalen Islands of northeastern Canada that have warmed 2.3 degrees Celsius since the late 19th century, twice the global average, and are now are crumbling into the sea – losing as much as 14 feet of land a year and rising seas threatening their water supply.
by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer This March will continue to bring more severe weather to the United States. An atmospheric river event — the “Pineapple Express” — is forecast to induce a rainy season in Washington and Oregon, as well as an increased risk of avalanches in the Pacific Northwest. As the Pineapple Express […]
We feel so badly for everyone in Texas suffering through days of bitter cold, many without heat. But the people at the northern U.S. end of the polar vortex are reeling from the cold as well. Low-temperature records are being broken in the northern plains — it’s so cold there that even Siberia was warmer. […]
After snowstorms swept across the South this week, 14 states are expecting power outages, frozen roads, and dangerous conditions. Hundreds of millions will be impacted by the storm. Millions will be experiencing rolling blackouts in the coming days due to stress on the Southwest Power Pool (SPP).
Why This Matters: Although it might seem that this polar vortex is an exception to global temperature rise, research says that erratic, far-reaching polar systems like the one we’re seeing now can be directly related to warming temperatures in the Arctic.
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