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“July of this year was actually the hottest month of all time….The main reason it’s been so hot is because it’s been so dry; normally when you get moisture it keeps things a little bit cooler but the pattern has been really persistent in such a way that we really haven’t been able to import much moisture into the area so we’ve had this persistent dryness and then heat comes along with that.”
The New Tropical Depression
Weather.com reports that “Tropical Depression Eleven has formed in the open Atlantic Ocean and could strengthen into Tropical Storm Josephine, however, this system might be short-lived.” Apparently, “increasing wind shear and/or dry air should make conditions less favorable for intensification and weakening is anticipated,” they said.
Extreme weather intensified by climate change hit the world’s poorest countries hardest in 2019, according to the latest Global Climate Risk Index by environmental organization Germanwatch. Eight of the 10 countries hardest hit by extreme weather since 2000 are poorer nations that haven’t produced the emissions that are now upending weather patterns.
Why this Matters: The emissions causing the climate crisis have mostly been emitted by wealthier nations, which should bear the largest financial responsibility.
Above the North Pole, a polar vortex — a swirling flurry of cold air — could cause weeks of frigid weather in the Eastern United States, Northern Europe, and East Asia according to forecasters. Snow blanketed Spain over the weekend, dumping nearly two feet of snow on Madrid — the most snow in the last 50 years there. Madrid
Why this Matters: While many associate global warming with hotter weather, climate change can also cause harsher, more snowy winters.
This year we shattered the record for the number of named storms over the course of the six months of hurricane season with 30 — we exceeded the previous record by four. There were so many storms that we ran out of names and went deep into the Greek alphabet, which is what happens when we use up all the typical ones.
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