Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

In the Atlantic Ocean: Remnants of Philippe are located about 290 mi…470 km S of Cape Hatteras North Carolina with maximum sustained winds…60 mph…95 km/h. Present movement…NNE or 20 degrees at 46 mph…74 km/h.

In the Western Pacific Ocean: Tropical Storm 27w (Saola), located approximately 64 nm south-southeast of Yokosuka, Japan, is tracking east-northeastward at 42 knots.

Newsbytes:

Alaska – Heavy rain Thursday and Friday caused minor mudslides and triggered flood warnings across Juneau. No injuries were reported.

Global Warming

Record surge in atmospheric CO2 seen in 2016

Concentrations of CO2 in the Earth’s atmosphere surged to a record high in 2016, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Last year’s increase was 50% higher than the average of the past 10 years.

Researchers say a combination of human activities and the El Niño weather phenomenon drove CO2 to a level not seen in 800,000 years. Scientists say this risks making global temperature targets largely unattainable.

This year’s greenhouse gas bulletin produced by the WMO, is based on measurements taken in 51 countries. Research stations dotted around the globe measure concentrations of warming gases including carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide.

The figures published by the WMO are what’s left in the atmosphere after significant amounts are absorbed by the Earth’s “sinks”, which include the oceans and the biosphere. 2016 saw average concentrations of CO2 hit 403.3 parts per million, up from 400ppm in 2015.

“It is the largest increase we have ever seen in the 30 years we have had this network,” Dr Oksana Tarasova, chief of WMO’s global atmosphere watch programme.

98509656 gettyimages 859523234

Wildfires

Bushfires – Australia

More than 40 bushfires burned across South Australia on Sunday, scorching hundreds of hectares and threatening properties.

The spate of fires came before Wednesday’s start to the official bushfire season in most districts and more than a month before summer. Country Fire Service volunteers battled grass fires fuelled by tricky weather conditions, including wind gusts of up to 100km/h and dry vegetation.

The biggest fire at Worlds End, in the state’s mid-north, destroyed 280 hectares of stubble before being contained, but was still being monitored for flare-ups on Monday.