Storms and Floods

Tropical Storms – Roundup of Tropical Storms:

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In the Western Pacific Ocean: Super Typhoon 20w (Hagibis), located approximately 274 nm north-northwest of Andersen AFB, Guam, is tracking northwestward at 13 knots.

NewsBytes:

Alaska – Juneau was pummeled with inches of rain this weekend, leading to a flood advisory and mudslides in some areas. Residents in one area of Douglas were advised to evacuate. The sodden ground caused mudslides in some areas, and wrecked roads and ditches. Several reports have been made of flooding and landslides in the downtown and Douglas Island area.

India – Flooding continues to affect Bihar, especially the Rajendranagar area. The Ganga, Sone, Punpun, Adhwara, Kosi, Mahananda and Parman rivers are at dangerous levels. 22 million people across 14 districts are affected by floods. With these conditions, there has been an outbreak of Dengue, Chikungunya and Malaria. As of 6 October, about 900 people tested positive for dengue in Bihar, including 640 cases in Patna due to waterlogged streets. According to the Indian Meteorological Department, Patna and its nearby regions are likely to receive more rainfall over the next two days.

Global Warming

Earlier breeding season for some Arctic seabirds

The breeding season of some seabirds in Arctic regions takes place earlier as a result of the temperature rise caused by climate change, according to a science article with Francisco Ramírez, from the Faculty of Biology and the Biodiversity Research Institute (IRBio) of the University of Barcelona -as one of the main authors.

According to the study, published in the journal Global Change Biology, surface-feeding seabirds in the north of the Pacific Ocean are moving their breeding season to an earlier timing than the rest of species -about ten days before for over the last thirty-five years- due the ocean’s temperature rise and ice melting, which are signs of Spring onset in the Arctic.

The Arctic is one of the most sensitive areas to the global warming effects. Ice melting and the continuous rise of temperatures -higher than the average worldwide- are dramatically altering the structure of the Arctic ecosystems.

Wildfires

Wildfires – Australia

Large parts of northern NSW are burning as two out of control bushfires ravage the region, with fire authorities hoping a change of weather conditions brings relief on Wednesday.

A number of properties were destroyed in Rappville, south of Casino, after fire tore through the small rural town on Tuesday afternoon.

The largest of the four blazes is around Long Gully Road in Drake, about 130 kilometres inland from Ballina. The fire, which is over 70,000 hectares in size and has been burning for weeks, spread out of control on the south-eastern side of the fire around Ewingar on Tuesday afternoon.

Disease

Dengue Fever – Bangladesh

The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) in Bangladesh reported this week that the 2019 dengue fever outbreak has topped 90,000 cases. The annual figure never crossed 11,000 since the first dengue outbreak in the country in 2000. The unofficial number of deaths from dengue is now 158, official numbers reported stand at 81.