The Rio Negro in the Amazon is at its lowest level in 120 years.— World Meteorological Organization (@WMO) November 16, 2023
It's affecting navigation, energy and water supplies.
El Niño is exacerbating the drought.@CopernicusEU Sentinel-2 satellites shows difference between Nov 2022 and 2023.
via @defis_eu#StateofClimate pic.twitter.com/1rgbCuRoAt
It's another scorching day in South America with temperatures reaching 44C— Extreme Temperatures Around The World (@extremetemps) November 15, 2023
44.1C San Jose de Chiquitos,BOLIVIA tied its all time time set few days ago
In some areas of Bolivia the 20 hottest days of the past 70+ years were all set in the past weeks (!)
This weekend will be brutal pic.twitter.com/VUErmGwqWy
Another insane hot night in BRAZIL 🇧🇷— Extreme Temperatures Around The World (@extremetemps) November 16, 2023
Several stations had their hottest night in history:
Porto Murtinho had a Tmin of 31.7C
In the meanwhile the capital Brasilia broke its November record again with 34.9C and Rio DJ rose >40C. https://t.co/NdHuZQpUWO
Another brutally hot day in South America with over 43C in Brazil,Bolivia and Paraguay.— Extreme Temperatures Around The World (@extremetemps) November 16, 2023
43.5 Puerto Suarez 🇧🇴 all time high beaten again
43.4C Porto Murtinho 🇧🇷 all time high tied (it was set last month)
Next 2 days will be the worst of the worst.
Don't miss the updates. pic.twitter.com/7jzfxHT05n
El Nino to blame? Not yet summer in Brazil, but dangerous heat wave sweeping the country
Extreme heat can affect breathing, kidneys, and the heart, with the very young and elderly particularly at risk.
RIO DE JANEIRO: It’s still spring in Brazil, but a dangerous heat wave is sweeping across large swathes of the country, forcing Rio de Janeiro’s vendors off the streets due to health alerts and driving up energy demand amid reports of power outages.
Most Brazilian states face “great danger” from the heat, according to the National Institute of Meteorology. The institution issued a red alert for the center-west, southeast and parts of the north warning of “a high probability of major damage and accidents, with risks to physical integrity or even human life.”
The heat index — a combination of temperature and humidity — hit 58.5 degrees Celsius (137 Fahrenheit) Tuesday morning in Rio, the highest index ever recorded there. Actual temperatures dropped slightly on Wednesday but were forecast to rise again to 40 degrees Celsius (104 F) on Thursday.
Cariocas — as residents of Rio are known — have always seen sun, heat and the beach as part of their identity, said Núbia Beray, coordinator of Rio de Janeiro Federal University’s GeoClima laboratory. But this is too much even for many of them, she said.
“Cariocas come home from work in buses without air conditioning. Street vendors cannot work because they sometimes faint. The heat kills,” Beray said.
Extreme heat can affect breathing, kidneys, and the heart, with the very young and elderly particularly at risk.
“Maximum 39°C and it’s not even summer yet,” Rio’s city hall said Tuesday on X, formerly Twitter. The mayor’s office recommended eating fruit and vegetables and keeping an umbrella handy for shade.
In Sao Paulo, temperatures reached 37.7 degrees Celsius (99.9 F), just short of a record, according to meteorology company MetSul. Mato Grosso do Sul state, in the nation’s interior, recorded 43 degrees Celsius (109.4 F) last week — the record for actual temperature during this heat wave, according to the country’s institute of meteorology, known by the Portuguese acronym Inmet.
Brazilians turned to fans, air conditioners and dehumidifiers to cool down, with utilities reporting record energy demand. Power outages were reported in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.
Amid the high heat, wildfires are burning widely in the Pantanal biome, the world’s biggest tropical wetlands spanning parts of Mato Grosso and Mato Grosso do Sul states. The fires have ravaged an area about the size of Cyprus, or more than 947,000 hectares (about 3,600 square miles), according to the Environmental Satellite Applications Laboratory of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.
Temperatures across South America are affected by the climate phenomenon El Niño, a periodic naturally occurring event that warms surface waters in the Equatorial Pacific region. But this year, ocean temperature rose extremely quickly – in a couple of months, said Danielle Ferreira, a climatologist at Inmet.
“This indicates that the impacts are accelerating,” Ferreira said.
In Brazil, El Niño has historically caused droughts in the north and intense rainfall in the south, Ferreira said. This year, the impacts of the climate event have been particularly dramatic.
In the Amazon rainforest, the drought has been so severe communities dependent on the dried-up waterways are stranded without supply of fuel, food or filtered water. And in Brazil’s southern state of Rio Grande do Sul, devastating floods killed dozens.
Scientists say extreme weather is happening more frequently due to human-caused climate change.
Heat waves have become seven times more frequent in the past seven decades, according to a study published this week by the National Institute for Space Research, a federal agency. The current one is the eighth to hit Brazil this year.
For the first time ever, the country now has a region that has the characteristics of a desert — in the northeastern Bahia state, a study from the federal agency showed this month.
As global temperatures rise, water evaporates more rapidly. Desertification, as this phenomenon is known, is also advancing in other regions, said one of the authors of the study, hydrologist Javier Tomasella.
“We have never seen anything like it,” Tomasella said.
Here are more “ET’s” recorded from around the planet the last couple of days, their consequences, and some extreme temperature outlooks, as well as any extreme precipitation reports:
It's not just South America— Extreme Temperatures Around The World (@extremetemps) November 15, 2023
Brutal heat wave in SOUTH AFRICA
46.0 Augabries Falls 635m asl 5th 46C in Southern Hemisphere in 9 days !
The heat will spread to the neighbor countries; it will be an extreme and dangerous heat wave pic.twitter.com/s1arGxSb9v
SE Asia between record heat and deluges:— Extreme Temperatures Around The World (@extremetemps) November 16, 2023
Today again up to 37C in THAILAND with hot nights and high humidity.
In MYANMAR November record tied at Touangoo with 35.8C.
In VIETNAM deluge at Hue:>500mm of rain in the past 2 days. pic.twitter.com/N3qGmc7nFq
Cold and warm spells will alternate in East Asia: Temperatures can locally rise +20C above average in Central Asia,Siberia and Mongolia with unprecedented warmth for late November. https://t.co/RFTKhiJdQN— Extreme Temperatures Around The World (@extremetemps) November 16, 2023
Persistent heat from Middle East to Iran and Central Asia:— Extreme Temperatures Around The World (@extremetemps) November 16, 2023
Next days abnormal warmth will intensify with temperatures up to 35C in Central Iran and 30/32C in Turkmenistan.
Anomalies can be 10C/15C above average. pic.twitter.com/lyQ4P3ry96
Today was still a warm day in the Mediterranean and Atlantic:— Extreme Temperatures Around The World (@extremetemps) November 16, 2023
34.4C in the Canary Islands (30C even at night time locally),31C in Spain and Italy.
The city of Genoa with 24.0C beat its November record
On 14 November Europe highest temperature was higher than US highest:uncommon https://t.co/22lhJpOpEA
It's mid November but Mexico is still recording temperatures up to 42C. (42.0C Acaponeta,Nayarit State).— Extreme Temperatures Around The World (@extremetemps) November 15, 2023
That's a very rare landmark in the Northern Hemisphere from Mid November onward, we are bordering exceptionality for Northern America. pic.twitter.com/wfKDeUMYiB
New winter outlook just dropped from CPC. The operative words for northern latitudes: pain and suffering. 🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/djeXfN65pW— Brian Brettschneider (@Climatologist49) November 16, 2023
Here is some new October and November 2023 climatology:
The country with the most extreme Jan-Oct climate in 2023 is South Sudan. About 85% of the country has had the warmest Jan-Oct in the last 50 years. About 83% has had the driest Jan-Oct in the last 50 years. Not great for the war-torn and poorest country in the world. pic.twitter.com/ctgWqOBF0h— Brian Brettschneider (@Climatologist49) November 17, 2023
Precipitation for the first half of November. Seems bad. pic.twitter.com/hDtONvfpRo— Brian Brettschneider (@Climatologist49) November 16, 2023
A warm first half of November for most places. pic.twitter.com/gdgpYR4k8Y— Brian Brettschneider (@Climatologist49) November 16, 2023
Here is More Climate and Weather News from Thursday:
📢NEW: ‘2 Degrees Is Too High,’ Ice Scientists Warn World Ahead Of COP28. With a new report showing that "1.5C is the only option," cryosphere researchers have called on nations to double down on climate ambition at COP28. With ICCI's @JD_Kirkham https://t.co/Scp094xcAU— Dave Vetter (@davidrvetter) November 16, 2023
“Many ice sheet scientists now believe that by 2°C, nearly all of Greenland, much of West Antarctica, and even vulnerable portions of East Antarctica will be triggered to very long-term, inexorable sea-level rise, even if air temperatures later decrease” https://t.co/O2BhIaMURv— Rocky Kistner (@therockyfiles) November 17, 2023
One of the neater parts of the new US 5th National Climate Assessment is the interactive atlas, which explores local climate impacts at different global warming levels (1.5C, 2C, 3C, 4C).— Zeke Hausfather (@hausfath) November 15, 2023
For example, heres the change in days over 105 in Maricopa County: https://t.co/ihAAx2ZZrJ pic.twitter.com/OWx0r3PLMP
“But let’s be clear, the steps so far are minimal, national commitments are soft, and progress is not straight – it is still held back by special interests, political posturing, and economic challenges.”— Jeff Berardelli (@WeatherProf) November 16, 2023
At risk: 10 ways the changing climate is creating a health emergency https://t.co/XN4MXh6xgU— Guardian Environment (@guardianeco) November 16, 2023
BREAKING: scientists confirm climate change risks now threaten "the very foundations of human health" with billions facing life-threatening conditions within decades🧵— Ben See (@ClimateBen) November 16, 2023
I'm proud to be among TIME magazine's top 100 climate leaders, along with the @JohnKerry, @anaunruhcohen, and others I have long admired. (For the record, I am not a "Titan" but I am a "leader.")— NaomiOreskes (@NaomiOreskes) November 16, 2023
@KHayhoe @MichaelEMann @billmckibben @pande_literary https://t.co/etKWFlxm7b
The first satellite designed to track carbon dioxide emissions with the resolution of individual power plants just launched.— Dr. Robert Rohde (@RARohde) November 16, 2023
As countries and companies promise emissions reductions, satellite technology will help keep people honest.https://t.co/YxbmQbUyqo
Already every child is impacted. One billion children around the world are at extremely high risk. We are duty bound to act with – and for – children. https://t.co/9NFlN67oNR— Vanessa Nakate (@vanessa_vash) November 16, 2023
So far we are up to— Sophie Gabrielle (@CodeRedEarth) November 16, 2023
"giving rhetoric and optimism and greenwash" for dealing with an existential risk currently set to bring about mass death.
"Greenwashing is a polite term – it's lying." @KevinClimate #ClimateEmergency pic.twitter.com/545Oqv1LX4
For every self-styled "maverick" choosing ideology over science, there are a hundred others who respect scientific expertise & evidence: https://t.co/rPymJEKjY4 https://t.co/etUOhp17Xx pic.twitter.com/5HRIC7roFo— Prof Michael E. Mann (@MichaelEMann) November 16, 2023
BREAKING: 9 COURAGEOUS WOMEN ACQUITTED AFTER BEING ALLOWED TO EXPLAIN TO A JURY OF THEIR PEERS WHY THEY BROKE HSBC'S WINDOWShttps://t.co/sdeTR3fXgz— Plan B Earth (@PlanB_earth) November 16, 2023
Today’s News on Sustainable Energy, Traditional Polluting Energy from Fossil Fuel, and the Green Revolution:
Rich nations are touting progress on climate change while ramping up oil and gas drilling.— Yale Environment 360 (@YaleE360) November 16, 2023
These countries can truthfully claim to be cutting emissions, even as they export fossil fuels — and the pollution they produce — overseas, writes @BillMcKibben.https://t.co/OkmV8Ch5UB
In the Nation–the rapid expansion of LNG exports may be the single most dangerous fossil fuel project on planet earth. A climate-busterhttps://t.co/JSA7E4qKTM— Bill McKibben (@billmckibben) November 16, 2023
Yet another paper claiming future carbon dioxide removal (CDR) is key to our Paris commitments is published. This tidal wave of papers on speculative CDR contrasts to barely a ripple on fundamental shifts in norms &values, reinforcing a deep systemic bias.https://t.co/BGj6YYwPRN— Kevin Anderson (@KevinClimate) November 16, 2023
Allowing Cumbria coalmine was ‘disaster’ for climate diplomacy, says Former chair of Climate Change Committee— Doug Parr (@doug_parr) November 16, 2023
Lord Turner says UK’s decision has encouraged other countries to keep exploiting #FossilFuels https://t.co/8abZh713uU
Portugal just ran on 100% #WindWaterSolar for 6.2 days in a row, Oct. 31-Nov. 6, 2023— Mark Z. Jacobson (@mzjacobson) November 16, 2023
"149 consecutive hours in which 'energy from renewable sources exceeded the industrial and household consumption needs across the country'"https://t.co/pvCEztApvi @CanaryMediaInc #WWS
Further evidence that Australian governments have no intention of meeting their Paris Agreement targets. https://t.co/d60p6k70Bz— Terry Hughes (@ProfTerryHughes) November 16, 2023
China's first 100MW #solar power plant uses 12,000 mirrors and is capable of producing energy throughout the day and night.— Mike Hudema (@MikeHudema) November 16, 2023
We have the solutions. Dump fossil fuels and implement them. #ActOnClimate#climateemergency #climatecrisis #climateaction #renewables #climate #energy pic.twitter.com/OmMNId0n6n
More from the Weather Department:
Past 24 hours has been a great lesson in mesoscale meteorology in a subtropical climate. Coastal convergence is behind many bonkers localized FL flash flood events. Long, strong fetch of 40+ mph wind piling up (friction) along frontal and/or coastal boundaries = forced ascent https://t.co/X4Op6zGopl pic.twitter.com/6WrX7YUZry— Jeff Berardelli (@WeatherProf) November 17, 2023
Pretty wild night across southern Florida and the upper Keys with STRONG GUSTY WINDS and HEAVY RAINFALL. An elevated station near Miami just gusted to 74mph at Gov't Cut and up the road at Dania Pier near FLL gusted to 63. This meso low (which you can clearly see spinning) will… pic.twitter.com/h6G3I7ohhU— Jim Cantore (@JimCantore) November 16, 2023
Here’s what’s interesting: because this was decidedly a non-tropical (baroclinic) system we got to skip the weeklong hype machine that local media would’ve cranked up. Impacts the same as a moderate tropical storm (gusts >50 mph, 10”+ rain), but no “Trouble in the Tropics” banner https://t.co/BWgnBQThel— John Morales (@JohnMoralesTV) November 16, 2023
Accumulating 24-hour rainfall across south #FLwx. Impressive amounts! Add several more inches to this to get 2-day totals. High resolution ensemble forecasts, while not perfect, were damn good at advertising the excessive rainfall amounts. @NWSWPC MDT risk was also a good call. pic.twitter.com/HPRWLf6zu1— Greg Carbin ☮️ (@GCarbin) November 16, 2023
Street #flooding in Coconut Grove following Miami's wettest day in over 11 years with 7.53". Also 50-70 MPH wind gusts knocked out power to over 60k customers in Miami-Dade, ~5% of customers. We're live on @weatherchannel #flood pic.twitter.com/4HrDhYmCSG— Mike Seidel (@mikeseidel) November 16, 2023
Looking ahead, even though we don't have a blockbuster system active weather could present some travel headaches for the 55 million of you traveling…— Jim Cantore (@JimCantore) November 16, 2023
Offshore CA system comes in over the weekend and by Tuesday will represent the largest widespread rainfall threat to the… pic.twitter.com/pu3i8ZP8ST
Consensus has been reached by the weather models for the upcoming #PolarVortex stretch for late November bringing increasingly colder weather to North America but then what? I discuss my expectations for the remainder of 2023 in the blog that is now public https://t.co/Gg8N2KIjJS pic.twitter.com/t63zpsV76c— Judah Cohen (@judah47) November 15, 2023
More on the Environment and Nature:
Bottom trawling — a widespread fishing practice — emits as much carbon dioxide as airplanes do annually— GO GREEN (@ECOWARRIORSS) November 16, 2023
Giant nets rip along the sea floor – as wide as a football field plough up the seabed, destroying vast amounts of marine life and Fragile habitatshttps://t.co/kslrZn0ICW pic.twitter.com/KRzowSPsS4
When an ocean wave falls, the ground shakes. Those wobbles are getting bigger.— Capital Weather Gang (@capitalweather) November 16, 2023
Stormier seas & larger ocean swell in recent decades are hitting the seafloor with more force,according to global seismometer data.
Read where it's the worst by @KashaPatel⤵️https://t.co/AYtIr5VUcX
Outrageous decision – it causes cancer and has wiped out incalculable number of Bees insects and birds – contaminated land rivers lakes— GO GREEN (@ECOWARRIORSS) November 16, 2023
EU to renew approval of glyphosate for 10 years
Glyphosate active ingredient in over 750 products, including Roundup.https://t.co/ve9DhiTAU8
Your 'moment of doom' for Nov. 16, 2023~ Frontiers of destruction— Prof. Eliot Jacobson (@EliotJacobson) November 16, 2023
"Whether onshore or offshore, injecting carbon under the Earth's surface has the potential to contaminate groundwater, cause earthquakes, and displace deposits of brine, which can be toxic"https://t.co/L9vK7mwQhc
If you're old enough, you may recall that 20 years ago or more, you used to see many more dead insects on your car's windshield, while today you see almost none.— Massimo (@Rainmaker1973) November 16, 2023
This is called the Windshield Phenomenon.
In the first years 2000s it became a commonplace observation among drivers… pic.twitter.com/pXb4pEIl4b
Nestle and PepsiCo are claiming to be “plastic neutral” by doing plastic offsets, a process that usually entails using plastic waste as fuel.— Greenpeace International (@Greenpeace) November 16, 2023
“The negative impacts far outweigh any benefits,” said @gpph zero-waste campaigner Marian Frances Ledesma. https://t.co/CcRudODbPV
UK TO LOOSEN POST-BREXIT CHEMICAL REGULATIONS FURTHER— Bill McGuire (@ProfBillMcGuire) November 14, 2023
This obnoxious government cares so much about the public that it is doing everything it can to make sure everyone can absorb as many toxic chamicals as possible.https://t.co/wJnAxTqQvD
'Insecticide exposure has been linked to lower sperm concentration in adult men worldwide, according to a new review' spanning almost 50 years— Jim Baird (@JimBair62221006) November 17, 2023
"The evidence available has reached a point that we must take regulatory action to reduce insecticide exposure"https://t.co/iFtlqVQ3mG
More on Other Science and the Beauty of Earth and this Universe:
🤓 Nerd alert: let's play El Niño atmospheric forcing detective!— Ben Noll (@BenNollWeather) November 16, 2023
Which year is not like the others? 🕵️ 🔎 pic.twitter.com/0GOHePrTWp
1920s footage of Gladys Ingle fixing the landing gear of a "stricken" plane mid-air,— Science girl (@gunsnrosesgirl3) November 16, 2023
Repetition— Green is a mission (@Greenisamissio1) November 16, 2023
Forests, guarantee for
-clean oxygen-rich air
-water purification and regulation
-lowering of temperatures
-enrichment of healthy soil
-Medicine for our body and mind💚🌱☘️🌿🌳🌲🍀💚 pic.twitter.com/JKOTaWb80M