Last year was only the start


2023 was the hottest day on the planet, on land, air and in the oceans, marked by floods, drought and extreme weather events.

This year already shows signs of being worse. 

UAE climate control: what could go wrong?

 

Cloud seeding produces unexpected outcomes

Although details are hard to confirm, we do know that the United Arab Emirates deployed cloud seeing planes in mid-February, the results being a violent storm accompanied by heavy hail. Watch for more reports of individual governments and organizations conducting weather control experiments. .

Zombie fires still burning from last year in Canada

 

“A snow storm that smells like smoke?”

Even in the dead of Canada’s winter, the embers of last year’s record-setting wildfire season remain. So-called “zombie fires” are burning under thick layers of snow at an unprecedented rate, raising fears about what the coming summer may bring.

Ice shelves collapse is speeding up as Greenland is really becoming green

 

New study shows melting at coastal shelves is worse than previously believed

 

Other research shows a quadrupling of wetlands producing greenhouse gases. 

Significant areas of Greenland’s melted ice sheet are now producing vegetation, risking increased greenhouse gas emissions, rising sea levels and instability of the landscape.

A study has documented the change since the 1980s and shows that large areas of ice have been replaced with barren rock, wetlands and shrub growth, creating a radical change in environment.

Massive wildfires in Chile amidst drought and record temps
Massive wildfires in Chile amidst drought and record temps

Chilean cities evacuated ahead of wildfires

 

Death toll in the hundreds is predicted

February will begin with two days of national mourning in Chile as wildfire smoke blankets coastal cities and thousands leave their homes under a state of emergency declaration.

The outbreak has consumed about 200 sq. miles in an area north of the capital and is said to be the largest ever as the pattern of drought and record temperatures in the regions continues.

Atmospheric rivers back to back flood California and bring hurricane winds

Back to back atmospheric rivers slam California

 

First ever hurricane wind warning for San Francisco

A second atmospheric river-fueled storm is once again smashing the California coast , threatening more near apocalyptic flooding.

Non-stop torrential rains are expected over a 48-hour period, hitting areas already water-logged on the central coast, the Los Angeles basin and in the mountain ranges.

Heavy snow and strong winds are creating lethal travel conditions in the mountains and  high surf on the coast.

The National Weather Service issued its first ever warning of hurricane force winds for the San Francisco area in northern California. 

More than 75 rivers in the Arctic are turning orange and toxic as thawing soils release minerals into waterways

Alaskan rivers flowing orange and acidic

 

The unexpected consequences of rapid permafrost thaw

Many of Alaska’s rivers are now flowing a rusty orange and turning seriously acidic, as chemicals once locked by the frozen permafrost begin to leach out into surrounding waterways.
This recent Arctic development is directly related to an earlier post that reported several other consequences of rapid permafrost thaw. In that Jan 19 post I summarized several climate phenomena triggered by the thawing of permafrost and the resulting release of methane gas from various places it has been stored for a long time. The developments include exploding methane craters, flammable bubbling lakes, marine seafloor frozen CH4 clathrates and creeping megaslumps.