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No longer the exception, extreme weather events becoming the norm

No longer the exception, extreme weather events becoming the norm

Deadly floods in Pakistan, record-breaking heat waves in China, famine-causing droughts in parts of Africa, and unusually hot temperatures in the U.S., Europe and Australia: The impact of human-induced climate change is being felt across the world, with experts warning that extreme weather events are no longer the exception but rather becoming the new norm.

“In an unrelenting cascade of heat waves, forest fires, flash floods, multiple glacial lake outbursts, flood events and now the monster monsoon of the decade are wreaking nonstop havoc throughout the country,” Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Climate Change Sen. Sherry Rehman said Saturday as Islamabad declared a state of emergency in response to the “serious climate catastrophe” affecting the South Asian country.

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Municipalities dealing with more extreme weather events – Listen to Ripple Effect!

Municipalities dealing with more extreme weather events - Listen to Ripple Effect!

Tuesday morning brought another edition of Ripple Effect with the Red River Basin Commission. Don Wiebe, Reeve of the Municipality of Rhineland, is also a Director with the Commission. He joined CFAM Morning Show Co-Host Chris Sumner, in studio, for this week’s program.

The two chatted about the increasing frequency of extreme weather events, using this Spring’s very wet conditions turning dry as of late as a jumping off point for the discussion. You can listen to the entire conversation below.

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Google Searches For Extreme Weather Events Peaked This Summer As U.S. Battled Floods And Heatwaves

Google Searches For Extreme Weather Events Peaked This Summer As U.S. Battled Floods And Heatwaves


Online search interest in phrases like “heat wave” hit an all-time peak this summer as record-breaking high temperatures and extreme weather events across the U.S. are increasingly drawing public attention to the climate crisis.

Key Facts

According to U.S. Google Trends data, online searches hit an all-time peak in July this year as several cities across the U.S. broke decades-old or all-time temperature records.

With the exception of 2020—when most of the focus was on the Covid-19 pandemic—search interest in the phrase “heat wave” has consistently peaked higher every summer for the past five years.

Extreme temperatures across the U.S. have led to unprecedented droughts in parts of the country and this is reflected in Google Trends data showing searches for “drought” peaked twice in the last five years—in June 2021 and July 2022.

U.S.-wide search interest in the term “floods” for the year 2022 also peaked in the last two weeks as at least four separate regions across the country witnessed once-in-a-millennium floods.

Despite the rising search interest in these extreme weather events, searches for “climate change” in the U.S. has remained largely steady except for a very steep spike on Earth Day in 2022—likely a result of the Google Doodle published on that day.

Globally, however, searches for the phrase “climate crisis’ hit a ten-year high in March as parts of South Asia witnessed a deadly and record-breaking heatwave.


As Europe witnessed its own unprecedented heat wave this summer, the region also saw similar search trends. The term “heat wave” hit an all-time peak last month in the U.K. as the country faced its hottest day on record. In France, search for “vague de chaleur” also hit a record peak as the country faced hot temperatures and devastating forest fires. The search term “ola de calor” hit an identical peak in Spain—which reported more than 1,000 heat-related deaths in June.

Key Background

Climate scientists have raised the alarm that the record heat waves hitting parts of Europe and North America may soon become the norm as climate change drives average global temperatures higher. An unchecked rise in temperatures could lead to more severe droughts and even more devastating forest fires. President Joe Biden has called climate change “an existential threat” to the U.S. and the rest of the world. Earlier this week, Senate Democrats passed a landmark bill—which the House is voting on Friday—that will earmark hundreds of billions of dollars for energy and climate programs.

What To Watch For

However, global climate action could be complicated by Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine and rising tensions between China and the U.S. The energy crisis triggered by the war in Ukraine has forced countries like Germany to reactivate coal plants. Angered by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan last week, China has suspended all climate talks with the U.S.

Further Reading

Historically Hot: Boston Breaks 1928 Daily Record High – These Are The Key Record-Breaking Temperatures For Summer 2022 (Forbes)

These U.S. Cities Could See Record-Breaking Temperatures As A Heat Wave Hits The Northeast (Forbes)

Photos: Extreme Heat Leaves Parts Of Europe Engulfed In Forest Fires, No Respite Expected Today (Forbes)

U.S. Has Seen Four 1-In-1,000 Year Rainfall Events This Summer (Forbes)

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Climate change driving catastrophic weather events – NIWA

Climate change driving catastrophic weather events - NIWA

Increasingly chaotic weather around the world can be attributed to climate change, a top NIWA scientist says.

Dr Sam Dean, NIWA’s principal climate scientist, told Q + A’s Jack Tame on Sunday that extreme weather events have been intensified by the changing climate.

“The risk is double what it would’ve been without climate change and the intensity is about 10% more.”

In recent weeks, parts of Europe and North Africa have seen record-breaking heatwaves, which have caused devastating wildfires and even melted airport runways in London.

Dr Dean says some of the heatwaves were “very unlikely, if not impossible” to have occurred if it hadn’t been for climate change.

Back in New Zealand, there are concerns that rising temperatures will create fire conditions similar to those in Australia, where bushfires caused widespread damage.

2021 was the hottest year in New Zealand on record, according to NIWA.

“I think for all of us, fire is a scary thing that can be truly destructive and terrifying,” Dr Dean said.

He says areas on the east of the South Island and Central Otago are particularly vulnerable.

“The risk of the kind of fire in places that we live is going to increase if we don’t mitigate.”

Dr Dean says the cost of the impacts from climate change far outweigh the costs of implementing mitigation strategies.

“We’re looking at how those costs are going to increase in the future.

“That provides motivation for spending money now to mitigate against potential damages… social and financial costs.”

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U.S. power grid needs to focus on resilience as extreme weather events rise- NERC

U.S. power grid needs to focus on resilience as extreme weather events rise- NERC

July 20 (Reuters) – The North American Electric Reliability Corp (NERC) on Wednesday said key entities of the U.S. power grid network were working to improve resilience of the power grid network as climate change drives more extreme weather.

The NERC’s “2022 State of Reliability” report said efforts were being made to improve the linkage between outages and weather by the Enterprise Electric Reliability Organization (ERO).

The ERO is made up of the NERC and six regional power entities.

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The U.S. power grid network is also implementing corrective action to avoid a repeat of widespread outages due to a cold snap last year.

“The February cold weather event demonstrated that a significant portion of the generation fleet in the impacted areas was unable to supply electrical energy during extreme cold weather,” the NERC’s report said.

These actions, based on recommendations by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and NERC among others, would also help to develop standards for longer term grid planning, the NERC said.

The report also highlighted the growing risks from the inter-dependency of electricity and the natural gas industries, which has threatened the reliability of the Bulk Electric System in the past few years. The Bulk Electric System refers to the facilities needed to operate the electric energy transmission network, excluding local distribution.

Natural gas generators are now needed for the reliable integration of renewable power until new storage technology is fully developed and implemented at scale, the NERC said.

“At the same time, reliable electric power supply is often required to ensure uninterrupted delivery of natural gas to these balancing resources, particularly in areas where penetration levels of renewable generation resources are highest.”

The NERC report also flagged risks from geopolitical events, while “increasingly bold cyber criminals and hacktivists presented serious challenges to the reliability” of the bulk electric system.

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Bluegrass Festival’s success bodes well for more big events in Renfrew

Bluegrass Festival’s success bodes well for more big events in Renfrew

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Rain or shine? Not this time — Weather cancels area events – Salisbury Post

Rain or shine? Not this time — Weather cancels area events - Salisbury Post

ROWAN COUNTY — As storms rippled through much of Rowan County over the weekend, many residents were relieved.

After weeks of steadily rising summer temperatures, the opportunity to cool off with a quick summer shower was a welcome opportunity.

Unfortunately, those brief summer showers turned out to be a whole lot more in some parts of the region, leading to the cancellation of multiple events around the county.

The storms included a series of powerful cells bringing lightning and heavy rain that repeatedly swept through Rowan and surrounding counties on Friday evening, with more arriving later on Saturday and Sunday as well.

As a result of this, the Reels & Riffs series had to cancel its screening of “Ghostbuster Afterlife” at City Park in Salisbury on Friday evening.

On Sunday, Kannapolis was forced to take similar measures when another round of rainy weather led local officials to close down activities at Village Park for children and cancelling their own Movies in the Park event as the rain persisted.

The rain also impacted the Kannapolis Cannon Ballers and their ability to start an afternoon game on Sunday, leading to a delay as groundskeepers hurried to protect the field while players and fans alike waited out the weather.

These cancellations have raised questions about just how possible it is to plan outdoor social events in Rowan County when strong storms regularly pass through the region on a consistent basis for the summer season.

Speaking with local officials for Salisbury and Kannapolis, there is a confidence that such events can continue, however, due to a proactive approach to anticipating and planning around any weather-related issues.

Annette Privette Keller, the director of communications for Kannapolis, explained that, “usually our events are rain or shine, but if there is lightning or more severe weather, we will consider a cancellation.”

Keller pointed out that Kannapolis has not canceled any previous movies for the public this year and that this decision was only made after consideration that rain had been falling for hours, the showers were expected to continue, and the temperatures were unseasonably cold.

Vivian Koontz, the events coordinator for Salisbury, said that they take a lot of factors into consideration before deciding how to handle a scheduled event when inclement weather is on the horizon.

Koontz explained that, “summer storms often come with high winds which are dangerous to our movie-goers” and could potentially damage the city’s screening equipment as well.

Salisbury works to assure that when these events occur, contingencies are in place. Whether it involves notifying the crowd in advance so they don’t arrive to find the event canceled, or adding a make-up date on their calendar to reschedule a canceled event, officials are mindful of the possibility for inclement weather.

The impact of these storms may continue in the coming weeks and months as the summer heat and humidity only leads to new storm cells passing through the region, according to the National Weather Service.

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World Games events postponed due to weather

World Games events postponed due to weather

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) – Two World Games events have been postponed due to a threat for severe weather on July 9.

Canopy Piloting at Barber Motorsports Park finished at 4:00 p.m. on July 9 due to high winds. For those who didn’t not redeem their tickets, the tickets will be honored at either session on July 10.

The 6:15 p.m. session of DanceSport – Breaking at Sloss Furnace will be rescheduled to July 10 at 10:00 a.m. Tickets will be honored for the July 10 session.


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Excessive heat delays, cancels outdoor events in North Texas due to safety

Excessive heat delays, cancels outdoor events in North Texas due to safety

The near-record temperatures across North Texas are forcing the organizers of some outdoor events to either delay or outright cancel the events because of safety concerns.

Scorching temperatures across the metroplex prompted the National Weather Service to issue an excessive heat warning Thursday continuing at least through Saturday.

With highs over 105 and heat indexes over 110, the extreme heat is a top concern for those in charge of putting on various outdoor events this weekend.

Megan Gordon with the city of Irving says she decided to delay the start of Friday’s outdoor movie night at Heritage Park out of concern for the safety of attendees.

“As the event planner, I thought about it three days ago. But we always try our best to accommodate rather than cancel,” she said. “The event was originally planned for 6:30 p.m. As soon as we saw that heat advisory coming our way, we said let’s push it back when the sun sets a little bit so move it to 8 p.m.”

Typically, crowds can get up to 350. It was much smaller Friday.

Mom Sheniece Perkins admits she had second thoughts when she arrived.

“It’s for the kids, so I got to suck it up. They run around in the heat all of the time,” she said.

But families in Carrollton aren’t so lucky. The city announced Friday that this week’s Christmas in July event downtown would be canceled with no plans to reschedule.

“It’s probably a bummer for whatever kids were looking forward to it,” he said. “I wasn’t planning on coming, but I think it’s kind of sad for the community, but I can understand why. Safety.”

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Break in weather gives Moose Mountain success with Canada Day events

Break in weather gives Moose Mountain success with Canada Day events

Moose Mountain Provincial Park had a good Canada Day weekend, with plenty of visitors coming to camp out and take part in the various events around the campsite.

There was some worry that rain and thunder could disrupt the events, but two systems managed to part right on July 1, giving park-goers clear skies to enjoy the day.

Kim Brown, the Park Manager, sent out a release on just how well the park did.

“Canada Day at Moose Mountain turned out to be a great day with great weather,” said Brown, “Moose Mountain Provincial Park had roughly 500 people attend the Main Beach activities.”

On July 1, park interpreters saw a good turnout for all of their early to mid-afternoon programs, with 246 people turning out for events like Trivia, Lantern Making, and a Floaty Race.

They also held some other activities on the main beach including two slip and slides, music playing throughout the afternoon, and lots of self-use beach games, such as spike ball, ladder golf, and bocce ball.

Brown thanked some of the organizations around the park who helped with the day – that includes Kenosee Lake Bible camp which donated their time and rock-climbing wall.

As well Club 19, Kenosee Inn, and Carlyle Co-op all either offered discounts or gave free food to people.

In the end, the Visitor Centre had 300 people come through over the weekend, with the local campgrounds at 95% capacity through the weekend.

Their Big Moose Baseball tournament over the weekend was also a success and had a great turnout.