2018 is barely a week old, but it has already brought some stunning weather extremes.
Australia has experienced a heatwave, with thermometers hitting 47.3 °C in Sydney on 6 January. To stay cool, New Scientist’s local reporter Alice Klein says she had to sleep under a wet towel cuddling a bag of ice.
Meanwhile, on the east coast of the US, a rapidly intensifying “bomb cyclone” was followed by a blast of cold Arctic air that led to waterfalls and fountains freezing.
On top of Mount Washington in New Hampshire, it was -38 °C…
Image courtesy newscientist.com
In August, Chitwan, Nepal, faced rainfall for 3 days. Clean water & power ran short & diseases rose dramatically as result of extreme heat & humidity.
— GCECA (@GCECANews) January 11, 2018
The effects of climate change have contributed to a rise in severe snowstorms in the past half century.