The extreme weather events of 2017 in Greece

The extreme weather events of 2017 in Greece

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The meteorological service of the National Observatory of Athens announced the record of the temperature, rainfall and wind speed recorded during 2017 in Greece.

According to the NOA’s automatic weather station network, the temperature of 45.9 degrees Celsius recorded at Mires Heraklion on July 17, 2017, was the absolute maximum temperature of last year, but also the highest maximum temperature recorded in nearly 13 years its operation.

Also, the absolute minimum temperature in residential areas was -18.8 degrees Celsius in Florina on January 12, 2017, while the maximum wind gust was recorded in Paxi and was 133.6 km / h.

The maximum daily rainfall was in Platanias, Crete, on 26/10/2017, reaching 242mm. On an annual basis, the maximum rainfall occurred last year in Zagora Pelion, which received a total of 2,068 millimeters of rain. The minimum annual rainfall was recorded in Mykonos (242 mm throughout 2017),

The most notable finding was the temperature of 40.2 degrees Celsius recorded in Argos on 13/5/2017, which is the highest temperature ever recorded for the month of May.

Source: Meteo.gr

Australia suffered the third hottest year on record

Australia suffered the third hottest year on record

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The summertime period of the southern hemisphere, despite the lack of the El Niño phenomenon, has given a long period of high temperatures, dry climate and extended heatwaves. Especially for Australia, the 2017’s average temperature of 22.76C – or 0.95C above the long-term average – was the third-highest year since records began in 1910.

“Another year has passed and we have another set of records driven by intensifying climate change,” Will Steffen, a climate change expert from the Climate Council, said, according to The Guardian (https://goo.gl/5GtTDz). In Sydney, it was recorded the second warmest day in history (47.3 C), and in Victoria region, the temperatures were so high that highways asphalt began to melt due to heat.

Moreover, flora and fauna were severely affected. According to the National Geographic, bats were being boiled alive, with thousands falling from trees unable to adjust to the heatwave’s temperatures. As stated by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology’s Dr Blair Trewin in BBC, the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef, the only living structure visible from space, it is estimated that about half its coral in shallow water was killed over the past two years, a fact that it is linked to increased water temperatures. (https://goo.gl/V9zyE2).

 
Sources: The Guardian, National Geographic Australia, BBC

Third plenary meeting in Haifa

Third plenary meeting in Haifa

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The third plenary meeting of the beAWARE project in Haifa, with the participation of the entire consortium, offered many interesting presentations and a great opportunity for all partners to catch up with their respecting colleagues. We would like to thank our host IBM for their excellent hospitality, and all the participants for the dedicated time in the presentations, discussions and meetings.