Unusually heavy rains and severe flooding has impacted 27 counties located in the eastern part of China’s Guangdong province.
More than 1.2 million people have been affected to date, with 127,000 forced to evacuate.
At least 44,700 hectares (111,000 acres) of farmland has be destroyed, according to Xinhua, the official news agency of China.
A flash flood emergency taking place in Guangdong provice,Most areas suffered more rain than usual, with other places getting double the average for the month. several water rescues have taken place, and I fear that number will increase on this holiday weekend. pic.twitter.com/8201CbclUW
— BYPA (@DRF170) September 1, 2018
“An average of 120-250 millimeters (5-10 inches) of rain have fallen on the region in the past couple of days,” said AccuWeather Meteorologist Adam Douty.
“We estimate 380 millimeters (15 inches) in the eastern part of the Guangdong province,” Douty said. “Hong Kong received about 210 millimeters (8 inches) of rain.”
Fortunately Super Typhoon Jebi is forecast to steer well east of Guangdong.
However, current models put the storm on a direct course with Japan, a country that’s already seen more than its share of weather extremes this year.
Sign of the Times
As we progress deeper into the Grand Solar Minimum, the jet stream is taking on more of a meridional flow replacing the standard zonal.
Where a zonal setup moves air west to east, a meridional flow transports cold air south and warm air north, this flow can effectively lock weather systems in place.
This explains why regions become unseasonably hot or cold and others unusually dry or rainy, with the extremes lasting for an extended period of time.
Climate scientists have estimated that flooding and drought regimes will become far more frequent.