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Posted on June 4th, 2024

Apollo News Snippets – June 2024

In April 2024, the snow cover across the northern hemisphere was the lowest on record and the Arctic had its sixth warmest January-April on record. North America had its second warmest April on record while South America had its warmest April on record. (Image Credit: March 2024 NOAA Global Climate Report)
  • The Global Climate Report for April 2024 has been released by the NOAA and reveals further proof that global Climate Change remains a concern. Temperatures were above average across much of the globe and April 2024 was the warmest April on record for the globe in NOAA’s 175-year record. Temperatures were above average to record warm throughout much of South America, Africa, central and southern Europe, southwestern Russia and Turkey, as well as much of Asia’s Far East. Temperatures were also much warmer-than-average across large parts of the northeast U.S. and much of northern Canada. Record warm April temperatures in Southeast Asia were due in part to a heatwave in late April. April temperatures in 2024 were cooler than the 1991–2020 average in areas that included much of mainland Australia, southern parts of South America, much of Iceland, Scandinavia and northwest Russia, eastern Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, as well as parts of East Africa including Sudan and South Sudan. Global precipitation was below average in April in areas that included a large region stretching across southern and central Europe from Portugal and Spain to Turkey and Ukraine. Drier-than-average conditions also occurred in much of western Iran, Nepal, Southeast Asia and much of mainland Australia. Large parts of Mexico and the western United States and eastern Alaska were drier-than-average in April. It also was wetter than average in April in areas that included much of Argentina, southern and eastern Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay, much of the central and northeast United States as well as western Alaska, northern Europe, much of Pakistan, parts of central and eastern China, and much of Russia.
  • Juneteenth – short for June Nineteenth – marks the day when federal troops arrived in GalvestonTexas in 1865 to take control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people be freed. The troops’ arrival came 2.5 years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. A federal holiday as of June 17, 2021, Juneteenth honors the end of slavery in the United States and is considered the longest-running African American holiday, according to History. Our Google search of the month, “GIS and Mother’s Day,” yielded interesting results. One website has compiled numerous resources to help inform, educate, and map inequalities using geographic information systems (GIS) technology. The data shows where people “can and must do better.” There is also a story map using GIS that walks individuals through the events that led to Juneteenth. The Emancipation Proclamation issued by President Abraham Lincoln on Jan. 1, 1863, had established that all enslaved people in Confederate states in rebellion against the Union, “shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free.” However, the Emancipation Proclamation only applied to places under Confederate control. As Northern troops advanced into the Confederate South, many enslaved people fled behind Union lines, however.

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