Friday, 24 October 2014

24th October - Today's News: Why Karakorum Glaciers Aren't Retreating

Karakorum glacier anomaly resolved, a cold case of climate science - glaciers are not retreating there because weather patterns mean they have not been seeing a decline in snowfall like other parts of the Himalaya.  Which is what I assumed was the case all along ...

It's been determined that last January's freak winter wave 'was Spain's biggest ever'

Apparently, 'there is no climate crisis': Man-made global warming is a lie and not backed up by science, claims leading meteorologist - except John Coleman is not a leading meteorologist.  His degree was in journalism and reading out the weather forecast on TV does not make you a climate expert.  That he is quoted making numerous common errors of assumption/misunderstanding demonstrates the point.

And groups united against 'misguided' Perthshire windfarm plans - we won't go down without a fight!

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

21st October - Today's News: Remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo Hit Britain

Hurricane Gonzalo: disruption as remnants of storm hit UK although its not quite the "worst storm in years" as Nathan Rao promised .... (though his article also points out it was only forecast to be the worst storm since ex-Bertha in August, which I am not sure is all that many years ago!).  And the top wind speeds as Gonzalo's remnants felt are nothing unusual for the time of year.

In Northern Ireland, 'terrifying tornado' strikes in Aghyan last Thursday

After 7 weeks of eruption: stunning aerial video of Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano

NOAA confirm what NASA had previously annouced: September was the warmest in history - and 2014 is on track to be the hottest year on record.  Despite no El Nino, low solar activity and continuing pollution and other factors that have combined to create the illusion of a "pause" ....

And there's a new ski resort to open at Wanlockhead in the Southern Uplands - just hope we get plenty of snow this winter then!

Friday, 17 October 2014

17th October - Today's News: Cat 4 Hurricane Gonzalo to Hit Bermuda

Powerful Hurricane Gonzalo roars towards Bermuda whilst Britain on alert for flooding and high winds from Hurricane Gonzalo - which is currently heading towards Bermuda ....    Latest prediction do have it heading towards northern Britain next week, although what form it may be in by then remains to be seen.   Tuesday does look a bit wet and windy though, albeit nothing untoward for October.

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Ana could graze Hawaii as a hurricane

Nepal blizzards: rescue teams reach Thorung La pass to rescue 40 trekkers tapped there, but at least 29 are known to have died and the final toll in Nepal's worst such disaster could be higher.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

16th October - Today's News: At Least 20 Dead in Himalaya Snowstorm

Blizzard and avalanche kill at least 20 trekkers in Himalaya - the death toll may however end higher after Cyclone Hudhud caused unexpected heavy snowfall in the Annapurna region, catching many trekking groups out.

And are reports of a 'Monster Storm' hitting the UK true?  No more than reports that this will be the coldest winter on record or that a London double decker bus has been found on the Moon ....

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

15th October - Today's News: "Once in 100 Years" Storm Lashes Sydney, NSW

Monster storm that stretches from the coast of Spain to Canada threatens to wreak havoc on both sides of the Atlantic - in other words, there's a big area of low pressure in the North Atlantic and it's going to be wet and windy in western parts of Britain and Ireland this weekend.   Normal weather then.

Fall snow bonaza in North America and Siberia may portend brutal winter - but not necessary so.  And I am sticking to my SLATless forecast of a mainly mild winter for Britain, but with at least one, contrasting, very cold/snowy spell in late Jan/Feb - and perhaps a brief very cold/snowy spell again in Mar or April after a warm, early start to spring.  Interestingly the latest MetO GloSea model also suggests a mild winter for Europe as being the most probable outcome.

Wind power is cheapest energy, EU analysis finds - but only when the health impacts of fossil fuels are factored in.   And it doesn't take into account the health impacts of having no electricity during very hot or very cold weather (as would be the case were we reliant on onshore wind farms)

The latest sea rise predictions: rising sea levels of 1.8 meters in worst-case scenario, researchers calculate

And Earth's magnetic field may flip within a human lifetime.  But that doesn't mean it will happen in yours or my lifetime.