Saturday, 28 March 2015

28th March - Today's News: Antarctica Records Highest Ever Temperature

Antarctic may have set its highest temperature ever recorded Tuesday as it hit 17.5c at Argentina's Esperanza base.  Of course, we haven't been recording temperatures there for very long and even now the data is very sparse - so it could have been warmer elsewhere in the past.   But still, that's quite warm.

And perhaps then no surprise Antarctic ice shelf thinning speeds up

Climate change does not cause extreme winters, experts say - contradicting other experts who have suggested it does ......  But that's science!

There is more evidence for groundwater on Mars - conditions may be suitable for microbial life - whilst ancient Martian lake system records two water-related events

And finally, what will the weather be like at Easter?   Cold and snowy?   Or the hottest ever?  Well, current indications are neither.   Quite nice, dry and sunny but not especially warm (though pleasant enough in the light winds), with frosts at night.   You read it here first.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Thursday, 19 March 2015

19th March - Today's News: World's Warmest Dec-Feb on Record

No real surprise here: Northeast USA left out in the cold in Earth's warmest winter on record - with the full NOAA report here

Lots of stunning pictures as sensational light shows wow crowds across the globe as 'severe' solar storm strikes planet (not sure there were quite any crowds out watching it, and sadly nothing was visible to the naked eye in Evesham - and worth noting that quite often what we actually see is not as stunning as shown in long exposure photos)

And 'northern lights' observed on Mars, too

There are probably planets in the habitable zone around most stars, researchers calculate - increasing the already strong likelihood of there being an abundance of extraterrestrial life, though not necessarily as we know it, let along what we might recognise as 'intelligent'.

And I was wondering when one of these would crawl out of the woodwork ..... Friday's eclipse could be the end of the world - and on that note, I'm away now till Monday!