Wednesday, 29 October 2014

29th October - Today's News: Many Dead in DR Congo Floods, Sri Lanka Landslide

Madden and Rao are at it again, make daft claims that Britain to face Arctic winter as mild autumn triggers polar gales and heavy snow - which is true in the same way that it's true I am a bowl of petunias.

There were yet more landslides and disruption as heavy rain hits Scotland yesterday, and lots of good photos in the Mail, showing the contrasting conditions across Britain (it reached 20.6c in my garden) as hottest Halloween approaches with temperatures set to reach 21C despite councils already preparing for winter.  

'Loud boom' as earthquake hits Nottinghamshire - nothing heard or felt here though, but it was interesting seeing the first reports come in on social media 'real time'.

And ridiculous as it sounded at the time, it appears in any case that giant walls would not stop tornadoes

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

28th October - Today's News: More Record Heatwaves in Australia & Argentina

 First'big heat event' melts Australian temperature records with several sites recording their highest ever October temperature.

Meanwhile, in Argentina, scorching city breaks October heat record, storm alert issued

Quite a contrast in weather here at the moment with heavy rain continuing across parts of Scotland - though it has finally dried up in the NW....   Landslip-hit A82 partially reopened south of Fort William yesterday, but overnight there have been more landslides as heavy rain batters west of Scotland - whilst in many places down south, there's a Halloween heatwave as temperatures soar to 21c for half-term.  

Denmark gets sunny end to near-record October - it could yet be their warmest ever

Met Office to build new £97m supercomputer with 1.5km resolution - so still not enough to forecast whether it will rain at 3pm in your back garden next Sunday week!

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!