Wednesday, 18 January 2017

18th January - Today's New: Tunisia is Snowier than Britain

Italy weather: Heavy snow grips earthquake region whilst social media turns white as Tunisia is blanketed in snow - though it's not as unusual and some might have you think.  Meanwhile Britain is almost bare of snow, even in the Highlands ..... 

Aeolus wind mission heads for test and launch - when operational it should help improve weather forecasting with better data on wind speeds and direction
And a new model shows the inception of the last ice age in Eurasia - and why Siberia became a cold desert

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

17th January - Today's News: Global Sea Ice at Lowest Recorded Level

Global sea ice is at lowest level ever recorded - though there is no doubt it has been lower in the recent geological past.  And, of course, much higher.    However, with ongoing declining axial tilt - which particularly impacts polar regions with reduced insolation, this should not be happening now, all else being equal.

French told to save power as cold snap threatens electricity supply - obviously they don't have enough windfarms!  There are thousands without electricity as snow and wind batter Italy  whilst Spain prepares for the big freeze as Siberian winter approaches.  Here it's just mild and grey.   We've had our snow for the year .....

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Friday, 13 January 2017

13th January - Today's News: Snow falls in Evesham

Well, we finally saw some snow!  A few flakes on the back edge of yesterday's rain (blink and you'd miss them) and then a nice dusting from showers overnight.  Most has now melted though ....  But it was the first time there was snow on the ground in daylight since 2013.

But compared with parts of Europe have had, it's been rather fine weather!

There's also a storm surge flood threat to east coast of England though the danger doesn't appear to be as great as initially feared.  Nonetheless evacuations continue in Essex and Suffolk

So how often does it snow in the UK, and is it getting rarer?  It's certainly getting rarer round here, with just 7 days of observed snow fall in Evesham since March 2013.   Two of which were yesterday and today.