Friday, 4 September 2015

4th September - Today's News: Hailstorm Kills Hundreds of Spanish Flamingos

City hall in Ukraine's Kiev cancels school amid heat wave mainly due to smog from wildfires as temperatures reached an all time record 35.5c this week

British summer was the coldest in three years  according to Met Office data.   Once again, we buck the trend ....

RFA Lyme Bay delivers life-saving supplies in humanitarian mission to storm-hit Dominica (as an aside, a letter in the Daily Fail this week chastised the govt for not helping Dominica - the writer (and no doubt the paper) unware that we station a Royal Naval vessel in the Caribbean specifically for this task.   Something those who argue we don't need armed forces - Mr Corbyn .... - would do well to note!)

Climate change brings cyclone risk to Persian Gulf, study warns - interestingly, I have long argued that the origin of the Noah's Flood story was a tropical cyclone hitting the Persian Gulf .....

The Arctic saw the fourth-lowest August sea-ice extent

And a little off subject, but this deserves watching: BFI film shows Model T driven down Ben Nevis in 1911

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Friday, 28 August 2015

28th August - Today's News: TS Erika Hits Caribbean en Route to Florida

Tropical Storm Erika brings nine inches of rain and flash floods to Caribbean, with at least four dead in Dominica - it still has Florida in its sights

And some very poor reporting that nonetheless shows just why the public erroneously think the Met Office always get the forecast wrong.  Yellow weather warning for rain issued in Dorset says the  Dorset Echo, added that "The yellow weather warning covers Dorset and includes Weymouth, Dorchester, Bridport and Lyme Regis".  In fact, the warning area covers only a small corner of Dorset around Bournemouth, and none of the towns listed ....

So who will they blame when there if there is not havy rain in Bridport on Sunday? 

Monday, 24 August 2015

24th August - Today's News: El Nino to be Strongest on Record?

As willdfires continue, another week of Baikal on fire

Here the weekend saw the heatwave that lasted just one day - Sunday produced the highest rainfall rate I have so far recorded: 80mm/h although the total for the weekend was under 14mm.  Still no thunder though and since July 2014 I have only twice heard distant rumbles in Evesham and no lightning.

It's claimed the Met Office 'lost BBC contract over dumbing down rows and weather app' - which is quite pathetic if true.  But really all a storm in a teacup over the BBC weather?   Others already produce some BBC forecasts - Weatherquest for BBC Look East, for example. And if the BBC wants them dumbed down even further than the 60 second soundbites they already are, then my neighbour's dog could do them ....

And finally, the Shoreham air show tragedy reminds us that, sometimes, shit just happens; it can happen to anyone, anywhere, any time.  So make the most of today.