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. 

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

14th October - Today's News: Hurricane Gonzalo Moves Through Caribbean

Hurricane Gonzalo forms in Caribbean after battering Antigua as a tropical storm.   It now has the Virgin Islands in its sights before heading for Puerto Rico.

Meanwhile, over the weekend, Fay becomes hurricane after brushing Bermuda with high winds, rain but soon reverted back to tropical storm status

And over in the Pacific, Hawaii on watch as Tropical Storm Ana could hit Big Island as a hurricane

A fair bit of rain here over the past 24 hours: 27.1mm in my garden (spread over 2 days) and much more elsewhere with some homes in Essex flooded amid heavy rain and at least one record tumbles as there's a month's worth of rain in little more than a day - Monday was Wattisham's wettest October day ever.

And in the south of France, yet more heavy rain strikes Gard and Herault over the weekend whilst in Switzerland, heavy rain triggers landslides in Ticino

NASA reports hottest recorded September - despite no El Nino, low solar activity and, allegedly, no global warming ....  UAH satellite records however show September as only the 7th warmest.  We await NOAA data with interest.

A greener Arctic may be a warmer one - is the Arctic warming faster than anywhere else because on increased plant growth?   Another positive feeback ....

Oh, and there is no five day heatwave on the way - it is simply going to go from being cold, wet and windy to warm, wet and windy ....