Friday, 31 July 2015

31st July - Today's News: Persian Gulf Hit by Severe Heat Wave

A heatwave across the Middle East, and particularly around the top of the Persian Gulf, is producing some extreme temperatures this week.  Iraq orders four-day holiday as Middle East broils in extreme heat wave whilst across the border  Iran city hits suffocating heat indez of 154 degress, near world record.  That's 67.8c.  The actual air temperature was 42.8c with a dew point of  32.2c   Not nice!

Meanwhile, in North America, record-challenging heat wave bakes Seattle and Portland, Oregon and warnings issued as heat wave roasts East Coast

But in stark contrast to all that, here Twitter users share uninspiring holiday photographs during Britain's washout summer.   Overall, it's been a wet and dull July - Evesham is just outside the area of below 75% average rainfall shown over the north Cotswolds. 

And more records broken!  The month started with my hottest July day on record, we later had the coldest day (lowest maxima) on record and this morning the month ends with the lowest July temp on record - just 5.4c on my garden.  All records from 2003.  Rainfall-wise it's been a mediocre month with about 85% of the local 81-00 average.  So far this year only May has seen above average rainfall in Evesham.

California 'rain debt' equal to average full year of precipitation

And good news for Badenoch and the Monadh Liath as Allt Duine wind farm plan vetoed by Scottish government ministers

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

29th July - Today's News: Finland on Track for Coldest Summer

All those moaning about the weather here (an Englishman is never happy unless he is moaning about the weather though) should think themselves lucky.  We havent been the only ones missing out on the widespread heat, with Finland's summer 2015 poised to be chilliest in 50 years

Is Pluto's atmosphere about to collapse?   It may have been only a temporary feature.

And Earth could get just 12 hours warning of damaging solar storm - another Carrington event could prove catastrophic

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

28th July - Today's News: Summer Snow in the Rockies

Whilst it has all gone from Boston, a snowvember storm snow pile still exists in Buffalo 

Central Florida drenched by tropical rains as Gulf low forms - much of the continent is expecting hot weather this week though, as is much of Europe.  Britain remains the exception (not that I am really complaining).  
But are we set for a record July rainfall?  Asks the Met Office.  Well not round here where it's still below average and very much different to 2007 when we had in total 5 times the normal expected rainfall, much of it of course falling on the 20th.   2008, 2009 and 2012 also saw double the average rainfall.   It looks like being my wettest July since 2013.

Researchers find reason behind increases in urban flooding in the US, and it's not good news with storm surges combining with heavy rainfall events to compound the problem more in the future, assuming global warming continues.

Arctic ice loss brings extra snow in Siberia - there is a link there to the full paper

A new study ties down the date of the proposed 'Clovis Comet' impact and start of the Younger Dryas, a cataclysmic event of a certain age

And finally, an apology.  Yesterday I made light of a story in which it was claimed Peter Wadhams thought three climate scientists had been murdered.   Rightly so, but, as it turns out for slightly the wrong reason:  Professor Wadhams never made any such claim and now Arctic sea expert complains to press authority over Times story (it was the Times that broke the story, subsequently duplicated by other news outlets).   Once again the gutter press misquote out of context with a clear intent to mislead the public ....

Saturday, 25 July 2015

25th July - Today's News: Coldest July Day in Evesham in at least 12 years

Well yesterday was not only my wettest day of the year so far (19.1mm) but also, with a maximum of just 14.6c (recorded at 00.44am), my coldest July day on record (from 2003).  Interestingly, my previous coldest July day was the 21st July 2007 when Evesham was under flood after the wettest day ever.   No flooding this time though and with the ground very dry, the Avon has barely risen an inch!   Today there should be a brief return to summer, before more rain tomorrow.

A refreshingly sober assessment of the recently publicised opinion of James Hansen, leading climate scientist: Future is bleaker than we thought.   But he might be wrong.

Friday, 24 July 2015

24th July - Today's News: Kepler Discovers Krypton?

Residents blame beavers for flash flood in Alyth - because some debris allegedly showed signs of having been chewed by them ....   Well, it's always someone else's fault (even when it's no-ones). 

14 dead, more than 6,000 hospitalised in Japan heat wave last week, with all-time record high temperatures in some places.

And new dna evidence that mammoths killed by abrupt climate change - and it was sudden warming that was the problem.

A good piece by my friend John Mason on the importance of good climate communications: a recent Arctic example - reminding us again that we should not believe what we read in the media; always check the original source!

Dire climate warning raises questions, not answers

And 'Earth 2.0' found by Nasa Kepler telescope - and with greater gravity, any humanoid alien coming here would find themselves faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound ....  Don't tell Lex Luthor!

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

22nd July - Today's News: World Continues to Warm

After a record warm 2014, the first six months of 2015 have been the hottest on record, as has June - last year's record looks likely to be broken.  Meanwhile, El Nino intensifying, could rival strongest in recorded history.

 Arctic sea ice 'grew by a third' after cool 2013 summer - suggesting it's more resilient than some thought

Is a major earthquake on San Francisco's Hayward Fault expected 'any day now'?   Well yes and no.   A quake is expected sometime soon - it could even be this week.  Or it could be in a few years time ...

And NASA satellite camera provides 'Epic' view of Earth