Wednesday, 4 May 2016

4th May - Today's News: Wildfire Forces Evacuation of Canadian Town as Heatwave Continues

Canada wildfire forces mass evacuation in Fort McMurray following record high temperatures

Wave of dead sea creatures hits Chile's beaches, experts blame El Nino

Floods following drought worsen Ethiopian hunger

Wind can power ‘79% of Scottish homes’ - but only when it is blowing at the right speed.  Wherein lies the problem ....

Water shortages will deliver ‘severe hit’ to world by 2050 – World Bank

Researchers discover that rain spawns more rain when it falls on ploughed land

And it's suggested that Earth may be home to one trillion species  - almost all of which are microbial and yet to be discovered.   Rather raising the prospects of similar life on other planets, I think, though not necessarily of extremely rare (by Earth standards) big animals like humans.

Friday, 29 April 2016

29th April - Today's News: Spring Snow Surprises Hebrides

Difficult to find any news stories specific to this, but yesterday saw lying snow to sea level across the Inner Hebrides and parts of the mainland coast around Lochaber.   This is unusual even in winter ...  A picture from Coll was used by the BBC as they warned Met Office issues snow warning whilst for some reason Tiree featured as walkers and climbers warned of late spring avalanches

Today snow has fallen across parts of northern England and mainland Scotland - not entirely unknown this time of year, but still unusual to see so much settling to lower levels as snow and sleet hit bank holiday weekend getaway and there's a travel warning as spring snow falls in north and east Scotland.  We haven't seen snow like that in Evesham - at any time of year - in years!

And on the continent, there's weather chaos as Austria hit by April snow