Thursday, 27 November 2014

27th November - Today's News: Brisbane Battered by Golf Ball Sized Hail

Brisbane storms catches city by surprise with widspread damage from winds and golf ball sized hailstones.  And in the west, wild storm brings havoc to Perth


What happens in Siberia if it's so cold the brakes on the plane freeze? "If you want to fly, give the plane a push"

A report from the Royal Society reports that risk from extreme weather is set to rise (which to be fair, would be the case whatever was going on with the climate, simply by virtue of more and more people living in places already prone to extreme weather events, or even, as in Britain, just living on existing floodplains).

And other studies likewise tells us only what we already knew (and I've mentioned here numerous times over the past few years) that geo-engineering: climate fixes 'could harm billions'

Renewables 'biggest power source' in Scotland.  Except when it is very cold or very hot and land wind farms cease working ....

And now that Nathan Rao is freelance (rather than directly employed by the Daily Express) he is free to write ever more sensational stories.  Which perhaps explains his latest warning that the world will end in seven years, warns terrifying prophecy, based on the bizarre ramblings of some religious nutters.  Though his other offering yesterday is hardly any more accurate saying that UK faces snowstorms and plunging temperatures as Arctic December hits -  it's not looking particularly cold (though to be fair, it won't be all that mild - temperatures mostly near normal) over the next couple of weeks and if anything  less snowy than normal for the time of year ....  As for the Met Office comment that he quotes, well, unless it's as bad as last winter, then of course we'll get some cold spells sometime between now and March!

But will Nathan cover the real story?  Autumn set to be third warmest on record and the year remains on track to be the warmest ever, certainly for the meteorological year which ends this weekend.

Saturday, 22 November 2014

22nd November - Today's News: October Was Yet Another Warmest Ever Month

Sadly, regional newspapers have been conned into publishing more utter crap as, for example, it is claimed snow and record low temperatures could hit south west within days.  The story is just a repeat of the lies Nathan Rao spread earlier in the week and shows that regional media are no better than anyone else at checking basic facts!  Mind the Telegraph isn't much better warning winter to arrive with below-freezing icy blast - with overnight temperatures predicted to fall to -4c in the Scottish Highlands on Sunday!  Oh my!  There is no unusually cold weather on the horizon and certainly no snow apart from some transient falls over higher hills, mainly in Scotland - and we're set to see November end as yet another warmer than normal month.

Meanwhile, the heat goes on: Earth headed for warmest year on record as NOAA data confirms October the warmest ever recorded.  The 4th such this year.  So it's not just us.




And British researchers show Little Ice Age was global, with implications for current global warming - though that headline is a little misleading, as they have only shown that the two peak periods of cold weather, probably excerbated by reduced solar activity, coincided in both Europe and South America. 

And just when you thought things couldn't get any worse .... Ancient Martian civilisation was wiped out by nuclear bomb-wielding aliens - and they could attack Earth next, claims physicist - and if you believe that, send me £10,000 and I will give you a ticket on the next Annunaki spaceship to Epsilon Eridani, leaving Christmas Day.