Thursday, 17 July 2014

17th July - Today's News: Britain's First Heatwave of 2014 Gets Underway, Storms to Follow

Last update before I go away for a week - probably be next Friday before I can next do a round up of the weather news, which undoubtedly will include the hot weather and thunderstorms expected in Britain over the next few days with heatwave health warning as Britons told to stay indoors (if you are elderly, young or in ill health - the story, as usual, omits the necessary qualification).  The actual Public Health England press release is here - and IMO is not quite so patronising, in context, as the usual suspects say.

Meanwhile warm seas bring in exotic species to England's shores

And if it's cooler weather you want, head for Australia where snow falls around Victoria in rare low-altitude dumping (although it looks more like a dusting than a dumping to me).  

(btw our hot summer - as it now looks like being - and possibly record warm year, follows Australia's hot summer and record warm year.  Does this mean a cold winter is on the way?  We will see ... )

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

9th July - Today's News: Deadly Storm Strikes NY State

'Tornado' spotted over Swansea as parts of Britain saw more storms - we had just 0.5mm of rain in thunder-free Evesham, but hailstorm blankets suburban street as torrential downpour brings flash floods to the south

Pollution warning as 2014 set to be Scotland's second warmest year - according to Friends of the Earth.  It is, of course, far too early to early to say for sure how the next 5 months might pan out ....  But warm year for the whole of Britain does look very likely.

Logging and burning cause the loss of 54 million tons of carbon a year in Amazonia - though that's less than a 10th of the UK's annual carbon emissions (~570m tons per year)

And I am pleased to say that I was amongst the first to write raising objections over planned wind farm in 'unique landscape' - and to point out that it would be visible not only from dozens of hills across a vast area, but from from both the West Highland railway and the A82 across Rannoch Moor.