3rd January - Today's News: Ne'er Eve Tornadoes Kill 7 in USA

Bliadhna mhath ur! Welcome to 2011. Though not such a good start for some.

As 2010 came to an end, tornadoes kill seven in south and mid-western USA

And the 'Biblical floods' continue in Australia; three dead as flood chaos hits 22 Queensland towns as supplies flown into Queensland's flooded Rockhampton.

Winter storm closes key highway in California

India freezing weather kills 24 - down to -7.8c even in Dehli. Not so cold in Canada though where on New Year's Day Toronto sets record high temperature of 12 degrees C

NZ had a warm month to end warm year whilst 2010 was hottest year in Israel's recorded history

Northern Ireland schools to be hit by water crisis

In Yorkshire, snow forces drivers to abandon cars - you'd have thought they'd be used to it by now. And yes, it was forecast.

In Japan, snow wreaks havoc in Tottori

There are claims that an Abu Dhabi weather project 'creates man0made rainstorms' though I for one remain sceptical.

Scientists map the meaning of mid level clouds

More than 1,000 blackbirds fall out of Arkansas sky - there's speculation such events could be caused by flocks either being struck by lightning or being sucked by a strong updraft, frozen to death and then dropped back down many, many miles away (by which time of course they've thawed out). Storms are big, nasty things!

Earthquake shakes central Chile

Wind turbines less efficent than claimed and, just as happened last winter, wind farms becalmed just when needed most. But any fool could have predicted that - the coldest (and hottest) weather doesn't occur when it's windy! And guess when electricty demand is highest ....

And finally (and totally off topic), congratuations to Dougie Maclean OBE.

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