4th February - Today's News: First Severe Gales of the Year Hit Britain

Rather breezy here overnight, with gales forecast to be stronger down here tonight, but winds easing a tad in Scotland where yesterday a 131mph gust was recorded up on Aonach Mor (according to Peter Gibbs) and 106.9mph near sea level on Scalpay in the Outer Hebrides as Hurricane force winds of up to 130mph batter northern Britain.

In Australia, Tully Heads residents return home after cyclone Yasi wreaked havoc and Queensland rescuers fight through cyclone Yasi debris. Sadly one man dies trying to restore power after cyclone Yasi, as towns face weeks without electricity. And the latest news is that a couple are missing after their yacht, in which rather bizarrely they were sitting out the storm, sank in Port Hinchinbrook harbour. And NZ stormchaser looks into cyclone's heart. Meanwhile, flood warnings issued as cyclones Yasi and Anthony cause heavy rain over Victoria and western Sydney endures hottest February night.

US and Canada dig out from deadly snow storm while Texas shivers in storm's wake.

US troops join rescue in flood-hit Philippines

Floods and landslides play havoc once again in Sri Lanka

Two severe Amazon droughts in five years alarms scientists - but will do nothing to disuade humans from burning down more trees.

Exoplanet hunt turns up 54 potentially habitable worlds

Surprise in Titan's smog: cirrus-like clouds. Nah, bet they're chemtrails!


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