31st August - Today's News: Floods Peak After Irene

Flood waters surge as states come to grips with Irene's damage while supplies airfifted to Vermont towns and already estimates that Hurricane Irene cost seen as ranking amongst top ten. Meanwhile, scientists collect water quality and climate change data from huge storm.

And out in the Atlantic, Tropical Storm Katia gathers strenght, likely to become hurricane

Typhoon Nanmadol floods China's eastern coastal cities

UK has coolest summer since 1993. Though in my garden it has only been 0.015c cooler than 2007. And very much drier! Of course, conditions here have not be representative of the whole country. And last night Jersey's coldest August night temperature recorded under clear skies. It was just cloudy in Evesham.... though I've seen the temp drop to 5.2c before. And that was in August 2003.

Down in Australia it's been Canberra's warmest winter - I doubt we'll get quite the same here this winter but I don't expect it to be nearly so cold (or snowy) as the start of last winter was and I think we'll have a fair bit of milder stuff than normal. I don't think we'll see a complete return to mild, wild, wet, westerlies, but I wouldn't be counting on long lasting snow and ice in the West Highlands this winter.

Cork dust devil seen in Ballycotton - a good while since I've seen one of them. Not been hot enough!

Nigeria floods: at least 20 killed in Ibadan

Uganda landslides: villagers killed in Bulambuli - sounds like this was in the same area where hundreds dies last year. The landslides being partly down to mass deforestation of the hillsides.

Calls to bury Beauly-Denny power line rejected - though it was only in the Stirling area this was being suggested. A case of NIMBYism as opposed to NISEBYism. It's in the remotest stretched I'd prefer them buried - in habitation areas it make little difference, though, as a photographer, ideally I'd rather no pylons anywhere at all.

Cloud seeding goes hi-tech: firing laser beams into the sky could make it rain, say scientists

Mysteries of ozone depletion continue 25 years after the discovery of the Antarctic ozone hole

The interent has been abuzz with the story that a mssive river has been found thousands of feet below the Amazon. What amazing life might live there? Well, er, none. Because subterranean Amazon river 'is not a river' - it's basically just a slow percolation of ground water.

Neanderthal survival story revealed in Jersey caves

And finally, I wonder why Heather was the only one they photographed as Cairngorms' Fords of Avon refuge revamp completed?


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