16th July - Today's News: Deadly Winter Storms Hit South Africa

Weather sends SA into panic  with heavy rain and snow, roads blocked and at least 5 dead

 Breathtaking photos of northern lights show that solar storm only helped brighten the night sky - with the aurora visible not just across North America but in Britain too, as far south as Essex.   But not here - the cloud and rain arrived before it got dark.  

Bridge washed away in Shropshire floods and trapped drivers rescued as flooding chaos continiues across part of Leicestershire  at the weekend.  After a fine, dry day on Sunday (so, if you believe in St Swithin's, break out the sunblock - unless you live in Scotland) it looks like we have another wet week ahead, but there are signs we could see an improvement, especially in the south, for next week.

Rain 'almost apocalyptic' for wildlife, says National Trust.   Hmmm, I'm sure life in Britain has survived wet summers before .....

Cornwall tourism chief blasts media over weather reports - sounds to me like the real proiblem is that he wants the national forecasts to concentrate specifically on Cornwall.  Though many of us would prefer forecasts to last long enough to allow the presenter to give a proper forecast - even that on Countryfile these days is a brief, rushed affair.  And I suspect it's the same thing at the heart of the problem in Holland where Netherlands councillors call for fines for wrong weather forecasts.  Though I wouldn't expect politicians to understand ......

Back to back La Ninas cooled global influenced extreme weather in 2011 - looks an interesting report.   Of course, 2011 may have been a 'cooler' years, but it was the warmest a Nina year on record and much warmer than we wold have expected. 


  1. Warm temps in Greenland cause melt water flooding: http://neven1.typepad.com/blog/2012/07/the-wet-side-of-greenland.html

    Re the wet weather and UK wildlife, the issue could be exacerbated by other stresses that the wildlife experiences these days. When you have dips in large numbers you can have relatively quick recoveries. Smaller base numbers and bad years can be more problematic - and this year has been very wet so far, even for the last century.

    We'll know in a few years, how bad this summer really had been for wildlife.

  2. I don't think the weather in itself is much of a problem for wildlife. Loss of habitat and other human activities may be a different matter though! I'm sure that a similar run of wet summers 2,000 years ago would have had much less impact that the same weather today.

  3. Yes, that was my point. :)


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