Showing posts from May, 2013

31st May - Today's News: Coldest Spring for 50 Years

Back from Essan after a very good workparty in fine weather - and no midges!  

So a bit of a catch up with the news today ....
With below average temps again in May, Spring will be the coldest in 50 years, Met Office says
Lleyn peninsular hit by earthquake of 3.8 magnitude (note: the BBC can't spell!)
Three people swept away, killed in severe San Antonio flooding
More tornadoes touch down in Oklahoma and Arkansas amid severe storm system
Hurricane Barbara weakens to tropical storm, kills 2 people.  And could it become a storm with two names: will Pacific Barbara morph into Atlantic Andrea to give us the first named tropical storm of the Atlantic hurricane season?
Tornado leaves trail of devastation in Italy
In France there are further flood warnings in place for southwest whilst the bad weather means that, unsually, Pyrenean ski slopes are open in June

Floods kill cyclist and block roads in Germany

Earlier in the week, in Norway, floodwaters crest 'the worst is over'

And in…

23rd May - Today's News: Britain On Track For Rare Cold Spring

This will be the last news blog until the end of next week as I'm away home to Moidart tomorrow.
No surprise to hear that spring on track to be coldest for 30 years - despite what many think and want, it can't be warmer than average every year .....
Personal stories and images from Moore as five tornado victims still missing after storm found alive whilst mayor of Moore pushes for shelter law
And beautiful pictures of a very foggy Chicago as it gets blanketed in morning mist
Gretna border closes as North Dakota grapples with flood
In Norway, hundreds evacuated and damage spreads as flood waters rise
A weakening of the QBO may be a tropical upper atmosphere 'fingerprint' of global warming
Volcano project scours Iceland  for early warning signals
Good idea, wrong location: Ministers approve plans for world's biggest wave farm in Western Isles but at present the inforastructure isn't in place to carry the electricity produce to the mainland.  So, er, why not find a …

22nd May - Today's News: Oklahoma Death Toll Now 24

21st May - Today's News: Deadly Tornado Strikes Oklahoma; Over 90 Dead

20th May - Today's News: Rash of Tornadoes Hit Central USA

Oklahoma ravaged by deadly tornadoes with the usual run of pictures from the Daily Mail as man, 79, killed and at least 21 injured as tornadoes hit Kansas and Oklahoma.   With the storm system continuing, the lastest is that a new tornado strikes Missouri as rash of central US twisters kills 1.
Apparently, flooding hits northeast as one month's rainfall of nearly two inches falls in just 24 hours - I'm pretty sure most parts of the NE see more than 50mm of rain in May (even Evesham has an ave of 53mm) and the highest total for the NE that I can find for the 24 hour period to 15.00 on Saturday is 40mm at Albermarle, near Newcastle.   So more like and inch and a half.....   Notwithstanding which, it was a wet day up there and there was local flooding as a consequence.
Late snow hits Iberian peninsular
Climate slowdown means extreme rates of warming 'not as likely' - in other words, the world is warming, but not so fast as it was previously though it would.  Which is pretty…

18th May - Today's News: 53 Killed in Chinese Storms, Floods

17th May - Today's News: Texas Tornadoes Kills 6

On Wednesday, 13 tornadoes wallop North Texas; 6 dead.  As usual, lots of photos of the desruction from the Dail Mail as mother of four describers her horrific ordeal in aftermath of Texas tornadoes.  And there are 7 still missing from deadly storm
Snow-covered Shropshire hills are a white surprise as two inches of snow, a month's rainfall in a day and 65mph winds hit Britain.   We had about a third of a month's rainfall (and no snow nor strong winds) and the month's total here is close to average. 
In Wales, Minera mudslide clean-up begins
Omaha goes from record low temperature to record high temperature in two days whilst in Minnesota, 100-degree temp in Austin shatters all-time May record.  In contrast, record low temperatures recorded over interior Alaska (though these are only date records).
There's a sunny summer forecast for desperate Danes - interesting to see Denmark has had above average rainfall every summer since 2001.  A trend, perhaps?
As cyclone Mahasen  …

15th May - Today's News: May Storm Brings Snow to Dartmoor

Well we managed 14mm yesterday and another 3-4mm this morning bringing us up to about 23mm for the month - still below average for the first half of May ......  But elsewhere, snow and winds of 65mph hit Devon and Cornwall and there was also snow on high ground in Wales with flooding call-outs in Wrexham and Carmarthenshire.   Radar suggests some places may have seen around 200mm of rain.
At the weekend, teenagers rescued girl from swollen river and forsook rain-swept Ten Tors challenge to help dozens of competitors to safety
In the Tyrol, melting snow causes massive landslide onto mountain roads - it's not clear why rescue services fear a car may be underneath it.
Last year's drought dried up tornadoes in southern Wisconsin and it's been a low tornado count across the United States so far in 2013
Cyclone Mahasen: Bangladesh orders coastal evacuations
New rround of rain wreaks havoc in Central China
EU funded Scientists produce their 'best estimate' for impact of me…

14th May - Today's News: Lake Ice 'Tsunamis' Destroy Homes

Wall of ice destroys Manitoba homes, cottages and there are amazing images and video footage as 'ice tsunamis' sweep into homes in Minnesota as well.
After a bright sunny start in Evesham today, it's set to turn very wet and rather cool and there's even a small risk of snow later ......  Models predict over an inch of rain here, though in the past they've tended to overestimate what actually falls in the Vale.   But we need about 20mm just to bring us up to about average for the month.  Spring on hold as snow forecast for parts of Wales and Scotland.  And to counter media claims 'forecasters' are predicting a wash-out summer, the Met Office point out why it's too early to write-off summer.   Doesn't mean it won't be another normal wet summer though.  But let's also not forget 1975 - and the summer that followed.
Summer heat forecast for south Finland and there's record heat forecast for Moscow for today. Hungary hit by a powerful tornado

11th May - Today's News: Atmopsheric CO2 Hits 400ppm

Carbon dioxide at NOAA's Mauna Loa Observatory reached new milestone: tops 400 parts per million - cue lots of blog posts about why is it so cold then .......  Now ceases to astound me how many people think global CO2 levels are the only thing that affects local weather!
As cyclone twins form in the Indian Ocean  one cyclone approached west Burma, raising alarms for IDPs
In the Adelaide hills, Nature's fury turns autumn into inferno
China overflows as the rain sets in, with video footage of China flash flood rescue moments before truck swept away
Wet snow leaves Siberia areas in the dark
Climate change shifts migrating birds' wintering grounds - they're staying further north.  
And it's a no-win situation for agricultural expansion in the Amazon.  Deforestation reduces rainfall, increases temps and means a reduction in crop yields?  Well there's a surprise!

10th May - Today's News: 39 Injured in German Lightning Strike

Lightning strike injures 39 in Germany on Thursday
Flooding in Nicosia after heavy thunderstorm
US tornado activity drop over last 12 months to a 60 year low
In Wellington, storm intensity blamed for water woes in city after wild weather strikes top of South
In Australia, sky-gazers across the country witness 'ring of fire' eclipse
Severe weather strikes the Middle East
5 suffer heatstroke as temperatures fluctuate across Japan - in Nagano going from 4.2c to 28.9c through the course of the day.
An ice-free Arctic may be in our future, international researchers say - but their argument may be flawed: just because there was an ice free Arctic in the past when CO2 levels were not much higher than today, does not mean that higher CO2 levels today will lead to an ice free Arctic.  Unless the only factor determining ice cover is CO2.  And I very much doubt it is.
A new study shows that cirrus clouds form around mineral dust and metallic particles - OMG they are chemtrails after all!!!!…

8th May - Today's News: Iceland's Coldest Spring

24.6c in my sheltered garden yesterday and officially it reached 23.7c in Crosby, Lancs to make it the warmest day of 2013 so far.   Unfortunately, summer is now over and the first autumn storm is due to hit us tomorrow as weather warning replaces blue skies ......!
It's been Iceland's chilliest spring in decades
As was forecast, there's been huge rainfall in Perth, SW storm threatens far south coast

Skiers make most of pre-season snow in NZ
Pacific's Marshall Islands facing drought emergency - some islands have had no rain at all since last year!
Cosmic rays could spark Earth's lightning (and presumably that of other planets too?)

And geologists find part of hidden continent buried beneath the Atlantic Ocean dating back 100 million years - but no, it's is not Atlantis!

7th May - Today's News: Floods in France

For a very welcome change, it was a glorious bank holiday in across much of the country yesterday and as expected, the Daily Mail has loads of pictures of Britain's blazing bank holiday.  Reached 22.2c in my garden, first time it's hit 20c all year.   And with a gentle breeze it wasn't too hot nor humid.   Very nice.   Today could be even warmer.   But after that it looks all downhill......

But whilst it's been a fine weekend here, north-east France placed under high flood alert as floods, torrential rainfall hit eastern France
And some more details from last week where Italian village recovers from earthquake, struck by tornado
California wildfire 'contained by Tuesday' (hopefully)
In Utah, downpour causes flash flood on St George streets
Perth, southern WA braces for first winter storm, packing 125km/h winds
Computer models have taken over from Pharoahs' dreams as a warning is issued by the Israeli Water Authority: 'Severe Drought' from 2015-2035

4th May - Today's News: Record US May Snowstorm

3rd May - Today's News: May Snowstorm in Hebrides

This doesn't appear to have made the news, but there was some unusually heavy snow fall on Harris yesterday, as shown in this webcam image captured just after 6pm showing the main road from Tarbet to Stornoway, on the slopes of Clisham at c150m asl:-

Not what you normally expect in May!   Oddly, the mainland didn't seem to experience so much snow, not to road level anyway and this morning the only other traffic webcam showing snow is that at the Slochd.

Down here it was another fine, warm, spring day with glorious scenes across Britain as country basks in gorgeous sunshine with 21C bank holiday weekend forecast

In the US, rare May storm dumps more than a foot of snow in Wisconsin, Minnesota

And snow falls in Hokkaido as cold spring continues across Japan

The annual Assiniboine River flood threat moves south and east

California wildfire shuts famous highway

Flash flood overtakes Saudi Arabia, kills sixteen

Greater Mekong countries 'lost one-third of forest cover in 40 years&…

1st May - Today's News: Scottish Wild Land Map Published, May Provide Windfarm Protection

A cool but dry April in Evesham - only just warmer than last year but only just over 50% of normal rain.  Thats 4 consecutive months here with below normal rainfall - how long before the drought warnings start?   And a splendid May Day with clear skies this morning after a pleasant cool start.  Lovely!  And the blossom is looking good for the weekend:

And the month begins with some goods news as planning rules reform could see windfarm ban in scenic Scotland - with Moidart amongst the many areas covered in a draft map produced by SNH; Scottish wild land map a first, says heritage agency
After 8 fatalities this winter, UK mountaineering groups working on avalanche messages for next season.
British explorer Philip Goodeve-Docker freezes to death in storm during trek across Arctic - after a 'piteraq' blew the team's tent down
Spring snowstorm hits flood-stricken prarie residents in Canada, with snow also expected in parts of the US.  But whilst not common, May snowstorms: not …